Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture.
National Park Service archaeologists are sampling sediment, sucking up mud and water about 10-feet (3-meters) deep with an aluminum tube and then dumping the contents over a screen. When the pond was dredged in 1968 after a record drought, a park ranger noticed hundreds of artifacts, including bone pieces sharpened into tools or weapons, atop a debris pile. The items were collected and the ranger’s notes were catalogued, but the site never was excavated.
Archaeologists have returned because the park service wants to replace part of the wooden boardwalk along the Anhinga Trail. Read more.
After a year of legal and diplomatic negotiations, Egypt is to receive Tuesday a collection of 15 ancient Egyptian objects from London.
Ali Ahmed, head of the Antiquities Recuperation Section of the antiquities ministry said that these objects were monitored last year by the section as they were on the selling lists of Christie’s and Bonham’s auction halls in London.
After examining the photos of these objects and comparing them with the ministry’s registry, archaeologists of the Recuperation Section approved their authenticity. All legal procedures were then taken immediately to stop their sale and remove them from auction halls. Read more.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea is having all kinds of unexpected consequences, including cultural ones.
An archaeological museum in Amsterdam is reluctant to return ancient golden exhibits on loan from Crimean museums before the March annexation.
Hundreds of Scythian and Sarmatian golden adornments and weapons were on display in Bonne and Amsterdam since January and attracted 88,000 visitors. The exhibition closed on Aug. 31, and now the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam is not sure whether the exhibits should be returned to Crimea, Ukraine or neither of them. Read more.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis archaeological society will not auction Egyptian artifacts after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased the collection.
The Treasure of Harageh collection consists of 37 items such as flasks, vases and jewelry inlaid with lapus lazuli, a rare mineral. It dates to roughly 1900 B.C. and had been owned for the past century by the nonprofit St. Louis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
The auction had been condemned by U.S. and British historians who feared the loss of a valuable cultural resource to the private marketplace. British auction house Bonhams withdrew the treasure Thursday, the planned day of sale, and announced the new deal Friday. (source)
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.