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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Archaeology News: September 21, 2011

The Ice Mummy: Little-Known Facts
Exactly 20 years ago, on Sept. 19, 1991, German hikers Erika and Helmut Simon spotted something brown while walking near a melting glacier in the Ötztal Alps in South Tyrol.

Archaeologist's website dig deep at Tamworth's history

A Tamworth archaeology and community heritage worker has launched a new website focusing on the history of the town and surrounding areas.

Discovery, Archaeology and Fiddling: Paisley Hagood – When to start and when to quit
James Paisley Hagood (1905- 1977) was a wage-earning farmer and fiddler in the Southwestern part of the county. With a son-in-law who also enjoyed good old-time music, Paisley was encouraged to rediscover the fiddle after a long spell of not even owning one.

Caithness events featured in new Highland Archaeology Festival
Over one hundred events, most of which are free, are included in the two-week programme which celebrates the archaeology, history, landscape and culture of the North. There is something for everyone – with events ranging from guided walks, family events, self-guided trails, evening lectures and exhibitions.

Israel Trip Enriches Ministry in Trexlertown
Walking in the footsteps of Jesus brought the Bible to life for a Trexlertown pastor who is now using that experience to enrich her ministry.

Monumental Debates: What are the “Temples” of Neolithic Göbekli Tepe
Over the last 15 years, Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute and colleagues from the Şanlıurfa Museum in Turkey have been making remarkable finds at the site of Göbekli Tepe, a barren hilltop northeast of the city of Urfa. Schmidt has interpreted the buildings with enormous pillars, some engraved with pictures of animals, as the world’s first temples, some 11,000 years old, and has suggested that this large site was covered with such temples, rather than houses.

Delisting historical structures
As a university-based archaeologist with a research specialisation in the archaeology of the post-medieval period, I wish to express my extreme dismay over the recent proposal by the Government to remove all post-1700 archaeological monuments from the Record of Monuments and Places, thereby removing any chance of protection from a significant class of monuments that have already been recognised under law as worthy of record.

Excavation of islands around Britain to establish origins of neolithic period
Archaeologists at the University of Liverpool are investigating three island groups around Britain to further understanding of why, in approximately 4,000 BC, humans altered their lifestyle from hunting and gathering to farming the land.

With a wide variety of artifacts that shed light on the history of Anatolia, the Edirne Archaeology and Ethnography Museum makes for an informative and enjoyable visit a short trip away from İstanbul. The museum hosts excavated pieces from sites nearby as well as valuables caught at customs as they were being smuggled out of the country.

Caithness events featured in new Highland Archaeology Festival
A NEW programme of special events has been launched for the 18th Highland Archaeology Festival which gets under way on October 1.


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