Monday, June 27, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:48 AM PDT
ARCHAEOLOGISTS from the Channel 4 show Time Team were back on the north Northumberland coast for a dig on an at-risk monument.

St Ebba's chapel is a 13th century site situated on a rocky promontory at Beadnell.

The chapel itself was excavated in the mid-19th century, but remains enigmatic. It is surrounded by a series of mysterious earthworks that could be the remains of an unknown early Christian settlement.

In 1994, work was conducted at the site to investigate a strange feature that appears to have been used as a lime kiln.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:47 AM PDT
AN OUTDOOR museum and archaeology centre has won £30,000 towards refurbishments.

The South Downs National Park Authority awarded the grant to Butser Ancient Farm, near Chalton.

The farm, which features a reconstructed Roman villa and Iron Age roundhouses, is an archaeological research site and now a well-established rural education centre, attracting 15,000 schoolchildren and 10,000 members of the public each year.

The grant will go towards a £200,000 revamp which will see a new entrance building.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:46 AM PDT
For over six years French archaeologists have carried out excavations in the town of Bondy – situated close to the capital, Paris – discovering occupational evidence spanning 800 years (3-11 centuries AD).

Successive funerary spaces
Between the 3rd and the 5th centuries AD, a vast necropolis was established on the site. With more than 400 graves, it has now been partially excavated. The deceased were placed in coffins of which archaeologists have occasionally found traces of wood and nails.

Brought to light in 2007, seven stone sarcophagi, aligned on a north-south axis, marked the limit of the necropolis. An eighth sarcophagus is at present being excavated.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:44 AM PDT
Archaeologists are due to start a three-week dig in Herefordshire in search of a buried Medieval village.

Herefordshire Archaeology, the county's archaeological service, and The University of Manchester, will excavate trenches in The Knapp, in Bredwardine.

Previous digs at the farm have unearthed prehistoric flint tools. The dig lasts from Monday until 17 July.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:43 AM PDT
Tory council leader threatened to overturn principle that developers must pay for archaeological excavation

Archaeologists have condemned a Tory council leader's threat to dismantle all archaeological controls on development, saying that the regulations are necessary to protect the UK's unique national heritage.

Alan Melton, leader of Fenland District Council, dismissed opponents of development as "bunny huggers" in a speech last week. Archaeologists fear his views reflect a national threat to all heritage protection as a result of the government's determination to simplify the planning process to encourage development.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:41 AM PDT
A team of British paleontologists have made a formal application to the Church of England to exhume the body of playwright William Shakespeare.

Experts plan to use state-of-the-art computer equipment and create a three dimensional reconstruction of the writer, Daily Mail reported.

Paleontologist Francis Thackeray says excavating the playwright's tomb, which lies inside his local parish church in Stratford-upon-Avon, can reveal the reason behind Shakespeare's death almost four centuries ago in 1616.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:39 AM PDT
It's just after dawn at the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where the ambition for the morning is to resurrect an Egyptian ale whose recipe dates back several hundred centuries.

But will the za'atar—a potent Middle Eastern spice mixture redolent of oregano—clobber the soft, floral flavor of the chamomile? And what about the dried doum-palm fruit, which has been giving off a worrisome fungusy scent ever since it was dropped in a brandy snifter of hot water and sampled as a tea?

"I want Dr. Pat to try this," says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head's founder, frowning into his glass.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:37 AM PDT
Ancient skeletal remains have been uncovered by contractors working on the largest energy project in the country.

The unrecorded burial ground was discovered on farmland in Rush, north Dublin, as EirGrid laid piping for a high voltage direct current (HVDC) underground power line.

Several skulls and bones were recovered on the strip of land near Rogerstown estuary, which locals historians believe could date back to the Vikings in the 9th century.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2011 10:35 AM PDT
Stone Age barbecue consumers first went for the bone marrow and then for the ribs, suggest the leftovers of an outdoor 7,700-year-old meaty feast described in the July issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.

The remains, found in the valley of the River Tjonger, Netherlands, provide direct evidence for a prehistoric hunting, butchering, cooking and feasting event. The meal occurred more than 1,000 years before the first farmers with domestic cattle arrived in the region.

Although basic BBQ technology hasn't changed much over the millennia, this prehistoric meal centered around the flesh of an aurochs, a wild Eurasian ox that was larger than today's cows. It sported distinctive curved horns.

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