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Golden Buddha, Hidden Copper - By Lois Parshley

Golden Buddha, Hidden Copper - By Lois Parshley | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Twelve years after the Taliban blew up the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas, a Chinese mining firm -- developing one of the world's largest copper deposits -- threatens to destroy another of Afghanistan's archeological treasures.

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Search for prehistory at Lochbrow

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AN unassuming field off the M74 near Lockerbie is to be the focus of a major geophysical survey next week by top archaeologists.
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AP Exclusive: Philippine archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old village with unique tombs

AP Exclusive: Philippine archaeologists uncover 1,000-year-old village with unique tombs | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists have unearthed remnants of what they believe is a 1,000-year-old village on a jungle-covered mountaintop in the Philippines with limestone coffins of a type never before found in this Southeast Asian nation, officials said Thursday.National Museum official Eusebio Dizon said the village on Mount Kamhantik, near Mulanay town in Quezon province, could be at least 1,000 years old based on U.S. carbon dating tests done on a human tooth found in one of 15 limestone graves he and other archaeologists have dug out since last year.

The discovery of the rectangular tombs, which were carved into limestone outcrops jutting from the forest ground, is important because it is the first indication that Filipinos at that time practiced a more advanced burial ritual than previously thought and that they used metal tools to carve the coffins.

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Archaeology: Third century temple, ancient altars found at Bulgaria’s Perperikon

Archaeology: Third century temple, ancient altars found at Bulgaria’s Perperikon | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working at the site of Bulgaria’s ancient sacred site of Perperikon have uncovered a third century CE temple as well as 10 portable altars originally used for animal sacrifices by pagans but into which Christian crosses were carved – and the altars then buried as the new religion sought to eradicate the old.

Perperikon, in Bulgaria’s eastern Rhodopes region, about 15km from the town of Kurdjali, has been the site of various forms of religious activity from about 7000 years ago, having first been used by the Thracians. The site is a popular tourist attraction and long-term archaeological work continues to unveil new discoveries.

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British Museum aims to show ancient Romans behind closed doors with major Pompeii show

British Museum aims to show ancient Romans behind closed doors with major Pompeii show | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
LONDON — The British Museum plans to take visitors into the streets, salons and bedrooms of the ancient Roman world with a major exhibition about the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum announced Thursday.

 

The two cities beside the Bay of Naples were wiped out by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., but rich archaeological remains were buried beneath the ash.

 

Italian authorities are loaning some 250 objects for the exhibition, from mosaics and paintings to casts of bodies encased in ash and a child’s wooden crib, carbonized by high-temperature gases from the volcano. There are even the charred remains of figs and bread.

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History as fantasy is no substitute for rigorous truth - The Guardian

History as fantasy is no substitute for rigorous truth - The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The GuardianHistory as fantasy is no substitute for rigorous truthThe GuardianDoes history know? Does it matter? The discovery of a papyrus fragment suggesting Jesus had a wife is certainly a good story.
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King Richard III dig invites visitors to learn about the former King | Central - ITV News

King Richard III dig invites visitors to learn about the former King  | Central - ITV News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The public are once again invited to visit the dig site for the grave of King Richard III in Leicester.

 

The announcement, last week, that confirmed human bones had been unearthed at the archeological dig, at the Greyfriars church in Leicester, has attracted thousands of visitors to the site and the city.

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INTERVIEW: The Ancient Anasazi in Focus

INTERVIEW: The Ancient Anasazi in Focus | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The American Desert Southwest has some of the most impressive prehistoric ruins and artifacts in the world.
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Etruscan pyramidal chambers discovered in Italy : Past Horizons Archaeology

Etruscan pyramidal chambers discovered in Italy : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Initial investigations have begun on a series of pyramidal chambers carved from the tufa rock underneath the city of Orvieto, Italy.

Dr. David B. George of the Department of Classics at Saint Anselm and Dr. Claudio Bizzarri of the Parco Archeogico Ambientale dell Orvietano (PAAO) are the co-directors leading the excavation with students from Saint Anselm College.

The interior of the subterranean space had been filled almost to the top with the upper section used as a modern wine cellar.  However one feature caught the eye; a series of ancient stairs carved into the wall of a constructional type consistent with an Etruscan date.

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Ancient Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say

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Ancient Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists Say

 

A new study of the ancient North African site offers the latest volley in a debate over the primary purpose of the graveyard, long thought to be a place of sacred sacrifice.

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What If Jesus Had A Wife?

What If Jesus Had A Wife? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

What if Jesus had a wife?

This is the question that Christianity confronts today after a fragment of papyrus has been presented at a conference of scholars in Rome. The ancient Coptic document includes the phrase "Jesus said to them, my wife" using a term that undoubtedly references a woman who was his spouse and not some metaphorical partner.

Harvard scholar Karen L. King, who announced the discovery of the papyrus at the International Congress of Coptic Studies, believes it is from the latter half of the Second Century. The fragment was authenticated by experts in New York and Jerusalem, but it awaits chemical testing to confirm its age more definitively.

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UNM Contract Archeology Excavates Mimbres Pit Houses - UNM ...

UNM Contract Archeology Excavates Mimbres Pit Houses - UNM ... | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Pottery sherd from Lake Roberts Project in Southwestern New Mexico Beautiful vivid fragments of Mimbres pottery, tiny arrowheads smaller than a fingertip,...
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longbow shoot

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longbow shoot...
I love all of Hans Splinters work.   however.   the details he captures at Archaeon are wonderful!

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Ancient land of 'Beringia' gets protection from USA and Russia

Ancient land of 'Beringia' gets protection from USA and Russia | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The ancient land of Beringia has become the protectorate of superpowers Russia and the United States.  That's right, Beringia -- 2,800 miles stretching from Siberia, across the Bering and Chukchi seas, through Alaska ...

 

As one of the world's great ancient crossroads, Beringia may hold solutions to puzzles about who were the first people to populate North America, how and when they traveled, and how they survived under such harsh climatic conditions," a website dedicated to Beringia reads.

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Ancient Acoustics

Classics Professor John Franklin makes music in a decidedly contemporary way: using a computer and the latest software tools. But the music he creates is anything but modern, originating more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece. Franklin calls himself a music archeologist. His computer-based innovations, it turns out, are the best way to recreate a music that sounds hauntingly strange to modern ears.
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Discovering the World’s Astronomical Heritage

Discovering the World’s Astronomical Heritage | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
What places best describe humankind’s fascination with the universe? Try Navajo star ceilings, the Temple of Isis in Egypt, or Stonehenge. Maybe it’s Qing Dynasty instruments at the Beijing Ancient Observatory or mountaintop telescopes in Chile.
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Low water in Polish river makes it possible to recover 17th-century looted artifacts

Capitalizing on low water levels in Warsaw’s Vistula River, police are teaming up with archaeologists to recover gigantic marble and alabaster treasures that apparently were stolen from royals in Poland by Swedish invaders in the mid-17th century.A police Mi-8 helicopter hovered over a riverbed on Thursday, lifting ornaments such as the centerpiece of a fountain with water outlets decorated with Satyr-like faces.

 

For police, it was gratifying to provide the chopper and assist Warsaw University archeologists in “this very important mission of retrieving priceless national treasures,” said Mariusz Mrozek, a spokesman for Warsaw police.

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Study shows ancient relations between language families - Phys.Org

Study shows ancient relations between language families - Phys.Org | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Study shows ancient relations between language familiesPhys.OrgTheir paper 'Abstract profiles of structural stability point to universal tendencies, family-specific factors, and ancient connections between languages' was published online ..

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New Discoveries Reveal the Hidden Archaeology of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire | Heritage of Wales News

New Discoveries Reveal the Hidden Archaeology of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire | Heritage of Wales News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Skokholm is a small island half a mile across located off the south western coast of Pembrokeshire, about two miles south of its larger island neighbour Skomer. Using innovative new survey techniques a small team from the Royal Commission has been investigating how people lived and farmed these Pembrokeshire islands in the past – much of the focus has recently been on Skomer, – but now, the fascinating story of Skokholm is beginning to be revealed.

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Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples – Malta

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples – Malta | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Hagar Qim was excavated at the beginning of the nineteenth century and has produced many ‘fat figure’ statuettes including the naturalistic ‘Venus of Malta’.
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Archaeologists find Ming Dynasty mummy in China - Telegraph

Archaeologists find Ming Dynasty mummy in China - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists find 700-year-old mummified Ming Dynasty woman in China.
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Aaronee's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:23 PM

They say they found a mummy of a women in china which she happens to be 700 years old.

Casandra Pricyla Alarcon's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:45 AM

"I found this really interesting because the mummy looks so well put together. They did a really good job on preserving the mummy, and the ring was just beautiful. They must of made their jewelry from really good material because it didn't seem to have any rust marks on it. Even though the mummy was a bit flooded in water due to where it was buried they still managed to get it out in one piece." 

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First world war archaeology maps to help the world… Oxford Uni

First world war archaeology maps to help the world… Oxford Uni | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

University of Oxford are the in the middle of our course launch period once again, but there there still places in loads of fabulous online courses if you are interested. In particular I should mention our four new courses for this term,

 

The First World War in Perspective, Archaeology in Practice, Social Entrepreneurship, and Introducing Mapping, Spatial Data & GIS.

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Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tomb - Examiner.com

Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tomb - Examiner.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tombExaminer.comA team of archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History have entered a previously undisturbed tomb in Palenque.
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Gallery: Well-Dressed Headless Statues

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Two Roman statues discovered in Aphrodisias. were re-used as building material.

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Scholars finish dictionary of ancient Egyptian language | ScienceBlog.com

Scholars finish dictionary of ancient Egyptian language | ScienceBlog.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A dictionary of thousands of words chronicling the everyday lives of people in ancient Egypt — including what taxes they paid, what they expected in a marriage and how much work they had to do for the government — has been completed by scholars at the University of Chicago.

 

The ancient language is Demotic Egyptian, a name given by the Greeks to denote it was the tongue of the demos, or common people. It was written as a flowing script and was used in Egypt from about 500 B.C. to 500 A.D., when the land was occupied and usually dominated by foreigners, including Persians, Greeks and Romans.

Read more at http://scienceblog.com/56681/scholars-finish-dictionary-of-ancient-egyptian-language/#PK7hA500pfBzwFqu.99

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