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Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 2-22-13

news_bentpyramidFrom a distance, it looks as though an animal has burrowed around the 4,000-year-old Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III. But thieves dug these holes. And Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna calls that “a catastrophe.”

Chemi Shiff’s analysis of the significance of the Nabataean site of Avdat in Israel and how different approaches to the site over time have alienated local Bedouin groups.

The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China’s largest desert-the Taklimakan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The temple features murals executed in a Greco-Buddhist art style, which was seldom seen after the 6th century.

A study of bacterial DNA from the calcified dental plaque on 34 skeletons in Northern Europe has shown that our ancient ancestors had much better teeth than we do today. Researchers found that the advent of farming 7,500 years ago and the dramatic change in diet that accompanied it resulted in much less diverse populations of oral bacteria.

İzmir’s ancient Agora will be surrounded by three-meter-high and 810-meter-long city walls for the purpose of protection. The walls will also enable visitors to spend more time in the area. Because it is a first degree archaeological site, the excavation for the project will be at the lowest level.

Wooden tablets aren’t the only priceless treasures to dot the desert oasis of Damagou, a stop on the famed Silk Road. Temple One of the Toop Baruch Mound may be the smallest temple in the world.

A new study on the populations of wild cattle and boars in the Levant Valley by Nimrod Marom,  was used to study human interaction with the animals in a time period just before the appearance of domesticated animals of these species in the Jordan Valley, and suggests overhunting may have led to domestication in the area.

A working loom made of legos.

The Biblical Archaeology Society has made a selection of works published in BAR by Ehud Netzer available for free online. Ehud Netzer was a prominent Israeli archaeologist and the world’s leading authority on Herodian architecture.

Mexican archaeologists announced this week that a figure of the god of fire, the so-called old god, Huehueteotl, was found in a covered pit at the apex of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, a popular archaeological site north of Mexico City, raising the possibility that the pyramid was dedicated to him.

Archeologists have shed new light on the extinct Beothuk nation of Newfoundland, revealing through a study of carved pendants unearthed from coastal burial sites that the ill-fated people placed birds at the center of their complex religious cosmology, believing the winged creatures were “spiritual messengers” that carried the souls of the dead to an “island afterlife.”

A British academic has stumbled upon a 500-year-old “most wanted” notice for the arrest of Niccolo Machiavelli, the infamous Renaissance political operator who wrote The Prince.

But the researchers’ work is only half-done. They have made a strong but not conclusive link through the female line, and are now turning to the male side for corroboration. Having identified four male-line descendants of Richard’s great-great-grandfather, researchers are now hoping to isolate the king’s Y-chromosome DNA for comparison.

A Bulgarian team of archaeologists have discovered well-preserved remains of a Roman bath in the ancient Bulgarian town of Sozopol, and it turns out to be one of the best preserved Roman baths in the country.

Researchers have discovered the 4,000-year-old remains of the Bronze Age grave or cist, found in a peat bog in Dartmoor, which are set to rewrite the history books based on their preservation of organic remains.


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