The Roundup #16

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! May your fridge be crammed full of food for days on end!

The pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is over and, sadly, most of the interesting teams to watch will not move into the quarter finals. Japan was intoxicating to watch. Canada played like they’re ready for the big leagues. And Samoa and Georgia were solid in the best possible way.

This week was a strange one for archaeology news. There were a whole series of articles that will, at the very least, raise eyebrows and, alternatively or in complement, make you laugh out loud.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s roundup.


A fifth Viking ring fort – possibly built by Harald Bluetooth has been discovered in Denmark. Excavations will begin in the new year.

Scientists have sequenced an prehistoric African, nicknamed ‘Mota‘, and discovered that he was used to both high altitudes and was a distant relative of neolithic farmers from Ethiopia.

The grave of a young prince, likely a member of the aristocratic Marcomanni, has been discovered in the Czech Republic.

Archaeologists have determined that much of the gold used in Ireland throughout the ages in fact came from Cornwall.

Excavations are currently underway at the site where a Spitfire went down during the Second World War.

And students have recreated the red-figure pottery style of ancient Greece.

From The Guardian:

The Black Museum, commonly known as the Crime Museum, at Scotland Yard has officially opened to the public.

A nice little bit of cannibalism for your Thanksgiving weekend, as archaeologists announce evidence that the Aztecs tortured and ate conquistadors and their families.

Today marks 100 years since the British nurse Edith Cavell was executed at dawn by a German firing squad for being a spy.

And a biscuit saved from the Titanic in 1912 is set to go up for auction shortly. Henry Aldridge & Son expect it to fetch 8,000 to 10,000 pounds Sterling.

From the BBC:

King Henry V’s warship ‘Holigost‘ has apparently been discovered in the River Hamble in Hampshire.

From the Smithsonian:

The recent discovery of Homo Naledi continues to create controversy and, better still, debate about its origins and development, as Melissa Fessenden reports. Among other things, it appears that we lost our tree climbing lower limbs before our upper limbs.

A feature on the 19th century Civil War and First Nations photographer Alexander Gardner.

And a huge discovery from the Sulaymaniyah Museum in Kurdistan of new lines from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Open Culture’s post includes a video detailing this discovery.

From HyperAllergic:

News that the Getty Institute has acquired 150 year old photographs of Palmyra and Beirut, part of the ongoing global initiative to inventory historic records of the now nearly completely obliterated ancient cities of Syria.

From the Telegraph:

A 1611 edition of the King James bible has been discovered in a cupboard in St Giles Church in Wrexham.

And from the New Yorker, just because:

Republican presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Ben Carson has declared that citizens of Pompeii could have saved themselves by either outrunning the lava or by banding together to “fight the volcano“. I think I’ll use this as a catch-phrase for “oh wow, someone opened their mouth and said something hilariously stupid”. On the upside, the Smithsonian reports that, even if ancient Pompeiians didn’t fight the volcano, they at least had perfect teeth.