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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sunday Round Up: Top Archaeology and Anthropology Stories 1/1/2011

Simon Wiesenthal Center denounces Arab commentators for alleging in column that Jews 'invented a religion to steal a land from its owners'. Jewish group: Apparently, 3,000 year-old Torah no longer respected in eyes of Israel-haters.
Chinese officials' enforcement of government policy is limiting the time the Terracotta Army can travel out of the country to one year. Therefore Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will be the final venue to host the Terracotta Army.
The Labor and Industry Museum, 123 North Church Street in Belleville, is hosting "Your Modern Archaeologist," which includes artifacts from prehistoric and historic periods. Admission is free, and museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. The phone number is 618-222-9430.
Stating that India has 28 sites included in the World Heritage Sites identified by the UNESCO, the ace archaeologist of the country said that all the successive governments in India were equally lackadaisical when it came to the importance given to conservation of its heritage. “Countries such as China and Japan are far ahead of us with regards to protecting and marketing their heritage sites to world tourists,” he said.

Combat au b√Ęton de l'Egypte antique (Egyptian stick fight)

Coastal Heritage Society in Georgia/Archaeology

Computational Archaeology

What can we learn from computational archaeology? Simply put, computational archaeology is when data collected from an archaeological excavation is paired with specific software to draw conclusions that couldn't be drawn through conventional means.

Looted Antiquities

Tompa's incorrect claim on looted Cypriot antiquities collecting. Tompa had complained that 'the connected few [Cypriots] are allowed to collect as much looted material as they want'. Yet he did not appeal for the USA to pressure Cyprus to prevent the connected few from buying looted antiquities.

Supreme Council of Antiquities

Thanks to financial help from USAID, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) is working hard to lower the ground water level at important sites across the country. We have saved the temples of Luxor and Karnak, and are now continuing that good work on the monuments of the west bank of Luxor too.

More Archaeological Headlines
  •  The Brooklyn Museum is preparing to return about 4,500 pre-Columbian artifacts taken from Costa Rica roughly a century ago.
  • One of the big sticking points in the Out of Africa debate has been how Homo sapiens made it across the dry and dusty Sahara desert. Now with the use of satellite imagery and digital maps of the landscape, researchers have found the Sahara was once covered by a dense network of rivers, lakes and inland deltas.
  • As part of Utah State History's extensive digitization project, division publications are now available online.
  • Can you spot a fake artifact? Discovery News and The Royal Ontario Museum want to know. 

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