Sunday, October 9, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Thorpe House pupils take part in archaeological dig

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:25 AM PDT

Using trowels, brushes, a metal detector and shovels, the pupils were given an insight into archaeology, thanks to the Norfolk Archaeological Unit.

The school, in Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, approached the unit about the possibility of doing the dig after many of the children became interested in archaeology through their history lessons.

Archaeologist Lilly Hodges helped mark out test pits at the school, with four KS2 children at a time given the opportunity to dig.

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Modern Viking

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:22 AM PDT

Andrew Saur combines art and heritage to create special Nordic-inspired art.

Art was a part of Andrew Saur's life since he was a child – he still has a sketch of a Viking ship he did as an eight-year-old. He grew up in on the shores of Lake Superior in Two Harbors, Minn., where many Nordic immigrants settled over a century ago. Saur discovered graphic design in college, and realized it was a perfect fit for his interest in computers and fine art.

Today Saur and his wife Angel Sarkela-Saur have traveled to the Nordic countries several times, engaging in the culture and seeing where their ancestors came from (both have different combinations of Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish heritage). The young couple is based in Duluth, Minn., and together they create one-of-a-kind art with Nordic inspiration.

"From church to bazaars, the heritage is everywhere," said Sarkela-Saur.

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Bicester Anglo-Saxon skeletons re-interred

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:19 AM PDT

Fifteen Anglo-Saxon skeletons unearthed in Oxfordshire last year have been re-interred in a church memorial garden.

A requiem mass was held on Saturday before a wicker coffin containing all the remains was buried at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bicester.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, whose diocese covers Bicester, led the Roman Catholic ceremony.
The burial led to a disagreement with the church and local archaeologists, who wanted the bones put in a museum.

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Award nomination for Worcester Cathedral stonemasons

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:16 AM PDT

STONEMASONS who have worked on Worcester Cathedral's recently completed 23-year restoration programme have been shortlisted for an English Heritage award.

The stonemasons' team consists of five masons specially skilled in the conservation of historic stone buildings, and two apprentices.

They have been nominated in the English Heritage Angel Awards, supported by Andrew Lloyd Webber, to be held in London on October 31.

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Ancient Greek farmers found buried with livestock: Report

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:14 AM PDT

Archaeologists in northern Greece have found a rare group of ancient graves where farmers were interred with their livestock, a Greek daily reported on Friday.

At least 11 adults and 16 farm animals were found buried together near the town of Mavropigi in the northern region of Macedonia, some 21km from the city of Kozani, Ethnos daily said.

The men, women and a child lay alongside horses, oxen, dogs and a pig in two rows of graves, the area's head archaeologist told the newspaper.

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Tiny Drone Reveals Ancient Royal Burial Sites

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 12:12 AM PDT

A miniature airborne drone has helped archaeologists capture images for creating a 3-D model of an ancient burial mound in Russia, scientists say.

Archaeological sites are often in remote and rugged areas. As such, it can be hard to reach and map them with the limited budgets archaeologists typically have. Scientists are now using drones to extend their view into these hard-to-reach spots.

"There are a lot possibilities with this method," said researcher Marijn Hendrickx, a geographer at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

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