Monday, July 11, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeological Survey at Wessex Archaeology - an update from the Geomatics Team

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT

We have just posted some new and interesting case studies as well as more information about techniques we use to satisfy the demanding needs of heritage survey & GIS projects.

As recently announced, Wessex Archaeology have been accepted as Affiliate Members of the Survey Association. We provide a range of geomatics services for the heritage sector and our TSA membership will help us to develop these services further.

Working closely with hardware and software manufacturers, academic institutions and partners in the survey industry, as well as our own in-house teams of archaeological surveyors and geomatics experts, built heritage and archaeology specialists, we provide tailored solutions for all manner of projects.

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Tooth filing was a worldwide craze among Viking men

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 10:02 AM PDT

Teeth with neat parallel grooves have been found in Viking graves in Sweden, Denmark and England, and farther afield

Filed Viking teeth are piling up. Caroline Arcini, an osteologist at the archaeology department of the Swedish National Heritage Board, was fascinated to learn from Oxford Archaeology of the men with neat horizontal lines filed into their teeth who ended up in a pit in Dorset: she has scores more such teeth on her desk.

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Early humans, ritual cannibals: Study

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 09:59 AM PDT

Archaeologists have found 32,000-year-old human remains in southeastern Europe, which suggest that the earliest humans practiced "mortuary" or "ritual" cannibalism.

The excavated human remains, the oldest known in Europe, were found at a shelter-cave site called Buran-Kaya III in Ukraine and exhibit post-mortem cut marks, the MSNBC reports.

"Our observations show a post-mortem treatment of human corpses including the selection of the skull," said the paleozoologist and archaeologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Stephane Pean.

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Italy: Nero's Golden House to remain closed to visitors

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 09:54 AM PDT

Roman Emperor Nero's first century Domus Aurea villa will be closed to visitors for at least another three years as complicated repairs to the sprawling complex cause its scheduled 2011 reopening to be delayed, said the Italian culture minister's director general for archeology Luigi Malnati.

"You first and foremost have to avoid further collapses and save it," he said in an interview with Il Messaggero newspaper published on Friday.

Some historians say Nero started the great fire that charred much of Rome in 64 AD to make room for his 300 acre Domus Aurea, or Golden House that was adorned by gold leaf and dazzling frescos.

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