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Medieval Blue Boar Inn rebuilt virtually : Past Horizons Archaeology

Medieval Blue Boar Inn rebuilt virtually : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Blue Boar Inn was medieval Leicester’s ‘Grand Hotel’ and is believed to be where King Richard III stayed the night before the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. With the aid of detailed drawings, produced shortly before the Blue Boar was demolished, Richard Buckley has overseen a project to produce a detailed scale model of the building.
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Norwegian Vikings grew hemp

Norwegian Vikings grew hemp | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Cannabis was cultivated 1,300 years ago at a farm in Southern Norway.

As with flax, used to make linen, the fibre from the cannabis plant can be used for clothes and other textiles. Hemp, of course, has also been used for rope production right into modern times.

“Hemp has a fibre that can be used like flax, but it is a little coarser,” explains Vedeler.

The challenge for the archaeologists is that ancient textiles made of hemp and flax tend to rot, and thus are rarely well preserved. This makes it hard to say how common it was to use these textiles. Archaeologists know more about the use of wool because its fibres preserve better than plant fibres.
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But before you get excited!  
It is more to do with clothing than stoning! 

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Richard III bones tests awaited

Richard III bones tests awaited | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Experts analysing the suspected remains of Richard III say they have found no evidence to disprove the bones are the king's, but are still awaiting some results.
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Geophysics reveals lost Italian communities : Past Horizons Archaeology

Geophysics reveals lost Italian communities : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
During the summer of 2012, a team from the University of Kentucky discovered evidence of not just one lost community, but two in northern Italy. Using their archaeological expertise and modern technology, data was collected indicating the existence of a Roman settlement and below that, a possible prehistoric site.
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Lucky people!   Finding this in a forest!

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State dig uncovers the secrets of an 1814 battlefield

State dig uncovers the secrets of an 1814 battlefield | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The DNA of a battle that helped turn the tide of a war going horribly wrong for America lay buried just six inches below the surface in a Kent County cornfield.
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A sweep of a second 40 acres this fall indicated that the battle spread wider than originally believed.

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2012 Mayan Doomsday Countdown: 5 Ancient Must-Visit Ruin Sites on Dec 21 to Celebrate Mayan New Year (VIDEOS)

2012 Mayan Doomsday Countdown: 5 Ancient Must-Visit Ruin Sites on Dec 21 to Celebrate Mayan New Year (VIDEOS) | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Although speculations continue to grow if the world would end based on a Mayan calendar prediction as Dec 21, 2012 fast approaches, the feared apocalypse appears dimmer as scientists, the church and even Mayan descendants debunked the belief.
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A light hearted look at what is really important. >   the archaeology sites.  don't worry about apocalypse get booking to see these places.  

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Cranial deformation discovered in 1000 year old Mexican cemetery

Cranial deformation discovered in 1000 year old Mexican cemetery | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Near the Mexican village of Onavas, archaeologists have discovered a site containing human burials, with some of the skeletons showing skull deformation and dental mutilation
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News of a unique cemetery in Northern Mexico

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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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read the full article to get the text of the message!

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Andrew S Hatton's comment, December 17, 2012 7:32 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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Ramesses III and the harem conspiracy murder : Past Horizons Archaeology

Ramesses III and the harem conspiracy murder : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An international team of experts reported in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal that they had found compelling evidence that Pharaoh Ramesses III had been killed in a royal coup, shedding new light into a long-debated murder mystery.
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This is one of those believe it or not stories! 

And yes, we really do have the trial documents from 1155BC.   !

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Charlie Wittke's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:11 PM

This article claims that Ramses III that it was members from his harem that started a coup against him. His wife was the leader of this coup because she wanted her son to be Pharaoh sooner.

 

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UAE’s treasured past to be preserved

UAE’s treasured past to be preserved | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The UAE’s ‘treasures of the past’ sites are to be protected by a federal law which is likely to be passed in 2013, a senior official said on Monday.

The law to protect ancient sites, traditional buildings and other antiquities of the UAE has already been passed by the Federal National Council (FNC) and is now awaiting the approval from the Ministry of Justice, according to Rashad Mohammed Bukhash, a member of the FNC and National Council for Tourism and Archaeology.

“More than 3,200 sites in the country will be protected in addition to other things including ancient documents (under the law),” he told Khaleej Times on Monday.

“If someone wants to demolish (a heritage building) or sell something (related to the history) there is no legislation now (to prevent it),” he said on the sidelines of the third International Architectural Conservation Conference and Exhibition.
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This is great news.   and well recieved.   I worked there in the 90s.  and part of the remit was to locate and record sites.  as well as our work for the RAK Antiquites Authourity creating a full record of every Tower in the country.  

Thanks to all that were invovled, as the heritage of these countries is rich and varied.

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Maya exhibit at Tulane highlights more than just the civilization's calendar

Maya exhibit at Tulane highlights more than just the civilization's calendar | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There's more to the Maya civilization than a calendar that some believe predicts the world will end next Friday.
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Medieval mystery surrounds sainted relics : Past Horizons Archaeology

Medieval mystery surrounds sainted relics : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In summer 2011, archaeologists from John Moore Heritage Services uncovered a lead casket or ‘reliquary’ containing human remains at the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory in the town of Bicester, southwest England.
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Forgot how cool this one was...   and teh real story behind the bones!

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Archaeology: ‘Temple of Poseidon’ found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol

Archaeology: ‘Temple of Poseidon’ found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
One of the buildings excavated in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol appears to have been a temple to Poseidon, going by the discovery of a large and relatively well-preserved altar to the Greek god.

This is according to Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum.

Archaeologists found the building in front of the medieval fortified wall of the seaside town, Dimitrov said.

He said that the numerous pieces of marble found during excavations indicate that after the declaration of Christianity as the office religion of the Roman empire in 330 CE, the emperor’s order to destroy the temples of other religions was carried out, followed by the building of houses of worship dedicated to Christian saints, with iconography with features similar to that of the ancient gods.

Dimitrov said that in Sozopol, there was an example of how a temple to the Thracian horseman in the centre of the old town was converted into a church dedicated to Saint George.
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Scientists hunt for Piltdown Man hoaxer

Scientists hunt for Piltdown Man hoaxer | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In December 1912, it was announced that a lawyer and amateur archaeologist named Charles Dawson had made an astonishing discovery in a gravel pit in southern England - prehistoric remains, up to 1 million years old, that combined the skull of a...
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Underworld of the Maya explored

Underworld of the Maya explored | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Underwater archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), recently explored three caves in Mexico which are filled with rich assemblages of Mayan artefacts
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What is not to like!

 

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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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