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10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome

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The Western Roman Empire may have fallen more than 1,500 years ago, but its rich legacy of innovation and invention can still be seen today. The Romans were prodigious builders and expert civil engineers, and their thriving civilization produced advances in technology, culture and architecture that remained unequaled for centuries. From aqueducts to newspapers, find out more about 10 innovations that built ancient Rome in this article...

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Earliest prosthetics toes helped Egyptians walk

Earliest prosthetics toes helped Egyptians walk | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

The world's first prosthetic may have been a big toe that helped its wearer walk around ancient Egypt, according to a study.

 

"The earliest practitioner (although unwittingly) of this branch of medical science may have indeed been a craftsman living in the Nile Valley between 950 and 710 BC," says Jacqueline Finch, an Egyptologist at the University of Manchester in the UK and lead author of the studies paper.

 

Finch and her team studied two artificial toes discovered in the necropolis of Thebes, the first in the late 19th century and the second in 2000. She tested replicas of the toes on volunteers to determine whether they served a functional or merely aesthetic purpose, publishing her results in the October issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.


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10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome

10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

The Western Roman Empire may have fallen more than 1,500 years ago, but its rich legacy of innovation and invention can still be seen today. The Romans were prodigious builders and expert civil engineers, and their thriving civilization produced advances in technology, culture and architecture that remained unequaled for centuries. From aqueducts to newspapers, find out more about 10 innovations that built ancient Rome in this article...

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Anthropology & Archaeology : Stone-tipped spear invented earlier than thought

Anthropology & Archaeology : Stone-tipped spear invented earlier than thought | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

According to a new study, humans ancestors were hunting with stone-tipped spears around 500,000 years ago (200,000 years earlier than previously thought). This means that the technology must have been developed by an earlier species of human, the last common ancestor of both modern humans and Neanderthals. More in this article...

 

 

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LiDAR Survey : New Discoveries Reveal the Hidden Archaeology of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire

LiDAR Survey : New Discoveries Reveal the Hidden Archaeology of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Skokholm is a small island half a mile across located off the south western coast of Pembrokeshire, about two miles south of its larger island neighbour Skomer. Using innovative new survey techniques a small team from the Royal Commission has been investigating how people lived and farmed these Pembrokeshire islands in the past – much of the focus has recently been on Skomer, – but now, the fascinating story of Skokholm is beginning to be revealed.


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Fouilles : Découverte d’un temple antique sous le couvent des Jacobins à Rennes

Fouilles : Découverte d’un temple antique sous le couvent des Jacobins à Rennes | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Cet article de l'INRAP du 13 Septembre 2012 présente les découvertes d'une de leurs équipes de fouilles travaillant depuis décembre 2011, le site du couvent des Jacobins à Rennes.Réalisée sur prescription de l’État (Drac Bretagne),  à l’emplacement du futur centre des congrès de Rennes Métropole, cette fouille urbaine est l’une des plus importantes jamais menées dans l’Ouest de la France. De nombreux vestiges gallo-romains sont exhumés dont un temple du IIIe  siècle de notre ère. Parallèlement, l’archéologie du bâti, c’est-à-dire l’étude des murs du couvent, révèle l’évolution architecturale de l’édifice du XIVe au XVIIIe siècle. L'article revient sur ce quartier dynamique de la ville antique de Condate et l'histoire revisitée du couvent des Jacobins.

 

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Excavations : Ruins in Germany linked to Caesar era

In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars’ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C.

 

Source : http://www.uni-mainz.de/

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Archéologie Expérimentale : Conférence de Christian Chevillot

Archéologie Expérimentale : Conférence de Christian Chevillot | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Christian Chevillot, chercheur à l'université de Bordeaux et fondateur du parc archéologique de Beynac en Dordogne. Spécialiste de l'âge du bronze et de metallurgie, il tiendra une conférence le mardi 25 septembre 2012. Etant un passionné de ses travaux je vous le conseille fortement!

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L'Inde veut abolir un métier d'intouchables

Chaque jour en Inde, des intouchables vident des toilettes dans des conditions déplorables, une pratique déclarée illégale selon une loi restée largement ina...

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DigVentures Lecture by Prof. Martin Carver, "What Makes Archaeology Happen" DVIP2

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A Flag Fen evening lecture. Topics discussed include archaeological aims; terrain; society; research; surveying; geophysics; lidar; metal detecting finds; project design; excavation systems; historical and new approaches; recovery levels; aerial views; deep sequences; stratigraphy; chemical microsurveying; DNA; material analyzers; collaboration; public engagement.


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Archéologie Préventive: La taxe touche les maisons individuelles

Archéologie Préventive: La taxe touche les maisons individuelles | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Ce n'est pas tout à fait une invention du gouvernement Ayrault. Mais il a décidé d'en élargir le champ. Jusqu'ici, elle était payée par les promoteurs immobiliers qui construisent des appartements ou des maisons en village. Selon l'article 63 du projet de loi de finances adopté par l'Assemblée nationale la nuit du 15 au 16 novembre, cette redevance touchera aussi ceux qui se font construire une maison individuelle. Elle permettra de financer des fouilles dans des régions au riche passé, mais aussi - évidemment - de renflouer le budget de l'État. En tout, cette mesure devrait rapporter 30 millions d'euros dès 2013.


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Excavations : Large Roman mosaic uncovered in Turkey

Excavations : Large Roman mosaic uncovered in Turkey | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Part of a huge mosaic pavement has been uncovered in southern Turkey by archaeologists and students from a University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led by Professor of Art History Michael Hoff. His team has been excavating the remains of the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern Turkish coast since 2005 as part of a long term project. “This is very possibly the largest Roman mosaic found in the region,” Hoff said. The article covers the origins of this discovery and contains a video made by the Professor.

 

 Source : http://www.pasthorizonspr.com


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Histoire & Anthropologie : L’argent de la vieille, ou l’archéologie de la monnaie

Histoire & Anthropologie : L’argent de la vieille, ou l’archéologie de la monnaie | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it

Patrick Pion et Bernard Formoso, maître de conférences en archéologie et professeur en ethnologie respectivement à l’université de Paris X sont les invités de Vincent Charpentier dans "Le Salon Noir". Ils interviennent sur les moyens de paiements, d'échanges et les systèmes monétaires de manière générale.

Réalisée avec une approche non seulement archéologique mais aussi anthropologique et historique, cette émission est à écouter absolument pour les passionnés!

 

Source : http://www.franceculture.fr

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Fouilles : Des peintures romaines sous la cathédrale de Strasbourg

Fouilles : Des peintures romaines sous la cathédrale de Strasbourg | Archaeology, Anthropology & History | Scoop.it
Des fouilles au pied de la cathédrale de Strasbourg viennent illustrer une fois de plus qu'un camp de légionnaires romains est à l'origine de la ville.

 

Les archéologues de l’INRAP ont retrouvé quelques fragments des peintures qui ornaient l'un des bâtiments du camp de la Legio octava Augusta à l'origine de la ville. Actuellement en réfection, la Place du château, qui flanque la cathédrale au Sud, vient ainsi de livrer le spectacle stratifié de vingt siècles de vie urbaine. Ces peintures murales romaines alimentent un corpus déjà fourni en Alsace pour le bonheur des spécialistes de l'art romain.

 

Source : http://www.pourlascience.fr

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