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Monday, June 27, 2011

Archaeology News and Discoveries: June 27, 2011

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Archaeologists unearth chapel secrets

St Ebba’s chapel is a 13th century site situated on a rocky promontory at Beadnell. The chapel itself was excavated in the mid-19th century, but remains enigmatic. It is surrounded by a series of mysterious earthworks that could be the remains of an unknown early Christian settlement. In 1994, work was conducted at the site to investigate a strange feature that appears to have been used as a lime kiln. The site is in danger of disappearing into the sea and English Heritage has placed the site on its register of monuments at risk, inviting Time Team to help them unlock its secrets before it’s too late. The long-running series, presented by Tony Robinson, also came to Bamburgh Castle for an episode which aired in April this year.

Civil War submarine rotated to upright position

The H.L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine, sealed its place in history on a February night in 1864 when it became the world's first sub to sink an enemy warship in combat. Then its own fate was sealed when it sank mysteriously to the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Charleston, S.C., killing its crew of eight.

Archaeologists discover slave handcuff on Bunce Island

A team of archaeologists have made an impressive discovery after conducting six weeks of excavation at the ruins of the British Slave Castle at Bunce Island, which was sponsored by the Bunce Island Coalition. The team leader, Professor Christopher Decorse explained that their team made an impressive discovery of intact iron shackle that served as a handcuff or ankle restraint in a test pit they dug to the side of the ancient roadway that extended from the castle’s main gate down to the old jetty where thousands of captives were put aboard the slave ships that anchored nearby.

Prehistoric BBQ Discovered

Leftovers of an aurochs cooked over an open fire and eaten 7,700 years ago have been discovered in the Netherlands. The hunters roasted and ate the marrow from the leg bones and the ribs right away, then probably carried large hunks of meat and the animal’s skin back to their settlement. “The animal was either caught in a pitfall trap and then clubbed on the head, or shot with a bow and arrow with flint point,” added Wietske Prummel of the University of Groningen.

 Limestone Blocks Discovered in Egypt

More than 100 painted limestone blocks have been uncovered in Egypt at the San El-Hagar archaeological site. The building blocks had been reused to construct a retaining wall.

Viking Burial Ground Discovered

In Ireland, construction workers uncovered human bones at what could be a ninth-century Viking burial ground. Archaeologists have been called in to investigate.

Philippine Iron Age Artifacts Discovered

Thousands of artifacts and several burials thought to date to the Philippine Iron Age have been found on the island of Cebu.

UWF Uncovering 1740’s Spanish Mission In Molino

A major archaeological dig is underway this summer in Molino, as evidence of a 1700’s mission and even a 6,000 year old artifact have been uncovered.

Yenikapı metro dig reveals fifth-century shipwreck

Archeological digs at Yenikapı, the site of excavations for an important transfer hub in İstanbul's metro system, the Marmaray project, have revealed yet another marvel: an intact shipwreck believed to be from the fifth century, complete with its load.

Archaeology: New Thracian grave found in northeastern Bulgaria

Ancient Thracian golden and bronze finds have been excavated by archaeologists in the town of Opaka, district Turgovishte, in northeastern Bulgaria, private channel bTV reported on June 23 2011.

Dinosaur teeth tell temperature tale

In the study, the researchers analyzed fossil teeth from three dinosaur species, Giraffatitan, a Diplodocid and Camararsaurus, which date to the late Jurassic, more than 144 million years ago. Because carbon and oxygen atoms combine in different amounts in teeth at different body temperatures, the ratio of the two atoms in the fossils served as a thermometer for the long dead dinosaurs. Past analysis by some researchers had suggested the beasts should have had body temperatures as high as 104.


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