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Iran completes first phase of mapping of archaeological sites

Iran completes first phase of mapping of archaeological sites | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

he first phase of the project to map all of Iran’s archaeological sites has been completed by a team of experts.

 
The map was unveiled during a ceremony at the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in Tehran on Monday.
 
A total of 45,000 archaeological sites appear on the map, team director Abbas Moqaddam said at the ceremony.
 
He said that the map was drafted based on available information.
 
“However, the team did not have access to specific data, which are kept at some storehouses by certain experts,” he added.


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Francesco Vaia's curator insight, March 20, 2013 7:34 PM

A total of 45,000 archaeological sites appear on the map, team director Abbas Moqaddam said at the ceremony.

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Panther Cave rock art recorded in 3D : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Panther Cave rock art recorded in 3D : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

High above the Rio Grande river in a towering wall of  limestone cliffs lies Panther Cave, named after the giant panther at the far end of the rockshelter. Here a nomadic people painted fantastic scenes consisting of human and animal figures, leaving a story that resists modern interpretation.

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Chauvet - The Dream Unlocked

Chauvet - The Dream Unlocked | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The paintings, which were created 30,000 years ago, have been buried for 20,000 years. Discovered...
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Ancient books can be read in 3D

Ancient books can be read in 3D | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
PRECIOUS mediaeval books, usually displayed in glass cases and touchable only with gloves, can now be read in glorious 3D, thanks to a system unveiled at a tech fair in Germany.

With the 3D interactive book explorer, developed by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute, users browse through the sinewy Latin text and colourful illustrations penned centuries ago but in a distinctly up-to-date manner.

The text is scanned in and displayed on a flat-screen display and readers, standing a couple of metres back from the screen, scroll through the pages by waving their hands in the air to operate motion sensor cameras.

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Dig it: is archaeology the new art?

Dig it: is archaeology the new art? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: The British Museum's exhibition of ice age art and its forthcoming blockbuster Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum show the beauty of all things past
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ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy - ...

ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas Sacred caves in Hawaii may soon be destroyed by Navy - ... | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Incredible Kanehili Ewa Karst Caves may be destroyed by Navy Contractors drilling and burying ancient sacred Hawaiian cultural areas without benefit of an Archaeological Inventory Survey. A Federal consultant said that this area likely contains hundreds if not THOUSANDS of Hawaiian burials as an area of the Leina a ka Uhane- spirit leaping place within Kanehili.

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Not a good idea.   surely they will have thought about this?

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Perth city centre road closed for ancient boat trip

Perth city centre road closed for ancient boat trip | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Perth city centre road closed for ancient boat trip


THE 3,000-year-old Carpow log boat is about to embark on another journey – not by river, but by road.

The waterlogged craft was discovered partially submerged in the mud, sand and gravel of Carpow Bank, at the head of the Tay Estuary, in 2001.


Carved from a single tree trunk, it was an example of one of the first known boats in existence and was radiocarbon dated to 1130-970 BC.


After years of conservation measures, it was finally unveiled to the public in January 2012, taking up residence in a special display at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Now, however, the Bronze Age vessel is being loaned to the Glasgow Museums’ Resource Centre for the next five years, during which time the museum will launch new exhibitions.

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The making of a Neolithic house | Wessex Archaeology

The making of a Neolithic house | Wessex Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Wessex Archaeology have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Rochester and Edinburgh. We are one of the UK's leading heritage practices.
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Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist, believe scientists

Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist, believe scientists | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real.
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I had heard of this sunstone.    looks like it can be the real thing


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Four Neolithic houses unearthed at quarry : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Four Neolithic houses unearthed at quarry : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Four early Neolithic houses (3700 BC) have been unearthed by archaeologists at CEMEX’s Kingsmead Quarry in Berkshire.  The discovery is unprecedented on a single site in England and challenges our current understanding of how people lived more than 5,700 years ago.

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Shannon Bench's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:47 PM

How did they live? Um... I thought we already knew they lived in villages and houses and whatnot. Was I wrong?

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500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli discovered

500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli discovered | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The original copy of a proclamation - exactly 500-years old - calling for the arrest of Niccolò Machiavelli has been discovered by a British historian.
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Nicked!  Nabbed! Busted!

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USDA-NRCS- Ground Penetrating Radar Program

USDA-NRCS- Ground Penetrating Radar Program | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
More info on ground penetrating radar for #soil survey investigations: http://t.co/dtFQdbBTfD

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Roman Culture in Etrurian and Campanian Archaeology

Roman Culture in Etrurian and Campanian Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Roman culture is detectable archaeologically throughout Etruria and Campania in the cities and landscapes of the regions.  We still see Roman roads in use today! But what can these and other archaeological evidence tell us about the Romans expansion throughout Italy?


Frankly, way too much to cover in one article, so let us look briefly at an area of really interesting archaeology, Etruria and Campania in what is now Modern Italy....

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Bronze Age raft back for display

Bronze Age raft back for display | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Bronze Age raft has returned to a North Lincolnshire town after it was stored away for nearly 40 years.
The 3,000-year-old flat-bottomed oak boat was found in Brigg but has been in storage at a museum in London.
Now the ancient craft is being pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle and will go on display at Brigg Heritage Centre in May.


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Wow  a Bronze Age raft as well! 

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Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art - The Guardian

Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art - The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Australian uranium discovery threatens ancient indigenous cave art The Guardian One of the world's biggest uranium producers has found a significant deposit in a remote tropical Australian mountain range near sandstone galleries holding some of the...
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Lachlan Wilks's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:01 PM

They should leave the cave art alone! Why does this need to be ruined all because of Uranium?!?!

leo hamilton's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:03 PM

They should leave the cave art alone! Why does this need to be ruined all because of Uranium?!?!

lucas hodge's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:06 PM

This scoop tells informs us about the threats to the very old and sacred cave art works that the original custodians of the land created.

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Dublin city's medieval High Cross | Irish Archaeology

Dublin city's medieval High Cross | Irish Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An 18th century depiction of Dublin city's medieval 'High Cross' or market cross that formerly stood at High Street.
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Ohio Archaeology Blog: PREHISTORIC MAP OF OHIO

Ohio Archaeology Blog: PREHISTORIC MAP OF OHIO | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In 1931, Emerson Greenman, then Curator of Archaeology for the Ohio Historical Society, published an article in Echoes, the Society's newsletter, entitled “Ohio's Undiscovered Square Mile.” The article included a delightful map prepared by H.
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Dig it: is archaeology the new art?

Dig it: is archaeology the new art? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: The British Museum's exhibition of ice age art and its forthcoming blockbuster Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum show the beauty of all things past
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DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A remarkable find from 2011 of 33,000 year old dog from a cave in the Siberian Altai mountains showed evidence of dog domestication, the earliest ever found.

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It didn't sink! Full-size, sewn-together replica of a Bronze Age boat launched to trials success

It didn't sink! Full-size, sewn-together replica of a Bronze Age boat launched to trials success | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
For the first time in almost 3000 years – a full size Bronze Age style sea-going boat has been launched in Britain.


The launch – part of a long-term experimental archaeology investigation into Bronze Age marine technology – is already providing valuable new insights into prehistoric seafaring.



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Head Reveals Medieval Science

Head Reveals Medieval Science | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A skullcap and brain of a man from the 1200s shows how much more advanced medieval medicine was than thought.


In the second century, an ethnically Greek Roman named Galen became doctor to the gladiators. His glimpses into the human body via these warriors' wounds, combined with much more systematic dissections of animals, became the basis of Islamic and European medicine for centuries.

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Human Y chromosome much older than previously thought : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Human Y chromosome much older than previously thought : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A newly discovered Y chromosome places the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage more than 100,000 years before the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils. University of Arizona (UA) geneticists have discovered the oldest known genetic branch of the human Y chromosome – the hereditary factor determining male sex.

The new divergent lineage, which was found in an individual who submitted his DNA to Family Tree DNA, a company specializing in DNA analysis to trace family roots, branched from the Y chromosome tree before the first appearance of anatomically modern humans in the fossil record.

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Full-size Bronze Age boat replica launched to answer questions about prehistoric seafaring

Full-size Bronze Age boat replica launched to answer questions about prehistoric seafaring | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The rigour of prehistoric seafaring is about to be tested as archaeologists prepare today to launch Britain’s first ever full-size reconstructed sea-going Bronze Age boat.
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Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 6, 2013 4:31 AM

Fantastic! I love reading about new discoveries!

Zeta Xekalaki's curator insight, March 7, 2013 6:01 AM

A trip to the past starting from Britain...

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Woolly rhino reveals Arctic Britain

Woolly rhino reveals Arctic Britain | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Scientists studying an exceptionally well-preserved woolly rhinoceros have revealed details of Britain's environment 42,000 years ago.


The beast's remains were discovered in Staffordshire in 2002, buried alongside other preserved organisms such as beetles and non-biting midges.


The research team used these climate-sensitive insects to calculate that summer temperatures in Britain would have averaged just 10C, and dropped to -22C in winter.

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Understanding the environment is as important as our place in it. 

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Refugia and Ice Age evolution : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Refugia and Ice Age evolution : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Although the most drastic evolutionary changes occur over long spans of time, the effects of these changes can be seen relatively recently, argues Dr John Stewart, a Senior Lecturer in Palaeoenvironmental Reconstruction & Environmental Change at Bournemouth University.

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