The bones of a holy figure, still wearing shoes and initially wrapped in a finely-woven textile, have been found buried within a wall beneath Lincoln Castle in a discovery pointing to the remains of a church dating to “at least” 1,000 years ago, according to experts.
Archaeologists believe the remains of several skeletons found during the dig at the castle, which was built by William the Conqueror more than 900 years ago, date to a stone church created between the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the conquering Normans.
At least one of the remnants, found in a tiny space three metres below ground level, is a stone coffin, with the sacred bones found in a niche embedded in the foundations of an early stone wall on the opposite side of the site. Read more.
OLYMPIA — It is a Spartan setting, the lab where 120 cardboard filing boxes — each with human bones in them, many of them old Native American bones — fill the eight large metal lockers along the walls.
They are awaiting reburial, back to the land where they had spent all those years undisturbed.
In this rather worn building, one of those concrete government places waiting to be torn down, Guy Tasa is at work.
He is the state’s physical anthropologist, a job created in 2008 when the Legislature passed laws concerning the inadvertent discovery of human remains.
He says about the bones in all those boxes: “They represent the remains of somebody who’s come before us hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago. And they deserve all of the respect and treatment we give anybody today.” Read more.
A study of the skeleton of a young Mixtec woman who lived in the Late Post Classic period (A.D. 1250-1540) in Mexico, has revealed a range of both genetic diseases and work related skeletal damage. The results are now part of an exhibition in the Regional Historical Museum of Ensenada, Baja California called Itandikaa Ndiko’o Flor de la eternidad (Itandikaa Ndiko’o - Flower of Eternity).
Physical anthropologist Martha Alfaro Castro and a teams of doctors from the Civil Hospital of Oaxaca who are specialists in genetics, orthopaedics, radiology and dentistry, conducted an interdisciplinary study of the skeleton, found in 2007 in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca during a rescue excavation. Read more.
Archaeologists have unearthed three flutes made from the bones of red-crowned cranes in Henan province that dates back 8,000 years, according to Zhengzhou Evening News.
One flute, which has five finger holes, is complete. The longest flute, at more than 20 centimeters long, has two holes but is broken into three pieces.
The flutes indicate people in the Huaihe River Delta 8,000 years ago had an affinity for music.
The recent discovery was made in a village in Wuyang county, which is 777 square kilometers. The village is located near the site of the Jiahu Ruins that was first discovered in 1961. (source)
Excavations carried out by a Japanese team in Batman’s ancient city of Hasankeyf have revealed painted graves from the Neolithic age 11,500 years ago. Human skeletons were found in the graves. Hasankeyf attracts 500,000 visitors from all around the world each year, yet part of Hasankeyf’s historical area will be flooded once the Ilısu Dam project starts.
The head of the Hasankeyf excavation team, Batman University Rector Abdüsselam Uluçam, said that a tender had been put out for the movement of Hasankeyf to a new place.
He added that Hasankeyf should move to its new place as soon as possible and it was out of question for the ancient city to be submerged underwater before the end of movement process. Read more.
A new and cheaper method for screening ancient bones to determine whether they contain DNA has been described in a PhD thesis by a conservator at the University of Stavanger’s Archaeological Museum.
This approach could overcome a major problem of identifying useful genetic material in large collections of prehistoric bones without resorting to extensive and expensive laboratory studies.
Hege Ingjerd Hollund proposes a combination of three screening methods – microscope examination, inspection with ultraviolet light and infra-red spectrometry (a form of chemical analysis).
"No single way of checking old bones produces an adequate result," she explains. "I believe combining different approaches will give the best outcome." Read more.
Archeologists are puzzled by the fact that bone remnants from children and infants are almost never unearthed from ancient funeral pyre sites.
Sagnlandet Lejre. The burning piglet doesn’t smell as expected. It smells more like bonfire and this is slightly disappointing.
Jonas Jæger, archeology student at Copenhagen University, had been told it would smell like roasted pork or bacon “… and something disgusting later,” he says with a roguish grin in the direction of his fellow student Veronica Liv Johansen, busy documenting the ongoing experiment.
The olfactory anecdote stems from an older experimental archeologist who previously immolated fully grown pigs to investigate what happens with the bones after they’d been exposed to the tearing flames.
In principle it’s the same experiment happening right now with the only exception that the burning critter is just a piglet weighing in around 2,800 grams — about the weight of an infant making it a good comparison to help answer a question shared by archeologists. Read more.
Bones which some believe could be those of Alfred the Great have been exhumed from an unmarked grave in Winchester to protect them from the enthusiasm of seekers for lost kings inflamed by reports of the rediscovery of the remains of Richard III in Leicester.
Alfred died in AD899, and his remains had an even more chequered history than Richard’s, moved and reburied at least twice.
A spokesman for the diocese of Winchester, Nick Edmonds, said there was no evidence of any vandalism or attempt to interfere with the grave, but the exhumation was a precaution because of the widespread curiosity about the story. Read more.