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  • Massive 5,000-year-old stone monument discovered in Israel

    Stone Pages Archaeo News
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:42 am
    A lunar-crescent-shaped stone monument that dates back around 5,000 years has been identified in Israel. Located about 13 km (8 miles) northwest of the Sea of Galilee, the structure is...
  • The hunt for Camp Security: Revolutionary War prison camp eludes archaeologists - for now

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    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    To find a Revolutionary War prison camp, archaeologists are reading historical records, listening to oral histories, studying the landscape and using technology. Even with all that, it can still take patience and sometimes years. Steve Warfel is willing to wait.
  • Massive Roman Coin Hoard Unearthed in England

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    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    EAST DEVON, ENGLAND—Archaeologists and conservators from the British Museum have announced that an amateur metal detectorist has found one of the largest hoards of coins ever discovered in Britain. The hoard is comprised of no less than 22,000 coins dating to between A.D. 260 and 350 that were in very good condition when they emerged from the ground, Devon County Council archaeologist Bill Horner told The Independent. Since the hoard was found ten months ago—its discovery was kept quiet to avoid looting at the site while archaeologists conducted a proper excavation—the coins have been…
  • Professor: Israeli Archaelogical Dig Brings Ancient World ‘to Life’

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    29 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    By MELVIN LI This summer, Prof. Lauren Monroe, Near Eastern Studies, led six student volunteers at an archaeological dig at the Israeli Biblical excavation site Tel Abel Beth Maacah. The volunteers were drawn from two classes Monroe taught last semester: Archaeology 4800: Archaeology of Gender in Syria-Palestine and Archaeology 2550: […]
  • Vascular Prints Discovered in Egyptian Mummy’s Skull

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    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    BARCELONA, SPAIN—Imprints from the blood vessels surrounding the brain have been found inside the skull of a 2,000-year-old mummy from Egypt’s Kom al-Ahmar/Sharuna necropolis. The inside of the man’s skull had been coated with a preservative during the mummification process that captured the extremely fragile structures with “exquisite anatomical details,” Albert Isidro of the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor told Live Science. The brain was usually removed by Egyptian embalmers. “The conditions in this case must have been quite extraordinary,” Isidro and his team explained.
 
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  • Vascular Prints Discovered in Egyptian Mummy’s Skull

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    BARCELONA, SPAIN—Imprints from the blood vessels surrounding the brain have been found inside the skull of a 2,000-year-old mummy from Egypt’s Kom al-Ahmar/Sharuna necropolis. The inside of the man’s skull had been coated with a preservative during the mummification process that captured the extremely fragile structures with “exquisite anatomical details,” Albert Isidro of the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor told Live Science. The brain was usually removed by Egyptian embalmers. “The conditions in this case must have been quite extraordinary,” Isidro and his team explained.
  • Medieval Friary Excavated in Scotland

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    STIRLING, SCOTLAND—A thirteenth-century Dominican friary that was destroyed during the Reformation in 1559 is being excavated by a team from GUARD Archaeology. Animal bones, medieval ceramics, a section of wall, and architectural stones have been unearthed. Garden soils have also been recovered. It is unclear at this time if human remains at the site are from the medieval period or later. “For Stirling, this is the first time that a medieval site has been subject to modern excavation on this scale,” Murray Cook, the archaeologist for Stirling Council, told Culture 24. To read about the…
  • DNA From Marine Forager Sheds Light on Human Origins

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—An international team of scientists has worked together to study the 2,330-year-old skeletal remains discovered by archaeologist Andrew Smith of the University of Cape Town at St. Helena Bay, along Africa’s southernmost coast. Biological anthropologist Alan Morris, also of the University of Cape Town, found a bony growth in the man’s ear canal known as “surfer’s ear,” which suggests that he dove for food in the cold water as a marine hunter-gatherer. Shells dating to the same period were found near the man’s grave. Paleogeneticist Svante Paabo of the Max Planck…
  • Massive Roman Coin Hoard Unearthed in England

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    EAST DEVON, ENGLAND—Archaeologists and conservators from the British Museum have announced that an amateur metal detectorist has found one of the largest hoards of coins ever discovered in Britain. The hoard is comprised of no less than 22,000 coins dating to between A.D. 260 and 350 that were in very good condition when they emerged from the ground, Devon County Council archaeologist Bill Horner told The Independent. Since the hoard was found ten months ago—its discovery was kept quiet to avoid looting at the site while archaeologists conducted a proper excavation—the coins have been…
  • Stone Tool Technology

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    STORRS, CONNECTICUT—By analyzing nearly 3,000 stone artifacts excavated at the site of Nor Geghi in Armenia, Paleolithic archaeologists have concluded that ancient stone toolmaking technology may have been invented independently in places other than Africa, where it was thought to have originated. Rather than spreading from a single point of origin as has been thought, toolmakers may have been creating similar tools as much as 325,000 to 335,000 years ago in several parts of the world, including Eurasia and Africa. "Technological innovation was something that our ancestors were very good…
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  • Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    The skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tells us about ourselves as humans, and throws some light on our earliest common genetic ancestry. The man's genome was sequenced and shown to be one of the 'earliest diverged' -- oldest in genetic terms -- found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.
  • Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. The key lies in organic materials found in fossil bones, which contain evidence for how ancient ecosystems functioned, according to a new study.
  • New high-resolution satellite image analysis: 5 of 6 Syrian World Heritage sites 'exhibit significant damage'

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now 'exhibit significant damage' and some structures have been 'reduced to rubble,' according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • 'Lost chapel' skeletons found holding hands after 700 years

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Archaeologists have uncovered a trove of relics and remains at Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire. Some relationships last a lifetime -- and archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing two skeletons at a lost chapel in Leicestershire that have been holding hands for 700 years.
  • New branch added to European family tree: Europeans descended from at least 3, not 2, groups of ancient humans

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Previous work suggested that Europeans descended from two ancestral groups: indigenous hunter-gatherers and early European farmers. This new study shows that there was also a third ancestral group, the Ancient North Eurasians, who contributed genetic material to almost all present-day Europeans. The research also reveals an even older lineage, the Basal Eurasians.
 
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  • Academia.edu

    Smoke Pfeiffer
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    A great way to disseminate an obscure archaeological publication is to scan them in and upload to Academia.edu Academia.Edu
  • The September edition of the Video News from TAC, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Friends and colleagues: The latest installment of the Video News from TAC features the following story: * Filmmaker Tashi Wangchuk followed Tsering Dorjee, exiled Tibetan folk artist, for about six months with a camera to make a film about displaced Tibetans in exile. This film is a real life story about Dorjee and his initiative in passing down centuries-old Tibetan literature and performing arts that are being erased inside Tibet to the Tibetan younger generation in the San Francisco Bay area. He does this through the community’s Sunday school and the school’s annual day event, which…
  • Calling all teachers and students!

    Rick Pettigrew
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    At ALI we are attempting to gain a better understanding of our audience and want to know how many of you are teachers or students! If you are a teacher or student and use TAC for educational purposes, please submit a comment below stating how and what you use TAC for! THANK YOU!
  • SCHAC, the South Central Historical Archeology Conference Announcement

    Anita Cohen-Williams
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    SCHAC, the South Central Historical Archeology Conference, will be held for the 16th time, in Memphis Tennessee 17-19 October, 2014. It will include a gathering on top of the conference hotel, the Comfort Inn Downtown, on Friday night 5-7p.m., papers at the Mississippi River Museum and Mud Island River Park nearby on Saturday, a BBQ dinner cruise on the Mississippi Saturday night, and a tour of the Ornamental Metal Museum and Civil War Fort Pickering in Memphis on Sunday morning. For more informationsee the SCHAC page on Facebook, or the SCHAC website atSCHAC website SCHAC includes the…
  • TAC's Find-It Challenge 08/26/2014

    Rick Pettigrew
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The Archaeology Channel brings you a new weekly competition: The Find-It Challenge. Enter for your chance to win a TAC International Film and Video Festival Keychain! The first person to submit the most correct answers wins the prize. All answers and interactions must be gathered or performed on or within ALI’s website (www.archaeologychannel.org). To participate, simply read through the regulations so that you understand how the contest works and then start digging! For the complete list of Find-It regulations and guidelines, please visit [http://on.fb.me/1s69SrO]. Good luck and Happy…
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  • The Khmer temples of Laos

    noelbynature
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    A travel piece on Wat Phu in Laos and some other Buddhist temples in Pakse. Wat Phu Climbing Khmer temple complex in Laos Vientiane Times, via ANN/Cambodia Herald, 04 September 2014 The way to Vat Phou is so beautiful as the paths are lined with trees and greenery that takes on an extra special light in the nourishment of the wet season rains. You can see villagers having fun planting rice, fishing in the Mekong River and enjoying selling local products that they collect in the forest. If you want to view these scenes, you should rent a motorbike, which cost 60,000 kip per day, to make the 35…
  • Iconic Ta Prohm trees to go

    noelbynature
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    It’s a shame to see them go, but removing them seems necessary for the continued well-being of the temple (and not to mention the safety of visitors!). Four trees from the famed Ta Prohm temple will be removed because their continued existence within the temple structure destabilises it. Ta Prohm Tree. Source: The Phnom Penh Post 20140902 Temple trees to go: authority Phnom Penh Post, 02 September 2014 Ta Prohm, the overgrown jungle temple of Tomb Raider fame, will lose four of its distinctive trees after government officials overseeing the Angkor park decided to remove them this week…
  • Ban Chiang artefacts return to Thailand

    noelbynature
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Over 500 pieces of ceramics, believed to be looted from the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Thailand have been returned to by the Bowers Museum in California. Bang Chiang Pots returned to Thailand. Source: Bangkok Post 20140902 ‘Ban Chiang’ artefacts arrive from US Bangkok Post, 02 September 2014 Thailand reclaims smuggled artefacts from California museum The Hindu, 02 September 2014 The United States has sent 557 artefacts believed to be from the Ban Chiang archaeological site in Udon Thani province back to Thailand, but Thai authorities have yet to verify their origin. Thai…
  • Khmer sculpture on loan at the National Gallery of Australia

    noelbynature
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Three pieces of Khmer sculpture are on loan to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from the National Museum of Cambodia. 7th century Standing Buddha from Kompong Speu. Source: ABC News 20140829 Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia ABC News, 29 August 2014 Three rare Khmer sculptures have gone on display in Canberra as part of a cultural exchange between the National Museum of Cambodia and National Gallery of Australia. The sculptures were produced in ancient Cambodia during a period spanning five centuries and are said to exemplify the strength and…
  • Thailand to help Myanmar with development of Pyu Cities site

    noelbynature
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    At the request of Myanmar’s department of archaeology, Thailand will assist in the development and management of the Pyu Cities World Heritage Site, based on Thailand’s experience with Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. Pyu. Source: The Irrawaddy 20140829 Thailand to Help Burma Conserve Ancient Cities The Irrawaddy, 29 August 2014 Thailand will help Burma improve the landscapes of the Pyu ancient cities, the first sites in the country to receive Unesco World Heritage status earlier this year. A representative of Thailand’s Ministry of Culture met with Burma’s deputy minister of culture…
 
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  • Notes on Getting Your Whole Life Stolen

    Colleen Morgan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    “It’s Not the Same” by Jonathan on Flickr At the European Association for Archaeologists this year, our rented flat was broken into and a lot…a LOT of stuff was stolen, from me and the other archaeologists we were staying with. We’re still sorting everything out with the police, Airbnb, and insurance, but I thought I’d document a few things that I’ve learned. I had Prey and Find My Iphone installed on my Macbook pro, ipad and iphone. While I will install them again on my new equipment, they are not much good against savvy thieves. We actually were…
  • SHA 2015: Punk as Organizing Structure and Ethos for Emancipatory Archaeological Practice

    Colleen Morgan
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Tongue-in-cheek portrait of me by my oldest friend, Jesse Kulenski. He also designs the defcon t-shirts, check him out: https://www.facebook.com/designbyjesse I am very happy to participate in another conference I’ve never been to before–the SHA 2015 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, as part of a Punk Public Archaeology session organized by Christopher Matthews. John Lowe and I have been talking about punk and archaeology for a long time now, glad to have a chance to talk about some of those ideas. Title: Punk as Organizing Structure and Ethos for Emancipatory…
  • SAA 2015: A Session Honoring Ruth Tringham

    Colleen Morgan
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I’m extremely pleased to announce the session that I have organized for the 80th meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 15-19, 2015: Lithics Cowgirl, Household Archaeologist, Digital Doyenne: A Session Dedicated to Ruth Tringham Throughout her incredibly active, extraordinarily creative career as an archaeologist, Ruth Tringham has transformed experimental lithic technology, re-animated “faceless blobs” with her Neolithic narratives, and explored digital technology in archaeology from punch cards to virtual worlds. With field projects at Selevac and…
  • Fossil Hunting with Paleontologists in Saltwick Bay

    Colleen Morgan
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
      About a month ago I got an email. Any archaeologists who were interested could tag along on a trip to Saltwick Bay on the northeast coast of England to hunt for fossils. The trip was arranged as part of the Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, an annual conference that was being held at King’s Manor this year.   Going fossil hunting with a bunch of paleontologists? Heck yeah! A month later I was neck-deep in deadlines, but decided to go anyway and do some writing on the bus. We scrambled along the shoreline and picked up a bunch of fossils. Dean…
  • Origins of Doha Re-Photography Featured on CNN

    Colleen Morgan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    I was happy to see that a mash-up that did a while ago for the Origins of Doha project was featured on the special Qatar Foundation section of CNN. The photo is near the Souq Waqif, and we located and re-shot the photograph using one of the few landmarks left in that area, a small minaret visible above and to the left of the men walking toward the camera. The black and white photograph comes from the Bibby and Glob expedition to Doha. I posted some of my initial attempts here: http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/rephotography-in-doha/…
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  • SLAM and the SCA

    David Gill
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It is now clear that curators at SLAM knew that the Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask (but with name removed) was the one excavated (with name intact) at Saqqara when they were informed by an Egyptologist in February 1999. I remain puzzled by the apparent lack of contact with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). Why did SLAM contact the Cairo Museum in 1997 (prior to the purchase) in preference to the SCA?Were the authorities at SLAM ever advised to contact the SCA? Was that advice heeded?There are continuing questions about the depth of rigour in the due diligence process both pre and…
  • Roman Sarcophagus due to be returned to Italy

    David Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Source: ICERic St Hilaire has written about the likely return of the Roman sarcophagus lid to Italy ("Stipulation Puts a Lid on Litigation Over Roman Sarcophagus Cover Featured in the Becchina Archive", September 22, 2014). The sarcophagus was recognised from the Becchina archive. The sarcophagus has been handled by Noryioshi Horiuchi.Horiuchi has been at the centre of the the Italian Operation Andromeda. Some 20000 antiquities have already been seized from the dealer.If the sarcophagus is indeed returned to Italy it will increase the pressure on the Miho Museum in Japan to resolve…
  • Ka Nefer Nefer Mask: some clarification

    David Gill
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I am very grateful to officials at SLAM for clarifying some of the collecting history of the Ka Nefer Nefer mask. It has now been confirmed that a SLAM conservator was informed by a European Egyptologist in February 1999 that the mask was the one excavated at Saqqara by Goneim (and subsequently published by him). It is not clear if curators at SLAM contacted the SCA immediately or if they waited seven years until they received a letter from Zahi Hawass in February 2006.
  • Scotland Decides

    David Gill
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
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  • The identification of Ka Nefer Nefer

    David Gill
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I have already reflected on the significance of 1999 for the collecting history of the Ka Nefer Nefer mask acquired by the St Louis Art Museum.It now appears that a member of the curatorial team at SLAM was informed about the Saqqara link by an Egyptologist at a major encyclopedic museum less than a year after its acquisition.This is correspondence that has not been mentioned in the discussion of the mask up to this point.During the subsequent few months Sidney Goldstein seems to have been made aware of Charly Mathez's claim to have seen the mask in Belgium, and in late September 1999…
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  • Posthole archaeology; function, form and farming

    Geoff Carter
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    By the Bronze Age in British Isles, and certainly in terms of the proto-historic Late Iron Age, we have what historians might call petty kings and aristocracy, sometimes with a more wider regional and national institutions.  Although our museums have their weapons and treasures, architecturally, we have lost sight of the petty king in his palace and the homes of the aristocracy, always such a feature of our countryside.  But this is just the tip of an iceberg of ignorance, since we know very little of the charcoal burner in his hut, and have no real notion of cart sheds or byres;…
  • Dumbing down the past.

    Geoff Carter
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Dumbing down through abstractionIn two previous posts, [ 1 + 2 ] I have demonstrated that one of the central images of British Prehistory, the Wessex Roundhouse, is a construct which does not accurately the evidence.  It is not a discovery, or rocket science, I just read the relevant reports and looked at the plans and sections. While I am happy to call these roundhouse constructs dumbing down, what to call the scholarship they generate presents a problem, since it represents the application of presumably perfectly acceptable theory to an imaginary data set. Archaeology is often at…
  • Parish Notices; Help Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers do the EH Wall Hike

    Geoff Carter
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    On  19 of September Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers, will be returning to his ancestral homelands and taking part in the English Heritage's Hadrian's Wall Hike to raise funds for much needed conservation along the famous route. Please Donate today to support Nigel and English Heritage, and share with your friends and colleagues. All of your donations and efforts are greatly appreciated, please Tweet your support to @Pastpreservers and @EnglishHeritage using the #HadriansHike hashtag and please spread the word! Things are not…
  • Roundhouse Psychosis

    Geoff Carter
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    In the previous post I explained why the large Wessex style “roundhouse” as illustrated and rebuilt is a fiction which is not supported by the evidence.  To be fair to all concerned, it never was a “peer reviewed” idea, but like the artists reconstruction that decorate the front of some archaeological texts, it has a far greater impact on our collective perception of the past than any sterile rendition of the evidence.  The problem is that Roundhouses are more than just infotainment, a bit of harmless hokum for Joe Public, they are taken seriously, not only by those who…
  • Debunking the Iron Age Round House

    Geoff Carter
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Is Prehistory is more or less bunk ?In 1916, when archaeology was in its infancy, the industrialist Henry Ford expressed the view that History is more or less bunk, so what he would have made of Prehistory would probably have been unprintable.[1]  However, perhaps as an engineer, his concerns were elsewhere, solving the problems in the present and helping to mould the future.In his remark, we might perceive a fundamental dichotomy of science v arts, but while this is clearly simplistic, there is a certain resonance for archaeology which sits, sometimes uncomfortably, between the…
 
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  • Wreck off Haiti likely not Columbus ship

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    A shipwreck off the north coast of Haiti probably isn't a lost flagship of Christopher Columbus as a U.S. explorer has claimed, the country's culture minister says. In this May 2003 photo, a diver measures a lombard cannon adjacent to a ballast pile,  off the North coast of Haiti, at a site explorer Barry Clifford believed could be the  wreckage of Christopher Colombus' flagship vessel the Santa Maria  [Credit: Brandon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Treasure hunter discovers 22,000 Roman coins

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    A hoard of 22,000 Roman coins has been unearthed on land near Seaton in East Devon. The “Seaton Down Hoard” of copper-alloy Roman coins is one of the largest and best preserved 4th Century collections to have ever been found in Britain. The Seaton Down hoard of treasure during excavation [Credit: APEX]The hoard was declared Treasure at a Devon Coroner’s Inquest on 12th September 2014 which means it will be eligible for acquisition by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stone Age site challenges old archaeological assumptions about human technology

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The analysis of artifacts from a 325,000-year-old site in Armenia shows that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single point of origin, as previously thought. The artifacts were discovered in 2008, after the Armenian military bulldozed  a road and uncovered the ancient stone tools [Credit: Daniel S. Adler]The study, published today in the journal Science,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ebola could infect more than 1.4 million people by end of January 2015

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Ebola epidemic could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and infect more than 1.4 million people by the end of January, according to a statistical forecast released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Ebola virus, shown in this scan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  could affect more than a million people in West Africa if left unchecked  [Credit:CDC/Virginia... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Call for U.N. to ban trade in Syrian antiquities

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    More than 80 prominent archaeologists and other scholars from around the world have signed an open letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to ban trade in Syrian antiquities, a market they say is now destroying Syria’s cultural heritage and providing funding for extremist groups. Bas-relief work on display at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad.  Scholars say antiquities from parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Mathisen Corollary

  • Welcome to new visitors from Midwest Real (and returning friends)!

    David Warner Mathisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    image: Khafre Pyramid, Wikimedia commons (link). Edited.Special thanks to Midwest Real host Michael Phillip Nelson for having me over to Midwest Real for a conversation on a variety of important and real subjects -- and welcome to all those visiting who may be here for the first time after learning about The Undying Stars via that interview!The breadth of Michael's lines of inquiry was truly impressive, and I think that listeners will agree that the conversation covered all sorts of different terrain than that visited in other recent interviews.I will be listening to the interview again in…
  • Star Myth Index!

    David Warner Mathisen
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    image: Wikimedia commons (link).Here is the index portion which was included in a previous post, but without the other discussion -- just the Star Myths. There are many more discussed in The Undying Stars -- and even adding those together with these, it just scratches the surface of the world's mythology, virtually all of which can be shown to be built on a common system of celestial metaphor (a fact with profound implications, and one that shows all by itself that the world's history is very different from what we are being taught by conventional historians).ANCIENT SUMER AND…
  • Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview, part 2: Adam and Eve and the Serpent

    David Warner Mathisen
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The video series which I am now titling "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview" continues above with "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview, part 2: Adam and Eve" (see here for part 1).In this episode, we continue the examination of evidence that the ancient scriptures found in the Bible (along with all the other sacred traditions of humanity) are built upon a common system of celestial metaphor, and that they convey a shamanic worldview -- the shared shamanic inheritance of our planet. From the passage in the Book of the Revelation of John discussed in part 1, we move all the way…
  • Improved quality on part one of The Universe Inside

    David Warner Mathisen
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've made a few changes to improve the video quality somewhat on "The Universe Inside, part 1 (updated)."[Later note: I'm changing the title of this video series to "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview," both because that is more descriptive and a clearer indication of what the videos are about, and because I am finding that "Universe Inside" has been used quite often in the past and is still being used for works which explore a wide variety of different subjects, and so to avoid confusion I'm just changing my title before going much further in the series. The new version with that new…
  • The Universe Inside, part 1

    David Warner Mathisen
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Here's a new video I made to try to illustrate some of the concepts which should be familiar by now to readers of this blog or of The Undying Stars.In it, I discuss the shared shamanic heritage of humanity, and begin to illustrate the argument that all of the world's ancient scriptures and myths -- including those which found their way into the Old and New Testaments of the Bible -- are built upon a shared system of celestial metaphor, which unites the world's ancient wisdom and which conveys a shamanic worldview.I will have to work on some ways to ensure that the resolution of the "starry…
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  • Crowdfunding Archaeology- a view from the trenches

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    A bit of spur of the moment decision but this week I will be focusing on crowdfunding in Archaeology. I promise I will get to finishing up my series on publishing in Archaeology. A little later in this series I am going to sit down and have a talk with Lisa Westcott Wilkins. She is the Managing Director of DigVentures, a company dedicated to crowdfunding and crowdsourcing in Archaeology. So if you have any questions about crowdfunding Archaeology leave a comment or email me- drocksmacqueen (insert that little ‘at’ symbol, you know what to do) gmail.com and I will ask her it. In…
  • Crowdfunding Archaeology some Data, Finally!

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    In Archaeology, I feel like we are perpetually having the same conversation — ‘you know it would be great if someone gathered data on (insert topic)’. There is never enough time to research all of our ideas. About a year ago I had that very same conversation about crowdfunding in Archaeology.  Luckily, someone has gone out and gathered the data– Thomas Van Damme , a graduate student at Syddansk Universitet. He posted a great paper on Academia.edu- Crowdfunding Archaeology: Exploring the Potential of Crowdfunding in Archaeological Research- in which he gathered…
  • Around the Archaeology Blog-o-sphere Digest #4

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The forth Archaeology Blog-0-sphere round-up. Still working out the problems but thanks to everyone who has suggested a blog or how to do it all better (apologies still trying to work out indenting). Hope you enjoy the reading. Info I am highlighting some of the other archeo-blogs out there but instead of focusing on the whole blog I am going to be collecting all their posts from the previous week . Moreover, I realize not everyone uses an RSS reader and some people might be interested in occasional posts from a blog and not follow them constantly. If that is you this round up might be…
  • Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference Videos

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    A while ago I filmed the presentations from the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference and put them online. I have recently re-edited the videos, like I did with the CAA UK and Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference videos. Basically, re-edited the videos, improving the audio, and for these videos I also improved the video quality. They are now in 1080 HD. Hope you enjoy them….. A Case Study in Social Media, New Audiences and Local Museums As a small museum, with few resources, social media is a great way of getting messages to new audiences. Without a budget, our…
  • Around the Archaeology Blog-o-sphere Digest #3

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Our third Archaeology Blog-0-sphere round-up. Hope you enjoy the reading. Blurb I am highlighting some of the other archeo-blogs out there but instead of focusing on the whole blog I am going to be collecting all their posts from the previous week . Also, I realise not everyone uses an RSS reader and some people might be interested in occasional posts from a blog and not follow them constantly so this round up might be useful for them. I took these posts from my now updated list of archaeology blogs (410+ and counting). Though I have noticed a few blogs that should be in this list are…
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    Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire

  • Stipulation Puts a Lid on Litigation Over Roman Sarcophagus Cover Featured in the Becchina Archive

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Roman sarcophagus lid. ICEA marble Roman sarcophagus lid is expected to be forfeited and returned to Italy after federal prosecutors and the potential claimant signed a stipulation last week.Litigation over the sculptured coffin cover--the so-called Defendant in rem--was avoided when the parties finalized their September 14 agreement over the stolen cultural object, which features in the Becchina archiveThe stipulation filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recites in part:WHEREAS, Mr. [Noriyoshi] Horiuchi [of Tokyo,…
  • Register Now for the Sixth Annual Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and DePaul College of Law have opened registration for the Sixth Annual Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition.Chicago-Kent College of Law won the fifth annual event that focused on trafficked heritage. Who will win next?The 2015 competition will argue constitutional challenges to the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A, which protects visual artists’ moral rights of attribution and integrity.Oral Arguments are scheduled for February 27 and 28, 2015 at the United States Court of…
  • Conservator's Records To Be Subpoenaed As Prosecutors Score Triple Victory in Peruvian Artifacts Forfeiture Cases

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Federal prosecutors recently scored three court victories in two forfeiture actions and one subpoena case involving allegedly contraband Peruvian artifacts.A federal magistrate in New Mexico recommended that a conservator, who may have handled contraband objects, turn over his business records to prosecutors under subpoena, a decision that certainly will attract attention among conservation professionals since they are rarely the subject of cultural property claims filed by the government.A federal judge in Miami, meanwhile, ruled that the two cases seeking to forfeit the Peruvian objects…
  • CPAC to Hold Hearing on El Salvador's MoU Extension Request

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    The government of El Salvador has asked for an extension of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States.The MoU would authorize five more years of U.S. import controls under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act to protect jeopardized archaeological and ethnological heritage originating from the central American nation.The Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) will consider El Salvador's request during a public hearing that is scheduled for October 7 at 10:30 a.m. at 2200 C St. NW., Washington, DC (pictured here). To attend the hearing, call the…
  • Allegations of False Declarations and Altered Trade Papers: Forfeiture Complaint Says $250,000 Dinosaur Skull Isn't from France and Isn't a Cheap Replica

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    In a civil forfeiture complaint published today and filed last Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York told a federal district court that a fossilized dinosaur skull over 65 million years old isn’t a cheap replica and isn’t from France.Prosecutors alleged in their complaint that a French fossil dealer attempted to unlawfully import the Alioramus dinosaur head into the United States by failing to disclose that it was real, that it originated from Mongolia, or that it was valued at a quarter million dollars.This latest case appears to be part of a…
 
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    Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

  • Audio News for September 21 to 27, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Underwater search seeks signs of ice-age sites in British Columbia (details) Paleolithic site in Armenia suggests human ability to innovate is universal trait (details) New trove of geoglyphs documented in Kazakhstan (details) Ordnance clearing work in Poland finds older weapons, too, from medieval knights (details)
  • Audio News for September 14 to 20, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Agave-derived alcohol may have filled a Teotihuacan nutritional gap (details) A new NOAA-sponsored study of San Francisco Bay sheds light on a nautical graveyard (details) Minutely detailed gold inlay may be the result of Bronze Age child labor (details) A forensic study of King Richard III’s remains reveals a likely cause of death (details)
  • Audio News for September 7 to 13, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New sites in Spain show spread of early Copper Age (details) Shipwreck from the Franklin Expedition finally found (details) New Viking fortress discovered in Denmark (details) Siberian find is complete suit of bone armor (details)
  • Audio News for August 31 to September 6, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Gibraltar cave may hold Neanderthal petroglyphs (details) Tiwanaku hallucinogens were a key part of shamanistic rituals (details) Permafrost erosion leads to collaboration between archaeologists and Yup’ik villagers (details) New finds in southwestern Mexico point to influential Olmec trading network (details)
  • Audio News for August 24 to 30, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Dietary analysis shows ancient copper workers had higher status than once thought (details) Giant genetic study answers mystery of ancient Arctic extinction (details) Dry spots in the lawn turn into Stonehenge surprise (details) Neolithic oven in Croatia may be world’s oldest stove (details)
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    MorgansLists.com

  • 60 Examples Of Real Medieval Clothing - An Evolution Of Fashion

    Morgans Lists
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Linen tunic with embroidered "jewelry" from grave of Queen Bathildis. (d. 680; buried at Chelles Abbey)Leggings from the 8th century A.D.Photograph of Skjoldehamn decorated trouserlegs. (Skjold harbor, Norway, ca 1050-1090)Hose belonging to German Emperor Heinrich III., Speyr Dom, 1056.Caftan of a chieftain, covered with Syrian silk featuring senmurvs Early 9th century Moshchevaya Balka burial ground, North-Western Caucasus, Stavropol Region Silk (samite), squirrel fur.Tunic belonging to Heinrich II, first half of the 11th C. Abegg-Stiftung Foundation, Bern.A tunic of the infante Don García…
  • 5 Modern Reptiles That Give Birth To Live Young

    Morgans Lists
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Female Adder giving birth to live young.Ovoviviparous is the term used for reptiles that give birth to live young, which only represents about 20 percent of the modern scaled reptile population. Ovoviviparous species are similar to viviparous species, in that there is internal fertilization and the young are born live, but differ because the young are nourished by egg yolk as there is no placental connection. Most reptiles give birth to live young, but there are some reptiles that do have placenta like structures capable of transferring nutrients, and are therefore considered viviparous…
  • When Predators Become Prey - 4 Animals That Twist The Food Chain

    Morgans Lists
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    #1 Frog Devours SnakeNear Queensland, Australia Ian Hamiliton of Australia's Daily Mercury captured these photos of what several articles identify as a Cane Toad, but what may actually be a type of Tree Frog (Litoria), devouring a Brown Tree Snake or a Keelback snake, in a bizarre twist of the normal food chain. The non-venomous Brown Tree Snake usually feeds on birds and even amphibians, so it was a surprise and a treat for many interested parties. A veterinary surgeon interviewed in one newspaper commented, "We have seen snakes eating frogs here but not the other way around. We have…
  • 6 Organisms That Can Survive The Fallout From A Nuclear Explosion

    Morgans Lists
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    An animal's ability to survive the fallout from a nuclear explosion is usually dependent on its ability to withstand radiation, otherwise know as radioresistance. Radioresistant life forms or ionizing-radiation-resistant organisms (IRRO) are a group of organisms that require large doses of radiation, 1000 gray (Gy), to achieve a 90% reduction in their survival rate. To put it in perspective, a human would need anywhere between 4-10 (Gy) to achieve the same result and a dog could withstand even less, about 3.5 (Gy). Gray, with the symbol of (Gy), is a unit of measurement used to describe the…
  • 6 Organisms That Can Survive Travel In The Vacuum Of Space

    Morgans Lists
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Panspermia is the theory that life spreads throughout the universe from planet to planet, and solar system to solar system. Distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets, and even through spacecraft via unintended contamination from alien contact. For example, during an Apollo mission to the moon there was a stowaway, the common bacteria Streptococcus mitis, took a walk on the moon with the astronauts and lived to return home and tell it's tale. In 1991, Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad commented on the significance of the only known microbial survivor of harsh interplanetary travel:"I always…
 
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    NOSAS Archaeology Blog

  • Belladrum Excavation, 31st August – 7th September 2014

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    15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    by Roland Spencer-Jones (NOSAS) The Belladrum drama has a Prologue and two Acts, three main protagonists, and a horde (sic) of extras. The Prologue: Enter first Joe Gibbs, landowner at Belladrum and host to the annual August Tartan Heart Festival. During clearing his fields after the Festival, he employs a metal detectorist to identify and get rid of all the left-behind tent pegs. Enter next that said detectorist, Eric Soane, who in August 2009 scanned the site and discovered a scatter of Roman denarii and some mediaeval coins. Enter third, Fraser Hunter, a principal Curator at the National…
  • Highland Hillforts

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    15 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    by Meryl Marshall (NOSAS) The Atlas of Hillforts in Britain and Ireland project Hillforts are one of the most prominent types of prehistoric monument seen across many parts of Britain and Ireland, and this hillfort project has recently been set up with the aim of producing a paper atlas and an online searchable atlas linked to Google Earth. It is a collaborative four year project between the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh, and contributions from members of the public, either as individuals or as part of local field groups, are welcome. Several members of NOSAS were interested in…
  • Cromarty Medieval Burgh Dig July 12th to August 3rd 2014

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    11 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Rosemary Jones (NOSAS) The 2013 dig had been great fun, so we offered our help for 2104. Bob was set to work, using a mattock, a draw hoe and a barrow, though not necessarily in that order. For me, the choice was a little harder: my back is troublesome, but I had been told to keep active, so I was asked to tidy up one of the uncovered 2013 trenches so that it could be photographed. Eventually Paul, the finds ‘cataloguer’, told me he didn’t want my offering of several fish bones, which was all I could find for the first few days. Michael joined me to uncover more…
  • Cnoc Tigh and Tarlogie Dun Excavations (Iron Age Round Houses)

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    11 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    by David Findlay (NOSAS) These excavations, in April and July 2014, were led by Candy Hatherley and form part of the University of Aberdeen Northern Picts Project. Cnoc Tigh (see also our earlier blog entry) and Tarlogie Dun are Iron Age round houses situated on the north coast of the Tarbat Peninsula in Easter Ross. They are both on the high ground about 200m back from the coast giving them spectacular views across the Dornoch Firth to Sutherland and up the Sutherland coast. Neither site is naturally defensive and, though both have watercourses to one side creating a gorge and a…
  • A Visit to Kinloch Hourn

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    11 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    by Anne Coombs (NOSAS) The now the familiar road to Kinloch Hourn was a great introduction to the walk led by John Wombell on the 29th June. Henry Birkbeck has always been very generous to NOSAS and once again he offered us the use of the Lodge for the whole weekend. Please don’t get me wrong: the camp site by the riverside is perfectly acceptable but it was much more comfortable and midge free in the Lodge. What resulted was an extended long weekend which turned into a typical KLH event and my apologies to those who were unable to attend but you missed a very good time. The Lodge is…
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