July 23, 2014

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

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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.

July 22, 2014

“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.

. . .

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.

July 15, 2014

Not someone finishing their dissertation

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:21 pm

5 Heart-Warming and Heart-Breaking Archaeological Discoveries

Some nice little stories, but LINKS people, LINKS.

Ruler of the kittehs. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:05 pm

1,500-Year-Old Claws Intrigue Archaeologists in Peru

Archaeologists in Peru say they have unearthed the previously unknown tomb of a nobleman from a pre-Inca civilization known as the Moche. The tomb contained the remains of an adult male, plus artifacts indicating the man’s elite status, according to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio.

Among the most intriguing artifacts are ornamental metal pieces fashioned to look like feline paws with claws. The paws may have been part of a ritual costume used in ceremonial combat, El Comercio reported. The loser would be sacrificed, while the winner would get the costume.

That’s something I’ve never seen before. I don’t know how much of that ritual combat stuff is speculation though.

July 14, 2014

Together beyond the grave

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:16 pm

Yet another one: Russian archaeologists unearth ‘Romeo and Juliet of the Bronze Age’

It’s another case of a couple of skeletons apparently positioned in some sort of embrace. This is probably the fourth of fifth one of these I’ve linked to over the years, so I’m starting to think it was more common than one might realize. Of course, it usually necessitates the two dying at the same time. Short film at the link which doesn’t provide much additional information.

Errrrrr. . .what?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:11 pm

Archaeology as a vital US strategic interest

China invests heavily on research and preservation of its archaeology and history — sometimes even controversially, such as its massive spending on maritime archaeology as part of the assertion of Chinese control of the South China Sea.

In contrast, the U.S. spends a tiny fraction of the money that China, or Europe, invests in archaeological research and preservation. Moreover, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation – the FIRST Act – that would devastate the already limited support the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides toward the U.S. archaeological effort.

Eh. I’m not sure that such analyses of varied ancient civilizations have all that much insight to provide and they’re subject to the political whims of the present set of archaeologists anyhow.

Applied landscape archaeology

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Archaeologists return western Wisconsin land to pre-historic conditions

For thousands of years before their arrival, fire defined the landscape.

Set by lighting or native hunters, it thinned out underbrush each year. Left behind were prairie grasses and a handful of oaks. This oak savannah covered roughly 5.5 million acres south of a line from Eau Claire to Madison, said Armund Bartz, Driftless Area ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

White settlers brought in fire suppression, and the forest took over.

Fewer than 500 acres of oak savannah remain.

I kind of wonder how close they are actually getting to what was “natural”. If, like many (most?) places, the aboriginal inhabitants may well have transformed the landscape for their own purposes and what we think of as ‘natural’ may be as artificial as what the Europeans did.

July 8, 2014

Scads of ‘em

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:25 pm

Norfolk delivers another major archaeological discovery – experts reveal second timber circle dates back to the time of Seahenge

The revelation is certain to spark fresh debate about why ancient people built the mysterious oak circles, during the early Bronze Age.

“The felling date on them is the spring or early summer of 2049BC, those trees were felled at exactly the same time,” said David Robertson, historic environment officer with Norfolk County Council.

“Having one was fantastic, having two adds to the story. We have to try and understand not just why they were built but what were they used for.”

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