Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 10-19-12

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Assyriancourtesy-ezinemark.comArchaeologists working in northern Iraq have discovered a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the historic Arbil city center, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil, Haydar Hassan, was quoted as saying in an Iraqi newspaper.

The Egyptian city of Alexandria, home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, may have been built to align with the rising sun on the day of Alexander the Great’s birth, a new study finds.

Stone carvings in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday.

 Many of the early projectiles for the small guns found on the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose are unlike anything used in later centuries and specialists have long argued as to why they were made this way. Now they are using advanced neutron techniques to answer questions about the artifacts without causing damage.

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester who uncovered a grave thought to contain the skeleton of King Richard III have revealed that the remains came within inches of being destroyed by Victorian builders.

Swedish archaeologists have unearthed what is presumed to be a dolmen, or a portal tomb, that is believed to be over 5,000 years old near the megalithic monument Ale’s stones in southern Sweden.

Recent research has had a humanizing effect on perceptions of Neanderthals, here’s a rundown of the research from National Geographic.wilma-neanderthal

Archaeologists are excavating the site of Ziyaret Tepe, identified as the Assyrian city of Tushhan in southeastern Turkey ahead of the rising flood-waters of the Ilisu dam that threaten to drown the site.

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of what they believe could be a Bronze Age bathing site, or a sauna in Scotland.

The sepulcher of an individual that (possibly) governed a place known today as Bocana del Río Copalita in Huatulco, Oaxaca, 1300 years ago, was discovered by investigators of the ceremonial area of this archaeological site. Here another 38 burials were found, some of which were individuals whom they believe part of the elite.

A conference in Cambridge, UK this week, marked the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. Past Horizons has a run down of the work leading to his stunning achievement.

Just after the largest hoard of Celtic coins was discovered, metal detectorists in Jersey, UK, have found a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age hoard of axe heads.

A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru’s famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years.

Work being carried out at a stately home in Cornwall, UK could reveal the final resting place of the man who built it but didn’t want to buried.

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