September 30, 2015

Antikakakthericakaka mechanisms?

Filed under: Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 11:44 am

New Treasures Found From 2,000-Year-Old Antikythera Shipwreck

Two millennia after a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera, the site is still yielding treasures that reveal details of life in ancient times.

Not much there. I’m not sure if the video at the top is supposed to do anything or not, all I got was a long commercial.

September 14, 2015

This sounds. . . . .fishy?

Filed under: Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 3:11 pm

It was either that or a cod piece joke.

Cod bones from Mary Rose reveal globalised fish trade in Tudor England

New stable isotope and ancient DNA analysis of the bones of stored cod provisions recovered from the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, which sank off the coast of southern England in 1545, has revealed that the fish in the ship’s stores had been caught in surprisingly distant waters: the northern North Sea and the fishing grounds of Iceland – despite England having well developed local fisheries by the 16th century. Test results from one of the sample bones has led archaeologists to suspect that some of the stored cod came from as far away as Newfoundland in eastern Canada.

I can imagine that preserved fish as provisions could have gone all over the place as it waited to be utilized. Ships would provision wherever they could and if you got a barrel o’ fish from one location you’d hang on to it until you used it, or even transfer it to another vessel. So I’m not sure I go along with the “lack of sufficient fisheries locally” idea.

September 7, 2015

Lost civilization civilization fou. . . .wha?

Filed under: Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 6:39 am

Kinda sorta: Massive Ancient Greek city discovered submerged in Aegean Sea [Photos]

An ancient Greek city has been discovered sunken beneath the Aegean Sea. The settlement dates back around 4,500 years (2,500 BC) and was the size of around 10 football fields, covering an area of 12 acres.

Archaeologists from the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, University of Geneva and the Swiss School of Archaeology found the fortified Bronze Age settlement in Khilada Bay, in the Argolic Gulf. They found at least three huge horseshoe-shaped foundations attached to the wall line – which they say was possibly part of towers used to defend the settlement.

Will probably find out more about this. It’s not that unusual, Greece is seismically active so a drop of a couple meters in the land occupied by a city wouldn’t be all that unusual.

July 23, 2015

Modern underwater archaeology

Filed under: Marine archaeology, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 12:39 pm

Authorities hope to ID remains found in car after 43 years

An autopsy may help write the final page of a 43-year-old mystery that began with the disappearance of a military retiree after investigators pulled a mud-filled car out of a Caldwell County lake Tuesday.

Officials believe it belonged to Amos Shook, a retired Air Force member, who disappeared in 1972, when he was in his 40s.

For more than 43 years, the family of Shook had no idea where their loved one was or what happened to him. After more than four decades, they have some answers.

I’m sure there are many others like this, although cars driving into lakes would generally end up fairly near the shoreline, but to find them you have to know where they went in and even if they went in. We had one around here as well.

July 22, 2015

And a quickie. . . . .

Filed under: Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:13 pm

Scientists Discover American Revolution-Era Shipwreck off North Carolina Coast

The last great frontier in archaeology. Couple of really stunning photos.

July 7, 2015

Fight! Fight!

Filed under: Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:13 pm

Underwater Sherlock finds sunken treasure around the world; roils archaeologists’ waters

Barry Clifford brought up the heavy silver ingot from the bottom of a bay as the president of Madagascar waited to receive it.

The dramatic moment was just one in a lifetime of adventures that the American has experienced as he has scoured ocean beds for sunken treasure — but also another example of what critics say is his excessive hunger for the limelight.

Recorded by the gathered press, the moment off the coast of Madagascar last month was important for Clifford, who calls himself “an underwater Sherlock Holmes,” for he believes the bar once belonged to 17th century pirate Captain Kidd. Clifford, a fit 70 year old who dives regularly, has also roiled the waters among the marine archaeology community.

Meh. This bit caught my eye: “Clifford is looking for big finds he can make money from, unlike what motivates academics.”

Yeah, like getting grants and publishing and and tenure. . . . .completely unselfish.

July 6, 2015

The last frontier of archaeology

Filed under: Remote Sensing, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:18 pm

Deep-sea exploration will soon be an option for most archaeologists

When Plato first came up with the myth of Atlantis, he probably didn’t expect that the mysterious island would keep stirring debates and feeding popular imagination for over 2000 years. Yet, Atlantis fantasies say a lot about the mysteries still surrounding Earth’s seabeds: Whilst our seas and oceans are packed with inviolate submerged sites and shipwrecks, archaeological and scientific discoveries are still hindered by logistical and financial barriers, and low-cost, flexible solutions are desperately needed.

Aiming to boost research in this field, the EUR 4 million ARROWS (Archaeological Robot systems for the World’s Seas) project picks up where military security and offshore oil and gas technologies left off by creating underwater exploration vehicles tailored to the needs and expectations of deep-sea archaeologists.

My first target would be the Black Sea. If there’s anything representing a truly lost civilization out there, it’s at the bottom of the Black Sea.

June 23, 2015

Griffin update

Filed under: Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:01 pm

Old story from a while back, but we here at ArchaeoBlog are constantly On The Story: Comments Off

March 10, 2015

Franklin Expedition update

Filed under: Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:00 pm

Ice divers and underwater archaeologists to study Franklin shipwreck

Not really much there, but I thought I’d send along the update anyway.

February 9, 2015

Fight! Fight!

Filed under: Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 2:22 pm

HMS Victory recovery engulfed in controversy as Labour MP accuses key players of ’scam’

When HMS Victory, Britain’s most fearsome warship, went down with all hands in a vicious storm in the English Channel in 1744, the recriminations were bitter.

Some blamed rotten timbers and the vessel’s top-heavy design, while others muttered about the seamanship of Admiral Sir John Balchen.

But the ferocity and grief of 270 years ago is fast paling in comparison to the acrimony of the battle now being waged over how to safeguard what remains of HMS Victory, the direct predecessor to Nelson’s flagship of the same name.

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