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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Archaeology News and Headlines: June 28, 2011

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Life-size T-Rex skeleton at Tokyo exhibit

Life-size T-Rex skeleton at Tokyo exhibit by euronews-en

Bone by bone, a Tyrannosaurus Rex has been brought back to life for a dinosaur exhibition at Tokyo's Nature and Science Museum. The animal has been put in a crouching position, sustaining a new theory that the T-Rex's small forelimbs did actually have a purpose.

One Class, One Day: Reading the Language of the Pharaohs

Using old textbooks is hardly unheard of, but Alejandro Botta’s class took it to an extreme. On a recent morning, his students were reading the Rosetta Stone, written, or rather inscribed, two centuries before Jesus. Discovered in Egypt in 1799, the Stone provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Dig finds treasured tools of leading 18th century scientist

A dig at the Old College site at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh has unearthed laboratory equipment that was probably used by eighteenth-century chemist Joseph Black.

Lake dwellings make world heritage list

The prehistoric lake dwellings of the Alpine region are to be added to the Unesco World Heritage List, as proposed by Switzerland and five other European countries.

Minoan treasures hit the bullseye

'In case you were thinking it’s a load of bull…” says one of our guides pointing up above the ruins of Minoan Knossos at a brightly painted bull fresco behind rich red and black columns, “…it is.”

Human bone fragments discovered in Mississippi River levee

Human bone fragments were revealed in southeast Missouri when a Mississippi River levee was blown up in order to relieve flooding.

Canadian Museum of Civilization returns Inuit Remains and Burial Objects

The Canadian Museum of Civilization will return its collection of Inuit remains and burial objects to the Inuit people living in Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory.

World War II RAF Spitfire Removed From Irish Peat Bog

A World War II RAF Spitfire was removed from an Irish peat bog, where it crash landed 70 years ago. Six machine guns and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition were also recovered. “It’s just incredible because it’s just so wet here that the ground just sucked it up and the plane was able to burrow into it and it’s been preserved,” said historian Dan Snow.

Adrian Myers Excavates World War II prisoner of war camp

Adrian Myers of Stanford University is excavating a World War II prisoner of war camp in Canada’s Riding Mountain National Park. The inmates of Whitewater Camp were German soldiers captured in Egypt after the Second Battle of El-Alamein who had rejected Nazism and were thought to be low risk. “I found four guys living who were interned at Whitewater and all four of them said it was awesome,” said Myers.

Chair of Australian archaeology

Australia’s University of Sydney has been left $6.9 million, which will be used to endow a chair of Australian archaeology and the Tom Austen Brown Fund for Prehistory.

Sonar technology Creates 3-D maps of Civil War Vessels

The U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are using sonar technology to create 3-D maps of the USS Cumberland and the CSS Florida. Both Civil War vessels sit on the bottom of the James River in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Avenue of Sphinxes Opens in October

The Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor will open to tourists in October.


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