Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 2-15-13

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The Israel Museum on Tuesday opened its most ambitious archaeological exhibition and the world’s first devoted to Herod, the lionized and demonized Rome-appointed king of Judea, who reigned from 37 to 4 B.C.E. and is among the most seminal and contentious figures in Jewish history. But the exhibition, has also brought its own bit of controversy.

According to reports coming out of Peru, archaeologists have unearthed a previously undiscovered, 5,000 year old temple at the famous El Paraiso pyramid site, located not far from Lima, the capital city.

Researchers have created software that can rebuild protolanguages – the ancient tongues from which our modern languages evolved. To test the system, the team took 637 languages currently spoken in Asia and the Pacific and recreated the early language from which they descended.

At the end of February visitors to Karnak Temples will be able to admire the second chapel of the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut after four years of restoration and reconstruction.

Graves dating back to 2000 BC have been unearthed at the Sieh Al Herf site during the construction of the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road project in the United Arab Emirates. It contains graves, ancient tombs and archaeological artefacts.

The Penn Museum has over the years become an internationally renowned treasure trove for scholars researching ancient civilizations. Now to mark its 125th anniversary, and its founding on Dec. 6, 1887, the museum is undertaking an ambitious effort to become more accessible to the public and highlight the collection’s relevance to modern life.

Most sources state that soup making did not become commonplace until somewhere between 5,000 and 9,000 years ago with the invention of pottery. That’s probably wrong — by at least 15,000 years, and soup may not have even required ceramic vessels, meaning it could be even older.

After unveiling a reconstruction of the face of Richard III, Leicester experts have now recreated how Greyfriars, his final resting place, might have looked. Built in 1230, Greyfriars was one of the first Franciscan friaries to be established in England, just 6 years after the order came  to Britain, but it was completely demolished during the 16th century Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Tasked with cleaning and sorting a collection at the University of Aberdeen Museum in northeast Scotland, Louise Wilkie, stumbled upon a set of tiny slippers. Thanks to some detective work by the curatorial assistant it has now been verified that the embroidered shoes belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister, Princess Pauline Borghese.

A fragment of lower jaw recovered from a Serbian cave has now been dated as the oldest hominin ancestor found in southeastern Europe. The fossil was dated to between 397,000 and 525,000 years old, a time when distinctly Neanderthal traits began to appear in Europe though, interestingly, they are not present in this fossil.

Archaeologists have discovered 38 graves from the sixth to seventh century on an island off of South Korea’s southern coast, which were hailed as a rare find, even in the country’s inland areas.

Touring Tyre on foot can be tiring, to be sure, but the US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly’s decision to survey these marvelous vestiges of antiquity by car led to the convoy of vehicles damaging a stone wall at the ancient site.

 A group of three tomb robbers was recently caught while in the process of looting a 1st-century burial chamber near Kibbutz Metzer, in Emek Hefer, the Israel Antiquities Authority reported on Tuesday.

A cheese-heavy Tudor tart.


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