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A Late Palaeolithic site at Ouriakos (Limnos, Greece) in the north-eastern Aegean

A Late Palaeolithic site at Ouriakos (Limnos, Greece) in the north-eastern Aegean | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Late Palaeolithic site of Ouriakos is located on the south-eastern coast of the island of Limnos in the northern Aegean. It was discovered in 2006 during the construction of a car park close to the beach which removed part of a sand dune.

The site is partly located on a Pleistocene calcarenite marine terrace, some 10m above present sea level, delimited by two seasonal streams. A profile along the right bank of the southern stream shows a buried dark clayey palaeosoil that developed above the calcarenite, containing chipped stone artefacts at its top, and which was sealed by a sand dune.

Surface collections made in 2008–2010 on the exposed archaeological surface , and the excavations that followed in 2009–2012, revealed that the site extends for some 1500m⊃2;.

The lower part of this deposit yielded a few unidentifiable bone fragments, a burnt sample of which was AMS-dated to 10 390±45 uncal BP/10 564–10 124 cal BC at 2σ (GrA-53229), suggesting that the site was settled during an advanced period of the Younger Dryas cold oscillation (c. 11 000–10 000 uncal BP; Lowe et al. 2001: tab. 3). Ichipped stone artefacts were recovered.

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Art, bodies found in ancient caves

Art, bodies found in ancient caves | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists at the University of Wollongong will soon be collaborating on discoveries in a cave in Indonesia.

 

Professor Truman Simanjuntak from the Jakarta-based National Research and Development Center for Archaeology was at the university yesterday to address academics in the recently-established Centre for Archaeological Science (CAS).

Prof Simanjuntak is part of a group excavating Harimau ("Tiger") Cave in Sumatra, which has yielded "some very, very impressive finds

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Cynia Sapp's curator insight, January 15, 2014 4:26 PM

Finding sixty six human burials within the caves is a lot. There is evidence that these peoples were domesticated.Archaeoligists found plants and animal remians of chickens, dogs, and pigs.

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Fusing Ancient Pre-Columbian Art with Pop Culture

Fusing Ancient Pre-Columbian Art with Pop Culture | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
He came up with a brilliant idea to make his own “Pre-Columbian” pieces that are a little more difficult to mistake for ancient. He sculpted famous cartoon characters like The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, and Snoopy imitating the ...
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Chinatown art installation brings archaeology out of the laboratory : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Chinatown art installation brings archaeology out of the laboratory : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Visitors to the Stanford Archaeology Center find modern glass cases filled with fragments of a lost city – wooden toothbrushes and combs, buttons and leather shoes, ceramic bowls and soup spoons – remnants of the once thriving Chinatown community in San José.

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Thracian Exhibit Opens in Sofia -

Thracian Exhibit Opens in Sofia - | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The unique exhibit "The Sword of King Seuthes III" is opening Wednesday at the National History Museum, NIM, in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

The exhibit is organized in partnership with the "Iskra" (Spark) History Museum in the central town of Kazanlak, the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, and Unicredit Bulbank.

 

In 2004 Bulgarian archeologists made headlines all over the world after discovering the oldest and largest Thracian tomb unearthed on Bulgarian land from beneath the Golyamata Kosmatka mound.

 

The archaeological team was headed by late Georgi Kitov. The excavations revealed a 13-metre long passage and two halls walled up with stones behind the facade. One was used for the ritual symbolic burial of Sevt III (Seuthes) and the other for the ritual sacrifice of a horse.

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'Streets of Roman London' uncovered

'Streets of Roman London' uncovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An archaeological dig in the heart of the City provides a unique insight into the first 400 years of London's Roman history, experts say.
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Nunalleq: The Yupiit and the Arctic World : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Nunalleq: The Yupiit and the Arctic World : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Nunalleq: The Yupiit and the Arctic World shows the results of a partnership between a team of archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen, in north east Scotland and the Yup’ik village of Quinhagak in western Alaska.

The coastline in Quinhagak is rapidly being washed away as a result of global warming. The Quinhagak community, fearing that its heritage would be lost, asked University of Aberdeen archaeologists to conduct a rescue dig. Within hours of starting digging, archaeologists located a prehistoric village site which was falling into the sea.

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Several lines at Nazca suffer irreparable damage : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Several lines at Nazca suffer irreparable damage : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

According to reports from the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, serious damage to elements of the outer boundary of the world famous Nazca lines has been caused by heavy machinery belonging to a quarry firm removing limestone from the area.

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These Bones Of Mine

These Bones Of Mine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Human Osteology & Archaeology amongst other things...
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Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map - Gadling

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map
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When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map.
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Peru: Heavy machinery destroys Nazca lines

Peru: Heavy machinery destroys Nazca lines | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A group of ancient lines in the archaeological zone of Buenos Aires, in Nazca, have been destroyed by heavy machinery, El Comercio reported.
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Maybe only minor elements -  however, the principal is one of grave concern
more so given Perus desire to respect the past and increase the heritage revenue

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Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands

Ancient mysteries revealed in Turkmen desert sands | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Over four millennia ago, the fortress town of Gonur-Tepe might have been a rare advanced civilisation before it was buried for centuries under the dust of the Kara Kum desert in remote western Turkmenistan.

After being uncovered by Soviet archaeologists in the last century, Gonur-Tepe, once home to thousands of people and the centre of a thriving region, is gradually revealing its mysteries with new artifacts being uncovered on every summer dig.

The scale of the huge complex which spans some 30 hectares can only be properly appreciated from the air, from where the former buildings look like a maze in the desert surrounded by vast walls.

Just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the celebrated ancient city of Merv outside the modern city of Mary, the ruins of Gonur-Tepe are an indication of the archeological riches of Turkmenistan, one of the most isolated countries in the world.

 

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Curse of Tutankhamen – 90 years on : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Curse of Tutankhamen – 90 years on : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Friday 5 April 2013, marks the 90th anniversary of the death of the Egyptologist Lord Canarvon and the start of the mysterious curse of Tutankhamen, but author and University of Manchester Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley points out the real story is far from sinister.

She argues that an exclusive media deal coupled with the subsequent reliance on non-expert comment helped fuel rumours of a curse. Although she also notes that the curse of Tutankhamen is now far more famous than both the original Egyptian king and the men who first unearthed his treasure laden tomb.

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Could Mid Wales have been home to a 'neolithic theme park' used for rituals and feasts?

Could Mid Wales have been home to a 'neolithic theme park' used for rituals and feasts? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A dig at a site in Mid Wales is lending weight to the theory that there may have been a Neolithic tribal centre based in the area.

Mid Wales could have been home to a “Neolithic theme park” used for gatherings, religious rituals and feasts, archaeologists suggest.

A dig at the Walton Basin in Radnorshire is lending weight to the theory that there may have been a Neolithic tribal centre based in the area.

The site has been dated back to between 3800 and 2300BC and shows remains of palisades, cursuses (lengths of bank) and enclosures that all bear some resemblance to monuments found at Stonehenge.

The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust has been carrying out intermittent excavations on the site for close to 40 years.

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Vandals damage archaeological site with spray paint

Vandals damage archaeological site with spray paint | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those who vandalized an archaeological site rich in Native American petroglyphs.

The site, which is located north of Blythe, Calif., and not open to the public, was recently vandalized with blue spray paint — which is a federal offense that carries a $100,000 fine and a year in prison.

 

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Ötzi the Iceman Needed a Dentist

Ötzi the Iceman Needed a Dentist | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Despite coming from society's upper echelons, Otzi the Iceman showed evidence of serious gum disease, cavities and dental trauma.
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Part of Northampton’s Medieval castle unearthed - Local - Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Part of Northampton’s Medieval castle unearthed - Local - Northampton Chronicle and Echo | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The remains of a building from Northampton’s Medieval castle have been found on the site of the town’s railway station.

Archaeologists working on the site ahead of the development of a new station, have found three 12th Century walls from a stone building just feet underneath the station’s car park.

Archaeologist Tim Upson-Smith said: “We certainly weren’t expecting to find a stone building this well preserved and this close to the surface.”

It is not yet known what the building would have been used for in Medieval times, but it was located in the castle’s outer bailey, away from the main royal apartments.

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Academic unearths new lead to fabled Babylon gardens - The National

Academic unearths new lead to fabled Babylon gardens - The National | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The hanging gardens of Babylon were famous as one of seven wonders of the ancient world. But a British academic visiting Abu Dhabi is about publish the most conclusive study yet that the gardens were actually created by the rival Assyrian empire.
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Bamburgh Research Project needs your support : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Bamburgh Research Project needs your support : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Bamburgh, fortress palace of the Anglo-Saxon Kings of Northumbria, has been continuously occupied for more than 3,000 years. Since 1996 this legacy has been investigated by archaeologists, students, and volunteers participating in the Bamburgh Research Project’s (BRP) annual excavations.

But now this work is under threat. Because of rising costs and the rash of funding cuts for Arts and Heritage across the United Kingdom this predominantly student funded project now needs your help to survive.

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Unearthed Scots find gives insight into Battle of Flodden | Herald Scotland

Unearthed Scots find gives insight into Battle of Flodden | Herald Scotland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A crown shaped livery badge, thought to have been worn by a soldier in the personal retinue of King James IV, was discovered by archaeologists during a survey of the site of the Battle of Flodden.

The badge, which is believed to have been buried for five centuries, is made of copper alloy and appears to have been snapped off a hat band. Its design includes the Fleur de Lys with jewels and diamonds, elements which were part of the Scottish crown in 1513.

The Battle of Flodden was a turning point in UK history and set the stage for the subsequent Union of the Crowns between Scotland and England.

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Discovery of 17th Dynasty Ancient Egyptian elite : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Discovery of 17th Dynasty Ancient Egyptian elite : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Djehuty Project, led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has discovered on the hill of Dra Abu el-Naga in Luxor (ancient Thebes), the burials of four individuals belonging to the elite of the 17th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, who lived about 3,550 years ago.

These findings, discovered during the 12th campaign of archaeological excavations, shed light on a little-known historical period in which Thebes becomes the capital of the kingdom and the empire’s foundations become established with the dominance of Egypt over Palestine and Syria to the north, and over Nubia to the south.

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The Vengeance of Ivarr the Boneless

The Vengeance of Ivarr the Boneless | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Did he, and other Vikings, really use a brutal method of ritual execution called the blood eagle?

 

Ninth-century Scandinavia has had good press in recent years. As late as the 1950s, when Kirk Douglas filmed his notorious clunker The Vikings—a movie that featured lashings of fire and pillage, not to mention Tony Curtis clad in an ahistorical and buttocks-skimming leather jerkin—most popular histories still cast the Denmark and Norway of the Dark Ages as nations overflowing with bloodthirsty warriors who were much given to horned helmets and drunken ax-throwing contests. If they weren’t worshiping the pagan gods of Asgard, these Vikings were sailing their longships up rivers to sack monasteries while ravishing virgins and working themselves into beserker rages.

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Site Report, Norham Castle, 6-7th April 2013

Site Report, Norham Castle, 6-7th April 2013 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Site Report:  Day 1 and 2 (6-7th April)

6th April (Day 1)

With diggers due to arrive at 1230, work started from 0915 delivering tools and equipment to the site. The aim for the morning was to do what we could to establish a survey grid on the site, and then establish the base line in the geophysical grid that was used by GUARD archaeology (read their report) during their 2012 survey. To achieve this was going to be tricky as the report (as excellent as it is) included little information other than on small scale illustrations on how their grid was located.

Work starts

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Bringing Babylon back from the dead

Bringing Babylon back from the dead | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Babylon was one of the glories of the ancient world, its walls and mythic hanging gardens listed among the Seven Wonders.

Founded about 4,000 years ago, the ancient city was the capital of 10 dynasties in Mesopotamia, considered one of the earliest cradles of civilization and the birthplace of writing and literature.

But following years of plunder, neglect and conflict, the Babylon of today scarcely conjures that illustrious history.

In recent years, the Iraqi authorities have reopened Babylon to tourists, hoping that one day the site will draw visitors from all over the globe. But despite the site's remarkable archaeological value and impressive views, it is drawing only a smattering of tourists, drawn by a curious mix of ancient and more recent history.

 

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abigail's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:37 PM

as many think that kingdoms, kings, queens, cultures die out they never do becasue they leave a legacy or their history and that never dies. and we give it life today by caring to know more in a respectful way. 

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It's official: First Telugu inscription disappears

It's official: First Telugu inscription disappears | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In a rude shock to the Telugu community, the famous Kalamalla inscription, considered to be the first in Telugu on the basis of which the Official Language status was accorded to Telugu, has disappeared.

The efforts of the Central Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar awardee Vempalli Gangadhar,  who strove for bringing back the first Telugu inscription dating back to 575 AD found in Kalamalla in Kadapa district, from the Egmore Museum in Chennai to Andhra Pradesh, proved futile with the officials of the museum as well as the Indian Archaeological Department in Hyderabad making it clear that they do not have any such evidence with them.

In a reply to a letter by Gangadhar, who invoked the Right to Information Act, both the bodies admitted that Kalamalla is the first Telugu inscription. However, they made it clear that the inscription is not with them.

 

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