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Vietnamese archaeologists have announced the discovery of ancient Vietnamese artifacts in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

Recent excavations in the archipelago — Spratly Island, Namyit Island, Pearson Reef, and Sand Cay — in June yielded Vietnamese pottery shards that dated back to between the 13th and 19th centuries, archaeologists said.

Bui Van Liem, deputy director of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology, said: “The results of the June explorations strengthened those of our explorations in Truong Sa in 1993, 1994, and 1999. They prove that Vietnamese people operated in the archipelago in the past.” Read more.

The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, houses archaeological artefacts from across the country. Among the displayed material is a remarkable assemblage recovered from the Pre-classic site of Tlatilco in the 1960s.

Between 1962 and 1967 the anthropologist Arturo Romano Pacheco conducted four seasons of excavation at the Tlatilco, State of Mexico. 213 burials contained rich offerings and grave goods, among which 154, part of a set of ten, was recovered intact for display in the Pre-classic Central Highlands room of the Museum.

The Tlatilco site is noted for its high quality pottery pieces, many featuring Olmec iconography, and its figurines, including Olmec-style “baby-face” figurines. Read more.

Some of the most high-status pieces of prehistoric “bling”, prized by Stonehenge’s Bronze Age social elite, are likely to have been made by children, according to new research.

An analysis of intricately decorated objects found near the ancient stone circle shows that the craftwork involved such tiny components that only children – or extremely short-sighted adults – would have been able to focus closely enough on the ultra-fine details to make them.

The research into the human eyesight optics of micro-gold-working in the Bronze Age has considerable implications for understanding society in Western Europe 4,000 years ago. Read more.

Digging the Past! A Celebration of Archeology and Fossils drew hundreds of history lovers, rock hounds, and amateur collectors to the Falls of the Ohio State Park on Saturday.

The event combined two older events — Archeology Day and Earth Discovery Day — to offer a variety of hands-on activities including throwing an atlatl, an ancient weapon used for hunting; digging for artifacts or minerals; crafting a clay pot; or touring the fossil beds.

The events were combined in anticipation of a major overhaul of the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center’s exhibit space. The center will close November 23 and should reopen in late 2015. Read more.

An international team of archaeologists plans to return this month to the site of an ancient shipwreck off a Greek island. This time, they will have the aid of an advanced diving suit that will give them much more time to probe for new artifacts.

Part robot and part submarine, the lightweight suit, called the Exosuit, is intended to allow a diver to work for long periods at depths of more than 1,000 feet, avoiding time-consuming decompression periods. The suit provides a diver with freedom of movement because of a propulsion system and from an unusual set of rotating joints developed by Phil Nuytten, an explorer and diving technology specialist. Read more.

THIS astonishing death mask, made around 3,000 years ago, is part of Wigan’s collection of priceless treasures from ancient Egypt.

The extraordinary trove of almost 40 objects from the great civilisation which flourished along the banks of the Nile is owned by Wigan

Experts who have viewed the artefacts say some of the pieces would not be out of place in a national museum.

as they are extremely important both for their beautiful craftsmanship and the light they shed on Ancient Egypt’s long and complicated history.

The priceless treasures arrived in the borough in the 1920s after being amassed by a successful Wigan-born judicial expert who advised the rulers of Egypt during the days of the British empire. Read more.

A museum in California has returned 557 bronze-age pots to Thailand after an investigation found they were smuggled out of the South-East Asian country, a news report said on Tuesday.

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California sent them back after signing a non-prosecution agreement with the US district attorney, Thairath reported.

US authorities found that the pots were smuggled from a UNESCO heritage archaeological site in Udon Thani, around 600 kilometres north-east of Bangkok.

The small, earthenware pots, in a variety of conditions, had arrived back in the country and were undergoing inspection for authenticity, the report said. (source)

Spain has returned to Colombia 691 indigenous artefacts seized in a police operation 11 years ago.

Most of the ceramic items are of huge cultural and archaeological value, and date back to 1400 BC.

They had been smuggled out of South America by a man linked to the drug gangs, the embassy in Madrid said.

Following a court order in Spain in June, the items have now been handed over to the Colombian authorities and taken back to Bogota.

They were placed in the Museum of America in Madrid while the long legal battle proceeded.

Some of the items, including ceramic sculptures, funeral urns and musical instruments, went on display at the museum in June. Read more.