What's a week it's been! Thanks for hanging around Ancient Diggers. This was midterm week and I finally have a moment to reflect and share all of my recent archaeology and anthropological research the next few weeks, so stay tuned. Here's the latest in archaeology discoveries!
For the first time, neutron images in 3 dimensions have been taken of rare archaeological artifacts here at ORNL. Bronze and brass artifacts excavated at the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan were recently imaged in 3 dimensions using neutrons at HFIR's CG-1D Neutron Imaging instrument.
The Athens Acropolis was closed today due to a strike by archaeologists and Greek culture ministry employees. The Acropolis, Greece's most famous monument, turned tourists away as employees picketed in front of the gates. The culture sector has seen wage cuts, job cuts and the non-renewal of contracts.
Libyans battle to protect ancient treasures from looting.
The UN cultural organisation Unesco said on Thursday it would launch a mission to the ancient Thai city of Ayutthaya to assess the damage to the World Heritage site from the worst floods in decades.
A Maya bowl has been returned to Belize. It had been confiscated from a New Mexico man by U.S. Immigration and Customs agents.
An eighteenth-century iron foundry has been unearthed in northwestern England. “The main product of the furnace would have been pig iron. The molten iron would have been tapped from the furnace and ran off in channels into sand boxes or pigs laid out on the casting floor,” said archaeologist Stephen Baldwin.
Daniel Brown of Warner Robins stood next to a deep red trench at Fort Hawkins on Wednesday, peering into a framed screen dangling in the air. He poured a bucket of crumbled Georgia clay onto the screen, sifting until his hands were red and a cone of fine red powder grew on the ground below.
Archaeologist Todd Kapler of Sioux City, Iowa, explains what archaeologists do when they monitor construction projects. “We never stop a project. We don’t have the authority to say, ‘we think there’s artifacts here; you have to stop your project.’ We submit it to the state…and they make a determination,” he explained.
Scientists have used teeth collected from a fourteenth-century plague cemetery to reconstruct the genome of the bacteria that caused the Black Death. It closely resembles the genomes of modern strains of Yersinia pestis bacteria. So why did the “killer pandemic” develop?
Some scientists at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America think that the decimation of New World populations by European diseases led to the reforestation of large land areas. “There’s nothing else happening in the rest of the world at this time, in terms of human land use, that could explain this rapid carbon uptake,” said Jed Kaplan of the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne, Switzerland.