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Stone Pages Archaeo News: Police return smuggled Neolithic artefacts to Kosovo

Stone Pages Archaeo News: Police return smuggled Neolithic artefacts to Kosovo | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Seven artefacts dating as far back as 4,000 BCE to the Neolithic period, and thought to belong to the Vinca, a prehistoric culture that traces back to 5,500 BCE in southern Europe, have been returned to Kosovo. They are believed to have been stolen during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and were discovered by police in Germany in 2005.
     Authorities think they were meant for sale to private collectors. There was no registry for the items and it took investigators years to authenticate them and confirm their origin. They have been placed in Kosovo's Archeological Museum in the capital Pristina alongside the museum's only previous artefact, a similar terracotta figurine known as 'Goddess on the Throne', returned from Serbia through the mediation of the United Nations.
     Kosovo's ethnic Albanians fought a separatist war against Serbia in 1998-99 and Serbia relocated some 1,200 artefacts from Kosovo's museum to Belgrade during the 78-day NATO bombing campaign that eventually ended the conflict. Serbia rejects Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence, and ownership of the artefacts is still hotly debated.

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Raymond McGee's curator insight, January 17, 2014 4:43 PM

I found it intresting that these pieces were stolen and found by German police. Alot of important artefacts are placed in Kosovo's Archeological museum. 

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Are you related to Cleopatra? Or are genealogists fishing in the Nile? - Telegraph

Are you related to Cleopatra? Or are genealogists fishing in the Nile? - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Scientists are questioning the accuracy promised by DNA sampling used to trace generations of ancestors

 

this week leading scientists challenged the basis of the tests. The Sense About Science campaign group claimed that the practice is as questionable as astrology.

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7,000 BC: The dawn of cinema brought to life : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

7,000 BC: The dawn of cinema brought to life : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

 

 

• P • I • T • O • T • I • is a multimedia digital rock art exhibition in the South Lecture Room of Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), on display until March 23. This is the first time it has been on display in the UK.

It brings some of the earliest human figures in European rock art to life with interactive graphics, 3D printing and video games; exploring the potential links between the world of archaeology and the world of film, digital humanities and computer vision.

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Valcamonica - this is on my places to go...  and this short film is just so  cool!

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Egyptian “pyramid” boat threatened after sewage burst

Egyptian “pyramid” boat threatened after sewage burst | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
CAIRO: Egyptian antiquities officials have confirmed to Bikyanews.com that a pipe has burst inside the museum holding one of pyramid builder Khufu’s boat.
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i suspect that it is not really threatened by a rising flood of sewage.   but...  pretty embarrassing 

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Remarkable ringfenced burials from Roman Colchester

Remarkable ringfenced burials from Roman Colchester | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A recently-completed cemetery excavation close to Colchester’s Roman circus has revealed that some of Camulodunum’s citizens marked their grave plots with ditches and wooden fences. It had previously been speculated that, during the Roman period, those unable to afford stone monuments might have used wooden markers or mounds of earth to distinguish individual burials. Now a four-month investigation by Colchester Archaeological Trust has unearthed clusters of inhumations dated by grave goods and other finds  to the 2nd and 3rd century and surrounded in some cases by lines of small post-holes up to about 20cm in diameter.

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Fish trap evokes powerful memories for Esperance Traditional Owners : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Fish trap evokes powerful memories for Esperance Traditional Owners : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In a remote corner of the world, east of Esperance, in Western Australia, a stone fish trap has been re-discovered by Traditional Owners and an integrated research team operating within the Gabbie Kylie Foundation (National Trust of Australia, W.A.).

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Great article - great project and great fieldschool!   
how great is that?

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Greek archaeological sites shut due to strike

ARCHAEOLOGY - Greek archaeological sites shut due to strike | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeological sites and museums across Greece have shut down for 24 hours due to a strike by Culture Ministry employees protesting planned reforms that aim to streamline the ministry's operations.
 
Tourists arriving at the country's most famous monument, the Acropolis, on Friday morning found the gates padlocked and a sign saying the site would be closed for the day.
 
Workers are objecting to organizational reforms that they say could endanger some jobs and "constitute a tombstone for the Culture Ministry."


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not good...   reform is needed - however, you don't kill the patient first. 

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Bronze Age raft back for display

Bronze Age raft back for display | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Bronze Age raft has returned to a North Lincolnshire town after it was stored away for nearly 40 years.
The 3,000-year-old flat-bottomed oak boat was found in Brigg but has been in storage at a museum in London.
Now the ancient craft is being pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle and will go on display at Brigg Heritage Centre in May.


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Wow  a Bronze Age raft as well! 

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Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art - The Guardian

Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art - The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art The Guardian One of the world's biggest uranium producers has found a significant deposit in a remote tropical Australian mountain range near sandstone galleries holding some of the...
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Lachlan Wilks's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:01 PM

They should leave the cave art alone! Why does this need to be ruined all because of Uranium?!?!

leo hamilton's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:03 PM

They should leave the cave art alone! Why does this need to be ruined all because of Uranium?!?!

lucas hodge's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:06 PM

This scoop tells informs us about the threats to the very old and sacred cave art works that the original custodians of the land created.

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Dublin city's medieval High Cross | Irish Archaeology

Dublin city's medieval High Cross | Irish Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An 18th century depiction of Dublin city's medieval 'High Cross' or market cross that formerly stood at High Street.
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Ohio Archaeology Blog: PREHISTORIC MAP OF OHIO

Ohio Archaeology Blog: PREHISTORIC MAP OF OHIO | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In 1931, Emerson Greenman, then Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society, published an article in Echoes, the Society's newsletter, entitled “Ohio's Undiscovered Square Mile.” The article included a delightful map prepared by H.
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Dig it: is archaeology the new art?

Dig it: is archaeology the new art? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: The British Museum's exhibition of ice age art and its forthcoming blockbuster Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum show the beauty of all things past
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DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A remarkable find from 2011 of 33,000 year old dog from a cave in the Siberian Altai mountains showed evidence of dog domestication, the earliest ever found.

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Ancient settlement discovered in Azerbaijan

Ancient settlement discovered in Azerbaijan | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Baku. Kamala Guliyeva – APA. The new settlement dated back to the Middle Bronze Age in the 3rd millennium BC has been found in Azerbaijan, Chief of Shaki-Gakh-Oghuz Archaeological Expedition of National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (ANAS)...
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Kyle Kunkel O'Connor's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:46 PM

civilization, history, archyology, anthropology

 

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Syria's priceless heritage under attack

Syria's priceless heritage under attack | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Historian Dan Snow writes that Syria's heritage is under attack - but when the war ends it will be the foundation on which a shredded national identity can be rebuilt.

 

In August 2012 fire tore through the heart of the Syrian city of Aleppo. One Western journalist said parts of it, including much of the medieval covered market, or souk, were "burned to smithereens".

 

Old Aleppo is a Unesco World Heritage site, recognised by the world as being internationally significant, a vital piece of humanity's shared past. Central Aleppo was a stunningly preserved medieval settlement, probably the finest example of its kind in the world.

 

It was as if parts of Stonehenge or the heart of Edinburgh had been wiped out. The fire was caused by the vicious fighting that has swept across Syria since a civil war started in 2011.

 

More than 50,000 people have been killed, thousands more injured, imprisoned and tortured, and millions made homeless or turned into refugees.

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Máttaráhkká: Mother Earth in Sami rock art : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Máttaráhkká: Mother Earth in Sami rock art : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Rock art in Fenno-Scandinavia can be divided into northern ‘hunter’s art’ and southern ‘farmer’s art’ styles. The distribution of rock art sites shows that ‘hunter’s art’ is found not only in the area where Sami people live today but also across a much more extensive area settled in earlier times by the ancestors of the Sami (Figure 2). The rock art takes various forms, including polished carvings, pecked engravings and paintings made with red ochre. Very often the rock art is found in sites that are associated with water, for example springs, waterfalls, rivers and close to the sea. The commonest motifs are zoomorphs (often elks and reindeer), boats, and anthropomorphs. In this article I will suggest that many of these rock art motifs are direct or indirect representations of the Mother Earth deity known to the Sami as Máttaráhkká.

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Hidden murals set to be uncovered

Hidden murals set to be uncovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Hidden murals by war artist Evelyn Gibbs are set to be uncovered and restored after electricians discovered them at a church.

The paintings, previously thought to have been destroyed during 1972 modernisations, show a Biblical scene set in Nottingham.

They were painted at St Martin's Church in Bilborough after Gibbs was evacuated to Nottingham in the World War II.

They were discovered behind a false ceiling during repairs in 2009.

Work to renovate the church and remove the ceiling is expected to begin in February 2014 and should be completed by the end of the year.

Evelyn Gibbs biographer Pauline Lucas said: "It's a very exciting project.

"So many murals have been destroyed and painted over and yet here is one that actually survived and is going to be restored."

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Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World

Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The status of women in ancient civilizations was dictated by religion and position, rarely impacting the everyday lives of everyday female interactions.

 

For the vast majority of women in the Ancient world, daily life revolved around the home as caretakers of children or household managers. Historians that cite examples of powerful women usually rely upon exceptional females, often associated with religious rituals such as the Oracle at Delphi or Rome’s Vestal Virgins. Although the Mediterranean pantheon of goddesses reflects power and cult-following, their example inspired upper class women as well as men, as in the case of the cult of Isis. The lives of everyday women were scarcely affected.

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Religion, Magic, and Ritual Afford Greater Female Status in Ancient Cultures

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Cassandra Folkerth's curator insight, September 28, 2013 5:10 PM

Its interesting to think about how the role of women is based entirely on the religion adopted by that society. If one society has a female god I believe that socitey would have more respect for the female gender. But many societies are quite patriarichal, therefore having more respect for the man than woman. 

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:23 AM

This scoop gives some insight on what it was like to be a women in the Ancient Mediterranean World. First of all, women were seen as subservient to males, they were in charge of being caretakers of children and to take care of the home. This scoop goes into depth of the few women in ancient history who had a higher status in women kind by being included in things men were such as poetry, politics and relgious events.

Karina Moreno's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:38 PM

I  find it unreal that a lot of history do not mention women nor in many regions they were consider a citizens.  Back then they should have realized that women were that made everything happen.  A population of people wouldn't have been possible with women giving birth and raising to create who we are today.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Troy ancient city to have own museum

ARCHAEOLOGY - Troy ancient city to have own museum | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Excavations at the site of the ancient city of Troy, in the northwestern province of Çanakkale, began over 150 years ago, yet experts believe two or three more centuries of work will be needed to fully discover it.

There is huge potential for further excavation at the site, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University academic Rüstem Aslan told Anatolia news agency. “For the past 15 years, everyone has been discussing the dream of a Troy museum. The construction of the museum will start soon.”

Troy has been under excavation for 150 years by five different archeologists.


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Iran completes first phase of mapping of archaeological sites

Iran completes first phase of mapping of archaeological sites | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

he first phase of the project to map all of Iran’s archaeological sites has been completed by a team of experts.

 
The map was unveiled during a ceremony at the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in Tehran on Monday.
 
A total of 45,000 archaeological sites appear on the map, team director Abbas Moqaddam said at the ceremony.
 
He said that the map was drafted based on available information.
 
“However, the team did not have access to specific data, which are kept at some storehouses by certain experts,” he added.


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Francesco Vaia's curator insight, March 20, 2013 7:34 PM

A total of 45,000 archaeological sites appear on the map, team director Abbas Moqaddam said at the ceremony.

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Panther Cave rock art recorded in 3D : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Panther Cave rock art recorded in 3D : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

High above the Rio Grande river in a towering wall of  limestone cliffs lies Panther Cave, named after the giant panther at the far end of the rockshelter. Here a nomadic people painted fantastic scenes consisting of human and animal figures, leaving a story that resists modern interpretation.

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Chauvet - The Dream Unlocked

Chauvet - The Dream Unlocked | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The paintings, which were created 30,000 years ago, have been buried for 20,000 years. Discovered...
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Ancient books can be read in 3D

Ancient books can be read in 3D | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
PRECIOUS mediaeval books, usually displayed in glass cases and touchable only with gloves, can now be read in glorious 3D, thanks to a system unveiled at a tech fair in Germany.

With the 3D interactive book explorer, developed by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute, users browse through the sinewy Latin text and colourful illustrations penned centuries ago but in a distinctly up-to-date manner.

The text is scanned in and displayed on a flat-screen display and readers, standing a couple of metres back from the screen, scroll through the pages by waving their hands in the air to operate motion sensor cameras.

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Dig it: is archaeology the new art?

Dig it: is archaeology the new art? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: The British Museum's exhibition of ice age art and its forthcoming blockbuster Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum show the beauty of all things past
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ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy - ...

ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy - ... | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Incredible Kanehili Ewa Karst Caves may be destroyed by Navy Contractors drilling and burying ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas without benefit of an Archaeological Inventory Survey. A Federal consultant said that this area likely contains hundreds if not THOUSANDS of Hawaiian burials as an area of the Leina a ka Uhane- spirit leaping place within Kanehili.

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Not a good idea.   surely they will have thought about this?

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