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An archaeological dig is wrapping up at the site of Nashville’s future baseball park at Sulphur Dell, although experts said they would like to have more time to explore what they consider a significant find.

Dr. Kevin Smith, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University, wrote about the discoveries on a Facebook page of the Middle Cumberland Archeological Society.

Smith writes that the excavation uncovered “important prehistoric features and artifacts.”

Smith told Channel 4 News that archaeologists have found the first hard evidence that an ancient Native American city was most likely a major manufacturer and exporter of salt about 800 to 900 years ago. Read more.

Thousands of artifacts originating from Native American groups and other countries are being packed up and scanned at a rural Indiana farm in an investigation into the collection amassed by a 91-year-old man over eight decades, officials said Wednesday.

Donald Miller has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to sort out whether artifacts he has acquired should be returned to the countries or the Native American tribes from which they came or stay at his Waldron, Indiana, farmhouse that has doubled as a makeshift museum.

Dozens of FBI agents, support staff and outside experts in archaeology, anthropology and other disciplines are handling the artifacts. The size of the collection and task before them stunned Larry Zimmerman, a professor of anthropology and museum studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Read more.

Two ancient artefacts have been withdrawn from auctions after suspicions were raised that they had been illegally smuggled out of Italy.

Christie’s had been due to sell a Greek glass jug thought to date from the 2nd-1st Century BC, while Bonham’s had listed a 3rd Century BC pottery box.

They were withdrawn after an antiquities expert identified them as having been sold by Italian smugglers.

The auction houses said they were working to check the items’ origins.

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis of the University of Cambridge’s Division of Archaeology identified the two items. Read more.

Israel’s Antiquities Authority says it is building a national archaeological center to house nearly two million ancient artifacts, including the world’s largest collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.

The authority said Tuesday the center in Jerusalem will serve as a research center for Israeli archaeology and history, and will house a library of some 150,000 books, archives on local excavations from the past century, and conservation and restoration labs. Some 15,000 Dead Sea Scroll fragments, currently in government custody at the Israel Museum, will also be stored there.

The center, designed by Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, is being built next to the Israel Museum and will be inaugurated in 2016. It will eventually serve as the authority’s headquarters.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation of Cleveland is funding the project. (source)

Stanford scholar Justin Leidwanger spends a lot of time underwater.

An assistant professor of classics, Leidwanger is a maritime archeologist. His research entails what it sounds like it would – exploring artifacts that lie beneath the sea.

A scholar with interests in the Roman and early Byzantine eras, Leidwanger has conducted thousands of dives – mostly to explore shipwrecks of the Eastern Mediterranean region. His students, too, don snorkels or scuba gear and work underwater.

Marine archeology, Leidwanger says, provides a privileged perspective on ancient history. Read more.

Archaeological finds collected over 25 years by Leiden University researchers in Syria may have been plundered, the University announces.

Between dozens and hundreds of boxes of artifacts were taken in “a dramatic development for 25 years of Leiden research”, says Peter Akkermans, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology.

The archaeological team has been busy with excavations on the Syrian site Tell Sabi Abyad since 1986. Their finds were stored in depots were stored in provincial capital Raqqa, in the North of Syria. Due to tensions during the civil war in the region, their research activities had to be abandoned in 2011.

Artifacts found in the archeological dig included 6000-year-old pottery, art objects as well as animal and human remains. Read more.

For nearly 40 years, University of Florida archaeologists have been excavating wooden barrel wells, rosary beads, pottery shards and iron nails dating back more than 400 years at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine.

On Tuesday, the park’s owners decided to donate those artifacts — 97,000 of them estimated to be worth around $3.5 million — to the Florida Museum of Natural History for permanent safekeeping, and for easy access to researchers and students.

"If we kept the artifacts at the park, they would become ornaments stored away in a drawer," John Fraser, the park’s manager and grandson of owner Walter Fraser, said in a news release. Read more.

Standing on the soggy ground that just last month was a lake bottom in Caesar Creek State Park, Stephen Biehl of Ohio Valley Archaeology Inc. knew there was a 99 percent chance he wouldn’t find anything significant on his dig.

“But that 1 percent chance – we just need to make sure,” he said.

For Biehl and his coworker Jamie Davis to complete their study and be 100 percent sure construction of a marina on Caesar Creek Lake would not disrupt any archaeological sites, the lake had to be lowered.

“The marina project has been planned since the inception and the original master plan of the Caesar Creek Lake by the Army Corps of Engineers,” said Phil Miller, resource planning administrator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Read more.