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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Archaeology News and Headlines: June 29, 2011

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Shipwreck yields cannon off St. Augustine coast

As one of five boats filled with media and board members circles nearby, archaeologists with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum hoist one of two century's-old cannon on board the research vessel Roper Tuesday afternoon.

Rubbing sticks together really can create fire

Shea is an expert flintknapper — he can manufacture tools like axes and spear tips by using stones to chip at stones, making them flat, pointy or sharp. His work has taken him to archaeological digs throughout Africa and the Middle East in search of ancient stone tools.

2,000-year-old Ossuary Recovered

Scholars from the Israel Antiquities Authority say that a 2,000-year-old ossuary recovered from looters three years ago is genuine. The box is inscribed with the names “Miriam daughter of Yeshua son of Caiaphas, priest of Maaziah from Beth Imri.”

Site Made Famous by Indiana Jones Yields Archaeology Treasure Trove

The site, known as San El-Hagar or Tanis, is one of the most archaeologically rich areas of Egypt's Nile delta. It was famously portrayed as the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, discovered by Indiana Jones in the film "Raiders of the the Lost Ark."

MSD continues sewer line work as archaeologists check some sites

The Metropolitan Sewer District continues to scrape, drill and blast along a planned sewer line route in southeast Jefferson County, despite concerns raised by state archaeologists that the work may be destroying artifacts representing the range of human occupation since the Ice Age.

A DNA study of coconuts

A DNA study of coconuts shows that there are two distinct groups, one that was first cultivated in the Pacific basin and the other in the Indian Ocean basin. “The big surprise was that there was so much genetic differentiation clearly correlated with geography, even though humans have been moving coconut around for so long,” said plant evolutionary biologist Kenneth Olsen of Washington University in St. Louis.

Spearhead crafting allowed human brain to develop new abilities

Archaeologists at Lund University (Sweden) believe that the advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving, leading to the human brain developing new abilities.

Bodies Discovered in Ninth Century Cemetery in Mexico

The remains of 116 people have been uncovered in a ninth-century cemetery in southeastern Mexico. “The 66 burials in urns correspond to individuals belonging to the Mayan elite and the other 50 – placed in different positions around them – to their companions in the afterlife,” said Ricardo Armijo of the National Anthropology and History Institute.

Pennsylvania State Museum to Present Special 'Art of the State' Programs

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, located at 300 North Street, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. It is the commonwealth's official museum, holding 4.5 million objects in its collections. The museum's permanent and temporary exhibits cover 100,000 square feet and feature Pennsylvania's social, industrial and economic history, decorative, fine and industrial arts, and archaeology, zoology and paleontology.


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