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Online Dead Sea Scrolls library launched

Online Dead Sea Scrolls library launched | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The 65th year of the Dead Sea scrolls discovery was marked with the launch of its online library.

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Israel and Google launched the Dead Sea Scrolls digital library on Tuesday.

The library, stored on Google servers, will eventually hold all of the several tens of thousands of fragments of the 2000-year-old scrolls, the oldest version of parts of the Hebrew Bible ever found, and considered one of, if not the, most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century.
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Some light reading for the weekend.   But seriously, this opens up resaerch into these documents to a wider audience

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Ibrahim Ahmed's comment, December 23, 2012 2:58 AM
technology :D
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City archaeology cuts a 'tragedy'

City archaeology cuts a 'tragedy' | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The proposed closure of Southampton's archaeology unit is described as a "tragedy" by heritage groups in the city.
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More Saxon Hoard fragments found

More Saxon Hoard fragments found | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
About 90 more pieces of gold and silver believed to belong to the Staffordshire Hoard have been found.

The discovery was made by archaeologists in the same Staffordshire field at Hammerwich where 3,500 pieces were found in 2009.

Some of the new pieces are fragments that fit with parts of the original hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver.

They include a possible helmet cheek piece, a cross shaped mount and an eagle shaped mount.
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Missed a bit!

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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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Ahem...      perhaps I will wait until the results come out.  

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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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What a brilliant but simple idea!


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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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Musings of an Unemployed Archaeologist: A Glimmer of Hope in the Darkest Hour

Musings of an Unemployed Archaeologist: A Glimmer of Hope in the Darkest Hour | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
You are probably wondering why I sold this as a glimmer of hope, so I'll explain. The cave was discovered by 4 teens in 1940, World War II was well underway and France was a bleak and weary land. In September of that year they explored a 'fox den' convinced it would give them a secret entrance to a manor house, they didn't get that...they got something far better!
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A perfect christmas tale of hope in a dark time

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ASI to take care of gods of small temples

ASI to take care of gods of small temples | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has set up a committee to prepare a status report on all the small and big temples on the premises of the Puri Jagannat...
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Made me think of the terry Pratchett Small Gods.   :)
However.   this is the first step to protection

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The earliest phase of settlement in the eastern Caribbean: new evidence from Montserrat

The earliest phase of settlement in the eastern Caribbean: new evidence from Montserrat | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Understanding the pattern and process of the colonisation of the eastern Caribbean is still a work in progress. It has long been widely agreed that the first horticultural, pottery-making Amerindian settlers (usually referred to as Arawaks, or, archaeologically, as Saladoid cultures) originated from the general area of the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela, with settlement established on almost every island by c. 2200 BP. But there are also indications of an earlier Archaic occupation of the Caribbean (Figure 1).

In the Greater Antilles, where the evidence is best, the dates reach back as early as 6000 BP. Once referred to as the "lithic age" (Keegan 1994), and conceived as involving hunter-foragers using stone and shell tools, these pre-Arawak cultures have now yielded evidence of more complex subsistence regimes and even ceramic production; colonisation from Central America has been proposed (Wilson et al. 1998) but remains unconfirmed. The earliest Archaic sites in the Lesser Antilles have somewhat later radiocarbon dates (Fitzpatrick 2006), mostly not before c. 4000 BP. These earliest settlers too probably arrived from South America. The island with the largest number of pre-Arawak sites is Antigua, where several dozen have been located (Davis 2000: 82)—perhaps unsurprisingly, since it has by far the best sources of flint and chert in the eastern Caribbean (Knippenberg 2007). Yet Archaic material has been identified on only five other islands in the Lesser Antilles. Thus, understanding this earliest phase of settlement requires more and better data, and any additional evidence is welcome.
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Excellent look at a synthetic approach to colonisation of the Caribbean as it stand just now

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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

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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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