July 31, 2007

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Dig ends at site where George Washington kept slaves

Archaeologists have finished a dig that discovered where George Washington kept slaves while he served at the first president of the United States.

Officials held a ceremony Tuesday to mark the end of the dig, which revealed remnants of a hidden passageway used by Washington’s nine slaves so that guests would not see them slipping in and out of his house.

Washington lived at what is now called the President’s House during his presidency in the 1790s, when Philadelphia was the U.S. capital. The house is just yards (meters) away from the Liberty Bell, one of America’s most enduring symbols.

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Archaeologists in Rome dig up ancient tannery

An ancient tannery that is being dug up in Rome — believed to be the largest ever found in the capital — is threatened by railway construction, and archaeologists said Tuesday they might need to move the entire complex.

The 1,050-square meter (1,255-square yard) complex includes a tannery dating between the 2nd and 3rd century, as well as burial sites and part of a Roman road.

At least 97 tubs, some measuring 1 meter (3.28-feet) diameter, have been dug up so far in the tannery, archaeologists said.

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Archaeologists discover textile in 2500 yr-old tomb

Chinese archaeologists have found textiles in a mysterious tomb dating back to nearly 2,500 years in eastern Jiangxi Province, which could rewrite the history of the booming nation’s textile sector, the state media reported.

The textiles, which are well-preserved and feature stunning dyeing and weaving technologies, will rewrite the history of China’s textile industry, says Wang Yarong, an archaeologist who has been following the findings in the textile sector for more than three decades.

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Archaeologist uncover possible medieval mosque in Sicily

Earlier this summer, while standing in an archaeological pit adjacent to an ancient hilltop castle in west-central Sicily, Northern Illinois University graduate student Bill Balco could literally reach out and touch the centuries—even the millennia.

The dig site, about 7-by-10 meters near the castle entrance, reveals a crossroads of cultures and history: remnants of post-World War I floor tiles, a wall trench dating to the Renaissance, an 11th-century Norman fortification wall, a fourth-century-B.C Hellenistic house and a sixth-century-B.C. dwelling constructed by the indigenous Elymian people.

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Dig up state’s fascinating past

Digging in the earth has always held a certain charm for me —­ and I’m particularly thinking that now, after spending a couple of engrossing afternoons with “Archaeology in Washington.” This volume from the University of Washington Press is a significantly restructured and updated version of a book called “Exploring Washington Archaeology,” which came out nearly 30 years ago.
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So much has happened since then — ­from the discovery of Kennewick Man on the banks of the Columbia River, to the excavation of a centuries-old fish camp at Mud Bay in South Sound. More than once in recent years, construction sites for waste treatment plants (of all things) have yielded a wealth of ancient artifacts.

Authors Ruth Kirk and Richard D. Daugherty are just the people to take us on this fascinating tour of our state. Kirk has written many books pertaining to Northwest history and geography. Daugherty, a Washington State University professor emeritus, spent decades leading archaeology students in digs across the state.

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Whalebone mask may rewrite Aleut history

Archaeologists unearthing an ancient village from an Unalaska hillside believe they’ve found the remains of the oldest-known Aleut whalebone mask.

Much of the mask is missing — it’s mostly intact above where the cheekbones would sit — but archaeologists are pretty sure it’s about 3,000 years old, said Mike Yarborough, lead archaeologist at the dig.

Stained brown by soil, cracked in two at the left temple, the discovery made early this month by a member of Yarborough’s team is about 2,000 years older than any known Aleut mask, he said.

Interesting article actually.

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Hmmmmm. . . . Archaeologists discover slaves were wealthy and astute business men

At an excavated African workers village in Seville on the North coast of Jamaica there were keys and large padlocks in the buildings indicating there was a lot of material wealth.

As he pointed out the wealth is not surprising when you remember that the slaves create the internal marketing system. Many slaves were wealthy during slavery. Their wealth came not from handouts from planters but from their work in the grounds, their trading and their farms in the hills.

From oral tradition it was known that there was a close relationship between Africans and native Arawaks who were called Taino. Now DNA evidence is showing that the maroons carry a lot of genes of the Taino people. The African male slaves who escaped took Taino wives and those were the people who became the maroon population.

Hard to say much about that. Interestingly, it was only a few years ago that I learned that ‘maroon’ — you know the Bugs Bunny line, “What a maroon!” — was actually these slave descendants. Supposedly it has a negative connotation. I still kind of wonder if Bugs was really referring to these Maroons and not just purposefully mispronouncing ‘moron’. Which is what most of my acquaintance thought.

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As he darn well should be LaBeouf awestruck by Harrison Ford

Indiana Jone IV star Shia LaBeouf was left awestruck when he first saw Harrison Ford dressed as the intrepid archaeologist.

Ford returns as Indy next year – 27 years after he first took the role in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Despite the fact Ford is now 65, LaBeouf – who plays his son in the new movie – insists he still has it: “The moment for me was watching him walk out of his trailer with the fedora on. Oh my god! It’s overwhelming.”

Funny, whenever I’d walk out to the trench in my yellow hard hat I didn’t seem to get that reaction.

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Archaeologist helps firefighters navigate ancient Indian sites around Southern California

When lightning sent flames ripping across a Southern California mountain ridge last summer, fire officials wanted to cut firebreaks with bulldozers. But first they called U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Doug McKay.

McKay knew the remote area east of Big Bear Lake was the ancestral home of Serrano Indians and told fire crews to hold off. After walking around the area, McKay warned officials the bulldozers likely would churn up innumerable ancient sites, crushing pieces of history and costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.

Officials took his words to heart and instead had firefighters clear brush by hand. Using shovels, firefighters carved a 2-foot-wide buffer that helped stop the 361-acre fire near Arrastre Creek.

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“One mill-i-on years old”
Pak archaeologists discover over one million years old human footprints

World-renowned archaeologist and historian Dr Ahmad Hassan Dani of the Taxila Institute of Asian Civilisations, Quaid-i-Azam University, made the discovery.

A footprint of one foot is in complete and well-preserved form, while another is broken from the finger side, which is also of the same size in comparative manner, the Dawn reports.

The notable marks of the feet are the clear veins and opposite folded appearance, the report adds.

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