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Syrian museums looted and antiquities traded for arms

Syrian museums looted and antiquities traded for arms | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Reports have emerged from Syria of looted museums, damaged heritage sites and the trade of antiquities for arms.

The Independent reported that government museums at Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa, Maarat al-Numan and Qalaat Jaabar had been looted.

The newspaper also quoted Syrian director of museums Hiba Sakhel, who said items from the National Museum of Aleppo had been moved to the vaults of the central bank in Damascus for safekeeping.

Sources in Syria are also reporting looting at museums in Homs and Hama, while a recent report in Time magazine found evidence of a trade in arms for antiquities on the Lebanese border.

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Unlocking Swinton’s Roman Past

Unlocking Swinton’s Roman Past | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Background: Roman Yorkshire
The South Yorkshire region is generally overlooked in terms of Roman occupation and Roman archaeological remains.
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Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda

Roman wooden toilet seat found at Vindolanda | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There are many stone and marble seat benches from across the Roman Empire but this is believed to be the only surviving wooden seat example
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Changing styles of Kimberley rock art tell a rich story of human life

Changing styles of Kimberley rock art tell a rich story of human life | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

It's a special thing to be gazing at Kimberley art, painted thousand of years ago on a rock above where you now sit.

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Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project

Volunteers help British Museum in crowdsourcing archeology project | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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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Larkworthy Antfarm's curator insight, August 20, 4:04 PM

Great way to get experience working with archival materials.

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Emperor Augustus stables in Rome to be reburied due to lack of funding - Telegraph

Emperor Augustus stables in Rome to be reburied due to lack of funding  - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Important archaeological discovery of stables built by Rome's first emperor to keep horses raced at Circus Maximus to be reburied after plans to restore them for 2000th anniversary scrapped (Emperor Augustus stables in #Rome to be reburied due to ...
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Nikauly Vargas Arias's curator insight, August 22, 12:08 PM

Los establos del Emperador Augusto descubiertos gracias a la investigación arqueológica serán nuevamente cubiertos en espera de mayores recursos económicos en un futuro.

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Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece

Tomb Dating From the Time of Alexander the Great Found in Northern Greece | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Greek government has announced that an “extremely important” tomb has been found in northern Greece, sparking speculation about who may be buried inside.
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New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone

New to the Archaeologist’s Tool Kit: The Drone | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A drone air force has been created to map, monitor and safeguard Peru’s many endangered archaeological sites.
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Max Flint's curator insight, August 18, 11:14 AM

We need more satellite pictures too!

Nikauly Vargas Arias's curator insight, August 22, 12:10 PM

Los drones empiezan a ser utilizados en Perú para la gestión de sitios arqueológicos en peligro.

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Moving on from Stonehenge: Researchers make the case for archaeoastronomy - Culture24

Moving on from Stonehenge: Researchers make the case for archaeoastronomy - Culture24 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Moving on from Stonehenge: Researchers make the case for archaeoastronomy Culture24 Dr Silva, who is co-editor of the Journal for Skyscape Archaeology, which promotes the role and importance of the sky in archaeological interpretation, added: "We...
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Two ancient Maya sites discovered in southern Mexico

Two ancient Maya sites discovered in southern Mexico | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In the tropical forest of central Yucatan peninsula, southern Mexico, two large Maya sites have been discovered by an archaeological expedition
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Middle Palaeolithic carcass processing site in France

Middle Palaeolithic carcass processing site in France | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team of archaeologists have been investigating a site in south-eastern France, which shows evidence of Neanderthal hunting and scavenging activity
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From Turf to Tools – Rhynie Man Axe

From Turf to Tools – Rhynie Man Axe | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
From 11-23th August, the collaboration of Scottish Sculpture Workshop artist Eden Jolly and master blacksmith Darrell Markewitz, with Dr. Gordon Noble, archaeologist at University of Aberdeen, will...
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Bioarchaeology of a Royal Burial from Palenque

Bioarchaeology of a Royal Burial from Palenque | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Palenque is perhaps one of the most famous and most studied archaeological sites of the Maya. It was actually one of the first places that led me to become more interested in bioarchaeology. While ...
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Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cycles | Science Codex

Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cycles | Science Codex | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The planet's largest and most powerful driver of climate changes from one year to the next, the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, was widely thought to have been weaker in ancient times because of a different configuration...
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Evidence for earliest inhabitants of Central Great Plains

Evidence for earliest inhabitants of Central Great Plains | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team from the University of Kansas excavated a site in Pottawatomie County seeking to find artefacts tied to the Clovis and Pre-Clovis peoples
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First inhabitants of Arctic not related to the Inuit

First inhabitants of Arctic not related to the Inuit | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Genetic studies show a Palaeo-population who were the first people in the Arctic, survived without outside contact for over 4,000 years
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Unlocking Swinton's Roman Past

Unlocking Swinton's Roman Past | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeological investigation of an exciting new Roman site in South Yorkshire!
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This project is your chance to help fund the excavation of a brand new archaeological site. With your help, we can begin to unlock the secrets hidden beneath this Yorkshire village. - See more at: http://www.sponsume.com/project/unlocking-swintons-roman-past#sthash.FmP9RJon.dpuf
This project is your chance to help fund the excavation of a brand new archaeological site. With your help, we can begin to unlock the secrets hidden beneath this Yorkshire village. - See more at: http://www.sponsume.com/project/unlocking-swintons-roman-past#sthash.FmP9RJon.dpuf
This project is your chance to help fund the excavation of a brand new archaeological site. With your help, we can begin to unlock the secrets hidden beneath this Yorkshire village. - See more at: http://www.sponsume.com/project/unlocking-swintons-roman-past#sthash.FmP9RJon.dpuf
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Uncovering Berenike: an ancient port on the Red Sea coast

Uncovering Berenike: an ancient port on the Red Sea coast | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have started to uncover an ancient Roman era ship's hull and an extensive animal burial ground at the site of an ancient Egyptian port
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Experience Nubia's curator insight, August 22, 2:45 AM

Berenike was founded in the 3rd century BC by Pharaoh Ptolemy II (285-246 years BC). Initially, the port was used for shipments of African elephants. The ruler had decided to use these animals in battles against Egypt’s enemies, as access to the Indian elephant was cut off, so an independent source from Eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia was needed. The city was also a refuge and place of temporary residence for seafarers, traders and the general public from the remotest corners of the world.

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Wall Face – Hadrians Wall

Wall Face – Hadrians Wall | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Wall Face 21 August – 9 November Portraits of the people who revealed Hadrian’s Wall The antiquarians and archaeologists that feature in this exhibition are well known because of their character, activities and achievements.They often held...
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Callanish Stones still surprise

Callanish Stones still surprise | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
It may be centuries old, but the Callanish Stones site still throws up new observations about the beginnings of civilisation.
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Diving club discovers 3,500-year-old Bronze Age sword - Independent.ie

Diving club discovers 3,500-year-old Bronze Age sword - Independent.ie | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A BRONZE Age sword believed to be 3,500 years old has been recovered by a diver from the River Shannon.
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SA Scuba Shack's curator insight, August 19, 9:59 AM

It is very thrilling when scuba divers discover some unexpected, but amazing items!

 

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The Ajanta cave murals: 'nothing less than the birth of Indian art' - The Guardian

The Ajanta cave murals: 'nothing less than the birth of Indian art' - The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Guardian The Ajanta cave murals: 'nothing less than the birth of Indian art' The Guardian In the early summer of 1819, a British hunting party was heading through thick jungle near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, western India, when the tiger they...
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Week 9: Suzi Richer

Week 9: Suzi Richer | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The books are in the chronological order that I read them, after all this is archaeology! The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin I feel ashamed to admit to both of the first two books! As a young teenag...
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Million year hominid dispersal event in Iberia

Million year hominid dispersal event in Iberia | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeological remains dating to between 1 million to 780,000 years provide evidence of the first known human occupation in the Iberian Peninsula
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1,300-Year-Old Pottery Found in Colorado Contains Ancient ‘Natural Aspirin’

1,300-Year-Old Pottery Found in Colorado Contains Ancient ‘Natural Aspirin’ | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Fragmented pottery unearthed in a rockshelter in east central Colorado has revealed traces of salicylic acid, a substance derived from willow bark that's the natural precursor to modern-day aspirin...
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Survey uncovers Scotland's forgotten Great War heritage - Aberdeen Press and Journal

Survey uncovers Scotland's forgotten Great War heritage - Aberdeen Press and Journal | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Survey uncovers Scotland's forgotten Great War heritage Aberdeen Press and Journal Commissioned by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), a special audit has revealed previously...
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