Friday, October 26, 2007

October 26th News

(August 29th) Whoops! I just realized this was getting error messages instead of posting.

There's a lot of different stories this morning, but no one big story the way there was yesterday or the day before.

New stories as of 6:26 AM:

Roman Statue Found By Building In South-Western Town Kurdjali
13 year- old boy found a Roman statue during excavation works for a house building near Kurdjali...

Cracking The Knight's Templar Code

CBS News
Hollywood’s long known there’s a great story in the medieval Knights Templar...
This story includes a video segment as well as the text story.

Red Hair A Part Of Neanderthal Genetic Profile
Seattle Times
PHILADELPHIA — In an unprecedented feat of forensic anthropology, European researchers extracted enough DNA from two Neanderthal skulls to suggest their owners sported red hair and white skin when they were alive 43,000 and 50,000 years ago...

The Queen Who Would Be King
Mummy dearest? Recent scholarship is changing thinking about female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whom Egyptologists once called "the vilest type of usurper."...

Medieval Ruins Found Near Stockholm Castle

United Press International
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have found the foundations of medieval buildings near the Royal Palace in Stockholm, dating from the city's early years...

Medieval Buildings Found Near Palace

The Local
Previously undiscovered medieval buildings have been found outside the Royal Palace in Stockholm, leading historians to revise their previous understanding of how the Stockholm of the late middle ages looked...

7000-Year-Old Dara Ruins Host Historical Mosaics Of Ancient Times
Today's Zaman
Ancient mosaics resembling the Zeugma mosaics that were found in Gaziantep province have been discovered in the 7,000-year-old ruins located in the village of Dara in Mardin province...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October 25th News

Silbury Hill is getting a lot of coverage this morning.

New stories as of 8:20 AM:

Trajan's Markets Reopen To Public In Rome
Trajan's Markets, one of Rome's top ancient sites, reopened to the public last week. The markets, built in 113 AD, are believed to have been the world's first shopping mall and apartment complex but recent finds suggest they may have been administrative buildings for Emperor Trajan who ruled Rome from 98 to 117 AD...

Sealing Up Silbury Hill
Channel 4 News
Stone-age man built Silbury Hill with his bare hands and it has dominated this landscape and people's imaginations ever since. In the last few centuries they started to unearth the history and meaning of the mound, but their curiosity was clumsy: in the year 2000 Silbury Hill started to collapse...

Mysteries Remain Sealed Inside Silbury Hill
Guardian Unlimited
English Heritage's excavation of the Neolithic monument has unearthed sarsen stones and arrowheads but few clues about the enigmatic site's original purpose...,,2198955,00.html

Badgers Moved To Protect Cemetery

BBC News
A badger sett has been moved to stop it damaging a medieval cemetery in Pembrokeshire...

The Souls Of Silbury Hill Are Bared In Burial Mound Dig
The Independent
Archaeologists are unlocking the secrets of Silbury Hill, one of Britain's greatest historical mysteries...

Roman Villa Discovered In Austria
Vienna - Archaeologists in the western Austrian province Tyrol unearthed the remains of a large-scale Roman villa, complete with extensive floor mosaics that may have been also a source for a number of local legends...

Silbury Hill: Burial Ground For Neolithic 'Souls'
The Daily Mail
Europe's tallest man-made mound, Silbury Hill, may have been a tomb for the souls of dead Neolithic men, according to archaeologists...

Ancient Egyptians Used Waterways To Transport Pyramid Stones From Quarries
Washington, Oct 25 : Egyptian archaeologists claim to have discovered a canal at the Aswan rock quarry, which they say was used to ferry stone blocks used for constructing the giant pyramids, to the Nile River...

Engineers Called In To Save Silbury Hill
Emergency work has begun to save Europe's largest prehistoric man-made construction from collapse...

Last Chance To Solve Puzzle Of Ancient Hill

Times Online
It is exactly 130 steps to the Neolithic heart of Silbury Hill, Britain’s most enigmatic prehistoric monument. A tunnel is giving archaeologists their last chance for at least a generation to study from the inside the largest man-made mound in Europe...

Monument's Tunnels To Be Filled
BBC News
Tunnels built into the side of an ancient mound in Wiltshire in the late 1960s are to be filled in because of fears the monument could collapse...

In Pictures: Inside Silbury Hill
BBC News
Building work has been going on to stabilise the ancient monument of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire for six months but before sealing up the tunnel, media were allowed inside it...

Canal Linking Ancient Egypt Quarry To Nile Found
National Geographic News
Experts have discovered a canal at an Aswan rock quarry that they believe was used to help float some of ancient Egypt's largest stone monuments to the Nile River...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

October 24th News

An early start again. Herculaneum is the big story of the day.

New stories as of 6:06 AM:

Diggers Begin Herculaneum Task Of Finding Masterpieces Lost To Volcano
Times Online
Archaeologists have resumed their search for a library of Greek and Latin masterpieces that is thought to lie under volcanic rock at the ancient Roman site of Herculaneum...
This is one story I hope to hear more about in the coming year. I also hope they find more of the lost library.

Archaeologists To Restart Excavations At Herculaneum
The Hindu
London (PTI): In an attempt to recover the lost works of Aristotle, Sophocles and Catullus, archaeologists are to restart excavations at the ancient city of Herculaneum in Italy, where a Roman library lies buried beneath 90 ft of lava from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79...

Greek 'Treasures' Expected From Herculaneum
At one o'clock on the morning of August 25, 79AD, a blast of burning gas and a wave of molten mud engulfed Herculaneum, preserving the only Ancient Roman library that has ever been found...

Neutron Beams Search For Da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece
FLORENCE, Italy -- Art diagnostician Maurizio Seracini has waited 30 years to get to the bottom of his biggest mystery yet: whether Leonardo da Vinci's greatest lost fresco lies behind a wall in the Palazzo Vecchio here.

Face Of Tutankhamun To Be Revealed
Archaeologists have created a likeness of the face of Tutankhamun for the first time...

School Search For Roman Camp
BBC News
A new school is to be built in Monifieth on what was possibly the location of a Roman camp...

Solomon's Temple Artifacts Found By Muslim Workers
National Geographic News
Muslim workers have unearthed artifacts on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, says an Israeli agency...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

October 23 News

New stories as of 10:57 AM:

Lebanon Through The Ages Part One: Ancient Lebanon
Bits Of News
In Part I of his guided tour through the history of Lebanon, R. Scott Peoples tells the story of the ancient Phoenicians, the snails that made their fortune, and the many armies and conquerors who wanted to claim this narrow, but wealthy, strip of land...

Claim: Israel Covering Up Temple Mount Destruction
JERUSALEM – Prominent Temple archeologists here accused the Israeli government today of attempting to cover up its alleged failure to properly supervise a dig in which Islamic Authorities were accused of destroying Temple Mount antiquities...

Ancient Rome Revitalized Via Virtual Reality
Bernard Frischer spends most of his life living in—to borrow a line from Stevie Wonder—a pastime paradise. As I sit across from him at the foot of a 20' projection screen, I can't help but think that he's a spittin' image of the Motown recording artist, wearing dark virtual reality glasses, bathed in colored lights and smiling with glee...

Portable Antiquities Scheme Logs It's 300,000th Archaeological Find
24 Hour Museum
The Portable Antiquities Scheme, which records and logs archaeological items found by members of the public in England and Wales, passed an important milestone yesterday, when it recorded its 300,000th object...

Tomb Raider: Police Find Illegal Artifacts
ABC News
Italian police have discovered a huge stash of archaeological artefacts that a pensioner had dug up to create his own private -- and illegal -- museum, they said on Monday...

Monday, October 22, 2007

October 22 News

I apologize for not posting over the last couple of days, but there was some 'interesting' weather keeping the computer turned off.

New stories as of 6:18 AM:

Acropolis Treasures Moved To New Museum
New Europe
Three cranes lifted on October 14 a 2.3 tonne marble block, which originally stood on the northern side of the Parthenon temple and carried it safely 400 metres to a new concrete-and-glass museum in just over an hour...

Israeli Archaeologists Overseeing Contested Jerusalem Dig Find Link To First Jewish Temple

International Herald Tribune
JERUSALEM: Israeli archaeologists overseeing a contested dig at Jerusalem's holiest site for Muslims and Jews stumbled upon a sealed archaeological level dating back to the era of the first biblical Jewish temple, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday...

Archaeologists Unearth 7000-Year-Old Statue

A 7,000-year-old statue of a woman has been discovered by archaeologists in the Czech Republic...

Link To Fist Temple Found
The Jerusalem Post
Archeologists overseeing contested Islamic infrastructure work on Jerusalem's Temple Mount have stumbled upon a sealed archeological level dating back to the First Temple period, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Sunday...

A 3000-Year-Old Mystery Is Finally Solved: Tutankhamun Died In A Hunting Accident

The Independent
The mystery behind the sudden death of Tutankhamun, the boy king who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, may have been finally solved by scientists who believe that he fell from a fast-moving chariot while out hunting in the desert...