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  • 3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    via HAARETZ : The discovery of masks and more cultic vessels has bolstered confidence that ritual activity was taking place 3,200 years ago at Libnah, a Canaanite city that would become Judahite in the biblical era. Previously the archaeologists had been uncertain as to whether they had found a cultic site featuring ritual feasting, or simply a house sporting cultic objets d’art. The excavators exploring Tel Burna are not saying they necessarily found a temple per […]

  • 46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    via LiveScience : Forty-six sites containing artifacts, mainly stone tools, have been discovered beside the remains of ancient lakes in the western Nefud desert in Saudi Arabia. Some of the tools, left by early humans, date to the Lower Paleolithic period, from 1.8 million to 250,000 years ago, the researchers said in a new study describing the findings. Animal fossils, including fossils from now-extinct forms of jaguar and elephant, were also discovered at some of the […]

  • British archaeology is in a fight for survival

    British archaeology is in a fight for survival

    via The Guardian : The first University Archaeology Day marks a point of crisis in British archaeology. As student applications fall, threatening university departments with cuts, commercial demand for archaeologists is soaring, leaving a looming skills shortage. On 22 June, the first ever University Archaeology Day will be hosted by University College London. The event aims to promote archaeology as a university subject and as a career to prospective students, bringing together archaeology departments from around […]

  • Archaeology excavation uncovers 14th century abbey precinct wall

    Archaeology excavation uncovers 14th century abbey precinct wall

    Via Heritage Daily : CANTERBURY ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRUST (CAT) HAS UNCOVERED THE FOOTINGS OF THE ST AUGUSTINE’S ABBEY PRECINCT WALL, DATING BACK TO THE 14TH CENTURY, ON CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY’S NORTH HOLMES CAMPUS. As part of the University’s Estate Master Plan, a £12 million state-of-the-art Arts Building is due to be built on the North Holmes campus to support the region’s creative art and digital industries. CAT excavated the site ahead of the University’s proposal to […]

  • Luxury bath house from Roman Chichester unearthed by archaeologists

    Luxury bath house from Roman Chichester unearthed by archaeologists

    Via The Guardian : ‘Almost unique’ remains of wealthy home from town’s Roman heyday found under public park in centre. The foundations of a luxurious private bath house once owned by some of the richest citizens of Roman Chichester have been found under a public park in the centre of the city. The outlines of three buildings in Priory Park were detected by ground-penetrating radar last year and confirmed by a small trial trench, but extensive […]

  • Archaeologists uncover Viking Army Camp

    Archaeologists uncover Viking Army Camp

    Via Heritage Daily : A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered by archaeologists. Established in Torksey, on the banks of the River Trent in Lincolnshire, the camp was used as the Vikings’ defensive and strategic position during the winter months. The research, conducted by archaeologists at the Universities of Sheffield and York, has revealed how the camp was used […]

  • Archaeology is far more than the study of the ‘dead’

    Archaeology is far more than the study of the ‘dead’

    Via The Pueblo Chieftain : “We Dig the Past”, Pueblo Archaeology & Historical Society’s (PAHS) unofficial motto, underscores the excitement members have in the various avenues addressed by this scientific discipline. Actually older than anthropology but long an adjunct to it, Herodotus (484-425 BCE) is credited with being the first scholar to systematically study “really” ancient cultures. In the first half of the 20th century, archaeology became recognized as a separate school of scientific discovery. Here […]

  • Ever Dreamed of Being an Archaeologist?

    Ever Dreamed of Being an Archaeologist?

    Via National Geographic : Growing up, I was obsessed with Indiana Jones—and today, I’m lucky enough to be an archaeologist who digs regularly in Egypt. Now, I get to help others live out the dream with GlobalXplorer. Here are some of their stories. Sean Kohler, 42, works in Phoenix, Arizona as an IT architect for an insurance company. He enjoys his work, because it lets him figure out ways technology can make people’s lives better. But […]

  • Gold Coins

    Are Archaeologists Legitimate Treasure Hunters?

    Via Huffington Post : It rains a lot in the Carpathian Mountains. You can see the storm clouds roll over the top of the hills, threatening any fair-weather archaeologists in the valley where Sarmisegetuza is nestled, far below. Unfortunately, on several occasions I was part of that group of fair-weather archaeologists. In my second week of digging, we ran for shelter under the tin roof where we ate our meals, and as we dried off the […]

  • Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

    Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

    Via The Guardian : Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas. Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click “yes” or “no” to the question: “Do you see evidence of looting pits in the white highlighted area?” […]