Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 8-23-13

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If you missed anything from the ASOR facebook or twitter pages this week, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of this week’s archaeology news into one convenient post. If we missed any major archaeological stories from this week, feel free to let us know in the comment section!

Looking for something to do on Saturday, September 21st in Boston? Check out “An Afternoon at the Museum - The Dead Sea Scrolls” with Dr. Eric Meyers at the Museum of Science.

You can register online for the event .

Posted Monday, August 19, 2013

Assyrian Period Fortifications Unearthed in Ashdod
An an 8th century BCE fortification system, being called the largest construction project in the Mediterranean Basin,
has been discovered by an archeological team headed by Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of Tel Aviv university.
Baffling Dead Sea Scrolls text gets new interpretation
A single phrase in the Psalms Scroll bewildered scholars for decades. Then two students had an epiphany.

U.S. Embassy grants $40,120 to Sri Lanka’s Department of Archeology
To help with the goal of better preserving artifacts that have been unearthered over the last 70 years, the U.S. Embassy has granted Sri Lanka $40,120 (roughly 5.3 million rupees). The grant is from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation program.

Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013

From August 19th-30th visitors to Chedworth Roman villa in Gloucestershire, will be able roman mosaicto witness a mosaic dig. The mosaic was last uncovered in the 1960’s.

Experts believe 5,000-year-old beads were actually made out of meteorites.

Evidence of 3,000-Year-Old Cinnamon Trade Found in Israel
How far would you travel for your favorite spices? Researchers discovered 3,000-year-old flasks in Israel containing a cinnamon compound. Closest country believed to produce cinnamon being southern India or Sri Lanka.

Poole wreck: 17th-century rudder comes ashore after 400 years
Archaeologists raise 400-year-old rudder with mans face carved on it. They hope this shipwreck will reveal more about the beginning of international trading.

‘Lawrence’ Of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero
In case you missed it. NPR’s Fresh Air did a piece on T.E. Lawrence called “‘Lawrence’ of Arabia: From Archaeologist To War Hero”. Check it out.

Experts trace Petrie Museum’s Egyptian tomb beads to ancient outer space meteorites

Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Oldest globe with New World discovered
An ostrich egg globe, from 1504, is possibly the oldest world globe showing the ‘new world’. While amazing, my question is how did they not break the egg while carving these globes? Check out the slide show of some of the ostrich egg globes. Amazing.

Homo-erectus-skullEarly Humans Lived in China 1.7 Million Years Ago
Researchers, hoping to find out more about human evolution, have found evidence to suggest tool-making humans occupied China as early as 1.7 million years ago.

Archaeologists discover hidden slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa


Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013

2,000-year-old ancient skeleton mask discovered in Turkey
2,000-year-old masked skeleton discovered in Turkey. Researchers believe the mask may signify the relation of the dead with the ceremony of Dionysos.

Swedish castle recovers 16th-century ‘astronomical computer’
The Art Loss Register (ALR) is adding another recovery to it’s list. A $400,000 16th-century astrolabe, that was stolen from Sweden’s baroque Skokloster Castle museum in 1999, has been recovered.

Two 12th century cultures, that are otherwise disconnected, seem to have a common link… a ‘shrine’ containing pieces of a prehistoric meteorite. Researchers are now wondering - What does it mean?

An interesting look at the how and why California was settled the way it was.





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