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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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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.

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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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Secrets of Ancient Beauties - Pretty and Smart

Secrets of Ancient Beauties - Pretty and Smart | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Ancient beauties didn’t have modern cosmetics and army of doctors, cosmetologists, and stylists. But they succeed in the art of homemade cosmetics. Today we are going to reveal some of their secrets. These useful tips on natural skin care are not only simple and effective but they can also help you to make a brilliant display of your erudition and knowledge in the sphere of woman’s beauty in different cultures of the world.

 

Cleopatra’s secrets of youth and beauty

Cleopatra chose all the necessary ingredients for face cream herself. The main component of her creams was silver infused water. Besides, Cleopatra added aloe powder and honey. In order to preserve her hands smooth and young she used to make milk hand bath. She used special body scrub made of sea salt and cream. She rubbed this scrub into her body for 10 minutes and washed it away afterwards.

Cleopatra’s hair care secrets

Cleopatra’s hair was treated solely with fresh egg yolks which worked not only as shampoo but also as a mask. After this procedure she used a special herbal conditioner made of burdock root, nettle, and hop inflorescence.

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Troy pottery holds a key to the great Bronze Age collapse : Past Horizons Archaeology

Troy pottery holds a key to the great Bronze Age collapse : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The end of the Bronze Age heralds the gradual decline of Eastern Mediterranean trade networks and the resulting collapse of major Late Bronze Age cities in the Levantine coast, Anatolia and the Aegean.

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Power and Power vacuums...  don't last long

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Bypass construction site is gradually giving up its 2,000-year-old secrets

Bypass construction site is gradually giving up its 2,000-year-old secrets | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
THE builders of Kingskerswell bypass have uncovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman settlement and an 800-year-old medieval building.Archaeologists are exploring the area at Aller Cross near the...
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Japanese archaeologists find 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior still in armor

Japanese archaeologists find 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior still in armor | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior, still dressed in his lamellar suit of armor, was unearthed at the Harunayama Futatsudake excavation site. The warrior, together with an infant, were probably ...
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Akdamar Church in Eastern Turkey prepares for new restoration work

Akdamar Church in Eastern Turkey prepares for new restoration work | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A second restoration project for the historical Akdamar Church on the island of the same name in the eastern province of Van will begin in April.

Structures like the monastery and chapel, which were unearthed during archaeological excavations and supported by sacks filled with rottenstones to prevent destruction, will be restored in six months using hydraulic lime to be brought from Italy.

Akdamar Island will also be outfitted with 24-hour security cameras.
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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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ARCHAEOLOGY - Midyat’s underground city awaits attention

ARCHAEOLOGY - Midyat’s underground city awaits attention | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

An underground city in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Midyat district, which is known to have been used as a settlement in the early period of Christianity, will open to tourists if it is provided allocation.

Specifications on the underground city had been prepared in 2009 and reports were sent to the Diyarbakır Council of Monuments, said Lozan Bayar, an archaeologist from the Mardin Municipality Protection and Supervision Office (KUDEB). “The city was registered as the Söğütlü Underground City and a project had been prepared to bring the city into tourism [sights],” Bayar said.

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Superb place...  went there in the 80s... 

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First souvenirs: Enamelled vessells from Hadrians Wall : Past Horizons Archaeology

First souvenirs: Enamelled vessells from Hadrians Wall : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Three small enamelled metal Roman pans – the Rudge Cup, Amiens Patera and the Ilam Pan – thought to be the first souvenirs from Hadrian’s Wall are featured in a new book edited by Roman expert David Breeze.

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Amazing items...  but tourist tat to Romans

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Indiana Jones Mystery Package We don’t really...

Indiana Jones Mystery Package We don’t really... | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Indiana Jones Mystery Package We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin...
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Don't you wish you got mail like this!

 

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Historic camp site of Antarctica explorers discovered

Historic camp site of Antarctica explorers discovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A hundred years after a Norwegian and English team raced each other to be the first on the South Pole, scientists re-discovered one of their camp sites in Antarctica, located on the slopes of the world's southernmost volcano.
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A place of quiet contemplation at human endurance and adventure

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Scientists believe they have found the camp of the ill-fated Scott expedition to find the South Pole.