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DigVentures

DigVentures | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

DigVentures’ Dirty Weekends are two days of action-packed archaeology, led by experts on some of the UK’s most exciting sites. We’ll bring the tools, the experience and the commitment to teach you everything you want to learn – you just bring yourself, a desire to learn and have fun. And maybe some PJs!

The weekends will start with a Friday evening orientation, followed by a full day’s site work on Saturday and Sunday, with an evening DVIP speaker and other optional activities thrown in as well.

Accommodation and other specifics will vary from site to site, but one thing is certain: it will be a weekend you’ll never forget!

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'First tartan' on Roman statue

'First tartan' on Roman statue | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Remnants of a Roman statue in North Africa could be the "first-ever depiction of tartan", according to a BBC Scotland documentary.
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Lion-shaped statues unearthed in Fayoum - Greco-Roman - Heritage - Ahram Online

Lion-shaped statues unearthed in Fayoum - Greco-Roman - Heritage - Ahram Online | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Lion-shaped,statues,unearthed,in,Fayoum,-,Greco-Roman,-,Heritage...

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Two Ptolemaic lion statues found in Fayoum | Egypt Independent

Two Ptolemaic lion statues found in Fayoum | Egypt Independent | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
An archaeological mission discovered two sandstone statues of kneeling lions from the Ptolemaic erain Fayoum, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali announced Monday.
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Medieval wall painting in #Prague - via @pholden02

Medieval wall painting in #Prague - via @pholden02 | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

Fascinating wall painting from medieval Prague - no details.

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The Archaeology News Network: Wall at Pompeii collapses after heavy rain

The Archaeology News Network: Wall at Pompeii collapses after heavy rain | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

Ever-present risk as sites are dug up....

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Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan

Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project, Jordan | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Check out http://tallelhammam.com!.. The fact that Tall el-Hammam and other sites on the eastern half of the Jordan Disk are located precisely in the geographical area specified for the biblical "Cities of the Jordan Plain (Disk)" has turned out to be more than a coincidence, thus providing a geographical framework for the story of Abraham's nephew Lot and his escape from Sodom (set in the Middle Bronze Age), recorded in the Bible (Genesis 13-19) and in the Qur'an .
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The genesis of irrigated terraces in al-Andalus. A geoarchaeological perspective on intensive agriculture in semi-arid environments (Ricote, Murci...

The genesis of irrigated terraces in al-Andalus. A geoarchaeological perspective on intensive agriculture in semi-arid environments (Ricote, Murci... | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

ScienceDirect.com - Journal of Arid Environments -► We study a soil buried under an Andalusi irrigated terrace in Ricote (Murcia). ► We estimate that the original hydraulic system was built shortly after 711 AD. ► We propose semi-arid environmental conditions prior to terrace building. ► Terrace construction process may have involved fire clearance. ► Arab-Berber tribes modified semi-arid terrains to allow intensive agriculture.


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Kenya Coast - Beach paradise at the Indian Ocean gets independence?

Kenya Coast - Beach paradise at the Indian Ocean gets independence? Rumors say there might be riots after new year when the independence treaty with UK expir...
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Scotland had more species of trees during the Bronze Age | A Blog ...

Scotland had more species of trees during the Bronze Age | A Blog ... | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Analysis of charcoal found at a Bronze Age sauna in Scotland shows that there was a wider variety of tree species existing in the area during that time.
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France's Musee d'Orsay opens major show of 19th century paintings at new ... - Art Daily

France's Musee d'Orsay opens major show of 19th century paintings at new ... - Art Daily | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
France's Musee d'Orsay opens major show of 19th century paintings at new ...Art DailyThe Musee d'Orsay opened the exhibition on November 16 with many of the 87 paintings by artists in the French Naturalism movement, including works by Gustave...
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Neolithic Lumberjacks And The Evolution Of Axes

Neolithic Lumberjacks And The Evolution Of Axes | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
There are calls in some quarters that we need to be more like people in the past; war, pestilence, disease, early death, it's all good as long as we use no pesticides.And clear cutting forests is what ancient man did too.During ...
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The Archaeology News Network: Early human ancestors had more variable diet

The Archaeology News Network: Early human ancestors had more variable diet | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

Thackeray states that the greater consumption of meat in the diet of early forms of Homo could have contributed to the increase in brain size in this genus. 

Australopithecus probably ate both meat and the leaves and fruits of woody plants. The composition of this diet may have varied seasonally. 

Apart from the dietary differences, the new results indicate that the home-range area was of similar size for species of the three hominin genera. 

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Intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

Intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Researchers have identified the moment in history when the genes that enabled us to think and reason evolved...
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Native Americans and Northern Europeans more closely related than previously thought

Native Americans and Northern Europeans more closely related than previously thought | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Using genetic analyses, scientists have discovered that Northern European populations descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to Native Americans.
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New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press

New free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Get a new free e-book every month from the University of Chicago Press.

This month - custerology- the enduring legacy of the indian wars and george armstrong custer

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Egyptians: Animal Tombs in the Valley of Kings

Egyptians: Animal Tombs in the Valley of Kings | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

In 1906 archaeologist Edward Ayrton discovered and excavated three tombs in Egypt's "Valley of the Kings". When he entered tomb KV50 he found a hot low ceiling shaft tomb with one chamber and two occupants facing off with each other, a mummified yellow dog and a mummified monkey.(1) The position of the two animals appeared to be an ancient joke?

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UNESCO World Heritage Centre - World Heritage Review

UNESCO World Heritage Centre - World Heritage Review | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
UNESCO World Heritage Centre..The initial bud of the Convention was a simple idea: ‘some things are worth preserving forever’. But as it soon appeared, this simplicity was challenging and the very search for objects deserving of protection raised countless fundamental issues that are still being explored and integrated forty years later. In fact the entire history of the Convention could be viewed as the history of a single concept unfolding..
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The Gayer'Anderson Museum (and its departed cat) - cairo

The Gayer'Anderson Museum (and its departed cat) - cairo | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

The museum is named for a British Army doctor who came to Cairo in 1906. From his lodgings at Shepheard’s Hotel, he set one day, accompanied by a dragoman, to see the sights and one of the places he visited was the great ninth-century mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun. As he approached he stopped to admire a fine stone-built house that stood either side of the passage leading to the main door of the mosque, its two parts connected by an aerial bridge. A woman leaned out of one of the latticed windows on the upper floor and called to him.

“What does she say?” he asked his dragoman.

“She’s inviting you to view the house.”

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Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: comparison and contrast

Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: comparison and contrast | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

A recent paper by Jones et al. (Food globalization in prehistory, World Archaeology, 2011, 43(4), 665–75) explores a prehistoric ‘Trans-Eurasian’ episode of food globalization characterized by the long-distance exchange of starch crops. Drawing upon a comparison to the Columbian Exchange, they emphasize the role of fast-growing crops in optimizing productivity, giving minimal consideration to other drivers. Here we re-evaluate the sequence and timing of the Trans-Eurasian exchange and give greater consideration to the social dimensions of plant translocation. We outline a model for thinking about plant translocations that highlights the way the conceptualization and use of introduced plants changes through time, with social factors frequently dominating in the early stages.


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Dorian Q Fuller's curator insight, December 15, 2012 12:20 PM

updated data, and debates, relating to when Chinese millets left China, wheat and barley arrived in China, and the spread of buckwheat. Plus some ideas for conceptualizing the social conext of food crop translocations.

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Democracy in Pre-Colonial Africa: Dwayne Wong (Omowale): Amazon.com: Kindle Store

Democracy in Pre-Colonial Africa: Dwayne Wong (Omowale): Amazon.com: Kindle Store (Democracy in Pre-Colonial Africa: Dwayne Wong (Omowale) #Books| http://t.co/CE0ZQQmR...)...
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Nostalgic about Empire | Warscapes

Nostalgic about Empire | Warscapes | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Review of Alexandra Fuller's memoir of colonial life in #Africa http://t.co/mczbNUuf...
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African languages need to be developed - Blade Nzimande - Politicsweb

African languages need to be developed - Blade Nzimande - Politicsweb | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it

African languages need to be developed - trends in post-colonial Africa show that many African countries have struggled to develop and maintain indigenous languages, particularly in higher education...

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Earliest 'matches' found at Neolithic sites - The Archaeology News ...

Earliest 'matches' found at Neolithic sites - The Archaeology News ... | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Until recently the rods - some 10 centimeters long and 1 centimeter thick - were assumed to be phallus-like ritual artifacts. But a study led by archaeologist Professor Naama Goren-Inbar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ...
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Paleontologists Unearth Possible Pre-Human Fossils - NPR

Paleontologists Unearth Possible Pre-Human Fossils - NPR | Pre-Modern Africa, the Middle East - and Beyond | Scoop.it
Paleontologists Unearth Possible Pre-Human FossilsNPRFossils discovered in East Africa suggest that Homo erectus, the species believed to be humans' direct ancestor, may have shared Earth with two genetically distinct but similar species.
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