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Det svenska skäggets brokiga historia

Under bronsåldern var männen troligen slätrakade tidvis. På avbildningar finns inte antydan till skägg och man har inte hittat rester efter skägg i fornfynd. Eftersom brons inte förstörs i jorden har rakknivar från tidsperioden hittats. Fynd av rakknivar blir sällsynta från och med järnåldern. Under äldre järnåldern fortsatte männen raka sig och skägget kom på modet igen först på 500-talet e.Kr. Figurer med välklippta och ansade mustascher och hakskägg har nämligen hittats från denna t... (antal ord: 86), 2004-04-08

Hagerman väjer inte för de svåra frågorna

Maja Hagerman & Claes Gabrielsson I miraklers tid (Prisma. Renässansens och upplysningstidens negativa attityd till vad de kallade "den mörka medeltiden" har i dag förbytts i ett ökat intresse för denna epok, som var allt annat än mörk. 1984 tillägnades konsthistorikern Aron Andersson en festskrift med titeln Den ljusa medeltiden. Maja Hagermans bok I miraklers tid kan sättas in i detta sammanhang. Sedan hon publicerade sin Augustprisbelönade bok Spåren av kungens män har hon fortsatt att samtal... (antal ord: 101), 2004-04-08

Ancient builders followed stars

So many tombs built to get a clear view of the rising Sun. Many Bronze Age monuments in Europe and Africa were erected with the Sun and other stars in mind, says Dr Michael Hoskin, a UK historian of astronomy. In one survey of 2,000 tombs he has shown how many were built to face the rising Sun - a symbol of the afterlife. A second study of stone structures in Menorca reveals they were set up to view the constellation of Centaurus.... (antal ord: 82), 2004-04-06

Astronomy study reveals ancient places of healing

Mysterious T-shaped monuments scattered around the Mediterranean island of Menorca were most probably places of healing, says an archaeoastronomer who has studied the orientation of the Bronze Age monuments. Each "taula" - named after the Catalan word for table - is formed by two massive stone blocks arranged in the shape of an upright "T". The taulas face an opening in a surrounding ring of stones, and all but one of the 30 structures on Menorca face roughly south. - It has long been known tha... (antal ord: 108), 2004-04-04

Computer technology to provide virtual tour of a mummy

Computer technology has found the gentle way to raise the dead - by introducing the virtual mummy. Nesperennub was a temple priest who died at about 35 nearly 3,000 years ago in Egypt. In preparation for eternal life, priests extracted his brain and his eyes, eviscerated his organs and embalmed his body with herbs, cedar oil and naphthalene. Then they wrapped him in bandages soaked with beeswax to keep out moisture and corruption, and buried him at Thebes on the west bank of the Nile, with a res... (antal ord: 123), 2004-04-06

Controversy revisits Shroud of Turin

A documentary on the Shroud of Turin suggests the cloth, a religious relic once believed to be the burial shroud of Christ, might be authentic, and some archaeologists are crying foul. Experts have widely considered the 14-foot-long linen sheet, which has been kept since 1578 in a cathedral in Turin, Italy, a forgery since carbon-dating tests were performed in 1988. Those tests placed its origin at A.D.1300.... (antal ord: 71), 2004-04-08

Cracks in ruined vault of Iraq's ancient Ctesiphon palace

Long deserted by tourists, the ruined vault of Iraq's ancient Ctesiphon palace, which boasts the highest single-span brick arch in the world, is developing worrisome cracks although experts say it is unlikely to collapse. Located on the northeast bank of the Tigris River, 30 kilometers (20 miles)south of Baghdad, Ctesiphon was founded on the site of an older town, Opis, in the second century BC by Parthian King Mithridates. The site was once one of the most popular tourist destinations in a cou... (antal ord: 146), 2004-04-06

Dialogue with Amun

Siwa Oasis once drew the famous, the deeply religious and the merely curious. In the first of a two-part look at the oasis, Jenny Jobbins traces its early days and the rise and fall of the cult of the oracle. Siwa Oasis lies on the edge of the Great Sand Sea only 50kms from the Libyan border. It is almost surprisingly beautiful: if one thinks one has already seen all that Egypt has on offer, Siwa proves there is even more. Outcrops of honey- coloured sandstone and crisp white chalk fringe the pl... (antal ord: 272), 2004-04-08

Dig discovery is oldest 'pet cat'

The cats at Shillourokambos may have been like this African wildcat The oldest known evidence of people keeping cats as pets may have been discovered by archaeologists. The discovery of a cat buried with what could be its owner in a Neolithic grave on Cyprus suggests domestication of cats had begun 9,500 years ago. It was thought the Egyptians were first to domesticate cats, with the earliest evidence dating to 2,000-1,900 BC.... (antal ord: 72), 2004-04-08

Llactapata: A Big Inca Discovery, or Not?

It has everything: a jungle, a lost city, high-tech gear, and explorers. Who needs Indiana Jones with stories like the rediscovery of Llactapata near Machu Picchu? "It was announced today that an Anglo-American team, supported by The Royal Geographical Society, have found an important Inca ruin lost in the Peruvian cloud-forest, not far from Machu Picchu. Flying over the Andes, the team used infra-red cameras to see through the thick jungle vegetation and reveal the outlines of stone buildings b... (antal ord: 143), 2003-11-18

Myths about the Olympic Games

Many aspects of our Olympic Games have been justified by specious ancient antecedents. Until recently we believed competitors had to be amateurs because we believed ancient Greek Olympians were amateurs. Nonsense. The ancient Olympics had no such rule, and the Greeks did not even have a word for amateur. Ancient Olympic athletes were professionals. The Olympic Truce, while guaranteeing safe passage to athletes and spectators on their way to the Games, did not, contrary to popular belief, stop al... (antal ord: 101), 2004-04-06

NASA Radar Aids High-Tech Digs

History can be hard to find. A forgotten letter molders in an attic. An ancient temple hides beneath jungle greenery. Even knowing that something is there doesn't necessarily make it easier to find - the classic needle in the haystack. But locating many archaeological sites isn't just difficult; it is required by law. Federal legislation mandates that all archaeological sites on federal lands be located and evaluated by federal managers, particularly if the sites could be damaged by construction... (antal ord: 81), 2004-04-08

Sword in Beijing Tomb is Archaeological First

When Chinese archaeologists opened a large multi-chambered Han Dynasty tomb in southern Beijing last week they made some remarkable finds. In particular they discovered a bronze sword notable not only for its excellent workmanship but also for being the first of its kind actually intended for practical use ever to be discovered around the area of the capital. The brick-built tomb faces south and has one front, two side and two rear chambers. There is a passage to the front. It is some 7 meters l... (antal ord: 143), 2004-04-10

TV shows spark 'gardening' crime

Ancient crosses have been disappearing from the moor. Garden makeover programmes are being blamed for an increase in the theft of ancient artefacts from Dartmoor. Electronic tags are being used to help protect valuable stone crosses and troughs in the area. Officials from the Dartmoor National Park Authority say the popularity of TV garden series could be triggering more thefts. New security measures follow a recent attempt to remove a granite cross.... (antal ord: 72), 2004-04-16

Dancing girls and the merry Magdalenian

Archaeologists believe that 13,000-year-old cave paintings in Nottinghamshire were part of a continent-wide culture. The people who created the first surviving art in Britain were committed Europeans, belonging to a common culture spanning France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, according to the man who discovered the cave art in Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire. And the essential preoccupations of this single market in ice-age art, it seems, were hunting and naked dancing girls. The discov... (antal ord: 146), 2004-04-16

Documents may prove ancient runestone fake

Scholars who believe the Kensington Runestone is a 19th-century prank - and not concrete evidence that Norsemen beat Columbus to America by 100-plus years - say they have found the smoking gun to prove it. The latest in the century-old controversy centered in Minnesota came in documents written in 1885 by an 18-year-old Swedish tailor named Edward Larsson. He sometimes wrote in runes - an ancient Scandinavian language that differs from the English alphabet. But Larsson's runes were not the usual... (antal ord: 130), 2004-04-16

Humans took 1000 years to tame wild plants

Remnants of ancient barley, wheat, figs and pistachios nearly 10,000 years old are helping to solve the mystery about how and when nomadic hunter-gatherers became sedentary farmers. A team led by Australian archaeologist Dr Phillip Edwards of Melbourne's La Trobe University said its findings in the Middle East suggested humans went through a 1000-year phase of cultivating wild plants before they began breeding plants in earnest. Edwards told ABC Science Online the research had been accepted for ... (antal ord: 85), 2004-04-16

Visby får ny Hansedag

Den 15 maj skall minnena av Hansan återupplivas i hela norra Europa. - Gotland kommer att bli bäst i klassen, säger en stolt Inger Harlevi - kommunpolitiker, företagare och förste vice ordförande i kommissionen för Hansan. Det är ett omfattande program som på kort tid utarbetats och sammanställts som kommer att göra att Hansan märks igen. Det var så - under de cirka 300 år som Visby var en aktiv del av Hansan - att det varje vår hölls Hansedagar. De hölls på olika platser och den traditionen h... (antal ord: 165), 2004-04-16

World's oldest baubles?

Discovery of shells possibly used as beads 75,000 years ago is challenging notions of how symbolism grew. Humans living in coastal South Africa about 75,000 years ago may have fashioned snail shells into the world's oldest jewelry, according to a new study. Critics, however, say the dramatic claim lacks the evidence to fully back it. If the 41 snail shells described in today's issue of the journal Science are indeed beads, they would predate the oldest known pieces of jewelry by more than 30,000... (antal ord: 109), 2004-04-16

Världens äldsta konsthantverk

Forskare vid universitetet i Bergen har hittat 75 000 år gamla smyckespärlor, troligen världens äldsta konsthantverk. Fyndet gjordes vid en utgrävning i Sydafrika, skriver tidningen Bergens Tidende. - Föremålen är ett klart tecken på modern utveckling. Man skulle inte kunna tillverka detta utan ett avancerat språk, säger professor Randi Håland vid Bergenuniversitetet, som deltagit i utgrävningarna... (antal ord: 55), 2004-04-21

Stanford researchers use today's technology to understand yesterday's treasures

Nearly every leading Italian archaeologist interested in ancient Rome sat in the chandeliered room of the German Archaeological Institute on March 18 to hear Marc Levoy, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford, describe efforts to build an online archive of what remains of the Severan Marble Plan, or Forma Urbis Romae - a massive marble map of third-century Rome. But it was Levoy's soft-spoken doctoral student David Koller who stole the show. Koller did mu... (antal ord: 100), 2004-04-21

Ice Maiden triggers mother of all disputes in Siberia

Revolt is in the air over a mummified princess. Julius Strauss reports from Gorno-Altaisk. High in the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, where Shamans still practise their ancient rites and most people are descended from Asiatic nomads, there is a whiff of revolt in the air. Local officials, urged on by the increasingly militant electorate, are collecting signatures, writing petitions and demanding audiences with regional political leaders.... (antal ord: 68), 2004-04-21

Ancient inscribed slab brought to light

A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists working in the Nile Delta has unearthed "quite a remarkable" stele dating back 2 200 years to Ptolemaic Egypt which bears an identical inscription in three written languages - like the famed Rosetta Stone. Announcing the find on Monday, University of Potsdam chief Egyptologist Christian Tietze said the stone fragment was "quite remarkable and the most significant of its kind to be found in Egypt in 120 years".... (antal ord: 74), 2004-04-21

Shell beads point to Stone Age sophistication

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but shell necklaces were all the rage in the Stone Age. So say archaeologists who have unearthed what may be the oldest jewellery ever discovered. The 75,000-year-old beads were found in the Blombos Cave on the southern tip of South Africa. A team led by Christopher Henshilwood of the University of Bergen, Norway found over 40 pea-sized shells with bored holes and worn areas showing that they had been strung on a necklace, bracelet or clothes.... (antal ord: 85), 2004-04-21

Här grävs det för fullt

Vid Bäcklunda gård utanför Örebro har arkeologer hittat spår efter flera tusen år gamla boplatser. Och nu är det bråttom - fornlämningarna måste snabbt upp ur jorden. ... (antal ord: 26), 2004-04-23

Mats hittade silverskatt

Mats Lundin såg att det blänkte - just där trädet stått och en kraftig gren av roten gick ner i jorden. Där låg ett par silvermynt. - Efterhand som jag grävde upp roten och "rotade" i jorden så hittade jag fler fynd.... (antal ord: 40), 2004-04-23

Sjælden bronze-økse ved Kvosted

Et mosehul skjulte et 3800 år gammelt øksehoved. Det har status som danefæ og skal omkring Nationalmuseet. Amatørarkæolog Bent Pilgaard fra Viborg gjorde i søndags sit livs fund. Med en metaldetektor fandt han et 16 centimeter langt øksehoved af bronze formentlig en 3800 gammel offergave. - Da jeg med min sko pirkede fundet frem, vidste jeg straks, at den var hjemme. Siden har jeg ikke kunnet slippe den store følelse, siger Bent Pilgaard. Han hører til den faste gruppe af amatørarkæologer. ... (antal ord: 161), 2004-04-23

Danske lejesoldater hos romerne

Var der danske soldater hos romerne? Gravfund af en parteret mand og en hund tyder på det, mener Thomas Grane. Han er klassisk arkæolog og forsker i det militære samspil mellem romerne og stammer i Sydskandinavien. En fornem ung mand og en hund blev fundet begravet ved Himlingøje på Stevns under en udgravning i 1995. Det bemærkelsesværdige var, at manden var parteret og at hunden var en hyrdehund af italiensk afstamning. Hvorfor var den unge mand blevet parteret inden han blev lagt i jernaldergr... (antal ord: 84), 2004-04-23

Scientists launching effort to preserve human marks in space

When the Mir space station broke apart and plummeted into the Pacific Ocean in March 2001, 140 tons of Russian hardware vanished. So did an archaeological treasure. Mir contained the technological know-how of an entire generation of Soviet engineers, said Robert Barclay of the Canadian Conservation Institute. When mission controllers maneuvered the station out of orbit, he said, "an irreplaceable part of the world's cultural heritage was lost." To traditional archaeologists, studying spacecraft ... (antal ord: 95), 2004-04-23

Scientists, First Nations treasure ancient feather find

By examining 4,300-year-old bird feathers, scientists are gaining a glimpse into the pre-history of the Yukon. Twelve feather samples were sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. after melting out of ice patches in alpine meadows in southern Yukon. The feathers were first discovered several summers ago, attached to ancient arrows or darts. When the ice melts each summer, archeological finds are revealed.... (antal ord: 67), 2004-04-23

Gotland kan få ett permanent Medeltidscentrum!

Medeltidsveckan är en världskänd institution som inträffar varje år, vecka 32. Det har utvecklats till Gotlands största evenemang alla kategorier. Nu vill en projektgrupp inom Medeltidsveckan skapa ett permanent medeltidscenter, beläget på landsbygden. - Idén med ett Medeltidscenter är att det ständigt ska pågå aktiviteter, allt i medeltida anda, säger Medeltidsveckans verksamhetsledare Ulf Berg. ... (antal ord: 53), 2004-04-23

Was There a Trojan War?

Despite assumptions to the contrary, archaeological work of the new Troy project has not been performed for the purpose of understanding Homer's Iliad or the Trojan War. For the past 16 years, more than 350 scholars, scientists, and technicians from nearly 20 countries have been collaborating on the excavations at the site in northwestern Turkey that began as an Early Bronze Age citadel in the third millennium B.C. and ended as a Byzantine settlement before being abandoned in A.D. 1350. However,... (antal ord: 1584), 2004-04-23

Toftaskatten på Fornsalen

De sammanlagt 369 hela och fragmenterade mynt, som hittades under en stubbe i Tofta i början av året, ställs nu ut på Fornsalen trots att skatten är långt ifrån färdigundersökt.   Fyndet kallas, lite på skämt, årets första skatt. Ett skämt som kanske inte är så otroligt fel. ­Det som gör den här skatten så intressant är att den är väldigt enhetlig. Den består till stor del av tyska och engelska mynt, säger Leif Zerpe, arkeolog. ­Vi vet inte allting om den, men det är viktigt att ge folk tillg... (antal ord: 98), 2004-04-24

Uncovered Mayan ruins depict ancient games

A team of U.S. and Guatemalan archeologists says it has discovered important Mayan monuments covered with texts from the ceremonial ball court at the Cancuen palace in northern Guatemala. The researchers said the discovery is providing new information about the final years before the collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization. The excavations were announced on Friday by Guatemalan authorities, as well as by the National Geographic Society and Vanderbilt University in the United States. Cancue... (antal ord: 452), 2004-04-24

Norrmän fann världens äldsta smycke

Forskare vid universitetet i Bergen har hittat vad som troligen är världens äldsta konsthantverk - 75 000 år gamla smyckespärlor. Fyndet gjordes vid en utgrävning i Sydafrika, skriver tidningen Bergens Tidende. - Det är helt fantastiskt! Föremålen är ett klart tecken på modern utveckling. Man skulle inte kunna tillverka detta utan ett avancerat språk, säger professor Randi Håland vid Bergenuniversitetet.... (antal ord: 58), 2004-04-24

Kämpatag i holmgången 

Vikingarnas stridskonst, Lars Magnar Enoksen, Historiska Media. Efter en ganska trevande och faktaspäckad början blir denna bok bättre och bättre, ju mer man läser. Till slut är man besviken när man, till sin förvåning, når sista sidan. Det är tecken på en bra bok det! Enoksen presenterar en redogörelse för hur vikingatidens kämpar, i motsats till dagens fältjägare, tränades i närstrid, med eller utan vapen. Man förstår bättre hur vikingarna blev de skräckinjagande stridsmaskiner som de blev.... (antal ord: 144), 2004-04-24

Sacred Mayan stone uncovered

US archaeologists working in Guatemala discovered a sacred stone covered with inscriptions dating to the end of the classic Mayan civilisation, researchers said today. The researchers from Tennessee's Vanderbilt University and the National Geographic Society in Washington discovered the stone while excavating one of the largest Mayan royal palaces, located in Cancuen, central Guatemala. It was built between 765 and 790 AD by Mayan ruler Taj Chan Ahk.... (antal ord: 68), 2004-04-24

Study: Neanderthals matured faster than humans

If you think your kids grow up fast, consider this: A new study suggests that Neanderthal children blazed through adolescence and on average reached adulthood at age 15. The finding bolsters the view that Neanderthals were a unique species separate from modern humans, since the time for humans to mature to adulthood grew longer over the course of their evolution, said paleontologist Fernando V. Ramirez Rozzi, who led the study. Rozzi, with the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, ... (antal ord: 483), 2004-04-29

Bronze Age society may predate ancient Mesopotamia

In Iran, an archaeologist is racing to uncover a literate Bronze Age society he believes predates ancient Mesopotamia. Critics say he may be overreaching, but they concede his dig will likely change our view of the dawn of civilization. Discoveries made during a dig in southeastern Iran have convinced archaeologist Yousef Madjidzadeh that a desolate valley here was once home to a thriving - and literate - community. He calls it nothing less than "the earliest Oriental civilization." It's a dram... (antal ord: 314), 2004-04-29

Verdens ældste smykke

Fundet af en række små afrikanske perler skaber rav i diskussionen om, hvornår mennesker egentlig begyndte at opføre sig moderne og skabe genstande med symbolske betydninger. Forskere har i en hule i Sydafrika fundet verdens ældste smykker, der med en alder på omkring 75.000 år er cirka 30.000 år ældre end de hidtil ældste, kendte prydsgenstande udformet af mennesker. Smykkernes alder betyder, at de første anatomisk moderne mennesker, der opstod i Afrika for 150.000-200.000 år siden, var i sta... (antal ord: 725), 2004-04-29

When Timbuktu Was the Paris of Islamic Intellectuals in Africa

In popular imagination, the word Timbuktu is a trip of three syllables to the ends of the earth. Today this West African city is a slumbering and decrepit citadel at the southern edge of the Sahara, in Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world. Yet it is here that some of the most astonishing developments in African intellectual history have been occurring. In recent years, thousands of medieval manuscripts that include poetry by women, legal reflections and innovative scientific treatise... (antal ord: 671), 2004-04-29

Archaeologists Uncover Maya €œMasterpiece€ in Guatemala

Archaeologists working deep in Guatemala€˜s rain forest under the protection of armed guards say they have unearthed one of the greatest Maya art masterpieces ever found. The artifact-a 100-pound (45-kilogram) stone panel carved with images and hieroglyphics-depicts Taj Chan Ahk, the mighty 8th-century king of the ancient Maya city-state of Cancuén. The panel was excavated in perfect condition from a royal ball court. Exquisitely carved in precise high relief, the 80-centimeter-wide (31.5-inch)... (antal ord: 1080), 2004-04-29

New mummies found in Egypt

Egypt said Sunday new mummies in wooden coffins dating back to the 7th Century B.C. have been unearthed at the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni told reporters an archeological team discovered a few ancient coffins with gold artifacts next to them - all believed to be of Pharaonic religious value. He said the team opened one of the coffins and found a €œperfectly wrapped mummy.€ They were found in the ancient desert of Sakkara near the Great Pyramids of Giza, on ... (antal ord: 152), 2004-04-29

Noah's Ark Found? Turkey Expedition Planned for Summer

Satellite pictures taken last summer of Mount Ararat in Turkey may reveal the final resting place of Noah's ark, according to Daniel McGivern, the businessman and Christian activist behind a planned summer 2004 expedition to investigate the site. "We're telling people we're 98 percent sure," said McGivern, a member of the Hawaii Christian Coalition. "In one image we saw the beams, saw the wood. I'm convinced that the excavation of the object and the results of tests run on any collected samples... (antal ord: 946), 2004-04-29

Computer helps map ancient Rome

Progress has been made in piecing together the Forma Urbis Romae, a map of Rome carved into stone slabs about AD 210 but later broken into fragments. Measuring 18m by 14m, it was originally hung in the Templum Pacis, one of the ancient city's major public landmarks.The map was remarkably accurate but researchers looking for new sites to excavate in Rome had only managed to fit back together a few of the pieces. A Stanford University computer program is now being used to aid restoration.... (antal ord: 85), 2004-04-29

Iranian Archaeologist Says Recent Discoveries Show That Jiroft Civilization Predated Sumer

The discovery of inscriptions and architectural remains in the historical Jiroft area by the bank of the Halilrud River in southeastern Iran indicates there was a major civilization in the area, the head of an international archeological group said at the end of a second season of explorations in Jiroft. Attending a briefing session, Dr. Yusef Majidzadeh noted that the second season yielded one of the oldest ziggurats in the world, which is believed to date back to 2300 B.C. and measures 400x400... (antal ord: 128), 2004-04-29

Handels- mænd på slæderejse

Murens fald har medført langt større arkæologisk fokusering på Rusland. Arkæologen Søren Sindbæk har nyfortolketvor tidlige historie og mener, at slæden er afgørende for at forstå karakteren af samhandlen mellem Norden og Rusland. Vi har en eller anden idé om, at vikingerne rejste ned ad de russiske floder, og fra russiske kilder har vi fået det sagn foræret, at nordiske vikinger skabte et rige i det indre Rusland. Svenske runestene i stort antal taler også om heltmodige vikinger, der var på rej... (antal ord: 110), 2004-04-29

The holy grail of archaeology

American researcher Robert Sarmast yesterday officially launched an expedition that he hopes will result in the discovery of the lost island of Atlantis. The launch of the expedition is expected to be marked today when the scientists submerge a copper canister with the flags of Cyprus, the EU and a specially designed Atlantis flag five hours out at sea from Limassol port. At a news conference aboard the vessel that will take the team of experts to a submerged continental shelf €“ where he believe... (antal ord: 142), 2004-04-30

Quest for fire began very early, site shows

People have been playing with fire for a long time - about 790,000 years, researchers report. Long a matter of myth, and more recently scholarly debate, the taming of fire is a hallmark in human history. But previous archaeological digs had turned up evidence only of prehistoric fire pits used by humans about 250,000 years ago. Now, archaeologists led by Naama Goren-Inbar of Hebrew University in Jerusalem report finding evidence of much older human hearths, revealed in burnt wood, fruits, seeds ... (antal ord: 84), 2004-04-30

150 Jahre Pfahlbauarchäologie

Die Entdeckung der Pfahlbauten 1854 war nicht nur eine archäologische Sensation, die weit Ö¼ber die Schweizer Grenzen hinaus eine gewaltige Resonanz hatte, sie trug auch entscheidend zur Entstehung der modernen Archäologie bei. DarÖ¼ber hinaus spielten die Pfahlbauer eine äu֟erst wichtige politische und ideologische Rolle fÖ¼r den Schweizerischen Bundesstaat, der kurz nach seiner GrÖ¼ndung 1848 identitätsstiftende Mythen brauchte. Der Winter 1853€“1854 war ungewöhnlich kalt und trocken. Die Seen des ... (antal ord: 99), 2004-04-30

Bei Ötzis Zeitgenossen

Die Keramik der Horgener Kultur ist deutlich primitiver als vergleichbare Ware frÖ¼herer Kulturen. In diesen Gefä֟en von der Seeufersiedlung Muntelier FR PlatzbÖ¼nden am Murtensee wurden vor allem Eintopfgerichte gekocht. Der Schweizer Archäologe Emil Vogt definierte 1934 nach charakteristischem Fundmaterial aus der Pfahlbausiedlung Horgen ZH Scheller am ZÖ¼richsee die sogenannte Horgener-Kultur. Gemä֟ dendrochronologischer Untersuchungen war diese von 3500 bis 2800 v.Chr. zwischen Genfer- und Fede... (antal ord: 119), 2004-04-30

Arkæologer finder 790.000 år gammel bålplads

Arkæologer i Israel har fundet rester af ildsteder på omkring 790.000 år. Det kan være det ældste bevis på, at vore forfædre forstod at kontrollere ilden. For Kontrol af ilden »er den mest menneskelige egenskab, vi har«, siger arkæolog Nira Alperson fra Hebrew University i Jerusalem til New Scientist. Derfor er fundet af forkullet træ og flint på en stenalderboplads ved bredden af Jordan floden i Israel opsigtsvækkende. Ingen dyr har lært sig at kontrollere ild, og tidspunktet for, hvornår menn... (antal ord: 91), 2004-04-30

Det skabende menneske var først i Afrika

Fundet af 41 »perler« i Sydafrika peger på, at det tænkende menneske er 35.000 år ældre end tidligere antaget. Fundet støtter en teori om, at nutidens mennesker nedstammer fra en fælles forkvinde, som levede i det sydlige Afrika. Sydafrika er kendt for diamanter og guld. Men nu har en helt anden slags smykker fået arkæologer til at åbne øjnene. Verdens ældste smykker er fundet i en hule cirka 280 kilometer øst for Cape Town. Fundet består af 41 »perler«, der er formet af huse fra snegle, som har... (antal ord: 115), 2004-04-30

Earliest Known Use of Fire Discovered by Israeli Scientists

Israeli scientists have discovered evidence of the earliest known use of fire by humans. The remains of burned seeds, wood, and flint near an Israeli lake shore appear to be leftovers from campfires that blazed almost 800,000 years ago.Sitting around a crackling campfire is one of the oldest human activities. But no one knows how old. The earliest accepted date for human control of fire has been 250,000 years ago based on foolproof evidence of well-preserved hearths in cave sites. But researcher... (antal ord: 108), 2004-04-30

The sky at night ... as seen by the Chinese 1,300 years ago

The oldest known map of the stars will go on display in Britain this week in an exhibition that will demonstrate the supremacy of early Chinese astronomy. A fresh analysis of the star chart, which was found buried in a desert cave on the ancient Silk Road between China and the West, has dated the manuscript to as early as the 7th century AD. This makes the chart several centuries older than the first star maps produced in Europe during the height of the Renaissance when astronomy benefited fro... (antal ord: 710), 2004-05-05

Ancient Cave in Central Iran Dated to 15 Millennia B.C.

Iranian scientists have dated a Paleolithic cave in the central Isfahan province at about 15,000 years B.C. biologists in the university of Isfahan arrived at the conclusion after studying some 100 animal bones. The cave was discovered six months ago during archeological and geological studies west of the city of Isfahan near the Zayandeh River. Stone tools and bones were found in the cave. An official with the local cultural heritage department Mohsen Khavari said studies suggest the bones be... (antal ord: 157), 2004-05-05

Clay tablets hold key to tale of Helen, Paris and the siege of Troy

New archaeological finds show that Homeric and Hollywood epics may be based on more than just myth. The legend has dominated Western culture for more than 3,000 years - the kidnapping of the most beautiful woman in the world, the thousand ships sent to bring her back, and the bloody 10-year war that followed. Now a leading British historian claims that the true story of Troy is finally about to be uncovered. Bettany Hughes, currently making a television series about ancient Greece, says that a... (antal ord: 657), 2004-05-05

Viking artefacts found on Waterford road route

A suspected Viking settlement has been discovered along the planned route of the ‚300m Waterford City By-Pass. The National Roads Authority has confirmed to RT։ News that it is treating the site as one of 'special interest' and it could demand 'a significant amount' of additional expenditure. The NRA says this site was located at Woodtown last August, and, following preliminary excavations, several artefacts were located which suggest it was a possible Viking settlement. It is believed the pla... (antal ord: 192), 2004-05-05

Arkeologiskt fynd fördröjer ny vägsträcka till parken

€Något liknande har aldrig grävts fram i Mora€. Arkeologen och gymnasieläraren Thomas Danielsson i Mora har hittat något ovanligt. I samband med byggnationen av Mora Parken Hotell- och Campings nya infartsled gick han i torsdags dit för att undersöka platsen lite. Redan på fredagen var arkeologer och representanter från länsstyrelsen på fyndplatsen. Det var Thomas Danielsson som €slog larm€ till arkeologen Fredrik Sandberg på Dalarnas Museum när han efter jobbet i torsdags tog en sväng förbi p... (antal ord: 343), 2004-05-05

Forskande urguten Nils Lithberg hedrades 70 år efter sin död  

På Valborgsmässoafton var det på dagen 70 år sedan den gotländske arkeologen och etnologen Nils Lithberg gick ur tiden. Hans minne hedrades med en kransedläggning på ֖stra kyrkogården i Visby. En ytterligare markering av denne store gotländske forskares minne blev det genom att ett särskilt Nils Lithberg-rum på Högskolan invigdes.   Nils Lithberg föddes i Norrlanda 1883.Han blev alltså bara 50 år gammal. Men vid 50 års ålder var han en bemärkt person. Om detta kunde släktingar förtälja i samband... (antal ord: 522), 2004-05-05

Expedition till Noaks ark på outforskad bergstopp

Multimiljonären Daniel McGivern ska leda en expedition till berget Ararats topp i Turkiet där han hoppas hitta Noaks ark. En amerikansk spionsatellit fotograferade under kalla kriget en 130 meter lång båtformad struktur på bergstoppen, bilden finns i en CIA-rapport från 1949. Geologer som har undersökt bilderna har inte kunnat hitta någon naturlig förklaring. Området, som är mycket otillgängligt och ligger på 5 000 meters höjd, är outforskat av människor, skriver Aftonbladet. McGivern hoppas ku... (antal ord: 90), 2004-05-05

Fick man ljuga på runstenarna?

Vikingarnas egna ord . Lars Magnar Enoksen, Historiska Media. Runstenarna är våra äldsta skriftliga dokument. De ger en bild av människors liv och leverne i Sverige för över tusen år sedan. Men berättar de kluriga tecknen hela sanningen? Futharkens sexton olika runor har lockat och fascinerat många människor genom historien och nästan lika många är tolkningarna och teorierna om vad runstenarna berättar, hur de tillkommit eller deras symboliska värde. Runologen och författaren Lars Magnar Enoksen... (antal ord: 571), 2004-05-05

Textilskatt visas i Ystad

Sexhundra år av liturgisk textil prakt, från 1400-tal till nutid, visas just nu i dormitoriet, Klostret i Ystad, gråbrödernas anläggning från 1200-talets mitt. Utställningen, som fått namnet Heliga kläder, har planerats under tre års tid och omfattar ett 50-tal skrudar. Kläderna har lånats in från Statens Historiska Museum, Kulturen i Lund, Malmö Museum, Kronovalls slottskapell, Eugenia katolska församling i Stockholm, Lunds domkyrkoförsamling, Ystad församling och Licium och visas tillsammans ... (antal ord: 481), 2004-05-05

Historien förenar jämtar och trönder

Författaren Carl Göran Ekerwald är på gång igen. I slutet av maj kommer €Jämtarnas historia€ där han berättar om tiden från hällristningar till medeltid. Ekerwald skriver bland annat om de många likheter vi har med tröndernas historia... (antal ord: 35), 2004-05-05

Det färgade glasets historia

Ann-Marie Sälde Att hantera färgat glas (AUU rapport nr 3 från Konstvetenskapliga På elvahundratalet, då det multinationella kolonisationsföretag som kallas för korståg ägde rum, började man sätta upp färgade glasfönster i kyrkorna. Tidigare brukade man ha ljusintag genom tunna alabasterskivor. Det kan man se till exempel i Ravennas kyrkor. Konsten att göra färgade glasfönster lärde man sig av araberna i orienten. En smula senare under tolvhundratalet kom en annan nyhet, som man lärde sig av mu... (antal ord: 933), 2004-05-05

Ingen hejd på profetens storhet

օr 850 gick en munk vid namn Perfectus ut för att handla i staden CÖ³rdoba, huudstad i muslimska Andalusien i Spanien. I en diskussion med några muslimer for han ut i smädelser mot profeten Muhammed, något som var belagt med dödsstraff. Annars tolererades kristna liksom judar i muslimska länder. Någon religiös förföljelse förekom inte i motsats till i Europa, där senare från korstågstiden och framåt antisemitismen flammade upp. Den muslimske domaren avstod först från dödsstraff, eftersom han ans... (antal ord: 1261), 2004-05-05

Naturfredning gemmer unikke stenalderfund

Offentligheden skal ikke forvente at få indblik i de enorme mængderforhistorisk materiale, der gemmer sig i Holmegaard Højmose påSydsjælland. Kulturarvsstyrelsen anbefaler at frede stedet fremfor for at gennemføre arkæologiske udgravninger. Våben, redskaber og et omfattende indblik i hvordan jægere og samlere har boet og levet for henved 9000 år siden. Det er hvad Holmegaard Højmose mellem Haslev og Næstved på Sydsjælland gemmer under tørvelag og drænet højmose. Men der kan komme til at gå man... (antal ord: 490), 2004-05-05

Mayan queen discovered in Guatemala

While excavating an ancient royal palace deep in the Guatemalan rain forest, archaeologists made a rare discovery - the 1,200-year-old tomb and skeleton of a Mayan queen. Archaeologists announced the find Thursday, and said the woman appears to have been a powerful leader of a city that may have been home to tens of thousands of people at its peak. They found her bones on a raised platform, with evidence of riches scattered around her body. "We find clues of people's existence in the past all ... (antal ord: 583), 2004-05-06

Turkmen diggers find royal mausoleum

Archaeologists have made a sensational discovery in Turkmenistan - a royal mausoleum - local media reported Wednesday. The Margianskaya expedition led by Victor Sarianidi, a prominent Russian archaeologist, has been digging on the site of an ancient settlement called Gonur in the delta of the Murgab River in the eastern Mary region, some 200 miles east of the country's capital, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.ru said. The walls of the mausoleum are decorated with stone and gypsum mosaic. The scientists... (antal ord: 125), 2004-05-06

Iranian Underwater Archaeologists Searching for Lost Treasures

An Iranian underwater archaeology team will explore four historical areas in search of archaeological evidence, lost cities, and sunken ships. Iran, considered a rich civilization, had important ports and superior nautical science. References to Iranian ports and sailing in the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf during the Achaemenid and Sassanid have been detailed in historical books. Director of the Iranian underwater archaeology team Mahmud Mireskandari explained that this year€™s resear... (antal ord: 229), 2004-05-06

Der graves igen i Samsøs vikingetid

Arkæolog Jeppe Gejr Larsen sidder her midt i et af de grubehuse, der i næste uge bliver finkæmmet for indhold og fortæller mere om Søby i år 900.foto: Jens ֘ster-Mortensen Der er langt imellem udgravninger på Samsø, og selv om der er mængder af steder, hvor fortiden ligger og lurer under jorden, er det i sidste ende økonomien der spiller ind, når der skal graves. Der er dog undtagelse, og det er, når der bygges, plantes læbælter eller lægges rør i jorden. Det er, hvad der sker lige nu på et st... (antal ord: 382), 2004-05-06

Ancient Map Captures Ocean Front

An ancient map of the North Atlantic - which features sea snakes and other dreadful monsters - may have boasted surprisingly advanced information. The Carta Marina - published in 1539 - depicts elaborate sea swirls, which, say researchers, closely match a giant ocean front shown in satellite images. If correct, it means the Swedish cartographer Olaus Magnus may have been the first to map such an ocean feature. The ornate Carta Marina is seemingly crude - and fanciful - by today's standards. Sc... (antal ord: 249), 2004-05-08

Troy's Fallen!

It's getting crowded at Troy these days. In addition to the motion picture with Brad Pitt as Achilles, there are at least four television programs out there. There's the movie, there's History Channel and National Geographic documentaries, something on A&E, and there's In Search of the Trojan War. Here's a review of some of these. Troy is a violent film. Homer's great poem the Iliad is cut and hacked mercilessly in it, while the evidence of the archaeological record is helpless before its onsla... (antal ord: 1988), 2004-05-14

Artifacts Found for Sale on Web

Viking swords, knives and horse harnesses dating to the year 800 were discovered for sale on a Web site run by a Michigan auction house, and an archaeologist said Thursday he has asked the Swedish government to help return them. Christian Runeby, who oversees the collection and preservation of antiquities on the Baltic sea island of Gotland, said the items were removed from Sweden and taken to the United States. "We can only regret that they are there. It's like ripping out a page from a histo... (antal ord: 349), 2004-05-14

Explorers Still Seek El Dorado in the Mountains of Peru

It was just a sparkle on the horizon, where the sun hit what appeared to be a flat plain on an otherwise steep, untamed mountain in the Peruvian Andes. But Peter Frost, a British-born explorer and mountain guide, surmised that the perch would have made a perfect ceremonial platform for Inca rulers. So Mr. Frost and the adventure hikers he was leading slogged through heavy jungle growth and at 13,000 feet uncovered remnants of the Inca civilization that flourished here. They found looted tombs, ... (antal ord: 1135), 2004-05-14

Physicists probe ancient pyramid

Teotihuacan is known as the "City of the Gods". The largest particle detector in Mexico is being built inside a pyramid in the ancient settlement of Teotihuacan. The equipment will detect muons, tiny particles that are created when cosmic rays bombard the Earth's atmosphere. Dr Arturo Menchaca and colleagues from Mexico's National Autonomous University hope that by tracking the muons through the pyramid, they can find cavities. This could indicate whether the kings of the ancient people who b... (antal ord: 669), 2004-05-14

Iron Age tool marks move to steel

The punch was made in the 4th Century AD. A tiny Iron Age tool found in Holland is one of the oldest objects unearthed in Europe made from the alloy steel. The 6cm-long punch has a carbon content (2%) rarely seen in iron-based objects from the region at the time. The 4th Century AD tool, which may have been used as a nail, was probably made using the process of furnace smelting. The discovery, which occurred at the site of Heeten, is reported in the Journal of Archaeological Science by Matthi... (antal ord: 505), 2004-05-14

Guatemalan murals show sophistication of ancient Maya

In the sweltering bowels of a ruined Mayan pyramid, a 10-hour drive to the nearest grocery store, archeologists are painstakingly uncovering 2,000-year-old murals that elaborately depict an early creation mythology. Though they have been chipping away at the rock face for more than two years, the archeologists continue to be astonished by the artistic sophistication of the paintings, which predate the Maya's Golden Age by 800 years. "It's as if you didn't know the existence of the Renaissance,... (antal ord: 1257), 2004-05-14

Ancient tank under Islamic Museum in Citadel

Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced the discovery of an ancient water tank under the Islamic Museum in the Citadel that dates back to the Mameluk era (1250-1517). The Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawwas said that the tank was found among a group of archaeological containers to store water inside the Citadel built by Saladin El-Ayoubi in 1176. On his part, Dr. Abdulla Kamel, Head of Islamic and Coptic Monuments Sector said that the above-mentioned tank ... (antal ord: 106), 2004-05-14

Rock carvings in Khirthar range

A team of researchers and archaeologists has discovered a series of petroglyphic sites in the Khirthar mountain range during their research regarding the activities of the ancient people , said to be once living in the lower Indus Valley. The team, comprising Mr Badar Abro, senior archaeologist Hakim Ali Shah Bokhari and Nawabzado M K Chandio, discovered various such sites in the last week of March, which they claimed to be the outcome of the specific human pursuits, from the prehistoric to the... (antal ord: 305), 2004-05-14

Tackjärn hittat vid utgrävningen norr om Karlsborg

En bit tackjärn har hittats vid utgrävningen av masugnsruinen i Hyttehamn norr om Karlsborg. Arkeolog Catarina Karlsson säger att järnfyndet visar prov på det järn som framställdes i masugnen. Järnfyndet är stort som en handflata. €“ Det är inte ofta vi hittar järn vid masugnen eftersom de som regel tog väl vara på tackjärnet, säger Catarina Karlsson. Dykare undersöker den här veckan också Vätterns botten. Där har de hittat slagg som kommer från tillverkningen. De olika proverna ska nu analysera... (antal ord: 98), 2004-05-14

Arkeologer gräver fram järncentrum utanför Karlsborg

Området vid Vättern norr om Karlsborg kan ha varit ett hittills okänt centrum för svensk järnframställning under tidig medeltid. I veckan gräver arkeologerna kring en masugn i Hyttehamn från 1200-talet, som upptäcktes för några år sedan. €“ Frågan var malmen kom ifrån är en av de mest spännande frågorna här, säger arkeolog Catarina Karlsson på Riksantikvarieämbetet, som deltar i utgrävningarna. Bergslagen är känt för arkeologerna som ett tidigt centrum för svensk järnframställning. Masugnen i Hy... (antal ord: 125), 2004-05-14

Unika figurer visas i Uppsala

Den som besöker Gamla Uppsala museum i sommar kommer att mötas av offer, hedniska riter och fynd från järnåldern. Bland annat kommer tre små statyer i guld, silver och brons att ställas ut. De hittades i Lunda socken utanför Strängnäs när arkeologer undersökte området inför ett stort vägbygge. - De låg i något som vi tror har varit en kultplats bredvid en gästabudshall. Att vi har en stor del av sammanhanget gör figurinerna unika. Tillsammans med gamla sagor kan vi nu närma oss en kunskap om jä... (antal ord: 108), 2004-05-14

Vikingarna och vikingatid ska sätta Gotland på kulturkartan

Gotland vikingaön 2005 handlar förvisso om en historisk dåtid, men i allra högsta grad även om öns framtid. Det menar kärntruppen bakom projektet, vars mål är att göra Gotland till ett internationellt vikingacentrum, uppbyggt på kunskap och upplevelser­något alla ska att kunna tjäna på och vara delaktiga i! Nästa år ska Gotland Vikingaön 2005 lanseras, men målet är satt betydligt längre framåt. Förhoppningen är att Gotland ska bli det givna centrumet för alla som på något sätt är intresserade a... (antal ord: 695), 2004-05-14

Vikingarna får ny epok på Gotland

- Det är till Gotland man från hela världen skall resa om man vill veta något om Vikingar, sa Dan Carlsson, docent vid Högskolan, när han i dag medverkade till att introducera Vikingaprojektet för företagare i turistbranschen. - Gotland har mer vikingahistoria än någon annan plats på jorden, sa Dan Carlsson. - I Australien är vikingar ett begrepp - det är känt över hela världen. Avsikten med projektet är att skapa förutsättning för forskning, information, studier och underlag för sysselsättni... (antal ord: 150), 2004-05-14

Ny computerteknik genskaber det gamle Rom

Computerteknik smelter fragmenter af det gamle Rom sammen. Hidtil har det været umuligt at samle stenkortet »Forma Urbis Romae«, men eksperter og computerkraft fra Stanford University nærmer sig nu målet. Med en papirkopi af kortet i hånden ville nutidens nysgerrige turist uden problemer kunne finde vej i Rom til Colosseum eller Forum Romanum. Så detaljeret og præcis en repræsentant for ingeniør- og landmålerkunsten er det oprindeligt 254 kvadratmeter store »Forma Urbis Romae« - stenkortet over... (antal ord: 575), 2004-05-14

Sandsten bevis på glashytte

Amatørarkæologerne fandt tirsdag et meget stor indicie på, at der har været produceret glas midt i Gribskov. I en af grøfterne lå en lille stump sandsten med en nærmest glaseret overflade. - Vi ved, at glasovnene blev bygget op af sandsten fra Sverige. Når man smelter glas, kræver det en ekstrem varme, og den varme gør, at overfladen på sandstenene nærmest smelter og bliver til et glaseret lag, forklarer arkæolog Tim Grønnegård fra Holbo Herreds Kulturhistoriske Center. Derfor er den lille sten... (antal ord: 264), 2004-05-14

Serresjö kan gömma stenåldersboplatser

Chansen att finna stenåldersbosättningar bedöms vara goda norr om Gislövs läge. Länsstyrelsen har beslutat om en arkeologisk utredning. I området mellan Dalköpinge och Serresjö, på ängarna norr om Gislövs läge, planerar Trelleborgs kommun att bygga ett nytt bostadsområde. Det är därför som Riksantikvarieämbetet fått i uppdrag att bedöma värdet av en arkeologisk undersökning. Och en sådan vore avsevärd, menar Riksantikvarien. "Området torde genom sitt läge med tillgång till flera ekologiska nis... (antal ord: 241), 2004-05-15

Egypt in Nubia and vice versa

An exhibition featuring photographs of the dismantling and re-erection of the temples of Abu Simbel held in the Egyptian Museum last month reminds Jill Kamil of the debate fuelled during the UNESCO salvage operations Nubian rendition of Ramses II in the temple at Gerf Hussein; map of Nubia; pyramids of kings and queens of Kush at Gabal Barkal; the incense burner with Pharaonic motifs found in Nubia; part of a letter written by a homesick Egyptian in Nubia to his son at Thebes An exhibition fea... (antal ord: 2808), 2004-05-21

Stone tools suggest bison hunting site in Alberta on trade route

Archeologists in Alberta have found a large bison kill site containing stone tools that point to an early trade route. The bison bones are behind wind-swept sand dunes in a small, shallow valley near Purple Springs, Alta., about 70 kilometres from Lethbridge. Archeologists think more than 1,000 years ago, hunters stalked, slaughtered and processed thousands of the animals at the site, primarily in the winter. Since arrowheads and tools found at the site are made from materials found only in N... (antal ord: 218), 2004-05-21

Discovery shows ancient mining evidence

An Israeli research team has discovered evidence that suggests some cave-dwellers were mining flint 300,000 years ago. Flint blades from Tabun Cave, near present-day Haifa, in northern Israel, had an isotope called beryllium-10 in levels indicating they were made from mined flint. However, tools found in Qesem Cave, barely 60 miles to the south, bore the hallmarks of surface rock, indicating these individuals were still using whatever stones were lying around. Flint is a hard, brittle rock tha... (antal ord: 188), 2004-05-21

Innovative software offers clues to age-old puzzle

It's the world's oldest and largest jigsaw puzzle - an ancient map of Rome in 1,200 fragments of marble. Archaeologists for centuries have tried to painstakingly piece together the sculpture, fragment by fragment. Now, computer wizards at Stanford University say they have created a software program that holds the key to the puzzle and the ancient city. At the heart of the program are three-dimensional scans of the fragments and algorithms to find possible matches. Already the work has produced ... (antal ord: 840), 2004-05-21

3000-year-old tomb found by accident

Chinese archaeologists accidentally discovered a cemetery that may include the oldest tomb ever discovered of the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century to 771 BC). This week's find in Qishan County, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province may shed light on the mystifying history of the dynasty. The four centuries of its rule mark the basis for ancient China's political and cultural systems. The systems that originated then prevailed until the 19th century, said Li Xueqin, a historian with the Chinese... (antal ord: 491), 2004-05-21

Rock art stumps experts

Thousands of years ago, images of giraffe, antelope, elephant and rhino were scratched onto rock faces in the middle of a desert near Kalacha, in the extreme northeast of Kenya. To this day there is no consensus on exactly why. Almost every twist of the path along the base of the embellished hill offers another tableau. "Hunters would come here, where they could look down at a sunken waterhole where animals came to drink. They just had to block the way out and would kill their prey with spear... (antal ord: 501), 2004-05-21

Human settlements already existed in the Amazon Basin (Ecuador) 4000 years ago

July 2003 saw a significant discovery in Ecuador by IRD archaeologists: 4000-year-old structures indicating the presence of one of the first great Andean civilizations in the upper Amazon Basin, where their presence had not been suspected. The site is at Santa Ana- La Florida in the south of Ecuador. Subsequent systematic excavations of other parts of the site led to the discovery of sophisticated architectural complexes. Among these are a tomb and a range of diverse vestiges: ceramic bottles, p... (antal ord: 1020), 2004-05-21

Glimpses of Genius

Mathematicians and historians piece together a puzzle that Archimedes pondered. At the start of the 20th century, a Danish mathematical historian named Johan Ludvig Heiberg made a once-in-a-lifetime find. Tucked away in the library of a monastery in Istanbul was a medieval parchment containing copies of the works of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, including two never-before-seen essays. To mathematicians' astonishment, one of the new essays contained many of the key ideas of calculus... (antal ord: 847), 2004-05-21

Unikt gravfynd på Frösön

Ett gravfynd på F4 kan utgöra spåren efter de första kristna gravarna på Frösön. - Vi uppskattar fyndet till sent 1000-tal, just vid övergången från hednisk tid till kristen tid, säger länsmuseets arkeolog Anders Hansson. Under två veckor har ett område i anslutning till Västerhus kapell på F4 varit föremål för utgrävningar. Största fyndet är en kvinnograv ett 20-tal meter från kyrkan. - Det som tyder på att graven är äldre än kapellet är att det ligger gravgåvor runt kvinnan, säger An... (antal ord: 231), 2004-05-21

Boråsare vill söka efter skatt på Norrby

Det finns en nedgrävd skatt på Norrby i Borås. Det rör sig om sydeuropeiska mynt från vikingatiden. En boråsare, Anders Andersson, vill ta upp skatten och har vänt sig till kommunfullmäktige för att få stöd för utgrävningen. Anders Andersson, som vill gräva på Norrby. Anders Andersson fick för flera år sedan höra historien om skatten av en döende vän och han känner att han har ett löfte att infria. Skatten skulle ge positiv uppmärksamhet åt Norrby och Borås och själv skulle han kunna få hittelö... (antal ord: 144), 2004-05-21

Golden find is 4,000 years old

A days metal detecting has unearthed an unexpected treasure - a 4,000-year-old piece of gold. The ornamental piece of gold is only the second piece to ever be found in the UK and the first to be discovered in Dorset. It was found by Clive Gibbs and his metal detector in a ploughed field in Fontmell Magna in November 2002. The precious metal has a gold content of 87 per cent and although it can't be identified with total certainty, may have come from Ireland or France. Claire Pinder, senior a... (antal ord: 282), 2004-05-21

The burning issue

Israeli researchers have pushed back the date at which humans harnessed fire by half a million years. Are they right? Steve Connor investigates. The discovery and control of fire by our early human ancestors is considered a milestone in man's evolution. Not only was it a technological achievement that provided humans with a wider choice of food and an extended geographical range, it was also a sign of intelligence. Keeping a fire going showed that we could plan ahead, and its presence on dark n... (antal ord: 1270), 2004-05-27

Keeping up the Empire

The Roman Empire has been well documented. Over the years written history and archaeology have brought to the surface, sometimes literally unearthed, a whole society. Thus Roman architecture, religion, military strategy and legal structures hold little mystery. Compared to this depth of knowledge, many of those living outside the boundaries of the Empire are lost in time. But now an archaeological excavation in the north of the Netherlands had begun to tell the story of the Roman's neighbours. ... (antal ord: 691), 2004-05-27

Pioneering archaeological research charts African links with the Roman world

University of Southampton archaeologists Professor David Peacock and Dr Lucy Blue have just returned from a pioneering expedition investigating Roman sites in the East African country of Eritrea alongside colleagues from the University of Asmara. The University group is the first from the UK to work in the country since it won its independence more than a decade ago. They are already planning to return to this remote area on the shores of the Red Sea, previously part of Ethiopia. Investigations... (antal ord: 578), 2004-05-27

Medeltida hamn ser åter dagens ljus

Låg det en medeltida hamnanläggning mellan Landskyrkan och Bonnstan i Skellefteå? - Ja, mycket tyder på det, säger Ulf Lundström i Skellefteå hembygdsförening, och pekar mot en myräng nedanför församlingshemmet. I måndags tog arkeologerna de första spadtagen. Lillian Rathje, arkeolog på Västerbottens museum och Daniel Eriksson, arkeolog från universitetet i Umeå, går runt på området i stövlar och väl påklädda i det regngrå vädret. - Här ligger förmodligen en gammal husgrund, säger Lillian och... (antal ord: 324), 2004-05-27

Microbes consuming Mayan ruins

Researchers from Harvard University have discovered a previously unidentified microbial community inside the porous stone of the Maya ruins in Mexico. The microbes might be capable of causing rapid deterioration of these sites, researchers said. "The presence of a previously undescribed endolithic microbial community that is different than the surface community has important implications for the conservation of Maya ruins as well as other stone objects and structures," said researcher Christop... (antal ord: 138), 2004-05-28

Medeltida köpmansgård funnen under Stortorget i Malmö

En arkeolog från Malmö Kulturmiljö har funnit grunden till ett medeltida hus under Stortorget i Malmö. Sannolikt är det ett av Rostockergillets hus, som låg här fram tills dess att Stortorget anlades 1536-46. Det var vid ledningsdragningar i Stortorgets nordöstra hörn, framför Rådhuset, som grunden påträffades. Grundstenar och tegelfyllning till detta stenhus tittar fram bland moderna ledningar och rör. Rostockerköpmännens gård bör ha varit välbyggd och ståtlig. De tyska handelsmännen var välbä... (antal ord: 212), 2004-05-28

Exciting find beneath the sea at Alexandria

A team from the Alexandrian Studies Centre has recently found pieces of rose granite that rep- resent the lower part of the famous statue of Isis found four years ago underwater in the vicinity of the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria. The pieces provide the statue's legs, and ankles. The team has also found part of a large I granite stele that bears the tax law enforced in the reign of Ptolemy L The bulk of the panel had been lifted from the sea bed a few years ago. However, the most important o... (antal ord: 501), 2004-06-04

Iranian Archaeologists Puzzled Over Old Monument

Iranian experts are scratching their head over an old monument in west of the country as whether it was built as a fire temple in the Sassanid era or it was erected in the Islamic period. Located in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin, the Chahar Qapi or Chahar Taqi monument as well as its other monuments such as the Khosrow Palace, Ban Qaleh and the Safavid caravanserai suffered damages during the eight year Iraqi aggression. In 1998, a year after the end of the war when construction of... (antal ord: 295), 2004-06-04

Major excavation to open Viking graves

The largest excavation of a Viking burial site in 50 years is underway at a farm in Vestfold, south of Oslo. Archaeologists already started finding ship nails last week, and chances are good more Viking treasures are about to be revealed. Expectations are high as experts start opening up ancient Viking gravesites over the next few weeks. "This is an incredibly exciting project," says Lars Erik Gjerpe of the University of Oslo's Historic Museum in Norway. Gjerpe, in charge of the major dig at G... (antal ord: 217), 2004-06-04

Cliff carving spotted at Mount Lushan

A 1,300-year-old cliff carving was recently found at a temple at Mount Lushan in east China's Jiangxi Province. This was the oldest cliff carving ever spotted at Mount Lushan,a world cultural heritage site, and the only carving dating back from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a Chinese archaeologist said. It was discovered in an ancient temple on the northern part of the scenic mountain during a recent cultural relics survey in the region. The obverse side of the object was engraved with three big... (antal ord: 137), 2004-06-04

Petra remains a lost city for many

Despite continuing problems in the Middle East, Jordan remains quite safe for travel. Before his death in 1999, Jordan's King Hussein was considered one of the most modern-thinking and respected rulers of the Middle East. His Western-educated son and successor to the throne, King Abdullah II, has continued his father's pragmatic, peaceful and progressive approach to governing. All of this makes Jordan open to visitors, and Jordanians are among the region's most hospitable people. Jordan is fil... (antal ord: 629), 2004-06-04

Ny grav funnen vid Böle i Sidsjön

De fann en ny grav från 400-talet i Böle, Sidsjö. När sista dokumentationen skulle göras i en redan utgrävd grav fann man en till strax intill. Det var i fjol som arkeologerna dokumenterade en gravplats från 400-talet vid Böle. När de skulle göra den sista undersökningen av graven i början på veckan fann man till sin förvåning en till. - Vi har funnit rester av människoben, ett barn, troligtvis en pojke. Att barnet fått en sådan pampig begravning tyder på att barnet tillhört en släkt med hög s... (antal ord: 309), 2004-06-04

Unika arkeologiska fynd

Arkelogerna har gjort flera intressanta fynd under den arkeologiska förundersökningen bakom Odd Fellow-huset. Bland annat har man funnit rester av glas och keramik från 1100-talet. Europaskolan planerar att bebygga tomten men nu väntar sannolikt en mer omfattande undersökning som kan försena byggprojektet. Förundersökningen har pågått i flera veckor och är i det närmaste färdig. Inom kort väntas länsstyrelsen besluta huruvida ytterligare arkeologiska undersökningar ska göras eller inte. Beslute... (antal ord: 390), 2004-06-04

Ancient Egyptians Were Jokesters

A recent series of lectures on ancient Egyptian humor given by a leading historian reveals that people thousands of years ago enjoyed bawdy jokes, political satire, parodies and cartoon-like art. Related evidence found in texts, sketches, paintings, and even in temples and tombs, suggests that humor provided a social outlet and comic relief for the ancient Egyptians, particularly commoners who labored in the working classes. On TV: Solve a history mystery by watching "Unsolved History" Go De... (antal ord: 678), 2004-06-04

Archeological news in brief

The following are major archeological news briefs of the week: Villager unearths ancient cooking vessel at home A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years. The antique, 80 centimeters tall, 55 kilograms in weight and with designs of "taotie" - a mythical ferocious animal - on its neck, was discovered by Luo Fushe, a villager in Wugong county on the outskirts of Xianyang ci... (antal ord: 811), 2004-06-05

Vår historia grävs fram vid fäbodvall

Dagens första fynd, en gammal hästskosöm, sätter fart på fantasin. Den är ett av tecknen på att den över 300 år gamla Munkbovallen i fjälltrakterna väster om Oviken brukats. För de blivande arkeologerna är stunden fylld av glädje. - Fantastiskt! Man vill ju så gärna hitta något när man gräver, säger Johanna Andersson och håller upp den rostiga spiken. Lite i bakgrunden står arkeologen Björn Oskarsson som egentligen var den som först hittade hästskosömmen. Det var när han skulle instruera de bliv... (antal ord: 377), 2004-06-05

Limestone art treasures

The head of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, part of the Alhambra, Michelangelo's €˜Pieta', Indonesian Wajang puppets, a Hindu temple and a Catholic chapel - these are just a few of the many famous works of art that have been reproduced in a remarkable museum just outside the city of Maastricht in the southern Dutch province of Limburg. Equally spectacular as the copied works are their location: 18 kilometres of pitch dark, cold and damp tunnels in an old limestone mine. The €˜Jezuitenberg' (known in ... (antal ord: 643), 2004-06-05

Archaeologists raise eyebrows over sea treasures

Mozambican archaeologists argue that the recent sale in Holland of items salvaged from a Portuguese shipwreck in country`s territorial waters was illegal, and that the archaeological heritage should have remained in Mozambique. The scientists` argument was advanced in a report Friday of the independent newsheet "Mediafax." A Portuguese galleon sunk in the 17th century near Mozambique Island, off the coast of the northern province of Nampula. Some 117 Chinese porcelain objects from the Ming dy... (antal ord: 345), 2004-06-05

Ancient map shows egg-shaped England

It is known as a catalogue of 'marvel for the eyes' and tomorrow the public will be able to judge for themselves at last. A previously unknown medieval Arabic map with the earliest representation of an identified 'England' - a tiny, egg-shaped lump - is to go on public display in Oxford. The unique and, until now, unseen map is part of a manuscript called the Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels, which was originally put together, probably in the Nile Delta region, at some point befo... (antal ord: 511), 2004-06-09

Satellite images 'show Atlantis'

A scientist says he may have found remains of the lost city of Atlantis. Satellite photos of southern Spain reveal features on the ground appearing to match descriptions made by Greek scholar Plato of the fabled utopia. Dr Rainer Kuehne thinks the "island" of Atlantis simply referred to a region of the southern Spanish coast destroyed by a flood between 800 BC and 500 BC. The research has been reported as an ongoing project in the online edition of the journal Antiquity. Satellite photos of ... (antal ord: 803), 2004-06-09

Oldest Iranian Qanat Found in Bam

The oldest qanat (underground aqueduct) of Iran, dating to the time of the Seleucids-Achaemenids, was discovered during the preliminary studies in a historical city which surfaced near Bam as a result of the earthquake of 26th of December 2003. Archaeologists discovered an old city and qanats dating to more than two thousand years ago in a three hectare area, three kilometers south of Bam. According to head of the Bam Citadel project, Shahriar Adl, studies on the pottery found in the area led ... (antal ord: 198), 2004-06-09

Längs forna hålvägar på Hallandsås

Fortfarande går det att se spår av människorna som levde på Hallandsås under bronsåldern. Vandrare i bokskogen kan här och var träffa på på små stenrösen och hålvägar. Den som vet mest om forntida liv på åsen är nog arkeologen Lennart Carlie. I lördags var han ciceron för ett 50-tal personer i samband med att Laholms kommun anordnade en kulturvandring i anslutning till världsmiljödagen. Man gick från Brante källa till parkeringen på det som tidigare var landstingets strövområde , nu naturreser... (antal ord: 245), 2004-06-09

Hittade gränden som försvann...

Kartan över Visby från år 1646 (Meyers karta) stämmer. Det konstaterar arkeologen Leif Zerpe sedan han undersökt och funnit en gränd, som har grävts fram till Hästgatan i Visby. Grävningarna genomförs i samband med att Faktab finans gör om Gotlandsbankens gamla trädgård till parkering. Gränden fanns på kartan från 1846 men inte på en från 1697 (Schilders karta). Gränden som försvann finns alltså trots allt. Men snart försvinner den igen, när man fyller igen den uppgrävda marken. ­ Två hus och... (antal ord: 471), 2004-06-09

Lost City of Atlantis Found in Spain?

The fabled lost city of Atlantis might lie in a salt marsh region off Spain's southern coast, according to research reported online by the archaeology journal Antiquity. The study, not yet peer-reviewed by archaeologists, is based on satellite images showing ancient ruins that appear to match descriptions made by the Greek scholar Plato. Resembling two rectangular buildings, the structures are hidden in a muddy region known as Marisma de Hinojos near the port of Cadiz. According to Rainer KÖ¼... (antal ord: 648), 2004-06-09

Spiral ring reveals ancient complex machines

Distinctive spiral patterns carved into a small jade ring show that China was using complex machines more than 2500 years ago, says a Harvard graduate student in physics. The ring was among the goods found in high-status graves from China's "Spring and Autumn Period" from 771 to 475 BC. Most archaeological attention has focused on larger and more spectacular jade and bronze artifacts. But Peter Lu identified the patterns on the small rings as Archimedes' spirals, which he believes are the oldes... (antal ord: 499), 2004-06-11

Ny chef för Historiska museet på gång

Styrelsen för Historiska museet har beslutat att föreslå Per Karsten som ny chef för museet. - Jag känner mig väldigt hedrad, säger Per Karsten, men betonar att även museets rektor ska säga sitt om utnämningen. Därför vill han ännu inte berätta om sina planer för museet. Per Karsten är i grunden arkeolog och disputerade i Lund 1995 med avhandlingen "Att kasta yxan i sjön" om religiösa riter under skånsk bondestenålder. Han kommer närmast från Riksantikvarieämbetet, där han sysslat med både ut... (antal ord: 122), 2004-06-11

Divers to study Rome€™s rivers

Searching for wrecked ships and steamboats, wharves, and the remains of bridges, Jason Burns, an underwater archaeologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, hopes to record Rome€™s maritime heritage. The project, funded by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will use the help of volunteers around Rome. Burns said he and his crew of about 20 other divers initially will be guided through the Oostanaula, Etowah and Coosa rivers with a na... (antal ord: 237), 2004-06-11

Afghanistan's Buddhas still under threat

Seven strangers pulled into town a few weeks ago with a keen interest in a nearby Buddhist temple. They asked the local villagers why they wanted to work for pennies when they could make hundreds of dollars stealing Buddhas instead. The villagers' response? On May 16, they called the cops and had the outsiders arrested. But by then it was too late. Heads and torsos, hands and feet were removed, leaving behind only the delicately formed draped clothing of a once-exquisite, now-defaced, Gandhara-... (antal ord: 810), 2004-06-11

Här bodde de första Linköpingsborna

Det skimrar om fyndet. Ingen mänsklig verksamhet har rört den här platsen sedan stenåldersjägarna övergav boplatsen €“ de människor som var våra första Linköpingsbor. Området är kvar som de lämnat det, föremål av flinta och kvarts ligger där de själva lagt det. Under årtusendenas lopp är det bara naturen som påverkat området. Kanske djur har betat här, men ingen plog har rört om bland jordlagren. Den blivande infarten till nya skyttecentrum i Malmslätt döljer ett ovanligt välbevarat stenåldershu... (antal ord: 958), 2004-06-11

Rock €™face€™ mystery baffles experts

Archaeologists have found a trio of extraordinary stone carvings while charting the phenomenon of prehistoric rock markings in Northumberland, close to the Scottish border in the United Kingdom. Records and examples of over 950 prehistoric rock art panels exist in Northumberland, which are of the traditional €™cup and ring€™ variety, with a typical specimen featuring a series of cups and concentric circles pecked into sandstone outcrops and boulders. However, archaeologists at the University ... (antal ord: 535), 2004-06-18

Viking "€˜town"€™ is Ireland€™s equivalent of Pompeii

It is likely to be some weeks yet before Minister for the Environment Martin Cullen announces recommendations for dealing with and possibly preserving what historians are now describing as Ireland€™s first town. The discovery of the Viking settlement, at Woodstown, five miles from the city, which is believed to date back to the mid-9th century, was made as preparatory work got underway on the city€™s ‚300m by-pass. The site, located close to the River Suir, is 1.5 km long by 0.5 km wide and so f... (antal ord: 416), 2004-06-18

Huge Etruscan Road Brought to Light

A plain in Tuscany destined to become a dump has turned out to be an archaeologist's dream, revealing the biggest Etruscan road ever found. Digging in Capannori, near Lucca, archaeologist Michelangelo Zecchini has uncovered startling evidence of an Etruscan "highway" which presumably linked Etruscan Pisa, on the Tyrrhenian coast, to the Adriatic port of Spina.... (antal ord: 55), 2004-06-18

Stonemasons uncover mediaeval mystery

Mediaeval pots dating from the 14th to 16th centuries have been discovered in one of Aberdeen's most historic buildings. They were found by masons repointing the west wall of one of Aberdeen University's oldest buildings. The four broken pottery jugs were carefully placed behind stones which, in two cases, had been trimmed away at the rear to accommodate them. The pots were found in King's College Chapel. They had all had their rims and handles removed and were on their sides, with the bases fa... (antal ord: 422), 2004-06-18

Förhistorisk bosättning lockar arkeologer till Indal

Ett fynd 1 000 år äldre än Högomsmannen hägrar för arkeologerna i Indal. I anslutning till de pågående utgrävningarna i Stige har spår efter en förhistorisk bosättning påträffats cirka 60 centimeter nere i jorden. - I bästa fall kan den vara från yngre bronsåldern, säger Per H Ramqvist från Mitthögskolan. Upptäckten gjordes i samband med de pågående undersökningarna av en brandgrav från järnåldern i Stige, Indal. På en avskrapad yta bara ett 40-tal meter öster om gravplatsen framkom i dage... (antal ord: 307), 2004-06-18

4 000 år gammalt hus hittat

Resterna av ett 25 meter långt hus från övergångsfasen mellan stenåldern och bronsåldern har hittats vid en utgrävning två mil norr om Uppsala. Fyndet gjordes av arkeologer från Uppsalamuseet i Forsa, mellan Björklinge och Vattholma. Att hitta så gamla hus Mälarområdet är mycket ovanligt enligt museet. Arkeologerna gräver också i samma område ut en boplats från bronsåldern och ett antal gravar från järnåldern.... (antal ord: 63), 2004-06-18

Water woes, not wars, ended Angkor's empire

After resisting Siamese invaders for years, Cambodia's greatest city and civilization - temple-studded Angkor - was dealt a death blow with its final sacking in 1431. Or, so say the history books. But an international research team now thinks its demise was set much earlier, by something that is the bane of many modern urban societies - ecological failure and infrastructure breakdown. "They created ecological problems for themselves and they either didn't see it until it was too late or they co... (antal ord: 834), 2004-06-18

Chineese Archeological news

Villager unearths ancient cooking vessel at home. A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years. The antique, 80 centimeters tall, 55 kilograms in weight and with designs of "taotie" - a mythical ferocious animal - on its neck, was discovered by Luo Fushe, a villager in Wugong county on the outskirts of Xianyang city, close to the provincial capital Xi'an. Cultural heritage w... (antal ord: 1602), 2004-06-25

Köpingsviks alla fynd samlade i en enda bok

Arkeolog Hella Schultze ser inte bara gräsmatta när hon går runt i Köpingsvik. - Här under ligger en del av muren, förklarar hon när hon i går presenterade boken om 30 undersökningar i Köpingsvik.   Köpingsvik får en ny och spännande historiebok. Hella Schultze har ställt samman 30 rapporter från arkeologiska utgrävningar och vävt samman dem med tidigare kunskaper, fastighet för fastighet. - Boken är ingen slutlig produkt, den ska sätta igång något, påpekar hon. De grävningar som står i förgrun... (antal ord: 436), 2004-06-25

Sälben funna på stenåldersplats

En boplats från stenåldern har hittats i Högmossen strax utanför Mehedeby. Framför allt är det keramik och sälben som finns bevarade, men också till exempel tolv yxor. Boplatsen hittades vid den arkeologiska utgrävning som pågår längs E4:n, och som avslutas i år. För drygt femtusen år sedan låg boplatsen på en halvö som stack ut i havet.... (antal ord: 58), 2004-06-25

Farming origins gain 10,000 years

Wild types of emmer wheat like those found at Ohalo were forerunners of today's varieties Humans made their first tentative steps towards farming 23,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. Stone Age people in Israel collected the seeds of wild grasses some 10,000 years earlier than previously recognised, experts say. These grasses included wild emmer wheat and barley, which were forerunners of the varieties grown today. A US-Israeli team report their findings in the latest Procee... (antal ord: 375), 2004-06-25

5,000 years of Stonehenge

It has stood - in various incarnations - for some 5,000 years on the Salisbury Plain in southern England. It has drawn and inspired astronomers, druids and 'wannabe' druids, ancient and modern pilgrims, and even overenthusiastic heavy metal bands whose amplifiers go to eleven. Stonehenge is one of the world's most famous man-made creations, but there has never been a website which offered virtual visitors a thorough tour of the monument and its environs, until now. The Stonehenge World Heritage... (antal ord: 903), 2004-06-25

Oldest Christian church possibly discovered in Jordan

The earliest known Christian church in Jordan was discovered, if the preliminary dating of the remains as first to second century A.D. proves correct, the local newspaperJordan Times reported Tuesday. Director of Jordanian Department of Antiquities, Adnan Hadidi, told the newspaper that the church was found during the third season of excavations at Artemis Temple and its vicinity in Jerash,about 50 km south of Amman. The excavations have been carried out by the department in cooperation with th... (antal ord: 120), 2004-06-25

Ancient hair gives up its DNA secrets

Analysing DNA from ancient strands of hair is a new tool for learning about the past, molecular archaeologists say, including whether hair samples belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. Until now, scientists had thought analysing the hair shaft was of relatively little use as it contained so little DNA. Dr Tom Gilbert of the University of Arizona led an international team that reported its work in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. The researchers said they had extracted and sequenced m... (antal ord: 544), 2004-06-25

Vatican downsizes the Inquisition

The Vatican said Tuesday that fewer witches were burned at the stake and fewer heretics tortured into conversion during the dark centuries of the Inquisition than is generally believed, but it also sought renewed forgiveness for sins committed by Roman Catholics in the name of church doctrine. In a statement, Pope John Paul II acknowledged that the Inquisition was widely viewed as one of the church's bleakest periods and that it loomed as a symbol of scandal. But he also asked, "To what degree... (antal ord: 557), 2004-06-25

Stonehenge: Built by Welshmen?

At least three of the builders of Stonehenge were from Wales, according to archaeologists who found the builders' grave close to the Stonehenge site, and have linked the remains to stones used in the construction of the Salisbury Plain monument. The finding, which comes just before Sunday's summer solstice, not only sheds light on Stonehenge's origins, but also provides clues to prehistoric migration patterns within Europe following the Stone Age, which was the earliest known period in human cul... (antal ord: 79), 2004-06-25

Her er starten på landsbyen Egå

På hjørnet af Mejlbyvej og Grenåvej har arkæologer og arkæologistuderende fra Moesgård Museum fundet spor af begyndelsen til landsbyen Egå. I hvert fald lå her også i vikingetiden en landsby. Sjældent bronzefund Arkælologerne fik travlt med at grave, da օrhus Amt besluttede at opføre et nyt gymnasium på stedet, og allerede under museets prøvegravninger blev der fundet spor efter vægstolper og bærende stolper i datidens huse. - Vi har afdækket 10.000 kvadratmeter og fået overvældende informatio... (antal ord: 300), 2004-06-25

New Dinosaur Species Uncovered in Montana

Scientists have uncovered a new species of dinosaur that roamed the long-gone Montana coastline around 150 million years ago. Named Suuwassea emilieae, the 50-foot-long (15-meter-long) animal is a sauropod. Sauropods were plant-eating dinosaurs with long necks, whiplike tails, small heads, stubby legs, and huge bellies. ... (antal ord: 51), 2004-06-25

64,800-Year-Old Hair Yields DNA

Hair and fur could be our window to the past, according to scientists who have just extracted and cloned DNA from a 64,800-year-old bison and hairs purportedly from famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton. The bison DNA retrieval marks the oldest-ever genetic data obtained from hair. The age of the bison is approximately equal to the oldest authentic DNA taken from bones and teeth. Researchers now focus on bones and teeth for DNA studies. The latest findings, published this week in a Current Biology p... (antal ord: 606), 2004-06-25

The Early Days of Hearing

A fancy audio system with a frequency response up to 20,000 hertz may be just the thing to reproduce music, but you hardly need high fidelity to understand the spoken word. The human ear is relatively lo-fi; it's highly sensitive to frequencies between 2,000 hertz and 4,000 hertz, a range that covers many of the distinguishing sounds of speech. For those who study human evolution, the thinking is that this sensitivity range is related to the rise of spoken language. Chimpanzees, for example, ha... (antal ord: 559), 2004-06-25

Cereals Sought Much Earlier Than Previously Thought, Archaeologists Say

Pouring a bowl of cereal is a morning ritual for many people. Popular wisdom holds that our taste for grains goes back some 10,000 years. New findings may more than double that estimate. Paleolithic humans subsisted mainly on small- to medium-size hoofed animals. Scientists have surmised that these early hunters must have eventually expanded their food repertoire in order to sustain a growing population, but exactly when they began turning to plants for fuel was unknown. In the new work, Ehud ... (antal ord: 265), 2004-06-25

Villager unearths ancient cooking vessel at home

A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years. The antique, 80 centimeters tall, 55 kilograms in weight and with designs of "taotie" - a mythical ferocious animal - on its neck, was discovered by Luo Fushe, a villager in Wugong county on the outskirts of Xianyang city, close to the provincial capital Xi'an. Cultural heritage workers later unearthed stone axes, grinders,bricks,... (antal ord: 794), 2004-07-02

Remains of oldest inhabitant of Abu Dhabi found

Remains of the earliest-known inhabitant of Abu Dhabi have been found on the western island of Marawah by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, as part of their spring excavation season, it was announced on Tuesday. Marawah is part of the Marawah Marine Protected Area, MPA, which is managed by Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The excavations were carried out at the site of a 7,000 year old village which has the best-preserved and most-sop... (antal ord: 695), 2004-07-02

New Money Needed For World's Ancient Monuments

From the Angkor Wat to the Olympia ruins, the list of World Heritage sites is growing longer and its conservation costs skyrocketing. Cash-strapped UNESCO needs to attract more private funds to its historic sites. The idea underlying UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites is a noble one - that a number of the world's ancient monuments are of such exceptional value and significance that their preservation should be a global concern and not just left to the countries where the sites are located. S... (antal ord: 779), 2004-07-02

Modern technology helps survey imperial tomb

Archaeologists at one of China's most significant archaeological sites are learning more by digging less. Scientists prospecting the relics under the Mausoleum of the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) are using advanced technology to protect buried relics. "Instead of surveying underground relics by applying long and narrow shovels, we use remote sensing technology to investigate the covered relics," said archaeologist Duan Qingbo. "The methods indicates the time for large scale ha... (antal ord: 420), 2004-07-02

Jakt på skelettens ursprung

Ett gravfält från järnåldern eller en begravningsplats för de olyckliga som avrättades på den medeltida galgbacken? Arkeologer söker nu svar på hur gamla gravarna som hittats på Kvarnbacken är. På måndagen började personal från ֖stergötlands länsmuseum undersöka de fynd som kommit i dagen vid schaktningen för ABS Pumps nya fabriksdel på Kvarnbacken. Under den här veckan genomförs en så kallad arkeologisk förundersökning. De skelettdelar som ligger vid markytan tas om hand. Arkeologerna gräver,... (antal ord: 479), 2004-07-02

Nya gravfynd på Kvarnbacken

Arkeologer från ֖stergötlands länsmuseum påbörjade i går nya utgrävningar på Kvarnbacken där ABS pumpar håller på att etablera sig. Ett kranium och skelettdelar från minst sex personer har återfunnits. I början av maj upptäckte en arkeolog skelettfynd vid gräv- arbeten inför ABS Pumps stora tillbyggnad på Kvarnbacken i sydöstra delen av Vadstena. Detta trots att det i en detaljplan från 1990 står att det "inom planområdet saknas kända fornlämningar." Förstört gravplats ABS pumpar hann dock sätt... (antal ord: 327), 2004-07-02

Niclas tar dig med till stenåldern

I Högmossen i Mehedeby har ett område med boplatser från stenåldern hittats. - Det finns ett hundratal boplatser inom några kilometers avstånd. Det är en av de största koncentrationer av boplatser från yngre stenåldern som vi har i landet, berättar arkeolog Niclas Björck. Om man kör rakt in i skogen, mitt emot södra avfarten till Mehedeby, kommer man till riksantikvarieämbetets utgrävning i Högmossen. Vid första anblicken ser det bara ut som en massa sand och stenar huller om buller. Men om ma... (antal ord: 234), 2004-07-02

Järnåldersfynd i Viared

Det är i samband med ett vägbygge i västra delen av Viared som hembygdsforskaren Sture Magnusson hittade klumpar av järnslagg, av allt att döma myrmalm. Fynden som råkat komma i dagen genom schackmaskinernas framfart är ett antal slaggklumpar av ungefär en knytnäves storlek. - Jag förstod att det här måste vara något så jag ringde Leif Johansson på Lödöse museum, säger Sture Magnusson. Klumparna låg i en grop där också stenar verkar ha lagts i någon form av gryta. Vad som gjorde att Sture direk... (antal ord: 396), 2004-07-02

Fornfynd vittnar om en 6000-årig historia

Att området varit bebott redan 4 000 år före Kristus blev en överraskning när arkeologerna efterbearbetade fynden från utgrävningarna av kvarteret Seglaren på Teleborg i södra delen av Växjö häromåret. En del av de keramikfragment man funnit visade sig vid C14-datering vara de äldsta som någonsin påträffats i Småland. De härrör från tiden då jägarstenåldern övergick i bondestenåldern och visar, att det inre av Värend ingalunda låg vid sidan av sin tids kulturella strömningar. Jordbrukarkulturen... (antal ord: 568), 2004-07-02

De er spadestik fra vikingetiden

Arkæologer fra Moesgård Museum graver sig i disse dage ned til interessante fund i den gamle del af byen. Foreløbig er en velbevaret kælder fra 1300-tallet dukket frem, og undervejs er arkæologerne også stødt på resterne af en tidligere vej, der førte fra Mejlgade, bag om den forlængst forsvundne Skt Oluf Kirke og ned til stranden. Desuden har museumsfolkene lag for lag af dækket tydelige spor af byggerier gennem de seneste 600-700 år, suppleret med mange af datidens mønter samt stumper af keram... (antal ord: 434), 2004-07-02

Ancient European remains dound in Qinghai

Archeologists confirmed that the human skeletons discovered this May in northwest China's Qinghai Province belonged to three Europeans who lived in China over 1,900 years ago. "The physical characteristics of the bones showed it is a typical European race," said Wang Minghui, an expert with the archeological institute under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The skeletons were spotted at Zhongchuan Town of the province's eastern most Minhe Hui and Tu Autonomous County. Since 2002, archeo... (antal ord: 345), 2004-07-09

Egyptian Mummy Unwrapped in 3D

Cutting-edge computer technology and state-of-the-art medical scanning techniques have turned a 2,800-year-old mummy into a fully interactive 3-D experience, London's British Museum has announced. Resting in a decorated cartonnage, Nesperennub, a priest buried in Thebes in about 800 B.C., was moved from its display at the museum to undergo a CT-scan at a London hospital and a 3-D laser-scan in Scotland. €œ We are gathering information here without disturbing the casing or cartonnage at all. € T... (antal ord: 573), 2004-07-09

Archeologists excavaate ancient Novgorod

Excavating the center of Veliky Novgorod's ancient kremlin (fortress -Ed.), Russian archeologists have found artifacts from the 15th century - leather cases of unidentified purpose, an iron knife with a bone handle, fragments of leather footwear, and many ceramic shards. According to the head of the excavating team chief expert of the Novgorod Museum Sergei Troyanovsky, judging by the abundance of slags and semi-processed bones, they have hit a potter-and-bone-carver area. At a depth of six me... (antal ord: 237), 2004-07-09

Surprise find for archaeologists in Cyprus

American archaeologists diving for Roman artefacts off a packed swimmers' beach in Cyprus found live munitions dating from World War 2 instead, authorities said on Tuesday. British bomb disposal experts were called in to destroy the device found a few metres away from the shore of a beach neighbouring a British military base on the southern coast of the island. "The archaeologists were diving for bits of pottery and they saw a metal fin sticking up off the sea bed," British bases spokesperson ... (antal ord: 135), 2004-07-09

Remains of oldest inhabitant of Abu Dhabi found

Remains of the earliest-known inhabitant of Abu Dhabi have been found on the western island of Marawah by the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, ADIAS, as part of their spring excavation season, it was announced on Tuesday. Marawah is part of the Marawah Marine Protected Area, MPA, which is managed by Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The excavations were carried out at the site of a 7,000 year old village which has the best-preserved and most-so... (antal ord: 695), 2004-07-09

Björlanda - en tätort för 3 300 år sedan

För 3 300 år sedan var Kålsered i Björlanda på Hisingen en tämligen tätbefolkad plats. Utgrävningar de senaste veckorna har blottlagt 120 bronsåldersanläggningar. Det handlar om allt från spår av dåtida byggnader, till kokgropar och platser som kan ha använts vid ceremonier. Dessutom har keramikskärvor och enklare flintredskap hittats. - Bronsåldersfynden i Björlanda är sensationellt många. Kanske för att det var ett strategiskt bra läge för dåtidens handel med andra länder, säger arkeolog Stig... (antal ord: 526), 2004-07-09

Gravfynd bevaras i industripark

Kultur och industri får samsas i Hörbys nya industripark, som invigdes på måndagen. Området är rikt på fornlämningar och de kommer inte att trängas undan av företagsetableringar. Fornfynden är huvudsakligen från järnåldern (från 500 före Kristus till cirka 1 000 efter Kristus). - Det finns gravar i den sydöstra delen av industriparken, säger arkeolog Lasse Wallin, Dalby, och lämningar av odlingar i hela den norra delen. Lämningarna, speciellt från fornodlingen, är tydliga med sina stenrösen. I... (antal ord: 313), 2004-07-09

Nytt fynd väcker stort intresse Linköping

Avancerad ingengörskonst och stora resurser lades ner för att kunna genomföra vuxendop vid Sveriges kristnande. Men för bara några år sedan trodde man inte att det fanns några speciella platser för detta i landet. Nya fynd i Vreta visar motsatsen. - Ingen bygger en så här avancerad konstruktion bara för att hämta vatten, då hade en vanlig brunn räckt. Janusz Grenberger är arkitekten som arbetat mycket med projekten runt klosterruinen. Han kan inte se att det finns några andra rimliga förklaring... (antal ord: 731), 2004-07-09

Arkeologer söker efter nya fornfynd

Jakten på fornfynd fortsätter i ֖rkelljunga kommun. Motorvägsbygget har gett arkeologerna unika möjligheter att kartlägga historien 11 000 år tillbaka i tiden. Kostnaderna för detta har varit gigantiska, närmare 80 miljoner har statliga Vägverket fått punga ut med. Det är nästa en tiondedel av hela vägbyggets totala kostnad. Nu är turen kommen till ֖rkelljunga kommun. Ett nytt industriområdet är under uppbyggnad intill den nya trafikplatsen för motorvägen i Skånes Fagerhult. Skogen är avverkad ... (antal ord: 251), 2004-07-09

Fornlämningar bör undersökas

Området kring Storelid, ovanför Bilorama, i Asarum bör undersökas arkeologiskt. Det anser Tony Abaji, som är bosatt i Asarum och har ett stort intresse av arkeologi. Men också av Asarum historiska bakgrund. - Platsen kan vara av stort historiskt värde. Enligt Tony är hela området fyllt av arkeologiska lämningar. Bland annat finns där en gravplats med resta stenar från järnåldern. Rester av en stor fornborg finns i närheten och överallt i skogen där det ska grävas för ny bebyggelse finns spår ef... (antal ord: 330), 2004-07-09

Unikt fynd i Vreta kloster

En dopgrav från 1000-talet kan ha påträffats vid Vreta klosterruin. Det är i så fall en unik upptäckt som nu visas upp. Men för att göra riktiga utgrävningar krävs pengar som saknas i dag. Församlingen Vreta kloster renoverar sedan några år klosterruinen för att hålla den i stånd. I klostrets parlatorium, samtalsrum, har man tidigare funnit två trappor ner i marken och mellan dem en försänkning, ett murat kar. I denna försänkning finns dessutom en murad vattenledning. Hela anläggningen har tidi... (antal ord: 301), 2004-07-09

Nu är det livat i Birka - igen

Efter ett pars års sjunkande besökssiffror satsas det åter på Birka som attraktion i Stockholm. Förutom Vikingaveckan som startar i dag erbjuds dramatiserade rundturer och besök i riktiga vikingabyar. M/S "Victoria" lägger till vid Björkö brygga. Av stiger några vikingakvinnor samt två slovenska turister, för ett besök i Sveriges första huvudstad. Tomas Hocevar och Vesna Zorko utövar systematisk turism. Efter besök på runt 200 olika platser som nämns på UNESCO:s världsarvslista har nu turen komm... (antal ord: 380), 2004-07-09

Storhøvdings vognhjul fundet i օsum

En hel tøjfabrik fra jernalderen er gravet ud ved ring III, og dele fra et træhjul er vigtigste fund - Måske er det noget, der er indgået i en industriproduktion. For det blotte øje ligner hullet blot et hul, men i virkeligheden peger Mads Runge, arkæolog og museumsin-spektør hos Odense Bys Museer, på en brønd fra jernalderen. Om kort tid vil fortiden i օsum været asfalteret med ring III, og nutidens vidundere fræse oven på de 10 brønde til fremstilling af tekstiler i en oldtids-"tøjfabrik". F... (antal ord: 367), 2004-07-09

Nya arkeologiska upptäckter på Tomarp

Tomarps Kungsgård är en guldgruva för historiker och arkeologer. I veckan gjordes nya högintressanta upptäckter då en värmeledning skulle installeras. Grundmurar som markerar platsen där ett försvarstorn stod på 1700-talet och keramikskärvor från den romanska tiden är något av det som hittats. I torsdags kom en arkeolog från Malmö museum för att titta på fynden. €“ Men då hade vi inte hittat så här mycket, säger Ulf-Melvin Fjellström hämtar en bricka full med keramikskärvor. Bitarna är kraftigt ... (antal ord: 434), 2004-07-09

Archeological news in brief

The following are major archeological news briefs of the week: Villager unearths ancient cooking vessel at home A farmer in the northwest China province of Shaanxi recently unearthed in his own courtyard a bronze cooking vessel that was believed to date back nearly 3,000 years. The antique, 80 centimeters tall, 55 kilograms in weight and with designs of "taotie" -- a mythical ferocious animal -- on its neck, was discovered by Luo Fushe, a villager in Wugong county on the outskirts of Xianyang ... (antal ord: 811), 2004-07-10

Stupa, murals found in Bamiyan

Researchers have been over Bamiyan, site of ancient Buddhist relics, with a tooth comb. Yet on Wednesday, a Japanese team reported the first discovery in 40 years of new cave murals. The paintings, found in the Da'uti area of Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley in June, are near the remains of two giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. The team, from the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, also confirmed during field work conducted June 15 to 29 that a 2.5-meter ... (antal ord: 364), 2004-07-10

A perfectly sacred place

Ancient Egyptians considered it the most perfect of all temples. Nevine El-Aref reports on recent discoveries as Karnak reveals more of its secrets A panorama view of karnak temple; a French restorer injecting a part of an Osirin statue, the red granite scarab of king Amenhotep III Even in ruins, Karnak Temple remains a spectacular sight. Within the temple enclosure is a cluster of pylons, sanctuaries, chapels and obelisks, forming a vast open-air exhibition of history set in stone. Much of th... (antal ord: 2295), 2004-07-10

Fossil findings blur picture of art's birth

Who created the earliest artwork? Artworks from Germany were found alongside human remains. For years archaeologists have clung to the idea that only truly modern humans were artists, and that our Neanderthal cousins spent their entire evolutionary lifetime as boorish philistines. But fresh analysis of a prized set of human bones has dealt a body blow to this cherished theory. The first sparks of artistic creativity are seen in carved figurines found at various sites throughout Europe. The olde... (antal ord: 489), 2004-07-10

Bronze Age neck rings reunited

The torc was found close to the site of an earlier discovery A Bronze Age necklace - said to be one of only five in the UK - is to be reunited with gold jewellery found nearby more than 40 years before. The plain torc, found in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, is to go on show at the Museum of Reading with another more ornate neck ring found in April, 1960. The latest find was discovered in a wheat field on 7 December, 2001. The necklace, dating from 1150 to 750BC, was found near the site of the other ... (antal ord: 219), 2004-07-10

Unikt fynd kan visa vuxendopets betydelse för kristnadet av Sverige

Nya fynd i Vreta visar att stora resurser kan ha lagts ner för att genomföra vuxendop vid Sveriges kristnande. Mycket tyder på att det är en påkostad och avancerad dopplats som hittats. Dopgraven i Vreta skiljer sig från tidigare dopplatser man hittat genom att den haft rinnande vatten. Fyndet är troligen från slutet av 900-talet eller början av 1000-talet och kan vara bevis för att dop genomfördes i stor utsträckning och att det liturgiska påbudet om rinnande vatten vid dop var viktigt. Vattenl... (antal ord: 121), 2004-07-10

Talking Tombstones Bear a Message from the Grave

The dead could soon be speaking from the grave if an American inventor's plan becomes reality. Robert Barrows, of Burlingame, California has filed a patent application for a video-equipped tombstone that will display a video message from grave's occupant. "If his patent is granted, Barrows hopes that when people make out their will, they also leave a parting video with their lawyer," New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday. The hollow, talking tombstone will include a flat touch screen and wi... (antal ord: 159), 2004-07-10

Old is young, study finds

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Riverside have discovered a dramatic increase in human longevity that took place during the early Upper Paleolithic Period, around 30,000 B.C. In their study of more than 750 fossils to be published July 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, anthropologists Rachel Caspari and Sang-Hee Lee found a dramatic increase in longevity among modern humans during that time: the number of people surviving to a... (antal ord: 532), 2004-07-10

Elderly crucial to evolutionary success of humans

Senior citizens played an important role in the dramatic spread of human civilisation some 30,000 years ago, a study of the human fossil record has shown. Rachel Caspari at the University of Michigan and Sang-Hee Lee at the University of California at Riverside studied dental fossils belonging to early humans and pre-human species dating back 3 million years. They judged the age of specimens by examining wear to teeth and classified "old" as twice the age of sexual maturity - roughly 30 years. ... (antal ord: 387), 2004-07-10

Old Age Was Secret of Modern Humans' Success

Humans began to live long and prosper only about 30,000 years ago, researchers report. Results published online this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveal a striking increase in human longevity during the Upper Paleolithic Period when the number of people surviving to old age increased four-fold. Rachel Caspari of the University of Michigan and Sang-Hee Lee of the University of California at Riverside, examined 768 hominid dental samples from a variety of locations ... (antal ord: 286), 2004-07-10

The Artistic Vision of Jean Lecomte du NouÖ¿

Classical references, Orientalist imagery, and historical depictions abound in From Homer to the Harem: The Art of Jean Lecomte du NouÖ¿. In this new exhibition at the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York City, a hundred works - paintings, sketches, and drawings - by the artist are presented in the first major display focusing on Lecomte du NouÖ¿. Born in 1842, Lecomte du NouÖ¿ was a prominent figure in nineteenth-century academic art, but has been all but forgotten since his death in 1923. Art termed... (antal ord: 1465), 2004-07-16

Inrap Uncovers France's Past Lives

When industrialists propose development in France, the National Institute of Preventative Archaeological Research, better known as Inrap, investigates areas that are primed for construction. This past year, Inrap has made three important discoveries: ancient ships in Lyon, mosaics in Doubs, and an Iron Age cemetery in Puisserguier. The Lyon excavation in central eastern France, carried out in advance of a planned parking lot at Saint George Park, revealed remains of three ships from the first-s... (antal ord: 625), 2004-07-16

Canine Case Closed?

The conviction of a renowned handler raises questions about the use of dogs in archaeology. Michigan native Sandra Anderson is set to be sentenced on August 24 in Federal Court, Southern Division of the Eastern District of Michigan, for planting evidence at a crime scene and making false statements to authorities. A respected scent-detection dog trainer and handler, Anderson pled guilty earlier this year. Since the charges were filed last fall, the work of Anderson and her dog Eagle has been que... (antal ord: 2466), 2004-07-16

New twist on out-of-Africa theory

Homo erectus, the species thought to be the first to leave Africa for Eurasia in the out-of-Africa model of human origin (Image: Science) Early humans made love, not war, according to new DNA analysis presented at a genetics conference that gives a new twist on the out-of-Africa hypothesis of human origins. U.S. researcher Professor Alan Templeton of Washington University, St Louis, debunks the prevailing version of the out-of-Africa hypothesis, which says early humans migrated from Africa and... (antal ord: 410), 2004-07-16

€˜Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age€™ found at Creswell Crags

A team of researchers led by the University of Sheffield and supported by English Heritage have found eighty 13,000-year-old carvings in limestone rock of Church Hole Cave, at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire. The carvings are a unique find and form the most elaborate cave art ceiling in the world. The carvings, which appear on the ceiling of the cave, represent animal figures, including deer, bears, birds and possibly dancing women. Dr Paul Pettitt, of the Department of Archaeology at the Un... (antal ord: 231), 2004-07-16

Limestone find may change views on prehistoric people

Chunks of whitish limestone are turning up everywhere at the huge, prehistoric village excavation near the Brooklyn city limits. More limestone has been found here than at any other ancient Mississippian site excavated in the region. So much, in fact, veteran archaeologists like site excavation director Chuck Moffat wonder whether it will change long-held views about the farming and hunting people archaeologists call the Mississippians, who lived here about 1,400 to 1,000 years ago. - The potent... (antal ord: 763), 2004-07-16

Archeologists discover ancient graffiti on China's Great Wall

Chinese soldiers sent to the Great Wall centuries ago did not just spend their time keeping alien invaders out - they also decorated their watch towers with ancient graffiti, state media said. Archeologists studying a section of the wall in northeastern Liaoning province were surprised to find carvings of symbols representing love and peace, the Xinhua news agency reported. The historical record may offer an explanation, as it shows the general in charge of this part of the wall in the late 16t... (antal ord: 122), 2004-07-16

Pompeii find shows secrets of the Samnites

The discovery in Pompeii of a pre-Roman temple is being hailed as evidence that the city was sophisticated and thriving 300 years before Vesuvius erupted. The temple is said to be of Mephitis, a female deity worshipped by the Samnites, a mysterious ancient people who preceded the Romans in Pompeii. The temple complex includes a sanctuary where it is thought girls from good families worked briefly in "sacred prostitution" as a rite of passage to full womanhood. The Samnites were previously tho... (antal ord: 147), 2004-07-16

Priceless Bronze-age artefacts unearthed in north

Twenty-six artefacts dating back to the Early Bronze Age were unearthed by Turkish Cypriot archaeologists near the village of Galinoporni on the Karpassia peninsula on Monday. Archaeologists in the north say the find, which followed a tip-off to the museums and antiquities department by an American music lecturer at the north€™s Eastern Mediterranean University, unearthed Bronze Age relics unlike others previously found on the island. Head of the Famagusta branch of the museums and antiquities ... (antal ord: 238), 2004-07-16

Fann sten under sten

För en tid sedan gjorde Folke Röing ett ovanligt fynd i sin trädgård. Han hittade ett 4 000 år gammalt offerföremål. För ett par veckor sedan flyttade Folke Röing en stor sten i en slänt bakom sitt och hustrun Helvis sommarställe, Björkantu, på Hallerna strax sydöst om centrala Stenungsund. €“ Det kallas så efter två stora björkar som stod framför huset förr i tiden, men stormen €“69 tog dem, säger Folke Röing som tillbringat somrarna i det lilla röda torpet sedan början av 1920-talet. Folke be... (antal ord: 537), 2004-07-16

Arkeologer söker nya fynd vid Anundshög

Två mystiska diken i marken vid Anundshög har väckt arkeologernas nyfikenhet. Nu pågår utgrävningar vid högen för att lösa mysteriet. Runstenen, mitt framför högen, är från 1000talet efter Kristus. Området har varit bebyggt sedan järnåldern, cirka 500 år före Kristus. Anundshög har varit ett betydelsefullt maktcentrum i Mälardalen. När Ulf Alström, arkeolog på Länsmuseet i Västerås, i vintras såg flygfoton av Anundshög märkte han något konstigt. Två diken löper längs med Anundshögen och det omr... (antal ord: 446), 2004-07-16

Betande får skall hålla området öppet

Får håller rent mycket bättre än maskiner. Därför betar nu sedan några veckor tillbaka 21 tackor med sina nio lamm på den gamla grav- och boplatsen Råsvalslund i Guldsmedshyttan. Fåren håller efter vegetationen så att utgrävningsområdet inte växer igen. Redan förra året hade Guldsmedshyttan på Offensiven, som stått bakom utgrävningarna, planer på att inhägna platsen för att kunna hålla betesdjur där i syfte att hålla området öppet. Fåren på plats - Men eftersom man inte hittade någon brukare ... (antal ord: 529), 2004-07-16

Förbryllande gravfynd vid nya E4

Bronsknappar, dräktspännen och en styckad kropp är några av fynden vid en utgrävning av sex gravar från äldre järnåldern i Forsa mellan Björklinge och Vattholma. Martin Scheutz är biträdande projektledare och berättar vad han tror att det handlar om gravfynd vid Forsa. Under matjordslagret mitt på en till synes vanlig åker i Forsa mellan Björklinge och Vattholma, har arkeologerna nu under E4-utgrävningen hittat stensättningar, stenar lagda i cirklar och andra formationer, vilket är ett tydligt ... (antal ord: 122), 2004-07-16

Ringmur vid Gladsaxehus hittad

Nu har södra ringmuren till den medeltida borgen Gladsaxehus hittats. Med hjälp av en inhyrd gräv- maskin grävde arkeologerna Lars Jönsson och Ulrika Wallebom i går fram en bit av muren, lagom till starten för arkeologikurserna nästa vecka. - Det är jätteroligt. Och samtidigt lite frustrerande att vi var så nära muren i fjor, säger Lars Jönsson. Tillsammans med Ulrika Wallebom gräver han för tredje sommaren i rad ut området kring Glad-saxehus, strax öster om kyrkan i Gladsax. Och till sin hjälp... (antal ord: 414), 2004-07-16

Ind i gården og ned i fortiden Fund fra stenalder, middelalder og måske vikingetid

Lidt stenalder, måske lidt vikingetid og helt sikkert masser af middelalder - det er resultatet af Horsens Museums udgravninger den sidste uges tid i gården bag Søndergade 30. Usikkerheden omkring vikingetiden hænger sammen med, at arkæologerne på grund af en brist i kommunikationen først fik besked om arbejdet i gården, da gravemaskinerne havde været godt i gang med at gnave af jorden. Fornemmelse Nu måtte eksperterne i fortiden nøjes med at kigge på siderne i det opgravede hul. Nederst fandt ... (antal ord: 293), 2004-07-16

'Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age'

A 13,000-year-old carving from Church Hole, at Creswell Crags. The discovery at Creswell Crags was announced on Tuesday. It comes a year after the initial discovery of 12 engraved figures, which were trumpeted as the earliest examples of prehistoric cave art in Britain. The new discoveries were made possible by the good natural light in April and June, rock art experts said. Creswell Crags - a Site of Special Scientific Interest - lies on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It compris... (antal ord: 328), 2004-07-16


Sommaruppehåll med nyhetsbreven För att inte onödigtvis fylla läsarnas epost-brevlådor under sommarmånaderna gör vi ett uppehåll med utskicken och återkommer i augusti. - Men varje vecka läggs nya nyhetsbrev ut på internet! Arkeologer söker nya fynd vid Anundshög Två mystiska diken i marken vid Anundshög har väckt arkeologernas nyfikenhet. Nu pågår utgrävningar vid högen för att lösa mysteriet. Runstenen, mitt framför högen, är från 1000-talet efter Kristus. Området har varit bebyggt sedan jä... (antal ord: 1217), 2004-07-16


Sommaruppehåll med nyhetsbreven För att inte onödigtvis fylla läsarnas epost-brevlådor under sommarmånaderna gör vi ett uppehåll med utskicken och återkommer i augusti. - Men varje vecka läggs nya nyhetsbrev ut på internet! Nya arkeologiska upptäckter på Tomarp Tomarps Kungsgård är en guldgruva för historiker och arkeologer. I veckan gjordes nya högintressanta upptäckter då en värmeledning skulle installeras. Grundmurar som markerar platsen där ett försvarstorn stod på 1700-talet och keramiksk... (antal ord: 1011), 2004-07-09


Sommaruppehåll med nyhetsbreven För att inte onödigtvis fylla läsarnas epost-brevlådor under sommarmånaderna gör vi ett uppehåll med utskicken och återkommer i augusti. - Men varje vecka läggs nya nyhetsbrev ut på internet! Fornfynd vittnar om en 6000-årig historia Att området varit bebott redan 4 000 år före Kristus blev en överraskning när arkeologerna efterbearbetade fynden från utgrävningarna av kvarteret Seglaren på Teleborg i södra delen av Växjö häromåret. En del av de keramikfragment ... (antal ord: 765), 2004-07-02


Sommaruppehåll med nyhetsbreven För att inte onödigtvis fylla läsarnas epost-brevlådor under sommarmånaderna gör vi nu ett uppehåll med utskicken och återkommer i augusti. - Men varje vecka läggs nya nyhetsbrev ut på internet! Köpingsviks alla fynd samlade i en enda bok Arkeolog Hella Schultze ser inte bara gräsmatta när hon går runt i Köpingsvik. - Här under ligger en del av muren, förklarar hon när hon i går presenterade boken om 30 undersökningar i Köpingsvik. Köpingsvik får en ny och spän... (antal ord: 1249), 2004-06-25


4 000 år gammalt hus hittat Resterna av ett 25 meter långt hus från övergångsfasen mellan stenåldern och bronsåldern har hittats vid en utgrävning två mil norr om Uppsala. Fyndet gjordes av arkeologer från Uppsalamuseet i Forsa, mellan Björklinge och Vattholma. Att hitta så gamla hus Mälarområdet är mycket ovanligt enligt museet. Arkeologerna gräver också i samma område ut en boplats från bronsåldern och ett antal gravar från järnåldern. Förhistorisk bosättning lockar arkeologer till Indal ... (antal ord: 501), 2004-06-18


Ny chef för Historiska museet på gång Styrelsen för Historiska museet har beslutat att föreslå Per Karsten som ny chef för museet. - Jag känner mig väldigt hedrad, säger Per Karsten, men betonar att även museets rektor ska säga sitt om utnämningen. Därför vill han ännu inte berätta om sina planer för museet. Här bodde de första Linköpingsborna Det skimrar om fyndet. Ingen mänsklig verksamhet har rört den här platsen sedan stenåldersjägarna övergav boplatsen - de människor som var våra första... (antal ord: 758), 2004-06-11

Prehistoric art relic 17,000 yrs old found in central Russia

Archaeologists working in the Kursk region, 500 km south off Moscow, have found a relic of prehistoric art carved from mammoth€™s tusk about 17,000 years ago. Natalya Ahmetgaleyeva, the chief of the archaeological expedition, told Itar-Tass the object was found not far from the village of Byki. - It€™s a small thing and it might have been used as a primeval hunter€™s amulet or a fixed accessory of some primitive cult, she said. €œThe find was made at what might have been the camp of the Stone Age p... (antal ord: 212), 2004-07-23

Ancient etchings: Site loses protection

Just a half-hour drive down a bumpy, dirt road and a short hike through a pristine part of the Pahranagat Range sits a focal point of Lincoln County's American Indian heritage. The Shooting Gallery, as it's known in rock art circles, has endured summer heat, snowy winters and flash foods for more than 1,000 years. There are 575 rock art panels in a two-mile stretch of the range, with some 5,000 images in all. But within the past few years, all-terrain vehicle tracks lead to where looters have ... (antal ord: 1146), 2004-07-23

50 ancient tombs uncovered From correspondents in Athens

Archaeologists have discovered 50 tombs dating back to the late Minoan period, around 1400 BC, and containing a number of artifacts on the Greek island of Crete, ANA news agency reported today. The tombs were part of the once powerful ancient city of Kydonia, which was destroyed at the time but later rebuilt. The oldest among them contained bronze weapons, jewellery and vases and are similar to the tombs of fallen soldiers of the Mycenaean type from mainland Greece, said the head of the excavat... (antal ord: 119), 2004-07-23

Battle Over Kennewick Man Appears Over

The battle over Kennewick Man, one of the most complete skeletons ever found in North America, appears to be over. Four Northwest tribes seeking to bury the 9,300-year-old bones have announced they will not take their fight to the U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) after losing in lower federal courts to scientists who want to study the remains, The Oregonian reported in its Friday editions. The U.S. Justice Department (news - web sites), which earlier had sided with the tribes, declined Thu... (antal ord: 396), 2004-07-23

Skärvstenshög dolde forntida husgrund

Den "skräphög" som den här veckan är föremål för arkeologiska undersökningar vid Slyos, Lövnäsvallen, har delvis fått arkeologerna att tänka om. Vid onsdagens grävningar blottades en husgrund! Enligt Riksantikvarieämbetets fornlämningslista är nummer 222 noterad som en skärvstenshög och det har tidigare tagits upp en provyta, men svaret på vad som döljer sig under markskiktet har hittills varit okänt. քven om det fanns teorier om att det möjligen kunde finnas en husgrund på platsen. När Slyosp... (antal ord: 452), 2004-07-23

Hällristningarna kan bli inhägnade

Ett kulturarv värt att bevara. Bror-Tommy Sturk, länsstyrelsen och Ann-Charlotte Hertz, Stadsmuseet, inspekterade under onsdagen skadegörelsen vid Himmelstalunds hällristningar. - Det här är skrämmande. Det är ren vandalism. Om det fortsätter så här får vi ta till drastiska åtgärder och spärra av området, säger Bror-Tommy Sturk när han ser skadegörelsen av hällristningarna i Himmelstalund. I går skrev NT om de 3000 år gamla hällristningarna i Himmelstalund som vandaliserats. Skadegörarna har hac... (antal ord: 516), 2004-07-23

Vandalisering hotar kulturskatt

Hällristningsområdet blir allt mer förfallet. Förra helgen hackades stora hål i berget. Himmelstalunds hällristningar lockar turister från hela världen. Men upp eldade bänkar, ölflaskor och sönderhackade berghällar gör många besvikna. Det är en bedrövad Ann-Charlotte Hertz, antikvarie på Stadsmuseet, som tog kontakt med NT på tisdagen. Hon har polisanmält förstörelsen i Himmelstalund och känner stor olust inför vad som sker ute vid området. De 3 000 år gamla hällristningarna är några av de finas... (antal ord: 446), 2004-07-23

Ugn hett fynd vid utgrävning

Ugn hett fynd vid utgrävning Inför utbyggnaden av dubbelspåret pågår omfattande arkeologiska utgrävningar. Projektet innefattar flera ut- grävningar i både Motala, Fågelsta och Skänninge. Flera fynd har gjorts från både sten- och bronsåldern. Det är riksantikvarieämbetet i Linköping som utför utgrävningarna på uppdrag av länsstyrelsen. De gräver mellan Mjölby och Motala, därefter är det länsstyrelsen i ֖rebro län som tar över jobbet. MT&VT besökte Fågelstagruppens utgrävningar som innefattar H... (antal ord: 414), 2004-07-23

Romersk staty blir hel igen

En antik romersk staty av kejsarinnan Livia har blivit hel. Statyns huvud har sedan 1800-talet funnits på Ashmolean i Oxford, ett museum för konst och arkeologi. Kroppen hittades för några år sedan i Kroatien. En antik romersk staty av kejsarinnan Livia har blivit hel igen, skriver tidningen The Guardian. Statyns huvud har sedan 1800-talet funnits på Ashmolean i Oxford, ett museum för konst och arkeologi. Kroppen hittades för bara några år sedan under en utgrävning i Kroatien. Nu återförenas h... (antal ord: 131), 2004-07-23

Allstas historia ska grävas upp

Hur levde de allra första Allstaborna? Den frågan hoppas arkeologerna få svar på under den utgrävning som startar om drygt en månad. - Det finns tydliga spår på utgrävningsplatsen, säger Per Ramqvist, professor i regionalarkeologi I slutet av augusti sätter arkeologiskautgrävningar i gång i Allsta. Under tre till fyra veckor kommer det att arbetas med att hitta rester efter de första bosättarna. - Det finns tydliga spår på utgrävningsplatsen, säger Per Ramqvist, professor i regionalarkeologi. D... (antal ord: 245), 2004-07-23

Fåren drev vikingaskeppen framåt

Utan får, inga vikingar. Tillgång till mycket och vattenresistent ull var nödvändigt för vikingarnas resor. Vilda vikingar och milda får känns kanske inte som den naturligaste av symbioser. Men utan de härdiga nordiska fåren hade vikingarna inte kommit särskilt långt. Vikingaskeppens segel var gjorda av vadmalsliknande ullväv och moderna rekonstruktioner har visat vilka enorma mängder ull det gick åt för ett enda segel. Till ett skepp byggt för ett norskt museum gick det åt 2 000 kilo ull till e... (antal ord: 222), 2004-07-23

Archaeologists to seek Kyrgyz Atlantis

A Kyrgyz-Russian expedition has embarked for an ancient city covered by Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, local media reported Wednesday. Issyk-Kul, 2,250 square miles in area, is a mountain lake in the north of the country. Historians and legends tell about a disappeared island in the lake with fortifications near the north coast where Tamerlane, the Tartar conqueror in southern and western Asia and ruler of Samarkand, held noble prisoners in the 14th century, the Vecherniy Bishkek newspaper said. ... (antal ord: 196), 2004-07-23

First Wine? Archaeologist Traces Drink to Stone Age

Wine snobs might shudder at the thought, but the first wine-tasting may have occurred when Paleolithic humans slurped the juice of naturally fermented wild grapes from animal-skin pouches or crude wooden bowls. The idea of winemaking may have occurred to our alert and resourceful ancestors when they observed birds gorging themselves silly on fermented fruit and decided to see what the buzz was all about. "The whole process is sort of magical," said Patrick McGovern, an expert on the origins of... (antal ord: 1357), 2004-07-23

Archeologists claim Essenes never wrote Dead Sea Scrolls

Located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, Qumran is famous throughout the world as the place where the Essenes, who have been widely described in studies, conferences and exhibitions as a type of Jewish "monk," are said to have lived and written the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, based on findings soon to be published, Israeli archaeologists now argue that Qumran "lacks any uniqueness." The latest research joins a growing school of thought attempting to explode the "Qumran myth" by stating ... (antal ord: 978), 2004-07-30

Ancient brewery discovered on mountaintop in Peru

Archaeologists working in southern Peru found an ancient brewery more than 1,000 years old. Remains of the brewing facility were uncovered on Cerro BaÖºl, a mountaintop city over 8,000 feet above sea level, which was home to elite members of the Wari Empire from AD 600-1000. Predating the Inca Empire by at least four centuries, this Wari brewery was used to make chicha, a fermented beverage similar to beer that played an important role in ritual feasting and drinking during Peru's first empire. A... (antal ord: 1060), 2004-07-30

Earliest palace city discovered in Henan

Archaeologists said that the palace city discovered last spring at the Erlitou site in Yanshi City, central China's Henan Province, may be the earliest palace city ever discovered in China. - The design of the city had erected a model for later dynasties in designing their capital, said Dr. Xu Hong, who leads the archaeological investigation team at the Erlitou site of the Institute of Archaeology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The rectangular city is 300 meters wide from the east to ... (antal ord: 269), 2004-07-30

Radiocarbon Dating and Questions

Libby€™s discovery, now known as the carbon-14 (or radiocarbon) technique, was a method that could be used to determine the age of organic remains. In the following years, archeologists used this technique extensively and determined exact dates for pre-historic settlements in the ancient world. Some Neolithic (later stone age) remains were dated back to fifty thousand years in Russia and Africa. The city of Eriha in Palestine was dated back to eleven thousand years, and was designated as the firs... (antal ord: 1692), 2004-07-30

Skelettjakt i Storsjö kapell

Efter lyckad expedition i Slyos fortsätter nu arkeologerna vidare till Storsjö kapell. Den här gången på jakt efter skelett. En husgrund med eldstad i mitten och en hästsko blev en del av fynden i Lillhärdals Slyos. Anders Hansson, arkeolog, berättar att det blev många saker som ska skickas på analys. De kolprover som togs var väligt fina och skon som hittades på utgrävningens sista dag är intressant. Nu är det bara att vänta. - Man måste ha tålamod, det kommer ta tid innan sakerna kommer tillb... (antal ord: 179), 2004-07-30

Krukskärva kan bära förfäders fingeravtryck

Krukskärva kan bära förfäders fingeravtryck Mycket handlar om tur. När Hbl besöker de arkeologiska utgrävningarna i Sockenbacka, har grävarna just hittat ett cirka 6 000 år gammalt bärstenssmycke. Försiktig lindar arkeologen Jan Fast in den lilla biten i vått hushållspapper. - Den måste hållas våt för att vi ska kunna limma ihop den, berättar han. Man använder sig av hartslim som senare går att lösa upp utan att föremålen skadas. Vi befinner oss på en boplats från stenåldern. Den är 6 000 år ga... (antal ord: 548), 2004-07-30

Granloholm vilar på uråldrig grund

Granlo har Högom att yvas över; Selånger har såväl fornhistoria som medeltid. Men inte heller Granloholm saknar historia. Här föddes skvadern. Här tömdes Sticksjön i ett mini-Vildhuss-projekt. Och här bodde folk redan på 400-talet. Ulf G Conrah har fångat Granloholms förflutna i ett omfattande manuskript. Från jordbruksbygd med ett hundratal invånare på 1970-talet till modernt bostadsområde med mer än 4000 människor på 2000-talet. Omvandlingen av Granloholm har gått snabbt; huskropparna har dykt... (antal ord: 607), 2004-07-30

Unik hästsko funnen i Lövnäsvallen

I fredags avslutades den arkeologiska utgrävningen vid Slyos, Lövnäsvallen. Det blev ytterligare ett intressant fynd sista dagen, en hästsko som bedöms vara från tidig medeltid. - Hästskon är allmänt av medeltida typ och passar mycket väl in i det övriga sammanhanget, berättar arkeolog Anders Hansson. - Den hittades invid väggen till husgrunden som grävdes fram under onsdagen och har förmodligen legat på samma plats hela tiden. - Ingenting tyder på att det förekommit någon plöjning i det här o... (antal ord: 96), 2004-07-30

Jernalder gravet op i lyset

Da præriefesten flyttede festplads, valgte arkæologerne på Horsens Museum for tre måneder siden at tjekke undergrunden under det gamle dansegulv. Resultatet er foreløbig 12 grave fra den ældre romerske jernalder, dvs 0 - 200 efter Kristi. Gravene indeholder offergaver og nyttige brugsgenstande til "livet på den anden side". Den gamle festplads ligner ikke sig selv. Selv om der i tidens løb nok skal være mange, der er faldet i et hul til præriefesten, er de fleste da kommet op igen. I dag komme... (antal ord: 684), 2004-07-30

10-year dig at Qumran claims to overturn Essene connection

Located on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, Qumran is famous throughout the world as the place where the Essenes, who have been widely described in studies, conferences and exhibitions as a type of Jewish "monk," are said to have lived and written the Dead Sea Scrolls. However, based on soon to be published findings, Israeli archaeologists now argue that Qumran "lacks any uniqueness."The latest research joins a growing school of thought attempting to explode the "Qumran myth" by stating t... (antal ord: 978), 2004-07-30

Nya fina fynd från Spillings

Ytterligare vikingatida fynd har gjorts vid Spillings i Othem där arkeolog Per Widerström med hjälp av amatörarkeologer grävt under en vecka. - Det mest intressanta är att teorierna om en vikingatida plats har förstärkts, säger han till Radio Gotland. Där man trodde att det var enbart medeltida områden har nu även spår från vikingatiden påträffats. Bland fynden kan nämnas en dräktnål och ett par pärlor, samt keramik.... (antal ord: 66), 2004-07-30

Polish excavation in Syria sheds new light on ancient cult Discovery of cave paintings expose origins of mysterious religion

Myths surrounding ancient religions and cults have long preoccupied humanity's understanding of history. Yet they remain a mystery to us, especially in the absence of written texts. One such cult, that of Mithrae, said to have existed during the age of the Roman Empire, was widely spread among Rome's army. Vestiges going back to this faith have been discovered in areas under Roman control, in Europe, Britain and even Asia. Archaeologists used to believe this cult was born in the Middle East, tha... (antal ord: 695), 2004-07-30

Sardinian discovery rewrites the history of wine

A trowelful of pips and sediment is in the process of overturning the centuries-old snobbery with which mainland Italian connoisseurs have regarded the rustic wines of Sardinia. The world's largest wine producer has discovered that it owes a massive debt to the island's growers. Dutch and Italian archaeologists digging in the fertile Sardara hills north of Sardinia's capital Cagliari said yesterday that they had discovered grape pips and sediment dating to 1,200BC. Sardinia, it seems, may be the... (antal ord: 699), 2004-08-06

Bulgarian Archaeologists Find 3,000 Year-old Pictograms

Archaeologists exploring remains of a Bronze Age fortress in southern Bulgaria said Tuesday they found traces of primitive scripture supposed to have been used by Thracian tribes that once lived in that area. To read the whole story, you need to have a valid subscription for the BNN Archive Services. Click the Login button and enter a valid username and password in the respective boxes. ... (antal ord: 65), 2004-08-06

Strand of science saves viking hair

Strands of hair from Viking times have been saved by students from the University of Lincoln. The artefacts, which were uncovered at a burial site in Russia, have been handed to the university by the Hull and East Riding Museum. They are said to be unique as many human remains dating back more than 1,000 years to the Viking period have deteriorated over time. But after they were handed to the university by the museum, a group of conservation students took it upon themselves to work to preserve ... (antal ord: 562), 2004-08-06

3500-year-old Bronze Age temple discovered in Jordan

A 3,500 year old temple from the Late Bronze Age has been discovered at Tall al-Umayri just south of Amman. The walls and cultic shrine of a temple dating from about 1,500 BC were uncovered at the end of July at the Bronze and Iron Age archaeological site by excavators working for the Madaba Plains Project and the Jordan Department of Antiquities. Towering 3 meters above the heads of the excavators, the walls of the temple created four rooms. In the largest room, about 5 by 8 meters in size, wa... (antal ord: 368), 2004-08-06

Archeologists uncovering Pompeii from before Roman rule

For Pompeii's 2 million yearly visitors, the overwhelming attraction is the captivating view of daily life in the Roman Empire evoked by the city's temples, taverns, houses and public baths, and ever-popular brothels with their erotic frescoes. They might fail to notice the newly dug trenches at the city's southwest exit that nevertheless provide a glimpse of a fact obscured by Pompeii's better-known association with the imperial era: A non-Roman civilization thrived here for three centuries, wi... (antal ord: 480), 2004-08-06

Skeletten från medeltiden?

Skeletten från medeltiden? Gravarna som hittades på Kvarnbacken verkar vara från medeltiden. Men först i september kan arkeologerna säga mer bestämt hur gamla skelettfynden är. Det var för drygt en månad sedan som personal från länsmuseet undersökte de fynd som dök upp vid schaktningen för ABS Pumps utbyggnad på Kvarnbacken. Flera gravar hittades. Arkeologerna tog hand om de skelettdelar som låg ytligt. Kvarlevorna skulle sedan skickas för en åldersbestämning med kol 14-metoden. Då fanns två t... (antal ord: 191), 2004-08-06

Målande bilder av järnåldern när historiska fynd penslas fram

Rester av gamla ben penslas försiktigt fram i Skäftekärr. Benen har lagts i ett paket under köksgolvet förmodligen som ett slags offer som ska skydda husets ägare. Benen ligger tätt packade och består av käkben och finare rörben från kor och andra djur. Leif Bergkvist och Ann-Magrete Jönsson hade turen att hitta ett offerpaket i sin ruta. Nu väntar arbetet med att försiktigt lossa benen och numrera dem. Jan-Henrik Fallgren, arkeolog är med och övervakar arbetet. En liten hästsko skapar förundran... (antal ord: 1078), 2004-08-06

Hemvändande arkeolog letar fornfynd på Irland

Till vardags letar Camilla Löfqvist skelett på Irland, men när det blir sommar lägger arkeologen spaden på hyllan och tillbringar semestern i Piteå. Det låter konstigt att Camilla Löfqvist aldrig gått arkeologstigen i Jävrebyn, kanske beror det på att hon satte fokus på Irland så snabbt. Camillas koppling till Piteå är att hennes mamma Ingrid Brännström är bördig från Piteå och under alla somrar har familjen Löfqvist tillbringat semestern i sommarstugan utanför Jävre. En idyll PT skrev om för ... (antal ord: 541), 2004-08-06

Nya arkeologer gräver i mediearkiv

Enligt en mer eller mindre tillförlitlig sajt på webben lär arkeologen och actionhjältinnan Lara Croft för en tid sedan publicerat artikeln €Gravplundring eller kulturellt berikande?€ i den ansedda Philosophical journal of archaeology. Det är en ganska uppseendeväckande text, inte minst eftersom artikeln är skriven av en virtuell dataspelsfigur som dessutom, parallellt med sin påstådda akademiska forskning, gör global karriär på vita duken. Lara Croft är nämligen den mest kända mediala arkeolog ... (antal ord: 1713), 2004-08-06

Amatörer finner lyckan i jorden

De blir överlyckliga över minsta lilla benbit eller keramikskärva som de gräver fram. Amatörarkeologerna hjälps åt att gräva fram en del av stormansgården i Skäftekärr. Man måste vara mycket intresserad för att ägna en sommarvecka på grävlägret. Och dessutom betala för det. För andra året anordnas arkeologiskt grävläger i Skäftekärr. Utgrävningarna görs i samarbete med Uppsala universitet, med arkeologen Jan-Henrik Fallgren i spetsen, och Nordiska hembygdsförbundets arkeologisektion samt Skäftek... (antal ord: 399), 2004-08-06

Jernalder gravet op i lyset

Da præriefesten flyttede festplads, valgte arkæologerne på Horsens Museum for tre måneder siden at tjekke undergrunden under det gamle dansegulv. Resultatet er foreløbig 12 grave fra den ældre romerske jernalder, dvs 0 - 200 efter Kristi. Gravene indeholder offergaver og nyttige brugsgenstande til "livet på den anden side". Den gamle festplads ligner ikke sig selv. Selv om der i tidens løb nok skal være mange, der er faldet i et hul til præriefesten, er de fleste da kommet op igen. I dag kommer... (antal ord: 681), 2004-08-06

Huge statue of Ramses II found

Egyptian archaeologists recently discovered parts of what appears to be the biggest yet statue of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. Sabri Abdel Aziz, an official at the Egyptian Higher Council for Antiquities (HCA), said on Sunday that an Egyptian mission had recently discovered the head, chest and base of a statue of Ramses II (1298-1235 BC). The discovery was made in the city of Akhmim, 474 km south of Cairo. The statue, depicting Ramses II in a sitting posture, was believed to have stood 1... (antal ord: 169), 2004-08-06

Dubbelgrav i Fröjel förbryllar arkeologer

En annorlunda grav har hittats vid sommarens utgrävningar i Fröjel. Att två personer ligger begravda tillsammans är inte unikt, men det är första gången man har hittat en grav där två personer lagts ovanpå varandra med huvudet åt samma håll. - Det är klart att det sätter fantasin i rörelse när man hittar någonting sådant här. Första tanken är ju att det är en man och en kvinna. Men det vet vi ingenting om ännu, säger Carina Dahlström som, tillsammans med Olle Hoffman, är lärare på högskolans ark... (antal ord: 594), 2004-08-13

Ancient rock paintings found along river in SW China

Archeologists, who have been working in the area since March, said they spotted ten rock paintings dating back at least 2,000 years ago at Jinsha River in southwest China's Yunnan province. Near Baoshan township in Naxi Autonomous County of Yulong in Yunnan province, the paintings are believed to have been completedby Diqiang tribe people, who lived in the northwest and migrated to the south about 2,000 to 3,000 years ago, said He Jinlong, headof the field work team and associate researcher wit... (antal ord: 247), 2004-08-13

Site reveals the Middle East's Iron Age secrets

The Bible relates that the Philistines zealously guarded technologies for producing superior weapons so that the Israelites couldn't get their hands on them. But it didn't last forever. A recent dig at tel Beit Shemesh has found a iron workshop dating back to the Ninth Century BCE- the earliest known in the eastern Mediterranean. Iron was employed for many centuries in the ancient Levant, but as an exotic metal used to make small ornaments and ceremonial artifacts, according to experts involved... (antal ord: 642), 2004-08-13

Britain's first nude?

A stunning haul of ice-age art found in a limestone cave has shed new light on how our prehistoric ancestors lived 13,000 years ago. David Derbyshire reports on some clever academic detective work. To the untrained eye, it most closely resembles a sock, a boomerang or maybe, after a long, hard stare, the head of a long-billed bird. But according to some of the UK's leading experts on ice-age art, this highly stylised image, carefully engraved in a Derbyshire limestone cave 13,000 years ago, may ... (antal ord: 1233), 2004-08-13

Värmlands bronsålder grävs fram

Spår efter bronsåldern finns det gott om på Värmlandsnäs, i form av hällristningar, gravrösen och nergrävda skatter. Men hur levde värmlänningarna här för tre tusen år sen? Det försöker Värmlands museums arkeologer ta reda på i projektet "Ristningar och brons". För fyra år sen startade Värmlands museum ett projekt om bronsåldern. Syftet var att fylla igen en stor kunskapslucka. - Bronsåldern är den tid vi har sämst kunskap om i Värmland. Vi har gravrösen och vi har hittat brons, men var människo... (antal ord: 844), 2004-08-13

Arkeologiskt guldläge vid Lommarpskorset

Arkeologer har påträffat en ett par tusen år gammal boplats, troligtvis från äldre järnåldern, vid Lommarpskorset utanför Vinslöv. Sedan drygt en vecka tillbaka pågår det en arkeologisk undersökning vid Lommarpskorset där en ny trafikplats ska byggas. För arkeologerna är det ett guldläge. €“ Det finns cirka 200 bo-platslämningar i form av gropar, stolphål och härdar på det område vi ska undersöka. Jag räknar inte med några sensationella fynd, utan det vi kommer att hitta är fragment av keramik oc... (antal ord: 583), 2004-08-13

Forntida gravar i Storsjö blir kartlagda på nytt

Två gravar från 700-talet är just nu föremål för arkeologisk undersökning vid stranden av Storsjö. Det är andra och sista grävningen som nu genomförs. I början av 1910-talet genomfördes de första undersökningarna av Vivallen vid Funäsdalen och då väcktes också intresset för de här två gravhögarna. De fynd som gjordes togs om hand och sedan lades gravarna igen. Bland fynden fanns pilspetsar i järn och som var lagda i kryss. De daterades till 700-talet. Platsen är nedströms Bottenbäckens utlopp i... (antal ord: 340), 2004-08-13

Konstiga gravar förbryllar arkeologer

Arkeologerna från Länsmuseet tycker inte det är något konstigt med de två personerna som ligger begravda vid Bottenbäcken. Det märkliga är sättet de begravts på. Redan 1912 gjordes utgrävningar på platsen, men då var man bara intresserade av de pilspetsar som nu finns att skåda på historiska museet i Stockholm. Benen efter minst två personer lämnades kvar, och det är dessa som nu väcker arkeologernas intresse. - Här finns det fullt med fornlämningar, platsen är inte så utforskad, säger Anders H... (antal ord: 357), 2004-08-13

Maja Hagerman får Hertig Karls pris

Idéhistorikern, författaren och journalisten Maja Hagerman tilldelas historiepriset Hertig Karls pris 2004. "Spåren av kungens män", en av hennes första böcker som kom ut 1996, har tidigare belönats med Augustpriset. Den framhålls även av den här prisjuryn tillsammans med de rikt illustrerade böckerna "Tusenårsresan" och "I miraklers tid" som Maja Hagerman skrivit i samarbete med fotografen Claes Gabrielsson. - Maria Hagerman har medverkat till att väcka och förstärka dagens stora intresse för ... (antal ord: 107), 2004-08-13

Bulgarian Archaeologists Find 3,000 Year-old Pictograms

Archaeologists exploring remains of a Bronze Age fortress in southern Bulgaria said Tuesday they found traces of primitive scripture supposed to have been used by Thracian tribes that once lived in that area.... (antal ord: 33), 2004-08-13

Säkra spår efter stenåldern

På måndagen började arkeologerna gräva ut stenåldersboplatsen där Valbo Volymhandel vill bygga ett nytt köpcentrum. Redan i de första provgroparna gjordes fynd. Små fragment av gropkeramik, inte större än småsten, visar att där Valbo Fältrittklubb i dag har sin fältrittbana bodde människor för 5 500 år sedan. - Man ser att keramiken var rikt dekorerad, säger projektledaren Maria Björck från länsmuseet och visar hur man på skärvorna kan se hur krukmakaren gjort geometriska mönster i leran. Det ... (antal ord: 372), 2004-08-13

Archaeologists find John the Baptist's cave, argue who wrote Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are the only compendium of contemporary writings to survive the Second Temple period, and are thus an invaluable source of information about the customs of the times. Archaeologists said yesterday they have found a cave where they believe John the Baptist baptized many of his disciples. Other experts contend there is no proof John the Baptist had ever stepped foot in the cave. Meanwhile, some archaeologists now claim that Qumran was a regular community, and that its resident... (antal ord: 682), 2004-08-17

Ancient goth stytlement discovered in Ukraine

Near Voitenki village (Kharkov region, Ukraine) archeologists unearthed an ancient Goth settlement. The Goths lived in the Kharkov region alongside of Slavs 17 centuries ago, ICTV channel reported. According to the archeologists, this is one of the largest settlements of the Kingdom of Germanarika, which was located in modern Ukraine. A large amount of coins, jewelry and fragments of Roman glass cups prove that Goth aristocrats and their servants lived in this settlement, the archeologists said... (antal ord: 133), 2004-08-17

Ancient Rome's fish pens confirm sea-level fears

Coastal fish pens built by the Romans have unexpectedly provided the most accurate record so far of changes in sea level over the past 2000 years. It appears that nearly all the rise in sea level since Roman times has happened in the past 100 years, and is most likely the result of human activity. Sea-level change is a measure of the relative movement between land and sea surfaces. Tide-gauge records show that the sea level has been rising 1 to 2 millimetres a year since widespread measurements... (antal ord: 432), 2004-08-17

Relic linked to Seahenge

A simple carved wooden figure could hold the key to an amazing new theory about the true meaning of Norfolk's Seahenge site. Scientists have carbon-dated the relic, found in the Thames Estuary in 1912, and discovered that it dates back to the same period as the older of Norfolk's two timber circles. Archaeologists now believe instead of being composed of plain wooden posts, parts of a Bronze Age timber circle found close to the site of Seahenge could have been decorated with carvings resembling ... (antal ord: 381), 2004-08-17

Johannes döparens grotta hittad utanför Jerusalem?

Den brittiske arkeologen Shimon Gibson påstår sig ha hittat bevis som binder Johannes döparen till en grotta som användes för tvagningsceremonier på kullarna nära Jerusalem. Gibson, som gjort utgrävningar i Det heliga landet i nära tre årtionden, berättar för Reuters att han tror att grottan, uthuggen 24 meter in i en bergssluttning, kan ha besökts av såväl Jesus som predikanten Johannes som omnämns i Nya testamentet. Grottan upptäcktes av Gibson 1999. Sedan dess har både en stor bassäng och fö... (antal ord: 167), 2004-08-17

Medeltida skomode förödande för fötterna

Tjejer och killar som förstör sina fötter med stilettklackar, myggjagare och platådojor är inte ett så modernt fenomen som man skulle kunna tro. En brittisk arkeolog har funnit att det medeltida skomodet med extremt långa, smala och spetsiga skor var lika förödande för människors fötter som våra tiders skonycker, skriver The Guardian. När arekologen Simon Mays undersökte skeletten på en medeltida kyrkogård i Ipswich fann han så många hade starkt deformerade fötter att han först trodde att de be... (antal ord: 118), 2004-08-17

Arkeologidag på Fårö och i Othem

En gång om året öppnar sig arkeologerna särskilt mycket för allmänheten på platser som är aktuella. På söndag är det dags igen. Spilling-utgrävningarna och den medeltida gården vid Langhammars på Fårö står i centrum Gotlands fornsal och länsstyrelsen står bakom arrangemanget som är kostnadsfritt för allmänheten. Jenny ֖rjestad och Ann-Marie Pettersson tar emot vid Spillings i Othem klockan 11 för att berätta om den största vikingaskatt som hittats i världen. Mötesplatsen är på vägen mellan Slit... (antal ord: 418), 2004-08-17

Historisk skatt gömd under hönshus

En markägare i Gurre utanför Helsingör trodde att han bara stötte på några gamla tegelstenar när han rev sitt hönshus. I själva verket blottlade han ett närmast sensationellt arkeologiskt fynd, skriver Helsingör Dagblad. Vad som dolde sig under hönsens boning var en av de ytterst få bevarade kalkugnarna från senare medeltid, 1300- eller 1400-tal. Fyndet innebär att ytterligare en pusselbit fallit på plats vad gäller Gurres historia. Gurre hade sin guldålder under Valdemar Atterdags och drottning... (antal ord: 81), 2004-08-17

Här kan Johannes ha smort sina lärjungar

Arkeologer säger att de hittat en grotta utanför Jerusalem där Johannes Döparen smorde och döpte sina lärjungar. Det är en stor reservoar med 28 trappsteg som leder ned till en underjordisk vattenbassäng, rapporterar nyhetsbyrån AP. I grottan hittades 250 000 krukskärvor, lämningar efter små vattenkärl som av allt att döma använts i dopceremonin. En reporter från AP fick följa med i går när arkeologerna visade fyndet som ligger intill kibbutz Tzuba €“ bara fyra kilometer från Johannes Döparens he... (antal ord: 342), 2004-08-17

Cave in Israel linked to John the Baptist

Archaeologists think they've found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers - basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings telling the story of the biblical preacher. Archaeologists believe they have found a Byzantine-era carving of John the Baptist in a cave near Jerusalem. Only a few artifacts linked to New Testament figures have ever been found in the Holy Land, and the cave is potentially a major discovery ... (antal ord: 976), 2004-08-17

Tuff arbetsmarknad för arkeologer

De är arkeologiboom i år. Arkeologerna har haft en hektisk sommar, men arbetsmarknaden för arkeologer är trots det mycket hård. Arkeologiboom i Mellansverige €“ Ja det är spännande, även om vi inte är direkt skattjägare. Där jag själv har grävt nu senast är ett vikingatida gravfält, vi hittar pärlor från vikingatiden, vi hittar vikter till en balansvåg till exempel, berättar hon. Stor aktivitet i Mellansverige Arkeologen օsa Berger har gjort fynden vid ett stort grävprojekt där Norrortsleden mel... (antal ord: 251), 2004-08-17

Mystiska fynd vid utgrävning i Valbo

Arkeologer från Länsmuseet har under veckan gjort en första undersökning av en stenåldersbosättning söder om Valbo Centrum. Sedan de första utgrävningarna vid nu har avslutats, är det ett mystiskt föremål som särskilt intresserar arkeologerna. Fyndet består av två stycken spetsade stenstavar i skiffer som är ungefär tre centimeter långa. Föremålen kan ha använts till piercing av våra stenåldersförfäder. Arkeologerna hade bara den här veckan på sig för att göra stickprov och beräkningar för det... (antal ord: 110), 2004-08-17

Mystery of Iron Age woman with rings on her toes

She would have been a highly-skilled artisan who was buried 1500 years ago, her body covered with ornate jewellery and emblems of her high status. Yet, with her rings still adorning her toes, she was laid to rest in one of the most unusual burial sites known to archaeologists: beneath the floor of a busy Iron Age workshop. The discovery, at Mine Howe in Orkney, is extremely rare for an Iron Age site in Scotland and has baffled the team carrying out the dig. "It's very strange, the last thing we... (antal ord: 2532), 2004-08-17

Lämningar av järnåldersborg funnen i Mark

Ytterligare en pusselbit har lagts till Marks äldre historia.Lämningar efter en järnåldersborg vid ֖resjön norra sida ska hamna på fornminneskartan. Stenarna ligger lite huller om buller, men fortfarande i en sammanhållen linje. Knappt hundra meter löper muren mellan träd och annan vegetation uppe på höjden. Mats Hellgren, arkeolog på Lödöse museum, tvekar inte. - Det är lämningar från en fornborg. Att det skulle röra sig om ett nytt fynd är en sanning med modifikation. Alltid finns det någon so... (antal ord: 395), 2004-08-17

John the Baptist's cave 'found' in Jerusalem

A British archaeologist is set to reveal what he believes to be the location of John the Baptist's cave to the west of Jerusalem, The Times reported on Monday. Shimon Gibson, 45, has found a cave with a ritual baptism pool, rock carvings and pottery, which he linked to John the Baptist and his followers, the newspaper said. According to the New Testament, John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan. The Times said Gibson would reveal details at a press conference on Tuesday to be held at the cave,... (antal ord: 226), 2004-08-17

Stenstavar förbryllar arkeologerna

Två små slipade stenstavar är det märkligaste fyndet från utgrävningen av stenåldersboplatsen i Valbo. - Vi har ingen aning om vad det är. Vi har aldrig sett något liknande förut, säger Maria Björck, arkeolog på länsmuseet. - Jag har talat med riks- antikvarieämbetet också, men de vet inte heller. Det kan vara något man använt när man dekorerade keramiken, eller något man använde för kroppspiercing - eller något helt annat, säger hon. Provundersökningen av stenåldersboplatsen i Valbo avsluta... (antal ord: 259), 2004-08-17

Hällristning utsatt för skadegörelse

En av Sveriges mest berömda hällristningar i Tanums världarvsområde, Vitlyckehällen, utsattes natten till fredagen för skadegörelse. Den världsberömda bilden av det så kallade brudparet har gjutits av. En yta på två till tre kvadratmeter är täckt av en gråvit missfärgning som antas vara rester av avgjutningen. -Hällen är vandaliserad. Det är stor risk för permanenta skador, säger arkeolog Lasse Bengtsson vid Vitlyckemuséet till Sveriges Radio Väst. Illegal avgjutning av hällristningar är ett br... (antal ord: 77), 2004-08-17

Forskare låg bakom övermålning av hällristning

TANUM. En forskare med intresse för hällristningar har berättat att det var han som svarade för den uppmärksammade övermålningen av brudparet på Vitlyckehällen. Mannen påstår sig ha haft länsstyrelsens tillstånd. - Jag kan inte erinra mig att vi skrivit något tillstånd, säger länsantikvarie Jan-Gunnar Lindgren, som i övrigt avvaktar polisens utredning. Polisen väntar å sin sida på besked från länsstyrelsen. Närmast ska ett möte hållas med företrädare för Vitlycke museum, forskaren och trolig... (antal ord: 200), 2004-08-18

Ancient relics found in North Korea

South and North Korean archaeologists, in their first joint excavation, have discovered thousands of pieces of relics from as far back as the Old Stone Age, Xinhua reports. Various historic sites and remains, up to the Joseon Dynasty, were unearthed from the construction site of an industrial park at Kaesong town in North Korea close to the border with the south. Old Stone Age or Palaeolithic period is the earliest period of human development and the longest phase of mankind's history. It approx... (antal ord: 290), 2004-08-22

Archaeologists insist there was a community at Qumran

The Qumran myth is alive and well, despite recent attempts to disprove it, according to archaeologists digging at the site. The archaeologists, who are financed by Christian fundamentalist organizations, believe that despite recent theories to the contrary, there was a community at the place sometimes called "the oldest monastery in the Western world." The archaeologists said at a news conference yesterday that they intend to find the proof that the residents of the site indeed wrote the Dead Se... (antal ord: 304), 2004-08-22

Debate intensifies over who lived where ancient scrolls were found

Rival groups of scholars excavating a dusty plateau overlooking the Dead Sea are arguing over who lived there in biblical times -- ordinary farmers or the Essenes, a monastic sect believed by some to be a link between Judaism and early Christianity. The Essenes were the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than 1,000 ancient texts found a half-century ago in the caves above Qumran, one of the most significant discoveries in the region. But some Israeli archaeologists say the placement of the ... (antal ord: 275), 2004-08-22

Ancient golden mask found in Bulgaria Tomb artifact is made of 500 grams of gold

Bulgarian archeologists have unearthed a 2,400-year old golden mask in the tomb of an ancient Thracian king, a newspaper said Friday. The mask bears the image of a human face and is made of 500 grams of solid gold, the project's lead archeologist Georgi Kitov told the local Trud daily. The discovery was made on Thursday near the village of Shipka, 200 kilometres east of Sofia. Kitov, who is at the excavations site, could not be reached immediately for comment. Dozens of Thracian mounds are spre... (antal ord: 251), 2004-08-22

Archaeologists find 9th century Viking body

A Viking body, believed to be that of a woman who was buried 1 100 years ago, has been discovered at an undisclosed site north of Dublin, Ireland's National Museum said on Friday. The find has been described as "exciting" and "significant" by the museum. Archaeological excavation of the remains also led to the discovery of a bronze oval brooch, an unusually long bone comb and other copper alloy ornaments. - The brooch is of Scandinavian manufacture and is dated to the early Viking Age - the late... (antal ord: 309), 2004-08-22

John the Baptist's cave 'found' in Jerusalem

A British archaeologist is set to reveal what he believes to be the location of John the Baptist's cave to the west of Jerusalem, The Times reported on Monday. Shimon Gibson, 45, has found a cave with a ritual baptism pool, rock carvings and pottery, which he linked to John the Baptist and his followers, the newspaper said. According to the New Testament, John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan. The Times said Gibson would reveal details at a press conference on Tuesday to be held at the cave, ... (antal ord: 224), 2004-08-22

Archaeologists link cave, John the Baptist

Archaeologists think they've found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers - basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings telling his story. It's only 126 days to Christmas so you'd better be getting ready Only a few artifacts linked to New Testament figures have ever been found in the Holy Land, and the cave is potentially a major discovery in biblical archaeology. - John the Baptist, who was just a figure fr... (antal ord: 959), 2004-08-22

Scroll site dispute simmers

Rival groups of scholars excavating this dusty plateau overlooking the Dead Sea are arguing over who lived here in biblical times €” ordinary farmers or the Essenes, a monastic sect seen by some as a link between Judaism and early Christianity. The Essenes were the authors and collectors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than 1,000 ancient texts found a half century ago in the caves above Qumran, one of the most significant discoveries in the Holy Land. But some Israeli archaeologists say the placem... (antal ord: 463), 2004-08-22

Spännande krigsfynd i offerfält

I Finnestorp offrades mäktiga män, deras hästar och krigsutrustningen. քn längre tillbaka i tiden skedde fruktbarhetsoffer på platsen. Mossen som ligger i kanten av Lidans lopp har blivit en av de mest spännande arkeologiska platserna i landet. I flera år har fynd, som är mellan 1400 och 1800 år gamla, påträffats. Offerplats Finnestorp är det officiella namnet och det forskningsprojekt som inleddes i fjol löper över fem år. Fynd i offerfält På 30-40 centimeters djup finns fynden. Större avlagri... (antal ord: 255), 2004-08-22

Utgrävning vid Västervång

Alltför lite är känt om Trelleborgs tidiga historia. Därför ska en arkeologisk utredning göras av området norr om Västervång längs riksväg 108, där kommunen planerar bostäder. Det har länstyrelsen beslutat. Enligt länstyrelsen är det troligt att det finns lämningar från bronsåldern i området. När det gäller järnåldern är ganska mycket känt om själva Trelleborg. Men landsbygden runt omkring är fortfarande relativt okänd. Riksantikvarieämbetet och länstyrelsen vill veta mer om hur bebyggelsen ru... (antal ord: 201), 2004-08-22

Radar till historien

En väl bevarad källare har grävts fram vid de arkeologiska utgrävningarna av S:t Olofs kloster i Skänninge. Med hjälp av markradar tror man sig dessutom ha lokaliserat den så kallade biskopsholmen, biskopens befästa gård. Det måste ha varit en mäktig syn att komma till Skänninge längs med Vistenagatan i slutet av 1200-talet. Två stora kloster, S:t Olof och S:t Ingrid, och däremellan, på biskopsholmen, Linköpingsbiskopens befästa gård omgiven av en vallgrav. Allt till delar byggt i det för tiden ... (antal ord: 429), 2004-08-22

Arkeologer hittade skelett i forntida grav

քnnu ett skelett från en forntida grav som kommit i dagen med anledning av E4-bygget utanför Uppsala presenterades för massmedia på fredagen. Samtidigt avslutades utgrävningarna av det gravfält som påträffats vid Enbackens gård.Gravfältet blev i modern tid först känt när järnvägsspåren som nu bär Lännakattens tågsätt lades ut på 1870-talet. 1876 hittades skelettdelar vid järnvägsbygget, men det gjorde då ingen undersökning av platsen, berättar Emilie Schmidt Wikborg, som varit utgrävningsledare ... (antal ord: 493), 2004-08-22

Thrakisk guldmask sensationellt fynd

Bredvid masken påträffades en ring med en roddare inristad. Det är ett gott omen för de bulgariska roddarna i OS, säger Kitov till Reuters. Båda fynden är thrakiska och kan kasta mer ljus över det folk som en gång dominerade dagens Rumänien, Bulgarien och Makedonien och delar av Turkiet och Grekland. Thrakerna levde vid sidan av de romerska och grekiska rikena och hade rätt mycket kontakt med dem; Orfeusmyten tros ha thrakiskt ursprung. Men thrakerna hade inget skriftspråk, varför forskare har e... (antal ord: 276), 2004-08-22

Cave in Israel linked to John the Baptist

Archaeologists think they've found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers - basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings telling the story of the biblical preacher. Archaeologists believe they have found a Byzantine-era carving of John the Baptist in a cave near Jerusalem. Only a few artifacts linked to New Testament figures have ever been found in the Holy Land, and the cave is potentially a major discovery... (antal ord: 976), 2004-08-22

Experts Study Rare Gold Viking Arm Ring

A gold Viking arm ring, only the second of its kind to be discovered in Britain, has been handed in to experts for analysis, museum officials said today. The 325-gram ring, which consists of 95% gold, was discovered in the possessions of a deceased York builder whose relatives brought it in to experts at the Yorkshire Museum. It is now being studied and valued at the British Museum after being declared treasure at an inquest in York earlier this week. Simon Holmes, of the national Portable Anti... (antal ord: 307), 2004-08-27

1,300-Year-Old Copy of Holy Qur€™an in Abha P.K

A Saudi in the southern city of Abha claims to own one of the oldest handwritten copies of the Holy Qur€™an. On the first page of the Qur€™an, there is a note that the copy was written in the Hijrah year 116 - more than 1,300 years ago. Muhammad ibn Nasser Al-Kudry said he bought the Qur€™an some years ago from an old man and that he paid a large sum for it. Covered in natural leather with Islamic calligraphy, the Qur€™an is written in an Arabic script known as cursive Neskhi. Anwar Muhammad Al-Kha... (antal ord: 285), 2004-08-27

New robot to uncover Pyramid mysteries

A new robot, currently being designed by a Singaporean university, will hopefully explore the bowels of the Great Pyramid next year, a noted Egyptologist said on Wednesday. - The manufacturing of the robot will start in October, with the university footing the bill. The exploration will likely start next year, Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters. "Stone doors inside the Great Pyramid could not just be there as an ornament. They must have a functi... (antal ord: 222), 2004-08-27

Second Temple village uncovered

Israeli archeologists have uncovered a 5,000-year-old Canaanite city and a 2,000-year-old Jewish village from the Second Temple period alongside each other in the Modi'in area. The adjacent ancient sites, which were known to exist but previously lay untouched, lie on a barren, wind-whipped hilltop spanning 120 dunams near the present-day Israeli town of Shoham. The area of the sites was to be converted into an industrial zone, but the finds €“ which include the remnants of ancient streets in ea... (antal ord: 382), 2004-08-27

Ancient Inuit graves discovered in Greenland

A team of archaeologists from Denmark, Greenland and Canada announced on Wednesday they had made the first ever discovery of ancient Inuit, or Eskimo, burial sites in the far north of Greenland. The three burial grounds were found in Ingefield Land, around 100 kilometres north of Qaanaaq in the northwest of the island and probably dated from the 13th century, team member Hans Lange, the curator of Greenland's national museum, told KNR radio. The seven archaeologists had also found marker stones... (antal ord: 177), 2004-08-27

Unearthing the Bible

What there was in the beginning, in the world of the Bible, is what there was in the land now called Iraq. There is nothing left of the Garden of Eden, no artifact at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers where myth has placed the Temptation and the Fall. But the great cities and empires from the Books of Genesis and Kings and Chronicles have left their traces: Ur, where Abraham was born; rapacious Assyria with its capital, Nineveh, and Babylon, where the ancient Israelites were carr... (antal ord: 104), 2004-08-27

Prehistoric Desert Town Found in Western Sahara

The remains of a prehistoric town believed to date back 15,000 years and belong to an ancient Berber civilization have been discovered in Western Sahara, Moroccan state media said on Thursday. A team of Moroccan scientists stumbled across the sand-covered ruins of the town Arghilas deep in the desert of the Morocco-administered territory. The remains of a place of worship, houses and a necropolis, as well as columns and rock engravings depicting animals, were found at the site near the town of ... (antal ord: 206), 2004-08-27

Intressanta fynd vid begravningsplatsen

Den arkeologiska förundersökningen av gruvans begravningsplats gav flera intressanta fynd. Man kan ha funnit grunden till kyrkan, vars plats hittills varit helt okänd. Skelett i gravar var tämligen väl bevarade efter minst 400 år. Undersökningen har pågått hela veckan. Ett stort antal stråk har grävts ur med grävmaskin till 30-40 centimeters djup. Och här har arkeologerna funnit tydliga förändringar i jordlagren och som också visar spår av gravar. En av dessa gravar har också öppnats, och där f... (antal ord: 690), 2004-08-27

Järnframställningen i Hyttehamn inte först i landet

Masugnen i Hyttehamn norr om Karlsborg är inte järnframställningens vagga - som en del lokalpatrioter kanske drömt om. Det visar analysresultaten från vårens utgrävningar, som just blivit klara. €“ Det är fyra dateringar som visar att vi klockrent rör oss i 1300-talet, säger arkeolog Anders Berglund vid Västergötlands museum i Skara. En del lokalpatrioter med historieintresse hade säkert hoppats att utgrävningarna i Hyttehamn skulle leda till att Västergötland kunde utropas till järnframställning... (antal ord: 146), 2004-08-27

Så var livet i Valbo på Flintas tid

För 5 500 år sedan nådde havet upp till Valbo. Där bodde stenåldersmänniskor, som livnärde sig på jakt och fiske och brände sina lerkrukor själva. Hur många som bodde där och hur länge kan man inte säga någonting om ännu. I samband med den kommande utbyggnaden av Valbo köpcentrum har länsmuseets arkeologer - på länsstyrelsens uppdrag - gjort en förundersökning av en stenåldersboplats som berörs av utbyggnaden. Fullt av fynd En så kallad blästplats för järnframställning från tiden 0-1 100 efter ... (antal ord: 334), 2004-08-27

Fler fornfynd i norr

Arkeologi. Allt fler fornfynd görs i Lappland och Norrbotten. Sven-Donald Hedman, arkeolog från Arjeplog, är just i färd med att undersöka ett område i närheten av Forsnäs, Pite älv. - Bara första dagen gjorde vi tjugo fynd, säger han. Intill Norra Holmnäs har många intressanta fornfynd gjorts. Arkeologerna misstänkte först att den här fornlämningen var en grav, men en ny teori är att det har stått en hydda på platsen. Fotograf:Goran Granstrom Hedman deltar i ett projekt med namnet "Skog och h... (antal ord: 552), 2004-08-27

Arkeologer jagar efter forntida spår

- Om vi har tur kan vi kanske hitta lämningar av medeltida fastigheter i området. Kanske så långt tillbaka som 1200-talet. Under tisdagen påbörjade personal från Dalarnas museum de arkeologiska utgrävningarna av det nya tilltänkta kyrkogårdsområdet vid Karelen i Ludvika. - På de äldsta bevarade kartorna från området från 1600- och 1700-talet ser vi att dåvarande Ludvika by ligger i det område som nu ska undersökas, säger grävningsledaren Fredrik Sandberg, Falun. Under tisdagen grävdes ett 30-t... (antal ord: 452), 2004-08-27

Tusenårigt fynd förbryllar arkeologer

Mord, olycka eller begravningsplats? I en grund grav intill sjön Njallejaur vid Serrejaur har man hittat rester av två individer, men vad som hänt dem är oklart. Fyndet, som via de mynt som återfanns på platsen, beräknas vara cirka ettusen år gammalt, gjordes för några år sedan av Artur Vesterberg, arkeologiintresserad ortsbo. De upphittade mynten är från det som nu betecknas som Tyskland och är präglade mellan åren 983 och 997, mitt under vikingatiden. քven andra fynd gjordes i anslutning till ... (antal ord: 341), 2004-08-27

First Wine? Archaeologist Traces Drink to Stone Age

Wine snobs might shudder at the thought, but the first wine-tasting may have occurred when Paleolithic humans slurped the juice of naturally fermented wild grapes from animal-skin pouches or crude wooden bowls. The idea of winemaking may have occurred to our alert and resourceful ancestors when they observed birds gorging themselves silly on fermented fruit and decided to see what the buzz was all about. "The whole process is sort of magical," said Patrick McGovern, an expert on the origins of... (antal ord: 1357), 2004-08-27

Archaeology 'must not become history'

Thousands of young archaeologists are rallying to the defence of the country's only GCSE in the subject, which is facing abolition by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance examining board (AQA). An online opinion poll and petition will be launched today to demand a change of heart over ending the "first-stage" exam which has a record of stimulating interest in A-level and archaeology degrees. Voting will run until September 30. The campaign has been organised by the Young Archaeologists' ... (antal ord: 344), 2004-08-27

Capturing a vanished time

In the 1830s, native Americans from the eastern half of the United States were being "relocated" to the West, while those already in the West were having their last experience with living in a land that was actually under their own control. At the same time, George Catlin, an ex-lawyer from Philadelphia decided to "gain fame" by recording Indian lives and cultures before they were permanently altered by European influences. Campfire Stories with George Catlin offers both historical and contempor... (antal ord: 740), 2004-08-27

Rester från storgård funna

Det kan vara föregångaren till Wrams Gunnarstorp som hittades när Regionmuseet undersökte marken vid församlingshemmet. Men för att fastställa det skulle mer arbete krävas. Det var när ledningar för jordvärme nyligen skulle läggas vid Norra Vrams kyrka som den arkeologiska undersökningen gjordes. - Vi misstänkte att det kunde finnas lämningar eftersom vi har skifteskartor från 1725 som visar att det fanns en gård här. Men det var förvånande att hitta så tidiga lämningar, säger Lars Salminen på R... (antal ord: 305), 2004-08-27

Historiska felsteg

Historiska museet har blivit ett propagandamuseum, skriver arkeologen Kristina Svensson i Expressen (27/8). Det hårda omdömet är dessvärre berättigat. På den ärevördiga institutionen härjar en handgången före detta departementstjänsteman som museichef, för uppgiften utplacerad av kulturminister Marita Ulvskog. Att en ny förment progressiv regim tagit över tydliggjordes i våras genom installationen Snövit (en guppande båt seglandes på en blodröd pöl med ett foto på en palestinsk kvinnlig självmo... (antal ord: 209), 2004-08-29

Men from early middle ages were nearly as tall as modern people

Northern European men living during the early Middle Ages were nearly as tall as their modern-day American descendants, a finding that defies conventional wisdom about progress in living standards during the last millennium. - Men living during the early Middle Ages (the ninth to 11th centuries) were several centimeters taller than men who lived hundreds of years later, on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, said Richard Steckel, a professor of economics at Ohio State University and the author... (antal ord: 1127), 2004-09-02

Bisexual Viking Linked to Seahenge

An ancient wooden carving of the bisexual Viking god Odin suggests the prehistoric timber circle monument Seahenge and another, even older, structure might have included totem pole-like carvings, according to archaeologists who have excavated the over 4,000-year-old British wood monuments. Because Odin was a mythological figure in prehistoric religion, the possible link between the carving and the monuments could mean that the mysterious circles held religious, funerary, or magical significance ... (antal ord: 620), 2004-09-02

Questions in Qumran

Yuval Peleg and Itzhak Magen are not revolutionaries. They work for the establishment - both respected archeologists have offices at the Israel Antiquities Authority. And, lest you have visions of Indy Jones, they've spent the last 10 years quietly excavating at Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947. But in the past month Peleg and Magen have set off what can only be called an academic revolution. advertisement The scrolls, which contain the oldest known version of the Old Testa... (antal ord: 272), 2004-09-02

Artifacts cast doubt on Nicaraguan history

Simple fragments of ceramics and eerie burial grounds are among the artifacts unearthed in Nicaragua by Canadian researchers who say their findings could change the long-held history of the Central American country. For generations, Nicaraguan children have been taught that their ancestors came from central Mexico as migrants around 1000 AD, and that in 1300, a second wave made the trek. Both were believed to have brought their Aztec or Nahua culture and language with them. At least, those were ... (antal ord: 570), 2004-09-02

Uncovering the secrets of the Great Pyramid

Two French amateur archaelogists this week published a book in which they claim to have located the secret burial chamber of the Pyramid of Cheops near Cairo, the largest pyramid ever built. According to the study of the Great Pyramid, a fourth, undiscovered room lies underneath its so-called Queen's chamber, and is likely to have been the burial chamber for Cheops, an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 2560 to 2532 BC. Cheops' final resting place has never been found despite decades of investigat... (antal ord: 448), 2004-09-02

Heirs find Viking gold ring hoarded in a builder's attic

The biggest Viking gold arm ring ever found in Britain has been discovered in a builder's attic in York. Archaeologists said they were amazed by the solid gold ornament, weighing 325gm (11.5oz) which was found by the man's family after his death. Viking rings have been discovered throughout the Norsemen's empire, but most of them are silver. Only one other gold one, considerably smaller, has been found in Britain. "These rings would have certainly belonged to someone extremely important," said... (antal ord: 172), 2004-09-02

1,300-Year-Old Copy of Holy Qur€™an in Abha

A Saudi in the southern city of Abha claims to own one of the oldest handwritten copies of the Holy Qur€™an. On the first page of the Qur€™an, there is a note that the copy was written in the Hijrah year 116 - more than 1,300 years ago. Muhammad ibn Nasser Al-Kudry said he bought the Qur€™an some years ago from an old man and that he paid a large sum for it. Covered in natural leather with Islamic calligraphy, the Qur€™an is written in an Arabic script known as cursive Neskhi. Anwar Muhammad Al-Kha... (antal ord: 285), 2004-09-02

Second Temple village uncovered

Israeli archeologists have uncovered a 5,000-year-old Canaanite city and a 2,000-year-old Jewish village from the Second Temple period alongside each other in the Modi'in area. The adjacent ancient sites, which were known to exist but previously lay untouched, lie on a barren, wind-whipped hilltop spanning 120 dunams near the present-day Israeli town of Shoham. The area of the sites was to be converted into an industrial zone, but the finds €“ which include the remnants of ancient streets in eac... (antal ord: 382), 2004-09-02

Experts Study Rare Gold Viking Arm Ring

A gold Viking arm ring, only the second of its kind to be discovered in Britain, has been handed in to experts for analysis, museum officials said today. The 325-gram ring, which consists of 95% gold, was discovered in the possessions of a deceased York builder whose relatives brought it in to experts at the Yorkshire Museum. It is now being studied and valued at the British Museum after being declared treasure at an inquest in York earlier this week. Simon Holmes, of the national Portable Ant... (antal ord: 307), 2004-09-02

1700-årig mand dukket op

Grav fundet under arkæologisk udgravning på jernalderboplads i Høje Taastrup. For omkring 1700 år siden blev en mand, der kun var cirka 20-30 år år gammel, begravet. Han blev forsigtigt lagt i en kiste af træ, og liget blev lagt på ryggen med hænderne ned langs siden. I går dukkede han frem af mulden igen i Høje Taastrup, i skikkelse af et velbevaret skelet, skriver Dagbladet Roskilde. Ved den unge mands fodende var der blevet stillet et flot kar med mønster, og ved fødderne blev der også lagt ... (antal ord: 145), 2004-09-02

Ancient Inuit graves discovered in Greenland

A team of archaeologists from Denmark, Greenland and Canada announced on Wednesday they had made the first ever discovery of ancient Inuit, or Eskimo, burial sites in the far north of Greenland. The three burial grounds were found in Ingefield Land, around 100 kilometres north of Qaanaaq in the northwest of the island and probably dated from the 13th century, team member Hans Lange, the curator of Greenland's national museum, told KNR radio. The seven archaeologists had also found marker stones... (antal ord: 177), 2004-09-02

Begravet for 1700 år siden

For omkring 1.700 år siden blev liget af en mand, der kun var cirka 20-30 år år gammel, begravet. Han blev forsigtigt lagt i en kiste af træ, og liget blev lagt på ryggen med hænderne ned langs siden. I går dukkede den unge mand frem af mulden igen i Høje Taastrup, i skikkelse af et velbevaret skelet. Ved den unge mands fodende var der blevet stillet et flot kar med mønster, og ved fødderne blev der også lagt en del af en pattegris - så var der mad til den lange rejse. Lerkaret er meget typisk f... (antal ord: 159), 2004-09-02

Usædvanligt arkæologisk fund i Høje Taastrup

Et 1.700 år gammelt skelet af en ung smilende mand er dukket op under en udgravning i Høje Taastrup. Mandens tænder er pæne, selv om han har ligget i jorden siden det tredje århundrede. Og han smilede med dem til de arkæologer, der i Høje Taastrup gjorde et fund, de selv betegner som særligt. - Det er ikke sædvanligt, at vi har et skelet, der er så godt bevaret, siger arkæolog Anne Hansen fra Kroppedal Museum til Politiken. Nu går turen til Panum Instituttet, hvor manden skal undersøges nærmere... (antal ord: 89), 2004-09-02

Et smil fra oldtiden

Et 1.700 år gammelt skelet af en ung mand er dukket op under en udgravning i Høje Taastrup. Nu går turen til Panum Instituttet til vask og undersøgelse. Af Julie Jo Boding Send artikel Print artikel 50 centimeter nede i jorden dukkede i går et velbevaret skelet op fra omkring det tredje eller fjerde århundrede. Den unge oldtidsmand havde fine tænder, hvilket kan tyde på god kost. - Foto: Mads Nissen Klik for større billede Hans tænder er pæne, selv om han har ligget i jorden i cirka 1.700 år. Og... (antal ord: 306), 2004-09-02

Storsjöfynden ska analyseras

Under tre veckor i augusti genomfördes arkeologisk utgrävning av två gravar från 700-talet vid Storsjö och resultatet blev en del intressanta fynd. - Tillräckligt för att vi ska kunna gå vidare med analyser, berättar arkeolog Anders Hansson, länsmuseet. Fynd hade tidigare plockats upp ur gravarna och nu gjordes en sista undersökning innan de återställdes. I en av gravarna hittades benbitar som nu ska analyseras och där fann man också bitar av kammar i horn eller ben. - I den andra fanns mycket... (antal ord: 148), 2004-09-02

քlgbilder på senaste hällmålningarna

Den senast upptäckta hällmålningen i landet finns vid ֖kullen på Malmön intill byn Mårdsjö i Fjällsjö församling. Rödockramålningen finns på en stor berghäll ett stycke från sjön och består av två olika målningar. En älg och ytterligare färgfragment som troligast är en målning även den föreställande en älg, men de ca 6 000 år som gått sedan den kan ha målats, har satt sina spår. Målningen hittades av arkeolog Bernt Ove Viklund, Kulturmiljövårdarna Härnösand, när han på uppdrag av Länsstyrelsen i... (antal ord: 200), 2004-09-02

Nypremiär med ett bredare Asien

På lördag slår ֖stasiatiska museet upp sina portar på Skeppsholmen, efter att ha varit stängt i två år. Besökarantalet väntas öka betydligt, för nu är det fri entré. Den nya öppenheten passar museichefen Magnus Fiskesjö förträffligt. Han vill ha ett tillgängligare museum, återge ett Asien som inte bara handlar om något exotiskt och förflutet, utan också det som är här och nu. Ett exempel är öppningsutställningen om "Manga", en bit modernare populärkultur. På ֖stasiatiska får man följa den teckn... (antal ord: 625), 2004-09-02

Lidan lade grunden till Lidköping

Marinarkeologiska undersökningar visar att mitt inne i Lidköping finns kajskoningar från 1100-talet. Staden fick sina rättigheter år 1446, men hur långt tillbaka människor bott på den plats där Lidan når Vänern kan man i dagsläget bara spekulera i. Lidans flöde från sjön Grosken till Vänern sträcker sig över drygt nio mil. Fortfarande är vattnet mörkt och klart. I Lidköping är vattendraget djupt, elva meter som mest, med ett genomsnittligt djup på åtta meter. - Det finns inga fysiska rester av d... (antal ord: 459), 2004-09-02

"Skuldelev 2" på vej ud i verden

Skibsbyggerne på Vikingeskibsmuseets bådeværft er sikre i deres sag. Den imponerende kopi af vikingeskibet "Skuldelev 2" skal nok holde vand, når det på lørdag bliver søsat i Roskilde Fjord af dronning Margrethe. - Det har været utrolig spændende at være med til, siger den 23-årige Simon Day Larsen, der var så heldig at få en læreplads som skibsbygger på det meget specielle bådeværft og så ved netop dette byggeri. Alt er udført, som vikingerne selv gjorde det, ikke bare med hensyn til materiale... (antal ord: 701), 2004-09-02

A sleeping giant lies under Afghan sands

Archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi can barely bring himself to look at the ravaged cliff face where two ancient Buddhas towered until the Taliban infamously blasted them to bits. - For me, everything there is over, Tarzi says, pointing toward the heap of peach-colored dust and chunks of rock that used to be one of the massive statues. "It hurts my heart to go there and see what has been lost." But the scientist, who began his career in the sleepy valley in Afghanistan's central highlands more than ... (antal ord: 296), 2004-09-02

Norway finds 14th-century ship in tact

Norwegian marine archeologists have found a sunken ship dating back to the 14th century, Aftenposten reported Monday. Dubbed the Bolevraket, it was found by divers in the Skien River near the town of Telemark as part of a routine survey before the government laid down boulders on the bottom of the river to prevent erosion. Many feared the vessel had been destroyed during dredging operations in the 1950s. The vessel was single-masted and is believed to have been about 66 feet long. Archaeologis... (antal ord: 141), 2004-09-10

Viking burial ground dispels myth of longship marauders

A Viking burial ground, which has held bodies undisturbed for 1,000 years with all the trappings of the Sagas including swords, jewellery and firemaking materials, has been uncovered in Cumbria, after a chance find by a metal detector. The site - thought to contain the first formal burial of bodies discovered in England - is believed to date from the 10th century, when the Vikings had been Christianised, but were evidently still hedging their bets. Full details of the find at Cumwhitton, which ... (antal ord: 446), 2004-09-10

Unique archaeological find in Finnmark

Archaeology students have this summer unearthed the foundations of a unique 4000 year old "longhouse" at Alta in the county of Finnmark. The longhouse was more than 10 metres long, had two fireplaces in the middle, and must have housed at least 10-12 persons. The nine students have also found artifacts like knives, axes and daggers made of flint. They have also discovered what may be two grave sites. ... (antal ord: 69), 2004-09-10

French Egyptologists Defend Pyramid Theory

A pair of French Egyptologists who suspect they have found a previously unknown chamber in the Great Pyramid urged Egypt's antiquities chief to reconsider letting them test their theory by drilling new holes in the 4,600-year-old structure. Jean Yves Verd'hurt and fellow Frenchman Gilles Dormion, who has studied pyramid construction for more than 20 years, are expected to raise their views during the ninth International Congress of Egyptologists in Grenoble, France, which starts Monday. They al... (antal ord: 485), 2004-09-10

Vikings, Buried With Their Swords

A burial site of six Viking men and women, complete with swords, spears, jewelry, fire-making materials and riding equipment, has been found in England, officials said. The site, discovered near Cumwhitton in northwestern England, is believed to date to the early 10th century, and archaeologists working there called it one of the few Viking burial grounds ever found in Britain. The only other known Viking cemetery in England was found in Ingleby, east of Cumwhitton. It was excavated in the 1940... (antal ord: 454), 2004-09-10

Dog makes New Mexico archeological find

A New Mexico archeologist is giving his dog credit for finding a camp site of the nomadic Folsom people who wandered through 10,000 years ago. Bruce Huckell said evidence has been found of some of the earliest humans to live in the middle Rio Grande Valley, thanks to his dog, Chuska, who led him to some small stone flakes that often mark an ancient camp site. Huckell is the senior research coordinator at the University of New Mexico's Maxwell Museum, and is leading the dig at the Boca Negra Was... (antal ord: 180), 2004-09-10

Neanderthal life no tougher than that of "modern" Inuits

The bands of ancient Neanderthals that struggled throughout Europe during the last Ice Age faced challenges no tougher than those confronted by the modern Inuit, or Eskimos. That€™s the conclusion of a new study intended to test a long-standing belief among anthropologists that the life of the Neanderthals was too tough for their line to coexist with Homo sapiens. €œLooking at these fossilized teeth, you can easily see these defects that showed Neanderthals periodically struggled nutritionally,€... (antal ord: 791), 2004-09-10

Gamla gårdar eftersöks

Arkeologer skall undersöka om det finns rester av tre gamla gårdar i Eskelhem. Undersökningen skall föregå en läggning av en elkabel vid Rosenbys. På gamla skattläggningskartor från början av 1700-talet finns i området ett gårdsläge på nuvarande Rosenbys 1:3 och två på Boleks 1:5. Intill Rosenbys huvudbyggnad har även ett bronsfynd gjorts och på annan plats finns en svärdslipningssten. På Boleks har fynd gjorts som härrör från vikingar. GEAB har åtagit sig att stå för kostnaden för förundersökn... (antal ord: 87), 2004-09-10

Sjældent ravfund på Bornholm

En 1.700 år gammel ravkæde er dukket op under udgravninger på en mark uden for Svaneke. Af Helle Hellmann Send artikel Print artikel Ravkæden af 47 smukt forarbejdede perler fra ca. 300 e.Kr., er netop blevet fundet i en grav uden for Svaneke. €“ Foto: dk4 Klik for større billede En række gravfund fra romersk jernalder har vist sig at være så rige, at Bornholms Museum håber at kunne udvide deres gravetid til det dobbelte på en mark ved Jættebro uden for Svaneke. Et af de mest bemærkelsesværdige ... (antal ord: 429), 2004-09-10

Här bodde gästrikarna på stenåldern

Ett Ronjavrål rakt ut. När Ove Svahn och Petra օhlén stött på en gammal stenåldersboplats i skogen kan de inte hejda sig. Deras lyckoskrik hörs vida omkring. - Hoppas ingen hör oss, skrattar Ove och Petra, södra Norrlands flitigaste stenåldersjägare. De två är duktiga amatörarkeologer, som på kartan kan upptäcka vad vi vanliga dödliga inte ser. Alla vikar, öar, uddar och vindskyddade stränder i söderläge som kunde nås från sjösidan för över 5 000 år sedan. Hittills har de hittat närmare okända 3... (antal ord: 925), 2004-09-10

Sällsynta fornfynd på Bornholm

En rad gravfynd från 300 e Kr har nyligen dykt upp vid utgrävningar av en grav utanför Svaneke på Bornholm. Bland fynden finns en osedvanligt välbevarad bärnstenskedja. Gravfynd från den Romerska järnålder i en grav utanför Svaneke på Bornholm har visat sig vara så rika att Bornholms museum nu hoppas få fördubbla grävtiden. Just nu arbetar 25 personer med grävningarna. En kedja med 47 vackert arbetade bärnstenar är ett a de mest sällsynta fynden. - Under de tre veckor vi grävt har vi funnit gla... (antal ord: 146), 2004-09-10

Ancient tomb discovered on Giza pyramids site

Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches carved into granite rock. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said archaeologists had been working for three months to clear sand from a granite shaft found between the pyramid of Khafre - also known by its Greek name of Chephren - Giza's second-largest tomb of a ... (antal ord: 253), 2004-09-10

The past in print

The thick, glossy tome can easily be dismissed as yet another coffee-table book that provides an entertaining read for the next 10 minutes or so. Yet, once you start flipping the pages of Archaeology In Malaysia by Malaysia€™s foremost archaeologist Professor Datuk Zuraina Majid, you are irresistibly drawn into the wondrous world of archaeology. The grime and sweat of painstaking excavations, the amazing findings of pottery, tools, skeletal remains and even teeth of ancient man, as well as the p... (antal ord: 1048), 2004-09-13

Students study culture, archaeology in Mongolia

A group of students spent this summer studying the culture and archaeology of Mongolia as part of a project arranged by IUP's anthropology department. Eight students, in addition to biology professor Nancy Schellinger, who registered as a student for the trip, accompanied anthropology professor Francis Allard on the trip, which lasted from June 30 to July 13. Three non-IUP students, one from Bloomsburg University, one from the University of Pittsburgh and one from Loyola University in Illinois, ... (antal ord: 721), 2004-09-13

Rock-art sites discovered near Siachen

The federal archaeology department claims to have discovered rock-art sites near the Siachen Glacier, between the villages of Domsum and Gulshan-i-Kabin on the left bank of Saltoro river in the Lower Sheyole (Khaplu) valley. Khaplu is located in eastern Baltistan, some 103km away from Skardu. The engravings depicting animal and human figures and inscriptions on boulders and rocks in the sub-valleys of Khaplu are some of the oldest historic remains of the region. Deputy Director Dr Muhammad Arif... (antal ord: 473), 2004-09-17

Ancient pot with horse-taming picture discovered

Archaeologists in the northwestern province of Gansu discovered a 3,000-year-old pot with a design showing a scene of horse-pasturing in Minqin County recently. The painted design shows a man herding eight horses. Some of these horses are bucking and some stand quietly; some have tails and some do not. All of the horses have large buttocks, slender waists and thin legs. Surrounded by the eight horses, the wide-shouldered, slender-waisted man is in a long gown. His physique and dress are quite s... (antal ord: 318), 2004-09-17

The Pacific's Pompeii

When New Zealand archaeologist Dr Stuart Bedford was handed a large piece of ancient broken pottery in Vanuatu this year he thought it was a joke. At Port Vila for a wedding, all thoughts of the nuptials deserted him as he stared at the piece of highly decorated Lapita pottery. "I thought I must have been in another country," he said. Finds of Lapita, the distinctive patterned pottery that marks the movement of the first settlers into eastern Melanesia and western Polynesia, are relatively unco... (antal ord: 1226), 2004-09-17

Archaeological cave dating back to 4th century unearthed in south Sinai

The mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the unearthing of archaeological cave dating back to the 4th century in Pharaoh Hamam area in Sinai.The discovery is the first of its kind in South Sinai Governorate, asserted the mission, noting that the cave still has some of its internal details that reveal the life style and the ancient practices. The cave keeps several colors including red and black in addition to some ancient Hellenistic writings. Meanwhile, Mohamed Said Sawi, ge... (antal ord: 114), 2004-09-17

Fynd från 1300-talet i Gruvrondellen

När områden exploateras säger kulturminneslagen att byggaren först måste bekosta arkeologiska utgrävningar. I det här fallet är det extra viktigt eftersom Gruvrondellen ligger inom världsarvet. Från början var det tänkt att utgrävningarna skulle vara klara 15 oktober, men nu räknar arkeologerna med att arbetet behöver pågå ytterligare två veckor. - Vi gräver ut de schakt som görs för att bygga rondellen och kulverten under. Schakten har blivit större än vi första trodde, berättar Eva Hjärtner Ho... (antal ord: 176), 2004-09-17

Sunken forest found after 6500 years

It has all the ingredients of an Indiana Jones adventure: an academic, an old map, and a search for hidden treasure older than the pyramids of Egypt. This treasure, however, is a forest in Orkney, which was buried beneath rising sea levels 6500 years ago. Alistair Rennie discovered it while doing a PhD looking at the effect of rising sea levels in the area, which he hopes will inform methods of dealing with climate change. His studies, funded jointly by Scottish Natural Heritage and Glasgow Uni... (antal ord: 492), 2004-09-17

Kon-Tiki to sail again with modern twist

Nearly 60 years after Thor Heyerdahl sailed across the Pacific Ocean in an epic journey aboard the balsa raft Kon-Tiki, a team that includes his grandson said they hope to repeat the feat next year -- with a 21st-Century twist. In 1947, Heyerdahl and his team sailed the raft, with the most basic of equipment, 8,000 kilometers (4,900 miles) from Peru to Polynesia in 101 days to prove Heyerdahl's theory that ancient mariners may have migrated across vast stretches of ocean. Heyerdahl, who died a... (antal ord: 707), 2004-09-17

The world's oldest dam

The earliest recorded dam in history was built some 4000 years ago - and was washed out before it was ever used. Jill Kamil goes in search of Sadd Al-Kafara. The first dam in history is clearly a major engineering achievement. But it is also something of a disaster story. Dating back to the age of the "Pyramid builders", and estimated to have been between 10 and 15 years in the making, Sadd Al-Kafara was destroyed by heavy rainfall soon after its completion. The experience was so traumatic for t... (antal ord: 1831), 2004-09-17

An archaeological site discloses multi-dynasties relics

The Viet Nam History Museum on Sunday announced the discovery of  artefacts from different dynasties at the Lam Kinh archaeological site in the central coastal province of Thanh Hoa. The excavation,conducted from May on an area of 3,000 sq.m., has found first artefacts from the Nguyen Dynasty which existed from the 19th century to mid-20th century at the archaeological site, the Le Dynasty from 1428-1776 and the Tran Dynasty from 1225-1440. Two strata related to the Le dynasty were found west o... (antal ord: 175), 2004-09-24

Biggest-ever ancient ink slab found in central Thanh Hoa province

A giant ancient ink slab, which can be mistaken for a royal wash-basin, has been found in central Thanh Hoa province. The slab, the largest seen so far, is carved out a single monolithic ash-grey stone in the shape of a peach and is 51cm high and 95cm wide in diameter at its widest point. On the surface are three peach-shaped hollows with a big one in the centre, 33 cm deep, and two smaller holes, each of which has a diameter of 18 cm and an inside depth of 10cm. There is no decoration on the s... (antal ord: 206), 2004-09-24

Archaeolink to stage bronze age funeral experiment

A Top north-east visitor attraction will recreate a Bronze Age funeral this weekend, cremating the body of a pig in a bizarre but significant Scottish Archaeology Month experiment. Saturday will see staff at the Archaeolink prehistory park at Oyne teaming up with colleagues from the National Museums of Scotland to stage an inferno investigation. The 11am-5pm event will see the experts create an ancient cremation pyre, then set it ablaze to find the effect of heat on objects from clothing and jew... (antal ord: 288), 2004-09-24

Scientist makes the case for Aegean underwater museum

Marine archaeologists meet to discuss modern exploration methods. Robert Ballard, the scientist who investigated the wreck of the Titanic, has called for a long-term research program to follow the Aegean€™s ancient trade routes and hopes the underwater exploration can be broadcast live. The one-day conference organized last week by the Ephorate of Marine Antiquities, in cooperation with the Hellenic Center of Marine Research, proved to be extremely challenging as well as interesting, as it discus... (antal ord: 483), 2004-09-24

Thracian Ruler Stirs Bulgaria's Interest

A bronze head of a Thracian ruler was discovered by Bulgarian archeologists near the city of Shipka. Photo by bTV Lifestyle: 22 September 2004, Wednesday. A bronze head of a Thracian ruler was discovered by Bulgarian archeologists near the city of Shipka. The great discovery was unearthed Tuesday evening by the team of the archaeologist Georgi Kitov. At first it was reported that the head might be of a bronze Zeus statue, but that information was later refuted. The bronze head is the second ma... (antal ord: 157), 2004-09-24

Castle dig reveals a medieval mystery

Digging up clues to the past has unearthed a medieval mystery in the latest excavation to take place within Bamburgh Castle. For two weeks the Bamburgh Research Project has been excavating the medieval Chapel of St Peter and has turned up an intriguing find. Along with the expected Anglo Saxon pottery pieces, the archaeologists also found a diagonal wall which strangely cut the 7th century chapel in two. Phil Wood, a project director, said: "It has always been known from books that one end of t... (antal ord: 517), 2004-09-24

Unrest in Middle East sets back archaeological research

Since the start of the Palestinian uprising four years ago, local archaeologists, many of them working on sites alluded to in the Bible, have had to scale back or even cancel their digs. That's because the threat of continued violence has kept foreign professors and students from providing assistance at large digs. Twin bus bombings that killed 16 people in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba last month did nothing to calm skittish scholars and nervous insurance companies. But archaeologist... (antal ord: 1125), 2004-09-24

Kvarnbacken var en avrättningsplats

Det är gravar till den medeltida avrättningsplatsen som arkeologerna har stött på vid Kvarnbacken. Snart börjar en för landet unik utgrävning. Arkeologerna har fått svar på vad de fann vid den arkeologiska förundersökningen på Kvarnbacken i somras. €“ Det är helt klart avrättningsplatsen, säger arkeolog Emma Karlsson. Det har kunnat fastställas dels genom kartstudier, dels via en åldersbestämning av en av skelettdelarna som hittades i en grav i somras. օldersbestämningen har gjorts på en tand.... (antal ord: 320), 2004-09-24

Arkeologerna fann bevis på Klintbergska tomten

Sista utgrävningsdagen hittade arkeologerna bevis för att det verkligen har funnits ett krukmakeri på Klintbergska tomten i Gävle. Men det är inte en brännugn utan en lerförvaringsgrop man hittat. - Det ligger i alla fall väldigt nära till hands att tolka det här som en förvaringsgrop för lera, säger arkeologen Ylva Roslund-Forenius och visar på en stor grop, avgränsad med flata stenar. Vid den provundersökning som gjordes på tomten för två veckor sedan hittades massor av keramikspill som trol... (antal ord: 254), 2004-09-24

Kvinnorna finns i historien

Det är männen, överhetens herrar, som skrivit vår historia. Ju längre tillbaka i historien vi går ju mindre får vi veta om kvinnorna i efterlämnade dokument. Men de finns där förstås, och nu har de fått röst genom författaren Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg i boken Forntida kvinnor. Hon är vetenskapsjournalist på Svenska Dagbladet och har skrivit flera fackböcker om främst vikingarna tidigare. Nu lyfter hon fram kvinnorna i fornhistorien, ända från stenålder till medeltid. Hon har läst och sammanfog... (antal ord: 358), 2004-09-24

Enestående fund ved Lejre

Arkæologer fra Roskilde Museum har fundet en gammel kongehal ved Lejre, og det er lidt af en sensation. - Det er en oplevelse, man som arkæolog ikke bliver forundt mange gange, siger museumsinspektør Tom Christensen, der leder udgravningen ved Lejre. Fundet er specielt interessant fordi hallen er fra tiden før vikingetiden, en tid der kaldes sagntiden, fordi langt det meste af den viden vi har derfra stammer fra myter og sagn. - Indtil nu har vi altså kun haft meget lidt at holde os til, såsom... (antal ord: 104), 2004-09-24

Opdagelse af agerjorden gjorde os krigeriske

Nye undersøgelser tyder på, at menneskers hang til krig og konflikter er opstået samtidig med, at de begyndte at dyrke jorden og slå sig ned i bebyggelser. Når mennesker går i krig og slår hinanden ihjel verden over, så følger de en sti af død og ødelæggelse, der blev grundlagt for mange tusinde år siden. Nye undersøgelser af omkring 14.500 år gamle skeletrester bekræfter forskeres formodning om, at mennesker begyndte at bekrige hinanden, da de gik fra at være nomader, jægere og samlere til at... (antal ord: 688), 2004-09-24

The massacre of Mesopotamian archaeology Looting in Iraq is out of control

Iraq: In the southern Iraq desert, the standing structures of ancient archaeological cities dot the horizon - majestic monuments to times long gone.  Untouched for thousands of years, historic temples, palaces, tombs and entire dead cities are the sole witness of the passing of time. Properly excavated, these cities could reveal valuable knowledge on the development of the human race and resolve the big mysteries of history. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen. The Sumerian cities have be... (antal ord: 1406), 2004-09-24

Cavemen started bling-bling culture

Bling-bling culture started with Stone Age cavemen up to 280,000 years ago. A new scientific study says hunters loved to be dripping in luxury goods, and the taste for flashy trinkets may have been what turned humans from savages into a civilised society. Beads, jewellery and ornaments found at a cave in Blombos, South Africa, are thought to be status symbols dating back up to 77,000 years. Until now it had been thought that an interest in fancy accessories only started around 40,000 years ago.... (antal ord: 204), 2004-09-24

The Weight of the World As Israelis and Arabs bicker, the Temple Mount risks collapse

The 14-hectare platform atop the Temple Mount is so freighted with history and legend, it's a wonder the walls can bear the weight. Jews believe that at its center is the rock on which Abraham bound Isaac. Christians believe that at its southern end, Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers. And Muslims, who call it Haram al-Sharif (noble sanctuary), believe it is the site of Muhammad's Night Journey, recounted in the Koran, in which the Prophet ascended to heaven. But today this sacred... (antal ord: 698), 2004-09-24

Mummy Hair Reveals Drinking Habits

Mummy hair has revealed the first direct evidence of alcohol consumption in ancient populations, according to new forensic research. The study, still in its preliminary stage, examined hair samples from spontaneously mummified remains discovered in one of the most arid regions of the world, the Atacama Desert of northern Chile and southern Peru. The research was presented at the 5th World Congress on Mummy Studies in Turin, Italy, this month. €œ In modern human hair the levels would generally be... (antal ord: 553), 2004-09-24

A Glimpse into Thracian History

The boundaries of the Thracian ethnos comprise not only the territory of present-day Bulgaria but also the land of present-day Romania, Eastern Serbia, Northern Greece and Northwestern Turkey. According to the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century BC) the Thracians were the most numerous people in Europe and came second in the world after the Indians (obviously the world Herodotus knew). Regrettably, during their 2000-year-long history the Thracians have not created an alphabet of their own. T... (antal ord: 774), 2004-09-24

Egypt's Cats Got Pharaoh Treatment

The ancient Egyptians put as much care into mummifying their animals as they did their kings and relatives, according to a study to be published Thursday in the British scientific journal Nature. Countless mammals, birds and reptiles were killed and mummified as an offering to the gods they represented, a cult that accelerated from 1400 B.C. under the pharaoh Amenhotep III. The goddess Bastet was embodied by the cat; Horus was represented by the falcon or baboon; Thoth was symbolized by the ibi... (antal ord: 263)

From the Nile to the IsÖ¨re

As Egyptologists from around the world gathered in Grenoble, Nevine El-Aref was there to follow the controversies and delight in a world which combines the love of erudition with a passion for the past. The International Congress of Egyptologists (ICE), which is held every four years in a different country, returned to Grenoble, the capital of the French Alps, early this September for the second time since the second congress was held there in 1979. Workers unveiling Karnak Cachet in 1934; god ... (antal ord: 2924), 2004-10-01

40,000-year-old axes unearthed

A Syrian archaeological team has uncovered two firestone axes dating back 35,000 to 40,000 years and some 6000 BC stone arrowheads. Mission head Bassam Jamous said he had to dig one metre deep into al-Wadi's cave in western Syria to find the two 8cm almond-shaped axes, used "by ancient Syrians to hunt their prey". In a telephone interview, Mr Jamous said the arrowheads used for river and land hunting were about 11 centimetres long. Bone needles used to sew leather, dating back to 6000 BC, were ... (antal ord: 130), 2004-10-01

Russian Expedition Establishes Exact Location of Ancient Mystical Country Shambala

A Russian expedition headed by a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences Yuri Zakharov has established the exact location of the capital of the ancient state of Shambala €“ the mystical center revered by many religions and philosophers all over the World. €œWe saw what no European had ever seen before,€ Zakharov claimed. Speaking at a press conference organized by the Russian Information Agency Novosti, Yuri Zakharov said that the expedition was unique. €œNothing similar has been done be... (antal ord: 253), 2004-10-01

Researchers find signs of grain milling, baking 23,000 years ago

New find in Israel shows that cereal production predates agricultural societies by millennia. Archaeologists have found strong evidence that wheat and barley were refined into cereals 23,000 years ago, suggesting that humans were processing grains long before hunter-gatherer societies developed agriculture. The findings, including the identification of the earliest known oven and hence the oldest evidence of baking, were described in a recent issue of the journal Nature. "This is an observation ... (antal ord: 526), 2004-10-01

Ancient Artefacts Found in Rock Formations

Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains and buildings in some of the most inaccessible areas in the country, it emerged today. Members of the Severe Terrain Archaeological Campaign (Stac) have been using climbing equipment to explore sea stacks in Lewis and Shetland. Since forming in 2003, the Stac team has visited nine stacks and found buildings from the Iron Age and Bronze age, as well as pottery dating back to the Neolithic period. The archaeologists are now planning to return to ... (antal ord: 302), 2004-10-01

Ancient Indian camp found Palmerdale site dates 8000 BC to 1000 AD

State archaeologists have discovered a Native American campground near Palmerdale in north Jefferson County along the route of the proposed northern beltline. The site dates from 8000 BC to AD 1000 and is about 600 feet long and 180 feet wide, said Alabama Department of Transportation archaeologist Bill Turner. On the bank of Self Creek, the campground is covered with brush and waist-high weeds. Evidence of Indian fire pits and storage pits was found when the land was recently excavated, Turner ... (antal ord: 441), 2004-10-01

Rock art rests in development's path 28th Place Site area rich in petroglyphs

South Mountain is peppered with ancient markings from the area's indigenous residents of yore, and a large number of those markings are on a parcel of Ahwatukee Foothills private property that could be developed. What is referred to as the "28th Place Site," an 18-acre piece of land near Kyrene Akimel A-Al Middle School, has 89 recorded petroglyphs, or rock artworks. The oldest petroglyphs on the site are believed to date to the ancient Hohokam era, which lasted from A.D. 700 to 1450. Petrogly... (antal ord: 828), 2004-10-01

7000-year-old relics discovered at Narges Tappeh in Gorgan province of Iran

Some traces of ancient architecture, pottery and a dozen other monuments and relics have been discovered by Iranian archaeologists at the ancient site of Narges Tappeh near an airport currently under construction in Gorgan, capital of Golestan province. According to the daily Tehran Times, some of the relics date back to 5,000 BC. The discovery was made during an archaeological test excavation to determine if construction of the airport would damage the ancient site. According to the head of th... (antal ord: 127), 2004-10-01

One more ancient bronze drum discovered

Two construction workers have unearthed a bronze drum believed to belong to the Dong Son culture, first generation, dating back some 2,000 years ago, in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac. The drum has a surface of 80 cm in diametre, which was decorated with nine circles and a 12-point star in the middle. The finding was handed over to the Dac Nong Museum, which houses the collection of 10 bronze drums discovered within the province... (antal ord: 78), 2004-10-01

Bulgaria Boasts "World's Oldest "Sanctuary

The summer of 2004 proved to be very successful for Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov (R). First he found a unique Thracian gold mask, then his team unearthed a bronze head and he now found world€™s oldest sanctuary. Photo by BNT Lifestyle: 25 September 2004, Saturday. The ancient sanctuary unearthed on Friday in Bulgaria is probably one of the oldest temples in the world. In the words of Georgi Kitov, head of the archeological expedition, the temple dates back to the beginning of 5th centur... (antal ord: 199), 2004-10-01

Noah's Ark Quest Dead in Water - Was It a Stunt?

In April businessman and Christian activist Daniel McGivern announced with great fanfare a planned summer expedition to Mount Ararat in Turkey. The project, he said, would prove that the fabled Noah's ark was buried there. Explorers have long searched for the ark on the Turkish mountain. At a news conference in Washington, D.C., McGivern presented satellite images, which he claimed show a human-made object€”Noah's ark€”nestled in the ice and snow some 15,000 feet (4,570 meters) up the mountainWe ... (antal ord: 1256), 2004-10-01

Forskare uppmärksammar "guldgubbar" från Eskilstuna

"Guldgubbarna" från Eskilstuna är två igen. För några år sen rapporterades den ene av dem vara stulen och stölden polisanmäldes. Det var emellertid inte så farligt. Den hade bara tillfälligt förkommit på Eskilstuna museer. Nu ligger de berömda fynden där tryggt igen, och har blivit högst aktuella i en bok som nyligen givits ut av Vitterhetsakademien och har den långa titeln Excavations at Helgö XVI - Exotic and Sacral Finds from Helgö. Mer än hälften av innehållet handlar just om de legendarisk... (antal ord: 648), 2004-10-01

Medeltida folkmakt utan inflytande?

Har det verkligen funnits en folklig demokrati i det gamla Ryssland, som länge antagits? En ny avhandling från Göteborgs universitet ifrågasätter vilken makt som den berömda folkförsamlingen hade i det medeltida Novgorod. Svenska biståndspengar till Ryssland går framför allt till den nordvästra delen av vårt östra grannland. Bevekelsegrunderna är flera. Det är vårt närområde och dessutom har Sverige under olika tider härskat över delar av nordvästra Ryssland, det som under medeltiden utgjorde N... (antal ord: 1044), 2004-10-01

Tungt fynd spolades upp

Ett nästan 300 kilo tungt ankare kan bli ett nytt spännande tillskott i Falsterbo museums rika samlingar. Men först skall pjäsen genomgå en ingående arkeologisk undersökning och konserveras. Det arbetet påbörjas inom kort av personal på Malmö Kulturmiljö med 1:e antikvarie Jan ֖ijeberg i spetsen. Redan nu står det dock klart att ankaret har några hundra år på nacken. - Typologiskt bedömer jag att det hör hemma i 1700-talet. Böjningen i ankararmarna talar för det. Under 1600-talet var armarna rak... (antal ord: 369), 2004-10-01

Archeologists discover ruins of Genghis Khan mausoleum in the central areas of Mongolia

A Genghis Khan mausoleum has been discovered in the central areas of Mongolia by a joint Japanese-Mongolian archeological expedition, the press here reported on Tuesday. The scientists hope the discovery will help them find a place where Genghis Khan was buried. Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol empire that was established at the beginning of the 13th century and that put a yoke on vast territories of Asia and Eastern Europe. Genghis Khan's grandson Khubilai Khan conquered China and be... (antal ord: 203), 2004-10-08

Clues point to Ghenghis Khan's grave

Genghis Khan went to extraordinary lengths to conceal the location of his grave site, even after his death. According to legend, the Mongolian despot€™s huge burial party killed anyone who saw them en route to the site, and then servants and soldiers who attended the funeral were massacred. Now archaeologists believe they could be close to finding the long-sought grave, after unearthing the site of his 13th-century palace. A Japanese and Mongolian research team found the complex on a grassy st... (antal ord: 1341), 2004-10-08

Discovery of the oldest remains of a woman who died in childbirth

In ancient times, female death rates were particularly high and generally related to problems in maternity, such as complications during pregnancy, childbirth or the period of breast-feeding. However, in most cases this link has only been established from indirect data, such paleodemographic data and ethnographic references, or based on the poor health conditions normally attributed to ancient human groups. There also exists direct archaeological evidence of the high rate of female mortality in... (antal ord: 930), 2004-10-08

Arab scholar 'cracked Rosetta code' 800 years before the West

It is famed as a critical moment in code-breaking history. Using a piece of basalt carved with runes and words, scholars broke the secret of hieroglyphs, the written 'language' of the ancient Egyptians. A baffling, opaque language had been made comprehensible, and the secrets of one of the world's greatest civilisations revealed - thanks to the Rosetta Stone and the analytic prowess of 18th and 19th century European scholars. But now the supremacy of Western thinking has been challenged by a Lo... (antal ord: 511), 2004-10-08


The commercial and political history in the ancient Mediterranean area is documented in the relics that are spread generously around the Capo Molini seabed, which is just north of Catania, between Acitrezza e Acireale. The results of the excavation carried out this summer in that part of the sea, between the coast and the Cyclops Islands were being presented by Edoardo Tortorici, an archaeologist at the University of Catania. He was speaking at the International Under-Water Archaeological Confer... (antal ord: 513), 2004-10-08

From Egypt to Peru, archaeologists are unearthing breweries from long ago

Beer is nearly as old as civilization itself. It's mentioned in Sumerian texts from more than 5,000 years ago. Starting in the 1950s, scientists have debated the notion that beer, not bread, was actually the impetus for the development of agriculture. Nearly every culture around the world has invented its own local concoction. Historically, brewing was a home-based operation, as part of the preparation of meals. From South America to the Middle East, beer production grew in scale with the rise o... (antal ord: 1951), 2004-10-08

Per skriver c-uppsats om hällmålningarna vid Harahällan

Nu blir också hällmålningarna vid Harahällan, väster om Rossön mellan Bodums och Fjällsjö församlingar, föremål för en C-uppsats vid Stockholms universitet. Per Molin, studerande vid Stockholms Universitet var med arkeolog Bernt Ove Viklund ute vid Nagasjöån väster om Rossön på fredagen. - Genom en bekant i Härnösand fick jag ett tidningsurklipp om Bernt Ove Viklund och hällmålningsupptäkterna berättar Per Molin som åkt upp för att för första gången bekanta sig med de cirka 6000-åriga rödockram... (antal ord: 267), 2004-10-08

Rekordtidigt brödbak

Arkeologer har hittat indikationer på att vete och korn maldes och användes till bakning redan för 23 000 år sedan. Detta skulle betyda att det var jägare och samlare som först utvecklade metoden att förvandla vilda fröer och korn till lagad föda. De första jordbrukarna uppträdde först för ungefär 10 000 år sedan, då också sädesslag som korn och vete kultiverades. Fynden av mald säd har hittats vid en arkeologisk utgrävning i Israel och resultatens redovisades nyligen i tidskriften Nature. Fors... (antal ord: 184), 2004-10-08

När vikingarna behärskade världen

Vikingatiden och vikingarna upphör aldrig att fascinera. Enligt den nuvanligaste tidsangivelsen, 750-1100, svärmade danska, norska och svenska vikingar som (mördar)bin över stora delar av norra halvklotet, från Nordamerika i väster till nu varande Ryssland i öster. De tog sig runt Pyreneiska halvön in i Medelhavet; vid kejsarhovet i Konstan tinopel fanns ett vikingagarde. Inte undra på att vikingatiden fortfarande väcker intresse. Hur har synen på vikingarna för ändrats? Länge uppfattades de so... (antal ord: 1196), 2004-10-08

Rare finds at archaeological site

Finds include items from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages Archaeological work in south east Cornwall is uncovering the history of the area. A team from the county council working at Scarcewater near St Stephen-in-Brannel says its finds are significant. Fieldwork has revealed a history of ceremonial and settlement activity at Scarcewater spanning five millennia. The finds represent the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages, and include hearth pits, pottery, a stock enclosure and roundhouses. The a... (antal ord: 185), 2004-10-15

Europe's oldest wooden staircase found in Austria

A 3,000-year-old wooden staircase has been found at Hallstatt in northern Austria, immaculately preserved in a Bronze Age salt mine, Vienna's Natural History Museum said. - We have found a wooden staircase which dates from the 13th century B.C. It is the oldest wooden staircase discovered to date in Europe, maybe even in the world, Hans Reschreiter, the director of excavations at the museum, told AFP. "The staircase is in perfect condition because the micro-organisms that cause wood to decomp... (antal ord: 208), 2004-10-15

Mysteries of the mesa solved

Almost a century after these ancient Indian ruins became a national park in 1906, strange earthen formations near the cliff and mesa-top dwellings continued to puzzle and divide scientists, until recently. The intake channel of the prehistoric reservoir at Mesa Verde National Park. Ancient Puebloans were accomplished water engineers. Shaun Stanley, Associated Press One mysterious dirt mound, 200 feet across, rises 16 feet above the floor of Morefield Canyon. A 1,400-foot path or channel extends... (antal ord: 572), 2004-10-15

Fornfynd ska lära oss om vår tid

En ny forskarskola för arkeologer ska göra kulturarvet mer folkligt. Men det sker på bekostnad av vetenskapen, menar kritikerna. Alltför många arkeologer sorterar yxor och smycken, och för få berättar om forntidens mångkultur och spännande utgrävningar. Det menar Statens historiska museer och Riksantikvarieämbetet som nästa år startar ett eget forskningsinstitut. - Om vi gräver upp en stenåldersboplats ska vi inte bara ställa de vetenskapligt aktuella frågorna, utan även frågor kring själva plat... (antal ord: 817), 2004-10-15

Iraks kulturarv plundras och förstörs

Plundringen av Iraks kulturskatter, som utbröt när Saddamregimen kollapsade våren 2003, har inte upphört. Stölder och förstörelse pågår oavbrutet i södra Irak och har blivit till en veritabel massaker på det gamla Mesopotamien, civilisationens vagga. USA:s trupper i Irak bidrar också till förödelsen. Slutsatsen om utvecklingen i Irak dras av den libanesiska arkeologen och Mellanösternkorrespondenten för det franska magasinet Archaeologia, Joanne Farchakh, i en direktrapport från södra Irak, skri... (antal ord: 860), 2004-10-15

Fandt danefæ

En mand, der er specialist i at bruge en metaldetektor, har fundet et danefæ i form af et meget velbevaret spænde i Hviding syd for Ribe. - Det er et fænomenalt fund. Der er fundet tilsvarende smykker i Danmark, men de har aldrig været så godt bevaret som dette. Det er et meget detaljeret smykke med en masse små inskriptioner. Smykket er udført i bronze, og der er påsat tin, som giver smykket en meget smuk overflade, siger arkæolog Claus Feveile til Ribe Ugeavis. Smykket er fra det tidlige viki... (antal ord: 109), 2004-10-15

Spændende jernalderfund i Bølshavn

Sværd, perler og bronzefade er der fundet ved udgravning i nærheden af Bølshavn. Fund fra begravelsesplads ved Bølshavn I denne uge slutter udgravningen af en gravplads i nærheden af Bølshavn. - Vi kan bruge fundene til at fortælle historien om de mennesker, der boede her engang, og vi kan se på gravene, at de også har haft omsorg for deres afdøde, siger arkæolog Michael Vennersdorf til DR-Bornholm. Pladsen er over 1600 år gammel og altså fra den periode, der kaldes yngre romersk jernald... (antal ord: 113), 2004-10-15

Rosenholm: Jernaldergård fundet i Lime

Udgravningsleder Stine Laursen fra Kulturhistorisk Museum i Randers har sammen med arkæolog Mikkel Kjeldsen undersøgt den sydlige halvdel af et stort gårdsanlæg, der lå netop der, hvor Rosenholm kommune nu er ved at byggemodne nye grunde på Kløvervangen i Lime. Ifølge Stine Laursen er der måske ligefrem tale om en landsby. Der er i hvert fald mere end et hus. Forud for sådanne byggemodninger kontakter kommunen rutinemæssigt museet for at høre, om der er fare for at fortidsminder bliver berørt a... (antal ord: 376), 2004-10-15

Skanderborg: Arkæologer midt i vikingetiden

Udgravningens daglige leder, Susanne Gram viser frem af de righoldige fund fra udgravningerne på Godthåb. Billedet er taget ved avisens besøg på udgravningsfeltet få dage før også Skanderborgs vikingetid blev gravet frem. Skanderborgs vikingetid er fundet. Fundet er sket på de kommende erhvervsgrunde på Godthåb vest for Låsbyvej lige i den nordlige udkant af Skanderborg mellem stationen og motorvejen. Det er Skanderborg Museums videre undersøgelser på Godthåb, som har ført til ny viden om Skand... (antal ord: 382), 2004-10-15

Medieval surgeons were advanced

The peasant's skull had been operated on Surgeons were carrying out complicated skull operations in medieval times, the remains of a body found at an archaeological dig show. A skull belonging to a 40-year-old peasant man, who lived between 960 and 1100AD, is the firmest evidence yet of cranial surgery, say its discoverers. The remains, found in Yorkshire, show the man survived an otherwise fatal blow to the head thanks to surgery. Nearly 700 skeletons were unearthed by English Heritage at a sit... (antal ord: 564), 2004-10-15

Afghan archaeology on road to recovery International teams help troubled nation restore cultural heritage after decades of strife

Persian and Hellenistic strata uncovered in Bagram (ancient Kapissa) were bulldozed into the ground and destroyed. The Great Buddha from the Bamiyan Valley was dynamited. Everywhere the Taliban destroyed anything that told a story about Afghanistan's cultural and historical heritage, predating their particularly sectarian version of "history." Now Afghanistan is recovering from years of war and civil strife. Seventy years of hard work and research have been lost through the chaos and anarchy of... (antal ord: 1096), 2004-10-15

Här grävs efter en medeltida kyrka

Ett gråtungt regndis bäddar in Nybble traktens böljande landskap. På en höjd med vidsträckt utsikt mot det kuperade landskapet runtom, följs en grävmaskins arbete med största intresse. Men det är inte vilket grävande som helst, det är sökandet efter en kyrka. Någonstans i landskapet här ute, cirka en halvmil väster om Söderköping, har en medeltida kyrka funnits på 1300-talet och en bit in på 1500-talet. Den kallades under medeltiden för Nybble kyrka och under 1500-talet Renaros kapell i Drothems... (antal ord: 451), 2004-10-15

Lice DNA Suggests Early Human Contact By Jennifer Viegas

Modern humans made direct contact with a now-extinct early human species, according to a new study of head lice. The species probably was Homo erectus, a chinless individual with a large projecting face, a prominent brow ridge, and a brain that was smaller than ours is today, the study said. The lice research, which involved both observational and DNA analysis, also provides a mini-history of human evolution from 5.5 million years ago to the present. Scientists believe the historical evidence i... (antal ord: 742), 2004-10-15

Yeb, cradle of feminism?

Little is known of the vibrant Judaic community which already existed on the island of Elephantine when Cambyses invaded Egypt in 525 BC. What we do know, however, is that they had a Jewish temple to serve their religious needs. The liturgical protocol detailed on some of the documents discovered on the island by archaeologists during the first decade of the 20th century dates back to a time before the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem. It is clear from this that the Judaic presence o... (antal ord: 1060), 2004-10-22

Full Excavation for Irish Viking Village?

Preliminary work to build a bypass road in an Irish village has yielded what could be the most significant piece of Viking history in Europe: a virtually intact town that some have already called Ireland's equivalent of Pompeii. Evidence for the ancient settlement was discovered last year by archaeologists testing areas ahead of road builders. Located near the banks of the river Suir at Woodstown, five miles from the city of Waterford, the potential Viking town lies below pasture fields commonl... (antal ord: 507), 2004-10-22

North-East dig throws light on early settlers

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of the first early settlers in Aberdeenshire during an 11-day excavation near Kintore. A Mesolithic, or Middle Stone-Age site, dating back around 8,000 years, was unearthed on the outskirts of the village. Kintore has already revealed historically valuable finds, including Roman bread ovens, a timber circle thought to date back 6,000 years, and evidence of a roundhouse. Experts now hope their latest discovery will help them piece together a history of the ... (antal ord: 251), 2004-10-22

Archeological Restoration of €˜Qatana Kingdom€™

The first stage of German-Syrian archeological restoration project at Tel Mishirfeh, known as €˜Qatana Kingdom€™, near the central Syrian city of Homs, was opened by Homs Governor Subhi Hamida in the presence of German Ambassador in Syria Eberhard Schuppius. The opening ceremony was also attended by Director General of the Archeological Sites and Museums in Syria Dr. Tammam Fakoush and his German counterpart and Head of the German archeological team operating at €˜Qatana Kingdom€™ site Peter Pfalin... (antal ord: 285), 2004-10-22

Hutchinson Island artifact find the oldest yet

The oldest artifact ever found on the island - a 4,000-year-old small piece of porous, blackened pottery - was discovered Friday as archaeologists surveyed three newly uncovered American Indian graves. Bob Carr, executive director of the Miami-based Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, said both the small pottery shard and the location of at least three graves in the rock south of Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge were exciting and historically significant. There were probably many more grave... (antal ord: 228), 2004-10-22

Germany's Bronze Age Blockbuster

Archeologists have dated the disc to 1600 B.C. The 3,600 year old Sky Disk of Nebra - the world's oldest image of the cosmos - is the centerpiece of the biggest Bronze Age show of Europe, in the eastern German town of Halle. It caused a world-wide sensation when it was brought to the attention of the German public in 2002, having been discovered in the state of Saxony-Anhalt two years earlier. Now the Sky Disc of Nebra -- a bronze disc with gold-leaf appliques representing the sun, moon, stars ... (antal ord: 826), 2004-10-22

Hurricanes uncover Florida's ancient civilizations

Hurricanes kill, injure and destroy, but they also can create, freshen and reveal.Directly striking this popular barrier island, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne exposed - then partially destroyed - fresh evidence of the area's earliest inhabitants, according to scientists now working quickly to collect new archaeological treasures along the Treasure Coast. Among their discoveries at Hutchinson Island, Fla., just last week: shards of pottery that could be 2,000 years old, a chunk of charcoal (a le... (antal ord: 805), 2004-10-22

Stor restaurering av Biskopsborgen i Husaby

Biskopsborgen i Husaby uppfördes någon gång under den senare hälften av 1400-talet men kort efter att kungen fått kontroll över kyrkans egendomar vid Reformationen var dess öde beseglat och den totalförstördes. Arkivbild Under seklernas gång förföll de återstående ruinerna allt mer och mer och när man på 1960-talet började med en stor arkeologisk utgrävning på platsen syntes knappt mer än övre delen av borgväggen. Ruinerna grävdes fram och konserverades och åtskilliga fynd gjordes. Sedan dess ... (antal ord: 255), 2004-10-22

Silvergruvan i Hedesunda ska grävas ut

Det blir en utgrävning av den gamla silvergruvan i Hedesunda. Föreningen Hedesunda silvergruvor, med arkeologen Elise Hovanta i spetsen, har fått ett muntligt löfte från länsstyrelsen om tillstånd att tömma gruvan. - Vi väntar fortfarande på ett skriftligt godkännande men vi börjar gräva på måndag eller tisdag nästa vecka, säger hon glatt. Gruvan, vars ingång döljer sig under en gammal ek, är mytomspunnen och det är oklart hur djup den egentligen är. Klart är dock att eken, som har en stor de... (antal ord: 110), 2004-10-22

Important archaeological discoveries in Eastern Desert unearthed

An excavtation mission under Minnesota University in the US which is conducting excacavations in Wadi Qum Heleeg in Sharqeya desert unearthed 132 engravings dating back to pre-historic ages. Dr. Zahi Hawas, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said yesterday that the mission found out drawings of cattle as well as pictures of a flock tied to persons, noting that the there was breeding up of livestock in pre-historic eras in this area.... (antal ord: 76), 2004-10-22

Skärvorna på Klintbergska tomten - ett lyft för Gävlekeramikens historia!

Keramikfynden på Klintbergska tomten visar att BoFajans och Gefle Porslins tillverkning vilar på riktigt gammal tradition. Enligt Bosse Hedblom har vi nu en fantastisk möjlighet att befästa Gävle som keramikstad på historisk grund.Klintbergska gården i Gävle revs under stort rabalder 2002 och sedan dess har tomten blivit alltmer vildvuxen och dess öde har engagerat många. Kan en övergiven, tilltufsad rivningstomt berätta något för dagens Gävlebor? Låt mig ta er med på en historisk resa där ni kä... (antal ord: 1567), 2004-10-22

To halvdele af vikingehus fandt sammen i computeren

Entreprenører og arkæologer har arbejdet fint side om side i flere måneder på Godthåb nu. Samtidig med, at arkæologerne graver ud og gør fund fra en periode på flere tusinde år er entreprenøren i gang med at byggemodne området til erhvervsbyggeri. Men den store arkæologiske udgravning har også givet entreprenørfirmaet Arkil lidt ekstra arbejde. Den overjord, som har skulle fjernes for at give arkæologerne adgang til de lag, hvor de har gjort deres i tusindvis af fund, er nemlig blevet gravet bo... (antal ord: 380), 2004-10-22

Graver i byens ældste fortid

Det kan godt være koldt om fingrene at rode i jorden i disse dage, hvor der har stået en skarp blæst ind over bl.a. Kirketorvet i Store-Heddinge. Det kan et par arkæologer fra Sydsjællands Museum i hvert fald bekræfte, da de er i fuld gang med at grave i byens ældste historie - fra tiden længe før man fik købstadsrettigheder. Men der er ikke tid til at skele til årstiden, da udgravningen skal gennemføres hurtigst muligt af hensyn til entreprenørens videre arbejde med renovering af kloak- og vand... (antal ord: 562), 2004-10-22

Geophysics, GPS Technology Play Important Roles In Excavation Of Ancient Roman Fort

For centuries, trowels and handpicks have been traditional tools of the trade for archeologists, but a University at Buffalo geophysicist who has been working at an archeological site in Jordan is proposing that some decidedly 21st-century technologies, like tablet PCs equipped with fancy navigational software, ought to be standard gear as well. In the middle of the Jordanian desert, UB researchers used geophysics and GPS to help archeologists locate important subsurface features of an ancient R... (antal ord: 840), 2004-10-29

New cave paintings discovered

Another 26 cave paintings have been discovered in the Fingal Cave at Naeroey in Troendelag. When the cave was discovered in 1961, 21 paintings were registered. The 47 paintings depict both people and animals. - The cave paintings may be more than 3000 years old, archaeologist Melanie Wrigglesworth at the Science Museum says to NRK. She believes the find may give us more knowledge of how human beings in the late Stone Age and in Older Bronze Age percieved the world around them. The cave is both... (antal ord: 123), 2004-10-29

Experts Prepare Jiroft's 5,000-Year Map

Archeologists and surveyors plan to draw up an archeological map of the Iranian southern city of Jiroft, home to a 5,000 year old civilization. Nicknamed as €œThe Lost Paradise€ by experts, historical sites of Jiroft are located by the bank of Halil River, which covers 8450 sq km and houses artifacts dating from the Neolithic to Islamic period. €œThe historical settlement of Halil River has relics from 7,000 years ago and is considered one of the earliest urban centers around the world. That€™s wh... (antal ord: 470), 2004-10-29

El Greco art discovered in Spain

El Greco's The Baptism of Christ dates from 1567-70 A 16th Century painting by artist El Greco, valued at £500,000, has been discovered in an envelope in Spain. The Spanish family that has owned the oil-on-wood portable altarpiece, The Baptism of Christ, since the mid-19th Century, did not know what they had. It was only discovered when they took it to a routine Christie's valuation. The auctioneers said it was a "wonderful, vibrant work" and came as a "complete surprise". It will be sold by Ch... (antal ord: 327), 2004-10-29

Mysterious pottery shows true face of first Pacific settlers

Staring out from an ancient piece of pottery, the mysterious face of a bearded man has given scientists a unique glimpse of what the first settlers of Fiji may have looked like. Researchers say the "extraordinary discovery" is a vital clue in mapping out how the South Pacific came to be inhabited some 3,000 years ago, suggesting the first direct link to islands some thousands of kilometres away. Thought to be the work of the Lapita people - a long-lost race which originated near modern-day Taiw... (antal ord: 377), 2004-10-29

Finnish find sheds new light on prehistoric Andean culture

Ceramic artifacts found by Finnish archeologists during a dig in Bolivia have shed new light on the prehistoric Tiwanaku people, of whom little is known, Helsinki University officials said. - The discovery demonstrates that the Tiwanakus made the highest quality ceramics in the Andean region, with very naturalistic portraits, and thanks to this we now know what they looked like, Martti Paerssinen, a professor from Helsinki University who led the excavations, told AFP. The Tiwanaku people settle... (antal ord: 253), 2004-10-29

Yeb, cradle of feminism?

Little is known of the vibrant Judaic community which already existed on the island of Elephantine when Cambyses invaded Egypt in 525 BC. What we do know, however, is that they had a Jewish temple to serve their religious needs. The liturgical protocol detailed on some of the documents discovered on the island by archaeologists during the first decade of the 20th century dates back to a time before the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem. It is clear from this that the Judaic presence o... (antal ord: 1060), 2004-10-29

"Ett sensationellt fynd"

- Ett fynd att drömma om, bland det mest sensationella som hänt på området under det senaste halvseklet, säger Lars Werdelin, docent vid Naturhistoriska riksmuseet om fyndet av Homo floresiensis. Kvarkar och planeter kan man vänta sig att hitta, teorierna stämmer. Men ingen hade kunnat föreställa sig att man, mitt under någon utgrävning, plötsligt skulle snubbla över varelser som är relativt nära släkt med oss själva. - Att vi, på var sin parallell gren av släktträdet, har levt samtidigt tills ... (antal ord: 171), 2004-10-29

Scientists find ancient Hobbit-sized people

Once upon a time, on an isolated island of Indonesia, there lived a colony of little people - very little people. Not only did anthropologists find the skeletal remains of a hobbit-sized, 30-year-old adult female, in this fairy-tale-like discovery they also uncovered in the same limestone cave the remains of a Komodo dragon, stone tools and a dwarf elephant. Feds Indict 19 on Online ID Theft Charges Cellular Companies Agree on Standards Web-Based Tool Helps Voters Find Polls Subsequent finds of... (antal ord: 1439), 2004-10-29

Shaking Up the Family Tree

New archaeological discoveries by Australian and Indonesian scientists on the Indonesian island of Flores are revealing that until at least 13,000 to 12,000 years ago, modern humans--our species, Homo sapiens--shared this planet with a totally different species of human being--a three-foot-high dwarf hominid with physical features usually seen as dating from 1.5 to 4 million years ago. The scientists, mainly from Australia's University of New England and University of Wollongong, have found the... (antal ord: 892), 2004-10-29

A Monumental Mandate

The paradox of the Maltese archipelago--five islands lying in the Mediterranean 60 miles south of Sicily--is how so much cultural heritage came to be packed into such a small area. This nation's vast heritage has been recognized for centuries. En route to Egypt at the behest of King Louis XVI of France, Charles Sonninni stopped at the islands in 1777 and made the following observation, - Before the island of Malta became the domain of the Brotherhood of St. John of Jerusalem, it had passed succ... (antal ord: 2593), 2004-10-29

Fragment of Persepolis inscription puzzles experts

Iranian archaeologists have still been unable to translate a fragment of an inscription recently discovered during an excavation at the ruins of Persepolis, ancient scripts expert Abdul-Majid Arfa€™i announced on Saturday. - With dimensions of 2cm x 2cm x 4cm, the triangular clay fragment bears cuneiform script, but we have not succeeded in identifying the language, he added. Some photos of the fragment have been sent to experts at the University of Chicago in the U.S., the University of Lunebur... (antal ord: 238), 2004-11-05

47,000 Archaeological Finds Unearthed By Public Last Year

New light is shed on the nation's buried past with the announcement of 47,000 archaeological finds which were unearthed last year by members of the public. The objects span almost 500,000 years and range from the weapons of prehistoric Essex man to a Victorian antidote to witchcraft. All have been found by amateur archaeologists, metal detectorists, gardeners, farmers, builders and walkers and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the nation's largest community archaeology project. Among... (antal ord: 484), 2004-11-05

Archeology dig throws new light on history of Prague

A former army barracks on Prague's Namesti Republiky square is going to be the site of another shopping and office complex in the centre of the city. But the project has been delayed by the discovery there of major archeological treasures - in fact it is the biggest archeological dig in the country's history. The archeological research on Namesti Republiky square, photo: Petr Turyna Namesti Republiky is a square of average size situated in the historical center of the city. Apart form a number o... (antal ord: 488), 2004-11-05

Traces of an ancient settlement found on the dry bottom of the Aral Kyzylorda

The scientists of the Institute of Archeology named after Alkey Margulan found some traces of an ancient town on the dry bottom of the Aral Sea. The area of the town amounts to about 6 ha and goes back to the 13-14 centuries, i.e. the epoch of the Golden Horde. As a result of archeological researches there have also been found the relics of different workshops, windmills and storehouses for ceramic articles and the burial ground where the noble representatives of that period had been buried. ... (antal ord: 98), 2004-11-05

Pompeii gets digital make-over

Visitors would have to wear a head-mounted display The old-fashioned audio tour of historical places could soon be replaced with computer-generated images that bring the site to life. A European Union-funded project is looking at providing tourists with computer-augmented versions of archaeological attractions. It would allow visitors a glimpse of life as it was originally lived in places such as Pompeii. It could pave the way for a new form of cultural tourism. Combining real and virtual Th... (antal ord: 452), 2004-11-05

A New Ancient Map?

By way of a note to the classics list, Pierre-Louis Malosse has announced the discovery by his Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III) colleague Thierry van Compernolle of an ostrakon bearing what appears to be an ancient map of the Salentine peninsula (the €œboot-heel€ of Italy), possibly dating to the 5th century BC. The item remains, as yet, unpublished, and there are no photographs presently available. There is to be an international colloquium on this so-called €œMappa di Soleto€, at... (antal ord: 624), 2004-11-05

Ancient stone hoes found in Dong Nai province

Two stone hoes dating back around 2,000-3,000 years have been found in Long Thanh district, southern Dong Nai province. Farmer Chau Ba Ngan and his neighbours discovered the rectangle and trapezoid-shaped hoes while they were digging the foundation for a house. The hoes are 32-33 cm long, 2-4 cm thick and 7-8 cm wide. According to initial assessment of the Dong Nai Museum, the hoes were tools used by primitive people who inhabited Bien Hoa and the basin area of the Dong Nai river in the Stone A... (antal ord: 112), 2004-11-05

Antarctic Forests Reveal Ancient Trees

A quarter-billion years ago, forested islands flashed with autumnal hues near the South Pole - a polar scene unlike any today, researchers say. Geologists have discovered in Antarctica the remains of three ancient deciduous forests complete with fossils of fallen leafs scattered around the tree trunks. The clusters of petrified tree stumps were found upright in the original living positions they held during the Permian period. Some stumps were even poking up through the snowfield in the Beardmo... (antal ord: 422), 2004-11-05

Pompeii artists painted the town red

The walls of Pompeii were painted with red pigments that had curious properties. The formula of the red, shiny and intense colour that dominated Pompeii's wall paintings 2000 years ago has been discovered by an Italian researcher. Buried in the catastrophic eruption in 79 AD, the brilliant Pompeian red has been preserved forever by the lava of Mount Vesuvius and still makes an impressive show in several frescoes. "Though it consists of simple cinnabar pigment, Pompeian red is really unique. It ... (antal ord: 415), 2004-11-05

Rester av Eskilstuna slott hittat vid utgrävning

För första gången har rester av Eskilstuna slott påträffats på Klosters kyrkogård. Arkeologerna har funnit keramik, fönsterglas och den grund på vilken slottet restes.Att delar av slottet stod inom det nuvarande kyrkogårdsområdet har man anat. Men först nu är det bekräftat - till viss del på grund av en lycklig tillfällighet. Eftersom området är historiskt minerad mark, med spår från tusentalet, får inga grävarbeten göras utan att arkeologerna kopplas in och länsstyrelsen ger sitt tillstånd. Så ... (antal ord: 337), 2004-11-05

Ny teori om vikingernes døde

Med fundet af 104 vikingegrave ved gården Hesselbjerg findes Danmarks tredjestørste gravplads fra den tid lige uden for Over Randlev. Kirsten Marie Bruun og Nis Gunnarsen, arkæologistuderende, graver på stedet. Selvom der er løbet meget vand gennem åen siden vikingetiden, har arkæologer gjort utallige fund af henholdsvis bopladser og gravpladser fra denne fjerne fortidtid. Men kun sjældent i sammenhæng. Siden midten af 1970'erne har man fundet mange beboelser fra vikingetiden. Kun i få tilfælde... (antal ord: 788), 2004-11-05

Gammal kustboplats hittad

Norrlands förhistoria har kompletteras med fyndet av den äldsta kustboplatsen i Västerbotten. Platsen var bebodd för drygt 8 000 år sedan. Rester från verktygstillverkning, brända ben från säl och en yxa är några av fynden som hittats på platsen. Fynden kan bidra till en förändring av synen på Norrlands förhistoria. Mellan Hössjö och Gräsmyr har boplatsen hittats. Den ligger 160 meter över havet i ett område som skogsavverkats och markberetts. För drygt 8 000 år sedan var platsen en udde vid ha... (antal ord: 453), 2004-11-05

Gutenberg did not invent the press

Johannes Gutenberg may be wrongly credited with producing Europe's first printed book, an Italian researcher said, causing an uproar among bibliophiles and academics who see him as the father of the modern hardback. One of the world's most precious books, the Gutenberg bible was printed between 1452 and 1454. It sparked a literary boom in Europe. Bruno Fabbiani, a lecturer at Turin Polytechnic, said Gutenberg used stamps rather than the individual, moveable letters he is said to have invented th... (antal ord: 331), 2004-11-05

Bulgaria Strikes Gold in Hunt for Ancient Thracians

Georgi Kitov's hands trembled as he cradled the glittering visage of an ancient king unearthed from a tomb in southern Bulgaria. - This is the face of an evil ruler! cried the archaeologist, marveling at the cruel gaze from the mask of solid gold, the size of a dinner plate. The mask dates back to the 5th century BC -- the golden age of the little-known Thracians -- and has been hailed as an unrivalled find in the study of classical antiquity. If Kitov and other archaeologists from Bulgaria ha... (antal ord: 703), 2004-11-05

Afghanistan wants its 'Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism' back from UK

The Afghan government is to request the return of the "Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism" from the British Library, amid concerns the priceless manuscripts were looted during civil war in the early nineties. Afghanistan's Minister of Culture will formally ask for the 2000-year-old scrolls to be sent from London to the newly restored Kabul Museum in the next few weeks as part of a campaign to bring home stolen treasures from foreign collections. The British Library, whose conservation experts saved t... (antal ord: 757), 2004-11-12

Wrath of God or Man?

Discovery Channel announced today world-renowned Egyptologist Kent Weeks' discovery and possible identification of a skull that he believes could be that of Rameses II's firstborn son, who may have been killed during the 10th plague described in Exodus. Discovery Channel funded Weeks' expedition, which blends archaeology, state-of-the-art digital technology and the latest in forensic science to determine the identity of the skull and its possible place in history. In 1995, Dr. Weeks uncovered t... (antal ord: 471), 2004-11-12

Sculptures of Pala period found

A large number of sculptures belonging to Pala and Sena School of Art was found during the recent excavation at Viratpur in Saharsa district. The present excavation is considered as a landmark in archaeology of Bihar as it was the first scientific excavation conducted by the directorate of state archaeology, Bihar, in the Kosi region. The site is situated as 7 to 8 km north of Sonbarsa block in Saharsa district. This village is, incidently, a native village of the art and culture minister of Bi... (antal ord: 320), 2004-11-12

How Iranian Women Applied Makeup 3000 Years Ago

To describe how Iranian women applied makeup many thousand years ago is a difficult task. To say that how female cave dwellers used to array and beautify themselves within the geographical sphere now known as Iran, is not easy and the answer to such a question can be found only by a few archaeological excavations and rare records unearthed from ancient times. From a few records survived from such a time it is evident that not only women but men also used to apply cosmetics and that their makeup ... (antal ord: 3041), 2004-11-12

Finns uncover major Bolivian relics

Scientists from Helsinki University have discovered what are being considered as the most significant relics of Bolivian antiquity in the South American country€™s long history. This announcement was made via the university€™s well-developed communication services, which include news of the week on science and research topics and knowledge databases. Fragment of a vessel representing a noble Tiwanaku woman found on Pariti in 2004 © Helsinki University€™s Antti Korpisaari In their excavations of a ... (antal ord: 557), 2004-11-12

African rock art under threat

International experts in early human art are calling for greater protection to save many of these ancient paintings from destruction. The rock art survived the harsh climate but is now under threat from people They say rock paintings by early man in Africa are particularly at risk, as human populations grow, and expose sites to vandalism and graffiti. Near Nairobi this week, experts saw for themselves the problem facing rock art. On a rocky outcrop, an hour's drive out of the Kenyan capital, Dr... (antal ord: 548), 2004-11-12

Archaeologists fear 'looters' charter'

Archaeologists were yesterday aghast over a plan by MPs loyal to Silvio Berlusconi to legalise the private ownership of archaeological treasures in Italy. One called the measure a "looters' charter". At present, all antiquities found in Italian soil are deemed to be the property of the state and are meant to be handed over to the authorities. But under the proposed legislation, treasure hunters who declare their finds can keep and own them if they pay the state 5% of the object's estimated value... (antal ord: 553), 2004-11-12

They Were Here: Ice Age Humans in South Carolina Location: South Carolina

It was a time when our climate was cooler. Great ice sheets covered the northern areas of what was to become the United States. At the Topper Site in what is now Allendale County, South Carolina, artifacts have been found that show early humans were coming to ancient chert quarries, making rudimentary knives and other tools. This South Carolina Educational TV documentary covers the careful study and analysis of artifacts, let by Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, leading to evidence of early humans that da... (antal ord: 88), 2004-11-12

Pompeii pottery may rewrite history

A broken plate is one of the pieces in the puzzle of how ancient cultures traded. Archaeologists may need to change their view of Pompeii's role in trade and commerce, after a ceramics expert's recent discovery. Australian researcher Jaye Pont from the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Sydney's Macquarie University says people who lived in Pompeii bought their pottery locally and didn't import it. Pont said the find could "make waves" among archaeologists looking at trade in the Mediterranean. And... (antal ord: 674), 2004-11-12

Singaporean robot to creep into Cheops Pyramid in October

The robot experiment inside Cheops Pyramid in Giza will be repeated next year but this time by a different institution, said Chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawas. The University of Singapore is currenïtly designing a robot to reach beyond the door which blocked the route of the robot used by the US National Geographic in September 2003, said Hawas in statements on Saturday. The new experiment will be conducted in October 2005, added the SCA head. The Geographic's tiny rob... (antal ord: 252), 2004-11-12

Rare wooden sarcophagus found in Egypt

German archaeologists have discovered a rare wooden Pharaonic sarcophagus in the southern city of Luxor, the first such find in nearly two centuries, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities said on Tuesday. Halil Ghali, a senior antiquities official for southern Egypt, said the empty sarcophagus, from the 13th Dynasty (1785-1680 BC), "is believed to be the biggest of its type". It is 2,7m long, 1,5m high and one metre wide. A hieroglyphic inscription on its face revealed that it belonged to... (antal ord: 271), 2004-11-12

Archaeologists may have found what was once the biggest city in Italy

Real archaeology bears about as much resemblance to an Indiana Jones movie as real spying bears to James Bond. Excavation€”at least if it is to be meaningfully different from grave robbing€”is a matter of painstaking trowel work, not gung-ho gold-grabbing. But there is still a glimmer of the grave robber in many archaeologists, and the search for a juicy royal tomb can stimulate more than just rational, scientific instincts. Few tombs would be juicier than that of Lars Porsena, an Etruscan king w... (antal ord: 743), 2004-11-12

9,000-year-old human skeleton found in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian archaeologist has discovered a 9,000-year-old human skeleton and the remains of a farm dwelling from the same period, the Standard newspaper reported today. - This woman skeleton is five centuries older than those which were found in the Balkans and belong to the first generation of farmers that inhabited this region, archaeologist Georgy Ganetsovski, who made the discovery, told the newspaper, according to an agency report.... (antal ord: 69), 2004-11-12

Underwater Archeology in Iran

As evidenced by archeological documents, the ancient city of Kish, the wall of the ancient city of Gorgan, Takht-e Suleiman and part of the Portuguese Castle are submerged in Iran's coastal waters. Although Iran's underwater archeological activities are over half a century old, this topic is yet to be treated in a suitable manner. Two centuries have passed and archeology has yet to achieve its rightful position in Iran. This science needs full revision, as Iran has special importance in human c... (antal ord: 1508), 2004-11-12

Top finds on Bolivian highlands

Finnish scientists discovered the most significant relics of antiquity in recent Bolivian history. In the excavations on Pariti Island in Lake Titicaca, in the highlands of Bolivia, the historical-archaeological research team of the University of Helsinki discovered a ritual offering site with well-preserved pieces of ceramics. The find adds substantially to what is known about the Tiwanaku culture, which flourished before the Incas and for which the island was probably an important religi... (antal ord: 277), 2004-11-12

Ny trafikled över unik guldskatt

Stormannagravar och exlusiva föremål i guld. I Sylta utanför Stockholm har arkeologerna penslat fram 1500 år gamla fynd. I det uråldriga kulturlandskapet mellan E 4 och E 18 rämnar marken av minnen från våra förfäder. Just här kommer en ny trafikled att dras. I området vid Täby kyrkby finns rika kammargravar, långhus, gamla stengärdsgårdar och fynd i bärnsten och ädelmetall. Redan under romersk järnålder och folkvandringstid var detta en trakt att räkna med. Senare under vikingatiden flyttade d... (antal ord: 434), 2004-11-12

De finaste stenåldershusen i landet

քven bronsåldershus är ovanliga fynd, säger arkeologen Fredrik Molin om byggnaden på drygt 160 kvadratmeter där en kärnfamilj bodde för 3 800 år sedan. De röda pinnarna markerar det tvåskeppiga bronsåldershusets takbärande mittstolpar. - Trädgårdstorp har landets mest välbevarade hus från tidig stenålder, säger arkeologen Fredrik Molin, vars skugga faller mellan de blå pinnar som markerar storleken på stenåldershuset vid Kärnavägen. För 9 500 år sedan var det bebott, åtminstone delar av året. ... (antal ord: 708), 2004-11-12

Plundrare förstör våra fornminnen

Gropar i marken och spår av tjuvar. Plundringen av arkeologiska lämningar i Mälardalen och kring Stockholm ökar. Just nu förbereds flera polisanmälningar efter plundringsförsök i Haninge, Spånga och Järfälla. քven längs E 4:an utanför Uppsala har tjuvar försökt gräva upp fornfynd i flera utgrävningsområden. När arkeologerna återkommit till en utgrävningsplats har de sett att någon eller några varit där under natten. Likaså har ljusskygga individer sökt igenom ännu inte utgrävda fornminnen med h... (antal ord: 470), 2004-11-12

Nyt stort helleristningsfund

Der er gjort et stort helle-ristnings-fund på Bornholm. Danmarks største helle-ristnings-felt i 120 år - er fundet ved Sandvig - på Nordbornholm. En flåde - på 16 til 18 skibe - er for 2500 år siden - hugget ind i klippen. Helle-ristnings-feltet ligger i to private haver - og vil ikke blive opmalet og offentligt tilgængeligt - oplyser arkæolog Finn Ole Nielsen - fra Bornholms Museum. Helleristningerne blev fundet af museumsassistent Mogens F. Jensen, Bornholms Museum, der arbejdede på et helleri... (antal ord: 1672), 2004-11-12

Another Stonehenge Found in Russia?

Russian archaeologists have announced that they have found the remains of a 4,000-year-old structure that they compare to England's Stonehenge, according to recent reports issued by Pravda and Novosti, two Russian news services. If the comparison holds true, the finding suggests that both ancient European and Russian populations held similar pagan beliefs that wove celestial cycles with human and animal life. Since devotional objects and symbols are at the Russian site in the region of Ryazan, ... (antal ord: 683), 2004-11-19

German physicist disputes Atlantis discovery claim

The remains of the lost city of Atlantis which a United States researcher claims to have found off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are in fact submarine volcanoes, according to a German physicist. US researcher Robert Sarmast claimed Sunday to have found proof that the mythical lost city of Atlantis actually existed and is located under the Mediterranean seabed between Cyprus and Syria. But German physicist Christian Huebscher said he had identified the phenomenon as 100,000 year-old volcano... (antal ord: 305), 2004-11-19

Ancient Iranian site shows Mesopotamia-like civilisation

Shellfish is not seen on most Iranians dining tables but it was part of the daily diet of the inhabitants of ancient Jiroft in southern Iran 5,000 years ago that showed the existence of an ancient civilisation. Jiroft, located in Kerman province, is one of the richest historical areas in the world, with ruins and artefacts dating back to the third millennium BC and with over 100 historical sites located along the approximately 400 km of the Halil Rood riverbank, according to Mehr news agency. M... (antal ord: 351), 2004-11-19

The Rise and Fall of the Mayan Empire

Scientists are using space satellites to unravel one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Where the rain forests of Guatemala now stand, a great civilization once flourished. The people of Mayan society built vast cities, ornate temples, and towering pyramids. At its peak around 900 A.D., the population numbered 500 people per square mile in rural areas, and more than 2,000 people per square mile in the cities -- comparable to modern Los Angeles County. This vibrant "Classic Period" of ... (antal ord: 962), 2004-11-19

Gutenberg Printing Method Questioned

Johannes Gutenberg may be wrongly credited with producing the first Western book printed in movable type, according to an Italian researcher. Presenting his findings in a mock trial of Gutenberg at the recent Festival of Science in Genoa, Bruno Fabbiani, an expert in printing who teaches at Turin Polytechnic, said the 15th-century German printer used stamps rather than the movable type he is said to have invented between 1452 and 1455. expand A Page from the 42-Line Bible expand Gutenberg and ... (antal ord: 459), 2004-11-19

E-Type kan bli kung på Gotland

Att Kronprinsessan Victoria kommer och tänder den första vårdkasen när Vikingaåret invigs officiellt i den 25 februari är klart. Det sker på Grogarnsberget och sedan skall eldarna sprida sig runt om på ön. Länsstyrelsen har fullt upp med att klara ut var vårdkasarna kan tändas mitt i strandskyddsområdena. Invigningen fortsätter med att det spelas upp ett skådespel i Lojstahallen. Tanken är att det blir ett skådespel som bygger på att Olof Skötkonungs dotter Ingegerd gifter sig med ryssen Jarosla... (antal ord: 410), 2004-11-19

Arkæologisk fund bekræftet af eksperter

Der går glade arkæologer rundt på Viborg Stiftsmuseum. For kort siden blev der gjort et bemærkelsesværdigt fund i Aidt nær Thorsø, hvor arkæologerne mente, de havde fundet en middelalderkirke af træ. En meget usædvanlig opdagelse, især fordi der ikke fandtes gravsteder ved kirken Og ved årets arkæologiske landsmøde i Fuglsø fik Viborg-folkene så bekræftet deres teori, da de diskuterede fundet med Danmarks bedste middelalder-arkæologer. Det forklarer Mikael Holdgaard Nielsen, arkæolog fra Vibor... (antal ord: 107), 2004-11-19

900 år gammel stavkirke fundet

Et usædvanligt fund af trækirke ved Aidt Kirke i Midtjylland. Forhistorisk arkæolog Mikael Holdgaard Nielsen mener, at det er en trækirke fra 1050-1150, der gemte sig i mulden i Aidt i Hvorslev Kommune, skriver De Bergske Blade. Kirken er tolv meter lang og seks meter bred. Den er placeret omkring 50 meter fra kirkegårdsskellet ved Aidt Kirke. Den er fuldstændig som de tidligste trækirker, der blandt andet er fundet i Hørning ved Randers, og de er meget sjældne. Der er fundet omkring 20 i Danma... (antal ord: 306), 2004-11-19

Indian pottery dating to 700 B.C. found at Panhandle condo site

Archaeologists have found pieces of rare Indian pottery dating between 400 and 700 B-C at the site of a proposed condominium complex in downtown Fort Walton Beach, Lead archaeologist Frank Servello said the decorated rims are very unusual for that period of the early Weedon Island culture. The decorations indicate the plates and bowls were used by wealthy people. The Prentice Thomas and Associates archaeologists also found shells and bones and kill pots in which holes had been punched to free ... (antal ord: 152), 2004-11-19

Farmer finds silver locket at battlesite

A tiny silver locket - discovered in a Westonzoyland field - may have fallen from the neck of a soldier fighting for the King at the Battle of Sedgemoor more than 300 years ago. The ornament, measuring little more than two centimetres, is a first for Somerset - and there are hopes it will eventually go on display at the County Museum in Taunton. Historians are excited by the romantic find and, although they cannot be certain, believe it does date back to the battle - the last to be fought on En... (antal ord: 560), 2004-11-26

Has Genghis' Tomb Been Found?

After four years' work, a joint team of Japanese and Mongolian archaeologists announced on October 4 that they had found what they believe to be the true mausoleum of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). The ruins, dated to between the 13th and 15th century, were found at Avraga, around 250 kilometers east of Ulan Bator, the capital of the People's Republic of Mongolia. Team members said that they expect the discovery to provide clues to the whereabouts of the khan's actual burial site, which they believe ... (antal ord: 622), 2004-11-26

Viking map may rewrite US history

Experts are testing the map to see if it is really evidence for Vikings landing in the New World first, not Columbus. Danish experts will travel to the U.S. to study evidence that the Vikings landed in the New World five centuries before Columbus. A controversial parchment said to be the oldest map of America could, if authentic, support the theory that the Vikings arrived first. The map is said to date from 1434 and was found in 1957. Some people believe it is evidence that Vikings, who depart... (antal ord: 427), 2004-11-26

Shipworm threatens marine archeological remains in the Baltic

Shipworm has spread to the Baltic Sea. If it continues to spread, it threatens to destroy still well-preserved and irreplaceable shipwrecks and other marine archeological remains along the coast of Sweden, according to Carl Olof Cederlund, professor of marine archeology at Södertörn University College in Stockholm and the Swedish representative in the EU project that has now determined the spread of shipworm to the Baltic for the first time. €œUp till now the Baltic has been regarded as a haven ... (antal ord: 578), 2004-11-26

King Tut's mummy will not be moved for examination

The mummy of the ancient King Tutankhamun will not be removed from its tomb in the southern city of Luxor for examination and restoration due to local opposition, Egypt's chief archaeologist told parliament Monday. Zahi Hawass, the head of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, told the parliamentary committee of culture and tourism that he decided against the move "out of respect for the sentiments of the people of Luxor," Egypt's Middle East News Agency reported. Hawass could not be immediately... (antal ord: 327), 2004-11-26

Canadian dig unearths Sinai desert fortress

A Canadian archeological expedition in Egypt has uncovered the remains of a 4,200-year-old fortress near the Red Sea coast in the Sinai Desert, a discovery that sheds some light on life at the time when the Great Pyramids were built. Details of the discovery will be published soon in the Bulletin of the American School of Oriental Research, and archeologists say it offers important clues on what was going on during the last years of the period in Egypt called the Old Kingdom (2700-2200 BC). The... (antal ord: 546), 2004-11-26

A scholar and a queen

An 80-drachma bronze coin with an image of Cleopatra Was the Egyptian queen Cleopatra just a sexy seductress, or was she in fact a scientist and philosopher? Recent research shows that Arab scholars in the medieval period respected her intellectual prowess, and it challenges some modern preconceptions about the relationship between science and Islam. It is said that history is written by the winners, which perhaps accounts for our persisting perceptions of Cleopatra as a kohl-eyed man-eater who... (antal ord: 976), 2004-11-26

China allocates budget for protection of 700-year-old Qu'ran

The Chinese government has allocated 1.5 million yuan for the protection of a rare manuscript of the Holy Qu'ran, Xinhua reported on Friday. This copy of the Qur€™an, which is over 700 years old, is currently being kept in a village mosque in the western Chinese province of Qinghai. Unfortunately, the condition of this Qu'ran has deteriorated due to lack of advanced equipment to protect it, mismanagement, and climatic changes. In other news, archaeologists last month announced that they had d... (antal ord: 93), 2004-11-26

Kronprinsskalle hittad

En amerikanska arkeolog har funnit en skalle som tros ha tillhört den egyptiske faraonen Ramses II:s äldste son, vilken enligt Gamla Testamentet ska ha dödats på befallning av Gud. Skallen hittades i en grav i Konungarnas dal utanför Luxor. Ramses II var Egyptens härskare för ungefär 3 000 år sedan, vid tiden för den bibliska historien om israeliternas uttåg ur Egypten. Enligt Gamla testamentet sände Gud en rad hemsökelser över landet, varav den tionde drabbade Ramses äldste son och arvinge, so... (antal ord: 124), 2004-11-26

Arkeologi från rymden

Vad kan vi lära oss av Mayariket och dess plötsliga försvinnande? Nasas egen Indiana Jones, arkeologen Tom Sever, utforskar urgamla mysterier från rymden. Mayarikets storstäder hade samma befolkningstäthet som Los Angeles. Under mer än 600 år blomstrade Mayakulturen i Centralamerikas djungler. Så, plötsligt, försvann allt som genom ett trollslag. Kvar blev bara ruiner av mäktiga byggnader som vittnar om fornstora dagar. Vad var det som hände? Berodde sammanbrottet på en miljökatastrof? Hade sko... (antal ord: 225), 2004-11-26

Nya fynd stärker vikingateorier

Nya arkeologiska fynd utanför Kämpinge vid Höllviken stärker teorierna om att vikingarna tog landvägen över Falsterbonäset på väg till marknaden i Foteviken istället för den farliga sjövägen runt halvön. Esbjörn Jonsson, Malmö kulturmiljö. Vid utgrävningar har bland annat ett silvermynt från 800-talet och rester av ett stort representationshus från 900-talet hittats. Esbjörn Jonsson från Malmö kulturmiljö, som leder utgrävningarna, ser fynden som mycket värdefulla: - Det blir ytterliggare en pu... (antal ord: 253), 2004-11-26

Tillbaka till vikingatiden med Rosborns nya bok

Det fanns trelleborgar även i Köpenhamn och Lund. Den teorin presenterar Sven Rosborn från Foteviken i sin nya bok, Den skånska historien, vikingarna. Vikingatiden ses ur ett skånskt perspektiv i Sven Rosborns nya populärvetenskapliga alster. Det är en fortsättning på hans förra opus om forntiden som gavs ut för fem år sedan Foteviken är en tidsmaskin som tar besökaren till vikingatiden. Där möts historieintressade från hela landet och numera även vikingaentusiaster från andra delar av Europa. ... (antal ord: 382), 2004-11-26

Lund-kirkens gårde fundet i ֘m

Måske har arkæologerne netop nu fingre i gårde, som den danske konge i 1000-tallet forærede til kirken i Lund. Det tidligste nedskrevne danske dokument, som historikerne kender, nævner, at den danske konge i 1080erne overdrog nogle jorde og gårde ved ֘m til kirken i Lund. Måske de nye parcelhuse, der er ved at vokse frem ved Foldager i ֘m, står ovenpå netop de gårde. I foråret fandt arkæologer fra Roskilde Museum og Københavns Universitet spor af en vikinge-bosættelse netop her og udgravede e... (antal ord: 518), 2004-11-26

Prehistoric site found in underwater cave

A team of international scuba divers have located an underwater cave which reveals "promising signs" of prehistoric human activity. Maritime archaeologist Dr Bruno Werz described the site in False Bay on the Cape coast as "worthy of international exploration and excavation". He said: "The cave has the correct overhang and orientation for prehistoric cave dwellers. It would have been raised above the landscape allowing the inhabitants to spot game and command a strategic view. 'This kind of disc... (antal ord: 344), 2004-11-26

Viking jewellery has been found

A hoard of Viking jewellery has been found by a metal detector enthusiast in the Cheshire countryside. The finder, Steve Reynoldson from Keighley in West Yorkshire, made the discovery near Huxley on Sunday during a metal detecting rally which attracted almost 100 enthusiasts. Archaeologist Dan Garner, who works for Chester Archaeology, went to the site where he confirmed the booty of 20 silver arm bands was likely to date from the Viking period in the 10th century. Mr Garner said: 'Of the treas... (antal ord: 1318), 2004-12-03

New theory on Stonehenge mystery

Experts believe the stones may have been levered into place A fresh theory on how Stonehenge was built has been tested out by a group of experts and enthusiasts.Gordon Pipes, of the Stonehengineers group of scientists and archaeologists, has suggested that levers may have been used to move the giant stones. They have tested his "stone-rowing" theory which involves a 45-tonne stone being levered on a track of logs. "It's akin to rowing a boat, weights can be picked up with levers using body mass... (antal ord: 192), 2004-12-03

A complex agricultural society in Uruguay's La Plata basin, 4,800-4,200 years ago

A complex farming society developed in Uruguay around 4,800 to 4,200 years ago, much earlier that previously thought, Iriarte and his colleagues report in this week's Nature (December 2). Researchers had assumed that the large rivers system called the La Plata Basin was inhabited by simple groups of hunters and gatherers for much of the pre-Hispanic era. Iriarte and coauthors excavated an extensive mound complex, called Los Ajos, in the wetlands of southeastern Uruguay. They found evidence of a... (antal ord: 399), 2004-12-03

Maize reveals traces of old breeding project

Gene suggests ancient culture selected patterns in its corn. Teosinte grass (left) compared to "reconstructed" primitive maize, created by crossing teosinte with Argentine pop corn. The people of Mesoamerica are largely responsible for the golden corn we grow today, having domesticated tough teosinte grass thousands of years ago and bred it into modern maize. Researchers have now located the gene responsible for some of the traits that the Mesoamericans were selecting. The discovery should help... (antal ord: 500), 2004-12-03

Bronze age boat to be recreated

A section of the boat has already been reconstructed Archaeologists are planning to build a copy of an ancient boat found in Dover and sail it from Britain to France. The £200,000 project is intended to demonstrate how the boat might have been used thousands of years ago. The boat is one of the best preserved examples of a coastal vessel from the bronze age and was found in a chance discovery in 1992. Funding is now needed and the project could attract EU money thanks to a partnership with Fren... (antal ord: 229), 2004-12-03

Second Salt Man discovered in northwest Iran

A miner working at the Hamzehlu salt mine near Zanjan in northwest Iran recently discovered the remains of a skeleton of a man buried in the salt. According to the director of the Zanjan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, Yahya Rahmati, the new skeleton is only the second Salt Man ever discovered in the world. - The remains of the skeleton are almost perfect, and they include parts of the skull, jaw, both arms, as well as the left and right legs and feet, he said, adding that part of the ... (antal ord: 285), 2004-12-03

Unika fynd vid gammalt tempel

Franska arkeologer har hittat en mängd unika galliska föremål vid en utgrävning i ett gallisk-romerskt tempel i departementet CorrÖ¨ze. Bland annat fanns där svärd, spjutspetsar, vackert utsirade hjälmar och fem så gott som kompletta stridstrumpeter. De långa bronstuberna är över två meter långa med små flaggor längst ut - fyra med bilder av vildsvin och den femte med en orm. Ingenstans i världen har man tidigare hittat mer än något enstaka fragment av sådana instrument. Däremot har man sett dem ... (antal ord: 101), 2004-12-03

Gyllene stridtrumpeter funna i tempel

Franska arkeologer har vid en utgrävning av ett galliskt-romerskt tempel grävt upp fem stycken stridstrumpeter av brons. Det handlar om ett unikt fynd av de välbevarade instrumenten, som är två meter långa och som forskarna tror användes i strid för att skrämma och förvirra motståndare. Trumpeterna pryddes av små flaggor längst ut. Fyra av flaggorna hade bilder av vildsvin. Den femte hade bilden av en orm. Ingenstans i världen har ett liknande fynd påträffats.... (antal ord: 75), 2004-12-03

Warum starb der Neandertaler aus?

Mindestens 200 000 Jahre hatte er Zeit, sich an das raue Klima in Europa zu gewöhnen, dann verschwand er nahezu schlagartig. Das rätselhafte Aussterben des Neandertalers beschäftigt die Anthropologen nach wie vor. Es war eine kulturelle Revolution: Statt grobschlächtig behauener Steine tauchten plötzlich effektive und fein verarbeitete Werkzeuge auf. Es entstand - nahezu aus dem Nichts - eine figurative Kunst auf erstaunlich hohem Niveau, wie die fantasievollen Fresken in der Höhle von Chauvet o... (antal ord: 662), 2004-12-03

Møntfund på den nemme måde

Gamle hestesko, rustne søm og metalknapper som her i glasset er nok det, der findes mest af, når man søger med detektor. Men der er ikke desto mindre gjort opsigtsvækkende arkæologiske fund med den lille støvsugerlignende maskine. "Detektorfund" er navnet på en udstilling, der kan ses på Ebeltoft Museum på Juulsbakke i december. Bag den lidt tørre titel gemmer sig en spændende beretning om de mange arkæologiske fund, der er gjort i օrhus Amt i de seneste ti år ved hjælp af en bippende metaldetek... (antal ord: 432), 2004-12-03

Arkeologer på jakt efter nutida historia

Har du ett flygplansvrak i trädgården eller känner till en modern "fornlämning" med en historia kan du få besök av ett gäng arkeologer. Bohusläns museum söker just nu med ljus och lykta efter spännande nutidsfynd att gräva ut. De flesta förknippar arkeologi med gamla benknotor och pilspetsar i flinta. Gravfynd från mänsklighetens förhistoria. Men den nya trenden är att även gräva fram lämningar från modern tid. - Den här inriktningen av arkeologin är populär i framför allt England och USA. Där ... (antal ord: 481), 2004-12-03

Ancient skull fragment hints at surgery

A skull fragment found in a 400-year-old trash pit at Jamestown contains evidence of the earliest known surgery and autopsy in the English colonies in America, researchers say. Circular cut marks indicate someone attempted to drill two holes in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain, the researchers said. The patient, a European man, died and was apparently autopsied. Archaeologists found the 4-inch-by-4 3/4-inch fragment this summer while digging in a bulwark trench on the site of James Fo... (antal ord: 539), 2004-12-03

British archaeologist discovers 'John the Baptist' cave near Jerusalem

A British archaeologist has uncovered a cave in the mountains near Jerusalem which he believes conclusively proves that the Biblical figure of John the Baptist existed. - The first concrete evidence of the existence of John the Baptist has been found on site, 46-year-old Shimon Gibson told AFP. Gibson, who holds a degree from University College London and has written several works on Biblical archaeology, believes the discovery to be "the first archaeological proof of the historical veracity ... (antal ord: 651), 2004-12-10

Iran lays claim to world's oldest backgammon set

Archaelogists in Iran have said they have uncovered what they believe is the world's oldest backgammon set, which could make the country the cradle of board games. According to the Internet site of Iran's Cultural Heritage organisation, the game, complete with 60 pieces, was found in the ruins of the so-called Burnt City in Sistan-Baluchestan province the far southeast of the Islamic republic. The report said Iranian archeologists working on the relics of the 5,000-year-old civilisation believ... (antal ord: 234), 2004-12-10

Woman warrior found in Iranian tomb

These days, Iranian women are not even allowed to watch men compete on the soccer field, but 2,000 years ago they could have been carving the boys to pieces on the battlefield. DNA tests on the 2,000-year-old bones of a sword-wielding Iranian warrior have revealed the broad-framed skeleton belonged to a woman, an archaeologist working in the northwestern city of Tabriz said Saturday. €œDespite earlier comments that the warrior was a man because of the metal sword, DNA tests showed the skeleton i... (antal ord: 152), 2004-12-10

Bulgaria Unearthed Yet Another Ancient Gold

Two gold earrings were found during excavation works near the Black Sea city of Nessebar. The jewellery belonged to a woman buried during the Hellenic period IV- III century B.C., Tanya Dimova, chief of the Nessebar Museum announced. The Bulgarian archaeologists were surprised by the high quality of the metal - 24 carats. The earrings were made by an extreme professional and had a lion's head. The archaeologists are expecting to find more jewellery as at present they are excavating a second tom... (antal ord: 114), 2004-12-10

Ancient Uruguay farm village found

The discovery of a 4,800-year-old farming community on the plains of Uruguay's La Plata Basin indicates that agriculture was much more widely dispersed in the early history of South America than researchers previously had believed. Inhabitants of the region once were thought to be only hunters and gatherers, but new findings by archaeologist Jose Iriarte of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and his colleagues indicate that a change in climate forced the people to form farming... (antal ord: 287), 2004-12-10

Viking History unearthed

A hoard of Viking jewellery has been found by a metal detector enthusiast in the Cheshire countryside. The finder, Steve Reynoldson from Keighley in West Yorkshire, made the discovery near Huxley on Sunday during a metal detecting rally which attracted almost 100 enthusiasts. Archaeologist Dan Garner, who works for Chester Archaeology, went to the site where he confirmed the booty of 20 silver arm bands was likely to date from the Viking period in the 10th century. Mr Garner said: 'Of the treas... (antal ord: 1318), 2004-12-10

New theory on Stonehenge mystery

Experts believe the stones may have been levered into place A fresh theory on how Stonehenge was built has been tested out by a group of experts and enthusiasts.Gordon Pipes, of the Stonehengineers group of scientists and archaeologists, has suggested that levers may have been used to move the giant stones. They have tested his "stone-rowing" theory which involves a 45-tonne stone being levered on a track of logs. "It's akin to rowing a boat, weights can be picked up with levers using body mass... (antal ord: 192), 2004-12-10

Bertil Nordin lever för museet och ristningarna vid Nämforsen

Outtröttlig har han vandrat i forntida fotspår i mer än tjugo år. Bertil Nordin är eldsjälen som genom idogt arbete har placerat Nämforsens hällristningsområde på besökskartan. Bertil Nordin arbetade som journalist på 1970-talet. Det var så han fick reda på att en länsutredning angående Nämforsen skulle starta. - Jag jobbade på dåvarande Nya Norrland. Utredningen som skulle genomföras var begynnelsen till mitt stora intresse för hällristningsområdet, säger han. - Första sommaren de behövde en ... (antal ord: 654), 2004-12-10

Gravplundrare härjar i Stockholm

Minst tre gravfält i Stockholms län har under hösten genomsökts med metalldetektorer. Länsstyrelsen har polisanmält händelserna. Fornminnena på Adelsö i Mälaren plundrades i början av 90-talet flera gånger av människor på jakt efter värdefulla föremål av metall. Om de hittade några dyrbarheter är det bara de själva som vet, men experterna tvivlar. Sedan dess har gravfält och andra fornlämningar fått vara i fred, men i höst har åtminstone tre gravfält haft besök av folk utrustade med metalldetek... (antal ord: 430), 2004-12-10

Krokeks kloster ska grävas ut - med hjälp av markradar

"De nya utforskningarna om Krokeks kloster, känns mycket spännande", säger eldsjälen Ulf Svensson, som ordnat finansieringen av projektet. - Jag och många med mig är lite oroliga för de kommande utgrävningarna av Krokeks kloster och ödekyrkogård, eftersom jag tycker att man bör låta gravfriden fortsätta att råda där, säger förre kyrkoherden Barbro Westlund, inför de planerade utgrävningarna av de gamla klosterruinerna i Krokek. Men Ulf Svensson, som håller i trådarna, vill lugna alla orolig... (antal ord: 816), 2004-12-10

Lyxig vägkrog för romarriket

En 2000 år gammal vägkrog har återfunnits i staden Neuss i västra i Tyskland. Krogen är komplett med välutrustad restaurang, golvvärme, affär, mekstation för vagnarna och stall för hästarna. - Det här bekräftar att delar av romarnas samhälle var anmärkningsvärt likt vårt, säger historikern Martin Haidinger till brittiska tidningen Telegraph. Krogfyndet gjordes i augusti i en utgrävning inför bygget av en parkeringsplats. Först nu har materialet analyserats ordentligt och det mesta tyder på att... (antal ord: 122), 2004-12-10

Fornfynd vid skidtunnelplats

Medeltida fynd? Inom kort väntas dateringen vara klar från den grop som kan vara förvaringslämning eller rester av en husgrund på Valbergsområdet i Torsby. Flera nya upptäckter av möjliga fornlämningar har gjorts i samband med planeringen av skidtunnelbygget. Inom kort väntas tidsbestämningen vara klar. Visar det sig vara fornlämningar måste man ta hänsyn till dem när tunneln ska byggas. Endera får tunneln placeras så att den inte kommer för nära, eller också får man ansöka om tillstånd att ta b... (antal ord: 418), 2004-12-10


Weltweit älteste Brauerei und ihre Produkte in China nachgewiesen. Sa֟en die ersten Trinker nun im Orient oder doch eher in Ostasien? Die Bayern waren es jedenfalls nicht - trotz Reinheitsgebot und Oktoberfest: Es sind Funde aus China, die eine sehr komplexe Alkohol- und Brauwesenhistorie zeigen. Es muss feucht-fröhlich zugegangen sein im chinesischen Steinzeitweiler Jiahu in der Provinz Henan vor 9000 Jahren: Eine Kapelle spielte mit einigen der ältesten Musikinstrumente der Erde zum Tanz auf, ... (antal ord: 563), 2004-12-10

Grausige Grundsteinlegung

Azteken und Maya stehen symbolisch fÖ¼r Mexikos frÖ¼he Hochkulturen. Doch schon zuvor entwickelten sich dort Zivilisationen mit Sinn fÖ¼r Architektur und Wissenschaften. Menschenrechte kannten sie allerdings nicht. Es war eine Grundsteinlegung der etwas anderen Art, die sich vor 2000 Jahren im mexikanischen Teotihuacan abspielte: Eingemauert wurden von den Bauherren weder aktuelle Stelen oder Tontafeln noch Konstruktionspläne. Stattdessen packten die Architekten menschliche und tierische Opfer ins ... (antal ord: 557), 2004-12-10

Unikke gravhøje

Fra næste uge kan man gå rundt i 5000 års fortidsminder på Barritskovs jorde. Her ligger nemlig amtets største samling af megalitgrave. Megalitgravene, som kan oversættes til storstensgrave, stammer fra forskellige perioder i yngre stenalder. - Det er et unikt sted, og det eneste med så mange dysser i amtet, fortæller arkæolog Anne Marie Mortensen fra Vejle Amts naturafdeling. I et samarbejde med Barritskov og med amtet som økonomisk partner har arkæologer fra Kulturarvstyrelsen udført en omfat... (antal ord: 205), 2004-12-10

Forskere strides om Troja

Tyskeren Frank Kolb fra TÖ¼bingen Universitet langer i det nyeste nummer af det historiske tidsskrift Sfinx kraftigt ud efter Manfred Korfmann, som står i spidsen for udgravningerne af Troja. En by, som Korfmann påstår, skulle være identisk med det tidligere kongedømme Wilusa i det nuværende Tyrkiet. Forkert, mener Kolb, der overhovedet ikke ser nogen beviser på, at Troja var en stor by med 10.000 indbyggere. Faktisk mener han, at den by, der i dag ligger hen i ruiner, aldrig har indeholdt inst... (antal ord: 301), 2004-12-10

'Hobbit' Fossil Stirs Controversy

The discovery last month of a tiny skeleton dubbed "Hobbit" was proclaimed by its discoverers as part of a newly discovered human species. But that claim has met with skepticism from others in the scientific community. NPR's Richard Harris reports.... (antal ord: 40), 2004-12-10

Mystery of 'chirping' pyramid decoded

Acoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature. El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations. A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists. Nico Declercq of Ghent University and his colleagues have shown how sound waves ricocheting around the tiered steps of the El Castillo pyramid, at the Mayan ruin of Chichén ItzÖ¡ n... (antal ord: 538), 2004-12-17

After the hunt, ice age man chilled out - with a flute

Magic flute ... the world's oldest musical instrument is a 'technical masterpiece' according to archaeologists. He is better known for his hunting skills, but now it appears that ice age man did not merely chase prey - he was also fond of music.German archaeologists revealed yesterday that they had discovered one of the world's oldest musical instruments, a 35,000-year-old flute carved from the tusk of a now-extinct woolly mammoth. The flute was dug up in a cave in the Swabian mountains in sout... (antal ord: 395), 2004-12-17


A Stone Age hand axe dating back 500,000 years has been discovered at a quarry in Warwickshire. The tool was found at the Smiths Concrete Bubbenhall Quarry at Waverley Wood Farm, near Coventry, which has already produced evidence of some of the earliest known human occupants of the UK. It was uncovered in gravel by quarry manager John Green who took it to be identified by archaeologists at the University of Birmingham. "We are very excited about this discovery," enthused Professor David Keen o... (antal ord: 441), 2004-12-17

Computer modeling lets scientists make virtual re-creations of ancient people, things

Dr. Douglas Robertson swears that one of the best vantage points for observing a 5,300-year-old Egyptian mummy mask is in his laboratory at UPMC Montefiore.University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Computer model of an Egyptian mummy's mask shows the bare, geometrical model on the left, and, on the right, a texture map version in which photographs of the mask have been combined with the 3-D model. Click photo for larger image. Make no mistake: The funerary mask of what may have been a noblewoman ... (antal ord: 1377), 2004-12-17

'Answer' found to riddle of Sphinx

The riddle of the Sphinx has confounded generations of tourists and experts alike. Who built it, why, and what does it mean? Now a leading Egyptologist believes that he has pieced together the puzzle. After researching the pyramids of the Giza Plateau and their imposing half-human, half-animal guardian for 20 years, Vassil Dobrev of the French Archaeological Institute in Cairo has concluded that the Sphinx was the work of a forgotten pharaoh. For many years, it has been held that Khafre, a king... (antal ord: 622), 2004-12-17

Ice Age mammoth flute found in Germany

Archaeologists have unearthed a 35,000-year-old flute made from a woolly mammoth€™s ivory tusk in a German cave, the University of TÖ¼bingen said Friday. The flute, one of the oldest musical instruments discovered, was pieced together from 31 fragments found in a cave in the Swabian mountains in southwestern Germany, the university said. The mountains have yielded rich pickings in recent years, including ivory figurines, ornaments and other musical instruments. Archaeologists believe humans campe... (antal ord: 82), 2004-12-17

Första människorna kom efter istiden

Vid Lärkasjöhult, där riksväg 24 passerar Lärkesholmsån, finns två spångbildningar med rös mellan. Här har de första spåren av människor hittats. Motorvägsbygget genom ֖rkelljunga kommun har avslöjat en i årtusenden dold lokalhistoria. Med arkeologernas utgrävningar har spår som är 12 000 år gamla hittats. €“ Det rör sig om jaktplatser strax efter istiden. Där man i mindre familjegrupper spanat, jagat, slaktat, bott och slagit sin flinta. Vi har tidigare inte hittat så många och fina fyndigheter... (antal ord: 394), 2004-12-17

Länets första kulturreservat har bildats

Landshövding Anders Björck har idag fattat beslut om bildandet av länets första kulturreservat. Beslutet innebär att den vikingatida miljön vid Lingnåre i Hållnäs socken i Tierps kommun lyfts fram som en unik och besöksvärd kulturmiljö. I Lingnåre finns ett till stora delar bevarat kulturlandskap från vikingatid och äldre medeltid. Spår av bostäder, odlingar och gravplatser efter de människor som tidigare bodde här har bevarats. Befolkningen i Hållnäs uppgick under vikingatiden till ca 120-150 ... (antal ord: 254), 2004-12-17

Markradar tar oss tillbaka till medeltiden

De röda fläckarna visar järnhalter. Spåren av den första kyrkan är tydliga i norr om ödekyrkan. Klosterkyrkan i Krokek var stor. Den anas genom lager av morän och jord. De första tecknen dyker upp på dataskärmen. Efter 460 år. Ur jorden växer den - som streck på en skärm. Som glödande prickar på en gul karta. Solen spelar över gräset; här vilar farfars farfars far och spillrorna av något ännu äldre, Vår fru. Så hette klostret som franciskanerna drev i hundra år på gränsen till Sörmland. Mitt i ... (antal ord: 620), 2004-12-17

7,000 Years of Religious Ritual Is Traced in Mexico

Archaeologists have traced the development of religion in one location over a 7,000-year period, reporting that as an early society changed from foraging to settlement to the formation of an archaic state, religion also evolved to match the changing social structure. This archaeological record, because of its length and completeness, sheds an unusually clear light on the origins of religion, a universal human behavior but one whose evolutionary and social roots are still not well understood. Th... (antal ord: 681), 2004-12-24

Women warriors from Amazon fought for Britain's Roman army

The remains of two Amazon warriors serving with the Roman army in Britain have been discovered in a cemetery that has astonished archaeologists. Women soldiers were previously unknown in the Roman army in Britain and the find at Brougham in Cumbria will force a reappraisal of their role in 3rd-century society. The women are thought to have come from the Danube region of Eastern Europe, which was where the Ancient Greeks said the fearsome Amazon warriors could be found. The women, believed to h... (antal ord: 429), 2004-12-24

Water to wine: Are these the jars?

Among the roots of ancient olive trees, archaeologists have found pieces of large stone jars of the type the Gospel says Jesus used when he turned water into wine at a Jewish wedding in the Galilee village of Cana. They believe these could have been the same kind of vessels the Bible says Jesus used in his first miracle, and that the site where they were found could be the location of biblical Cana. But Bible scholars caution it'll be hard to obtain conclusive proof -- especially since experts ... (antal ord: 566), 2004-12-24

Rare carving unearthed after moorland fire

A bold pattern of zigzags which may be the world's first known attempt at landscape painting, has been found in the aftermath of a devastating moorland fire. The crude carving by an unknown bronze-age artist is one of more than 2,400 historically important artefacts revealed by the scorching last year of a swath of the North York Moors, where until now only 30 scheduled ancient monuments have been designated. - It turns out to be an astonishing archaeological landscape, said Nick Redfern, region... (antal ord: 217), 2004-12-24

Archaeologists strike gold in secret spot

Eleven small, golden reliefs have been unearthed at an archaeological dig somewhere in eastern Norway. Officials won't say where, because they think more of the 1,400-year-old gold objects will be found at the site. - This is a tremendously unique and exciting discovery, the kind an archaeologist makes only once in a lifetime, professor Heid Gjøstein Resi told newspaper Aftenposten. Resi, who's tied to the Oslo museum housing Viking treasures (the Oldsakssamlingen at the Kulturhistorisk Museum)... (antal ord: 273), 2004-12-24

Figures carved into prairie are a story of ancient beliefs

Long before the first Europeans walked on Kansas soil, Native Americans celebrated the prairie and its December night skies. In some cases, these Indians of more than a thousand years ago dug intaglios - animal figures - into trenches along hillsides across the state and built council circles for dancing and sacred ceremonies. The winter solstice - Dec. 21 - held tremendous significance to these prehistoric Kansans, said Sue Cowdery, registrar at the Holmes Museum of Anthropology at Wichita Stat... (antal ord: 538), 2004-12-24

Koden som knäcker myten om graalen

Veteraner från den brittiska spioncentralen Bletchley Park har tagit sig an en kod som ingen lyckats knäcka på 250 år. Riktiga fantaster,inspirerade av författaren Dan Browns thriller Da Vinci-koden, tror att det kryptiska meddelandet visar vägen till den heliga graalen - för de invigda som lyckas tyda det,vill säga. Andra tror att inskriptionen kan vara ett kärleksmeddelande.Kanske till den engelska drottningen från hennes hemlige älskare?Kanske koden bara är en ploj? En rebus utan lösning, var... (antal ord: 796), 2004-12-24

Vintersolståndet €“ en del i gamla tiders solkult

I dag infaller vintersolståndet, när solen står som lägst på himlen. Före kristnandet i Norden var detta tiden för midvinterblotet. Vid Fotstad, några kilometer nordost om nuvarande Halmstad, i Nissadalen, reser sig en brant där skogen är svårhuggen och träden gamla. Vid foten av höjden glittrar en vattenspegel. Käringsjön är knappt 100 meter i diameter. Under romersk järnålder, 200€“400 efter Kristus, var detta en offerplats. €“ Ett av de centrala elementen under den tiden var blot. Man slaktade ... (antal ord: 434), 2004-12-24

Nya fynd på Smörkullen

En boplats från järnåldern har kommit i dagen i samband med utgrävningar på Smörkullen. Det handlar om rester från eldstäder, men inga föremål har hittats. Skålgroparna på Smörkullen har alltid fascinerat. Smörkullen tycks ha varit bebodd sedan urminnes tider. En stenåldersboplats och några skålgropar är sedan tidigare kända. För många år sedan gjordes utgrävningar, då man bland annat hittade några yxor.    - Det finns två registrerade fornlämningar som vi visste om. Nu har vi gjort en förunders... (antal ord: 202), 2004-12-24

Unik bronsmask

Arkeologer i Blekinge har hittat en tvåtusen år gammal ansiktsmask i brons. Masken, som är 5,5 centimeter bred och åtta centimeter hög, hittades vid utgrävningar i Hjortsberga socken. - Det här är en viktig pusselbit som anknyter till inflytandet som centraleuropeiska kulturområden hade på landområden här i norr, säger arkeolog Mikael Henriksson till Blekings läns tidning. Forskarna vill inte utesluta att föremålet är tillverkat i Blekinge, men troligare är att det härstammar från sydöstra Euro... (antal ord: 107), 2004-12-24

Spår i landskapet avslöjar okända fakta

Arkeologiska undersökningar upptog en stor del av kostnaderna för motorvägsbygget. Men de 80 miljoner kronorna har resulterat i en dokumentation som fått fram tidigare okänd fakta om ֖rkelljungatraktens historia. ֖rkelljungabornas rötter har kommit i dagen genom utgrävningarna längs motorvägsbygget. Arkeolog Thomas Andersson med den första populärutgåvan av boken "Spåren i landskapet". Arkeologiska undersökningar upptog en del av kostnaderna för motorvägsbygget. Men de 80 miljoner kronorna har ... (antal ord: 462), 2004-12-24

Lundaforskare söker efter dinosaurier

Forskare vid Lunds universitet planerar just nu den hittills största utgrävningen efter dinosaurier i Sverige. Utgrävningarna planernas till Kristianstads kommun och man kommer att leta efter fossil som bildats för omkring 80 miljoner år sedan. Johan Lindgren, forskare, Lunds universitet €“ Det finns gott om fossil i just det området och vi hoppas att så småningom kunna samla fynden i ett museum i trakten, säger Johan Lindgren dinosaurieforskare vid Lunds universitet. Just nu arbetar han med ett... (antal ord: 174), 2004-12-24

Historiska museet - en skandal utan like

Tillbringade en eftermiddag på Historiska museet häromdagen och en sorgligare och mer irriterande upplevelse har jag inte haft på länge. För i min enfald så trodde jag att detta museum förvaltade, förklarade och visade upp Sveriges historia. Att det var dit man kunde gå för att lära sig om människorna som levt i detta land och se på de ting som använts för att forma vår nutid. Det var tydligen helt fel. Allt som fanns var några konstiga prästkläder och trådrullar. Forntidsutställningen är borta ... (antal ord: 369), 2004-12-24

Boplads fundet ved Lisbjerg

Moesgård Museum er gået igang med prøveudgravninger vest for Lisbjerg, nemlig mellem Randersvej og det område, der er udlagt til erhvervsområde, og arkæolog Claus Skriver regner med at udgrave 40 hektar svarende til 80 fodboldbaner til foråret eller til sommer. - Foreløbig gælder det kun prøvegravninger, men vi kan allerede nu slå fast, at der har været en jernalderboplads omkring 200 år før vor tidsregning, og måske har der også været en boplads fra jernalderen, siger arkæologen. Arkæologerne ... (antal ord: 160), 2004-12-24

Bibelsk mirakel-by muligvis fundet

Israelske arkæologer mener at have fundet den bibelske by Kana, hvor Jesus omdannede vand til vin. Andre arkæologer tvivler. Israelske arkæologer i gang med at grave på det sted, som de mener kunne være det bibelske Kana, Mellem rødderne på ældgamle oliventræer har israelske arkæologer nemlig fundet stykker af gamle stenkar, som de mener er samme type kar, som Jesus brugte ved sit første mirakel. Arkæologerne er derfor ifølge nyhedsbureauet AP overbeviste om, at de har fundet den bibelske by ... (antal ord: 346), 2004-12-24

Earliest Depiction of a Rainbow Found?

An ancient bronze disc that looks a bit like a freckled smiley face may show the world's earliest known depiction of a rainbow, according to a report published in the new issue of British Archaeology magazine. If the rainbow interpretation proves to be correct, the rare image also would be the only known representation of a rainbow from prehistoric Europe. The round bronze object, called the Sky Disc, was excavated in 1999 at Nebra in central Germany. It was said to have been found at an ancien... (antal ord: 112), 2004-12-24

3,000-year-old woodcarving discovered

The Chengdu Archeological Team discovered a 3,000-year-old painted woodcarving of a head during the second phase of excavation at the Jinsha site's ritual area. It is the oldest and most intact sculpture over its type ever discovered in southwest China's Sichuan Province. According to Wang Yi, curator of the Chengdu Municipal Museum, the woodcarving was found buried about three meters below the earth's surface. It is 80 centimeters long, with exaggerated facial features carved in bas-relief. Th... (antal ord: 266), 2004-12-31

Experts differ over origin of ancient pictographs

Idalia Sullivan, formerly of El Paso, on Wednesday took three of her nieces on a guided tour that made several stops at some of the rock formations with paintings. - I climbed the rocks here as a teenager, and came back recently, and was blown away by what I saw, said Sullivan, who was visiting from California. It was the first time her El Paso nieces - Tamara Hoefner, 15; Kristin Hoefner, 12; and Raven Anchondo, 5 - had gone to Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. "I really enjoyed the tour, and I... (antal ord: 442), 2004-12-31

Tribal rock art offers clues to religious beliefs of old

It's likely that this pictograph of an eagle, located on a mountain ledge near Fort Huachuca, is Apache in origin, according to an archaeologist at the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Unlike the imposing grandeur of the cathedrals of Europe, a spiritual place on a mountain ledge in southern Arizona, also recognized as a holy site for hundreds of years, has a sense of serenity to it - an unspoiled, natural feel. Many generations of American Indians have used it for religious ceremonies, leaving e... (antal ord: 875), 2004-12-31

$4.5m allocated for reconstruction of Bam€™s monuments

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has collected $4.5 million in donations for reconstruction of the ancient citadel and other monuments in the quake-stricken city of Bam, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Culture Mounir Bouchenaki said here on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference held in the historic Golestan Palace in central Tehran, he added, €œUNESCO will spend $2.6 million of the amount in the cultural area and $1.6 will be used for education... (antal ord: 529), 2004-12-31

Archeologists find ancient village near Tel-Aviv

Archeologists have discovered a village near the Mediterranean coast dating from the 4th century B.C., the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Sunday - a rare find. The discovery provides an unusual insight into a turbulent period when there were intense struggles for control over the area, said Uzi Ad, who led the dig. During this period the region was under the rule of the Egyptian Ptolemy empire and then the Selucid Greeks from Syria before it was conquered by the Jewish Hasmonean dynasty... (antal ord: 245), 2004-12-31

Over 5000 shards unearthed in Bam Citadel

Over 5000 shards have been unearthed from the rubble of the Bam Citadel during the past year, archaeologist Narges Ahmadi said on Sunday. - Shards dating back from before the Christian era to the Islamic era have been discovered during the documentation of the historic citadel and the removal of rubble, added Ahmadi. The Bam Citadel and the city of Bam were almost entirely destroyed by a devastating earthquake on December 26, 2003. €œThe shards could be a good source for archaeologists to study... (antal ord: 254), 2004-12-31

Indonesian 'hobbit' legends may be factual

Nellis Kua is too old to remember his exact age, but his eyes light up when he talks of the gang of hobbit-like creatures his grandparents told him once lived in the forest on the slopes of this still smoking Indonesian volcano. - They had these big eyes, hair all over their body and spoke in a strange language, said Kua, his skin leathered by a lifetime tending coffee and chilli pepper crops under the harsh tropical sun. "They stole our crops, our fruit and moonshine. They were so greedy they ... (antal ord: 944), 2004-12-31

The footprints of a miracle? Unearthed shards of jars arouse interest

Among the roots of ancient olive trees, archaeologists have found pieces of large stone jars of the type the Bible says Jesus used when he turned water into wine at a Jewish wedding in the Galilee village of Cana. They think these could have been the same kind of vessels the Bible says Jesus used in his first miracle, and that the site where they were found could be the location of biblical Cana. But Bible scholars caution it will be hard to get conclusive proof - especially since experts disagr... (antal ord: 579), 2004-12-31

Boy Jesus Image Created from Turin Shroud

Italian policemen who specialize in the analysis of violent crimes have rejuvenated the image of the bearded man that appears on the Shroud of Turin, one of the most controversial relics in Christendom., producing what they claim is a close possible likeness of Jesus when he was a boy. Made for "Jesus's Childhood," a documentary that airs on Sunday on the private TV station Retequattro of the Mediaset Group, the computer-generated image has been created with the same procedure used by the police... (antal ord: 788), 2004-12-31

Wind temple renovation goes into second phase

The second phase of a renovation project at an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the God of Wind was started yesterday in Beijing. The Xuanren Temple, located on the northeastern side of the Forbidden City, was built in 1728 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is one of the famous "Outer Eight Temples" surrounding the former imperial palace. The gate of the temple, the bell and drum towers, and the Front Hall, also called the Tianwang Hall, were already revamped in the first phase... (antal ord: 416), 2004-12-31

Bromöllas forntid uppdagas bit för bit

Nu växer kunskapen om de kulturminnen människor lämnat efter sig i Bromölla under historiens gång. օtta personer arbetar med att söka efter och registrera fornlämningar. Under ett halvårs tid har deltagarna i projektet "Gröna jobb" sökt efter spåren från det förgångna i Bromölla. På olika platser i kommunen har projektets deltagare uppdagat kultur- och fornminnen som döljer sig i naturen. Med hjälp av resultatet från arbetet ska byggande och skogsbruk i framtiden kunna ske med större hänsyn till... (antal ord: 306), 2004-12-31

Sensationella nya fynd

I Tingbergsområdet har arkeologerna gjort flera fantastiska fynd. Ett nytt boplatsområde och två skärvstenshögar har väckt intresse. Leif Johansson, arkeolog, gjorde flera intressanta fynd på Tingberget, bland annat en skärvstenshög. I samband med planer på att bebygga Badkaret, en del av Tingberget, har arkeologerna på Lödöse museum fått i uppdrag av kommunen att undersöka området. - Vi har tittat på två redan registrerade boplatser. På den ena har vi minskat avgränsningen, berättar Leif Joha... (antal ord: 369), 2004-12-31

Unik historisk guldskatt räddad i Irak

En arkeolog i Irak upptäckte 1988 en unik, 2800 år gammal guldskatt från det assyriska riket. Skatten, som hade tillhört rikets drottningar, försvann under Irakkriget. Nyligen återfanns den emellertid i gott skick.... (antal ord: 32), 2004-12-31

Lundaforskare söker efter dinosaurier

Forskare vid Lunds universitet planerar just nu den hittills största utgrävningen efter dinosaurier i Sverige. Utgrävningarna planernas till Kristianstads kommun och man kommer att leta efter fossil som bildats för omkring 80 miljoner år sedan. Johan Lindgren, forskare, Lunds universitet €“ Det finns gott om fossil i just det området och vi hoppas att så småningom kunna samla fynden i ett museum i trakten, säger Johan Lindgren dinosaurieforskare vid Lunds universitet. Just nu arbetar han med ett... (antal ord: 174), 2004-12-31

'High status' Viking site found

A 10th Century Viking merchant's weight has been recovered Archaeologists in Cumbria say they have discovered what could be the country's most important Viking burial site. Experts are so excited about the find and its wealth of treasures, they are keeping its location a secret so they can work undisturbed. All that has been revealed is that it is near Barrow and contains artefacts dating back to the 10th Century. Another burial site has been uncovered in Cumbria, close to Cumwhitton village, ... (antal ord: 221), 2005-01-07

Cultural Leaders say Looting of Iraq's Antiquities Continues

The cultural world was outraged at the massive looting of Iraqi museums and historic sites that took place in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Libraries were set on fire, statues were smashed and priceless cultural treasures were stolen. Iraq's cultural leaders say the looting continues despite safeguards put into place since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Dr. Donny George Youkhanna  shows a cuneiform tablet from Babylon stolen at  excavation site and offered to the museum ... (antal ord: 535), 2005-01-07

3,000-year-old woodcarving discovered

The Chengdu Archeological Team discovered a 3,000-year-old painted woodcarving of a head during the second phase of excavation at the Jinsha site's ritual area. It is the oldest and most intact sculpture over its type ever discovered in southwest China's Sichuan Province. According to Wang Yi, curator of the Chengdu Municipal Museum, the woodcarving was found buried about three meters below the earth's surface. It is 80 centimeters long, with exaggerated facial features carved in bas-relief. Th... (antal ord: 266), 2005-01-07

Nya fynd vid Linnés Råshult

Arkeologerna håller nu på med efterbearbetningen av de fynd som gjordes vid den arkeologiska undersökningen av Carl von Linnés födelsehem Råshult i södra Småland. - Vi har skickat iväg en del prover men inte fått svar på allt ännu. Det finns välbevarade lämningar och information som gör att man kan gå vidare och på så vis få veta mer om hur gården såg ut på Linnés tid, säger arkeolog Alexandra Nylén till tidningen Smålänningen. Bland annat har man undersökt en stensatt vattenkälla som ligger ci... (antal ord: 140), 2005-01-07

Grav i Rogslösa omkring 2 000 år

Kan den nyupptäckta skelettgraven söder om Rogslösa kyrka i Vadstena kommun grävas ut i år? Nu finns i alla fall en kostnadsberäkning, gjord av Emma Karlsson, arkeolog vid länsmuseet i Linköping. Inom arkeologins värld är det ganska ovanligt med så kallade räddningsutgrävningar. Det mesta som grävs beror på byggen av olika slag och är därför planerat sedan tidigare. Den nu aktuella graven strax norr om Omberg upptäcktes i november 2003 när det grävdes för bredband. Analys av en tand från grave... (antal ord: 171), 2005-01-07

Orättvis bild av Historiska museet

Historiska museet har under de senaste dagarna varit föremål för ett flertal ledarkommentarer och artiklar (SvD 19/12, Aftonbladet 19/12, DN 16/12, 20/12). Flera av artikelförfattarna förefaller ha hämtat sin inspiration och fakta från ett inslag om museet som sändes i SVT:s Vetenskapsmagasinet den 13 december. Dessvärre gav programmet - och därmed även de påföljande inläggen - en i flera stycken felaktig bild av museet och dess verksamhet.. Inslaget lider också av rena sakfel. Det är angeläget ... (antal ord: 735), 2005-01-07

Shepherds whistle while they work and brains process sounds as language

The human brain's remarkable flexibility to understand a variety of signals as language extends to an unusual whistle language used by shepherds on one of the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. And the way the brain processes these whistles is similar to the way it goes about deciphering English, Spanish or other spoken languages, according to research being published in tomorrow's issue of the journal Nature. "Science has developed the idea of brain areas that are dedicated to ... (antal ord: 777), 2005-01-07

Herders' Whistled Language Shows Brain's Flexibility

Shepherds who whistle to each other across the rocky terrain of the Canary Islands off northwest Africa are shedding light on the language-processing abilities of the human brain, according to scientists. Researchers say the endangered whistled "language'" of Gomera island activates parts of the brain normally associated with spoken language, suggesting that the brain is remarkably flexible in its ability to interpret sounds as language. A Silbador from Gomera in the Canary Islands uses the whi... (antal ord: 805), 2005-01-07

Theory: Oetzi Murdered in Power Play

֖tzi the Iceman, the world's oldest and best-preserved mummy, might have been murdered in a struggle for power, according to a new theory that identifies the 5,300-year-old mummy as the powerful leader of a Neolithic community. Discovered in 1991 in a melting glacier in the ֖tztal Alps - hence the name - by the German hiker Helmut Simon, ֖tzi is thought to have died at about 45.... (antal ord: 68), 2005-01-07

Ekonomisk kris - styrelsen stänger Gene Fornby

Gene Fornby stängs 1 juli. Det har styrelsen för stiftelsen som driver anläggningen beslutat. Den främsta orsaken är en ekonomisk kris. Stiftelsen beräknar att fornbyn kommer att gå med en miljon kronor i förlust 2004. Tio anställda berörs varav tre är heltidsanställda. Nätverket Sveriges levande forntid har reagerat snabbt och erbjuder sitt stöd - dock inte ekonomiskt. - Vi är måna om Genes fortlevnad och ser fram emot en snar kontakt så att vi kan hjälpa till med lösningar på räddningsaktioner... (antal ord: 265), 2005-01-14

Vikingernes Aros var en af landets vigtigste byer

Datidens krigsskibe opankrede ved օboulevarden op til træbroen, det nuværende Vadestedet og Immervad ved varehuset Magasin. Inde bag palisaderne til højre finder vi i dag Kannikegade med den sydlige port tæt ved den nuværende Harald Skovbys Gade. "Vikingernes Aros" bliver titlen på en kommende særudstilling i maj på Moesgård Museum og i kældermuseet under Nordea Bank på Klemens Torv. Arkæologerne på Moesgård mener nu at kunne fastslå, at den oprindelige vikingeby, som vi i dag kalder օrhus i 980... (antal ord: 704), 2005-01-14

Svårare än lätt

Titel: "Smycken från vikingatid till nutid" Originaltitel: "Smykker fra vikinetid og nutid du selv kan lave" Författare: Irene From Petersen Foto: Niels Jensen ֖versättare: Solveig Rasmussen Språk: danska Kategori: Fakta/fritid & hobby Förlag: Berghs Antal sidor: 60 ISBN: 9150213679 Utgiven år: 1999 Originalutgåva: 1997 I februari invigs vikingaåret 2005 på Gotland. Vi som bor här på ön inser att det kommer att vara svårt att inte bli påverkad. Vikingar överallt. Lika bra att hänga med. I boke... (antal ord: 356), 2005-01-14

Koden som knäcker myten om graalen

Veteraner från den brittiska spioncentralen Bletchley Park har tagit sig an en kod som ingen lyckats knäcka på 250 år. Riktiga fantaster,inspirerade av författaren Dan Browns thriller Da Vinci-koden, tror att det kryptiska meddelandet visar vägen till den heliga graalen - för de invigda som lyckas tyda det,vill säga. Andra tror att inskriptionen kan vara ett kärleksmeddelande. Kanske till den engelska drottningen från hennes hemlige älskare?Kanske koden bara är en ploj? En rebus utan lösning, v... (antal ord: 797), 2005-01-14

Cave art museum gets major grant

The carvings are of animals, including an ibex A Derbyshire museum has been given £4.26m to expand its facilities. The money will be spent on building a centre of excellence at Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge which contains the country's oldest cave art. The grant has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will pay for a new museum and education centre telling the story of the Ice Age. Plans are now being drawn up, and if approved, work could start next year, with the centre opening in 2007. ... (antal ord: 160), 2005-01-14

Researchers hail find of secret Da Vinci lab

Researchers have discovered the hidden laboratory used by Leonardo Da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence. The workshop rooms, located between the Institute for Military Geography and the Basilica, include frescos on walls painted by Da Vinci that have "impressive resemblances" to other examples of his experimental work, including a tryptich of birds ... (antal ord: 492), 2005-01-14

Statue reveals ancient astronomy

A Roman statue of Atlas - the mythical titan who carried the heavens on his shoulders - holds clues to the long-lost work of the ancient astronomer Hipparchus, an astronomical historian said Tuesday. The statue in question is known as the Farnese Atlas, a 7-foot tall marble work which resides in the Farnese Collection in the National Archeological Museum in Naples, Italy. What makes it important to scientists is not the titan's muscular form but the globe he supports: carved constellations ador... (antal ord: 336), 2005-01-14

Artifacts more than 1,500 years old found near Canton

Archeologists working along the proposed route for a new four-lane U.S. 61 north of Canton have found several artifacts that date back about 1,500 years. - It's like working with a jigsaw puzzle. You're finding each of these small parts to put together to get the whole story about those who lived in Northeast Missouri so long ago, said Larry Ayres, archeologist with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). "This is a view into our past. It's not just the Indians, who were here before ... (antal ord: 622), 2005-01-14

Utah Woman's Property Turns Up Ancient Remains

A southern Utah woman's property has turned out to be a graveyard for some ancient remains. An excavation crew digging the basement for a home Jamie Church is building in Parowan unearthed what is believed to be the 1,000-year-old remains of a Fremont Indian family, a man, woman and two children. - It was kind of creepy, but I'm trying not to think that way, Church said. Digging stopped immediately when the bones were discovered, Parowan Public Works Director Kelly Stones said. Police were imme... (antal ord: 193), 2005-01-14

Old meets new in the cosmos

An ancient star atlas lost for centuries and a cutting-edge atlas of the modern universe were unveiled Tuesday by scientists at the American Astronomical Society meeting. Hidden in plain sight for centuries, the star atlas was found on a statue in Italy's National Museum of Archaeology in Naples. Called the Farnese Atlas, the 7-foot-tall marble statue depicts one of the titans of Greek mythology, Atlas, holding a 2-foot-wide globe on his shoulders. The sphere is covered with 41 star constellatio... (antal ord: 407), 2005-01-14

Great Alexander in New York

Over the years the Onassis Cultural Center in New York has hosted several important exhibitions, from Cypriot and Cycladic antiquities to post-Byzantine artworks. Now, through April 16, it is the sole North American venue for Alexander the Great: Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism, which seeks to provide the historical and cultural context of Alexander the Great as established from archaeology rather than the second-hand, or further removed, account of his ancient biographers. Using many o... (antal ord: 825), 2005-01-14

New species may have relatives in next villlage

A growing number of scientists are challenging the sensational discovery last year of a new species of one-metre-tall intelligent humans whose 13,000-year-old bones were said to have been found in an Indonesian cave. According to some leading anthropologists in Australia, Indonesia and elsewhere, Homo floresiensis is not "one of the most important discoveries of the last 150 years" as was widely reported last October, but a pygmy version of modern Homo sapiens with a not uncommon brain disease. ... (antal ord: 313), 2005-01-14

Maritime archaeology & history of Sri Lanka

The premises of the Maritime Archaeology Unit in Galle were destroyed in the tsunami of 26 Dec, and the collections and equipment are all either lost or severely damaged. Being a weekend, only one security guard was present: he was swept away but managed to catch hold of a tree, and survived with injuries. All other members of the team survived, as did all staff of Nooit Gedacht. Local and international members of the team are communicating on the best ways to assist with the humanitarian di... (antal ord: 222), 2005-01-14

Hobbit folk 'were just sick humans'

Trumpeted as a new species of human being, the 'hobbit' folk of Indonesia are really just sick members of Homo sapiens, it has been alleged. The claim - by Teuku Jacob, professor of paleoanthropology at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada university - threatens to trigger an academic row over the discovery of an extinct race of little hominid people, Homo floresiensis, on the island of Flores. Jacob said the tiny floresiensis skull is really that of a relatively recently deceased human who suffered from mi... (antal ord: 347), 2005-01-14

From 18,000 years ago, the one metre-tall human that challenges history of evolution

Australian and Indonesian scientists have identified a new and completely unexpected species of human. It was only a metre high, had a small brain but a distinctly human face. It made delicate stone tools and it shared the planet with Homo sapiens at least 18,000 years ago. The scientists report in Nature today that they found the skull and incomplete skeleton of creature known as LB1 in the sediments of a limestone cave at Liang Bua on the remote island of Flores in Indonesia last September. S... (antal ord: 795), 2005-01-14

Humans: a short history

It is the most exciting anthropological discovery for a century. Until just 12,000 years ago, there was a species of little people walking around who would have only come up to our waist. Finally they were wiped out, possibly following encounters with the much larger Homo sapiens who, it's feared, may have patronised them to death. Things got off to a bad start after that first meeting and never improved. "Halt! I am the chief of this island. What is your business here?" "Hello little fellah, i... (antal ord: 794), 2005-01-14

New species may have relatives in next villlage

A growing number of scientists are challenging the sensational discovery last year of a new species of one-metre-tall intelligent humans whose 13,000-year-old bones were said to have been found in an Indonesian cave. According to some leading anthropologists in Australia, Indonesia and elsewhere, Homo floresiensis is not "one of the most important discoveries of the last 150 years" as was widely reported last October, but a pygmy version of modern Homo sapiens with a not uncommon brain disease. ... (antal ord: 313), 2005-01-14

New prehistoric rock carvings discovered in Northern England

More than 250 new examples of England's finest array of prehistoric rock art carvings, sited close to the Scottish border, have been discovered by archaeologists compiling a unique database. Now over one thousand of the 'cup and ring' carvings can be admired on a new website, which carries 6,000 images and is said to be the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. The site, which goes live today, includes the 250 panels unearthed during a two-and-a-half year trawl of some of England's rem... (antal ord: 780), 2005-01-14

LSU researcher solves ancient astronomy mystery

An ancient mystery may have been solved by LSU Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Bradley E. Schaefer. Schaefer has discovered that the long-lost star catalog of Hipparchus, which dates back to 129 B.C., appears on a Roman statue called the Farnese Atlas. Hipparchus was one of the greatest astronomers of antiquity and his star catalog was the first in the world, as well as the most influential. The catalog was lost early in the Christian era, perhaps in the fire at the great library in... (antal ord: 1218), 2005-01-14

Babylon wrecked by war

US-led forces leave a trail of destruction and contamination in architectural site of world importance. Troops from the US-led force in Iraq have caused widespread damage and severe contamination to the remains of the ancient city of Babylon, according to a damning report released today by the British Museum. John Curtis, keeper of the museum's Ancient Near East department and an authority on Iraq's many archaeological sites, found "substantial damage" on an investigative visit to Babylon last ... (antal ord: 702), 2005-01-14

China publishes first comprehensive archaeology books

China today published the first two volumes in a series on Chinese archaeology, the first of its kind which will sum up the theories and discoveries in the subject, the state media reported. The ten-million-character book series, the first of its kind in China, was compiled by more than 50 veteran archaeologists. It is the first to showcase China's archaeological theories and discoveries, director of the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Liu Qingzhu said.... (antal ord: 211), 2005-01-21

Wine at the farm

Five wine presses surrounded the farmhouse, built in the third century BCE, on land between what today is Moshav Gan Sorek and the Tel Aviv-Ashdod highway. The house had a few wings and an area of about 1,230 square meters (13,200 square feet). The quantities of wine produced in the five presses was more than required by those who lived there, meaning that the farm residents earned their livelihood from producing wine in commercial quantities. The wine apparently was produced for export and was ... (antal ord: 632), 2005-01-21

Anthropologists find 4.5 million-year-old hominid fossils in Ethiopia

Scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and seven other institutions have unearthed skeletal fossils of a human ancestor believed to have lived about 4.5 million years ago. The fossils, described in this week's Nature (Jan. 20), will help scientists piece together the mysterious transformation of primitive chimp-like hominids into more human forms. The fossils were retrieved from the Gona Study Area in northern Ethiopia, only one of two sites to yield fossil remains of Ardipithecus ramidu... (antal ord: 717), 2005-01-21

New Chemical Testing Points to Ancient Origin for Burial Shroud of Jesus; Los Alamos Scientist Proves 1988 Carbon-14 Dating of the Shroud of Turin Used Invalid Rewoven

The American Shroud of Turin Association for Research (AMSTAR), a scientific organization dedicated to research on the enigmatic Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the burial cloth of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth, announced today that the 1988 Carbon-14 test was not done on the original burial cloth, but rather on a rewoven shroud patch creating an erroneous date for the actual age of the Shroud. The Shroud of Turin is a large piece of linen cloth that shows the faint full-body image of ... (antal ord: 519), 2005-01-21

Prehistoric Site Under Attack by Birds

The four-story Casa Grande Ruins, the hand-built centerpiece of a prehistoric American Indian village, have withstood Arizona's desert sun and its rains for perhaps seven centuries. But now those walls of concrete-like clay face an unlikely threat from the air and ground: birds and squirrels. Cooing pigeons roost in round holes that once held a stout wooden ceiling and floor beams. The birds peck at the hardened clay and foul the ruins with droppings. Burrows dug by the native ground squirrels... (antal ord: 683), 2005-01-21

Neolithic stone tool workshop spotted

Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be China's largest stone tool processing workshop of the Neolithic Age, reports Xinhua. The workshop, with an area of 1,200 sq metres, was spotted in some ruins dating back about 7,000 years ago in the Guangxi Zhuang region, said Lin Qiang, a deputy researcher fellow with the autonomous regional cultural heritage research team. Tens of thousands of stone tools and instruments such as stones in the shape of hammers and chopping blocks, whetston... (antal ord: 223), 2005-01-21

Archaeologists discover 6000-year-old rocky habitation in Jiroft region

Iranian archaeologists recently discovered a 6000-year-old rocky habitation with more than 800 cells in the Barez Mountains, east of the Halil-Rud River in southern Kerman Province, the director of the archaeological team working in the Halil-Rud River area said on Wednesday. - The rocky village is located at a height of 250 meters with two and four square meter cells. The habitation is Iran€™s most ancient rock residence ever discovered, Davud Abyan added. The Jiroft region was one of the first... (antal ord: 267), 2005-01-21

Läckö slotts hemligheter kommer fram i ny utgrävning

En ny utgrävning inne på Stora Borggården hoppas ge svar på hur Läckö slott såg ut i sin begynnelse. Dessutom hoppas arkeologerna kunna ta reda på hur gamla de äldsta delarna av slottet egentligen är. Läckö slott är enligt de äldsta skriftliga beläggen uppfört 1298, och har sedan dess byggts om och till. Tegelbitar, kol och en tand ur en rådjurskäke är de saker som skickats för datering och som förhoppningsvis kommer ge svar på om trappan och tegelväggarna under Läckös stora borggård är från or... (antal ord: 181), 2005-01-21

Bilden av Läckö slotts ursprung klarnar

Nu klarnar bilden av Läckö slotts ursprung. Arkeologerna har grävt sig 700 år bakåt i tiden. Dagens skaraborgare har lärt känna Läckö slott som det mäktiga vita praktbygget med sina torn vid Vänerstranden. I begynnelsen, däremot, såg det helt annorlunda ut. Ingen vet riktigt hur ännu, men inne på borggården har arkeologerna nu blottlagt resterna av en viktig pusselbit. - Vi har hittat medeltida murar och en trappa som leder ner från en borggård och ner till ett källarrum, säger Marita Sjölin som... (antal ord: 231), 2005-01-21

Archaeologists find ancient musical instruments

Musical instruments thought to be about 3,000 years old have been found by a team of Vietnamese archeologists. Known as lithophones, the ancient instruments are typically made of 11 slabs of stone. The lithophones were found in the southern province of Binh Duong in early January at a site that stretches some 20ha near a small hill in My Loc village in Tan My Commune of Tan Uyen District. The broken instruments were buried deep in an 8sq.m pit, said Dr Bui Chi Hoang, deputy director of the Arch... (antal ord: 354), 2005-01-28

Roman work in Faliron stream

Last week€™s heavy rainfall in Athens has led to the discovery of a Roman marble statue which had been apparently dumped in a streambed in the southern suburbs, an archaeologist said yesterday. The 1.8-meter tall marble torso of a young man was spotted on Thursday night in the Pikrodafni streambed, in Palaio Faliron €” near the intersection of Dimocratias and Pikrodafnis Streets €” by a passer-by who alerted authorities, said Yiorgos Steinhauer, head of the Culture Ministry€™s local antiquities dep... (antal ord: 133), 2005-01-28

Archeologist unearths biblical controversy

Canadian archeologist Russell Adams's interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology's vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament - a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral canines at each other's throats. Yet by coincidence, Prof. Adams of Hamilton's McMaster University says, he and an international team of colleagues fit into place a significant piece of the puzzle of human history in the Middle East - un... (antal ord: 844), 2005-01-28

Explorers find ancient city in remote Peru jungle

An ancient walled city complex inhabited some 1,300 years ago by a culture later conquered by the Incas has been discovered deep in Peru's Amazon jungle, explorers said on Tuesday. US and Peruvian explorers uncovered the city, which may have been home to up to 10,000 people, after a month trekking in Peru's northern rain forest and following up on years of investigation about a possible lost metropolis in the region. The stone city, made up of five citadels at 9,186 feet above sea level, stretc... (antal ord: 171), 2005-01-28

New findings change thinking on human sacrifices

It has long been a matter of contention: Was the Aztec and Mayan practice of human sacrifice as widespread and horrifying as the history books say? Or did the Spanish conquerors overstate it to make the Indians look primitive? In recent years, archaeologists have been uncovering mounting physical evidence that corroborates the Spanish accounts in substance, if not number. Using high-tech forensic tools, archaeologists are proving that pre-Hispanic sacrifices often involved children and a broad ... (antal ord: 844), 2005-01-28

Danish Archaeologists in Search of Vikings in Iran

Researchers from the Copenhagen Museum in Denmark have traveled to the coasts of the Caspian Sea, northern Iran, in search of clues of relationships between Iranians and Vikings. A few years ago, a researcher from the Copenhagen Museum, Nadia Haupt, discovered more than one thousand coins and relics that did not belong to the Danish or other Scandinavian cultures, and therefore set to find out more about the historical roots of the Danish civilization. The ancient items that took the attention... (antal ord: 415), 2005-01-28

Cave may reveal secrets of past

Archaeologists are hoping investigation of a cave on the Isle of Skye will provide a snapshot of life 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. Skye-based archaeologists Steven Birch, Martin Wildgoose and George Kozikowski began work on the site at Uamh an Ard Achadh - also known as High Pasture Cave - at Strath last year and have secured Highland Council and European Leader+ funding to continue their investigations this year. Finds so far have included stone, iron, antler and bone tools; remnants of pottery;... (antal ord: 418), 2005-01-28

Intellectual life in Roman Alexandria

The Polish mission at Kom Al-Dikka in Alexandria has made several exciting finds over the years, but their latest discovery hard on the heels of the establishment of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has set tongues buzzing. Grzegorz Majcherek, director of the Polish-Egyptian mission which has been excavating at Kom Al-Dikka for the past 40 or more years, insists that overzealous journalists have rather too hastily linked this latest discovery in Alexandria to the ancient library. "In fact, the newl... (antal ord: 1685), 2005-01-28

Valbo en handelsplats 3 000 år före Kristus?

Området där Valbo Volymhandel vill bygga ett nytt köpcentrum har varit bebyggt två gånger förut. Första gången var 3 000 år före Kristus. Andra gången var 300 år efter Kristus. Det visar den datering av fynd från sommarens utgrävningar som nu blivit klar. En arkeologisk utgrävning är en förutsättning för att Valbo Köpcentrum ska kunna byggas ut. I somras grävde arkeologer vid Länsmuseet därför 32 provgropar för att undersöka hur stor stenåldersbyn, som legat där, har varit. Dessutom undersökt... (antal ord: 364), 2005-01-28

Ny arkeologisk undersökning av Läckö slott

Statens fastighetsverk (SFV) startar arbetet med stenläggning av Stora borggården på Läckö slott och samtidigt inleds en ny arkeologisk undersökning av det medeltida slottets murar. SFV ska ta bort den existerande grusbeläggningen på Stora borggården och lägga kalkstensplattor från Kinnekulle. Detta återskapar en borggård som man tror har likhet med den som fanns på Magnus Gabriel De la Gardies tid. I ett brev daterat den 30 augusti 1654 från Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie till slottsfogden på L... (antal ord: 388), 2005-01-28

Sanningen om färingarna: Nu ska de DNA-testas

Nu ska sanningen fram: stammar färingarna från vikingar som på väg från Norge till Island blev så sjösjuka att de stannade på Färöarna? Eller stammar färingarna, liksom islänningarna, både från norrmän och kelter? Det vill en grupp genforskare vid naturvetenskapliga och tekniska fakulteten vid Färöarnas universitet ha fullständig kunskap om. Därför har de inlett en DNA-undersökning av 150 pojkar för att fastställa färingarnas ursprung. Det räcker med pojkar, hävdar forskarna, eftersom dessa bär... (antal ord: 209), 2005-01-28

Vikingar, riddare och värdegrund

I helgen var jag på Historiska museet igen med sonen. Han gillar vikingar, riddare och svärd. Jag själv hade störst behållning av den amerikanska konstnär Ann Hamiltons så kallade interaktiva konstverket "aloud". Inte för att det är "ett verk som spänner över kroppens möjligheter till både fysiska uttryck och inre reflexioner", utan för möjligheten att veva vindmaskiner. Konstverk som rör sig och låter - det är bara så kul. Samtidigt är "aloud" inte riktigt ett verk som kan väntas på ett histor... (antal ord: 602), 2005-01-28

Wir finanzieren die Raub-Archäologie im Irak

Warum es sich lohnt, das Kulturerbe des Abendlandes zu vernichten Die PlÖ¼nderung und VerwÖ¼stung des Nationalmuseums in Bagdad und die Brandschatzung von Bibliotheken und Archiven, die durch die Untätigkeit der Besatzungsmächte ermöglicht wurden, haben im April 2003 weltweite Empörung ausgelöst. Eine noch weitaus grö֟ere Katastrophe, deren Ausma֟ inzwischen jede Vorstellungskraft sprengt, sind die jetzt im ganzen Land grassierenden Raubgrabungen und die dadurch bewirkte Zerstörung archäologischer... (antal ord: 583), 2005-01-28

Fortidsminder tvunget op af stormen

Den voldsomme storm ved årets begyndelse har betydet, at en del skjulte fortidsminder og oldsager er kommet op til jordens overflade. Store træer på f.eks. jættestuer er væltet, og i den blotlagte rodkage kan der sidde meget betydningsfulde oldsager, der er vigtige for jættestuens historie. De største skader på fortidsminder er €“ ifølge de foreløbige meldinger til Kulturarvsstyrelsen €“ sket på Djursland og omkring Viborg. Der er meldt om væltede træer på både gravhøje og jorddiger. "Det ha... (antal ord: 337), 2005-01-28

Archeologists seek ancient lost city in Malaysian jungles?

Archeologists plan to search for what they believe might be a 1,000-year-old lost city in southern Malaysia's dense jungles, a news report said Thursday. The Department of Museum and Antiquities hopes to mount an expedition in Johor state for a site known as Kota Gelanggi, an early trading center of the Srivijaya empire that ruled swathes of Southeast Asia for over 600 years starting in the seventh century, The Star newspaper reported. Raimy Che-Ross, an independent researcher who has conducte... (antal ord: 188), 2005-02-04

Discovery of brick tablet in Jiroft proves 3rd millennium BC civilization

A brick tablet unearthed in the vicinity of Jiroft proves that the civilization of the area along Halilroud river near the city of Jiroft dates back to he first half of the third millennium BC. An archaeologist from the US University of Pennsylvania, Professor Holly Pittman, told IRNA here Monday that the issue had been declared at the area by the Iranian archaeologist and head of archaeological delegation, Professor Yousef Majidzadeh, last year. Pittman added that the tablet had been unearthe... (antal ord: 376), 2005-02-04

Anger over Stonehenge delays

The National Trust accused the government of abandoning the scheme to rescue Stonehenge from the stranglehold of traffic yesterday, despite its undertakings to protect the world heritage site. Fiona Reynolds, the director general of the trust, said there was an "ominous silence on the subject", forcing the National Trust and English Heritage to delay plans for a £25m centre and improvements at the site. She has written to Alistair Darling, the transport secretary, protesting against the decisi... (antal ord: 194), 2005-02-04

Researchers find rare letters from fifth century Gaza Strip

Swiss researchers have uncovered a rare exchange of letters written in ancient Greek during the fifth century in what is now the Gaza Strip (news - web sites), the University of Fribourg said. The discovery offers proof of a rich intellectual society in a region that is better known today for a bitter and bloody standoff between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, said one of the researchers, Professor Jacques Schamp. Located amid mounds of manuscripts stored at the Marciana National Library... (antal ord: 324), 2005-02-04

Archaeologists find ancient musical instruments

Musical instruments thought to be about 3,000 years old have been found by a team of Vietnamese archeologists. Known as lithophones, the ancient instruments are typically made of 11 slabs of stone. The lithophones were found in the southern province of Binh Duong in early January at a site that stretches some 20ha near a small hill in My Loc village in Tan My Commune of Tan Uyen District. The broken instruments were buried deep in an 8sq.m pit, said Dr Bui Chi Hoang, deputy director of the Arch... (antal ord: 354), 2005-02-04

Rare bronze age ring find

A crumpled piece of metal found in a field in the Newchurch parish turned out to be an extremely rare Bronze Age decorative ring of national importance. A treasure trove inquest was told how it was unearthed by illustrator Alan Rowe, of Alvington Road, Carisbrooke, while out metal detecting last summer. Experts believe the ring, known as a composite ring and which comprises of three ribs fused together, may have hung from a twisted torc worn around the neck or from a bracelet. Frank Basford, co... (antal ord: 299), 2005-02-04

Ancient city located

A 1,000-year-old lost city, possibly older than Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia, is believed to have been located in the dense jungles of Johor. The discovery of what is thought to be the site of Kota Gelanggi or Perbendaharaan Permata (Treasury of Jewels) by an independent Malaysian researcher has prompted museum officials to plan an expedition to confirm the finding. If indeed the site is that of the lost city, it is set to transform the historical landscape of the region, s... (antal ord: 816), 2005-02-04

Kazakhstan to show another Gold Man

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ordered a presentation of a third Gold Man, an ancient warrior's costume made of gold, local media reported. Archaeologists found the Gold Man at a mound in the country's western Atyrau region, Khabar television said. The warrior, who wore the costume more than 2,000 years ago, was a nomad. He belonged to the Sakas, part of the Asian Scythians, a people who formed a network of nomadic tribes of horse-riding conquerors. Nazarbayev was quoted by ... (antal ord: 145), 2005-02-04

Man offers $10,000 for Pedro Mountain Mummy

In the name of poking holes in the theory of evolution, a Syracuse, N.Y., man says he will pay $10,000 for one of the most mysterious artifacts ever dug up in Wyoming -- the Pedro Mountain Mummy. John Adolfi says he wants the Pedro Mountain Mummy, sometimes referred to as Pedro, in order to conduct DNA tests, X-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging on the little fellow. Conducting such tests, however, is no easy matter, as the mummy vanished in 1950. Although the mummy has not been seen in publ... (antal ord: 900), 2005-02-04

Utgrävning i Sala var gamla gruvkyrkan

Arkeologerna är nu övertygade om att den stengrund som hittades vid utgrävningarna av den gamla gruvkyrkogården vid Sala silvergruva i somras, verkligen är resterna av den gamla gruvkyrkan. Det har länge varit osäkert var kyrkan, eller kapellet, låg men nu är arkeologerna tämligen säkra, även om stengrunden är ovanlig stor för att vara en medeltidskyrka. ... (antal ord: 55), 2005-02-04

Medeltida hamn vid Bonnstan?

Ska en utgrävning vid Kyrkholmen i Skellefteå skingra dimmorna kring tätorten Skellefteås tidigaste historia? Skellefteå museum hoppas att redan till sommaren starta en utgrävning på den plats där man tror att Skellefteås äldsta hamn legat. Enligt vad TV 4 Botnia uppger går nu museet och väntar på besked om pengar till utgrävningen. I området mellan Bonnstan och landskyrkan har man tidigare hittat stensättningar från det som varit en medeltida strandskoning. ... (antal ord: 70), 2005-02-04

Norrlands äldsta boplats funnen

Ett arkeologiskt fynd, nästan 10 000 år gammalt, har hittats 6 km öster om Kangos i Pajala kommun. Ett sensationellt fynd enligt arkeologerna vid Norrbotten museum eftersom det indikerar att inlandsisen dragit sig tillbaka mycket fortare än man tidigare trott. Det var under augusti 2004, när man skulle göra en inventering inför ett vägbygge, som arkeologerna gjorde fynden. De tyder på att man hittat en av norrlands äldsta boplatser. I en öppen sandyta på utgrävningsområdet har man hittat rester... (antal ord: 238), 2005-02-04

Archaeologists find 'Russian Stonehenge'  

Russian archaeologists have found the site of a 4,000-year-old concentric wooden structure resembling Britain's Stonehenge, the Art Newspaper reported Friday.Evidence of the structure was found near Ryazan southeast of Moscow at the confluence of the Oka and Pronya rivers. The area long known for its archaeological treasures was settled by tribes migrating from Eurasia thousands of years ago. The report quoted Ilha Ahmedov of Moscow's State History Museum as saying a recent dig had uncovered e... (antal ord: 158), 2005-02-04

Archaeological fakes hurt Jewish claims to Holy Land

Indictments in a sophisticated antiquities forgery ring have cast a pall over the entire field of biblical archaeology and could provide new arguments for those seeking to delegitimize Jewish claims to the Holy Land. That's because religious leaders and even governments use the presence or absence of archaeological discoveries to bolster their claims to truth and territory, or to refute someone else's. - There is a huge fight over who has a claim to the Land of Israel, says David Hazony, the ed... (antal ord: 969), 2005-02-04

Ancient church found

The site of a nearly 1,000-year-old church has been found in Skien, making it likely Norway's oldest. Norway may have been converted to Christianity far earlier than believed. The remains were found in 2001 but have only now been dated radiologically. Experts believe the find strengthens theories that Norway was Christian in several spots long before Håkon the Good, Olav Tryggvason and Olav Haraldsson began their missionary raids. - It is fun to see confirmation of what we have long believed, th... (antal ord: 223), 2005-02-11

8000-year-old stone tool workshop discovered in northeast Iran

A team of Iranian experts recently discovered an 8000-year-old stone tool-making workshop during the first comprehensive archaeological area study at an ancient site south of the city of Shahrud in the northeastern Iranian province of Semnan, team member Kurosh Rustai announced on Tuesday. The excavations carried out over the past few years by Iranian and Japanese experts in Deh-Kheyr and Tappeh-Chakhmanq, south of Shahrud, resulted in the discovery of traces from the Neolithic era (circa 9000€“... (antal ord: 231), 2005-02-11

Ancient engravings found in Somerset cave

Two members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society have discovered an engraving in a cave in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, which may be at least 10,000 years old. Graham Mullan and Linda Wilson, who have spent much of the last ten years studying Palaeolithic cave art, recently began a systematic search of caves in southern Britain in the belief that such works in this country would not simply be confined to those found at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire. The first results of this stu... (antal ord: 560), 2005-02-11

Science to test Argonaut myth

Gold jewelry found last year in an unplundered Mycenaean royal tomb on the outskirts of Volos will be tested for links with one of the most enduring ancient Greek myths, the Argonauts€™ expedition, an archaeologist said yesterday. The 14th century BC treasure - gold beads from necklaces and jewelry made of gold and semiprecious stones - was found with vases and other offerings in four pits inside the tholos tomb, a beehive-like subterranean structure usually associated with Late Bronze Age royal... (antal ord: 183), 2005-02-11

Ancient church found

The site of a nearly 1,000-year-old church has been found in Skien, making it likely Norway's oldest. Norway may have been converted to Christianity far earlier than believed. Christian influence gradually came to Norway via trade, marriage ties, Viking raids, Christian Celtic slaves and eventually missionaries. Olav the Holy (Olav Haraldsson, St. Olav), who lived from 995-1030, officially introduced Christianity to Norway. The first churches in Norway were stave and post churches. The only re... (antal ord: 313), 2005-02-11

Arkeologens Dag

Kvinnliga arkeologer har sämre anställningsvillkor och karriärmöjligheter än sina manliga kollegor. Det framkommer av DIKs enkätundersökning "Man måste äta på vintern också €“ vad blev det av dig som läste arkeologi?" "Man måste äta på vintern också" Rapporten från DIKs arkeologenkät 56 procent av de yrkesverksamma arkeologer som svarade på enkäten är visstidsanställda. För dem är väntan på en tillsvidareanställning lång, i genomsnitt nästan fem år. För vissa till och med över tio år. Med anled... (antal ord: 112), 2005-02-11

Utgrävning i Stadsparken ger Salvestaden kunskaper

Vad kan Salvestaden lära av en utgrävning i Stadsparken i Kalmar? Och vad kan utgrävningen på platsen för det nya konstmuseet berätta om den medeltida staden Kalmar. Nästa vecka bjuder länsmuseichefen Maria Malmlöf och Destination Kalmars Patrik Holmberg till ett halvdagsseminarium kring Arkeologi i Medeltidsstaden Kalmar. "Kalmar är en av Sveriges viktigaste medeltidsstäder, men en av de arkeologiskt minst undersökta, trots ovanligt väl bevarade lämningar under mark", skriver Maria Malmlöf i si... (antal ord: 278), 2005-02-11

Järnåldersläger kan bli verklighet igen i Nolby

Ett levande fornminnesområde med guider i kläder från järnålder och tidig medeltid. Skolklasser som lever forntidsliv och barn som åker på järnålderskollo. Det vill museipedagog Tina Johansson och en grupp arkeologiskt intresserade bygga upp i Nolby. Fornminnesområdet i Nolby spänner över järnålder och tidig medeltid, över hedendom och kristen tro, över runristare och historieskrivare. Tina Johansson har i många år lett arkeologivandringar där. Vid ett möte med Ulrika Hådén, historieintresserad... (antal ord: 324), 2005-02-11

Förslag till vikingacenter

Ett besökscenter med "vikingaprägel" planeras i Värmlands Nysäter. Nu finns också ett färdigt förslag till hur byggnaden ska se ut. Den tidstypiska "hyddan" ska rymma den stora vikingautställning från York som föreningen Gillbergaturism äger. Under våren och hösten har den ekonomiska föreningen Gillbergaturism genomfört en arkitekttävling inom ramen för EU:s mål 2-projekt Vikingar i Värmland och världen. Tävlingen gick ut på att hitta ett förslag till hur ett besökscenter med vikingaprägel sku... (antal ord: 210), 2005-02-11

Mycket om Gotlands vikingar

Inte oväntat rymmer senaste numret av Viking Heritage åtskilligt om Gotland. Det är ju dags för €Gotland Vikingaön 2005€ och mer än halva numret ägnas gotländsk vikingatid. Fornsalens Gun Westholm tar upp Gutalagen som unik källa till vikingarnas liv om leverne. Allt från lagar och regler till kvinnornas roll. Intressant. Några artiklar har tidskriftens redaktör Marita Ekman hämtat från fjolårets årsbok Gotländskt Arkiv som därmed sprids till en bredare krets. Majvor ֖stergren skriver om go... (antal ord: 142), 2005-02-11

Jamtli öppnar landets första kvällsmuseum

I mitten av februari öppnar Jamtli landets första kvällsmuseum. Då hoppas man att besökare som av olika anledningar inte kan komma på dagstid, väljer kvällarna i stället. - Vi vill att folk som jobbar och ungdomar som går i skolan eller sportar på dagtid, ska kunna besöka oss när de passar dem bäst, säger Jeannette Wahl, som är ansvarig för projektet. - Därför öppnar vi nu Sveriges första kvällsöppna museum, från och med den 14 februari. Det kommer att bli vintertema både ute och inne på Jamtli... (antal ord: 244), 2005-02-11

Badelundaåsen ämne för avhandling

Jonas Monié Nordin har sin doktorsavhandling tagit utgångspunkt från de arkeologiska undersökningar som under 60-talet genomfördes på Badelundaåsen vid Grådö och som kom att bli en av Sveriges största borgundersökningar någonsin. Utgrävningarna har inte publicerats och de föremål som hittades har förvarats i Dalarnas museums arkiv. - Efter en genomgång av det rika källmaterialet från Grådö, Borgaholm och även Gudsberga klosterruin har en ny hypotes om Dalarnas medeltid formulerats, skriver Jon... (antal ord: 199), 2005-02-11

Den hellige vej går over hedensk område

Da pilgrimmene i stort antal gennem århundreder gik ad Sankt Helene Vej i Tisvilde for at komme til den hellige Helenes grav, gik de tværs gennem et område, som før var beoet af hedninge. Det viser det foreløbige resultat af de undersøgelser, som et hold arkæologer nu har gennemført på jorden til Borshøjgård, som nu skal bebygges med ti store sommerhuse. Undersøgelserne får nu arkæolog og museumsinspektør Liv Appel, Gilleleje Museum, til at søge Kulturarvsstyrelsen om penge til at kunne gennem... (antal ord: 446), 2005-02-11

Road builders plunder Great Wall

Road builders demolished a large section of China's World Heritage-listed Great Wall last month in an indication of the perilous state of one of the world's best known landmarks, state media said today. Almost 100m of the wall in northern Ningxia autonomous region was levelled in two overnight raids by construction workers who used the material to pave a road, the Ningxia Daily said. The destroyed area near Zhongwei city was constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in an region known as ... (antal ord: 332), 2005-02-11

In the Valley of Life, oil is death to the art of a lost civilisation

It is hard to imagine how dry the desert is until you have gone for a stroll in the Sahara. After a couple of hours' walk across this lunar landscape, tracking along the steep escarpment of the Messak Settafet plateau, a paste of salt, sand, and sweat forms on every square inch of exposed skin. Halfway up the slope, picking his way through a giant's playpen of boulders, Hassan Ahmed Breki stops, unwraps his long, white headscarf, and runs a finger along lines carved into a rock surface. Here, o... (antal ord: 903), 2005-02-11

Första norrbottningen kom för 10.000 år sedan

Den lilla grusvägen Kangos-Hukanmaa tar plats i norrbottniska historien. Bredvid vägen hittades i somras det som troligen är Norrlands äldsta boplats. Förstummade arkeologer grävde fram nästan 10.000 år gamla eldplatser, redskap samt ben från gädd- och renmåltider. Mycket har hänt inom arkeologin i Norrbotten de senaste 20 åren. På 1980-talet hittades sten­åldershyddorna i Vuollerim, 6.000 år gamla. 2001 upptäckte Silvermuseet i Arjeplog en 9.800 år gammal boplats vid sjön Dumpokjauratj. August... (antal ord: 456), 2005-02-11

Norrbottens historia nu minst 10 000 år

Norrbottens, kanske rent av Norrlands troligen äldsta boplats har upptäckts 6 kilometer norr om Kangos i Pajala kommun. Undersökningar och dateringar från platsen visar att den använts för nästan 10 000 år sedan och alltså kan vara något äldre än boplatsen vid sjön Dumpokjauratj i Arjeplogs kommun, som Silvermuseet utforskar. Arkeolog Olof ֖stlund, Norrbottens museum, grävningsledare på platsen, visar en bild från utgrävningen. Hela marken består av gammalt isälvssediment, som bildade bra unde... (antal ord: 585), 2005-02-11

"Kortsiktigheten styr"

Ett femtontal projektanställningar har Ola Matthing hunnit med under sina femton år som arkeolog. Han är kritisk till det kortsiktiga perspektiv som han tycker styr landets kulturinstitutioner. Ola Matthing har jobbat på flera olika avdelningar på Riksantikvarieämbetet och en mängd länsmuseer runt om i landet. Som längst har han stannat två år på ett och samma ställe men ibland har det handlat om bara några få månader. Just nu är han arbetslös. - Det finns inga chefer som vågar ge fasta anställ... (antal ord: 504), 2005-02-11

Tsunami unearths gifts for archaeology

The deadly tsunamis that crashed into southern India unearthed priceless relics, including two granite lions, that had lain buried under the sand for centuries, archaeologists say. A team from the Archaeological Survey of India descended on the ancient seaport of Mahabalipuram, 70km south of Madras, to examine the "gifts" left after the tsunami redrew the entire coastline. They include the remnants of a stone house and a half-completed rock elephant, archaeologists said late on Thursday. There ... (antal ord: 160), 2005-02-11

The oldest Homo sapiens

Fossils push human emergence back to 195,000 years ago. Geologist Frank Brown, dean of mines and Earth sciences at the University of Utah, crouches on Ethiopia's Kibish rock formation, where Brown and colleagues determined that fossilized bones of Homo sapiens were 195,000 years old - the oldest fossils of the our species ever found. Credit: Ian McDougall, Australian National University When the bones of two early humans were found in 1967 near Kibish, Ethiopia, they were thought to be 130,00... (antal ord: 1951), 2005-02-18

Carbon dating backs Bible on Edom

Evidence of biblical kingdom of Edom. Some archaeologists are convinced that pottery remains and radiocarbon work in Jordan were from a site that was part of the Edomite state. The Mideast's latest archaeological sensation is all about Edom. The Bible says Edom's kings interacted with ancient Israel, but some scholars have confidently declared that no Edomite state could have existed that early. The latest archaeological work indicates the Bible got it right, those experts got it wrong and some... (antal ord: 665), 2005-02-18

Vast palace of Rome's first kings discovered deep beneath the Forum

Ancient Rome has yielded its deepest secret - one that coincides with the legend of the city's foundation. Seven metres under the ruins of imperial Rome's Forum, Professor Andrea Carandini has discovered the remains of an immense building, covering 345 square metres, which he believes to be the palace of Rome's first kings. He has dated a section of flooring near by to 753BC - when, according to legend, the city was founded by Romulus on seven hills. Until now, historians have maintained that R... (antal ord: 212), 2005-02-18

Om en vecka tänder kronprinsessan vårdkasen

Om en vecka tänder kronprinsessan Victoria Gotlands första vårdkase på omkring 150 år. Det innebär startskottet för en löpeld av kasar och den formella invigningen av vikingaåret 2005! Intresset för det gigantiska experimentet är stort. Vårdkasar ön runt har, vad man vet, inte tänts sedan 1800-talet. Den 25 februari gör dock närmare 40 hembygdsföreningar just det. Initiativtagaren och dokumentärfilmaren Claes-Göran Appelquist är förväntansfull. €“ Vi har ju glömt hur man gör. Vi försöker anvä... (antal ord: 444), 2005-02-18

First Islamic pool discovered in Cairo

The first pool in Islamic civilization was discovered by chance in an archaeological site in Cairo, said Ayman Abdel Mona'm the director of the Old Cairo upgrading project. An archaeological mission restoring the palace of Prince Taz, found the pool underneath the building, Mona'm added. The palace recovery is part of his project to upgrade Old Cairo, where water cisterns were also found from time to time, during other restoration operations.... (antal ord: 71), 2005-02-18

Large Tibetan religious site discovered in Sichuan

The discovery of a large Tibetan religious site in Shiqu County in southwest China's Sichuan Province was announced recently. Located at the source of the Yalong River in remote southern Sichuan, the site was well protected since the area is not easy toget to, said Shi Shuo, a professor on Tibet culture in Sichuan University who discovered the site. The site, which is 73 meters long, 47 meters wide and 14.5 meters high at the center, has been carefully studied and authenticated by the Sichuan ... (antal ord: 267), 2005-02-18

Wallette ser sagorna i nytt ljus

Den fornnordiska vikingatiden som det skildrades under perioden 1650 till 1950 har obestridligen influerat den officiella Sverigebilden. Anna Wallette, verksam vid Lunds universitet, nyanserar denna bild i sin doktorsavhandling och visar på intressanta förändringar i synen på historien och svensk identitet. Utgångspunkten för Anna Wallettes doktorsavhandling är att de isländska sagornas bild av nordisk vikingatid länge spelat en viktig roll i konstruktionen av svensk nationell identitet. Genom ... (antal ord: 732), 2005-02-18

Du skulle inte vilja vara en upptäcktsresande viking! resor du knappast skulle klara av.

Bakom den långa titeln döljer sig en annorlunda historiebok. Man får följa en grupp vikingar på en spännande färd över havet från Grönland till Amerika. Allt skildras noggrant och detaljerat: förberedelserna, skeppet, den strapatsfyllda seglatsen. Vikingarna kommer fram till Vinland där de bosätter sig och övervintrar. Livet är dock inte så enkelt eftersom de kommer i strid med infödingar och slutligen måste resa hem igen. Ett annorlunda grepp är att huvudpersonen är läsaren som hela tiden får ... (antal ord: 222), 2005-02-18

De higer og søger for de kan ikke lade være

֘stsjællandske amatørarkæologer har lige hyldet deres sammenslutning og en af de ivrige fortidsjægere. Det kribler i fingrene efter at komme ud og rode i jorden - ikke så meget i havejorden eller altankassen som i det store, danske fællesområde, hvor mulden, moserne kalk- og lerlagene ligger og gemmer på historiske vingesus, der kan få det til at rykke i enhver arkæolog - amatør eller ej. Lørdag formiddag mødtes amatørarkæologer fra det østsjællandske for at hylde deres sammenslutning og en af ... (antal ord: 550), 2005-02-18

Chinese used diamonds to polish sapphire-rich stone in 2500 BC

Find provides evidence of earliest known use of diamond and sapphire by prehistoric people. Researchers have uncovered strong evidence that the ancient Chinese used diamonds to grind and polish ceremonial stone burial axes as long as 6,000 years ago €“ and incredibly, did so with a level of skill difficult to achieve even with modern polishing techniques. The finding, reported in the February issue of the journal Archaeometry, places this earliest known use of diamond worldwide thousands of years... (antal ord: 676), 2005-02-18

Tutankhamun Murder Mystery Hangs on March Report

A team of experts expects to announce in March whether the latest test results on the mummified body of Tutankhamun will provide evidence for the theory that the boy pharaoh was murdered. Zahi Hawass, head of the Egyptian government's Supreme Council for Antiquities, told Reuters that results from a high tech x-ray scan of the mummy would help explain a bone chip in the skull that has sparked the murder theory. "This hole in the skull, people talked about it a lot, we have to tell the public a... (antal ord: 328), 2005-02-18


Sexy murals are among a wealth of Roman relics which have been uncovered on the site of a new Ikea store. The erotic paintings were found by workmen building a massive new outlet for the Swedish furniture giants. Roman tombs, villas, baths and a complex aqueduct system were also uncovered. It is believed the relics date back to the 5th century BC. The site where the artefacts were found was used as a brothel, or lupanar, by the Ancient Romans. The murals depict an elderly man entangled with a ... (antal ord: 265), 2005-02-18

Did Thames Wreck Take on the Armada?

The submerged wreck of a massive Elizabethan merchant ship, thought to be one of the English vessels that fought the Spanish Armada in 1588, has been discovered in the estuary of the Thames where it flows into the North Sea, 50 miles east of London. Huge timbers discovered over the past 18 months during dredging for the Port of London indicate that the vessel was one of the largest Armada-period English merchant craft ever built. The evidence so far suggests that the vessel may have been Royal ... (antal ord: 960), 2005-02-25

Thracian Gold Fever

Archaeologist and showman Georgi Kitov's spectacular discoveries raise questions about managing Bulgaria's past. Archaeologist Georgi Kitov sips wine from a gold drinking cup found in a tomb believed to belong to late-fourth-century B.C. Thracian king Seuthes III. (Tsvetan Tomchev/Noshten Trud Newspaper) [LARGER IMAGE] On a soft, gray fall afternoon, a crowd of several hundred waited patiently outside the Iskra History Museum in Kazanluk, the unprepossessing main town in central Bulgaria's ros... (antal ord: 352), 2005-02-25

Last Great Capital of the Maya

In the mid-1400s, MayapÖ¡n, a vast and powerful Maya political center in YucatÖ¡n, was destroyed by a violent revolt spurred by fear of Aztec mercenaries living in the city. MayapÖ¡n was the last great capital to fall--a seminal event in the Maya world. In the 1950s, archaeologists from the Carnegie Institution of Washington found evidence of the revolt in burned buildings, ransacked altars, and columnar figures with their heads lopped off. But despite Spanish and native accounts of MayapÖ¡n's forme... (antal ord: 467), 2005-02-25

The Lost Goddess of Israel

And [the king] set a graven image of Asherah, that he had made, in the house of which the Lord said to David and Solomon his son, "In this House, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever." --II Kings 21:7 Asherah is arguably the most important goddess in the Canaanite pantheon. The prototypical mother of gods and humans and consort of the chief god, El, she is also the mistress of the sea and the land, and protector of all living things. We ... (antal ord: 484), 2005-02-25

The Buzz: Trial of the Century

Eighteen months after the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) first announced that the James Ossuary, a first century A.D. limestone bone box engraved with the words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," and the Jehoash Inscription, a tablet purporting to be a 2,800-year-old account of repairs to the Temple in Jerusalem, were forgeries, the country's Justice Ministry handed down indictments against five men. The group includes four antiquities dealers, among them ossuary owner Oded Golan and ... (antal ord: 629), 2005-02-25


Det kanskje merkeligste av alle skattefunn fra Sørlandet er det fra Bjørnestad i Spind. For mens både Lyngdal og Lista er representert med mer typiske sølv- og gullskatter fra forhistorisk tid, er Bjørnestad-skatten fra nabobygden Spind bare et par, tre hundre år gammel. Den er dermed den eneste bevarte €“ eller den eneste oppgravde? €“ skatten fra 1700-årene i hele Vest-Agder. Det var våren 1890 at Lars Tollisen Bjørnestad støtte på den bortgjemte skatten. Den allestedsnærværende P. Holmesland f... (antal ord: 2178), 2005-02-25

A Place to Rest for German Kings

When an engraved stone was dug up nearly a century ago on a building site, it didn't excite many. But now an archeologist has determined that it's actually part of Germany's oldest throne, sat in by Emperor Charlemagne. Usually the western city of Aachen gets all the press - at least when it comes to Charlemagne. It was the favorite residence of the emperor and served as the principal coronation site of Holy Roman emperors and German kings from the Middle Ages to the Reformation. But now Aachen... (antal ord: 269), 2005-02-25

Israeli expedition to unlock mystery of human origins

Keren Oren, a third-year student at the Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Culture, works at the site near Beit Shemesh which has yielded the earliest known iron workshop in the eastern Mediterranean. Since the discovery of a 160,000-year old human-like skull in Ethiopia in 2002, scientists have been refocusing their interest on questions relating to the evolution of Homo sapiens. Where and when did modern humans first appear and what were their routes of dispe... (antal ord: 1143), 2005-02-25

Cosmic Rays to Solve Ancient Mexican Mystery

Sub-atomic particles created by cosmic rays from space are to be used to probe a giant Mexican pyramid and solve one of the world€™s greatest archaeological mysteries. Investigators are to install detectors beneath the Pyramid of the Sun that look for muons €“ charged particles generated when cosmic rays hit the atmosphere which continuously shower the Earth.... (antal ord: 57), 2005-02-25

Coptic trove

In Al-Gurna where several excavation missions are probing for more Ancient Egyptian treasures under the sand, a team from the Polish Centre for Mediterranean Archaeology has stumbled on a major Coptic trove buried under the remains of a sixth-century monastery located in front of a Middle Kingdom tomb. Excavators unearthed two papyri books with Coptic text along with a set of parchments placed between two wooden labels as well as Coptic ostraca, pottery fragments and textiles. The head of the ... (antal ord: 508), 2005-02-25

Iron age necklace discovered

An amateur archaeologist using a 30-year-old metal detector has discovered a rare golden necklace from the iron age buried in a local farmer's field. The delicately twisted torc, designed for a well-to-do member of a tribe in the area now covered by north Nottinghamshire, is expected to be valued at more than £100,000. Maurice Richardson, 55, a self-employed tree surgeon from Newark, reported the find to the local coroner after initially thinking his soil-covered discovery was scrap metal. It ... (antal ord: 311), 2005-02-25

Controversial Dates Of Biblical Edom Reassessed

New archeological research from modern-day Jordan indicates the existence of the biblical nation of Edom at least as early as the 10th Century B.C., the era of kings David and Solomon, and adds to the controversy over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament. The full results of the 2002 excavation, by a team of international scholars, at the site of Khirat en-Nahas (or €œruins of copper,€ in Arabic), are reported in the current issue of the British journal Antiquity. The new study, under th... (antal ord: 475), 2005-02-25

Underwater arrowheads, tools dazzle Maritime historians

Archaeologists are showing off a treasure trove they call one of the most significant discoveries of Mi'kmaq artifacts in Nova Scotia. Hundreds of arrowheads and tools, some 8,000 years old, were discovered last summer along the Mersey River, near Kejimkujik National Park in the southwest region of the province. Workers from Nova Scotia Power were doing repairs to generating stations on the river. As water levels dropped in some areas, the riverbed was exposed for the first time since dams were... (antal ord: 250), 2005-02-25

De håber at finde en vikingehavn

Indtil for nylig blev der drukket irsk øl på den gamle Søndervold, men længe før den sidste slurk tabte en vikingekvinde sit kappespænde på stedet. Værtshusets gæster har forlængst drukket ud, gulvet er brækket op, og nu graver arkæologerne længere og længere ned i håb om at finde rester af en vikingehavn ved օrhus օ. Stedet ligger mellem օboulevarden og Skt. Clemens Stræde mindre end et flaskekast fra Vadestedet. I efteråret lukkede den irske pub Paddy ved åen, snart efter var butiksejendommen... (antal ord: 485), 2005-02-25

Norrlands historia skrivs om

Arkeologen David Loeffler vid Umeå universitet försvarade på fredagen sin doktorsavhandlin. Där visar han hur Norrlands förhistoria har försummats, avfärdats och förvanskats. I den ringa mån den alls har uppmärksammats i skolböcker, historieböcker och av arkeologer under 1900-talet. - Många felaktigheter i historieskrivningen baserar sig på förutfattade meningar och projiceringar av nutiden till dåtiden, säger arkeologen David Loeffler. Redan på 1900-talet hade arkeologer gjort fynd som berätta... (antal ord: 570), 2005-02-25

Ancient Egyptians Hoarded Crude Oil

New research suggests that oil and its by-products were valued and traded in the Mideast at least 3,000 years ago, the same region that dominates world production and export of crude oil today. Evidence for the discovery came from surprising sources - mummies. According to a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Geoarchaeology, scientists found tar on several ancient Egyptian mummies. Because every batch of tar contains unique biochemicals, the researchers were able to trace the sticky substances... (antal ord: 571), 2005-02-25

Theory: Iceman Oetzi Wore High-Tech Shoes

Otzi, the copper ax-wielding iceman found frozen in the Alps where he had trekked over 5,300 years ago, wore high-tech snowshoes, according to a closer look at artifacts found with his remains. If the new theory holds, ֖tzi's footwear would become the world's first known snowshoes, and in a landslide victory. The current likely record-holders are not even actual shoes, but rather carvings of what look to be snowshoes found within Iron Age petroglyphs that date to approximately 500 B.C. €œ The wo... (antal ord: 693), 2005-02-25

'Hobbit' bone of contention settled

A bitter academic dispute over the bones of the "hobbits" - the extinct metre-high human species whose sensational discovery was announced last year - has finally been resolved, but not without animosity. One of Indonesia's leading palaeontologists, Professor Teuku Jacob of Gadjah Mada University, last year seized the remains of the seven hobbit skeletons and locked them in his safe, refusing to let other scientists study them. He was not in the Australian-Indonesian team that found the bones ... (antal ord: 259), 2005-02-25

Moses and Archaeology

U.S. and Israeli researchers claim to have discovered proof that the five books of Moses were in existence during the First Temple period. The findings are based on new laboratory techniques used to date two small silver amulets, inscribed in ancient Hebrew and discovered in a burial cave in Jerusalem in 1979. The amulets, which were not fully deciphered until recently, contain the text of the Priestly Benediction, which appears in Numbers 6. Tests carried out in NASA laboratories have now date... (antal ord: 335), 2005-02-25

Experts have bones to pick on seashore

A rapid response archaeology team has been sent to Orkney after storms exposed skeletons on the shore below St Thomas' Kirk. Orkney Archaeological Trust informed Historic Scotland of the damage and the decision was taken to move forward a planned excavation which Historic Scotland had agreed to fund this summer. The team will excavate, record and assess storm damage to the medieval graveyard at the kirk and the broch at Hall of Rendall. Patrick Ashmore, Historic Scotland's head of archaeology,... (antal ord: 255), 2005-02-25

Fra Ormsland til Urnes

I 1357 ble Narvika i Søndeled (Aust-Agder) solgt. På det tidspunktet hadde gården en landskyld på 3 ½ månedsmatbol (mmb) (DN XXI nr. 92, jfr. Låg 1999:245). Den utgravde middelaldergården Lurekalven i Hordaland hadde en landskyld på 4 mmb og et samlet åkerareal på 10 da. De minste av de undersøkte gårdsanleggene fra middelalderen på Agder har et åkerareal på godt under det. Ormsland under Repstad i Søgne (nevnt som øde i 1656) kan for eksempel neppe ha hatt større samlet åkerland enn 2-3 mål (L... (antal ord: 3149), 2005-03-04

FSU anthropologist leads incredible journey through 'hobbit' brain

Florida State University professor and chair of anthropology Dean Falk led an international team of scientists on an incredible virtual journey through the tiny brain of an 18,000 year-old hobbit-sized human. What they found has upended conventional evolutionary wisdom on the relationship of brain size to intelligence. Findings from "The Brain of LB1, Homo Floresiensis" appear in the March 3 edition of Science Express, the online version of the journal Science, and will be featured in a March 1... (antal ord: 611), 2005-03-04

Lost society tore itself apart

The largest pyramid constructed by the Moche, the Huaca del Sol Two thousand years ago, a mysterious and little known civilisation ruled the northern coast of Peru. Its people were called the Moche. They built huge and bizarre pyramids that still dominate the surrounding landscape; some well over 30m (100ft) tall. They are so heavily eroded, they look like natural features; only close up can you see they are made up of millions of adobe mud bricks. These pyramids are known as "huacas", meaning... (antal ord: 733), 2005-03-04

Why had Mesopotamians built Mari?

French archeologist solves mystery of ancient Mesopotamian city purpose-built in desert for metallurgical industry. The mystery of an ancient Mesopotamian city has finally been lifted after 25 years of meticulous work by a French archaeologist who has revealed it was one of the first "modern cities", purpose-built in the desert for the manufacture of copper arms and tools. In a new book entitled "Mari, the Metropolis of the Euphrates", Jean-Claude Margueron said the third millennium BC city, in... (antal ord: 534), 2005-03-04

Experts' joy over Iron Age relics

An important archaeological discovery has led experts to believe Ryton-on-Dunsmore was home to a high-ranking Iron Age family more than 2,000 years ago.Scientists have found the first-ever complete example of an Iron Age kiln, which they believe a prehistoric family may have used to turn smelt iron into tools or jewellery. The clay oven was unearthed on the site of a £3 million safety improvement scheme on the A45, near the junction with the A445. Before, fragments of kilns had been dug up els... (antal ord: 378), 2005-03-04

'Atomic Paring Knife' Will Help Probe Ancient Civilizations

Mississippi State researchers are acquiring a high-tech laser instrument described as an €œatomic paring knife€ that will be used, among other things, to probe the mysteries of ancient civilizations. Hailed as the first such unit of its type in the Southeastern United States, the university€™s Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer will provide organizations across Mississippi - academic, non-profit and industrial - with unique capabilities for quantitative surface analysis an... (antal ord: 583), 2005-03-04

Ancient sky map or fake? German experts row over star disc

One of Germany's most acclaimed archaeological finds - a 3,600-year-old disc depicting the stars and the planets - is at the centre of a dispute following claims that it is a modern forgery. According to Germany's museum establishment, the Sky Disc of Nebra is the oldest depiction of the heavens discovered and offers an insight into the Bronze Age mind. But the authenticity of the disc has been challenged by one of the country's leading archaeologists, Peter Schauer of Regensburg University. He... (antal ord: 544), 2005-03-04

2,500 years old, and as fresh as the day she was buried

Hidden in a sprawling tomb behind a pair of ancient statues in the capital of ancient Egypt, a team of Australian archaeologists has found one of the best-preserved mummies, reports Anne Penketh. The green eyes stare out unblinkingly from the beaded mask. The woman's dark eyebrows and terracotta face look as fresh as they ever did. Yet the figure covered in turquoise beads and swaddled in black linen, nestling in a wooden sarcophagus, is believed to be 2,500 years old. Egypt's chief archaeolog... (antal ord: 666), 2005-03-04

Ancient Earth Drawings Found in Peru

Archaeologists have discovered a group of giant figures scraped into the hills of Peru's southern coastal desert that are believed to predate the country's famed Nazca lines. About 50 figures were etched into the earth over an area roughly 90 square miles near the city of Palpa, 220 miles southeast of Lima, El Comercio newspaper reported. The drawings - which include human figures as well as animals such as birds, monkeys, and felines - are believed to be created by members of the Paracas cul... (antal ord: 213), 2005-03-04

Traces of a Lost People

Who roamed the Colorado Plateau thousands of years ago? And what do their stunning paintings signify? Deep inside Utah's Horseshoe Canyon, the eight-foot-tall "Holy Ghost" hovers above a sandy wash, shimmering against the relentless sun. Ancient nomads created the larger-than-life image, reports author Kurt Repanshek, by filling their mouths with red-ocher-tinted paint and spraying it out with a mighty burst onto the sandstone. The "Holy Ghost" is the focal point of the Great Gallery, a vast mu... (antal ord: 262), 2005-03-04

A rich handover

At No. 8 Al-Alfi Street downtown last week, the scene was more bustling than usual. A large number of police officers, archaeologists and journalists were on hand as a huge cache of artefacts - hidden since 1971 - finally saw the light again. The collection includes a number of anthropoid sarcophagi, painted mummy masks, Ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines (wooden statuettes), limestone reliefs, necklaces, amulets, and scarabs, as well as a group of Graeco-Roman statues, Islamic vessels, clay c... (antal ord: 636), 2005-03-04

Arkeolog tror att fynd vid E 4 stulits

De arkeologiska utgrävningarna inför bygget av nya E 4 har avslutats. Arkeologen Andreas Hennius tror att det finns fler fynd än de som hittats. Han befarar att tjuvar slagit till. - Jag är nästan säker på att det har plundrats vid utgrävningarna längs E 4, men vi har inga klara bevis på det, säger han. Uppland är ett av Sveriges fornlämningstätaste landskap och problemet med plundring är därmed ett faktum. - Tierps kyrka har vid ett tillfälle bestulits, men fördelen med kyrkoplundringar är at... (antal ord: 363), 2005-03-04

Fler släktingar väntar på att bli upptäckta

I september 2003 hittades kvarlevorna av en småväxt förhistorisk människoform, Homo floresiensis, på ön Flores, väster om Java. Sensationellt nog existerade arten samtidigt som Homo sapiens. Mycket tyder på att fientliga människor gjorde sig av med det främmande folkslaget. Hur länge har människor funnits på jorden, var stod mänsklighetens vagga och på vilka vägar har människorna spritt sig över jorden? Det senaste halvseklets forskning har givit åtminstone approximativa svar på dessa eviga frå... (antal ord: 1935), 2005-03-04

Gammalt och dyrt i Laholmsmyllan

Unika fornlämningar kan stoppa utbyggnaden av ett industriområde i Laholm. Arkeologerna har hittat ett mycket rikt material av bebyggelse under det översta jordlagret i Nyby ,och vill nu gå vidare. En sådan utgrävning av kan bli mycket dyr för kommunen som är exploatör. Det kan handla om så mycket pengar att kommunen tvingas leta efter annan mark för framtida företag och industrier, skriver tidningarna i södra Halland.... (antal ord: 67), 2005-03-04

Forskare granskar Vinlandskartan på nytt

քkta eller falsk? Vinlandskartan delar forskarvärlden i motståndare och anhängare. Nu prövar danska forskare att få fram sanningen om kartan på ett nytt sätt. De ska jämföra kartans pergament med prov från andra samtida skrifter. Fakta Vinlandskartan är en liten, tematisk världskarta på pergament som visar kristendomens utbredning från Kina i öster till Vinland i väster. Den togs emot med öppna armar på 1960-talet, men avfärdades 1973 som förfalskning. En analys av bläcket visade att det måste ... (antal ord: 761), 2005-03-04

֖ver 3000 ägnade helgen åt vikingar

Vikingaåret invigdes i helgen med en rad evenemang och blev uppmärksammat över hela Sverige. Intresset för vikingatiden kunde mätas i mellan 3000 och 4000 besökare på något av de evenemang som anordnades under invigningshelgen. - Det är bra för att vara en kall vinterhelg där folk skulle ta sig ut från tätorten för att vara med på aktiviteterna. Det säger Dan Carlsson, som jobbar med projektet Gotland Vikingaön. Han säger också att invigningshelgen uppmärksammades i drygt 20 tidningar och i r... (antal ord: 138), 2005-03-04

Medeltiden ur nya perspektiv

Mycket omvärderas nu om landskapets egenart och folkkultur. Kvinnorna hade stark ställning och det var självklart för hälsingarna att ta hand om samhällets fattigaste. - Det är bra för folks självkänsla i Hälsingland att få veta hur framstående landskapet var på medeltiden. Det säger Elisabeth Andersson som är projektledare hos Sensus studieförbund med lokalkontor i Hälsingland. Man har nu fokus på medeltiden och Sensus har ordnat inte mindre än ett trettiotal cirklar i ämnet runt om i landskap... (antal ord: 592), 2005-03-04

Forskning på folkets bekostnad

Forskningen om det svenska kulturarvet måste förnyas för att anpassas till en ny tid, heter det från Riksantikvarieämbetet som vill grunda ett nytt forskningsinstitut. Men förnyelsen av kulturarvsforskningen pågår redan, skriver Lars Lönnroth och pekar på flera aktuella böcker och forskningsprojekt. Mats Burström, Mikael Jakobsson och Birgitta Johansen (SvD 11/2, 22/2, 23/2) vill övertyga oss om att Riksantikvarieämbetets och Historiska museets nya forskningsinstitut innebär en värdefull förnye... (antal ord: 1135), 2005-03-04

Hobbit was 'not a diseased human'

The famous skeleton from Indonesia nicknamed the "Hobbit" does not belong to a modern human pygmy with a brain disease, as some scientists argue. That is one of the main outcomes of a detailed examination of the creature's braincase, published in Science. The authors say their study of the Hobbit's brain supports the idea it is a new, dwarf species of human. However, others contend the report does little to quash their theory it was actually a small, diseased person. The remains of the small h... (antal ord: 907), 2005-03-04

Can Cyprus claim world's oldest perfumery?

Egypt's Queen Cleopatra showed how to woo members of the opposite sex with it, the French may have perfected it, but it is the Cypriots who can now lay claim to the world's oldest perfumery. Nestled among the overgrown weeds on a Cypriot hillside offering stunning views of the Mediterranean, is a pit containing circular imprints which held perfume jars which Italian archaeologists believe is the oldest source of the multi-billion industry of today. "This is 4,000 years old. Without a doubt, it ... (antal ord: 486), 2005-03-04

Russia refuses to give up Trojan treasure

A legendary collection of gold objects from ancient Troy that was seized by Soviet troops in Berlin in 1945 should become Russian government property, a top cultural official said in an interview published on Saturday. Anatoly Vilkov, deputy chief of the Russian agency that preserves the nation's cultural legacy, stopped short of ruling out the possibility the objects could return under certain conditions. The gold collection - named after Hermann Schliemann, the amateur German archaeologist wh... (antal ord: 396), 2005-03-04

Secrets from tomb of the ancient unknown warrior

An ancient British warrior leader found buried in his chariot beside the A1 in west Yorkshire probably originated from Scandinavia or the Scottish Highlands. Experts have been unable to establish how the slim, 5ft 9in tall man met his death 2,400 years ago when he was 30 to 40 years old. But the find has opened the possibility that the site at Ferrybridge may have been of great significance to ancient Britons, perhaps the venue for a mass rally. Unusually for the time, the man had good teeth and... (antal ord: 524), 2005-03-11

Våpengraver fra vikingtid i Rogaland

Flere forskere har benyttet de middelalderske landskapslovenes bestemmelser om bevæpning til å belyse våpensammensetningen i vikingtidens mannsgraver. Er det egentlig mulig? Og hvordan er egentlig våpensammensetningen i gravene i Rogaland? Stemmer den overhodet overens med det de langt yngre lovene foreskriver? Er våpen i gravene bare en gjenspeiling av våpen i bruk i det levende livet? Det finnes klare forskjeller i hvordan våpen legges ned i gravene i Rogaland og i en del andre landskap, for e... (antal ord: 3079), 2005-03-11

Kenya's first dinosaur dig yields fossil wealth

Scientists on Kenya's first scientific dinosaur expedition have unearthed hundreds of bones in an area previously known for the discovery of ancient human remains. Kenyan and US palaeontologists conducting the dig said they found more than 200 dinosaur specimens, including three from large carnivorous theropods thought to be related to the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, in north-western Kenya. The bones date to the Mesozoic era more than 200-million-years ago and are the first concrete evidence th... (antal ord: 391), 2005-03-11

Ancient earrings discovered at Burnt City disprove ornament theory

Archaeologists have found a pair of silver earrings in a grave of a woman in the 5200-year-old Burnt City which disproves the theory that the inhabitants of the city never used earrings, the director of the Iranian archaeological team working in the region said on Tuesday. A skeleton of a woman with one circular silver earring on each side of her skull was unearthed during the last days of the excavations at the cemetery of the Burnt City, Mansur Sajjadi added. The Burnt City is located 57 kilo... (antal ord: 407), 2005-03-11

Devon divers find 3,000 year old bronze age artefacts on shipwreck site

A group of divers have discovered a submerged hoard of Bronze Age artefacts off Salcombe, Devon. The find includes swords and rapiers, palstave axe heads, an adze, a cauldron handle, and a gold bracelet. The artefacts have been reported to English Heritage and declared to the Receiver of Wreck at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, as it is believed that these relics come from an ancient shipwreck. The artefacts are currently being studied at the British Museum, which also holds the finds from the... (antal ord: 966), 2005-03-11

Egypt Unveils Plans to Move Ramses Statue

The Egyptian government Monday unveiled plans for the delicate task of moving a granite statue of the Pharaoh Ramses II, 3,200 years old and weighing 83 tons, from central Cairo to a new site near the Pyramids. The statue has stood in a square outside Cairo's main railway station for 50 years but with the growth of the city the square has become increasingly noisy and polluted. Raised pedestrian walkways make it hard to see the 11-meter (35-foot) statue from some angles. Culture Minister Faro... (antal ord: 287), 2005-03-11

Archaeological dig uncovers relics from Bronze Age to 19th century

Archeologists have unearthed evidence of medieval life €“ including fragments of pottery and animal bones €“ at an excavation near Huntingdon. The finds have been discovered by archaeologists from the Archaeological Field Unit of Cambridgeshire County Council, who are working in conjunction with Clegg's Ltd on behalf of the County Council at Walden House on George Street. The excavations have unearthed archaeology which spans an enormous period of time, from the Bronze Age to the 19th century, bu... (antal ord: 261), 2005-03-11

How prehistoric farmers saved us from new Ice Age

Ancient man saved the world from a new Ice Age. That is the startling conclusion of climate researchers who say man-made global warming is not a modern phenomenon and has been going on for thousands of years. Prehistoric farmers who slashed down trees and laid out the first rice paddies and wheatfields triggered major alterations to levels of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they say. As a result, global temperatures - which were slowly falling around 8,000... (antal ord: 452), 2005-03-11

Vårt viktigaste medeltida landskap

Claes Theliander: Det medeltida Västergötland. Historiska Media. Detta är - såvitt kan bedömas - en föredömlig guidebok till ett av våra viktigaste medeltida landskap. Författaren är disputerad arkeolog vid Göteborgs Universitet. I korta men innehållsrika avsnitt behandlar han byar och borgar, därefter städer och slutligen kyrkor. Några exempel på vad som presenteras: Gamla Lödöse - på sin tid en stad i Birkas klass - Läckö slott och Husaby kyrka, där enligt en sannolikt falsk tradition Olof S... (antal ord: 160), 2005-03-11

Arkeologer kan ha funnit invånare från Trelleborgen

Sex gravar med sju mycket välbevarade skelett har hittats vid en utgrävning på bageriet Finax område vid Vannhög. Stämmer arkeologernas gissningar så kan de begravda ha levt då Trelleborgen var bebodd och aktiv. Området är sedan tidigare ett välkänt gravfält. Arkeologer har ända sedan i början av förra seklet grävt där med jämna mellanrum. För två veckor sedan påbörjades ännu en utgrävning. Anledningen är att Finax planerar en större utbyggnad som delvis ska ligga på det gamla gravfältet. €“ Vi... (antal ord: 308), 2005-03-11

Medeltiden ur nya perspektiv

Mycket omvärderas nu om landskapets egenart och folkkultur. Kvinnorna hade stark ställning och det var självklart för hälsingarna att ta hand om samhällets fattigaste. - Det är bra för folks självkänsla i Hälsingland att få veta hur framstående landskapet var på medeltiden. Det säger Elisabeth Andersson som är projektledare hos Sensus studieförbund med lokalkontor i Hälsingland. Man har nu fokus på medeltiden och Sensus har ordnat inte mindre än ett trettiotal cirklar i ämnet runt om i landskap... (antal ord: 594), 2005-03-11

Scientists Believe They Found Remains of Humans' Earliest Walking Ancestor in Ethiopia

A team of U.S. and Ethiopian scientists has discovered the fossilized remains of what they believe is humankind's first walking ancestor, a hominid that lived in the wooded grasslands of the Horn of Africa nearly 4 million years ago. The bones were discovered in February at a new site called Mille, in the northeastern Afar region of Ethiopia, said Bruce Latimer, director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio. They are estimated to be 3.8-4 million years old. The fossils include a c... (antal ord: 518), 2005-03-11

Scientists unearth early skeleton

Scientists say the bones prove the skeleton walked upright. US and Ethiopian scientists say they have discovered the fossilised remains of one of the earliest human ancestors. The research team, working in the north-east of Ethiopia, believe the remains of the hominid, or primitive human, date back four million years. They say initial study of the bones indicates the creature was bipedal - it walked around on two legs. The fossils were found just 60km (40 miles) from the site where the famous ... (antal ord: 660), 2005-03-11

Ethiopia Archaeologists Make Important Fossil Find

Archaeologists studying human origins in eastern Ethiopia have discovered 12 fossils that appear to be older than the famous fossil "Lucy," the team leader said on Saturday. - The discovery of 12 early hominid fossփ¿il specimens estimated to be between 3.8 to 4 million years old will be important in terms of understanding the early phases of human evolution before Lucy," Ethiopian archeologist Yohannes Haile Selassie told a news conference. "It is hoped that the new discoveries will allow scie... (antal ord: 209), 2005-03-11

Were cavemen painting for their gods?

The meaning of Ice Age art has been endlessly debated, but evidence is increasing that some was religiously motivated, says Paul Bahn. At least 70,000 years ago, our ancestors began to adorn their bodies with beads, pendants and perhaps tattoos; by 35,000 years ago, they had begun to paint and engrave animals, people and abstract motifs on cave walls, like those in Lascaux, France, and Altamira in Spain. They sculpted voluptuous figurines in ivory or stone, such as the Venus of Willendorf. Unde... (antal ord: 1250), 2005-03-11

Dr Cameron of Tura finds a 2300-year-old shroud

A team coordinated by Tura Beach archaeologist Dr Judith Cameron has discovered and preserved the oldest complete shroud found in Southeast Asia, dating back some 2,300 years to the Bronze Age Dongson culture. The cloth was found in a wooden boat-shaped coffin covered by thick black mud in a canal in the Red River plains area of Vietnam in December last year. In what has been hailed as a major find, team leader Professor Peter Bellwood of the Australian National University said that the boat co... (antal ord: 1031), 2005-03-17

Neanderthals sang like sopranos

Neanderthals had strong, yet high-pitched, voices that the stocky hominins used for both singing and speaking, says a UK researcher. The theory suggests that Neanderthals, who once lived in Europe from around 200,000 to 35,000 BC, were intelligent and socially complex. It also indicates that although Neanderthals were likely to have represented a unique species, they had more in common with modern humans than previously thought. Stephen Mithen, a professor of archaeology at the University of ... (antal ord: 726), 2005-03-17

Mother of us all, or sister? Olmecs a puzzle

On a coastal flood plain etched by rivers flowing through swamps and alongside fields of maize and beans, the people archaeologists call the Olmecs lived in a society of emergent complexity. It was more than 3,000 years ago, along the Gulf of Mexico around Veracruz. The Olmecs moved a veritable mountain of earth to create a plateau above the plain, and there planted a city, the ruins of which are known today as San Lorenzo. The Olmecs are widely regarded as creators of the first civilization i... (antal ord: 238), 2005-03-17

Archaeologists tackle chess puzzle

A grubby green cousin of the world's most famous chessmen is puzzling archaeologists.The little knight on horseback, recently found by an amateur using a metal detector on farmland in north Nottinghamshire, is startlingly similar to chesspieces found hundreds of miles away in 1831, on a beach on the isle of Lewis. The find is being announced today at a British Museum conference to mark the government's agreement to keep funding a scheme to encourage the reporting of all finds. Not being of gre... (antal ord: 212), 2005-03-17

Cleopatra seduced the Romans with her irresistible . . . mind

Long before Shakespeare portrayed her as history€™s most exotic femme fatale, Cleopatra was revered throughout the Arab world - for her brain. Medieval Arab scholars never referred to the Egyptian queen€™s appearance, and they made no mention of the dangerous sensuality which supposedly corrupted Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Instead they marvelled at her intellectual accomplishments: from alchemy and medicine to philosophy, mathematics and town planning, a new book has claimed. Even Elizabeth T... (antal ord: 398), 2005-03-17

Viking sagas read through the lens of climate change

Ancient Icelandic sagas may be full of treachery, death and destruction, but the real villain behind all the foment could well have been climate change. According to a Canadian scientist, there's a direct link between changes in regional temperatures and the thematic content of the sagas. The research is based on newly reconstructed temperature records gained from ocean sediment cores collected off the coast of Vestfirdir, the northwest peninsula of Iceland by scientists from the University of ... (antal ord: 838), 2005-03-17

Ancient knife proves longer astronomical history

Archaeologists in northwest China's Qinghai province claimed that a 5,000-year-old stone knife with designs of constellations will extend China's history of astronomical observation by 1,000 years. The finely-polished stone knife, six centimeters long and threecentimeters wide, was unearthed at the Laomao Ruins, a New Stone Age site nine kilometers west of Lamao Village in Qinghai. Archaeologists also unearthed many other relics from the site including pottery pieces, stone and bone tools. Liu... (antal ord: 212), 2005-03-17

Dansk arkeolog prisad av Vitterhetsakademien

Den danske arkeologen Jörgen Jensen har belönats av Kungliga Vitterhetsakademien med Gad Rausings pris på 600000 kronor. "Den direkta anledningen till att vi velat uppmärksamma Jörgen Jensen är hans omfattande volymsamling om Danmarks förhistoria vars fjärde och avslutande del publicerades för några månader sedan. Danmarks oldtid är ett storverk som kommer att påverka den arkeologiska forskningen för lång tid framöver", motiverar Ulf Sporrong, sekreterare vid akademien, i ett pressmeddelande. V... (antal ord: 120), 2005-03-17

Kristdala inventeras på boplatser

Under våren kommer en inventering av boplatser från sten- och bronsåldern att göras i Kristdala. - Vi räknar med att kunna hitta mellan 25 och 30 boplatser, säger arkeolog Michael Dahlin som leder arbetet. Inventeringen i Kristdala är en fortsättning på projektet Forntid i Oskarshamns kommun, FOK, som pågått under två år. Detta projekt, som initierades av kommunens hembygdsföreningar, koncentrerades till Misterhults och Döderhults socknar och genomfördes i samarbete med fem skolor i Oskarshamn ... (antal ord: 341), 2005-03-17

Norrland mycket äldre än vad vi trott

Norrlands historia är inte vad den borde vara. Tvärtemot vad historieböckerna säger befolkades Norrland tidigt, direkt efter inlandsisen under äldre stenåldern. - Många felaktigheter i historieskrivningen baserar sig på förutfattade meningar och projiceringar av nutiden till dåtiden, säger arkeologen David Loeffler vid Umeå universitet. Redan på 1900-talet hade arkeologer gjort fynd som berättade om Norrlands forntida historia. Men faktum förklarades bort och det tog 80 år innan forskare och h... (antal ord: 566), 2005-03-17

Arkeologer kan ha hittat trelleborgens invånare

Sex gravar med sju välbevarade skelett har hittats vid en utgrävning utanför Trelleborg, skriver Ystads Allehanda. Enligt arkeologerna kan de begravda ha levt då den vikingatida trelleborgen var bebodd och aktiv. Området är sedan tidigare ett välkänt gravfält, som undersökts flera gånger tidigare. För två veckor sedan påbörjades ännu en utgrävning eftersom en av ortens industrier planerar en större utbyggnad som delvis ska ligga på det gamla gravfältet. Kvarlevorna är mycket välbevarade tack va... (antal ord: 158), 2005-03-17

Prestigepris til dansk forsker

Svensk pris på 600.000 sv. kr. til dansk arkæolog. Hvert år belønner det svenske "Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien" et stribe humanistiske og samfundsvidenskabelige forskere. Den fornemmeste pris går i år til arkæologen og museumsinspektøren dr. phil. Jørgen Jensen, København, som får Gad Rausings pris på 600.000 sv. kr. for sin banebrydende og internationalt anerkendte forskning i dansk forhistorie. - Den direkte anledning til at ville hædre Jørgen Jensen er hans omfattende produktion om "Danmarks o... (antal ord: 110), 2005-03-17

Moesgård får ansvar for det undersøiske

Kulturarvstyrelsen har overdraget det marinarkæologiske ansvar for alle farvande, søer og åer i օrhus Amt til Moesgård Museum uden dog at have fået øget bevillingerne, så pengene til den nye opgave må foreløbig tages fra museets øvrige aktiviteter. Museumsdirektør Jan Skamby Madsen håber og regner dog med, at han vil få penge til de nye opgaver. Det nye ansvarsonmråde betyder, at museet skal føre tilsyn med allerede kendte fund og oparbdejde specialistkendskab til marine fortidsminder. Opgavern... (antal ord: 312), 2005-03-17

Scientists Outraged over Damage to 'Hobbit' Remains

The damage to the bones of this diminutive being - named Homo floresiensis and nicknamed hobbit by scientists - is so extensive that it will limit scholarly research on the species, say members of the Indonesian Center for Archaeology-based discovery team. Interested in technology and innovation news? Add this site to your "Favorites" to find your way back easily next time. Inside Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, the bones of the hobbit rested undisturbed for 18,000 years. But... (antal ord: 1272), 2005-03-25

Skeletal remains

Skeletal remains held by the National Museum of Scotland have been identified as a lost Egyptian queen and her child. The discovery has been made by scientists who used forensic investigative techniques to attempt to solve the mystery of the remains. The bodies were acquired for the collection a year after being discovered by Sir Flinders Petrie in 1909 at Qurna, a village on the west bank of the Nile, which has been the focus of illegal excavations. The burial discovery, displayed at the Roya... (antal ord: 600), 2005-03-25

Pharaonic fortress found inside turquoise mines in Sinai

An Egyptian-Canadian mission unearthed a Fort from the Old Kingdom in Fairuz area in South Sinai. The mission, which is represented by experts from Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities and Toronto University, was conducting digging operations in Sahl El Markha site, 160 kilometers south of Suez, on the Western Coast of Sinai. Dr. Mohamad Abdel Maqsoud, director-general of the Lower Egypt and Sinai monuments, said the unearthed stone fort rose three to Four metres high. "The Fort was discovere... (antal ord: 89), 2005-03-25

Tsunami reveals a town's ancient ruins

For a few minutes, after the water had receded far from the shore and before it came raging back as a tsunami, the fishermen stood along the beach and stared at the reality of generations of legends. Or so they say. Spread across nearly a mile, the site was encrusted with barnacles and covered in mud. But the fishermen insist they saw the remains of ancient temples and hundreds of refrigerator-sized blocks, all briefly exposed before the sea swallowed them up again. "You could see the destroye... (antal ord: 739), 2005-03-25

Bronze Age droppings reveal health of ancients

Archaeologists have found rare 3000-year-old human fossilised droppings revealing the healthy diet of Scotland's ancient inhabitants. Work on a Bronze Age farmhouse in Catpund, Shetland, has unearthed the coprolites, which give clues on the population, health and wealth distribution of the former islanders. The research has provided data on prehistoric diseases and may shed more light on the environments and evolution of plants and animals. Beverley Ballin Smith, archaeological project manager a... (antal ord: 159), 2005-03-25

Dr Cameron of Tura finds a 2300-year-old shroud

A team coordinated by Tura Beach archaeologist Dr Judith Cameron has discovered and preserved the oldest complete shroud found in Southeast Asia, dating back some 2,300 years to the Bronze Age Dongson culture. The cloth was found in a wooden boat-shaped coffin covered by thick black mud in a canal in the Red River plains area of Vietnam in December last year. In what has been hailed as a major find, team leader Professor Peter Bellwood of the Australian National University said that the boat co... (antal ord: 1031), 2005-03-25

Cambodia tries to save its past

Hidden among stands of bamboo far from the throngs of tourists who clamber over the grand temples of Angkor, bas-reliefs in rose and gray sandstone stand in solitary splendor. The gods and demons and half-human, half-animal figures revered by the Angkor civilization were carved at Mount Kulen by anonymous artists, and like countless other artworks disappeared into nature when the empire collapsed 500 years ago. Now, like much else at Angkor, the carvings are symbols, not only of the mystique of... (antal ord: 1013), 2005-03-25

Unikt träflöte hittat i Karlstads centrum

I den nya historien stod det en kebabrestaurang på platsen. I den gamla historien, för 7 500 år sedan, fanns där en fiskare. Och han tappade sitt flöte. På tisdagen hittade arkeologerna i Karlstad det. Under allra sista dagen av det utgrävningsprojekt som pågått i centrum en period såg en arkeolog ett litet föremål i ett schakt och det visade sig vara ett träflöte. Först trodde man att fiskeflötet bara var några tusen år, men en koll med kol 14-metoden visade att åldern var 7 500 år, uppger Vä... (antal ord: 133), 2005-03-25

Arkeolog hoppas hitta fler stenyxor i Kristdala

Arkeologen Michael Dahlin har fått 55 000 kronor av länsstyrelsen för att kunna inventera fornminnen i Kristdalatrakten. - Så fort snön är borta börjar vi inventeringen tillsammans med hembygdsföreningen. Det handlar om en ren inventering och rapporten skall vara klar till midsommar, säger Michael Dahlin. I samband med projektet forntid i Oskarshamns kommun som avslutades förra året fick Michael Dahlin möjlighet att fornminnesinventera två tredjedelar av kommunen. - Vi klarade av Döderhults och... (antal ord: 393), 2005-03-25

Svensk dagbok avslöjar ökenstad

֖ver 70 år gamla svenska dagboksanteckningar översatta till kinesiska har lett arkeologer närmare en lösning på mysteriet med en fyratusenårig kultur. Hundrasextiotre gravar, ett trettiotal med mumier, har hittills grävts fram under sanddyner i öknen i Xinjiangprovinsen i nordvästra Kina. Tiden hade gömt spåren efter gravplatsen, tills någon kom ihåg Folke Bergman. Vad som nu kommer fram är i välbehållet skick, och tros ge information om ett samhälle och en livsstil på en plats där kungariket ... (antal ord: 292), 2005-03-25

En trelleborg i Rygge?

Finnes det en ringborg fra vikingtiden på Lyby i Rygge, ֘stfold? Spørsmålet er faktisk berettiget. Strekningen fra Rygge kirke til Værne kloster/օrefjorden er i utgangspunktet et uhyre interessant vikingtidsmiljø, et av landets mest spennende €“ den berømte gullsporen alene sier noe om det store potensialet som ligger her, sett fra et arkeologisk ståsted. Når jeg bringer nettopp en ringborg på banen, er anledningen imidlertid mer konkret enn som så: Det skyldes et merkelig anlegg som arkeologen O... (antal ord: 2876), 2005-04-01

Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuries

About 2,000 years after the Gospel according to Judas sowed discord among early Christians, a Swiss foundation says it is translating for the first time the controversial text named after the apostle said to have betrayed Jesus Christ. The 62-page papyrus manuscript of the text was uncovered in Egypt during the 1950s or 1960s, but its owners did not fully comprehend its significance until recently, according to the Maecenas Foundation in Basel. The manuscript written in the ancient dialect of ... (antal ord: 549), 2005-04-01

Gold love ring is treasure trove

A collection of artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to the 1600s has been declared treasure by a coroner's court in Cardiff. The items were found over the course of 18 months at various sites in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales. They included a gold Elizabethan ring with the inscription "Let Liking Last" on its inner rim, found near the ruins of a manor house in Llantrithyd. Five Bronze Age axe heads were also among items found by metal dectectors. The court declared seven items to be tr... (antal ord: 498), 2005-04-01

Bamboo slips shed light on rise of Great Wall

Archeologists in central-south Hunan province have sorted out altogether 36,000 bamboo slips, about 35,000 of which bear official authentic records from 2,200 years ago at a coincidence with the rise of China's imposing Great Wall, which was first built on and off from the third century B.C.. These priceless ancient records, ingrained in official scripts,provide a detailed, encyclopedic account of the imperial Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), including politics, military affairs, ethnicity, economic... (antal ord: 530), 2005-04-01

Inga häxor i Jämtland?

Mellan 1200- och 1800-talen beräknas att i Europa och Nordamerika brändes omkring 3 miljoner kvinnor, män och barn som häxor. I Sverige började häxprocesserna 1665 i քlvdalen och spreds vidare över landet och pågick som mest under en 10-årsperiod. Under den tiden, som har kallats "den stora oredan" brändes omkring 300 häxor. Så kallade visgossar sades ha förmågan att se på en kvinna om hon var häxa och kunde anmäla detta för kyrkoherden eller länsman som kunde betala en liten slant för upplysni... (antal ord: 205), 2005-04-01

The man who really found Tutankhamen

For the past 36 years journalist and author Desmond Zwar has shared a great secret: that it was not archaeologist Howard Carter who was responsible for the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, but a humble British corporal whose very presence on the site had to be kept confidential; who in the last days of the dig took a photograph that changed history. Richard Adamson was a 23-year-old spy. He had infiltrated the Wafdist Party -- dedicated to overthrowing British rule in Egypt -- and as a result 2... (antal ord: 3811), 2005-04-01

Norrländsk arkeologi åsidosatt

Norrlands förhistoria nedvärderades konsekvent till förmån för södra Sverige under större delen av 1900-talet, det menar Umeå-arkeologen David Loeffler i sin doktorsavhandling. €“ Man betraktade Norrland som tomt. Att det befolkats sent, och att när det väl befolkades så var det inte några fasta bosättningar, säger David Loeffler, arkeolog vid Umeå Universitet. Redan i den arkeologiska forskningens barndom, i slutet av 1800-talet, hittade arkeologer slående bevis för att Norrland hade en både lå... (antal ord: 186), 2005-04-01

Remains of boats used by ancient Egyptians

Archaeologists have found the remains of boats used by ancient Egyptians for trading trips, the culture minister said in comments published on Wednesday. The boats were discovered in caves in a pharaonic harbour on Egypt's Red Sea coast around 300 miles southeast of Cairo, Farouk Hosni said in comments carried by Egypt's state MENA news agency They were used to transport goods to and from the Land of Punt, he said. The Land of Punt, mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings, is thought by most arc... (antal ord: 149), 2005-04-01

Nuclear Analysis Reveals Secrets Of Inca Burial Site

Researchers have applied a unique nuclear analytic technique to pottery found at an ancient burial site high in the Andes mountains, and believe that the girl buried at this site was transported more than 600 miles in a ceremonial pilgrimage - revealing some customs and rituals of the ancient Inca empire. The findings are being published by scientists from Oregon State University in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. On the highest peaks of the Andes, sacrificial burial sites have bee... (antal ord: 418), 2005-04-01

Cairo museum shows off 'lost' gold treasures

A collection of Roman-era gold treasures has spent centuries hidden from view, either concealed by thieves in a clay jar, buried under the desert or languishing in a dusty corner of Cairo's rambling Egyptian Museum. On Tuesday, the set of magnificent gold necklaces, crowns and coins dating back to the second century were put under the spotlight when Cairo's 102-year-old museum launched a program to give prominence to many of its neglected exhibits in new monthly displays. The pieces being exhi... (antal ord: 248), 2005-04-01

'Venus de Beit She'an' debuts in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum Tuesday unveiled a rare marble statue of Venus, the Roman goddess of love, discovered a decade ago in excavations of the ancient city of Beit She'an. According to curators, the statue is unique because of the original coat of paint that can still be seen on it. The museum hopes the "Beit She'an Venus" will become one of the most famous statues of its kind. The statue, dated to the second century CE, was found during the excavation of the eastern bathhouse at Beit She'an by pro... (antal ord: 381), 2005-04-01

Academics suggest Irish travellers are remnant of pre-Celtic culture

Irish travellers, long derided as anti-social itinerants rather than "true" Gypsies, are an ancient people in their own right, researchers say. Academics preparing for the world's first symposium on the travellers' mysterious past, claim they could even be the last surviving remnants of a pre-Celtic Ireland, with their own distinctive language called "Cant" or "Gammon". Commonly known as "tinkers" because of their tin-smithing past, Irish travelling families have never enjoyed the romantic ass... (antal ord: 380), 2005-04-01

The Voynich Solution

The Voynic manuscript ha flummoxed cryptographer since its discovery in a Italian villa in 1912. Is i an elaborate cipher, a alchemical sourcebook, treatise on extinc civilizations or a documen in ancient Ukrainian wit the vowels omitted? Th 234-page tract is laced with watercolors of plants, astronomica drawings and naked sylphs, but it is the language that trul confounds scholars. Voynichese symbols resemble no know alphabet, but the word and sentence structure is highly regular ... (antal ord: 271), 2005-04-01

spectacular mosaics

In Libya, again open to U.S. travelers after more than two decades, archaeologists have uncovered spectacular mosaics of the glories of Rome Helmut Siegert returned to the coast of Libya last year to follow up on a tantalizing discovery. In September 2000, his colleague Marliese Wendowski was excavating what she thought was a large farmhouse when, 12 feet deep in the sandy soil, she came across a floor covered with a stunning glass-and-stone mosaic of an exhausted gladiator staring at a slain o... (antal ord: 1152), 2005-04-01

Female population predominant in 5000-year-old Burnt City

Anthropological studies indicate that females constituted about sixty percent of the population of the 5000-year-old Burnt City, director of a team of anthropologists working on the ancient Iranian city said on Monday. - We have excavated 208 graves in the cemetery of the Burnt City within seven phases carried out over the past years. 113 of the graves belonged to the female, Farzad Foruzanfar added. The Burnt City is located 57 kilometers from the city of Zabol in Iran€™s Sistan-Baluchestan Pro... (antal ord: 303), 2005-04-07

Ny konservering ska rädda järnföremålen

Hudiksvall Det var ett spännande ögonblick när man på onsdagen för första gången på 19 år öppnande Norralamannens nuvarande viloplats, en glasmonter på Hälsinglands museum i Hudiksvall. Konservatorn Ulrik Skans vid Statens historiska museum fanns på plats liksom osteologen Leena Drenzel. Hon ska undersöka Norralamannens skelett. Viktigast åtgärda järnföremål Men det viktigaste den här gången är att åtgärda järnföremålen, något som senast gjordes på 1980-talet. Nu är det hög tid igen. Tidens t... (antal ord: 471), 2005-04-07

Iron Age habitational site found at Adichanallur

The fortification wall discovered at the habitational site at Adichanallur, near Tirunelveli. The wall is seen running diagonally across and it is packed with stones in an irregular manner on its outer surface. In an important discovery, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chennai Circle, has located the habitational site of the Iron Age people who were buried in big urns at Adichanallur, 24 km from Tirunelveli town in Tamil Nadu. Although several urn burial sites such as at Amirthamanga... (antal ord: 735), 2005-04-07

Hobbiten, homo floresiensis

En av förra årets mest omtalade vetenskapliga upptäckt kom från den indonesiska ön Flores. Under en arkeologisk utgrävning hittade forskare skelettet av en liten primitiv individ som levde för omkring 18 000 år sedan. Varelsen var bara drygt en meter lång och döptes snabbt till hobbiten efter figurerna i Sagan om ringen. Forskare på Flores förstod inte vad de hittat eftersom det inte liknade något som var känt sedan tidigare. Det var inte en modern människa av släktet Homo sapiens men inte hell... (antal ord: 312), 2005-04-07

Archaeologist finds 'oldest porn statue'

Stone-age figurines depicting what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world have been unearthed in Germany. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the 7,200-year-old remnants of a man having intercourse with a woman. The extraordinary find, at an archaeological dig in Saxony, shatters the belief that sex was a taboo subject in that era. Until now, the oldest representations of sexual scenes were frescos from about 2,000 years ago. Harald Stäuble of the Archaeological... (antal ord: 341), 2005-04-07

Kvinnor med på vikingatåg

Den populäraste bilden av en viking är en skäggig man med behornad hjälm och ett fartyg format som en drake. Men denna bild av vikingen som manlig krigare är inte helt sann. Kvinnorna var med i samma utsträckning som männen. De nya rönen presenteras i en rapport av Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Forskare vid Oxford University och ett institut i Rejkavik har analyserat två olika sorters DNA hos dagens britter och kommit fram till att de skandinaviska vikingagrupper som koloniserade områdena kring... (antal ord: 321), 2005-04-07

Chad skull 'leans to human line'

Experts are a step closer to answering whether an ancient skull from Africa belonged to a possible human ancestor or to a creature closer to apes. Fresh fossil finds from Chad in central Africa, as well as a new analysis of the skull, seem to confirm "ToumaÖ¯" was closer to us, Nature magazine reports. The ToumaÖ¯ specimen was unearthed in Chad in 2002 to international acclaim. But rival researchers attacked claims by the discovery team that it was the oldest hominid, or human-like creature. I... (antal ord: 618), 2005-04-07

Experts Find 41 Saltworks Used by Mayans

Underwater archaeologists have discovered 41 new seaside salt production works used by the ancient Mayans in Central America. The discovery at Punta Ycacos Lagoon in what is now Belize provides evidence of extensive salt production to serve the large Mayan cities on the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula, reports researcher Heather McKillop of Louisiana State University. Her findings are reported in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Four salt works had previousl... (antal ord: 154), 2005-04-07

The softer, caring side of the marauding Viking

Far from their marauding, pillaging stereotypes, Viking warriors were homemakers who couldn€™t wait to ship their wives over to settle the lands they had conquered, new research reveals. Scientists studying Scots of Viking ancestry in Shetland and Orkney have discovered that there must have been far more Viking women in the Dark Ages settlements than originally thought. However, it appears that Viking wives refused to go deeper into Scotland, with little evidence they made it as far as the Weste... (antal ord: 469), 2005-04-07

Ancient musical instruments unearthed

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of ancient musical instruments from the tombs of Yue State noblemen in East China's Jiangsu Province. Among the discoveries are rare clay instruments called Fou. It was popular during China's Spring and Autumn Period, and the Warring States Period. All together, about 500 musical instruments made from clay were unearthed from the tombs. Experts consider them outstanding in both quantity and quality. This group of instruments has no documentation a... (antal ord: 204), 2005-04-07

Genes to help tell 'story of everybody'

Indigenous people around the world will be asked to supply a cheek swab to help geneticists answer the question of how humanity spread from Africa. The National Geographic Society and IBM hope to sample 100,000 people or more and look for ancient clues buried in living DNA to calculate who came from where and when. For $US100, anyone who wants to can supply his or her own cheek swab for a personalised analysis and perhaps to contribute to the research. Geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wel... (antal ord: 407), 2005-04-14

New methods help find and preserve ancient wrecks

Amphorae from one of some 1,000 wrecks known to exist in Greek waters. Technological developments are making it easier for archaeologists to find and evaluate marine antiquities. A new search is under way to find the wreckage of an ancient Persian fleet on the seabed off the coast of Greece. In cooperation with the Center for Maritime Research that has found over 30 wrecks within five years, the Ephorate of Coastal Antiquities, with the help of American and Canadian experts, will resume their se... (antal ord: 594), 2005-04-14

Messages from the Human Past

For tens of thousands of years, humans have been making their marks on rock faces, leaving behind often puzzling testimonials to their lifeways and thought. Found throughout the world in every human cultural area, rock art is a unique window into the early human mind, but a huge challenge to interpret. A renowned leader in rock art research, Dr. Jean Clottes has spent a lifetime examining rock art panels in France and throughout the world. In July 2003, as a featured speaker for The Archaeolog... (antal ord: 144), 2005-04-14

New method for dating ancient earthquakes

A new method for dating destructive past earthquakes, based on evidence remaining in caves has been developed by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Geological Survey of Israel. Using this method, they discovered for the first time evidence of earthquakes that can be documented some distance from the Syrian-African rift that runs from Syria through Lebanon, Israel and Jordan and down into Africa. This rift caused great shifts in the topography of the region in prehistoric ti... (antal ord: 402), 2005-04-14

Darius Ancient Inscription Found in Boushehr Deciphered

Archaeologists have succeeded to decipher the text of an old stone tablet found recently in Boushehr, south of Iran. The tablet belongs to Darius the Great, King of Achaemenids. Excavation in the old palace of Bardak-e Siah in Boushehr, in the southern province of Boushehr, at the end of March led to the discovery of a stone tablet, with a written text in New Babylonian and a relief of Darius the Great. Experts of ancient languages succeeded to read and decipher the text, which is evidently par... (antal ord: 269), 2005-04-14

Dr. Nur Eddin :Nile Conference looks at history of River

Under the title of 'The Nile and Water Resources in Egypt through the Ages, the fifth Fayyoum conference took place this week at Cairo University's Faculty of Archaeology, Fayyoum Branch. At a key address, Dr Abdul Halim Nur Eddin, Chair of the conference and Dean of the Faculty, said that water has always played a major role in the life of nations. Without the Nile, Egypt would not have ever had an ancient civilization. Research papers read at the conference looked at water resources from many... (antal ord: 250), 2005-04-14

Four Hundred Ancient Rock Arts Found North of Jiroft

More than 400 rock arts, picturing humans and animals, dating to the Achaemenid and Parthian era (2500 years to 2138 years ago) has been discovered in Sardouyeh, north of Jiroft, in Kerman province. Lots of historical objects and remains have so far been discovered in Sardouyeh area, making it an important archaeology site. The rock arts show different scenes and creatures, including humans hunting animals with bows, ibexes, felines (including cats, lions, etc), humans fighting, and animals hu... (antal ord: 133), 2005-04-14

Two thousand year old urns, tombs found in Binh Dong

Archaeologists made a significant discovery after Tuesday unearthing an array of urns and earth tombs from Binh Dong Commune of the Binh Son District in the central province of Quang Ngai, experts revealed. The 10 earth tombs and 10 urns dating back 2,400-2,500 years to the Iron Age of the Sa Huynh culture, were found buried together according to archaeologist Pham Thi Ninh from the Archaeology Institute. Archaeologists believe the urns, measuring 60cm in diameter at the widest point and standi... (antal ord: 165), 2005-04-14

Fornåkrar vid Brantevik

För 2 000 år sedan odlade järnålderns brantevikare sitt korn och sin vete på sluttningarna ner mot fiskeläget. Spåren efter deras primitiva brukningsmetoder syns än idag och har lockat till sig arkeologer. På de flygbilder som ligger till grund för kartor syns spåren tydligt. Dagens åkrar med spikraka gränser ligger som ett rutnät över landskapet, men bakom dem framtonar ett svagare nät med ojämna maskor. " Det är de vallar som omgav järnålderns åkrar, förklarar Jes Martens, dansk arkeolog som ... (antal ord: 448), 2005-04-14

Kulturhistoria röjs på Stora Nötte

På höjden ovanför Båstad vilar förfäder från bronsåldern med utsikt över havet. Men som på så många andra ställen har fornminnena fått växa igen med sly och så småningom riktiga träd. De skymmer gravhögarna, men utgör också en risk. Om träd fälls i storm kan ett rotfälle vända upp och ner på graven och förstöra den. €“ Men det handlar också om respekt för gravarna, menar Gunilla Roos, arkeolog och Bjäreentusiast. Vi har ett enastående landskap laddat med gravhögar. Då ska de också visas fram. Ko... (antal ord: 377), 2005-04-14

Försvunnen sten gäckar arkeologen

Grävskopan har tystnat. Schaktet har fyllts igen och åkern ligger åter stilla. Arkeolog Bo Bondesson Hvid konstaterar: €“ Vi hittade inte någon sten. När elledningar grävdes ner i Magnarp för 30€“40 år sedan försvann en fornlämning, en skålgropssten. I december i fjol trodde Bo Bondesson Hvid att han var den försvunna stenen på spåren. Han utförde en arkeologisk undersökning med anledning av planerna på att bygga villor på Gamlegården och Hjalmarsas. Han fick höra att i samband med nedgrävningen ... (antal ord: 345), 2005-04-14

Boplatsen kan vara minst 300 år

C 14-analyser visar att det på platsen för de pågående arkeologiska undersökningarna i Indal kan finnas en boplats som är minst 3 000 år gammal. €“ Om den varit lika strandbunden som den nu daterade är det högst troligt, menar professor Per H Ramqvist, Arkeologiska institutionen vid Umeå universitet. Förra årets arkeologiska undersökningar i Stige, Indal, visar på överraskande resultat. I samband med den grav arkeologer undersökt, som man misstänkt har en koppling till den omtalade Stigeskatte... (antal ord: 390), 2005-04-14

Dick Wases Visbyciceron om medeltidsmänniskans vardag

"Människornas Visby" heter den Visbyciceron som Gotlandshistorikern Dick Wase nu givit ut på det egna förlaget Oeisspeis. Enligt författaren är det "den främsta Visbyciceronen som går att uppbringa". En bok som bygger på den artikelserie om Visbys medeltidshistoria som Wase publicerade i GT inför Hansedagarna i Visby 1998. Nu har författaren reviderat serien och lagt till en uppslagsdel så att boken ska kunna bli en lättanvänd ciceron till just stadens medeltidshistoria och minnesmärken. Dic... (antal ord: 361), 2005-04-14

Mammoth remains unearthed at California construction site

The remarkably well-preserved remnants of an estimated half-million-year-old mammoth - including both tusks - were discovered at a new housing development in Southern California. An onsite paleontologist found the remains, which include 50 percent to 70 percent of the Ice Age creature, as crews cleared away hillsides to prepare for building, Mayor Pro Tem Clint Harper said. Paleontologist Mark Roeder estimated the mammoth was about 12 feet tall, Harper said. Roeder believed it was not a pygmy o... (antal ord: 235), 2005-04-14

Ice Age discovery in sunny California

The remarkably well-preserved remnants of an estimated half-million-year-old mammoth - including both tusks - were discovered at a new housing development in Southern California. An onsite paleontologist found the remains, which include 50 percent to 70 percent of the Ice Age creature, as crews cleared away hillsides to prepare for building, Mayor Pro Tem Clint Harper said. Paleontologist Mark Roeder estimated the mammoth was about 12 feet tall, Harper said. Roeder believed it was not a pygmy ... (antal ord: 235), 2005-04-14

Mammoth's remains found at homes' construction site

The remarkably well-preserved remnants of an estimated half-million-year-old mammoth - including both tusks - were discovered at a new housing development in Southern California. An onsite paleontologist found the remains, which include 50 percent to 70 percent of the Ice Age creature, as crews cleared away hillsides to prepare for building, Mayor Pro Tem Clint Harper said. Paleontologist Mark Roeder estimated the mammoth was about 12 feet tall, Harper said. Roeder believed it was not a pygmy ... (antal ord: 237), 2005-04-14

Rescuing an Old Dig

The existence of a cemetery outside the Roman fort at Brougham, some 20 miles south of the western end of Hadrian's Wall, had long been known from finds of tombstones. So when it was announced that the modern highway that ran through it was to be straightened, excavations were planned. But this was in 1966, a time when archaeological concerns were of little importance to road builders and archaeologists were poorly funded. Work started unexpectedly in early 1967, before it was scheduled to begin... (antal ord: 590), 2005-04-21

The Dead of Snake Hill

It was a story heard too often during the heady years of immigration: people who left the safety of their families in the Old World to take a run at success, only to disappear forever into America's booming metropolises. Some made it, but many fell ill, or out on their luck, and ended up in the almshouse, the asylum, or even the penitentiary. And when they died, their unclaimed bodies were delivered to the institution's cemetery. Leonardo Andriani was one of these people. A decorated sailor who... (antal ord: 718), 2005-04-21

Turtle Dives Again

In 1776, the experimental sub Turtle was the most revolutionary weapon in George Washington's arsenal. Artists Rick and Laura Brown have created a faithful replica of the vessel. At midnight, September 7, 1776, a strange craft on a deadly mission made its way down the Hudson River. Shaped like an egg, with a windowed copper conning tower, two spindly propellers, and a 100-pound time bomb on its back, the seven-foot-tall wooden submarine Turtle was the most daring invention of the Revolutionary ... (antal ord: 579), 2005-04-21

The Devil in the Details

In 1590, the Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry and his family began publishing illustrated books on the Americas. All 14 books in the series contain engravings of scenes and people from the New World paired with information from Europeans who had voyaged across the Atlantic. The second de Bry volume, published in 1591, focused on the 1564-1565 French settlement of Fort Caroline east of modern Jacksonville. Prominent in the 42 engravings are Timucua-speaking Indians who lived in northern Florida an... (antal ord: 692), 2005-04-21

Archeological gold mine unearthed in UP

The residents of Sanchankot village in Uttar Pradesh on the banks on Sai river never knew they were sitting on an archeological goldmine. Excavations in the mounds here have revealed proof of civilizations of four different periods. The oldest being the Painted Grey Ware period dating from 1400 to 800 BC and the latest the Gupta period of the 4-6th century AD. A 10th century temple of the Pratihar dynasty has also been found during the excavations. Excavations on The archeological significance ... (antal ord: 334), 2005-04-21

Silver coins dating back to Abbasid dynasty found

A middle-aged Omani woman stumbled on a 'silver pot' in Yankul wilayat but sensing the historical value of her find, she handed it over to the state. A stone jar covered with a clay pot to keep it airtight contained silver coins dating back to the Abbasid dynasty (AD750-1258) and possibly earlier. "All 409 coins are in excellent condition and due to the airtight lid there's no corrosion," Biubwa Bint Ali Al Sabry, Director of the Archaeology Department at the Ministry of National Heritage and Cu... (antal ord: 267), 2005-04-21

Infra-Red Brings Ancient Papyri to Light

Oxyrhynchus, situated on a tributary of the Nile 100 miles south of Cairo, was a prosperous regional capital and the third city of Egypt, with 35,000 people. It was populated mainly by Greek immigrants, who left behind tons of papyri upon which slaves trained in Greek had documented the community's arts and goings-on. Interested in technology and innovation news? Add this site to your "Favorites" to find your way back easily next time. A vast array of previously unintelligible manuscripts from... (antal ord: 612), 2005-04-21

Genetic testing reveals awkward truth about Xinjiang€™s famous mummies

After years of controversy and political intrigue, archaeologists using genetic testing have proven that Caucasians roamed China€™s Tarim Basin 1,000 years before East Asian people arrived. The research, which the Chinese government has appeared to have delayed making public out of concerns of fueling Uighur Muslim separatism in its western-most Xinjiang region, is based on a cache of ancient dried-out corpses that have been found around the Tarim Basin in recent decades. €œIt is unfortunate that... (antal ord: 935), 2005-04-21

Whale fossil found in Egyptian desert

An American palaeontologist and a team of Egyptians have found the most complete fossilised skeleton of the primitive whale Basilosaurus isis in Egypt's Western Desert, a university spokesperson said on Monday. Philip Gingerich of the University of Michigan excavated the well-preserved skeleton, which is about 40 million years old, in a desert valley known as Wadi Hitan (the Valley of the Whales) south-west of Cairo, spokesperson Karl Bates said. "His feeling is that it's the most complete - th... (antal ord: 352), 2005-04-21

High-tech to be used to unveil bronze culture in Jiangxi

High-tech will be used to further explore a 3,000-year-old bronze culture at Xingan County in east China's Jiangxi Province. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Archaeological Institute of Jiangxi Province will work together to carry out excavation on the ancient bronze culture with advanced archaeological remote sensing devices in China, according to local government. In 1989, more than 470 pieces of bronzeware were unearthed froma grave dating back to the Shang Dynasty (16 B.C.-11 ... (antal ord: 256), 2005-04-21

Pompei discovery for Swedish archeologists

Swedish archeologists have discovered a Stone Age settlement covered in ash under the ruins of the ancient city of Pompei, indicating that the volcano Vesuvius engulfed the area in lava more than 3,500 years before the famous 79 AD eruption. The archeologists recently found burnt wood and grains of emmer wheat in the earth under Pompei, Anne-Marie Leander Touati, a professor of archeology at Stockholm University who led the team, told AFP. "Carbon dating shows that the finds are from prehistori... (antal ord: 286), 2005-04-21

Libyan dig unearths Roman mosaics

A stunning glass-and-stone mosaic of an exhausted gladiator staring at a slain opponent has been unearthed in Libya. The mosaic is a window onto a thriving Roman city at the height of the empire's hold on North Africa. The mosaic was discovered in Leptis Magna, which was founded 3,000 years ago on Libya's coast. The area joined the Roman Empire around 25 B.C. Leptis Magna's traders did well under Roman rule, but after the empire collapsed in the fifth century, the its prestige and population wa... (antal ord: 267), 2005-04-21

Nevada Scientists Are Working to Preserve Ancient Terra Cotta Warriors

One of the world's greatest archeological treasures is in serious trouble because of air pollution and scientists from Nevada are coming to the rescue. The terra cotta warriors were built on orders from the first emperor of China but were buried for more than 2,000 years. Scientists from Nevada's Desert Research Institute have been asked to join an international team looking for ways to keep the warriors from wasting away. The ruthless conqueror who became the first emperor of china wasn't a g... (antal ord: 550), 2005-04-21

Europes earliest pornstatue?

German archaeologists have found what they believe is Europe's earliest known clay figure of a male, along with a female figure that they think once was attached to the male in a sexual position. Together, the two finds could represent the earliest three-dimensional depiction of a copulating human couple, according to the archaeological team. Clay is difficult to date accurately, the team indicated, but markings on the objects, their style and the place in which they were found suggest that th... (antal ord: 651), 2005-04-21

3000-årigt kulthus kan ha hittats i Storängen

քr det ett tretusenårigt kulthus - ett så kallat Brobyhus? Eller en tvåtusenårig kämpagrav? Spår efter en märklig fornlämning har hittats i den steniga Storängen i närheten av Styvinge gård invid vägen mot Sturefors. De mossiga stenarna lagda i rad nedanför bergknallen handlar om forntida begravningsriter. Men hur ska vi nutida människor förstå att lyssna på vad stenarna berättar? - Det är roligt att hitta någonting som ingen arkeolog tidigare lagt märke till här under alla år, säger Ingmar Carl... (antal ord: 660), 2005-04-21

Arkeologerna tar upp flera hudra meter långt schakt till hösten

För 2 000 år sedan odlade järnålderns brantevikare sitt korn och sin vete på sluttningarna ner mot fiskeläget. Spåren efter deras primitiva brukningsmetoder syns än idag och har lockat till sig arkeologer. På de flygbilder som ligger till grund för kartor syns spåren tydligt. Dagens åkrar med spikraka gränser ligger som ett rutnät över landskapet, men bakom dem framtonar ett svagare nät med ojämna maskor. - Det är de vallar som omgav järnålderns åkrar, förklarar Jes Martens, dansk arkeolog som t... (antal ord: 450), 2005-04-21

Bronzealderbonden boede på Drengshøj

knap 3000 år siden lå der en pænt stor gård på det sted i Tingstrup, hvor der nu skal bygges boliger. Inden længe vil både et bosted for psykisk udviklingshæmmede og et mindre antal parcelhuse skyde op på marken ved Højvang og Tingstrupvej i den nordvestlige ende af Thisted. Men der har tidligere boet folk på højdedraget ved gravhøjen Drengshøj - med udsigt over markerne og ned over dalsænkningen mod nord. En arkæologisk udgravning, der afsluttes i næste uge, har afsløret en boplads fra yngre b... (antal ord: 562), 2005-04-21

օrhus ældre end antaget

Blandt fundene ved Clemensstræde er dette kvindesmykke, som arkæologerne daterer til omkring år 800. Den gængse opfattelse er, at օrhus er opstået i 900-årene. Nu kan vi godt skrive historiebogen om. Vi skal helt tilbage til 800-årene for at finde begyndelsen til Aros - byen ved åens munding. Det viser de foreløbige resultater af udgravningerne ved den tidligere irske pub, Paddy, mellem Clemensstræde og օboulevarden. Udgravningsleder fra Moesgård Museum, Lars Krants Larsen, beretter: - Vi er st... (antal ord: 227), 2005-04-21

Remains of Roman bathhouse unearthed

The rich Roman heritage of Britain's oldest recorded town has been enhanced by the discovery of a €œbeautifully preserved€ room from a bathhouse. A single 2,000-year-old room was discovered beneath Colchester Sixth Form College during work to build a fire access road near the college's information technology block. A leading archaeologist said yesterday it was one of the finest finds of its kind. The room from the bathhouse may now be preserved as an attraction. Philip Crummy, of the Colchester ... (antal ord: 485), 2005-04-28

Ancient Metalworkers Burned Out of History

Evidence for ancient metalworking is sparse, and now historians who recreated Bronze Age smelting techniques know why - the clues naturally disappear. The finding explains why, despite the discovery of 10 British mines dating from 2050 to 1500 B.C., very few remains of actual metalworking sites have been excavated around the world. For the study, students at the University of London's Birkbeck college conducted a number of smelting experiments, including the construction of crude furnaces, at Bu... (antal ord: 535), 2005-04-28

Network of tombs found near obelisk site

Experts have discovered a major network of underground funerary chambers and arches near the original site of an ancient obelisk in Ethiopia, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) said on Monday. The discovery was made in the past week during a surveying mission in the east African country in preparation for the return of the final piece of the 1 700-year-old Axum obelisk from Italy, the agency said. Teams from the Paris-based Unesco found the chambers us... (antal ord: 197), 2005-04-28

Major Bronze Age haul unearthed

A large haul of Bronze Age artefacts has been uncovered by a gardener. The 145 items, dating from about 800BC, were found by Simon Francis as he landscaped the grounds of a house in Cringleford, near Norwich. Norfolk County Council archaeologists say the haul is one of the largest and most significant they have known. Curator of archaeology Alan West said: "The items are in good condition and the more items we find the better knowledge we can develop of the era." He said the items, one of the ... (antal ord: 214), 2005-04-28

Papyrus Reveals New Clues to Ancient World

Classical Greek and Roman literature is being read for the first time in 2,000 years thanks to new technology. The previously illegible texts are among a hoard of papyrus manuscripts. Scholars say the rediscovered writings will provide a fascinating new window into the ancient world. Salvaged from an ancient garbage dump in Egypt, the collection is kept at Oxford University in England. Known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, the collection includes writings by great classical Greek authors such as Ho... (antal ord: 848), 2005-04-28

Queen€™s remains are still elusive

The Archaeological Survey of India€™s 20-year search for the relics of Queen Ketevan in Old Goa has ended in disappointment. But the excavations offer an intriguing and significant insight into 16th century Goa. Setting to rest a debate that has engaged historians and archaeologists for over 20 years, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) announced earlier this week that though it had managed to locate the €œburial site€ of Queen Ketevan of Georgia amidst the ruins of the St Augustine complex i... (antal ord: 709), 2005-04-28

Stone Age Cutups

After excavating a cache of Neandertal fossils about 100 years ago at Krapina Cave in what's now Croatia, researchers concluded that incisions on the ancient individuals' bones showed that they had been butchered and presumably eaten by their comrades. That claim has proved difficult to confirm. A new, high-tech analysis indicates that the Krapina Neandertals ritually dismembered corpses in ways that must have held symbolic meaning for the group-whether or not Neandertals ate those remains. Ne... (antal ord: 553), 2005-04-28

Ancient jaw bone raises questions over early man

New research has revealed Britain's oldest fragment of modern human - a jaw bone unearthed in the Westcountry - is 6,000 years older than previously thought. The findings raise questions about current thinking on when modern man first inhabited the country. Carbon dating had indicated the piece of jaw bone, with only three teeth, originated around 31,000 years ago. But the specimen was recently deemed suspect, because it had been strengthened with paper glue some time around its excavation from... (antal ord: 272), 2005-04-28

6000-year-old pottery workshop discovered at Toll-e Bondu

A team of archaeologists have discovered over 5000 pottery works and shards and a large pottery workshop at the 6000-year-old site of Toll-e Bondu in the southern Iranian province of Fars, the director of the archaeological team announced on Saturday. - We unearthed the large number of earthenware items during the two phases of the excavation, which led to the identification of a major center for the mass production of pottery in the region, Ehsan Yaghmaii added.   The pottery works were made of... (antal ord: 302), 2005-04-28

Egyptian sea vessel artifacts discovered at pharaonic port of Mersa Gawasis along Red Sea coast

When Kathryn Bard reached through the small hole that opened in a hillside along Egypt's Red Sea coast, her hand touched nearly 4,000 years of history. The opening that Bard, an associate professor of archaeology at Boston University, and her team's co-leader Rodolfo Fattovich, a professor of archaeology at Italy's University of Naples "L'Orientale," discovered was the entrance to a large, man-made cave. Two days later at a site about 30 meters beyond this cave, the team removed sand covering th... (antal ord: 541), 2005-04-28

Archeological gold mine unearthed in UP

The residents of Sanchankot village in Uttar Pradesh on the banks on Sai river never knew they were sitting on an archeological goldmine. Excavations in the mounds here have revealed proof of civilizations of four different periods. The oldest being the Painted Grey Ware period dating from 1400 to 800 BC and the latest the Gupta period of the 4-6th century AD. A 10th century temple of the Pratihar dynasty has also been found during the excavations. Excavations on The archeological significance... (antal ord: 334), 2005-04-28

Infra-Red Brings Ancient Papyri to Light

Oxyrhynchus, situated on a tributary of the Nile 100 miles south of Cairo, was a prosperous regional capital and the third city of Egypt, with 35,000 people. It was populated mainly by Greek immigrants, who left behind tons of papyri upon which slaves trained in Greek had documented the community's arts and goings-on. Interested in technology and innovation news? Add this site to your "Favorites" to find your way back easily next time. A vast array of previously unintelligible manuscripts from... (antal ord: 612), 2005-04-28

Titthål i Strandparken ska ge svar om Gävles medeltid

På vikingatiden låg byar längs Gavleån och på 1500-talet hade Gävle växt till en handels- och sjöfartsstad. Men vad hände innan Gävle fick stadsprivilegier år 1446? Det vill Bo Ulfhielm, arkeolog och antikvarie på länsmuseet ta reda på i vår. När han fått alla nödvändiga grävtillstånd tänker han tillsammans med en medeltidskännare och elever från Vasaskolans arkeologikurs sätta spaden i backen i området runt Strandparken intill Gammelbron, mitt emot länsstyrelsen. Pengar, 90 000 kronor, har ... (antal ord: 235), 2005-04-28

Med modern teknik undersöks slagfältet

Redan andra dagen gjordes flera intressanta fynd vid Axtorna. Blykulor från hjullåspistoler och spännen som lossat då tunga hästar med kraft slog i marken; de arkeologiska undersökningarna om slaget vid Axtorna 1565 gav resultat redan andra dagen. Sex kulor, två spännen och en järnbit med en nit i som kan komma från en rustning, var några av fynden. - Det är väldigt ovanliga fynd, det är ju nästan medeltida grejer, säger Daniel Borgman, historiker från Halmstad och projektledare för de arkeolog... (antal ord: 303), 2005-04-28

'Out-of-Africa' Hypothesis of Modern Human Origins Challenged

Chinese archaeologists said newly found evidence proves that a valley of Qingjiang River, a tributary on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, might be one of the regions where Homo sapiens, or modern man, originated.The finding challenges the "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis of modern human origins, according to which about 100,000 years ago modern humans originated in Africa, migrated to other continents, and replaced populations of archaic humans across the globe. The finding comes from a large... (antal ord: 457), 2005-04-28

Ny silverskatt funnen på Gotland

En ny silverskatt har hittats på Gotland, men arkeologerna är mycket förtegna om närmare detaljer kring skatten. Det gäller bland annat hur stor skatten är och var den hittats, av rädsla för skattplundrare som varit i farten den senaste tiden. Personer som misstänks vara skattplundrare har enligt uppgift varit på Gotlands Fornsal och ställt frågor om skatter. Den nya skatten är fortfarande kvar i jorden och fyndplatsen ska undersökas noga, innan några fler uppgifter lämnas. Förhoppningen är att ... (antal ord: 95), 2005-05-05

New evidence challenges hypothesis of modern human origins

Chinese archaeologists said newly found evidence proves that a valley of Qingjiang River, a tributary on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, might be one of the regions where Homo sapiens, or modern man, originated. The finding challenges the "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis of modern human origins, according to which about 100,000 years ago modern humans originated in Africa, migrated to other continents, and replaced populations of archaic humans across the globe. The finding comes from a larg... (antal ord: 450), 2005-05-05

Archaeologists find door 'to the thereafter'

The discovery outside the Egyptian capital of a particularly well-preserved mummy from the 30th Dynasty was announced on Friday by Egyptian government archaeologists. Zahi Hawwas, head of the antiquities preservation team, said the find was made in Saccara, where a sarcophagus was discovered beneath a layer of sand. Although numerous ceramic amulets were found at the site, they presented no immediate clue to the identity of the deceased. In addition to the mummy from a dynasty that ruled betwee... (antal ord: 134), 2005-05-05

Ancient Manuscript Discovery has 'Da Vinci Code' Touch

An ancient document likened to something which could have been featured in best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code was being analysed at a top auction house for its significance today. The manuscript, believed to date from the 17th century, contains biographical details of every person in the Bible. It was unearthed in the depths of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth where it had been kept in storage for Llandovery College, an independent school near the Brecon Beacons. It was among about... (antal ord: 439), 2005-05-05

Mycenaean port of Athens found?

Archaeologists in the capital€™s southern coastal suburb of Palaio Faliro have uncovered what appear to be traces of ancient Athens€™s first port before the city€™s naval and shipping center was moved to Piraeus, a report said yesterday. A rescue excavation on a plot earmarked for development has revealed artifacts and light structures dating, with intervals, from Mycenaean times to the fifth century BC, when the port of Phaleron €” after which the modern suburb was named €” was superseded by Piraeus... (antal ord: 168), 2005-05-05

Ancient human remains found in mountainous province

A set of human remains, believed to be of a primitive man dating back 10,000-15,000 years, has been found in northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province. Dr. Trinh Nang Chung, Deputy Head of the Viet Nam Institute of Archaeology's Viet Nam Stone Age Research Department, said that the scull, set of teeth and bones were discovered in Phya Vai cave, Coc Ngan village, Xuan Tan commune of Na Hang district.... (antal ord: 69), 2005-05-05

Remains of Roman bathhouse unearthed

The rich Roman heritage of Britain's oldest recorded town has been enhanced by the discovery of a €œbeautifully preserved€ room from a bathhouse. A single 2,000-year-old room was discovered beneath Colchester Sixth Form College during work to build a fire access road near the college's information technology block. A leading archaeologist said yesterday it was one of the finest finds of its kind. The room from the bathhouse may now be preserved as an attraction. Philip Crummy, of the Colcheste... (antal ord: 485), 2005-05-05

2.300-årig mumie fundet i Egypten

Nu skal mumien scannes, før den udstilles på Sakkara Museet syd for Cairo. Egyptiske arkæologer har på det gamle begravelses-område ved Sakkara syd for hovedstaden Cairo gravet en mere en 2.300 år gammel mumie frem fra sandet. Den uidentificerede mumie lå i sin trækiste begravet under seks meter sand. Mumien, der menes at stamme fra det 30. farao-dynasti, er farvestrålende dekoreret. Sakkara var begravelsesbyen for den gamle egyptiske hovedstad Memphis, og stedet er også kendt for sin trinpyrami... (antal ord: 182), 2005-05-05

New methods help find and preserve ancient wrecks

Continuing search for maritime antiquities leads to development of technologies and materials for use by archaeologists. A new search is under way to find the wreckage of an ancient Persian fleet on the seabed off the coast of Greece. In cooperation with the Center for Maritime Research that has found over 30 wrecks within five years, the Ephorate of Coastal Antiquities, with the help of American and Canadian experts, will resume their search in June in the areas of Kili and Artemisio, off Evia€™... (antal ord: 583), 2005-05-05

Archaelogists Find Ancient Egyptian Boats

Archaeologists have found the remains of boats used by ancient Egyptians for trading trips, the culture minister said in comments published on Wednesday. The boats were discovered in caves in a pharaonic harbour on Egypt's Red Sea coast around 300 miles southeast of Cairo, Farouk Hosni said in comments carried by Egypt's state MENA news agency They were used to transport goods to and from the Land of Punt, he said. The Land of Punt, mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings, is thought by most arch... (antal ord: 167), 2005-05-05

Tests to recreate Bronze Age smelting techniques

Evidence for ancient metalworking is sparse, and now historians who recreated Bronze Age smelting techniques know why - the clues naturally disappear. The finding explains why, despite the discovery of 10 British mines dating from 2050 to 1500 BCE, very few remains of actual metalworking sites have been excavated around the world. For the study, students at the University of London's Birkbeck college conducted a number of smelting experiments, including the construction of crude furnaces, at But... (antal ord: 479), 2005-05-05

Egypt's "King Tut Curse" Caused by Tomb Toxins?

Stories of "the mummy's curse" or "King Tut's curse" excited the world after the discovery in 1922 of the ancient pharaoh's tomb in Egypt. Lord Carnarvon, a British sponsor of archaeology in Egypt, died shortly after attending the tomb's opening, inspiring speculation that supernatural forces were at work. In recent years a scientific mummy's-curse theory was offered for Carnarvon's death. Was he killed by exposure to ancient, toxic pathogens from the sealed tomb? Did they prove too much for his... (antal ord: 918), 2005-05-05

Arkeologernas dröm slog in

Hednatempel, offerplatser och tiotusentals föremål i jorden utanför Lund. Uppåkraboplatsen vid Höje å är en av de rikaste fyndplatserna i Sverige. Nyligen hittades romerska och arabiska mynt och en del av en guldhalsring. Om vikingahjälten Egil Skallagrimson levt i dag är risken stor att han rustat en flotta och seglat till Uppåkra i Skåne för att plundra. Den forntida centralorten utanför Lund är en av de fyndrikaste områdena i Sverige och har vistat sig överträffa även de luttrade arkeologerna... (antal ord: 705), 2005-05-05

Archaeologists find 'Britain's oldest shoe'

Archaeologists excavating a quarry in Somerset claim to have found Britain's oldest shoe, believed to be 2,000 years old. They said the shoe, which was found at Whitehall Quarry, near Wellington, was the equivalent to a modern size 9 or 10, and was so well preserved that the stitching and lace holes were visible in the leather. It was taken to a specialist conservation centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and was expected to go on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. A team from Ex... (antal ord: 305), 2005-05-12

The king of Egyptology

Beyond Egypt€™s political demonstrations and suicide bombings lies a country where history lives outside classrooms. A country that draws inspiration €” and money €” from its past to fuel its present. And while tourism is good for the economy, too many tourists can destroy the very monuments they flock to see, warns Dr Zahi Hawass, Egypt€™s top archaeologist and the person who led the CT scan on King Tutankhamun€™s mummy. €œEgypt€™s monuments can finish in a 100 years if we don€™t control the tourists ... (antal ord: 2029), 2005-05-12

Caves harbor view of early Egyptian sailors

Working with her colleagues to remove sand from a hillside along Egypt's Red Sea coast, the Boston University archaeologist poked through a small opening that had appeared and felt . . . nothing. She had reached into the entrance to a human-made cave in which sailors stored their gear as many as 4,000 years ago. Two days later, Bard's team found a larger cave nearby. The same ancient seafarers used this one, she and her colleagues surmised, as a temple or shrine. These and other discoveries at ... (antal ord: 494), 2005-05-12

First Neolithic Site of Gilan Discovered

A joint team of Iranian and Japanese Archaeologists working in the northern province of Gilan have discovered a Neolithic site, which is the first of the period and the most ancient of the province to be found so far. Gilan province enjoys some of the most important Iron Age sites of Iran and the new discovery opens new doors to the life of people in the area before that time. According to an archaeologist with the joint team of Iranian and Japanese archaeologists, Hamid Fahimi, the team is now... (antal ord: 216), 2005-05-12

The Seeds of Civilization

Why did humans first turn from nomadic wandering to villages and togetherness? The answer may lie in a 9,500-year-old settlement in central Turkey. Since researchers first began digging at Catalhoyuk (pronounced "Chah-tahl-hew-yook") in the 1960s, they've found more than 400 skeletons under the houses, which are clustered in a honeycomb-like maze. Burying the dead under houses was common at early agricultural villages in the Near East-at Catalhoyuk, one dwelling alone had 64 skeletons. Archaeol... (antal ord: 486), 2005-05-12

Over 3,000-year-old bronze sword discovered in Henan

Chinese archaeologists have recently unearthed a short bronze sword in one of the seven newly-discovered pits of chariots and horses in the famous ruins of Yin, in Anyang city of central China's Henan Province, said a local cultural relic official. The official with the Henan Provincial Cultural Heritage Administration said the double-edged sword is about 30 to 35 centimeters long, and its handle, body and ridge are all clear andeasy to be identified. The official said the seven pits of chariot... (antal ord: 360), 2005-05-12

2,300-Year-Old Mummy Unveiled in Egypt

A superbly preserved 2,300-year-old mummy bearing a golden mask and covered in brightly colored images of gods and goddesses was unveiled Tuesday at Egypt's Saqqara Pyramids complex south of Cairo. The unidentified mummy, from the 30th pharaonic dynasty, had been closed in a wooden sarcophagus and buried in sand at the bottom of a 20-foot shaft before being discovered recently by an Egyptian-led archaeological team. "We have revealed what may be the most beautiful mummy ever found in Egypt," Za... (antal ord: 375), 2005-05-12

Revelation! 666 is not the number of the beast (it's a devilish 616)

A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.... (antal ord: 44), 2005-05-12

քr det en stenhög eller är det en grav från järnåldern?

I regn såväl som solsken vandrar de i Marks skogar med blicken riktad mot marken. Uppdraget: att upptäcka fornlämningar och rädda dem från förstörelse. - Man ser sig om med helt andra ögon nu, säger Egon Johansson. Han har bara varit med i skogsvårdsstyrelsens projekt Skog och historia i några månader. Men på den korta tiden har han redan lärt sig massor om fornlämningar. - Man kan hitta jättefina ställen inne i skogen som inte många känner till, säger Larry Bjurefjäll. Larry, Egon, Jerry Hell... (antal ord: 426), 2005-05-12

Gotland drabbat av fornfyndstjuvar

Nyligen upptäcktes två allvarliga plundringar i Lärbo och Stenkyrka på Gotland. Förövarna hade sökt efter fornlämningar i marken med metalldetektor och fått ett åttiotal utslag. Men vad tjuvarna kommit över är det ingen som vet. Det är vid fullmåne under höst och vår som plundrarna slår till. När marken är sådd och grödorna ännu inte börjat växa ligger åkrarna oemotståndligt inbjudande för ligor som letar fornfynd med metalldetektor. Myndigheterna har svårt att komma åt tjuvarna eftersom Gotlan... (antal ord: 438), 2005-05-12

Gävles historia grävs fram i Strandparken

I Strandparken vid Gammelbron pågår sökandet efter Gävles ursprung. Arkeologer och elever från Vasaskolan gräver sig ned i historien. - Vi tror att de äldsta delarna av Gävle kan ha legat här, säger arkeologen Bo Ulfhielm. Ett sex meter långt och två meter brett hål ska förhoppningsvis ge svar om hur Gävle såg ut före 1640. Från den tiden finns en stadskarta - men hur staden såg ut innan dess vet man väldigt lite om. Den här veckan genomför Länsmuseet därför en utgrävning i Strandparken intill... (antal ord: 260), 2005-05-12

Arabiska silvermynt i nyfunna skatten

Var de vinkingatida mynten har hittats är ännu hemligt. På söndag visar länsmuseet upp dem. Vad man hittills har hittat är ett 40-tal arabiska, vikingatida silvermynt. Mynten har blivit scannade och bilderna har skickats till Historiska museet i Stockholm, där numismatiker (myntexperter) ska analysera fynden. Leif Zerpe vid Gotlands länsmuseum, hoppas att arkeologer snart kan komma igång med en utgrävning. քn så länge avvaktar man, på grund av att det går kreatur på området. Men snart ska de fl... (antal ord: 151), 2005-05-12

Från Kina till Gotland

Arkeologer från Ryssland, Lettland och Kina gästar högskolan. Nu på torsdag inleds en rad gästföreläsningar på högskolan, inom ramen för ett utbytesprojekt inom arkeologi, byggnads- och kulturminnesvård. - De kommer att hålla öppna föreläsningar på engelska, om områden som våra studenter från Gotland har besökt, berättar Suk-hi Cho, internationell sekreterare vid högskolan. En kinesisk professor, ska föreläsa den 19 maj. Han heter Xingcan Chen och arbetar vid institutet för arkeologi vid Kinas ... (antal ord: 165), 2005-05-12

Earliest states possibly in shape 5,000 years ago

Dozens of prehistoric states might have been developing in eastern China as early as 5,000 years ago, thousands of years before the birth of the first textually attested state that existed in Xia Dynasty (2100 B.C.-1600 B.C.), said a Sino-US archaeological research team. The presumption was based on a decade-long regional survey and excavation in Rizhao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province. Archaeologists with the team are almost sure they have identified the ruins of a prehistoric... (antal ord: 628), 2005-05-12

New methods help find and preserve ancient wrecks

A new search is under way to find the wreckage of an ancient Persian fleet on the seabed off the coast of Greece. In cooperation with the Center for Maritime Research that has found over 30 wrecks within five years, the Ephorate of Coastal Antiquities, with the help of American and Canadian experts, will resume their search in June in the areas of Kili and Artemisio, off Evia€™s northern tip. Despite the ephorate€™s modest budget (this year€™s is unchanged from last year€™s at 400,000 euros), explo... (antal ord: 567), 2005-05-12

Antikens Grekland styrdes demokratiskt

Tvärtemot vad man tidigare har trott var de östra stadsstaterna i antikens Grekland både demokratiska och självständiga. Det visar doktoranden Susanne Carlsson i sin avhandling, som hon försvarar vid Uppsala universitet den 20 maj. Antikens Grekland, från Magna Graecia i väst till Mindre Asien i öst, bestod av drygt 1 000 stadsstater som alla hade sitt eget politiska styrelseskick. Varje stadsstat hade sin egen folkförsamling där alla myndiga manliga medborgare hade rätt att delta aktivt och et... (antal ord: 339), 2005-05-19

Archaeologists Unearth 5,000-Year-Old Jars

Archaeologists uncovered a 5,000-year-old chamber believed to have been used for the burial rituals of Egypt€™s first major pharaoh found a cache of 200 rough ceramic beer and wine jars, Egyptian authorities said today. The mortuary enclosure of King Hur-Aha, the founder of Egypt€™s First Dynasty, also included a cultic chapel where the floor and benches are stained with organic material €“ probably the remains of offerings made during rituals, Egypt€™s Supreme Council of Antiquities said. €œIt is a... (antal ord: 339), 2005-05-19

Earliest European 31,000 years old

Radiocarbon dating of human remains found in the Czech Republic has confirmed they come from the oldest European found so far (Image: iStockphoto) Fossilised human bones found in the Czech Republic have been dated back to some 31,000 years, which scientists say confirms them as the oldest known examples of Homo sapiens found in Europe. Austrian and US scientists publish their carbon-dating results in today's issue of the journal Nature. An upper jaw, teeth and the skull of a female were found i... (antal ord: 333), 2005-05-19

Europe's Oldest Script Found in Bulgaria

Ancient tablets found in South Bulgaria are written in the oldest European script found ever, German scientists say. The tablets, unearthed near the Southern town of Kardzhali, are over 35-centuries old, and bear the ancient script of the Cretan (Minoan) civilization, according to scientists from the University of Heidelberg, who examined the foundings. This is the Cretan writing, also known as Linear A script, which dates back to XV-XIV century B.C. The discovery proves the theory of the Bulga... (antal ord: 138), 2005-05-19

International alliance to unlock secrets of Egyptian mummies

Two world-renowned teams of experts on Egyptian mummies have joined forces in an international effort to better understand disease and its treatment in ancient Egypt. The University of Manchester's Centre for Biomedical Egyptology and Cairo's National Research Center have signed a formal agreement to enhance future academic research and teaching in the field. The Manchester-Cairo alliance will promote cooperation between the two institutions by supporting joint research activities and encouragin... (antal ord: 316), 2005-05-19

Did the Vikings drive natives from the isles?

Viking settlers may have "ethnically cleansed" Scotland's islands, waging a genocidal campaign against native Pictish tribes as they arrived, according to evidence uncovered by archaeologists. Excavations on Orkney could finally settle a centuries-old historical debate over whether the Norsemen integrated with indigenous locals or slaughtered them at the dawn of the last millennium. Work at Langskaill farm, in Westray, shows signs of a Pictish culture vanish abruptly with the arrival of the Sca... (antal ord: 2365), 2005-05-19

Unusual bronze coffin unearthed in Lorestan

A bronze coffin containing a skeleton with a golden blindfold and a golden gag on its face were unearthed in farmland near the provincial capital city of Khorramabad in Lorestan Province, the director of an archaeological team working in the region said on Friday. €œIt was an exciting discovery. The golden items and bronze coffin show that the casket was for a person from a prominent family,€ Jalal Adeli added. With four handles, the coffin is like a bathtub, and has been broken into four pieces... (antal ord: 416), 2005-05-19

Chinas hidden village

Archaeologists in China have discovered what they believe could be their own version of Italy's Pompeii. They have found an entire village which could have been buried in an earthquake 700 years ago. Experts believe it could also have been destroyed by a succession of floods. The previously unknown village, in the northern province of Hebei, appears to have been a booming commercial centre during the Song Dynasty, which lasted from 960 to 1279 AD. It is not yet known whether the village will pr... (antal ord: 133), 2005-05-19

Battle for the books of Herculaneum

Buried deep in the Villa dei Papiri, covered by the molten lava of Vesuvius, lies one of the finest libraries of the ancient world. But excavation may destroy more than it saves. They look like lumps of coal, and when the Swiss military engineer and his team who first explored the buried town of Herculaneum in the 18th century encountered them, that was how they were treated: as ancient rubbish, to be dumped in the sea.... (antal ord: 76), 2005-05-19

Priceless antiquities dug up in Iran

Archaeologists at a dig on a farm in western Iran have uncovered a skeleton with a solid gold mask in a bronze coffin in what could be the first of a fresh wave of Parthian-era discoveries. "This finding is without precedence in our province," the head of the Lorestan cultural heritage organisation, Sirous Ebrahimi, told AFP. "We were told by locals that some people were searching the area with metal detectors, so we rushed to the area, and sealed it off," he explained. He said the coffin date... (antal ord: 150), 2005-05-19

Museum curator credited with finding oldest 'steel'

Two pieces of metal unearthed at colonial ruins in Turkey have been deemed the world's oldest examples of a crude type of steel, dating back to 1800 B. C. The discovery has been credited to Hideo Akanuma, senior curator at Iwate Prefectural Museum, who tested the pieces, which were excavated in 1994 at the Kaman-Kalehoyuk ruins, 100 kilometers southeast of Ankara. Both pieces measure between one and two centimeters long and about one centimeter wide and were excavated by archaeologists of the Mi... (antal ord: 202), 2005-05-19

Archaeologist Reads Ancient Seeds for Clues

''As with all good scientists, archaeologist Dr. Virginia Popper's stock and trade is asking questions. Even when she is showing schoolchildren though her lab in the basement of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, she asks the simple question that is always her baseline. What did you have to do with plants today? ''Popper's specialization is paleoethnobotany, which means she's fascinated by how prehistoric people used plants. Were they used for foods, fuel, medicine, exchange or fibers? Did certain plant... (antal ord: 1264), 2005-05-19

Järnåldern lockar amatörer

Ett tjugotal amatörarkeologer från trakten kring քskebacka undersöker under veckan en gravplats daterad järnåldern. Platsen som i början av veckan var en vedbacke har sakta förvandlats till en arkeologisk utgrävning. Gravplatsen ligger vackert belägen på en kulle ovanför sjön Lygnern. Samma plats som för några tusen år sedan fungerade som boplats och begravningsplats åt en by. Graven har varit känd i 200 år men först nu tar man de första spadtagen. Hittills har gruppen hittat en flintbit men hop... (antal ord: 372), 2005-05-19

Fler fornminnen runt Eskilstuna och Strängnäs

Det finns betydligt fler fornlämningar runt Strängnäs och Eskilstuna än vad tidigare undersökningar visar. Bitte Franzén är arkeolog och inventerar fornminnen åt länsstyrelsen i det området. Bara i en enda socken kan det finnas många fler fornminnen än vad som tidigare noterats, säger hon.... (antal ord: 44), 2005-05-19

De blev arkeologer i sin egen hembygd

Man måste ta i marken för att få känslan för sin närhistoria. Det kan ett tjugotal amatörarkeologer från Fjäråstrakten utan vidare intyga. Denna vecka är de fullt upptagna med att gräva ut ett gravfält i քskebacka. Arkeolog Tore Artelius övervakar att det hela går rätt till. Högt upp, på toppen av en kulle med magnifik utsikt över Lygnern, ligger den förhistoriska gravplatsen som består av åtta stensättningar. Graven daterar sig till järnåldern, mellan 0 och 400 år e Kr, och omfattar även ett gr... (antal ord: 433), 2005-05-19

Han har gått i spåren från bronsåldern

Vanligt folk fanns då som nu. Han och hon har satt sina spår. Att hitta den enskilde i bronsåldersbyn går förstås inte. Men deras gårdar kan placeras, deras åkrar studeras och deras gravar är lika monumentala nu som då. Peter Skoglund är mannen som gått in spåren från bronsåldern och nu, efter sex års arbete, är klar med sin doktorsavhandling. Han disputerar den 3 juni i Lund. Med hans arbete har Kronobergs län kommit med på bronsålderskartan. Det betyder att material från en trakt med rikedom ... (antal ord: 636), 2005-05-19

When humans left Africa, they traveled south

A team of geneticists believe they have illumined many aspects of how modern humans emigrated from Africa by analyzing the DNA of the Orang Asli, the original inhabitants of Malaysia. Because the Orang Asli appear to be directly descended from the first emigrants from Africa, they have provided valuable new clues about that momentous event in early human history. The geneticists conclude that there was only one migration of modern humans out of Africa, that it took a southern route to India, Sou... (antal ord: 511), 2005-05-19

Han vill avslöja slagfältets hemlighet

Nacka Värmdö Posten 17 maj 2005 sidan1: Han vill avslöja slagfältets hemlighet Trots att nästan 300 år har gått sedan slaget mellan svenskar och ryssar 1719 i Skogsö finns en hel del frågetecken kring vad som egentligen hände. Arkeologen Tomas Englund hoppas kunna rekonstruera händelseförloppet med projektet €Slagfältsarkeologi vid Södra Stäket€. sidan16: Begravda hemligheter i Skogsö Det senaste försöket att inta Stockholm gjordes i Skogsö den 13 augusti 1719. Men fortfarande finns många o... (antal ord: 714), 2005-05-19

Egyptology's New Frontier

Two shows are somewhat awkwardly stuck together in The Search for Eternal Egypt, which premieres on the History Channel, Sunday, June 12, 7 pm ET/PT. One half of the show is an overview of the development of Egyptology featuring prominent scholars, mostly filmed on-site. The other half of the show focuses on an ambitious partnership between Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities and IBM that aims at making ancient Egyptian culture available to all. The documentary bounces back and forth between... (antal ord: 689), 2005-05-26

Iron Age inhabitants of Lafurak may have been pacifist

The team of Iranian archaeologists working at the newly discovered Iron Age cemetery in Lafurak village near Savadkuh in Mazandaran Province believe that the inhabitants of the site may have been pacifist, the director of the team said on Tuesday. - No weapon has been found buried with the bodies in the graves in the late Iron Age cemetery. This fact indicates that the people lived in peace during that time, Mehdi Abedini added. The bodies in the cemetery were covered with a layer of special ea... (antal ord: 294), 2005-05-26

Giant Figures in Peru Desert Pre-date Nazca Lines

A group of about 50 drawings of giant figures recently discovered in the hills of Peru€™s southern coastal desert near the city of Palpa has been said to predate the famous Nazca lines nearby. Mr. Johny Isla, director of the Andean Institute of Archaeological Studies, said the €œgeoglyph€ figures appear to have been created by the Paracas communities between 500 and 400BC, whereas the Nazca culture developed after 50 BC. Mr. Isla and his partner Dr. Markus Reindel from the Dutch Institute of Archa... (antal ord: 519), 2005-05-26

At least 8,000 treasures looted from Iraq museum still untraced

Evidence of how quickly and irretrievably a country can be stripped of its cultural heritage came with the Iraq war in 2003. The latest figures, presented to the art crime conference yesterday by John Curtis of the British Museum, suggested that half of the 40 iconic items from the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad still had not been retrieved. And of at least 15,000 items looted from its storerooms, about 8,000 have yet to be traced. About 4,000 of the objects taken from the museum had been recov... (antal ord: 451), 2005-05-26

Unlocking the Power of Myth

The ancient city of Troy has endured the human imagination. Abandoned in the fifth century C.E. and not rediscovered until the 1870s, the city for centuries seemed no more real than Camelot or Valhalla. No one knows exactly why the Trojan War was waged, when it took place, or whether it took place at all. Excavations at the ancient site of Troy have unearthed no wreckage of a giant wooden horse, no statues of Helen, no physical evidence that a warrior named Achilles ever existed. Some of the st... (antal ord: 1887), 2005-05-26

Bacteria Eating Away at Otzi the Iceman?

֖tzi the Iceman, the world's oldest and best-preserved mummy, could be at risk of decomposition, according to the latest tests on the 5,300-year-old mummy. Eduard Egarter Vigl, ֖tzi's official caretaker, said that X-rays show suspicious grey spots on one knee. - We noticed that these spots change aspect over time. This would indicate the formation of air or gas bubbles inside the tibia. And we know that gas is produced by bacteria, he said at a recent conference at the South Tyrol Archaeological... (antal ord: 643), 2005-05-26

'Discovery of a lifetime' thrills mayor, archaeologists

On a forgotten hilltop sprinkled with daisies and horse manure, an astounding remnant of history was discovered recently at what was once thought to be a Cherokee graveyard. But rather than burial ground, Stanford Mayor Eddie Carter discovered that his pasture land was once home to heavy artillery and Union troops. - This is big time, Carter said. "This is one of the largest Civil War mound forts. They say it's a very significant find ... I'd thought for years it was an old Cherokee burial groun... (antal ord: 585), 2005-05-26

NASA science uncovers texts of Trojan Wars, early gospel

The scholars at Oxford University are not sure how it works or why; all they know is that it does. A relatively new technology called multispectral imaging is turning a pile of ancient garbage into a gold mine of classical knowledge, bringing to light the lost texts of Sophocles and Euripides as well as some early Christian gospels that do not appear in the New Testament. Originally developed by NASA scientists and used to map the surface of Mars, multispectral imaging was successfully applied ... (antal ord: 964), 2005-05-26

Oldest cranial, dental and postcranial fossils of early modern European humans confirmed

The human fossil evidence from the Mladec Caves in Moravia, Czech Republic, excavated more than 100 years ago, has been proven for the first time, through modern radiocarbon dating, to be the oldest cranial, dental and postcranial assemblage of early modern humans in Europe. A team of researchers from the Natural History Museum in Vienna, from the University of Vienna in Austria and from the Washington University in St. Louis, USA recently conducted the first successful direct dating of the mate... (antal ord: 385), 2005-05-26

China€™s 5,000-Year Old Civilization Is No Bluff €“ Prehistoric Relics Provides New Evidence

United archaeologists from Shandong University and Chicago Field Museum of Natural History have recently come up with preliminary conclusions after 10 years of excavation and research at the Rizhao district in Shandong province. They believe that the remains of ancient monument, which have been excavated, could be the relics of a prehistoric country dating back to 4,200 or 5,000 years ago. Furthermore, this ancient country is estimated to have had a population of around 63,000 and the area of th... (antal ord: 208), 2005-05-26

Sensationellt arkeologiskt fynd i Harplinge

En sensationell arkeologisk upptäckt har gjorts i Harplinge. Där har det hittills äldsta stenverktyget i Sverige påträffats och fyndet bevisar att människor levde i Halland före den senaste istiden. Det verktyg man funnit är en så kallad handkil som kopplas samman med människans äldre föregångare, homo neanderthalensis och homo erectus. Dessa levde i grova drag omkring 130 000€“110 000 år före Kristus, under den så kallade eeminterglacialen. €“ Vi har länge anat att människor levde här då men vi h... (antal ord: 470), 2005-05-26

Grävmaskinist har gjort märkligt fynd

Var det ett stenåldersfynd som grävmaskinisten Kjell Hultgren gjorde när han höll på att gräva en brunn i Snöborg i Järna? När han var nere på sju meters djup fick han plötsligt se en trästock som låg på botten i gropen. Mycket tyder på att den cirka 60 centimeter långa stocken tillverkats av en människa. - Det här låter mycket spännande och den bör ju vara mycket gammal, säger Greger Bennström som arbetar som arkeolog vid Dalarnas museum. Ett stenåldersfynd Han sätter det inte för otroligt at... (antal ord: 393), 2005-05-26

Utgrävning av boplats från vikingatiden

En gård från vikingatiden och några fint ornamenterade smycken. Det har man hittat vid utgrävningar i Söndrums kyrkby. Fynden är intressanta, eftersom det inte gjofts så många utgrävningar i Halland av boplatser från denna tid. Utgrävningen, alldeles intill den gamla landsvägen ut från Söndrums kyrkby, görs innan Halmstad kommun styckar av tomter för husbyggen. I närheten finns en gammal gravplats, och lite närmare kyrkan visade utgrävningar härom året lämningar av den medeltida bebyggelsen. Frä... (antal ord: 125), 2005-05-26

Experts put date to UK rock art

The art was probably made by Ice-Age hunter-gatherers. Experts have dated the UK's oldest rock art, at Creswell Crags in the midlands, to more than 12,800 years ago. A team from Bristol, Sheffield and Open Universities got the date by measuring traces of radioactive uranium in limestone crusts over the engravings. More than 80 pictures have now been discovered in the caves on the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border. The research is to be published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Hunter... (antal ord: 171), 2005-06-02

Remains of ancient Egyptian seafaring ships discovered

The first remains of ancient Egyptian seagoing ships ever to be recovered have been found in two caves on Egypt's Red Sea coast, according to a team at Boston University in the US. The team also found fragments of pottery at the site, which could help resolve controversies about the extent of ancient Egyptian trade voyages. But details of the newly disclosed finds remain sketchy. Kathryn Bard, who co-led the dig with Italian archaeologists in December 2004, has revealed to the Boston Universi... (antal ord: 434), 2005-06-02

Researchers find ancient Mayans had made salt

The ancient Mayans, who inhabited central America between 600 A.D. and 900 A.D., had mastered the method of salt making, research done by the department of geography and anthropology of the Louisiana State University in the U.S. indicates. The research team, doing underwater expeditions in Punta Ycacos lagoon (roughly the area around Belize), stumbled on proof of extensive salt production, which the team believes is indicative of the existence of a trading system in the area. Researcher Heathe... (antal ord: 376), 2005-06-02

Ancient gold and silver earrings discovered at Mazandaran€™s Lafurak cemetery

The team of Iranian archaeologists working at the newly discovered Iron Age cemetery in Lafurak village near Savadkuh in Mazandaran Province has recently discovered one gold and one silver earring beside the skeleton of a 25-year-old individual buried in Lafurak cemetery. The young man was buried wearing a gold earring on his right ear and a silver one on his left ear, indicating he was a prominent person in his time, archaeologist Mehdi Abedini said on Monday. The recent discovery was a big su... (antal ord: 228), 2005-06-02

A race against time to dig up Sudan's past

On the upper Nile, Sudan Far north of Khartoum, where modern steel bridges cross this legendary river, the architecture goes way back in time: thousand-year-old temples, towering pyramids, elaborate cities from civilizations that lived and died and were then buried by the surging sand. The uncovering of these ancient wonders has proceeded slowly, but steadily over the past century as archaeologists have sifted through the earth for clues of the great Nilotic cultures that once flourished in Suda... (antal ord: 4815), 2005-06-02

Ancient grains warehouses dating back to Greek era discovered

Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced the discovery of grains warehouses dating back to the Greek and Romanian ages. In addition, an old house dating back to the Ptolemaic age and the remnants of a house have been unearthed in Fayoum governorate. Dr. Zahi Hawas, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said a mission from Bologna University in Italy has discovered during excavation works some grain warehouses including nine boxes for storing wheat and cereals. They also foun... (antal ord: 103), 2005-06-02

Is a small, 18,000-year-old skeleton the older cousin of modern-day Pygmies€”or a new human species?

"In those days we ate our meat raw, like animals." The speaker is Viktor Jurubu, an Indonesian farmer in his 60s, who, in his T shirt and sarong, looks little like the cavemen he's describing. Except for his height, which is about 140 cm. In the world of anthropology, Jurubu's small size is big news because he and his 246 fellow villagers of Rampasasa on the remote island of Flores say they are descended from a tribe of tiny, hairy folk whom they call "the short people." "We didn't have knives b... (antal ord: 1836), 2005-06-02

Iran uncovers more of its winemaking past

Archaeologists digging in southern Iran have found a pool and pots they believe were used about 1,800 years ago for large scale wine production, reinforcing the now-Islamic nation's status as the cradle of wine drinkers. - "We have found an almost intact pool with a canal in the middle of it. This is where the juices from crushed grapes would flow and be collected later in pots for fermentation and turning into wine, said Ali Asadi, the head of the excavation team. The team, which includes a gr... (antal ord: 237), 2005-06-02

Treasures Fit For The Kings

A spate of spectacular discoveries could completely change our view of the Thracians, one of history's most mysterious peoples. They had been digging for 12 years, 4 months a year, 18 hours a day. Since 1992, Georgi Kitov and his team have been searching through Bulgaria's Valley of the Kings, a 100-km, heavily forested region in the center of the country. The valley is dotted with ancient burial mounds erected by the Thracians, whose legacy as a pillar of ancient Europe lives on in texts and st... (antal ord: 1256), 2005-06-02

History of persian or parsi language

Paarsi or Persian was the language of the Paarsa people who ruled Iran between 550 - 330 BCE. It belongs to what scholars call the Indo-Iranian group of languages. It became the language of the Persian Empire and was widely spoken in the ancient days ranging from the borders of India in the east, Russian in the north, the southern shores of the Persian Gulf to Egypt and the Mediterranean in the west. Over the centuries Paarsi has changed to its modern form and today Persian is spoken primarily ... (antal ord: 2123), 2005-06-02

Researcher Develops Methods to Test Artifacts' Links to the Bible

A Purdue University professor has invented a system to judge whether ancient inscriptions refer to people in the Bible. He uses the system to test whether archaeological inscriptions refer to ancient Hebrew kings such as David, Omri, Jeroboam II, Uzziah and other Old Testament personages such as Mesha and the high priest Hilkiah. A Purdue University professor has invented a system to judge whether ancient inscriptions refer to people in the Bible. Lawrence Mykytiuk (MICK-ee-took) uses the syst... (antal ord: 719), 2005-06-02

New Evidence of Sacrificed Inca Children

Recent evidence sheds light on the young boys and girls who were killed during Inca sacrificial ceremonies in the 15th and 16th centuries, evidence that includes pottery and human remains found at South American mountaintop sites. Although archaeologists do not believe the Inca practiced cannibalism, as did their Aztec neighbors to the north, the evidence does suggest that Inca leaders targeted children to serve as sacrificial "tribute," somewhat similar to money collected for state taxes. "No... (antal ord: 692), 2005-06-02

City of the sun

The word Heliopolis brings to mind a chic suburb built in 1905 by Baron Empain. What the name originally refers to is in fact an area 10km away; today it covers the lower middle- class quarters of Ain Shams, Matariya and Tel Al-Hisn. A city of antiquity, it was more or less completely obliterated in modern times. Connected to the Nile by a canal, Heliopolis (the Ancient Egyptian Iunu and Biblical On) was always a place of eminence. As early as pre-dynastic times it was considered a holy site - a... (antal ord: 1710), 2005-06-02

Guldfynd fascinerar forskare

Ett ovanligt stort guldmynt, fullt med ovanliga runinskriptioner, hänför och förbryllar forskare i Lund, skriver Sydsvenskan. Myntet hittades för ett par veckor sedan under en arkeologisk utgrävning i Uppåkra. - Det är ett ovanligt stort mynt och speciellt - det har runinskriptioner, motivet innehåller inget fyrfota djur och under huvudet på bilden finns en slags halsbågar som vi inte känner igen sedan tidigare, säger arkeologiprofessorn Lars Larsson. Arkeologteamet har hittat tre så kallade br... (antal ord: 115), 2005-06-02

Unearthed rice may shed light on ancient paddy farming

Chinese archeologists say relics of ancient rice they have unearthed from a heritage site about 3,500 years from today may shed light on how rice farming started on the country's southwestern plateau. The plateau that covers the southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou was for a while believed by many scientists to be the cradle of paddy farming, but little evidence was available to support their hypothesis until recent excavations of nearly 50 kilograms of carbonized rice from three ancient... (antal ord: 419), 2005-06-02

Archaeologists find Iron age remains

A brooch dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered in a field which will soon be a rugby pitch for students in Truro. A team of archaeologists have uncovered the remains of two Iron Age settlements buried below the Truro College playing field which will soon be shared with pupils from the new Richard Lander School. The team from Cornwall County Council's Historic Environment Service (HES), led by James Gossip, is currently carrying out an archaeological excavation at the playing fiel... (antal ord: 451), 2005-06-09

400,000-year-old stone tools discovered in Mazandaran

Recent discoveries by a team of archaeologists indicate that the coast of the Caspian Sea in Mazandaran Province was home to the earliest hominid habitation in that region. Archaeologist Ali Mahforuzi said on Wednesday that 400,000-year-old stone tools discovered in the valleys of Shuresh near the Rostam Kola, Huto, and Kamarband caves are the oldest ever found in the area. The previous studies had dated human settlement in the region to have begun about 50,000 years ago. €œThe recent studies c... (antal ord: 175), 2005-06-09

Sage Advice in Archaeology: Think Like a Neanderthal

About three years ago, Dr. Ana Pinto, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, was driving past a natural outcropping in northwest Spain and - screech! - she put the brake to her car. She had just spotted a limestone cave that she sensed might have once been settled by prehistoric humans. For the next six months, she excavated the cave by hand, pushing through animal waste, bones, mud and human artifacts. By the time she had dug some nine feet deep, she knew she had hit the archaeological j... (antal ord: 1195), 2005-06-09

Burma rebuilding risks Pagan jewel

Pagan's temples are one of Asia's most important cultural sites The sunsets are still spectacular - a golden glow brushing the curves of 2,000 ancient temples and pagodas clustered on the edge of the Irrawaddy River in central Burma. But today some of the world's leading experts have accused Burma's military regime of waging "archaeological blitzkrieg" against the legendary Buddhist treasures of Pagan. "They're ruining it," said Richard Engelhardt, regional advisor for the UN's cultural arm, Une... (antal ord: 501), 2005-06-09

Oxford University carbon-14 dating Iranian salt men

Pieces of clothing and DNA samples from three of the four ancient salt men discovered in Iran were recently sent to Oxford University for carbon-14 dating. Manijeh Hadian, an expert at Iran€™s Research Center for the Protection and Renovation of Historical Relics, said on Monday that the Archaeological Department of Oxford University has special technology for the determination of the age of objects of organic origin by measurement of the radioactivity of their carbon content, which is known as r... (antal ord: 248), 2005-06-09

Statue of Egyptian pharaoh found after nearly 3,600 years

Buried for nearly 3,600 years, a rare statue of Egypt's King Neferhotep I has been brought to light in the ruins of Thebes by a team of French archaeologists. Officials said on Saturday that the statue was unusual in that the king is depicted holding hands with a double of himself, although the second part of the carving remains under the sand and its form has been determined by the use of imaging equipment. Archeologists unearthed the 1.8 metre (six foot) tall statue, as they were carrying out ... (antal ord: 471), 2005-06-09

The breakthrough that wasn't

Unearthed from centuries-old garbage dumps in central Egypt in the late 19th century, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri - a trove of classical material dating from the second century B.C. to the seventh century A.D. - have yielded gem after gem: plays by Aristophanes, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides; early fragments of the Gospels; accounts of daily life in the Greco-Roman empire 2,000 years ago. But the papyri, old forms of paper made from reeds that grew along the Nile, are fragmentary and fragile, an... (antal ord: 1163), 2005-06-09

Arkeologiskt fynd kan ändra Torpshammars historia

Ett fynd kan komma att ändra hela Torpshammars historia. օtminstone tror lokale historieforskaren Bo From det. På måndag kommer en arkeolog till byn för att undersöka den gamla ugnen som i dagarna grävts fram. I slutet av 1700-talet var Torpshammar ett mycket aktivt brukssamhälle. Med hjälp av vattenkraften i forsen drevs flera små järnbruk och framställningen av bruksföremål i järn var stor €“ det mesta såldes till Norge. I dag, dryga 300 år senare, finns inte mycket kvar som minner om den ti... (antal ord: 301), 2005-06-09

Annorlunda grävresa till Chakassien lockar

Chakassien ligger mitt på den euroasiatiska kontinenten. Det är en av de minde delrepublikerna i den Ryska federationen och omges av den sibiriska taigan och oändliga stäpper. - Det ligger så långt från oceanerna man kan komma på den här planeten, säger arkeologen Per Olin, som 2003 besökte området för att delta i utgrävningar runt det gamla befästningen Khamenij Ostrov. Den ligger på en ö i floden Jenisej, som rinner från Mongoliet till Ishavet. Den 27 juni bär det av igen. Per Olin kommer a... (antal ord: 604), 2005-06-09

Hon gräver där hon står

Mottot gräv där du står passar in på arkeologen Marianne Lönn. I augusti ska hon leta fornlämningar på hemmaplan. Marianne Lönn arbetar på Riksantikvarieämbetet i Mölndal och i augusti ska hon utforska ett område i Stora Höga som ska bebyggas. Barndomens sommarvägar Själv har hon slagit ner sina bopålar i Sävelycke i Jörlanda. Det är ingen tillfällighet. Huset från 1918 hittade hon för två år sedan, men trakten har hon haft i sitt hjärta sedan hon cyklade omkring på sommarvägarna när hon var li... (antal ord: 656), 2005-06-09

Guldfynd fascinerar forskare

Ett ovanligt stort guldmynt, fullt med ovanliga runinskriptioner, hänför och förbryllar forskare i Lund, skriver Sydsvenskan. Myntet hittades för ett par veckor sedan under en arkeologisk utgrävning i Uppåkra. - Det är ett ovanligt stort mynt och speciellt - det har runinskriptioner, motivet innehåller inget fyrfota djur och under huvudet på bilden finns en slags halsbågar som vi inte känner igen sedan tidigare, säger arkeologiprofessorn Lars Larsson. Arkeologteamet har hittat tre så kallade b... (antal ord: 115), 2005-06-09

I 28 uger graves der i fortiden

Arkæologer graver ved Wostofte-området ved Løjt Kirkeby. Foreløbig er der gjort to fund fra to tidsperioder. To hjælpere står og ryster et sold. Den fine muld og sand glider igennem. Tilbage er der mest sten, men også potteskår og de tages forsigtigt op, børstes af og lægges hen til fundstedet. Vi er i det område ved Barsøvej i Løjt Kirkeby, hvor der til efteråret skal opføres et helt nyt parcelhuskvarter. Området heder Wostofte. Et dejligt område med en dejlig udsigt ud over Løjt Land, og en så... (antal ord: 341), 2005-06-09

Ferie som arkæolog

Bo i telt og grav efter vikingesager i ferien, lyder tilbuddet fra den fynske arkæologiforening Harja og Kerteminde egnens Museer. Fra den 27. juni til midt i juli kan også debutanter i amatørarkæologi børste fortiden frem af gamle bopladser fra bronzealder og vikingetid, inden en mark ved gården Mariesminde ved Langeskov bliver til et industriområde. Og der er god mulighed for at gøre et spændende fund på stedet. Det siger Museumsinspektør Bodil Holm Sørensen fra Ladbyskibsmuseet. -Vi har lav... (antal ord: 128), 2005-06-09

400,000-year-old stone tools discovered in Mazandaran

Recent discoveries by a team of archaeologists indicate that the coast of the Caspian Sea in Mazandaran Province was home to the earliest hominid habitation in that region. Archaeologist Ali Mahforuzi said on Wednesday that 400,000-year-old stone tools discovered in the valleys of Shuresh near the Rostam Kola, Huto, and Kamarband caves are the oldest ever found in the area. The previous studies had dated human settlement in the region to have begun about 50,000 years ago. €œThe recent studies... (antal ord: 175), 2005-06-09

Ancient structures found near highway

Two longhouses estimated to be about 2000 years old have been found during excavations near the E6 highway just south of Sarpsborg. For the first time archeologists in Norway have been able to reveal a large surface area linked to known helleristninger - rock carvings - and the dig has produced results. Traces of two 12-15 meter (39-49 foot) long constructions have come to light in the middle of the key area for rock engravings in ֘stfold County, near Solbergkrysset in Skjeberg. A few meters to ... (antal ord: 307), 2005-06-16

'Iceman' might be contaminated

Researchers suspect the corpse of a 5,000-year-old mummy frozen in the Italian Alps might have been contaminated by bacteria since its discovery in 1991, a doctor who cares for the body said Monday. X-rays have shown bubbles in the bones that could be caused by bacteria, said Eduard Egarter Vigl, in charge of preserving the mummy at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum in Bolzano, Italy. The museum is trying to find local companies that can analyze the air in the sealed-off chamber where the m... (antal ord: 322), 2005-06-16

Life from 2,000-year-old seed in Israel

Israeli doctors and scientists have succeeded in germinating a date seed that is nearly 2,000 years old. The seed, nicknamed Methuselah, was taken from an excavation at Masada, the cliff fortress where, in A.D. 73, 960 Jewish zealots died by their own hand rather than surrender to a Roman assault. The point of growing the seed is to find out what was so exceptional about the original date palm of Judea, much praised in the Bible and the Koran for its shade, food, beauty and medicinal qualities, ... (antal ord: 2529), 2005-06-16

TV crew helps make applecross historic find

A Film crew and a team of archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an Iron Age settlement in a remote Wester Ross village. The Goldthorpe family, owners of Applecross Campsite, called in Channel 4's Time Team to discover whether a mystery mound on the site used to be a broch, an ancient, circular fortified tower. After three days of hard work, the team uncovered what was left of a pre-Pictish settlement dating from about 200BC. They found the foundations of a tower 18 metres wide, along wit... (antal ord: 560), 2005-06-16

Dig may change beliefs on early peoples

Archaeological site near Kanorado may be uncovering earliest record of campsites on the Great Plains. These days, on the banks of the dry Middle Beaver Creek, Janice McLean gets excited about tiny rocks. It was Friday afternoon, just after lunch, and volunteer archaeologists at this dig site had uncovered one of the largest finds of the weeklong dig: a stone about the size of a nickel. To the untrained eye, it looked like any other rock near a western Kansas cow pasture. But McLean, a Kansas Un... (antal ord: 1067), 2005-06-16

Mayan crypt reveals power of women

Archaeologists have entered a long-sealed crypt in Guatemala to find an ancient murder scene. The tomb, in the ancient city of WakÖ¡, contains the remains of two women, one pregnant, arranged in a ritual tableau. Researchers say the young, wealthy women were probably slaughtered as part of a power struggle between Mayan cities. And that, they say, sheds new light on the role of women in the Mayan culture 1,600 years ago. - This tomb tells us that women were extremely powerful," says Dorie Reents... (antal ord: 477), 2005-06-16

Archaeologist's cave bear study leads to early humans

About three years ago, Dr. Ana Pinto, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, was driving past a natural outcropping in northwest Spain and - screech! - she put the brake to her car. Pinto had just spotted a limestone cave that she sensed might have once been used by prehistoric humans. For the next six months, she excavated the cave by hand, pushing through animal waste, bones, mud, and human artifacts. By the time she had dug some 9 feet deep, Pinto knew she had hit the archaeological ja... (antal ord: 880), 2005-06-16

Här går det att resa tillbaka i tiden

Fynden från forntiden ger insikter om hur människor levde i Norrbotten under stenåldern - fast man kan naturligtvis bara ana och tro. - Det är frustrerande - men också spännande, säger museipedagog Annika Wilén på det arkeologiska museet Vuollerim 6000 år. Fyndet av en boplats på քlvnäset i början på 80-talet ledde fram till stenåldersmuseet Vuollerim 6000, där Petter Lindqvist och Sofia Ehleskog tillverkar skrapverktyg. Foto:Lennart Jönsson I Vuollerim ägnar de sig åt ett mycket konstruktivt... (antal ord: 850), 2005-06-16

Fattenborg får faktiskt folket att fatta forntiden

I Fattenborg finns bland annat resterna efter Skandinaviens största boplatsvall. Den som vandrar längs spångarna och stigarna befinner sig på historisk mark. - Ett väldigt intressant område med sin kombination av olika lämningar, säger Gunilla Lindbäck, arkeolog och projektledare för verksamheten. Vid E10an en bit upp från kusten pekar en skylt ut vägen mot Fattenborg. Bilfärden går drygt en mil efter en smal och slingrig grusväg. Plötsligt uppenbarar sig en låg timmerbyggnad på tallheden ute ... (antal ord: 755), 2005-06-16

Låg Birka på Gotland?

Birka, den stora, internationella handelsplatsen dit Ansgar kom för att kristna hedningarna i norr, låg inte på Björkö i Mälaren så som de flesta tror. Birka låg istället i - Roma - mitt på Gotland! Det hävdar visbybon Peter Fagerlund, som vågar sticka ut hakan och utmana Mälarens Birka, platsen som skall ha varit svearnas första stad och som idag är både världsarv och ett av Sveriges största turistmål! - Många har tvekat om att Birka i Mälaren verkligen är Ansgars Birka. Det är mycket som int... (antal ord: 655), 2005-06-16

Mycket nytt under jorden

Nytt under jorden. Så heter den utställning på slottet i Borgholm som öppnade i går - och som visar vad som fanns i jorden där den nya entrén till slottet ska byggas. - Intresset för våra utgrävningar var mycket stort och det är viktigt att visa de första resultaten, säger Magnus Stibeus, arkeolog från riksantivarieämbetet som höll i utgrävningarna. Han påpekar att utgrävningarna gav exceptionellt mycket. - Vi hittade delar av mer än 20 byggnader från olika tids-epoker. Vi sökte i sex olika n... (antal ord: 564), 2005-06-16

Ser under markytan med radar

Med modern teknik inom markradar och magnetometer mäter Ljusdalsbördige Kjell Persson markens fysik. Genom att göra det kan han upptäcka vad som döljer sig i marken. Det som radarn och magnetometern visar kan vara lämningar efter bebyggelse och gravplatser eller avvikelser i marken som visar att det funnits något där som nu är förmultnat. - Tekniken utvecklas hela tiden, elektroniskt och digitalt. Radarn är fascinerande. Radarn visar likt ett ekolod om det finns något avvikande i marken. - Ett... (antal ord: 353), 2005-06-16

De fick återse vikinga-skatten efter 28 år

Valborgsmässoafton 1977 hittade Peter Johansson och hans kompisar den största silverskatten i Dalarna någonsin, från vikingatiden. Fyndet gjordes i Sanda i Mora. När delar av denna stora skatt ställdes ut för första gången på hemmaplan, på Sollerö Vikingamuseum i lördags, fanns Peter och fem av hans kamrater på plats. Kamratgänget hamnade i fokus under invigningen. Först fick de stående ta emot applåder och jubel i samband med invigningstalet i A-salen inför 50-talet personer. Därefter intervjua... (antal ord: 470), 2005-06-16

Sagan om ringen

Ringen är borta, men dess historia lever kvar. Arkeologer som hittade Havorringen i Hablingbo, ger ut en bok om fyndet. - Det svartnade för ögonen då jag insåg att det var en guldring, säger Peter Manneke. Först såg han en mörkgrå bronsbit och efter försiktigt borstande, upptäckte han en rundad bård med ornament. Sedan syntes en hanke och han förstod att det var en bronskittel som låg nedgrävd där. Efter ytterligare arbete anade han tio centimeter virat guld och han tänkte, att det här måste v... (antal ord: 403), 2005-06-16

Gravfält €“ eller stenröse

€Det som gömts i snö kommer upp i tö€ brukar det heta. Men det är också så, att det som gömts i jord kommer upp vid järnvägsbyggen. Innan Botniabanan dras fram måste mängder av arkeologiska undersökningar utföras. €“ Vi undersöker alla lämningar som ligger där Botniabanan ska gå, för att dokumentera det som kommer att förstöras, säger Susanne Sundström, arkeolog vid Västerbottens museum. Hon leder just nu en utgrävning i skogen vid Håknästjälen strax öster om Nordmaling. Där finns vad som man m... (antal ord: 327), 2005-06-16

Vikingar till häst på Länsmuseets nya utställning

I morgon onsdag 15 juni invigs utställningen Vikingarnas hästar på Norrbys museigård och kulturreservat i Väte. I stallet finns en utställning om hästarnas historia, ridkonst och mytologi, och i hagarna kring gården betar en del av ättlingarna till de hästar som en gång i tiden bar vikingar på ryggen €“ gotlandsruss, islandshästar och fjordhästar. Under hela sommaren genomförs uppvisningar och hästshower i samarbete med gotländska hästrasföreningar. Antikvarie Sara Eliason berättar att idén till... (antal ord: 209), 2005-06-16

185 mynt i silverskatten i Burs

Fyndplatsen för den vikingatida silverskatt som hittades för en månad sedan är nu färdigundersökt. Det var i Burs som betande kor sparkade fram mynt ur marken. Totalt har 185 arabiska mynt plockats fram - inga ovanliga mynt - men skatten är ändå viktig, förklarar antikvarien Gert Rispling vid Kungliga Myntkabinettet. Den här skatten kommer att gå till den gotländska skatthistorien som €ko-fyndet€. För det var betande djur som kickade fram de första trettio mynten som låg och glimmade i betesmark... (antal ord: 150), 2005-06-16

Europe's oldest civilisation unearthed

Europe's oldest civilisation has reportedly been discovered by archaelogists across the continent. More than 150 large temples, constructed between 4800 BC and 4600 BC, have been unearthed in fields and cities in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, predating the pyramids in Egypt by some 2,000 years, The Independent newspaper revealed. The network of temples, made of earth and wood, were constructed by a religious people whose economy appears to have been based on livestock farming, The Independent r... (antal ord: 231), 2005-06-16

Found: Europe's oldest civilisation

Archaeologists have discovered Europe's oldest civilisation, a network of dozens of temples, 2,000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids. More than 150 gigantic monuments have been located beneath the fields and cities of modern-day Germany, Austria and Slovakia. They were built 7,000 years ago, between 4800BC and 4600BC. Their discovery, revealed today by The Independent, will revolutionise the study of prehistoric Europe, where an appetite for monumental architecture was thought to have... (antal ord: 790), 2005-06-16

Stora urgamla byggen hittade i Centraleuropa

Arkeologer har hittat ett helt system av stenålderstempel som ska vara äldre än Stonehenge och Egyptens pyramider, skriver den brittiska tidningen The Independent. Templen har upptäckts under åkrar och städer i Centraleuropa. Enligt arkeologerna handlar det om Europas äldsta monumentala arkitektur. Upptäckten kommer att revolutionera studierna av det förhistoriska Europa, hävdar arkeologerna. Man har hittills trott att önskan och förmågan att åstadkomma större byggen utvecklades senare i Europa... (antal ord: 97), 2005-06-16

Archaeologists start digging for Hun settlements in Russia

Major archaeological excavation work has started in the Lipetsk region's Zadonsk and Khlevnoye districts (Central Russia), where Hun settlements used to be in ancient times. - Four archaeological expeditions, involving a hundred people each, have started excavation work on the banks of the Don and the Voronezh rivers on the sites of former settlements of the Huns, Mikhail Ryazantsev, an archaeologist at the State Department for Cultural Heritage Protection, told RIA Novosti. The Huns were nomad... (antal ord: 194), 2005-06-23

Who carved the man in the stone?

Sculptor Yuval Lufan, of Kibbutz Ginosar, has been making basalt sculptures for a few years. Ground-clearing work carried out on the kibbutz last summer to make room for banana groves supplied an abundance of sculpting material as the tractors unearthed large chunks of stone in the fields. When Lufan went to the area to choose some suitable stones, he was surprised to find traces of etching on one of them. Lufan and his brother Moshe are veteran archaeology buffs. In 1986, when Lake Kinneret was... (antal ord: 473), 2005-06-23

UNESCO calls for stopping illegal dig in Iraq

UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura called on Wednesday for mobilization against illegal dig on archaeological sites in Iraq and expressed concern on irreversible damage that would be caused by installation of military bases in particular at Hatra and in Babylon. - Illegal digs on archaeological sites unfortunately are continuing to destroy Iraq's heritage, said Matsuura at a meeting of an international committee for the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage. "It is totally impossible to... (antal ord: 264), 2005-06-23

Temple titan with carnal carvings

An ancient temple complex four times bigger than Nalanda with stone carvings not seen even in Khajuraho has been discovered at Sirpur, a town on the Mahanadi near here. About 200 mounds, 100 Buddha vihars, four Jain vihars and more than 100 Shiva temples spread across 25 sq km were found during excavations that began in February but have had to be suspended for the monsoon. While this makes it the biggest temple complex of the sixth and seventh centuries to be uncovered so far, the finding is s... (antal ord: 447), 2005-06-23

Italy rediscovers Greek heritage

Hundreds of rare and beautiful pieces are on display. A world-class archaeological exhibition opened this week in Calabria, in the toe of Italy. Its subject is Magna Graecia, or Greater Greece - the name given to parts of southern Italy colonised by the ancient Greeks 2,500 years ago. The migrations of modern Europe are nothing new. But for the ancient Greeks, southern Italy was their America. Long before the Roman empire flourished, they sailed west in search of new lands. They settled aroun... (antal ord: 583), 2005-06-23

Stonehenge druids 'mark wrong solstice'

Modern-day druids, hippies and revellers who turn up at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice may not be marking an ancient festival as they believe. The latest archaeological findings add weight to growing evidence that our ancestors visited Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice. Analysis of pigs's teeth found at Durrington Walls, a ceremonial site of wooden post circles near Stonehenge on the River Avon, has shown that most pigs were less than a year old when slaughtered. Dr Umbur... (antal ord: 254), 2005-06-23

Mich. American Indian Carvings in Danger

The Sanilac Petroglyphs have drawn generations of visitors to a wooded area in rural Michigan, but the rare American Indian carvings are in danger of being lost forever unless something is done to preserve them. The petroglyphs, the only known such carvings in Michigan and some of only a few in the Great Lakes region, were created anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years ago when Indians carved figures into a 25-by-40 square-foot piece of soft sandstone. Farmers discovered them just before the turn of ... (antal ord: 662), 2005-06-23

Kennewick Man to be studied in Seattle

Scientists say they are wrapping up final arrangements to study Kennewick Man's remains in early July at University of Washington's Burke Museum in Seattle. The 9,400-year-old skeleton found along the banks of the Columbia River in 1996 has been the focus of a bitter nine-year court battle between the federal government, Mid-Columbia Native American tribes that claim the bones as their ancestor and the scientists who want to study the remains. Scientists from around the country plan to convene ... (antal ord: 692), 2005-06-23

Monks use hi-tech camera to read ancient texts

The world's oldest monastery plans to use hi-tech cameras to shed new light on ancient Christian texts preserved for centuries within its fortress walls in the Sinai Desert. Saint Catherine's Monastery hopes the technology will allow a fuller understanding of some of the world's earliest Christian texts, including pages from the Codex Sinaiticus - the oldest surviving bible in the world. The technique, known as hyperspectral imaging, will use a camera to photograph the parchments at different wa... (antal ord: 913), 2005-06-23

Egypt's other pasts

Although Egypt stands at the crossroads of continents and civilizations, images of pyramids, The Sphinx and mummies dominate, eclipsing its other historic cultural and religious strands. Now attempts are being made to redress the balance and to put the Pharaonic period in context through an ambitious renovation project in Cairo and a series of cultural events in the United States. Tourism has flourished under the watchful eyes of the Pharaohs with the majority of foreign visitors being attracted... (antal ord: 549), 2005-06-23

Egyptians crafted ingots for Mediterranean trade

When pharaohs ruled Egypt, high-status groups around the Mediterranean exchanged fancy glass items to cement political alliances. New archaeological finds indicate that by about 3,250 years ago, Egypt had become a major glass producer and was shipping the valuable material throughout the region for reworking by local artisans. This discovery settles a more-than-century-old debate over whether ancient Egyptians manufactured raw glass themselves or imported it from Mesopotamia, say Thilo Rehren of... (antal ord: 448), 2005-06-23

Iranian, Japanese archaeologists to study Neolithic caves at Tang-e Bolaghi

A team of Iranian and Japanese archaeologists is to study two Neolithic caves located at the ancient site of Tang-e Bolaghi in Iran€™s southern province of Fars, an expert of Iran€™s Archaeological Research Center announced on Saturday. - According to an agreement signed between the Archaeological Research Center and the University of Tsukuba, several Iranian archaeologists and eight experts from the Japanese university will begin work at the site next month, Karim Alizadeh added. €œDue to the de... (antal ord: 282), 2005-06-23

One of oldest glassmaking sites found in Egypt

British and German archaeologists have found an ancient glassworks in Egypt, believed to date back to around 1250 BC, according to a study published in Science magazine. The site, at Qantir-Piramesses on the eastern Nile Delta, suggests that Mesopotamia may not have been the sole cradle of glassmaking from raw material, say the study's authors, British archeologist Thilo Rehren, of University College London, and German colleague Edgar Pusch, of the Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany. The a... (antal ord: 198), 2005-06-23

Ancient structures found near highway

Two longhouses estimated to be about 2000 years old have been found during excavations near the E6 highway just south of Sarpsborg. The people who found the longhouses mark off the dimensions of one of them. Project leader Gro Anita Bårdseth, front left, is next to a cooking hollow that was just outside the house. For the first time archeologists in Norway have been able to reveal a large surface area linked to known helleristninger - rock carvings - and the dig has produced results. Traces of ... (antal ord: 340), 2005-06-23

Rift om arkæologi-studerende

Et aktuelt byggeboom har sat ekstra skub i antallet af udgravninger landet over, og det gør landets arkæologi-studerende til en efterspurgt arbejdskraft. For dem er jobbene både fast arbejde og meget nyttige erfaringer til studiet og arbejdslivet bagefter. »Der er ikke noget nedskrevet, men det ligger i luften, at man mindst skal have 50 ugers graveerfaring, når man er færdig med studierne,« fortæller Birgitte Ribert, der er arkæologistuderende på fjerde semester på Aarhus Universitet. I øjebli... (antal ord: 598), 2005-06-23

Sjældent stenalderalter fundet

Arkæologer udgraver mere end 5.000 år gammelt offersted på Møn. Arkæologer har på Møn udgravet et lille alter med et lerkar, der indeholder ofre til guderne. Alteret, der er opført omkring 3500 f. Kr, er bygget af marksten og er sandsynligvis benyttet i en frugtbarhedskult. - Sådanne altre er meget sjældne, og derfor er vi begejstrede over, at det dukker op på vores udgravning, fortæller arkæolog Kristoffer Buck Pedersen fra Sydsjællands Museum. Alteret er en del af en udgravning som Sydsjælla... (antal ord: 111), 2005-06-23

Arkæologer på sporet af jernalderen

Et stykke væk fra alfarvej og så op igennem skoven. Det præcise sted hedder Fløjstrup Bakker. Det naturskønne område, hvor det højeste punkt er målt til cirka 60 meter over havoverfladen, har været den ydre ramme for menneskeliv for et par tusind år siden. Skruer man tiden tilbage til dengang, hedder tiden yngre jernalder. I disse dage er folk fra Randers Kulturhistoriske Museum på pletten for at blive klogere på jernaldermenneskets liv og levned. -Tidsmæssigt taler vi om perioden 100 før kristi... (antal ord: 371), 2005-06-23

Arkeolog och språkvetare får Oscarspris

Uppsala universitets Oscarspris tillfaller i år arkeologen Neil Price och språkvetaren Leelo Keevallik. Oscarspriset ges till understöd för yngre forskares författarverksamhet och utgörs av årsräntan från en donation som universitetet fick av Oscar II i samband med 400-årsjubileet 1877. Neil Price är universitetslektor i arkeologi och i sin avhandling från 2002 undersöker han mentala och religiösa aspekter inom skandinavisk vikingakultur, men även från andra geografiska områden. Han har skrivit... (antal ord: 188), 2005-06-25

Flertalet fornlämningar skadade av stormen

Omkring 80 procent av alla fornlämningar i Växjö, Alvesta och Ljungby har drabbats mycket hårt av stormen i januari. Länsstyrelsen har ett omfattande arbete med detaljerade skadeinventeringar i hela länet framför sig för att kunna prioritera sina insatser.Och det behövs minst 32 miljoner kronor till att återställa fornlämningarna, enligt en första uppskattning. Men behovet är mycket större än vad det finns resurser till, säger Lars-Erik Englund, arkeolog och antikvarie på Länsstyrelsen. Det fin... (antal ord: 113), 2005-06-25

En resa tillbaka i tiden

När օke Lundqvist från Ballastviken snavade över ett kranium vid Silbojokks utlopp i Sädva-jaure anande han knappast vidden. Han hade hittat Silbo-jokks kyrkogård, som anlades när brytningen av silver påbörjades i Nasafjäll 1636. օsa Lindgren har grävt fram ett skellett på 1600-tals kyrkogården i Silbojokk. En annorlunda upplevelse som sätter igång tanken: "Vem var människan?" օke Lundqvist, t v, fann ett kranium 2001 och ledde arkelogerna till Silbojokks kyrkogård. Arkeolog Lars Backman har ... (antal ord: 559), 2005-06-25

Utgrävning av kyrkogård från 1600-talet

När օke Lundqvist från Ballastviken snavade över ett kranium vid Silbojokks utlopp i Sädvajaure anande han knappast hela vidden av detta. Han hade hittat Silbojokks kyrkogård som anlades när brytningen av silver påbörjades i Nasafjäll 1636. օsa Lindgren har grävt fram ett skelett på 1600-tals kyrkogården i Silbojokk. En annorlunda upplevelse som sätter igång tanken: "Vem var människan?" Smältverket i Silbojokk och bostäderna däromkring har undersökts tidigare, både inför Sädvajaures utvidgade ... (antal ord: 545), 2005-06-25

Arkeologiska utgrävningar avslöjade Hangös födelseplats

De arkeologiska utgrävningarna i Hangö har gett forskarna värdefull information om den medeltida bosättningen i området. Undersökningarna bekräftar att området i de norra delarna av Hangö vid spetsen av det forntida Hangöudd verkligen kan betraktas som Hangös födelseplats. Den nu undersökta platsen dateras till 1000-1400-talen. - Resultaten har märkbart ökat förståelsen för den tidigmedeltida bosättningen. Vi har grävt ett lager som är helt och hållet från den tiden. Fynden är vanligtvis blandad... (antal ord: 213), 2005-06-25

֖stgöte till Sibirien för utgrävning

En försvarsborg från bronsåldern på en ö i Sibirien i södra Ryssland är nu under utgrävning. Efter midsommar åker ett svenskt team ner för att hjälpa till, och en av dem är Clas Ternström, arkeolog vid ֖stergötlands länsmuseum. €“ Det känns mycket priviligerat, och det ska bli jättekul, säger Ternström. Utgrävningarna av den gigantiska befästningen, som ligger på en ö i floden Jenisej, började redan år 2002. €“ Den är från deras bronsålder, så det blir något äldre än bronsåldern här, som är 1 5... (antal ord: 582), 2005-06-25

Archaeologists figure out mystery of Stonehenge bluestones

Archaeologists have solved one of the greatest mysteries of Stonehenge - the exact spot from where its huge stones were quarried. A team has pinpointed the precise place in Wales from where the bluestones were removed in about 2500 BC. It found the small crag-edged enclosure at one of the highest points of the 1,008ft high Carn Menyn mountain in Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills. The enclosure is just over one acre in size but, according to team leader Professor Tim Darvill, it provides a veritable ... (antal ord: 581), 2005-06-25

Unearthed rice may shed light on ancient paddy farming

Chinese archeologists say relics of ancient rice they have unearthed from a heritage site about 3,500 years from today may shed light on how rice farming started on the country's southwestern plateau. The plateau that covers the southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou was for a while believed by many scientists to be the cradle of paddy farming, but little evidence was available to support their hypothesis until recent excavations of nearly 50 kilograms of carbonized rice from three ancient... (antal ord: 419), 2005-06-25

Stonehenge quarry site 'revealed'

Click here for quarry pictures A university professor believes he has solved one of the oldest Stonehenge mysteries - the exact location in Wales where the bluestones were quarried. Tim Darvill has found what he thinks is an ancient quarry at Carn Menyn high in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire. The bluestones - which form the inner circle of Stonehenge - were transported over 240 miles to Salisbury Plain. Local archaeologists say Professor Darvill had made a "convincing and compelling" argumen... (antal ord: 461), 2005-06-25

Viking and Anglo-Saxon landscape and economy

Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy (VASLE) is a major three year archaeological project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB). It aims to analyse the wealth of data found through activities such as metal-detecting, against those found through more traditional archaeological methods. The project encompasses the whole of England, and aims to evaluate the density of settlements found by metal-detecting; provide a framework to identify different site types through their m... (antal ord: 196), 2005-06-25


The eMuseum website provides highly detailed images and brief descriptive information on national treasures and important cultural properties held by the museums of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara. The site contains a large number of Japanese artefacts together with earlier Chinese paintings and documents. The site is primarily based around browsing images but also contains short descriptions for each object. All the information on the site is presented in five languages: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Englis... (antal ord: 294), 2005-06-25

The valley of the first iron masters

The Valley of the First Iron Masters website appeared as a result of a year long Heritage Lottery Funded project to create an interactive resource for the archaeology of the Foulness Valley, East Yorkshire, which has been subject to detailed survey since 1980. The area is described as being the home to one of Britain's largest prehistoric iron industries. The website concentrates on the prehistoric and Roman periods in this geographic location and is an extensive source of information, including... (antal ord: 349), 2005-06-25

Ancient bronze drum found in central province

An ancient bronze drum believed to date back to the Dong Son culture, which existed 2,000-2,500 years ago, has been discovered in the central province of Quang Tri. The drum, 1m in diameter and 1.5m in height, was unearthed by some local people while looking for scrap iron along the Viet Nam-Laos borderline. However, the locals then sold the drum to a scrap store. Concerned provincial agencies are now looking for the antique... (antal ord: 75), 2005-07-01

Ancient Aboriginal site found in north-west Qld

KERRY O'BRIEN: Aborigines and archaeologists have excavated an ancient artefact site in north-western Queensland, which they believe may be one of the oldest ever discovered in this country. The site was unearthed when the Queensland Government began construction of a bridge. The dig unearthed thousands of spear blades, axes, and tools. It may lead to findings that Aborigines must have penetrated the interior of Australia much earlier than is presently believed. Genevieve Hussey reports. DR TO... (antal ord: 875), 2005-07-01

Archaeological dig perplexes

Sitting in a mosquito-infested camp just off the Parks Highway a few weeks ago, archaeologist Brian Wygal was happily baffled. Last summer, the University of Nevada, Reno, instructor made two intriguing finds in the Trapper Creek area while working with a Matanuska-Susitna Borough crew. The teams discovered sharp, stone blades and other tools at twin sites perched on knolls about five miles apart, one overlooking Trapper Creek, the other the Susitna River. They dated the sites at about 7,000 yea... (antal ord: 924), 2005-07-01

Japanese team finds mural painting at Afghanistan's Bamiyan

A Japanese research team has discovered part of a mural painting in the ruins of the colossal stone Buddha statues in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, that were destroyed by the country's former Taliban rulersThe mural was found in a small cave carved into a cliff on the eastern side of the statues, according to team leader Kazuya Yamauchi, chief researcher of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties of Tokyo, Kazinform quotes KYODO. The painting, made on the dome-shaped roof of the... (antal ord: 307), 2005-07-01

New Roman finds could turn history on its head

Britain was home to Roman citizens some 50 years before the AD43 "invasion" date that generations of schoolchildren have been taught, new research has revealed. The previously accepted version of the Roman invasion has its origins in the work of ancient spin-doctors trying to boost the reputation of the Emperor Claudius. Archaeologists believe that a series of military artefacts unearthed in Chichester, Sussex, and dated decades before the AD43 date will turn conventional Roman history on its he... (antal ord: 424), 2005-07-01

Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Dead Animals

To most people, Egyptian mummies are a handful of dead pharaohs wrapped in linen bandages and buried in pyramids outside Cairo. In reality, virtually everyone in ancient Egypt who could afford it€”as many as 70 million people over 3,000 years€”wound up going through the elaborate two-month mummification process. Additionally, millions of animals were mummified and buried alongside their owners. They were, says Richard Sabin, curator at the Natural History Museum of London, something of a send-of... (antal ord: 265), 2005-07-01

Did Chinese beat out Columbus?

Did Chinese sailors really discover America before Columbus? A new exhibition sets the scene, presenting new evidence that lends support to the assumptions made in "1421: The Year China Discovered America" by Gavin Menzies. "1421: The Year China Sailed the World," in Singapore in a special tent near the Esplanade (until Sept. 11), is primarily a celebration of Admiral Zheng He's seven maritime expeditions between 1405 and 1423. With a fleet of 317 ships and 28,000 men, Zheng He is generally ackn... (antal ord: 1170), 2005-07-01

Archaeological wonders are under the sea

The recent discovery of the remains of a shipwrecked 4th century BC vessel, nicknamed Kythnos I after the Greek island near which it was found, is the latest testimony of the archaeological riches still submerged in Greek waters.It also demonstrates the technological advances that underwater archaeology has made in this country in recent years. Greece has no shortage of skilled archaeologists. But when it comes to underwater research, it is only recently that the Greek ministry of culture has be... (antal ord: 601), 2005-07-01

Söderbärkes tidiga historia söks under blomsteräng

Nu är arbetet igång med att spåra de tidiga lämningarna från bosättningarna i Söderbärke. Här finns möjligen lämningar av tidiga jägar- och samlarbosättningar och senare bosättningar. Det är bara en första undersökning efter vad som finns berättar arkeolog Fredrik Sandberg. Men under grästorven har inget man inte redan kände till hittats. Undersökningarna är påtvingade eftersom ett aktivitetshus planeras att byggas. Det har blivit mer noga med arkeologisk dokumentation numer. Misstaget från när ... (antal ord: 416), 2005-07-01

Elise hittade medeltiden

Med hjälp av slamsugarutrustning har utgrävningen av Brunns silvergruva i Hedesunda gått vidare under våren och försommaren. Man har nu nått elva meter ner i schaktet och där gjort fynd som tros härstamma från medeltiden. Under våren och försommaren har föreningen Hedesunda silvergruvor stött på gamla föremål i arbetet med att gräva ut och söka igenom det grus som gruvhålet är fyllt med. Det mest spektakulära fyndet är en svarvad träskål som fortfarande har målningarna kvar på sina tunna vägga... (antal ord: 237), 2005-07-01

Nytt Infocenter som är specialiserat på Vikingatid

27 juni öppnar ett nytt Infocenter i Fröjel på Gotlands västkust. Besökplats Fröjel har information om olika intressanta besöksmål runt om på Gotland. Dessutom har Besökplats Fröjel speciellt fokus på Vikingatid och information om utgrävningarna i Fröjel. €“ Intresset för de arkeologiska utgrävningarna och sommarens utställning är mycket stort, berättar Pia Ahlquist som arbetar på Infocentret. Pia berättar också att det finns ett enormt sug efter barnarkeologin, där barn under sakkunnig ledning ... (antal ord: 106), 2005-07-01

Vikingaflotta seglar till Birka

Den 2 juli lägger Sveriges största vikingaflotta till vid Birka i Mälaren. Under sommaren slår vikingarna läger på ön för att bygga ett vikingaskepp. Bland båtbyggare och hantverkare i tidstypiska kläder kan Birkas besökare prova på riktigt vikingaliv. Samtidigt startar de dramatiserade visningarna av Birka, där bland annat 1800-tals arkeologen Hjalmar Stolpe håller arkeologilektioner. Kölstock, stäv och spant växer långsamt fram. Bordplanken klyvs ur stora, långa stockar och i smedjan tillver... (antal ord: 340), 2005-07-01

Vikingmarknad jubilerar i år

Den 1 juli är det åter dags för Fotevikens vikingamarknad. I år firar Fotevikens museum, liksom vikingamarknaden, 10 år och är större än någonsin. Man räknar med att runt 500 vikingar från 16 länder kommer att delta. I år kommer marknaden också utökas med en förmarknad som börjar under torsdag eftermiddag och slutar klockan 12 på natten. Då kommer besökarna få möjlighet att uppleva solnedgången, eldarnas och lyktornas sken i vikingareservatet. Det kommer också att anordnas traditionella tävlinga... (antal ord: 99), 2005-07-01

Ovanliga vikingatida fynd funna i Slavsta

En komplett torshammaring, flera stora bostäder och ett slakthus. Det är några av de fynd från yngre järnåldern som upptäckts vid de färska utgrävningarna i Slavsta by, öster om Uppsala. - Vi har hittat en hel del udda fynd. Troligtvis låg det en by här i Slavsta redan under yngre järnåldern och tidig medeltid, säger Dan Fagerlund, ledare för utgrävningarna. Ett av de mer spektakulära fynden är en komplett torshammaring av järn som är cirka fem centimeter i diameter, och själva hammaren mäter c... (antal ord: 396), 2005-07-01

Unearthed rice may shed light on ancient paddy farming

Chinese archeologists say relics of ancient rice they have unearthed from a heritage site about 3,500 years from today may shed light on how rice farming started on the country's southwestern plateau. The plateau that covers the southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou was for a while believed by many scientists to be the cradle of paddy farming, but little evidence was available to support their hypothesis until recent excavations of nearly 50 kilograms of carbonized rice from three ancien... (antal ord: 420), 2005-07-07

Europe's oldest civilisation unearthed

Europe's oldest civilisation has reportedly been discovered by archaelogists across the continent. More than 150 large temples, constructed between 4800 BC and 4600 BC, have been unearthed in fields and cities in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, predating the pyramids in Egypt by some 2,000 years, The Independent newspaper revealed. The network of temples, made of earth and wood, were constructed by a religious people whose economy appears to have been based on livestock farming, The Independent r... (antal ord: 231), 2005-07-07

Neanderthal Genome May Be Reconstructed

German and U.S. scientists have launched a project to reconstruct the Neanderthal genome, the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology said Wednesday. The project, which involves isolating genetic fragments from fossils of the prehistoric beings who originally inhabited Europe, is being carried out at the Leipzig-based institute. - The project is very new and is just at its beginning, said Sandra Jacob, a spokeswoman for the institute. U.S. geneticist Edward Rubin, from the Lawrence B... (antal ord: 153), 2005-07-07

Excavation yields ax thousands of years old

A Saginaw County man thought he was simply digging a basement for the house he would eventually build on Snowy Lane in Bridgeport Township. But the hole Arthur A. Shaft opened up in 2000 turned out to be an archaeological dig of sorts, too. The Saginaw County Historical Society last month confirmed that the object was a barbed stone ax head left behind by Indians 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. - I was amazed. I thought it was just a couple hundred years old," Shaft, 52, a General Motors Corp. retiree... (antal ord: 330), 2005-07-07

Could Asia have been the cradle of humanity?

Science continues to struggle with one of the most basic questions of all: Where did humans come from. There isn't much question that modern humans came out of Africa, probably in several waves of migration over the past 100,000 years. But it now appears that the ancient ancestors who gave rise to those African humans might have come from Asia. Until recently the only fossils of anthropoids - the creatures at the base of the branch of the evolutionary tree that gave rise to primates, including h... (antal ord: 725), 2005-07-07

After 9,300 years, Kennewick Man's exam begins

Will he give up secrets about his ancient life, death? The old guy with a spear point in his hip is still capable of causing a fuss. Nine years after the 9,300-year-old skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man tumbled out of the banks of the Columbia River, scientists who successfully sued for the right to study the bones will begin their analyses today at the University of Washington's Burke Museum. - We never dreamed it would take this long, said Alan Schneider, the attorney who represented eig... (antal ord: 1170), 2005-07-07

Ancient 'footprints' found in Mexico

Find may push back dates of when people arrived in the Americas. Researchers think they may have found footprints in southern Mexico that mark the oldest evidence for the presence of humans in the Americas. The impressions, preserved in volcanic ash outside the city of Puebla, have been dated to about 40,000 years ago, beating the oldest accepted evidence of humans in the Americas by some 25,000 years. If proven, the prints would lend support to controversial theories that people reached this l... (antal ord: 575), 2005-07-07

Archaeologists unearth new structure near Shahjehan€™s Taj Mahal

Archaeologists have found a new structure adjoining the Taj Mahal which according to preliminary investigations served as a rest house for travellers. The discovery was made during excavations to determine original water-levels surrounding the Taj Mahal. - Excavations were being conducted to study original water-levels here. We have found one tank in the center of the hall, and a whole water channel system. There was a riverbank here and travellers would have come down to this rest house that c... (antal ord: 538), 2005-07-07

Academicians Claim Buddha Turned Into European Saint

Greek drawings estimated to be from the 12th century show Ioasaph teaching Christianity to the public. A group of researchers claim the European saint is a derivation of the Buddha. Courtesy of Antiquus The ancient tale of Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, spread from his homeland to Europe, where he became a Christian saint with the name of "Iosaphat.€ That€™s the conclusion of a group of Korean researchers who have conducted a multi-linguistic study of the westward spread of the stor... (antal ord: 497), 2005-07-07

Another ancient drum found in central province

Another ancient bronze drum has been found in the central province of Khanh Hoa, an official of the provincial museum, where the drum is now on display, has said. This is the fifth bronze drum unearthed in the province so far. In comparison with the four drums discovered previously, the newly-found one, which is 0.55m in height, has the largest heads, around 0.72 m in diameter. Figures of stars, bird feathers and humans on the drum prove that it belongs to the group of 1 HEGER ancient drums, the... (antal ord: 119), 2005-07-07

Scholars catalog ancient manuscripts to preserve 4,000-year history of India

In the walled quarters of the old city, a Sanskrit language scholar walks purposefully along the packed, narrow and twisting alleyways, jostling past rows of jewelry shoppers, cycle rickshaws, bullock carts and beggars. When he comes upon an old temple with an ornately carved doorway, he stops, sweating profusely in the sweltering sun. - Do you have any ancient handwritten manuscripts here? Dilipkumar Rana, the scholar, asks in a whisper. The stunned temple manager nods. "The government is doing... (antal ord: 969), 2005-07-07

6000-year-old clay coupons discovered in southern Iran

A team of archaeologists recently discovered 6000-year-old clay coupons during excavations at Rahmatabad Tepe in the Marvdasht region of Fars Province, the director of the team said on Saturday. - The archaeologists have unearthed 12 square-shaped coupons, indicating that the people of the region had economic and commercial ties with neighboring regions in the fourth and fifth millenniums BC. The artifacts will definitely provide useful information on the economic, commercial, and social status ... (antal ord: 303), 2005-07-07

UB Hosts African Archaeology Congress

The University of Botswana (UB) will host the 12th congress of the Pan African Archaeological Association next month. A news release from the university says the event will be hosted by the UB Archaeology Unit. The decision to host the event was made by the Permanent Council of the Pan African Archaeological Association after its 11th Congress in Mali. The Association intends to bring to the event a substantial number of African scholars from Africa and beyond. The release explains that the Pan... (antal ord: 374), 2005-07-07

Archaeologists hunt for hot baths

Archaeologists are to dig up a set of Roman baths believed to be at a site in Swindon, Wiltshire. The latest excavation at Groundwell Ridge started this week, hunting for a set of what used to be hot baths. A Roman villa was first found at the site, in the north of the town, during housing construction in 1996. In 2004, the team found a range of cold baths dating back 1,600 years. They hope to add to their collection with the latest five-week dig. During the past nine years, English Heritage and... (antal ord: 107), 2005-07-07

Archaeological dig perplexes

Sitting in a mosquito-infested camp just off the Parks Highway a few weeks ago, archaeologist Brian Wygal was happily baffled. Last summer, the University of Nevada, Reno, instructor made two intriguing finds in the Trapper Creek area while working with a Matanuska-Susitna Borough crew. The teams discovered sharp, stone blades and other tools at twin sites perched on knolls about five miles apart, one overlooking Trapper Creek, the other the Susitna River. They dated the sites at about 7,000 yea... (antal ord: 924), 2005-07-07

Karolinerexpedition kan ha hittat massgrav

De hittade vad som förefaller att vara "Svenskhaugen". Det skedde vid sista dyket. Sista dagen. ֖P berättade tidigare i veckan om expeditionen, vid Essandsjön i Norge, som letat efter spår av stupade karoliner. Det gick länge trögt med letandet. Sista dagen lossnade det. - Jag sökte av ett ställe där vi inte varit tidigare och jag hittade en stenhög på cirka 4x4 meter, berättar Arnesson. Det var alltså han själv, i så fall, som hittade den antagliga massgraven. Inte de mer professionella dykare... (antal ord: 277), 2005-07-07

Söderbärkes tidiga historia söks under blomsteräng

Nu är arbetet igång med att spåra de tidiga lämningarna från bosättningarna i Söderbärke. Här finns möjligen lämningar av tidiga jägar- och samlarbosättningar och senare bosättningar. Det är bara en första undersökning efter vad som finns berättar arkeolog Fredrik Sandberg. Men under grästorven har inget man inte redan kände till hittats. Undersökningarna är påtvingade eftersom ett aktivitetshus planeras att byggas. Det har blivit mer noga med arkeologisk dokumentation numer. Misstaget från när... (antal ord: 416), 2005-07-07

Borganläggning under utgrävning

Helgeådalen ligger i nordöstra Skåne. Dess äldre medeltid ger sig till känna genom en ovanlig koncentration av romanska kyrkor med breda västtorn, något som brukar indikera tidiga huvudgårdar. Lämningar efter sådana är däremot mycket ovanliga.I ett forskningsprojekt, kallat "Helgeådalens natur- och kulturlandskap i ett långtidsperspektiv", samarbetar högskolan och regionmuseet i Kristianstad genom arkeologiska utgrävningar i Vittskövle. Mindre utgrävningar har pågått sedan 2003. Resultaten har v... (antal ord: 420), 2005-07-07

Der graves i fortiden

Arkæologer graver ved Barsøvej i Løjt Kirkeby, hvor der til efteråret skal opføres et nyt paracelhuskvarter. Der er fund fra vikingetiden og den tidlige middelalder To hjælpere står og ryster et sold. Den fine muld og sand glider igennem. Tilbage er der mest sten, men også potteskår og de tages forsigtigt op, børstes af og lægges hen til fundstedet. Vi er i det område ved Barsøvej i Løjt Kirkeby, hvor der til efteråret skal opføres et helt nyt parcelhuskvarter. Området hedder Wostofte. Et dejlig... (antal ord: 348), 2005-07-07

Britiske eksperter på besøg for at demonstrere specielle teknikker

Til august starter Kulturhistorisk Museum i Randers et meget spændende samarbejde med en flok britiske eksperter, der under ledelse af Chris Loveluck, University of Nottingham, og Kristian Strutt, University of Southampton, vil hjælpe museet med at finde ud af, hvad der gemmer sig under sandmulden på Stavnsagerlokaliteten ved landsbyen Moeskær. Arkæolog Reno Fiedel, der p.t. arbejder sammen med en flok amatørarkæologer i Fløjstrup, fortæller om en meget spændende flok mennesker, der med særlige ... (antal ord: 205), 2005-07-07

Konturer af fortiden

Kirsten Danscher er blandt de ildsjæle, der på frivillig basis hjælper arkæologerne på museet med at afdække blandt andet det hus, hvor en kop blev fundet under ildstedet. Foto: Richard Sylvestersen - Det er ikke så meget nyt, vi har fundet, siden I sidst skrev om udgravningen i Fløjstrup Bakker, men vi har da fundet et lerkar og en meget velbevaret kop, som vi formoder må være blevet lagt under et ildsted med noget i - som en slags "husoffer", fortæller arkæolog Reno Fiedel, Kulturhistorisk Mus... (antal ord: 471), 2005-07-07

Could Asia have been the cradle of humanity?

There isn't much question that modern humans came out of Africa, probably in several waves of migration over the past 100,000 years. But it now appears that the ancient ancestors who gave rise to those African humans might have come from Asia. Until recently the only fossils of anthropoids - the creatures at the base of the branch of the evolutionary tree that gave rise to primates, including humans - were found at a place called the Fayum in Egypt. But a growing body of evidence suggests our di... (antal ord: 707), 2005-07-07

Historic church found in Uppsala

Uppsala Cathedral could be built on the remains of the church where Saint Erik, Sweden's patron saint, was killed, archaeologists say. Investigations at the 13th century cathedral, which is the largest church building in northern Europe, have revealed the remains of an earlier building underneath the high altar. Archaeologists used ground penetration radar to find the remains, which they say could be the remains of the old Holy Trinity Church, which was known to have stood in Uppsala before the ... (antal ord: 305), 2005-07-14

New finding disputes myth of early settlers

Archaeologists think they have unearthed the first human settlement on the South Pacific island of Fiji, a find believed to be about 3 000 years old, the researchers said on Thursday. The archaeologists found 16 human skeletons at a burial site at Bourewa, on the south-west of the main island of Viti Levu, said Patrick Nunn, professor of geography at the University of the South Pacific, located in the Fiji capital, Suva. He said abundant evident at the site suggested that Bourewa was the first h... (antal ord: 330), 2005-07-14

Scientists Discover an Ancient Shoe in UK

Archaeologists have found what is believed to be a 2,000 year old shoe in a hollow tree in southwest England. Exeter Archaeology team leader Stephen Reed says, "As far as we know, this is the oldest shoe ever found in the United Kingdom. It is reasonably well-preserved, with stitch and lace holes still visible in the leather." The newly discovered artifact is expected on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter after being studied in Salisbury, England. It was located where a Bronze... (antal ord: 176), 2005-07-14

Iceman shoes called superior to ours

Lined with hay and held together by a net of rough string, the leather shoes look bulky, itchy and downright uncomfortable. But if they were good enough for Oetzi, the 5,300-year-old man found in an alpine glacier in 1991, they're good enough for the modern foot, insists Petr Hlavacek, a Czech shoe expert who has created replicas, taken them out for a walk and pronounced them far better than most modern footwear. "These shoes are very comfortable. They are perfectly able to protect your feet ag... (antal ord: 556), 2005-07-14

Stonehenge Quarry Found in Wales

Stonehenge's megaliths come from the mountains of Wales, according to a study which pinpoints the quarry where the bluestones were cut around 2500 B.C. Writing in the July-August issue of British Archaeology, Timothy Darvill, professor of archaeology at Bournemouth University, and Geoff Wainwright, a retired English Heritage archaeologist, describe a "small crag-edged promontory with a stone bank across its neck" at one of the highest points of Carn Menyn, a mountain in the Preseli Hills of Pemb... (antal ord: 82), 2005-07-14

Knights may have travelled beneath citadel

Egyptian authorities announced on Monday the discovery at Cairo's citadel of an underground passageway tall enough to accommodate a mounted horseman. The 150-metre-long tunnel, the longest of several beneath the citadel, was found in the vicinity of the 19th century Mohamed Ali mosque in the course of a project to drain off groundwater from under the compound. The Cairo Citadel dates to the 12th century. The much newer Mohamed Ali mosque, one of several buildings on the compound, is a major Cair... (antal ord: 244), 2005-07-14

Utgrävningarna i Fränsta kan avslöja en offerkälla

En spännande utgrävning pågår just nu i Fränsta. I tisdags började man tömma det vattenhål som man tror kan vara en flera tusen år gammal offerkälla. Några järnföremål har hittats och skickats till museet för närmare undersökning. I gassande sol började man i tisdags det mödosamma arbetet med att tömma den gamla källan på vatten. För att kunna konstatera om källan är så gammal som man tror, och om det rör sig om en så kallad offerkälla, måste man ner i jordlagren i jakten på föremål. Under ... (antal ord: 376), 2005-07-14

Arkeologiskt fynd under högkoret i Uppsala domkyrka

Under Uppsala domkyrka har ett forskarteam hittat en äldre byggnad. Det kan vara Trefaldighetskyrkan där Erik den Helige sägs ha firat högmässa innan han dog 1160. I så fall är det en arkeologisk sensation. Det var i april och maj som forskarteamet från Upplandsmuseet gjorde sina undersökningar av området under domkyrkan. Metoden som teamet använde var georadar, en form av röntgen där man får en bild av föremålen i jorden. Därefter har ett omfattande analysarbete pågått. €“ Vi har hittat något s... (antal ord: 214), 2005-07-14


Några föremål av järn. Det har medlemmar i Pilgrim Medelpad hittat när de gräver ur en gammal källa i Fränsta. - Nu återstår bara att hitta guldpengarna i botten på den, säger Tore Högberg, Fränsta. Källan som medlemmar ur föreningen Pilgrim Medelpad gett sig i kast med ligger ett stenkast från Torpsjöns strand och på mark som ägs av Gunilla Björnfot. Fram till 1728 gick vägen mellan Sundsvall och inre delarna av landet förbi källan och vidare förbi Torps kyrka. - Men då drabbades området av en... (antal ord: 405), 2005-07-14

Fortsatt arkeologisk utgrävning vid Hovdala

Länsstyrelsen har med stöd av lagen om kulturminnen lämnat tillstånd till fortsatt arkeologisk undersökning på Gårdstalien vid Hovdala slott. Det är institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia vid Lunds universitet som inom ramen för sitt projekt "Norra Skånes Medeltid" ska fortsätta sina undersökningar på Gårdstalien. Sedan 1999 har det gjorts undersökningar vid Gårdstalien sedan man funnit vissa fornlämningar som tyder på att det funnits en anläggning som kan vara föregångare till Hovdal... (antal ord: 169), 2005-07-14

Amatörarkeologer i Skellefteå

En arkeologisk utgrävning håller på i Skellefteå, mellan Bonnstan och församlingsgården. Det är Skellefteå Museum som håller på och letar efter en hamn som ska ha legat där på 1400-talet. Förutom arkeologer är också frivilliga Skelleftebor med. Anna-Karin Linderborg, en av de frivilliga amatörarkeologerna, berättar att hon hittat några spikar och brända ben från djur. - Jag har fått lära mig att de är vita och det kan vara hål i bitarna också, säger Anna-Karin Linderborg. Troligen byggdes det p... (antal ord: 181), 2005-07-14

De gräver efter Laholms medeltid

Väg till kunskap. Inne på Henriksonska fastigheten har arkeologerna dragit upp grunda sökschakt där det översta jordlagret skrapats bort. Strax intill väggen skottar arkeolog Magnus Svensson upp lager efter lager av Laholms historia. Grundligt arbete. Arkeologen Anders Håkansson nådde redan efter en kort stunds utgrävningar fastighetens stenlagda bottenplan. Nästa steg blir att lyfta upp stenläggningen för att om möjligt nå ännu äldre bebyggelse. Nedbrunna Henriksonska fastigheten nu ger arkeolo... (antal ord: 483), 2005-07-14

Arkeologiska utgrävningar

I fem år var det meningen att studerande från Mittuniverstitet skulle gräva ut en gammal bosättning i Råsjö, օnge kommun. Men den avslutas redan i sommar med en mindre utgrävning - Jag hade hoppats att man skulle genomföra det man lovat, säger Thore Mattsson, ordförande i Borgsjö hembygdsförening. Bosättningen är från 1600-talet och det var svedjefinnar som anlade den. När beslut togs om att boplatsen skulle grävas ut var det meningen att det skulle pågå under fem år. Med hjälp av arkeologistud... (antal ord: 278), 2005-07-14

Borganläggning under utgrävning

Helgeådalen ligger i nordöstra Skåne. Dess äldre medeltid ger sig till känna genom en ovanlig koncentration av romanska kyrkor med breda västtorn, något som brukar indikera tidiga huvudgårdar. Lämningar efter sådana är däremot mycket ovanliga. I ett forskningsprojekt, kallat "Helgeådalens natur- och kulturlandskap i ett långtidsperspektiv", samarbetar högskolan och regionmuseet i Kristianstad genom arkeologiska utgrävningar i Vittskövle. Mindre utgrävningar har pågått sedan 2003. Resultaten har ... (antal ord: 421), 2005-07-14

Egypt Seeks Help in Getting Back Artifacts

Egypt announced Wednesday it was launching a campaign for the return of five of its most precious artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone in London and the graceful bust of Nefertiti in Berlin. Zahi Hawass, the country's chief archaeologist, said UNESCO had agreed to mediate in its claims for artifacts currently at the British Museum, the Louvre in Paris, two German museums and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Several countries have waged uphill battles to get back pieces they c... (antal ord: 320), 2005-07-14

Historia i din mobiltelefon

Statens historiska museum har under 2004 och 2005 genomfört utvecklingsprojektet Nordic Handscape Sverige. Projektet har till uppdrag att utreda vilka möjligheter som finns att på olika sätt förmedla kulturarvet via mobiltelefoner. En framtida tjänst skulle till exempel kunna erbjuda en audioguide i mobilen på ett vikingatida gravfält, eller ge tillgång till de kulturhistoriska databaserna via mobiltelefonen, beroende på var man befinner sig. €“ Den moderna tekniken erbjuder möjligheter som vi so... (antal ord: 344), 2005-07-22

Archaeologists unearth ancient irrigation system

Archaeologists have found an ancient falaj an underground water channel, underneath the courtyard of a house in Al Ain, and say it might have been built some 3,000 years ago. Experts at the Department of Antiquities and Tourism have already explored a small portion of the falaj during the recent excavation season. A source at the department told Gulf News yesterday a team of archaeologists had carried out a rescue project and examined the falaj. The falaj was located in the north of the Hili Arc... (antal ord: 425), 2005-07-22

Unusual Iron Age steles discovered in Ardebil Province

Over 500 stone steles bearing images of faces of men and women with no mouths were recently discovered at Shahr Yeri in Ardebil Province, the director of the team of archaeologists working at the site announced on Tuesday. Alireza Hojabri Nuri added that the steles are arranged one after another in the form of a wall and date back to the Iron Age. Shahr Yeri is located near Pirazmeyan village, 32 kilometers off of Meshkin Shahr in Ardebil Province. €œThe discovered steles enjoy unique characteri... (antal ord: 379), 2005-07-22

A 9,000-Year-Old Secret

After a long legal battle, scientists are studying an ancient skeleton that could change theories about the first Americans. When last heard from, 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man was in federal court, his battered bones the subject of a tug of war between scientists who wanted to study them and Indian tribes who sought to bury them. Almost from the moment he came tumbling out of the muddy bank of the Columbia River during a speedboat race in 1996, the proto-American with the "Caucasoid-like" skull ... (antal ord: 677), 2005-07-22

Treasure from ancient Pompeii unveiled

Decorated cups and fine silver platters were once again polished and on display today as archaeologists unveiled an ancient Roman dining set that lay hidden for two millennia in the volcanic ash of Pompeii. In 2000, archaeologists found a wicker basket containing the silverware in the ruins of a thermal bath near the remains of the Roman city, said Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, head of Pompeii's archaeological office. The basket was filled with the volcanic ash that buried the city when Mount Vesuvius... (antal ord: 211), 2005-07-22

Ancient cave drawing found in Amursk region

An ancient cave drawing has been found in the valley of the Bureya River in the Amursk region, two kilometers from the construction site of the Bureya hydroelectric power plant. OAO Bureya Hydroelectric Power Plant press secretary Irina Korenyuk told Interfax that scientists suggest that the drawing was most likely made by representatives of the Evenk ethnic group, who used such symbols in the 16th-17th centuries to mark the borders of their family hunting areas. A picture describing the sign, ... (antal ord: 154), 2005-07-22

800-year-old ring is full of mystery

An 800-year old mystical ring unearthed in Warwickshire goes on public display for the first time tomorrow. The precious gold and garnet band features a mysterious cryptic message, written in olde worlde French which has archaeology experts baffled. It appears to say the words "Je suis une fleur" (I am a flower) and "amour" (love) but some of letters of the inscription are reversed and turned upside down. Boffins from the British Museum believe it could be a coded token of affection between two ... (antal ord: 241), 2005-07-22

Biblical scroll found in desert

An encounter with a Bedouin robber in a desert valley has led to what one Israeli archaeologist described as one of the most important biblical finds from the region in half a century. Professor Chanan Eshel, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, said yesterday that the discovery of two fragments of nearly 2,000-year-old parchment scroll from the Dead Sea area gave hope to biblical and archaeological scholars, frustrated by a dearth of material unearthed in the region in recent ... (antal ord: 236), 2005-07-22

Bedouin wanders across Biblical manuscript

Fragments of a Biblical manuscript dating back to the last Jewish revolt against Roman rule in 135 AD Judaea, have been uncovered near the Dead Sea. After four decades with a dearth of new finds, archaeologists had resigned themselves to believing the desert caves in the modern-day West Bank had already yielded all their secrets from the Roman era. - It's simply sensational, a dream come true, archaeology professor Hanan Eshel, a Biblical specialist at Israel's Bar Ilan University, said. For th... (antal ord: 416), 2005-07-22

Sensational find in Germany: 600-year-old papal seals

In one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries in Germany, four papal seals dating back 600 years have been uncovered from a medieval toilet shaft in the northeastern city of Greifswald, officials said on Thursday. The four round seals cast in lead date to the papacy of Pope Bonifatius IX (1389-1404). The 3,5cm seals, each weighing about 50g, bear the inscription "BONIFATIUS VIIII" on one side and images of the apostles Peter and Paul on the other. Regional archaeology office directo... (antal ord: 287), 2005-07-22

Oväntade fynd vid utgrävning

En nästan klotrund sten kan ha varit ett viktigt verktyg för att mala med eller knacka flinta. Stenen är ett av de föremål som man hittills hittat vid utgrävningen av Västervång. En stor pampig mansgård från yngre järnåldern. Det är vad arkeologerna tror sig ha hittat spår av på Västervång. Dessutom visar fynd att området varit bebott redan under järnåldern. Grävmaskinerna påVästervång norr om Lille vång har snart gjort sitt för ett tag. Ett område på omkring 30000 kvadratmeter har blottats på å... (antal ord: 493), 2005-07-22

Benrester hittade vid känd bålplats

Under arkeologiska utgrävningar vid Spångmyrholmen i Lillhärdal hittades benrester, flinta och sot. Området har pekats ut som det ställe där häxanklagade kvinnor brändes i slutet av 1600-talet. På plats vid utgrävningarna fanns två arkeologer från Jämtlands läns museum samt frivilliga. Med metallkäppar togs prover på jorden och mycket riktigt fanns det en hel del sot i jordlaget under mossa och torv. Området med sot är avgränsat och detta ökar chansen att det var här som de påstådda häxorna brän... (antal ord: 310), 2005-07-22

Arkeolog gjorde fynd i ICA-butik

Arkeologer behöver inte nöja sig med att gräva i jorden. Det kan gå lika bra i ICA-butiken hemma i byn. Amatörarkeologen Göran Andersson hittade nämligen tre flintaverktyg, ungefär sjutusen år gamla, längst ner i potatisbingen på ICA Skeppet i Kungshamn. - Den konstigaste plats jag har fyndat på säger han till tidningen Bohusläningen.... (antal ord: 53), 2005-07-22

Medelpads första höghöjdsboplats funnen

Arkeologen Erik Johansson upptäckte av en slump kvartsbitar där hans syster skulle bygga hus. Det var spår efter en 9000 år gammal boplats. - Det känns kul att ha en arkeologisk fyndplats på sin tomt, säger Anna Ingvarsdotter. Att kunna identifiera kvartsavslag, mikrospån och grönsten är inget som tillhör allmänbildningen. Men för ett tränat öga kan det vara lättare. När Erik Johansson upptäckte kvartsavslag på sin systers tomt förstod han att det inte var någon vanlig skogsmark de skulle bygga... (antal ord: 351), 2005-07-22

Funna - fler guldgubbar

Vid nordsidan av sjön Mjösa i Norge har man även vid sommaren utgrävning hittat nya så kallade guldgubbar. Det rör sig om sköra, bara frimärksstora reliefer av rent guld föreställande välklädda människopar. Guldgubbar har grävts fram sedan 2003 och fynden är nu 19 stycken, rapporterar Aftenposten. ... (antal ord: 46), 2005-07-22

Grävning i Veta avslöjade hus från bronsålder

När arkeologerna snart är klara med sin utgrävning i Veta är de överraskande nöjda med sina fynd. Tre ovanligt tydliga boplatser har avslöjat sig under mark-ytan. På utgrävningens näst sista dag träffar Correns reporter arkeologerna Bengt Elf-strand och Johan Stenvall på ett fält utanför Veta kyrka. På platsen ska det så småningom bli ett 30-tal villatomter men sedan slutet av april har den varit arbets-plats för ett team på sex arkeologer från Riksanti-kvarieämbetet. - Vi gjorde två testgrävnin... (antal ord: 536), 2005-07-22

Vikinger drev landbrug på Viborgs bymark

Folk i det ældste Viborg kan have fået varer fra en vikingegård på Vestermarken, viser en udgravning i det moderne Viborgs vestlige udkant. Da Erik den Røde slog sig ned i Grønland, og da sønnen Leif den Lykkelige snart efter opdagede Amerika, havde Viborg et aktivt samfund af vikinger fem kilometer mod vest. Vest for Hestdalvej og lige nord for Struerbanen har Viborg Stiftsmuseum nærkontakt med en boplads fra vikingetiden. Arkæolog Mikael Holdgaard fra Viborg Stiftsmuseum har foreløbig kortlagt... (antal ord: 406), 2005-07-22

Hvad jorden gemte...

Sølvskattene fra Sigerslevøster er blandt de udstillede genstande, der fortæller historien om Nordsjælland gennem 1.500 år. På lørdag den 16. juli åbner Folkemuseet, Frederiksgade 11, Hillerød, en stor arkæologisk udstilling, der fortæller om Nordsjællands historie gennem 15.000 år. Titlen er: €œHvad jorden glemte.... ej hjertet glemte!€ Der er gjort mange spændende arkæologiske fund i Skævinge Kommune, og en del af disse fund indgår i Folkemuseets nye udstilling. Det gælder bl.a. sølvskattene fr... (antal ord: 428), 2005-07-22

Mystery Man of Stonehenge

Who was he and where did he come from? And what was his role in the making of the great monument? The discovery of a 4,300-year-old skeleton surrounded by intriguing artifacts has archaeologists abuzz. Early one Friday in May 2002, a crew from England's Wessex Archaeology discovered two graves that predated the Romans by more than 2,500 years. When the sifting and analysis was done, 100 artifacts had been retrieved€”the richest Bronze Age grave ever discovered in Britain. There were two male ske... (antal ord: 282), 2005-07-28

Ancient Roman puzzle yields clues

For more than 500 years scholars have been wrestling with an ancient Roman puzzle that would test even the most cunning of quiz-masters. How do you put together a giant stone jigsaw when 80% of the pieces are missing and you have even lost the lid? Now with a joint Italian-US team on the case using a hi-tech approach the answer might finally be within reach. The Forma Urbis, or Severan Marble Plan, is a giant map of the city of Rome constructed around AD200 by the Emperor Septimus Severus. It w... (antal ord: 715), 2005-07-28

Golden Treasure Unearthed in Bulgaria

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,400-year old golden treasure in an ancient Thracian tomb in eastern Bulgaria, the director of the country's History Museum said Monday. The gold-rich burial was discovered late on Saturday by a team of archaeologists, working on excavations near the village of Zlatinitsa, some 290 kilometers (180 miles) east of the capital, Sofia. The most impressive finds included a golden ring and wreath, finely crafted silver rhytons, or horn-shaped drinking vessels, and man... (antal ord: 419), 2005-07-28

Scientists seek fresh chance to dig up Stonehenge's secrets

Stonehenge has always mystified. Julius Caesar thought it was the work of druids, medieval scholars believed it was the handiwork of Merlin, while local folk tales simply blamed the devil. Now scientists are demanding a full-scale research programme be launched to update our knowledge of the monument and discover precisely who built it and its burial barrow graves. This is the key recommendation of Stonehenge: an Archaeological Research Framework, edited by Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth Univer... (antal ord: 729), 2005-07-28

Peruvian €˜writing€™ system goes back 5,000 years

Archaeologists in Peru have found a €œquipu€ on the site of the oldest city in the Americas, indicating that the device, a sophisticated arrangement of knots and strings used to convey detailed information, was in use thousands of years earlier than previously believed. Previously the oldest known quipus, often associated with the Incas whose vast South American empire was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, dated from about A.D. 650. But Ruth Shady, an archaeologist leading investigat... (antal ord: 607), 2005-07-28

A mature, 9 000-year-old brew

A United States brewer has managed to recreate a beer that was first brewed in China about 9 000 years ago, after he got the recipe from archaeologists who derived it from the residues of pottery jars. The jars were found in the late Stone Age village of Jiahu in China, and are the earliest direct evidence of brewed beverages in ancient China, says National Geographic. Sam Calagione of the Dogfish Head brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, used rice, honey, and grape and hawthorn fruits to conco... (antal ord: 190), 2005-07-28

Researching old Iceland

Icelandic State Radio R֚V reports that over 30 archaeological research projects are taking place around Iceland. The Archaeological Heritage Agency of Iceland, established in 2001, is the central authority for protection and management of archaeological monuments and sites in Iceland. According to its website the mission of the agency is to "safeguard the Icelandic cultural heritage and render it intact to future generations. To achieve this, the main focus of the agency is on in-situ preservati... (antal ord: 245), 2005-07-28

Pre-Incas kept detailed records too

A sophisticated arrangement of knots and strings, found on the site of the oldest city in the Americas, indicates ancient Peruvians were skilled at conveying detailed information much earlier than once thought. Archaeologists say the string arrangement, known as a quipu or khipu, indicates ancient Americans were expert communicators thousands of years earlier. Until now the oldest known quipus, often associated with the Incas, dated from about 650 AD. But Dr Ruth Shady, an archeologist leading... (antal ord: 407), 2005-07-28

Utgrävning av 9 000 år gammal boplats i Allsta

Husbygget i Allsta fick skjutas på tiden. Arkeologen Erik Johansson upptäckte nämligen kvarts på tomten där hans syster skulle bygga. €“ Så nu gör vi en utgrävning för att rädda det som räddas kan, berättar Erik Johansson. Anna Ingvarsdotter och hennes man Patrik Bergdahl fick en bit skogsmark av Annas mor. På marken, som ligger vid Vintertjärn i Allsta, ska de bygga sitt gemensamma hus. När marken röjts upp gjordes dock en upptäckt. Anna Ingvarsdotters bror, Erik Johansson, som är utbild... (antal ord: 480), 2005-07-28

Jakten på sju tusen års gömda fynd

På området där nya E 18 ska byggas pågår nu arkeologiska undersökningar för fullt. Vid Västra Via har arkeologerna hittat fynd från sten,- brons-, och järnåldern. - När vi började gräva trodde vi att det bara fanns fornlämningar från järnåldern, men nu har vi även hittat fynd som härrör från sten- och bronsåldern, säger Marcus Eriksson, arkeolog och biträdande projektledare. Ett av de viktigaste fynden hittills är en stenyxa som tros vara från slutet av jägarstenålder, cirka 5000 f. Kr. - Fynde... (antal ord: 439), 2005-07-28

Oväntade fynd vid utgrävning

En stor pampig mansgård från yngre järnåldern. Det är vad arkeologerna tror sig ha hittat spår av på Västervång. Dessutom visar fynd att området varit bebott redan under järnåldern. Grävmaskinerna påVästervång norr om Lille vång har snart gjort sitt för ett tag. Ett område på omkring 30000 kvadratmeter har blottats på åkern och resultatet så här långt har varit över arkeologernas förväntan. €“ Det har överstigit våra förväntningar. Vi hade räknat med omkring åtta gårdslämningar. Vi är nu uppe i ... (antal ord: 464), 2005-07-28

Medelpads första höghöjdsboplats funnen

Arkeologen Erik Johansson upptäckte av en slump kvartsbitar där hans syster skulle bygga hus. Det var spår efter en 9000 år gammal boplats. - Det känns kul att ha en arkeologisk fyndplats på sin tomt, säger Anna Ingvarsdotter. Att kunna identifiera kvartsavslag, mikrospån och grönsten är inget som tillhör allmänbildningen. Men för ett tränat öga kan det vara lättare. När Erik Johansson upptäckte kvartsavslag på sin systers tomt förstod han att det inte var någon vanlig skogsmark de skulle bygga... (antal ord: 351), 2005-07-28

Visade okända medeltida dokument från ryska arkiv

Okända medeltida dokument i ryska arkiv har presenterats vid ett besök i Landsarkivet av den ryske medeltidshistorikern Vladimir Rybakov. Den 22 juli höll han ett offentligt föredrag om sina upptäckter. Rybakov har aldrig tidigare besökt Sverige, men talar en tydlig och utmärkt förståelig svenska. Han är verksam vid Vetenskapsakademien i Moskva, Institutet för allmän historia, Avdelningen för medeltiden. Han tillhör den krets av ryska studenter i Moskva, som är elever till professor Ada Svanidze... (antal ord: 862), 2005-07-28

Dansk jagt efter historien i Syrien

Danske arkæologers udgravninger ved Eufrat afdækker en flere tusind år gammel borg. Menneskehedens kulturelle fødested, området ved Eufrat i nutidens Syrien, rummer stadig arkæologiske rigdomme og dermed ny viden om en fælles fortid for Nærorienten og Europa. Assyriolog og arkæolog Jesper Eidem fra Carsten Niebuhr Instituttet på Københavns Universitet har netop fået endnu fem års tilladelse af de syriske myndigheder til at grave i resterne af en flere tusind år gammel borg i det nordlige Syrien... (antal ord: 861), 2005-07-28

Vikinger drev landbrug på Viborgs bymark

Folk i det ældste Viborg kan have fået varer fra en vikingegård på Vestermarken, viser en udgravning i det moderne Viborgs vestlige udkant. Da Erik den Røde slog sig ned i Grønland, og da sønnen Leif den Lykkelige snart efter opdagede Amerika, havde Viborg et aktivt samfund af vikinger fem kilometer mod vest. Vest for Hestdalvej og lige nord for Struerbanen har Viborg Stiftsmuseum nærkontakt med en boplads fra vikingetiden. Arkæolog Mikael Holdgaard fra Viborg Stiftsmuseum har foreløbig kortlag... (antal ord: 406), 2005-07-28

Few castles but a whole lot of history

While the countryside of both Latvia and Estonia are dotted with quaint country manors and castles of great grandeur, it is a little harder, even for knowledgeable academics, to identify many remaining Lithuanian castles. But Lithuania once had many wooden castles - residences of dukes and barons that served as powerful defensive fortifications against attacking enemies. According to Tomas Baranauskas from the Department of Archaeology at the Lithuanian Institute of History, the legendary Vorut... (antal ord: 321), 2005-08-04

Truce called in war over Viking relics

Archaeologists trying to trace how the Vikings arrived in Yorkshire as feared raiders and quickly became (fairly) peaceful traders and farmers have called a truce with people they used to fear as raiders: metal detectorists. These enthusiastic amateurs have been unearthing more Viking finds than professional archaeologists in recent years but damaging the sites by digging them up. But this summer York University academics are working alongside local detectorists after deciding there is more to ... (antal ord: 449), 2005-08-04

Scientists reach back 2.000 yrs to bring rare child mummy back to life

Using 3D Models Rendered with Unprecedented Realism on SGI Computers, Stanford Researchers Put Age, Sex and Face to Child Who Lived During Time of Christ Two thousand years ago in the sands of Egypt, grieving parents put their tiny child to rest in a way that was customary even during the time of Christ. They removed all of the youth's organs except for the heart, packed the remains in salt to cure them, and wrapped them in linen coated with perfumed resin. Like all Egyptians of the age, they we... (antal ord: 1617), 2005-08-04

Scientists and humanists join forces to use X-ray technology to shed new light on ancient stone inscriptions

In an unusual collaboration among scientists and humanists, a Cornell University team has demonstrated a novel method for recovering faded text on ancient stone by zapping and mapping 2,000-year-old inscriptions using X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging. The research, carried out at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), applies a nondestructive chemical analysis technique widely used in geology, archaeology and materials science. "X-ray fluorescence imaging has the potential to becom... (antal ord: 1021), 2005-08-04

Project attempts to save ancient grottoes

A 1,500-year-old World Heritage site in danger of collapse due to water erosion should be saved by a project to be launched within the year, experts say. At least 21 of the 45 major caves at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong, North China's Shanxi Province, have suffered water damage, and the organization charged with looking after the site says urgent action needs to be taken. According to the Yungang Grottoes Institute, most seriously affected is the central Wuhua Cave, in which the tops of fiv... (antal ord: 446), 2005-08-04

Specialists Identify Bulgaria-Found Thracian King's Body

Bulgarian archaeologists have identified the Thracian ruler, whose tomb was found on July 23rd near the village of Zlatinitsa. The king's name is Kerseblept, according to Daniela Agre, head of the archeological team, which discovered the ruler's body and a number of gold artifacts. Kerseblept, who was a son of Kotus I, was an amazing warrior, րgre explained. He has entered many times in battles with Macedonian king Philip II. He used to be an honorary citizen of Athens and had the right to part... (antal ord: 167), 2005-08-04

Royal Seal Unearthed in City of David

A royal seal dating to the period of the First Temple has been found in an archeological dig in the City of David, adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem. The seal€™s inscription has the name of Jehudi, son of Shelemiah, one of the top officials in the court of the last Judean king prior to the destruction of the First Temple, King Zedekiah. He is mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah. The seal dates from about 580 B.C.E. The seal was found at the site which the is the site of the palace of the Judea... (antal ord: 214), 2005-08-04

Ramses II artifacts unearthed in Cairo suburb

Statues and artifacts dating back to the time of Ramses II have been unearthed in Cairo. Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Dr Zahi Hawass said yesterday that the items were found in Mataryia, north eastern suburb of the capital. Dr. Hawass added that Mataryia was originally an important political and cultural centre in ancient times and was probably the location of one of the world's first universities. An excavation team in Sook el-Khamis (Thursday Market) found the ... (antal ord: 210), 2005-08-04

Log boat begins year's drying out

An Iron Age log boat has begun a year of drying out after spending a decade buried in sugar. Archaeologists at the Poole, Dorset, Waterfront Museum say it is the first time that sucrose treatment has been used in the UK. The boat is now in a specially-built drying chamber at the museum where it will stay for 12 months until it can be displayed to the public. The boat, made in 300 BC, was discovered in Poole Harbour in 1964. It was made from one giant log, estimated to have weighed 14 tonnes and... (antal ord: 258), 2005-08-04

Woodstown excavation to proceed!

THE Save Viking Waterford Action Group have welcomed comments from Minister for Transport Martin Cullen that it was his understanding that a State-funded excavation, in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland, is planned for the settlement of Woodstown in the near future. Mr. Cullen made his comments on RTE€™s Morning Ireland. He agreed that the site provided unique evidence of Ireland€™s historical past and said that this was the reason the N25, which was originally planned to run through... (antal ord: 485), 2005-08-04

Målningar hittades av en slump

Anders Håkansson i Dragnäs fann de sensationella hällmålningarna som är de första kända i hela Norrbotten. Det är snart sju år sedan han upptäckte de 4.000 år gamla målningarna på en stenklippa vid sjön Saskam. €“ Jag tyckte att det såg ut som djurmålningar men trodde inte att det var något viktigt, säger han. Sedan fyndet av Norrbottens första hällmålningar blev kända förra veckan har uppståndelsen varit stor. Flera djur finns avbildade på klippväggen vid sjön Saskams norra sida, omkring en mil... (antal ord: 484), 2005-08-04

Det svindlar om perspektivet

I Min norrbottniska historia gör Kjell Lundholm en rad nedslag i provinsens äldre historia. Som den arkeolog han är rör han sig mest hemtamt bland utgrävningar och fornfynd, men färdas även till riksfadern Gustav Vasa, naturordnaren Linné och slutar med ett kapitel betitlat Norrbotten, Europa och Världen. För den som följt denne Norrbottens störste folkbildare inom historieområdet är nog det mesta känt sedan tidigare. Det är främst själva tonen som skiljer, Lundholm summerar, avrundar och tillå... (antal ord: 500), 2005-08-04

Nu är våra fornminnen digitala

Nu finns Västerviks fornlämningar tillgängliga via datorn. Det nya digitala fornminnesregistret, FMIS, vänder sig till yrkesverksamma inom samhällsplanering och miljövård. Och framöver ska även privatpersoner kunna söka i registret via Internet. Fornlämningar i VästervikVästervik är en av landets fornlämningstätaste kommuner och stora områden utgör riksintresse för kulturminnesvården. De centrala delarna av kommunen (Lofta, Gamleby och Törnsfall) betecknas som förhistorisk centralbygd, och är ... (antal ord: 200), 2005-08-04

Sensationsfynd vid Saskam

En sensationell arkeologisk upptäckt har gjorts vid selet Saskam som ingår i Lilla Luleälvsystemet. Minst 4.000 år gamla hällmålningar från stenåldern har upptäckts under ett klippöverhäng nära vattnet. Det är det första fyndet av hällmålningar i Norrbotten och arkeologen Bernt Ove Viklund är exalterad: €“ Det är fullständigt extraordinärt, jublar han. Bernt Ove Viklund är arkeolog i Härnösand och expert på just hällmålningar. Han hävdar bestämt att de nyupptäckta hällmålningarna utanför Jokkm... (antal ord: 473), 2005-08-04

Nya utgrävningar för att hitta Björkö by

Vad hände med vikingarna på Björkö i Mälaren när den berömda vikingastaden Birka plötsligt övergavs någon gång på 900-talet? En teori är att en del av invånarna flyttade någon kilometer bort och slog upp bopålarna i det som idag kallas Björkö by. Riksantikvarieämbetet har därför för första gången inlett arkeologiska utgrävningar för att finna spåren efter ett medeltida Björkö. Kan ha varit förort till Birka Sara Grevsjö från Göteborg är en av ett tiotal amatör-arkeologer som hjälper Riksantikva... (antal ord: 428), 2005-08-04

Här kokade vendelfolket sitt järn

För 1 400 år sedan kokade vendeltida människor järn vid Väringens utlopp till Arbogaån. Det visar nya kol14-dateringar av slagghögarna på platsen. När Lars Jacobson i Opphammar gick bergslagskursen vid ֖rebro universitet skulle han skriva en uppsats. Det ingick. Han ville gärna skriva nåt om Väringen och fick då tipset av förre landsantikvarien och arkeologen David Damell att skriva om de stora slagghögarna vid Väringens utlopp mot Arbogaån och samtidigt få dem daterade. Så en dag i maj förra år... (antal ord: 755), 2005-08-04

Vikingarnas sista stora färd slutade i massdöd

I slutet av sommaren för ungefär niohundrafemtio år sedan siktades några illa medfarna vikingaskepp på väg in i Mälaren. Männen ombord var utmattade och slitna, men de hade en märklig historia att berätta, en historia som snabbt spreds över Mälardalen och längre bort och som berättades om och om igen. Men så småningom glömdes deras berättelse bort. Inte förrän i modern tid har forskarna lyckats någorlunda reda ut vad som hade hänt En av de viktigaste källorna är en av de höga runstenarna som stä... (antal ord: 872), 2005-08-04

Fynd kan vara kyrkoruin från medeltiden

Resterna efter vad som tros vara en kyrka från tidig medeltid har påträffats på kyrkogården intill Rolfstorps kyrka öster om Varberg. €“ Förmodligen är det en så kallad rundkyrka från den tid då Halland övergick till kristendomen, säger Gunnar Karlstedt från Varbergs Fornminnesförening till Sveriges Radio Halland.... (antal ord: 46), 2005-08-04

Stenaldermennesket ville have kildevand

3600 år før vor tidsregning tog folk op på en bakketop for at benytte vandet fra nogle kilder, som sprang op ad jorden Stenalderfolket levede tæt ved naturens vandkilder. Det kan der ikke herske tvivl om efter at arkæolog Tim Grønnegaard, Gilleleje Museum, sammen med assistent Susan Pallesen, Københavns Universitet, nu har gennemført en arkæologisk undersøgelse af en bakketop i Græsteds østlige udkant. Bakken ligger for enden af vejen Svendestykket tæt ved Græsted Fjernvarme - og et par hundrede... (antal ord: 479), 2005-08-04

Two recent excavations uncover ancient water systems.

Monumental water system of biblical times uncovered by archeologists near Jerusalem. Archeologists this week completed eight weeks of digging at a cave close to Kibbutz Tzuba near Jerusalem, revealing a monumental rock-hewn water system dating back to the time of King Hezekiah, from the 8th century BCE. Last year the site received world-wide attention with the discovery of a cave said to have been used by John the Baptist and his followers for baptism purposes and cultic rituals. Archeologists s... (antal ord: 1100), 2005-08-11

Biblical Pool Uncovered in Jerusalem

The reservoir served as a gathering place for Jews making pilgrimages and is said in the Gospel of John to be the site where Jesus cured a blind man. Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John. The pool was fed by the now famou... (antal ord: 909), 2005-08-11

Pindus reveals its prehistoric past

The Greek-Italian team has found 25 Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic sites on the peaks of Mt Smolikas. The Pindus mountain range that runs down the middle of mainland Greece has revealed further interesting archaeological finds. In total, excavations taking place over the past three years have unearthed 25 Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic locations nestled in the high peaks of Mt Smolikas, the lakes of Valia Calda and along small paths. Farming tools found at the sites confirmed that... (antal ord: 554), 2005-08-11

Smugglers lead archaeologists to discovery of Iron Age site in Zanjan

Artifacts recently confiscated from smugglers by the Zanjan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department (ZCHTD) have led to the discovery of an Iron Age site near Anzar village in Iran€™s Zanjan Province. - Following the confiscation of the artifacts from smugglers near the village, they led us to an Iron Age site, including a cemetery and settlement, ZCHTD archaeologist Abolfazl Aali said on Sunday. €œOne of the smugglers had unearthed 22 intact clay artifacts, a number of beads made of silica, an... (antal ord: 166), 2005-08-11

Shanxi discovers the Neolithic age graves

A large number of Neolithic graves have been dug up in the Ruicheng County, North China's Shanxi Province recently, reported Xinhua New Agency in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, on Sunday. Experts believed the graves would be of important value to the researches on the origin of China's civilization and the early development of the nation. The finding was chosen as one of "10 archaeological discoveries in China" in 2004. Xue Xinmin, associate research fellow with the Institute of Archaeolo... (antal ord: 348), 2005-08-11

Religious scholars to translate old texts

Ancient quasi-biblical texts written by Jews, Christians and pagans are to be translated for the first time by scholars of divinity. The tales date from between 300BC and AD600. They include stories about biblical characters, wise sayings, poetry and prophecies. Researchers at the University of St Andrews have launched a project to translate into English the texts, some written in the name of Old Testament characters such as Moses and Enoch. James Davila and Prof Richard Bauckham, of the School... (antal ord: 193), 2005-08-11

Archaeologists may have uncovered King David's mythical palace

Israeli archaeologists claim to have uncovered what they believe may be the fabled palace of the biblical King David during secret excavations in east Jerusalem. The ruins of a palace were uncovered over around 30 metres (yards) in Silwan, the oldest site in Jerusalem, archaeology professor Gabriel Barkai told AFP Friday. The palace itself is thought to be 30 centuries old. Archaeologists found on a slightly more recent layer the seal in ancient Hebrew of a notable mentioned in the Old Testamen... (antal ord: 133), 2005-08-11

Bulgarian Astronomers Join Thracian Tombs Excavations

Bulgarian astronomers have joined the archaeological team TEMP excavating the Valley of Thracian Kings near Bulgaria's city Kazanlak. The astronomers are set to make a spatial photo of the 15 found graves found at the valley so far. They will also have to disclose how the tombs were designed and constructed. In the beginning of July archaeologists digging in the excavations of ancient Thracian tombs in Bulgaria disclosed the first for this summer Thracian temple. The head of the expedition Dr G... (antal ord: 176), 2005-08-11

Italian lake yields Stone Age canoe

Lake Bracciano today sees a different sort of boater (ANSA) - Rome, August 7 - Italian archaeologists have uncovered a Stone Age canoe like those probably used by Europe's first farmers at a lake near Rome. The 8,000-year-old pirogue - a canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk - was discovered on the bed of Lake Bracciano at a depth of just 12 metres. The lake is a popular destination for modern-day Romans who go there during summer weekends to swim, sunbathe or hire a pedal boat when they want to... (antal ord: 447), 2005-08-11

Järnåldersgrav på Kvarnbacken

Trots att utgrävningen på Kvarnbacken knappt hunnit komma i gång har arkeologerna redan gjort spännande fynd. En järnåldersgrav har hittats. Redan första utgrävningsdagen hittade arkeolog Rickard Lindberg och hans kollegor vad som tycks vara en järnåldersgrav. De tre arkeologerna från ֖stergötlands länsmuseum, Emma Karlsson, Rickard Lindberg och Petter Nyberg, kom till Vadstena och företaget ABS Pump Production AB:s tomt på Kvarnbackens industriområde för att gräva ut vad som tros vara en medelt... (antal ord: 453), 2005-08-11

Stocken är 9 550 år

Från en åker i Dala-Järna till ett laboratorium i Miami. Stocken som hittades av grävmaskinist Kjell Hultgren har, efter en lång resa, nu ålders- och träslagsbestämts. 9 550 år gammalt björkträ som förmodligen använts av dåtidens "järnabor". När Kjell Hultgren skulle gräva en brunn i Snöborg i Järna den 17 maj i år, hittade han en trästock på sju meters djup i sandlagret. Och efter att Greger Bennström, arkeolog på Dalarnas Museum, hade tagit en titt på fyndet förstod han att det var något särsk... (antal ord: 430), 2005-08-11

Champagne i glasen efter fynd av glasugnar

Tre helt orörda glashytteugnar har hittats i Sundby. - Det här är sådant som kanske händer en gång i livet, det är helt unikt, säger Annica Ramström, arkeolog. Det har även gjorts nya fynd kring den sedan tidigare kända glashyttan. Att det finns rester efter en glashytteugn i Sundby är känt sedan länge, men nu har nya fynd gjorts på platsen. Den glashytta som man hittills känt till har visat sig vara en del av den egentliga ugnen som nu har påträffats cirka 15 meter från platsen. Från dokument... (antal ord: 386), 2005-08-11

8000 year old pirouge found in Lake Bracciano

An 8,000 year-old pirogue was found in Lake Bracciano, in the area of the neolithic village La Marmotta. "It's an exceptional example of ancient ship engineering, which proves the advanced knowledge of the peoples who lived here in 6000 BC" say the archaeologists who made the discovery, of the Prehistoric Museum 'Luigi Pigorini' in ROme. More than 10m long, made out of a single oak trunk, the pirogue was still being made when it was abandoned for reasons we still don't know. It was found at a de... (antal ord: 130), 2005-08-11

Underwater archaeology expedition in River Arade

Portimaos Rio Arade estuary is the location for an underwater archaeological campaign entitled €˜MissÖ£o ProArade 2005€™, taking place now until July 31. Its objective is to conclude the excavation, registry, dismantlement and the total recuperation of the wooden hull of the so called Arade 1 boat that was located in 2001. An agreement between the Instituto PortuguÖªs de Arqueologia (IPA), the Centro Nacional de Arqueologia NÖ¡utica e SubaquÖ¡tica (CNANS) and the PortimÖ£o CÖ¢mara/Museu Municipal de P... (antal ord: 305), 2005-08-11

Ancient Mariners: Caves harbor view of early Egyptian sailors

On Christmas Day last year, Kathryn Bard got an unusual gift. Working with her colleagues to remove sand from a hillside along Egypt's Red Sea coast, the Boston University archaeologist poked through a small opening that had appeared and felt . . . nothing. She had reached into the entrance to a human-made cave in which sailors stored their gear as many as 4,000 years ago. Two days later, Bard's team found a larger cave nearby. The same ancient seafarers used this one, she and her colleagues su... (antal ord: 505), 2005-08-11

Slutgrävt i vikingatidens Fröjel

Nu är det slut med de arkeologiska utgrävningarna kring den handelsplats från vikingatiden som hittats i Fröjel. Något som oroar hembygdsföreningen som skapat besöksplatsen intill utgrävningarna. Om de arkeologiska utgrävningarna försvinner kan det bli svårt att locka turister, vilket påverkar många som deltagit i projektet. Det har gjorts många fynd under årens utgrävningar, bland annat en kyrkogård med gravar från 800-talet. քven i sommar har det grävts fram fynd såsom metallhantverk, ben och ... (antal ord: 88), 2005-08-18

Ny stenåldersmålning hittad i Lappland

En hällmålning från stenåldern har hittats i Fredrika i Lappland. Det är det andra fyndet av samma slag på kort tid. I slutet av förra månaden upptäcktes Sveriges hittills nordligaste hällmålning utanför Jokkmokk i norra Lappland. Hittills har nära 40 hällmålningar hittats i Sverige. Det kan jämföras med omkring 10 000 hällristningar. Målningarna har sitt ursprung i stenålderns jakt- och fångstsamhällen och är mellan 4 000 och 8 000 år gamla. De föreställer djurfigurer och var ett sätt för dåtid... (antal ord: 88), 2005-08-18

Omtvistat verktyg

En så kallad handkil som beräknas vara över 100 000 år gammal har upptäckts i ett hem i Halland. Om den ursprungligen härrör från Halland är fyndet sensationellt. En handkil som är typisk för neandertalarna har upptäckts av en arkeolog i ett hem utanför Harplinge i Halland. Handkilen sägs ha hittats vid plöjning av åkrarna på platsen för länge sedan. Om det stämmer, visar det att människor bodde här för 110 000-130 000 år sedan. Det är långt före den senaste istiden. - En sådan handkil har inte ... (antal ord: 153), 2005-08-18

Gräv med arkeologer den 21 augusti

Vad handlar egentligen en arkeologs vardag om? Skelett och guldskatter eller mörka jordfläckar och krukskärvor? På Arkeologidagen den 21 augusti berättar arkeologer om sitt arbete och om fynden som görs. Runt om i landet kan man besöka pågående utgrävningar, lyssna på spännande föreläsningar, låta barnen gå arkeologiskola eller ta med egna fynd och få dem daterade. På flera platser i Sverige pågår just nu arkeologiska undersökningar. Varje år gör arkeologerna fynd som leder till nya frågor ... (antal ord: 255), 2005-08-18

Bulgarian archeologists uncover treasure of thousands of golden ornaments

Archeologists working a dig in central Bulgaria have unearthed some 15,000 miniature rings and other gold ornaments that date to the end of the third millennium BC - a find they say matches the famous treasure of Troy, scholars announced Wednesday. The 4,100- to 4,200-year-old golden ornaments have been gradually unearthed over the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, 120 kilometres east of the capital, Sofia, according to Prof. Vasil Nikolov, the consultant on the ... (antal ord: 295), 2005-08-18

Origins of animals depicted in Persepolis bas relief works identified

An archaeological team working at the Persepolis Complex recently identified the origins of thirteen animals depicted in the bas relief works of the ancient site, a team member announced on Monday. For the first time, experts have identified which of the animals were indigenous to the Marvdasht region of Fars during the Achaemenid era and which were non-indigenous animals given to the kings by foreign delegates, Afshin Yazdani said. €œThe animals have been categorized into two species, the first... (antal ord: 240), 2005-08-18

Archeological evidence dating back to IV-III centuries B.C. found in West Kazakhstan

Unique archeological evidence dating back to IV-III centuries B.C. is revealed nearby Oblavka village of Burlinskiy district, West Kazakhstan oblast. Oblast history and archeology centre specialists were working on a dig there for a month. According to its director, doctor of historical studies Murat Sydykov, the evidences are valuable. Those pieces provide an idea of the past of the region, let clarify a set of matters of dispute. In particular, discovered were ceramics, beads, golden rings an... (antal ord: 122), 2005-08-18

Ancient faces brought to life

It has always been Nguyen Van Viet€™s dream to recreate the faces, and lives, of ancient people. After years of study abroad and hard work, Viet and his colleagues finally have a place in the sun with the recent Dong Xa excavation, which revealed a tomb with 20 2,000-year-old skeletons from three different races. Le Huong reports. Carefully laying a plastic mould over a skull fragment of a girl who lived 2,000 years ago, archaeologist Nguyen Van Viet is satisfied with the half-finished portrait ... (antal ord: 1249), 2005-08-18

Stone tool points to much earlier inhabitants

A Cango Caves archaeological find of a stone tool dating back 80 000 years has shaken off the long-held belief that only inhabitants from the last 12 000 to 15 000 years, during the later Stone Age, inhabited this bit of Oudtshoorn. The formal stone point instrument, which was probably used on the end of a spear as a blade or knife, is classed as a Still Bay point and its discovery is "quite significant", according to Cango Caves manager Hein Gerstner, as it is not just a flake or a chip. The s... (antal ord: 329), 2005-08-18

Archaeological dig starts in centre of Finland's Turku

Archaeological excavations around the Turku Cathedral, Finland's national shrine, began Monday. The digs are part of a three-year research project aiming to find out more about the beginnings of Turku, the former capital of Finland, and its true age. The first stone church on Unikankare Mound was consecrated as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Henry in 1300. Throughout the remainder of the summer and the autumn, the Turku Provincial Museum is to focus its efforts on three ... (antal ord: 173), 2005-08-18

Swedish Iron Age burial ground discovered

Archaeologists digging near Strömnäsbruk in Småland have uncovered a burial ground with some twenty graves thought to date back to the Iron Age. - We didn't expect to find so many, said Alexandra Nylén who, with her colleague from the Småland museum, Peter Skoglund, has been working in the area for the last two weeks. "The grave field shows that there was a permanent settlement with cultivation here in the Iron Age, from 500 BC to 500 AD. This is from the end of the Iron Age," she said. The ar... (antal ord: 162), 2005-08-18

Viktig upptäckt av hällmålning

En hällmålning föreställande djurfigurer har hittats vid Lögdåkullforsen i Fredrika. Det är ett unikt fynd med tanke på att endast två målningar var kända sedan tidigare i Västerbottens län. Målningen vid Lögdåkullforsen är mellan 4 000 och 8 000 år gammal och härstammar från den tid då stenåldersmänniskorna levde i ett jakt- och fångstsamhälle. €“ Det är ett häpnadsväckande område, så vackert, så €marinerat€ med arkeologiska minnen att det kommer att påverka vår tolkning av skogslandet i Norrlan... (antal ord: 231), 2005-08-18

Ett hemlighetsfullt ansikte

Den unika bronsmasken från Johannishusåsen hamnar lätt i centrum. Så också på Arkeologidagen i Ronneby. Men det 2000-åriga ansiktet bär fortfarande på många hemligheter. I en boplats från järnåldern dök plötsligt ansiktet av brons upp. Fyndet har väckt stor uppmärksamhet både i och utanför arkeolog-kretsar. Och många frågor. - Det är mycket som vi fortfarande inte vet om masken, som dess ursprung och en närmare ålder, säger Mikael Henriksson, arkeolog vid Blekinge Museum. Masken har daterats til... (antal ord: 212), 2005-08-18

Amatørernes lyse festdag

Det er ingen kunst at frembringe kunst. Kunsten består i at overbevise andre om, at det er kunst, det man laver. Derfor maler jeg naturalistisk, så man kan se, hvad det forestiller, siger en af de 116 udstillere på årets Censurfri, Ole Schmidt, Over Hornbæk. Den forhenværende arkæolog, der på grund af sygdom har måttet slippe graveskeen, har i stedet fattet penslen og bringer sin viden om mytologi ind på lærredet. Det store maleri "Heroes and Cowards" rummer nu andet og mere end glimt fra Valhal... (antal ord: 751), 2005-08-18

Bulgarian archaeologists discover 4,100-year old golden treasure

Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed about 15,000 tiny golden pieces that date back to the end of the third millennium B.C. - a find they say matches the famous treasure of Troy, scholars announced Wednesday. The 4,100-to 4,200-year-old golden ornaments have been gradually unearthed over the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, 120 kilometres east of the capital, Sofia, according to Prof. Vasil Nikolov, the consultant on the excavations. "This treasure is a bit ... (antal ord: 288), 2005-08-18

Gräv med arkeologer den 21 augusti

Vad handlar egentligen en arkeologs vardag om? Skelett och guldskatter eller mörka jordfläckar och krukskärvor? På Arkeologidagen den 21 augusti berättar arkeologer om sitt arbete och om fynden som görs. Runt om i landet kan man besöka pågående utgrävningar, lyssna på spännande föreläsningar, låta barnen gå arkeologiskola eller ta med egna fynd och få dem daterade. På flera platser i Sverige pågår just nu arkeologiska undersökningar. Varje år gör arkeologerna fynd som leder till nya frågor och ... (antal ord: 255), 2005-08-18

Seaport Museum Artifacts Ship Out

On June 6, the New York State Museum announced that it had reached an agreement to take on the 2-million artifact collection currently housed at the South Street Seaport Museum. The collection--including artifacts from the Dutch New Amsterdam, English colonial, and early American Republic periods--comes from excavations throughout New York City, especially Lower Manhattan, during the past two decades. "This collection will now be under the umbrella of the University of the State of New York and... (antal ord: 933), 2005-06-23

Watery Tombs

Testimony coerced from shamans by Spanish priests may, ironically, be a key to understanding more about Maya spiritual life. Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda photographs a skull deep inside a cenote, or sinkhole, cited in Spanish colonial archives as a place where many victims of Maya human sacrifice were deposited. (Melissa French) [LARGER IMAGE] On the eighth day of August, 1562, a Maya man named Diego Te sat nervously on a wooden bench inside a church in the Yucatec town of Sotuta, under the ... (antal ord: 834), 2005-06-23

Plain of Jars

Seng Phon, a technician with the Mines Advisory Group, uses a metal detector to search for buried bombs in the Site 3 parking lot; Julie Van Den Bergh displays one of two clay urns excavated from Site 1; a worker with the UNESCO-Lao Plain of Jars Project and a local villager record a jar near Ban Phakeo village. (Jerry Redfern) I'm following Belgian archaeologist Julie Van Den Bergh around Laos' remote Xieng Khouang Province. We're inspecting giant ancient vessels, which are scattered through r... (antal ord: 332), 2005-06-23

Myth in Marble

Carmen Lalli was wrapping up a two-year excavation at one of ancient Rome's most luxurious suburban villas in April when she noticed a small piece of marble sticking out of the ground in her trench. Thinking it was only a fragment, the young Italian archaeologist raked the soil away, revealing the edge of a statue. It turned out to be an extraordinary find: a marble figure of Niobe--one of antiquity's most tragic mythic figures--headless, more than six feet tall, and weighing more than 3,000 pou... (antal ord: 377), 2005-06-23

A Monumental Feud

Caral feels big. A complex of pyramids, circular plazas, and staircases, it sprawls over an arid plain above the Supe River Valley north of Lima with an air of monumentality like no other site in the Andes. After nearly a decade of excavation by Peruvian archaeologist Ruth Shady of Universidad de San Marcos, a site of giant proportions is finally emerging. Standing in Caral's main plaza, next to the monolith that acts as the site's visual center of gravity, pyramids looming up on every side with... (antal ord: 488), 2005-06-23

How the Navajo Nation is changing the face of American Archaeology

Northern Arizona University's Bilby Research Center in Flagstaff is a domed white building that resembles a giant version of a hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling. It's an appropriate home for one of the country's most innovative and unusual archaeology programs. Housed in a warren of offices and labs under the Bilby Center's dome, together with programs in biology and ecology, the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department (NNAD) exemplifies a trend that has changed the face of American archaeology... (antal ord: 651), 2005-08-18

A Place Without History

One afternoon in January 2000, Chap Kusimba, an archaeologist at the Field Museum in Chicago, pulled into a little village at the base of forested Mount Kasigau, which rises more than 5,000 feet over the arid Tsavo plain in southeastern Kenya. He and a few students hopped out of their vehicle and crowded into a small "hotel," one of the many tiny hostels that show up now and then along the rural roads that thread through the region. When the owner asked why they had come, Kusimba, a native Kenya... (antal ord: 577), 2005-08-18

Stenkyrka från 1100-talet förbryllar

Vad som kan vara en av landets äldsta stenkyrkor har påträffats under ruinerna av en 1100-talskyrka i Sigtuna. Fyndet förvånar arkeologerna eftersom det tidigare, under 1000-talet, byggdes träkyrkor. Resterna efter stenkyrkan i Sigtuna tyder på att den var 11 meter lång och 8,5 meter bred och saknade kor. Eftersom man inte funnit något vike är det svårt att exakt tidsbestämma kyrkobygget. Man ska i stället försöka få ledtrådar om byggtiden genom att datera gravar med kol14-metoden. Herrestads k... (antal ord: 98), 2005-08-25

Oväntat fynd av stenkyrka i Sigtuna

Arkeologer har hittat vad som kan vara en av landets äldsta stenkyrkor €“ under ruinerna efter en 1100-talskyrka i Sigtuna. Först var tanken att arkeologer skulle undersöka redan kända kyrkoruiner från medeltiden, S:t Olof, S:t Per, och S:t Lars, i Sigtuna norr om Stockholm. Men projektet har lett till ett oväntat fynd. Gömda i marken under S:t Olofs kyrkoruin, daterad till tidigt 1100-tal, blottläggs nu allt fler delar av en stenkyrka €“ som alltså måste vara ännu äldre. Ett fynd som förvånar ef... (antal ord: 271), 2005-08-25

Så levde vi i Sörmland för 9000 år sedan

Redan för 9000 år sedan bodde det människor i օkers bergslag. Bara vid Malsjön har arkeologerna hittat sex boplatser från stenåldern. - Då var hela Sörmland en skärgård, berättar Patrik Gustafsson, arkeolog vid Sörmlands museum. För 9000 år sedan var Sörmland en arkipelag med öar och kobbar. Det berättade arkeologen Patrik Gustafsson för ett 70-tal intresserade på Arkeologidagen i söndags. I söndags genomfördes den nationella Arkeologidagen, som utlysts av Riksantikvarieämbetet. Sörmlands museu... (antal ord: 268), 2005-08-25

Unikt fynd vid hällristning

En liten enedunge i Tossene i Bohuslän höjer pulsen på arkeologerna. Tidigare har man hittat en kultplats vid en berghäll, nu har nya undersökningar visat spår av en förhistorisk huslämning. - Det här är unikt, säger arkeolog Johan Ling, Göteborgs universitet, till Bohusläningen. - För första gången har vi hittat nära rumsliga förhållanden mellan en boplats och en hällristning. Nästa år ska mera omfattande utgrävningar avslöja mer om boplatsen. Ling hoppas på att man ska hitta rester efter ekon... (antal ord: 102), 2005-08-25

Spår av vikingatid vid Maglarp

Ett litet vikingatida stolphus tillsammans med ett par grophus. Det var vad som grävdes fram vid en arkeologisk förundersökning vid Stavstensudde. Rapporten från den första arkeologiska förundersökningen som gjorts inför utbyggnaden av Stavstensudde är nu klar. Enligt arkeolog Bengt Jacobsson var det inga revolutionerande fynd som gjordes. Däremot grävdes spåren efter en liten vikingatida gård fram. €“ Det var en liten ensam gård men några grophus intill. Det har varit en kortvarig bosättning un... (antal ord: 207), 2005-08-25

Flertusenåriga fynd

Flera tusen år gamla fångstgropar och en stenåldersboplats har bland annat hittats i den inventering som nu sker i Kirunaområdet. օtta Kirunabor är anställda som inventerare och arbetet leds av en arkeolog. Det ser ut som några mossbevuxna stenar, men Margot Mikko och Jessica Svonni misstänker att det är en gammal härd och undersöker noggrannt med hjälp av jordsond om några rester av träkol finns. Inventerigen är ett led i projektet €Skogens kulturarv i övre Norrlands inland€ som finansieras m... (antal ord: 567), 2005-08-25

5000-year-old Clay Collection Discovered in Halil Rud Basin

40 historical objects dating to the third millennium BC have been discovered in Rudbar of Kerman. - During the construction project for an irrigation structure in Rudbar of Kerman province, experts discovered some 40 objects dating to the third millennium BC. The objects, which are made of clay, were found in a depth of 4.5 meters along a ravine in the area, explained director of the archaeology department of Iran€™s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) in Kerman province and head... (antal ord: 172), 2005-08-25

Excavations in historical Ibla kingdom in Syria

Italian archeologist Paulo Mattie said "important archeological findings in the historical site of Ibla where excavated recently including statues, paintings and the Royal court." In an article published Tuesday by Il-Messaggero Italian newspaper, Mattie pointed out that the Italian mission in Ibla unearthed the royal court of the city where 20 kilos of the royal azure coming from Afghanistan mounts were excavated, in addition to small statues made of azure and wood covered with gold, as well ... (antal ord: 213), 2005-08-25

Inca ruins uncovered near frosty peaks

A Czech scientific expedition has claimed to have found in the Andes mountains of Bolivia the ruins of an Inca city at the highest altitude recorded to date, according to the Czech expert who led the research team. Consisting of several sites, the Inca settlement near Lake Titicaca extended for about 10 square kilometres at an altitude between 3 000m and 4 000m, said Ivo Bartecek, a Czech specialist in Ibero-American studies. "Up higher, there are only glaciers," said Bartecek, who is also head... (antal ord: 256), 2005-08-25

Time team discover a Bronze and Iron Age settlement

Archaeologists working ahead of contractors building the Linslade/Stoke Hammond bypass have uncovered the remains of an ancient settlement overlooking the town. The team of 10, led by Martin Lightfoot of Buckingham-based Network Archaeology Ltd, have been painstakingly excavating three sites along the route of the new road and evidence shows that people were living there during the late Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. Among the artefacts prised from the clay, and Martin's favourite piece, is ... (antal ord: 567), 2005-08-25

Secrets of Ancient Iceland, Dispatch 1: Digging into the Viking Age

A reconstruction of a Viking Age turfhouse, showing the building techniques used in Iceland a thousand years ago. - Science is at the junction between the expected and the real," Penn State anthropologist Paul Durrenberger told me. "The whole point of it is figuring out what's real and what's not." I am standing in a hayfield in Iceland in a gale-force wind, one of six volunteers holding down a 100-meter measuring tape with our toes. Bundled in raincoats and stocking caps, we are feeling fortun... (antal ord: 1182), 2005-08-25

Remains of Byzantine church found in Jordan

The remains of an ancient Byzantine church have been unearthed near Jordan's central-western town of Karak, the head of a team of Jordanian archaeologists announced. Yunis Shudafat said on Sunday that Muta University archaeology students in Karak located the 5th or 6th century AD church, which has some of its walls still intact, some 73 miles south of Jordan's capital, Amman, on Thursday. The single storey structure is 140 square metres in diameter with a mosaic floor covered with small stones ... (antal ord: 245), 2005-08-25

Ancient riddle eludes archeologists

University of Haifa archeologists digging in the ancient city of Hippos-Sussita have uncovered more than what they expected this season. One of their surprises was the discovery of a lintel from a structure built during the Byzantine era with Jewish symbols, which was originally thought to be a synagogue, but now believed to be a church. The sixth season of the archeological excavation at Hippos-Sussita overlooking Kibbutz Ein Gev on the eastern shore of the Kinneret, has produced several aston... (antal ord: 545), 2005-08-25

Peruvian pyramids rival the pharaohs'

Ruins on Peru€™s desert coast dated to some 4,700 years ago suggest an earlier focus of civilisation than any so far identified in the New World. The site of Caral, in the Supe Valley north of Lima, covers 66 hectares (165 acres) and includes pyramids 21m (70ft) high arranged around a large plaza. - What really sets Caral apart is its age,€ Roger Atwood reports in Archaeology. €œCarbon dating has revealed that its pyramids are contemporary with those of Egypt and the ziggurats of Mesopotamia.€ The... (antal ord: 436), 2005-08-25

Untying the knots of Incan codes

Quipus are the mysterious bundles of colored and knotted threads that served as the Inca empire's means of recording information. The code of the quipus has long since been forgotten, and the only major advance in understanding them was the insight, made in 1923, that the knots were used to represent numbers. The quantity and positioning of the knots, at least in certain quipus, is agreed to represent a decimal system. A new and possibly significant advance in deciphering the quipu system may n... (antal ord: 6158), 2005-08-25

Grave of Egil Skalla-GrÖ­msson found?

Icelandic State Radio reports that the possible grave site of Egil Skalla-GrÖ­msson, one of Iceland's most famous vikings, has been found under the altar of a church from the settlement period. No bones were found at the burial site. Jessie Byock, archeology professor at the University of California in Los Angeles who is in charge of the excavation, emphasizes that the work being done in Mosfellsdal is not directed at finding the grave site of Egil Skalla-GrÖ­msson. The excavation has taken many ... (antal ord: 620), 2005-08-25

Ice Age engravings found in Somerset

A series of rare engravings, believed to date from the Mesolithic period, 10,000 years ago, have been discovered in a cave in Somerset. The three abstract squares, thought to have been made with stone tools, were found in Long Hole cave in Cheddar by the University of Bristol Speleological Society. The find follows the discover of ancient inscribed crosses at nearby Aveline's Hole cave in February this year. Experts have not been able to determine the meaning of the engravings yet, but say they... (antal ord: 305), 2005-08-25

Ancient Key Found in Austria

Archeologists believe they have found a key dating back to the late Bronze Age in southern Austria, an Austrian news agency reported. The 16 inch long bronze key was only the third of its kind to be found in Austria, archaeologist Maria Windhager-Konrad said according to the Austria Press Agency . Experts were fascinated by the position of the 3,200-year-old key, which was surrounded by Bronze Age axes and other items, the report said. - The items must have been placed like that on purpose," the... (antal ord: 94), 2005-08-25

Origins of animals depicted in Persepolis bas relief works identified

An archaeological team working at the Persepolis Complex recently identified the origins of thirteen animals depicted in the bas relief works of the ancient site, a team member announced on Monday. For the first time, experts have identified which of the animals were indigenous to the Marvdasht region of Fars during the Achaemenid era and which were non-indigenous animals given to the kings by foreign delegates, Afshin Yazdani said. - The animals have been categorized into two species, the first... (antal ord: 240), 2005-08-25

Archeological evidence dating back to IV-III centuries B.C. found in West Kazakhstan

Unique archeological evidence dating back to IV-III centuries B.C. is revealed nearby Oblavka village of Burlinskiy district, West Kazakhstan oblast. Oblast history and archeology centre specialists were working on a dig there for a month. According to its director, doctor of historical studies Murat Sydykov, the evidences are valuable. Those pieces provide an idea of the past of the region, let clarify a set of matters of dispute. In particular, discovered were ceramics, beads, golden rings and... (antal ord: 122), 2005-08-25

Gotlands vikingasatsning har varit lyckad

Drygt halva Vikingaåret har passerat, men redan nu kan flera av årets aktörer konstatera att vikingar är ett framgångskoncept. Medan turistnäringen talar om färre besökare kan Vikingabyn och Länsmuseet på Gotland visa på en markant publiktillströmning. - Vissa veckor har vi haft nästan dubbelt så många besökare som i fjol, säger en nöjd Björn Ewald på Vikingabyn i Tofta. - Det känns såklart oerhört roligt, fortsätter Björn. Det här är ett erkännande för att vikingatemat är gångbart och att vi ... (antal ord: 268), 2005-08-25

Iron Age skeleton discovered at Bistun site

The team of archaeologists working at the Bistun site recently discovered a 3000-year-old skeleton, the head of the team announced on Tuesday. Ali Sajjadi said that the archaeologists surmise that the skeleton dates back to Iron Age III. - The skeleton was lying on its left side aligned toward the south, a burial custom only observed during Iron Age III. There were also two jars beneath the right and left feet, with three damaged brass pots next to the body,€ he said, adding that the items inter... (antal ord: 212), 2005-08-25

Bones reveal first shoe-wearers

Sturdy shoes first came into widespread use between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago, according to a US scientist. Humans' small toes became weaker during this time, says physical anthropologist Erik Trinkaus, who has studied scores of early human foot bones. He attributes this anatomical change to the invention of rugged shoes, that reduced our need for strong, flexible toes to grip and balance. The research is presented in the Journal of Archaeological Science. The development of footwear appears t... (antal ord: 547), 2005-08-25

X-Rays Reveal Ancient Text

Using a technique called X-ray fluorescence, a team of researchers at Cornell University has revealed ancient inscriptions carved into stone that had faded away over the centuries. Scientists fired high-energy X-ray beams at the 2,000-year-old inscriptions using Cornell University's synchrotron, exposing trace elements left over from paint that dried up and faded away centuries ago. Concentrations of those elements can then be mapped along the outline of the letters, making them readable to the ... (antal ord: 515), 2005-08-25

Secrets of Ancient Iceland: Seeing the context

Haymaking is just about over here in northern Iceland, and as the farmers haul their round bales out of the fields, the 13 crew members of the Skagafjordur Archaeological Settlement Survey have been moving in. My part of the crew took the turf off a 750-square-meter section of hayfield just below the Glaumbaer Folk Museum in mid-July, and began scraping away the dirt to reveal the collapsed walls of a 40-meter-long Viking Age house abandoned before 1104. At the same time a small contingent inc... (antal ord: 1333), 2005-09-01

Archaeologists discover Sweden's oldest stone church

Archaeologists in Sweden have found what could be one of the country's oldest stone churches - under the ruins of a 12th century church in Sigtuna. The original plan was that the archaeologists would research the already-known ruins of St Olof, St Per and St Lars from the middle ages in the town north of Stockholm. But the project has led to an unexpected discovery. Hidden in the ground under the ruins of St Olof's church, which itself dates back to the early 12th century, are traces of another... (antal ord: 336), 2005-09-01

Dig finds remains of 2,000-year-old farm

Global positioning systems and digital aerial photographs are helping to uncover the 2,000-yearold secrets of Cambridgeshire's farmers. The county's biggest archaeological dig is taking place at a 60-acre site and its findings are unearthing how the countryside developed over the course of two millennia. On Monday, history enthusiasts, families and curious members of the public will be able to visit a display and tour the site at Love's Farm, near St Neots, which is soon to be developed for hous... (antal ord: 294), 2005-09-01

Researcher explores Spanish cave to find why early humans replaced Neanderthals in Europe

ASU researcher Ana Pinto is shedding some light on an age-old mystery in anthropology: What was the relationship between Neanderthals and early humans?Pinto€™s findings of the remains of a modern human culture stacked directly atop remnants of a Neanderthal dwelling in a Spanish cave are shedding light on the historical mystery and providing evidence for just how those species may have lived and interacted with their environment. In 2002, while Pinto was working as a county archaeologist in nor... (antal ord: 920), 2005-09-01

Secrets of Ancient Iceland: Connect the dots

"If I knew what was in there, I wouldn't have to dig a hole." My first day with a trowel and shovel, digging toward the Viking Age in a hayfield in northern Iceland, this offhand remark by John Steinberg became my motto. Steinberg, from UCLA's Cotsen Institute, is hoping to make digging outdated for survey archaeology€”and it looks like he might get his wish. He is working with Penn State anthropologist Paul Durrenberger to see the pattern in which this valley was settled; the settlement pattern ... (antal ord: 1200), 2005-09-01

Stone axes highlight 10,000 years of commuting in stockbroker belt

Archaeologists have uncovered an important Stone Age site in the heart of Surrey. An excavation has turned up flint tools and cooking pots from about 10,000 years ago at the site on the North Downs. The area, which bears the remains of cooked meals, campfires and flints shaped into tools by people who visited the North Downs around 8,000BC, is believed to contain one of the most important Mesolithic excavations in Britain. Andrew Josephs, an archaeologist and the project€™s consultant, said: €œTh... (antal ord: 425), 2005-09-01

Excavations in historical Ibla kingdom in Syria

Italian archeologist Paulo Mattie said "important archeological findings in the historical site of Ibla where excavated recently including statues, paintings and the Royal court." In an article published Tuesday by Il-Messaggero Italian newspaper, Mattie pointed out that the Italian mission in Ibla unearthed the royal court of the city where 20 kilos of the royal azure coming from Afghanistan mounts were excavated, in addition to small statues made of azure and wood covered with gold, as well as... (antal ord: 213), 2005-09-01

Vikingen - vem var han?

Bit för bit uppdagas vad som skett på platsen - som en apokalyptisk berättelse där ett lager avtäcks och blottar ett nytt och så vidare ner till den marknivå där mänsklig aktivitet först kan ses på platsen. "Steril botten", brukar arkeologerna kalla denna nivå. Så ungefär kan man se idealbilden för en arkeologisk utgrävning. Som att skala en lök. Så faller skal efter skal tills man når kärnan, om det finns en kärna i en lök. Liknelsen har också använts som den litteraturvetenskapliga metod s... (antal ord: 1566), 2005-09-01

Länsstyrelsen får en miljon till skadade fornlämningar

Arbetet med att inventera de fornlämningar som skadades av stormen i januari tar ordentlig fart under hösten. Länsstyrelsen har fått en miljon kronor av Riksantikvarieämbetet för arbetet och flera arkeologer ska anställlas. På en del håll i länet kan så mycket som 80 procent av gravarna ha skadats. Totalt behövs omkring 32 miljoner kronor för allt arbete med att inventera och återställa de skadade fornlämningarna, säger Lars-Erik Englund, arkeolog och antikvarie på Länsstyrelsen. Och Länsstyrels... (antal ord: 86), 2005-09-01

Fornminnen kartläggs i Gammelgarn

Nu börjar arbetet med att kartlägga okända fornlämningar i Gammelgarn. Hittills har lämningar i skogsmarker registrerats i ett 20-tal socknar på Gotland. I ֖stergarn kommer arkeologer i projektet i Trädgudars land att söka igenom markerna med hjälp av gamla skatteläggningskartor, den tidigaste från 1600 talet. - Vi vet att det bör finnas lämningar av gamla kvarnar och sågar i området, säger Malin Eriksson som är arkeolog och projektledare för I trädgudars land. Inventeringarna av gotländsk skog... (antal ord: 222), 2005-09-01

Borggården grävs upp

För första gången gräver arkeologer i borggården på Halmstad slott. Eftersom regnvatten ibland läcker in i slottets källare ska stenläggningen läggas om och nya brunnar installeras, och i och med det kommer en del av de arkeologiska resterna under borggården att förstöras. Därför måste de så kallade kulturlagren undersökas innan de förstörs. Lena Bjuggner, arkeolog och en av dem som leder utgrävningarna, säger till P4 Radio Halland att man hittills grävt fram rester av en eller två gårdar från 1... (antal ord: 81), 2005-09-01

Unikt medeltida fynd i Karlstad

För första gången har ett medeltida fynd hittats i Karlstad. Arkeologerna på Värmlands Museum har nu fått analyssvar på den glasskärva som hittades vid utgrävningar i kvarteret Duvan i centrala Karlstad förra hösten. Svenska och tyska glasexperter har nu daterat glasskärvan till år 1450 - 1500, det vill säga senmedeltid. Förutom att skärvan är det första medeltida föremålet i Karlstad, är fyndet också mycket ovanligt i ett riksperspektiv. Liknande fynd har tidigare bara hittats på ett fåtal plat... (antal ord: 106), 2005-09-01

Middelalderskib skal undersøges nærmere

Den indstilling har teknisk udvalg valgt at følge, og havnefogeden har derfor fået lov til at ringe til Kulturarvstyrelsen for at få dem til at trække undersøgelsen af vraget tilbage. I indstillingen fra havnefogeden står der blandt andet, at havnepersonalet blev bedt om at smide fire stykker gammelt egetræ fra vraget ud i en container. Derfor mener han, at undersøgelserne er unødvendige og at omkostningerne til undersøgelsen vil være spildte. Formanden for teknisk Udvalg, Per Søgaard (løsgænge... (antal ord: 458), 2005-09-01

Kan bruge resten af livet på Moeskær-pladsen

- Jeg vil bruge resten af mit liv i Hørning Sogn, lyder programerklæringen - eller måske snarere ønskedrømmen - fra arkæolog Reno Fiedel, Kulturhistorisk Museum Randers, mens han viser rundt på Stavnsager i det vestlige Moeskær mellem Hørning og Virring. For nogen tid siden skrev vi her i aviserne om fundene ved Fløjstrup. Stavnsager-fundene på Harry Rasmussens mark, gjort siden 1980'erne, lover godt for den arkæologiske forskning i jernalderen, for der er allerede dukket talrige vidnesbyrd fre... (antal ord: 524), 2005-09-01

Archaeology from the dark side

Creationists and New Agers have formed a common front to undermine mainstream archaeology and its scientific view of the human past. Are they winning? In February of 1961, three amateur gem collectors dug a mechanical gizmo encased in fossil-encrusted rock out of a mountainside in the Southern California desert. They didn't know what it was, and began showing it to friends and associates. Within a few years this thingummy, which became known as the Coso artifact, had assumed an almost mythic imp... (antal ord: 523), 2005-09-01

Stora utgrävningar vid Gamla Uppsala Kyrka

Snart inleds en av de mest omfattande utgrävningarna av området kring Gamla Uppsala Kyrka i modern tid. Igår möttes arkeologer och företrädadre för Svenska Kyrkan för att diskutera detaljer kring projektet som väntas ge spännande resultat. Per Frölund, arkeolog vid Upplandsmuseet Med utgrävningarna hoppas man bland annat få veta mer om kyrkbranden på 1200-talet. - Vi kanske kan hitta en del spännande byggnadsdetaljer och annat, och det är ju spännande i det långa loppet, säger Per Frölund, arke... (antal ord: 251), 2005-09-08

Sunken treasures shed light on 10th century Asian trade

Wooden ships laden with ceramic pots, golden necklaces and valuable spices have for centuries navigated Indonesian waters, a key trade route linking Asia with Europe and the Middle East. And for just as many years, they have been sinking. No one knows that better than Adi Agung, who later this month will wrap up salvage operations on a Chinese ship that went down in the crystal blue Java Sea more than 1,000 years ago. So far, 422,000 artefacts have been recovered from the wreckage 54 metres bel... (antal ord: 368), 2005-09-08

Organic bath saves paper from decay

The technique involves bathing papers in an organic solution doped with alkali compounds and antioxidants. These help to tie up atoms of copper and other metals in the ink that may eat the paper away. It is the first successful treatment that is not water-based, the researchers announced at the annual conference of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Dublin on 5 September. This means it can be applied to documents without fear of washing away soluble scribbles, causing book... (antal ord: 569), 2005-09-08

World Oldest Fishing Boat Unearthed

An unprecedented excavation was made in the southern part of the peninsula, where archaeologists unearthed a fishing boat believed to be the world's oldest, dating back to 6,000 B.C. A fishing boat, presumed to be 8000 years old, has been dug out of the ground at Changnyeong County in South Gyeongsang Province. Archaeologists believe the boat, made of pine trees, is the oldest of its kind ever discovered in the world. The Gimhae National Museum has been digging in this area since November last y... (antal ord: 226), 2005-09-08

Replicas open door to forbidden world of caveman's art

A replica of the Lascaux caves, home to prehistoric man but out of bounds to his modern descendants, is to go on a world tour to take the art treasures to a wider public. The caves, discovered by teenagers 65 years ago, have been closed to general view since 1963 to protect their rock paintings of bison and other animals, some depicting successive stages of a hunt. A small team based near the caves in Motignac, south-west France, is creating the replica for an exhibition expected to visit severa... (antal ord: 511), 2005-09-08

Chinese archaeologists discover world earliest millets

Chinese archaeologists have recently found the world earliest millets, dated back to about 8,000 years ago, on the grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. A large number of carbonized millets have been discovered by Chinese archaeologists at the Xinglonggou relics site in Chifeng City. The discovery has changed the traditional opinion that millet, the staple food in ancient north China, originated in the Yellow River valley, Zhao Zhijun, a researcher with the Archaeology Ins... (antal ord: 386), 2005-09-08

Boys' booty turns out to be Viking hoard

At first, the Kruze family thought they were just toys their kids had been given. In among the usual clutter which small boys like to brandish were a strange necklace with a dragon motif, and an enigmatic medallion. It was only when an ancient-looking brooch appeared in the toybox mix that the Kruzes decided to do some research. It turned out that twins Arthur and Teodor, aged five, and their cousin Jesper, also five, had not been playing with tat but with 1,200-year-old Viking treasure unearthe... (antal ord: 217), 2005-09-08

Neanderthals and modern man shared a cave

The first certain proof that Neanderthal man and modern humans coexisted in Europe has emerged from a cave in central France. Radiocarbon dates show that modern people camped in the ChÖ¢telperron cave, 25 miles northeast of Vichy, about 40,000 years ago, preceded and then followed by two episodes of Neanderthal occupancy. The differing occupations are demonstrated by their distinctive stone tools: those of the Neanderthals, known as Mousterian after the Dordogne site where they were first recogn... (antal ord: 606), 2005-09-08

Archaeologists will use balloons to spot new sites

Archaeologists are to take to the skies above north Wales in hot air balloons in an attempt to spot long-lost ancient sites. Balloonists preparing for the weekend's Llangollen Balloon Festival will take archaeologists up in their craft to allow them to take aerial photographs. Many ancient sites can only be spotted from the air with slow-flying balloons ideal for landscape photography. The balloon festival is due to be held in the town on 3 and 4 September. 'See outline' Llangollen Balloon Fes... (antal ord: 450), 2005-09-08

Stunning jewelry find

Two playful five-year-olds in Tromsø have made an archeological find that has stunned experts. The pair of boys discovered jewelry over 1,000 years old while playing near their house. Associate Professor Inger Storli at Tromsø Museum called the find sensational and unique, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports. - Our eyes popped, because none of us had seen anything like it before, Storli told NRK. The boys found the artifacts, estimated to be from around the year 900, under a tree root in the f... (antal ord: 147), 2005-09-08

Tidskapsel dold under Halmstads slott

Nu öppnar arkeologerna upp en tidskapsel som varit förborgad sedan 1615. Och ut pyser spännande fakta om vad som fanns på platsen innan Halmstads slott byggdes. Hittills har bland annat hittats husrester från senmedeltiden. €“ Det är ett enastående tillfälle vi fått att gräva och undersöka lagren under borggården. Vi har aldrig kunnat göra det tidigare, säger arkeolog Lena Bjuggner vid Landsantikvarien. Borggården kläddes 1615 med sten, och sedan dess har inga möjligheter bjudits att gräva i hist... (antal ord: 481), 2005-09-08

Fynd från bronsåldern

Platsen där idag Eds gamla skola i ֖r står har varit bebott av människor sedan omkring 3 500 år tillbaka. Det är den slutsats som dragits sedan en arkeolog från Lödöse fastställt att det finns skålgropar i det berg där det i dag står uppställt en klockstapel. Det var när klockstapeln i augusti 2002 flyttades från օsmule kapell till Eds skola som skålgroparna upptäcktes. - Det var Knut Johansson och Ingmar Andersson som observerade de små fördjupningarna i berget när de jobbade med att bygga upp... (antal ord: 314), 2005-09-08

I Skog vred man tiden tillbaka

På lördagen vreds tiden tillbaka i Skog. Tillbaka till medeltiden. För åttonde året arrangerade nämligen Intresseföreningen Stråtjära Framtid en medeltidsdag vid Skogs kyrka. Under fem timmar pågick evenemanget som bjöd på en mängd olika aktiviteter som exempelvis bågskytte, yxkastning, hästskjuts och ponnyridning. En marknad där de flesta var klädda i typiska medeltidskläder och där hemslöjdsprodukter, konsthantverk, hemodlat, och lokalt producerade produkter bjöds ut. Gycklare hör medeltiden t... (antal ord: 248), 2005-09-08

Unikt järnåldersfynd på åker vid Näsum

օkern utmed väg 116 vid Näsum är översållad med små knallgula träpinnar. ֖verallt markerar de fynd som arkeologerna gjort. Eldstäder, takpålar, väggmarkeringar. Skörkrakelerade stenar, flintabitar och vävtyngder. Det går att följa ett långhus i över arton meter, resterande tio ligger fortfarande oupptäckta under den plöjda jorden. Mitt i alltihopa står arkeolog Tony Björk. Han ser mer än de skuggningar i jorden en annan upptäckter. Han ser liv och rörelse i de tvåtusen år gamla lämningarna. Van... (antal ord: 440), 2005-09-08

Vikingar möter samurajer i Stockholm

Den 10-11 september möts svenskt och japanskt på Etnografiska museet och Tekniska museet i Stockholm. Under utställningen "Svärdens mästare" kommer mästare från Japan och Sverige att tillverka svärd med samma teknik som användes under vikingarnas och samurajernas tid. Det blir också uppvisningar i japanska kampsporter och ceremonier i Etnografiska museets japanska tehus.... (antal ord: 52), 2005-09-08

Vikingarna intar Cosmonova

Den 16 september är det premiär för filmen "Vikingar i västerled". Filmen skildrar vikingarnas historia, kultur samt hur och varför de utforskade och koloniserade landområden västerut - hela vägen till Nordamerika. "Vikingar i västerled" är en fascinerande skildring av människorna, hantverket, berättarkonsten och erövringarna. Bland annat får vi följa med Leif Eriksson till Nordamerika där han landsteg 500 år innan Columbus korsade Atlanten. Att vikingar nådde dit bekräftas både av islänningasag... (antal ord: 161), 2005-09-08

Hällristningar även i Arboga

Efter upptäckten av en mängd hällristningar i Västerås i somras letas det nu fornlämningar på fler håll i länet, bland annat i Arboga och Fagersta. Bara i Skallbergsområdet i Västerås upptäcktes ett 70-tal hällristningar under sommaren. Riksantikvarieämbetet tyckte att det var så intressant att länsmuséet fick pengar till att leta hällristningar och andra fornlämningar även i Arboga och Fagersta. Något som har gett resultat. Arkeologen ֖rjan Hermansson har nu letat fornlämningar på olika platser... (antal ord: 195), 2005-09-08

Jernalderhest i jernalderbrønd

På et stykke jord i Høje-Taastrup har arkæologer fundet to brønde fra jernalderen. Klos op af den ene brønd lå et hestekranium - og dét er mystisk De folk, der har brugt brønden, har selvfølgelig ikke haft interesse i, at nogen placerede et hestekranium lige ved siden af den, så det er meget underligt. Måske har nogen ligefrem dumpet hestehovedet dér for at ødelægge brønden. Dramaerne vokser op i fantasien, når arkæolog Jens Fog Jensen fra Kroppedal Museum sammen med sine kolleger i øjeblikket g... (antal ord: 347), 2005-09-08

Mellem gravkøer og fortid

Man kan godt sige, at han i perioder lever livet farligt blandt gravkøer og andre store entreprenørmaskiner. Middelalderarkæolog Christoph Briese går scenevant rundt med sin skovl i den dybe skakt på ֘stervold ud for Slotsgade, som gravkoen har ædt sig ned i, så der kan blive plads til nogle store betonrør. Vi er sådan cirka to og en halv meter til tre meter nede under dagens Randers-niveau. Og vupti, dukkede der i fredags pæne tilhuggede kvadre op, som bestemt ikke er naturens værk alene. Det ... (antal ord: 668), 2005-09-08

Vestegnens rigdomme

Der findes store skatte på den københavnske Vestegn. Store arkæologiske skatte i hvert fald, og i øjeblikket bliver de gravet frem ved Herstedlund. Hele sommeren har arkæologer higet og søgt i Vestegnens muld. Foto: Casper Balslev De indsatte i Herstedvester er sikkert ligeglade, men lige ude på den anden side af tremmerne, på fængslets mark Herstedlund, er der over sommeren blevet gravet og pudset og gjort adskillige historiske fund, som for nogle er af overordentlig stor betydning. Man kan nu... (antal ord: 584), 2005-09-08

Middelalderskib skal undersøges nærmere

Den indstilling har teknisk udvalg valgt at følge, og havnefogeden har derfor fået lov til at ringe til Kulturarvstyrelsen for at få dem til at trække undersøgelsen af vraget tilbage. I indstillingen fra havnefogeden står der blandt andet, at havnepersonalet blev bedt om at smide fire stykker gammelt egetræ fra vraget ud i en container. Derfor mener han, at undersøgelserne er unødvendige og at omkostningerne til undersøgelsen vil være spildte. Formanden for teknisk Udvalg, Per Søgaard (løsgænge... (antal ord: 458), 2005-09-08

Greek archaeologists unearth large Bronze Age town on Cycladic island

Greek archaeologists have discovered the "well-preserved" remains of a large Bronze Age town dating from at least 1,900 BC on the Cycladic island of Andros, the culture ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Archaeologists found at least four "well-preserved" buildings - one of them retaining its ground floor walls - in the remains of a quarter, and a graded road believed to lead to a square. A variety of mainly ceramic objects was discovered inside the buildings, including large decorated s... (antal ord: 244), 2005-09-15

Research team finds new evidence of Amazonian civilization

A joint Japanese-Bolivian research team has completed the first stage of a three-year investigation that aims to shed light on a little-known high culture that existed in the present-day Bolivian Amazon. The investigation, named "Project Mojos," is headed by Katsuyoshi Sanematsu, a professor of anthropology at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. In an interview Wednesday, Sanematsu, 56, told Kyodo News that the team, composed of four Japanese researchers and four Bolivian researchers, succeeded in findi... (antal ord: 632), 2005-09-15

Secret of Delphi Found in Ancient Text

Researchers at the University of Leicester have unravelled a 2,700 year old mystery concerning The Oracle of Delphi €“ by consulting an ancient farmer€™s manual. The researchers from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History sought to explain how people from across Greece came to consult with the Oracle €“ a hotline to the god Apollo- on a particular day of the year even though there was no common calendar. Now their findings, published in this month€™s edition of the journal Antiquity, sugge... (antal ord: 537), 2005-09-15

Dig throws new light on Stonehenge mystery

Three weeks of excavations at Durrington Walls have been helping to throw new light on the mysteries of the Stonehenge World Heritage site. The dig, which started on August 21 and is due to end today (September 15) has attracted interest from eminent archaeologists, who have been regularly visiting the site since the work got underway. And last Saturday and Sunday members of the public got the chance to view the excavations and talk to members of the team carrying out the research project. The ... (antal ord: 320), 2005-09-15

Ancient drowned forest discovery

Underwater archaeologists in Perthshire have made the incredible discovery of a drowned forest, thought to date from the neolithic period some 5000 years ago.Stunned divers spotted the ancient wooded area as they worked in Loch Tay. The eerie find is sure to excite scientists of all disciplines as it could represent the earliest surviving remains of Scotland€™s native woodland. Preliminary surveys in the 14 mile long loch€”carried out by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA) over t... (antal ord: 328), 2005-09-15

Woodstown Viking site gives up more of its secrets

The release of new information on the Woodstown Viking site, which was made at the Viking Congress recently, has been welcomed by the Save Viking Waterford Action Group. The 15th Viking Congress, made up of scholars from Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Wales, spent a day in Waterford recently, visiting the site of Woodstown and hearing a presentation by the senior NRA archaeologist, Ms DÖ¡ire O€™Rourke. As a result some new information has emerged... (antal ord: 579), 2005-09-15

Perslund kan få vikingaby

Föreningen Teuterna smider planer på en vikingaby på Perslund och på lördag nästa vecka anordnas en Vikingadag som föreningen hoppas ska bli ett årligen återkommande inslag i kommunens utbud av nöjen och kultur. Vikingaföreningen Teuterna, som sedan ett par år tillbaka har sin bas på en gård i Kvidinge, håller fortfarande sin dröm om en egen vikingaby levande. Tanken på att bygga en sådan vid Tomarps Ene har föreningen dock fått ge upp. - Länsstyrelsen sa nej med hänvisning till att platsen ligg... (antal ord: 335), 2005-09-15

Fiskerhytte fundet i ֘stergade

Det er over 20 år siden, vi har haft lejlighed til at lave en større arkæologisk undersøgelse i det gamle Gillelje. Her ligger jo fredede huse ovenpå det hele. Men lige her er vi i den ældste del af det gamle fiskerleje, fortæller arkæolog Liv Appel fra Gilleleje Museum og peger hen mod kirkesspiret som kan skimtes små 100 meter væk fra udgravningen i ֘stergade 4. Her har en tidligere trikotage-butik måttet lade livet for at give plads til en ny bolig. Men inden da har arkæologer gennem tre uger... (antal ord: 465), 2005-09-15


Under udgravningen af en cirka et tusind år gammel vikingeboplads i Uunartoq-fjorden i Grønland fandt den danske arkæolog C.L. Vebæk i 1948 et par træskiver med mystiske indgraverede mærker og kurver, som ingen kunne give mening Da han fem år senere offentliggjorde fundene i et engelsk tidsskrift, kom der en reaktion fra en dansk kaptajn med god praktisk sans for navigation, Carl V. Sølver. Han var ikke i tvivl om, at det, Vebæk havde fundet, var en pejleskive. Altså et instrument, der gjorde de... (antal ord: 952), 2005-09-15

Mellem gravkøer og fortid

Middelalderarkæolog Christoph Briese går scenevant rundt med sin skovl i den dybe skakt på ֘stervold ud for Slotsgade, som gravkoen har ædt sig ned i, så der kan blive plads til nogle store betonrør. Vi er sådan cirka to og en halv meter til tre meter nede under dagens Randers-niveau. Og vupti, dukkede der i fredags pæne tilhuggede kvadre op, som bestemt ikke er naturens værk alene. Det kom ikke som lys fra en klar himmel. Man havde rettet sin orientering mod stedet. For selvom der ikke er den ... (antal ord: 651), 2005-09-15

Is this a message from the Incas?

Knotted strings may have helped a South American culture control vast areas... and, today, they could solve a riddle, says Roger Highfield. Scholars call it the "Inca Paradox": how could the Incas run their vast, vibrant and complex empire for hundreds of years without going to the trouble of inventing writing? Now the first Inca word - a place name - may have been uncovered by two experts studying enigmatic mops of knotted strings, called "khipu" or "quipu" (pronounced "kee-poo"), used by the I... (antal ord: 1261), 2005-09-15

Flint remains show Stone Age life

A Stone Age settlement uncovered in the North Downs is being hailed as an important archaeological find. The site at Bletchingly, Surrey, is undisturbed and could show where people gathered in Mesolithic dwellings. Archaeologist Becky Lambert said: "We are plotting the exact location of the flint, so we might even be able to see patterns of where people were sitting." Flint is often found during ploughing - this undisturbed site may reveal hearths and where food was made. Mesolithic hunters chi... (antal ord: 274), 2005-09-22

Small brain did not stop Hobbit having big ideas

A fossil of a diminutive human nicknamed "the Hobbit" does indeed represent a previously unrecognised species of early Man, according to a new technique that suggests it was a cultured little fellow. Sceptics had argued that the Hobbit, discovered in Indonesia and first announced last year, could have been an individual who suffered from microcephalya, a disorder that limits brain growth. The fossils' discoverers had suggested that the Hobbit was either a pygmy form of a known species or a previ... (antal ord: 484), 2005-09-22

'Better' DNA out of fossil bones

Neanderthals are thought to have been replaced by modern humans Improved technologies for extracting genetic material from fossils may help us find out more about our ancient ancestors. Scientists in Israel have just developed a new technique to retrieve better quality, less contaminated DNA from very old remains, including human bones. It could aid the study of the evolution and migration of early modern humans, as well as extinct populations such as our close relatives, the Neanderthals. Many... (antal ord: 1211), 2005-09-22

Teeth Yield Clues to Neanderthals' Lives

Enamel deposited on teeth 150,000 years ago suggests that one of our closest evolutionary relatives, the Neanderthals, grew and matured at the same rate as modern humans. The dental evidence does not settle two thornier questions, however: Were the Neanderthals - who died out 30,000 years ago - a separate species, and why did they become extinct? Still, the finding that the two groups reached puberty at similarly slow rates "gives valuable, partial support to people who see Neanderthals as extr... (antal ord: 1035), 2005-09-22

Temple ruins point towards ancient tsunami

The ruins of an ancient temple built by a long-vanished kingdom in southern India are being excavated by archaeologists who said Wednesday the Hindu sanctum may have been destroyed centuries ago by a tsunami. The temple was found in the region affected by the December 26 Asian tsunami, and the "discovery now poses very interesting questions€¦ about the history of tsunamis," said Thyagarajan Satyamurthy, the archaeologist leading the excavation. The temple appears to have been built between the s... (antal ord: 618), 2005-09-22

Forskere tæt på at knække inkaernes gådefulde knudesprog

For første gang er det lykkedes at udlede et ord af inkaernes særegne knudesnors-regnesystem, den såkaldte khipu. Det er to amerikanske forskere fra Harvard University, Gary Urton og Carrie J. Brezine, der har løst opgaven, og »der er tale om banebrydende forskning«, siger en dansk ekspert på området, antropolog og arkæolog Inge Schjellerup fra Nationalmuseets Etnografiske Samling. Ligner en kugleramme Khipuen kan i en vis udstrækning sammenlignes med en kugleramme. Den består af en 'tværsnor',... (antal ord: 614), 2005-09-22

Bok om medeltida օdalen

օdalen på Medeltiden uppmärksammas i höst. Länsmuseet och Hola folkhögskola kommer att hålla ett symposium om Norrlands medeltid, och samtidigt kommer boken €Stora օdalen€ ut som handlar om den här okända delen av Norrlands historia. I boken berättas bland annat om Styresholm, Sveriges nordligaste medeltida borg som ligger norr om Kramfors.... (antal ord: 51), 2005-09-22

Moderna arkeologer letar spik

Just nu håller arkeologer från Bohuslänsmuseum tillsammans med frivilliga privatpersoner på att gräva ut ett område öster om Uddevalla. Hittills har man hittat en stormängd fynd, dock av lite speciell karaktär. I skogen inte långt från Lanesund öster om Uddevalla på går för fullt en arkeologisk utgrävning. På bara några dagar har man hittat mängder med fynd. Spikar, trasiga ölflaskor, och en tång. Låter det konstigt? Kanske inte med tanke på att det för 50 år sedan låg en dansbana på platsen. O... (antal ord: 181), 2005-09-22

Historiskt palats öppnar portarna

Fyndplatsen i den antika hamnstaden Caesarea har nu öppnats för allmänheten. Ovanligt nog tillåts besökarna promenera omkring på det cirka 200 kvadratmeter stora mosaikgolvet, som utgör palatsets inre gårdsplan. €“ Vi kan inte knyta fynden till en bestämd historisk person, men det måste ha tillhört en rik och inflytelserik kristen familj. Glasbordet är dekorerat med en massa kors, säger Josef Porat, arkeologen som ledde utgrävningarna, till Dagen. €“ Eftersom byggnaden låg utanför stadsmuren rör ... (antal ord: 245), 2005-09-22

Ruin av antik villa funnen på internet

En italiensk dataprogrammerare har hittat resterna av en antik villa via satellitfoton som han hade laddat ner från Internet, skriver The Guardian. Utgrävningar på platsen visar att det rör sig om en villa från romartiden. Luca Mori satt hemma vid datorn och studerade bilder på Google Earth över sin hemstad Sorbolo, nära Parma, när han upptäckte mörka rektangulära skuggor på marken på några av bilderna. Han antog att de måste röra sig om mänskliga konstruktioner under jordytan och larmade a... (antal ord: 98), 2005-09-22

Plundringen hotar vår historia

Nu blottläggs öns marker och med dem nya möjligheter för skattjägare med illegala metalldetektorer. Medan allmänhetens medvetenhet verkar fortsatt låg, säljer stöldligor ut kulturarvet bit för bit. Stölder ur kyrkor är också frekvent förekommande, allra helst i Norrland. - Det har tydligen inte spritt sig så mycket till Gotland. Med tanke på alla medeltida kyrkor skulle jag råda kyrkan att vara försiktig... Det säger Andreas Hennius, arkeolog vid Upplands museum. Där ställs nu ut på temat "... (antal ord: 455), 2005-09-22

Nygamla fynd vid utgrävning

Dansbanan drevs av Herrestads allmänna idrottsförening, HAIK, åren 1939-1955. I dag är platsen en röjd skogsbacke. Inte mycket minner om det liv som en gång fanns här med musik, dans, skratt, kärlek och säkert ett och annat slagsmål. Kvar finns bara en handfull plintar i natursten efter själva dansgolvet. - Här fanns också en kiosk där man sålde korv och läsk, en tombola och en skjutbana. Vi har försökt lokalisera dem med hjälp av folk som minns hur det såg ut här, säger arkeolog Maria Persson v... (antal ord: 462), 2005-09-22

Boplats från järnåldern grävs fram

På en åker mellan vattentornet och Ica Maxi möts stenålder, bronsålder och järnålder. I måndags inleddes de arkeologiska utgrävningarna och nu har 3 000 kvadratmeter av totalt 7 500 skalats av. När det översta lagret matjord tagits bort är det dags att gå på djupet. Mängder av små, blå lappar markerar så kallade anläggningar, alltså synliga spår av äldre tider, som stolphål eller rester av långhus. Antalet anläggningar uppskattas till 1 500, men alla kommer inte att grävas ut. En hel del kan all... (antal ord: 409), 2005-09-22

Bilar ska köra över 5000-årig boplats

På onsdagskvällen presenterades fynden som hittills gjorts i ֖stra Karaby och Trollenäs vid en arkeologiafton för allmänheten. Undersökningarna görs inför byggandet av den nya förbifarten förbi Marieholm och de vägplanerna passade Vägverket på att presentera i går kväll. Fyndet av de två stenåldershyddorna betecknas som smått fantastiskt. Det östra huset har haft en nergrävd grund där stenar fungerat som fundament till det jordstampade golvet. Det finns också spår av stolpar, som burit upp tak... (antal ord: 247), 2005-09-22

First Temple-era seal discovered

A First-Temple period seal has been discovered amidst piles of rubble from Jerusalem's Temple Mount, an Israeli archaeologist said Tuesday, in what could prove to be an historic find. The small - less than 1 cm - seal impression, or bulla, discovered Tuesday by Bar-Ilan University archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay amidst piles of rubble from the Temple Mount would mark the first time that an written artifact was found from the Temple Mount dating back to the First Temple period. The 2,600 year o... (antal ord: 525), 2005-09-29

Holy Cow Statue Discovered in Mazandaran

Archaeological excavations in Gohar Tepe, in Mazandaran province in Iran, led to the discovery of the remains of the statues of some cows which were most probably used in religious ceremonies. The discovery of these sculptures indicates that the people of the region worshiped cows 3000 years ago. Mazandaran is one of the most ancient provinces in Iran. Archaeological excavations indicate that the province has been inhabited by human beings since 400,000 years ago until the present time, and that... (antal ord: 382), 2005-09-29

Long-sought Maya City €” Site Q €” found in Guatemala

A team of scientists including Marcello Canuto, professor of anthropology at Yale, has found incontrovertible proof of Site Q, a long-speculated Maya city, during a mission to the northwest Peten region of Guatemala. In 1997, an earlier expedition headed by Ian Graham of Harvard's Peabody Museum and David Stuart, now at the University of Texas at Austin, found evidence at La Corona that led them to suggest first that La Corona was Site Q. Research since then has helped confirm their initial idea... (antal ord: 497), 2005-09-29

Preserving a 460 year old wreck

An international team of researchers has analysed the sulphur and iron composition in the wooden timbers of the Mary Rose, an English warship wrecked in 1545, which was salvaged two decades ago. The team used synchrotron X-rays from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (USA) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France) in order to determine the chemical state of the surprisingly large quantities of sulphur and iron found in the ship. These new results provide insight to the ... (antal ord: 567), 2005-09-29

Archaeologists unearth secrets of the earliest scottish settlers at Mesolithic site

Archaeologists hope to unearth the secrets of some of Scotland's earliest settlers during a week-long excavation in the north-east. A Mesolithic site, dating as far back as 8,000BC, was uncovered on the outskirts of Kintore in October last year. Murray Cook, who is leading the excavation, now plans to return to the site this weekend to try to piece together the history of the area. Mr Cook, of Edinburgh-based AOC Archaeology, which recently opened an office in Aberdeen, said: "We are looking at... (antal ord: 270), 2005-09-29

A fragment of ancient script found by Shymkent archeologists, Kazakhstan

A fragment of the ancient script has been found by Shymkent archeologists at Ordabasy district, South Kazakhstan oblast.The discovery is dated preliminarily back to I-VI centuries of the Common Era. Such a way of performance of the sheet was widely-spread among the states of the Ancient East. The clay burnt tablet was revealed at the early city on the territory of Kylymzhar, River Arys Valley. The archeological excavations for a couple of years have been bestowing affluent materials. On the grou... (antal ord: 171), 2005-09-29

Royal Thracian Palace Unearthed in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Thracian city and a royal residence, the National Museum of History announced. The first two floors of the palace, spreading over 104 square meters are preserved and the archaeologists, led by Ivan Hristov, have found many artefacts confirming royal presence. The most indicative - a short two-face ritual iron axe, called labris is a well-known symbol of royalty in the ancient Thracian culture. A number of coins have also been discovered, d... (antal ord: 195), 2005-09-29

Evolutionary Tools Help Unlock Origins of Ancient Languages

The key to understanding how languages evolved may lie in their structure, not their vocabularies, a new report suggests. Findings published today in the journal Science indicate that a linguistic technique that borrows some features from evolutionary biology tools can unlock secrets of languages more than 10,000 years old. Because vocabularies change so quickly, using them to trace how languages evolve over time can only reach back about 8,000 to 10,000 years. To study tongues from the Pleistoc... (antal ord: 311), 2005-09-29

Nyfunnet fornminne i Stenslanda

Ett alldeles okänt gravfält från järnåldern i Stenslanda hör till det mest intressanta som hittats av Skogsvårdsstyrelsens projektgrupper "Skog och historia". Det är gruppen som fått Tävelsås socken på sin lott som har upptäckt och nu kan visa gravfältet. Det ligger inte så långt från vägen mellan Stenslanda och Gåvadstorp på en svag ås vid Gunnarsryd. Gravfältet är svårt att se och upptäcka eftersom det ligger i ungskog med gran. - Det är ju verkligen unikt att man hittar ett helt gravfält. Sä... (antal ord: 145), 2005-09-29

Fornminnen engagerar

Arkeolog Greger Bennström i samspråk med Martin Kniph från Söder Bergsäng och Göte Westman, Borlänge, men bördig från Norr Lindberg. Två av besökarna som ville veta mer om fornlämningar i de norra kommundelarna.Foto: Säg fornminnen och de allra flesta tänker säkert på hällristningar och hus- och slottsruiner. Men ett fornminne kan vara så mycket mer och behöver inte alls vara så gammalt. Det fick besökarna i Lindbergs bystuga veta när de samlades härom kvällen. Fornminnen handlar både om natur... (antal ord: 326), 2005-09-29

Fornminnen inventeras

Vad hände egentligen med fornlämningarna när Gudrun drog fram över Halland, och hur gick det med dem när skogsmaskinerna kom farande? De frågorna söker två kringresande män svaren på i länets stormhärjade skogsmarker. Vi träffar Bengt Westergaard, den ene av länsstyrelsens båda projektanställda som fått den här uppgiften, i skogarna vid Abild. Han har undersökt länet norrifrån och inventerat Kungsbacka och Varberg. Kollegan Lennart Carlie har arbetat sig upp söderifrån, och hittills varit i Laho... (antal ord: 528), 2005-09-29

Det förflutna får ett ansikte

Bockstensmannen ska återuppstå till nästa sommar. En verklighetstrogen modell ska komplettera den nya utställningen på Länsmuseet i Varberg. För rekonstruktionen svarar Oscar Nilsson, konstnär och utbildad arkeolog. Kroppen formas i gips efter de mått som scanningen av kvarlevorna gav. Utgångspunkt för huvudet är en kopia av kraniet, gjuten i plast. Där börjar arbetet med alla detaljer. Oscar Nilsson tillämpar en metod som började utvecklas när man för 100 år sedan undrade om det skulle gå att r... (antal ord: 320), 2005-09-29

Gravar och skelett fynd vid utgrävning

Ett spädbarnsskelett kan ge arkeologerna svar på frågan om det legat en kungskyrka innan klostret byggdes. Det lilla barnet, 53 centimeter långt, fick sitt sista vilorum precis utanför kyrkans murar. օ döma av fynd som gjorts i samma jordlager är gaven från 1000 eller 1100-talen. Det var under den arkeologiska utgrävningens slutkläm som arkeologerna Lars Jönsson och Ulrika Wallebom råkade stöta på gravarna. En vuxengrav och två barngravar. Osteologer ska försöka fastställa om det kanske är en ma... (antal ord: 418), 2005-09-29

Undersøger, hvad jernaldermanden spiste

Et nyt samarbejde gør det muligt at se, hvad jernaldermennesket fik til middag.Det er Esbjerg Museum og Aalborg Universitet Esbjerg, der går sammen om at komme tættere på fortiden ved at forene arkæologien og naturvidenskaben, skriver JydskeVestkysten torsdag. Danmarks Arkæometriske Center hedder nyskabelsen, der for eksempel sender potteskår i laboratoriet for at analysere dem for rester af fedt. Her bliver det afsløret, at forfædrene snarere foretrak en rød bøf frem for en rødbedebøf, og at v... (antal ord: 257), 2005-09-29

Jernalderkvinde fundet i Taastrup

Opsigtsvækkende fund af kvindelig i Taastrup. Hun menes at have ligget i jorden i 1.600 år. Kvinden blev fundet ved Højbakkegård i Taastrup. Foto: Lars Krabbe Liget af en kvinde blev mandag fundet ved Højbakkegård i Taastrup. Kvindens identitet er endnu ukendt, ligesom det stadig er for tidligt at fastslå hendes præcise alder. Men manden, der fandt den døde kvinde, arkæolog Tom Giersing fra Kroppedal Museum, skyder på, at det er en ældre kvinde. »Kvinden, vi fandt i går, har formentlig ligget ... (antal ord: 272), 2005-09-29

Neolithic agricultural community€™s daily life shown in amazing detail in dig at ancient site

The finds at Avgi in Kastoria are far from common. At a site of 3.5 hectares near the Aghia Triada municipality, a 7,500-year-old rural community has been unearthed. Rare miniature vessels the size of a ring, nine fine impressive stamps, 20 human and animal-shaped idols, two bone flutes, ornaments made from shell, amber and malachite, stone tools, bones and horns as well as extremely well-preserved and technically advanced construction remains are just some of the finds discovered. The undreds o... (antal ord: 872), 2005-10-06

Archaeologists uncover 2,500-year old ceramics near Tabor

Archaeologists have uncovered broken pieces of valuable ancient ceramics at a parking lot in Tabor, the oldest of which date back to the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., the head of the archaeologists' team, Rudolf Krajic, told reporters yesterday. The archaeological research on the spot where an underground parking garage for some 150 cars should be built next year was completed yesterday. Krajic said that the unique finding is yellow glazed ceramics from the 14th century. Among other valuable items... (antal ord: 207), 2005-10-06

Erosion fears at Greece's Epidaurus theater to be investigated

Greece's culture ministry will investigate reports that the fourth-century BC theater of Epidaurus, whose ancient Greek drama performances annually attract thousands of visitors, is threatened by soil erosion, deputy culture minister Petros Tatoulis said on Thursday. - I have ordered our staff to investigate the issue, Tatoulis said in a statement received on Thursday, adding that he was "surprised" that ministry experts monitoring the status of the ancient theater in southern Greece had failed... (antal ord: 134), 2005-10-06

New discoveries cast more light on Viet Nam's history and culture

Recent findings by Vietnamese archaeologists, which shed more light on Viet Nam's history and culture, were made public at the 40th national archaelogical conference held in Ha Noi recently. Noteworthy was an excavation in Cho Cave in the northern province of Hoa Binh, where archaeologists have found vestiges of ancient tombs and stoves, and hundreds of tools belonging to the Hoa Binh culture, which are crucial for studying the country's primitive history. At the site, they have also found rem... (antal ord: 478), 2005-10-06

Medieval texts preserve African heritage

A collection of medieval manuscripts from Timbuktu which academics hail as proof of an African scholarly tradition go on public show on the continent for the first time on Friday. Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa, has been trumpeted as the epicentre of Africa's intellectual heritage and the discovery of about 30 000 lost texts has challenged the stereotype of Africa as a continent with no written history. South African President Thabo Mbeki has spearheaded a project to protect the texts from illega... (antal ord: 429), 2005-10-06

Goddess statues discovered on Crete

An excavation on the island of Crete has discovered life-sized marble statues of the goddesses Athena and Hera. The statues date from between the 2nd and 4th centuries A.D., a period of Roman rule in Greece, archaeologists said Friday. - They are in very good condition," said archaeologist Anna Micheli, from the Italian School of Archaeology. She added that the statue of Athena, goddess of wisdom, was complete, while Hera -- long-suffering wife of Zeus, the philandering king of gods - was headle... (antal ord: 286), 2005-10-06

Roman theatre goddesses unearthed in Crete

The life-sized marble statues of two ancient Greek goddesses have emerged during excavations of a 5,000-year-old town on the island of Crete, archaeologists said today. The works, representing the goddesses Athena and Hera, date to between the 2nd and 4th centuries €“ a period of Roman rule in Greece €“ and originally decorated the Roman theatre in the town of Gortyn, archaeologist Anna Micheli from the Italian School of Archaeology told The Associated Press. - They are in very good condition, she... (antal ord: 389), 2005-10-06

Ancient Inscriptions Receive Expert Attention

The American Embassy is funding a project that will help restore sticks that bear engravings dating back to the time of the Kingdom of Sheba. The project is being carried out by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. - The sticks are wood cylinders, 10-30cm long and 2-5cm in diameter, made from palm stalks or branches of €˜ilb trees. The texts engraved on the sticks are 1-15 lines long, written in a cursive form of musnad called zabur-script. The inscriptions are letters, accounts, contr... (antal ord: 330), 2005-10-06

Tablets May Solve Maya Mystery

Two hieroglyph-covered stone slabs found in Guatemala seem to have settled the debate over the source of a host of looted artifacts. The discovery of pristine stone tablets bearing 140 hieroglyphs that record 30 years of Maya history may have solved a mystery that has puzzled archeologists for nearly half a century - the location of an elusive city long known only as Site Q. Looted artifacts from Site Q - an abbreviation of the Spanish "¿que?" or "which?" - are in museum and private collections ... (antal ord: 834), 2005-10-06

Holy Cow Statue Discovered in Mazandaran

Archaeological excavations in Gohar Tepe, in Mazandaran province in Iran, led to the discovery of the remains of the statues of some cows which were most probably used in religious ceremonies. The discovery of these sculptures indicates that the people of the region worshiped cows 3000 years ago. Mazandaran is one of the most ancient provinces in Iran. Archaeological excavations indicate that the province has been inhabited by human beings since 400,000 years ago until the present time, and that... (antal ord: 382), 2005-10-06

Forsaringens mystik kvarstår

Föreläsningsserien "Forsaringen - Forntid eller medeltid" på Hälsinglands museum lockade en stor publik. Jan-Olov Nyström sammanfattar de fem olika forskarnas föreläsningar och slutsatser. Den tid när Forsaringen fick sina uråldriga lagbud var en spännande tid. Enligt Stefan Brink en av de mest spännande epokerna i vår historia. Senare den här inledande föreläsningen om den gåtfulla ringen ska han förklara varför, men först tar han åhörarna med sig på en lärdomsfärd genom ringens egen berättelse... (antal ord: 1390), 2005-10-06

Fornminnen snart ett minne blott?

Inte bara IOGT:s kolonistugor ska jämnas med marken när Nysäterområdet byggs. Nu vill kommunen ta bort flera nyupptäckta fornlämningar för att bereda plats för modernare boplatser. De nya Nysäterborna kommer bokstavligt talat leva på fornlämningar. Flera kommer att bo ovanpå gamla kolningsgropar, många på nykterhetsrörelsens historiska kolonimark, någon på en fångstgrop. Barnen kommer att spela fotboll på en igenfylld mosse, som använts i samband med järnframställning förr i tiden. "Spännande m... (antal ord: 387), 2005-10-06

Gåtan Ales stenar kan få sin lösning

Nu ska gåtan om Ales stenar få sin lösning. Efter en flera år lång tvist hoppas Riksantikvarieämbetet få ett slutgiltigt svar genom en utgrävning. քr stenformationen en solkalender från bronsåldern eller en lämning från järnåldern? Teorierna kring vad fornlämningen egentligen är har bitvis skapat en hätsk debatt. I elva år har konflikten pågått mellan amatörforskaren Bob G Lind och Riksantikvarieämbetet. Bob G Lind hävdar att formationen är en solkalender från bronsåldern, vilket Riksantikvarie... (antal ord: 193), 2005-10-06

Utgrävning av Ales stenar efter bråk

Det blir en ny utgrävning av Ales stenar på Kåsebergaåsen i sydöstra Skåne. Den direkta orsaken är ett elvaårigt bråk mellan amatörforskaren Bob Lind och Riksantikvarieämbetet, RAք, om den skeppsformade stenformationen, som kanske är Sveriges vackrast belägna fornlämning. Bob Lind, som bedriver egna guidningar på platsen har i ett brev av RAք uppmanats att sluta med sin kommersiella verksamhet och de, som man skriver i ett brev till Lind, trakasserier av andra guider och besökare som man fått up... (antal ord: 188), 2005-10-06

Ancient Peruvians loved their spuds

The first cultivated potato was grown in what is now Peru, researchers say, and it originated only once, not several times, as some experts propose. The genetic study shows the first potato known to have been farmed is genetically closest to a species now found only in southern Peru, the US and UK researchers write online, ahead of print, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. - This result shows the potato originated one time and from a species that was distributed in southern ... (antal ord: 403), 2005-10-06

Neolithic agricultural community€™s daily life shown in amazing detail in dig at ancient site

The finds at Avgi in Kastoria are far from common. At a site of 3.5 hectares near the Aghia Triada municipality, a 7,500-year-old rural community has been unearthed. Rare miniature vessels the size of a ring, nine fine impressive stamps, 20 human and animal-shaped idols, two bone flutes, ornaments made from shell, amber and malachite, stone tools, bones and horns as well as extremely well-preserved and technically advanced construction remains are just some of the finds discovered. The undreds o... (antal ord: 872), 2005-10-06

Winged Goddesses Flew over Iran

The recent excavations in Rabat Teppe archaeological site in Sardasht, Northwestern Iran, led to discovery of four icons of winged goddesses on bricks which belong to 3000 years ago. These are the first ever winged goddesses found in Iran. In initial measures, the area of the archaeological site was believed to be 14 hectares but recent studies extend its measures to 25 hectares. - This season of the excavations has led to discovery of four winged goddesses in Rabat Teppe which can be traced ba... (antal ord: 239), 2005-10-13

Low tide reveals lost city find

Archaeologists believe that photographs taken along the Suffolk coast may prove that the ancient city of Dunwich may have been connected with shipbuilding. Recent exceptionally low tides have revealed timbers and banks that experts say may be connected with shipbuilding at Dunwich nearly 500 years ago. Photographs taken by members of the Suffolk Underwater Studies group show piles driven into the sea bed. Director Mr Stuart Bacon said "They might well be a shipyard slipway." Jane Chick, from Ha... (antal ord: 186), 2005-10-13

Egypt prepares new probe of mystery pyramid shafts

Egypt will send a robot up narrow shafts in the Great Pyramid to try to solve one of the mysteries of the 4,500-year-old pharaonic mausoleum, Egypt's top archaeologist said on Monday. Zahi Hawass told Reuters he would this week inspect a robot designed to climb the two narrow shafts which might lead to an undiscovered burial chamber in the pyramid of Cheops at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Hawass said the shafts and stone panels which block them could mark the location of the burial chamber... (antal ord: 342), 2005-10-13

Five ancient inscriptions unearthed at Haft-Tappeh

A team of Iranian archaeologists and some experts from Mainz University in Germany has recently unearthed five clay inscriptions at the ancient site of Haft-Tappeh in Khuzestan Province. Written in cuneiform, the inscriptions were discovered in fragments. - The inscriptions were probably broken in a fire, and this makes it difficult to read them, the Iranian director of the team told the Persian service of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency on Sunday. €œOur team is matching the pieces of th... (antal ord: 387), 2005-10-13

All quiet in museum corridors

ICOM's annual meeting in Alexandria last week was less successful than hoped for. Nevine El-Aref attended. ICOM is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. Since its creation in 1946, ICOM has maintained formal relations with UNESCO and has a consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. It also arranges and organises activities for its 21,000 mem... (antal ord: 1905), 2005-10-13

Den första invandringen skedde under äldre stenåldern

I sitt insändarsvar i UNT (9/10) efterlyser Eva Nyman (SD) exempel på mångkulturella stater, som utgör "stabila, trygga och demokratiska samhällen". Det är mycket lätt att ge henne åtminstone ett: Sverige. քven om mycket kvarstår att göra politiskt inom skola, vård, omsorg och arbetsmarknad, kan nog många skriva under på att vårt eget mångkulturella land faktiskt är både stabilt, tryggt och demokratiskt. Vad Nyman och hennes parti representerar är inget annat än en farlig historielöshet. Uppfat... (antal ord: 298), 2005-10-13

Stenarna som det har vilats vid - och ristats på

Han har sett de flesta kända stenarna, men det dyker ständigt upp nya fynd. Små och stora stenar med konstiga ristningar. Ibland vid gamla bosättningar, ofta längs stigar eller på platser av särskild betydelse. - Hur har ni lyckats finna den här? säger Hans Olsson förvånat när Karl-Erik Carlsson tar täten genom skogen. Målet är en konstig liten sten på toppen av Stigsberg i Lakene. SOM NAMNET avslöjar går här en urgammal vandringsväg. Nära toppen vid det som kan ha varit ett vattenhål för boska... (antal ord: 554), 2005-10-13

Ovanligt arkeologiskt fynd

Mannen begravdes tillsammans med ett svärd, troligen omkring år noll. På fredagen arbetade arkeologer med att ta hand om det ovanliga fyndet. Carola Engqvist följer med spänning vad arkeolog Emma Karlsson hittar under gräsmattan i familjens trädgård. Ett 2 000 år gammalt svärd har hittats. När Mikael Engqvist hittade ett människokranium i trädgården i Rogslösa när han grävde för bredband ringde han polisen. Ganska snart kunde polisen dock konstatera att om något brott låg bakom skelettfyndet så ... (antal ord: 337), 2005-10-13

Märklig forngrav hittades i Rogslösa

Fler fynd görs i den skelettgrav från tidig järnålder som påträffats i Rogslösa. I går grävde arkelogerna fram ett svärd från samma tidsålder. - Ett ovanligt fynd. Det är heller inte särskilt vanligt att vi stöter på skelettgravar från den tiden, säger arkeolog Emma Karlsson från länsmuseet. Graven ligger i en trädgård intill Rogslösa kyrka. Den upptäcktes 2003 när det skulle grävas för bredband i området och en skalle kom i dagen. Fyndet överlämnades till polisen, men arkeologerna anade snabbt... (antal ord: 104), 2005-10-13

6 000 år gamla föremål fynd vid utgrävning

6 000 år | Keramik med mönster har hittats under utgrävningen. De tros vara runt 6 000 år gamla. Ett verktyg i flinta är ett intressant fynd som gjorts. Det visar att befolkningen kring Malmköping under bondestenåldern rörde sig mycket söderut för att få tag i flinta. Vid Domarhagen strax norr om Malmköping gräver arkeologen Ingeborg Svensson för fullt med sina verktyg. Väg 55 ska inom några år breddas och den arkeologiskt värdefulla marken vid Domarhagen måste undersökas innan den förstörs unde... (antal ord: 413), 2005-10-13

På jakt efter det förflutna i Malmköpings sand

Vid Domarhagen strax norr om Malmköping gräver arkeologen Ingeborg Svensson för fullt med sina verktyg. Väg 55 ska inom några år breddas och den arkeologiskt värdefulla marken vid Domarhagen måste undersökas innan den förstörs under bygget. I två veckor pågår arbetet och hittills har Ingeborg och kollegan Patrik Gustafsson funnit många intressanta fynd. - Bland annat har vi hittat keramik, valnötsskal och ett verktyg av flinta som är från tidigaste bondestenålder, berättar Ingeborg. Det betyd... (antal ord: 366), 2005-10-13

Sikkert bevis for glasproduktion i Gribskov

Fremstillingen af glas til kunst og brugsting er omkring 5000 år gammel, men først i Frederik 2. tid blev der oprettet glasværker i Danmark. Et af disse menes at have ligget på gården Glarborg i Gribskov.Ude i Gribskov findes de underjordiske rester af gården Glarborg, der eksisterede på stedet i 1500-1600-tallet, og som i historiske og arkæologiske kredse længe har haft en særlig bevågenhed. Stednavnet forbindes nemlig med muligheden af, at der har fundet glasproduktion sted på gården. Glar kan... (antal ord: 860), 2005-10-13

Hobbitter har levet blandt os

En mini-udgave af menneske-racen levede for 12.000 år siden i huler. Skeletfund i en hule i Indonesien beviser, at de små 'hobbitter' kendte til brugen af ild og jagede mini-elefanter. Et hold forskere fra Australien og Indonesien har ifølge tidsskriftet 'Nature' fundet skeletdele efter ni 'hobbitter'.Mini-udgaven af menneskeracen blev opdaget for to år siden, og nu er skeletdele fra ni eksemplarer af de små mennesker fundet under udgravning af en hule på en afsides liggende indonesisk ø. Ikke... (antal ord: 242), 2005-10-13

Spændende arkæologisk fund

Arkæologerne fra Kroppedal gjorde i sidste uge et fantastisk fund. De fandt et meget velbevaret kvindelig liggende i sin grav. Graven var placeret i en gravhøj på Agrovej ved Landbohøjskolen, som arkæologerne i de seneste uger har været i gang med at udgrave, da der skal bygges et dyrehospital på stedet. Inden da skal man sikre sig, at der ikke er værdifulde fund i jorden. Og det var heldigt, at man gik i gang med at grave, for det er sjældent at finde et så velbevaret lig. - Kvinden her er fra ... (antal ord: 454), 2005-10-13

Vikinger var storproducenter af tøj

En udgravning af to rigmandsgårde fra vikingetiden ved Tjæreborg har givet en ny vinkel på vikingerne. De var nemlig også stor-producenter af tøj. Ved de to store gårde er der fundet omkring 100 arbejdshytter eller grubehuse. Mange af dem med fund af vævevægte fra de store opretstående væve - og det rækker langt ud over, hvad familierne selv har skullet bruge. Arkæolog Palle Siemen fra Esbjerg museum siger, at det sandsynligvis har været trælle, der har arbejdet i hytterne, og at det færdige uld... (antal ord: 168), 2005-10-13

Helen of Troy Existed?

Helen of Troy, described in the epic poem The Iliad, was based on a real woman, according to a new book that weaves history, archaeology and myth to recreate the famous ancient Greek beauty's life. According to the new theory proposed by Bettany Hughes, Helen's mythological character was inspired by a wealthy Bronze Age leader from the southern mainland of Greece. Hughes, a former Oxford University scholar who has conducted research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor, was unavailable for com... (antal ord: 693), 2005-10-20

Fertile Goddesses Unveiled in Haft Tepe

Recent excavations in the historical site of Haft Tepe has led to the discovery of three clay statuettes of fertile goddesses. The clay statuettes are the flourished art of the ancient times and are evidence of religious and social beliefs shown in an artistic way. Studying the discovered items would help understand some of the mental beliefs of the ancestors. - The latest excavations in the historical site of Haft Tepe led to the discovery of three clay statuettes. These statuettes are fertile ... (antal ord: 377), 2005-10-20

Technology Helps Unravel Archaeological Mysteries

In going high-tech, "archaeologists have to stop thinking like jacks-of-all-trades," University of Pennsylvania researcher Larry Coben says. Instead, assembling specialists expert with each technology becomes a priority. Hidden atop the Andes, the mysteries of the lost Inca Empire are yielding to today's technology. - We're adding a symphony of instruments to our efforts, which lets us just see more than we ever imagined, says archaeologist Fred Limp of the University of Arkansas in Fayettevill... (antal ord: 863), 2005-10-20

Biblical palace found (?) near Old City

Evidence fits well with other archeological finds from the site. In new excavation, Mazar has discovered clay signet impression bearing name of Yehuchal Ben Shelemiah, noble of Judea from time of King Zedekiah mentioned by name in Jeremiah, evidence that four centuries after David, site was still important seat of Judean royalty. Editor's Note: Part 1 of this article discussed the background to a dramatic and potentially historic archeological finding by Eilat Mazar near the Old City of Jerusal... (antal ord: 1376), 2005-10-20

Chinese scientists uncover 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles

It was a long time to wait for a portion of noodles. Scientists have uncovered the world's oldest known noodles, dating back 4,000 years, at an archaeological site, Lajia, along the upper reaches of the Yellow river in north-west China. They were preserved in an upturned bowl among the debris of a gigantic earthquake. Until now, the earliest evidence for noodles has been a Chinese written description of noodle preparation dating back 1,900 years. The Lajia settlement is thought to have been dest... (antal ord: 413), 2005-10-20

Radiocarbon dates reveal that New Guinea art is older than thought

When the de Young Museum reopens in a new, earthquake-resistant building in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park next Saturday, Oct. 15, it will debut what curators consider the largest and most important private collection of New Guinea art in the world. Gregory W. L. Hodgins and A. J. Timothy Jull of The University of Arizona will attend the gala event. The scientists have radiocarbon dated some of the collection that New York-based entrepreneur John Friede and his wife, Marcia, are giving to the ... (antal ord: 787), 2005-10-20

քldsta mumien funnen i Peru

Arkeologer har funnit kvarlevorna av den äldsta mumie som någonsin hittats i Perus huvudstad Lima. Det rör sig om kroppen av en hög ämbetsman från huarifolket som levde för 1 300 år sedan, sade forskare på onsdagen. Den huvudlösa mumien återfanns i september i Huaca Pucllanas ceremonianläggning vid en utgrävningsplats i Lima. Enligt Isabel Flores, arkeolog och chef för Huaca Pucllanas museum, dominerade huaristammen Sydamerika från Colombia till Chile. Huari var ett av flera föregångare till ink... (antal ord: 98), 2005-10-20

Markerna kring Arboga är rika på fynd från forntiden

Många intressanta fynd görs under den pågående forn- och kulturminnesinventeringen i Arboga socken. Inte minst har trakten kring Tyringe och Findla visat sig vara rika på så kallad fossil åkermark, och området ska nu bli skyddat. På uppdrag av Skogsvårdsstyrelsen arbetar sedan ett år tillbaka en grupp på nio personer med att inventera fornminnen och kulturlämningar i Arboga socken. När arbetet avslutas nästa höst är tanken att även Götlunda socken ska ha fått en fullständig inventering. En gång... (antal ord: 384), 2005-10-20

Kyrkorna töms på unika föremål

Allt fler kyrkor i Sverige töms på unika föremål. Tjuvarna bryter sig ofta in, men stölderna sker även under dagtid då kyrkorna står öppna. €“ Vi har kartlagt nätverk som ligger bakom stölderna och som i enstaka fall har sålt föremålen utomlands, säger Per-Anders Fritshammar, kriminalinspektör på Rikskriminalpolisens rotel mot grov organiserad brottslighet. Kyrkornas silverföremål har alltid varit stöldbegärliga, men nu stjäls även medeltida träskulpturer, altarföremål, bildkonstverk och ljuskro... (antal ord: 201), 2005-10-20

Vikingemyte punkteret

Vikingerne? Var det ikke dem, der hærgede, plyndrede, mordbrændte og voldtog sig vej hele vejen til England og langt sydpå i Europa? Jo, det var det. Men at dømme efter udgravningerne af storgården ved Over Randlev må de hærgende vikinger have været anderledes fredelige, når de var på hjemmebane. For mens arkæologerne har fundet værktøj og smykker i massevis, så står det meget, meget småt til med fundene af de våben, der ellers spiller en stor rolle for nutidens billede af en ordentlig viking. ... (antal ord: 167), 2005-10-20

Sidste tur til vikingetiden

Man kan diskutere, hvornår det begyndte. For arkæolog Jens Jeppesen var det i 1997. Da lod han for første gang en rendegraver skrælle mulden af en mark ved Over Randlev, så han fik fri adgang til det, der skulle vise sig at være en vikingetids-gravplads med omkring 100 grave. Man kan også påstå, at det begyndte i 1932. Det år dukkede en sølvskat, bestående af 238 sølvmønter i en lerkrukke, op af jorden mellem Hesselbjergvej og Over Randlev. Og det var denne skat, der gav arkæologerne en tro på, ... (antal ord: 819), 2005-10-20

"Den samiska kulturen kommer att utrotas"

Om inget görs kan den samiska kulturen var utdöd inom en generation, skriver fem professorer. Hela den samiska kulturen hotas. Markägare tvingar i rättegång efter rättegång bort samerna och deras renar från vinterbetesland där de funnits i urminnes tider. Nu måste lagen ändras så att den tar hänsyn till rennäringens egenart och historia. Annars överlever inte den samiska kulturen. Det måste också bli markägarnas sak att bevisa att samerna inte har rätt att nyttja vissa områden, skriver professor... (antal ord: 1500), 2005-10-27

Where was Jesus Born?

The town of Bethlehem in the West Bank, some six miles south of Jerusalem, is revered by millions as the birthplace of Jesus. According to the New Testament account of the apostle Matthew, Joseph and Mary were living in Bethlehem in the southern region of Judea at the time of Jesus' birth and later moved to Nazareth in the northern Galilee region. In the more popular account of the apostle Luke, Joseph and a very pregnant Mary traveled more than 90 miles from their residence in Nazareth to Josep... (antal ord: 360), 2005-10-27

Temple of the Sun

Talk about Mexico's Precolumbian past and one of the images most likely to come to mind is that of the enormous Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the first modern excavations at the 1,800-year-old monument, a towering stone structure that has become an icon in the collective imagination of millions. Since the country's first official excavation was ordered at the site in 1905, subsequent work at the Pyramid of the Sun has, in a way, mirrored the dev... (antal ord: 261), 2005-10-27

When Giants Roamed the Earth

Gideon Emmons and Henry Nichols are nowhere listed among the heroes of American archaeology, but the discovery they made on October 16, 1869, captured the nation's imagination. Digging a well on the farm of William "Stub" Newell in the hamlet of Cardiff, New York, they hit stone three feet down. Clearing the soil, they recognized the shape of a foot, and one of them uttered the immortal words, "I declare, some old Indian has been buried here!" Soon they had unearthed a colossal stone figure mor... (antal ord: 400), 2005-10-27

Diving Into History

On a scorching May morning, the surface of Lake Mead, the vast reservoir created by the construction of Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border, is as smooth as glass. One hundred seventy feet down, four divers with the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center (SRC)--probably the leading underwater archaeology team in the world--are examining the wreck of a B-29 Superfortress bomber that crashed into the lake in 1948. SRC is surveying the plane and preparing it for the recreational div... (antal ord: 551), 2005-10-27

Under Downtown Prague

Every Czech school child knows the story. Prague was a crowded medieval city bursting at the seams when, in 1348, its problem was solved at a stroke by the brilliance of Charles IV. The greatest of Czech kings ordained that a massive swathe of farmland around the walled city should become a new urban space called Nove Mesto, or New Town. The Prague we know today is said to be largely a product of Charles IV's effort at urban planning. But fascinating new finds from a rescue dig on the three-and... (antal ord: 531), 2005-10-27

Etisk arkeologi balanserar mellan forskning och känslor

"Av jord är du kommen, av jord skall du åter varda". Men din kropp kan berätta saker om ditt liv långt efter att du är död. Vad för värdighet ska en död människa få ha? Att analysera gravar med mänskliga kvarlevor är vanligt i arkeologin. Det ger oss värdefull kunskap om hur människor levde och mådde under en viss tidsperiod. Men vad händer med benen när analyserna är färdiga? Ska de lagras i ett magasin, ställas ut på museum eller helt enkelt återbegravas? €“ Det här har varit på tapeten vid fl... (antal ord: 1058), 2005-10-27

Kulturarv ger perspektiv på samhällsutvecklingen

I en omvärldsanalys för kulturmiljöområdet presenterar Riksantikvarieämbetet hur kulturarvet och historieintresset kan användas i samhällsdebatten och det långsiktigt hållbara samhällsbygget. Kulturarvsarbetets viktigaste bidrag till det hållbara samhället är att i samverkan med andra samhällssektorer ge humanistiska och historiska perspektiv på samhällsutvecklingen. €“ I Sverige är hållbarhetsbegreppet centralt för samtliga politikområden. Det är en utmaning för oss som arbetar med kulturarv att... (antal ord: 217), 2005-10-27

Framtiden till låns €“ hållbar utveckling

Välkommen till årets höstmöte, då vi samlas för att samtala kring hur kulturarvsarbetet kan utvecklas i ett hållbarhetsperspektiv. Bland föreläsarna märks Stefan Edman som talar om utmaningen att skapa en långsiktigt hållbar välfärd. Han är just nu aktuell med utredningen €Bilen, biffen, bostaden - hållbara laster, smartare konsumtion€. Christopher Young från English Heritage berättar om hur man i England ser på kulturarvets och kulturarvsarbetets bidrag till en hållbar samhällsutveckling och K-... (antal ord: 224), 2005-10-27

King Tut Drank Red Wine, Researcher Says

King Tutankhamen drank red wine, says a researcher who analyzed very dry traces of the vintage found in his tomb. Maria Rosa Guasch-Jane, who briefed reporters Wednesday at the British Museum, said she had invented a process which gave archaeologists a tool to discover the color of ancient wine. Guasch-Jane also discovered that the most valued drink in ancient Egypt, shedeh, was made of red grapes. - This is the first time someone has found an ancient red wine, said Guasch-Jane, who earned her P... (antal ord: 380), 2005-10-27

Y chromosomes reveal founding father

About 1.5 million men in northern China and Mongolia may be descended from a single man, according to a study based on Y chromosome genetics1. Historical records suggest that this man may be Giocangga, who lived in the mid-1500s and whose grandson founded the Qing dynasty, which ruled China from 1644 to 1912. The analysis is similar to a controversial study in 2003, which suggested that approximately 16 million men alive today are descended from the Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan2. The male ... (antal ord: 698), 2005-10-27

Iron Age 'industrial estate' uncovered in Inverness

Archaeologists are discovering how the nouveau riche of the Iron Age lived by excavating what they describe as "the most important site found in Inverness for decades". The fresh insight into how our ancestors lived around 2000 years ago has come with the discovery of the remains of an entire village, "industrial estate" and trading centre at an undisclosed location near the city. So far, a team of 20 diggers has discovered the remains of around a dozen huge Iron Age roundhouses at the site as... (antal ord: 506), 2005-10-27

Archaeological sites are discovered near new dual carriageway in Republic

Nineteen archaeological sites including a Neolithic settlement and an early medieval cemetery have been found along the route of the next stage of the Belfast to Dublin road upgrade. Construction of the nine-mile high quality dual carriageway between Dundalk and Newry is under way and it is due to open in 2007. The archaeological testing was carried out by Archaeological Development Services Ltd (ADS) and they are nearly finished final excavations. An early medieval farmstead or enclosure was l... (antal ord: 343), 2005-10-27

Stone Age Cemetery, Artifacts Unearthed in Sahara

Archaeologists have excavated a trove of Stone Age human skeletons and artifacts on the shores of an ancient lake in the Sahara. The seven nearby sites include an extensive cemetery and represent one of the largest and best preserved concentrations of ancient skeletons and artifacts ever found in the region, researchers say. Harpoons, fishhooks, pottery, jewelry, stone tools, and other artifacts pepper the ancient lakeside settlement. The objects were left by early communities that once thrived ... (antal ord: 1001), 2005-10-27

An ancient map of Rome that's surprisingly up to date

In 1748, architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli completed a map of his hometown. The Pianta Grande di Roma ("Great Plan of Rome") was built from 12 minutely detailed copper plates, covered six by seven feet in its assembled state, and was so accurate that it continued to be used as the basis for government maps of the city until the 1970s. In 2005, a team at the University of Oregon brought the map online in order to "create and implement an innovative and highly interactive website and teach... (antal ord: 1078), 2005-10-27

CAMEL allows archaeologists to survey ancient cities without digging in the dirt, disturbing sites

Like a dromedary that can travel a long distance without taking a drink of water, the Oriental Institute€™s CAMEL computer project can traverse vast distances of ancient and modern space without pausing for the usual refreshment known best by archaeologists€”digging in the soil. CAMEL (the Center for Ancient Middle Eastern Landscapes) is at the leading edge of archaeology because of what it does not do and what it can do. First, it does not actually excavate. For a science based on the destructive... (antal ord: 1124), 2005-10-27

Spektakulära fynd från tidig historia

€“ Bara att det görs utgrävningar på Varbergs fästning är ovanligt. Att hitta murar från fästningens tidigaste historia är väldigt spektakulärt, säger arkeologen Anders Håkansson. I stället för dagens oljeeldning ska Varbergs fästning anslutas till fjärrvärmenätet i Varberg. Innan man drar fram fjärrvärmeledningar mellan de olika byggnaderna har Landsantikvarien i Halmstad fått i uppdrag att göra en arkeologisk förundersökning. I drygt tio provgropar blottläggs spår efter byggnader och andra kons... (antal ord: 344), 2005-10-27

Samiska kulturlämningar genom forskningshistoriska glasögon

Folk som €tassar lätt på jorden€ lämnar inte så mycket spår efter sig. Den samiska historien bygger i hög grad på muntliga uppgifter och de samiska kulturlämningarna, ofta av organiskt material, är svåra att upptäcka. €“ En viktig del i länsmuseets arbete är att uppmärksamma och informera om de samiska kulturlämningarna, säger Jans Heinerud arkeolog och ansvarig för uppdragsenheten Västerbottens museum. 2006 infaller det av regeringen utlysta nationella mångkulturåret. Redan nu pågår föreläsning... (antal ord: 125), 2005-10-27

Vrak ger ny kunskap om medeltiden

Vraket är den felande länken. På åtta meters djup utanför Skaftölandet i Bohuslän ligger ett medeltida skepp som sjunkit med full last. Därmed kan det berätta om medeltidens sjöfart och ett sådant drömvrak har funnits på arkeologernas önskelista länge. Det var den sommarturistande dykaren Joel Sörensson som fann vraket för två år sedan. - Det här är ett av de mest intressanta vrak som hittats i Sverige på många år, säger marinarkeolog Staffan von Arbin vid Bohusläns museum. Virket är polskt och ... (antal ord: 263), 2005-10-27

"Multiverktyg" i flinta funnet i Malmköping

Ornamenterad keramik, ett "multiverktyg" i flinta, benbitar och hasselnötsskal - det är några av de fynd som arkeologerna grävt fram vid Domarhagen intill väg 55 nordväst om Malmköping. - Allt talar för att vi har hittat en boplats från tidig stenålder - det vill säga från 4000 till 3000 före kristi födelse, berättar Ingeborg Svensson vid Sörmlands museum. Utgrävningen i höst har väckt stort intresse bland alla historieintresserade Malmköpingsbor. Inte minst eleverna vid Malmaskolan som fått g... (antal ord: 381), 2005-10-27

Chinese claim dicover oldest observatortory

Chinese archaeologists find one of world€™s oldest observatories. Chinese archaeologists claim to have found one of the world€™s oldest observatories, dating back 4,100 years ago, state media reported on Sunday. The observatory was uncovered at the Taosi relics site in Shanxi province, He Nu, a research follow with the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency. The observatory "was not only used for observing astronomical ... (antal ord: 244), 2005-11-03

Kring Hus och Härd

Projektet handlar om människor kring hus och härd under yngre järnålder. Hur en gård var organiserad kan ge mycket information om samtidens samhälle. Utifrån gårdens och husens planlösning, och de olika funktioner man kan tillskriva dessa, kan allt från agrarteknik och hushåll till ideér och tankar kring hus och härd framtolkas. Men arkeologiska tolkningar av boplatslämningar blir gärna tekniska och så att säga utan människor. Det har i tidigare forskning kring dessa problem påpekats att frågor ... (antal ord: 1515), 2005-11-03

Excitement at Neolithic site find

Archaeologists have unearthed what is thought to be one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Britain. The discovery, which includes buildings, a human burial pit, tools, pottery and ritual objects, was uncovered at a Northumberland quarry. It is hoped it will boost understanding of the period, which dates back thousands of years. The discovery was made during routine archaeological investigation of the quarry, which is run by Tarmac. The settlement, near Milfield Village, Northumberland, inc... (antal ord: 257), 2005-11-03

Greenhouse effect occurred 5,000 years ago: archaeologists

It is common sense nowadays that excessive carbon dioxide in the air caused by excessive lumbering leads to global greenhouse effects. But a team of archaeologists from China and the United States is saying that the greenhouse effect started about 5,000 years ago, much earlier than people might expect. This is the conclusion reached by a group of Chinese and US archaeologists based on research on the relics excavated from the ruins of a Neolithic site in Rizhao City, east China's Shandong Provin... (antal ord: 325), 2005-11-03

Chinese archaeologists find one of world's oldest observatories

Chinese archaeologists claim to have found one of the world's oldest observatories, dating back 4,100 years ago. The observatory was uncovered at the Taosi relics site in Shanxi province, He Nu, a research follow with the Institute of Archaeology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency on Sunday. The observatory "was not only used for observing astronomical phenomena but also for sacrificial rites", said He. The remains, in the shape of a semi-circl... (antal ord: 236), 2005-11-03

Bosnian explorer finds 'Europe's first pyramids'

Bosnian explorer Semir Osmanagic is convinced he has found Europe's first pyramids which he says are a new world wonder dating back to ancient times. - I was amazed when I first saw them. I'm deeply convinced now that this is the work of an ancient civilisation built many thousands of years ago, he said while observing an area he excavated north of Sarajevo. The 45-year-old is so certain two pyramids are hidden in Visoko valley that he has spent some 16,000 euros (20,000 dollars) researching ... (antal ord: 433), 2005-11-03

New find in northern Iran may be ancient musical instrument

A team of archaeologists recently discovered an unidentified artifact in a grave beside a skeleton at the ancient site of Gohar-Tappeh in Mazandaran Province, the Persian service of CHN announced on Friday. The director of the team, Ali Mahforuzi, said that some prominent musicians of Mazandaran believe that the artifact looks like a clarinet. If the archaeologists can prove that the artifact is a musical instrument, the 3000-year-old relic would be the oldest musical instrument ever discovered ... (antal ord: 327), 2005-11-03

We have already dug out the first stair of the pyramid

Archeological activities have began on hill Visocica near Visoko, which holds the remains of the medieval royal town of Visoki, and the aim is to confirm the existence of the first European pyramid. Hill Visocica hides the first European pyramid of monumental proportions, claims author of the book €œBosnian pyramid of the Sun€ Semir Osmanagic, which was promoted yesterday in Sarajevo. Osmanagic on Wednesday told Fena that this facility has an accession plateau wide 40 and long 200 meters built ... (antal ord: 225), 2005-11-03

Nya fästningsfynd i dagen

Varbergs fästning ska få modern fjärrvärme. Det har givit arkeologer och historiker en gyllene chans att glimta ner i jordlagren och göra nya rön om fästningens historia. I snålblåsten vid Varbergs fästning känns tanken på värme fjärran. Men att fästningens oljepanna ska ersättas med just fjärrvärme har fått det att hetta till på den historiska fronten. I de arkeologiska undersökningar som måste göras innan den nya ledningen kan dras har flera okända husgrunder och andra fynd kommit i dagen och ... (antal ord: 572), 2005-11-03

Ny grävutredning innehåller sprängstoff

Varje år gräver arkeologer ut hundratals fornlämningar i Sverige, allt från stenåldersboplatser till torp från 1800-talet. Arkeologerna hittar massor av spännande och viktiga saker. Om du bor i landets tättbefolkade södra delar är chansen stor att en utgrävning görs bara några kilometer från ditt hem. Arkeologin omsätter flera hundra miljoner kronor årligen. Men varför hör man då bara talas om några få stora projekt? Det beror på att de flesta undersökningar inte presenteras mer än i en vetenska... (antal ord: 527), 2005-11-03

Vrak ger ny kunskap om medeltiden

Vraket är den felande länken. På åtta meters djup utanför Skaftölandet i Bohuslän ligger ett medeltida skepp som sjunkit med full last. Därmed kan det berätta om medeltidens sjöfart och ett sådant drömvrak har funnits på arkeologernas önskelista länge. Det var den sommarturistande dykaren Joel Sörensson som fann vraket för två år sedan. - Det här är ett av de mest intressanta vrak som hittats i Sverige på många år, säger marinarkeolog Staffan von Arbin vid Bohusläns museum. Virket är polskt och ... (antal ord: 266), 2005-11-03

Ovanlig dekoration på vikingasmycke

I somras hittade en kvinna ett bronsföremål på sin fastighet i Stenkyrka, i kanten av en åker. Föremålet visade sig vara ett djurhuvudformigt dräktspänne i brons från vikingatiden. Enligt tillförordnade länsantikvarien Majvor ֖stergren finns det ett känt gravfält i närheten och det hör troligtvis samman med den forna medeltida hamnen vid Lickershamn. Spännet har en relativt ovanlig dekoration och på baksidan är nålen bevarad. Troligen har spännet kommit upp i samband med plöjning av åkern. Nu ha... (antal ord: 83), 2005-11-10

Terracotta idols found from temple site

Thiruvananthapuram: Several pieces of terracotta idols, believed to be dating back to the 15th century, have been dug up from the premises of a temple at Kadambattukonam near here. The broken pieces of idols and figurines have been referred to the Archaeological Department, whose experts said they appear to be at least five centuries old. The figures, some of them so vivid with sharp facial features, were chanced upon the other day when the ground around the temple was being dug up using an exca... (antal ord: 239), 2005-11-10

11.000 year ol elk antlers unearthed

Antlers from an 11,000-year-old giant deer are being restored after they were unearthed by history students. The Isle of Man College degree students were on a field trip in Kirk Michael with Dr Peter Davey, director of the Centre for Manx Studies and reader in archaeology at the University of Liverpool, when they found the remains of the Irish Elk in the cliffs. The exact age of the animal isn't known, but it is thought it lived 11,000 years ago. Amazed by the find, Dr Davey said: 'I just scra... (antal ord: 204), 2005-11-10

Mysterious case of death on the Nile, 4,000 years ago

Archaeologists have begun to piece together the story of a mysterious massacre more than 4,000 years ago in the former royal city of Mendes, which flourished for 20 centuries on a low mound overlooking the green fields and papyrus marshes of the Nile delta north of Cairo. Donald Redford of Pennsylvania State University had begun to excavate the foundations of a huge temple linked to Rameses II, the pharaoh traditionally linked to the biblical story of Moses, when he found an earlier structure de... (antal ord: 686), 2005-11-10

Author identifies oldest purpose-made sports ball

A lump of battered wood from the archaeology museum in Hull has been identified as the oldest purpose-made sports ball in Britain. When excavated in the 1980s from the site of a medieval priory it was assumed to be a broken wooden bowling ball. However, in researching a new book on historic sports Simon Inglis has identified it as a survivor from an indoor skittles-type game called half-bowl. Mr Inglis said the game was outlawed by Edward IV in 1477 because it was distracting his archers from pr... (antal ord: 104), 2005-11-10

Archaeologists Unveil Ancient Church Site

Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Land's oldest church. The discovery of the church in the northern Israeli town of Megiddo, near the biblical Armageddon, was hailed by experts as an important discovery that could reveal details about the development of the early church in the region. Archaeologists said the church... (antal ord: 706), 2005-11-10

Riddle of the Hindu relics in the Thames

Oover the past two years, archaeologists from the Museum of London have been puzzling over seemingly well-preserved finds such as urns, wall plaques and statuettes of Hindu gods found along the foreshore. At first sight, the gravy coloured waters of the river Thames would seem to have little in common with the Ganges. But over the past two years, archaeologists from the Museum of London have been puzzling over seemingly well-preserved finds such as urns, wall plaques and statuettes of Hindu gods... (antal ord: 402), 2005-11-10

An inside lens on Maya life

Mexico Since the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in 1519, the story of that country's indigenous people has largely been told by others. And, since the 19th century, much of it has been told through photography. Not long after the invention of the daguerreotype, European and American archaeologist-adventurers were hauling their equipment across the YucatÖ¡n to photograph Maya ruins. They were soon followed by anthropologists, like the American ethnographer Frederick Starr, who focused the... (antal ord: 1282), 2005-11-10

Sensational find in Herad

Archeologists were ecstatic after discovering what may be a 2000-year-old grave in Herad, Farsund in southwest Norway. Archeologist Wenche Helliksen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the grave, which included a person in a coffin roughly 2000 years old, was very special. - This is a find that you make just once in a lifetime. I have been digging for 20 years and have never made such a find, Helliksen said. The special ingredient in the find is the presence of textiles. The Herad find is f... (antal ord: 148), 2005-11-10

In peril: The rock images of Africa

There are two markedly different manmade etchings on a rock face here, and it is hard to decide which is the more jaw-dropping. One, dating back thousands of years and featuring the outline of an elephant, is a sign that this hilltop in western Kenya was a special gathering place for early Africans. The other, no more than a few years old, featuring the names "DENNIS" and "PATRICK," is a sign that Africa's rock art is under threat. Whoever carved those names seems to have disregarded the site's ... (antal ord: 1001), 2005-11-10

Guld som glimmar fynd i Vittskövle

Skriftliga dokument har antytt att det på 1260-talet låg en adelshuvudgård i Vittskövle. Först genom de forskningsutgrävningar som pågått åren 2003€“2005 har man kunnat datera borglämningen Gamlegård. Grävningarna är en del av Högskolan Kristianstads forskningsprojekt "Helgeådalens natur- och kulturlandskap i ett långtidsperspektiv" och har skett i samarbete med Regionmuseet. De har också varit en del av utbildningen för studenter på högskolans landskapsvetarprogram. Utgrävningarna har gett nya ... (antal ord: 456), 2005-11-10

Lennart gräver vidare i historien

Lennart Lundborg gick i pension för nio år sedan men han fortsätter gräva. Djupt ner i jorden och långt bak i historien. För två veckor sedan fick den 74-årige arkeologen och före detta länsantikvarien sitt livs första medalj. Böcker och åter böcker samt ett oändligt antal pärmar står i bokhyllorna som dominerar alla rum hemma hos filosofie licentiat Lennart Lundborg. De få lediga väggytorna är fulla av tavlor, de flesta målade av Hallandskonstnärer som Erik Sköld (Lennarts svärfar), Olle Agnell... (antal ord: 882), 2005-11-10

Nytt fynd kan vara världens äldsta kyrka

Turistnäringen i Israel ser platsen som ett framtida pilgrimsmål €“ trots att den ligger i ett fängelse. Israeliska arkeologer säger att de har hittat den äldsta kyrkan i Det heliga landet, kanske i hela världen. Kristna ledare och Israels turistminister prisar den nya upptäckten vid det bibliska Harmagedon. Men fyndplatsens framtid som pilgrimsmål kompliceras av att den ligger mitt inne i ett maximalt bevakat fängelse. Kyrkan ska ha byggts på 200-talet, alltså innan kejsar Konstantin år 313 ti... (antal ord: 571), 2005-11-10

Fornfynd vid Tölö kyrka

Oväntade arkeologiska fynd har gjorts nedanför Tölö kyrka. Fynden består av husrester och flinta från stenåldern och medeltiden. Utgrävningarna genomförs med anledning av utbyggnaden av Tölö Tvärled. Under sensommaren gjordes en arkeologisk förundersökning som ledde till att en mer omfattande utgrävning nu genomförs på flera platser där den planerade tvärleden så småningom skall byggas. - Här finns mycket boplatslämningar med stolphål och härdar. Framförallt mittemot kyrkan har vi gjort flera f... (antal ord: 266), 2005-11-10

Utgrävningar i Klarälven

քven om den milda hösten fortsätter är badsäsongen definitivt över.Men inte för Värmlands museums arkeologer. På måndag kryper de ner i Klarälven för en ny utgrävning. Området som ska undersökas är Karlstads gamla hamnkvarter vid dagens Residenspark. Arkeolog Martin Karlsson på Värmlands museum säger att han hoppas att de ska hitta lämningar av den gamla hamnkajen och av marknadsbodar. - Har vi riktig tur kanske vi hittar lämningar efter någon gammal båt också. Det är i alla fall teoretiskt möj... (antal ord: 354), 2005-11-10

Strandlinjen i Sigtuna: Marinekologisk utgrävning kan bli nödvändigt

Om strandlinjen i Sigtuna fylls ut på olika sätt måste marinarkeologiska undersökningar göras. Men det nämns det inget om i materialet inför rådslaget i Sigtuna. I Sigtunas kulturlager på land, den svarta jorden, har flera utgrävningar gjorts. Men sjöbotten utmed stranden är outforskad. - Det är ett okänt kapitel, säger Sten Tesch, museichef i Sigtuna. I den omröstning som börjar nästa vecka ska Sigtunaborna ta ställning till flera förslag om att på olika sätt ändra strandlinjen med utfyllnade... (antal ord: 355), 2005-11-10

Minekammer gravet frem

Arkæologer har gravet nye historiske fund frem fra området omkring Kronborg: 1700-tals minegange og volde fra 1818. Ledende arkæolog Hans Mikkelsen har sammen med arkæolog-kolleger fra Nationalmuseet gjort nogle opsigtsvækkende fund. Først og fremmest minegange fra midten af 1700-tallet, som ikke før har været gravet frem. De er imidlertid omtalt i en artikel fra 1926, hvor de også meget præcist er blevet tegnet op. Siden da har man ikke rigtig hørt noget til dem. Minegangene er dukket op som en... (antal ord: 127), 2005-11-10

Study Casts Doubt on Europeans' Ancestral Link to Fertile Crescent

Europeans are most closely related to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers who arrived on the continent 40,000 years ago €” not, as many archeologists have long surmised, the adept migrants from the Fertile Crescent who introduced agriculture to the continent 7,500 years ago.That's the conclusion of the first detailed analysis of maternally inherited DNA extracted from 24 of the migrant farmers' skeletons. The study was published Friday in the journal Science. "We were surprised to find close to zero... (antal ord: 247), 2005-11-17

German Archaeologists Insist on Troy

German archaeologists have notified they would like to continue the archaeological practices in Troy after Manfred Korfmann's death, who conducted excavations in Troy for a long time. Peter Jablonka, the archaeologist in charge of the excavations, has said in his statement in TÖ¼bingen, licenses for digging received from Turkish positions have been under the name of Korfmann, therefore, they have requested a new license. Jablonka has also expressed German expectations of the Turkish government to... (antal ord: 117), 2005-11-17

Goliath's name found in Israeli archaeological dig

An Israeli researcher said he has made a Goliath of a find -- the first archaeological evidence suggesting the biblical story of David slaying the Philistine giant actually took place. A shard of pottery unearthed in a decade-old dig in southern Israel carried an inscription in early Semitic style spelling "Alwat and "Wlt", likely Philistine renderings of the name Goliath, said Aren Maeir, who directed the excavation. - This is a groundbreaking find," he said of the rust-coloured ceramic. "Here ... (antal ord: 459), 2005-11-17

Minoan treasures found off the Cretan track

Archeologists in Crete have found an important trove of archeological treasures containing some of the earliest known examples of Greek writing, the ministry of culture said Saturday. It said the finds were excavated at a long-abandoned site on a hill overlooking the port of Chania in Western Crete, which has been identified with the Minoan city of Kydonia. Among the discoveries was an amphora containing an intact text written in linear B, the language of the court at Mycenae where the legendar... (antal ord: 221), 2005-11-17

Archeologists Find Ancient Burial Mounds

Archeologists said Wednesday they have unearthed burial mounds dating back to the third millennium B.C. which they believe contain remains and trinkets from ancient Aryan nomads. Historian Hakob Simonian said Wednesday that the four mounds were among 30 discovered about 35 miles west of the Armenian capital Yerevan, containing beads made of agate, carnelian and as well as the remains of what appears to be a man, aged 50-55. Also found were remains of domesticated horses and glazed pottery appea... (antal ord: 110), 2005-11-17

'Saipan may be Pacific's oldest archaeological site'

Sediment cores taken from Saipan's Lake Susupe in 2002 have yielded a continual record of plant pollen and other materials for the past 8,000 years that could make the island one of the oldest archaeological site in the Pacific, according to the Historic Preservation Office. HPO director Epiphanio E. Cabrera said that scientists who have been working with the CNMI recently announced new evidence that could push the date for the earliest human settlement in Micronesia back to nearly 5,000 years a... (antal ord: 490), 2005-11-17

3,000-year-old alphabet reported in Israel

Archaeologist says stone inscription hints at literacy in 10th century B.C. P. Kyle McCarter, an epigrapher and professor of ancient Near Eastern studies at John Hopkins University, talks about the significance of the alphabet found on a rock at the Zeitah Excavations archaeological dig at Tel Zayat, Israel, during a news conference in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. A magnified image of letters from 900-925 B.C. on that rock is projected behind him. Two lines of an alphabet have been found inscribed ... (antal ord: 227), 2005-11-17

Scientists unearth earliest known Hebrew ABCs

In the 10th century B.C., in the hill country south of Jerusalem, a scribe carved his ABCs on a limestone boulder - actually, his aleph-beth-gimels, for the string of letters appears to be an early rendering of the emergent Hebrew alphabet. Archaeologists digging in July at the site, Tel Zayit, found the inscribed stone in the wall of an ancient building. After an analysis of associated pottery and the position of the wall in the layers of ruins, the discoverers concluded that this was the earli... (antal ord: 2232), 2005-11-17

Högskolan först i Sverige med osteologi som huvudämne

Som enda lärosäte i Sverige inrättar högskolan osteologi, läran om skelett, som huvudämne. Genom att analysera skelettdelar från ett djur eller en människa kan en osteolog få fram ålder, kön, hälsa, hur djurhållning såg ut, med mera. Tidigare har man haft osteologi som en del i arkeologutbildningen, men osteologi kan användas inom många olika områden, som genetik och zoologi. Det finns därför en poäng med att ha en ren osteologutbildning, säger Inger ֖sterholm på högskolan. -Man behöver inte va... (antal ord: 133), 2005-11-17

Historiska lämningar kartläggs på Tynderö

Just nu kartläggs fornlämningar på Tynderlandet och օstön. Det är en del av det stora projekt som Skogsvårdsstyrelsen i samarbete med AMS bedriver i många län och som går under beteckningen Skog och Historia. Husgrunder, kolbottnar, fäbodlämningar, huggarkojor, gamla stigar och vägar registreras för att bli kända för en större allmänhet. €“ Det är viktigt att vi får in tips från lokalbefolkningen om iakttagelser de gjort i skog och mark. Genom en hemmansägare i Våle har vi exempelvis stött på tyd... (antal ord: 687), 2005-11-17

Maria från Skogstorp gräver fram irländsk historia

Maria Melin från Skogstorp är arkeolog. I brist på jobb för unga nyutexaminerade arkeologer i Sverige jobbar hon i Irland.Att handgripligen gräva i historien var hennes dröm redan som barn. - Min pappa Nils Melin är historieintresserad, så det har egentligen följt mig hela livet. Han är i dag ordförande i hembygdsföreningen i Husby-Rekarne. Det är en internationell arbetsstyrka som gräver. Här är Maria tillsammans med en polsk och en irländsk arbetskamrat. Pappa Nils har alltså historia som fr... (antal ord: 435), 2005-11-17

Fyndjakt i grumliga vatten

I Mälaren genomförs nu två stora marinarkeologiska undersökningar. Dels runt Birka, som intresserat arkeologer i omgångar sedan 1600-talet, dels i Riddarfjärden, innan sprängningarna av Citybanans tunnel drar i gång. Marinarkeologen Niklas Eriksson ritar av fyndet av en träkonstruktion som kan vara en del av ett skepp. Han använder en vanlig blyertspenna på en rittavla av specialtillverkad plast. Det är inte guldpengar och ädla stenar som gör en marinarkeolog euforisk. Snarare gistna pålar och... (antal ord: 766), 2005-11-17

Norsk €Da Vinci-kod€

Under en arkeologisk utgrävning i Norge hittas ett förgyllt relikskrin vars innehåll är en hemlighet som kan komma att ändra världshistorien. Ljusskygga organisationer försöker föra ut skrinet ur landet, men den norska statens kontrollant Bjørn Beltø stjäl tillbaka det och påbörjar jakten efter skrinets mysterier. Men vem är det som försöker hindra honom från att finna sanningen €“ och varför? Detta är upptakten till norske författaren Tom Egelands roman €Cirkelns ände€. Låter det aningen bekant?... (antal ord: 260), 2005-11-17

Här strövade människor redan på stenåldern

Den arkeologiska utgrävningen vid Tölö kyrka kommer att skriva om historien för mänsklig närvaro i Kungsbacka. Efter drygt en veckas grävande har arkeologerna hittat fynd från äldre stenåldern fram till vikingatid. Riksantikvarieämbetets arkeologer har fått en ordenlig munsbit att bita i vid utgrävningen utmed Tölö kyrkas kyrkogård och sträckningen för den framtida Tölö tvärled fram till Gamla Göteborgsvägen. Sommarens förundersökning lovade mycket. - Vi hittade gravar från tidig medeltid och ... (antal ord: 438), 2005-11-17

Fortidsminderne vælter op af jorden

Arkæologerne ved Haderslev Museum er allerede nu ved at få julelys i øjnene. Det skyldes de foreløbige resultater ved en prøvegravning i sidste uge på et område ved Hamisgårdvej i Hammelev. Hér vælter oldtiden nærmest op af jorden. Og når opdagelserne i den nye udgravning sættes i sammenhæng med de fund, der blev gjort i 2001 ved udstykningen til Hamisgårdvej - ja, så har arkæolog Hans Christian Andersen svært ved at skjule begejstringen. - Allerede dengang mente jeg, at der var stor sandsynligh... (antal ord: 400), 2005-11-17

Flints give Cyprus oldest seafaring link in Med

Two ancient campsites on the coast of Cyprus, found this year by archaeologists, may be the earliest evidence of long-distance, open-water seafaring in the Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners never ventured into open seas. According to yesterday€™s New York Times, a preliminary analysis of the findings, including an abundance of crude stone tools, suggests that people in small boats from what is present-day Syria and Turkey paid seasonal visits to the island of Cyprus possibl... (antal ord: 538), 2005-11-24

Egyptologist brings lost civilisation to life for television series

A researcher at the University of Liverpool has written a book about the lives of the world's most famous Egyptologists to accompany BBC One's major new documentary series, Egypt. How a Lost Civilisation was Rediscovered by Dr Joyce Tyldesley, covers the history of Egyptology, from the end of the Dynastic age to the present, beginning with little known Egyptians who investigated the country's ancient monuments to famous archaeologists such as Howard Carter, who uncovered the resting place of the... (antal ord: 429), 2005-11-24

Mass grave yields Mayan secrets

A grisly discovery deep in the Guatemalan jungle may cast new light on one of the ancient world's most beguiling mysteries - the collapse of the Mayan civilisation. A grave containing some 50 bodies, buried in royal finery and bearing the marks of a vicious death, has been perplexing experts since it was unearthed earlier this year. These are not the victims of "random violence", says Arthur A Demarest, the US archaeologist who has spent the best part of a decade fending off drug lords and loote... (antal ord: 844), 2005-11-24

Scientists show we€™ve been losing face for 10,000 years

The human face is shrinking. Research into people€™s appearance over the past 10,000 years has found that our ancestors€™ heads and faces were up to 30% larger than now. Changes in diet are thought to be the main cause. The switch to softer, farmed foods means that jawbones, teeth, skulls and muscles do not need to be as strong as in the past. The shrinkage has been blamed for a surge in dental problems caused by crooked or overlapping teeth. €œOver the past 10,000 years there has been a trend tow... (antal ord: 500), 2005-11-24

'Exceptional find' of Iron Age warrior

Thw remains of an Iron Age warrior have been found in Dunbar €“ only the third grave of its kind in Scotland. Archaeologists were called to the old Empire Cinema site, off the High Street, which is currently being developed into flats. The well-preserved grave contains the remains of a warrior as well as an iron spearhead, sword and what is believed to be a pin. Archaeologists believe an earlier burial had been moved from its original position to accommodate the warrior before being put back, to ... (antal ord: 423), 2005-11-24

Archaeologists find western world's oldest map

The oldest map of anywhere in the western world, dating from about 500 BC, has been unearthed in southern Italy. Known as the Soleto Map, the depiction of Apulia, the heel of Italy's "boot", is on a piece of black-glazed terracotta vase about the size of a postage stamp. It was found in a dig led by the Belgian archaeologist Thierry van Compernolle, of Montpellier University, two years ago. But its existence was kept secret until more research was carried out. "The map offers, to date, for the M... (antal ord: 467), 2005-11-24

A Digital future for the past

Minister for Culture David Lammy today (Wednesday 16 November) launched a new Action Plan to make Europe's cultural heritage more accessible through the internet. Speaking after a conference in Bristol on e-Learning - and following Monday's Ministerial Council in Brussels where digitisation was high on the agenda - David Lammy said: "The Action Plan will guide the future coordination of digitisation activity within European Member States, with the vision of creating a European Cultural Informati... (antal ord: 521), 2005-11-24

Plötsligt blev de vanliga stenarna viktiga fynd

Arkeologen Barbro Hårding och Vikingaföreningen Fafners Richard Schill är både lika glada över att de första skålgroparna hittats i stenar vid gravfältet i օrsunda. I går flyttades stenarna från den utsatta platsen efter väg 272 genom օrsunda tvärs över vägen till informationsskylten vid Sörbygravfältet. De små oansenlig groparna i stenarna är allt annat än ointressanta. De är nämligen viktiga arkeologiska fynd. Uppståndelsen var stor efter väg 272 i օrsunda i går. De två stenar som alltid leg... (antal ord: 431), 2005-11-24

Vikingagård kartlagd i utgrävning

Arkeologer har utforskat området i Gamla Svalöv där marklägenheter ska byggas. Utgrävningen har gett mer kunskap om en vikingatida boplats och keramikfynd kommit i dagen. - Vi hittade ungefär vad vi förväntade oss. Kanske hade vi förväntat oss att vi skulle få fram kringliggande byggnader som grophus, säger Bo Bondesson Hvid. Han har tillsammans med arkeologkollegan Caroline Hulting Lindgren under ett par veckor undersökt markområdet i Gamla Svalöv där Svabo ska bygga marklägenheter. Den så ka... (antal ord: 454), 2005-11-24

Alleged 40,000-year-old human footprints in Mexico much, much older than thought

Alleged footprints of early Americans found in volcanic rock in Mexico are either extremely old - more than 1 million years older than other evidence of human presence in the Western Hemisphere - or not footprints at all, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature. The study was conducted by geologists at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley, as part of an investigative team of geologists and anthropologists from the United States and Mexico... (antal ord: 1262), 2005-12-01

Ancient Canals Reveal Underpinnings of Early Andean Civilization

Canals discovered in the Peruvian Andes dating back over 5,400 years offer long-sought proof that irrigation was at the heart of the development of one of the earth€™s first civilizations. The discovery by Vanderbilt University anthropologist Tom Dillehay and his colleagues, Herbert Eling, Instituto Naciona de Anthropolotica e Historia in Coahulila, Mexico, and Jack Rossen, Ithaca College, was reported in the Nov. 22 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The anthropologis... (antal ord: 529), 2005-12-01

Prehistoric settlements found in Greece

Archaeologists in northern Greece have uncovered traces of two prehistoric farming settlements dating back as early as 6,000 B.C., the Culture Ministry said Monday. The first site, located on a plot earmarked for coal mining by Greece's Public Power Corporation, yielded five human burials, as well as artifacts including clay figurines of humans and animals, sealstones, pottery and stone tools. The ministry said the one-acre site near Ptolemaida, some 330 miles northwest of Athens, had been inhab... (antal ord: 185), 2005-12-01

Oldest Western Map Discovered

The oldest known map in the Western World has been discovered, according to an international team of researchers. The finding - a postage-stamp-sized fragment of black glazed terracotta that depicts the heel of Italy's boot shape - is known as the Soleto Map. It shows the Salentine peninsula in Puglia and dates from about 500 B.C. The Soleto Map was found two years ago during a dig led by Belgian archaeologist Thierry van Compernolle, of Montpellier University. The discovery, however, was kept s... (antal ord: 336), 2005-12-01

Scientists discover Neolithic wine-making

Scientists are constantly searching for the clue that will define the origin of man and each new discovery brings another piece of that puzzle. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology recently found evidence that the first bottles of wine may have been produced as far back as the Neolithic period€”about 6,000 years ago. McGovern is the author of the book "Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture" and is a leader in the field of bioch... (antal ord: 649), 2005-12-01

First Samples of Prehistoric Flint Stones Discovered in Iran

The first samples of flint stones in Iran belonging to 9000 years ago have been identified in Yeri City historical site. The third season of archaeological excavations in the historical site of Yeri City in Ardabil province resulted in the discovery of 9000-year-old flint stones. It is the first time that traces of flint stones from pre-historic periods of Iran have been discovered. During the Neolithic epoch, due to the increase of temperature, environmental circumstances provided human beings ... (antal ord: 576), 2005-12-01

French and Canadians to Explore Iran's Mazandaran Caves

Scholars from Lyon and Toronto Universities have asked to carry out excavations in the ancient caves of Mazandaran province in Iran. Previous studies and excavations in the caves indicate that human settlement in Mazandaran province dates back to 40,000 years ago. Mazandaran province, in the southern coastal line of the Caspian Sea, enjoys several unique caves such as Kushiman. Mazandaran is one of the most historical provinces of Iran, the inhabitants of which have lived in urbanized societies ... (antal ord: 345), 2005-12-01

Ancient Coins found in Iceland

Morgunbladid reports that two coins from the 11th century reign of Norwegian King Haraldur which were found in the ruins of three houses which were discovered last year at H֡ls at K֡rahnjֺkar have now been examined. The house ruins are almost 600 metres above sea level. P֡ll P֡lsson, farmer at Adalbֳl, found them, and Landsvirkjun (the National Power department) decided to have them examined, a process that was only completed this year. According to Anton Holt, a coin expert at the Sedlabanki ֍... (antal ord: 112), 2005-12-01

Rosetta stone

The black basalt Rosetta stone was found in 1799, a year after the French expedition to Egypt began, in a fortress located on the outskirts of Rashid by a young French officer named Pierre-FranÖ§ois Bouchard. It measured 113cms tall, 75.5cms long and 27cms thick, and contained three distinct bands of writing. The most incomplete was the top band containing hieroglyphics; the middle band was written in the demotic script and the bottom was in Greek. Studies carried out on the stone by scholars rev... (antal ord: 958), 2005-12-01

Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old fortune-telling instruments

A Chinese archaeologist said Wednesday that a 4,500-year-old jade tortoise and an oblong jade article discovered in east China's Anhui Province were China's earliest fortune-telling instruments found so far. The two jade objects were discovered in an ancient tomb in Lingjiatan Village, Hanshan County, Anhui Province. Gu Fang, an expert with the jadeware research committee under the China Society of Cultural Relics, told Xinhua that the jade tortoise is made up of a back shell and a belly shell. ... (antal ord: 309), 2005-12-01

Sensationellt fynd på Kvarnbacken

Det gjordes ett sensationellt fynd i samband med utgrävningarna på Kvarnbacken. Ett fynd av ett krucifix i ben från tiden före år 1000 har aldrig tidigare gjorts i Sverige.Fragment av ett krucifix hittades i en grav på Kvarnbacken som var rik på fynd. En åldersbestämning gjordes och den visade att fynden var från perioden 890-1020. Emma Karlsson, arkeolog på länsmuseet, poängterar att fyndet av ett krucifix i Vadstena är sensationellt. €“ Ja, det är det. Det har inte tidigare hittats ett krucifi... (antal ord: 316), 2005-12-01

Udda fynd kan leda till utökade utgrävningar

En smedja och ett slakteri kan ha funnits där nya konstmuseet ska byggas. Nu vill länsmuseets arkeologer att delar av området genomgår en totalundersökning innan bygget påbörjas. De senaste två veckornas förundersökning i Stadsparken har gett många intressanta fynd från 1200-talet, den tid då Kalmar stad troligen anlades. Arkeologerna på länsmuseet har undersökt platsen intill Byttan, där förbindelsegången till nya museet ska byggas och ett hisschakt anläggas. fem meter mellan groparna. Det intr... (antal ord: 478), 2005-12-01

Fynd kan skriva om historien

Två utsträckta händer finns bevarade av krucifixet. Man kan se repen på armen som höll fast Kristus vid korset. Bland fynden från vikingagraven vid Kvarnbacken fanns delar av ett krucifix. Gravinnehållet har nu daterats till 900-talet och det gör graven unik. Den är ett mycket tidigt exempel på kristen tro i Sverige. Arkeolog Emma Karlsson på länsmuseet i Linköping är på gott humör när hon berättar om analysresultaten av fynden från utgrävningen av vikingagraven vid Kvarnbacken. - De typiska kvi... (antal ord: 496), 2005-12-01

Tusenåriga gravar upptäckta i ֖xnevalla

Tretusen år gamla gravar har upptäckts vid ställverket i ֖xnevalla i Mark, en anläggning som blev riksbekant för två år sen när det orsakade ett av de största elavbrotten i svensk historia. Efter gravfynden har en akut arkeologisk utgrävning startat. Den ska vara klar före årsskiftet, meddelar Sveriges Radio Sjuhärad .... (antal ord: 50), 2005-12-01

Vikingagård kartlagd i utgrävning

Arkeologer har utforskat området i Gamla Svalöv där marklägenheter ska byggas. Utgrävningen har gett mer kunskap om en vikingatida boplats och keramikfynd kommit i dagen. - Vi hittade ungefär vad vi förväntade oss. Kanske hade vi förväntat oss att vi skulle få fram kringliggande byggnader som grophus, säger Bo Bondesson Hvid. Han har tillsammans med arkeologkollegan Caroline Hulting Lindgren under ett par veckor undersökt markområdet i Gamla Svalöv där Svabo ska bygga marklägenheter. Den så kal... (antal ord: 454), 2005-12-01

Rock art sites in Colorado

When people think of petroglyphs in the USA, they often think of Utah and New Mexico. In fact, a surprising amount of rock art exists in neighboring Garfield County (Colorado). And there may be a lot more yet to be found. Andrea Brogan, an archaeologist with the White River National Forest, said few people seem to be aware of the amount of rock art that is close to home. She was surprised herself to learn how much has been discovered in western Garfield County. In fact, prehistoric people have l... (antal ord: 373), 2005-12-01

Decoding the origin of Chinese civilization

An archaeological project is expected to outline the chronology in the prehistoric millennium from 4,500 years ago to 3,500 years ago to decode the origin of Chinese civilization. The government-backed project, called "Pre-research on the Origin of the Chinese Civilization," was launched in June 2004 with an aim to work out the chronology of the Yao, Shun, Yu periods and the Xia Dynasty, said Wang Wei, deputy director of the Archaeological Institute under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences i... (antal ord: 283), 2005-12-01

Earliest evidence of seafaring in the Eastern Mediterranean

Two ancient campsites on the coast of Cyprus, found this year by archaeologists, may be the earliest evidence of long-distance, open-water seafaring in the Mediterranean, undermining beliefs that ancient mariners never ventured into open seas. A preliminary analysis of the findings, including an abundance of crude stone tools, suggests that people in small boats from what is present-day Syria and Turkey paid seasonal visits to the island of Cyprus possibly as early as 12,000 years ago. These wer... (antal ord: 444), 2005-12-01

Cave paintings reveal Ice Age artists

Britains first cave art is more than 12,800 years old, scientific testing has shown. Engravings of a deer and other creatures at Creswell Crags, in Derbyshire, have proved to be genuine Ice Age creations, and not modern fakes, as some had feared.The engravings were found in 2003 at two caves, Church Hole and Robin Hood€™s Cave, which lie close together in the Creswell gorge. Palaeolithic occupation deposits dating to the last Ice Age were excavated there in 1875-76, but the art remained unnoticed... (antal ord: 463), 2005-12-08

Hobbits may be earliest Australians

The tiny hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have lived in Australia before they became extinct about 11,000 years ago. The startling claim comes from archaeologist Mike Morwood, leader of the team that in 2003 uncovered remains of the 1m-tall hominid at Liang Bua cave on Indonesia's Flores island. They believe the pint-size person - known officially as Homo floresiensis and unofficially as the "Hobbit" - was wiped out by a volcanic eruption that spared their Homo sapiens neighbours. Speaking a... (antal ord: 422), 2005-12-08

Scientists find monument to powerful Mayan woman

Archeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed a monument with the earliest-known depiction of a woman of authority in ancient Mayan culture, the Canadian leader of the research team said on Monday. The 2-meter high (6-1/2 foot high) limestone monument, called a stela, has a portrait of a female who could be either a ruler or a mythical goddess, said Kathryn Reese-Taylor, a University of Calgary archeologist. The stela may date from the late 4th Century A.D., making it as much as 200 years o... (antal ord: 366), 2005-12-08

Bosnian Hill May Have Pyramid

With eyes trained to recognize pyramids hidden in the hills of El Salvador, Mexico and Peru, Semir Osmanagic has been drawn to the mound overlooking this central Bosnian town. - It has all the elements: four perfectly shaped slopes pointing toward the cardinal points, a flat top and an entrance complex," he said, gazing at the hill and wondering what lies beneath. No pyramids are known in Europe, and there is no evidence any ancient civilization there ever attempted to build one. But Osmanagic... (antal ord: 658), 2005-12-08

The importance of the written word

St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai is famed for its unique collection of manuscripts. Jill Kamil looks into the wealth of the scriptorium and the plan to update its literary wealth. Deep in South Sinai, snuggled amidst dry gorges and naked valleys, 17 centuries of uninterrupted asceticism in an orthodox monastic centre trace back to the reign of the Roman Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Never in its long history has St Catherine's Monastery been conquered, damaged, or destroyed. It is fam... (antal ord: 1739), 2005-12-08

Kristet fynd i hednagrav

Vid utgrävningen av Kvarnbacken i Vadstena gjordes ett fynd som är ett mycket tidigt exempel på kristen tro i Sverige. Krucifixet är från 900-talet och hittades i en grav med en kvinna som bränts efter döden. I graven fanns också bland annat pärlor och smycken. - Det är en hednisk gravtradition, men krucifixet fanns i graven, berättar arkeolog Emma Karlsson vid Länsmuseet i Linköping. Det är med andra ord ett exempel på en grav från ett tidigt skede av övergångsperioden mellan hedendom och krist... (antal ord: 112), 2005-12-08

TV visar utgrävning från okänt liebruk

Av en slump var det Christina Skött, vikarie vid turistbyrån i Rättvik, som svarade i telefon när de ringde från Sveriges Television tidigare i år. Hon fick frågan om hon kände till någon bortglömd plats som kunde lämpa sig för en utgrävning i TV:s regi. Visst gjorde hon det. Christina Skötts svärmor Maja Stoors har berättat om det liebruk som en gång fanns där och om vad fakta som berättats för henne. Viktigt dokumentera äldre. Detta nappade SVT:s vetenskapsredaktion på och i maj i år anlände e... (antal ord: 379), 2005-12-08

Rudbeckianska skolans dolda hemligheter

Under marken kring Rudbeckianska gymnasiet finns lager på lager av kulturlämningar. Det upptäcktes när två arkeologer undersökte området inför den planerade tillbyggnaden av gymnasiet. Här hittades fynd från 1500-talet - och förmodligen finns det ännu äldre medeltida fynd längre ned i jorden. Nu är frågan om Västerås stad har råd att bekosta en riktig utgrävning. Rudbeckianska gymnasiets gamla huvudbyggnad, som nu ska byggas ut, uppfördes på 1850-talet. Tidigare fanns där flera byggnader, bland... (antal ord: 316), 2005-12-08

Tusenåriga gravar upptäckta i ֖xnevalla

Tretusen år gamla gravar har upptäckts vid ställverket i ֖xnevalla i Mark, en anläggning som blev riksbekant för två år sen när det orsakade ett av de största elavbrotten i svensk historia. Efter gravfynden har en akut arkeologisk utgrävning startat. Den ska vara klar före årsskiftet, meddelar Sveriges Radio Sjuhärad .... (antal ord: 50), 2005-12-08

The Complete Petra

Welcome to The Complete Petra, a web directory and guide to the ancient city of Petra. Located in present-day Jordan, Petra grew rich from the spice trade. During the late Hellenistic and Imperial period local worthies engaged in what seems to us now a fantastic orgy of construction, carving Greco-Roman faÖ§ades from the living rock. On this site you will find history, archaeology, images, travel journals and much more. There are over 100 links. I've tried to include everything I could find on t... (antal ord: 131), 2005-12-08

Petra: Great Temple Excavation

Brown University professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky is at present directing the archaeological excavations of the Great Temple at Petra, Jordan. Although the excavation is funded by Brown University as part of its programs in Anthropology and in Old World Archaeology and Art, it is also an international and interdisciplinary project, with the active involvement of the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) located in Amman, and the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.... (antal ord: 174), 2005-12-08

Petra: The lost ciry of stone

The American Museum of Natural History also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Lionel I. Pincus and HRH Princess Firyal and of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Air transportation generously provided by Royal Jordanian. ... (antal ord: 68), 2005-12-08

Stulna fornfynd på nätauktioner

Försäljningen av fornfynd och antikviteter har mångdubblats men polis och arkeologer ligger steget efter. På nätet bjuds plundrat gods från grav- och boplatser samt antika föremål ut. Internet har öppnat handeln för en ny marknad som är mycket svår att komma åt. Internetförsäljningen av antikviteter och fornfynd är en ganska ny företeelse och polisen vet ännu inte hur de ska tackla problemet. €“ En del är smuggelgods och annat har plundrats inom Sverige, men det är svårt att bevisa att föremålen ... (antal ord: 560), 2005-12-15

Oldest Known Maya Mural, Tomb Reveal Story of Ancient King

Archaeologists today revealed the final section of the earliest known Maya mural ever found, saying that the find upends everything they thought they knew about the origins of Maya art, writing, and rule. The painting was the last wall of a room-size mural to be excavated. The site was discovered in 2001 at the ancient Maya city of San Bartolo in the lowlands of northeastern Guatemala. - It is really breathtaking how beautiful this is," said William Saturno, an archaeologist with the University ... (antal ord: 1031), 2005-12-15

Ancient humans brought bottle gourds to the Americas from Asia

Thick-skinned bottle gourds widely used as containers by prehistoric peoples were likely brought to the Americas some 10,000 years ago by individuals who arrived from Asia, according to a new genetic comparison of modern bottle gourds with gourds found at archaeological sites in the Western Hemisphere. The finding solves a longstanding archaeological enigma by explaining how a domesticated variant of a species native to Africa ended up millennia ago in places as far removed as modern-day Florida... (antal ord: 584), 2005-12-15

First "sphinx" found

Seeking to rediscover the "avenue of sphinxes", an Egyptian mission found the first Luxor "sphinx". Secretary-General of the Higher Council of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawas said that the "sphinx" carries several carvings together with a royal "Kartouch". On his part, Samir Farag, Head of the City of Luxor, described the discovery as a turning point for Luxor. ... (antal ord: 58), 2005-12-15

Ancient tombs and artifacts found in northern province

Archaeologists have discovered nine ancient tombs dated between 2,300 and 2,500 years ago and many artifacts belonging to the Dong Son culture 2,300 years ago, including axes, spearheads, jewelry and ceramic vases, in a village in Viet Tri City, northern Phu Tho province. According to the archaeologists, Ca village in Tho Son ward is home to many historical vestiges since the Hung King Age. Through two excavations in the 1976-1977 period, the archaeologists found 314 ancient tombs and many valua... (antal ord: 124), 2005-12-15

China to strengthen int'l co-op in archaeology

China will offer more chances to foreign experts to take part in archaeological research in China and encourage domestic scholars to conduct research abroad, said acultural heritage official. At a national conference on archaeology held recently in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province, Zhang Bai, vice director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), said the administration will send archaeological teams to Pakistan, Kenya, Mongolia, Vietnam and other countries to ... (antal ord: 146), 2005-12-15

Army archaeologists discovering history at Fort Drum

A team of Fort Drum archaeologists surveying a wooded hillside near where the Army is putting a new National Guard training site unearthed an unusual looking stone tool. With the help of a U.S. Marine archaeologist, the team was able to identify it as a triangular-pointed reamer, a typical prehistoric boat-building tool. They also found a punch and other three-dimensional blade tools. The discovery was made half way down on a sloping wooded hillside that ended with a sharp 100-foot plunge. - At... (antal ord: 929), 2005-12-15

Ancient drought 'changed history'

The sediments are an archive of past climate conditions Scientists have identified a major climate crisis that struck Africa about 70,000 years ago and which may have changed the course of human history. The evidence comes from sediments drilled up from the beds of Lake Malawi and Tanganyika in East Africa, and from Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana. It shows equatorial Africa experienced a prolonged period of drought. It is possible, scientists say, this was the reason some of the first humans left Africa... (antal ord: 472), 2005-12-15

New Maps Reveal True Extent Of Human Footprint On Earth

As global populations swell, farmers are cultivating more and more land in a desperate bid to keep pace with the ever-intensifying needs of humans. As a result, agricultural activity now dominates more than a third of the Earth's landscape and has emerged as one of the central forces of global environmental change, say scientists at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Navin Ramankutty, an assistant scientist at SAGE, says, "the ... (antal ord: 453), 2005-12-15

Stulna fornfynd på nätauktioner

Försäljningen av fornfynd och antikviteter har mångdubblats men polis och arkeologer ligger steget efter. På nätet bjuds plundrat gods från grav- och boplatser samt antika föremål ut. Internet har öppnat handeln för en ny marknad som är mycket svår att komma åt. Allt fler historiska arkiv läggs ut på internet, vilket glädjer historiskt intresserade och forskare. Polisen är dock rädd för att de också kan intressera tjuvar och fornfyndsplundrare. När myndigheterna i Storbritannien lade ut informat... (antal ord: 607), 2005-12-15

På sporet af fortiden

Arkæologer graver ved boplads fra jernalderen. De higer og søger. Sådan lyder det i det gamle digt om guldhornene. Og det er også, hvad arkæologer fra Moesgård Museum gør i Vadsted-udstykningen i udkanten af Hammel i øjeblikket. I et område tæt ved Industrivej har arkæologerne i halvanden måned gravet efter spor fra fortiden. En stor gravemaskine skræller forsigtigt de øverste jordlag af, derefter undersøger arkæologerne jordoverfladen for spor. En masse små afmærkningspinde i jorden er det tyde... (antal ord: 546), 2005-12-15

Stone Age gold will rewrite history book

An extraordinary prehistoric collection of flint tools discovered on the north Suffolk coastline has proved that humans were in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than believed. Scientists last night confirmed that the archaeological dig at Pakefield, near Lowestoft, will force historians to rewrite the history books. Up to now it had been believed man first arrived north of the Alps and Pyrenees and into this country 450,000-500,000 years ago. But the dig, prompted by the initial findings of... (antal ord: 566), 2005-12-15

Discovery Of Tools Proves Earlier Humans In Northern Europe

A chance discovery on a routine field trip to England's Suffolk seacoast led to evidence that humans reached northern Europe 700,000 years ago, about 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. The recovery of 32 hand-worked black flint flakes from seashore sediment vindicated researchers who had sought for two centuries to unearth proof of human habitation in the fossil-rich lowlands bordering the North Sea. - Every effort had failed to prove there were tools, and ... (antal ord: 611), 2005-12-15

Dags för vikingamuseum

I sin kolumn i gårdagens Aftonbladet uttryckte Herman Lindqvist sitt missnöje med att det inte finns något vikingamuseum i Sverige. Han tycker att det ska byggas ett sådant - men inte för turister utan för det "svenska folket". Han går - befogat - till attack mot de spektakulära vikingatillställningar som existerar runt om i vårt land som bygger på missuppfattningar och kända felaktigheter. Herman Lindqvist vill ha ett "riktigt" vikingamuseum som drivs av seriösa historiker och fackmän. Nu, so... (antal ord: 697), 2005-12-22

Germany to reopen 6,800-year-old mystery circle

At the winter solstice this week, Germany is to open a replica of a mysterious wooden circle that is believed to be a temple of the sun built by a lost culture 6,800 years ago. The circle of posts, in a flat river plain at Goseck south of Berlin, has mystified scientists since its discovery in 1991 by an archaeologist studying the landscape from the air. An excavation found post holes and what may be the remains of ritual fires. Goseck has been dubbed the German Stonehenge, though it is twice as... (antal ord: 647), 2005-12-22

Mystery wrapeed in enigma of timeless embrace

When Egyptologists entered the tomb for the first time more than four decades ago, they expected to be surprised. Explorers of newly exposed tombs always expect that, and this time they were not disappointed €” they were confounded. It was back in 1964, outside Cairo, near the famous Step Pyramid in the necropolis of Saqqara and a short drive from the Sphinx and the pyramids at Giza. The newfound tomb yielded no royal mummies or dazzling jewels. But the explorers stopped in their tracks when t... (antal ord: 1572), 2005-12-22

Study traces Egyptians€™ stone-age roots

Some 64 centuries ago, a prehistoric people of obscure origins farmed an area along Egypt€™s Nile River. Barely out of the Stone Age, they produced simple but well-made pottery, jewelry and stone tools, and carefully buried their dead with ritual objects in apparent preparation for an afterlife. These items often included doll-like female figurines with exaggerated sexual features, thought to possibly symbolize rebirth. Details from a tomb painting from Hierakonpolis, from prehistoric Egypt's Naq... (antal ord: 1126), 2005-12-22

€˜Amazing':One of the ancient stone swage moulds found at Pyrgos.

Discoveries at the ancient site of Pyrgos Mavroraki, near Limassol, are revolutionising knowledge of the Bronze Age and have been described as €˜incredible€™ by the archaeologist carrying out the work. Maria Rosaria Belgiorno says that Pyrgos is probably the most important ancient site yet found in Cyprus and has produced evidence for the first time that olive oil was used as a fuel in copper production. Belgiorno told a meeting in Nicosia that four different architectural units had been uncovered... (antal ord: 1295), 2005-12-22

Dead Sea anchors were carefully designed

Two remarkably well-preserved wooden anchors more than two millennia old, discovered recently on the shores of the Dead Sea, are now on view opposite the book shop at the Israel Museum, on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Over the last few decades, Israel's diversion of water from Lake Kinneret into the national water carrier has caused the progressive drop in the level of the Dead Sea, reducing its size by nearly half. The receding waters uncovered the two wooden anchors, which were ... (antal ord: 673), 2005-12-22

News on the Robot and the Secret Doors inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu

I received this week a proposal for collection of the pins and debris sampling inside the shafts leading from the so-called Queen's Chamber inside the Great Pyramid from Dr. Tc Ng, an independent researcher from Hong Kong. As many know, we received a proposal for a robotic exploration of the shafts from National University in Singapore (NUS). But this proposal described devices that can developed that could be added to the NUS robot with resistible impact, that will significantly enhance the upc... (antal ord: 1310), 2005-12-22

Earliest evidence for large scale organized warfare in the Mesopotamian world

A huge battle destroyed one of the world's earliest cities at around 3500 B.C. and left behind, preserved in their places, artifacts from daily life in an urban settlement in upper Mesopotamia, according to a joint announcement from the University of Chicago and the Department of Antiquities in Syria. - The whole area of our most recent excavation was a war zone," said Clemens Reichel, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Reichel, the American co-director of... (antal ord: 1260), 2005-12-22

Maeshowe winter solstice as viewed by Neolithic man

The great mound of Maeshowe has dominated the skyline of Orkney for almost 5,000 years. It is a spectacular sight and a visit to the chambered tomb provides one of the highlights for visitors to the Orkney islands. Today, as we stoop to enter and walk down the low 11 metre passage to the chamber with its massive stonework, we are reminded of the ingenuity of those original builders. Its apparent uniformity masks a long and complex history of change. The story of Maeshowe began at midwinter aroun... (antal ord: 871), 2005-12-22

Humans in England May Go Back 700,000 Years

Ancient tools found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, at a time when the climate was warm enough for lions, elephants and saber tooth tigers to also roam what is now England.Scientists said Wednesday that 32 black flint artifacts, found in river sediments in Pakefield in eastern England, date back 700,000 years and represent the earliest unequivocal evidence of human presence north of the Alps. Scientists had long held that humans... (antal ord: 585), 2005-12-22

Gåtfull huvudstad stiger ur Kinas jord

För tre tusen år sedan raderades oförklarligt staden Jinsha ut. I dag finns bara gravar och vackra föremål kvar. Kinesiska arkeologer har precis börjat komma gåtan på spåren. Arkeologer snubblade för fyra år sedan över fynd som redan avslöjat tillräckligt mycket för att en omskrivning av kinesiska historieböcker ska kunna göras. När det nya Kina skulle byggas - en blivande väg dräneras och jordmassor läggas tillbaka - upptäcktes det gamla Kina. Arkeologer började gräva upp en ceremoniplats tillh... (antal ord: 1003), 2005-12-22

Ny bok: Arkeologi och naturvetenskap, Arkeologi och naturvetenskap, Carin Bunte (red)

օtminstone sedan slutet av 1800-talet har humanisterna avundsjukt sneglat på naturvetarna och ingenjörerna €“ som med hjälp av formler och naturlagar kan leda allt i bevis, som därtill hittar och hittar på nyttigheter som det går att tjäna pengar på. Inom arkeologin behöver dock förhållandet till naturvetenskapen inte vara lika ansträngt. Många från naturvetenskapen hämtade metoder, som pollen analys och kol-14-datering, har gjort att arkeologen kunnat göra sig en betydligt bättre bild av när och... (antal ord: 437), 2005-12-22

Varför har vi inget Vikingamuseum?

Häromdagen satt jag på planet från Paris och kom i samspråk med min stolsgranne. Han var fransk historiker på väg till ett möte i Stockholm. Efter en stund frågade han var vikingamuseet låg i Stockholm, för vikingarna var något som verkligen intresserade honom. Inte bara honom förresten. Under alla de år jag bott utomlands har jag kunnat konstatera att i bästa fall känner utlänningar till två rubriker i den svenska historieboken: vikingatiden och Nobelpriset. Resten av boken har de aldrig hört t... (antal ord: 787), 2005-12-22

Ny bok: Gud vill det! €“ nordiska korsfarare under medeltiden, Dick Harrison, Ordfront

Korstågen har de senaste åren varit hög aktuella, till exempel genom Jan Guillous böcker om Arn Magnusson. Men även de senaste årens terrorhändelser har aktua liserat korstågsbegreppet. Medeltidens kors farare, liksom nutidens självmordsbombare, satte sig över samhällets lagar och uppträdde som Guds redskap. För att kunna förstå vår nutid måste vi, enligt Dick Harrison, studera och försöka förstå korstågstiden och me deltidsmänniskornas tankevärld. I Gud vill det! förklarar Harrison på ett lev... (antal ord: 488), 2005-12-22

Arkeologerna nöjda efter utgrävningen

1700-talsbonden Bengt Bults svartbygge har stäckt arkeologernas jakt på Tölö medeltida kyrka. Men massor av andra fynd har gjorts. I går packade arkeologerna ihop sina grejer efter sex veckors utgrävningar. - Utgrävningen har varit otroligt rolig och spännande, sammanfattar projektledaren Petra Nordin den förhållandevis stora utgrävningen som Riksantikvarieämbetet genomfört vid Tölö kyrka. Två områden har tilldragit sig arkeologernas intresse, dels en yta utmed dagens kyrkogård, dels ett områd... (antal ord: 375), 2005-12-22

Australia's Earliest Footprints Found

The shifting sands of time have revealed Australia's earliest human footprints, giving a glimpse of life at the height of the last ice age. At tens of thousands of years old, the find is the largest group of human footprints from the Pleistocene era ever found. Archaeologist Matthew Cupper of the University of Melbourne and colleagues reported their findings from the New South Wales Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area online ahead of print publication in the Journal of Human Evolution. - It's a ... (antal ord: 615), 2005-12-22

Shedding light on dark age of Cyprus archaeology

A bracelet and a sickle made of stone are among recent archaeological finds that may shed light on the dark age of Cypriot archaeology between the earliest evidence of human presence on the island at 10,000 BCE and the appearance of the first villages from around 8,200 BCE. An archaeological survey focusing on the elucidation of the Early Neolithic Period was this year undertaken by the Universities of Cyprus and Toronto with promising results. The project investigated lithic scatter sites locat... (antal ord: 507), 2005-12-22

Rare bronze horse, chariot unearthed in SW China

A rare bronze horse and chariot were unearthed in Ziyang, a city in southwest China's Sichuan Province, according to Sichuan Provincial Archaeology Research Institute. The bronze funeral object is believed to have been built in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) or even earlier in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), according to preliminary study. The object was buried in a chamber about nine meters from the ground. Archeologists also found an ancient tomb about ten meters from the ground. The ho... (antal ord: 164), 2005-12-28

The Hasmoneans were here - maybe

In late 1995, not far from the city of Modi'in, whose construction had begun a short time earlier, several excavated burial caves were found. The find aroused tremendous excitement initially, mainly because on one of the ossuaries an engraved inscription was interpreted to read "Hasmonean." Had they found a burial plot belonging to the family of the Hasmoneans? When the discovery was announced, the archaeologist digging there, Shimon Riklin, explained that this was not the grave built by Simon t... (antal ord: 1398), 2005-12-28

Tsunami uncovers archaeological mystery

The destructive capacity of last year's tsunami wiped life from Earth in numbers that defy comprehension. Each one gone dramatically altering other lives - friends and families in a chain wrapped countless times around the world. Towns and villages and possessions obliterated. In many parts, the very presence of human beings simply erased, as if they were never there. The tsunamis took a great deal away, but in one tiny corner, they actually gave something back. And it has archaeologists and his... (antal ord: 1239), 2005-12-28

Footprints Reveal Ancient Outback Life

Children meandered around their parents' ankles. A man, likely a hunter, dashed through the mud. Somebody dragged a dead animal along the shores of a lake. Now the footprints they left some 20,000 years ago are giving a fresh perspective on the lives of Australian Aborigines. Since an Aboriginal park ranger stumbled upon the first print in 2003 in Mungo National Park, 500 miles west of Sydney, archaeologists helped by local Aborigines have excavated 457 other prints from the region's shifting sa... (antal ord: 543), 2005-12-28

New archeological evidence found in Pavlodar oblast, Kazakhstan

Archeological troops of the Pavlodar State Pedagogic (teacher training) University have summed up the results of the summer work. At the archeological sites of the Kalbassun tower (Aksu-Kurchatov highway) they have found facing tiles of the Middle Ages in the shape of the christcross star with flower design. As the head of the archeological troop, the director of the Pavlodar State Pedagogic University€™s Library Timur Smagulov says, they probably have decorated mausoleum or an ancient town. Fres... (antal ord: 147), 2005-12-28

Colossal stone inscription uncovers Sabaen military exploits

A 10-member German expedition led by Dr. Iris Gerlach, Director of the Sana€™a-based German Archeological Institute, discovered a colossal stone inscription at Almaqah Temple in Sirwah, 40km west of the city of Marib. The inscription dates to the ancient Sabaen state, dating back to pre-Islamic ages. It narrates the military exploits of Sabaen kings stating that King Yasa€™ Amar Watar, son of Yakrub Malik who ruled Yemen in the fourth century B.C., waged several military raids such as those carrie... (antal ord: 544), 2005-12-28

Quest for the tomb of Amenhotep I

The tomb of the great 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep I, which could be supposed to lie in the Valley of the Kings, has never been found. Amenhotep I was a very important member of this dynasty, and his tomb is one of the few undiscovered so far. Up to know all the evidence suggests that he is not buried with other royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and Daniel Polz, who represents the German Institute in Cairo, believes that he is buried in the cemetery of Draa Abu Al-Naga. Polz has been exc... (antal ord: 637), 2005-12-28

Priest's hunch finally uncovers Porto's hidden holy scrolls

Few people ever knew, but the medieval alleys of the Portuguese city of Porto on the Atlantic coast once provided cover for a persecuted minority at risk of being burnt at the stake. In the 16th century, a thick-walled granite house that still stands in a row of narrow buildings along a cobbled street held a dangerous secret. At the back, steep steps lead down to a warren of alleys ideal for conspiratorial comings and goings that helped keep an outlawed religious ceremony hidden. Four centuries... (antal ord: 475), 2005-12-28

Germany to reopen 6,800-year-old mystery circle

At the winter solstice this week, Germany is to open a replica of a mysterious wooden circle that is believed to be a temple of the sun built by a lost culture 6,800 years ago. The circle of posts, in a flat river plain at Goseck south of Berlin, has mystified scientists since its discovery in 1991 by an archaeologist studying the landscape from the air. An excavation found post holes and what may be the remains of ritual fires. Goseck has been dubbed the German Stonehenge, though it is twice as... (antal ord: 647), 2005-12-28

Ancient scripture found

A hand written scripture on historic drama ' Dewarchan Bidhi' supposedly composed by a king of the Malla dynasty, Yachhaya Malla has been found. The 25-page hand writtten scripture has been recovered by cultural expert, Lilabhakta Munkarmi. According to him, Malla king Yachhaya Malla had written the drama in 584 Nepal sambat during marriage ceremony of his eldest son Ram Malla. The 542-old scripture is said to be written in Bhujimol script in Maithali and Sanskrit languages.... (antal ord: 78), 2005-12-28

Varför ska slagfältet vid Poltava grävas ut?

Slaget vid Poltava år 1709 innebar slutet för det svenska stormaktsväldet. Nu planeras utgrävningar av slagfältet, som ligger i dagens Ukraina. Bo Knarrström, arkeolog vid Riksantikvarieämbetet, är specialist på slagfältsarkeologi. Han har med hjälp av terränganalyser och metalldetektorer undersökt kända slagfält för att kunna komplettera vad de skriftliga källorna säger om händelseförloppet. 1. Varför detta projekt nu? - Det finns två huvudskäl: dels har vi nu tillgång till metoder och ny tek... (antal ord: 281), 2005-12-28

Nya fynd i ֖xnevalla

Nya fynd har gjort vid dom arkeologiska utgrävningarna i ֖xnevalla. Utgrävningar av de 3 000-åriga gravarna skulle varit klara till jul men kommer nu att fortsätta. Vid ställverket i ֖xnevalla hittade man i våras en grav från sen bronsålder med rester av brända människoben. Vid en undersökning hittades sedan flera andra gravar från samma tidsepok. Eftersom ställverket skall byggas ut var det bråttom att göra en arkeologisk utgrävning av området där man hittat gravarna. Meningen var att man skull... (antal ord: 199), 2005-12-28

Här väntar det gamla Kalmar på att upptäckas

Vi känner dem till namnet. Vet kanske till och med var de bodde. Men de fysiska spåren är magra. Först i de skriftliga källorna stiger medeltidens kalmarbor fram. Nu vill arkeologerna blottlägga Henrik Vogels gatubod och göra Knut Knalles och Timmo Holstes medeltida samhälle verkligt för dagens Kalmarbor. - En utgrävning av hela ytan där det nya konstmuseet ska ligga i Stadsparken skulle ge oss oväderliga kunskaper, säger museichefen Maria Malmlöf. Resultatet av den arkeologiska förundersökninge... (antal ord: 887), 2005-12-28

Vikingar filade sina tänder

Nu har man gjort fynd av människor som smyckade sina tänder i Europa - bland vikingar. Att människor bearbetar sina tänder genom att fila eller färga dem har man tidigare funnit exempel på i Asien, Amerika och Australien. Detta bruk visar sig nu ha förekommit även i Sverige. - Det man inte letar efter hittar man sällan, säger Caroline Arcini, antropolog vid Riksantikvarieämbetet. Därför trodde jag först inte att märkena på tänder, som jag ofta sett vid utgrävningar, betydde något. Andra forskare... (antal ord: 238), 2005-12-28

Human Ice Age prints found

Hundreds of human footprints dating back 20,000 years to the Ice Age have been discovered in a dry lake bed in Australia, scientists said on Thursday. University of Melbourne archaeologist Matthew Cupper told Australian radio they were the earliest footprint fossils found in the country. - It`s really quite a remarkable find. It`s a little snapshot in time. The possibilities are endless in terms of getting a window into past aboriginal society." They were left by adults, teenagers and childre... (antal ord: 407), 2005-12-28

Find raises questions about biblical history

Discovery of an ancient village just outside Jerusalem has brought into question one of the strongest images of biblical times €” the wholesale flight of Jews running for their lives after the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Just beneath the main road leading north from Jerusalem, archaeologists have found the walls of houses in a well-planned community that existed after the temple's destruction. It might lead to rewriting the history books if it was really Jewish... (antal ord: 793), 2006-01-05

Redating of the latest Neandertals in Europe

Two Neantertal fossils excavated from Vindija Cave in Croatia in 1998, believed to be the last surviving Neandertals, may be 3,000-4,000 years older than originally thought. An international team of researchers involving Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences; Tom Higham and Christopher Bronk Ramsey of the Oxford University radiocarbon laboratory; Ivor Karavanic of the University of Zagreb; and Fred Smith of Loyola University, has redated th... (antal ord: 290), 2006-01-05

Chinese archaeologists to rescue ship from watery grave

Chinese scientists are about to embark on a complex operation to salvage a merchant ship that sank more than 800 years ago while plying the so-called "Marine Silk Road". The 25-metre ship, named Nanhai Number 1, will be rescued from its watery grave in the South China Sea 37 kilometres from the south coast of Guangdong province, the Beijing Morning Post reports. The archaeologists plan to raise the vessel without cutting it into pieces first. It is a decision that will make the operation immens... (antal ord: 190), 2006-01-05

Thoughtful Hunters

From about 500,000 BP onwards, Europe saw a continuous occupation by occasionally very small and rather isolated groups of hominins. The typical cold-adapted Neanderthals of the last glacial were the product of a long process of Neanderthalisation that developed during the last half million years under severe climatic stress. Over the last five years archaeological studies have shown that these Middle and Late Pleistocene hominins, in contrast to previous opinions, were capable hunters of a wide... (antal ord: 1203), 2006-01-05

Researchers Shed New Lights on Origin of Ancient Chinese Civilization

Chinese ancients living 3,500 to 4,500 years ago already had many choices for meal, including millet, wheat and rice, which are still the staple food of the Chinese. They also compiled calendars according to their astronomical observation, which is regarded as one of the symbols of the origin of civilization. They made exquisite bronze vessels to hold wine and food, and some of the bronze vessels were later developed into symbol of the supreme imperial power. But how the Chinese civilization s... (antal ord: 745), 2006-01-05

Yale Professors Write Guide to the Archaeology and History of Iraq

In this illustrated 275-page book, titled €œIraq Beyond the Headlines,€ Benjamin R. Foster and Karen Polinger Foster of Yale University and Patty Gerstenblith of DePaul University provide a concise and readable account of Iraq€™s rich history and sound an alarm for the toll the war has taken on the country€™s archaeological treasures. In Chapters 1-13, Benjamin Foster, the William M. Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature, presents a vivid and highly readable history of a region ... (antal ord: 328), 2006-01-05

Ancients Rang In New Year with Dance, Beer

Many ancient Egyptians marked the first month of the New Year by singing, dancing and drinking red beer until they passed out, according to archaeologists who have unearthed new evidence of a ritual known as the Festival of Drunkenness. During ongoing excavations at a temple precinct in Luxor that is dedicated to the goddess Mut, the archaeologists recently found a sandstone column drum dating to 1470-1460 B.C. with writing that mentions the festival. The discovery suggests how some Egyptians o... (antal ord: 592), 2006-01-05

Maran kom in genom borrhålet

Maran är ett kvinnligt, ofta flygande väsen som plågar djur, vuxna och barn. Hon kan vara gengångaren efter en kvinna som aldrig fått gifta sig eller en nu levande, ogift kvinna som längtar efter karlsällskap. För det mesta är hon osynlig men hon kan också visa sig i djurgestalt, ofta som en katt. På natten ger hon sig iväg och letar efter någon att plåga. Sedan lägger hon sig på den utvalde och trycker över bröstet så att det blir svårt att både andas och röra sig. Maran kan ta sig in genom min... (antal ord: 456), 2006-01-05

Märkligt tyst kring samernas nya forskningsrön

I tio år har Njaarke sameby med ordförande Jan Persson i spetsen drivit forskningsprojekt kring sin egen historia. Rönen de fått fram är lika revolutionerande som ihjältigna. För trots att samernas historia i länet flyttats tillbaka med flera hundra år är omgivningen tyst. Men även om yttre reaktioner uteblivit har projektet varit guld värt för en utsatt grupp i samhället. De renskötande samerna i Njaarke har spårat sin historia och fått stärkt identitet och självkänsla på köpet. Nu är det dags ... (antal ord: 837), 2006-01-05

Vikingarnas inflytande stort när Ryssland bildades

I programmet Vetenskapens värld visades för ett antal år sedan våra vikingar i öst. De "for vida omkring" som det står på en runsten. Från det lilla Sveariket i norr och ända ner till Konstantinopel. De var häpnadsväckande väl organiserade. I april 1988 gjordes ett märkligt fynd på en mycket oväntad plats. I Kremlpalatsets källare hittades en arkeologisk skatt med över 300 föremål, de flesta från vikingarnas nord. Skatten grävdes ned omkring 1220, ungefär samtidigt som mongulerna stormade Mosk... (antal ord: 221), 2006-01-05

Gravhøjene ses efter i sømmene

Måske ligger der en mægtig høvding med 4000 år på bagen begravet i din baghave eller på din mark. Hvis altså gravstedet ikke er skændet og pløjet væk. Det vil Museet for Varde og Omegn nu tjekke i løbet af i år. Det er museumsinspektør og arkæolog Lene Frandsen, der har fået opgaven af Kulturarvsstyrelsen med at registrere de 780 fredede fortidsminder i Ny Varde Kommune. Fortidsminder hvoraf langt størstedelen er gravhøje fra bronzealderen, der har en alder fra 4.000 til 2.500 år. - Vi kigger p... (antal ord: 132), 2006-01-05

Ancient Maori artefact discovered on beach

Three Danish tourists wandering along a deserted beach on their third day in New Zealand, spotted a piece of history lying on the shoreline. They immediately recognised that the smooth stone lying in the sand was like ancient battleaxe heads they have seen at home. Yesterday, the three men - Martin Jacobse, 19, Kristian Kappel, 19, and Kenneth Jespersen, 21 - handed their discovery, a Maori toki (adze) to the Hawke's Bay Museum. Their finding came last month after the trio, on their first day ou... (antal ord: 381), 2006-01-12

New archaeological discovery rewrites Hong Kong's history of human activity

Archaeologists have discovered a new site of human activity in remote antiquity in Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Zhang Shenshui, researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Xinhua here Wednesday that the important archaeological discovery not only rewrites the history when Hong Kong began having human activity, but also puts forward new topics of research for archaeologists. More than 6,000 artifacts have been unearthed at the site, which is located at the Wong Tei Tung of Sai Kung, covering 8,00... (antal ord: 247), 2006-01-12

China's 7 significant archaeological discoveries in 2005

Seven archaeological discoveries in 2005 are considered the most significant in China. The selection result, unveiled on Jan. 10 by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is thought the most authoritative one. An early New Stone Age human skeleton buried with bent limps that lived about 9,000 years ago was discovered in Donghulin Village of Zhaitang Town in Beijing's Mentouguo District. This prehistoric site shed new light on human activities in North China during early New Stone Age. A worshi... (antal ord: 407), 2006-01-12

Discovery of Murals of Four Sassanid Princes in Gour City

Archaeological excavations in an ancient palace near Menar area of Gour city which goes back to the Sassanid era resulted in the discovery of colored fresco of four Sassanid princes on one of the walls of this palace. This is the first time that such a design has been discovered. Historical city of Gour, located near Firuz Abad in Fars province, is the first circle-shaped city of Iran, which was established during the third century AD by the order of Ardeshir Babakan, the founder of Sassanid dyn... (antal ord: 349), 2006-01-12

Symbols on the Wall Push Maya Writing Back by Years

A vertical column of 10 glyphic words, uncovered last year in ruins in Guatemala, is unreadable even by the most expert scholars, but they know what it means - that Maya writing is older than they once thought. The writing, about 2,300 years old, may be related to a nearby painted image of the maize god. Archaeologists reported last week that the script sample, discovered at San Bartolo, in northeastern Guatemala, is clear evidence that the Maya were writing more than 2,300 years ago. This is a ... (antal ord: 893), 2006-01-12

Lurestan's Sangtarashan New Discoveries

Some delicate and beautiful bronze articles and two iron swords have been discovered during the archeological excavations in historical site of Sangtarashan in Lurestan province, without any evidence of a grave or an architectural structure nearby. The issue has puzzled archeologists about the usage of Sangtarashan area during the first millennium BC. Sangtarashan historical site in Lurestan province had been known to be a cemetery belonging to the third Iron Age (800 to 550 BC). However, no rem... (antal ord: 529), 2006-01-12

Race to save first kingdoms in Africa from dam waters

They built more pyramids than the Egyptians, invented the world's first "rock" music, and were as bloodthirsty as the Aztecs when it came to human sacrifices. Yet ever since their demise at the hands of a vengeful pharaoh, the pre-Christian civilisations of ancient Sudan have been overshadowed by their Egyptian northern neighbours. Now, the race is on to excavate black Africa's first great kingdoms - before some of their heartlands are submerged for ever. In a highly controversial move, the Suda... (antal ord: 851), 2006-01-12

Horseback photography in Sana€™a

Historically, horses are associated with the battlefield and galloping in the wilderness. They are graceful and domestic creatures that have provided man with great service throughout the ages. The few stables in Sana€™a either are private or inaccessible to most citizens. However, at Al-Tahrir Square, one can see horses not used in battling foes but for taking photos.This Eid, Mohammed Hassan came with his five children to Al-Tahrir Square for entertainment. There, one finds a small garden with... (antal ord: 726), 2006-01-12

Mongolia looks to archaeologists and dinosaur hunters to help create jobs

Archaeologists and dinosaur hunters are digging up Mongolia's vast countryside, seeking to retrace thousands of years of history in this storied but still mysterious land. It was from here that Genghis Khan's armies conquered China and threatened Europe some 700 years ago, and where untold herds of dinosaurs once roamed. - Mongolia is still a big question: Who was where? Who was doing what?" says Jargalan, a 22-year-old archaeology student who is working on a tomb dig at Baga Gazryn Chulu in th... (antal ord: 300), 2006-01-12

What a Viking's smile revealed

Caroline Arcini of Sweden's National Heritage Board analysed 557 skeletons from four major Viking-age Swedish cemeteries and discovered that around 10 per cent of men, but none of the women, bore horizontal grooves across the upper front teeth.The marks, which were cut deep into the enamel, are often found in pairs or triplets and appear precisely made. They might have marked certain men as members of a group of tradesmen or warriors, or signified their ability to withstand pain, says Arcini, wh... (antal ord: 191), 2006-01-12

Tashkent's hidden Islamic relic

In an obscure corner of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, lies one of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran. It is a reminder of the role which Central Asia once played in Muslim history - a fact often overlooked after seven decades of Soviet-imposed atheism. The library where the Koran is kept is in an area of old Tashkent known as Hast-Imam, well off the beaten track for most visitors to this city. It lies down a series of dusty lanes, near the grave of a 10th century scholar, Kaffe... (antal ord: 706), 2006-01-12

Stone Age Footwork: Ancient human prints turn up down under

Researchers working near the shore of a dried-up lake basin in southeastern Australia have taken a giant leap backward in time. They've uncovered the largest known collection of Stone Age human footprints.The 124-or-more human-foot impressions, as well as a few prints left by kangaroos and other animals, originated between 23,000 and 19,000 years ago in a then-muddy layer of silt and clay, say archaeologist Steve Webb of Australia's Bond University in Robina and his colleagues. Their report appe... (antal ord: 497), 2006-01-12

Celestial and mathematical precision in ancient architecture

Many ancient ruins demonstrate that the people who constructed them had not only a special regard for celestial bodies and mathematics, but also a spot-on accuracy. From Egypt to Mexico, there is no doubt that past civilizations were involved in incredibly complex space calculations, mathematics and architectural endeavours. Although many historians and archaeologists debate exactly what these civilizations did intentionally and what they did by mere chance, here are a few examples of how ancien... (antal ord: 1021), 2006-01-12

Earliest Mayan writing found in pyramid

Archaeologists say glyphs in Guatemalan jungle date back to 250 B.C. Newly discovered hieroglyphs show that the Maya were writing at a complex level 150 years earlier than previously thought. The glyphs, which date to about 250 B.C., were found on preserved painted walls and plaster fragments in the pyramidal structure known as Las Pinturas, in San Bartolo, Guatemala. Writing emerged in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India as far back as 3,000 B.C. Yet the first full-blown text €” a series of signs that... (antal ord: 562), 2006-01-12

Redating of the latest Neandertals in Europe

Two Neandertal fossils excavated from Vindija Cave in Croatia in 1998, believed to be the last surviving Neandertals, may be 3,000-4,000 years older than originally thought. An international team of researchers involving Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences; Tom Higham and Christopher Bronk Ramsey of the Oxford University radiocarbon laboratory; Ivor Karavanic of the University of Zagreb; and Fred Smith of Loyola University, has redated th... (antal ord: 290), 2006-01-12

Bråttom att rädda fornlämningar

Det visar den inventering som just nu pågår av stormskadade fornlämningar i Sjuhäradsbygden. Många fornlämningar är så svårt skadade att de måste undersökas omedelbart innan de helt förstörs. Om det fanns pengar skulle det finnas jobb för akeologer under år framåt i Sjuhäradskogarna. Roger Nyqvist är arkeolog och en av dom som inventrerar stormskadorna på fornlämningar... (antal ord: 56), 2006-01-12

Vikingarna filade sina tänder

Enligt en ny rapport av Caroline Arcini på Riksantikvarieämbetet gjorde vikingarna filade mönster i sina tänder. Kanske fylldes de i med någon färg för att synas på håll. Orsaken till att tänderna filades är fortfarande en gåta för forskarna. De äldsta bevisen för att människor formade och smyckade sina tänder kommer från trakten kring Mexico, och fynden därifrån kan dateras till mellan 1400 till 1000 e. Kr. Länge var Europa den enda världsdel där man inte hade funnit tecken på att seden förekom... (antal ord: 196), 2006-01-12

Så omoralisk är inte asatron

Svar till "Vikingarnas inflytande stort när Ryssland bildades", HN 5 januari. Jag kan inte ta upp mer plats i HN med att diskutera vikingar i österled. Inte allas intresse. Hur legender och arkeologiska artefakter tydes beror till stor del på var och ens preferenser. HH och jag har olika. Jag vill dock bestämt tillbakavisa det som var anledningen till min replik mot HH, nämligen "att det var vikingahövdingen Rurik som införde kristna ortodoxa läran" i Ryssland. Detta är bevisligen helt fel. Ja... (antal ord: 148), 2006-01-12

Andades våra förfäder genom öronen?

En fossil fiskskalle från Lettland, som forskare från Uppsala universitet beskriver i veckans nummer av tidskriften Nature, visar att de tidigaste landdjuren troligen andades genom sina öron. - Det förefaller som om det första steget i mellanörats evolution inte hade någonting med hörseln att göra. Våra förfäder skaffade sig öron för att andas med dem, säger professor Per Ahlberg. Människans hörselsinne bygger på ett samspel mellan två olika organ: innerörat och mellanörat. Innerörat innehåller... (antal ord: 658), 2006-01-19

Waikato uni tests on map could change world history

Researchers at Waikato University are conducting tests on the paper and ink used for a Chinese map which indicates that a Chinese eunuch discovered America. The copy of a map made in 1763, of a map dated 1418 - to be made public in Beijing today - may show that Admiral Zheng He discovered America more than 70 years before Christopher Columbus, the Economist reported. If the tests and authentication by other experts showed the map - with a clear depiction of the Americas, New Zealand, Australia, ... (antal ord: 392), 2006-01-19

10,000-year-old relics site found in western Beijing

A relics site, dating back about 10,000 years, offers new clues about the development of people living in northern China in the early Neolithic period. The excavation of Donghulin Site, located in Zhaitang Town, Mentougou District, in the western suburbs of Beijing, fills the archaeological gap after the discovery of the Upper Cave Man, a type of primitive man who lived in the late Old Stone Age about 20,000 years ago and whose fossil remains were found in 1933 at Zhoukoudian in western Beijing.... (antal ord: 349), 2006-01-19

Neanderthal man floated into Europe, say Spanish researchers

Spanish investigators believe they may have found proof that neanderthal man reached Europe from Africa not just via the Middle East but by sailing, swimming or floating across the Strait of Gibraltar. Prehistoric remains of hunter-gatherer communities found at a site known as La Cabililla de BenzÖº, in the Spanish north African enclave of Ceuta, are remarkably similar to those found in southern Spain, investigators said. Stone tools at the site correspond to the middle palaeolithic period, when ... (antal ord: 430), 2006-01-19

Egypt Mummy Shows Taste for Pork

Ancient Egyptians - unlike their Muslim modern descendents - had a taste for pork, according to a mummy autopsy. In a study to be published in the coming months in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Fabrizio Bruschi, a pathologist from Italy's Pisa University, and colleagues report the discovery of the oldest known case of cysticercosis - a pig-related disease - in a mummy from the late Ptolemaic period (II-I century B.C.). Often contracted from undercooked pork, cysticercosi... (antal ord: 509), 2006-01-19

Tooth marks link Vikings, Indians

A scientist who found deep grooves chiselled into the teeth of dozens of 1,000-year-old Viking skeletons unearthed in Sweden believes the strange custom might have been learned from aboriginal tribes during ancient Norse voyages to North America - a finding that would represent an unprecedented case of transatlantic, cross-cultural exchange during the age of Leif Ericsson. The marks are believed to be decorations meant to enhance a man's appearance, or badges of honour for a group of great warr... (antal ord: 540), 2006-01-19

Nearly 3,000-year-old ancient state found in north China province

A small ancient state dating back nearly 3,000 years, which was never recorded in historical documents, has been discovered in north China's Shanxi Province.Archaeologists deduced the existence of the previously unknown state, Peng, from inscriptions on bronzeware excavated from two ancient Western Zhou Dynasty tombs (1100 BC-771 BC). The owners of the two tombs, discovered in Hengshui Town of Jiangxian County in Shanxi Province, were the ruler of the state, Pengbo (meaning Count of Peng State),... (antal ord: 398), 2006-01-19

Early Man Was Hunted by Birds

A South African anthropologist said Thursday his research into the death nearly 2 million years ago of an ape-man shows human ancestors were hunted by birds. - These types of discoveries give us real insight into the past lives of these human ancestors, the world they lived in and the things they feared, Lee Berger, a paleo-anthropologist at Johannesburg's University of Witwatersrand, said as he presented his conclusions about a mystery that has been debated since the remains of the possible hum... (antal ord: 411), 2006-01-19

"Jiroft Inscription", Oldest Evidence of Written Language

Studies by five linguists from the United States, France, Russia, Denmark, and Iran on a discovered inscription in Jiroft indicate that this Elamit script is 300 years older than that of the great civilization of Susa. Archeologists believe that Jiroft was the origin of Elamit written language in which the writing system developed first and was then spread across the country and reached Susa. The discovered inscription of Jiroft is the most ancient written script found so far. The city of Jirof... (antal ord: 608), 2006-01-19

Stenhögar är förhistoriska gravar?

Kan några av de stensamlingar i Abildstrakten som ansetts för att vara röjningsrösen i själva verket vara förhistoriska gravar? För att få svar på bland andra den frågan har landsantikvarien i Halland fått 20 000 kronor. Undersökningen innefattar en utgrävning till försommaren. Lämningarna som ska undersökas ligger vid gränsen mellan Vessige och Abilds socknar, mellan Sjönevadssjön och Måssjö. Området är rikt på fornlämningar och i närheten finns ett gravfält med fem dommarringar från omkring år... (antal ord: 338), 2006-01-19

Gamla stenrösen förstörda

Ett stort antal fornlämningar har skadats av stormen Gudrun. Roger Nyqvist har tittat på fornlämningar inom några större ytor i Tranemo och ֖rsås samt i ֖stra Frölunda. I samtliga fall är det områden med många kända fornlämningar. - Jag gick från Tranan vid 27:an och nästan rakt norr ut. Där finns det gott om fornlämningar. I ֖rsås var det främst ett område i Röstorp jag tittade på. I samtliga områden kunde han konstatera att många fornlämningar av olika slag hade skadats av stormen. Det var rö... (antal ord: 357), 2006-01-19

Bidrag till arkeologisk undersökning

Pollenanalysen i Svartemossen vid Sibbarp har gett mersmak. Analysen, som gjordes av Gunnar Gustavsson inom ramen för en fortbildningskurs i paleontologi vid högskolan i Kalmar, visade tydligt att människan under olika tider påverkat landskapet. Därför har länsstyrelsens kulturmiljöenhet beslutat att bidra med 20000 kronor för en kompletterande arkeologisk undersökning av den äldre inägomarken till Angryds by. - Delar av pollenanalysen sammanfaller med en intressant tid i Halland: brytningsp... (antal ord: 128), 2006-01-19

Stockbåten från ֖land i blickfånget

Studien fortsätter, Lars Einarsson och Johan P Hammarstedt på Kalmar läns museum är minst sagt förtjusta i stockbåten från ֖land. 1 000 år efter tillkomsten €“ nu utställd. €“ Det har hänt bra mycket med vårt hittebarn, ler Lars Einarsson på Kalmar läns museum. ֖landsbladet var först! Nåja, låt väl steget efter norrlandsfiskaren Mikael ֖hlund. Utan honom den där februaridagen 2002 €“ ingen stockbåt. En stor trästock trodde han först. €“ Otymplig och jävlig, klagade han över den ovälkomna trål-fångs... (antal ord: 652), 2006-01-19

Udstilling af fund

I forbindelse med det kommende boligbyggeri i Langagergårdområdet har Køge Museum gennemført en arkæologisk udgravning af tre langhuse fra førromersk og romersk jernalder (500 f. Kr. - 400 e. Kr.). Husene befandt sig i jorden under to af de fem boligøer, der er under opførelse i det store Langagergårdprojekt. I et af langhusene fremkom en jernslagge, der viser, at der har foregået smedjeaktivitet på stedet. De tre langhuse var mellem 20 og 30 m lange og 6 - 7 m brede. Foruden jernalderhusene fre... (antal ord: 480), 2006-01-19

Museum thefts in Iran cause alarm

Systematic thefts of antiquities from Iranian museums and their sale to Western museums are causing deep concern, the Persian daily Jaam-e Jam reported. The daily noted that a national campaign should be organized against the network formed by burglars of artifacts from Iranian museums and the justice system is expected to take firm action against those attempting to trade the nations historical identity by stealing antiquities and exchanging them with money?. ?Three years ago, artifacts of Ira... (antal ord: 335), 2006-01-19

Swedish bog man murdered - 700 years ago

Seven hundred years after he lived, the cause of death of Sweden's oldest human skeleton has been solved. He was murdered - with three blows to the head. It had previously been assumed that the skull of the Bocksten Man, who was found in Bocksten bog outside Varberg in 1936, was damaged by the pressure of lying buried in the bog since the 1300s. But when one of Sweden's leading cranial experts, Professor Claes Lauritzen, who heads the craniofacial unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, examine... (antal ord: 363), 2006-01-26

Johns Hopkins team discovers statue of Egyptian queen

A Johns Hopkins University archaeological expedition in Luxor, Egypt, has unearthed a life-sized statue, dating back nearly 3,400 years, of one of the queens of the powerful king Amenhotep III. The statue, which dates to between 1391 and 1352 B.C.E., was uncovered earlier this month by the expedition's director, Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins professor of Egyptian art and archaeology. Bryan and a graduate student, Fatma Talaat Ismail, were clearing a portion of the platform of the temple of the godd... (antal ord: 465), 2006-01-26

Neolithic Europeans Made Cheese, Yogurt

Dirty cooking pots dating to nearly 8,000 years ago reveal that some of Europe's earliest farming communities produced dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. Two separate studies indicate that Neolithic dairying took place in what are now Romania, Hungary and Switzerland. The discoveries suggest people in these regions might have originally learned how to process milk-based foods from Asian farmers. - From a diffusionist perspective, these findings lend support to the idea that the antiquity... (antal ord: 582), 2006-01-26

Egyptologists find statue of Tutankhamun's grandmother

Egyptologists have discovered a statue of Queen Ti, wife of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs and grandmother to the boy-king Tutankhamun, at an ancient temple in Luxor, an Egyptian antiquities official said on Tuesday. The official said the roughly 3,400 year-old statue was uniquely well preserved. Ti's husband, Amenhotep III, presided over an era which saw a renaissance in Egyptian art. - It was a time of flourishing of art in ancient Egypt ... Behind a good man is a strong woman. And she was a... (antal ord: 258), 2006-01-26

A UAB research team discovers a new type of building built in Peru over 2000 years ago

A research team from the Universitat AutÖ²noma de Barcelona has discovered a new type of construction, unknown until now, in the archaeological region of Puntilla, in the province of Nazca, Peru. These yards, built with stone walls, situated in the centre of the village, is where people went to work, either in agricultual or in the crafts. The yards date from the first millenium BC, but their exact date is yet to have been determined. These results come from the analysis of archaeological excavat... (antal ord: 507), 2006-01-26

Italians Unveil Secret of Bulgaria's Precious Thracian Head

Italy's restorers have unveiled the secret hidden in the eyes of King Sevt III's unique bronze mask discovered in Bulgaria, archeologist Georgi Kitov has said. The sculptors who have worked on the mask probably knew a lot about chemistry too, Kitov was quoted as saying by actualno.com. Italian restorer Edilberto Formili has discovered that the eyes of the unique Thracian mask were made from a glass paste mixed with alabaster and iron, which produced the brownish tint in Sevt III's look. The bott... (antal ord: 274), 2006-01-26

Early Islamic era monument unearthed at Babak Castle

A team of archaeologists working at the Zoroastrian Babak Castle dug out an early Islamic era monument with its stairway during the recent excavation carried out at the site, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday. The castle is located in East Azarbaijan Province, five kilometers southwest of Kalibar. - Excavations have been underway since 2002, during which time some parts of the castle have been unearthed. Our team has recently excavated a two-story monument and its stairway, which d... (antal ord: 410), 2006-01-26

Largest Ever Ancient Temple Discovered in Shabwa

SANA€™A- Archeologists in Shabwa governorate have discovered what is said to be the biggest temple ever discovered in the Arabian Peninsula, dating back to the 5th Century BC. The Italian archeological expedition, who have been digging in the ancient Royal Palace in Tamna€™a city, say it is one of the oldest and most extensive temples ever discovered in the region. They found the temple on their recent dig, which lasted for 25 days. Khyran Mohsen Al-Zubairi, the Director of Archeology in Shabwa, ... (antal ord: 301), 2006-01-26

A Minoan settlement after destruction by earthquakes

Earthquakes were responsible for the destruction of a Minoan settlement on the island of Karpathos. That was the conclusion drawn following excavations conducted last year at Fournoi Afiatis on Karpathos under the direction of Manolis Melas, a professor of archaeology. The dig was part of a research program by the Dimokritio University of Thrace. The ceramic fragments scattered about the fields facing the buildings and stratigraphic data showed that the area to the northeast of the settlement wa... (antal ord: 583), 2006-01-26

Ancient dress made from bark found

A collection of ancient dresses made from tree bark has been found in Quang Tri Province. It is believed that is a relic of the Van Kieu, one of the Vietnamese ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. It was a collection of seven bark dresses, made from a hundred years ago. According to experts, making a tree dress is very difficult. First, skilful artisan is chosen to get the bark from the Pi, a tree in the Central Highlands. He would not chop down the tree, just pare round it and take a lay... (antal ord: 325), 2006-01-26

Australian in Bosnia pyramid riddle

Australian archaeologist Royce Richards is among a team preparing to look for the truth behind a theory that Bosnia-Herzegovina has an ancient pyramid. Archaeologists from Australia, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, and Slovenia will begin excavation work in April on the Visocica hill, 32 kilometres north-west of Sarajevo.The hill is quite symmetrical, and the theory that it was once a pyramid is supported by preliminary investigations. If true, it would rewrite world history, putting Europe alongsid... (antal ord: 288), 2006-01-26

Ancient lakes of the Sahara

The Sahara has not always been the arid, inhospitable place that it is today €“ it was once a savannah teeming with life, according to researchers at the Universities of Reading and Leicester. Eight years of studies in the Libyan desert area of Fazzan, now one of the harshest, most inaccessible spots on Earth, have revealed swings in its climate that have caused considerably wetter periods, lasting for thousands of years, when the desert turned to savannah and lakes provided water for people and ... (antal ord: 753), 2006-01-26

Mer pengar till utgrävning i Varnhem

Arkeologerna kommer att få betydligt mer pengar till den fortsatta utgrävningen av kyrkoruinen i Varnhem till sommaren. Det är Sparbanksstiftelsen Skaraborg som beslutat att ge 700 000 kronor, vilket ska jämföras med förra sommarens bidrag på knappt 200 000 kronor. Arkeolog Maria Vretemark på Västergötlands museum i Skara säger till Sveriges Radio Skaraborg att museet i år kommer att satsa på publika utgrävningar, som vänder sig både till turister och skolelever. Museet har också sökt mindre bid... (antal ord: 91), 2006-01-26

Vikingar intar Norra berget

I sommar blir det vikingamarknad i Sundsvall. Den 17-18 juni kommer handelsmän, hantverkare och artister att samlas på Norra Berget för en tidsenlig marknad. Arrangör är den nybildade föreningen Gnejrons levande historia.... (antal ord: 32), 2006-01-26

Förening ska se till att Vikingaåret fortsätter

Vikingaåret 2005 var ett lyckat projekt. Men det är avslutat. Idén med att locka besökare till evenemang med vikingatida anknytning på Gotland kommer emellertid att fortsätta och på torsdag kväll bildas en ideell förening, som skall samordna och marknadsföra kommande aktiviteter. Det finns en interimsstyrelse till den nya föreningen och en av de drivande i denna är Olle Hoffman på Högskolan. - Begreppet Vikingaön har dragit till sig mycket intresse och kring det finns ett stort engagemang. Reda... (antal ord: 495), 2006-01-26

Udstilling af fund

I forbindelse med boligbyggeriet ved Langagergård er der gjort en del arkæologiske fund. De udstilles nu. Der er gjort fund fra flere tidsaldre i jorden under Langagergård bebyggelsen. En del af disse fund kan for en kort stund ses på Greve Museum. I forbindelse med det kommende boligbyggeri i Langagergårdområdet har Køge Museum gennemført en arkæologisk udgravning af tre langhuse fra førromersk og romersk jernalder (500 f. Kr. - 400 e. Kr.). Husene befandt sig i jorden under to af de fem boligø... (antal ord: 489), 2006-01-26

Neandertals Hunted as Well as Humans, Study Says

Through the years dozens of theories have sprung up about why Neandertals (often spelled "Neanderthals") went extinct approximately 30,000 years ago. Those heavy-browed, big-boned hominids who inhabited Europe and parts of Asia for roughly 200,000 years may have met their demise for any number of reasons. Perhaps they were cognitively limited or couldn't adapt to a changing climate or weren't good enough hunters to compete with modern humans. (See an interactive atlas of the human journey.) Now... (antal ord: 752), 2006-01-26

Controversial discoveries

The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) is holding a talk by Dr. Micael Cremo, entitled €˜The Discoveries of Carlos Ribeiro €“ A Controversial Episode in the 19th Century European Archaeology€™, on Tuesday, February 7. The subject of the talk is the work of Carlos Ribeiro, former director of Geological Survey of Portugal. In the years 1860-63, Ribeiro documented the discoveries of stone tools found at various sites in Portugal. Some of these sites were found to be of Tertiary age. When he pres... (antal ord: 170), 2006-01-26

Archaeological dig yields great finds

Naples residents Jean Belknap and Elizabeth Clement dug in earnest Tuesday at MarGood Park in Goodland, ignoring the clumps of thick, black dirt jammed beneath their fingernails and beads of sweat streaked across their mud-covered faces. All the muss and tedium of sifting through piles of black earth is worth it, they said, after hearing archaeologist John Beriault yell, €œHey, we€™ve got something new over here!€ Volunteers Belknap and Clement, and other members of the archaeology crew, who spent... (antal ord: 674), 2006-01-26

Peru's Battle For Its History

Machu Picchu is a magical, mysterious place that for nearly a century has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, it is reachable only by a long road that zigzags up the slope from the roaring Urubamba river, or by hiking four days along the challenging Inca Trail. One can imagine the excitement when intrepid Yale professor-explorer Hiram Bingham, led there by local peasants in 1911, first glimpsed the j... (antal ord: 1144), 2006-01-26

A Modern Survey of Ancient Ruins

Long-range, high-density laser surveying was used with great success at the Machu Picchu archaeological site in Peru. Laser surveying instruments (e.g., terrestrial light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and high-density survey (HDS) instruments) are increasingly becoming valued tools for geospatial professionals. They can quickly provide a dense set of 3-D data points that can be used to characterize buildings, engineering features and areas. The spacing between data points is commonly less than 1... (antal ord: 2234), 2006-02-03

New Stone Reliefs Discovered in Jiroft, Iran

Recent archaeological excavations in Kenar Sandal area in Jiroft resulted in the discovery of two stone reliefs. The reliefs depict two men with snake tails instead of legs. - These reliefs were carved on soapstones. They are 25 by 17 centimeter in size with a thickness of about 1.5 centimeters," said Yousof Majidzadeh, head of excavation team in Jifort. "This is the first time that such stone reliefs illustrating snake-men have been discovered in this historical site. However, scorpion-like h... (antal ord: 421), 2006-02-03

Ancient find

The bushfire at Tyrendarra last month has unearthed some of the biggest Aboriginal stone houses ever seen in Gunditjmara land. Undocumented sites have been uncovered including a village thought to be 30,000 years old. The Winda-Mara Aboriginal Co-operative made the discovery yesterday during an analysis of its Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area. On January 22 fire burnt 240 hectares, blackening 90 per cent of the property's rocky outcrop on the Mt Eccles lava flow. Previously inaccessible la... (antal ord: 448), 2006-02-03

Archaeologists find evidence of earliest African slaves brought to new world

In the early European histories of the New World, there are numerous accounts of African slaves accompanying explorers and colonists. Now, digging in a colonial era graveyard in one of the oldest European cities in Mexico, archaeologists have found what they believe are the oldest remains of slaves brought from Africa to the New World. The remains date between the late-16th century and the mid-17th century, not long after Columbus first set foot in the Americas. The discovery is to be reported ... (antal ord: 730), 2006-02-03

Ancient Papyrus Goes on Display in Turin

It served first as a notebook for ancient painters and then as part of a mummy's wrapping. Now, a first century B.C. parchment believed to contain the earliest cartography of the Greek-Roman era will be on display next month in the northern city of Turin. Egyptologist Alessandro Roccati, of the University of Turin, said the parchment was "extraordinary" in that it "conserves direct and ancient testimony that helps reconstruct history." Roccati was not involved in the project. The parchment's st... (antal ord: 566), 2006-02-03

Discovering Queen Tiye

A beautiful black granite statue of Queen Tiye, mother of the monotheistic king Akhnaten, was unearthed last Monday in Luxor, reports Nevine El-Aref. At Karnak's Mut Temple, a John Hopkins University archaeological mission stumbled upon the statue while brushing sand off the temple's second hall. - The statue is mostly intact," said Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), who added that although the 160cm tall statue has a broken arm and a missing leg, it was ... (antal ord: 229), 2006-02-03

"Dalhem €” en plats att vara stolt över"

Arkeologen Joakim Thomasson växte upp på Drottninghög. I dag vill han visa vilka skatter som finns i området. Nu har han skrivit boken "Drottninghög och Dalhem - platser att vara stolt över". Joakim Thomasson flyttade som barn till Drottninghög. Nu har han skrivit boken "Drottninghög och Dalhem - platser att vara stolt över". Det som kännetecknar områdena är den enhetliga arkitekturen och att alla ytor är planerade. Alltså ett kontrollerat landskap till synes utan överraskningar. På 1960-och 70-... (antal ord: 373), 2006-02-03

Museernas antika dilemma

Sedan Medelhavsländerna börjat hävda sin rätt till antika konstföremål har det blivit i stort sett omöjligt att bygga upp en antiksamling. Många föremål i befintliga museer har ett dunkelt ursprung, och Italiens regering har dragit Gettymuseet inför rätta i Rom. När Getty Museum i dag öppnar den nya utställningen av sin antiksamling i den nyrenoverade Gettyvillan i Malibu, Kalifornien, borde det glädja alla som intresserar sig för de antika kulturerna. Gettymuseet är kanske det rikaste i världen... (antal ord: 1747), 2006-02-03

Större utgrävning av Poltava-fältet på gång

Slaget vid Poltava år 1709 innebar slutet för det svenska stormaktsväldet. Nu planeras utgrävningar av slagfältet, som ligger i dagens Ukraina, skriver Forskning & Framsteg. Inför 300 årsminnet av slaget vid Poltava planeras en omfattande utgrävning av slagfältet. Bo Knarrström, arkeolog vid Riksantikvarieämbetet i Stockholm, berättar att det finns två huvudskäl till att projektet diskuteras just nu. Dels hägrar 300 årsdagen av slaget 2009, men även ny teknik och nya metoder gör en utgrävning ak... (antal ord: 211), 2006-02-03

Nu ska Gotland verkligen bli en vikingaö

Nu får vikingaåret 2005 en permanent uppföljare genom föreningen Gotland Vikingaön. På torsdagskvällen hade de sitt första årsmöte och Catharina LÖ¼beck som var projektsamordnare för Vikingaön i fjol finns med i styrelsen för föreningen Gotland Vikingaön. På mötet enades föreningen om flera mål som de ska försöka uppnå i framtiden. €Målet är att Gotland ska bli ett internationellt vikingacenter uppbyggt på kunskap och upplevelser. Gotland ska i framtiden vara det självklara valet för alla som är ... (antal ord: 132), 2006-02-03

3000-årig grav funnen i Egypten

Amerikanska arkeologer har hittat en orörd grav i Konungarnas dal vid Luxor i Egypten. Graven innehåller fem eller sex mumier i en intakt grav från slutet av artonde dynastin, uppger Reuters. Dynastin härskade i över 200 år, 1567-1320 f Kr, vilket är ungefär samtida med Tutanchamon. Arkeologerna - som vill vara anonyma eftersom de egyptiska myndigheterna planerar en större mediaträff på fredag - har ännu inte haft tid att identifiera mumierna. Sarkofagerna är formade som människor och har färga... (antal ord: 111), 2006-02-10

Intact tomb found in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

An American team has found what appears to be an intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the first found in the valley since that of Tutankhamun in 1922, one of the archaeologists said on Thursday. The tomb contains five or six mummies in intact sarcophagi from the late 18th dynasty, about the same period as Tutankhamun, but the archaeologists have not yet had the time or the access to identify them, the archaeologist added. The 18th dynasty ruled Egypt from 1567 BC to 1320 BC, a period during w... (antal ord: 298), 2006-02-10

The Secret in the Steppes Thought Safe for All Time

On the vast flatlands of eastern Mongolia, enclosed by a two-mile wall in the form of an oval, diggers have uncovered tantalizing clues to the solution of one of history's enduring mysteries: the site of Genghis Khan's secret grave. Finding the spot where the great Mongolian conqueror was laid to rest in 1227 by his famed horseback warriors would fill in a blank that has fascinated historians for centuries. Although he and his descendants galloped out of Mongolia to subdue most of the known worl... (antal ord: 891), 2006-02-10

Papyrus Reveals Ancient Stories

Italian researchers have recovered part of a lost ancient Greek treatise, the earliest cartography of the Greek-Roman era, and a sketchbook for ancient painters €” all by piecing together 50 fragments of a first- century B.C. parchment used in a mummy's wrapping. Known as the papyrus of Artemidorus, the 2.5-meter- (eight-foot-) long and 32.5-centimeter- (13-inch-) wide parchment will go on display for the first time this week in Turin at the exhibition "The three lives of the papyrus of Artemidor... (antal ord: 632), 2006-02-10

Tombs of ancient warriors unearthed in Guangxi

Three tombs of ancient warriors wholived 1,800 years ago have been unearthed in Zhongshan County of South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Archaeologists believe the decorative patterns on the bricks indicate the tombs are from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). The tomb chambers measure two meters wide, four meters long and1.5 meters high. Only one of the three tombs is well preserved. It contained five iron weapons, four pottery utensils and a pottery tripod. Theother two tombs had bee... (antal ord: 115), 2006-02-10

Archaeological remains could be found on site

Archaelogical artefacts have been found in the area earmarked for development. The school site falls within an area of archaeological significance, according to a report by agents Vincent and Gorbing. Its planning application's supporting document states there have been a number of finds dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period. It states: "The site also lies near to an Iron Age cremation burial ground." The county archaeologist unit carried out a geophysical survey of part of the schoo... (antal ord: 133), 2006-02-10

Cave Drawings Reportedly 25,000 Years Old

Cave drawings thought to be older than those in the famed caves of Lascaux have been discovered in a grotto in western France, officials from the Charente region said Sunday. A first analysis by officials from the office of cultural affairs suggests the drawings were made some 25,000 years ago, Henri de Marcellus, mayor of the town of Vilhonneur where the cave is located, told France-Info radio. He said, however, that the date could only be confirmed by further investigations. Cavers exploring a... (antal ord: 218), 2006-02-10

Part of colossus found near Luxor

A German expedition has unearthed part of a colossal statue of an XVIII dynasty pharaoh. Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni said that "the red granite head and shoulders of Amenihotep III (1390-1352 BC) were unearthed in the pharaoh's temple area at Kom el-Hetan on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor." Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Zahi Hawass said that "The one-metre, high bust is in good condition' except for a slight crack on the right side." For her part, the le... (antal ord: 109), 2006-02-10

Researcher seeks secrets of Kennewick Man

Ground to the bone, the teeth of the famous fossil skeleton, Kennewick Man, look as if they've spent a lifetime gnashing rocks. But it's from these worn choppers that Thomas Stafford Jr., a research fellow in the department of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of Stafford Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colo., plans to learn about the origins, movement and lifestyle of this highly controversial, 9,000-year-old North American. In 1996, Kennewick Man was discovered on ... (antal ord: 1433), 2006-02-10

BBC history team solves riddle of Llywelyn

One of the last great mysteries of the history of the independent Welsh nation was apparently solved yesterday by a group of English historians working for the BBC. For centuries, people living in and around the chicken farm called Pen y Bryn on top of a hill overlooking the Menai Straits in Caernarvonshire have been convinced that it is a royal place. More than that, they all firmly believed that the 36-acre farm was the last remnant of the palace of Llywelyn, the first and last prince of a "fr... (antal ord: 463), 2006-02-10

Rising water threatens great temples of Egypt

Some of the world's most precious archaeological treasures - the ancient Egyptian tombs and temples at Luxor - are being devastated by salt water that is eating their foundations, scientists have discovered. The temples of Amun, Luxor and Karnak, designated World Heritage Sites, have survived 4,000 years of arid desert heat but are now being destroyed by rising ground water. The threat has been uncovered by American Egyptologists, who have warned that urgent action is now needed. Their view has... (antal ord: 728), 2006-02-10

Italy's iceman a sterile outcast?

New DNA analysis shows that a 5,000-year-old mummy found frozen in the Italian Alps may have been sterile - a hypothesis that would support the theory that he may have been a social outcast, officials said Friday. Franco Rollo, an anthropologist and ancient DNA specialist, also determined that the man's genetic makeup belonged to one of the eight basic groups of DNA occurring in Europe, although his particular DNA belonged to a subgroup that has been identified for the first time, officials said... (antal ord: 164), 2006-02-10

Skogsstyrelsens projekt hjälper till att hitta fornminnen

Fågelfångsanläggningar och rotdragningsgropar är två slags fornminnen som hittats i Skogsstyrelsens projekt Skog och historia i Gudmundrå socken. Marie Tjärnström, arkeolog och handledare inom projektet i Kramfors och Sollefteå, berättade i går på Gudmundrå hembygdsgård om fynden. Projektet som startade hösten 2004 och pågår till juni 2006 har till syfte att upptäcka och registrerar hittills okända kultur- och fornminnen. Vi har goda förhoppningar att därefter få fortsätta projektet i Ytterlännä... (antal ord: 193), 2006-02-10

Arkeologer ska undersöka äng i Harbo

I sommar vill länsstyrelsen i Västmanlands län att Smedsboängen i Harbo undersöks arkeologiskt. Undersökningen finansieras med bidrag från Riksantikvarieämbetet. - En förundersökning somras visade preliminärt på spår av järnframställning, förhistoriska boplatser och några gravar, säger Ulla Bergquist, arkeolog på länsstyrelsen. Heby kommun planerar genom sitt bostadsbolag Hebygårdar att bygga bostäder på Smedsbo och har tagit fram en ny detaljplan för området. Det har delvis undersökts på 1920... (antal ord: 242), 2006-02-10

Forskere finder tyrannosaurus' forfader

Den er lidt mindre - men mindst lige så uhyrlig. Et 160 mio. år gammelt fossil menes at være forfader til dræberøglen tyrannosaurus rex. Tyrannosaurus rrannosaurus rex levede i den sene kridttid - omkring 65 millioner år siden. Deres fossiler er sjældne - op til 2005 er der fundet omkring 30 eksemplarer, hvoraf kun tre havde hele kranier. Det første eksemplar blev fundet i 1892 af Edward Cope, og blev kaldt manospondylus gigas. Dyret blev omdøbt tyrannosaurus rex - hvilket betyder firbenenes tyr... (antal ord: 436), 2006-02-10

The Search for Peking Man

In November 1941, an American secretary at Peking Union Medical College told her Chinese colleague, Hu Chengzhi, to pack the largest collection of early human fossils in the world for shipment. The bones, known collectively as Peking Man, were to be sent to New York City for safekeeping until the end of the war. "We wrapped each skull in layers of lens paper, thick cotton, and medical gauze, then placed each one into a small box," Hu recalled in a 1977 letter to the Chinese paleontologist Jia La... (antal ord: 439), 2006-02-10

Hitler's Willing Archaeologists

In 1935, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo and the SS, founded an elite Nazi research institute called the Ahnenerbe. Its name came from a rather obscure German word, Ahnenerbe (pronounced AH-nen-AIR-buh), meaning "something inherited from the forefathers." The official mission of the Ahnenerbe was to unearth new evidence of the accomplishments and deeds of Germanic ancestors "using exact scientific methods." In reality, the Ahnenerbe was in the business of mythmaking. Its prominent researc... (antal ord: 433), 2006-02-10

The Mystery of Unknown Man E

Was a mummy found in less-than-royal wrappings a disgraced prince who plotted to murder his father, Ramesses III? On a day at the end of June 1886, Gaston Maspero, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, was unwrapping the mummies of kings and queens found in a cache at Deir el-Bahri, near the Valley of the Kings. Inside a plain