As a kid I wanted to be an archeologist. The magic of unearthing history was so enticing to me until I learned about real archeology. Any time I found a real dig to go on it involved potential snakes (South America), intense heat, bugs galore and sparse accommodations. I wanted to do archeology in an air conditioned building with a 4 star hotel to stay in and definitely no creepy crawlies. Shockingly, I did not become an archeologist.
As I was painting I realized I have become a reverse archeologist with my art.
I love how archaeology affects people in many different ways. Everyone it seems wants to be an archaeologist...
More than 300 of the world’s leading Norse mythology researchers met at the 15th International Saga Conference earlier this month in Denmark.
They normally sit with their heads buried in Old Norse writings.
Earlier this month, though, they found themselves in the Danish countryside drinking Middle Age beer, singing ancient songs and visiting breweries. It’s certainly not boring when more than 300 professors, researchers and students from five continents meet to discuss sagas.
The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society, have undertaken one of the most exciting archaeological investigations ever carried out. No less than a search for the bodily remains of the last Plantagenet King - Richard III - killed at the Battle of Bosworth.
In this short film Co-Director of ULAS, Richard Buckley, gives his personal account of the Greyfriars Dig from an Archaeological perspective.
A more comprehensive account of the search for the remains of King Richard III, and the final chapter in the story can be seen later this year on Channel 4 in a full length documentary made by Darlow Smithson Productions.
The Croft Moraig stone circle (NN 7975 4726) is located on a glacial terrace a few hundred metres to the south of the confluence of the rivers Tay and Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland.
The circle comprises three concentric settings of stones – a central oval of small standing stones with a ring of larger standing stones and an outer ring of kerbstones.
The site was excavated in 1965 and it was suggested that the first of three building stages involved the digging of a shallow ditched enclosure and the erecting of a ring of posts around a central hearth. This was dated by a piece of pottery to the middle or late Neolithic period. In time the ring of posts was replaced by the central oval and outer rings of standing stones and kerbstones, Piggott and Simpson (1971).
For longtime travelers to the Yucatan, the 2012 mythology that has taken hold brings a delicious irony: Worldwide attention is finally turning from the Yucatan's white-powder beaches and sequestered all-inclusives to the remnants of the "lost...
Dig Greater Manchester sees volunteer places on archaeological digs over-subscribed as residents hunt historical treasure.
"A lot of people have become hooked - it's so exciting when you find something that was dropped by people hundreds of years ago and you're the first to touch it since."
University of Salford senior archaeologist Brian Grimsditch explained why the Dig Greater Manchester project's archaeological excavations have proved so popular the volunteer places are now over-subscribed.
Archaeological excavations are starting at the last four archaeological sites under the Via Pontica programme along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, National History Museum head Bozhidar Dimitrov said on September 10 2012.
The earliest known instance of cannibalism among hominids occurred roughly 800,000 years ago. The victims, mainly children, may have been eaten as part of a strategy to defend territories against neighbors, researchers report online in the Journal of Human Evolution. The new study shows how anthropologists use the behavior of modern humans and primates to make inferences about what hominids did in the past—and demonstrates the limitations of such comparisons.
Meyers led a team of MSU Campus Archaeology graduate students around North Neighborhood for the last two weeks digging shovel test pits, or “big holes,” in hopes of uncovering history that literally went unwritten.
A Roman period tomb containing vivid murals was found in January 2012 during excavation work on the new highway between Corinth-Patras in Greece, according to a report in Το ΒHMA newspaper.
“The intention is to transfer the entire monumental tomb to the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth in order to preserve it and allow it to be viewed by the public once conserved,” said the Central Archaeological Council director of Conservation of Ancient and Modern Monuments, Nikos Minos.
Welcome assorted filth dibbers of the globe to this next installment in our nonpareil attempt at bringing you all closer to a past which is probably better forgotten. Read this posting and I personally guarantee that your archaeological IQ will skyrocket off the top of your head and roll into a dark corner of your pantry - if you have a pantry that is - if not, you have my sympathies - and I should know because I'm a licensed archaeologist.
Hangout With an Archaeologist in the FieldNational GeographicNow National Geographic Archaeologist Fred Hiebert and team are using traditional and cutting-edge techniques above and below water to examine what could be the building's...
Not exaclty Archaeology - but at this early date, I can be excused
In the late 1800s, a flurry of fossil speculation across the American West escalated into a high-profile national feud called the Bone Wars.Drawn into the spectacle were two scientists from the Lone Star State: geologist Robert T. Hill, now acclaimed as the Father of Texas Geology, and naturalist Jacob Boll, who made many of the state's earliest fossil discoveries.
Hill and Boll had supporting roles in the Bone Wars through their work for one of the feud's antagonists, Edward Drinker Cope. A new study by vertebrate paleontologist Louis L. Jacobs at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, unveils new details about their roles and the Bone Wars in Texas.
Jacobs discovered 13 historic letters written by Cope to Hill. Jacobs found the letters in an archive of Hill's papers at SMU's DeGolyer Library. The letters span seven years, from 1887 to 1894.
We think of Vikings as highly aggressive raiders who ravished Europe in the Early Middle Ages but how could these men be controlled when they returned to their homeland after plundering other countries?
A researcher from the University of Aberdeen, who presented today at the British Science Festival, suggested this is a problem Viking societies themselves were deeply concerned about – so much so that they took on the role of early criminal profilers – drafting descriptions of the most likely trouble-makers.
So what do you make of this? Is this a society looking for trouble? OR Looking for those who cause trouble?
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