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UPDATE March 01 2020 - As Helen and I are working in Frankfurt, and cannot get reliable cluster access to The Morien Institute servers, we are unabale to update the news pages ourselves and Pierrôt has the same problems in Carnac, Brittany. However, Picti in Orkney has found a way and will do her best to add to John's brilliant editorial achievements over the past 23 years.

The news we can put up will be much reduced from that in previous years, but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories so Picti can make it as good as possible - Polly

 

 

"Ani, the forgotten ghost city of the northeast"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"5000-year Old Viral Story: Prehistoric Chinese Village May Hold Clues To 1st Epidemic Ever"
Republic World (India)

"A Mysterious 25,000-Year-Old Structure Built of the Bones of 60 Mammoths"
Smithsonian (USA)

"Archaeologists find China’s earliest urban drainage system"
Macau Business / XinhuaNet (China)

"Archaeologists start work on discovering how old iconic Cerne Abbas Giant is"
Evening Standard (England)

"Musical scales are a prehistoric gift to us"
The Hindu (India)

"Geologic evidence supports theory that major cosmic impact event occurred approximately 12,800 years ago"
PysOrg (USA)

"Supposedly ancient sculpture returned to Nigeria declared a ‘total fake’"
Mexico Daily News (Mexico)

"Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Fossil of tiny hummingbird-like dinosaur with teeth found in 99-million-year-old amber"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Olives First Domesticated 7,000 Years Ago in Israel, Study Says"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could ‘rewrite’ ancient events"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Jordan Workers Disinfect The 'Rose Red City' of Petra"
Al Bawaba (Jordan)

"4,000-year-old human bones found in Ras Al Khaimah"
Emirates 24/7 (UAE)

"Ancient fish fossil discovered in Canada is a 'missing link' in evolution of hand bones"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Fife farmer, 80, to face trial accused of carving path through ancient Angus standing stones site"
The Courier (Scotland)

"Ancient Maya kingdom with pyramid discovered in southern Mexico"
Live Science (USA)

"Large-scale excavation conducted at Cat Tien archaeological site"
VietNam Plus (VietNam)

"Evidence of a cosmic impact that caused destruction of one of the earliest human settlements"
PysOrg (USA)

"Pyramid-shaped stupa sheds new light on our rich past"
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

"Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could ‘rewrite’ ancient events"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Ancient Art Found in Basque Country Changes Understanding of Prehistoric Society"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Independent highlights Djoser Pyramid inauguration"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Wild boars provide archaeologists with clues to early domestication"
Science Daily (USA)

"Ghar Dalam – Malta’s Unexplained Cave of Bones"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Egypt gets tougher to safeguard its ancient treasures"
The Arab Weekly (UK)

"The Spectacular and Long-Lost Ancient Greek City of Thouria"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Biggest Ivory Workshop in Ancient World Discovered in Pakistan"
Haaretz (Israel)

"How forgers fooled the Bible museum with fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments"
WTHI-TV 10 (USA)

"Conservation, not excavation, focus in Gobeklitepe"
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)

"Ancient Earth may have been a 'water world' with no dry land"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)

"Merciless Ancient Flood Carried 300,000 Lives Away"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Research papers presented on Gandhara civilisation"
The News International (Pakistan)

"5 of Scotland's best...Neolithic sites"
The Herald (Scotland)

"Homo erectus Fossils and Tools Unearthed in Ethiopia"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Iranian, German archaeologists, experts start project in Kerman"
Tehran Times (Iran)

 


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February 2020 News Headlines
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UPDATE February 01 2020 - Helen and I have to report that our Web Editor, John, will not be continuing to edit The Morien Institute website in 2020. Thank you to everyone who sent in good wishes for John's speedy recovery from the recent flu virus.

As Helen and I are working in Frankfurt, and cannot get reliable cluster access to The Morien Institute servers, we are unabale to update the news pages ourselves and Pierrôt has the same problems in Carnac, Brittany. However, Picti in Orkney has found a work around and will do her best to add to John's brilliant editorial achievements over the past 23 years.

The news we can put up will be much reduced from that in previous years, but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories so Picti can make it as good as possible - Polly

 

 

"Early humans feasted on fish in the Sahara Desert 10,000 years ago"
Science Focus (UK)

"Unique golden jewelries unearthed at Kultobe ancient settlement"
Kazinform (Kazakhstan)

"Grave circles found under football pitch could be 3,000 years old"
The Brussels Times (Belgium)

"New Study Results Consistent With Dog Domestication During Ice Age"
University of Arkansas (USA)

"5200-year-old cereal grains from eastern Altai Mountains predate trans-Eurasian crop exchange"
Mirage News (Australia)

"Digital cenote tours are the future of archaeology in Yucatán"
The Yukatan Times (Mexico)

"Hypogeum with sarcophagus found in Forum"
ANSA (Italy)

"Pictish Hillfort Unearthed in Central Scotland"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Huge Predynastic Burial Ground Found in Egypt"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Bronze Age burials beside Loch Ness"
Current Archaeology (UK)

"Underwater Heritage of Split-Dalmatia County Guide ...."
Total Croatia News (Croatia)

"Archaeologists discover lost city that may have conquered the kingdom of Midas"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Submerged buildings found in ancient city and modern luxury resort of Crete"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Waikato researcher re-writing history of Pacific"
Scoop (New Zealand)

"A Second Temple Outside Jerusalem?"
Israel Today (Israel)

"Is an Aboriginal tale of an ancient volcano the oldest story ever told?"
Science Magazine (USA)

"'Sspecial' boomerang discovered in bushfire-ravaged Cobargo creek"
The Canberra Times (Australia)

"Crete’s Ancient Sunken City of Olus Gives Up More Secrets"
Argophilia (Germany)

"Board-game piece from period of first Viking raid found on Lindisfarne"
The Guardian (UK)

"Ancient carvings of scores of animals unearthed in Spanish cave (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)"
Russia Today (Russia)

"Maps of a now-submerged land help reconstruct the lives of ancient Europeans" - video
Science Magazine (USA)

"Mud-brick Village Survived 7,200 Years in the Jordan Valley"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Gwion paintings in the Kimberley were created around 12,000 years ago, wasp nests suggest"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"800-year-old spiral rock carvings marked the solstices for Native Americans"
Live Science (USA)

"Megalithic menhir found in Bhadravathi"
The New Indian Express (India)

"Research upends the timing of Easter Island's societal collapse"
AroundTheO (USA)

"Incredible Archaeological Discoveries Made in Istrian City of Porec"
Total Croatia News (Croatia)

"Getting Blackfoot artifacts out of U.K. museum and back to Alberta"
CBC News (Canada)

"Ancient Skulls in a Mexican Cave Might Reveal Surprises About Early North Americans"
Somag Alert (USA)

"Older than Pyramids, Turkey's Göbekli Tepe is the first temple on earth"
IB Times (Singapore)

"The Afghan artefacts that survived Taliban destruction"
BBC News (UK)

"Mysterious Egyptian Artifact From the Bronze Age Found Off Israeli Coast"
Haaretz (Israel)

"7500 Years Old, Probably World’s Oldest Wooden Building Found"
Somag News (USA)

"Israeli archaeologists discover 2,900-year-old temple with worship objects"
China.org (China)

"40,000 Years Of Human History Hidden in Sarawak's Niah Cave"
The Rakyat Post (Malaysia)

"New archaeological treasures discovered at Santorini’s Akrotiri"
Greek City Times (Greece)

"330-million-year-old shark head discovered in Kentucky"
SlashGear (USA)

"HC notice for neglect of Satna monuments"
The Times of India (India)

"Development starts 15 metres from protected cart ruts"
Times of Malta (Malta)

 


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January 2020 News Headlines
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UPDATE January 01 2020 - Helen and I are happy to report that our Web Editor, John, has now recovered from a nasty bout of flu, but will not be continuing to edit The Morien Institute website in 2020. Thank you to everyone who sent in good wishes for John's speedy recovery.

As Helen and I are working in Frankfurt, and cannot get reliable cluster access to The Morien Institute servers, we are unabale to update the news pages ourselves and Pierrôt has the same problems in Carnac, Brittany. However, Picti in Orkney has found a work around and will do her best to add to John's brilliant editorial achievements over the past 23 years.

The news we can put up will be much reduced from that in previous years, but please do keep sending in alerts about news stories so Picti can make it as good as possible - Polly

 

 

"Dozens of Mummies and Skeletons Found in Canary Islands Cave Tomb"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Archaeological survey confirms Iron Age site in northeast Iran"
Tehran Times (Iran)

"North-east archaeologists offer glimpse into Scotland’s warrior past by recreating Pictish image"
The Press & Journal (Scotland)

"Long-Lost Kingdom Over 3,000 Years Old Stumbled on by Archeologists in Turkey"
Sputnik (Russia)

"Archaeologists to study 10,000 years of climate change off Israel’s coast"
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

"BHU archaeologists unearth 4000-yr-old crafts village in Varanasi"
The Tribune (India)

"Neanderthal skeleton unearthed at 'flower burial' site in Iraq holds clues about ancient death rites"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"60,000-year-old Neanderthal ‘Swiss Army Knife’ found in Siberian cave"
The Siberian Times (Russia)

"New study debunks myth of Cahokia’s Native American lost civilization"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Photos: Archaeologists document 12,000 year old inscription in South Sinai"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Queensland dinosaur footprints on the ceiling mystery solved"
ABC News (Australia)

"New archaeological discoveries found in Amrit and Safita in Tartous"
SANA (Syria)

"Fossilized Footprints Show Neanderthals Climbing An Active Volcano"
Forbes (USA)

"King Solomon’s Mines found"
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

"Children’s graves reveal genetic diversity of ancient West Africa"
Cosmos Magazine (Australia)

"Former Italian diplomat receives 15-year sentence for smuggling Egyptian artifacts"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Isotopes in teeth suggest two megalithic cultures were separate groups"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Nagardhan excavations: Why are findings important to understand Vakataka dynasty"
The Indian Express (India)

"Ancient Aztec Temazcal uncovered by archaeologists in Mexico City’s La Merced"
The Yukatan Times (Mexico)

"Neolithic Farmers Helped African Wolves Have a Population Boom 5,000 Years Ago"
Newsweek (USA)

"Peru Deported Tourists Accused Of Damaging Machu Picchu"
Outlook India (India)

"Thousands of ancient Aboriginal sites probably damaged in Australian fires"
Nature (UK)

"Mada'in Saleh - Saudi Arabia’s Abandoned Nabatean City"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"An ancient aquatic system older than the pyramids has been revealed by the Australian bushfires"
CNN (USA)

"China reservoir exploration reveals submerged city"
AsiaOne (China)

"How Did Humans Boil Water Before the Invention of Pots?"
The Atlantic (USA)

"Winton dinosaur field reveals biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever found in Australia"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Italian archaeologists make ‘extraordinary discovery’ at Kurdistan Region site"
Kurdistan 24 (Kurdistan)

"Always counterclockwise: Puzzle of early Neolithic house orientations finally solved"
EurekAlert (USA)

"The Aquatic Neanderthal: They Could Swim and Dive for Clams"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Archaeologists find foundations of pre-Hispanic home in borough of Azcapotzalco"
Mexico Daily News (Mexico)

"Central China discovers earliest wheel ruts"
China.org (USA)

"Cryptic suicide note raises suspicions of foul play in Turkish archaeologist's death"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"New Dates for Arrival of Homo erectus in Southeast Asia"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Ancient carvings scraped off rocks on Pangaion Hills by vandal gold-diggers"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Stonehenge Bluestone Stolen for Garden Ornamentation"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Early Humans May Have Scavenged More than They Hunted"
History Channel (USA)

"Possible evidence of early Neolithic farming communities"
The Moorlander (England)

"Ancient Amazon warrior women discovered in Russia"
Fox News (USA)

"Vikings erected a runestone out of fear of a climate catastrophe"
Mirage News (Australia)

"Climate change may have wiped out Saraswati river, Harappan city of Dholavira"
Yahoo India (India)

"Twenty years of discoveries changing story of human evolution"
EarthSky (USA)

"Discovery of ancient Egyptian beads sheds new light on historic trade routes"
The First News (Poland)

"Archaeologists find Mughal-era rainwater drain near Red Fort"
Hindustan Times (India)

"Maya Palace Discovered Deep in the Mexican Jungle"
Live Science (USA)

"Secrets of the Golden House: Hidden Chamber Uncovered in Emperor Nero's Palace"
Sputnik International (Russia)

"Napoleonic-era field kitchens found on Guernsey"
Current Archaeology (UK)

"Caraftu Caves, The Mysterious Lair of Hercules in Western Iran"
Greek Repoerter (Greece)

"Child-sized Weapons Found in Oregon Were Used for Teaching, Anthropologists Say"
Haaretz (Israel)

"Viking ship's buried clues may reveal identities of mystery women"
National Geographic (USA)

"North Yorkshire archaeological sites are in top ten most important"
The Northern Echo (England)

"Group demands Kahului housing project stop digging for iwi kupuna"
Hawaii News Now (Hawaii)


"The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project"
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[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]


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"Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck"
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"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"
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"World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought... "
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"New international mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck"
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"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"
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"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"Imaging the Antikythera Computer"
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"Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens"
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"2,000 Year Old Computer Yields Her Secrets"
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Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life"
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