Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 9-06-13

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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!

Crashed WWII Spitfire being dug up on Salisbury Plain
Team of archaeologists, injured soldiers and veterans work to dig up WWII Spitfire aircraft shot down over Salisbury Plain. The daughter of the pilot is on site to watch the excavation.

ASOR Fellowships: How the Fellowships Help
ASORtv released it’s second installment of the Fellowship Interviews. Ever wonder if the fellowships and scholarships that ASOR offers really help? Check out what these recipients had to say about receiving the Platt and Heritage Fellowships.

First Scottish Iron Age ‘loch village’ found in Wigtownshire
Archaeologists discover remains of an Iron Age ‘loch village’ and believe it might be “Scotland’s Glastonbury”, a reference to the lake village in Somerset.

Saffron Walden Museum launch appeal in bid to bring treasures to district
Saffron Walden Museum hopes to raise £60,000 to keep archaeological treasures, found by metal detectors, in the district. One of the artifacts found was a gold ring from the Tudor or Jacobean period, engraved with the symbols of Christ’s passion.

Declassified spy photographs reveal lost Roman frontier
Declassified spy photos reveal Roman man-made frontier barrier system in Romania that’s 60 kilometers long.

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Language and tool-making skills evolved at same time, study says

University of Liverpool study says language and tool-making skills evolved around the same time. The study looks at the correlating brain activity that occurs during both tasks.

‘Oldest’ Gondwana land creature discovered
A 350-million-year-old species, named Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis, discovered in South Africa could provide clues about the development of life before Earth’s continents (Pangaea) broke apart.

Returning Maya Ancestors to Their Place of Origin
Cenote Sac Uayum is a sacred, water-bearing sinkhole located at the Postclassic Maya political capital of Mayapán, Yucatan, Mexico (1100-1450AD). This summer, the Mayapán Taboo Cenote Project concluded its first season of exploration at the underwater site. [PHOTO GALLERY]

EXCAVATIONS UNDERWAY AT THE LARGEST HILLFORT IN BRITAIN
Excavations are underway at Britain’s largest hillfort. Researchers hope to discover how the structure was developed in response to the Roman invasion.

It’s Time for a National Park on the Moon
Space archaeology! Beth O’Leary says, “…you can do archaeology in all places. This place happens to be off Earth.” A bill in Congress is proposing the Apollo 11 landing site become a National Historic Landmark, preserving artifacts for the future.

Researchers confirm work by Kamakura Period sculptor Kaikei; could be oldestAJ201309020063M
A sculpture at Jishoin temple is believed to be the oldest work of acclaimed sculptor Kaikei, who was active in the Kamakura Period (1192-1333).

The hills have eyes… and a spear
For 3,000 years, Foxhill near Wanborough was home to an 130ft high hill figure, the Long Man. It was an “epic” chalk carving of a giant spearman.

Egyptians tweet to save their heritage from looting
Some Egyptians are hoping social media can help save their heritage from looters.

Grisly Mass Grave in Utah Cave Is Evidence of ‘Prehistoric Warfare,’ Study Says
New research, on an old dig site, offers evidence that ancient Americans waged war on each other 2,000 years ago.

Reality check on King Solomon’s mines: Right era, wrong kingdom
Archaeologists say copper mines in Israel’s Timna Valley are from the era of King Solomon, but were probably operated by his rivals, the Edomites.

Toxic Gas First Used in Syria 1,700 Years Ago
Archaeologists have found some of the oldest evidence of chemical warfare in Syria. According to University of Leicester archaeologist Simon James, poison gas was used in Syria on Roman soldiers by the Sasanian Persian empire, around 256 A.D.

Here’s what third-century China thought about the Roman Empire
Ever wonder what third-century China had to say about the Roman Empire? Why not read a translated first account.

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