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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Great Sources for Archaeological Sites in Ancient Egypt and Mexico

Find descriptions and links to 42 different archaeological sites for ancient Egypt and 46 different archaeological sites for ancient Mexico at About.com's archaeological Atlas on the Web. The websites also include information on university programs related to archaeology of these areas and the researchers involved.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Dig Spotlight: Dor by the Sea

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About 30 kilometers directly south of Haifa, Israel, lies a very large tel (an earth mound containing ancient architectural and artifact remains) that tells a story crossing at least eight civilizations. The story is largely a commercial one, as the ancient seaport city of Dor on the Mediterranean coast of present day Israel was host to the trading activities of a number of civilizations or cultures that ringed the Mediterranean world in ancient times. Originally a Canaanite city, its history spans settlement or rule by "Sea Peoples", Phoenicians, the Solomonic monarchy, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. Finally, in the thirteenth century A.D., a Crusader castle was built on the site.

The Tel Dor expedition will resume excavation at the ancient site in June 2006, and is now inviting volunteers to participate. The project offers the opportunity to learn techniques of field archaeology from an experienced staff of excavators, and no previous archaeological experience is necessary. The excavation will focus on excavation of Roman, Hellenistic, and Persian monumental buildings and dwelling houses, including some investigation of Iron Age remains.

Additionally, the expedition will conduct organized field trips to important archaeological sites throughout Israel.

Sound interesting? See the
website for additional information and application procedures.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Coexisting Neanderthals and Modern Humans: Hunting Practices the Same

A recent study of archaeological data by a team of scholars suggests that the hunting practices of coexisting modern humans and Neanderthals during the Paleolithic period were essentially the same. This implies that the demise of the Neanderthal species cannot be attributed to the long-held notion that the demise of the Neanderthals was due, at least in part, to the more efficient and effective hunting practices of the modern (Cro Magnon) humans who were competing with the same resources at the same time.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

New Ancient State Discovered in China

Archaeologists have uncovered two large tombs of rulers of an ancient state dating back almost 3,000 years - a state which, according to scholars, has never been accounted for in recorded history. The identities of the rulers were Pengbo and his wife. The name of the ancient state, Peng, was determined from the decipherment of inscriptions on bronzeware that was excavated from the tombs. The couple were buried in the tombs along with bronzeware, jade and carriages.

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Huari-Ancash Archaeological Project

Peru is a treasure house of ancient pre-hispanic civilizations, best known for the monumental remains left by the vanished Inca civilization. This country's past is, however, far more complicated than what meets the eye through the popular press. This summer you can have the opportunity to explore new mysteries of one of Peru's ancient pre-hispanic cultures, through a field school designed to investigate the lifestyle of such a population that was located in the Puccha valley. The project will focus on uncovering evidence that will tell scholars about the the culture's funerary practices and ancestral cults.

If you are interested in participating in this expedition, see the website for more information.

Earliest Maya Writing Discovered

San Bartolo, Guatemala - At this ancient site, archaeologists have recently discovered some of the earliest painted murals known about the Mayan world. Now, at this same site, they have uncovered what is arguably the earliest known Mayan writing, dated to about 300 B.C.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Ancient Egyptian Festival of Drunkenness

Many ancient Egyptians marked the first month of the New Year by singing, dancing and drinking red beer until they passed out, according to archaeologists who have unearthed new evidence of a ritual known as the Festival of Drunkenness..........

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Are You a Field Technician? Some Contacts For Your Information

Have you had some training in archaeological fieldwork? For the fieldwork technicians out there, here are some sources of information and contacts regarding organizations that employ individuals with these skills.

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