Scientists said Tuesday they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local indigenous population.
Peter Davies, from Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast, is researching the ancient shoreline of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, popular with tourists for its sandy beaches and dingo, or wild dog, population.
He said he was approached by a Fraser Island group earlier this year to help find the graves, believed to be of more than 100 indigenous people, including many children.
"It’s completely sand, and the ground penetrating radar works really well in sand," the soil scientist explained of the island. Read more.
GREENVILLE, S.C. —Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Cherokee Indian burial site, dating back hundreds of years.
The discovery was made in Macon County, North Carolina, at the site of a new recreation park.
Now community leaders are trying to decide how to move forward.
The $2.5 million park project in Franklin has been in the works for more than a year, but plans could be changing.
“We knew the likelihood was high there would be archaeological evidence here. We did not necessarily know there was going to be human remains,” said historic preservationist Tyler Howe. Read more.
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Tucked behind a leafy oak hammock near this Brevard County city, a murky blackwater bog containing some of the world’s rarest archaeological treasures will remain protected from a potential housing development. The vegetated 8.5-acre upland buffer bordering the Windover Archaeological Site has been purchased for $90,000 by The Archaeological Conservancy. This New Mexico-based organization has acquired and preserved more than 465 historic sites across the United States.
A backhoe operator stumbled upon the prehistoric burial ground in 1982. Since then, scientists have excavated 168 remarkably preserved skeletons dating to the Early Archaic period from Windover’s swamp — including some of the oldest brain DNA samples ever found on the planet. Read more.
WETUMPKA — An amateur archaeologist was testing a new metal detector in Wetumpka on Sunday when he stumbled upon what could turn out to be a Native American burial site.
Ray Camp was on private property not far from Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino trying out his new XP Deus metal detector when he made the discovery. The metal detector helped him locate a copper bracelet about four or five inches below the surface.
Then Camp realized there was bone attached to the bracelet. He also found teeth, beads and other bones in the same location.
He contacted Heath Jones, founder of the Alabama Archeometalology Historical Society, a group of archaeological and metal detection hobbyists that Camp is a member of. Read more.
A joint Russian-South Korean archaeological expedition in Russia’s Maritime Territory has discovered a unique burial site of the late Bohai period in the Chuguyevsky District.
RIA Novosti learned the news on Thursday from Nikolay Klyuev, head of the early archaeology department at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Far East.
The early feudal Bohai state existed in 698-926 AD in what is now the Maritime Territory, the Korean Peninsula, and Manchuria. The Bohai culture was known for its iron and metals working skills. Bohai also maintained political, economic, and cultural ties with the neighbouring countries, especially China and Japan. Read more.
This week, a team of archaeologists broke the asphalt in four places at Weccecoe Park, digging to a depth of 3 feet to uncover evidence of the 19th century burial site. On Thursday morning, the fourth and final trench revealed a single gravestone.
"Amelia Brown, 1819, Aged 26 years" is clearly carved into the white stone, with this epitaph:
"Whosoever live and believeth in me, though we be dead, yet shall we live."
"There is no grave shaft associated with that stone, it’s just sitting loose in the fill," said Douglas Mooney, senior archaeologist for URS corporation. "It was knocked over at some point, long ago, when the cemetery was filled in in the mid-19th century. It no longer marks an actual grave. It’s just a loose stone in the ground." Read more.
The National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, announced the discovery of 30 pre-Columbian burials and a pyramid in an ancient settlement in eastern Mexico that could be up to 2,000 years old.
The graves located in the municipality of Jaltipan, Veracruz state, were accompanied by offerings, animal remains and fossils.
Also found was a brick structure with characteristics similar to one at the Mayan site of Comalcalco in Tabasco, INAH said in a communique.
Preliminary hypotheses indicate it could have been a sanctuary where people of the region buried their dead, or perhaps a kind of market or a center of government where different cultures merged. Its use could date back to 700 A.D. Read more.
A recent archaeological finding in El Salvador, which included six complete pots from the late Classic period and human remains next to two vessels placed as a ritualistic offering and apparently at least 1,200-years-old, has thrown light on ancient Mayan settlements in the region.
In an interview, the director of Archaeology at the Salvadoran National Cultural Heritage Office, Shione Shibata, said that the discovery in western Nuevo Lourdes, in Colon, about 20km from San Salvador, was historically important because the distribution of the remains indicated they formed part of a village.
The finding was first reported by workers at a residential compound construction site who were digging a ditch to lay down water piping and came across pieces of broken pottery and obsidian shards. Read more.