Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

§ April 27th, 2012 § Filed under Archaeology in the News § Tagged archaeology in the news § No Comments

The Dead Sea is drying up, check out more pictures here.

The International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, or ICAHM, held its first conference on how to manage the world’s myriad archaeological World Heritage sites. And the current ICAHM co-President has said the World Heritage Committee has been approving too many applications based on economic and “radically political” expediency.

The exodus of residents from Detroit has left behind vacant lots and derelict buildings. And while abandoned spaces are generally bad news for a city, they offer opportunity for a soil scientist to study the evolution of the city’s soils.

Moles have been so busy at  Epiacum, which was a Roman fort in northern Britain, that English Heritage has drafted in 37 volunteers to sieve through their molehills and carefully take out anything ancient which has been brought to the surface. A previous search turned up nails and a delicate dolphin-shaped piece of bronze which is thought to have been part of a tap.

During its golden age in medieval times, Timbuktu was a thriving desert trading capital, as well as an intellectual and spiritual center, from which Islam spread throughout Africa.  Since then, the city has fallen into serious decline, suffering from poverty and desertification.  Now it faces another threat:  war and conflict.

A California man will spend two years in jail following his sentencing Monday in federal court on charges he embezzled close to $1 million in rare coins from a Colorado museum, the American Numismatic Association Money Museum, authorities said.

Evidence of ancient smuggling activity has emerged from a Roman shipwreck, according to Italian archaeologists who have investigated the sunken vessel’s cargo. The vessel itself is also remarkably well preserved and probably the most complete Roman ship ever found.

Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kåseberga. Archaeologists generally agree this megalithic structure is about 1,000 years old, but now some scholars  argue it’s really 2,500 years old, dating from the Scandinavian Bronze Age.

Archaeologists in Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastal town of Sozopol have found an ancient Greek vase depicting an erotic group sex scene, according to Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of the National History Museum in Sofia.

Another Harappan site has been excavated in the Indian province of Gujarat. Khirsara shows evidence of bead making, and the use and exportation of valuable raw materials.

Unexpected medieval treasures have been discovered in a grave at a what was once a wealthy and powerful UK abbey along with the bones of the abbot they belonged to – probably a well-fed, little exercised man in his 40s who suffered from arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Archaeological excavations are showing there may have been a competing Temple in ancient Israel, built on Mount Gerizim by the Samaritans 2,500 years ago.

Archaeologists have reportedly unearthed nearly 3,000 Buddha statues, which could be up to 1,500 years old, in Hebei, China.

Salford scientists have done tests at the full size replica of Stonehenge in Washington state to reveal the sound of Stonehenge.

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