Archaeology Weekly Roundup

A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said.

Hernando De Soto’s route through Florida is as elusive to modern archaeologists as the gold the famed Spanish explorer sought throughout the southeastern United States, but now archaeologists have discovered a new De Soto site in Central Florida.

In a “eureka” moment worthy of Dr. Frankenstein, scientists have discovered that two 3,000-year-old Scottish “bog bodies” are actually made from the remains of six people.

Liquid inside an ancient, bronze wine vessel unearthed in  a noble’s tomb of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC - 771 BC) from Shaanxi province is considered to be the earliest wine in China’s history, archaeologists told Xinhua.

After the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when Carol Redmount and a team returned to begin work at her site, El Hibeh, in February, 2012, the scene was more than disheartening. They found hundreds of looters’ pits, exposed tombs, destroyed walls, and even human remains, including remnants of dismembered mummies and strewn mummy wraps, littering the site like trash. Now she is trying to raise awareness of the problem at her site, and around the region through a facebook group.

Diving school trainer Hakan Gulec came across more than fish and flotsam during a recent trip to the bottom of the ocean near Antalya off the coast of southern Turkey, he discovered a well-preserved Roman sarcophagus.

A monumental synagogue and beautiful mosaic were discovered at ASOR member Jodi Madgness’ site, Huqoq, and one of ASOR’s Heritage Fellows wrote about the discovery for this blog.

Huqoq mosaic with female face and inscription. Photo by Jim Haberman.

Scientists have used a new x-ray technique to produce spectacular 3D images of Roman coins that were corroded inside pots or blocks of soil. The rotating images built up from thousands of two-dimensional scans are so clear that individual coins can be identified and dated, without a single battered denarius being visible to the naked eye.

Archaeologists of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have finished reconstituting a 5,300-year-old Neolithic pottery statue from fragments unearthed in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

At a time when Europeans were just beginning to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in the region. Occupied between roughly A.D. 1500 and 1530, the Mantle site was settled by the Wendat (Huron) and shows a surprising amount of trade and interaction with neighboring groups.

Danish archaeologists said on Tuesday they had re-opened a mass grave of scores of slaughtered Iron Age warriors to find new clues about their fate and the bloody practices of Germanic tribes on the edge of the Roman Empire.

Excavations led by a delegation from the British Museum at the Frères’ archaeological site in the old city of Sidon unearthed more important antiquities during their 14th year, including a particular type of Phoenician architecture not commonly found in Lebanon, and more tombs.

The hidden center of power for the first Danish kings, the fabled Viking town Sliasthorp, may well have popped up from the soil in Northern Germany, where archaeologists have surprisingly found some 200 houses and piles of weapons.

Α wide Workshop Complex of the Bronze Age, was identified during the 2012 fieldwork season undertaken by the Italian Archaeological Mission Università degli Studi di Firenze, at the site of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou.

Archaeologists have revealed tantalising hints that Britain’s coastal defensive network during the Napoleonic Wars was much more formidable than first thought — and would have left the French facing their own 19th Century version of D-Day and Germany’s Atlantic Wall if they had attempted an invasion of Ireland.

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