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“AST” with Inrap in France

“AST” with Inrap in France | Archaeo | Scoop.it
My name is Hervé Guy and I am an AST with Inrap (Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives - French national institute for preventive arch...
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New Clues Revealed About Clovis People

New Clues Revealed About Clovis People | Archaeo | Scoop.it
There is much debate surrounding the age of the Clovis - a prehistoric culture named for stone tools found near Clovis, New Mexico in the early 1930s - who once occupied North America during the end of the last Ice Age. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News
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Ancient Maya built sophisticated water filters: Maya imported zeolite and quartz to filter drinking water

Ancient Maya built sophisticated water filters: Maya imported zeolite and quartz to filter drinking water | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to new research. A multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers and biologists identified quartz and zeolite, a crystalline compound consisting of silicon and aluminum, that created a natural molecular sieve. Both minerals are used in modern water filtration.
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Archaeology discovery: Storm uncovers 'exciting' lost ancient beach forest 

Archaeology discovery: Storm uncovers 'exciting' lost ancient beach forest  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS were stunned as more of an ancient forest off the west coast of Wales was uncovered by extreme weather.
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Researchers Unlock Secrets of the Past With New International Carbon Dating Standard | Heritage daily

Researchers Unlock Secrets of the Past With New International Carbon Dating Standard | Heritage daily | Archaeo | Scoop.it

Radiocarbon dating is set to become more accurate than ever after an international team of scientists improved the technique for assessing the age of historical objects...


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La révolution de la datation absolue après guerre a permis de faire des progrès colossaux dans notre connaissance du passé, mais on restait encore sur des datations peu précises. La calibration du radiocarbone a permis une correction essentielle en traduisant les dates données "avant le présent" (BP), soit avant 1950 par convention, avant que les essais nucléaires à l'air libre perturbent les teneurs en isotopes du carbone, en dates calendaires. Il restait des plages d'incertitudes que ces nouvelles calibrations vont affiner. Ces progrès sont importants pour évaluer en particulier les variations climatiques passées, savoir à quelle vitesse par exemple on peut basculer d'une période froide à une période chaude comme à la transition entre la fin du Tardiglaciaire et le début de l'Holocène, la période actuelle. On regardait une image floue, la précision nous fera gagner en compréhension.

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Une cité romaine cartographiée au radar à pénétration de sol

Une cité romaine cartographiée au radar à pénétration de sol | Archaeo | Scoop.it
La cité antique de Falerii Novi, située dans le Latium, à 50 km environ de Rome, surprend par son réseau de circulation des eaux.
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Archaeology is changing, slowly. But it's still too tied up in colonial practices

Archaeology is changing, slowly. But it's still too tied up in colonial practices | Archaeo | Scoop.it
There are some moves towards recognising and redressing archaeology's colonial history.
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Si les films nous ont transportés (comment ça il y a un 4ème film ?) et ont pu donner envie de faire de l'archéologie, comme cet article le rappelle très justement il faut tout oublier de ce qui y est présenté en matière d'archéologie. La discipline a trop longtemps été une opération coloniale de pillage d'objets d'art, de patrimoine. Quand j'ai commencé à travailler avec des archéologues, en Franche-Comté, certains s'indignaient qu'une Américaine demande à venir fouiller une grotte locale, mais dans le même temps nos prestigieuses écoles et institutions héritées de notre empire menaient des expéditions en terres lointaines (pas aussi caricaturales que celles d'Indy, mais avec tout de même une forte hiérarchie entre chercheurs, occidentaux, et grouillots, locaux). La valorisation scientifique, qui est devenue plus centrale dans la recherche actuelle que les objets, est majoritairement captée par les équipes occidentales. C'est une autre forme de pillage.

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Archaeologists now have a handy new tool for analyzing paleo poop

Archaeologists now have a handy new tool for analyzing paleo poop | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Among the findings: Apparently the archaeological record is full of dog poop.
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Archaeology mystery: Historian's shock Alexander the Great tomb claim – 'Body was stolen!' 

Archaeology mystery: Historian's shock Alexander the Great tomb claim – 'Body was stolen!'  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS and historians have struggled to put together thousands of years of history to determine where Alexander the Great was buried, and one expert believes this is because his body may have been stolen.
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How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau

How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau | Archaeo | Scoop.it
The analog world still has plenty of wonders in this excerpt from The Analog Antiquarian.
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Au Gabon, une grotte pourrait révéler des secrets vieux de 700 ans

Au Gabon, une grotte pourrait révéler des secrets vieux de 700 ans | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Des anthropobiologistes tentent de faire parler les ossements retrouvés à Iroungou afin de connaître le régime alimentaire, les maladies et les causes de décès de leurs propriétaires.
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Malgré leur classement à l’Unesco, des ruines pré-incas en péril de destruction

Malgré leur classement à l’Unesco, des ruines pré-incas en péril de destruction | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Le site archéologique de Tiwanaku dispose à la fois d’une protection nationale et internationale. Pourtant, les vestiges qui s’y trouvent ont été souvent dénaturés.
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Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial | The Guardian

Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial | The Guardian | Archaeo | Scoop.it

The fossils found in Iraqi cave provide fresh evidence the species buried their death with mortuary rituals...


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Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe

Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe | Archaeo | Scoop.it
FARGO — In a storage room at the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department, the remains of almost 2,000 Arikara and Mandan people rest in boxes, alongside the sacred objects buried with them centuries ago.
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Bible archaeology news: Nails linked to crucifixion of Christ have BONES embedded in 

Bible archaeology news: Nails linked to crucifixion of Christ have BONES embedded in  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
NAILS which have been linked to the crucifixion of Christ have been found to have fragments of bone embedded in them, researchers have found.
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Soixante sarcophages découverts intacts dans la nécropole de Saqqara, au sud du Caire

Soixante sarcophages découverts intacts dans la nécropole de Saqqara, au sud du Caire | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Les sarcophages avaient été ensevelis il y a plus de 2 500 ans, et d’autres puits restent à explorer, ont annoncé samedi des archéologues.
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Archaeology news: 48,000-year tooth belonged to one of Italy's last Neanderthals

Archaeology news: 48,000-year tooth belonged to one of Italy's last Neanderthals | Archaeo | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Northern Italy have recovered a prehistoric tooth likely belonging to one of the region's last Neanderthals.
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Archaeology: Cerne Abbas Giant is NOT prehistoric – 'More likely dates to Medieval times' 

Archaeology: Cerne Abbas Giant is NOT prehistoric – 'More likely dates to Medieval times'  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGY experts now believe the iconic Cerne Abbas Giant is nowhere near as ancient as first thought, following a landmark new study into the famous figure.
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DNA helps researchers understand interactions between Stone Age cultures - UPI.com

DNA helps researchers understand interactions between Stone Age cultures - UPI.com | Archaeo | Scoop.it
New research suggests the groups engaged in trade and influenced the cultural practices of others, but never mixed.
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The New Indiana Jones? AI. Here's How It's Overhauling Archaeology

The New Indiana Jones? AI. Here's How It's Overhauling Archaeology | Archaeo | Scoop.it
A team was able to survey more than 70 new archaeological sites across an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers during the course of about a year.
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L'apport de l'intelligence artificielle à l'archéologie est de plus en plus décisif sur plusieurs points. Il faut rappeler que le terme "intelligence" est à prendre dans son sens anglais d'"information" et c'est bien ici la masse d'informations à traiter qui est en jeu, ce qui est bien montré à travers l'archéologie du paysage. Analyser des images satellitaires ou des photos aériennes n'est pas nouveau, mais c'est bien la quantité qui fait la différence et la rapidité d'analyse pour identifier des formes de structures archéologiques sur des clichés. La vitesse permet de chercher sur des étendues plus importantes et de sortir des sites sans présager de leur présence et éviter ainsi de chercher là où on s'attend à en trouver. Mais l'article le rappelle bien, le capacité d'analyse des archéologues reste irremplaçable, là on parle d'intelligence au sens français du terme.

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Human figure engraved on 14,000-year-old burial slab in Israel - Archaeology 

Human figure engraved on 14,000-year-old burial slab in Israel - Archaeology  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
The Natufians were the first to bury their dead in cemeteries, albeit in shallow graves, and mysterious slabs were placed in and above some graves. One found in Raqefet Cave bore an enigmatic figure that may hint at elaborate ritual
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Carnitas vendor leads archaeologists to capital of Mayan kingdom

Carnitas vendor leads archaeologists to capital of Mayan kingdom | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Carnitas and an ancient Mayan stone tablet are inextricably linked in the discovery of the capital of an ancient Mayan kingdom in Chiapas.
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Archaeology breakthrough: Pompeii secrets exposed by 6-metre-long Roman scroll 

Archaeology breakthrough: Pompeii secrets exposed by 6-metre-long Roman scroll  | Archaeo | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are able to understand more about the disaster of Pompeii, thanks to a huge scroll depicting the postal service of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago.
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Humans Domesticated Horses — New Tech Could Help Archaeologists Figure Out Where and When

Humans Domesticated Horses — New Tech Could Help Archaeologists Figure Out Where and When | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Researchers are seeking to find the “big bang” of the human-horse relationship.
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Archaeologists Unearth Possible Shrine to Romulus, Rome's Legendary Founder

Archaeologists Unearth Possible Shrine to Romulus, Rome's Legendary Founder | Archaeo | Scoop.it
An underground temple and sarcophagus discovered in the Roman Forum may pay homage to the mythical figure
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A rare gaming token was recently discovered at an iconic medieval monastery

A rare gaming token was recently discovered at an iconic medieval monastery | Archaeo | Scoop.it
Who ever said cloistered monks in a medieval monastery didn't know how to throw down and party? Well, maybe not not some bacchanalian fiesta as judged by today's wild standards, but perhaps an enjoyable Wednesday board game night after a long day of chanting, pruning roses, and transcribing ancient manuscripts.
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