July 31, 2011

Archaeology themed video do jour

Filed under: Egypt, Pop culture — acagle @ 3:28 pm

Okay, I found it: Walk Like an Egyptian:

I admit that this isn’t all that “archaeological” save for the basic theme. (And who cares anyway, Susanna Hoffs is h.o.t. hot) I don’t think it ever caught on as a dance although I would wager that whenever it was played at dance clubs people probably did it. Most of the lyrics don’t have anything to do with Egypt although this little bit makes the connection explicit: All the old paintings on the tombs/They do the sand dance don’t you know

“Indy, cover your heart!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 9:23 am

Because it’s the executioner! Ancient Sacrificer Found With Blades in Peru Tomb?

With ancient ceremonial knives at his side, an elite 14th-century executioner—a key player in human-sacrifice rituals—has been uncovered in a tomb at a pre-Inca site in Peru, archaeologists suggest.

The tomb was found at Chotuna-Chornancap, a coastal site near the Peruvian city of Chiclayo (map). The site was once an important ceremonial center of the Lambayeque culture, also known as the Sicán.

The culture lived along the northern coasts of Peru from around A.D. 800 until around 1375, when the neighboring Chimú civilization conquered the Sicán.

They do give all the usual caveats at the end of the piece. Irritating site with globs of popup ads.

Errrrr. . .what?

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 9:19 am

Mysterious Gold-Coated Statue in Machu Picchu, that Never Was, Baffles Archaeologists

As Machu Picchu is celebrating the hundredth year of its discovery, the mysterious ruins have baffled archaeologists yet again with a new mystical discovery.

A large, gold-coated statue of the Inca emperor is believed to have once stood in the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru, according to a recent research.

Archaeologists assume that the statue was of the great Inca emperor Pachacuti and had disappeared before the American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled upon Machu Picchu in July 1911.

Eh, there doesn’t seem to be any actual evidence of such, just odd references to it maybe having been there. You’d think there’d be a fairly obvious pedestal still there if there ever was one. . . .

“Do you like movies stories about gladiators?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — acagle @ 9:16 am

Or probable gladiators at any rate: ‘Roman gladiators’ go on show in York

The 1,800-year-old human remains were exhumed in the city over the past decade and will be displayed in an empty shop throughout the summer.

Archaeologists say the discovery suggested the site was only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery in the world.

The exhibition will feature the skeletons and objects which were unearthed alongside them.

They apparently go with the gladiator hypothesis on the paleopathology and demographics of the burial population, although there may be other evidence that isn’t mentioned specifically in the article. Adult males with lots of injuries — including a carnivore bite mark — is usually taken to mean some sort of battle source.

Yes, you read that right

Filed under: Battlefield archaeology, Underwater archaeology — acagle @ 9:12 am

Call to protect underwater World War II tanks

Maritime archaeologists have investigated ways for World War II tanks at the bottom of the sea near the Isle of Wight to be protected.

The tanks and other equipment were being carried on a landing craft which capsized and lost its cargo as it was heading for the D-Day landings in 1944.

They sit on the seabed between the east of the island and Selsey, West Sussex.

Video at the link. It largely reads the text of the story, but adds a bit in, especially a bit I found interesting: Do the ’shipwreck” laws apply? It’s not a ship, but a ship’s cargo.

The real Uncle Tom?

Filed under: Cemeteries, Slavery archaeology — acagle @ 9:08 am

Archaeologists search for lost graves at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

Starting tomorrow, archaeologists from The University of Western Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust will begin to search for unmarked graves at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden.

The site is home to two historic cemeteries belonging to the British American Institute and the Henson family. Although many tombstones are visible at the two cemeteries, their positions do not always precisely mark the location of the underlying graves.

“Historic cemeteries are notorious for having many more burials than are marked by gravestones or recorded in the cemetery records,” says Edward Eastaugh, who will lead Western’s survey team.

From what I’ve been seeing, historic cemeteries tend to spread out much more than old maps indicate as well. Recall that many could not afford a stone marker and wooden ones were often used, which obviously don’t last all that long.

July 30, 2011

Archaeology themed video du jour

Filed under: Pop culture — acagle @ 10:00 am

I was going to post “Walk Like an Egyptian” — which isn’t terribly archaeological except for the subject matter, sorta — but couldn’t find the original video, just a bunch of stupid made-up ones or live versions. So I have gone with the one I was going to do tomorrow: Toto’s Africa:

Probably more anthropological than archaeological, but it’s evocative of dusty old academic study. We see the eager young graduate student poring over dusty volumes while the elder professor looks on wondering why he’s wasting time when he ought to be researching whatever she wants him to research (sounds familiar). And then the mysterious African who. . .does something. I like it; it’s ambiguous and mysterious without being totally campy. Why is he looking for that torn page? What does it mean? Has he seen the shield before, much as it is in the rain outside? What happens to him? What actually happens to the woman?

This one hit a nerve with me as I was just really getting into my undergrad studies at the time and spending a lot of time in the bone lab and such. I really liked the idea of burying myself in such an esoteric profession, full of old books on foreign lands. One of my favorites.

July 29, 2011

Hells bells update

Filed under: Biblical archaeology — acagle @ 4:30 pm

2000 Year Old Bell (VIDEO, PHOTO) Rings Again!

Archaeologist Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority thinks the bell likely fell off and rolled into the sewer as its owner passed by.

According to Shukron, it was a “very rare” find, reports the Associated Press.

When Shukron shook the bell on Sunday, he could make out a faint metallic sound between a clink and a rattle.

Video at the link, not much else new. Keee-rist, that is possibly the dullest narration I have ever heard. I was expecting to hear the bell ring, but it apparently didn’t.

A hot Egyptologist

Filed under: Media, Pop culture — acagle @ 4:27 pm

Fictional only, sadly: Preview of ‘White Collar’ Episode Featuring Eliza Dushku

When Neal and Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) discover wanted fugitive Keller is smuggling priceless Egyptian antiquities into the city, Neal will go undercover with an exotic and beautiful Egyptologist (Dushku) to locate and capture his foe. But during a confrontation with Keller, Neal learns his true motives for returning to New York.

Well, in the interest of providing you, our loyal reader, with added information with which to evaluate critically the potential viewability of the show. . . . .

Oak Harbor update

Filed under: Conservation/CRM — acagle @ 4:19 pm

Third bone site in Oak Harbor acknowledged, city cleared of wrongdoing | UPDATE

State state regulators have begun an investigation this week into a third site that might contain Native American remains.

Allyson Brooks, director for the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, alerted the News-Times of the pending investigation just hours before press time Tuesday. She said it’s the result of an anonymous tip the agency received late Monday.

She could not confirm the validity of the allegations, but said the historic preservation office is obligated to look into the claims.

Apparently a lot of the dirt they’d been excavating found its way elsewhere. Read the whole thing though.

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