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Monday, November 14, 2011

Archaeology New: November 14, 2011

The buried remains of the only 18th century Illinois frontier log fort not to have been washed away in floods long ago or destroyed by modern construction have been found beside Illinois 155 near the Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

In 2010, the Hong Kong organization Noah’s Ark Ministries International or NAMI announced they had discovered the legendary vessel on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and were subsequently accused of perpetrating a hoax. Now, a professional archaeologist states there is significant merit to their discovery.

Taiwanese and Spanish researchers have been cooperating on an excavation project to find an "embryo city" built by the Spaniards in Taiwan nearly 400 years ago. The excavation, co-funded by Taiwan's National Science Council (NSC) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), began in early October at Heping Island in the northeastern city of Keelung, where construction of a city named San Salvador began in 1626 during Spain's 1626-1642 occupation of northern Taiwan.

Archaeologists have deciphered a grey marble slab whose 800-year-old Arabic inscription makes it the only Crusader artifact in that language ever found in the Middle East, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said Monday.

Scientists have found two 'sunken islands' off WA - part of the Gondwana land link. Researchers from the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Tasmania say the islands were once above water and formed part of the last link between India and Australia.

Richard Hunter, a Trenton-based archaeologist, joined the Trenton Historical Society and Trenton Museum Society at the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park yesterday to discuss the importance of preserving the archeological site of Petty’s Run.

Bulgaria's National History Museum will put 10, 000 "extremely valuable" archaeological finds and artifacts on display.The finds in question were seized from a treasure hunting and antiques trafficking crime group back in 2004, and are now being transferred from the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office to the ownerships of the National History Museum in Sofia.


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