The Roundup #66

In the week since I last posted an archaeology roundup, it feels like seven years instead of seven days has passed in the absurdity of the Trump White House. Spicer out; Scaramucci in. Then Priebus out; Kelly in. Then Scaramucci (Mrs.) out. Trumpcare out; Obamacare in. McCain out; McCain in. Etc, etc, etc. ad nauseam. It’s a good thing that one of the tenets of archaeological study is care and consideration, and so news of this sort is released with a certain degree of stability.

And so, without further ado, here is this week’s roundup. Enjoy!

From The Guardian:

A 1,300 year old wooden coffin – considered the most important wooden object in England from before the Norman invasion – is going on display in Durham, where St. Cuthbert’s body was interred following his death in the 7th century.

From Archaeology.org:

A 16th century musical score has been recreated with the help of Ad Lib.

Dafna Langgut, an archaeobotanist, has tracked the introduction of citrus fruit from Southeast Asia to the Ancient Mediterranean.

A monumental tomb, referencing a famous brawl after a gladiatorial match in 59 AD, has been discovered in Pompeii.

The Roundup #55

It’s been one hell of a couple weeks. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Leonard Cohen died, and I now know what’s left of a body after it’s hit by a train. All fun stuff, you can imagine.

During the Mosul offensive in Iraq, it appears that ISIS/ISIL/Daesh have made efforts to destroy anything in their path as they retreat, including more of the ancient site of Nimrud in the north. Reuters has reported on it, as has the Smithsonian – specifically regarding the ziggurat destroyed there – and History Today offers a retrospective on the city for those hoping to learn more.

So, as a respite, here is the roundup from the last two weeks. Enjoy!

From Archaeology.org:

Otzi the Ice Man’s outfit was assembled from five different animal species, suggesting there was more going on than straight-up subsistence living.

Would you like a crocodile mummy? Why not 50 for the price of one? New evidence shows that a crocodile mummy actually contains the mummies of 47 hatchlings as well, folded into the wrappings of the larger animal.

Does anyone remember the scavenger-doctor character Tom Hanks played in Cloud Atlas? Hunting around for real teeth for dentures wasn’t made up, as these from Tuscany and suggest.

A possible site for the final resting place of the last emperor of the Inca may be on the table, after archaeologists began excavating at Maiqui-Machay in Ecuador.

An odd thing: a pot from a Roman camp site in Switzerland containing oil lamps with images of Luna, gladiators, peacocks, and other figures.

Archaeologists working at a site in Kazakhstan have unearthed stone structures containing a variety of treasures suggesting that the people living here were wealthy as well as originally nomadic.

Mosaic floors found in Turkey! Need I say more?

Hundreds of graves for monks have been discovered at Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.

A feature on an Islamic palace found near Jericho.

Petroglyphs in Hawaii were uncovered after shifting sand revealed them in July.

A burial causeway in Aswan dating to the 12th dynasty has been discovered in Egypt.

Evidence of a mythical flood that ushered in the Xia dynasty in China has been discovered.

Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre is currently being excavated in London. Of the many items discovered there are ticket boxes and parts of costumes.

And ongoing excavations at Tel Gezer in Israel are revealing some stunning finds.

The Roundup #47

It’s been an interesting week in archaeological news (to the public; not the archaeologists themselves, who’ve been working at these sites for months if not years). The big highlight has to be the discovery of ruins outside of the already ruined castle of Tintagel where archaeologists believe Arthur may have been born.

Here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!

From Archaeology.org:

Possibly my favourite bit of news from this week, archaeologists have recreated a kitchen in a launderette at Pompeii.

The question over whether a burial site where the skeletons of men were found decapitated remains, as scholars dispute the idea that it could have been a mass grave for either gladiators or criminals.

Technology adds new dimensions to archaeological work as the footprints originally discovered by Mary Leakey in the Laetoli area of Tanzania and dated to over 3 millions years ago are analyzed by DigTrace software.

Evidence to support the mythical founding of China’s empire have been found: sediment from a massive flooding of the Yellow River nearly 4,000 years ago at a site called Lajia.

And a lavish burial for a woman has been discovered near Aspero in Peru.

From the CBC:

A huge mass burial site has been uncovered near Piraeus in Greece dating from the 8th to the 5th century BCE.

From the National Post:

Specialists have used a particle accelerator to determine that an old and much despised Degas held in Australia contains another portrait underneath, of one of Degas’ models, Emma Dobigny.

From The Guardian:

A massive, ornate Mayan tomb from the historical snake dynasty has been discovered in Belize.

The Roundup #45

This week brought to light (for me at least) some rather interesting notes on projects ongoing around the world. The first, and of course my favourite, is this piece from the Smithsonian about Wolfgang Neubauer’s non-invasive archaeological work on Carnuntum in Austria, particularly the ludus or gladiator school near the amphitheatre there. The second, which I stumbled on quite by accident after deciding to check out rogueclassicism.com for the first time in ages, about the search for the provenance of a Gospel purportedly to be of Jesus’s wife.

So how ’bout them apples?

And, with that, here’s the rest of this week’s roundup. Enjoy!

From Archaeology.org:

The remains of four people found in the back of a shop in Pompeii were discovered with jewellery and money, despite evidence of looting at the site.

Evidence of bitumen collection from Russia has been identified in the molecular remains inside an amphora.

Archaeological reconstruction of funeral rites for a shaman in Israel from 12,000 years ago yields all kinds of new information.

Evidence of what could prove to be a remarkable cooling system for working men and animals in Carthage’s circus.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria is not a new thing, as evidence from mummies from Peru and Italy suggest.

From the Atlantic:

A short and delightful video on new techniques designed to non-invasively read papyrus scrolls from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The Roundup #25

Lots of dead animals and decapitations this time around for some reason. I leave it to you to determine what if any significance that might have…

From Archaeology.org:

Evidence of sacrifice in the area around Aarhus in Denmark is being described as “not normal” after a site where a woman was decapitated and buried in a bog with eight dogs is discovered in an area resplendent for its bog burials.

An incredibly well-preserved skeleton of a horse – complete with its hooves – has been discovered in a necropolis at Faliro, outside of Athens, Greece.

Genome sequencing of seven skeletons from a cemetery in northern England attests to the cosmopolitan nature of the Roman Empire. The Guardian has also reported on this.

It appears that, approximately 10,000 years ago, a group of people were massacred on the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya.

France has returned the head of a Khmer statue to be reunited with the body at Cambodia’s National Museum after 125 years in the Guimet Museum.

From the Smithsonian:

There are always people in history who are endlessly fascinated and intricately connected to the world they lived in and the way we understand our world now. One of these, John Dee, advisor and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I of England, is the subject of this article and of a Victorian-era painting of him by Henry Gilland Glindoni.

From the Portland Press Herald:

The place where 19 people were hanged during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 17th century have been formally identified using ground penetrating radar

The Roundup #7

What a find! The oldest known Roman fortifications, and the only ones ever discovered in Italy, have been identified near Trieste.

Archaeology Magazine does a slightly more in-depth piece on Carnuntum in Austria, a Roman fort along the Danube that became a thriving city until it was abandoned in the 5th century CE. Among other things, evidence of a gladiatorial school has been discovered there and archaeological work is ongoing.

And a bizarre site where excavators have found bison bones buried deep in the earth has University of Lethbridge archaeologists scratching their heads.

Here’s this week’s roundup, albeit a day later than usual:

In Archaeology.org:

Proof that, when it comes to archaeology, details are everything, archaeologists at Tel-Kabri are examining recently excavated jars, some of which used to contain an aromatic red wine.

The oldest known Pictish fort has been identified in Dunnicaer by archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Preliminary surveys of the site of the Great Synagogue of Vilna in Lithuania have led to discussion about excavations in coming seasons.

Potentially the oldest human remains yet found in France, a human tooth has been discovered during excavations in Arago Cave in the southwestern part of the country.

And your bit of cuteness for the week, cat paw prints have been discovered on Roman roof tiles from England.

From PastHorizons:

A Roman military bath complex has been discovered in Georgia, complete with decorative mosaics. Luxury flooring for army men? This is something I’ll keep tabs on…

From the Smithsonian:

The Jamestown Rediscovery has another medal for its mantlepiece: the identities of four of the senior members of the original 17th century colony.

From The Guardian:

A Russian submarine has been discovered off the coast of Sweden. Although it’s still unclear how old the sub actually is, one this is certain: we won’t find Sean Connery in it.

The Roundup #1

In my first attempt at a regular posted series, and because I’ve now had a least two people tell me how much they enjoy the archaeology articles that I regularly post on Facebook, here is my first Roundup for the week of June 15th to 19th, 2015.

My favourite of the week has got to be the Spartan invasion of the London Underground.

From the Telegraph UK:

Our hopes that Palymra had avoided the destruction wrought by ISIS/ISIL on Nimrud and Hatra have been dashed…to pieces.

From the Smithsonian:

Following the filming of a documentary for PBS, Providence Pictures donated a most interesting contraption to the Colosseum in Rome, complete with revealing wolf!

Despite at least once notable typo, the Smithsonian delves into the world of Proto-Indo-European and show how a single ancient language group affects billions of people worldwide.

Arsonists have destroyed artefacts from the site of Tel Kishon in Israel. Yes, fire still wrecks things, even old things.

And a stunning, creative endeavour by two documentarians from China at the site where the Buddha statues in Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

From Archaeology.org:

Gladiators etched in stone from the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias. I’m such a sucker for gladiatorial imagery.

Bulgarian officials have confiscated a series of silver coins, some bearing the image of King Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) at Sofia International Airport. Well done, Bulgaria!

Evidence of the Biblical king Eshba’al is discovered on a 3,000 year old jar in the Valley of Elah.

Dog mummies abound in the catacombs of Saqqara near the temple of Anubis.

And JSTOR Daily’s latest:

The forgotten pyramids of Sudan.