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  • ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years -

    08/19/2015 4:52:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015
    ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years - then hangs his body from a column Islamic State militants have beheaded an antiquities scholar in an ancient Syrian city and hung his body on a column in a main square. The family of Khaled Asaad are said to have been told that the 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra was executed by ISIS yesterday. Mr Asaad had been detained and interrogated for over a month by the ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants, according to...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Mayan King’s Tomb Discovered in Guatemala

    07/16/2010 1:57:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies
    Brown University ^ | July 16, 2010 | Unknown
    A team of archaeologists led by Stephen Houston has discovered a royal tomb in Guatemala, filled with materials that have been preserved for approximately 1,600 years. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A well-preserved tomb of an ancient Mayan king has been discovered in Guatemala by a team of archaeologists led by Brown University’s Stephen Houston. The tomb is packed with of carvings, ceramics, textiles, and the bones of six children, who may have been sacrificed at the time of the king’s death. The team uncovered the tomb, which dates from about 350 to 400 A.D., beneath the El Diablo pyramid...
  • Obama's swine flu scare after shaking hands with archaeologist who died 24 hours later

    04/26/2009 3:54:32 PM PDT · by Scythian · 65 replies · 6,556+ views
    A man who shook Barack Obama's hand in Mexico died the next day from symptoms similar to those of swine flu. The White House insisted the President's health was not in any danger, but he was said to be taking the threat of an epidemic 'very seriously'. The President's health advisers were already concerned about his visit south of the border after learning the contagious virus first struck in Mexico City on April 13 - three days before Mr Obama flew in to meet government officials. Their alarm grew after learning that Felipe Solis, an archaeologist
  • Archaeologist Begin Historic Stonehenge Dig

    03/31/2008 3:07:36 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 607+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-31-2008 | Nic Fleming
    Archaeologists begin historic Stonehenge dig By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent Last Updated: 3:38pm BST 31/03/2008 Archaeologists began a historic dig on Monday which they hope will unlock the ancient secrets of Stonehenge once and for all. The researchers started digging a trench to examine the first stones erected at the site – the first excavation at the monument to be given the go-ahead for 44 years. Professors Geoffrey Wainwright (right) and Tim Darvill hope to unlock ancient secrets Samples recovered from the pit will provide material that could allow the team to date the start of work on the landmark...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Unique Cremation Graves (Moravia)

    03/20/2008 2:35:01 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 391+ views
    Prague Monitor ^ | 3-20-2008 | CTK
    Archaeologists uncover unique cremation graves By ÄŒTK / Published 20 March 2008 Prostejov, South Moravia, March 19 (CTK) - Czech archaeologists have uncovered unique cremation graves in Prostejov that date back to the Neolithic period of the Linear Pottery culture and that indicate that people believed in human soul's existence 7,000 years ago already, daily Mlada fronta Dnes wrote Wednesday. The graves were uncovered during construction of a new industrial zone on the eastern edge of the town. "This is the first cremation burial site of the Linear-Pottery-culture to be uncovered on Czech soil. Below it there are skeleton graves...
  • Archaeologists To Drill In Bexley (UK) For Evidence Of Ancient Occupation

    02/29/2008 1:16:47 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 143+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 2-29-2008
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS TO DRILL IN BEXLEY FOR EVIDENCE OF ANCIENT OCCUPATION By 24 Hour Museum Staff 29/02/2008 An illustration of Homo neanderthalensis at Swanscombe, Kent, one of the sites investigated in the AHOB project. © Natural History Museum Archaeologists from Durham University will be returning to a London borough site where a 19th century historian once found flint tools and animal bones. This time, however, the latest sonic drilling equipment will be used to take samples from the earth, for the ongoing Ancient Human Occupation of Britain II project (AHOB). Initial drillings were carried out at Holmscroft Open Space in September...
  • Archaeologists Discover Roman Fort In Cornwall, England

    02/06/2008 6:10:12 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 121+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-6-2008 | University of Exeter
    Archaeologists Discover Roman Fort In Cornwall, England ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2008) — University of Exeter archaeologists have discovered a Roman fort in South East Cornwall. Dating back to the first century AD, this is only the third Roman fort ever to have been found in the county. The team believes its location, close to a silver mine, may be significant in shedding light on the history of the Romans in Cornwall. Situated next to St Andrew’s Church, Calstock, the site is on top of a hill in an area known to have been involved with silver mining in medieval times....
  • Archaeologist Explains Link Between Bones Found In Ethiopia, Texas

    12/22/2007 10:24:43 AM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 253+ views
    Statesman ^ | 12-22-2007 | Pamela LeBlanc
    Archeologist explains link between bones found in Ethiopia, Texas Lucy's bones on display at Houston museum By Pamela LeBlancAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFSaturday, December 22, 2007 One roamed the forests of East Africa 3.2 million years ago. The other lived in Central Texas more than 9,500 years ago. What's the connection between two skeletons found a world apart? That was the question on a recent visit to Houston, where the famous older skeleton is on display. Though not complete, Lucy does have enough pieces, especially skull bones, for scientists to predict her measurements. This model at the Houston Museum of Natural Science shows...
  • Russian Archaeologists Find Unique Mummies In Egypt

    11/29/2007 10:31:19 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 34+ views
    Novosti ^ | 11-27-2007
    Russian archaeologists find unique mummies in Egypt 21:56 | 27/ 11/ 2007 AL-FAYUM, November 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian archaeologists have found well-preserved mummies in Egypt dating to the country's Ptolemaic era, the head of the Russian Academy of Science's Egyptology department announced on Tuesday. "Well-preserved mummies of this period are extremely rare," Galina Belova said. The discoveries were made in the Egyptian oasis of Al-Fayum, where several mummies, combining traits of Hellenic and Egyptian traditions, have previously been found. Teams of Russian archaeologists are currently carrying out excavations in Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, in Alexandria on the...
  • Archaeologists Challenge Barnard Professor's Claim

    10/22/2007 3:16:31 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 98+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 10-17-2007 | Marissa Brostoff
    Archaeologists Challenge Barnard Professor’s Claims Marissa Brostoff | Wed. Oct 17, 2007 Amid charges of mud-slinging, a group of archaeologists turned to dirt-digging — literally — in their fight against a controversial fellow academic. On Monday night, Columbia University’s pro-Israel student group played host to the latest installment in a lecture series aimed, at least partially, at rebutting Nadia Abu El-Haj, whose work has been critical of the traditional narratives of Israeli archeology. Abu El-Haj, an assistant professor of anthropology at Barnard since 2002, first gained notice with her 2001 book “Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning...
  • Archaeologists Find Mystery Carved Stone At Whitby Abbey (UK)

    10/12/2007 3:43:26 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 629+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 10-10-2007 | Museum Staff
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND MYSTERIOUS CARVED STONE AT WHITBY ABBEY By 24 Hour Museum Staff 12/10/2007 An archaeologist with the rare stone at the site at Whitby Abbey. © English Heritage Experts are studying a carved stone recently uncovered on Whitby Abbey Headland in North Yorkshire to see if it represents the first Bronze Age artefact from the site. St Hild founded an abbey on Whitby Headland in 657AD, which is now an important historical site. However, little was known about the site in the Anglo Saxon period in which it was founded until archaeologists carried out clifftop excavations in 2001 and...
  • In Afghanistan, 900-Foot Sleeping Buddha Eludes Archaeologists

    08/07/2007 3:24:52 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,099+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 8-7-2007 | Mark Sappenfield
    In Afghanistan, 900-foot Sleeping Buddha eludes archaeologistsBut researchers are finding and preserving other ancient riches. By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor from the August 7, 2007 edition BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN - After the Taliban fell, France sent Zemaryalai Tarzi to this Afghan valley on a quest bordering on the mythological. His goal: to find Sleeping Buddha, the reclining sculpture that, at 900 feet long, would be nearly 10 times the size of the Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. He brought the ultimate treasure map – the journal of a 7th- century Chinese pilgrim who...
  • Archaeologist Uncover Possible Medieval Mosque In Sicily

    07/30/2007 8:41:07 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,335+ views ^ | 7-30-2007 | North Illinois University
    Archaeologist uncover possible medieval mosque in Sicily The Normans are believed to have built the medieval castle of Salemi. It fell into ruin during the mid-20th century and was closed after a devastating earthquake in 1968. The castle is shown here prior to recent exterior renovations. Photo by Michael Kolb" Earlier this summer, while standing in an archaeological pit adjacent to an ancient hilltop castle in west-central Sicily, Northern Illinois University graduate student Bill Balco could literally reach out and touch the centuries—even the millennia. The dig site, about 7-by-10 meters near the castle entrance, reveals a crossroads of cultures...
  • Coin Discovery Thrills Archaeologists (Norway)

    07/13/2007 8:54:21 AM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,224+ views
    AftenPosten ^ | 7-12-2007
    Coin discovery thrills archaeologists Archaeologists monitoring some digging by the City of Oslo's waterworks department made a sensational discovery this week.Gunhild Høvik Hansen spotted the special coin while digging herself. PHOTO: ANNE-STINE JOHNSBRÅTEN The discovery was made while archaeologists were monitoring replacement of new waterlines in the oldest part of Oslo. PHOTO: ANNE-STINE JOHNSBRÅTEN The archaeologists have been following excavations done by city workers who are replacing underground water pipes in the oldest part of Oslo, called Gamlebyen. That's the neighbourhood east of today's downtown area where Oslo’s first known settlements were established more than a thousand years ago....
  • Archaeologist Sparks Hunt For Holy Grail

    06/20/2007 3:54:57 PM PDT · by blam · 103 replies · 2,449+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-20-2007 | Nick Pisa
    Archaeologist sparks hunt for Holy Grail By Nick Pisa in Rome Last Updated: 8:47pm BST 20/06/2007 An archaeologist has sparked a Da Vinci Code-style hunt for the Holy Grail after claiming ancient records show it is buried under a 6th century church in Rome. The cup - said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper - is the focus of countless legends and has been sought for centuries. Alfredo Barbagallo, an Italian archaeologist, claims that it is buried in a chapel-like room underneath the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura, one of the seven churches which...
  • Archaeologist Says Clarke County Site May Be Lost De Soto Battleground

    05/24/2007 3:27:26 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 998+ views
    MobilePress-Register ^ | 5-24-2007 | Connie Baggett
    Archaeologist says Clarke County site may be lost De Soto battleground Thursday, May 24, 2007By CONNIE BAGGETTStaff Reporter A Mobile archaeologist said this week that he believes he has found a site in southern Clarke County that could be the Indian stronghold Mauvilla, where Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto fought a bloody battle in the mid-1500s. If he is correct, he has solved a mystery that for decades left others with false leads and dashed hopes. Andrew Holmes, who works as a archaeological field technician for Barry Vittor and Associates conducting environmental assessments at construction projects, said he used a...
  • Archaeologists Find 3 Prehistoric Bodies In SE Mexico (Tulum - 10-14.5k YO)

    04/11/2007 3:40:41 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,114+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 4-11-2007 | China View
    Archaeologists find 3 prehistoric bodies in SE Mexico 2007-04-11 11:39:34 MEXICO CITY, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Mexican archaeologists found remains of two women and a man that can be traced to more than 10,000 years ago in the Mayan area of Tulum, Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute said in a statement on Tuesday. The remains were being examined by laboratories in Britain, the United States and Mexico, all of which had said the remains were people between 10,000 and 14,500 years ago, said Carmen Rojas, an archaeologist quoted in the statement. "This makes southeastern Mexico one of the...
  • Walker 'Stone Tools' Weren't Made By Humans, State Archaeologist Says

    03/05/2007 4:32:27 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 766+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 3-5-2007 | Robert Franklin
    Walker 'stone tools' weren't made by humans, state archaeologist says By Robert Franklin, Star Tribune Materials found on a hill above Walker, Minn., were not clearly stone tools dating back 13,000 to 14,000 years, the state archaeologist has concluded. Several experienced archaeologists have concluded that "the great majority of the collection was produced by natural processes," State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson said. "There were a few 'maybe' flakes [of stone], and there were clearly no stone tools of obvious human manufacture or use." Nor is it likely that people lived in the "very uninviting environment" of the Late Glacial age in...
  • Archaeologist digs for proof of Sasquatch

    01/28/2007 10:26:30 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 47 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Union Democrat Online ^ | 26 Jan 2007 | Chris Bateman
    BY DAY SHE'S the Stanislaus National Forest's archaeologist. With a master's degree in anthropology, she makes sure prehistoric Native American sites in the woods are protected. She's also the forest's liaison with the Me-Wuk tribe. But it's what Kathy Strain does in her spare time that separates her from Forest Service colleagues. She's a Bigfooter. A student of Sasquatch. A yearner for Yeti. A true believer. "A strong case can be made that Bigfoot exists," said Strain, whose Jamestown-area home includes a room full of books, videos, cast footprints, notes and reports on the creature. "I've seen things I have...
  • Archaeologists Discover Ancient Olmec-Influenced City Near Mexico City

    01/25/2007 3:20:10 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 520+ views
    SignonSanDiego ^ | 1-25-2007 | Mark Stevenson
    Archeologists discover ancient Olmec-influenced city near Mexico City By Mark Stevenson ASSOCIATED PRESS 12:16 a.m. January 25, 2007 MEXICO CITY – A 2,500-year-old city influenced by the Olmecs – often referred to as the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica – has been discovered hundreds of miles away from the Olmecs' Gulf coast territory, archaeologists said. The remains of Zazacatla are providing insight into the early arrival of advanced civilizations in central Mexico, while also providing lessons about the risks to ruins posed by modern development that now cover much of the ancient city. Archaeologist Giselle Canto said Wednesday that two statues...
  • Swiss Archaeologist Digs Up West Africa's Past

    01/20/2007 3:55:34 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 651+ views
    NZZ Online ^ | 1-19-2007 | Simon Bradley
    19. January 2007, Swissinfo Swiss archaeologist digs up West Africa's past A Swiss:led team of archaeologists has discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400BC. The sensational find by Geneva University's Eric Huysecom and his international research team, at Ounjougou near the Unesco:listed Bandiagara cliffs, reveals important information about man's interaction with nature. The age of the sediment in which they were found suggests that the six ceramic fragments : discovered between 2002 and 2005 : are at least 11,400 years old. Most ancient ceramics from the Middle East and the central...
  • Harebrained Hypotheses Prove Invaluable To Scientific Debate

    12/19/2006 3:07:49 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 593+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 12-19-2006 | Bradley T Lepper
    Harebrained hypotheses prove invaluable to scientific debate Tuesday, December 19, 2006 BRADLEY T. LEPPER Archaeologist Richard Michael Gramly, in the current issue of Ohio Archaeologist, offers a startling explanation for the rise of the Hopewell culture in Ohio and neighboring regions 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists defined the Hopewell culture predominantly on the basis of gigantic earthen enclosures, such as the Great Circle and Octagon Earthworks preserved at Newark, as well as dazzling works of art crafted from materials, such as mica and obsidian, brought from distant lands. For Gramly, this remarkable florescence of art and architecture was the result of...
  • Shortcuts: How To Make It As An Archaeologist

    12/12/2006 4:36:47 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 803+ views ^ | 12-11-2006 | Paul Sussman
    Shortcuts: How to make it as an archaeologist POSTED: 7:01 a.m. EST, December 11, 2006 By Paul Sussman for CNN (CNN) -- Following news that archaeologists in Rome have discovered a sarcophagus containing what they believe to be the mortal remains of St. Paul the Apostle, we offer a few tips on how to get in on the world of excavation. Forget the bull whip It might have got Indiana Jones out of a scrape or two, but then Indiana Jones has little if anything to do with real archaeology. Excavators these days are far more likely to be armed...
  • Archaeologists Dig Deep To Revive 2,200 Year-Old Ancient (Han) City

    11/20/2006 11:35:43 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 520+ views
    Archaeologists dig deep to revive 2,200 year-old ancient capitalFifty years of excavation work on the ancient city of Chang'an, situated in the northwestern part of Xi'an, have now passed and archaeologists have been able to map out a clear layout of the former capital of the Han Dynasty. But there is still much work to be done. Experts, such as Liu Qingzhu, a veteran archaeologist with the Institute of Archeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), insist that only one thousandth of the total ruins has been unearthed. "Like the ancient site of Pompeii, the study of large-scale...
  • Russian Archaeologist Says Merv Was Origin Of Zoroastrianism

    06/10/2006 3:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,380+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 6-10-2006
    Russian archaeologist says Merv was origin of Zoroastrianism TEHRAN, June 10 (MNA) – Russian archaeologist Victor Sarianidi believes that Merv, a province in southern Turkmenistan, was the cradle of Zoroastrianism, the Persian service of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported here Saturday. According to Sarianidi, his archeological team has recently discovered some Zoroastrians’ temples in the region. Each has two fire temples -- one was presumably used for religious ceremonies and one for cooking, he added. The temples date back to some 3,000 years BC, estimated the archaeologist. Sarianidi had already named the legendary land of Margush as the origin...
  • Polish Archaeologist Unearths Europe's Most Ancient Graves

    03/02/2006 11:11:13 AM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 1,099+ views
    Polish archaeologist unearths Europe's most ancient graves Mar 2, 2006, 14:15 GMT Warsaw - Five of Europe's most ancient graves, dating back 10,000 years, have been unearthed in the village of Dwreca, central Poland. Archaeologist Marian Marciniak found the graves on the site of ancient post-glacial dunes, the Rzeczpospolita daily reported. In them, a young woman, believed aged 18 to 21, was put to rest with a baby, a child aged 5 to 7 and another aged 7 to 11. An adult male found at the site was buried sitting upright, as if on a throne or chair. The bodies...
  • Archaeologist Tells Of Digs In Central Asia (Greeks)

    05/19/2005 3:13:36 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 661+ views
    Kathumerini ^ | 5-19-2005 | Effi Hadzioannidou
    Archaeologist tells of digs in Central AsiaVictor Sariyiannidis has spent his life searching for traces of Greeks Findings from the royal Bactrian graves. A statuette of a goat, exquisitely fine work cast in gold, a gold ring engraved with a seated Athena and an inscription, and a gold clasp . These are just some of the 20,000 ancient pieces of jewelry Sariyiannidis unearthed at the site of Tilia Tepe in 1979 in what is now Afghanistan. By Effi Hadzioannidou - Kathimerini When Victor Sariyiannidis discovered the 20,000 pieces of gold jewelry in 1979 in Tilia Tepe in Afghanistan — an...
  • Archaeologist Finds 'Oldest Porn Statue' (7,200 Years Old)

    04/04/2005 1:22:11 PM PDT · by blam · 103 replies · 5,348+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-4-2005 | Krysia Diver
    Archaeologist finds 'oldest porn statue' Krysia Diver in Stuttgart Monday April 4, 2005 The Guardian (UK) Stone-age figurines depicting what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world have been unearthed in Germany. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the 7,200-year-old remnants of a man having intercourse with a woman. The extraordinary find, at an archaeological dig in Saxony, shatters the belief that sex was a taboo subject in that era. Until now, the oldest representations of sexual scenes were frescos from about 2,000 years ago. Harald Stäuble of the Archaeological Institute of Saxony, based in Dresden,...
  • archaeologist Says Central Asia Was Cradle Of Ancient Persian Religion

    03/19/2005 8:59:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,743+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3-18-2005
    Archeologist says Central Asia was cradle of ancient Persian religion Fri Mar 18, 6:24 PM ET Science - AFP ATHENS (AFP) - The mysterious Margianan civilisation which flowered in the desert of what is now Turkmenistan some 4,000 years ago was the cradle of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism, Greco-Russian archeologist Victor Sarigiannidis claimed here. He said the theory would provoke controversy amongst his fellow archeologists, but said his excavations around the site of Gonur Tepe have uncovered temples and evidence of sacrifices that would consistent with a Zoroastrian cult. The religion was founded by Zarathustra, a Persian prophet...
  • Archaeologist Discovers Ancient Ships In Egypt

    03/18/2005 11:32:08 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 1,152+ views
    B U Bridge ^ | 3-18-2005 | Tim Stoddard
    Archaeologist discovers ancient ships in Egypt By Tim Stoddard Kathryn Bard had “the best Christmas ever” this past December when she discovered the well-preserved timbers and riggings of pharaonic seafaring ships inside two man-made caves on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. They are the first pieces ever recovered from Egyptian seagoing vessels, and along with hieroglyphic inscriptions found near one of the caves, they promise to shed light on an elaborate network of ancient Red Sea trade. Bard, a CAS associate professor of archaeology, and her former student Chen Sian Lim (CAS’01) had been shoveling sand for scarcely an hour on...
  • Archaeologist Unearths Bibical Controversy

    01/26/2005 8:44:58 PM PST · by blam · 163 replies · 4,175+ views
    Globe And Mail ^ | 1-25-2005 | Michael Valpy
    Archeologist unearths biblical controversy Artifacts from Iron Age fortress confirm Old Testament dates of Edomite kingdom By MICHAEL VALPY Tuesday, January 25, 2005 Canadian archeologist Russell Adams's interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology's vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament -- a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral canines at each other's throats. Yet by coincidence, Prof. Adams of Hamilton's McMaster University says, he and an international team of colleagues fit into place a significant piece of the puzzle of human history...
  • Archaeologists excited over old toilets!

    01/21/2005 3:50:17 PM PST · by vannrox · 60 replies · 1,947+ views
    IAFRICA ^ | Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2005 | AFP
    Archaeologists excited over old toilets Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2005 Excited archaeologists are sifting through the contents of 150-year-old New Zealand toilets to get a better understanding of the everyday lives of early settlers. Although there is plenty of oral and written history, there are gaps which can only be answered by lifting the lid on the sanitary habits of pioneering families, they say. About 30 of New Zealand's leading archaeologists arrived in Wellington on Thursday to start a five-week project to collect and document information from historic sites along an inner-city bypass route. The old toilets, locally referred to...
  • Offshore Find Dates To Kind David's Time Archaeologist Hopes 3,000 Year Old Wood Is From Ship

    10/28/2004 12:41:09 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 868+ views
    Sf Chronicle ^ | 10-28-2004 | Matthew Kalman
    Offshore find dates to King David's time Archaeologist hopes 3,000-year-old wood is from ancient ship Matthew Kalman, Chronicle Foreign Service Thursday, October 28, 2004 Hof Dor, Israel -- An archaeologist's dog may have discovered the first ship ever found from the period of King David and his son, Solomon, who ruled the holy land 3, 000 ago. The remains, which have been carbon-dated to the ninth century B.C., include a huge stone anchor believed to be the largest ever unearthed. The wreckage is lying under a few inches of sand off the Mediterranean coast in shallow waters, and has yet...
  • Archaeologist Continues To Dig Up History (Meadowcroft, 16K Year Old)

    10/17/2004 6:25:09 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 941+ views
    Pittsburglive ^ | 10-17-2004 | Majorie Wertz
    Archaeologist continues to dig up history By Marjorie Wertz For The Tribune-Review Sunday, October 17, 2004 In the past 30 years archaeologists worldwide have visited the Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Washington County. The general public can now see what's involved in the archaeological dig that has proved the existence of early humans dating back 16,000 years. "The site was opened last year for the first time to the public," said David Scofield, director of Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life. "We are now in the process of getting an architect to create a design for a permanent roof over the excavation. This...
  • Ancient Warrior Grave Unearthed In Lebanese Port (Sidon)

    09/15/2002 7:47:38 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 581+ views
    ABC News ^ | 9-16-2002
    Mon, Sep 16 2002 12:39 AM AEST Ancient warrior grave unearthed in Lebanese port Archaeologists have unearthed several Bronze Age graves, including that of an ancient warrior interred with his axe, in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon. Excavation team director Claude Doumet Serhal said the excavations are "among the most important archaeological projects in Lebanon as they are taking place in the centre of the city of modern Sidon." He also said the warrior's grave dated back to the Middle Bronze Age, around the second millennium BC, and included an unusually well preserved bronze duck-bill axe with a...
  • Archaeologists to seek Kyrgyz Atlantis

    07/30/2004 8:53:01 PM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies · 777+ views
    Big News ^ | Saturday 31st July, 2004 | Editorial Staff
    A Kyrgyz-Russian expedition has embarked for an ancient city covered by Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, local media reported Wednesday. Issyk-Kul, 2,250 square miles in area, is a mountain lake in the north of the country. Historians and legends tell about a disappeared island in the lake with fortifications near the north coast where Tamerlane, the Tartar conqueror in southern and western Asia and ruler of Samarkand, held noble prisoners in the 14th century, the Vecherniy Bishkek newspaper said. People have reported seeing stone buildings in on the bottom of northeast Issyk-Kul, not far from the mouth of the Tyup River....
  • First Wine? Archaeologist Traces Drink To Stone Age

    07/22/2004 4:33:29 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 715+ views
    National Geograpic News ^ | 7-21-2004 | William Cocke
    First Wine? Archaeologist Traces Drink to Stone Age William Cocke for National Geographic News July 21, 2004An expert on ancient wine, Patrick McGovern is searching for the origins of the first domesticated grapevine. Above, the University of Pennsylvania archaeologist searches a ravine near the headwaters of the Tigris River in Turkey's Taurus Mountains for grapevines untouched by human cultivation. Photograph courtesy P.E. McGovern Wine snobs might shudder at the thought, but the first wine-tasting may have occurred when Paleolithic humans slurped the juice of naturally fermented wild grapes from animal-skin pouches or crude wooden bowls. The idea of winemaking may...
  • Archaeologist Talks About Oregon's Early Natives

    04/13/2004 4:52:32 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 377+ views
    The World Link ^ | 4-12-2004 | Daniel Schreiber
    Page Updated: Monday, April 12, 2004 1:28 PM PDT Archaeologist talks about Oregon's early natives Dr. Dennis Jenkins believes the entire Sumner Lake Basin was once filled with water up to state Highway 31. Contributed Photo By Daniel Schreiber, Staff Writer Were humans present 12,000 years ago in the Great Basin region of Oregon when buffalo, non-Spanish horses and even camels roamed the landscape? This, the central question of University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis Jenkins' series of digs, is what researchers have been trying to determine since the 1930s. In 1938, Luther Cressman, the first to explore the region, discovered...
  • 'Silver Scrolls' Are Oldest OT Scripture, Archaeologist Says

    02/28/2004 12:26:57 PM PST · by blam · 80 replies · 1,346+ views
    BP News ^ | 2-27-2004 | Gary D Myers
    'Silver scrolls' are oldest O.T. scripture, archaeologist says Feb 27, 2004 By Gary D. Myers Significant scrollGabriel Barkay, in silhouette, shows a picture of how one of the silver scrolls looked shortly after it was removed from the tomb at Ketef Hinnom. Scholars determined that the scrolls were inscribed with the ‘priestly blessing’ found in Numbers 6:24-26. Photo by Gary D. Myers NEW ORLEANS (BP)--While excavating a burial tomb near Jerusalem in 1979, Gabriel Barkay uncovered the oldest known copy of Old Testament scripture. The priestly blessing, recorded in Numbers 6:24-26, was discovered on two small silver scrolls dated to...
  • Archaeologist: Jewish Relics Endangered

    02/03/2004 11:01:12 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 250+ views
    AP/Newsday ^ | 2-3-2004 | Peter Enav
    Archaeologist: Jewish Relics Endangered By PETER ENAV Associated Press Writer February 3, 2004, 6:43 AM EST JERUSALEM -- An Israeli archaeologist charged that Muslim authorities are excavating a disputed holy site in Jerusalem in a way that endangers what she says may be remains of the biblical Jewish Temples. The charges were denied Tuesday by the Islamic Trust, or Waqf, which administers the holy site. "This is about politics and nothing else because of the sensitivity of Jerusalem," said Waqf director Adnan Al-Husseini. Israel's Antiquities Authority declined comment on the archaeologist's claims. The sacred hilltop in the Old City of...
  • Secrets of old mask still hidden, duo say

    01/30/2004 6:44:11 AM PST · by vannrox · 7 replies · 338+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | Monday, January 26, 2004 | By Joe Bauman
    A mysterious ancient stone mask from Mexico has spoken but apparently only to say that its people's written language remains undeciphered. BYU's Stephen Houston holds a copy of ancient script from Mexico. He disagrees with claims that "Teo Mask" words have been deciphered.Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News A study by Brigham Young University archaeologist Stephen Houston and his colleague from Yale University, Michael D. Coe, say the mask disproves earlier claims that the language had been cracked. Their paper is to be published in "Mexicon," a journal about news and research from Mesoamerica. The title is "Has Isthmian Writing Been...
  • German Archeologist Suggests Exploring Ancient Civilization In Pakistani Salt Range

    11/20/2003 1:03:28 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 423+ views
    Pakistan Link ^ | 11-20-2003
    German Archeologist suggests exploring ancient civilization in Pakistani Salt Range CHAKWAL (NNI): German Archeologist Madam Karron Wednesday said that salt range area is the heaven of archeology and fascinating for the western tourists. The people of this area are the custodian of old human civilization and this area has a very strong cultural and historical back ground, she remarked while visiting Ban Amir Khatoon the fossils site area where more than 30 millions old fossils were discovered. The wife of the ambassador of Hungry based at Islamabad Mrs. Vera Sozlunki was also accompanying her. Local Geologist Malik Muhammad Riaz briefed...
  • Weird rock carvings puzzle archaeologists

    10/14/2003 6:20:37 PM PDT · by vannrox · 28 replies · 228+ views news service ^ | 17:34 09 October 03 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    Weird rock carvings puzzle archaeologists 17:34 09 October 03 news service Mysterious rock carvings engraved into strange shapes are baffling UK archaeologists. One resembles a heart, another a human footprint. Aron Mazel and Stan Beckensall, who stumbled across the unusual carvings close to England's border with Scotland, believe they are the first such designs to have been discovered in the UK. "We have absolutely no idea what they are," says Mazel, an archaeologist at the University of Newcastle. "They are nothing like anything we, or anybody else we have talked to, have seen before." He believes the carvings were...
  • British, Egyptian Archaeologists Map Out Regions Beneath Pyramids

    09/29/2003 9:35:13 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 669+ views
    Zawya ^ | 9-29-2003
    British, Egyptian archaeologists map out regions beneath Pyramids CAIRO, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- A team of British and Egyptian archaeologists are excavating beneath the three Pyramids of Giza to find more about the mystery of the Pyramids and their builders. "The British team, which hails from the University of Birmingham, is using the latest and most up-to-date equipment to seek the mystery of the Pyramids," said Zahi Hawwas, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Antiquities in Egypt. The team is employing a special radar that would help create an archaelogical map of the subterranean region beneath the three Pyramids...
  • Amazonian find stuns researchers

    09/20/2003 6:15:45 PM PDT · by vannrox · 44 replies · 2,918+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9-20-03 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
    Amazonian find stuns researchers Deep in the Amazon forest of Brazil, archaeologists have found a network of 1,000-year-old towns and villages that refutes two long-held notions: that the pre-Columbian tropical rain forest was a pristine environment that had not been altered by humans, and that the rain forest could not support a complex, sophisticated society. A 15-mile-square region at the headwaters of the Xingu River contains at least 19 villages that are sited at regular intervals and share the same circular design. The villages are connected by a system of broad, parallel highways, Florida researchers reported in yesterday's issue of...
  • Italian Archaeologist: Anatolia - Home To First Civilization On Earth

    06/22/2003 9:14:54 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 5,700+ views
    Beku Today ^ | 6-20-2003
    Italian Archeologist: Anatolia - Home to First Civilization on Earth Prof. Dr. Marcella Frangipane is trying to convince scientists that Anatolia is the source of civilization on earth, and not Mesopotamia, as historians have claimed. 20/06/2003 13:20 After 13 years of work in the Aslantepe Mound Orduzu, Malatya, Frangipane says the archefacts she uncovered prove that the first civilization was established in Anatolia. According to Frangipane, the swords he found in Aslantepe and the palace, are the oldest in the world. These findings contradict everything in history books. Frangipane held a seminar, accompanied by a slide show, entitled 'Anatolia and...
  • Archaeologists discover Pharaonic temple in Western Desert

    03/18/2003 6:17:25 AM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 489+ views
    The Egyptian State News ^ | March 15, 2003 | Editorial Staff
    March 15, 2003 Archaeologists discover Pharaonic temple in Western Desert     Archaeologists discovered the ruins of a Pharaonic temple in Egypt?s Western Desert that will help increase their knowledge of oases in ancient times. ?Now destroyed and buried in sand in the middle of the desert, this temple which was about 20 meters (66 feet) long is located 140 kilometers (85 miles) from Siwa on the banks of an ancient abandoned oasis,? Italian Egyptologist Paolo Gallo told AFP.     "The major deities of the Egypt and Egyptian pantheon are represented in very beautiful painted relief on blocks from the...
  • Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery

    02/14/2003 1:30:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies · 773+ views ^ | 2003-02-13 | Novinite editorial Staff
     Subscribe for free at Archaeological Discovery in Bulgaria Clue to Ancient Mystery2003-02-13Bulgarian archaeologists discovered an oval ritual hall fitting the description that ancient historians gave to the Dionysus Temple in the Rhodope range famous for its splendor and mysteriousness in antique times and for the many failed attempts to determine its exact location in modernity. During an expedition in 2002, the team of archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov unearthed the hall inside of an ancient Thracian palace, some 250km southeast of Bulgaria's capital Sofia. The temple-palace is part of the dead city of Perpericon in Bulgaria's Eastern Rhodope Mountain that...
  • Archaeoligists: Iraqi Dam Threatens City

    02/05/2003 6:34:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 593+ views
    ABC News via AP ^ | Feb. 3 2003 | AP Editorial Staff
    Feb. 3 — An Iraqi dam under construction on the Tigris River threatens to submerge the remains of the spiritual capital of the ancient Assyrian empire in an act archaeologists liken to flooding the Vatican.Much of the city of Ashur, which thrived for more than 1,000 years until the Babylonians razed it in 614 B.C., could vanish under a lake to be created by the Makhoul dam, U.S. and European archaeologists said.More than 60 outlying historical sites are also threatened.Ashur, or Assur, was of such importance that it lent its name to the Assyrian civilization itself."Losing it would be...