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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Archaeology News: September 14, 2011

Rich Armenian archaeological heritage to be exhibited in Yerevan

The Armenian archaeological legacy—primarily household ceramics and metal items—that was unearthed from medieval Hostun village will be displayed at Erebuni Reserve-Museum, in Yerevan, from September 17 to October 17. Afterwards, the artifacts will be permanently kept at the Geological Museum of Yeghegnadzor.

Israeli lifeguard rescues sunken treasure

Israeli lifeguards plunged into the Mediterranean sea this month on an unusual rescue mission: to pull out an ancient ship's anchor. Lifeguard Avi Afia first spotted the tip of the anchor on a daily swim five years ago. It was peeking out from the sandy ocean floor about 150 feet (60 meters) from the coast.

Mystery boat discovered in Lake Monroe

Archaeologist Jeff Moates had zero visibility as he dived into the brown water of Lake Monroe in search of a submerged shipwreck. It was difficult to spot as he couldn't even see his hand an inch away from his face.

UAE seeks ICCROM's assistance to restore archaeological sites

Under the proposed agreement, Al Muhairi explained, the UAE will tap the expertise of Rome-based ICCROM in restoration of national historic and archaeological sites.

Ancient straw dress found

Archaeologists in Armenia said on Wednesday that they had found parts of a woman's multicoloured straw dress that they believe was made around 5 900 years ago.

Pictish beast intrigues experts

A Pictish symbol stone built into the wall of a Highland farm building has been recorded by archaeologists.The markings show a beast, crescent, comb and mirror. Archaeologist Cait McCullagh said it was a mystery how it had taken until this year for the stone to be officially recorded.

Archaeology: Mausoleum of Ottoman conqueror found at Perperikon

Archaeologists working at Bulgaria's ancient sacred site of Perperikon have found a mausoleum, with a sarcophagus inside containing a human skeleton believed to be that of a 14th century Ottoman conqueror, Bulgarian National Radio reported.

Lake Victoria bones likely part of bison kill site in Alexandria

Bison bones estimated to be between 200 and 6,000 years old have been recovered from Minnesota’s Lake Victoria. The bones carry the marks of tools. “There are not that many kill sites in Minnesota,” said archaeologist David Mather.

Visible Only From Above, Mystifying 'Nazca Lines' Discovered in Mideast

They are the Middle East's own version of the Nazca Lines — ancient "geolyphs," or drawings, that span deserts in southern Peru — and now, thanks to new satellite-mapping technologies, and an aerial photography program in Jordan, researchers are discovering more of them than ever before. They number well into the thousands.

Relics of a Tribe’s Eviction Are Unearthed in Montana

For the Crow tribe, the events of March 1880, on which Mr. Aaberg has focused his research, proved devastating. That was when a draft agreement from Washington was read aloud to tribal leaders for the first time here, at a compound that served as the arm of the federal government on the reservation.


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