I just link because someone I worked with in Egypt a couple of years ago works on this project as the photographer.
July 7, 2015
July 6, 2015
Dana Lepofsky, an archaeologist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, believes these gardens and traps, found up and down the coast, could be up to 2,000 years old. They were used by the indigenous population and serve as artifacts that dispute what the archaeological record has to this point claimed was the area’s primary staple: salmon.
Closer inspection of middens, or trash heaps, where the natives in long-gone settlements close to the shore once dumped food waste, suggests that while the red, fatty fish might have been prized, salmon was only available during seasonal runs. Though the early North Americans dried and stored the salmon they caught, it would have taken more than just the seasonal catch to feed these ancient communities.
Lepofsky believes that the native British Columbians deliberately and consciously managed their marine and other food resources. By combining archaeology with local oral history, she and others are concluding that these societies oversaw an entire oceanfront ecosystem that offered a diverse bounty of marine life, including little fish (such as anchovies), roe, clams, cockles, sea urchins, and eelgrass.
Dana was in my class, but got out way before me. Salmon were a big part, to be sure, but that was also seasonal.
July 1, 2015
Thousands of pieces of trash were inside four large bags awaiting sorting, identification and analysis. In the field of archaeology, taxonomy is what we call this rubbish, “divisive and judgmental” is the way we categorize the story of humans.
So, what exactly was washing up on the west side of San Juan Island? In volume, the grand total was 12 cubic feet; 16.8 pounds, 2,737 pieces with 51 percent being plastic, 39 percent foam, with the remainder being mixed metal, paper, nylon and glass. The plastic types included: water bottles, straws, hygiene, sheet plastic, hard plastic shards, plastic apparel, cigarette butts, bottle caps, 157 shotgun wads, 175 food wrappers, and nylon rope.
The students used divisive methodology to separate the waste by material, then by types and then further by attributes. Their research tracked the food wrappers to China, to the cargo vessels in Haro Strait, 35 percent came from Canada, being dropped by boaters, crabbers and fisherman in the San Juan waters and from the bad habits of people visiting the beach.
Kinda of a neat story. I’ve been there many times myself.
June 29, 2015
Scientists in the Russian Far East have carried out a post-mortem examination of the remains of the only mummified dog ever found in the world.
Found sealed inside permafrost during a hunt for traces of woolly mammoths, the perfectly-preserved body is 12,450 years old.
The dog, believed to be a three-month-old female, was unearthed in 2011 on the Syallakh River in the Ust-Yana region of Yakutia, also known as the Sakha Republic.
They say it probably died in a landslide so for all the critter lovers out there, it was undoubtedly a quick death.
I feel fairly certain someone will try to clone it.
But they always seem to just notice my uber-hotness. . . . .
For Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction
That pattern also occurs in married couples: Attractive, well-educated, high-earning people tend to marry people like themselves. In fact, economists say that this growing trend of “assortative mating” is a major cause of income inequality, because a household with two high earners makes so much more money than a household with two low earners (or only one earner).
June 25, 2015
“This site also demonstrates one of the great dangers of archaeology; not to life and limb, although that does sometimes take place. . .”
But finding a place to live! The Skeletons of Olmos, Part IV: Soccer Club—1, Archaeologists—0
ust like that, the students, Raul, and I had nowhere to live as the work in Olmos had reached a critical make-or-break phase. When working in another country far from home, flexibility is crucial. One must be an adaptable problem solver, able to compensate for and overcome circumstances that you can hardly anticipate. As such, a good field archaeologist always has a “Plan B,” “Plan C,” “Plan D,” in their back pocket. But I was not planning on facing homelessness in the field, being unceremoniously kicked out of our hotel by a visiting soccer team. We literally had hours to find a new place to crash.
If something didn’t work out in Olmos, I started to realize that the situation did not present much of a Plan B.
That’s a nice little article. That’s never happened to me, although once we had arranged to stay at a house boat on the Nile in Cairo and when we got there the place was trashed and the gaffir didn’t even know we were coming and was fast asleep. We ended up sleeping there that night (awful) and then bailed for a cruddy hotel the next day. I also got horribly ill with exhaustion for two days after that.
Which was awful but I met a charming Venezuelan stewardess the next day as well. . . . .
other than the headline: Follow the Chester Unlocked Hoot’s Route and become a ‘guerilla archaeologist’
Cestrians and tourists became ‘guerilla archaeologists’ by following a treasure trail which launched last weekend turning the city centre into a giant open air museum.
Unseen ancient artefacts have been hidden at key locations for people to tick off as they follow an old fashioned-style map in an initiative aimed at promoting the city’s heritage as well as its retail offer.
And all is explained. . . . .
Researchers in Mexico say they have decoded the hieroglyphic name on the Palenque tomb of ancient Maya King Pakal, revealing it to read “The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears,” more than 60 years after the crypt was discovered.
Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered the burial crypt in 1948 — and new research led by Guillermo Bernal from the National Autonomous University of Mexico made a link between an inscription in the tomb and other hieroglyphics of the same form. The key to deciphering the name was a hieroglyph that looked like a jaguar molar and was interpreted to mean “edge,” as in a sharp-edged spear.
I’m actually not quite sure what they’re referring to. Until I went to this link in the article which is a longer article describing what’s going on in more detail. It was a single glyph (T514) that had not been translated before which named the temple associated with the tomb.
June 22, 2015
Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have made quite an unusual discovery: They’ve uncovered the remains of a Scythian warrior from the Iron Age, and his spine still contains a bronze arrowhead from an attack.
The team found the warrior’s body in a burial mound at a site known as Koitas.
There really isn’t much there (couple of links though) but I couldn’t resist the pun.
But it’s neat to see them uncovered all the way: Amazing pictures show moment archaeologists discovered Easter Island statues were covered in TATTOOS
The world was shocked to discover the famous Easter Island heads actually had bodies attached.
Now new pictures have emerged showing their previously hidden torsos are covered with intricate tattoos.
These include crescents carved on the backs of the towering monoliths, which academics say represent the canoes of the Polynesians who made them.