Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 12-14-12

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Johan Huibers has finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah’s Ark. Huibers, used books 6-9 of Genesis as his inspiration, following the instructions God gives Noah down to the last cubit.

British archaeologists Dr Nicholas Saunders of the University of Bristol and Prof Clive Ruggles of the University of Leicester combined the experience and knowledge gained by studying the Nasca lines into the most detailed study to date and uncovered a unique labyrinth in the Peruvian desert.

French archaeologists have some trouble reconstructing an ancient instrument, a carnyx to be exact-a long, trumpet-like instrument with an animal’s head at the top end, used by the Celts in the last three centuries BC.

The largest ancient Egyptian sarcophagus has been identified in a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, say archaeologists who are re-assembling the giant box that was reduced to fragments more than 3,000 years ago.

Australian dog trainer Gary Jackson of Multinational K9 has trained a black lab mix named Migaloo as the world’s first “archaeology dog,” able to locate bones that are hundreds of years old.

Professor Nancy Thomson de Grummond has discovered some 150 waterlogged grape seeds from a Roman well dating to about the 1st century A.D., that have some experts in vineyard-grape DNA sequencing very excited.

Researchers are poring over thousands of tiny artifacts - including a child’s milk tooth - found in a southern Italian cave that appears to have been shared by both Neanderthals and modern humans.

A team of data-visualization designers have created a fascinating graphic representation of the genealogy of Greek god Zeus.

Daily life and palace life are explored in a new exhibition at Sadberk Hanım Museum that unravels the threads of 300 years of embroidery history in the Ottoman Empire.

A piece of a bronze statue of the Emperor Caracalla contains the small figure of a Caledonian warrior wearing what appears to be tartan trews and could be the first-ever depiction of tartan.”

Italian archaeologists uncovered a pair of gigantic seated lion statues at the entrance of the Soknopaios Temple in a Ptolemaic town, founded by Ptolemy II, in the Fayoum.

The search for the origin of modern human behavior among our ancestors has taken a step closer to firmly establishing Africa, and especially South Africa, about 70,000 years ago as the primary center for the early development of human behavior.

An Australian anthropologist has used forensic facial reconstruction techniques to show, for the first time, how the mysterious Flores ‘hobbit’ might have once looked.

The location of the harbor at Ostia which supplied Rome with wheat lay hidden even though the city had been uncovered. Now, thanks to sedimentary cores, this ” lost ” harbor has been located northwest of the city of Ostia.

A historical and often-visited section of Diyarbakır, Turkey is set to get a new look as the city walls and many historic buildings of Sur are restored.

A TED Talk by William Noel on revealing the lost codex of Archimedes below a Byzantine prayer book.

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