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$450,000 In Private Donations Will Allow Excavation of Blackbeard’s Ship To Continue

$450,000 In Private Donations Will Allow Excavation of Blackbeard’s Ship To Continue | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.

 

The contribution from Rita and Eric Bigham, a retired couple who divide their time between Chapel Hill and the small beach town of Beaufort, came at a special gathering at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. NCDCR officials scheduled the assembly to announce that they were within sight of their goal and to display a few of the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck since it was discovered in 1996.

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Ghosts of history - Then & Now, combined photos

Ghosts of history - Then & Now, combined photos | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Dutch historian Jo Teeuwisse discovered 300 negatives in a flea market and began to research the sites of the photos

 

Combined historical photos with photos showing as the same location is today. He started doing this years ago as a research tool, now hemostly does it because of a passion for history and fascination with the subject.


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Ancient village along B.C. river reveals 1,300 years of First Nations history

Ancient village along B.C. river reveals 1,300 years of First Nations history | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Along the banks of B.C.'s Babine River sits an archeological treasure trove, an ancient village that may have been used as a crossroad for First Nations dating back more than 1,300 years.While the Babine Lake First Nation knew their ancestors' village was there, it's untilled ground for archeologists.

 

Before the arrival of Prof. Farid Rahemtulla and his crew from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia, experts hadn't searched the site.

 

"It's just one of those places that hasn't really been explored very well in terms of archaeology," Rahemtulla said in an interview.

 

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Carbon Dating Gets a Reset: Scientific American

Carbon Dating Gets a Reset: Scientific American | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The carbon clock is getting reset. Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct.

 

Carbon dating is used to work out the age of organic material — in effect, any living thing. The technique hinges on carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate. Organisms capture a certain amount of carbon-14 from the atmosphere when they are alive. By measuring the ratio of the radio isotope to non-radioactive carbon, the amount of carbon-14 decay can be worked out, thereby giving an age for the specimen in question.

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Late Roman gold coin hoard found

Late Roman gold coin hoard found | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A valuable trove of Roman gold coins is found by a metal detectorist in Hertfordshire.

The stash - found on private land north of St Albans - is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards discovered in the UK.

The 159 coins date to the end of the 4th Century during the final years of Roman rule in Britain. After AD 408 no more coin supplies reached the country.

 

The value of the hoard has not yet been assessed.

A team from St Albans City and District Council museums' service investigated the site at the beginning of October to confirm the find.




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Digital map of the Roman Empire : Past Horizons Archaeology

Digital map of the Roman Empire : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World was published in 2000 as part of an international effort to create a comprehensive map and a directory of all ancient places mentioned in sources and a selection of important archaeological sites.

During the following decade two digitization projects based on the Barrington Atlas were produced; Pleiades, which began as a historical gazetteer of locations and the DARMC project which is a complete layered historical atlas.

In 2010-2011, the geodata of DARMC was transferred to Pleiades but it became apparent that not all the places in the original Barrington directory could be matched between DARMC and Pleiades, resulting in many places without precise coordinates and feature data.

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Wind turbines threaten Monastery of St. Simeon

ARCHAEOLOGY - Wind turbines threaten Monastery of St. Simeon | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The Monastery of St. Simeon near Antakya in southern Turkey is one of the world’s most important pilgrimage sites for Christians. Yet Turkey has no official data base of the area’s heritage, leaving valuable sites open to destruction


“Recently 23 wind turbines were situated on Samandağı or Simeon Mountain near Antakya – ancient Antioch, now located in present day Turkey to which the hermit Saint Simeon the Younger withdrew from the world,” Nezih Başgelen told Hurriyet Daily News.

 

“One turbine was even placed within the precinct of a monastery that was built there. In a region abounding in suitable mountain tops, this has to be seen as an excellent example of Turkey shooting itself in the foot. The metaphorical foot being a historical site that should be considered a world class heritage site.”

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Archaeologists find twelve burials thought to be 1000 years old in the State of Nayarit

Archaeologists find twelve burials thought to be 1000 years old in the State of Nayarit | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY.- A set of 12 burials, inside basalt boxes, were discovered by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta) in the southeast part of Nayarit. Given the great quantities of human bones that were contained in each burial, archaeologists consider this finding as a type of pre Hispanic cemetery about 1000 years old.

According to Lourdes Garcia Barajas and Jose Beltran Medina, archaeologists of the INAH Center in Nayarit, this funerary finding is unique since it’s the first one of its kind and because this is a mortuary tradition that had been unknown in the region, with the only related findings being shaft tombs or osseous remains cramped inside clay pots. Until this finding, never had they found osseous remains inside basalt boxes.

 

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Ancient 'sauna' find in Highlands

Ancient 'sauna' find in Highlands | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe could be an Bronze Age bathing site, or a sauna.

The metre-deep pit with a channel to a nearby stream was discovered at Stronechrubie, Assynt, in the north west Highlands.

 

The find was made by the Fire and Water Project, which is run by archaeology and history group Historic Assynt.

 

The project team had been trying to understand what a crescent shaped mound of stones had been created for.

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Council for British Archaeology | New Roman find at South Shields fort

Council for British Archaeology | New Roman find at South Shields fort | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team of volunteers have helped to uncover Roman artefacts at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.
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Ancient tomb found at 'Sweden's Stonehenge'

Ancient tomb found at 'Sweden's Stonehenge' | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists in southern Sweden have unearthed what is presumed to be a 5,000-year-old dolmen, or a portal tomb, near the megalithic monument Ale's Stones, sometimes referred to as "Sweden's Stonehenge".

”The findings confirm what we have believed; that this has been a special place for a very long time,” said archaeologist Bengt Söderberg to news agency TT.

 

On Saturday, the first day of the dig, the scientists already had a hunch that they would find something on the site, expecting a Stone Age grave and a Bronze Age monument.

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Deciphering Ancient Manuscripts at Saint Catherine's Monastery | PRI's The World

Deciphering Ancient Manuscripts at Saint Catherine's Monastery | PRI's The World | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Monks have lived for at least 17 centuries at Saint Catherine’s Monastery — where monks have lived for at least 17 centuries.It sits on a mountaintop – in the southern part of a triangular peninsula that sits between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Through the centuries this peninsula has served as a land bridge between the continents of Asia and Africa.

With both Images and a sound file description.  


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Digging of ancient tomb in Sharjah halted - The National

Digging of ancient tomb in Sharjah halted - The National | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Excavation of the 2,000-year-old settlement in Dibba Al Hisn has stopped due to the blockage of modern buildings surrounding the site.

Excavation of the site has been restricted to an area of 20 metres by 20 metres, where a settlement believed to be more than 2,000 years old had been found in the Sharjah enclave. But work was halted midway through last year as Sharjah officials tried to buy the properties.

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Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men

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Interview with Jelena Bekvalac, Osteology Curator of Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men is now open at the Museum of London until 14 April 2013.
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Divers mark end of Queen Anne's Revenge expedition | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

Divers mark end of Queen Anne's Revenge expedition | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A formal ceremony is marking the end of an eight-week expedition to recover artifacts from the ship believed to have belonged to Blackbeard.

 

The ceremony is scheduled for today in Beaufort.

The event highlights the conclusion of the expedition by archaeologists to recover artifacts from Queen Anne's Revenge. Since 1997, several of the cannons and more than 250,000 artifacts have been retrieved including gold, platters, glass, beads, rope, the anchor and several ballast stones.

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Rescue Thracian Treasure from Hwy Construction: Bulgarian Archaeologists Rescue Thracian Treasure from Hwy Construction - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgarian Archaeologists Rescue Thracian Treasure from Hwy Construction: Bulgarian Archaeologists Rescue Thracian Treasure from Hwy Construction - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A real archaeological treasure has popped out underneath the "Struma" highway construction works in western Bulgaria.

Archaeologists at the site have managed a last-minute rescue operation, pulling "under the nose" of waiting construction workers and machinery gold soldier breastplates, gold earrings and hairpins, and a number of silver and amber items, the Bulgarian Standard daily writes Friday.

The finds came from an unseen so far in size Thracian necropolis in the vicinity of the village of Dren, near the town of Radomir. They have been unearthed in the spring of 2012, after flooding in the area, but were kept secret in order to prevent their pillage from illegal treasure hunters.

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"Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men" exhibition opens at the Museum of London

"Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men" exhibition opens at the Museum of London | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Surgery is a dangerous practice, requiring detailed knowledge of human anatomy. The best tool for learning has always been a real body. But finding enough ‘subjects’ for dissection has never been easy. In the early 19th century, a huge demand for fresh bodies fuelled the gruesome practice of body snatching.

 

Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men explores the murky world of the resurrection men and the ambitious surgeon-anatomist they supplied with fresh corpses.

 

At the heart of the exhibition is an excavation undertaken in 2006 by Museum of London Archaeology which uncovered a forgotten burial ground, in use between 1825¬ and 1841, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. What they found was both extraordinary and unexpected.

 

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Touching the past at Penn Museum : Past Horizons Archaeology

Touching the past at Penn Museum : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Close your eyes so tight you see only black. Now, picture ancient Egypt. Most of us can visualise it because we’ve seen photographs and drawings of the pyramids, Pharaohs, temples, monuments, pottery, tombs, and hieroglyphics.

But if you are blind, and have been since birth then what does ancient Egypt look like to you? With no visual references or imagery to rely upon.

 

Touch tours....   Experiencing the past!

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My Cartoon Version of Reality: TEN FACTS ABOUT THE IRON AGE

My Cartoon Version of Reality: TEN FACTS ABOUT THE IRON AGE | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A light hearted look at the Iron Age.  :)  

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Salafists destroy ancient Morocco carvings

Salafists destroy ancient Morocco carvings | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An NGO says Salafists in Morocco have destroyed ancient stone carvings in a well-known archaeological site in the Yakour plain.
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Quang Ngai blockades the shipwreck with 500-year-old antiques - News VietNamNet

Quang Ngai blockades the shipwreck with 500-year-old antiques - News VietNamNet | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Quang Ngai Province has asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s permission to excavate antiquities in a shipwreck in Binh Chau and to send experts of the Archaeological Institute to survey the shipwreck. .....but then!

 

You can't make this up!!

 

 

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Archaeology advice for_university

An hour long talk on getting ahead once you leave University and before! Comedy, Laughs and serious help provided in equal measure.

REcorded at Edinburgh University Arc Soc.   this tells you the way forward. acoording to BAJR 

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Archaeo News Podcast 215 : Past Horizons Archaeology

Archaeo News Podcast 215 : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Headlines

Bronze Age discoveries at Cheeseman’s Green, England
Crete, 3500-year-old Minoan building found
Oldest dental filling found in a Stone Age tooth
Stonehenge scan reveals hidden rock art
Danish textile history gets re-writtend
Bronze Age pathway found along London’s railway
Europe’s ‘oldest urban settlement’ found in Bulgaria
Neolithic Houses are to be built at Stonehenge
New insight into ancient Mesopotamian trade routes
The nomadic horse worshippers of Kazakhstan

 

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Mummies and more: the secrets of the crypt

Mummies and more: the secrets of the crypt | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

ROWS OF OPEN shelves hold pottery vessels of every shape and size close to the entrance of the crypt.Built-in presses along one wall store bulky items from cooking cauldrons to millstones, while aisles of floor-to-ceiling brass-handled drawers conceal smaller objects from prehistoric flint tools to medieval “ear scoops”.

 

Stowed away IN the bowels of the National Museum on Kildare Street in Dublin, are hundreds of thousands of archaeological artefacts, most of which have never been seen by the public.

 

The 1,000-cubic-metre crypt is home to an estimated 300,000 objects, but until recently, even the longest-serving members of the museum’s staff were unsure what lay behind some of those doors and drawers. The majority of items in the crypt has remained untouched for half a century or longer, and, in many instances, the old identification labels are long lost, making it extremely difficult to know where the object came from or what exactly it is.

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Video: Hair’s what they dug up under the York Guildhall

An intriguing glimpse into how the ruling elite lived through the centuries in the heart of one of Yorkshire’s most historic cities has been revealed.

Archaeologists have disclosed some of the finds they have unearthed during excavations centred on the medieval Guildhall in York, including a fragment of a comb from Viking times and a wig curler from the 1700s.

The dig was carried out over the summer months to delve into the foundations of York’s home of democracy and its civic origins in the hope of revealing artefacts from the past. Few excavations had been carried out in this area and they had not been thoroughly documented so York Council’s senior officers decided the work was a good opportunity to learn more about the seat of local democracy.

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