Archaeology Weekly Roundup

§ March 30th, 2012 § Filed under Archaeology in the News, ASOR § Tagged archaeology in the news § No Comments

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A genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of aurochs, which lived 10,500 years ago, in a single domestication event.

Few animal effigy mounds had been found in South America until University of Missouri anthropology professor emeritus Robert Benfer identified numerous earthen animals rising above the coastal plains of Peru, a region already renowned for the Nazca lines, the ruined city of Chan Chan, and other cultural treasures.

Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul University’s Department of Marine Archeology and the Yenikapi Shipwrecks project, is conducting a lecture tour to describe the discovery and excavation of the ancient port of Byzantine Constantinople, known as Theodosiacsus.

Researchers conclude from a recently completed study (published online on March 27, 2012 in Genome Research) that genetic material was exchanged between Europe and Africa as far back as 11,000 years ago, or more, far earlier than was previously thought.

Scholars studying the Rift Valley now believe that the western portion of the rift formed about 25 million years ago, making it about as old as the eastern part, instead of much younger as other was previously thought.

Software, inspired by Blade Runner, that invents languages by mashing up words from existing languages could help translate foreign texts for speakers of little-used tongues.

At the Western Cemetery on the Giza Plateau six Old Kingdom tombs of nobles and top officials of the Fourth Dynasty that have been closed for decades are waiting for their official opening after restoration.

A new chemical analysis technique has allowed archaeologists to find out just how dour the diet of Georgian sailors really was. The team’s findings, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology also reveal how little had changed for sailors in the 200 years between the Elizabethan and Georgian eras.

Flag Fen, a Middle Bronze Age site in the United Kingdom, in being opened for excavation under a new model where the excavations is crowdfunded and crowdsourced, depending on volunteers and donations from the public.

Lack of funding in crisis-hit Greece has stymied archaeological research and had lead experts to rebury valuable discoveries to better protect them.

Archaeologists are mounting a campaign against two new cable TV shows that they say encourage and glamorize looting of American archaeological sites, including American Digger, on Spike TV and Diggers on the National Geographic Channel.

Blue versus Green discusses chariot racing and the associated violence in the Byzantine Empire.

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