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World Heritage Sites Attacked During War

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which have been attacked during wars. We show the Sites before war, and where possible, what they looked after being attacked & how UNESCO has helped to resto...
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Artefacts discovered under Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royale

Artefacts discovered under Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royale | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working in Christchurch have stumbled across a “massive” collection of artefacts under the quake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royale.

Eighteen boxes of artefacts were found under the theatre’s foundations during a partial demolition of the heritage building in December last year.

Katharine Watson, director of Underground Overground Archaeology, says the discovery came as a shock to the team.

“We weren’t expecting to find anything,” she says. "It was actually the digger driver who found it.”

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Archaeo News Podcast 223 : Past Horizons Archaeology

Archaeo News Podcast 223 : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In collaboration with Stonepages, British Archaeological Jobs Resource and Past HorizonsHeadlines

• Ancient Chinese arrowhead found in Japan
• Campaign renewed to save Iron Age fort in Scotland
• Prehistoric headless skeleton unearthed in Cambridgeshire
• Indians ‘broke Australian isolation 4,000 years ago’
• War was central to Europe’s first civilisation
• 4,000-year-old shaman’s stones discovered in Panama
• Baby bones found in ancient Italian village
• Neolithic remains discovered in Istanbul
• Prehistoric rock art site found in Western India
• Stone circle found at church in Northern England
• Storms expose Iron Age skeleton in Shetland
• Intact Neolithic floor surface uncovered in Cyprus
• Vietnamese caves occupied for over 11,000 years
• Mesolithic man should be re-named ‘hunter-gatherer-farmer’
• Modern ‘palaeo diet’ not as good as the original

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Destruction of Timbuktu manuscripts is an offence against the whole of Africa : Past Horizons Archaeology

Destruction of Timbuktu manuscripts is an offence against the whole of Africa : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The reported destruction of two important manuscript collections by Islamist rebels as they fled Timbuktu is an offence to the whole of Africa and its universally important cultural heritage. Like their systematic destruction of 300 Sufi saints’ shrines while they held Timbuktu at their mercy, it is an assault on world heritage comparable with the demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001.

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Be outraged...  but no who to be outraged against.   This is a wealth of Islamic and African literature.   destroyed  by evil men.

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Too many years of history! :(

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Archaeology volunteers sought at Counting House | SeacoastOnline.com

Archaeology volunteers sought at Counting House | SeacoastOnline.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — History buffs interested in archaeology have an opportunity this winter to assist Neill De Paoli in processing recently discovered artifacts dating as far back as the mid-1600s.
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Sicilian Mummies Bring Centuries to Life

Sicilian Mummies Bring Centuries to Life | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Scientists are using radiology to determine what the specimens once ate, the medicine they took—and how they died.

 

Arrayed in crypts and churches, with leering skulls and parchment skin, the desiccated dead of Sicily have long kept mute vigil.

But now, centuries later, these creepy cadavers have plenty to say.

Five years into the Sicily Mummy Project, six macabre collections are offering scientists a fresh look at life and death on the Mediterranean island from the late 16th century to the mid-20th.

 

Led by anthropologist Dario Piombino-Mascali of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity in Palermo (map), the ongoing investigation is revealing how religious men and their wealthy supporters ate, interacted, dealt with disease, and disposed of their dead.

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Pottery grave goods tell us about life : Past Horizons Archaeology

Pottery grave goods tell us about life : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The use of pottery in East Norwegian graves dating from the late Iron Age has been the subject to research work conducted by Christian L. Rødsrud at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo and reported in ScienceNordic.

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French, Malians retake Timbuktu, rebels torch library

French, Malians retake Timbuktu, rebels torch library | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

French and Malian troops retook control of Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Monday after Islamist rebel occupiers fled the ancient Sahara trading town and torched several buildings, including a priceless manuscript library.

The United States and European Union are backing a French-led intervention in Mali aimed at removing the threat of radical Islamist jihadists using the West African state's inhospitable desert north as a springboard for international attacks.

The recovery of Timbuktu followed the swift capture by French and Malian forces at the weekend of Gao, another major town in Mali's north that had also been occupied by the alliance of Islamist militant groups since last year.

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Archaeology | Ancient earthworks share similarities

Archaeology | Ancient earthworks share  similarities | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Poverty Point earthworks could be confused for an Ohio Hopewell site, except for two facts: It is located in Louisiana, and it’s more than 1,000 years older than any Hopewell mound.

 

One of the biggest puzzles in North American archaeology is how the relatively small bands of hunter-gatherers living at that time could have built monumental architecture on this scale without food surpluses provided by farming or the centralized leadership of a king or chief.

 

One theory is that many small groups of hunter-gatherers came together on a seasonal basis year after year for generations to slowly construct this complex of parallel embankments and mounds.

 

However, the results of new excavations into the largest of Poverty Point’s mounds refute this theory.

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Over-development 'destroys' fragile and precious heritage

Over-development 'destroys'   fragile and precious heritage | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The drive to build new roads, housing estates, industrial units and retail parks is having a devastating effect on some of Cornwall's most important historic sites, say campaigners.Plans to move the...
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Ancient Stories in Stone. Could they be Novels from another Time?

Ancient Stories in Stone. Could they be Novels from another Time? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

They and we all had and have stories to tell.

That, more than anything else, is the missing link.

Storytelling is the tie that binds mankind together.

They came so long ago, and one by one, they stopped beside the great rock cliff and carved their messages in stone.

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I really enjoyed this short description by an author.  

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Historic site body merger concern

Historic site body merger concern | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There is overwhelming opposition to plans for a shake-up of the body that investigates historic sites in Wales, Assembly Members warn.
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War was a defining characteristic of Minoan society : Past Horizons Archaeology

War was a defining characteristic of Minoan society : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

One of the most enduring and pervasive views of the Minoan world of Crete during the Bronze Age period of the Aegean is one of peaceful aesthetic traders and artists who were distinct from their warlike neighbours with a distinct culture lacking in martial traditions.

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Excellent article to read and reread   worth also reading the full academic paper

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St Paul – Scripture, Folklore and Archaeology Heritage Trail

St Paul – Scripture, Folklore and Archaeology Heritage Trail | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Heritage Malta will be organising a heritage trail including visits to St Paul’s Catacombs and San Pawl Milqi on Sunday, the 10th of February, the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck. This heritage trail links writings in the Gospels, folklore and archaeological evidence regarding St Paul, who considerably influenced Malta’s culture and heritage.

The tour will commence with a visit to St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat. This complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries was in use up to the 4th Century AD. It represents the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The catacombs were purposely built in this location, on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite, as Roman law prohibited burials within the city.

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Where Did Curry Come From?

Where Did Curry Come From? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
What is curry? Today, the word describes a bewildering number of spicy vegetable and meat stews from places as far-flung as the Indian subcontinent, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean Islands.

 

But the original curry predates Europeans’ presence in India by about 4,000 years. Villagers living at the height of the Indus civilization used three key curry ingredients—ginger, garlic, and turmeric—in their cooking. This proto-curry, in fact, was eaten long before Arab, Chinese, Indian, and European traders plied the oceans in the past thousand years.

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Mali: Timbuktu Locals Saved Some of City’s Ancient Manuscripts from Islamists | TIME.com

Mali: Timbuktu Locals Saved Some of City’s Ancient Manuscripts from Islamists | TIME.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The preservationists of Timbuktu’s centuries-old artifacts have been holding their breath for weeks, waiting for the moment when the French military would seize back Mali’s ancient northern capital from the Islamic militants who have occupied it for 10 months. At stake were the city’s most precious treasures: tens of thousands of centuries-old, priceless calligraphed manuscripts, whose fate under the jihadists’ rule was deeply uncertain.

On Monday, that moment finally came — and by nightfall, the state of Timbuktu’s treasures was as confused as it had been before.

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Could be good news...   well  better than it was!

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Archaeology in Action: Murder in the Dark Peak

First year archaeology students at the University of Sheffield explore a murder in the Peak District.
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NORTH CHARLESTON - New findings suggest Hunley was ‘much closer’ to torpedo blast - The Civil War: 150 Years Later - TheState.com

NORTH CHARLESTON - New findings suggest Hunley was ‘much closer’ to torpedo blast - The Civil War: 150 Years Later - TheState.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
For nearly 150 years, the story of the Hunley’s attack on the USS Housatonic has been Civil War legend.

 

Scientists have discovered a piece of the Confederate submarine’s torpedo still attached to its spar, debunking eyewitness accounts that the Hunley was nearly 100 feet away from the explosion that sent a Union blockade ship to the bottom of the sea off Charleston in 1864.

 

 

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Forensic archaeology changes history. 

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A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court

A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
After being stung by criticism (and the cancellation of a lucrative TV deal), one expert sues another for libel. What would Jesus say?

 

Canadian documentary-maker and biblical archaeologist Simcha Jacobovici is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum curator named Joe Zias, who has accused him of publicizing scientifically dubious theories.

 

Many of Jacobovici’s documentaries have focused on artifacts that purport to reveal new interpretations of early Christianity, including the notion that the remains of Jesus and his family were buried in a tomb underneath modern-day Jerusalem. Jacobovici claims that the Zias’ criticisms are libelous and have cost him television contracts and money.

 
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Ancient Egyptians sold themselves into temple slavery : Past Horizons Archaeology

Ancient Egyptians sold themselves into temple slavery : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In the ancient Egyptian city Tebtunis, 2,200 years ago, people voluntarily entered into slave contracts with the local temple for all eternity and they even paid a monthly fee for the privilege. Egyptologist Kim Ryholt from the University of Copenhagen is the first researcher who has studied this puzzling phenomenon

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This phenomenon is known in many other ancient civilisations, it is not specific for Egyptians.

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Petroglyphs on the Ledge of Souls : Past Horizons Archaeology

Petroglyphs on the Ledge of Souls : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Mexican archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently located and recorded a rock panel covered in  petroglyphs that may have been carved between 850 and 1350 CE.

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Starting to see rock art every where I look now!  :)

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Tracing the ceramic route from China

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In China, ‘West’ means not Europe, nor America, but India, says Chinese archaeology student Ran Zhang, who is in the capital city to study the Chinese ceramic s...
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STUNNING PICS: Top 10 World Heritage sites in India

STUNNING PICS: Top 10 World Heritage sites in India | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
TripAdvisor reveals the top ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India most highly recommended by its traveller community. | STUNNING PICS: Top 10 World Heritage sites in India
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TripAdvisor reveals the top ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India most highly recommended by its traveller community. Have you been to any of these? Post your pictures here!

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A Real-Life Indiana Jones Who Converted To Islam And Discovered An Ancient City

A Real-Life Indiana Jones Who Converted To Islam And Discovered An Ancient City | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Real-Life Indiana Jones Who Converted To Islam And Discovered An Ancient City @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources
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Archaeological dig finds that ancient groups incinerated and buried their departed in pots

B MEXICO CITY.- /B Researchers from the a href= http://www.inah.gob.mx target= _blank National Institute of Anthropology and History /a (INAH-Co (Archaeological dig finds that ancient groups incinerated and buried their departed in pots:...
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