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Bolivia returns ancient mummy to Peru

Bolivia returns ancient mummy to Peru | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Bolivian authorities on Tuesday returned to Peru the ancient mummy of a young girl that was intercepted by police as it was about to be illegally shipped to France.The mummy, which dates from between the years 1200 and 1450, was discovered in October 2010 when a Bolivian citizen was attempting to send a box to the French city of Compiegne to be then presumably sent to an auction house, Peru's Ministry of Culture said in the statement.

 

When authorities opened the box they found the mummified remains of a girl approximately two years old in a fetal position. The child's body was wrapped in five layers of cotton and wool fabric, and experts said she likely lived among people who lived centuries ago on Peru's southern coast.

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Personal histories in archaeology: Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

Information about the seminar Personal Histories in Archaeology...

The Personal Histories Project is an on going, educational, oral-history research initiative founded by Pamela Jane Smith, of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, in which senior scientists are invited to share their memories and life stories. Through their personal recollections, we better understand the development of archaeology and the origins of current research agenda. The retrospective discussions introduce audiences to the enjoyable experience of listening to life histories as aural and visual sources are created. These sources are then combined with published literature and unpublished archives to enhance our understanding of twentieth-century science. Free DVDs are available to be used as teaching aids.

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Italian archaeologists find 2 sunken Roman ships off Turkey

Italian archaeologists find 2 sunken Roman ships off Turkey | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
wo ancient Roman shipwrecks, complete with their cargo, have been discovered by Italian archaeologists off the coast of Turkey near the the ancient Roman city of Elaiussa Sebaste. The ships, one dating from the Roman Imperial period and the other from about the sixth century AD, have been found with cargoes of amphorae and marble, say researchers from the Italian Archaeological Mission of Rome's University La Sapienza.
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Topofly: An Exploration into Low Altitude Aerial Photography for Heritage

Topofly: An Exploration into Low Altitude Aerial Photography for Heritage | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Low altitude aerial photography methods such as kite and pole photography have long been considered a valuable information gathering tool for archeologists. As well as the advantages of increased levels of detail, coverage and a huge reduction in cost, low-level views offer perspectives which are distinct from ground and aerial views but which take advantages from both.

This investigation aims to look into how these alternative image capturing methods sit within a modern context and how they can be applied to public interpretation as well as scientific analysis. In the following pages find my explorations into how data captured in this way can be processed, using photogrammetry for example, and used to create interpretative content. In the course of my MSc project I hope to understand better how data rich visualisations can portray not just factual information, but the surrounding atmospheres and stories associated with historical sites.

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Vandals admit muffin-crystal-thingie assault at Serpent Mound

Vandals admit muffin-crystal-thingie assault at Serpent Mound | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A group of “light warriors” buried what may be hundreds of small muffinlike resin objects, embedded with aluminum foil and quartz crystals, at Serpent Mound with the intent of realigning the energy of the ancient Native American site in Peebles.
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Burke archaeologist challenges Smithsonian over Kennewick Man | Crosscut.com

Burke archaeologist challenges Smithsonian over Kennewick Man | Crosscut.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Burke Museum archaeologist is raising the alarm over the Smithsonian's science. Their mistake? No peer review.

 

The discovery of Kennewick Man, the name given to the 9,200 year-old skeleton unearthed in southern Washington nearly a decade ago, has unearthed plenty of questions among anthropologists and tribal members about what Kennewick Man's life might have been like.

 

To Burke Museum anthropological archaeologist Peter Lape though, the biggest question at hand is whether peer review, a time-honored scientific practice, is being ignored by leading forensic anthropologist Douglas Owsley, whose team has been the only one allowed to study Kennewick Man's bones since they were discovered in the mid-90s.

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Buried with a stake through a heart: the medieval 'vampire' burial - Telegraph

Buried with a stake through a heart: the medieval 'vampire' burial - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
New details of one of the few 'vampire' burials reserved for social 'deviants' in early medieval Britain have emerged.
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Trojan treasure still waiting to come home

Trojan treasure still waiting to come home | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A number of the many Trojan artifacts carried out of Turkey illegally many years ago have recently made their way home as a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

 

At the same time, though, the vast majority of Troy’s treasure still remains outside of Turkey. In fact, items taken out of Turkey in the 19th century by German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann are scattered among 47 collections around the world, though many have been located in Russia.

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Photographs of Early 20th-Century Egypt Brought to Life in Color

Photographs of Early 20th-Century Egypt Brought to Life in Color | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Just images..   but very evocative of a simpler time

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QIAH Zubarah - Virtual Tour

Al Zubarah Archaeological Site

The town of Al Zubarah is Qatar's largest archaeological site. This now abandoned settlement was once a thriving pearl fishing and trading port and is one of the largest and best preserved examples of an 18th-19th century merchant town anywhere in the Gulf.

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Clock is ticking to keep a Roman coin hoard in the county

Clock is ticking to keep a Roman coin hoard in the county | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
THE clock is ticking to raise the raise the £40,000 needed to keep a Roman coin hoard of national significance in the county.
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Neolithic monument unearthed in Cornwall : Past Horizons Archaeology

Neolithic monument unearthed in Cornwall : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working at the site of the future Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC) in Cornwall, southwest England, have discovered the fragmentary remains of a prehistoric enclosure built around 5,500 years ago.

AND.  a mysterious engraved Disc!

 

 

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Ninth century AD Buddhist antiquities found in Jharkhand - Indian Express

Ninth century AD Buddhist antiquities found in Jharkhand - Indian Express | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists have stumbled upon a number of antiquities, including Buddha stupas, belonging to the 9th century AD at Itkhori in Jharkhand's Chatra district.

 

In their first excavation exercise this year, the archaeologists found 58 antiquities, including four Buddha stupas, at Itkhori, N G Nikoshey, Superintending Archaeologist (Ranchi Circle) of the Archaeological Survey of India, said.

 

"Among the discoveries made were Buddha statues in various mudras and Boddhisatva deities dedicated to Buddhism. Antiquities belonging to the Jainism and Hinduism were also found during the excavation," he said.

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Bringing history to light... - Institute of Nautical Archaeology

Bringing history to light... - Institute of Nautical Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The mission of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology is "to fill in the gaps of history and provide answers to challenging historical questions through the study and examination of the vessels that have traveled the world's waterways for millennia, carrying people and cargo, and making possible the widespread exchange of ideas, innovation and invention."

Lot to explore here, with projects ranging from Mongol Fleets to Pirate Ships. 

Choose the Our Blogs section to catch up with the latest.  !

 

 

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Architecture book reveals how Leeds’s Temple Mill has an ancient history - Top Stories - Yorkshire Evening Post

Architecture book reveals how Leeds’s Temple Mill has an ancient history - Top Stories - Yorkshire Evening Post | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The pyramids, the Sphinx...and Temple Mill? It’s an unlikely architectural connection.

It’s an unlikely architectural connection,

But a new book about the influence of ancient Egypt on British architecture over the past two centuries has revealed a Leeds link.

Among the cultural gems profiled is Temple Mill, also known as Marshall’s Mill, in Marshall Street, Holbeck.

The mill joins another West Yorkshire site, Bradford’s Undercliffe cemetery, in Egypt in England, a new book from English Heritage.

The book by Egyptologist Chris Elliott explores more than 50 public monuments in Britain, from cinemas and supermarkets to factories and mausoleums, revealing an on-going love affair between Britain and the land of the pharaohs.

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Archeological treasure under threat

Archeological treasure under threat | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Kumi Dome in the Darb El Ahmar area in Old Cairo is one of Cairo’s archaeological treasures. Built in the 10th century in the Circassian Mamluk era, the dome is listed on the official map of the Ministry of Antiquities as antiquity number 256.

 

For a long time a protective fence ensured that the monument could be admired by anyone passing by yet would be protected from harm.

 

Recently the fence came down and instead of preserving the past, the area around the dome has turned into a place where garbage is dumped and unwanted possessions are discarded.

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Seventh century eclipse marked the end of temple site : Past Horizons Archaeology

Seventh century eclipse marked the end of temple site : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

During excavations at Pañhú, in Hidalgo Tecozautla, Mexico archaeologists uncovered a burned stucco floor. What they had found was evidence that the main pyramid had been deliberately ‘de-consecrated‘ and destroyed approximately 1350 years ago.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Illegal diggings reveal ancient church, mosaics

ARCHAEOLOGY - Illegal diggings reveal ancient church, mosaics | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The ruins of a church and mosaics discovered in illegal excavations in Isparta will be prepared for visitors. The remains are believed to be from the late Roman and Byzantine period and expected to attract faith tourism

 

Excavations are being competed on an early basilica and mosaics that were discovered two months ago during an illegal excavation in the southern province of Isparta’s Kaletepe region.

Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdullah Kılıç told Anatolia news agency that the illegal excavations had been done by the gendarmerie, followed by rescue work. “During these excavations, we found the ruins of a church and mosaics that are believed to date from the late Roman and Byzantine periods,” he said.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittites ahead of their time in dam building

ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittites ahead of their time in dam building | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The discovery of a Hittite dam constructed more than three millennia ago at the ancient site of Alacahöyük in northern Anatolia suggests that little has changed in the past 3,000 years in terms of building barrages

 

A dam unearthed during excavation work in the northern Anatolian province of Çorum reveals that the dam construction techniques of the ancient past are similar to the techniques used today, according to archaeologists.

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Of course they were! They were the Hittites! Better than anyone!

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Burke archaeologist challenges Smithsonian over Kennewick Man | Crosscut.com

Burke archaeologist challenges Smithsonian over Kennewick Man | Crosscut.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Burke Museum archaeologist is raising the alarm over the Smithsonian's science. Their mistake? No peer review.
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Archaeologica - Catalogue of the first exhibition of working archaeological photographs "Archaeology in Progress" (VIDEO)

Archaeologica - Catalogue of the first exhibition of working archaeological photographs "Archaeology in Progress" (VIDEO) | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Catalogue of the first exhibition of working archaeological photographs "Archaeology in Progress", held in September 2012. in the premises of the National Committee of ICOMOS in Skopje, Macedonia. Organized by Association "Archaeologica".

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Egyptian princess tomb discovered near Cairo

Egyptian princess tomb discovered near Cairo | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Egypt's antiquities minister announced on Friday the discovery of a princess's tomb dating from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC) in the Abu Sir region south of Cairo.
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World Heritage: the Nine Wonders of Morocco by Jacques Bravo

World Heritage: the Nine Wonders of Morocco by Jacques Bravo | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There are 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco: the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, the Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida), the Medina of Essaouira, the Medina of Fez, the Medina of Marrakech, the Historic City of Meknes, Rabat, the Medina of...
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Anglo-Saxon hall found in Kent is 'tip of the iceberg' - Telegraph

Anglo-Saxon hall found in Kent is 'tip of the iceberg' - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An Anglo-Saxon feasting hall unearthed beneath a village green in Kent could represent the "tip of the iceberg", according to archaeologists who believe it lies amid an entire complex of ancient buildings.
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Archaeology group buys 2 Iroquois sites in Trumansburg

Archaeology group buys 2 Iroquois sites in Trumansburg | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A national archaeology preservation group has bought two former Cayuga Indian village sites in Trumansburg as part of the organization's ongoing effort to protect historical sites linked to the Iroquois.
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