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Friday, July 1, 2011

Archaeology News and Headlines: July 1, 2011

Some young budding archaeologists spend part of the summer going back in time and exploring artifacts and cultures from around the world at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Each summer, more than 200 elementary and middle school students participate in the summer camp at University of Penn, which offers students a taste of life as an archaeologist and anthropologist through eight weeks of theme oriented sessions, such as "Superheros of the Past and Present," "Archaeology" and "Ancient Egypt."

Dinosaur-era feather colors revealed some of the oldest-known birds, reports a study looking back at the Age of Dinosaurs. Avian fossils were found in Chinese bone beds dating to more than 105 million years ago. The species, Confuciusornis sanctus, is the oldest known beaked bird.

Archaeologist: Residents can look back in time by peering into city's backyard. Harry Quinn knows — it's not hallucination but history — that all around is evidence of the freshwater lake that nestled up to the mountains hundreds of years ago. In rock formations, shells, rock etchings and more, La Quinta residents can find half a millennium of history.

Search continues in Canada's North for lost ships of Franklin expedition as archaeologists scour frigid Arctic waters this summer for polar explorer Sir John Franklin's lost ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

Native American Remains Found at Construction Site in Logan after GAI Consultants were investigating the future site of a new state office building.

Fragments of fifteenth-century frescoes were uncovered in an excavation in the yard of Saints Petar and Pavel church in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. The fragments, which depict religious scenes and figures, had been buried in a religious ceremony. “Perhaps frescoes fell down after a strong earthquake in the sixteenth century,” said archaeologist Hitko Vachev.

And a 1,400-year-old fresco of St Paul has been discovered in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in Naples, Italy.

Did ancient Australian Aborigines change the climate by burning grasslands and vegetation in northern Australia during the dry season? A new simulation by climate scientist Michael Notaro of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, suggests that the burning delayed the monsoon season.


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