Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Protecting Libya’s treasures from Nato bombs

Bettany Hughes warns of the threat to the ancient site of Leptis Magna, noting that the Libyan government has stored explosives nearby (“As Gaddafi shows, tyrants will always exploit ancient treasures”).

But antiquities face a far greater threat from Nato bombing of cities. In Tripoli the magnificent arch of Marcus Aurelius is in the city centre. The excellent national museum is in Tripoli’s main square, and in Benghazi the remains of Berenice are close to the harbour.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Increase in archaeological finds recorded by the public‎

The British Museum recently announced that there has been an increase in archaeological finds recorded by the public. A total  of 90,146 objects were recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) in 2010 – a 36% increase on 2009 – while Treasure cases reported amounted to 859 – up by up 10% on the previous year.

One find includes a saucy Roman knife - This object depicts an erotic scene involving two males and a female, and a decapitated head! Only a small number of erotic knife handles are known from the UK.

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Friday, 10 June 2011

Broken figurines of Keros: New discovery by a British archaeologists can now explain a Greek mystery

Archaeologist have been perplexed by the questions surrounding why beautifully crafted figures made 4500 years ago on a tiny Cycladic island in the Aegean called Keros were destroyed by their creators.

It comes to light that the Island of Keros was used as a ritual destination whereby the inhabitants deliberately smashed prized ceramic objects as part of a ceremonial tradition.

The segmented remains of these objects were then used as part of a pilgrimage around the island to bury the remains as an offering to a deity.

British Archaeologist Colin Renfrew conducted the excavations which led to the remarkable discovery as to why such prized possessions were destroyed.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

New BA Boss - Former Archaeologist!

Keith Williams has taken over from Willie Walsh as the new Chief Executive of British Airways. Apparently one of the reasons for this is because the calm 55-year-old former historian and archaeology specialist loves solving problems! 

After gaining a first-class degree in history and archaeology from Liverpool University, he went on to do a PhD. However, halfway through he decided that it was not for him and instead trained to be an accountant at Arthur Andersen.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Computer-Dating Revolution for Archaeologists

Innovations in programming are changing archaeologists’ perception of how settled life and early agriculture spread through Britain.

The long-lost ‘history’ of prehistoric Britain, including our island’s first wars, is being re-discovered - courtesy of innovations in computer programming as well as archaeology.
Using newly refined computer systems, developed over recent years by programmers at Oxford University, archaeologists from English Heritage and Cardiff University have for the first time been able to fairly accurately date individual prehistoric battles, migrations and building construction projects.
After eight years of research, the team has been able to create a ‘historical’ chronology for the first 700 years of settled life in Britain. 

Friday, 3 June 2011

Unseen for 1,800 years: Archaeologists find 120m tunnel leading to 'funeral chambers' deep below ancient Mexican city

Archaeologists made their discovery in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, north-west of Mexico cityAccording to the daily mail: Archaeologists have discovered 'a recreation of the underworld' at the ancient city of Teotihuacan in Mexico thanks to a radar device.  
Researchers have only advanced 7 metres along the tunnel but the radar has revealed it to be 120 metres long and covered in symbols. It is thought that the passage leads to three chambers and may help explain the beliefs of the civilisation. 

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Development of homes near Runcorn unearths medieval village

According to the Liverpool Echo:

A development of hones near Runcorn unearthes a medieval village.

Shards of pottery from drinking and storage vessels have been cleaned and catalogued, as has an unusual bronze lion’s head, which archaeologists believe could have been a cap badge.