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A simple aid for pottery drawing

A simple aid for pottery drawing | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
While new technologies increasingly provide more sophisticated methods of measuring and illustrating artefacts there is still no adequate replacement for traditional pottery drawings.

The visual documentation of shape and form retains a key place in publication and comparative research. Individual illustrators use a variety of tools and techniques to mark out the profiles of pottery — often combining the skills of a contortionist and a juggler to simultaneously manage set-square, ruler, pencil and the vessel itself. In this brief note we describe a simple, effective tool which has proved fast, efficient and accurate in preparing outline pencil drawings of large assemblages of medium-sized vessels and ground-stone tools, with a considerable saving of time and effort
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It's a real coo as 'unbreakable' war code found on pigeon in Portland is cracked

It's a real coo as 'unbreakable' war code found on pigeon in Portland is cracked | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
IT’S a real coo. Portland pigeon fancier Neville Walbridge has helped crack a coded message from the Second World War.

Researcher Gord Young, of Peterborough, Ontario, said: “We have been able to unravel most but not all of the so-called unbreakable code of the pigeon remains in the chimney. The message is indeed breakable.”

Sgt Stott was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and sent the message by carrier pigeon to HQ Bomber Command at RAF High Wycombe.

Sgt Scott was telling the UK that he was updating as required and was requesting information after being parachuted behind enemy lines early in the morning.
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Andrew S Hatton's comment, December 17, 2012 4:32 AM
This is now being reported elsewhere as a hoax and that the code has not been broken and The Dorset Echo and Daly Mail and I was taken in.

http://www.enigmaticape.com/blog/pigeon-code-almost-certainly-not-broken/
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Leicester Car Park 'Grave' May Not Be That Of Plantagenet King

Leicester Car Park 'Grave' May Not Be That Of Plantagenet King | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Remains found under a car park have not been confirmed as those of King Richard III but archaeologists are yet to find evidence to disprove it is the monarch's body, a university said.
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The academics do appear to be digging a hole for themselves.

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Oops! Brain-Removal Tool Left in Mummy's Skull

Oops! Brain-Removal Tool Left in Mummy's Skull | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A brain-removal tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers has been discovered lodged in the skull of a female mummy that dates back around 2,400 years.

Removal of the brain was an Egyptian mummification procedure that became popular around 3,500 years ago and remained in use in later periods.

Identifying the ancient tools embalmers used for brain removal is difficult, and researchers note this is only the second time that such a tool has been reported within a mummy's skull.
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The recent discovery suggests an organic stick, not an "iron hook," was used in at least some of these procedures,

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Skeletal remains of Dutch officer unearthed in Galle Fort

Skeletal remains of Dutch officer unearthed in Galle Fort | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Human bones believed to be that of a Dutch state officer buried during the period of Dutch rule in Sri Lanka have been unearthed during an excavation carried out within the Galle Fort World Heritage City by the Archeological Department of Galle yesterday.

Galle Mayor Methsiri De Silva is being briefed by Acting Assistant Director of Galle Archeological Department Suminda Porambage on the new findings.

The research officers who engaged in excavating the plot of land on Church Street believed to be a former burial ground during the colonial rule of Both Portuguese and Dutch had noticed a number of human bone fragments together with some iron handles apparently that of a coffin.
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Could inform about early colonial rule in Sri lanka

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Low water exposes century-old shipwreck on Grand Haven's Harbor Island

Low water exposes century-old shipwreck on Grand Haven's Harbor Island | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The wooden sections of the 290-foot steamer Aurora, which burned in 1932, and parts of at least four other shipwreck hulks were exposed by the receding water line near the edges of Harbor Island.

West Michigan maritime researchers deemed the Aurora the most significant of the finds, as it was once the largest wooden steamer on the Great Lakes
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Penn Museum Pushes for Broader Public Appeal

Penn Museum Pushes for Broader Public Appeal | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
To mark its 125th anniversary, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is undertaking an ambitious effort to become more accessible to the public.
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Re-invention of museums for the future.

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History's biggest scientific fraud goes under the microscope

History's biggest scientific fraud goes under the microscope | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
It's a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed missing link in human evolution that went undetected for decades.
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I am sure it is a fraud!   

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Look into the face of Homo floresiensis

Look into the face of Homo floresiensis | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An Australian facial anthropologist has used forensic facial approximation techniques to show, for the first time, how the mysterious Flores ‘hobbit’ might have once looked.
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So that is what they looked like!

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Treading in footsteps of Romans - Main Section - Yorkshire Post

Treading in footsteps of Romans - Main Section - Yorkshire Post | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
IT WOULD have stretched a little over 65 yards, but its lack of length belied the magnitude of the discussions which would have taken place on its cobbles.

The street would have been used on a daily basis by some of the most important figures passing between the Roman fortress headquarters, called the Principia, and the Praetorium, which was the nearby living quarters of military commanders.
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The Via Quintana, would have been an informal meeting point for the upper echelons of Roman society, who would have discussed the most pressing matters – as well as the latest gossip – along this short street.

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Time Team fans delving into newly created website

Time Team fans delving into newly created website | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Time Team fans from across the world are digging into the hit archeology series' archives, through a website developed by a Newquay-based IT company.Buzz Interactive was approached by Time Team...
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Well  it is good to see the archive for the TT is there.. 

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Mann Simons Archaeology -- "Knowing the Past"


The Mann-Simons African American Archaeology Project was started in 2005 by Jakob Crockett (University of South Carolina—Columbia) in partnership with Historic Columbia Foundation.

The primary objective of the archaeology is to determine how the material culture of the Mann-Simons family varied in relation to changes in both family structure and Columbia's social environment throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. At its most abstract, the primary goal is to understand the ways in which the material world is implicated in the development, maintenance, and negotiation of social relations.

To achieve this, we explore issues of consumption, landscape, race, class, and representation -- highlighting the ways in which these issues are interconnected. But why archaeology?
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Iron Age Feast Found in England : Discovery News

Iron Age Feast Found in England : Discovery News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Just in time for the holidays, this discovery shows how our ancestors celebrated big events more than 2,000 years ago.

Remnants of an Iron-Age feast, including cattle skulls and 13 cauldrons, have been unearthed in Chiseldon, United Kingdom, according to a report in the latest British Archaeology

The discovery marks the largest grouping of early cauldrons ever found in Europe. One cauldron features a handle plate in the form of a cow's head; zoomorphic decoration is otherwise unknown on a British cauldron.

Analysis of the interiors of the cauldrons has even revealed traces of animal fats, a tantalizing suggestion that these objects might have been used in cooking and serving meat-rich stews at Iron-Age feasts over 2,000 ago," Julia Farley, curator of European Iron Age collections at the British Museum, told Discovery News.
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The Last Days of Mes Aynak

The Last Days of Mes Aynak | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
When documentary filmmaker Brent Huffman first visited the Buddhist archaeological site of Mes Aynak in eastern Afghanistan in June 2011, he was awed by the 2,600-year-old city, how it stretches for 100 acres, encompassing artifacts, monasteries...
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More from our friend Brent Huffman..  a brave and dedicated film-maker.   risking all for the site alongside many archaeologists. 

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Video -- Maya "Underworld" Observatory Revealed -- National Geographic

Video --  Maya "Underworld" Observatory Revealed -- National Geographic | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
December 14, 2012—In a cave in Mexico's Yucatán, a National Geographic explorer reveals what is believed to have been an underground observatory for witnessing the zenith passage of the sun.
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Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2012

Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2012 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGY's editors reveal the year's most compelling finds.

Any discussion of archaeology in the year 2012 would be incomplete without mention of the much-talked-about end of the Maya Long Count calendar and the apocalyptic prophecies it has engendered. With that in mind, as 2013 approaches, the year’s biggest discovery may actually be that we’re all still here—at least that’s what the editors of Archaeology continue to bet on.

However, you won’t find that story on our Top 10 list. We steered clear of speculation and focused, instead, on singular finds—the stuff, if you will—the material that comes out of the earth and changes what we thought we knew about the past.
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Unusual Historicals: Winter Foolery by Kathryn Kopple

Unusual Historicals: Winter Foolery by Kathryn Kopple | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
As we go about our holiday preparations, we may want take a moment to reflect on the unruly origins of some of our holiest traditions.

Our modern feasting and gift-giving December customs are tame affairs compared to the madcap, authority debunking, and outlandish revelry associated with the Feast of Fools, a medieval free-for-all if there ever was one. The good men and women of the Middle Ages took their cue from the Saturnalia celebrations of antiquity, and they celebrated much as the Romans did: servants got a free work pass, nobles were lorded over by their staff, and naïfs were esteemed as wise men.

Sartorial codes were cast aside, and those on the lowest rungs of society attended sumptuous banquets, where their masters waited on them hand and foot. The clergy switched places with the laity, mocking the Church, its doctrines and rites. A young boy might preside over services as bishop or even pope. Piety was scorned. Gambling was permitted. People took to the streets. They ate, drank, and were violently merry; most likely because when the partying ended what was there to look forward to but cold, darkness, and hunger.
Via Michael Cornetto, Laura Brown
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Learn all about the real origin of Christmas festivities.   this is one of my favourites.

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Mosaic Floor Unearthed in Didymoteicho | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece

Mosaic Floor Unearthed in Didymoteicho | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A series of well-preserved archaeological finds have been discovered during this year’s excavations at what has been identified as the ancient Plotinopolis,
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Absolutely stunning mosaics

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Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta — World Archaeology

Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta — World Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Every year I make a cake for 3D Archaeological Society’s Christmas Dinner themed on a place we have visited during our long weekend away during the summer. Last year’s cake was of Skara Brae following our fabulous trip to Orkney and this year, after many requests from those that went to Malta with me on this years tour, I have made a replica of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum Temple.
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‘Echoes of the Past,’ Chinese Buddhist Cave Art, in New York

‘Echoes of the Past,’ Chinese Buddhist Cave Art, in New York | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
“Echoes of the Past” brings to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World sixth-century treasures from Chinese Buddhist cave temples and showcases modern efforts to save them.
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Kanai Higashiura Iseki – Remains found of Kofun-Period man wearing armor

Kanai Higashiura Iseki – Remains found of Kofun-Period man wearing armor | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
It was announced on December 10 that the remains of a Kofun-Period infant and adult male were recovered from the Kanai Higashiura site (金井東裏遺跡; Shibukawa city, Gunma prefecture), buried under a lay...
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Explore the Big Internet Museum: A trip back in time from the comfort of your browser

Explore the Big Internet Museum: A trip back in time from the comfort of your browser | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
If there’s going to be a museum of the Internet, it may as well be online. The Big Internet Museum has launched with the aim of taking that mantle.

Dividing into numerous ‘wings’, such as Audio-Visual, Social Media and Gaming, the museum site lets you navigate through ‘exhibits’ from the history of online life, from Arpanet and Usenet to YouTube and Instagram.

A special will be filled with temporary exhibitions from time to time. If there’s something you think is missing, you can submit ideas for future exhibits.
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Time Team - Digital website

Time Team - Digital website | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A host of video footage & blog material from some of our most recent Time Team episodes as well as the opportunity to revisit some of our favourite masterclasses from Mick Aston , Phil Harding and our other experts.
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Well  you can't keep a good site down! 

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Zeus's Affairs (launched) | visualizing.org

GRaphic visualisation of Zeus's Affairs!

now that is complicated!
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You just have to love this! 
Zeus did!

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Bulgarian 'Vampire' Makes National Geographic Top 10 for 2012

Bulgarian 'Vampire' Makes National Geographic Top 10 for 2012 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The "vampire" skeleton, unearthed during archaeology excavations in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol, is included in the National Geographic ranking of the 10 most popular news pictures for 2012.
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Have to see what teh other 9 are!!!

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