April 30, 2009

Roman dish update

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:11 pm

CNN has more. This says it was actually fragmented but held together by the sediment (see the photo). Looking back to the older post, that one says that the red color “slowly” disappeared so perhaps we should not judge them too harshly.

Lost civilization tunnels. . . .found not found

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:07 pm

No light at the end of the ‘tunnel’, confirms archaeologist

HOPES that a discovery made by construction workers on a site in Dungannon could be proof of the existence of the legendary “secret tunnels” leading from Hugh O’Neills castle, were dashed when an archaeologist confirmed the structure was a well dating from the late 1800s.
The find, which was made by contractors in the town’s Irish Street on Wednesday morning, had created quite a stir in the local area, with rumours abounding that one of the ancient passageways had been uncovered.
Legend has it that a series of tunnels run the length of the town’s main thoroughfare from Castle Hill, offering the ideal escape route for any impending attack on the medieval fortress.

Video dig

Filed under: Local media — acagle @ 7:05 pm

Archaeologists in dig near Park Plaza

A FEW feet beneath the fields across the A10 in Waltham Cross lay 10,000 years of history, unearthed by archaeologists during a recent dig.

News – Dr Martin DearneDiggers from Enfield Archaeological Society descended upon the site opposite the Park Plaza printworks in search of a medieval moated house, the seat of the manor of Cullings.

However, the dig turned out to be far from straightforward, as site supervisor and chair of the society, Michael Dewbery revealed.

Eh, video’s nothing to write home about.

Gotta find it first. . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 6:48 pm

Archaeologist bemoans Ark looting

Yeah, misleading subject line.

Artifacts of prehistoric people who lived in Arkansas are being excavated by professionals who are trying to piece together more of the story of those who once lived here. Those artifacts are also being dug up by criminals.

Dr. Julie Morrow, station archaeologist for Arkansas Archaeological Survey, wants to get the word out that raiding the state’s past can be a felony.

Morrow said that every winter, looters go to the Little Turkey Hill and Harter Knoll sites in Independence County to dig.

But wait, there’s more! From Arkansas, that is:
Early Arkansas history emerges from dig near Pocahontas
Not about the Pocahontas.

Cemetery archaeology

Filed under: Cemeteries, Conservation/CRM, Local media — acagle @ 1:38 pm

Fishkill land confirmed to be Revolutionary War gravesite

Graves, very likely those of hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers, have been found, at long last, on undeveloped land in the Town of Fishkill that was proposed to be a shopping center.

Archaeological digs and a survey using ground-penetrating radar confirmed existence of long-suspected remains in the historic site known as the Fishkill Supply Depot, according to letters from state historic officials.

Historians deem the depot to have been a major resource in the American colonies’ war to become a free nation. It was a logistics center for food and supplies as well as an encampment for thousands of soldiers, they have said.

New World migrations update

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 1:36 pm

Native Americans Descended From a Single Ancestral Group, DNA Study Confirms

For two decades, researchers have been using a growing volume of genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.

Now, after painstakingly comparing DNA samples from people in dozens of modern-day Native American and Eurasian groups, an international team of scientists thinks it can put the matter to rest: Virtually without exception the new evidence supports the single ancestral population theory.

“Our work provides strong evidence that, in general, Native Americans are more closely related to each other than to any other existing Asian populations, except those that live at the very edge of the Bering Strait,” said Kari Britt Schroeder, a lecturer at the University of California, Davis, and the first author on the paper describing the study.

Interesting to see what the linguists have to say.

April 29, 2009

Trivia time

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:35 pm

What is this:

1. The toilet is of the standard zero-gravity type. Depending on requirements, System A and/or System B can be used, details of which are clearly marked in the toilet compartment. When operating System A, depress lever and a plastic dalkron eliminator will be dispensed through the slot immediately underneath. When you have fastened the adhesive lip, attach connection marked by the large “X” outlet hose. Twist the silver coloured ring one inch below the connection point until you feel it lock.
2. The toilet is now ready for use. The Sonovac cleanser is activated by the small switch on the lip. When securing, twist the ring back to its initial-condition, so that the two orange line meet. Disconnect. Place the dalkron eliminator in the vacuum receptacle to the rear. Activate by pressing the blue button.
3. The controls for System B are located on the opposite wall. The red release switch places the uroliminator into position; it can be adjusted manually up or down by pressing the blue manual release button. The opening is self adjusting. To secure after use, press the green button which simultaneously activates the evaporator and returns the uroliminator to its storage position.
4. You may leave the lavatory if the green exit light is on over the door. If the red light is illuminated, one of the lavatory facilities is not properly secured. Press the “Stewardess” call button on the right of the door. She will secure all facilities from her controll panel outside. When gren exit light goes on you may open the door and leave. Please close the door behind you.
5. To use the Sonoshower, first undress and place all your clothes in the clothes rack. Put on the velcro slippers located in the cabinet immediately below. Enter the shower. On the control panel to your upper right upon entering you will see a “Shower seal” button. Press to activate. A green light will then be illuminated immediately below. On the intensity knob select the desired setting. Now depress the Sonovac activation lever. Bathe normally.
6. The Sonovac will automatically go off after three minutes unless you activate the “Manual off” over-ride switch by flipping it up. When you are ready to leave, press the blue “Shower seal” release button. The door will open and you may leave. Please remove the velcro slippers and place them in their container.
7. If the red light above this panel is on, the toilet is in use. When the green light is illuminated you may enter. However, you must carefully follow all instructions when using the facilities duting coasting (Zero G) flight. Inside there are three facilities: (1) the Sonowasher, (2) the Sonoshower, (3) the toilet. All three are designed to be used under weightless conditions. Please observe the sequence of operations for each individual facility.
8. Two modes for Sonowashing your face and hands are available, the “moist-towel” mode and the “Sonovac” ultrasonic cleaner mode. You may select either mode by moving the appropriate lever to the “Activate” position.

If you choose the “moist-towel” mode, depress the indicated yellow button and withdraw item. When you have finished, discard the towel in the vacuum dispenser, holding the indicated lever in the “active” position until the green light goes on…showing that the rollers have passed the towel completely into the dispenser. If you desire an additional towel, press the yellow button and repeat the cycle.
9. If you prefer the “Sonovac” ultrasonic cleaning mode, press the indicated blue button. When the twin panels open, pull forward by rings A & B. For cleaning the hands, use in this position. Set the timer to positions 10, 20, 30 or 40…indicative of the number of seconds required. The knob to the left, just below the blue light, has three settings, low, medium or high. For normal use, the medium setting is suggested.
10. After these settings have been made, you can activate the device by switching to the “ON” position the clearly marked red switch. If during the washing operation, you wish to change the settings, place the “manual off” over-ride switch in the “OFF” position. you may now make the change and repeat the cycle.

Blogging update

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 2:23 pm

Sorry about the light posting. Finishing (second set of) revisions on Very Important Paper and scrounging up old figures for someone else to use in a book chapter. Both should be complete today!

Lost civilization glass bowl. . . .found

Filed under: Cemeteries — acagle @ 9:05 am

Unique Roman glass dish found at London grave site

Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman glass bowl, thought to be a unique find in the Western Roman Empire, at an ancient cemetery beyond the walls of the old city of London.

The “millefiori” dish (a thousand flowers), believed to date from around the 2nd to 3rd century A.D., is a mosaic of hundreds of indented blue petals with white bordering.

“For it to have survived intact is amazing. In fact, it is unprecedented in the western Roman world,” said Jenny Hall, curator of the Roman collection at the Museum of London.

Pretty neat, but too bad excavating it caused it to deteriorate.

April 28, 2009

Online text alert

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 10:31 am

Over the EEF wires yesterday:

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the publication of eleven older Egyptological titles, most available exclusively online and two also in print. These are the first of the 125 volumes scanned to be released. Internet publication of these volumes was made possible with the generous support of Misty and Lewis Gruber.

The email gives out a long list of titles, but this looks to be the full listing. PDF downloads appear to be free. No doubt large, too. I’ll be downloading Prehistoric Survey of Egypt and Western Asia, Vol. I: Paleolithic Man and the Nile-Faiyum Divide: A Study of the Region During Pliocene and Pleistocene Times by Sandford and Arkell (if I don’t have a photocopy already).

Hmmm, take that back, there are several sections:




TONS of good stuff from Egypt to Mesopotamia and Syria.

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