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.
The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for looting archaeological sites on public lands near Dillon.
Mike Ramirez, a special agent with the BLM’s office for law enforcement, said that a ranger and an archaeologist recently discovered a large hole that had been excavated at an American Indian archaeological site about 10 miles south of Dillon.
The BLM has ramped up its monitoring of such sites on public lands following a looting in August 2013 in Beaverhead County. In that case, a ranger came upon several people in the act of stealing projectile points and stone tools. Read more.
A skull from Roman London and finds from a suspected Black Death burial ground discovered during Crossrail project digs have gone on show.
A Roman cremation pot and a flint dating back 9,000 years are also included in the display of 50 items in St Giles High Street.
Archaeological investigations are being carried out at each of the 40 Crossrail worksites.
The display at Crossrail Visitor Information Centre runs until 15 March.
A spokesman from the archaeological team said: “Years of research have been carried out to understand the impact that construction will have on the archaeology along the route. Read more.
Quebec provincial police have found an ancient artifact in Edmonton after it was stolen in broad daylight from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Police have been searching for more than two years for two pieces of art, which were stolen from the museum in September 2011.
Investigators said they believe a man slipped the antiquities into his pockets and slipped outside.
The recovered artifact — a fragment from a fifth century BC Persian bas-relief — was found in an Edmonton home on Jan. 22 when officers from the Sûreté du Québec/RCMP Integrated Art Crime Investigation Team and the Alberta RCMP carried out a search warrant. Read more.
Tens of thousands of Aboriginal artefacts, some potentially dating back 5,000 years, have been uncovered in an archaeological investigation in Newcastle.
They were found during a dig alongside construction of one of New South Wales’s largest infrastructure projects - the Hunter Expressway.
Experts searched the 40-kilometre stretch of road over an eight-year period.
Archaeologist Jan Wilson says 122 Aboriginal sites were identified, mainly on elevated areas and close to fresh water.
"We have a lot of evidence of Aboriginal people producing stone artefacts in sites," she said. Read more.
The Museum of London Archaeology is recruiting a volunteer army of dog walkers, bird watchers, amateur historians and geology enthusiasts to help record sites that have been uncovered by storms and flood tides over the winter.
The project is being launched by the museum, with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant – an initial £1.4m, including a development grant of £75,000 – to help recruit the amateur archaeologists.
Artefacts including medieval bones and stone age cooking pots have been washed out of sites around the coast and unknown shipwrecks have been revealed. Read more.
Part of a dolphin skull and a medieval arrowhead are among more than 9,500 artefacts uncovered by an archaeological dig at Cardigan Castle.
The 18-month project to uncover the 800-year history of the site has been conducted by NPS Archaeology.
Excavation work has also revealed a new part of the original castle which dates back to the 1170s.
It is part of an £11m renovation project which aims to re-open part of the site this year.
NPS Archaeology project manager Nigel Page said the dig had recovered more than 9,500 objects ranging from medieval pottery and animal bones to a NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institute) mug from World War II. Read more.