Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 8-30-2013

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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!

Starting us off this week – ASORTV talked to past fellowship recipients about their most exciting experiences at their dig sites. Check out the video to see what they had to say.

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Posted Monday, August 26, 2013

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

Thanks to fourth-century A.D. Roman artisans, researchers might have a new way to detect pathogens in samples of saliva, or terrorists trying to carry dangerous liquids onto airplanes.

Artifacts in northern Quebec could be 7,000 years old
Archaeologists begin work at a Canadian site that could date back 7,000 years, roughly around the time the wheel was invented.

Oregon Trail damaged in south-central Idaho
Roughly 400 holes were found along the Oregon Trail. BLM Burley Field Office Archaeologist Suzann Henrikson is reminding everyone that, “If you sink a shovel in an archaeological site on public land, you could be convicted of a felony.”

Prohibition-era note found in FDU wall: ‘Have a good drink on us’
An 81-year-old note found in the wall of a New Jersey university, requests that if the prohibition law has been changed, that the finder, “Have a good drink on us.”

Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Smugglers fly out but without treasures
Smugglers caught with 20 coins dating back more than 1,700 years at Islamabad airport. Coins were confiscated and smugglers sent on their way.

Ancient stone circle discovered in Ukraine
Αn international team of archaeologists and students discovered more than expected at a dig in the Ukraine. The study leader said they expected to find the edge of the cemetery and a small number of objects, but discovered a 3,000-year-old stone circle with richly equipped graves instead.

European Hunter-Gatherers Had Domesticated Pigs Earlier Than Thought
Fossil and DNA reveals that pigs were domesticated in Germany 500 years earlier than previously thought.

Neolithic ruins shed light on dawn of Chinese civilization
The 4sq-kilometers neolithic Shimao Ruins are believed to be the largest city ruins found from the Neolithic period in China. Archaeologists believe this site will change what we know about historical Chinese civilizations.

Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More dinosaur fossils found in NE Wyoming mass grave
Paleontologists worked for two months this summer excavating a mass grave containing remains from at least four U-Haul-sized, plant-eating triceratopses. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Fossil Insects Tweak Date of Deadly “Atlantis” Eruption
Researchers believe, thanks to bugs found in ancient storage jars, that they have more information on the volcanic eruption that may have been the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis.
Ancient Libyan necropolis threatened by real estate speculators
Local residents have recently started construction on land that’s considered to be the oldest and largest Greek colony in eastern Libya. Cyrene necropolis is an ancient Greek city that dates back to about 700 B.C.

It’s amateurs who dig deep to discover Emperor Hadrian’s buried treasures
Cave enthusiasts have discovered a large subterranean labyrinth under Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. Researchers aren’t sure yet how far the labyrinth stretches, but know it’s passages are large enough to have two-way traffic with ox-drawn carts.

Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013

2,000-Year-Old Bear Ring Found In Siberia, Used In Ancient ‘Bear Cult’
Russian student discovers a 2,000-year-old bronze ring, that archaeologists believe was not worn by tribe members, but was used ceremonially to decorate bears.

Hidden shell middens reveal ancient human presence in Bolivian Amazon
New archaeological sites in the Amazon reveal human presence as early as 10,000 years ago.

HMS Fowey, Biscayne National Park
Underwater archaeology. This vibrant video, from the NPS Submerged Resources Center, shows an underwater archaeological site that gives us a look at 18th century maritime life and the historic maritime landscape of South Florida.

HMS Fowey, Biscayne National Park from NPS Submerged Resources Center on Vimeo.

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