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Historic Mosque Burned in Ancient Syrian City

Historic Mosque Burned in Ancient Syrian City | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A landmark mosque in Aleppo was burned, scarred by bullets and trashed — the latest casualty of Syria's civil war — and President Bashar Assad on Monday ordered immediate repairs to try to stem Muslim outrage at the desecration of the 12th century site.

 

The Umayyad Mosque suffered extensive damage, as has the nearby medieval covered market, or souk, which was gutted by a fire that was sparked by fighting two weeks ago. The market and the mosque are centerpieces of Aleppo's walled Old City, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Grinding it Out

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Making a mirror the old-fashioned way...

Continuing from the recent Çatalhöyük news story of the Obsidian Mirror

 

Among the intriguing finds at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia are a few polished obsidian artifacts believed to have been used as mirrors. In a letter in response to an article, "The World's First City" (March/April 1998), which mentions the obsidian mirrors, P.H.M. Hawley wrote, "to make such a mirror requires considerable technology in a sense.

 

To grind a flat surface and then achieve a true polish is not easy" (May/June 1998, p. 11).

 

In an accompanying comment, Orrin Shane (an author of the original article and a curator at the Minnesota Museum of Science) said of the Çatalhöyük mirrors, "Their exceptional planar surfaces are highly polished and reflect a sharp image." I was curious just how difficult it would be and how long it would take to make an obsidian mirror.

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Canada Highlights War of 1812, Casting U.S. as Aggressor

Canada Highlights War of 1812, Casting U.S. as Aggressor | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Canadian government’s enthusiasm for the conflict has puzzled and angered many in the country, where shows of patriotism are more subdued than they are south of the border.

Although it produced “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the War of 1812 does not get much attention in the United States. In Canada, however, the federal government is devoting surprising attention to the bicentennial of the conflict, which it describes bluntly in a new television commercial as an act of American aggression against Canada.

Much about the war is fiercely debated by historians but one thing is clear: Canada was not yet a country at the time of the war, which pitted the United States against the British.

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Modern Stone & Flint Tools

Modern Stone & Flint Tools | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

These modern versions of prehistoric stone & flint tools were created by Tel-Aviv based designers Ami Drach & Dov Ganchrow.

Just how cool!  

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Rock-Art of the Californian Interior : Past Horizons Archaeology

Rock-Art of the Californian Interior : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Within the hidden inland and interior regions of South-Central California, millions of years of wind scouring and water erosion have sculpted distinctive yellow-and-tan sandstone outcrops into bizarre and beguiling forms worthy of a Daliesque timescape.

 

The endless forces of weather and climate have created a menagerie of rocky pinnacles, honeycombed sandstone cavities, and sinuous rockshelters. In desert scrub and patchy oak woodlands, misshapen cave mouths appear to grin awkwardly in shifting shadow and light as the sun wheels overhead, season after season.


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Iron oven - Hans Splinter

Iron oven - Hans Splinter | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

to get iron from ore...   you gotta make some fire! 

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Rain cancels Battle of Hastings

Rain cancels Battle of Hastings | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings on what is believed to be the original battlefield has been cancelled because of torrential rain.

 

English Heritage said for safety reasons the event could not go ahead because of unacceptable levels of mud on the battlefield and public areas.

 

Sunday's re-enactment marked the 946th anniversary of the battle when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold.

 

Hastings Borough Council said the cancellation was a disappointment.

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Neanderthal expert weighs in on ancient ancestors

Neanderthal expert weighs in on ancient ancestors | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Last Tuesday one of the world's leading experts on Neanderthals, Jean-Jacques Hublin, spoke at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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Archaeology, jobs and roads

Archaeology, jobs and roads | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

David Petts, a Lecturer at Durham University writes the following in a post

Couple of things caught my eye recently- most recently was the (UK) government announcing plans to revive a series of road building schemes that had been shelved, seemingly funded somehow by a combination of local authorities and commercial capital (because that kind of thing has worked SO well in the past)

 

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The trouble is, and very few archaeologists I think admit this, is that whatever the pros and cons of road construction (both in environmental terms and as an act of Keynesian economic stimulus), archaeology is just another subcontractor of the construction industry.

Read on for the full debate.

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Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found

Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Site where oldest computer lay for thousands of years may yield other treasures and even another Antikythera mechanism...

 

In 1900, Greek sponge divers stumbled across "a pile of dead, naked women" on the seabed near the tiny island of Antikythera. It turned out the figures were not corpses but bronze and marble statues, part of a cargo of stolen Greek treasure that was lost when the Roman ship carrying them sank two thousand years ago on the island's treacherous rocks.

What they had found was amazing....   a whole wreck stuffed with goods from across the Empire and a remarkable early 'computer'  

Now divers are returning to the site. 

 

It has taken scientists over a hundred years to decode the inner workings of those corroded fragments, with x-ray and CT scans finally revealing a sophisticated clockwork machine used to calculate the workings of the heavens

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NPS Archeology Program: Visiting Archeological Sites

NPS Archeology Program:  Visiting Archeological Sites | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

National Archeology Day

 

Join the National Park Service and the Archaeological Institute of America in celebrating National Archeology Day on October 20, 2012.

 

Archeological places across the nation will offer all kinds of special events, from public archeology days to speakers to exhibits. Learn more about the ways that archeology helps us to learn about the past, and talk to real archeologists!

It's likely that events are happening near you, and not only at NPS parks, but state parks, National Register or National Historic Landmark properties, museums and other sites. Visit the National Archaeology Day interactive map of things to do and places to see. There’s something for everyone!

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The Assyrian city of Tushhan: a race against time : Past Horizons Archaeology

The Assyrian city of Tushhan: a race against time : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The ancient mound at Ziyaret Tepe in Diyarbakir province of southeastern Turkey, comprises two distinct areas: a high citadel and an extensive lower town. Since 1997 an international team of archaeologists have been excavating a site that was occupied nearly continuously for 2400 years from the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000 BCE).

 

Over most of this time Ziyaret Tepe was a modest village situated on the fertile Tigris floodplain. However, Professor Timothy Matney of the University of Akron, (the project director) in collaboration with Professor McGinnis of the University of Cambridge discovered that during the Middle Iron Age (c. 882 – 610BCE) Ziyaret Tepe acted as an important urban centre situated on the northern periphery of the Assyrian Empire and was known as the city of Tushhan.

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Three skeletons uncovered in McGrath could be ancient Alaskans | Rural Alaska | ADN.com

Three skeletons uncovered in McGrath could be ancient Alaskans | Rural Alaska | ADN.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Workers clearing a plot of land in the Interior Alaska village of McGrath discovered a skull, leading an archaeologist to uncover the nearly complete skeletons of three people, believed to be ancient Alaskans.
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Archi5's Solar-Powered Archaeology Museum for Morocco

Archi5's Solar-Powered Archaeology Museum for Morocco | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Middle East Environment news for the Middle East.

The Archaeological Museum of Rabat was first built in 1932 and is badly in need of a renovation, so Archi5 submitted plans for a new solar-powered facility that would rise in harmony with its surrounding.

 

Comprised of a series of boxy ribbons filled in with glazing, the conceptual museum is a fluid space that provides “visual environmental comfort,” according to the design brief, as well as a protective shell for the museum’s numerous archaeological and earth science treasures.

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Modern neutron techniques analyse Tudor firepower on the Mary Rose : Past Horizons Archaeology

Modern neutron techniques analyse Tudor firepower on the Mary Rose : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago – on 11 October 1982 – the Tudor warship Mary Rose was dramatically raised to the surface, more than four centuries after she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545.

 

But after three decades of research into the ship and its contents there is still much that can be learned, especially by the application of new technology - and this is exactly what is happening at the University of Huddersfield in collaboration with The Mary Rose Trust.

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Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology

Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A conference in Cambridge, southeast England, will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.

 

When during the early 20th century archaeologists excavated some of the most famous sites of Ancient Greece – notably Knossos on the island of Crete and Mycenae and Pylos on the mainland – they found large numbers of clay tablets inscribed with a type of script that baffled them.

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they are finding out what this mysterious script will say

Khai Tran's curator insight, January 21, 7:06 PM

It is very interesting how scientist are able to decipher Ancient codes and find out more facts about history. 

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Colour photographs of Shackleton’s Antarctica, 1915

Colour photographs of Shackleton’s Antarctica, 1915 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

These are Frank Hurley's famous early colour photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 'Endurance' voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antartica Expedition


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Gayleen jackson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:20 PM

Who was Shakleton?

Name of boat

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Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour ‘In ancient Egypt...

Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour ‘In ancient Egypt... | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Crocodile Skin Suit of Armour ‘In ancient Egypt the crocodile was seen as sacred and divine, and worshipped as a god, so this suit might have been worn by priests of the crocodile sect .  from 3rd century AD

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ARCHAEOLOGY - History of Hattuşa’s excavation on display

ARCHAEOLOGY - History of Hattuşa’s excavation on display | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Yapı Kredi Culture Center displays a photography documenting a century of archaeological excavations in the Hattuşa, situated in the northern province of Çorum. The exhibition features photographs drawn from German Archaeological Institute

 

The unpublished photographs that form the backbone of the show were gathered with the aim of painting a historical, ethnographical and sociological panorama of the whole excavations process from 1906 to 2012.

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Archaeology: Tomb in northern Greece could be that of widow and son of Alexander the Great, reports say

Archaeology: Tomb in northern Greece could be that of widow and son of Alexander the Great, reports say | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists are reserving judgment but Greek and Bulgarian media have reported that a tomb found in the town of Amphipolis in northern Greece could be that of Alexander the Great’s widow and his son, Roxana of Bactria and Alexander IV...

Archaeologists are reserving judgment but Greek and Bulgarian media have reported that a tomb found in the town of Amphipolis in northern Greece could be that of Alexander the Great’s widow and his son, Roxana of Bactria and Alexander IV Aegus.

 

Amphipolis is near Serres, a Greek town that Bulgarian media did not fail to point out is just 30km from the Bulgarian border.

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New archaeology museum at the University of South Alabama peers into the area's past.

New archaeology museum at the University of South Alabama peers into the area's past. | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The story of the last 14,000 years in Mobile will be on display at the new Archaeology Museum opening on the University of South Alabama campus.Culled from a university archaeological collection comprised of tens of thousands of artifacts, the museum highlights a past richer than most residents understand.

The rarest items in the museum date back more than 10,000 years, a collection of stone spear points used by the region’s earliest residents. Artifacts from that era are hard to come by because the area the Gulf’s first native peoples inhabited is now underwater.

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Zeugma After the Flood - Archaeology Magazine

Zeugma After the Flood - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

New excavations continue to tell the story of an ancient city at the crossroads between east and west...

It wasn't good policy that saved ancient Zeugma. It was a good story.

 

In 2000, the construction of the massive Birecik Dam on the Euphrates River, less than a mile from the site, began to flood the entire area in southern Turkey. Immediately, a ticking time-bomb narrative of the waters, which were rising an average of four inches per day for six months, brought Zeugma and its plight global fame. The water, which soon would engulf the archaeological remains, also brought increasing urgency to salvage efforts and emergency excavations that had already been taking place at the site, located about 500 miles from Istanbul, for almost a year.

 

The media attention Zeugma received attracted generous aid from both private and government sources.

 

Of particular concern was the removal of Zeugma's mosaics, some of the most extraordinary examples to survive from the ancient world. Soon the world's top restorers arrived from Italy to rescue them from the floodwaters.

 

The focus on Zeugma also brought great numbers of international tourists—and even more money—a trend that continues today with the opening in September 2011 of the ultramodern $30 million Zeugma Mosaic Museum in the nearby city of Gaziantep.

 

>>  Now read on about the continuing work.

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Archeologists: Assyrian site in northern Iraq unearthed

Archeologists: Assyrian site in northern Iraq unearthed | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archeologists working in northern Iraq have discovered a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the historic Arbil city center, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil, Haydar Hassan, was quoted as saying in an Iraqi newspaper.

 

The Assyrian civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C., archeologists were led to discover the site when they exhumed a burial ground, complete with mud brick grave heads, Global Arab Network reports according to Iraq’s al-Zaman newspaper.

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Chinese scientist says prehistoric man ate pandas | World news | The Guardian

Chinese scientist says prehistoric man ate pandas | World news | The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A Chinese scientist says that humans used to eat pandas.In a newspaper interview, Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate the bears in what is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.

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Neanderthals ... They're Just Like Us?

Neanderthals ... They're Just Like Us? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Well, not exactly. But the latest discoveries have had a surprisingly humanizing effect.

The Neanderthals are both the most familiar and the least understood of all our fossil kin.

 

For decades after the initial discovery of their bones in a cave in Germany in 1856 Homo neanderthalensis was viewed as a hairy brute who stumbled around Ice Age Eurasia on bent knees, eventually to be replaced by elegant, upright Cro-Magnon, the true ancestor of modern Europeans.

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To what extent are Neanderthal and homo sapiens physical and emotional characterisitcs similiar? To what extent do you believe homo sapiens had an impact on the extinciton of Neanderthals and how has this effected who we are today?