March 31, 2009

Arrrrr. . .it be pirate archaeology time, mateys

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:04 pm

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

A brass navigational instrument known as a chart divider is among artifacts recently recovered from a shipwreck thought to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, archaeologists said in March 2009.

Some of the newfound relics add to evidence that the ship belonged to the pirate. “”We feel pretty comfortable that that’s what this is,” said Marke Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge project for the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.

Photos and a link to a related story.

Say, I wonder where the whole “Arrrr” thing associated with pirates originated. Treasure Island? A movie?

Rail line delayed

Filed under: Local media — acagle @ 7:01 pm

UTA to delay site development decision

A key decision about a controversial commuter rail stop is now on hold. The Utah Transit Authority says it needs more time before choosing where a new stop and proposed development in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley will go.

UTA originally had hoped to make a decision about a proposed FrontRunner stop in Draper in the next few weeks. But the agency says it plans to first complete a study of “cultural and archaeological impacts” to the site.

Archaeologists have been studying the 250-acre site between I-15 and the Jordan River in Draper. They say artifacts found there date back 3,000 years and could provide key information about how some of the earliest inhabitants of our region lived.

News story video at the link.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

Filed under: Historic, Local media — acagle @ 6:59 pm

Archaeologists prepare to excavate Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

For the first time in 41 years archaeologists will undertake major excavations at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson.

The public is invited to watch and ask questions about the work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7-9. The site is closed to the public on Mondays and Sundays.

Visitors to the state historic site in Winnabow already can see foundations of colonial homes and earthworks from the Civil War fort excavated by Stanley South in the 1950s and 60s.


Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 11:05 am

BBC has a story up on Nubia that is worth checking out.

The Running Man. And Woman.

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 11:04 am

Optimal Running Speed Associated With Evolution Of Early Human Hunting Strategies

Runners, listen up: If your body is telling you that your pace feels a little too fast or a little too slow, it may be right.

A new study, published online March 18 in the Journal of Human Evolution, shows that the efficiency of human running varies with speed and that each individual has an optimal pace at which he or she can cover the greatest distance with the least effort.

The result debunks the long-standing view that running has the same metabolic cost per unit of time no matter the speed — in other words, that the energy needed to run a given distance is the same whether sprinting or jogging. Though sprinting feels more demanding in the short term, the longer time and continued exertion required to cover a set distance at a slower pace were thought to balance out the difference in metabolic cost, says Karen Steudel, a zoology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pretty interesting even from a non-prehistorical perspective. I guess that means running slowly should indeed burn more calories.

Airport archaeology

Filed under: Conservation/CRM, Local media — acagle @ 10:54 am

Airport dig unearths 1500 BC settlement

The area highlighted shows the fields by La Route de Plaisance and La Rue de la Mare bought by the States for £135,000 last year and where the discovery was made. (0749133)

EVIDENCE of a prehistoric settlement has been discovered in fields that could be used for an airport runway extension.

Archaeologists working for the Public Services Department have uncovered signs of life in St Peter’s some 3,500 years ago on land at the west end of the current landing strip.

‘We don’t tend to find archaeology of where people lived – we only seem to get the places where the dead were buried with dolmens and suchlike,’ said States archaeology officer Phil de Jersey.

But did they sell them by the seashore?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 10:52 am

Shells give new take on human evolution

Analysis of complex shell tools is rewriting the history of human development in Australasia, says one archaeologist.

Dr Katherine Szabo of the University of Wollongong has just taken up a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to further her research.

“This bears on questions of our history as a species,” says Szabo.

I admit not having much experience with shell tools. Obviously have to be used on relatively soft material and they mention one object’s (possible?) use as a scraper. I would imagine they would be dashedly difficult to analyze, or even identify, since they would erode relatively easily.

March 30, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:43 pm

Hungary’s archaeologists object to public access to listed sites – paper

Hungary’s association of archaeologists has raised concern about a new government decision under which public access will be granted to listed sites, Nepszabadsag daily said on Saturday.

The decision coming into force on April 1 is intended to enable buyers to see if the land they plan to purchase is on a listed archaeological site. In case it is, then before they do any work on the new property, they are obliged to have it excavated at their own cost.

The Hungarian Archaeology Association has published a statement protesting against the new regulation, stating that it will endanger listed sites and make them available to looters.

One can see the dilemma. Not much detail there so it’s hard to see how restricted the listing would be. One would think that, in order to see if anything’s present on a piece of land, one would have to be partway along in the bidding process before the information would be released to you. That way, you could keep out the riff-raff and just give the money to people who were actually going through the purchase process.

Caravan archaeology

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:38 pm

Archaeologists call for a dig under a caravan business

THE potential for prehistoric and Roman archaeological finds under a caravan showroom in St Georges could scupper plans to build nine homes on the site.

Davan Caravans is proposing to downsize its forecourt in Bristol Road to provide space for the development.

But an archaeologist is demanding a trial excavation on the site before any work takes place.

I wouldn’t have known what a “caravan business” was — something to do with camels? — were I not a devoted viewer of Top Gear. They’re called RVs here.

Love that show. I discovered it on my own once, for whatever reason and became addicted. Uproariously funny at times. The caravan show was okay, they ended up just being kind of stupid and burning. . . .well, you go watch.

Civil War archaeology

Filed under: Marine archaeology — acagle @ 2:28 pm

Civil War naval clashes uncovered at Bayport

Dale Groth — minding his crab traps at Bayport Park and soaking in the gulfside atmosphere of sunshine, marsh grass, cabbage palms and wind-rippled water — was asked if he knew that this peaceful setting had hosted a series of naval clashes during the Civil War.

Groth, 76, a Bayport regular since 1997, gave a surprised look and shook his head no. “I’ll be darned,” he said.

It’s true. At least five times between 1863 and 1865, Union ships confronted blockade-runners in or near Bayport.

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