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Celebrating the Mysterious Ancient Cult of Mithras in Rome | PRI's The World

Celebrating the Mysterious Ancient Cult of Mithras in Rome | PRI's The World | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists in Rome have just re-opened a restored underground temple dating back to ancient Rome, dedicated to the cult of a deity named Mithras.
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What centuries-old religion celebrates the birth of its spiritual leader on December 25th?

 

Here’s another hint: it has rituals that include baptism and breaking of the bread.

 

Yes, it’s Christianity. But this also describes Mithraism — a mysterious Ancient Roman cult that predated Christianity.

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Rail dig unearths London secrets

Rail dig unearths London secrets | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists working on one of the UK's largest projects - probing beneath the streets of central London - reveal their most exciting finds.
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Superb finds...   make sure the post excvation budget is there!

 

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Archaeo Christmas News Podcast 221 : Past Horizons Archaeology

Archaeo Christmas News Podcast 221 : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Stone Pages with BAJR and Past Horizons presents the long running archaeology based podcast with the latest archaeology news, mainly related to prehistory, megalithic monuments and discoveries.
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World's Oldest Wooden Water Wells Discovered

World's Oldest Wooden Water Wells Discovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered four wooden water wells in the Greater Leipzig region in Germany, which are believed to be the oldest known timber constructions in the world.
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Give Santa back! Turkish professor calls for return of St Nicholas' bones which were taken to the Vatican in the 11th century

Give Santa back! Turkish professor calls for return of St Nicholas' bones which were taken to the Vatican in the 11th century | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Professor Nvzat Cevik said the bones of the third century saint were taken out of the country in 1087 'by force' and buried in Italy.
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Hmmmm...  that's going to happen?  

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Fortress in the Sky: Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam

Fortress in the Sky: Buried Christian Empire Casts New Light on Early Islam | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archeologists are studying the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen. The sites have sparked a number of questions about the early history of Islam. Was there once a church in Mecca?

 

A  work of human self-portrayal has turned up in Yemen. It is a figure, chiseled in stone, which apparently stems from the era of the Prophet.

 

Paul Yule, an archeologist from the southwestern German city of Heidelberg, has studied the relief, which is 1.70 meters (5'7") tall, in Zafar, some 930 kilometers (581 miles) south of Mecca. It depicts a man with chains of jewelry, curls and spherical eyes. Yule dates the image to the time around 530 AD.

 

In 525 AD, the Negus, or king, of Aksum dispatched a fleet across the Red Sea. Soldiers and fighting elephants were ferried across the water to the East on un-tarred, raft-like ships to spread the gospel. In the ensuing decades, his army captured large parts of Arabia.

 

Could this be a fragment of the kingdom?

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Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938)

Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938) | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

This mottled red granite fragment (16.5 cm in lenth) is part of smaller-than-life-size statue of Akhenaten, shown supporting a rectangular offering table. It comes from Flinders Petrie’s excavation...


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A small fragment that opens up a whole world

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Oldest waterway in İstanbul discovered in Küçükçekmece

Oldest waterway in İstanbul discovered in Küçükçekmece | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Recent excavations in İstanbul’s Küçükçekmece district have revealed İstanbul’s oldest waterway during an archaeological dig to uncover the ancient city of Bathonea, a harbor town dating from the second century B.C.
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And an overhead site grid!   cool!

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Apocalypse? Poverty a bigger concern for modern Mayans

Apocalypse? Poverty a bigger concern for modern Mayans | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Indigenous activists protested outside Guatemala's ancient ruins of Tikal on Thursday as members of the country's poverty-stricken Mayan communities sought to draw international attention to their plight ahead of festivities to mark the end of the...
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Now there is the truth instead of the wicky wacky nonsense we have endured.   perhaps they will now get some recognition!

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Civil War fort at Jamestown is dug up to get at 1607 site

Civil War fort at Jamestown is dug up to get at 1607 site | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists are digging up a Civil War fort to get at the 1607 Jamestown fort beneath it.

 

Since the sensational 1994 discovery of James Fort, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, excavations have revealed palisade walls and numerous buildings, along with remarkable clues about the Anglo-American culture that started with the landing of colonists on Virginia’s Jamestown Island in 1607.

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The intersting conundrum..   to find, you must ddigg.   to dig you must destroy.  And in this case it means removing a fort to find one.  
From May 2012

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Discovery of a horse engraving from Bruniquel, France

Discovery of a horse engraving from Bruniquel, France | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

There are many examples of Palaeolithic portable engravings that have been discovered, long after their excavation, among the collections stored in museums.

 

For example, a remarkable pair of bear figures was spotted in the mid-1980s on a rib fragment housed with the bone industry from the Magdalenian cave of Isturitz in the western Pyrenees; the rib came from a level excavated by the St Périers in 1931 (Esparza & Mujika 2003). It is far rarer, however, for a new engraving to be found among faunal material curated within a palaeontological collection.

 

We report here the discovery by one of us (LMK) of a horse engraving in the collection of the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, some 140 years after the excavation and acquisition of the specimen.

 

The new engraving was found among the horse remains from the Late Magdalenian site of Roc du Courbet, Bruniquel, France.

 

Discovery of a horse engraving from Bruniquel, FranceLaura M. Kaagan, Paul G. Bahn & Adrian M. Lister
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Another stunning horse carving.  From Antiquity

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Denmark’s only medieval rowboat dated

Denmark’s only medieval rowboat dated | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have now assigned a date to the sensational find of a rowboat. The dating cements the small vessel’s position as Denmark’s only preserved medieval rowboat.
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Despite its old age, the boat from Vordingborg is incredibly well-preserved. That has enabled the archaeologists to see that the six-metre-long rowboat has had a long life. It’s been patched and repaired over and over again.

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Roman town site looters condemned

Roman town site looters condemned | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
English Heritage hits out at the "thieves using metal detectors" who looted the site of a Roman town in Northamptonshire.
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Both received a 52-week sentence suspended for two years and were ordered to pay £750 costs and £750 compensation.

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Islamists Renew Attack On Timbuktu's Heritage

Islamists Renew Attack On Timbuktu's Heritage | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The ancient treasures of Timbuktu have come under renewed attack by Islamists, the BBC reports.

The Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) has vowed to destroy all the city's medieval shrines of Muslim saints, which they say are contrary to Islam. The city in northern Mali has been under the control of a coalition of Tuareg and Islamist rebels since April. They declared the independent state of Azawad and soon fought among themselves, with the Islamists gaining the upper hand and imposing harsh Sharia law.

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Not good news at all

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‘Fake date stone not enough to undo cultural damage’ - Local - Lurgan Mail

‘Fake date stone not enough to undo cultural damage’ - Local - Lurgan Mail | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A REPLACEMENT date stone marking the presence of a building dating back to the era of the Ulster Plantation, which was razed by developers, is not enough to undo years of ‘cultural vandalism’ to Waringstown.
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Oh dear dear...  this seems to be another and worse blunder

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Researching submerged prehistoric archaeology - timesofmalta.com

Researching submerged prehistoric archaeology - timesofmalta.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Researchers from various academic and professional backgrounds are working together to better understand submerged prehistoric landscapes and their significance through a four-year EU-funded research network project entitled Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf.

Eight project partners from six EU countries recently travelled to Malta to join representatives from the University’s Department of Classics and Archaeology to dive to some unique submerged geological features.

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Publishing Archaeology: Field Museum archaeological collections threatened

Publishing Archaeology: Field Museum archaeological collections threatened | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Field Museum of Natural History is one of the premier natural history museums in the U.S., with extensive collections in archaeology, anthropology, and many other disciplines.

 

Last week, the Museum annnounced major budget cuts and restructuring that will reduce the scientific value of its collections. The museum evidently will cut back the scope of its scientific mission (collections and basic research) in order to pay back major debts and concentrate on exhibits.

This operation will be a disaster to archaeological research in a number of ways.

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Not a way forward that is sustainable

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Tourists damage Mayan temple during 'apocalypse' frenzy

Tourists damage Mayan temple during 'apocalypse' frenzy | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Tourists flocking to Guatemala for "end of the world" parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archeological site and urban center of the Mayan civilization.

"Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage," said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometres north of Guatemala City.

"We are fine with the celebration, but (the tourists) should be more aware because this is a (UNESCO) World Heritage Site," he told local media.

 
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Portraits of women

Portraits of women | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Reblogged from Faces&Voices: Manchester Museum inv. 2266 (Hawara, Fayum, 138-160 AD) The woman is wearing a purple tunic maybe similar to that of the daughter of Herakleos (P.Ryl. 151)© The Man...


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I love these portraits of the past.   really looking into the eyes of a real person

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Alice Roberts: Rudolph and our early ancestors – a love story : Past Horizons Archaeology

Alice Roberts: Rudolph and our early ancestors – a love story : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Reindeer are almost mythical creatures. They are associated with Santa Claus and sleighs, with the idea of a Scandinavian icy white Christmas that is far more magical than the reality we normally experience in warmish, wettish Britain. But for me there’s also something very special about reindeer because they are survivors from the Ice Age, clinging on when so many other magnificent large mammals died out at the end of the Pleistocene, through climate change or human hand or a bit of both. They are animals that were important to our ancestors, and animals that are still revered by the Siberian tribes who have a long history of hunting and herding them.

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Very Festive...  Rudolph the Prehistoric Reindeer

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Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era; Calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday | Art Daily

Mexico's Maya heartland greets dawn of new era; Calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday | Art Daily | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Ceremonial fires burned and conches sounded off as dawn broke over the steps of the main pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza Friday, making what many believe is the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar...

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Maori ovens to provide missing data on Earth’s magnetic field : Past Horizons Archaeology

Maori ovens to provide missing data on Earth’s magnetic field : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Deep beneath our feet lies a mass of molten iron rich rock, stirred into complex patterns by heat and the Earth’s rotation, this is the geodynamo – the source of Earth’s magnetic field.

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Filling the palaeomagnetic gap
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In Brazil, Caves Would Be Lost in Mining Project

In Brazil, Caves Would Be Lost in Mining Project | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A mining company is proceeding with a project that could help revive Brazil’s economy, but it would also destroy caves treasured by scholars of Amazonian prehistoric human history.

 

Archaeologists must climb tiers of orchid-encrusted rain forest, where jaguars roam and anacondas slither, to arrive at one of the Amazon’s most stunning sights: a series of caves and rock shelters guarding the secrets of human beings who lived here more than 8,000 years ago.

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Oh dear oh dear.   we are all guilty of this desire for resources

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Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?

Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Among the many officers who fought in the U.S. Civil War, who wore their beard, mustache, mutton chops or sideburns the best?
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Makes you want to grow a beard!

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BeefPieBear's curator insight, August 18, 2013 12:56 AM

Seriously - Were they using a buck knife for 'styling' their whiskers in the 1860's?

Modern Beard Trimmers would have helped: http://www.bear-hairy-men.com 

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Teaching Chinese Archaeology, Part One - NGA

Teaching Chinese Archaeology, Part One - NGA | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Where and when did civilization arise in China? Earlier this century, archaeologists theorized that the Central Plains area around the Yellow River valley was the single birthplace of Chinese civilization. But with later finds, first of a group of cultures on the east coast, and then of more and more regional groups, the theory of a single birthplace became untenable. Scholars today speak of several "interaction spheres" that were responsible for the development of what we now call China.

A massive resource

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These teaching materials were developed in conjunction with the exhibition The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from The People's Republic of China

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