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    Posted: 07-Jun-2012 at 11:01

Diet season? Dinosaurs Weighed 'tens of tons' Less Than Previously Thought

By Jennifer Welsh|Published June 06, 2012|LiveScience



Dinosaurs have shed some extra pounds just in time for beach season, with a new analysis suggesting the mighty sauropod previously known as Brachiosaurus weighed tens of tons less than earlier estimates.

Artists' renderings of dinosaurs have long been plagued by discrepancies, with some depictions larger and heftier than others.

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Huge Peru Tomb Found—80 Bodies, Ring of Babies

Skeleton picture: body found in new tomb at Pachacamac, Peru
Arranged in the fetal position, this skeleton is among some 80 bodies discovered this spring in a vast Peruvian tomb—the largest yet found at the ancient site of Pachacamac. Buried a thousand years ago with wooden "false heads," the now decayed mummies were unearthed within a perimeter of infant human remains.

Once covered by a thatch roof, the tomb may have been a final resting place for diseased pilgrims drawn by promises of miracle cures, reports a team led by archaeologist Peter Eeckhout of Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

As for the babies, Eeckhout doesn't rule out that they may have been sacrificed. It's just one more riddle of the Ychsma (pronounced EESH-MA)—the little-understood pre-Inca people who built their largest known city at Pachacamac, he said.

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China's Great Wall is 'longer than previously thought'

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The Great Wall is a series of walls and earthen works begun in the 5th Century BC

The Great Wall of China has been officially declared even longer than previously thought, state-run media report.

The wall measures 21,196.18km (13,170.6956 miles) long based on the latest state survey results, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

A preliminary study released in 2009 estimated the wall to be 8,850km long.

The world's largest man-made structure was built to protect China's northern border.

This is the first time such a definitive figure has been released, Xinhua reports.

The State Administration of Cultural Heritage released the results based on an archaeological survey done since 2007.

Previous estimates of the wall's length were mainly based on historical records.

Tong Mingkang, deputy chief, said that the survey revealed a total of 43,721 heritage sites that included stretches of the Great Wall, reports Xinhua.

Known to the Chinese as the "Long Wall of 10,000 Li", the Great Wall is a series of walls and earthen works begun in 500BC and first linked up under Qin Shi Huang in about 220BC.

Only 8.2% of the original wall remains intact, with the rest in poor condition, according to the report.

It was listed as a Unesco world heritage site in 1987.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18337039



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Ancient Statue Reveals Prince Who Would Become Buddha

By Owen Jarus|Published June 07, 2012|LiveScience


In the ruins of a Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan, archaeologists have uncovered a stone statue that seems to depict the prince Siddhartha before he founded Buddhism.

The stone statue, or stele, was discovered at the Mes Aynak site in a ruined monastery in 2010, but it wasn't until now that it was analyzed and described. Gérard Fussman, a professor at the Collège de France in Paris, details his study in "The Early Iconography of Avalokitesvara" (Collège de France, 2012).

Standing 11 inches (28 centimeters) high and carved from schist — a stone not found in the area — the stele depicts a prince alongside a monk. Based on a bronze coin found nearby, Fussman estimates the statue dates back at least 1,600 years. Siddhartha lived 25 centuries ago.



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Tyrannosaur Is Truly Mongolian, Experts Declare

By Wynne Parry|Published June 09, 2012|LiveScience

A dinosaur skeleton auctioned in May had been taken out of Mongolia, most likely within the past 10 years, American and Mongolian paleontologists have concluded, which would mean the specimen was removed illegally.

"We have pulled a lot of them out of the ground and seen a lot of others come out of the ground, and in our professional opinion it is from Mongolia," said Mark Norell, a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History who began working in the Central Asian country in 1990.

Norell and fellow investigator Philip Currie, a paleontologist at the University of Alberta, first announced their findings to reporters on Wed., June 6. Two Mongolian paleontologists also assessed the fossils and came to the same conclusion.



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110 new soldiers join China’s 2,200-year-old terra-cotta army

Digging History|Published June 12, 2012|FoxNews.com


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Mammoths wiped out by multiple killers

By Charles Q. Choi|Published June 12, 2012|LiveScience


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Dinosaurs are More Incredible and Diverse Than You Might Think



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Account of doctor who treated Abraham Lincoln after he was shot found


An account of the first doctor to reach Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theatre, has been discovered in the US National Archives.

A long-lost report by Dr Charles Leale details the efforts to help the mortally wounded president, and was written just hours after his death.

The reports details how Leale found Lincoln paralysed, comatose and leaning against his wife.

The Army surgeon, who sat 40 feet from Lincoln at Ford's Theater that night in April 1865, saw assassin John Wilkes Booth jump to the stage, brandishing a dagger. Thinking Lincoln had been stabbed, Leale pushed his way to the victim but found a different injury.

"I commenced to examine his head (as no wound near the shoulder was found) and soon passed my fingers over a large firm clot of blood situated about one inch below the superior curved line of the occipital bone," Leale reported. "The coagula I easily removed and passed the little finger of my left hand through the perfectly smooth opening made by the ball."

The historians who discovered the report, only rediscovered last month, believe it was filed, packed in a box, stored at the archives and not seen for 147 years. While it doesn't add much new information about the tragedy, "it's the first draft" of history, said Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

"What's fascinating about this report is its immediacy and its clinical, just-the-facts approach," Stowell said. "There's not a lot of flowery language, not a lot of emotion."

A researcher for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Helena Iles Papaioannou, found the report among the U.S. surgeon general's April 1865 correspondence, filed under "L" for Leale.

Physicians continue to debate whether Lincoln could have lived with modern medicine and whether actions such as probing the wound as Leale did contributed to his demise. Trauma treatment was in infancy in 1865, and Leale's report illustrates "the helplessness of the doctors," Stowell said. "He doesn't say that but you can feel it."

Leale wrote a report for an 1867 congressional committee investigating the assassination that referenced the earlier account, but no one had ever seen it, said Stowell, whose group's goal is to find every document written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime.

At least four researchers have been painstakingly scouring boxes of documents at the National Archives for more than six years. They methodically pull boxes of paper – there are millions of records packed away and never catalogued, Stowell said – and look for "Lincoln docs," as Papaioannou called them.

She was assigned the surgeon general's mail and was leafing through letters pitching inventions for better ambulances and advice about feeding soldiers onions to ward off disease when she hit Leale's report, likely rewritten in the neat hand of a clerk.

"I knew it was interesting. What we didn't know was this was novel," Papaioannou said. "We didn't know that this was new, that this was an 1865 report and that it likely hadn't been seen before."

Leale, who was 23 and just six weeks into his medical practice when Lincoln died, never spoke or wrote about his experiences again until 1909 in a speech commemorating the centennial of the president's birth.

While Leale's report includes little sentiment, Ms Papaioannou believes the way he described the moments after Booth disappeared shows how deeply he was affected.

"I then heard cries that the 'President had been murdered,' which were followed by those of 'Kill the murderer' 'Shoot him' etc which came from different parts of the audience," Leale wrote. "I immediately ran to the Presidents box and as soon as the door was opened was admitted and introduced to Mrs. Lincoln when she exclaimed several times, 'O Doctor, do what you can for him, do what you can!'"

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, administered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, has found and is digitising 90,000 documents, Stowell said. Leale's report – neither written by or to Lincoln – doesn't technically fall in the group's purview, but Stowell said some exceptions are made for extraordinary finds.

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Archeological excavations in West Kazakhstan region
Specialists of the West Kazakhstan Centre of History and Archeology have found the burial of a young lady dated back to the Bronze Age.
It is situated in the territory of the ancient city of Zhaiyk some 12 kilometres from Uralsk. Archeologists claim that their discovery is unique. The woman was buried in the fetal position and her body was directed to the west. It is believed that a person buried like that will receive the second birth. People buried their relatives and friends in such a manner in the Bronze Age, over 2 thousand years ago. It means that if earlier archeological information dated Uralsk back to the 14th century, today there is proof that this city is much older. The ancient skeleton was situated near the 800-year old brick furnace. The team accidentally found the landmark site  during routine excavations. It means that the two discoveries located in close proximity were in fact two millennia apart.
Murat Kalmenov, SENIOR FELLOW, WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION CENTRE FOR HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY:
-The burial was higher than the base of the furnace. Then we have found an inscription, which said that there was a burial mound here in the 14th century. I believe that people living here hadn’t recognised it and built a furnace near it. 

There are a lot of such historical complex areas in the territory of this region. This year excavations in Akzhaiyk, Chingirlau and Kaztal regions are planned to be launched. 

Serik Ramazanov, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY: 
-In 2009 we found a similar ancient city in the Kaztal region. It was bigger than Zhaiyk. The length of this city was 900 metres and the width was estimated at 300 metres. We also excavated one residential area within the city and we are going to continue working.

An open-air museum is going to be set up in the place of the ancient city of Zhaiyk, where archeologists would like to collect all historical and archeological monuments of the region.
http://caspionet.kz/eng/general/Archeological_excavations_in_West_Kazakhstan_region_1339387866.html
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Rare Intact Skeleton of Unknown 'British' Soldier Found on Battlefield of Waterloo

Among the thousands of men slain on the battlefield at Waterloo, he died, unrecognised and uncelebrated.

But almost 200 years later, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of the soldier – with the musket ball that felled him still between his ribs.

Historians believe he is from one of the Duke of Wellington’s British regiments, and described the discovery of the skeleton as one of the best ever war finds.



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Monmouth ruin find could pre-date pyramids
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Rare Intact Skeleton of Unknown 'British' Soldier Found on Battlefield of Waterloo

Among the thousands of men slain on the battlefield at Waterloo, he died, unrecognised and uncelebrated.

But almost 200 years later, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of the soldier – with the musket ball that felled him still between his ribs.

Historians believe he is from one of the Duke of Wellington’s British regiments, and described the discovery of the skeleton as one of the best ever war finds.



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Tis a bit misleading in that he is missing a number of skeletal parts..but I quibble. I also always have mixed feelings about the remains of fallen fighting men. I encourage the study and recognition of the individual if possible and of course any relevent historical info or data to support or challenge the theorems of the action...but the sooner he is returned to the earth with military honors the better I will feel.
 
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Monmouth ruin find could pre-date pyramids

Archaeologists Paul Davies (left) and Steve Clarke at the site in Monmouth
Archaeologists Paul Davies (left) and Steve Clarke at the site in Monmouth

Archaeologists claim to have unearthed the remnants of a large prehistoric building, which they say could be older than Egypt's pyramids.

Experts said they were mystified by the "unique" find on the site of a housing development in Monmouth.

Monmouth Archaeology, which found the wooden foundations, said they dated to at least the Bronze Age, but could be early Neolithic, about 6,500 years old.

It said the pyramids were built about 4,500 years ago.

Steve Clarke of Monmouth Archaeology, who has 55 years' experience, claimed nothing like it had been discovered in Britain before and he was checking if something similar had been unearthed on mainland Europe.

He said the structure, possibly a long house, had been built on the edge of a long-lost lake, which had silted up over time.

The building's foundations were made from entire tree trunks, measuring about a metre wide.

"We think it could be from the Bronze Age (about 4,000 years ago), but some of the experts we've brought in to see it think it could be early Neolithic. If that's the case it could easily pre-date the pyramids," he said.

Imprints of the tree trunks which laid the foundations for the building

Imprints of the tree trunks which laid the foundations for the building

"We think it's a long house which would have been home to a family, and perhaps used for gatherings and meetings.

"We're not really sure what it is, it's a mystery, but it's the foundation for something.

"It's unique. We haven't seen anything like it. Various experts and professors are equally mystified."

Mr Clarke said the wooden foundations were at least 50ft (15m) long.

Radio-carbon tests

He said most of the known long houses were built on posts about a 1ft (30cm) wide, but trees had been used for the base of the Monmouth structure, and they had been placed on a prehistoric "burnt mound".

Mr Clarke said a burnt mound saw stones heated in a fire and then thrown into a pot or trough to boil water, although some experts think the stones were used to create an early type of sauna.

Archaeologists have ordered radio-carbon tests of the foundations and the results are expected later this month.

The find is on the Parc Glyndwr development in Monmouth, where about 80 houses are to be built.

Monmouth Archaeology was employed by the housing developers to study the site.

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'Vampire' skeleton going on display in Bulgaria

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A skeleton dating back to the Middle Ages and recently unearthed in the black sea town of Sozopol, and displayed at National History Museum in Sofia. On Saturday, one of those 700-year-old skeletons will be put on display at the National History Museum in Sofia, and its director, Bozhidar Dimitrov, says he expects there to be a big turnout.

Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires.

On Saturday, one of those 700-year-old skeletons will be put on display at the National History Museum in Sofia, and its director, Bozhidar Dimitrov, says he expects there to be a big turnout.

Dimitrov said Thursday that some people who were believed to have led evil lives were treated that way when they were buried in parts of Bulgaria as recently as the beginning of the last century.

The media have reported that because vampire tales remain popular in Balkan countries such as Bulgaria some people in the Black Sea resort of Sozopol, where the skeletons were found in a graveyard, are having trouble sleeping at night.

According to Dimitrov, over 100 corpses stabbed to prevent them from becoming vampires have been discovered across Bulgaria over the years.

"I do not know why an ordinary discovery like that [has] became so popular. Perhaps because of the mysteriousness of the word "vampire," he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/14/vampire-skeleton-going-on-display-in-bulgaria/

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Were the Neanderthals Cave Painters?

Using a Uranium-series dating technique, a team of scientists have dated tiny samples taken from 50 prehistoric paintings in 11 caves in Northern Spain. The results of the study have pushed back the antiquity of at least some of the paintings by thousands of years, raising questions about the prehistoric humans who produced them. 

Led by Dr. Alistair Pike of the University of Bristol, UK, the team of researchers from the UK, Spain and Portugal tested samples taken from the calcite of stalactites that had accumulated over the paintings over tens of thousands of years, using the Uranium-Thorium technique, which measures the radioactive decay of uranium that had occured in the stalactite over time. Unlike the traditionally-used radiocarbon dating, which has proven to be problematic and inconsistent, the uranium-series dating is considered to be highly reliable.  Said Pike: "Engravings and, in many cases, paintings lack organic pigments or binders suitable for radiocarbon dating. Where suitable material – such as charcoal pigments – does exist, only small samples can be dated to minimize damage to the art. This magnifies the effects of contamination and produces less accurate results."  This study thus documents the first time the paintings have been dated using a reliable method.

The dating technique gave a minimum age for the art. The actual age could be significantly older, as the technique only measured the age of samples from the very first layer of stalactite overlying the paintings.......

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2012/article/were-the-neanderthals-cave-painters



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4,000 year-old necropolis found in southern Serbia

A team of experts from the Archeological Institute of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (SANU) and the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade have discovered the necropolis.

It is located at the Manište dig in the village of Ranutovac, three kilometers north of Vranje, on the route of Corridor 10. 

Aleksandar Bulatović, the coordinator of a project of archeological research and preservation on the Corridor 10 route, told Tanjug the necropolis contained remains of the deceased who were burned in funeral pyres. 

"The necropolis dates back to the Early Bronze Age - based on our initial assessments between 2,000 and 1,800 BC, and it is significant because it is the only fully preserved necropolis from this period in the central Balkans," he explained. 

“It is the most important discovery made to date on the Corridor X route,” he added. 

"At the same site, we found multiple ceramic objects, which look quite unusual for this area, and several containers whose use is unknown," said Bulatović. 

The archeological material is being processed at the National Museum in Vranje, where it will later be exhibited. 

The Serbian section of Corridor 10, stretching from Grabovnica near Leskovac to Preševo on the Macedonian border, has 33 registered archeological sites, five of which are yet to be explored.

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Decision Clears Way for Gold Rush-era ship Recovery Mission

Published June 17, 2012|Associated Press



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