Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 2-8-13

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A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III. Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.

At least 35 small pyramids, along with graves, have been discovered clustered closely together at a site called Sedeinga in Sudan.

Conservation work at the crumbling ancient Roman city of Pompeii began Wednesday, a day after police announced a corruption probe into previous restoration work at the site.

The next great mystery of where an English king is buried could be solved as archaeologists try to find the grave of Alfred the Great. An application has been made to exhume and study bones believed to lie in an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew’s church in Winchester, Hampshire, to find out if they are the legendary Saxon king, who is said to have burned the cakes and defeated the Danes.

A great long look at the evidence for when humans first arrived in the Americas and the increasing number of finds pre-dating the Clovis culture.

Little did the villagers in Kattupalli near Minjur, some 40 km north of Chennai, realise that digging a pit to earn Rs. 180 a day would lead to an important archaeological discovery and the unearthing of a 1,200-year-old Pallava period structure and several idols — the first such finding within city limits in recent times.

Some millennia ago, Yes might have been the object of worship in ancient Egypt. Today, Yes – a modern, domestic house cat mummified at the request of his owner – is helping shed light on the practice of mummification and the lives of ancients, such as Ramses II, the most celebrated pharaoh of Egypt.Catmummy

Rebutting a speculative hypothesis that comet explosions changed Earth’s climate sufficiently to end the Clovis culture in North America about 13,000 years ago, Sandia lead author Mark Boslough and researchers from 14 academic institutions assert that other explanations must be found for the apparent disappearance.

A 1,300-year-old unidentified cluster of 102 tombs, 40 per cent of which were made for infants, have been unearthed in China’s restive westernmost province.

A series of rock carvings that date back more than 3,500 years that were sheared off and taken from a sacred American Indian site in California’s Sierra Nevada have been recovered three months after the theft was discovered.

We may need to look again at the idea that a late Neanderthal population existed in southern Spain as recently as 35,000 years ago, a study suggests. Scientists using a “more reliable” form of radiocarbon dating have re-assessed fossils from the region and found them to be far older than anyone thought.

These days, Florida welcomes more than 87 million tourists a year, but five centuries ago, when Juan Ponce de Leon landed on what is now known as the east coast of Florida, visits from afar were rare. The state is now celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Spanish explorer’s voyage, a failed attempt to find gold, which brought European settlers to the land inhabited by Native Americans and launched a new era in Florida’s history.

A wooden 17th Dynasty sarcophagus of a child and collection of 18th Dynasty Ushabti figurines of a priest were found inside Djehuty’s tomb in Luxor’s west bank. Djehuty was an important official who lived during the reign of Hatshepsut, but died in the reign of Thutmosis III, and whose tomb is still under excavation.

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