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Monstrous ichtyocentaurs and Nereids in Plotinopolis | Αρχαιολογία Online

Monstrous ichtyocentaurs and Nereids in Plotinopolis | Αρχαιολογία Online | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The finds that came to light during this year’s excavations at the hill of Aghia Petra, in Didymoteicho, which has been identified with the ancient Plotinopolis, a Roman city founded by the Roman Emperor Traianus, who named the town after his wife Plotini, are once again impressive.

 

The archaeological interest of the hill has been recognized as early as before World War II, while in 1965 a golden forged bust of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus was found there. In Aghia Petra, systematic excavations were conducted by the 19th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in 1977 and the early 1980s.

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Workers unearth Tipu-British era cannon in Bangalore

Workers unearth Tipu-British era cannon in Bangalore | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Workers involved in excavating earth at the City Market underground metro site were in for a surprise on Thursday morning when they discovered a cannon and a solitary cannonball, believed to be from the 18th Century Tipu-British era. The construction site falls between Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the Bangalore Fort.

 

The iron cannon, 12 feet long, is estimated to be weigh between 1.5 tonnes to 2 tonnes. The cannonball is made of stone. They were found at a depth of around 4 metres from the ground in front of Victoria Hospital in Kalasipalya. The station work is part of the Namma Metro North-South corridor, being implemented by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

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Killing time the Viking way!

Killing time the Viking way! | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A new study uses archaeological evidence and carefully researched Viking sagas to describe how the men killed time when they were in mood for entertainment...

 

Life in the Viking Age was tough, but their lives were not without leisure. A new study by Leszek Gardela uses archaeological evidence and carefully researched Viking sagas to describe how the men killed time when they were in mood for entertainment.

 

Many of the physical games which entertained Vikings were violent and served as ways of demonstrating masculine qualities and according to written accounts, an ideal man had to be strong and skillful, with games playing a part in the training.

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Famed Winged Sea Horse Brooch in Germany, to be returned, minister says

Famed Winged Sea Horse Brooch in Germany, to be returned, minister says | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay has announced that the Winged Sea Horse Brooch, one of the most precious pieces in the Croesus Treasure, which was stolen from a museum in Turkey in 2005, has been found in Germany and will be returned to Turkey soon.

 

The brooch was discovered to have been stolen from the Uşak Archaeology Museum, where it had been on display, and switched with a fake some time between March and August 2005, and it remained missing until located in Germany. No information has yet been revealed as to how it was found. The brooch was declared the symbol of the city by the municipality of Uşak after it was stolen.

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Archaeo News Podcast 217

Archaeo News Podcast 217 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Stone Pages with BAJR and Past Horizons presents the long running archaeology based podcast with the latest archaeology news, mainly related to prehistory, megalithic monuments and discoveries.

Enjoy the velvet tones of your truely 

In collaboration with Stonepages, British Archaeological Jobs Resource and Past Horizons

 

First Polynesians arrived in Tonga 2,800 years ago
Up the fjord without a paddle
Ancient Temple Found in Israel
Genetic tests prove that Oetzi was Central Europe native
An 8,500-year-old murder mystery
Excavations at the largest Neolithic site in China
‘Oldest Mayan tomb’ found in Guatemala
Stone triumphs over wind

 

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Renaissance warrior's tomb is opened — and so is a mystery

Renaissance warrior's tomb is opened — and so is a mystery | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A noble-but-brutal Renaissance warrior who fell to a battle wound may not have died exactly as historians had believed, according to a new investigation of the man's bones.

 

Italian researchers opened the tomb of Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, or Giovanni of the Black Bands, this week to investigate the real cause of his death. Giovanni was born in 1598 into the wealthy and influential Medici family, a lineage that produced four Popes and two regent queens of France, among many other nobles.

 

He worked as a mercenary military captain for Pope Leo X (one of the Medici family's Popes), and fought many a successful skirmish in his name. When Pope Leo X died in 1521, Giovanni altered his uniform to include black mourning bands, earning him his nickname.

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Villagers go back to Iron Age for project - Local stories - Yorkshire Post

YORKSHIRE archaeologists are about to start to build a replica Iron Age roundhouse of the type inhabited by our ancestors over 2,000 years ago.

 

The circular house is being built at Great Hucklow, a Derbyshire Peak district village, in a project led by Sheffield University archaeologists.

 

It will become a place where schoolchildren and others can learn about life in Iron Age Britain, which ended when the Romans arrived.

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.:Middle East Online::Historians scramble to dig up details of America’s earliest Muslims:.

.:Middle East Online::Historians scramble to dig up details of America’s earliest Muslims:. | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

For most Muslims, what happens to the body of a deceased person is not quite as important as what happens to that person’s soul.

 

However, historians and archaeologists are trying to locate the grave of a Muslim buried in Washington, DC nearly 200 years ago, for it touches the soul of early American history.

 

The deceased, Yarrow Mamout, was among tens of thousands of Muslims brought to America during the slave trade, but one of few for which historians have much information.

 

Historic documents suggest Yarrow may be buried on the property he purchased after gaining his freedom in 1797.

 

That land is located in Washington’s historic Georgetown neighbourhood where homes now sell for several million dollars.

 

Its owner, real estate developer Deyi Awadallah, hopes to build and sell a new residence on the property.

 

He knew nothing of Yarrow when he purchased the land last spring, but he’s willing to give archaeologists a chance – a few weeks or months - to investigate before he finalises his plans.

 

“I’m trying to respect the situation. It deserves that,” he said in an interview this month.

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Great British archaeological discoveries abroad - Telegraph

Great British archaeological discoveries abroad - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
From Tutankhamun to the palace of Knossos: many of the world's most amazing archaeological discoveries have been made by the British.
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House of Scotland’s first settlers unearthed

House of Scotland’s first settlers unearthed | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

During archaeological excavation works carried out in advance of the construction of a new road bridge across the Firth of Forth, uncovered the remains of one of the earliest known house structures in Scotland.

Beutiful images of the site.

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Oldest examples of hunting weapon uncovered in South Africa | Humans | Science News

Oldest examples of hunting weapon uncovered in South Africa | Humans | Science News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Scientists working in South Africa have unearthed the oldest-known spear tips, apparently made by a common ancestor of people and Neandertals around 500,000 years ago.

More than 200 stone points found at a site called Kathu Pan 1 display modifications and damage consistent with having been attached to spear handles and hurled at animal prey such as springbok, say Jayne Wilkins, an anthropologist at the University of Toronto, and her colleagues.

“These were close-range weapons, either thrusting spears or spears thrown from fairly short distances,” Wilkins says.

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Petroglyph thefts near Bishop stun federal authorities, Paiutes

Petroglyph thefts near Bishop stun federal authorities, Paiutes | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
BISHOP, Calif. — Ancient hunters and gatherers etched vivid petroglyphs on cliffs in the Eastern Sierra that withstood winds, flash floods and earthquakes for more than 3,500 years. Thieves needed only a few hours to cut them down and haul them away.
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DigVentures Lecture by Prof. Martin Carver, "What Makes Archaeology Happen" DVIP2

http://digventures.com

 

A Flag Fen evening lecture. Topics discussed include archaeological aims; terrain; society; research; surveying; geophysics; lidar; metal detecting finds; project design; excavation systems; historical and new approaches; recovery levels; aerial views; deep sequences; stratigraphy; chemical microsurveying; DNA; material analyzers; collaboration; public engagement.

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Recording a Roman Floor

Recording a Roman Floor | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Last week we detailed how our archaeologists uncovered a Roman tessellated floor (at break-neck speed). But taking the soil off of a feature is only the beginning. Before it can be fully excavated ...
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Ottawa researcher’s firing derails Viking project

Ottawa researcher’s firing derails Viking project | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

This should be the best of times for Pat Sutherland. November’s issue of National Geographic magazine and a documentary airing Thursday night on CBC’s The Nature of Things both highlight research the Ottawa archeologist has been doing in the Canadian Arctic .

 

If Sutherland is right, Norse seafarers — popularly known as Vikings — built an outpost on Baffin Island, now called Nanook, centuries before Columbus blundered on to North America. Moreover, there’s evidence they traded with the Dorset, the Arctic’s ancient, now-vanished inhabitants, for as many as 400 years.

 

But Sutherland’s pleasure at the recognition her discoveries are receiving has been sharply tempered by a harsh reality. Last April, even as the documentary about her work was being filmed, the 63-year-old, then curator of Arctic archeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, was abruptly dismissed from her job.

 

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High precision dating of Polynesian settlement

High precision dating of Polynesian settlement | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A research team have significantly narrowed down the time frame during which the last major chapter in human colonisation, the Polynesian triangle, occurred...
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Cave of the Monkeys: Photos Reveal Early Modern Human Remains

Cave of the Monkeys: Photos Reveal Early Modern Human Remains | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Researchers unearth the oldest human bones from Asia.
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Handaxe -Trust or Lust

Handaxe -Trust or Lust | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Trust rather than lust is at the heart of the attention to detail and finely made form of handaxes from around 1.7 million years ago, according to a University of York researcher.

 

Dr Penny Spikins, from the Department of Archaeology, suggests a desire to prove their trustworthiness, rather than a need to demonstrate their physical fitness as a mate, was the driving force behind the fine crafting of handaxes by Homo erectus/ergaster in the Lower Palaeolithic period.

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Charcoal clues to rich woodland

Charcoal clues to rich woodland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Analysis of charcoal at the site of a suspected Bronze Age "sauna" suggests the surrounding area hosted a rich and diverse woodland.
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Ministry of Defence | Defence News | History and Honour | One hundred objects to symbolise First World War in the air

Ministry of Defence | Defence News | History and Honour | One hundred objects to symbolise First World War in the air | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
With the centenary of the First World War just 18 months away, the RAF Museum is asking members of the public what objects from its archives they would like to see on display to explain the role of aviation in this momentous event.

 

The most popular items voted for by the public will be selected for a new permanent exhibition highlighting the personal experiences of the young men and women of the newly-formed Royal Air Force (and its parent organisations the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service) and their contribution to the Allied victory.

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Council for British Archaeology | Organisations sought to host Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013

Council for British Archaeology | Organisations sought to host Community Archaeology Training Placements from September 2013 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Council for British Archaeology will offer 12 year-long 'youth-focused' work-place learning bursaries from September 2013. Organisations from across the UK are sought to host these placements.
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Colonial-era remains uncovered at San Antonio mission

Colonial-era remains uncovered at San Antonio mission | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
SAN ANTONIO - The skeletal remains of about 15 people, presumably American Indians from the Spanish colonial period, were uncovered at Mission San Juan during renovation work at the South Side landmark this year.

 

Excavation and reburial, however, remain sensitive issues for American Indian groups who claim the site should not have been disturbed at all. 

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Newspaper shows buried treasure was probably stolen - General News - Austrian Independent Online News - English Newspaper

Newspaper shows buried treasure was probably stolen - General News - Austrian Independent Online News - English Newspaper | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Report on Austrian Independent english news online newspaper: A treasure hunter thought he had discovered a valuable archaeological site when his metal detector uncovered antique tableware believed to be several hundred years old including...
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Reward Offered After Thieves Steal Ancient Rock Carvings

Reward Offered After Thieves Steal Ancient Rock Carvings | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the theft of some ancient rock carvings in the Sierra Nevada. The Los Angeles Times reports that vandals using power saws removed at least four petroglyphs from the Volcanic Tableland region. Visitors reported the thefts on Oct. 31. A Bureau of Land Management archaeologist calls it the worst act of vandalism he's ever seen in the area.

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