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    Posted: 05-Sep-2011 at 14:24
http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/004493.html
"...Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient forearm bone from the Mabuni Hantabaru site in Itoman (Southern Japan), believed to be from a Jomon period male roughly 169 centimeters tall - much taller than the average for the period. The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters, is believed to date back 3,000-4,000 years. The average height of males from the same period is about 158 centimeters.....
....The survey of the site in Itoman, believed to be a burial ground, was conducted in collaboration with the Itoman Municipal Board of Education between 2007 and 2010. So far the bones of 85 people have been unearthed at the site. In a lower layer, the forearm bone - believed to be the ulna of an adult male - was found practically undamaged.
     The 169-centimeter estimated height of the person is the tallest among the Jomon period specimens found in Kyushu and Okinawa. The bones of another male estimated to be 164 centimeters tall have also been unearthed at the site. However, Matsushita said with only two samples of relatively tall people being found, there was no evidence that their height had been passed on genetically...."

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"...170,000-years-old skull unearthed in France
A fraction of a prehistoric skull, which is believed to be 170,000 years old, has been unearthed in a cave in the eastern suburbs of the French town of Nice. Students Ludovic Dolez and Sebastian Lepvraud were working on the excavation site, Cave of Le Lazaret, on 13th August, when they came across the partial remains of a forehead belonging to a Homo Erectus. "It belonged to a nomad hunter, less than 25 years old. He may be able to teach us more about the evolution of his successor, the Neanderthal man," Riviera Times quoted Paleontologist Marie-Antoinette de Lumley, who has been in charge of excavation at Lazaret since 1961, as saying. The bone was left to dry for a few days where it was discovered, before being removed for a special public announcement attended by Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi.

     Archaeologists have been searching this site patiently for 50 years, unveiling more than 20,000 bone fragments from prehistoric animals. Occupation layers of the cave in use during marine isotopic stage 6 (186,000-127,000 years ago) were excavated during the 1970s and may demonstrate construction abilities and other organisational skills by the inhabitants at the time...."

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http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/Ancient_Gold_Necklace_Found_in_West_Fjords_0_381631.news.aspx
"...Archeologists and university students recently discovered an ancient gold necklace during an excavation project in Vatnsfjördur in Ísafjardardjúp in the West Fjords, which has been ongoing for the past eight summers.

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A different archeological site in Iceland. Photo by Bernhild Vögel.Scientists from different fields participate in the project, along with international university students, ruv.is reports.Vatnsfjördur was settled early in the Settlement Era, which sources state began in the 9th century AD, and later became the site of a manor and a chieftain’s residence.Many beautiful objects have been excavated in the course of the project...."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-14730005
"...Archaeologists working near the village of Dunning found an Iron Age broch which has evidence of early contact between the Picts and the Roman Empire.The broch - a drystone wall structure - is the first of its kind to be found in the Scottish lowlands for 100 years.Evidence shows that the dwelling was destroyed by fire and then probably reoccupied by a Pictish warlord....

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Brochs were the preferred residence of the elite during Roman times. The team said the "exquisitely preserved" Dunning example was built at the top of a hill and offers a 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.

It was also "massively fortified" with 5m (16.4ft) thick drystone walls.

It appears to have been destroyed by fire before the Picts built a palisaded fortress directly on top of the site.Professor Stephen Driscoll, director of the Serf project, said: "There can be no doubt that we have located one of the major centres of Pictish power from the 1st and 2nd Centuries."The scale of the architecture is colossal and the tower-like structure would have visually dominated its surroundings."..."

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An interesting video here:
http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2011/week35/Wednesday/083101.htm
"...Sharing the results of a massive, worldwide study, geneticist Svante Pääbo shows the DNA proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after we moved out of Africa. (Yes, many of us have Neanderthal DNA.) He also shows how a tiny bone from a baby finger was enough to identify a whole new humanoid species.Svante Pääbo explores human genetic evolution by analyzing DNA extracted from ancient sources, including mummies, an Ice Age hunter and the bone fragments of Neanderthals...."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/30/archaeologists-uncover-amphitheatre-gladiators-vienna
"...Archaeologists say they have located and excavated the ruins of a huge amphitheatre used to train gladiators east of Vienna, describing it as a "sensational discovery".They claim that the ruins found through ground radar measurements rival the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus in Rome in their structure. The Ludus Magnus is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in the Italian capital, while the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman empire.A statement on Tuesday from the Carnuntum archaeological park gave no details about when the find was located and excavated..."
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032155/Caves-Hirbet-Madras-Jewish-rebels-hid-Roman-soldiers.html
"...Cavers crawl along with the complex illuminated by the eerie light from a head torch. The system was once reached through trap doors in Jewish villages,some of which are now archaeological sites, others have been completely destroyed. Today, they may be no more than an indistinct, shoulder-width opening in the ground or hillside.   

The intrepid may have to crawl, even slither for a few minutes through a pitch-black burrow too cramped for a fully armed Roman legionary. Turns can be so tight cavers may have to back up to a spot where they can flip from head to feet first in order to continue...."


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/01/iron-age-hill-fort-excavation
"...The most intensive investigation ever undertaken of Britain's largest iron age hill fort is expected to reveal new details of how Britons lived 2,000 years ago – and maybe even that they were almost as suburban as we are.

Stretching across 80 hilltop hectares, behind three miles of ramparts, the fort, at Ham Hill in Somerset, and the outline of its history have been known for many years.

The Durotriges tribe, which lived on the hill, was subdued in AD45 by soldiers of the 2nd Legion under the command of the future emperor Vespasian, but what the Romans found there: a street system lined with houses on their own plots of land, is what archaeologists from Cambridge and Cardiff universities hope to uncover more fully in excavations over the next three summers.

"There was a main road going through and regular enclosures with round houses in them – it looks rather like suburbia," said Christopher Evans, director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. "We are not going to find Conan Doyle's Lost World up on the plateau."...

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"...The tomb for the original builders of Stonehenge could have been unearthed by an excavation at a site in Wales.The Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of the henge were quarried in 2300BC.Organic material from the site will be radiocarbon dated, but it is thought any remains have already been removed.

Archaeologists believe this could prove a conclusive link between the site and Stonehenge.The remains of a ceremonial monument were found with a bank that appears to have a pair of standing stones embedded in it...."

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http://www.livescience.com/15851-acheulean-hand-axes-erectus.html
"...Our human ancestors may have been sophisticated tool users 1.76 million years ago.Newly discovered hand axes from that period are the oldest examples of the complex Acheulean culture, 350,000 years older than the previous record holders. These ancient tools could affect what we know about humanity's departure from Africa. [See images of tools]

"Anthropologists consider the Acheulean hand axes to be the culture of our ancestor Homo erectus, and we know H. erectus first evolved around 1.8 or 2 million years ago," study researcher Christopher Lepre, of Columbia University, told LiveScience. "I think most researchers were anticipating that older stone axes would be found." And now they've found them...."

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"...The ossuary includes the Aramaic inscription, which appears to read:

מרים ברת ישוע בר קיפא כהני מעזיה דבית עמרי

which translates:

Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua, Son of Caiaphas,

Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth ‘Imri

or

מרים ברת ישוע בר קיפא כהן דמעזיה דבית עמרי

which translates:

Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua, Son of Caiaphas,
Priest of Ma’aziah from Beth ‘Imri

or, as Jack Kilmon suggests

Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua Bar Qayafa,
Priest of (the course of) Ma’aziah of the House of ‘Omri

This ossuary is by no means unprecedented as other examples bearing the family name “Qayafa” (which many pronounce as “Caiaphas”) were among a total of twelve previously discovered in Jerusalem in 1990.

The Maaziah refers to a clan that was the last mentioned order of 24 orders of high priests during the second temple period, Prof. Goren explains. While there are some records of the clan in Talmudic sources that detail their lives after they spread into the Galilee in 70 AD, the reference to Beit Imri gives new insight into the family’s location prior to their migration. Though it is possible that Beit Imri refers to another priestly order, say the researchers, it more probably refers to a geographical location, likely that of Caiaphus’ family’s village of origin.

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http://www.metro.co.uk/news/874221-remains-of-horses-and-chariots-found-in-3-000-year-old-tomb-in-china
"...The equine bones, found in the Chinese city of Luoyang, have remained undisturbed since the early Western Zhou dynasty.Archaeologists believe the 12 horses lying on their sides show the animals were slaughtered before burial, not buried alive.

As well as the horses and five chariots, bronzes and ceramics have escaped the clutches of history’s grave robbers. Archaeologists are convinced that the perfectly preserved tomb belongs to an official or a scholar of standing, given the pottery, metal weaponry and inscriptions.The tomb, a vertical earthen pit, has excited historians since it was discovered during the construction of a hospital.It gives an unprecedented insight into the funeral customs in the early Western Zhou dynasty. It was the time of the great Chinese philosophers of ancient times, including Confucius...."


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http://news.bioscholar.com/2011/09/2000-year-old-palace-discovered-in-mexico.html
"...A team of Mexican specialists discovered remnants of a 2,000-year-old Mayan palace at an archaeological site in the southeastern state of Chiapas.
“The discovery constitutes the first architectural evidence of such an early occupation of the ancient Mayan cities of the Upper Usumacinta basin” in the Lacandona Jungle, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement Wednesday.

The project’s director, Luis Alberto Martos, said this new discovery was made in a sunken courtyard located in the northern part of the the Plan de Ayutla archaeological site and represents the first evidence of occupation of that area between 50 B.C. and 50 A.D.Martos added that the earliest concrete evidence of Mayan occupation of that region before now had dated back only to 250 A.D.He said the palace consists of “rooms with walls almost one meter wide, whose corners are rounded, an early characteristic of Mayan architecture”...."

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"...Organisers hope they will find more information on a settlement at the site near Lanyon.Previous excavations have revealed Middle Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts, said archaeologist, Dr Andy Jones.There are at least 12 roundhouses at the site, which are believed to be approximately 3,500 years old, he added.

Since the last excavations in the 1980s, the site has been covered by dense vegetation.

Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for historic environment, said: "This excavation will be a wonderful opportunity to see the remains of this ancient settlement uncovered by archaeologists."

Adrian Rodda, from the Cornwall Archaeological Society, said: "The excavation of this site will provide further information about the occupation of the settlement, as well as looking at the impact of bracken on sensitive archaeological remains."..."

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"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"

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Pilger's law: 'If it's been officially denied, then it's probably true'

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Archaeologists discover ancient artifacts during Alaska excavation project
 
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Sediba human ancestor could shift our origins to South Africa


At almost 2 million years old, a human-like species from caves at Malapa in South Africa may be the ancestor to the first humans, and may shift the likely location of early human origins from East Africa to South Africa.....
What a handsome figure of a dragon. No wonder I fall madly in love with the Alani Dragon now, the avatar, it's a gorgeous dragon picture.
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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-08-volcanic-artifacts-imply-ice-age-mariners.html
"...A new technique which dates obsidian -- volcanic glass which can be fashioned into tools -- suggests that people were mining for obsidian in Mediterranean waters and shipping the once valuable rocks from the island of Melos in modern day Greece as far back as  15,000 years ago."Obsidian was a precious natural rock-glass found only in Melos, some in [the modern-day Greek areas of] Antiparos and Yali," explained Nicolaos Laskaris of the University of the Aegean in Greece. "From there it was spread all over the Aegean and in the continent too through contacts of trade."..."

"..."They were sailors, certainly, especially in the Aegean region they followed little islands jumping like a frog reaching also Asia Minor and the Greek mainland," said Laskaris, who with his colleagues has published a paper about the discovery in the Sept. 2011 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science. "Until now only in Franchthi cave obsidians had been found at circa 8,500 B.C. Now we prove earlier contact with coastal sites was a fact."...'
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A very nice assortment.

 

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