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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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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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Topofly: Hillforts from On High

Topofly: Hillforts from On High | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

As part of a pilot case study for my PhD I have been putting together a series or aerial photographs focused on some local Hillforts. I was recently assisted with a Historic Scotland Sponsorship Award which has enabled me in incorporate some photography from somewhat higher altitudes than I am used to - with the hire of a Cessna 172 light aircraft. For this brief flight I picked a morning shortly after some heavy snowfall and, ably assisted by photographer Kieran Duncan, set off on a route which tied in various sites.

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Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Origins of human teamwork found in chimpanzees : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Teamwork has been fundamental in humanity’s greatest achievements but scientists have found that working together has its evolutionary roots in our nearest primate relatives – chimpanzees.

A series of trials by scientists found that chimpanzees not only coordinate actions with each other but also understand the need to help a partner perform their role to achieve a common goal.

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If these creatures can do it ... then everybody should be able to.

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Lessons for Today From 5 Ancient Civilizations

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This April, National Geographic explorers and other experts in five of the world's oldest civilizations will gather in Guatemala to discuss how the past can be a window to the future.

At least five distinct times in world history, human beings created a unique writing system that allowed them to organize their thoughts and record and transmit information like never before: the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese, People of the Indus Valley, and the Maya. They each spread to inspire more written systems (for example the Latin alphabet we use comes from Phonecian, which stems ultimately from Egyptian).

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talks about Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Chinese, People of the Indus Valley, and the Mayans and some importance in which they impacted.

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what we could learn from ancient civilizations

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I thought this article was intriguing because our blog for this week was to compare ancient civilization to modern day civilization.  I am awe stricken that even in ancient times, human beings created a unique writing system.  It is crazy to think that the tradition of writing has been passed down from generation to generation for years.

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Digging deep to meet stone age ancestors - Entertainment

Digging deep to meet stone age ancestors - Entertainment | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
When asked to showcase the result of a two-week dig at Goldsborough, archaeologist Rachel Grahame holds up a brick of charred sandstone and several pieces of flint no bigger than a fingernail.
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Showing that commercial archaeology and research can happen!

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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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Rich slice of history

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Will there be any efforts to restore the Badami Trikutalaya and the inscriptions that look pale on the white-washed walls?

(This is the first of a two-part article that speaks about the Chalukyan temples and their architecture, found mostly in and around Karnataka)

The ancient name of Badami was – Badami. Vatapi was the Sanskrit name that the Chalukyas gave it, when they ruled over the area. Dr. Silakant Pathar, whose D. Litt thesis was ‘Badami- A cultural study,’ says the Chalukyas changed many Kannada names into Sanskrit. For example, Kisuvolal (red town) became Raktapura.

Archaeologist Dr. A. Sundara, who surveyed 2,000 villages in Maharashtra and Karnataka, when he was with the Archeological Survey of India, has an interesting interpretation about how the association of the area with the asura Vatapi might have come about.

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Part of a new article on the  temple architecture in India

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Latest Results: Alfoldean

Latest Results: Alfoldean | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
About a year and a half ago, I started working with the Horsham District Archaeology Group at Alfoldean.

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Martin Roseveare's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:47 AM

Publicising this image does unfortunately make it easier for the nighthawks of course but given that it is already in the public domain linking to it from here probably won't make much difference long term.

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But as MArtin says... we must continue to share...!
Greg Collins's curator insight, April 5, 2013 7:45 AM
What have the Romans ever done for us?
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Rock Art in the Kimberley-(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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A new scientific study of rock art in the Kimberley aims to clarify the history of human settlement in Australia.

 

Throughout northern Australia there is rock art of the most breathtaking kind: animals and people and designs painted in vibrant ochre. So how long have Australians been painting like this? And what can the oldest paintings tells us about our forerunners, the very first Australians?

Dr June Ross is one of Australia's leading experts on rock art. She taught one of the few rock art courses in Australia, at the University of New England, and she's published extensively in the field. And she's involved in several different field work projects.

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Astronomical alignments were vital in Mesoamerica : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Astronomical alignments were vital in Mesoamerica : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A three year examination of astronomical alignments found in the buildings of Mesoamerican cities has demonstrated the basis of some pre-Columbian rituals.

Archaeologist Francisco Sánchez Nava, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), together with archaeoastronomer Ivan Sprajc, from the Centre of Scientific Research of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, jointly developed the project “The Archaeo-astronomical Properties of Architecture and Urbanism in Mesoamerica”.

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