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Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World

Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Guided by ancient Norse sagas and modern satellite images, searchers discover what may be North America's second Viking site.
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Archaeologists find 2,000-year old chisel used to build the Western Wall - Archaeology

Archaeologists find 2,000-year old chisel used to build the Western Wall - Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Metal tool was discovered at the bottom of the wall, which hadn't been build by Herod at all, other evidence shows.

 

Archaeologists have found a stonemason's chisel that they believe may have been used by the builders of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

 

Actually Eli Shukron, an archaeologist working for the Israel Antiquities Authority, found the chisel last summer while digging at the lower base of the Western Wall, south of the Western Wall courtyard. However, the IAA has preferred to remain silent on the discovery, based on the need to study the tool and other evidence further before issuing any statements, it explained.

 

Shukron has been digging in the area of the City of David and the Western Wall together with Prof. Ronny Reich for the past 19 years, until a few months ago. In recent years Shukron had been excavating inside a tunnel found to lead from the City of David into the Old City, passing beneath its massive stone wall and ending at the Western Wall.

The Second Temple had been erected on the site now known as Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Western Wall was built as a support wall, extending the area so tens of thousands of worshippers could come on pilgrimages at the same time.

 

In effect the tunnel is part of a drainage system built beneath the main road during the Second Temple period. At its end within the city, the tunnel is right by Temple Mount and the lower area of the Western Wall, which had been a wall of the Second Temple.

 

The chisel is just one of many archaeological treasures that Shukron and Reich reported from the area. Other finds include a Roman sword, cooking vessels from the period of the Great Rebellion, a gold bell that they think may have adorned the robe of the High Priest, and a ceramic seal apparently used to confirm the suitability of sacrifices brought to the Temple.

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Mausoleum of Augustus to Be Restored - Archaeology Magazine

Mausoleum of Augustus to Be Restored - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

ROME, ITALY—Restoration of the mausoleum of Augustus, built in 28 B.C., is scheduled to begin. The cylindrical monument once stood 120 feet high, and was topped with a bronze statue of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. The structure held his ashes, as well as the ashes of his successors, Tiberius and Claudius. “It’s incredible the mausoleum is still standing despite what it has been through,” archaeologist Elisabetta Carnabuci told The Guardian. The tomb was pillaged by the Visigoths, converted to a castle in the twelfth century, fired on with cannons, turned into a garden, and used for bullfights, fireworks, and concerts. The mausoleum is expected to reopen to the public in 2016.

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Oldest Footprints in Europe Discovered on Coast! Date back between 800,000 to 1 million years ago

Oldest Footprints in Europe Discovered on Coast! Date back between 800,000 to 1 million years ago | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Almost a year later and with lots of careful analysis, researchers are agreeing that these are footprints left by what appears to be “…at least two
children and one adult male.” Researchers are estimating that these prints date back between 800,000 to 1 million years ago.

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British Storms Unbury an Ancient Welsh Forest that conjures up the mythical kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

British Storms Unbury an Ancient Welsh Forest that conjures up the mythical kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod. | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
There's one good thing that Britain's winter storms have done: unearthed an ancient petrified forest near Wales that conjures up the mythical kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod.

 

Storms lashing the British coast last month revealed a strange new sight off the west coast of Wales, near the village of Borth: the stumps of hundreds of tree trunks, rising out of the sand, like broken teeth.

Could this be part of Cantre'r Gwaelod, a mythical kingdom believed to have disappeared beneath the waves thousands of years ago? Has Wales's very own Atlantis been found? (Related: "Lost Lands Found by Scientists.")

 

It's like an episode of Game of Thrones: a mysterious, submerged forest; an ancient kingdom that was home to a priestess and her magic well.

Composed mostly of oak and pine, the forest is believed to date from the Bronze Age. It was buried under a peat bog 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, then inundated by rising sea levels until this winter's violent storms stripped away the covering of peat and sand. The high level of alkaline and lack of oxygen in the peat has preserved the wood in an almost pristine state.

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Cleopatra papyrus goes on display - Telegraph

Cleopatra papyrus goes on display  - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Two fragments of papyrus featuring the handwriting of Cleopatra have gone on display featuring the latest discoveries in the search for her long-lost tomb.
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Ancient Viking code deciphered for the first time

Ancient Viking code deciphered for the first time | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Runologist cracks the mysterious jötunvillur code – and discovers medieval 'text messages'
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900,000 year old footprints of earliest northern Europeans discovered - Telegraph

900,000 year old footprints of earliest northern Europeans discovered - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Footprints left behind by the earliest known human ancestors to live in northern Europe have been discovered after stormy seas swept sand off a beach in Norfolk
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5500 year old Trefael stone reveals it secrets

5500 year old Trefael stone reveals it secrets | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team of archaeologists from the Welsh Rock Art Organisation (WRAO) have been excavating a site known as Trefael and making exciting new discoveries
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High-Status Home Unearthed Near the Giza Pyramids - Archaeology Magazine

High-Status Home Unearthed Near the Giza Pyramids - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A large house containing at least 21 rooms is being excavated to the south of Egypt’s Sphinx, where a 4,500-year-old urban site is located.

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Adena Mound dates to first century

Adena Mound dates to first century | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
As word of new evidence emerges that Chillicothe's place in history goes back to the first century of the Common Era, at least one state historian is hoping people understand the importance of the discovery.
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Archaeologists looking for Stonehenge origins 'are digging in wrong place'

Archaeologists looking for Stonehenge origins 'are digging in wrong place' | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
New research suggests stones came from Carn Goedog in Pembrokeshire – almost a mile from site of excavations
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Mystery solved at Canterbury!

Mystery solved at Canterbury! | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Way back in another time and another website the Canterbury Archaeological Trust posted this ‘Mystery Find No 2’. At that time several suggestions were made for the function of these objects, some …

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3,300-Year-Old Tomb with Pyramid Entrance Discovered in Egypt

3,300-Year-Old Tomb with Pyramid Entrance Discovered in Egypt | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The tomb, built for a scribe named Horemheb, contained the bones of more women than men, begging the question of whether Horemheb and his father or brother Ramesu had multiple wives at the same time.

 

A tomb newly excavated at an ancient cemetery in Egypt would have boasted a pyramid 7 meters (23 feet) high at its entrance, archaeologists say.

 

The tomb, found at the site of Abydos, dates back around 3,300 years. Within one of its vaulted burial chambers, a team of archaeologists found a finely crafted sandstone sarcophagus, painted red, which was created for a scribe named Horemheb. The sarcophagus has images of several Egyptian gods on it and hieroglyphic inscriptions recording spells from the Book of the Dead that helped one enter the afterlife.

 

There is no mummy in the sarcophagus, and the tomb was ransacked at least twice in antiquity. Human remains survived the ransacking, however. Archaeologists found disarticulated skeletal remains from three to four men, 10 to 12 women and at least two children in the tomb

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Dating back around 3,300 years this tomb was discovered recently at an ancient cemetery at Abydos in Egypt.

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Archaeology: Greece; 5 new royal tombs discovered in Vergina - ANSAmed

Archaeology: Greece; 5 new royal tombs discovered in Vergina - ANSAmed | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MARCH 14 - Five new royal tombs have come to light during excavations at the royal necropolis of Aegae, in Northern Greece, as GreekReporter website writes.

 

The Temenid burial cluster was found in one corner of the Aegae cemetery. Although looted and partially destroyed, the monuments are impressive evidence of funerary architecture and include portraits of the royal family. Three of the royal tombs are cists (graves lined with stones and covered with slabs or enclosed on four sides by stone slabs standing upright and closed with a lid) and two are Macedonian.

 

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Top 10 archaeological discoveries for 2013 - Recapping 2013

Top 10 archaeological discoveries for 2013 - Recapping 2013 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The top ten archaeological discoveries from across the globe for 2013
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'Extraordinary' Dartmoor find sheds new light on Bronze Age

'Extraordinary' Dartmoor find sheds new light on Bronze Age | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Discovery of treasure-trove on Whitehorse Hill 'as important' as Stonehenge, say archaeologists
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Rewriting the history of the Bronze Age moor



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Lost city of Heracleion gives up its secrets - Telegraph

Lost city of Heracleion gives up its secrets - Telegraph | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A lost ancient Egyptian city submerged beneath the sea 1,200 years ago is starting to reveal what life was like in the legendary port of Thonis-Heracleion.
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ARCHAEOLOGY - Quake-hit ancient city of Tralleis being restored

ARCHAEOLOGY - Quake-hit ancient city of Tralleis being restored | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The ancient city of Tralleis in Aydın is being restored after suffering damage through ages of heavy seismic activity. When the work is complete, the ancient city will host large more tourists
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Spanish, Egyptian Archaeologists Make Discovery That Changes Chronology of the Pharaohs | HispanicallySpeakingNews.com

Spanish, Egyptian Archaeologists Make Discovery That Changes Chronology of the Pharaohs  |  HispanicallySpeakingNews.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists made a find in a southern Egyptian tomb that opens the way to a reinterpretation of Pharaonic chronology
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Pagan temple remains unearthed under Milan Cathedral - ANSA English - ANSA.it

Pagan temple remains unearthed under Milan Cathedral - ANSA English - ANSA.it | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Pagan temple remains unearthed under Milan Cathedral, Presented alongside Mediolanum Forum finds, , English News, Ansa
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Poles discovered an over 8 thousand years old grain storage in Turkey | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland

Poles discovered an over 8 thousand years old grain storage in Turkey | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Çatalhöyük is one of the largest urban centers of first farmers and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.

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Valley of the other kings: Lost dynasty found in Egypt

Valley of the other kings: Lost dynasty found in Egypt | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A previously unknown, yet potentially very important, ancient Egyptian kingdom has been discovered by archaeologists working in the Nile Valley.  
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