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Photographing Dura-Europos, 1928–1937: An Archaeology of the Archive

Photographing Dura-Europos, 1928–1937: An Archaeology of the Archive | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Recent years have seen the emergence of scholarship on the history of archaeology and receptions of the classical past. Neither of these trends has fully engaged with the visual evidence, particularly that of photography, or with the material form of the archive itself. Using archival photographs taken at the site of Dura-Europos from 1928 to 1937, this article explores how the study of archaeological photographs and archaeological archives can contribute to our understanding of the history and epistemology of archaeology.

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How to eviscerate an Egyptian mummy: the truth revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

How to eviscerate an Egyptian mummy: the truth revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Descriptions of the preparation of ancient Egyptian mummies that appear in both scientific and popular literature are derived largely from accounts by the Greek historians Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus.

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Fish based diets cause archaeological dating problems : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Fish based diets cause archaeological dating problems : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Some years ago in northern Germany, archaeologist Sönke Hartz carried out excavations at a prehistoric camp-site belonging to the Ertebølle culture, close by the river Trave.

 

Burnt residue from the experiment. Image: Bente Philippsen

During these excavations he discovered an ancient pottery sherd which held remnants of burnt food. Hartz, an expert in the Stone Age of northern Europe, sent the pot sherd away for carbon-14 dating and was amazed when the laboratory came back with a date of 5200 BC.

“It was an archaeological sensation! This pottery was many hundreds of years older than all the pottery that was previously found in Northern Germany. It was older than everyone expected. But, then I was in doubt. I had found the pot by the river, so the food crust could possibly consist of fish. I remembered that there were dating problems with freshwater fish, which could give misleading ages,“ explained Hartz.

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Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy

Egyptian tomb raiders persist under poor economy | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

An Egyptian archaeologist points to fresh motorcycle tracks on the desert sand, traces left by the gangs who dig under the cover of darkness for Pharaonic treasures.

 

Dozens of burial tombs untouched for millennia lie open and ransacked of their contents. Mounds of earth signal the location of other illicit excavations.

The looters "work from sunset to sunrise. It's systematic; it's open; it's in front of everyone," says Monica Hanna, 29, an archaeologist.

 

Tomb raiding in Egypt dates to antiquity; however, since the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the plunder appears to have become more widespread, and more professional.

 

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Give the people something to protect...   and they will do it

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Turkey: Italian archaeologists find Gate to the Underworld - Culture - ANSAMed.it

Turkey: Italian archaeologists find Gate to the Underworld - Culture - ANSAMed.it | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Turkey: Italian archaeologists find Gate to the Underworld, In the ancient city of Hieropolis, in Phrygia, According to Greco-Roman mythology and tradition, the Gate to the Underworld, also known as Pluto's Gate - Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in...
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microburin

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populating the mesolithic | stones tell stories
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Museum’s ‘whale bone porn’ leaves Vancouver mother ‘extremely disturbed’ | Canada |

Museum’s ‘whale bone porn’ leaves Vancouver mother ‘extremely disturbed’ | Canada | | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Never mind the Internet. A schoolteacher is sounding the alarm after stumbling upon another medium she thinks may corrupt young minds: 19th-century whale etchings

 

Ann Pimentel raised the concern — and coined the unlikely phrase — after visiting the Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM), a modest institution on the city’s west side. That’s where a small collection of etchings and engravings on whale teeth and bone is on display, part of a larger show that also features example of maritime tattoo art.

Arlen Redekop/Postmedia NewsPart of the Tattoos & Scrimshaw: The Art of the Sailor exhibit at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Nine of the etched pieces on display show images of a sexual nature, some of them quite explicit. “A Whaler’s Hope of the First Night Ashore” is etched across a tooth that’s eight inches long, extracted two centuries ago from an unfortunate sperm whale. Underneath the title is etched a saucy scene. A man and a woman, flesh exposed. Mouths open, limbs entwined. You get the idea.

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Afterlife of Early Neolithic houses in the Polish lowlands : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Afterlife of Early Neolithic houses in the Polish lowlands : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The transition to farming on the Polish Lowland, which is a part of the North European Plain, was a complex process lasting over a millennium. This is partly due to the diversity of the landscapes from the Pomerania Lakeland to the north with its rolling glacial hills and the south with the flat monotonous Great Poland Lowland Plain. The largest area is covered by a light sandy soil, however, in some regions heavy, fertile mollic gleysols formed over a clay subsoil can be found; comparable to the fertile loess-based soils prevailing in the uplands of southern Poland.

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Another fascinating article from the WAC7 conference. Good to step outside the confines of UK commercial! and this data comes from Polish Commercial

This time a look at how structures from the LBK relate to later burial and occupation. You will be stunned at the connections - sometimes up to a millennia later.

To me, this invovels understanding teh way we relate to the past and how they would relate to the past...

I am minded of two sites near where I live. both Neolithic excarnation sites and both have bronze age cists inserted into the space that would once have been the centre of the original monumnet. even though it had been unused for over a thousand years... Memory of place anyone??

The author is Joanna Pyzel is an archaeologist at Gdańsk University - She currently divides her life between Poland and Germany and works on the archaeology of the Early Neolithic in Central Europe and Anatolia.

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First Panoramic Shot

First Panoramic Shot | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Using the photographs taken on our first survey day, we have stitched together a 360° panoramic image. We did this in an attempt to view the landscape in the immediate vicinity of the stone circle....
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Here's how the ancient Egyptians sucked the guts out of their mummies

Here's how the ancient Egyptians sucked the guts out of their mummies | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A group of scientists have just busted a millennia-old myth about how the ancient Egyptians made their mummies. It turns out that nobody had to take burning cedar oil enemas after all.
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Mexico demands Sotheby's halt auction of artifacts

Mexico demands Sotheby's halt auction of artifacts | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government is demanding that Sotheby's auction house halt the planned sale of 51 pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts, arguing they are protected national historical pieces.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday that Mexico has sent a diplomatic note to the French government seeking assistance in heading off the auction scheduled in Paris for Friday and Saturday.

It also implied that some of the artifacts offered in what is known as the 300-piece Barbier-Mueller Collection of Pre-Columbian Art are fakes or imitations.

"Of the 130 objects advertised as being from Mexico, 51 are archaeological artifacts that are (Mexican) national property, and the rest are handicrafts," the institute said in a statement.

Still, the genuine pieces are important to Mexico.

"In light of their importance for the people of Mexico, the director of the auction company has been asked to withdraw the pieces from sale," the institute said.

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Stuff

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An archaeologist will assess the Whakatane Hospital car park where a human skull, thought to be of Maori origin, was found during excavation work today.

Police had determined the area was not a crime scene and after further sifting of soil in the immediate area would hand the area over to the Historic Places Trust as an archaeological site, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board said.

Work on the car park, which is part of a $67 million redevelopment of the hospital, was stopped after the skull was found about 11.30am today.

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No!!!   not another body in a carpark!

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Unearthing Ancient Sweden Through Archaeology

Unearthing Ancient Sweden Through Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
With over 25,000 Iron Age graveyards and burial mounds, 1,140 megalithic structures of all sizes, and about 2,500 large rune stones, Sweden is an archaeologist's paradise.
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James Blake Wiener of the Ancient History Encyclopedia speaks to Dr. Martin Rundkvist, a Swedish archaeologist, about his most recent work in attempting to locate a Geatish mead-hall in the archaeologically rich province of Östergötland. With humor and insight, Rundkvist shares his thoughts and enthusiasm.

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Mussolini’s ‘most secret’ bunker discovered beneath historic Roman structure

Mussolini’s ‘most secret’ bunker discovered beneath historic Roman structure | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Workers in Rome have stumbled across a top-secret bunker once belonging to former Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, hidden underneath the historic Palazzo Venezia.

The discovery is the 12th such bunker as is said to have been the “most secret” of the former strongman’s hideouts, according to the Italian publication La Stampa.

And in what has become a tradition of sorts, the bunker will soon go on display for the public to tour and document, as has been done with other recently discovered Mussolini bunkers. City officials plan to install lighting, a touchscreen system and an air siren, meant to simulate the sounds of an impending air raid.

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Archaeo News Podcast 228 : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Archaeo News Podcast 228 : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In collaboration with Stonepages, British Archaeological Jobs Resource and Past HorizonsHeadlines

Maize was key in early Andean civilisation
Police return smuggled Neolithic artefacts to Kosovo
Stone Circle begins to reveal secrets in Scotland

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Reflections on WAC-7

Reflections on WAC-7 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Seventh World Archaeological Congress took place at the King Hussein Conference Centre at the Dead Sea resort in Jordan from 13th-18th January 2013. Formal conference sessions were complemented by excursions to archaeological sites in the region, including Madaba, famous for its mosaics, and the World Heritage Site of Petra, which last year celebrated the bicentenary of its rediscovery by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burkhardt. Here a number of conference participants from around the world give their personal reflections of WAC-7.

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Lost and found – Palaeolithic portable art re-emerges from museum stores : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Lost and found – Palaeolithic portable art re-emerges from museum stores : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A 14,000-year-old engraved reindeer antler – possibly the first piece of portable art ever found – was uncovered in the 19th century and has been stored away in the vast collections of the Natural History Museum. Its scientific importance and clues to how it was produced are only now being revealed.

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Archaeology Island - Archaeology Magazine

Archaeology Island - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
More than 4,000 years of history in only 16 square miles

 

A forgotten sliver of land in the far north of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait’s Failaka Island is home now mostly to camels. Its only town is a sprawling ruin pockmarked with bullet holes and debris from tank rounds, and the landscape beyond seems empty and bleak. Even before Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait prompted its sudden evacuation, Failaka in the past century was little more than a quiet refuge for fishermen and the occasional Kuwaiti seeking relief from the mainland’s fierce heat. But just under the island’s sandy soil, archaeologists are discovering a complex history extending back 4,000 years, from the golden age of the first civilizations to the wars of the modern era.

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The Subversive Archaeologist: Shameless Self-Promotion [Subtitle: Later is Coming Sooner Than I Thought! And This Body Needs To Find Work in British Columbia by September!]

The Subversive Archaeologist: Shameless Self-Promotion [Subtitle: Later is Coming Sooner Than I Thought! And This Body Needs To Find Work in British Columbia by September!] | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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RIP Time Team, you were a national treasure

RIP Time Team, you were a national treasure | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Let's celebrate the memory of a show that charmed and educated through bejumpered boffins at toil in soil
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Ancient Giant Trees Found Petrified in Thailand : DNews

Ancient Giant Trees Found Petrified in Thailand : DNews | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Petrified trees have been unearthed that are nearly as tall as the world's highest trees today. Here's the story of their discovery and what it tells us about tall trees in general. ->
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Orpheus Relief Project results in surprise for researchers : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Orpheus Relief Project results in surprise for researchers : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In September 2012, researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) began the The Orpheus Relief Project to determine how a 2000 year old marble relief was originally coloured based on the surviving pigments adhering to the marble, but the final results came as a shock to everyone.

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Pre-Viking tunic found on glacier as warming trend aids archaeology

Pre-Viking tunic found on glacier as warming trend aids archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology, scientists said on Thursday.

 

The greenish-brown, loose-fitting outer clothing — suitable for a person up to about 5 feet, 9 inches tall (176 centimeters) — was found 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level on what may have been a Roman-era trade route in south Norway. Carbon dating showed it was made around the year 300.

 

"It's worrying that glaciers are melting, but it's exciting for us archaeologists," Lars Piloe, a Danish archaeologist who works on Norway's glaciers, said at the first public showing of the tunic, which has been studied since it was found in 2011.

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Note: the tunic was found in 2011  - http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article4221404.ece#.UUwKAzcfV2A  

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Ring unearthed in York field may have been royal - General news - Yorkshire Post

Ring unearthed in York field may have been royal - General news - Yorkshire Post | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A SAPPHIRE ring found in a field south of York by a metal detecting enthusiast is probably much older than originally thought and may have been owned by royalty, according to group of experts convened to examine the object.

Archaeologists say the Escrick Ring is likely to be from the 5th or 6th century, and nothing like it from that period has ever been found in the UK before.

The expert group, convened by the Yorkshire Museum in York, believes the ring could have royal connections.

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Netanyahu’s Gift To Obama: Nanotechnology Mounted On Archeology

Netanyahu’s Gift To Obama: Nanotechnology Mounted On Archeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
At some point during US President Barack Obama's current visit to Israel, the American president will be presented with a 2,000 year-old stone on which the Declarations of Independence of the United States of America and the State of Israel… (Netanyahu's...
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