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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top Archaeology Stories for June 27, 2012

AN exciting find of an intact Bronze Age burial urn has been made by a team of archaeological experts working on the site of a new link road under construction at Lynn. The team had already unearthed Iron Age timber posts beside the route of the road which will take traffic from the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way to Scania Way on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, where the new Sainsbury’s superstore is being built.

Archaeologists from a Belgian university have uncovered a mass burial tomb containing the remains of 80 individuals at the Pachacamac ruins in Peru. The site, situated 20 miles south of Lima, is currently under review for UNESCO World Heritage status, and is one of the largest and most important pre-Hispanic sites in South America. Photo: Alamy

Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-meter (230-foot) section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

Most local residents are familiar with the massacre and burning of the Pequot Indian fort in 1637 by English forces and their Native American allies. What is lesser known is that as the surviving 75 British soldiers and 200 allies retreated toward ships on the Thames River, they had to fight off fierce attacks from 300 Pequots and at one point may have burned a smaller Indian village they came across.

The icon of Rome's foundation, a life-size bronze statue of a she-wolf with two human infants suckling her, is about 1,700 years younger than its city, Rome's officials admitted on Saturday. The official announcement, made at the Capitoline Museums, where the 30 inch-high bronze is the centerpiece of a dedicated room, quashes the belief that the sculpture was adopted by the earliest Romans as a symbol for their city. Photo: Wikipedia

Archaeologists have unearthed the foundation of what appears to have been a massive, ancient structure, possibly a bridge leading to an artificial island, in what is now southeast Wales. The strange ruin, its discoverers say, is unlike anything found before in the United Kingdom and possibly all of Europe.

The remains of John Robert Godley's home have been uncovered after demolition work at the site of the former Lyttelton Plunket building. The home, built in 1850, was one of Lyttelton's earliest dwellings. Godley was a key figure in the settlement of Canterbury.

After the Egyptian revolution, the lack of protection for many archaeological sites throughout the country has caused an increase in the looting and robbery of Egypt's most ancient and treasured artifacts. U.C. Berkeley archaeologist Carol Redmount, who has been excavating and studying ancient sites in Egypt for over 20 years, showed NBC News' Richard Engel the scope of the problem. She works 180 miles south of Cairo in a town called Al-Heba. Her site was completely destroyed by looters in the year and a half since the revolution.

Archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said Wednesday that the agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic period on South Korea’s east coast. The site may be up to 5,600 years old. That’s more than 2,000 years older than what is now the second-oldest known site, which also is in South Korea.

Archaeologists excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Cambridgeshire say the discovery of a woman buried with a cow is a "genuinely bizarre" find. The grave was uncovered in Oakington by students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Where backhoes and bulldozers now rumble, soldiers once slept, ate, marched — maybe even did a little bowling. The 50-acre military base that gave Fort Myers its name held almost 60 buildings during its mid-1800s lifetime, and about five of those acres will become Lee County’s newest library.

1 Comment:

A Mom said...

very interesting articles! have a great friday!

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