June 30, 2011

More Kom el-Hisn photos

Filed under: Egypt, Field photos — acagle @ 7:44 pm

These are just for fun but I’ll be putting a few up in the next couple of days that may provide some challenges in identification.
Desert Fox
From L to R: Me, Karla, Genny, Alicia, and Richard Redding. That was in 1988. A wild guess is that it might be Room 15, the one with the tomb, skeleton, and mirror (see here). I’ll need to check the architectural plan, but the other photos are of the burial in there and it looks about like that tomb did. That was near the end of the season so I had lost a LOT of weight.

Desert Fox

No idea who these people are, although the one on the far left might be a little girl named Saha. I have a picture of Saha, me, and her best friend Halil, who was a little boy of the same age. I always thought that was adorable, they went everywhere together and I’ve always wondered if they ended up getting married. This is, I believe, over on the western edge of the site near the existing village in the background. I think the little building in the foreground is the enclosure for the tomb of Khesu-Wer, one of the few inscribed monuments at the place. I had a little fun one day bringing a rubber snake into the trench. . . .

Porcine archaeology (sort of)

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:23 pm

Part I: Archaeology Site at Pig Point Continues to Yield Ancient Treasures

The archaeological dig site at Pig Point near the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, has continued to yield incredible artifacts and other evidence of human activity since its initial discovery in 2009.

The dig began that same year and there have been a number of very interesting things found, including evidence of Algonquin wigwams, projectile points, ancient pottery and other artifacts dating back thousands of years further than anyone expected. Now that so many artifacts have been collected, archaeologists working the site are beginning to formulate theories about how people have lived here for thousands of years.

Not a bad article and it’s got several photos. Apparently a very early site (10kBP) with much later occupations.

Franklin Expedition update

Filed under: Historic, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 7:20 pm

Search continues in Canada’s North for lost ships of Franklin expedition

“We do have historical clues,” Marc-Andre Bernier, Parks Canada’s head of underwater archaeology, said Thursday.

“We know where the ships were abandoned. We know part of the story from some of the messages that were left by the Franklin expedition.

“One of our challenges is that the historical story ends at one point … but after that, we are relying on archaeology to find the ships.”

They already found another ship from the same period sent to rescue them, so there’s hope that the two Franklin ships could be found. I think it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to locate one or both of them fairly soon.

June 29, 2011

The Lord’s archaeology

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Archaeologists dig it up on Lord Ashley Cooper’s land

For the last two weeks, somewhere along the Ashley River in Dorchester County, a team of archaeologists and College of Charleston students sifted through dirt to catch a glimpse of how European, African, and Native American cultures collided in the 17th century.

Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the wig-bedecked Lords Proprietor among whom Charles II divvied up the Carolina colony, once owned the land where the team was digging. The site, whose location remains secret for fear of looters, centers around the brick foundations of an early colonial outpost.

That seems like a pretty neat site, involved in a lot of trade with various groups. Seems to have been a very short term habitation though.

“I’d like to buy a vowel”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 7:02 pm

Possible holy well discovered in Cwmbran woods

Amateur archaeologists have uncovered what they say may be a holy well in woodland in Cwmbran, Torfaen.

They were working on a dig to discover more about a settlement that dates back to the 16th Century that they already knew about.

But they came across the well at Green Meadow Woods and believe it is much older.

Richard Davies from the Ancient Cwmbran Society said it may shed light on the area’s religious history.

There you go.

June 28, 2011

What I’m listening to

Filed under: Non-archaeology — acagle @ 7:22 pm

Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat. I, um, actually had to go buy it back from the place I sold it to a few months ago. I missed it! Actually, I went back specifically to snag back my copy of John Cougar’s Scarecrow but had to look through the whole bin and found this one (blasted Scarecrow he priced at $5!). Pretty good album, one of only two (the other was Time Passages) that really made a splash, at least here. Figures, he worked with Alan Parsons on both of them, the man was a genius. I have the original Janus release. Never heard any of his earlier or later stuff (that I know of).

The other one I bought back, the Cougar one, I’d wished I hadn’t given away almost immediately. I think that was his best album. It’s beautifully recorded and I think every song on it stands well on its own as well as contributing to the whole thing. I’d read the other day someone who said they loved Bruce Springsteen (had to do with Clarence Clemmons passing) while he didn’t think much of Cougar. I’m the exact opposite. I’d rather watch white paint dry than listen to Springsteen. Cougar made one of my absolute favorite singles of all time, the long version of I Need a Lover. Brilliant.

Whoops?

Filed under: Forensic archaeology — acagle @ 7:11 pm

Crews try to identify bones near blown-up levee

Missouri state archaeologists and natural-resource specialists are trying to identify possibly ancient bone fragments unearthed last month when a southeast Missouri levee was intentionally breached to relieve flooding along the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Ohio River.

It’s not clear if the discovery of the bones — possibly from ancient tribal communities — could delay plans to rebuild the Birds Point levee that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up May 2. The agency breached the levee in Mississippi County to relieve pressure on the floodwall in Cairo, Ill., sparing that Ohio River town from being flooded but inundating about 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland in the process.

From Egypt

Filed under: Egypt — acagle @ 7:09 pm

Site Made Famous by Indiana Jones Yields Archaeology Treasure Trove

Indiana Jones came so close!

Painted, carved and inscribed thousands of years ago, hundreds of stone blocks that most likely formed a sacred temple were discovered in the ancient Egyptian capital once raided on the fictional explorer’s quest for the ark, the country’s archaeology society announced Monday.

The site, known as San El-Hagar or Tanis, is one of the most archaeologically rich areas of Egypt’s Nile delta. It was famously portrayed as the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, discovered by Indiana Jones in the film “Raiders of the the Lost Ark.”

Not much of an Indiana Jones connection except for the name of the site. This came across the EEF wires earlier in the week but I waited a bit to post to find out more. The link has a good photo of one of the blocks.

UPDATE: Couple more photos here.

Hunley update

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Been a while since they raised it: Civil War submarine rotated to upright position

The H.L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine, sealed its place in history on a February night in 1864 when it became the world’s first sub to sink an enemy warship in combat. Then its own fate was sealed when it sank mysteriously to the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Charleston, S.C., killing its crew of eight.

There the Hunley rested on its starboard side at a 45-degree angle until it was lifted from the ocean floor at that exact angle in 2000. Late last week, preservationists finished two painstaking days of work that allowed them to rotate the Hunley to its upright position.

I really like this. It was very well preserved, it was brought up for good reason — retrieve the sailors’ remains and conserve it — and they’ve done a good, patient job at it. I think it’s marvelous.

Irish archaeology

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:01 pm

In Baltimore! Digs reveal life of early immigrants

Archaeologists from the University of Maryland say a new excavations are revealing details of the lives of Baltimore’s early Irish immigrants.

The excavations in the backyards of the city’s 19th century immigrants represent the first formal archaeological research to focus on Baltimore’s early Irish settlement and labor force, a university release reported Friday.

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