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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Archaeology News: June 20, 2015

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments

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Archaeologists keep digging where potentially 2,000-year-old mummy was found

Archaeologists are continuing to search the site of a proposed stone quarry in south Lake County where they found a mummy that could be 2,000 years old. They have secured the mummified human remains and kept them in place while continuing work around them at the construction site, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Azhagankulam was in the big league

Renewed excavation from May at Azhagankulam village in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu, has thrown up fresh evidence that it was an important trading post between the Sangam Pandyas and the Romans from circa 50 BCE to circa 500 CE.

Rare ceramic of second century BC found in Chhattisgarh mud fort

Rare ceramic pieces of northern black polished ware (NBPW) dating back to second century BC was unearthed from a 2000-year-old mud fort site at Damroo in Baloda Bazaar-Bhatapara district of Chhattisgarh.

Archaeologists dig in as quarry site search continues

Archaeologists are continuing their investigation of the human remains found at the site of the planned Singleton stone quarry in Eagle Creek Township. Marty Benson, assistant director of communication with the Department of Natural Resources, said Monday there is not much to tell at this point regarding the remains, their origin or age, or how they came to rest on the property.

Countdown starts for Diyarbakır’s World Heritage site bid

Site preparations have finished in Turkey’s eastern province of Diyarbakır, whose ancient sites may soon receive world heritage status. The 5,700-meter long and 12-meter high historical walls, along with the 700-hectare Hevsel Gardens, which are a like an open-air museum and symbol of the city, are waiting for UNESCO’s World Heritage status decision.

Indiana Joneses run hi-tech race against Islamic State

Some of the Middle East's most highly prized archaeological treasures are under threat from the extremist militants of Islamic State (IS). So archaeologists are desperately trying to record as much of these sites as they can. And, in contrast to Indiana Jones and its low-tech bullwhip, they're using the latest technology to do it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Archaeology News: May 2, 2015

Posted On Saturday, May 02, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments

Ancient Digger brings you the latest archaeology news and headlines everyday of the week!

Stone Age axemen used "complicated thinking", say archaeologists using brain scanning

The craftspeople who made Stone Age hand axes would have required far greater skill than their predecessors needed to create the oldest known tools, according to archaeologists who have concluded that prehistoric practitioners were more than “ape-men banging rocks together”.

The Happisburgh Hand Axe 
© Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Recreating Lower Palaeolithic tools by teaching a group to strike stones, researchers examined brain activity during knapping, which was once carried out by skilled prehistoric people using pieces of bone, antler or stone.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed that the process is “complicated” and “nuanced”, says Dietrich Stout, the experimental archaeologist who led the project

Belgian archaeologists discover 4,400-year-old statue of Egyptian pharaoh

A team of Belgian archaeologists unearthed a rare statue dating back over 4,400 years, Egyptian news site Mada Masr reported Tuesday. The statue of Pharaoh Sahure who was the ruler of the ancient Egyptian Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty, was found in the southern Egyptian governorate of Aswan and dates back to between 2487-2475 BC.

Archaeologists Dig Deep At George Washington’s Boyhood Home

When many people think of Washington’s home, they think of Mt. Vernon in Alexandria. But that’s only where he lived lived later in life. Our nation’s first president spent most of his childhood at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Archaeologists Find Ancient Maya City With a Modern Grid Layout

Timothy Pugh / Queens College
An ancient Mayan city followed a unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler, archaeologists have found. The city, which contains flat-topped pyramids, is being excavated at Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Petén, 

It was in use between roughly 600 B.C. and 300 B.C., a time when the first cities were being constructed in the area. No other city from the Maya world was planned using this grid design, researchers say.

Archaeologists find ancient skeleton of a man buried with a shield in England

Archaeologists have unearthed the ancient remains of a man buried with a shield in England, which is characteristic of an Iron Age burial belonging to the Arras culture, a civilization that existed in what is now Yorkshire and is known for its impressive burials and grave goods.

Archaeologists Use Digital Technology to Excavate Famous Burial Pit Guarded by Terracotta Warriors

Chinese archaeologists excavating the legendary burial pit of the country's first emperor in the ancient capital of Xi'an are using a digital scanning device to examine the mausoleum where thousands of terracotta warriors stand guard.

Archaeologists Reconstruct Jamestown Church Where Pocahontas Got Married

Instead of digging up remains, archaeologists in Jamestown, Virginia are working on a reconstruction project in bringing back the church believed to be the place where Pocahontas got married. Five years ago, the discovery of Jamestown colony footprint was discovered, and now archaeologists are rebuilding the structure that witnessed the wedding of John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, and Pocahontas, daughter of a Native American chief, in 1614.

Archaeologists Excavate Waterloo Battlefield

Soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder have joined a ground-breaking archaeological project at the site of the Battle of Waterloo.  British Army veterans and serving soldiers, some wounded in recent campaigns, are working alongside archaeologists to unearth the history of the Battle of Waterloo 200 years on.

Old Kingdom Statue Base Unearthed in Upper Egypt

Met Museum

The Luxor Times reports that the lower part of a rare statue carved with the name of King Sahure, the second king of the Old Kingdom’s Fifth Dynasty, has been discovered at El-Kab. The excavation, conducted by the Belgian mission, is directed by Dirk Huyge of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels.

The statue base was carved from fine-grained sandstone. The complete statue would have depicted King Sahure seated on a throne. There are only two known statues of King Sahure—one of them is at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the other is at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. For another recent Egyptological discovery, see "18th-Dynasty Tomb Discovered in Luxor."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rum Times Celebrates Four Centuries of Brewing Excellence

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments

This post brought to you by Rums of Puerto Rico . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Ancient Digger.

Picture this! Schools out on May 30th, and you come aboard a ship gently rocking at the Port of San Juan. It’s Puerto Rico, home to some of the world’s most honored traditions and culture, which is why I’m heading there on June 6th for my first cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Technically, my husband and I don’t leave until June 7th, but we thought we’d enjoy a tour of old San Juan. Everything I’d ever known about Puerto Rico was from my father, who traveled there many years before. He often describes his tours of the town, as well as the local distilleries, which have been distilling rum for over four decades, making the island the Rum Capital of the World.

On every cruise voyage I’ve taken over the past two years, rum seems to be the drink of choice, and coveted souvenir for many travelers, including myself. Although many of us enjoy this libation, we tend to know little about its origins. The web series Rum Times, seeks to share the history of this luxury, which has been around for centuries. Did you know that Puerto Rican rum represents 70% of the rum consumed in the Unites States? This means that some of the most widely known and celebrated brands of rum, which I’m sure have always held a prominent place in your social gatherings, include brands like Bacardi, Don Q, Ron del Barrilito, Ron Llave and Palo Viejo.

You’ll be celebrating and chanting “It’s Rum Time” while you enjoy the new easily accessible web series with a cool and satisfying drink, that’s one of the best I’ve ever experienced.  Just imagine you’re celebrating your latest promotion, or your friend’s engagement, with one of your favorite rum drinks.  Why is it that we celebrate those times with cocktails that bring us to the cool sands and rippling waters of the Puerto Rican coast? Well, it’s because that’s how the greatest minds celebrated their successes.  In Rum Times first few episodes, it explains the great inventions of Thomas Alva Edison, Joseph Swan, and Nikola Tesla, detailing such inventions such as the incandescent light bulb and also the camera. Perhaps these inventors celebrated in much the same way as we do, with a class of Puerto Rican rum. After all, “behind every great milestone, there’s a great party”.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Forensic Archaeology - San Bernardino County (CA) Unidentified Person Project

Posted On Sunday, October 19, 2014 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments

For nearly 100 years (1908-2008), unidentified human remains – known as John & Jane Doe’s – in San Bernardino County (California) have been buried in a three acre plot of land located in one of the county’s many cemeteries. Many of these individuals were the victims of foul play, others were simply forgotten by society. All, however, have one thing in common: forensic science was unable to identify who they were using the methods available at the time.

In 2001, the California Senate passed Bill 297, which asked counties such as San Bernardino to apply modern DNA analysis to these decades-old cold cases. This field school will conduct forensic work to assist in such identification.

Students will excavate burials in forensic contexts, perform preliminary analysis of the remains and help collect remains to send for further laboratory analysis before documenting and reburying the remains.

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