Saturday, November 19, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

TV's Julian Richards leads archaeology course in Dorset

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 06:18 AM PST

TV ARCHAEOLOGIST Julian Richards is leading a course in Blandford that promises to open up the world of archaeology to enthusiasts.

He will be leading a series of talks and field visits as part of the Blandford Schools and Community Heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

And the free lectures, which start on Thursday, 1st December, could develop into part of a Blandford Archaeology Group and carry on exploring the area's past.

Mr Richards, who is working on a new BBC series of Meet the Ancestors - Revisited, said no previous experience is needed for the course.

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Temple of Mithras prepares for facelift

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 06:16 AM PST

Plans to dismantle and move the reconstructed Roman Temple of Mithras to temporary storage, ahead of a more faithful reconstruction, will begin on the 21 November 2011 by Museum of London Archaeology.

The temple, which is located at Walbrook Square, was discovered by chance in 1952 by archaeologist WF Grimes as the site was being prepared for redevelopment. On the last day of excavation, 18 September 1954, the marble head of the god of Mithras was unearthed. Several more amazing artefacts, including several sculptures, were later found - these are now on display in the Museum of London's Roman gallery.

The temple was dismantled at that time and the Roman building material put into storage. In 1962, the temple was reconstructed on a podium adjacent to Queen Victoria Street, 90 metres from its original site, nine metres above its original level and set in modern cement mortar.

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Bronze Age hoard found in Wiltshire field

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 06:14 AM PST

A Bronze Age hoard of more than 100 objects dating back over 2,700 years has been discovered in west Wiltshire.

The objects, including weapons and tools, were found in October in a field near Tisbury by a metal detectorist.

His initial find, a spearhead, was reported to a finds liaison officer and the site excavated by archaeologists.

Adrian Green, from the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, said "it's the biggest hoard found in the county since the Salisbury Hoard in the 1980s."

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When Roman empire was ruled from South Shields

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 06:12 AM PST

THE moment in history when the entire Roman Empire may have been ruled from a Tyneside town will be relived today.

Finds from digs at Arbeia Roman fort in South Shields have offered convincing evidence that the Emperor Severus and his sons Caracalla and Geta were at the base as they prepared for a campaign into Scotland.

Because the imperial family and court were present, that would have effectively meant that the empire would have been governed from South Shields.

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Neanderthals Vanished Because of Their Own Success, Suggests Study

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 06:09 AM PST

Using data obtained from the archaeological record, a team of researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado, Denver, conducted experiments using complex computer modeling to analyze evidence of how human hunter-gatherers responded culturally and biologically to the dramatic changes that took place during the last Ice Age. The results showed, among other things, that the Neanderthals, thought by many scientists to have become extinct at least in part because of their inadaptability and inability to compete with the expanding presence of modern humans, may have actually been victims of their own success.

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Earliest Sample of Minoan Hieroglyphics Found in Western Crete

Posted: 19 Nov 2011 12:07 AM PST

A four-sided red jasper sealstone is among the finds unearthed during this season's excavation of the Minoan peak sanctuary at Vrysinas, located south of the city of Rethymnon.  The whole area was officially announced and included in the archaeological sites list by the Central Archaeological Council of Greece.

The sealstone, which is carved on all four surfaces with characters of the Minoan Hieroglyphic script, constitutes the sole evidence to date for the presence of this earliest Minoan style of writing in Western Crete.

The excavation, which began in 2004, is conducted by the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities under the supervision of the archaeologist Helena Papadopoulou in collaboration with Prof. Iris Tzachili from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete.

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