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Tools down for Time Team: Raksha Dave on the end of an era and her new adventure

Tools down for Time Team: Raksha Dave on the end of an era and her new adventure | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
DV Field School Manager and Time Team archaeologist Raksha Dave advises us all to switch off the remote and make our own adventure... It’s the end of an era, a watershed, a seminal moment for TV archaeology: Time Team has finally ended.
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nice one....   lets take the advice

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The mafia left Naples in ruins. Can they do the same to Pompeii?

The mafia left Naples in ruins. Can they do the same to Pompeii? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Having been buried under ash from Mount Vesuvius almost 2000 years ago, the Roman city of Pompeii managed to rise again – becoming one of the world’s most famous historic sites and tourist attractions.

But over the past decade – under the weight of 2.3 million trampling visitors’ feet every year – it has fallen into woeful neglect and is in urgent need of restoration.

This was amply demonstrated in 2010 with the collapse of the site’s House of the Gladiators.

 

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Carolinas’ rocks hold ancient messages | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com

Carolinas’ rocks hold ancient messages | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Not as elaborate, well-preserved or easily interpreted as those in France and the Southwest, there are nevertheless more than 100 sites in North and South Carolina where archaeologists think prehistoric people expressed themselves with the tools at...
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Wow! History's most iconic photos in colour

Wow! History's most iconic photos in colour | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Colour has an amazing power to bring the past to life, whether it's Abraham Lincoln's tie or a victorious kiss.
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The Battle of Fulford: War breaks out over 'forgotten' Yorkshire battlefield

The Battle of Fulford: War breaks out over 'forgotten' Yorkshire battlefield | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Combatants are squaring up to do battle over the fate of a Yorkshire field more than 1,000 years after they say an earlier battle was fought there that helped to change the course of British history. Rival groups have issued a call to arms over the future of what some historians claim is the true site of the "forgotten" Battle of Fulford in September 1066. Local historians are fighting a rearguard action over developers' plans to build 600 homes on a field near York which they say is the site of the historic battle.

The Battle of Fulford is where an invading Viking army defeated an Anglo-Saxon force led by the northern earls, Edwin and Morcar. Historians say the battle is important because the defeat forced the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson, to march his army north to fight and defeat the invaders at the Battle of Stamford Bridge five days later. Although victorious, Harold's forces suffered losses at Stamford Bridge and were exhausted after the march, and the campaign in the north diverted the king's attention away from the south coast, where William of Normandy launched his invasion.

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Heritage Is an Educational Legacy

Heritage Is an Educational Legacy | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

April 18 was World Heritage Day. It was an appropriate moment to unveil the restoration of a major Mughal monument in New Delhi, India, the tomb of Isa Khan, within the larger World Heritage site of Humayun's Tomb. The beautiful octagonal structure is now the centerpiece of a newly restored landscape park. Once dwarfed by the majestic Humayun's Tomb, which it predates by 20 years, it stands on its own as a new discovery and significant addition to the great monumental heritage of the city.

The theme of World Heritage Day this year is the "heritage of education," a concept that can be understood in several different ways. While education has its legacy in buildings such as libraries and universities, and in objects such as manuscripts and things created to support learning, every heritage site also carries within it an embedded educational legacy of skills, messages, and meanings. This fact was much in evidence at the April 18 unveiling by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which led the project with support from World Monuments Fund and the Archaeological Survey of India.

 

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Bonnie Burnham, President, World Monuments Fund explains the importance and legacy of heritage. for world heritage day on the 18th April

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Behold the internet's most hilarious abandoned websites (Wired UK)

Behold the internet's most hilarious abandoned websites (Wired UK) | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The internet is a rapidly evolving place, meet the websites that got left behind

 

finding a webpage dating back to the turn of the century is like unearthing King Tut's tomb.

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Wow...  Internet archaeology for real!!

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Temple of Jupiter And Caesar’s Last House Unearthed On The Palatine Hill |

Temple of Jupiter And Caesar’s Last House Unearthed On The Palatine Hill | | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Excavations at the Palatine Hill in Rome have unearthed the first Temple of Jupiter Stator, or Jupiter the Stayer and the remains of a prestigious dwelling near the sacred area in front of the Porta Mugonia, dating to the second and first century BC. Experts suggest it may have been House of Caesar

 

Romulus supposedly built the temple after a battle at the Roman Forum against the Sabines during which the Romans had to retreat uphill on the Via Sacra.

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Calls for action to save Wemyss caves

Calls for action to save Wemyss caves | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Ancent caves in danger of being lost to the sea could become a major tourist attraction if they can be saved.

That is the belief of Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance, who will call on the Scottish Government to recognise the ongoing work to preserve the historically significant landmarks.

The Wemyss Caves at East Wemyss date back to Pictish times and contain several important carvings from between the fifth and ninth centuries.

In fact, it is thought there are more ancient drawings there than anywhere else in Scotland. A complex of seven natural caves, it is believed they were occupied by Christian hermits during the 11th century.

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such a shame.    but a possible action for SCAPE team!

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C14 dates tied into Maya long count : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

C14 dates tied into Maya long count : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Maya are famous for their complex calendric systems and now one calendar, the Maya Long Count, is empirically calibrated to the modern European calendar, according to an international team of researchers.

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Antiquities black market in Egypt has a new enemy - Young Egyptians on facebook

Antiquities black market in Egypt has a new enemy - Young Egyptians on facebook | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Abdel-Rahman Sherief |

 

Antiquity smuggling has witnessed an unprecedented surge in the two years since the 25 January Revolution since it is an easy way to make immediate money, even if it is on the account of Egypt’s heritage and history.

The fragile security situation in the country and the financial and economic ordeals the population is suffering from are considered the main reasons behind this phenomenon. Given that a small, wooden, carved Pharaonic statue or a marble bust can be sold for a large sum of US dollars, there are many who take advantage of this immediate influx of cash that can immediately improve their standard of living.

 

This situation provoked a few young Egyptians to start a public effort to try to stop this loss of historical artefacts by launching the independent “Stop the heritage drain” movement, which posts and publicises photos of the missing pieces on the internet on their Facebook page. “The Ministry of Antiquities must declare the theft of antiquities to stop the smugglers from being able to market the stolen pieces internationally,” Yasmin El-Dorghamy, movement cofounder, said.

 

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the facebook group is here:https://www.facebook.com/StopTheHeritageDrain?fref=ts

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Diyarbakır looking to convince UNESCO on centuries old walls

ARCHAEOLOGY - Diyarbakır looking to convince UNESCO on centuries old walls | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Diyarbakır is rolling up its sleeves to ensure that the southeastern province’s historic basalt walls – some of the longest of their kind in the world – are soon added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

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Have walked these walls, and think it is about time they were inscribed.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittite culture survives in Alacahöyük

ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittite culture survives in Alacahöyük | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Turkey’s well-known ancient site of Alacahöyük, which currently draws around 50,000 visitors a year, in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum, is set to be given new facilities reflecting traces of the Hittite civilization.

The head of the Alacahöyük excavations, Professor Aykut Çınaroğlu, said the reconstruction plan for the protection of Alacahöyük had been prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, was in its final stage and was set to be implemented in a year.

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Wait... so they still practice the Hittite culture? I need to go there...

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Lynchburg project seeks to find, ID unmarked Confederate graves in historic city cemetery

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Archaeologists are working to find and identify more than four dozen unmarked graves of Confederate soldiers in Lynchburg’s historic Old City Cemetery.
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Space Archaeologists Call for Preserving Off-Earth Artifacts

Space Archaeologists Call for Preserving Off-Earth Artifacts | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

When it comes to preserving history, a group of archaeologists and historians are hoping to boldly go where no archaeologist has gone before.

Researchers are increasingly urging humanity to protect off-Earth cultural resources. That may well mean preserving NASA's Apollo landing sites on the moon as national historic landmarks, regarding far-flung spacecraft as mobile artifacts and even working to preserve some pieces of space junk.

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This seems like a bit much to me.
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Search for King Arthur to go north after Glastonbury conference despite Somerset connections

Search for King Arthur to go north after Glastonbury conference despite Somerset connections | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A rallying call fitting of King Arthur calling his legendary knights to battle issued across the historic lands of Avalon yesterday, as Britain was urged to rekindle its romance with its ancient king....
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hmmmmm    juries out on this hunt  ;)

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Tomb of the notorious Emperor Yang of Sui found : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Tomb of the notorious Emperor Yang of Sui found : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Chinese archaeologists have reported in China’s state news agency Xinhua that the tomb they are currently excavating in east Jiangsu Province might be the final resting place of an infamous and tyrannical emperor killed during an uprising in AD 618.

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You have had kings in England...  now it's emperors in China...  finding royalty is all the rage  ;)

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Mayors of London boroughs walk the ancient route taken by Dick Whittington 600 years ago

Mayors of London boroughs walk the ancient route taken by Dick Whittington 600 years ago | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A traditional walk in which the mayors of London’s boroughs parade through the capital on the same route taken by Dick Whittington more than 600 years ago took place on Sunday.
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Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years. The recipes are to be recreated at a Durham University event later in the month.

The Latin manuscript mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures and was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. The work was recently been re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are amongst the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition, preceding the previously known examples from circa 1290. The manuscript is now held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

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Heritage projects shelved due to huge funding cuts in ireland

Heritage projects shelved due to huge funding cuts in ireland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The State body responsible for protecting our cultural heritage has revealed it has no money to help local communities protect and restore some of our most historic buildings.

 

Writing in the Irish Independent on International Day for Monuments and Sites, the Heritage Council has accused the Government of taking the "easy option", after its funding was slashed from €20m in 2008 to just €5.7m.


Key projects such as surveys of the Hill of Tara and Bru na Boinne have been shelved because of a lack of funding.  Other projects affected include the Wonderful Barn in Co Kildare, a famine-relief building built in 1734 to store grain (above)

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Italy: Anti-mafia officials and police inspect Pompeii excavations - Adnkronos CultureAndMedia

Italy: Anti-mafia officials and police inspect Pompeii excavations - Adnkronos CultureAndMedia | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Italian government's anti-mafia directorate and police on Tuesday carried out raids at the world-famous archaeological site of Pompeii, which Rome and the European Union has granted 105 million euros to restore.

 

The checks were ordered by the government's top representative in nearby Naples, Francesco Musolino, to inspect progress on restoration of the House of the Guilt Cupids, the House of the Great Fountain and the Fullonica of Stephanus laundry.

 

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Anglo-Saxon grave found - Local - Hartlepool Mail

Anglo-Saxon grave found - Local - Hartlepool Mail | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

THE discovery of an apparent Anglo-Saxon grave underneath a church could be proof of the siting of a Seventh Century monastery.

The find, which archaeologists are describing as “exciting”, was unearthed while work is being done to St Hilda’s Church, on Hartlepool’s Headland.

The floor has been taken up at the historic church to make way for a new heating system, and experts at Tees Archaeology have been at the church for recording purposes working on two areas measuring 27ft by 27ft.

As well as the Anglo-Saxon grave, another six, believed to date between the 1600s and 1900s, were also found, as well as various loose bones.

Dr Steve Sherlock, of Tees Archaeology, said: “It’s an exciting thing.

“We hope to do more work to understand it.

“It’s always presumed that there was a church here in Norman times in 1066.

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La Tène warriors unearthed in France : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

La Tène warriors unearthed in France : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A team of Inrap archaeologists recently uncovered an exceptionally preserved necropolis dating to the 4th – 3rd centuries BC in Buchères, north central France.

 The team uncovered fifteen spectacular funerary enclosures, quadrangular, circular and horseshoe, dating from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.
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Suspicion over crannog body find

Suspicion over crannog body find | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A woman who died 600 years ago at a crannog near Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh could have been the victim of foul play, a leading archaeologist has revealed.
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The Hangman's Tale: Archaeologists Dig into History of Execution

The Hangman's Tale: Archaeologists Dig into History of Execution | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

For years, few were interested in unearthing what lay beneath old gallows and scaffolds. But, in Germany, growing interest in "execution site archaeology" is throwing much light on how the executed died and the executors lived.

The skeletons were found near Alkersleben, not far from the eastern German city of Erfurt, where the counts of Kevernburg punished criminals over 700 years ago.

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fascinating - if ghoulish.  

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