Of course the major news of this past week was the release of previously classified documents regarding the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. People are going to be sifting through that material for years to come, but I did enjoy the Guardian live-blogging the release.
But lots of other things have been announced this week as well. So here’s your roundup for this go around. Enjoy!
From the Smithsonian:
A nearly complete fossilized skeleton of an ichthyosaur has been discovered in Gujarat.
A 450 year old text of samurai sayings has recently been published in English as The Hundred Rules of War.
The remains of unusual structures in the Arabian desert have been identified by amateurs using Google Earth.
Cuneiform tablets have been unearthed in a destroyed building in Kurdistan.
Biologists have identified a succession of bacteria that destroy ancient parchments by first turning them purple before they begin to more obviously decompose.
Excavations are ongoing at Thouria in Greece where a theatre orchestra section with potentially moveable sections has been discovered.
A Coptic tombstone has been unearthed near the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor.
An unusual figurine with what appears to be a feathered headdress has been discovered near the Ob River in western Siberia.
The mythological founding of Singapore may not be so mythological after all, as the island’s largest archaeological dig near Empress Place has revealed.
A shipwreck has been discovered in eastern China, likely from the Yuan Dynasty nearly 700 years ago.
And a Bronze Age battlefield has been identified in Germany.
From the CBC:
The HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, Royal Navy ships that Franklin took on his fateful Arctic expedition, are to be formally handed over to Canada and the Inuit people by the British government.