Sunday, October 30, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Scientists digitise our prehistoric past

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 02:31 AM PDT

Researchers in Leipzig are compiling a ground-breaking digital archive of artefacts from around the world. Created to compare Neanderthals with modern man, the archive could revolutionise their field — which is exactly why many oppose it.

Visitors to Tel Aviv University are greeted by three skulls with seashells in their eye sockets and on a table behind them, a student completes a detailed drawing of the teeth in a human jaw.  The bone chamber lies behind a simple steel door on the ground floor, located right next to the delivery entrance of the anatomy institute at Tel Aviv University, what looks like a simple storeroom is actually one of the world's largest repositories of human history.

Nestled on foam within blue storage drawers are all sorts of fragile bones, from femurs to mandibles, and phalanges to ribs, children's skulls and a whole range of teeth. These are one-of-a-kind fossils that reveal a key episode in the history of the human species.

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Tourism development versus historic preservation in Turkey reaches ‘fever pitch’

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 01:26 AM PDT

Last week AOL journalist Melanie Renzulli reported that the conflict between historic preservation and tourism development has reached a "fever pitch" in Turkey.

Renzulli referred to the Art Newspaper, which reported that Turkey's recent transfer of archaeological excavation permits from the hands of non-Turkish to Turkish scholars implies a "crackdown" on foreign universities for its slow pace in turning Turkey's abundance of historic sites into tourist attractions.

Experts agree that the threat of tourism development to historic preservation, both of which fall under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is real.

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