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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Archaeology News: August 9, 2011

Archaeologists uncover 3000-year-old lion adorning citadel gate complex in Turkey

Photo © Jennifer Jackson

Archaeologists leading the University of Toronto's Tayinat Archaeological Project in southeastern Turkey have unearthed the remains of a monumental gate complex adorned with stone sculptures, including a magnificently carved lion.

Ancient Palace Discovered in Sudan
Archaeologists working in the ancient city of Meroe in central Sudan may have discovered the earliest royal building at the site.

Archaeologists discover brick foundations near Wren Building
College archaeologists say the partially unearthed foundation looks to be the remains of “a fairly massive outbuilding,” a structure that was almost certainly associated with slaves who worked at William & Mary in the early 18th century.

Archaeological Fieldwork Determines Alignment of Southern Utah's Newest Roadway
Archaeology team members use brushes to uncover artifacts near the construction zone of the Southern Parkway.

Public urged to dig out heritage
A project to get the public involved in archaeology is being officially launched in southern Scotland. People are being encouraged to take part in the Whithorn "big dig", working alongside professionals in the field.

Skeleton mystery
In 2008, the remains of the newborn babies were rediscovered packed in cigarette cases in a dusty museum storeroom by Dr Jill Eyers from Chiltern Archaeology. They were excavated from the remains of a lavish Roman villa complex in Buckinghamshire.

Jo Bell's poetry workshop
The poet invites you to consider your personal archaeology. What will the things you leave behind say about you? If this was all you left behind, what conclusions might a future archaeologist extrapolate about your character?

Senior Israeli archaeologist casts doubt on Jewish heritage of Jerusalem
A senior archaeologist at Tel Aviv University has cast doubt on the alleged Jewish heritage of Jerusalem. Israel Finkelstein's claims have been made in the face of official Israeli and biblical claims to the occupied city.

Adovasio continues underwater search for new frontier
This summer, using sophisticated sub-bottom profiling and side-scan sonar technology, divers will return to these previously identified high-potential locations with an airlift dredge to remove the sediment apron and attempt to excavate.

Chasing Mummies
If you thought archaeology was for mild-mannered folk who like standing around in fields digging up old coins, then think again. Angry archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass runs 250 digs throughout Egypt – and makes Indiana Jones look like a wimp.

NOAA, University of Hawaii, research Maui's World War II legacy
The two-week survey continues a longstanding collaboration between NOAA and the University of Hawaii in providing students with hands-on training in maritime archaeology surveying techniques. The survey team produced scaled drawings and took ...


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