Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 5-17-13

Posted in: Archaeology in the News, ASOR

Will Egypt’s illustrious heritage fall into oblivion under the toll of urban and agricultural encroachment? Nevine El-Aref finds that serious problems are facing some of the nation’s famous archaeological sites, while others may be storms in so many teacups.

By the end of the century, the birthplace of America may be underwater.  Jamestown is now threatened by rising sea levels that scientists say could submerge the island and scientists are wondering if there’s a way to save it.

Analysis of DNA from ancient remains on the Greek island of Crete suggests the Minoans were indigenous Europeans, shedding new light on a debate over the provenance of this ancient culture. (more…)