Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

§ March 23rd, 2012 § Filed under Archaeology in the News § Tagged archaeology in the news § No Comments

Check out this week’s roundup of archaeology news!

For over a century, Egyptologists have studied the necropolis of Meidum as an exclusively Old Kingdom (27-22nd centuries B.C.E.) burial site, but new investigations by Polish researcher Teodozja Rzeuska suggest the site was used well into the late New Kingdom period (16- 11th centuries B.C.E.), extending its history by over 1,500 years.

Archaeologists in Israel discover the earliest known metal equestrian bit.

Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of an estimated 5,000 slaves on St. Helena in the South Atlantic.

Ruins found by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan on the eastern flanks of the Andes are thought to be the burial complex of the last Inca Emperor, Atahualpa.

Graduate students in the US will loose federal subsidies on their student loans starting July 1.

Scientists have been able to reconstruct abnormal climate patterns that occurred during the 9th and 10th centuries in Iraq by examining and analyzing ancient manuscripts written by Islamic writers during the Islamic Golden Age.

Viking invaders brought mice everywhere they went in the North Atlantic, except Canada.

Five years of conservation work have revealed that Kızılburun shipwreck sank while carrying cargo meant for the Apollon Temple in the ancient city of Claros.

Thousands of possible early human settlements have been discovered by archaeologists using computers to scour satellite images.

The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) of the Greek ministry for culture and tourism has given green light to the restoration of the ancient theatre of Delos, one of the most important religious centres of ancient Greece.

The authenticity of a burial box purported to have been for the “brother” of Jesus Christ remained shrouded in mystery on Wednesday after a Jerusalem court acquitted an Israeli private collector of charges he forged the artifact.

Alepotrypa Cave in Greece contains the remains of a Stone Age village, burials, a lake and an amphitheater-sized final chamber that saw blazing rituals take place more than 5,000 years ago. All of it was sealed from the world until modern times, and scholars are only now reporting what lies within.

Cambodia has asked the United States government for help in recovering a thousand-year-old statue of a mythic warrior that sits in limbo at Sotheby’s in New York and that some experts believe was looted amid the convulsions of the Vietnam War and the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.

Growing evidence suggests Neanderthals criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago, with diagnostic stone tools being recovered from Greek Islands that were never connected to the mainland.

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