Saturday, May 10, 2008

May 10 News

More museum settlements in the news today.

New stories as of 8:07 AM:

Lawyer: Cleveland Museum To Return Artifacts To Italy
An Italian state lawyer who has helped negotiate the return of antiquities from several prestigious U.S. museums said Friday that a verbal agreement has been reached with a Cleveland institution as part of Italy's efforts to regain its cultural treasures...

Italy State Lawyer: Verbal Deal Reached With Cleveland Museum on Disputed Antiquities' Return
ROME (AP) - Italy has reached a verbal agreement with a U.S. museum in Cleveland for the return of artifacts Rome says have been looted or smuggled out of the country, a government lawyer said Friday...

Italy Reaches Deal With Cleveland Museum For Return Of Disputed Antiquities
Canadian Press
ROME — Italy has reached an agreement with a U.S. museum for the return of artifacts that Rome says have been looted or smuggled out of the country, art officials said Friday...

Race Is On To Save Sussex History
The Argus
Archaeologists are racing against time to excavate a burial mound before it collapses into the sea...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

May 8th News

There's a fair amount of news today, some of which I hope to hear more about in the days to come.

New stories as of 7:55 AM:

Search For Woman Airbrushed Out Of History Books

Hereford Times
“SHE was elegantly dressed in black satin, Queen Elizabeth’s livery for her personal servants, but her dignified demeanour and the manner of her reception showed that she was far more important than a mere servant.” This is Blanche Parry, a Golden Valley girl who dedicated her life to Queen Elizabeth I, as introduced by Herefordshire author Ruth Richardson in her latest book Mistress Blanche Queen Elizabeth I’s Confidante...

Etruscan Tombs Uncovered In Italy
The Money Times
Rome -- Italian archaeologists say they've found more than two dozen tombs in the Etruscan burial grounds at Tarquinia north of Rome...

27 Etruscan Tombs Discovered
Wanted In Rome
Italian archaeologists have found 27 new Etruscan tombs at the well-known burial site at Tarquinia, a town north of Rome. They have been digging since April after a chance discovery at a building site about 500 metres from the Monterozzi hill where the necropolis with painted tombs is located, just outside the modern city of Tarquinia...

Italian Builders Uncover 2000-Year-Old Tombs
The Scotsman
ARCHAEOLOGISTS were yesterday celebrating the discovery of 27 2,000-year-old tombs in Italy's "Valley of the Dead"...

Archaeologists Find Queen Of Sheba's Palace At Axum, Ethiopia
The Earth Times
Hamburg - Archaeologists believe they have found the Queen of Sheba's palace at Axum, Ethiopia and an altar which held the most precious treasure of ancient Judaism, the Ark of the Covenant, the University of Hamburg said Wednesday. Scientists from the German city made the startling find during their spring excavation of the site over the past three months...,archaeologists-find-queen-of-shebas-palace-at-axum-ethiopia.html

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

May 7th News

Today it has been one year since I started running this blog. Unlike this day last year, the news is extremely quiet, with only the one story so far.

New stories as of 8:06 AM:

Rare Finds From Long Ago
Dereham Times
They are rare artefacts that shed light on those who lived in the Norfolk landscape centuries ago...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

May 6th News

Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of this blog.

New stories as of 10:42 AM:

Knights Templar Tomb Discovered In France: Lakehead's Paleo DNA Assists In Identification
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - A hidden tomb in the mountains of the Languedoc region of southwest France has the archaeological community buzzing, and Lakehead University's Paleo DNA Laboratory has played a role in creating that buzz...

Pieces Of Viking Sword Discovered

BBC News
Fragments of a Viking sword have been discovered by two metal detector enthusiasts on the Isle of Man...

Irish Viking Trade Center Unearthed
BBC News
One of the Vikings' most important trading centres has been discovered in Ireland...

Work To Stabilise Silbury Hill Completed

Gazette & Herald
An extensive project to stabilise Silbury Hill has reached completion, following vital works to repack voids and an historic tunnel running through to its centre which had threatened the structure of the Neolithic mound...

Carpet Of Stone: Medieval Mosaic Pavement Revealed
The Guardian
The wraps have come off one of Westminster Abbey's least known treasures, a medieval marble pavement foretelling the end of the world, while conservation experts consider how to preserve the ancient stones for the next 740 years...

Vikings: From Ram-Raiders To Fishmongers
The Guardian
Archaeologists and scientists have revealed that 1,000 years ago cod was traded extraordinary distances across Europe, from the Norwegian Arctic to England and the Baltic...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

May 4th News

Sunday's are usually pretty quiet, and today is no exception.

New stories as of 7:45 AM:

Stonehenge Excavation May Alter History

United Press International
SALISBURY, England, May 3 (UPI) -- A new excavation of Stonehenge may alter historians' concept of the British landmark site's purpose, researchers say...

A Rocky Search For Explanations
Houston Chronicle
AMESBURY, ENGLAND — The mysterious circle of stones that rises on Salisbury Plain near here has stood as an archaeological marvel for thousands of years, its origins and purpose shrouded in the mists of history...

Rome's Secret Gems Revealed

ABC News
Rome just celebrated its 2,761st birthday and keeps on spilling out its ancient clues and secrets. The city was founded near the Palatine Hill by twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who, according to legend, were nurtured by a wolf in its den...

Ancient Mosaics Discovered At 7,000-Year-Old Dara Ruins

Today's Zaman
Ancient mosaics have been discovered at the 7,000-year-old Dara ruins near the Turkish city of Mardin...