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Sea divers to excavate Charles II shipwreck left at bottom of Southend sea for 350 years | Culture24

Sea divers to excavate Charles II shipwreck left at bottom of Southend sea for 350 years | Culture24 | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
See pictures from the initial dives as English Heritage commissions a two-year archaeological mission to salvage artefacts from a deteriorating mid-17th century ship.
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Iron Pin May Be Western Europe's Earliest False Tooth : DNews

Iron Pin May Be Western Europe's Earliest False Tooth : DNews | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
Iron pin may have held in place a wood or bone prosthesis. (✰ Iron Pin May Be Western Europe's Earliest False Tooth http://t.co/HOUDYOxTdG)
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Unique Silk Cloth Found in Emperor Henry VII's Coffin : DNews

Unique Silk Cloth Found in Emperor Henry VII's Coffin : DNews | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
Exhuming the sarcophagus of Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII (1275-1313) reveals a crown, a scepter and a unique, 10-foot-long silk cloth.
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Oldest Known Pair of Pants Unearthed : DNews

Oldest Known Pair of Pants Unearthed : DNews | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
The oldest known pants, just discovered in China, were surprisingly stylish in addition to being functional.
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Mummy Teeth Tell of Ancient Egypt's Drought

Mummy Teeth Tell of Ancient Egypt's Drought | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
The link between drought and the rise and fall of Egypt's ancient cultures, including the pyramid builders, has long fascinated scientists and historians.
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vanessa ortiz's curator insight, May 14, 2014 2:01 PM

This article was very interesting because archeologists have found ancient Egyptian teeth that show clear evidence that there was a drought of the NIle Rover that occurred during the fall of the Old Kingdom.

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Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest calendar

Archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest calendar | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
We usually blame the ancient Mesopotamians for the invention of time-tracking devices. But as a recent discovery in Scotland has revealed, hunter-gatherers may have started using a rudimentary calendar over 10,000 years ago.
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How Two Retirees' Amateur Archaeology Helped Throw Our View of Human ... - Smithsonian (blog)

How Two Retirees' Amateur Archaeology Helped Throw Our View of Human ... - Smithsonian (blog) | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
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Archaeologists crunch data from cod bones to reveal 13th century origins of UK fish trade | Culture24

Archaeologists crunch data from cod bones to reveal 13th century origins of UK fish trade | Culture24 | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
Pre-dating fish fingers by nearly eight centuries, archaeological data-mining from thousands of fish bones has identified the beginnings of London's medieval fish trade.
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Researchers trace origin of global fish trade in medieval London

Researchers trace origin of global fish trade in medieval London | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
Researchers have uncovered the medieval tipping-point when local fishing could no longer support the demands of the burgeoning metropolis, and catches started to come in from as far away as Arctic Nor (Researchers trace origin of global fish trade...
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Not Atlantis, but significant nonetheless – the discovery of 11,000-year-old relics in Sweden

Not Atlantis, but significant nonetheless – the discovery of 11,000-year-old relics in Sweden | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Swedish divers made a unique and rare discovery in the Baltic Sea – Stone Age artefacts left by Swedish nomads dating back 11,000 years.  Media sites went a little berser (Not Atlantis, but significant nonetheless –...
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New section of Inca road leading to Machu Picchu discovered

New section of Inca road leading to Machu Picchu discovered | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
A team of archaeologists have just announced their discovery of a new section of Inca Road in Peru which leads directly to the world famous ancient site of Machu Picchu, according to a report in Peru (New section of Inca road leading to Machu...
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When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler | archaeology & history | Scoop.it
A new documentary shares the story of the 23rd unit’s daring deceptions
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Wow what a human story during very dehuminizing times of world war II.  Allies employed a "Ghost Army" largely of creative artists to purposefully deceive.

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2600 years of history in one object

TED Talks A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.

 

At first glance this TED Talk appears to be more about ancient history, archaeology and biblical studies that anything modern.  Yet as Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum continues his discussion of the Cyrus Cylinder (A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script), it becomes clear that this historical artifact is vital in understanding how modern states conceive of their heritage, cultural legacy and role within the Middle East today (such as Israel, Iraq, Iran and even the U.K.).  As such the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism and plays a role in shaping Middle Eastern cultural and political institutions. 


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Don Brown Jr's comment, October 1, 2012 9:18 PM
Objects, ideas and land can have multi overlapping meanings that are constantly being reinterpreted by each succeeding generation creating new symbolic understandings that overlap into many societies and cultures.
Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:16 AM

Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, explains Middle Eastern history using the Cyrus Cylinder.  His first point in this TED talk is especially interesting because he explains that people age and perish and objects do the same, but objects such as this cylinder survive and are able to tell important stories of history for a much longer time than people normally can.