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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Archaeology News: July 25, 2015

Posted On Saturday, July 25, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments


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

Skeleton of necklace-wearing adolescent child will help archaeologists discover "frenzied" Stonehenge of 4,000 years ago

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Scientists hope to reveal diet, pathologies and date of burial after discovering 4,000-year-old skeleton. The remains of an amber necklace-wearing adolescent child who died 4,000 years ago have been found placed in a fetal position at the bottom of a Neolithic henge near Stonehenge.

Lodi archaeologist sets the record straight on Vikings


Armed with piles of books, Scandinavian-themed T-shirts and dozens of questions, more than 70 Viking enthusiasts crowded into the Lodi Public Library’s Bud Sullivan Community Room on Thursday. They were there to hear Lodi’s Dr. Dayanna Knight, an archaeological illustrator and Viking specialist, give a presentation about the archaeology and history of the Viking age. In a wide-ranging talk filled with information about identity, trade, technology, the History Channel show “Vikings” and Icelandic sagas, Knight took the time to debunk a few myths about the Vikings...

Archaeologists find possible evidence of earliest human agriculture


Israeli archaeologists have uncovered dramatic evidence of what they believe are the earliest known attempts at agriculture, 11,000 years before the generally recognised advent of organised cultivation. The study examined more than 150,000 examples of plant remains recovered from an unusually well preserved hunter-gatherer settlement on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

Archaeologists May Have Been Wrong About Where Alexander The Great's Father Was Buried

The mystery of where Alexander the Great's father, King Philip II of Macedon, is buried just got more mysterious. Philip II was assassinated in 336 B.C., and his young wife Cleopatra Eurydice -- who was not Alexander's mother -- and their newborn child were killed shortly after.

18th century village discovered underneath Montreal interchange

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an 18th-century village buried beneath Montreal's busiest highway interchange. Over the past few months, construction crews working on the Turcot Interchange have excavated dozens of artifacts. Construction has since been put on hold. Archaeologists say that the crews revealed Saint-Henri-des-Tanneries, a village that was originally formed in the late 1700s and whose economy revolved around the leather trade.

Guatemala: Archaeologists uncover intact Mayan hieroglyphic panels

Ancient Mayan panels dating as far back as the seventh century have been discovered in northern Guatemala, shedding new light on the mysterious civilisation. In total, three ancient Mayan pieces were excavated at the La Corona and El Achiotal archaeological sites in May. The largest of the pieces measures a metre high and features well-preserved ancient Mayan script and stone carvings.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Archaeology Jobs: July 25, 2015

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments


The Ancient Digger Job Board has hundreds of new listings for archaeologists, educators, historians, anthropologists, and students. Check out these latest positions:

Museum and Conservation


Full Time Temporary Photographer
Museum of the City of New York - New York City, NY
are being conserved and digitized. The Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's ... on images in accordance with the Museum's standards. The photographer will...

Historic Tour Guide (Docent) Intern
Pine Mountain Gold Museum - Villa Rica, GA
Pine Mountain Gold Museum is focusing on local history, including the 1826 Gold ... Majors History, Archaeology, Business Education, Education, Sports Management, Museum Stud...

Museum Fellow (Conservation)
Emory University - Atlanta, GA
Job Title Museum Fellow (Conservation) Job Requisition ID 49822BR Operating Unit/Division ... Carlos Museum Full/Part Time Full-Time Regular/Temporary Regular Minimum Hourly Rate $ 15.

Archaeological Conservator
AECOM - Germantown, MD
AECOM Germantown is seeking an archaeological conservator for upcoming temporary work in our Gaithersburg, MD laboratory. Work is expected to begin on or around July 6, 2015 and…

Administrators, Directors, Coordinators, Crew Chiefs


Archaeology Survey Manager-Laramie
State of Wyoming - Cheyenne, WY
Open Until Filled GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Assist the Wyoming State Archaeologist in fulfilling goals in W.S. 36-4-106(d) by managing the staff responsible for conducting cultural…

Director, Moundville Archaeological Park
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, AL
The Director, Moundville Archaeological Park is responsible for the planning and oversight of the park to include staffing, financial management, facility and grounds operations…….

Archaeological Monitoring Coordinator
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - Palm Springs, CA
The Archaeological Monitoring Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Director of Historic Preservation with projects on the Agua Caliente….

Archaeological Crew Chief and Field Technician
Tetra Tech - Irvine, CA
A leader in consulting, engineering, environmental science and technical services worldwide has a challenging opportunity for a highly motivated professional……

Archaeological Field Supervisor
Power Engineers - Cincinnati, OH
Temporary Job Description: POWER Engineers, Inc - Cultural Resource Management...

Professors, Educators, Lecturers

Visiting Assistant Professor-Archaeology
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign - Urbana, IL
For a position in anthropological archaeology at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor with a target start date of August 16, 2015. The appointment is anticipated to be for one…

Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials Lecturer in Archaeometallurgy
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) ... ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis, and...

Field Technicians

Archaeological Field Technicians
Louis Berger - Morristown, NJ

Archaeological Field Technician
Jacobs Engineering - Bellevue, WA

Archaeological Field Technician
Psomas - Irvine, CA

Archaeological Field Technician
Houston, TX

Technician I, Archaeology
AECOM - Cincinnati, OH

Archaeological Field Technicians
Half Moon Bay, CA

Exploring the Brimstone Fortress in St. Kitts

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments


On a recent cruise to the Virgin Islands,  we visited St. Kitts, and took a tour of the island with Roysten tours. We snorkeled along the breathtaking barrier reef in two different secluded locations, and I had the chance to use my waterproof IPhone case for the first time. By the way, it worked pretty well before I went underwater, but once submerged, the phone didn't work at all. Hmm, perhaps not waterproof after all, or, maybe I misread the box which didn't say anything about taking it 6 ft down to take pictures of a school of tiger barbs. I digress…this is supposed to be about Brimstone Fortress. I'm getting to it.

One of our last stops on our St. Kitts tour was Brimstone Fortress. If you know me at all, you know I love fortifications. From the moment I placed my hand on the coquina walls at the Castillo de San Marcos, and just recently walked the streets of Old San Juan, nestled within its own massive fortification, I was fervently obsessed with the look and structure of these man made marvels. 

Brimstone was nothing short of a wondrous architectural feat. The Brimstone Fortress was constructed between the 1690s and 1790s, and remains of singular importance due to the complete military community that resided there during the 18th century.



I first ventured along the coast, and slowly stepped down into the infantry officer's quarters. This section of the fort was constructed in the late 18th century, around 1791. The famous arches allow for splendid views of the Caribbean.

It was one of my favorite buildings. I got lost, not physically, in the panoramic vistas. This area was reserved for regimental officers, who once resided in the masonry basements, once topped with timber buildings.



Here it was. As I made my way to the steps of Fort George Citadel, I had to take a moment to reflect. The fortress is virtually a man-made out growth of the natural hill. The steps to the top reminded me of the Great Wall of China, however the steps, albeit they were very far apart, and looked seemingly easy to navigate, were quite the contrary. 

I thought, hey, I've been swimming and building muscles, this will be a breeze. Phew, by the time I made it half way up, my heart started beating rapidly, and I had to take a breather. The slope of the steps and the elevation presented quite a challenge, but I pressed on. 

By the time I made it to the top, I had to take five minutes to control my breathing. Funny thing was, well, maybe not too funny, there were people in really great shape climbing this staircase, and they too were huffing and puffing the entire way up, and sharing water at the top. Keep in mind, the citadel is nearly 800 feet high, and one of the earliest surviving examples of a new style of fortification known as the 'polygonal system'. However, I wasn't thinking about the shape, I was thinking, "Man, I'm glad I made it to the top without falling over".

View from the Top of the Citadel: Brimstone Fortress












The walls of the structures are predominantly of stone, laboriously and skillfully fashioned from the hard volcanic rock of which the hill is composed. The mortar to cement the stones was produced on site from the limestone which covers much of the middle and lower slopes. 







By the time I finally caught my breath, I got a glimpse of the mountains, the historical township of Sandy Point, and neighbouring Dutch, English and French islands across the Caribbean Sea. It was spectacular, and mainly because I made it to the top without passing out, and actually got to enjoy it. I was up there nearly 20 minutes before my fiancĂ© appeared. Either he got lost, or he took a breather like I did on the step. Either way, it was well worth the effort.




As educators, historians, archaeologists, and travelers, why is it that we find such joy in touching the oldest of structures? Perhaps we expect to feel the history, or some type of connection to the people that once roamed the grounds of these structures. For me, it really does represent living history. Today, most structures are built, not to last, but for purpose. Just look at the arches. Why was it necessary to create so many? Did the infantry really need that many entrances into the courtyard? Why does the design remind me of Ancient Greece? Ancient Rome?

It seems that all people borrowed from those before them, whether it was the method or mode of construction, or the theory behind the design. Either way, it's rewarding to experience a transfer of knowledge from one century to the next. Thousands of years have passed, and yet these structures all share similar voices. That's one of the things I really love about archaeology, and I love that Brimstone Fortress reminded me of that.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Archaeology, Anthropology, and Educator Job Board

Posted On Tuesday, July 07, 2015 by Lauren Ann | 0 comments


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