Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 2-1-13

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Six different Israeli ministries invested nearly $2 million to repair damage, much of it irreversible, after unknown vandals in October 2009 assaulted the site of Avdat, designated by UNESCO (United Nations Science and Culture Organization) as a world’s cultural heritage.

The preservationists of Timbuktu’s centuries-old artifacts have been holding their breath for weeks, waiting for the moment when the French military would seize back Mali’s ancient northern capital from the Islamic militants who have occupied it for 10 months. Now that that’s happened it still isn’t clear how many of the city’s historic manuscripts have survived, but most of them may be safely hidden away.

A recent study of pottery remains from Indus valley sites shows that the origins of curry are a lot older than most people think in this article about the development of curry.

The Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point is being nominated by the U.S.Department of State for inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List and recent research shows at least one of the mounds was built far faster than anyone suspected.

Simcha Jacobovici, a Canadian documentary maker specializing in biblical archaeology, is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum curator named Joe Zias, who has accused him of publicizing scientifically dubious theories, for libel.

A new study suggests that the sweet potato’s genetics may be the key to unraveling another great age of exploration, one that predated European expansion by several hundred years and indicates Polynesians reached South America before returning to Asia.

The best art by ice-age Homo sapiens are masterpieces that took hundreds of hours to produce, says curator, and they are going on display at the British Museum.

The discovery of a 3,550-year-old child’s sarcophagus near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor could shed light on a little-known period of Ancient Egypt, said Jose Manuel Galan, the head of a Spanish team of archaeologists that made the find.

China continues its closed research into a recently unearthed Goguryeo stele, or memorial stone, that is attracting interest as the second Gwanggaeto Stele. The research team includes a large number of scholars who took part in the Northeast Project, which was South Korea considers to have led to controversial interpretations of ancient Goguryeo history.

Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of skulls in Mexico that may have once belonged to human sacrifice victims. The skulls, which date between A.D. 600 and 850, may also overturn existing notions about the regional culture at that time.

Scientists have unearthed and dated some of the oldest stone hand axes on Earth. The ancient tools, unearthed in Ethiopia in the last two decades, date to 1.75 million years ago.

Turkey has been accused of cultural chauvinism and attempting to blackmail some of the world’s most important museums in the wake of its demands for the return of thousands of archaeological treasures.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was under the control of the Roman Empire, a young woman was laid to rest in a decorated coffin whose face is gilded with gold. Now, high-resolution CT scans reveal that, before she was buried, her hair was dressed in an elaborate hairstyle.

One of the primary goals of Temple University doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher’s current archaeology project at  Elfreth’s Alley, “America’s oldest continuously occupied residential street” is to engage the public of Philadelphia  in the process of digging up old treasures, even if these treasures are old pot fragments and bottles.

Japan is the Key: The Eagle Has Landed from Carnegie Museum of Art on Vimeo.


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