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Italy Wants Antiquities Held in England Returned - Archaeology Magazine

Italy Wants Antiquities Held in England Returned - Archaeology Magazine | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
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This argument comes up every so often. do you think it's important these artefacts are returned to where they came from? 

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London skulls reveal gruesome evidence of Roman head hunters

London skulls reveal gruesome evidence of Roman head hunters | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
Improved forensic techniques have shed new light on 39 skulls excavated near Museum of London in 1988

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Jossue Gallardo's curator insight, January 17, 2014 10:18 PM

Its interesting becasue the ampitheater was used to keep crimnals in. And too see if these crimnals were once part of the Roman head hunters.

Rupert Makis's curator insight, January 27, 2014 3:56 AM

Amazing find

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Who Was Throwing Spears Before Humans? : DNews

Who Was Throwing Spears Before Humans? : DNews | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
Human-like beings before our species likely handcrafted sophisticated tools, suggests newly discovered prehistoric stone-tipped throwing spears found in Ethiopia. Continue reading →
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Interesting article. Always great to learn more about early humans!

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The Archaeology News Network: Mummy's colourful collar found in Theban tomb

The Archaeology News Network: Mummy's colourful collar found in Theban tomb | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
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New Dates for Alaska’s Fluted Spear Points Raise Questions - Archaeology Magazine

New Dates for Alaska’s Fluted Spear Points Raise Questions - Archaeology Magazine | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
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POMPEII - Official Trailer (2014) [HQ] Kit Harington, Emily Browning

Release Date: February 21, 2014 Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony) Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Screenwriter: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert...

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Louise Zarmati's curator insight, August 24, 2013 2:42 AM

...and now, 'Pompeii' the movie, coming to a cinema near you in 2014! 

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The real purpose of the First World War centenary celebrations

The real purpose of the First World War centenary celebrations | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
Commemoration of the 1914-18 war should involve critical reflection rather than arouse an inarticulate glow of national pride

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Archaeologist Mike Morwood, who discovered pre-human 'hobbit' species, dies - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Archaeologist Mike Morwood, who discovered pre-human 'hobbit' species, dies - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
Colleagues of an influential rock art researcher say his death is a sad day for the archaeological community. Mike Morwood died this week after a battle with cancer.
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Oh so sad... a great man of archaeology. His enthusiasm and expertise will be missed. My collection of archaeology texts was strengthened by his works. Vale.

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New Neanderthal jewelry discovered in Italy

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Paleontologists from Italy, France, and Norway reported the discovery of a new piece of Neanderthal jewelry in the July 10, 2013, issue of the journal Public Li

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Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology | This site contains information about the prehistoric archaeology of the Aegean.

Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology | This site contains information about the prehistoric archaeology of the Aegean. | Historical Updates | Scoop.it

A beautifully produced online course on Crete and Mycenae - including the formative period of Aegean civilization into the age of the great palatial cultures of Minoan Crete and and Mycenaean Greece.


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David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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Welcome to the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog. The Map Database has many viewers and the Blog has numerous categories. The historical map coll...

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2600 years of history in one object

TED Talks A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism.

 

At first glance this TED Talk appears to be more about ancient history, archaeology and biblical studies that anything modern.  Yet as Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum continues his discussion of the Cyrus Cylinder (A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script), it becomes clear that this historical artifact is vital in understanding how modern states conceive of their heritage, cultural legacy and role within the Middle East today (such as Israel, Iraq, Iran and even the U.K.).  As such the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism and plays a role in shaping Middle Eastern cultural and political institutions. 


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Don Brown Jr's comment, October 1, 2012 9:18 PM
Objects, ideas and land can have multi overlapping meanings that are constantly being reinterpreted by each succeeding generation creating new symbolic understandings that overlap into many societies and cultures.
Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:16 AM

Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, explains Middle Eastern history using the Cyrus Cylinder.  His first point in this TED talk is especially interesting because he explains that people age and perish and objects do the same, but objects such as this cylinder survive and are able to tell important stories of history for a much longer time than people normally can.

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Volcanic eruption near Naples may have killed Neanderthals - GazzettaDelSud

Volcanic eruption near Naples may have killed Neanderthals - GazzettaDelSud | Historical Updates | Scoop.it

Some researchers are suggesting that Neanderthals were driven to extinction by a massive volcanic eruption near Naples. The suggestion is one of the topics under debate this week at a conference at London's British Museum examining what forces led to the destruction of the Neanderthals and what led to the triumph of the homo sapiens. One new theory holds that a gigantic eruption of the volcano in the Campi Flegrei area near Naples 39,000 years ago was catastrophic for the Neanderthals. That was the biggest volcanic eruption in Europe for more than 200,000 years and scientists say that its enormous plumes of ash would have blotted out the sun for months, or possibly years. And that, in turn, would have caused temperatures to plummet and filled the atmosphere with toxic matter that may have contributed to the end of the Neanderthals. But not all scientists agree. Some argue the Neanderthals were already extinct before the eruption. This is just one of the major issues at the conference called: "When Europe was covered by ice and ash". At the meeting scientists will also try to understand why homo sapiens are the only species left today and why other version of humanity died out.

 


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Forgotten Dynasty Discovered in Abydos - Archaeology Magazine

Forgotten Dynasty Discovered in Abydos - Archaeology Magazine | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
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A new Egyptian King

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The Archaeology News Network: Mystery of Tutankhamun's death solved

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The Archaeology News Network: Mystery of Tutankhamun's death solved

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The Archaeology News Network: Ancient helmet found in Japan

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kofun era helmet
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White-lipped peccary trails lead to archeological discovery in Brazil: 4,000- to 10,000-year-old cave drawings

White-lipped peccary trails lead to archeological discovery in Brazil: 4,000- to 10,000-year-old cave drawings | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
While tracking white-lipped peccaries and gathering environmental data in forests that link Brazil's Pantanal and Cerrado biomes, researchers discovered ancient cave drawings made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago.
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Neolithic settlement reconstructed

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A neolithic settlement in Biskupin, north central Poland, is being reconstructed with the aid of EU funding.

The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.

“Biskupin's archaeological reserve is not only one of the most famous museums of its kind in Poland, but also in Central Europe,” said Piotr Calbecki, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province's elected assembly leader (marshal), in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“This place has gained a well-deserved reputation, thanks to consistent development... and we are now using the opportunity to enrich the site,” he said.

- See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/144785,Neolithic-settlement-reconstructed#sthash.SUZA0ZXs.dpuf

The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.

“Biskupin's archaeological reserve is not only one of the most famous museums of its kind in Poland, but also in Central Europe,” said Piotr Calbecki, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province's elected assembly leader (marshal), in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“This place has gained a well-deserved reputation, thanks to consistent development... and we are now using the opportunity to enrich the site,” he said.

The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.

“Biskupin's archaeological reserve is not only one of the most famous museums of its kind in Poland, but also in Central Europe,” said Piotr Calbecki, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province's elected assembly leader (marshal), in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“This place has gained a well-deserved reputation, thanks to consistent development... and we are now using the opportunity to enrich the site,” he said.

- See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/144785,Neolithic-settlement-reconstructed#sthash.SUZA0ZXs.dpuf

The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.

“Biskupin's archaeological reserve is not only one of the most famous museums of its kind in Poland, but also in Central Europe,” said Piotr Calbecki, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province's elected assembly leader (marshal), in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“This place has gained a well-deserved reputation, thanks to consistent development... and we are now using the opportunity to enrich the site,” he said.

- See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/144785,Neolithic-settlement-reconstructed#sthash.SUZA0ZXs.dpuf

The project is being carried out as an extension of the Open Air Archaeological Museum at the site.

“Biskupin's archaeological reserve is not only one of the most famous museums of its kind in Poland, but also in Central Europe,” said Piotr Calbecki, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian province's elected assembly leader (marshal), in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

“This place has gained a well-deserved reputation, thanks to consistent development... and we are now using the opportunity to enrich the site,” he said.

- See more at: http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/144785,Neolithic-settlement-reconstructed#sthash.SUZA0ZXs.dpuf


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Louise Zarmati's comment, September 27, 2013 11:04 PM
Good point Shannon. The reality is that most archaeological sites that are open to the public like this one are conserved and interpreted, so they are really (re)constructions. I guess it's the actual site of the ancient city but the 'Open Air Archaeological Museum' is the interpretation.
Shannon Bench's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:39 PM

I could ave sworn I already posted soemthing about this... it seems somehow familiar. Oh well. My orriginal thought was something along the lines of this whole "reconstricting" idea being somehow not really true. It's and ancient city. If you "reconstruct" it, it's no longer ancient.

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:09 PM

This scoop is about how a neolithic settlement called "Biskupin" located in Northern Poland is being rebuilt thanks to funds up to 1 million Euros from EU.

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Prehistoric Civilization Along China's Silk Road Discovered

Prehistoric Civilization Along China's Silk Road Discovered | Historical Updates | Scoop.it

Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a prehistoric civilization along the Silk Road in the Gansu province of northwestern China.

According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, the discovered settlement dates back between 3,600 and 4,100 years ago. Among the findings are ancient coins, tools, crops, and a copper-smelting mill.

"The mill is the earliest of its kind that has been unearthed," Zhang Liangren, a professor at Northwest University in Xi'an, told Xinhua. "It will be of great help for studies of the history of Chinese craftsmanship."

 


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Inscriptions found in Shanghai pre-date 'oldest Chinese language by 1,400 years'

Inscriptions found in Shanghai pre-date 'oldest Chinese language by 1,400 years' | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
Markings on artefacts from Zhuangqiao relics site date to 5,000 years ago and include string of words, says archaeologist
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2,000-Year-Old Pyramid and Burials Unearthed in Eastern Mexico - Archaeology Magazine

2,000-Year-Old Pyramid and Burials Unearthed in Eastern Mexico - Archaeology Magazine | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
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Great discovery!

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Archaeologists unearth carved head of Roman god in ancient ...

Archaeologists unearth carved head of Roman god in ancient ... | Historical Updates | Scoop.it
An 1800-year-old carved stone head of what is believed to be a Roman god has been unearthed in an ancient rubbish dump.

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Ice Age Lion Man Carved From Mammoth Ivory Makes It The World's Oldest Sculpture

Ice Age Lion Man Carved From Mammoth Ivory Makes It The World's Oldest Sculpture | Historical Updates | Scoop.it

The star exhibit initially promised for the British Museum’s “Ice Age Art” show will not be coming—but for a good reason. New pieces of Ulm’s Lion Man sculpture have been discovered and it has been found to be much older than originally thought, at around 40,000 years. This makes it the world’s earliest figurative sculpture.

 

The story of the discovery of the Lion Man goes back to August 1939, when fragments of mammoth ivory were excavated at the back of the Stadel Cave in the Swabian Alps, south-west Germany. This was a few days before the outbreak of the Second World War. When it was eventually reassembled in 1970, it was regarded as a standing bear or big cat, but with human characteristics.

The ivory from which the figure had been carved had broken into myriad fragments. When first reconstructed, around 200 pieces were incorporated into the 30cm-tall sculpture, with about 30% of its volume missing.

Further fragments were later found among the previously excavated material and these were added to the figure in 1989. At this point, the sculpture was recognised as representing a lion. Most specialists have regarded it as male, although paleontologist Elisabeth Schmid controversially argued that it was female, suggesting that early society might have been matriarchal.

The latest news is that almost 1,000 further fragments of the statue have been found, following recent excavations in the Stadel Cave by Claus-Joachim Kind. Most of these are minute, but a few are several centimetres long. Some of the larger pieces are now being reintegrated into the figure.

 

Even more exciting than the discovery of new pieces, the sculpture’s age has been refined using radio-carbon dating of other bones found in the strata. This reveals a date of 40,000 years ago, while until recently it was thought to be 32,000 years old. Once reconstruction is completed, several tiny, unused fragments of the mammoth ivory are likely to be carbon dated, and this is expected to confirm the result.

This revised dating pushes the Lion Man right back to the oldest sculptures, which have been found in two other caves in the Swabian Alps. These rare finds are dated at 35,000 to 40,000 years, but the Lion Man is by far the largest and most complex piece. A few carved items have been found in other regions which are slightly older, but these have simple patterns, not figuration.


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Retracing the glory of Pompeii

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As the British Museum stages a blockbuster exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum, Kate Whiting visits southern Italy to explore the fascinating archaeological sites and take in the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

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