January 31, 2008

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Non-archaeology post A few updates from your personal ArchaeoBlogger:

1) ArchaeoWife update: Unfortunately, after two weeks her jaw is still banded shut and will be until Feb. 18th. Sucks. The surgeon said the x-ray looked better than he thought, but he’s still concerned that if the bands come off too soon it won’t heal in the right position and she’ll end up having to have it fixed. Which would totally suck, having to go through that again. So we are stuck with creating exciting and tasty meals that one can suck through a straw for over a month.

2) I have a new best friend in the morning:

Bought that sucker for like 50 cents at an estate sale a few months ago but didn’t like it right off the bat. But I have tried it again this week and it’s been great. That and the Alba works a wee bit better than my twin blade. Most excellent.

3) One CD note and a Dirty Little Secret. I downloaded “John Denver’s Greatest Hits”, the one from like 1973. It was a famous one:

I don’t recall a lot from around that time, but I remember what a splash Denver made and I recall most of those sings on the radio all the time. I wasn’t that much into him then — too young — and never really thought too much about him later either. I thought he got kind of silly with the “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” song and some other stuff he did later in the ’70s. Still, last year PBS had a show on with interviews and the stories behind some of the songs and some performances from television from that time and also some later ones. This was, of course, several years after he died.

I really liked it. I think a lot of people may have dismissed him as kind of a country-pop guy, but he could really craft a fine song. It really captured the time, too.

Dirty Little Secret: I really love. . . . .a Neil Diamond album. *gasp* Yes, “Hot August Nights”. I never cared too much for him either back then, but in the late ’70s when I was discovering stereos and music for the first time, my hi-fi salesmen friends told me about this album. Said forget what you think about Diamond and just listen to it. They were right, it’s a marvelous album. It’s all live and really a brilliant recording, both technically and musically. I only have an old tape of it now, and my tape deck doesn’t work, but a purchase is in the offing. I was going to get it from iTunes but I want to play it on my big home system and iTunes tracks don’t scale up well. Take this as another suggestion to try something out.

I realized this morning that I only blog about old stuff. Really, I’m not living in the past! Partly I do this because, well, hey, this is a blog about old stuff. Also I’ve developed a bigger appreciation for 1970s music lately. I think it’s been kind of dismissed as pop fluff from that fluffy self-absorbed decade. There was some great stuff though. I appreciate it much more nowadays and want to promote it some.

I do keep current, but for some reason I haven’t been liking a lot of more recent stuff. The whole grunge thing was like heaven, but after that petered out. . . .eh, I dunno. I really like Jet and Evanescence. Mostly I get my recent stuff from radio (KEXP in the car) and staring at VH1 or MTV in the gym.

No, I never met any of the Seattle grunge people. Had a friend who used to party with a lot of them though. Before they got big. Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) lived his final years not too far from my abode at the time but I never saw him.

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Flood project dig unearths artifacts, human remains

Archaeologists gave a presentation last week of the results of their dig at the future site of the flood project, which unearthed numerous artifacts and 65 sets of human remains associated with the Wappo American Indians and other tribes who inhabited the area.

The survey involved excavation of four sites in Vineyard Valley Mobile Home Park and the adjacent vineyards, as well as one site on the opposite side of the Napa River. The work was required as part of the flood project’s environmental review.

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Berlin Dig Finds City Older Than Thought

An archaeological dig in downtown Berlin has uncovered evidence that the German capital is at least 45 years older than had previously been established, authorities said Wednesday.

During excavation work last week in the Mitte district, archaeologists uncovered a wooden beam from an ancient earthen cellar, said Karin Wagner of the city-state’s office for historical preservation.

It was in exceptionally good condition, having lain under the water table for centuries, and scientists were able to determine from a sample taken that it had been cut down in 1192.

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Trove from Fort San Juan delights archaeologists

Archaeologists are a patient lot who count time by eons and measure progress in inches.

But even Rob Beck can’t contain his excitement that word is getting out — finally — about a dig in Burke County that indicates Spanish explorers were in the interior of North Carolina two decades before the English attempted to settle Roanoke Island. Tonight, UNC-TV will air a half-hour documentary about the failed Fort San Juan being excavated north of Morganton.

“This is wonderful,” Beck said Wednesday. “It’s extraordinarily gratifying for all of us.”

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BLM provides land for state archaeology center

The state is moving forward with a planned Center for Archaeology after Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman signed an agreement to acquire the site from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The agreement transfers 25 acres in Santa Fe.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Office of Archaeological Studies began negotiating for the land in 2005.

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Ancient Mass Sacrifice, Riches Discovered in China Tomb

A 2,500-year-old tomb containing nearly four dozen victims of human sacrifice has been excavated in eastern China, yielding a treasure trove of precious artifacts and new insights into ritual customs during the era of Confucius, archaeologists say.

The tomb was discovered in January 2007 after police caught looters plundering the site in the province of Jiangxi (see map), said Xu Changqing, who heads the excavation team.

Click on the sword photo and it shows part of the excavation.

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Antarctica’s Mawson’s Hut gets heritage boost

Construction work on a new laboratory for conservation work on Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica has been completed.

A team of Australians has just returned from the icy continent, where Sir Douglas Mawson led Australian expeditions between 1911 and 1914.

The team of eight included two builders, an electrician, an archeologist, a doctor and a conservator.

Recent archaeology.

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Bonn Square skeletons to be reburied

Hundreds of skeletons could be buried beneath Oxford’s Bonn Square, according to the archaeologist overseeing redevelopment work.

Earlier this month the city council launched a £1.5m redevelopment of the square in a bid to tidy up a run-down part of the city centre.

This week, as construction firm English Landscapes started digging up the site with bulldozers, skeletal remains, which could date back to the 12th century, were found on the former burial site.

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Surprise Egypt Tombs Yield Ornate Coffins, Dog Mummies

Four ancient tombs containing well-preserved mummies, ornate painted coffins, and mummified dogs have been unearthed in El Faiyum, an oasis about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Cairo (see map).

One female mummy was found wearing a gilded mask, a rare treasure at the site known as the necropolis of Deir el-Banat. The burial complex is a frequent target for modern-day grave robbers and was thought to have been looted of its riches.

“An important point is that these mummies are almost untouched,” said Galina A. Belova, a Russian Egyptologist who led the excavation.

The Fayum is where it’s at these days, baby!

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Find may shed light on Roman era

A team of archaeologists from the University of Exeter has found a Roman fort dating from the 1st Century AD in fields in Cornwall.

Several items of pottery have been excavated and a furnace which may have been used to smelt minerals.

Researchers said the find at Calstock, close to a silver mine, could show for the first time the Romans’ interest in exploiting Cornish minerals.

The way they found it is worth reading. Neat bit of detective work followed by some remote sensing.

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