Friday, April 4, 2008

April 4th News

Mostly, the stories are from the UK again, but there is one about Viking era coins found in Sweden.

New stories as of 6:03 AM:

Seahenge Returns To Norfolk
Norwich Evening News
To finish the conservation programme, Seahenge made its way to Portsmouth where maritime archaeology experts at the Mary Rose Trust. ...
I had trouble getting to the site however, so took the summary from the Google search page.

Graham Finds Roman Treasure

The Cumberland News
BOYHOOD dreams of unearthing buried treasure came true for one Silloth amateur archeologist...

Uncovering Moorland Life
Scarborough Evening News
A special archaeological project into life on the North Yorkshire Moors 10,000 years BC is set to enter its second phase...

Digs Reveal Anglo-Saxon Settlements
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have meticulously built up a picture of ancient settlements in an isolated location near Aldeburgh...

Swedes Find Viking-Era Coins
BBC News
Swedish archaeologists have discovered a rare hoard of Viking-age silver Arab coins near Stockholm's Arlanda airport...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April 3rd News

Unlike yesterday, the stories today come from around Europe and the Classical world.

New stories as of 9:20 AM:

Ancient Minoan Civilization Built By Anatolians, Study Finds
Earth Times
Athens - The southern Mediterranean Minoan civilisation was built by people from Anatolia, reports said Thursday - disputing an earlier theory that the Minoan's forefathers had come from Africa. The study, which was published in the Greek daily Kathimerini, drew its conclusions from DNA analysis of 193 men from Crete and another 171 from former Neolithic colonies in central and northern Greece...,ancient-minoan-civilisation-built-by-anatolians-study-finds.html

Dig Turns Up Surprises And Questions From Ancient Greece

A little more than 100 years ago, two teams from the Greek Archaeological Service investigated the site of Mt. Lykaion, thought to be the birthplace of the god Zeus. Archaeologists found pottery, clay figures and animal bones at an altar of the Greek god, and were able to uncover remains of numerous buildings, including the hippodrome—a stadium for horses and chariot teams—an athletic stadium and bathhouse...

Nanotechnology Brings Ancient Sarcophagus To Life
(Nanowerk News) It was long believed that the statues and relief's of Greek and Roman antiquity were left in their natural state and unpainted, unlike contemporary works from other advanced civilizations like the Egyptians. Archaeologists have known for some time that this popular misconception of Western art was largely a renaissance creation. Classical marble carvings would have been painted originally, although it is rare for any of the polychromy to have survived to the present day. In most cases the colouring has been completely weathered and worn away over the centuries...

Stonehenge Visited By Archaeologists

Canada Free Press
Located about 8 miles north of Salisbury, in the English county of Wiltshire, one of the most famous prehistoric sites exists. Stonehenge has been the subject of so much study, and so little in the way of answers, that it is really an archaeologists dream; maybe they will be the ones to solve the mystery of why, how and who!

Rare Stonehenge Dig Aims To Pinpoint Origin

National Geographic News
Some of the United Kingdom's most storied soil was disturbed Monday for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the prehistoric monument built?

Medieval Calculator Up For Grabs

Nature News
The fate of a fourteenth-century pocket calculator is hanging in the balance between museum ownership and private sale...

Assyrian Rulers Were Movers And Shakers
Dr. Oded Lipschits, from Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology, directs Ramat Rachel, an archaeological dig two miles from the Old City of Jerusalem. Until now archaeologists believed the site was a palace of an ancient Judean king, probably King Hezekiah, who built it around 700 BCE...

After 1,500 Years As A Ruin, Gladiators' Stadium To Be Restored
The Independent
It still bears its thrilling ancient name, and the antique ruins on the Palatine Hill, the heart of ancient Rome and home of the Caesars, still gaze down upon it. But now it takes a feat of the imagination to see Circus Maximus as it must have been in its pomp...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

April 2nd News

Everything so far today is from the United Kingdom.

New stories as of 6:26 AM:

Skeletons Of Ancient East Enders Found

Newham Recorder
STRATFORD'S past is being brought to life as its future is being created...

Unearthing Secret Past Of The Grassmarket
Edinburgh Evening News
EVIDENCE unearthed in the Grassmarket has revealed humans were there 3000 years earlier than previously thought...

Archaeology: Looking Beneath The Surface
Peterborough Today
Buried underneath the fields surrounding Peterborough could be some of our most fascinating archaeology...

Dig Team Finds Medieval Gateway

BBC News
Archaeologists in Somerset have uncovered evidence of a medieval gateway at Taunton Castle...

Bones Find May Be Roman

Oxford Mail
Archaeologists working in Oxford city centre have unearthed bones that could be more than 2,000 years old...

Dig Begins At Stonehenge

Discovery News
April 1, 2008 -- Some of England's most sacred soil was disturbed for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the prehistoric monument built?..

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The big story of the day is the excavation at Stonehenge. There are a few other stories buried amongst all of the Stonehenge articles though.

New stories as of 9:49 AM:

The Secret Of Stonehenge

The Independent
It is half a century since the inside of the mysterious circle was last excavated. Now a fresh dig has begun, aimed at solving a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists...

Greece To Britain: Hand Over Artwork

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
LONDON — Greece is stepping up the pressure on Britain to return one of the ancient world's most valued treasures: the Elgin Marbles, sculptures removed from the Parthenon in the early 1800s and housed in the British Museum...

Fishbourne Field That Entranced The World

Chichester Observer
THIS week sees the retirement of David Rudkin, the director of Fishbourne Roman Palace...

Hundreds attend Archaeological Find

The Gazette
THE discovery of the remains of a Second Century Roman roundhouse has attracted a huge amount of public interest with more than 500 people attending an open day at the Poulton site...

The Lourdes Of Ancient Britain? Dig Aims To Reveal Stonehenge's Purpose
The Guardian
The first excavation for more than a generation at Stonehenge began yesterday, looking for evidence that the most famous prehistoric monument in the world was the Lourdes of the bronze age, where the sick and troubled sought healing from the supernatural power of bluestones brought from west Wales...,,2269815,00.html

Archaeologists Start Stonehenge Dig
Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Some of England's most sacred soil was disturbed Monday for the first time in more than four decades as archaeologists worked to solve the enduring riddle of Stonehenge: When and why was the prehistoric monument built?..

The Small Patch Of Stonehenge Earth That May Reveal Big Secrets

Times Online
Work to answer Stonehenge’s big questions — when the ring of stones was created, and why — began in earnest yesterday with the first excavation within the site’s inner circle for nearly half a century...

Scientists Set Out To Unlock Secrets of Stonehenge
Scientific American
STONEHENGE (Reuters) - Archaeologists set out on Monday to unlock one of the secrets of Stonehenge, the majestic monument in southern England -- when were the first standing stones placed at the ancient religious site?

Dig Will Seek Clues To Stonehenge Stumper
SOME of England's most sacred soil has been disturbed for the first time in more than 60 years as archeologists try to solve Stonehenge's riddle...,23599,23470989-401,00.html
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Digging For The Secret Origins Of Stonehenge
The mystery of Stonehenge used to be a "how" thing. Visitors and scientists wondered how people 4500 years ago dragged extremely heavy rocks over 200 miles from their Welsh quarry to the legendary pagan holy place. But now it's been established that there were many ways that locals might have gotten the rocks into place using relatively primitive tools. The question now is "why." Why this spot? And also, when exactly was the spot established? A new archaeological dig at Stonehenge — the first in half a century — is already providing hints...

Excavation On Stonehenge Has Begun, Which Is The First Excavation For 40 Years
Country Life
Excavation of Stonehenge's inner circle began yesterday - the first since 1964. Excavation work will hopefully determine why the stone circle was built...

Archaeologists Attempt To Solve Stonehenge Enigma

London, England (AHN)- British archeologists on Monday began excavation at the most famous prehistoric monument in the world in an attempt to crack the centuries-old mystery surrounding Stonehenge...

Scientists Dig In Stonehenge For First Time In 50 Years
Scientists are digging in the UK's famous Stonehenge for the first time in 50 years to try and find what it was built for...$1216552.htm

New Dig To Uncover Stonehenge Secrets
British archaeologists are making new efforts to uncover the secrets of the prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge in south-west England...

Archaeologists Return To Stonehenge To Unlock Its Mysteries
24 Hour Muesum
Archaeologists working on the first excavation within the stone circles at Stonehenge since 1962 are once again attempting to unlock the secrets of the ancient monument by finding the foundation holes of the very first stone circle, built more than 4,500 years ago...

Archaeologists Begin Dig For Stonehenge Secrets
A huge two-week dig began yesterday at Stonehenge to work out just how old it really is. Experts also want to analyse the bluestones inside the giant 4,500-year-old pillars...

Digging Up Secrets Of Stonehenge

Salisbury Journal
STONEHENGE'S bluestones are under renewed investigation in the first major dig at the site since 1964...

Cinema Plan Scrapped After Finds
Newbury Today
NEWBURY'S long-awaited cinema has been sunk for good by the discovery of important archaeological remains at the Cheap Street site.
Archaeologists last week uncovered the remains of Roman baths – hailed as an extraordinary find by experts who will now have to rethink Newbury's history...

Archaeologists Uncover Giant Statue Of Ancient Egyptian Queen
Washington, April 1: Archaeologists have uncovered a giant statue of an ancient Egyptian queen at the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III on Luxor’s West Bank in Egypt...

Dig Bid To Find 'Key' to Henge
The Sun
Two archaeologists are hoping to find out why and when the prehistoric stone circle was built on Salisbury Plain...

Digging For Answers To Stonehenge Riddle
The Scotsman
ARCHAEOLOGISTS yesterday began the most important dig in the history of Stonehenge, which they hope will unravel the mysteries of the ancient site...

Giant Intact Statue Of Ancient Egypt Queen Found

National Geographic News
Archaeologists have uncovered a pristinely preserved statue of a powerful Egyptian queen at the sprawling mortuary temple of Amenhotep III on Luxor's West Bank...

Stonehenge Dug Up Again

The Inquirer
STONEHENGE was a supernatural healing station, according archaeologists who started digging up the ancient monument today...

Digging For Absolute Answers At Stonehenge
Researchers began their two-week long excavation at Stonehenge on Monday in the first dig at the site since 1964...

Photos: Intact Colossus Of Egypt's Queen Tiye Found
National Geographic News
March 31, 2008—This intact statue of Queen Tiye, a powerful queen from ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty, was recently discovered at the site of the mortuary temple of powerful pharaoh Amenhotep III, as seen in this photograph taken March 27, 2008. ..

Monday, March 31, 2008

March 31st News

Finding news amid all the stories of the Olympic Torch is a bit of a challenge.

New stories as of 6:18 AM:

Greece to Britain: Hand Over Artwork
USA Today
LONDON — Greece is stepping up the pressure on Britain to return one of the ancient world's most valued treasures: the Elgin Marbles, sculptures removed from the Parthenon in the early 1800s and housed in the British Museum...

'Exciting' Stonehenge Excavation Gets Underway
Work begins today on a major research excavation to investigate the bluestones at Stonehenge, the smaller stones that made up part of the famous prehistoric monument alongside the sarsen stones...

New Dig Probes Wiltshire's Stonehenge Mystery
This Is Wiltshire
Archaeologists today began a historic dig which they hope will unravel the ancient mystery of Stonehenge...

Excavation Begins At Stonehenge

BBC News
The first excavation of the stones at Stonehenge in Wiltshire for 40 years is under way...

Excavation Starts At Stonehenge

BBC News
The first excavation inside the ring at Stonehenge in more than four decades gets under way on Monday...
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Study Shows Life Was Tough For Ancient Egyptians
Reuters UK
CAIRO (Reuters) - New evidence of a sick, deprived population working under harsh conditions contradicts earlier images of wealth and abundance from the art records of the ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna, a study has found...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

March 30th News

The news today is that there is no news as of 7:50 AM.