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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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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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Stone Age Orkney

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Neolithic Temple?  Click youtube video.

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Reading the runestones of Denmark – Archaeology News from Past...

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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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Stone Age cartoons

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More than 1,000 rock carvings uncovered on Kanozero Island in Northern Russia...

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One pictograph shows a hunter skiing after a bear! 

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Summer Discoveries at Stonehenge | English Heritage

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Two ditches belonging to the Stonehenge Avenue buried beneath the modern roadbed of the A344 have been uncovered during works to decommission the road as part of English Heritage's project to transform the setting and visitor experience of...
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Exciting to see that there are still new things we can learn from Stonehenge. It seems obvious that the whole complex at Salisbury Plain -- Stonehenge, West Kennet Long Barrow, the ditches are all connected.  Very sacred ground.

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Ancient Priestess Unearthed In Peru; Tomb Suggests Women Ruled Mysterious, Brutal Culture

Ancient Priestess Unearthed In Peru; Tomb Suggests Women Ruled Mysterious, Brutal Culture | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working in Peru have uncovered the skeleton of a woman believed to have been a high priestess of a mysterious culture that existed around 1,200 years ago.

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Standing with Stones - Part 1: THE WEST COUNTRY & DARTMOOR

This is the first of a complete seven-part online edition of Standing with Stones. If you've ever dreamed of travelling through Great Britain & Ireland, visiting…
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Absolutely stunning detail.  A treat to watch. Michael Bott takes us on a journey through Megalithic Britain and Ireland.  Fascinating footage.  Spectacular in every way. 

 

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https://vimeo.com/michaelbott/videos

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Ancient Egypt and Archaeology Web Site

Ancient Egypt and Archaeology Web Site | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
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One could spend hours exploring this fascinating website. Absolutely amazing index of museum collections.  The Egyptology collection includes works in the Oxford,  British, Cairo Museums, Detailed photographs of Luxor, The Valley of the Kings, temples, tombs, articles on current archaeology.

 

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Museums Move to Return Human Remains to Indigenous Peoples

Museums Move to Return Human Remains to Indigenous Peoples | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
Institutions like the Museum of Medical History in Berlin are responding to increasing claims to return bones and other human artifacts in their collections to indigenous peoples.
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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?

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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

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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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Legendary Viking town unearthed

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The hidden centre of power for the first Danish kings may well have popped up from the soil in Northern Germany. Archaeologists have surprisingly found some 200 houses and piles of weapons.
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Some very interesting artifacts being unearthed here.

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Egypt's devastating museum looting latest casualty - Times Leader

Egypt's devastating museum looting latest casualty - Times Leader | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
(AP) As violent clashes roiled Egypt, looters m... ("Egypt's devastating museum looting latest casualty" http://t.co/8xHvWJq39S)

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To see the museums looted like this reminds us that the bright impulse to create is ALWAYS tempered by the savage urge to destroy.

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On the Trail of Malta's Ancient Ruins | Viator Travel Blog

On the Trail of Malta's Ancient Ruins | Viator Travel Blog | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
The Hypogeum was built between 3,600 and 2,500 years ago and is the best preserved and easily the most impressive of Malta's ancient ruins; it is also the world's only known underground prehistoric temple.
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A Brief look at Malta and Gozos ancient Megalithic Monuments and Temples, The Megalithic Temples of Malta are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth, even older than the Pyramids. 

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Ten Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged by Civil War

Ten Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged by Civil War | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it

 

The ongoing Syrian conflict has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Syrian public as well as on the historical topography of one of the world’s oldest civilisations. Films made in the country have recorded revolutionary forces taking cover in medieval castles and government tanks maneuvering among ancient Roman colonnades. What follows is a list of ten historical Syrian sites that have been significantly damaged by the civil war.
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Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find | Ancient Stones Unturned | Scoop.it
3,000-year-old fleet discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough
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Rather amazing find.  The oldest 1600 BCE and trhe newest 1000 BCE.  And still seaworthy!

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