April 5, 2016

Archaeology going to pot(s)

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Ancient Non-Stick Pan Factory Found in Italy

Giglio and colleagues found more than 50,000 fragments of lids, pots and pans of various sizes and thickness, each featuring a very distinct coating.

“All the defective artifacts were dumped here. These pieces help us enormously to reconstruct the way the pottery was manufactured,” Giglio said.

Many of the fragments featured the thick internal red-slip coating that provided a non-adherent surface, making the pots and pans ideal for cooking meat-based stews.

Yup. At Memphis my area had (apparently) been a dumping ground for a ceramics manufacturing outfit and, in addition to various penii, we found at least a couple whole little vessels, both of them fairly well deformed. Which I thought was kinda neat: the little bowls that ended up rejected were the few to survive the millennia intact.

March 22, 2016

Bodies, bodies everywhere!

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:05 pm

Iron Age remains of 150 people discovered at Yorkshire housing development site

A “hugely important” Iron Age burial ground has been unearthed at a housing development site in Yorkshire.

The 2,000-year-old skeletons and personal effects of 150 ancient Britons was discovered in the small town of Pocklington in east Yorkshire, during excavations at a site which property developer David Wilson Homes had earmarked for 77 new houses.
As The Guardian reports, 65 small square burial mounds were discovered across the site, with archaeologists uncovering human remains, jewellery, and ancient weapons like swords, spears and shields.

Doesn’t say much about the preservation but it ought to give yet more demographic and disease data.

Crucifix or. . . . ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:03 pm

Extraordinary find: Denmarks oldest crucifix

On Friday March 11th something very special appeared from the ground in a field near Aunslev at Eastern Funen. Dennis Fabricius Holm was out searching with his metal detector and made an exceptional find. Immediately he contacted the archaeologist at Østfyns Museer, Malene Beck.

Dennis had found a small gold pendant, 4,1 cm in height, in the shape of a man with outstretched arms – the image of Christ. The figure is made of fine articulated goldthreads and small filigree pellets and weighs around 13,2 grams. The reverse side is smooth. At the top a small eye for the chain is mounted. The cross looks a lot like the gilded silver cross found in 1879 in Birka near Stockholm in Sweden, in a female grave from the Viking Age. (grave 660).

I dunno. Doesn’t scream out “Christian Crucifix” to me necessarily.

March 15, 2016

I’ve got the scoop. . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:48 pm

The Very Serious Archaeological Quest For Lewis And Clark’s Poop

It’s a story that can look very different from the point of view of Native Americans rather than whites, but it remains a major part of the founding myth of the Pacific Northwest. And yet, we have very little tangible evidence of their journey; moving water and growing trees would have wiped out most traces over the last two centuries.

But Burke Museum Executive Director Julie Stein wound up involved in a unique bit of detective work to turn up evidence of Lewis and Clark’s outpost near the Pacific, along the Columbia River. It was, to put it bluntly, an all-out quest to find the historical figures’ poop.

They’re looking at the outhouse which, as we’ve seen here many times, can provide a lot of information on the health of the people producing it, from parasites to diet.

UPDATE: I just listened to it. Julie talks about a pill that is essentially an emetic, which has been used since at least ancient Egypt for pretty much anything. It basically makes you purge from both orifices.

Raiders of the Lost Ark Village of Cadzow

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VIDEO: Finding ‘lost’ village of Cadzow on M74, Hamilton, was a shock to archaeologists
Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/video-finding-lost-village-cadzow-7531896#R9B4cFHDslDpBqQu.99

Archaeologists were shocked to uncover remains of the lost village of Cadzow so close to the M74 motorway.

They had no idea four buildings and a range of artefacts, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, were buried next to the carriageway.

Kevin Mooney and Warren Bailie are part of an archaeological team hired by Transport Scotland to examine the area earmarked for the motorway extension.

They spent 18 months examining the area before discovering the remains of the village just past junction six.

Okay, the video is all of 12 seconds long so don’t even bother.

March 10, 2016

A bit of ancient music

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 8:23 pm

This was making the rounds a while ago but I didn’t get to it:

“Hurrian Hymn No. 6” is considered the world’s earliest melody, but the oldest musical composition to have survived in its entirety is a first century A.D. Greek tune known as the “Seikilos Epitaph.” The song was found engraved on an ancient marble column used to mark a woman’s gravesite in Turkey. “I am a tombstone, an image,” reads an inscription. “Seikilos placed me here as an everlasting sign of deathless remembrance.” The column also includes musical notation as well as a short set of lyrics that read: “While you live, shine / Have no grief at all / Life exists only for a short while / And time demands its toll.”

The well-preserved inscriptions on Seikilos Epitaph have allowed modern musicians and scholars to recreate its plaintive melodies note-for-note. Dr. David Creese of the University of Newcastle performed it using an eight-stringed instrument played with a mallet, and ancient music researcher Michael Levy has recorded a version strummed on a lyre. There have also been several attempts to decode and play “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” but because of difficulties in translating its ancient tablets, there is no definitive version. One of the most popular interpretations came in 2009, when Syrian composer Malek Jandali performed the ancient hymn with a full orchestra.

I made a copy of the sound file and uploaded it so y’all can have a listen as well:
Hurrian Hymn #6.

March 7, 2016

Maybe they were just sidewalks. . . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 8:11 pm

Curators in Eastbourne are remaking a Bronze Age track using Bronze Age tools

To answer some of these questions archaeologists are stepping back in time to recreate part of the trackway for a new exhibition, Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery, which will take visitors on a journey through the environment of the Bronze Age landscape.

The exhibition posits five possible theories as to why the trackway was built and clusters them around the themes of Village, Ritual, Trading Post, Super-Farm and Melting Pot.

February 9, 2016

More fermenting fishies

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Archaeologists Unearth Earliest Evidence of Fish Fermentation

“The archaeological site of Norje Sunnansund is dated to around 9,600 – 8,600 years before present and is located in south-eastern Sweden, on the shores of the ancient Lake Vesan, next to a 2-km long outlet leading to the Baltic basin,” Dr. Boethius explained.

“We’d never seen a site like this with so many well preserved fish bones, so it was amazing to find,” he added.

The archaeologists also uncovered a long pit surrounded by small stake holes and completely filled with fish bones.

I downloaded the paper but haven’t read it yet so I don’t know how they determined the fish were actually fermented — chemical residues or whatever. I’ll post it temporarily later on so y’all can have a look. For Educational Purposes Only™, obviously.

On Wisconsin! Yeah!

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:50 pm

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge discovered by badger

Oh wait. . . . . .

February 1, 2016

Yes, climate changes

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 8:06 pm

Ancient humans dispersed through Arabia during greener times

Traditional theories depicted groups of early modern humans first dispersing out of northeastern Africa north and east through the Levant and then northward into present-day Europe and through northern routes into India and then the Far East. Additional dispersals took them along routes hopping the coasts of Arabia and then coastal across India, then further northward and eastward. These models of early human dispersal avoided the Arabian interior, as few could imagine humans making their way directly and deeply into this desert no-man’s land.
But remote sensing technology, including satellite imagery, has now placed Arabia squarely on the map of early human dispersal paradigms. Recent studies using this new technology have reported ancient systems of lakes (‘paleolakes’) and rivers—green zones—deep within the Arabian desert regions as much as 100,000 or more years ago. Archaeological investigations at some of the ancient lakeshore sites have yielded human stone tools, some of them dated back even earlier than 100,000 years ago.

I link this mostly to show (again) how what we often see today as inhospitable wasteland may have been fairly green and habitable at many times in the past. Much of the Sahara was fairly green in various parts of the Holocene and we can find abundant occupations surrounding seasonal or even permanent lakes in what is now exceedingly dry desert.

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