Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

 Israeli archaeologists digging on the route of a planned highway have found new ruins from a 1,500-year-old Jewish town, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

A Byzantine period baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first international excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe.

Five years ago Lucas Asicona Ramírez began scraping his walls while renovating his home in the Guatemalan village of Chajul. As the plaster fell away, a multi-wall Maya mural saw light for the first time in centuries, according to archaeologist Jarosław Źrałka, who recently revealed the finds.

Excavators at ASOR Members Martin Peilstocker and Aaron Burke’s dig in Jaffa have have learned that a gateway belonging to an Egyptian fortification in Jaffa was destroyed and rebuilt at least four times and discovered a scarab bearing the cartouche of Amenhotep III.

During construction work carried next to the archaeological site of Matariya in northern Cairo, workers stumbled upon a part of an ancient Egyptian stele depicting offerings of food to the gods.

Every year, some 8,000 tourists travel to the small town of El Mamey, Colombia, where they embark on a three-day, 23.3-kilometer hike up into the lush jungles to see Ciudad Perdida, Spanish for “Lost City,”one of Colombia’s most spectacular cultural heritage sites. The Global Heritage Fund is working to support sustainable development of tourism at the site.

A new exhibit has opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery showcasing more than 150 artifacts and works of art excavated from the stone kurgans left by the nomadic tribes of Kazakhstan.

The ongoing excavation works at one of Turkey’s most important archaeological sites, the Karacasu Aphrodisias Ancient City, have revealed two headless statues.

A shipwreck in ‘exceptional’ condition was discovered by archaeologists in France, in Antibes, on the site of the Roman city of Antipolis, and is thought to have sunk in the second or third century CE.

Pieces of pottery, iron tools and jewellery dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Dakar after recent torrential rains flooded some suburbs, university researchers reported.

A unique Mayan theater, used by Mayan elite to legitimize their power, has been unearthed in Mexico, according to researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Physical anthropologist, Sharon DeWitte, is studying European populations from around the time of the Black Death. Her findings may provide clues about the effects of disease on human evolution.

An 8,000-year-old wooden boat, believed to be the oldest of its kind ever discovered in the world, has been unearthed in Uljin, 330 kilometers southeast of Seoul, a local research institute said. 

Archaeologists in Peru thought they had discovered something special when they uncovered the tomb of a pre-Inca priestess and eight other corpses in 2011. But continuing their search for artifacts a year later, the team dug beneath the priestess, uncovering a basement tomb they believe was built by an ancient water cult and meant to flood.

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