Saturday, September 1, 2007

September 1st News

It's a long week-end so there are fewer newspapers reporting, and so, less news.

New stories as of 11:21 AM:

Pristine Pre-Roman Tomb Discovered In Italy
National Geographic News
A 2,200-year-old tomb has been discovered completely intact in central Italy, revealing the remains and ornate possessions of some 30 Etruscans, members of the ancient civilization that ruled the region before the rise of Rome.

Two Marble Sculptures To Return To Sicily
The New York Times
MILAN — A modest archaeological museum in Aidone, Sicily, is heralding the return of two sixth-century B.C. marble sculptures that have haunting smiles and a somewhat mysterious past. The artifacts are believed to have been looted from Morgantina, an ancient Greek settlement whose ruins lie next to Aidone...

Ancient Cities Discovered In Middle-East
The Age
EXCAVATIONS at a 6000-year-old archaeological mound in north-eastern Syria called Tell Brak are providing an alternative explanation for how the first cities may have grown...

Friday, August 31, 2007

August 31st News

The summer is winding down, but the news stories aren't. Lets see what there is today.

New stories as of 10:34 AM:

Magazine Cover Sparks Vesuvius Alarm
Science Daily
NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A front-page story about Italy's Mount Vesuvius in National Geographic sparked panicked calls to a Vesuvius civil defense hotline...

Archaeological Excavations Made On Danube Bridge 2 Construction Site
Focus Information Agency
Vidin. This is the third day we have been making excavations in the area of the Danube Bridge 2 for archaeological site Necropolis, which is of the late bronze age, Stefan Alexandrov from the Institute of Archaeology has announced...

Altering Road Over Rotherwas Bronze Age Track Could Cost Millions
24 Hour Museum
At a cabinet meeting on September 6, Hereford Council will discuss the options for protecting the Bronze Age Rotherwas Ribbon feature discovered during road building...

Nantwich Had A Major Roman Settlement
This is Cheshire
NANTWICH'S historic credentials have received a boost following important archaeological finds along Welsh Row...

Inscribed Tablet May Be Piece Of Ancient History
Fay Observer
Larry Buie just wanted to help Eddie make a little money from a clay tablet that may date back to antiquity...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

August 30th News

Running a little late today, but here's the history related news links for today. There's quite a range of stories too.

New stories as of 1:21 PM:

Thousands Of Bulgarian Artefacts Smuggled Abroad - Daily Telegraph
Sofia Echo
Bulgarian law states that all artefacts found in Bulgaria belong to the state, but thousands of smugglers are illegally exporting archaeological finds abroad...

Roman Baths Dangerously Left To Ruin
Malta Star
The flimsy gate guarding the ancient Roman Baths at the picturesque valley leading to Ghajn Tuffieha is about to collapse, just like the roofs of the rooms protecting the priceless mosaics inside them...

Wigan Was Made In The Iron Age
Wigan Observer
They came looking for evidence of Roman Wigan - but archaeologists believe they may have dug even deeper into the town's ancient past by unearthing artefacts from the Iron Age...

The Legacy of Alexander The Great
Alexander the Great. The name alone inspires images of a man with a massive army at his back, his face laden with both the burden and the right to sweep the world and bring it under his rule. During his time, and for centuries afterwards, Alexander the Great, son of the infamous Phillip of Macedon, was hailed as one of the great, if not the greatest military commanders of all time...

Sending Out An SOS
Isolated on a high hillock in the middle of Lake Nasser, the monumental complex of Qasr Ibrim displays a collection of archaeological remnants of Egypt's various historical epochs that once witnessed a unique civilisation...

Burial Clue To Early Urban Strife
BBC News
Archaeologists working in Syria have unearthed the remains of dozens of youths thought to have been killed in a fierce confrontation 6,000 years ago...

Mesopotamian City Grew Regardless Of Kingly Rule
New Scientist
Contrary to the assumption that ancient cities always grew outwards from a central point, the urban site of Tell Brak in north-eastern Syria appears to have emerged as several nearby settlements melded together, according to researchers' analysis of archaeological evidence...

UCC Archaeologists Uncover Hilltop Fort From 1200 BC Near Innishannon

The Southern Star
ARCHAEOLOGISTS from University College Cork have uncovered the oldest hilltop fort in Ireland on a ridge near Innishannon overlooking huge tracts of County Cork and believe that it was the first capital of Cork...

New Evidence: Urbanization Did Not Originate With Centralized Political Power
Science Daily
Science Daily Ancient cities arose not by decree from a centralized political power, as was previously widely believed, but as the outgrowth of decisions made by smaller groups or individuals, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh.

Whack To Head, Not Arrow, Killed Iceman
Discovery News
Aug. 30, 2007 — A final blow to the head, not an arrow wound, killed Ötzi, the 5,000-year-old Iceman found in the Italian Alps, says a new study on the world's oldest and best-preserved mummy...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

August 29th News

Turkey seems to be hot spot for news today.

New stories as of 12:19 PM:

Museums Shed Light On Anatolian History
Turkish Daily News
Thousands of works with traces of various cultures are on display at museums all around Turkey. Antalya, Alanya and Side museums in the Mediterranean, the ones in the eastern Anatolian cities of Erzurum and Kars, and Amasra and Ereğli museums in the Black Sea region receive great interest from visitors...

Ancient Tios Holst To Sole Archaeological Work In Black Sea Region
Turkish Daily News
Archaeologists think that the excavations in the ancient city of Tios will shed light on the history of the Black Sea region...

1st Century BC Panels Depicting Evolution Of Gladiatorial Games Discovered
Daily India
Washington, Aug 29: Italian authorities, have following a three-year investigation, recovered a dozen stolen frieze panels with superbly carved images of gladiators, dating back to the later part of the 1st century BC...

Iceman Died From Head Trauma, Not Arrow
Washington Post
ROME, Italy -- Researchers studying Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy found frozen in the Italian Alps, now believe he died of head trauma, not the wound of an arrow...

Roman Skeleton Unearthed At Dig
Hunts Post 24
HUMAN remains dating back to the Roman era have been discovered during excavation work in Huntingdon...

Iron Age Sword Discovered Again
BBC News
An Iron Age sword which was stolen from a Cambridgeshire museum 13 years ago has been returned after it was spotted at an auction in Germany...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

August 28th News

Mostly today's stories are continuations of earlier news. However, there are some new stories as well.

New stories as of 11:07 AM:

Experiment To Clarify Ancient Physics Discovery Yields More Questions
In approximately 600 B.C., the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletos discovered that rubbing certain materials together, such as amber and wool, can cause both to become electrically charged, one positive and one negative...

Greek Fires Threaten Antiquities
ZAHARO, Greece—Fierce forest fires and walls of flame threatened ruins in Olympia, including the the archaeological museum, pagan temples, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games first took place more than 2,000 years ago, the New York Times reports...

Authorities To Start Restoration Works In Ancient Olympia
Travel Daily News
The Greek Minister of Culture Mr. Giorgos Voulgarakis visited yesterday (27 August) the archeological site of Ancient Olympia where the local and fire authorities informed him regarding the situation in the site. The minister seeing the extent of the disaster by himself stated, “There is no doubt that Ilia prefecture experienced a huge disaster. There are also damages in the greater region of the archeological site.”...

Ancient Roman Footprint Uncovered
In The News
A footprint made by the sandal of a Roman soldier has been discovered in a wall surrounding the Israeli city of Hippos (Sussita), east of the Sea of Galilee...$1127875.htm

Roman Mosaics Discovered In Hasankeyf
Today's Zaman
Wall mosaics belonging to the Roman era have been discovered during excavations in Batman’s ancient city of Hasankeyf. Hasankeyf excavation team leader Professor Abdulselam Uluçam yesterday reported that the colorful wall mosaics, which have been discovered following excavations beginning in 2005, were of crucial importance to the history of the city...

Iron Age Meets Space Age
Manchester Evening News
EXPERTS have unearthed hidden relics of Wigan's ancient past - from the depths of space...

At Galilee Site, Solving A Mystery From The Time Of Solomon
A wooden sign stands at the entrance to the dirt road leading to the Segev Forest in the Western Galilee, inscribed with the symbol of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Beneath it in fading green letters is the name "Rosh Zayit Ruin." Without perusing the entrance to the dirt road carefully, you might not see the weed-covered sign, and not realize that this is the entrance to a very special archaeological site...

Are Ancient Ruins Flammable?
Firefighters in Greece narrowly saved the ruins of Olympia from the wildfires that spread across the island nation over the weekend. The blaze torched the edges of the stadium, but officials say the archaeological treasure survived. Can ancient ruins catch on fire?...

Monday, August 27, 2007

August 27th News

It's a new week, so it should be interesting to see if there are any new stories to go with it.

New stories as of 1:30 PM:

'Lost City of Apollo' Discovered
The Times of India
LONDON/BUCHAREST: Renowned archaeologist Dennis Price, who shot to fame last year with his amazing discovery of Stonehenge's lost altar stone by a roadside in Berwick St James, has now claimed to have found the famed 'Lost City of Apollo' around the Neolithic structure...

Photo In The News: Ancient Olympic Site Saved From Fire
National Geographic News
August 27, 2007—Appearing to gasp for air through the smoke, a winged statue of victory stands surrounded by wildfires that nearly destroyed the site of the ancient Olympic Games in southwestern Greece...

Could The Ancient Greeks Have Created The Scientific Revolution?
The Brussels Journal
This essay was inspired by a comment from blogger and TBJ-reader Conservative Swede, who once stated that the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions were the products of Greek logic and Roman engineering skills, and had little to do with Christianity...

Roman Footprint Found In Ancient City
Science Daily
HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in Israel said they've discovered a footprint from the sandal of a Roman soldier during an excavation of the ancient city of Hippos...

Beneath Alexandria

CAIRO, Egypt -- Alexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name amid his quest to conquer the world -- but his was apparently not the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast...

Professor Writes The Book On Study Of Medieval Manuscripts
UNM Today
Timothy Graham, the director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at UNM, and his collaborator Raymond Clemens, associate professor of History at Illinois State University, have literally written the book on medieval manuscript studies. Their volume, “Introduction to Manuscript Studies,” will be released during the fall by Cornell University Press...

Prehistoric Greek Water Works Found

Yahoo News
ATHENS, Greece - Archaeologists excavating a sprawling prehistoric fortress in southern Greece have discovered a secret underground passage thought to have supplied the site with water in times of danger...;_ylt=AtNh9xKinb6pqHtcAIQ9A5tFeQoB

NOAA Vessel To Explore Undersea Unknown

Yahoo News
WASHINGTON - Undersea explorer Robert Ballard leans back and smiles at the screens arrayed above his desk. One displays a view of a remote operating vessel, another scans along a seafloor never before viewed by humans...;_ylt=AnKqzaWBVQjuNQjpwEk08wdvieAA

Sunday, August 26, 2007

August 26th News

While the Greece story is the big one of the day, most of the articles seem to be summarizing a range of stories, so only the one is linked here. The other stories are a range of new discoveries and a history summary.

New stories as of 12:49 PM:

Greece Grapples With Fires, Olympia Site Endangered
Monsters and Critics
Athens - Greek firefighters, getting assistance from other countries, Sunday continued to battle fires raging out of control in several areas of the country, with a battle going on to rescue the ancient site of Olympia...

Olympia: Birthplace Of Ancient Olympics
Washington Post
-- Revered as the holiest sanctuary in ancient Greece, Olympia in the western Peloponnese hosted the ancient Olympic Games for more than 1,000 years after they started in 776 B.C...
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Ancient Passage Found In Greece
Press TV
Archaeologists have discovered a secret underground passage in a prehistoric fortress which is believed to have been a water supply path...

Burial Mound On Downs Is Neolithic
Hastings Today
A county council archaeologist has found that an unusual 'figure of eight' shaped burial mound at Pashley Down, Old Town, is 1,000 years older than anyone realised...

Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Christian Necropolis On Perperikon
Sofia News Agency
Bulgarian archaeologists discovered a Christian necropolis outside the ruins of the medieval fortress near the rock sanctuary of Perperikon, located in southern Bulgaria near the town of Kardzhali...