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Ancient Buddhas, modern peril

Ancient Buddhas, modern peril | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

When the Taliban blasted the famous Bamiyan Buddhas with artillery and dynamite in March 2001, leaders of many faiths and countries denounced the destruction as an act of cultural terrorism. But today, with the encouragement of the US government, Chinese engineers are preparing a similar act of desecration in Afghanistan: the demolition of a vast complex of richly decorated ancient Buddhist monasteries.

The offense of this Afghan monument is not idolatry. Its sin is to sit atop one of the world's largest copper deposits.

The copper at the Mes Aynak mine, just an hour's drive south of Kabul, is to be extracted under a roughly $3 billion deal signed in 2007 between Afghanistan and China's Metallurgical Group Corp. The Afghan Finance Minister, Omar Zakhilwal, recently said the project could pump $300 million a year into government coffers by 2016. But the project has been plagued by rumours of corruption; there was widespread talk of a $30 million kickback involving the former minister of mines, who resigned.

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Francesco Vezzoli Paints Up Ancient Roman Busts - New York Magazine

Francesco Vezzoli Paints Up Ancient Roman Busts - New York Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A bit of color and they look like new!
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1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online

1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world.
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Heritage Together - 3D models of Welsh monuments

Heritage Together - 3D models of Welsh monuments | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The project is funded under the Humanities Research Council’s ‘Connected Communities’ call. The project is a collaboration between the schools of Computer Science at Bangor University and Aberystwy...
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MicroPasts launch crowd-funding platform for community archaeology projects

MicroPasts launch crowd-funding platform for community archaeology projects | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In a new venture, MicroPasts are launching a crowd-funding section for their platform to support archaeological and historical research involving collaborations between community organisations and ...
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Rock Art Panels May Be Linked to Hallucinogenic Plants - Archaeology

Rock Art Panels May Be Linked to Hallucinogenic Plants - Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Rock Art Panels May Be Linked to Hallucinogenic Plants Archaeology New-Mexic0-Rock-Art ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO—Archaeologist Lawrence Loendorf of Sacred Sites Research was documenting rock art sites in southern New Mexico when he realized that...
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Under-Representation in Contemporary Archaeology

Under-Representation in Contemporary Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Hamilton, S 2014. Under-Representation in Contemporary Archaeology. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 24(1):24, DOI: Under-Representation in Contemporary Archaeology Sue Hamilton1 UCL Instit...
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Australian rock art is threatened by a lack of conservation - The Conversation AU

Australian rock art is threatened by a lack of conservation - The Conversation AU | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Australian rock art is under threat from both natural and cultural forces impacting on sites.
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Intricate Treasures From Stonehenge Burial: Photos : DNews

Intricate Treasures From Stonehenge Burial: Photos : DNews | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Among the buried objects, one of the finest was a dagger with an intricately decorated wooden handle.
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Introduction to medieval coins & identification guide

Introduction to medieval coins & identification guide | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An extremely useful FREE guide to English Medieval coins from 1066-1544, written by Carl Savage.
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Angkor Wat’s forgotten remains

Angkor Wat’s forgotten remains | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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Dr. Damian Evans and his team at the University of Sydney have digitally unearthed the forgotten cityscape of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, one of the largest religious complexes in the world.
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2,000 year-old Antikythera ship much larger than previously thought

2,000 year-old Antikythera ship much larger than previously thought | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Recently, a Greek and international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved stunning new finds from the ancient Greek ship.
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Chariot fittings unearthed at Iron-Age hillfort

Chariot fittings unearthed at Iron-Age hillfort | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team of Leicester University archaeologists has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot at Burrough Hill Iron-Age hillfort.
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Ancient Basketmaker Village Found in Arizona Petrified Forest - NBC News

Ancient Basketmaker Village Found in Arizona Petrified Forest - NBC News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
PHOENIX — Archaeologists have unearthed a village believed to be about 1,300 years old and containing more than 50 sandstone-walled homes at Petrified Forest...
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Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Government proposes to widen the A303 trunk road to the south west. This road crosses the iconic Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), which has been called “the most archaeologically significant land surface in Europe”.
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Risks in resurrecting ancient viruses from poo - The Press West Coast

Risks in resurrecting ancient viruses from poo - The Press West Coast | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Defrosting ancient poo could reintroduce some age-old bugs to the modern world, scientists say.
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Orkney archaeology video

Orkney archaeology video | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There is a saying in Orkney that if you scratch the soil it bleeds archaeology. It's almost true as the islands are notoriously rich in archaeological remains, more concentrated here than anywhere ...
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Studies show early contact between Easter Island and the Americas

Studies show early contact between Easter Island and the Americas | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing th...
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UConn Archaeologist Discovers 17th-century Shipwreck

UConn Archaeologist Discovers 17th-century Shipwreck | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
eam went on to survey and map the wreck over the summer.

The find is a significant source of information for the maritime history of the period. “Although we have some written records of the battle itself, we possess no detailed plans of 17th-century warships,” Batchvarov says, “so our only sources of information about the ships of the day are the wrecks themselves. It isn’t overstatement to say that what has been discovered is a treasure trove for archaeological researchers.”

What is known about the battle is that all told, 2,000 people, including 250 Dutch women and children and 300 African slaves, were killed. In addition to the Huis de Kreuningen, which was the largest ship in the Dutch fleet, the flagship of French Vice Admiral Comte D’Estrée – the Glorieux – was also sunk and all but 80 of the 450 men aboard were lost. In the end, the Dutch lost more vessels, but they succeeded in repelling the French landing party and retained possession of the island.

Batchvarov says although his team didn’t find much of the hull structure intact, they have found a wealth of other material, including nine canons; Delft and Bellarmine pottery jars that date to the third quarter of the 17th century; lead shot that wa
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14th century birch bark scrolls preserved in mud tell Novgorod's story

14th century birch bark scrolls preserved in mud tell Novgorod's story | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A note, from father to son in 14th century Russia was etched into the bark of a birch tree and curled into a scroll. The scroll and a dozen others like it were among the finds from this year’s digg...
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Arkaim Ancient settlement in Russia discovered

Arkaim Ancient settlement in Russia discovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Russian archaeologists have unearthed some ancient and virtually unknown settlements, which they bel...
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New research into the vegetation history of central Scotland

New research into the vegetation history of central Scotland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A peat core taken from Ravelrig Bog, close to a number of later prehistoric settlements to the west of Edinburgh, contained palaeoenvironmental material spanning the entire Holocene period. The pub...
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Archaeologists find remains of Roman South Yorkshire during crowdfunded ... - Culture24

Archaeologists find remains of Roman South Yorkshire during crowdfunded ... - Culture24 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Swinton say an excavation which raised nearly £2,700 in public backing has been a "huge success", finding a cattle ditch or enclosure and Roman pottery.
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rita roberts's curator insight, October 17, 7:20 AM

This Rim shard of pottery looks interesting. !

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Living the Dream – Funding the Final Year

Living the Dream – Funding the Final Year | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Gill is a mature, disabled undergraduate student studying part-time at the University of Sheffield, and has sadly lost all her Student Finance England funding for her degree course.
Can you help her fund her final year (2014/2015)?
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New Model for English Heritage moves a step closer following consultation

New Model for English Heritage moves a step closer following consultation | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
£88.5 million investment to help it stand alone The Government today confirmed plans, announced last year, to restructure English Heritage, investing nearly £90 million over the next few years. A n...
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Nikauly Vargas Arias's curator insight, October 16, 5:35 PM

El Gobierno Británico confirma reestructurará English Heritage, institución dedicada a la proteger y promover el patrimonio histórico de Inglaterra.

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Featured Object: Medieval Chess Pieces - English Heritage Blog

Featured Object: Medieval Chess Pieces - English Heritage Blog | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
These were found at Rievaulx Abbey and are over 800 years old – but what were they used for? Susan Harrison, Curator at English Heritage explains.
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