Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

§ April 12th, 2012 § Filed under Archaeology in the News, ASOR § Tagged archaeology in the news § No Comments

Prosecutors in Egypt have indefinitely adjourned hearing the testimony of the former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass who is charged with smuggling Egyptian antiquities to the United States and Australia, and of squandering public funds.

The Titanic will fall under UNESCO’s protection and the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage once it passes the 100th anniversary of its sinking on 15 April.

Two deep-frozen settlements, Qeqertasussuk and Qajaa, were among the traces that some of the very first immigrants to western Greenland, 4,500 years ago, left behind at Disko Bay and their excavation  in the 1980s brought countless perishable tools and objects to light – including harpoons and lances, tools with shafts, parts of skin clothing, and pieces of ancient drums.

An international team of archaeologists and paleoecologists analyzing records of pollen, charcoal and other plant remains like phytoliths spanning more than 2,000 years has created the first detailed picture of land use in the Amazonian savannas in French Guiana, showing that ancient amazonians used sustainable raised-bed farming instead of slash and burn.

Dr. Joel Klenck, conducted an ethnoarchaeological study of modern Bedouin sacrificial practices in the Levant to provide insight on the deposition of remains at ancient cult sites.

San Francisco Presidio archaeologists are working to clean and analyze artifacts uncovered the nation’s only urban national park before their new new lab facilities open to the public.

Archaeologists working in the Mansuli Valley in east Malaysia believe they have found the oldest human settlement in east Malaysia with more than 1,000 stone tools that are believed to date back 235,000 years.

The archaeological site of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini will reopen its gates to the public after remaining closed for almost seven years.

Late last month, anthropologist Robert Benfer announced that he and his team of researchers had discovered several enormous, earth-formed animal shapes in Peru, including the orca-shaped mound you see up top. Now, thanks to some clever folks over at Google Earth Blog, you can actually explore two of these mounds for yourself.

The Italian government has launched a 105m euros (£87m) project to save one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures, the ancient city of Pompeii.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth is planning an exhibition in July featuring 16 scroll fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The first Homo sapiens appeared on the planet some 200,000 years ago. But even though they looked fully human, they didn’t act fully human until they began creating symbolic art, some 100,000 years later. Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall discusses those human origins on NPR.

Two decorated covers of coffins that once contained mummies have been seized by Israeli authorities, authenticated and dated to thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt. Inspectors of the Unit for Prevention of Antiquities Robbery found the artifacts while checking shops in a marketplace in the Old City of Jerusalem. The inspectors confiscated the items under suspicion of being stolen property.

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