July 25, 2014

Looting in Egypt

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 7:19 pm

Still going on: Egypt’s heritage crisis

While the problem of the illicit excavation of archaeological sites in the hope of finding antiquities that can then be sold abroad has been growing since the 25 January Revolution, it has only been recently that it has been reported in the national and particularly the international press.

According to the Antiquities Coalition, a US-based association of archaeologists, there have been “looting activities in every major archaeological area in Egypt since the January 2011 Revolution,” with looted artefacts now routinely showing up for auction in Europe and North America. “Tens of millions of dollars have left Egypt in the form of looted antiquities,” since the 25 January Revolution, the coalition states. “Rampant cultural racketeering since the Egyptian Revolution” has led to looting at “museums, warehouses, religious grounds, and archaeological excavation sites,” with robbers “slipping away with irreplaceable treasures.”

July 23, 2014

And more bodies

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:12 pm

I sense a theme developing. . . . .

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Makes you do a free account so I didn’t excerpt anything from it.

More dead babies?

Filed under: Cemeteries, Historic — acagle @ 7:10 pm

Archaeologist says “definite indications” of Bessborough baby mass graves

Toni Maguire, an archaeologist and anthropologist known for her work with the Milltown cemetery in Belfast, visited Bessborough on Wednesday, the Irish Examiner reports. She was joined by four women who were born in the mother and baby home, two of whom had journeyed from the US.

The Bessborough home opened in 1922 and was run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Research conducted by the Adoption Rights Alliance suggests that as many as 1,000 mothers and babies may have died there over the course of several decades. The grounds are currently home to the Bessborough Mother and Baby Centre, which offers care and education to parents and their young children.

A lot of this ‘controversy’ I don’t really get; you have to put dead bodies somewhere after all. Unless there’s something nefarious with the manner of death, it’s just bodies.

Yet another find from a place I’ve never heard of

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:07 pm

Human skeleton is found in archaeological dig at Manuden

A HUMAN skeleton possibly dating from Anglo Saxon times was discovered during an archaeological dig in Manuden.

The remains were found close to the main road in one of 10 test pits that were dug in gardens of homes around the village.“The skeleton is thought to be male, about 6ft tall and it was a Christian burial as his hands were crossed over his pelvis,” said Fiona Bengtsen, chairman of Manuden and Berden History Society.

Interestingly, it was uncovered, photographed, and then covered up again.

A tale of two Kings

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology — acagle @ 7:04 pm

Seqenenre & Richard III

Free article from KMT.

July 22, 2014

But this seems better researched

Filed under: Paleoanth — acagle @ 7:00 pm

Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

A new genetic analysis of bony nodules found in a 700-year-old skeleton from Italy reveal that the man had brucellosis, a bacterial infection caught from livestock, when he died. It’s not clear if the disease killed the man, but he likely would have suffered from symptoms such as chronic fatigue and recurring fevers, according to the researchers who analyzed the bones.

This medieval Italian man joins many other long-dead people in getting a postmortem diagnosis of brucellosis. Signs of the disease have been found in skeletons from the Bronze Age and earlier. In fact, the disease predates modern humans: In 2009, researchers reported possible signs of brucellosis in a specimen of the human ancestor Australopithecus africanus, who lived more than 2 million years ago.

I would have thought this would be pretty common, with people living fairly intimately with much of their livestock.

“Braaaaains! Braaaains!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:57 pm

Maybe: Archaeologists Uncover 8,000-Year-Old Skull with Preserved Brain Matter

Archaeologists said that they have discovered what might have been an 8,000-year-old human skull from the Stone Age in Norway. Though researchers are still uncertain at this time if the remains are human, the skeleton also appears to have attached brain matter.

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If the “grey and clack-like” material found inside the skull is preserved brain tissue, it could indeed be some of the oldest examples of a Stone Age man, who would have lived some 3.4 million years ago.

Hmmmm.. . . . .interesting contrast there. =)

July 21, 2014

So, Clovis hunted something besides mammoth and mastodon after all

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:51 pm

Meet the gomphothere: Archaeologists discover bones of elephant ancestor

Archaeologists have discovered artifacts of the prehistoric Clovis culture mingled with the bones of two gomphotheres – an ancient ancestor of the elephant – at an archaeological site in northwestern Mexico.

The discovery suggests that the Clovis – the earliest widespread group of hunter-gatherers to inhabit North America – likely hunted and ate gomphotheres. The members of the Clovis culture were already well-known as hunters of the gomphotheres’ cousins, mammoths and mastodons.

Assuming it pans out as an actual kill site, it’s I think only the second genus known to have been hunted in North America.

Also: Nat Geo report

“This is a giant head”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:48 pm

Summer camp offers archaeology dig at UTSA

Neat camp. Video at the link. I saw at least one filling out a form so it looks like they’re teaching them at least some of the tedious sort of paper-shuffling that goes on instead of just finding cool stuff.

Aaaaaand we’re back.

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 2:45 pm

Well, I’m back. Had a marginally hellish week last week complete with lots of report writing along with site update forms. =P

And I was getting ready to show my Mustang II and that took some preparation and the entire weekend. Went, meh. I’ll write another post about that later.

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