Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 10-18-13

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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!


Amesbury dig ‘could explain’ Stonehenge history
Some archaeologists hope a dig in Wiltshire will explain why Stonehenge was built where it was.

Half a million years ago, proto-men recycled, say Israeli scientists
Scientists are saying recycling isn’t anything new. Evidence shows that Neanderthals and Homo erectus recycled old/broken tools to make new ones.

World’s only surviving Bronze Age metropolis in Pakistan faces ruin

Archaeologists are looking for a way to save the 5,000 year-old city of Mohenjodaro. They believe, without intervention, it will disappear within 20 years due to salt corrosion.

‘Ancient humans’ used toothpicks
Researchers studying ancient human mandibles have found evidence of humans using toothpicks over one million years ago.

Holy Hittite city being unearthed in northern Turkey
Archaeologists hope cuneiform tablets will prove the ancient Hittite city being unearthed in Turkey is the holy city Nerik.

The Danish National Museum is using digital media to bring the ancient world of Denmark runestones to you through their Runestone Project.

Kootenay pictographs vandalized with paintball pellets
Does anyone have an update on the investigation into who vandalized (shot paintball pellets) at the Kootenay pictographs?

Berlin museum seeks return of ancient gold tablet
US court is set to settle a dispute between a Holocaust survivor’s heirs and a German museum over an ancient gold tablet.

Study finds modern relatives of Otzi alive and well in Austria
Researchers tested over 3,000 Austrian men, looking for a person genetically tied to Otzi today. They found 19 modern human matches.

New technologies challenge old ideas about early hominid diets
New research has caused scientists to rethink standing assumptions about the early hominids’ diet.

5,400 Images from the Getty Research Institute’s Special Collections Now Available as Open Content
The Getty Research Institute has made over 5,000 images from their special collections available as open content. Check them out!

Last Chance to See a Lancashire Treasure
The public will get a rare chance to see an old Victorian reservoir before the site disappears to make room for 14 new homes.

Ancient Syrians favored buying local to outsourcing production
Archaeologist has found evidence that Syrians made their stone tools locally.

King Herod’s Tomb a Mystery Yet Again
In 2007 archaeologists announced they had found King Herod’s tomb, but now they aren’t so sure.


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