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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Subject:Field School
Posted by:vermontypython.
Time:11:14 pm.
Any high-school aged archaeology enthusiasts here? 

And if so, is anyone planning on attending the Boyd Field School near Toronto this summer? I was accepted, and it'd be cool to see who else is going. :)
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Monday, March 30th, 2009

Subject:Thursday: Archaeology in Jordan orientation session
Posted by:vonjunzt.
Time:10:34 pm.
Ever wanted to dig up a 3,000-year-old Middle Eastern fortress? Now's your chance . . .

The University of California, San Diego's Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project is returning to the field for the fall quarter. Anyone with a good attitude -- any college, any major -- can attend. There's an orientation session this Thursday. If you can't make it to the orientation meeting but wish to be added to the email list, reply to this post and I'll see that you're added.



Location: Sixth College Dogghouse (Located just East of Gilman Parking Structure)

Order of Events

A suggested program for the evening.

5:00 Eat & Mingle
5:15 Welcome – Ebonee Williams
5:20 Introduction to the Program – Thomas Levy
5:35 Student & Grad Student Perspectives on the Experience from Program Alum
5:45 Practicum Intro – How Sixth students can apply this program.
5:50 Question & Answer
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Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Subject:Southern California Archaeology lecture April 7
Posted by:vonjunzt.
Time:9:09 pm.
For those in the area, the Coachella Valley Archaeological Society will host a lecture on the archaeology of Coyote Canyon, Anza Borego State Park on April 7 in Cathedral City, California. Follow the link for more info.

X-posted to the new community cahistory
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Posted by:ex_l_clause.
Time:8:26 pm.
Has anybody heard about the recent discovery of 3rd- or 4th-century iron smelters in Malaysia? I think the popular Web/newspaper articles may be getting a bit too far and too fast in drawing their sweeping conclusions (as usual), but I don't doubt that the Bujang site is going to reveal some really interesting things (in terms of both material discoveries and scientific conclusions) regardless of what those things exactly are.
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Monday, March 9th, 2009

Subject:Shakespeare's first theatre found
Posted by:headchef.
Time:8:39 am.

From news.bbc.co.uk
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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Subject:The oldest & "most important" site in the world? Inna garden of Eden baby...
Posted by:summercamp.
Time:8:48 pm.
Thought this was an interesting article - maybe you guys are already familiar with the site, but it was new to me...

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Friday, February 27th, 2009

Posted by:bookgrrrl.
Time:6:34 am.
13,000 year old Clovis Cache found in some dude's front yard in Boulder, CO.
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Monday, February 16th, 2009

Subject:Giant Medieval Watermill Found
Posted by:headchef.
Time:9:07 am.

Archaeologists unearth remnants of giant medieval watermill
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Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Posted by:ex_l_clause.
Time:8:03 pm.
Does anybody know if there has been any follow-up to Haraldur Sigurdsson's 2004 dig on the Tambora village? All the news I've heard about it refer to the 2004 excavation and the possibility of a return to the area, but nothing about the actual second dig if there's any.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Subject:Just thought id share a picture of Kiltiernan dolmen in the snow at the weekend.
Posted by:sensibleken.
Time:8:53 am.

123 by you.

And introduce the spot libby the labrador game!

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Monday, February 9th, 2009

Subject:Rapa Nui Fieldschool
Posted by:idiolatry.
Time:3:35 pm.
Hi everyone,
I'm hoping I can find someone on here who might be able to help me. I'm seriously considering applying to an archaeological fieldschool hosted by the University of Hawaii over at Rapa Nui/Easter Island. Before doing so though, I just wanted to try to get as much info as possible from anyone who may have done this same school or who may have visited (or is living in) Easter Island. I just want basic information about the island, the people, what there is to do, etc. Also, I am wondering if anyone has any idea if there is much in the way of vegetarian friendly food on the island. I have been a vegetarian for 9 years now and would prefer to stay that way, but also don't want to end up starving myself.

If anyone has any information at all, please reply to this post!

Thanks so much!!
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Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Subject:Gold hoard from 7th century found in Jerusalem
Posted by:bandofsisters.
Time:1:04 pm.
source: reuters.com
there are pics in the story in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINTRE4BL2QQ20081222

Jerusalem dig finds big gold hoard from 7th century

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Excavations have unearthed a hoard of more than 1,300-year-old gold coins under a car park by the ancient walls of Jerusalem, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said on Monday.

Archaeologists said the discovery of the 264 coins, in the ruins of a building dating to about the 7th century, the end of the Byzantine period, was one of the largest coin hoards uncovered in Jerusalem.

"We've had pottery, we've had glass, but we've had nothing like this," said British archaeologist Nadine Ross, who found the hoard under a large rock on Sunday, in the fourth and final week of a trip to Israel.

"It's very, very exciting," she said, cupping hands full of bright yellow coins that looked in mint condition.

The coins date back to the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius who ruled from AD 610 to 641. On the obverse side they bear a likeness of the emperor wearing military garb and holding a cross in his right hand. On the reverse is the cross.

Archeologists said they were minted at the beginning of Heraclius' reign, before the Persians conquered Byzantine Jerusalem in AD 614.

"This is one of the largest and most impressive coin hoards ever discovered in Jerusalem -- certainly the largest and most important of its period," said a statement from site directors Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets.

"Since no pottery vessel was discovered adjacent to the hoard, we can assume that it was concealed inside a hidden niche in one of the walls of the building," they said.

Until now, the only hoard of gold coins from the Byzantine period that had been discovered in Jerusalem consisted of five gold coins, they added.

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Subject:Tombs from court of Unas found
Posted by:bandofsisters.
Time:1:01 pm.
source: reuters.com

Two tombs from court of Unas found near Saqqara

SAQQARA, Egypt, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists have found the tombs of two court officials, in charge of music and pyramid building, in a 4,000 year old cemetery from the reign of Pharaoh Unas.

The tombs were found buried in the sands south of Cairo and could shed light on the fifth and the sixth dynasties of the Old Kingdom, said Zahi Hawass, Egypt's antiquities chief.

"We announce today a major important discovery at Saqqara, the discovery of two new tombs dating back to 4,300 years ago," he told reporters at the site on Monday.

One of the tombs belonged to Iya Maat, the supervisor of pyramid-building under the reign of Unas, Hawass said.

Iya Maat organised the acquisition of granite and limestone from Aswan and other materials from the Western Desert.

The second tomb housed the remains of Thanah, who was in charge of singers in the court of Unas.

Both tombs feature hieroglyphics at their entrances but the contents of the tombs have long since been stolen, Hawass said.

The entrance of Thanah's tomb shows carved images of her smelling lotus flowers.

"The discovery of the tombs are the beginning of a big, large cemetery," Hawass said.

"We are continuing our excavation and we are going to uncover more tombs in the area to explain the period of dynasty five and dynasty six," he said, adding that 70 percent of Egypt's ancient monuments remain buried under sand.

The death of Unas brought to an end the fifth dynasty, as he did not have a male heir. His daughter is widely believed to have become a queen to the first king of the sixth dynasty.

The Sixth Dynasty, a time of conflict in Egypt's royal family and erosion of centralised power, is considered to be the last dynasty of the Old Kingdom (2,613-2,494 BC), after which Egypt descended into famine and social upheaval.

Archaeologists have been working at the site for six months, Hawass added.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Posted by:pathofreason.
Time:3:59 am.
Question to the community

I recently read a random article I found in the archives of the New York times. It was dated from October 27, 1912. The article itself had to do with the draining of Lake Guatavita in Columbia in regards to ancient Incan artifacts. What stood out to me was a discovery of a a few pieces of what the article calls ""Chinese jade". The article itself goes into detail about how strange it was that this Chinese jade was found. I know that Jadeite is found naturally in Guatemala but wouldn't these men know that? I have also noticed numerous recent articles on some of the amber found at the Lake and it is of unknown origin. Is it at all possible that this jade and amber really did find it's way over from China? I haven't been able to find any follow ups on the Jade but a few on the unknown amber. Do you think it's possible that these minerals found their way over somehow from across the pacific? Or is it just likely that it was natural jadeite found in Guatemala and the men at this time didn't realize it?

The reason I am wondering is because of that book 1421 about the possibility of China discovering America.

NY times article


Article about unknown amber
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Subject:Notice: English Heritage call for comments regarding repatriation request
Posted by:boudiceaborn.
Time:10:50 am.
The  Council of British Druid Orders (CoBDO) have submitted a request to English Heritage for two collections of human skeletons, excavated from the Avebury area in southern England, to be reburied.

A summary of their request:
"The Council’s requests for reburial broadly fit into 3 categories:
1. Ethics – display and storage as immoral and disrespectful
2. Belief – that human remains contain and connect to the spirit of ancestor that, through decay, become part of the landscape
3. Genetic relationship – mtDNA (female) providing an unbroken link between our ancestors and people today, thereby supporting our request for reburial under guidelines provided by the DCMS.
These 3 categories suggest CoBDO’s ethical claim for reburial may be supported by articles 9 and 10 of the Human Rights Act. This Council wish to make clear that the continued withholding of our ancestral remains against the requests of the Council severs the connection between ancestor, land and Druid. We view reburial as essential to the healing of ancestral landscapes and therefore to Druid identity. In summary, reburial corrects the injustices unknowingly carried out by archaeologists and museums in the past."

This is a test case for the Druids to gain a precedent for more repatriations all over the British isles, and it is over an extremely significant set of remains associated with the Stonehenge World Heritage site. English Heritage has produced a draft report detailing several options for how to proceed, and has opened up a 3 month period for comment and review before a final decision is made.

Please, read the report and use the online form to report your opinion.

My (osteologist) opinionCollapse )
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Monday, December 8th, 2008

Posted by:mexicanwine.
Time:12:41 pm.
Does anyone know about working in Canada? Every now and then I would see a job listed in British Columbia, but is there any online source for jobs there akin to shovelbums ect.?
In the same vein I was wondering what their policy was on archaeology, if it's the way crm works here or not.

I'm not really planning to go work up there, I was just kind of curious.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Subject:Scientists Say Copernicus' Remains, Grave Found
Posted by:semper_.
Time:8:07 pm.

Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

Rest of article here.
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Posted by:kyrelle.
Time:9:20 pm.
So, this is a project I've been contemplating for awhile. Basically its just little 3-5 minute video blogs, talking about the different projects that I'm working on, that my friends and colleagues are working on, archaeology in the news, and archaeology in mainstream media. I know they need work, so constructive criticism hugely appreciated!! And if you like them, subscribe to my YouTube Channel, and pass the links on! And I apologize for cross-posting... I'm trying to get the word out!

Girl Archaeologist #1

Girl Archaeologist #2
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Monday, November 17th, 2008

Subject:Greece and Abroad
Posted by:tivil.
Time:7:01 pm.
Mood: curious.
I'm heading to Athens Greece to stay with my father who is the Director of the American School of Classical Studies there. I could ask him, but I'm looking for others opinions of where to travel while I'm there?
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Friday, November 7th, 2008

Subject:Message for out-of-work archaeologists
Posted by:skjaere.
Time:2:26 pm.
Mood: sympathetic.
I hope it's okay to post this. I know it's not directly archaeology-related, but more "state of the industry" related.

With the economy in the deplorable shape it is currently in, a great many CRM projects, large and small, are getting canceled or put on indefinite hold across the US. For those of us who work in CRM, this means layoffs and unemployment abound. I work for a large company with four offices across the eastern US. Yesterday, about 70-80% of us got laid off (effective next Friday), including myself.

I want to offer a helping hand to anyone who may be in my situation. Two of my co-worker friends and I have recently rented a large farmhouse on three acres in central Virginia. Rent is cheap, and we have lots of space for anyone who needs a place to live or just crash space for a couple of weeks until they find something new. If you think you might be interested, reply to this post with your email address, and we can discuss any questions you might have.
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