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Musicians rebuild Cambodia's lost ancient harp

Musicians rebuild Cambodia's lost ancient harp | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A Cambodian composer has revealed the sound of an ancient harp which has gone unheard for more than eight centuries.

The pin harp is shown being played by maidens in the stone reliefs on the walls of the Angkor Wat temple complex.

It lends its name to pinpeat orchestras, which perform ceremonial music of the royal courts and temples in Cambodia.

Archaeology lecturer Preap Chanmara says unlike the other orchestra instruments - cymbals, xylophones, flutes and drums - the pin harp has been lost.

"We know that there are many music instruments on the sculptures - some even dating back to the time before Angkor Era: the 7th century to the 13th century," he said.

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Biladi- Heritage for peace building – التراث لبناء السلام

Biladi- Heritage for peace building – التراث لبناء السلام | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Our aim is to introduce youngsters to Lebanon’s heritage and to enjoy it.                 • Tripoli and the Cedars: Discover a 1000 years old city with its souks, mosques, churches and castle...

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Disgruntled archaeologists at war with State

Disgruntled archaeologists at war with State | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

As many as 32 posts in the department, including those of 14 curators, ten archaeological officers, five epigraphists and a pre-historic epigraphist and archaeologist have been vacant for years now.

Archaeological experts fear the threat by the non-selected candidates will further delay conservation works that need to be undertaken on a war footing in several of the 85 protected monuments in the State.

Further, the delay in filling up the vacancies will delay heritage projects including new excavations announced in the recent budget.

Some of the projects that have been scheduled for 2013-14 include excavation in Srirangam — the assembly constituency of the Chief Minister — in Tiruchi, at a cost of Rs. 2 lakh, conservation of a Swasthik well in Lalgudi in Tiruchi at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh and conservation of Manora memorial pillar at Sarabendrarajapattinam in Pattukottai of Thanjavur at a cost of Rs. 12 lakh.

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Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history

Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Copper coins and a 70-year-old map with an ‘X’ marked on it may lead to a discovery that could change everything we've been led to believe about Australia's discovery.
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hmmm    there is more read into this than is real. 

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Lucero Trejo Guerrero's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:49 PM

An Austrilian Scientist might have found a possible reason to rewrite Austrilian history .  Their has been five coppper coin and a 70 year old map found on Northern territory that are about 1000 years old.

Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, January 22, 2:30 PM

The discovery of four copper coins and a map might change the historu of Australia.  It is believed this discovery means that inhabitants came upon Australia earlier than predicted.  It's amazing how finding something as simple as old coins can completely rewrite history, in this case the history of Australia.

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Revealed: Why Ancient Egyptians preferred to have sex in summers?

Revealed: Why Ancient Egyptians preferred to have sex in summers? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The fact came to light after the excavation of over 700 graves of ancient Egyptians.
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David Connolly's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:51 AM

work than one out??

 

Bobby Savoy's curator insight, January 30, 1:48 AM

It makes sense that they would associate summer with fertility because of the periods of the Nile. Crops are started at this time, so why not start children at the same time?

Mark Townsend's curator insight, January 31, 7:27 PM

This is a short but sweet article about how ancient egyptians preferred to have sex in the summer time in believing that a flood in the Nile River would bring prosperity to their religion.

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Al Ruwaida site yields unique archaeological find

Al Ruwaida site yields unique archaeological find | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
From the elegant silhouette on the tails of the national airline fleet to the overstuffed animals perched atop the Post Office roundabout...
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Mysterious Minoans Were European, DNA Finds : DNews

Mysterious Minoans Were European, DNA Finds : DNews | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The ancient Minoans were genetically European, DNA study reveals.
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New geoglyphs of the Jordanian Harrat : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

New geoglyphs of the Jordanian Harrat : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The eastern “panhandle” of the kingdom of Jordan is partly covered by a vast and rugged lava desert, the Harrat, covering about ca. 11.400 km2 (Fig. 1). Scoured by wind in winter and scorched dry by the sun in summer, the surface is covered by black basalt stones, making this area seem as uninviting, hostile and inaccessible as is imaginable.

Nevertheless this modern day desolate desert proves to be as rich in archaeological heritage as one may wish.

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Unique workshop of Palaeolithic hunters discovered in Silesia | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland

Unique workshop of Palaeolithic hunters discovered in Silesia | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
More than a thousand flint tools and waste generated on during their treatment were discovered near Pietrowice Wielkie (Silesia) by archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław - told PAP head researcher Dr. Andrzej Wiśniewski.

The flint workshops, remains of which were found by archaeologists, had been used by Neanderthals. The researchers are waiting for more detailed information on the site dating. The workshop is certainly more than 45 thousand years old.

"Tools were made by a specific canon of Neanderthals living in Central Europe. These items have a cutting edge on both sides, they are bifacial" - said Dr. Wiśniewski.

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Illegal Construction on Black Sea Archaeology Site Hides behind Bulgarian ... - Novinite.com

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No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Temple

No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Temple | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A major Mayan Monument had been bulldozed for roadfill aggregate. 7news went to Orange Walk District, near the northern district boundary to find out that Noh Mul – or at least a large part of it – is no more. It’s a stunning development – and Jules Vasquez reports.

 

Jules Vasquez reporting
Noh Mul. it’s name means the Big Hill but it’s not so big any more, this once towering and stout ceremonial center in San Jose/San Pablo has been whittled down to a narrow core by excavators and bulldozers. Whodunnit? Contractors who’re using the rich gravel and limestone content to fill roads in nearby Douglas Village.

 

Now, this was the main temple, the ceremonial center for Noh Mul, at about 20 metres among the tallest buildings in Northern Belize - and it’s not centuries old, it’s millennia, thousands of years old and the thought that it’s rich limestone bricks cut with stone tools in the BC era, the thought that this could be used for road fill is a manifest outrage and a particularly painful one for these Archeologists who were called out to the area today. We were there when they first arrived and got their initial emotional reaction:

 

Dr. Allan Moore - Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology
"This is one of the largest bulding in Norther Belize. I am appalled! I was hoping that when I was driving up from the main San Juan road that it would not be this one but when I got closer I couldn't believe it when I saw all the trucks. This is an incredible destruction."

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Space Archaeology: Alice Gorman at TEDxSydney

Alice Gorman is an archaeologist who specialises in the material culture of space exploration, from its origins in the 1930s through to the present. Her part...
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Links between Mycenaeans and Scandinavia

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Links between Mycenaeans and Scandinavia | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Dienekes assembles the recent papers that looks at the connection between Bronze Age Scandanavia and the Mycenean state in Greece.  

 

a quote to start off the collection states a simple fact that has large implications.  

 

It turns out that all examined Swedish subject except one - a slaggbit - comes from mines and ore deposits from sites in Cyprus, Sardinia, the Iberian Peninsula, the Massif Central in the current France, Tyrol and the British Isles. Copper has been transported, and in return it has been shipped back large amounts of amber. What emerges is a picture of a time when international contacts over large water was obvious, and there are already some 2000 years before the Vikings set off on their journeys.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/45788?programid=412

 

 

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Ice Age words in our speech : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Ice Age words in our speech : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

New research from the University of Reading shows that Ice Age people living in Europe 15,000 years ago might have used forms of some common words including I, you, we, man and bark, that in some cases could still be recognised today.

The English word brother and the French frère are related to the Sanskrit bhratr and the Latin frater, suggesting that words as mere sounds can remain associated with the same meaning for millennia. But how far back in time can traces of a word’s genealogical history persist, and can we predict which words are likely to show deep ancestry? These questions are central to understanding language evolution and to identify linguistic superfamilies uniting the world’s languages

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Archeologists believe Roman gate found in Beirut

Archeologists believe Roman gate found in Beirut | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists said this week that after working for seven years on Downtown’s Riad al-Solh Square they have reason to believe that ruins there include the remnants of a gate that served as a main entrance to an ancient Roman city.
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9 Highly Questionable Actions Committed By Indiana Jones

9 Highly Questionable Actions Committed By Indiana Jones | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

I’m sure this is common knowledge to everyone reading this article, but Indiana Jones is one of the most famous and recognisable characters in all of pop culture. Modelled after the do-gooders of 1930s film serials, Indiana Jones has become a film icon and one of the most universally beloved movie characters of all time.

With intelligence, bravado, wit and charm, Indy uppercuts Nazis, cracks his bullwhip and seduces the panties off of many attractive females… all while saving the world. Women want to be with him, men want to be him, and Nazis gleefully bend over and receive their beat downs at the mere presence of his fists. It simply isn’t possible to name a cooler character than Indiana Jones, and don’t even try to say Han Solo. Compared to Indy, Han is just a scruffy nerf-herder.

The Indiana Jones franchise has not only been commercially successful but has had a profound and lasting influence on society. Despite being a homage to various adventurers who came before him, Indy has directly influenced the characterisation of heroes like Nathan Drake of the Uncharted videogame series and Lara Croft of Tomb Raider.

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, May 19, 2013 10:55 AM

Excellent ! When I worked with archaeologists, people on the field were very frequently talk about Indy as a way to establish the contact. It creates good feelings, but the dark side of Indy, which is well detailed in this article, is that he is an old fashioned archaeologist only interested by artifacts. Despite the huge evolution of this science since few decades, archaeology is still perceived as a science of artifacts, not plainly as a social science. Indy is partly responsible of this, but we still love him !

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Auchmar Estate House

Auchmar Estate House | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The original estate house on the 110 acre property called Clairmont, so named by Issac Buchannon who built his estate here in the 1830's. The actual 10 acre estate he named Auchmar after his home in Scotland.

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Site provides clearer picture of China's past |Society |chinadaily.com.cn

Site provides clearer picture of China's past |Society |chinadaily.com.cn | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
New archaeological discoveries in Yuyao city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, provide a clearer picture of life in China's Neolithic age and confirm that the nation originated the practice of paddy cultivation.
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Early church and burials found at Lincoln castle : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Early church and burials found at Lincoln castle : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists digging under Lincoln Castle have made contact with the remains of a previously unknown church that is at least 1,000 years old.

The earliest find was a cemetery with several skeletons, associated with the remains of two stone walls. Further investigation revealed more burials, including at least one stone coffin. As explorations continue, it seems that the remains all belong to a stone church built after the Romans left and before the Norman conquerors came. During this period the English and the Danes competed for supremacy in Northern England.

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Topofly: East Lomond Hill Fort, Glory and Shadow

Topofly: East Lomond Hill Fort, Glory and Shadow | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

An early start and a short hike saw me on top of East Lomond Hill just as the sun began to rise, ready to get some kite aerial shots. Approaching the distinctive profile of the hill - which can be seen right across Fife and a good distance beyond - I could see wisps of cloud forming off of the hilltop, visible in this photo.

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Learning About Life From Death in Akhenaten's Egypt

Learning About Life From Death in Akhenaten's Egypt | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The city of Amarna was a 17 year period of change and drama in Egypt's ancient history. It was established as the capital city of Egypt in 1353 BC during the late 18th dynasty by Pharaoh Akhenaten....
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NHarbutt's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:07 PM

I am a big fan of the egyptians

Jack Smith's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:33 PM

Could be useful! for lifestlye. 

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No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Temple : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

No More Noh Mul? Contractor Bulldozes Mayan Temple : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A major Mayan Monument had been bulldozed for roadfill aggregate. 7news went to Orange Walk District, near the northern district boundary to find out that Noh Mul – or at least a large part of it – is no more. Jules Vasquez reports.

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Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times

Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An extraordinary voyage through mythical China is offered to visitors of Paris’s Guimet Museum in a rare collection of ancient China bronzes.
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Adeleke Kayode's curator insight, February 10, 2:21 PM

A variety of ancient bronzes that have lasted so long. They are priceless objects.

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Culture wars: why attack heritage?

Culture wars: why attack heritage? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Nazi burning of books considered "Un-German" is only one of many historical examples of culture coming under attack.
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Plague Helped Bring Down Roman Empire : DNews

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The cause of the Justinianic Plague appears to be settled through new DNA evidence.

 

Plague is a fatal disease so infamous that it has become synonymous with any dangerous, widespread contagion. It was linked to one of the first known examples of biological warfare, when Mongols catapulted plague victims into cities.

The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, has been linked with at least two of the most devastating pandemics in recorded history. One, the Great Plague, which lasted from the 14th to 17th centuries, included the infamous epidemic known as the Black Death, which may have killed nearly two-thirds of Europe in the mid-1300s. Another, the Modern Plague, struck around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning in China in the mid-1800s and spreading to Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe and other parts of Asia.

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