Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 5-17-13

Will Egypt’s illustrious heritage fall into oblivion under the toll of urban and agricultural encroachment? Nevine El-Aref finds that serious problems are facing some of the nation’s famous archaeological sites, while others may be storms in so many teacups.

By the end of the century, the birthplace of America may be underwater.  Jamestown is now threatened by rising sea levels that scientists say could submerge the island and scientists are wondering if there’s a way to save it.

Analysis of DNA from ancient remains on the Greek island of Crete suggests the Minoans were indigenous Europeans, shedding new light on a debate over the provenance of this ancient culture.

The earliest known cave paintings fuel arguments about whether Neanderthals were the mental equals of modern humans.

Uruk rises again in digital 3D with reconstructions of the ancient city created for a new museum exhibition.

Archaeologists revealed Monday that the divination rituals used by ancient Chinese thousands of years ago may have featured some behind-the-scenes trickery.

Archaeologists have uncovered an “extraordinary” mosaic that would’ve been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.

Scientists investigated ancient DNA from the teeth of 19 different sixth-century skeletons from a medieval graveyard in Bavaria, Germany, of people who apparently succumbed to the Justinianic Plague in an effort to identify the cause of the plague that killed more than 100 million people.

The restoration of the famed İshak Paşa Palace in Eastern Turkey has been completed and the palace is now waiting for visitors.

A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday.

While excavating the Bronze Age site of Krasnosamarkskoe in Russia’s Volga region, archaeologists unearthed the bones of at least 51 dogs and 7 wolves. All the animals had been skinned, dismembered, burned, and chopped with an ax, pointing to some sort of ritual.

The so-called Elephant’s Tomb in the Roman necropolis of Carmona (Seville, Spain) was not always used for burials. The original structure of the building and a window through which the sun shines directly in the equinoxes suggest that it was a temple of Mithraism, an unofficial religion in the Roman Empire.

A University of Southampton professor has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed ‘Britain’s Atlantis.’

The 200-year-old body of a British Coldstream Guards soldier was found in sand dunes in the Netherlands. Who was he?

Necropolis bioarchaeology at Roman Sanisera: a team from the Sanisera Field School have been investigating two of the seven necropolis sites that surround the Roman city of Sanisera on Menorca.

First Nations group outraged at destruction of ancient rock art sites.


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