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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — City Manager Bill Weeks will dust off his archaeological skills as he takes on the excavation of a Colonial-era cemetery recently discovered on the grounds of the old Glynn Middle School.

The city had contemplated hiring an archaeology firm to handle the work before Weeks, who describes archaeology as his avocation, offered his services.

"I’ve done five cemeteries - African-American, Colonial and Antebellum - already in South Carolina," he said.

Weeks, assisted by the city’s Public Works Department, could get to work as early as Monday, weather permitting.

"We’ll remove the top layer of soil, locate the graves and measure the shaft sizes," he said. "We’ll survey the cemetery accurately so we’ll know exactly where those graves are within a 16th of an inch, then we’ll cover it all back up." Read more.

In 1997, archaeologists Sharon Herbert and Andrea Berlin began an excavation project at Tel Kedesh, an enormous mound located in the rural interior of Israel’s Upper Galilee region. More than a decade later, they have completed the first phase of their work and reflect on how the site brought them a story far different from the one they had gone looking for.

Northern Israel, a region with multiple border zones, has seen its share of modern conflict. But a picture of what life was like on this border in antiquity, especially during the period from Alexander the Great through the revolt against Rome (ca. 330 B.C.–A.D. 70), also years of political and religious unrest, remained undrawn. In the mid-1990s, as we were each finishing long-term projects in Israel, we realized that Tel Kedesh was the perfect place to investigate this question. Ancient sources repeatedly describe it as a border site—between Canaanites and Israelites in biblical times and between Phoenicians and Jews in the classical period. Today it lies along the Israeli-Lebanese border, a location that saw several dramatic battles during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Read more.

LAFAYETTE — While excavating her home’s old outhouse pit, Rebecca Schwendler set down her trowel and picked up the phone after unearthing what looked like two human finger bones and the top of a human thigh bone.

Eight men and one woman from the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Lafayette Police Department stood in her Old Town Lafayette backyard a day later and sent the remains to Colorado State University for analysis.

"I thought ‘Oh, my god. What if he’s in my outhouse?’" Schwendler said, referring to a reputed unsolved murder in Lafayette in 1927, the year of the nearby Columbine Mine Massacre.

A union labor organizer for area coal miners lived in her house a couple of years later, and she wondered if somehow the outdoor privy on the northeast corner of her lot had become a secret stash for body parts related to revenge.

The CSU report identified the remains as pig bones.

But Schwendler, who holds a doctorate in anthropology with a concentration in archeology and works as a public lands advocate at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Denver office, realized that the hole held other secrets. Read more.

The excavation, or trial by trenching, of the former library site in Church Street is being headed by Chris Birks Archaeological Services, based in Frettenham, near Norwich.

It was originally ordered by Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Service, based at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, near Dereham.

An application has been approved by the council to build flats on the previously unexplored site and it is part of the planning process to carry out an archaeological survey.

In early 2010 the library was demolished and the planning proposal was submitted by Acorn Building Services Norfolk.

The excavation, which started two weeks ago, is due to finish next week and on January 12 a small piece of pottery was found which is believed to date back to the 14th century.

Mr Birks said: “It is a great opportunity to try to understand what happened in the middle of Dereham in the past. It is confirming the settlement activities from the medieval period.

“Although it is only one piece of pottery, it is about getting an understanding of what people’s lives were like at the time. Read more.

WESTPORT — The Westport Historical Society invites the public to observe and to participate in the first below ground archeological investigation at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road. 

The event will be Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As the Society prepares to embark on stabilization of the building, this excavation will provide information about the occupants and evolution of the Handy House property. What lies beneath the ground at this property is unknown. This is the community’s opportunity to discover history firsthand and to view artifacts found during the dig.

All artifacts will be processed and catalogued at the newly set up archaeology laboratory located at 803 Main Road, and will become part of the Westport Historical Society’s collection. The Massachusetts Historical Commission has approved the project and the new lab space which offers future opportunities for community involvement in this and other local archaeological digs. Read more.

The ongoing construction of San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Center has uncovered lost treasures of the city’s past on display at a new exhibit running through January 2012. 

Household and industrial items, such as medicine, porcelain dolls, kitchenware, and bone toothbrushes offer clues about what life was like here for settlers who first rushed to the city in search of gold in 1849. The artifacts traveled from East Coast cities like New York and Philadelphia and from as far away as China and Europe. 

The Transbay Archeology Exhibit at 201 Mission Street in the city’s South of Market district is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. (source)

Amateur archaeologists have reached the halfway point in a project to chart the 1,200 year history of an Oxfordshire town.

Volunteers are attempting to dig 100 pits in gardens across Wallingford.

Project leader Gerard Latham said: “Everybody’s very enthusiastic and it has almost become a status symbol to have your garden done over.”

The team have taken three years to reach the 50th excavation which is in the courtyard of the town’s museum.

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The Burh to Borough project was started by professionals at the University of Leicester.

They enlisted the help of The Wallingford and Archaeological Society. Read more.

Turkish archaeologists unearthed 1,377 artifacts during excavations in Kütahya province’s Seyitömer Höyük district this year, setting a record for the most cultural assets dug up in one season, according to the project leader.

Speaking to Anatolia news agency, project leader Nejat Bilgen said the excavation work has been ongoing since 2006. The excavation area is 25 kilometer from the brown coal area.

“This year we have given a total of 1377 artifacts to the Kütahya Archeology Museum,” said Bilgen. “This figure is a record.” Read more.