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  • The Birth of Bureaucracy (Where Long Lines, Red Tape & Arcane Rules Began; 1650 to 1100 B.C.)

    06/13/2012 7:32:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    Archaeology ^ | July/August 2012 | Amanda Summer
    The Birth of Bureaucracy At the site of Iklaina, excavations are revealing new evidence of how the Mycenaean state functioned - Pylos, in Greece’s southwestern Peloponnese, is known for its miles of soft sandy beaches, rocky islets soaring out of the water marking the edges of the Bay of Navarino, and the mountains that cut it off from the rest of Greece. The surrounding region, known as Messenia, is also home to dozens of archaeological sites. Since the nineteenth century, Messenia has attracted archaeologists hoping to uncover remains of Greece’s Mycenaean age, the period from approximately 1650 to 1100 B.C.,...
  • Japan: Researchers find 2,100 year-old melon

    06/02/2007 3:35:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 899+ views
    AP ^ | 06/01/07 | KOZO MIZOGUCHI
    Researchers find 2,100 year-old melon By KOZO MIZOGUCHI, Associated Press Writer Fri Jun 1, 5:28 PM ET TOKYO - Archaeologists digging in western Japan have excavated what they believe to be the oldest remains of a melon ever found, an official said Friday. ADVERTISEMENT Based on a radiocarbon analysis, researchers estimate the half-rounded piece of fruit to be about 2,100 years old, said Shuji Yamazaki, a local official in the city of Moriyama. The remains are believed to be the oldest of a melon that still has flesh on the rind, Yamazaki said. Previously, the oldest such find was believed...
  • Just because Muhammad envied & revered the Jews & their sites doesn't make a place "islamic"

    02/10/2007 8:41:46 PM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 328+ views
    Just because Muhammad envied & revered the Jews & their sites doesn't make a place "islamic"   I really resent the MSM language, terms & references to the surroundings of the wailing wall, Jews' only surviving piece of it's rich historic temple.   The Islamo Arabs (that basically have a fascist-genocide agenda, there is no secret that they simply want all non Arabs, all non Muslims out or dead), has recently come up with another "religious" theme (in an attempt to galvanize more Muslims around it "religiously"), the excavation by Israeli scientists to repair the Jewish holy site.   "Islamic...
  • Corruption alive in China 2800 years ago(court document dug up?)

    11/19/2006 6:36:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 634+ views
    China Daily ^ | 11/19/06
    Corruption alive in China 2800 years ago (Xinhua) Updated: 2006-11-19 16:07 XI'AN -- Much has been made of the corruption that has tarnished the image of Chinese local government officials but it seems bribery among the country's authoritative ranks was in full swing more than 2,800 years ago. The inscriptions on two bronze urns unearthed recently in northwest China's Shaanxi province tell the story of how, in 873 B.C., a noble man managed to bribe the judiciary in order to dodge charges of appropriating farmland and slaves. The inscriptions on each urn contain 111 ancient Chinese characters, which detail the...
  • Ancient Stamp Dating To 5,000 BC Unearthed In Harran (Turkey)

    10/16/2006 6:02:09 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,198+ views
    Ancient stamp dating to 5,000 BC unearthed in Harran Monday, October 16, 2006 ANKARA - Turkish Daily News Excavations in the Harran district of Şanlıurfa have uncovered a stamp dating back to 4,000-5,000 B.C., said the excavation leader on Saturday, reported the Anatolia news agency. Harran excavation team leader Nurettin Yardımcı said the excavations have been ongoing since 1983 and that recent work in the area has focused on the Harran tumulus and Ulu Cami as well as the Neolithic settlement of Tellidris. “Our work has indicated that the first inhabitants of Harran lived in Tellidris, dating back to around...
  • Prehistoric skeleton found along Lake Travis

    08/28/2006 12:11:13 AM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 42 replies · 3,344+ views
    austin american-statesman ^ | Monday, August 28, 2006 | Marty Toohey
    An archaeology crew excavated what its members think is a prehistoric skeleton from the banks of Lake Travis on Sunday. Evidence at the site indicates that the skeleton is between 700 and 2,000 years old, most likely dating back about 1,000 years, members of the excavation crew said. The nearly intact skeleton is being donated to the University of Texas for further study. The skeleton was found Aug. 9 by an Austin man riding a personal watercraft on Lake Travis. David Houston had pulled onto the sloped southern bank, admiring a nearby house, when he saw a jawbone, teeth and...
  • Bangladesh - Five-story building collapses

    02/24/2006 10:10:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 327+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 25, 2006
    Bangladesh: a building of five floors breaks down, feared victims DACCA - a building of five stages sheltering a textile workshop, stores and offices broke down Saturday in the capital of Bangladesh, Dacca, making fear many victims, one learned from police source. Many employees worked in the textile workshop at the time of the accident, indicated to AFP the assistant prefect of police force of Dacca, Obasidur Rahman. "Of the police officers, the firemen and voluntary are on the spot in order to help the people taken in the debris", it added.
  • Experts Prepare Excavation on Greek Island

    01/09/2006 9:36:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/9/06 | Nicholas Paphitis - ap
    ATHENS, Greece - British and Greek archaeologists are preparing a major excavation on a tiny Greek island to try to explain why it produced history's largest collection of Cycladic flat-faced marble figurines. Artwork from barren Keros inspired such artists as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore but also attracted ruthless looters. Now experts are seeking insight into the island's possible role as a major religious center of the enigmatic Cycladic civilization some 4,500 years ago. Excavations will run April through June. "Keros is one of the riddles of prehistoric archaeology," said Peggy Sotirakopoulou, curator of the Cycladic collection at the Museum...
  • 27,000 Year-Old Grave of Two Babies Found (Austria)

    09/24/2005 3:27:17 PM PDT · by blam · 75 replies · 2,536+ views
    Reuters - Fri Sep 23,11:08 AM ET A more than 27,000 year-old grave with the bodies of two babies is pictured near Krems in Lower Austria September 23, 2005. Archaeologists of the Prehistoric Commission of the Austrian Academy of Scienses (OeAW) excavated the bodies which were covered with an omoplate of a mammoth. This is the oldest grave ever found in Austria. REUTERS/HO/OeAW Praehistorische Kommission
  • Major Excavation At Roman Forts (Wales)

    06/27/2005 11:43:56 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 654+ views
    Major excavation at Roman forts The forts have been discovered at Dinefwr Park Three weeks of digging to excavate what could be the largest Roman garrison fort in Wales start on Monday. The site, which dates from the first century AD, was first found at Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, in 2003. Experts said the south Wales discovery could rewrite our understanding of the Roman conquest in the area. Recent surveys confirmed the site, which is invisible from the surface, is much larger than first thought and is made up of two overlapping forts. Emma Plunkett Dillon, archaeologist for the National...
  • Excavation Of Ancient Desert Tombs Ends, Riddles Waiting For Answers (Urumchi)

    05/22/2005 11:08:59 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 525+ views
    Xinhuanet/China View ^ | 3-20-2005 | Xinhuanet
    Excavation of ancient desert tombs ends, riddles waiting to answer www.chinaview.cn 2005-03-20 15:33:59 URUMQI, March 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists finished the excavation of an ancient tomb complex in the Lop Nur Desert, northwest China, but researchers say the finds are puzzling and need more time to be understood. By mid March, archaeologists in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region unearthed 163 tombs of the Xiaohe Tomb complex, which sprawls on a 2,500-square-meter oval-shaped dune, 174 km from the ruins of the Loulan Kingdom, an ancient civilization that vanished 1,500 years ago. The complex contains about 330 tombs, but about 160 of...
  • Excavation Unearths Oldest Archaeological Site In UAE

    02/08/2005 4:40:08 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 694+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 2-8-2005 | Prerna Suri
    Excavation unearths oldest archaeological site in UAE By Prerna Suri 8 February 2005 DUBAI — The oldest archaeological site in the UAE dating back to 7,000 years, has been discovered on the island of Marawah, located about 100km west of Abu Dhabi, according to Dr Mark Beech, Senior Resident Archaeologist for the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS). Dr Beech disclosed the findings at a lecture organised by the Dubai Natural History Group which was attended by a large crowd. The lecture covered important findings and discoveries by ADIAS during their excavation in 2004 including a skeleton of what is...
  • Cretan Excavation Sheds New Light On Dark Ages Of Greek History

    12/07/2004 1:44:53 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 920+ views
    Kathimerini (English Edition) ^ | 12-7-2004 | Nicholas Paphitis
    Cretan excavation sheds light on Dark Ages of Greek historyFinds from ancient Eleutherna at Cycladic Museum A marble statue of Aphrodite, from a second- to first-century-BC bathhouse in Eleutherna. By Nicholas Paphitis - Kathimerini English Edition On a narrow spur under the shadow of Mount Ida in central Crete, archaeologists for the past 20 years have been excavating a town that flourished from the Dark Ages of Greece’s early history until Medieval times. The Eleutherna project, a systematic dig carried out by a three-pronged team of top archaeologists from the University of Crete, is in itself unusual in a country...
  • Full Excavation Of Irish Viking Village?

    10/20/2004 2:02:41 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 912+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 10-19-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Full Excavation for Irish Viking Village? By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Oct. 19, 2004 — Preliminary work to build a bypass road in an Irish village has yielded what could be the most significant piece of Viking history in Europe: a virtually intact town that some have already called Ireland's equivalent of Pompeii. Evidence for the ancient settlement was discovered last year by archaeologists testing areas ahead of road builders. Located near the banks of the river Suir at Woodstown, five miles from the city of Waterford, the potential Viking town lies below pasture fields commonly used for horse grazing....
  • 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...
  • Major Excavation To Open Viking Graves

    06/01/2004 2:25:09 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 1,022+ views
    Aften Posten ^ | 6-1-2004
    Major excavation to open Viking graves The largest excavation of a Viking burial site in 50 years is underway at a farm in Vestfold, south of Oslo. Archaeologists already started finding ship nails last week, and chances are good more Viking treasures are about to be revealed. This aerial view shows the burial sites, including contures of a ship at far left. PHOTO: DAGFINN SKRE, UNIVERSITETET I OSLO Expectations are high as experts start opening up ancient Viking gravesites over the next few weeks. "This is an incredibly exciting project," says Lars Erik Gjerpe of the University of Oslo's Historic...
  • China: Cemetery dig yields clues 3000 years ago (more on Western Zhou Dynasty)

    05/28/2004 7:05:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,596+ views
    China Daily ^ | 05/28/04 | Ma Lie
    Cemetery dig yields clues 3000 years ago By Ma Lie (China Daily) Updated: 2004-05-28 08:53 XI'AN: A new discovery has created a great stir in Chinese archaeological circles, raising questions that will require further excavations before any kind of definitive answer might be given. Researchers use white lines to mark the boundaries of the cemetery. [newsphoto] After two months of sleuthing, a group of Chinese archaeologists have found what they believe to be a large group of tombs of China's Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) in Qishan County, in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province. But are these actually tombs of the...
  • S. Korea:Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts)

    03/31/2004 7:24:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 77 replies · 2,072+ views
    historylove.net ^ | N/A | N/A
    Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts) King Nae-Mool(birth/death: unknown/402 AD) and his queen's royal tomb in Dae-Roong-Won, Kyong-ju, S. Korea was excavated in 1973-75 to yield some truly unexpected findings later. Many artifacts were quite different from those known to be produced in Korea or China. Exotic designs and materials abound. Further research established that these artifacts originated from Central Asia, Black Sea, Caucasus, Persia and Eastern Mediterranean. This is quite far away from the South Eastern tip of Korean Peninsula, where this ancient Kingdom, Silla, located. The last of 5 short videos below shows...
  • Khan's visit to Timbuktu was to prospect for uranium - dissident

    02/23/2004 6:56:39 PM PST · by piasa · 16 replies · 1,816+ views
    Gulf News ^ | February 19, 2004 | Shyam Bhatia
    A London accountant has described how Pakistan's disgraced nuclear hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan visited the West African state of Mali on three occasions between 1998 and 2000. Abdul Ma'bood Siddiqui accompanied A.Q. Khan on three mystery trips  between 1998 and 2000. Their final destination was Timbuktu, a remote outpost in the desert that has always been a magnet for explorers and adventurers from around the world. The mystery behind the visits has deepened following recent revelations that Khan is also the owner of a small hotel in the town that he has named after Hendrina, his Dutch-born wife and...
  • GRAVE EXCAVATION GOES ON

    05/13/2003 10:26:24 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Sky News ^ | 5/14/03 | Sky News Staff
    GRAVE EXCAVATION GOES ON The excavation of several mass graves in Iraq, holding around 15,000 bodies, is continuing. The graves were discovered last week in the central city of Hilla, site of ancient Babylon, the Iraqi National Congress (INC) said. The bodies are thought to date back to the Shiite uprising that followed the US withdrawal from Iraq in 1991. "In the last week, four sites have been discovered in Al-Hilla city alone, with approximately 15,000 bodies," said Entifadh Qanbar, a spokesman of the INC. "Citizens are excavating with great sadness and no assistance, collecting bones. "Mothers and fathers...
  • Skeletal remains may be 11,000 years old

    08/11/2002 3:17:04 PM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies · 458+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 9, 2002, 10:45AM | By TERRY KLIEWER
    Aug. 9, 2002, 10:45AM BONING UP ON HISTORY Skeletal remains may be 11,000 years old By TERRY KLIEWER Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle LAKE JACKSON -- The gummy clay of coastal Texas holds plenty of secrets, but it may have given up one of its oldest when routine excavation near here uncovered prehistoric human bones. alt="remains" vspace="2"> John Everett / Chronicle Archaeologist Robert d'Aigle unearthed bones three years ago in the San Bernard River National Wildlife Refuge in south Brazoria County. He may have found only the third human skeleton in North America that dates back at least 10,000 years. The...
  • Archaeologists uncover 3700-year-old 'magical' birth brick in Egypt

    07/28/2002 4:16:09 PM PDT · by vannrox · 33 replies · 873+ views
    Contact: Pam Kostypkosty@sas.upenn.edu 215-898-4045University of Pennsylvania Archaeologists uncover 3700-year-old 'magical' birth brick in Egypt PHILADELPHIA--University of Pennsylvania Museum archaeologists have discovered a 3700-year-old "magical" birth brick inside the palatial residence of a Middle Kingdom mayor's house just outside Abydos, in southern Egypt. The colorfully decorated mud birth brick--the first ever found--is one of a pair that would have been used to support a woman's feet while squatting during actual childbirth. The birth brick, which measures 14 by 7 inches, was discovered during summer 2001 excavations directed by Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum...