Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2008

Archaeology Magazine lists their top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2008, including the earliest shoes in China, the oldest oil paintings in Afghanistan, and the earliest human coprolites (look it up). They also have a list of endangered archaeological sites.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ancient Egypt Themed PC Game

Pharaoh, the king of ancient Egypt, is often d...Image via WikipediaInterested in games with an archaeological theme (sort of)? Codeminion has created a fantastic one called The Ancient Quest of Saqqarah. The graphics are wonderful, the music is nice, and it runs on both PC and Mac. The game is a series of puzzles, and anyone can do it.

Codeminion - creators of Saqqarah, Magic Match and StoneLoops!
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The James Ossuary

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JANUARY 22: This photo pro...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeApparently, the forgery trial over the James Ossuary is collapsing on itself. The Israel Antiquities Authority has been trying to prove that the inscription that reads, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus" was a fake. But their witnesses have been unable to present good evidence to support their claim.

Supporters of James Ossuary Inscription’s Authenticity Vindicated!
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Friday, September 05, 2008

The Harris Matrix

graphic created for article harris matrixImage via WikipediaA lot of archaeologists in the Eastern part of the U.S. use the Harris Matrix, which is a stratigraphy system. Here is the website with more information and, you can download (FREE!) a copy of Dr. Harris's Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy.

The Harris Matrix
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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Mapping Ancient Tombs with GPS

Map of OmanImage via WikipediaAn archaeology graduate student from Michigan State University is using GPS digital photo mapping software to study the positioning of tombs in Oman.

Researcher Maps Ancient Tombs in Oman with GPS-Photo Link Software
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Metal ornaments on horse leather

I Just Like This Photo (Better on Black, Though)Image by wednesday181 via FlickrThis is from the Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland website, and allows you to see the various metal ornaments that were used on leather horse equipment (but not furniture).

Leather Ornaments
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Archaeology in the News

Foxnewslogo.Image via WikipediaToo cool! Fox News now has an archaeology section. Alas, they stuck it in the SciTech section, as usual, but at least it is there.

Archaeology | Egyptology | Archeology -
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Heard Museum Gift Shop in Phoeniz, AZ

Heard Museum, Phoenix, ArizonaImage by Xavier de Jaur├ęguiberry via FlickrThe Heard Museum, in Phoenix, Arizona, has a fine collection of Native American items, kachina dolls (contemporary), Zuni carvings, and many other fine gifts.

Heard Museum Gift Shop
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Horse Skull Prank

Horse skull.Museum d'histoire naturelle.Paris.Image via Wikipedia
Great article by Kris Hirst about the Spencer Lake Mounds horse skull prank.

No Vikings in Wisconsin? Prank at Spencer Lake Mounds
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mayan Archaeology

Maya stucco glyphs diplayed in the museum at P...Image via WikipediaEverything you ever wanted to know about Mayan archaeology and then some.

Mayan archaeology
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

New Orleans Street Railway Association

Red Canal Streetcar, New Orleans, before Katri...Image via WikipediaA blog that covers the preservation of New Orleans streetcars and street railways. It is also a non-profit association (NOSRA) that has a quarterly newsletter.

New Orleans Street Railway Association
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Malta's Maritime History

Valletta Harbour. Picture by Henry Trotter, 2003.Image via WikipediaThe University of Florida Press is releasing Ayse Devrim Atauz's book on Malta's maritime history around the 9th of March. Here is the description:

"Building on her systematic underwater archaeological survey of the Maltese archipelago, Ayse Atauz presents a sweeping, groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approach to maritime history in the Mediterranean. Offering a general overview of essential facts, including geographical and oceanographic factors that would have affected the navigation of historic ships, major relevant historical texts and documents, the logistical possibilities of ancient ship design, a detailed study of sea currents and wind patterns, and especially the archaeological remains (or scarcity thereof) around the Maltese maritime perimeter, she builds a convincing argument that Malta mattered far less in maritime history than has been previously asserted."

Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History: Trade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in the Central Mediterranean
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