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August 2018 News Headlines


UPDATE August 201 2019 - Unfortunately John is no better a month on from his accident and I will continue to fill in for his work whenever I can. There will not be as much news updates as usual and we apologise for any inconvenience. Please bear with us - Polly


"Unique intact Hellenistic tomb found in Kozani of northern Greece"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling"
Smithsonian Magazine (USA)

"Mayans conducted ‘total war’ much earlier than thought"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Tomb of Palaiologos nobleman discovered at Bulgaria’s Kaliakra"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Pompeii archaeologists uncover 'sorcerer's treasure trove'"
BBC News (UK)

"Relocation of Ancient Egyptian Tomb Rife With Mummies Sparks 'Curse' Fears"
Sputnik International (Russia)

"Searching for the real Troy story in Turkey"
Stuff (New Zealand)

"New 6th century BC finds by excavation works on Despotiko island in Greece"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Ancient Turkic stamp, statues discovered in Mongolia"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Fragments of 12th century Polotsk princely residence unearthed in Belarus"
Belarus News (Belarus)

"Dozens more monuments discovered near Newgrange"
RTE News (Ireland)

"China’s NCHA announces two major archaeological achievements"
Global Times (China)

"SAIC's contribution for Carthage's preservation"
ANSAmed (Italy)

"Fossils of metre-tall giant parrot dubbed Heracles found in New Zealand"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"This Young Man and Woman Were Buried Face-to-Face 4,000 Years Ago in Kazakhstan"
Live Science (USA)

"Bronze Age children’s cemetery uncovered near Kilcreggan"
The Lochside Press (Scotland)

"Spanish archaeologists discover largest Iberian-era building known to date"
El País (Spain)

"Forgotten Sculpture of Alexander the Great Found in Greek Museum’s Storage"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Three silver Venetian coins found at Bulgaria’s Rusokastro Fortress"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Divers Uncover Ancient Temple Submerged Within The 'Egyptian Atlantis'"
Science Alert (USA)

"Security increased at NZ archaeological sites in effort to thwart pillaging of moa bones"
TVNZ (New Zealand)

"'We struck gold': 'Amazing' 13th-century monastery unearthed in Meath"
Irish Examiner (Ireland)

"Remains of Graeco-Roman Senate building uncovered in North Sinai"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)



July 2019 News Headlines


UPDATE July 27 2019 - Unfortunately our Web Editor, John, has had a nasty fall resulting in a dislocated shoulder, and is unable to contribute to updating the news pages for the foreseeable future. I am working in Germany and cannot get cluster access so there will be few updates until I can find a work-around solution. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please bear with us - Polly


"The Cambrian Explosion - why did it happen?"
ABC Radio National - The Science Show (Australia)

"Manis Mastodon, Sequim’s major archaeological find, in focus with PBS affiliate"
Peninsula Daily News (USA)

"Ancient Celtic Woman Emerges from Zurich Tree Coffin In Elegant Dress"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"'Ancient tools found in Belize reveal clues about ancient times', archaeologists say"
BBN (Belize)

"Digging in the Holy Land: Evangelicals are excavating occupied soil to help their cause, and Israel’s"
The National (UAE)
"American, ultra-religious archaeologists are descending on the West Bank to promote their beliefs.

A day of archaeological digging by the Associates for Biblical Research always begins with a reading of the Bible, the very text of which they are trying to demonstrate the historical reliability.

'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life', repeated the group of twenty ideologically-driven Evangelical Christians, mostly pro-Israel Americans on the white religious right of the faith at odds with many of its strands in the Middle East.

It is barely 5am in Jerusalem, and team members are just boarding a bus heading to Tel Shiloh, an archaeological site on private Palestinian land in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is subjected to full Israeli control.

There, they say, may lie the remains of the tabernacle - the shrine that is believed to have hosted the Ark of the Covenant, a wooden chest said to have held the ten commandments on two stone tablets."

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[Congratulations to The National, and author Amnon Gutman, for bringing this story of the continuous illegal trespassing on Palestinian lands by ultra right Amercan evangelical christians who believe they can prove that Israel has a right to those lands because the bible supposedly says so.

These people's attempts to show that their 'beliefs' allow them to behave in this way are nauseating. Should they find anything that would undermine their 'beliefs' they will either ignore the find, discard the evidence or simply 'lose' it. Cherry-picking evidence on god's behalf!!!!!

It really is well worth a visit to the site to read the full story so as to better understand how archaeology is being perverted for highly suspect religious reasons - Polly & Ed.]

"Marine Archaeologists Dig Out Ruined Temple in Egypt’s Legendary Sunken City of Heracleion"
Spuknik International (Russia)

"Standing stones uncovered near important archaeological site"
SwissInfo (Switzerland)

"Major Archaeological Discoveries Made in Neolithic Site in Central Greece"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Indigenous petroglyphs found for 1st time in Newfoundland"
CBC News (Canada)

"1,500-year-old church discovered in northern Turkey"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Imagine being able to zoom in from space to see a pottery shard!’"
The Guardian (UK)

"Mysterious temple discovered in the ruins of sunken ancient city"
9 News (Australia)

"38 ancient tombs discovered in Northeast China"
ECNS (China)

"15,000-Year-Old, Ice Age Weapons Discovered in Slovakian Cave"
Geek (USA)

"20-foot menhir found in Idukki may reveal prehistoric human activity"
The News Minute (India)

"Pottery related to unknown culture was found in Ecuador"
EurekAlert (USA)
"Archaeologists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Institute of Archeology and Ethnography SB RAS (Russia), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) (Ecuador), and Tohoku University (Japan) found shards of ceramic vessels referred to the cultural sediments of early periods of Real Alto site.

Findings date back to 4640 - 4460 BC, this period borders with Valdivia, one of the oldest pottery-featured cultures in North and South America.

During the excavations at Real Alto site (Ecuador), Russian scientists found fragments of ceramic vessels at a depth of 75 cm to 1 meter.

They belong to the insufficiently studied San Pedro complex.

Radiocarbon analysis by mass spectrometer showed the pottery dates back to 4640-4460 BC.

This period borders or coincides with the first stages of Valdivia culture, the worldwide famous ceramic figures, a kind of symbol of Ecuador, relates to."

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[Another good story from EurekAlert! Ecuador no doubt has much more to be discovered in it's remote regions, and a good explanation for the Japanese Jomon culture pottery found there has yet to emerge. It's worth a visit to the site to read the full story - Polly.]

"Secrets of Urartian temple to be revealed"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"698 Mughal-era coins recovered by U.P. police"
The Hindu (India)

"Riversleigh fossil deposit, acclaimed by Sir David Attenborough, still giving up its secrets"
ABC News (Australia)

"Giant Clam Shells Uncovered in Western Canada"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Afghanistan - Pieces Of Buddhist Manuscript Discovered in Mes Aynak"
MENAFN (Jordan)

"A number of stone, pottery and wooden coffins were uncovered near Amenemhat II pyramid"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Were the Vikings Smoking Pot While Exploring Newfoundland"
Live Science (USA)

"Marble Pyramid Island Uncovered, Revealing Origins of Ancient Greece"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Decorative ancient mosaic discovered in Alexandria"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"Archaeology: Coin from time of Bulgaria’s 13th century Tsar found at Perperikon"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Stonehenge's Massive Megaliths May Have Been Moved into Place with Pig Lard"
Live Science (USA)
"Ancient people may have moved some of the massive megaliths of Stonehenge into place by greasing giant sleds with pig lard, then sliding the giant stones on them across the landscape, a new study suggests.

After re-analyzing ceramic pots that earlier researchers believed were used to cook food, archaeologist Lisa-Marie Shillito concluded that many of those pots may have been used to collect fat that dripped off pigs as they were spit-roasted.

The grease would have been stored as lard or tallow and used to lubricate the sleds most archaeologists believe were used to move the stones.

'Until now, there has been a general assumption that the traces of animal fat absorbed by these pieces of pottery were related to the cooking and consumption of food, and this steered initial interpretations in that direction', Shillito said in a statement.

'But there may have been other things going on as well, and these residues could be tantalizing evidence of the greased sled theory.'"

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[Another good story from Live Science! This unique explanation as to how the builders may have moved the massive megaliths is worthy of serious consideration. It's worth a visit to the site to read the full story - Polly.]

"Viking Burial Ships Uncovered in 'Sensational' Archaeological Find"
Newsweek (USA)

"Breastfeeding used as a survival tool by Australopithecus africanus, our early human ancestor"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Sask. archaeology student finds 6,000-year-old stone dart tip at Wanuskewin dig site"
Saskatoon Star Phoenix (Canada)

"Bull sacrifices in ancient Selinunte"
ANSA (Italy)

"East Asians may have been reshaping their skulls 12,000 years ago"
Science News (USA)

"Partial skull found in Greece shows modern humans were in Eurasia 210,000 years ago"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Prehistoric art on TS megaliths depict constellations: Study"
The New Indian Express (India)

"The trench surrounding the oldest pyramid of Egypt was a model of the way to the afterlife"
PAP (Poland)

"Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs"
National Geographic (USA)

"The Ancient Maya Apparition Who Showed the Way to Xunantunich"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"US officials criticised for attending opening of West Bank Israeli settler archaeological site"
The National (UAE)

"UAE and Belgium to return 2 Andhra Pradesh artefacts"
The Times of India (India)

"A Roman ship with ancient amphorae found in Cyprus"
MICE Times (Thailand)

"Ancient palace emerges from Iraqi reservoir"
Kharbar Hub (Nepal)

"The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project"
Cardiff/Athens Universites (Cymru/Greece)
[In October 1900, Captain Dimitrious Kondos was leading a team of sponge divers near the the island of Antikythera off the coast of Greece. They noticed a shipwreck about 180 feet below the surface and began to investigate. Amongst the artifacts that they brought up was a coral-encrusted piece of metal that later archaeologists found was some sort of gear wheel.

The rest of the artifacts, along with the shape of the boat, suggested a date around 2000 years ago, which made the find one of the most anomalous that had ever been recovered from the Greek seas. It became known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

In 2006 the journal "Nature" published a
letter, and another paper about the mechanism was published in 2008, detailing the findings of Prof. Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University. Using high-resolution X-ray tomography to study the fragments of the anomalous Antikythera Mechanism, they found that it was in fact a bronze mechanical analog computer that could be used to calculate the astronomical positions and various cycles of the Moon - as seen from the Earth: - Ed]

Part of the Antikythera Mechanism
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Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

2000-year-old analog computer recreated

More Antikythera Mechanism Information & Commentary:

"Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck"
Scientific American (USA)

"Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks"
CBC News (Canada)

"Beyond the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature Blogs (UK)

"Archimedes’ legendary sphere brought to life"
Nature News (UK)

"Discovery about the Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early Greek science"
University of Puget Sound (USA)

"World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought... "
The Daily Mail Online (UK)

"New international mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck"
eKathimerini (Greece)

"Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"World’s First Computer Displayed Olympic Calendar"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera Mechanism - World's earliest existing analogue computer"
HotnHit News (India)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"Imaging the Antikythera Computer"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens"
Scientific American (USA)

"2,000 Year Old Computer Yields Her Secrets"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Watch a video explaining the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature (UK)

"Antikythera mechanism"
Wikipedia (USA)

"World's First Computer Rebuilt, Rebooted After 2,000 Years"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)

Google image search results for The Antikythera mechanism
Google (USA)


"The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1: Archaeology and Geophysics
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M. M. Mandelkehr

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"The 2300 BC Event takes a new look at an old puzzle: what happened at this date to cause the various advanced societies on the Earth to simultaneously collapse?

Civilizations in Anatolia and Greece, through Egypt and the Middle East, and eastward to India and Central Asia were at their height. The collapse of these civilizations due to earthquakes and climatic changes has been mirrored by similar interruptions on all continents, in the Arctic, and extending to the Pacific.

The discontinuities have long puzzled archaeologists and historians. New religions and accompanying mythologies appeared at this time in all cultural regions describing bombardment and flooding from the skies.

Strangely, the dominant aspect of the mythologies, however, is the observation and worship of a ring appearing to surround the Earth, oriented to the two Ursa (Bear) constellations."

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"The Northern/Southern Taurid meteoroid stream is identified as the specific meteoroid stream that the Earth encountered at 2300 BC.

The Earth's encounter with a dense cluster of large objects would produce atmospheric phenomena very different from the pleasant and interesting night displays of meteor trails that are within our own experience.

The rain of objects would have generated extraordinary visual and auditory effects combined with ground vibrations; and under extreme conditions would bring about severe surface destruction and loss of life.

The overall event was associated by the people with powerful deities and formed the basis for major religions. The mythologies and traditions are, in large part, the residues of those religions."

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Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to 'decode' the alignments and other design features of the Step Pyramid Complex, to uncover the true origins and genius of Imhotep."

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