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Vast replica recreates prehistoric Chauvet cave - BBC News

Vast replica recreates prehistoric Chauvet cave - BBC News | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
BBC Newsnight gets rare access to one of the most important cave art sites in the world - and visits its vast replica, which is about to open in France.
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A wonderous window into the ancient past.

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Historic Scotland collections online

Historic Scotland collections online | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Historic Scotland has launched an online gallery of 400 objects, organised so that visitors can easily search by theme, date, type or property where it is housed. More than 35,000 objects housed in...

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A goldmine of all things Scottish.

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The astonishing 2,500 year old tattoos of a Siberian princess, and how they reveal little has changed in the way we decorate our bodies

The astonishing 2,500 year old tattoos of a Siberian princess, and how they reveal little has changed in the way we decorate our bodies | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
The elaborate tattoos were found on a Siberian princess named Ukok and two warriors it is believed were buried close by to protect her in the afterlife. Researchers found each had tattoos on their left shoulder.
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And she had a box of cannabis as well!

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Despicable New York Woman Defaces Yosemite, Other Parks With Her Art - SFist

Despicable New York Woman Defaces Yosemite, Other Parks With Her Art - SFist | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
A woman by the name of Casey Nocket recently traveled from New York out west to deface some of our national parks with her crappy art, and then Instagram it.
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Vandal and all around bad artist.   Take a drawing class bitch!

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VATICAN LIBRARY DIGITIZATION PROJECT

VATICAN LIBRARY DIGITIZATION PROJECT | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
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The Vatican Library founded in 1451 ACE is digitising its 80,000+ manuscript collection and making them available online via its website, available for the public to view for free.

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Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project

Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Great way to get experience working with archival materials.Thousands log on to transcribe handwritten catalogue dating back to 18th century and put 30,000 ancient objects online (#webnews #video Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project - The Gu...

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Great way to get experience working with archival materials.

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Scientists to study exact age of 'oldest wooden statue in the world'

Scientists to study exact age of 'oldest wooden statue in the world' | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids, samples of the Shigir Idol are sent to Germany for testing.

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Two stories tall!

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Recumbent Stone Circles in North East Scotland

This is a film about the recumbent stone circles in North East Scotland. Why are they there and who built them? We explore the myths which surround them and discover…

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Interesting discussion of the use of stone circles as funerary crematoriums.

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UK's oldest settlement confirmed

UK's oldest settlement confirmed | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it

.A Wiltshire town is confirmed at the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom.

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I used to live in Wiltshire, thanks for this!
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The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

The die that struck Britain’s first coins? | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an an...

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9000 year old music and alcohol - a powerful mix

9000 year old music and alcohol - a powerful mix | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
The archaeological site of Jiahu in China was inhabited from 7000 BCE to 5700 BCE and has yielded important information on the early foundations of Chinese society
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"...wing bones, of the red-crowned crane..."  I wonder what these sound like?  Like feathers brushing your cheeks?

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Kootenay pictographs vandalized with paintball pellets

Kootenay pictographs vandalized with paintball pellets | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Government archaeologists are trying to determine how to clean up some vandalism of First Nation rock art after someone apparently blasted paintball pellets at ancient pictographs near Nelson, B.C.

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Paintballs?  Come on people!   Go grafitti an overpass ferchrissakes.

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Vast ancient tomb raised from the dead by restoration

Vast ancient tomb raised from the dead by restoration | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
An enormous burial mound that captures the rays of the rising equinox sun has regained its splendour after a nine-year restoration

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An underground Stonehenge!

 

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The Minoans of Crete - Archaeology Magazine

The Minoans of Crete - Archaeology Magazine | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
More than 100 years after it was first discovered, the town of Gournia is once again redefining the island's past
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New remains are slowly being uncovered, changing our notions about this ancient civilization.

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Archaeologists Are Creating a Database of Endangered Sites

Archaeologists Are Creating a Database of Endangered Sites | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Scholars estimate that in North Africa and the Middle East alone, there could be up to five million archaeological sites. The majority are still unknown or else have never been officially recorded.
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 APAAME (Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East).  Link here to Flickr images.

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A Day in Pompeii - Full-length animation - YouTube

www.zerooneanimation.com A Day in Pompeii, a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, was held at Melbourne Museum from 26 June to 25 October 2009. Over 330...
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Amazing recreation!

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A trail around UK standing stones and burial chambers | Culture24

A trail around UK standing stones and burial chambers | Culture24 | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
With the summer solstice once again upon us now is a good time to visit the UK's many mysterious megalithic monuments.
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Some great links to megalithic sites in UK.

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Chand Baori - The deepest and the most beautiful step well in the world

Chand Baori - The deepest and the most beautiful step well in the world | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Chand Baori is an ancient step well located at Abhaneri Village in Rajasthan. Its one of the deepest step well found in India and is around 100 ft or 13 storie…
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Like an Essher drawing or an inverted pyramid!   13 stories deep.   800 to 900 AD.

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Ur of the Chaldees: a virtual vision of Woolley’s excavations

Ur of the Chaldees: a virtual vision of Woolley’s excavations | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Birger Helgestad, Project Curator, Ur Project, British Museum I am responsible for managing the digitisation of objects and archives for the Ur Project, a dynamic new collaboration between the Brit...

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So interesting to see clay objects side by side like this.

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first art 36,000 year-old-cave paintings mammoths, bison and hunters

first art 36,000 year-old-cave paintings mammoths, bison and hunters | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Delegates at UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted to grant the status to the Grotte Chauvet at a gathering in Doha.
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Preserving an incredible prehistoric site.
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Unstealing Treasures: A Reverse Burglary

Unstealing Treasures: A Reverse Burglary | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
The American desert was once filled with hidden treasures — Native American baskets, pots — but no longer. They've been looted. Now, a reverse burglary. Time to return the loot.

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A sad story.

 

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Indian artifact treasure trove paved over for Marin County homes

Indian artifact treasure trove paved over for Marin County homes | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it

and A treasure trove of Coast Miwok life dating back 4,500 years - older than King Tut's tomb - was discovered in Marin County and then destroyed to make way for multimillion-dollar homes, archaeologists told The Chronicle this week. The 300-foot-long site contained 600 human burials, tools, musical instruments, harpoon tips, spears and throwing sticks from a time long before the introduction of the bow and arrow. No artifacts were savedAll of it, including stone tools and idols apparently created for trade with other tribes, was removed, reburied in an undisclosed location on site and apparently graded over, destroying the geologic record and ending any chance of future study, archaeologists said. Archaeologists brought inThe development was approved by the city in 2010, but the developer, Larkspur Land 8 Owner LLC, was required under the California Environmental Quality Act to bring in archaeologists to study the shell mound under the direction of American Indian monitors before it could build. The developers hired San Francisco's Holman & Associates Archaeological Consultants to conduct an excavation, and that firm spent the past year and a half on the site, calling in 25 archaeologists and 10 other specialists to study aspects of the mound. "The philosophy of the tribe in general is that we would like to protect our cultural resources and leave them as is," said Nick Tipon, a longtime member of the Sacred Sites Protection Committee of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. There is often tension, and there are sometimes courtroom battles, between American Indians, who generally want ceremonial items left alone, and archaeologists who want to collect and preserve ancient artifacts and village sites for science. The new homes, on a 22-acre former tidal estuary of Corte Madera Creek, across from Hall Middle School in central Larkspur, will include 42 senior housing units, eight senior cottage homes, six affordable-housing town houses and 29 single-family homes. Shrouded in secrecyNondisclosure agreements are relatively common when dealing with Indian burials because of the historical problems American Indians have had with looters, grave robbers and vandals, but the archaeologists believe the developer was behind the secrecy. "The developer was reluctant to have any publicity because, well - let's face it - because of 'Poltergeist,' " said Simons, referring to the 1982 movie about a family tormented by ghosts and demons because their house was built on top of a burial ground.

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Developers, archaeologists and tribal leaders place profits over protecting ancient remains.

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Fisherman nets centuries-old statue of Greek god Apollo in Gaza Strip

Fisherman nets centuries-old statue of Greek god Apollo in Gaza Strip | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously appeared in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.
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Reading the runestones of Denmark – Archaeology News from Past...

Reading the runestones of Denmark – Archaeology News from Past... | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it

The Danish National Museum Runestone Project sheds light on the numerous rune stones found across the whole country through a series of good quality images and text on Wikipedia. Now, the project is also available in a new smartphone app. from the Cultural Agency of Denmark’s ancient monuments, which can be downloaded free.


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Wonderful work being done by the Danish National Museum. Runestone Project  will allow scholars to get a firsthand look at these stones and the translated text. 


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