July 30, 2010

Stonehenge update

Filed under: Stonehenge — acagle @ 3:12 pm

From The Guardian. Not much new there

“Rats?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 3:04 pm

Archaeologists Find Remains of Giant, Dog-sized Rats

The remains of ancient, dog sized rats, which were three times the size of the largest species alive today, were found by archaeologists in a remote cave in Australia known as the East Timorese cave.

These huge rats are believed to have weighed around 13 pounds and would have been about the size of a Jack Russel Terrier. The details of the finding were given in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History this week, according to Ken Aplin from the government science agency CSIRO.

Extra cool. GIANT RATS. Those could have probably been a food source although the article doesn’t mention the context of the find.

SS WTC update

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 2:58 pm

From the NY Times. Slow loading because of the embedded 360 photo, which I have decided is the ultimate in cool.

Stiff. . . . .found

Filed under: Conservation/CRM, Forensic archaeology — acagle @ 2:54 pm

UF archaeologist finds remains near Silver Glen Springs

An archaeologist from the University of Florida on Monday found human remains estimated to be hundreds of years old.

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Philip Minton noted in his report that he was called to Silver Glen Recreation area at 5251 N. Highway 19 in Silver Springs in reference to a suspicious incident.

Asa Randall, an archaeologist employed at the university, told Minton that while conducting a precursory dig he found human bones, which he is required by law to report.

What a weird story. The last half of it is a bunch of junk about the archaeologist.

July 29, 2010

Ground Zero ship update

Filed under: Conservation/CRM, Historic — acagle @ 7:09 pm

This from a couple of weeks ago: Crews To Remove WTC Ship From Site

A ship found at the World Trade Center site is on the move again after spending the past 300 years underground.

Archaeologists and workers are beginning to take apart the ship, which dates to the 1700s.
It was found by construction workers excavating for a parking garage at the World Trade Center site.

The 32-foot ship will be taken to a lab in Maryland for research, but scientists say it was probably once used to deliver goods to merchants in the city.

There’s video at the site but it doesn’t seem to add anything except for the pictures.

July 28, 2010

Bring on the comments. . . . .

Filed under: Biblical archaeology — acagle @ 3:33 pm

Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Solved?

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered more than 60 years ago in seaside caves near an ancient settlement called Qumran. The conventional wisdom is that a breakaway Jewish sect called the Essenes—thought to have occupied Qumran during the first centuries B.C. and A.D.—wrote all the parchment and papyrus scrolls.

But new research suggests many of the Dead Sea Scrolls originated elsewhere and were written by multiple Jewish groups, some fleeing the circa-A.D. 70 Roman siege that destroyed the legendary Temple in Jerusalem.

Not a bad article. It summarizes the recent controversies pretty well. Obviously this will be controversial.

What an ass

Filed under: Agriculture, Egypt — acagle @ 3:26 pm

Ancient DNA identifies donkey ancestors, people who domesticated them

Sorting through the most comprehensive sampling of mitochondrial DNA ever assembled from ancient, historic and living specimens, scientists determined that the critically endangered African wild ass — which today exists only in small numbers in eastern Africa, zoos and wildlife preserves — is the living ancestor of the modern donkey.

What’s more, researchers found evidence to suggest that a subspecies called the Nubian wild ass, presumed vanished late in the 20th century, is not only a direct ancestor of the donkey — it may still exist.

That’s actually quite fascinating; donkeys haven’t gotten near the study that other domesticates have, especially in Egypt where people have primarily concentrated on cattle, sheep, and goats, generally I think because donkeys weren’t thought of as a food source. Besides China, I’m not sure where else they are regularly eaten.

Franklin expedition update

Filed under: Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 3:20 pm

They are still lost and presumably dead.

Okay, really: Canadians discover long-lost ship ‘fundamental’ to Arctic sovereignty

The wreck of HMS Investigator was detected in shallow water within days of Parks Canada archeologists launching an ambitious search for the 422-ton ship from a chilly tent encampment on the Beaufort Sea shoreline.

“It’s sitting upright in silt; the three masts have been removed, probably by ice,” said Ifan Thomas, Parks Canada’s superintendent of the western Arctic Field Unit. “It’s a largely intact ship in very cold water, so deterioration didn’t happen very quickly.”

Environment Minister Jim Prentice, who arrived at the camp on Tuesday, said that finding a relic linked to the discovery of the Northwest Passage represents a reasserted Canadian claim to Arctic sovereignty.

Technically not part of the Franklin expedition, but still neat. Be sure to read the whole article. Hopefully, they will have similar luck finding the actual Franklin ships.

Project update

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 3:13 pm

BTW, the new fence is done:

Desert Fox

Turned out pretty well, IMO. No major snags, it looks pretty good, and no major injuries, apart from a semi-nasty scratch where I tried to saw off my arm. The two little plants are Clematis; I opted for those instead of the jasmine because I thought they’d be a bit hardier. You can see a small section of the old fence there at the end. The rest of the plants in the foreground are mostly mint, which grow like weeds back there. I keep thinking I should do something with it, but I have no recipes that call for mint and I don’t really like it in iced tea. Kinda smells nice whenever I got back there and rummage around though.

I think eventually the whole fence will have to be replaced and I hope in a few years a similar lattice will be available to just extend it out.

July 27, 2010

Inscription translation again

Filed under: Cemeteries — acagle @ 7:32 pm

Got another inscription, this time in German:
Desert Fox

I can make out:

Ruht in dicsem(?) Garten
Tuhl(?) auf Vater und Mutter warten

Which I have translated (literal) as “Rests in dicsem garden Fuhl on father and mother wait”.

My German’s pretty rudimentary. About the most complex I get is “Bitte ein Schnauzer mit mein weinerschnitzel?”>

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