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Hunting for the 1540s at Kirkhope Tower

Hunting for the 1540s at Kirkhope Tower | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
AN Ettrick Valley tower has been the focus of attention from archaeologists, hunting a unique preserved glimpse of what life was like in the Borders in the 1540s.

 

Lying hidden beneath the surrounding grounds of the A-listed 16th-century Kirkhope Tower, just outside Ettrickbridge, are believed to be some of the best preserved remains of what life was like in the early 16th century.

 

Although the tower has been extensively renovated by owner Peter Clarke since he and his late wife, Gillian, moved in back in the 1990s, the structures that once existed around the tower have lain buried and undisturbed for centuries.

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St. Anselm classics professor digs a little deeper, finds pyramids in Italy | New Hampshire NEWS04

St. Anselm classics professor digs a little deeper, finds pyramids in Italy | New Hampshire NEWS04 | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Saint Anselm classics professor David George wasn't prepared for what he found on his visit to Italy in May, when his group discovered the first pyramids ever to be found under the city of Orvieto that date back to the 5th century BC.

Hmmm.... you decide whether the journalist has perhaps...  misunderstood the concept.  :)

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The Art of Chivalry: The Texts of the Talbot Shrewsbury Book - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts

The Art of Chivalry: The Texts of the Talbot Shrewsbury Book - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The stunning images in the Talbot Shrewsbury Book (Royal MS 15 E. vi) are not the only treasure hidden between its covers (see our earlier post about the manuscript). Its contents are a unique collection of fifteen texts in French, compiled for a very important patron, the future Queen of England.

 

Their subjects range from history to romance to military strategy - the common theme throughout is the art of chivalry. This was a fitting subject for a military commander such as John Talbot, the 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, who commissioned the work and presented it to Margaret of Anjou, future wife of Henry VI, probably on her arrival in Rouen in March 1445 on her way to England.

 

Whether or not the young Margaret found the military manuals and statutes of the Order of the Garter as entertaining as the tales of Alexander and the romance of the Swan Knight, this was certainly a wedding gift to be treasured and passed on to future generations.

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Celtic tribe left Jersey coins

Celtic tribe left Jersey coins | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An expert working on a hoard of Celtic coins found in Jersey says they were left by people running from Julius Caesar's army.
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: West Asian and North European admixture in Basques and Indo-Europeans

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: West Asian and North European admixture in Basques and Indo-Europeans | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In a previous post I showed that Basques are lacking in the West Asian admixture present in all their West European Indo-European neighbors, consistent with my theory of a late Indo-European invasion of Europe whose ultimate source was the highlands of West Asia.

 

But, there are alternative theories, one of which purports that the Proto-Indo-Europeans were northern Europeoid pastoralists from the eastern European steppe. Since the North_European ancestral component is lacking in the Tyrolean Iceman and Gok4, the TRB Swede, it is conceivable that North_European bearing populations introduced this component during the Indo-European invasion.

 

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Archaeologist in search of 'messy' history at Fort Boonesborough

Archaeologist in search of 'messy' history at Fort Boonesborough | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Lexington Herald LeaderTom Eblen: Archaeologist in search of 'messy' history at Fort BoonesboroughLexington Herald LeaderAdvertisement. Nancy O'Malley, a UK archaeologist, led a dig at Fort Boonesborough to learn more about the siege of 1778.
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First Colony Foundation

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The First Colony Foundation, a North Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2004, is dedicated to conducting archaeological and historical research, combined with public education and interpretation, relating to the story of North Carolina and America's beginnings with the attempts by Sir Walter Raleigh to establish English colonies at Roanoke Island in the 1580s under his charter from Queen Elizabeth I.

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Archaeology Weekly Roundup! | The ASOR Blog

Archaeology Weekly Roundup! | The ASOR Blog | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Israeli archaeologists digging on the route of a planned highway have found new ruins from a 1,500-year-old Jewish town, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. A Byzantine period baptistery structure has been unearthed at ...
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Oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany confirmed : Past Horizons Archaeology

Oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany confirmed : Past Horizons Archaeology | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometres southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date.

These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul.

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Pictures - Maya Murals Found in Family Kitchen Guatemala

Pictures - Maya Murals Found in Family Kitchen Guatemala | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
When Lucas Asicona Ramírez began renovating his centuries-old home, a strangely garbed Maya procession paraded into view.
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Archeology in my Art?

Archeology in my Art? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

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...

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Saga professors toast with Viking beer

Saga professors toast with Viking beer | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

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.

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The Search For King Richard III - The Archaeological Dig

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.

For more information about Darlow Smithson Productions see; http://www.darlowsmithson.com/

For more information about the Archaeological search see; http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2012/august/searching-for-richard-iii

For more information aboput studying Archaeology & Ancient History at University of Leicester see; http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology

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Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved?

Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The mystery of King Tut’s death might finally be solved, according to one scientist who argues that the secret to the young Pharaohs demise is hidden in plain sight.

 

Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, a lecturer and surgeon at the Imperial College London, says the key to the mystery lies in the art of the time, which depicted King Tut with highly feminine features, including enlarged breasts.

 

The enlarged breasts, he argues, are indicative of a condition known as gynecomastia, which, when added to a host of historical and familial evidence, indicates that Tutankhamun might have suffered and eventually died from temporal lobe epilepsy.

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Archaeology and Shakespeare: London, Leicester and Stratford | The Shakespeare blog

Archaeology and Shakespeare: London, Leicester and Stratford | The Shakespeare blog | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A new book by Julian Bowsher, Shakespeare’s London Theatreland, tells the story of the buildings and how they have been found. The organisation for which he works, Museum of London Archaeology, has done amazing work in rediscovering these lost buildings. Bowsher joined MOLA as a professional archaeologist in the mid 1980s and the first major discovery, the Rose Theatre, was made in 1989. He is now a specialist in the archaeology of the Tudor and Stuart periods and the book is written from the unique perspective of his personal experience.It’s not just a series of dry reports, but a beautifully-illustrated and engaging account of the subject from a number of different angles. Inevitably the main focus is on the excavations and what they tell us about the buildings. Photographs of excavations can be difficult to interpet, but not here, with important details marked with superimposed dotted lines. The excellent plans, reconstructions and photographs, all in colour, really make you understand what you’re looking at.

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Nag on the Lake: Wound Man, c.1400s

Nag on the Lake: Wound Man, c.1400s | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

“Wound Man" is an illustration which first appeared in European surgical texts in the Middle Ages. It laid out schematically the various wounds a person might suffer in battle or in accidents”

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Do you dig Connecticut history? - TheDay.com

Do you dig Connecticut history? - TheDay.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Do you dig Connecticut history?TheDay.comThe Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will hold an archaeology field workshop on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Genetic structure of Italian population

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Genetic structure of Italian population | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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Sherlock homes in on clues left at Loftus by the Romans

Sherlock homes in on clues left at Loftus by the Romans | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

AN archaeologist has unearthed a Roman villa close to where he found a buried Saxon princess five years ago.

The newly-discovered site, dating back to about 370AD, belonged to an important Romano-British chieftain.

Two rooms have already been excavated by archaeologist Steve Sherlock, who discovered priceless Saxon princess jewels and artefacts in 2007.

He says there are perhaps 20 more rooms still to be uncovered at the site in Loftus , near Redcar , east Cleveland.

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Iziko Museums

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Iziko Museums of Cape Town are African museums of excellence that empower and inspire all people to celebrate and respect our diverse heritage.
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SHC stays ancient Hindu temple's demolition - Business Recorder (blog)

SHC stays ancient Hindu temple's demolitionBusiness Recorder (blog)Sindh High Court on stayed demolition of the ancient Shri Laxmi Narain Mandir's structure allegedly at the behest of the sitting member of provincial parliament, himself belonging...
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University of Pennsylvania Returns Looted Trojan Antiquities to Turkey

University of Pennsylvania Returns Looted Trojan Antiquities to Turkey | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
In return for the “loan,” the Turkish government has pledged to lend other artifacts to Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and to support the ongoing excavations of Penn scholars within Turkish boarders.
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Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor’s rock art - Main Section - Yorkshire Post

Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor’s rock art - Main Section - Yorkshire Post | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
IT is a 4,000-year-old mystery just waiting to be solved.

Archaeologists and amateurs have been puzzling for decades over the origin of hundreds of examples of ‘rock art’ which the dot the Yorkshire landscape.

 

Are they way markers, religious symbols, star charts or just ‘doodles’ done by early farmers with a bit of time on their hands?

Questions about their meaning c

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Petra: Ancient City of Rock - LiveScience.com

Petra: Ancient City of Rock - LiveScience.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Petra: Ancient City of RockLiveScience.comLocated about 115 miles (185 km) southwest of Amman, Jordan, Petra was an ancient city that was literally carved into red desert cliffs.
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Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense?

Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

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.

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