Volunteer archaeologists made a number of stunning finds while working in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last year: fragments of seven Bronze Age swords that they were able to reconstruct, thousands of 11th-century coins, and a trove of jewels, pottery, even more.
In der Wüste Libyens lagern ca. 1400 t natürlich entstandenen Glases. Höchstwahrscheinlich ist ein Meteoriteneinschlag die Entstehungsursache. Das Glas wurde bereits in der Jungsteinzeit zur Werkzeugherstellung genutzt.
Bronze Age girl buried with more than 150 animal bones reveals clues about Kazakhstan’s past
Archaeologists have unearthed a burial mound in the Ainabulak-Temirsu Necropolis, Kazakhstan. This Bronze Age burial site belongs to a young girl of around 12 to 15 years of age. The girl’s grave was adorned with an array of intriguing artifacts, and among them, a unique bronze disc featuring a carved frog...
Continue Reading: https://archaeologymag.com/2023/09/bronze-age-girl-buried-with-animal-bones/
Another biface from my late great-uncle's collection, possibly a Thunderbird effigy on what appears to be West Texas chert. Most likely fake. #Archaeology
“All the hominins made tools. A study of associations between stone tool evidence and fossil hominin remains shows that a wide range of species made stone artifacts … humans are far from unique in our use of technology. Our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, are technical species that use a wide array of tools, mostly made from organic and perishable materials ...“
#anthropology #archaeology #evolution #paleontology
🧵 Fun little story: I had to lead a workshop (1 h 45 min) about my thesis topic last Wednesday.
The topic was "Facilitating historical empathy in Archaeology through scientific visualization". Since the workshop was pretty short, I ended up coming up with the following idea. (…)
I said hello to the tetrarchs!
James Henry Breasted, who died OTD in 1935, founded the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago https://cromwell-intl.com/travel/syria/palmyra.html?s=mb #travel #AncientHistory #archaeology
Brown chalcedony/chert knob detached from bedrock (Scar 'a') at the Wetherington Island lithic quarry site (8HI473) near Tampa, Florida. They likely were checking this material for usability & possibly removed a few tool flakes. Scar 'b' is an older patinated scar. #Archaeology
More than 3,000 Roman coins and gems unearthed in Claterna, Italy
Italian researchers have unearthed over 3,000 Roman coins and 50 gems in the ancient Roman city of Claterna, near modern-day Bologna. Claterna, once a thriving hub of culture and commerce, dates back to the second century BCE and continued to flourish until the collapse of the Roman Empire...
Have you read (or written!) a piece of journalism about archaeology in the past year that you think is a truly great example of responsible and informative communication about our field? Do you want to nominate it for an award from the SAA? I'm chairing the committee for the Gene S. Stuart Award for journalism about archaeology, and we are accepting nominations. #archaeology #archeology #scicomm #publicarchaeology http://saa.org/career-practice/awards/gene-s.-stuart-award?fbclid=IwAR1RnjahiGkdPBzCseW89ihYKXH9xYa9DtPNCSHh3UlL81pHg1QabaS6c_E#award-guidelines
Do you ever wonder how far back in time certain food recipes go? For instance, how far back in time did people scramble eggs?
I suppose you might infer when people started eating eggs from the earliest evidence of chicken farming, but is there really any way to deduce if they poached, hard boiled, or scrambled their eggs?
12:00GMT on Wednesday December 6th!
The illustrious @electricarchaeo will be joining us for Digital Lunch.
Title: Water damage: 76%; Root damage: 24% - Using Computer Vision to Explore the Human Remains Trade on Social Media
All welcome, Zoom details are as follows: https://york-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/91660411467?pwd=NzJBdU9VNUsxSlUvbEZvakh5SVBXZz09
Meeting ID: 916 6041 1467 Passcode: 791941
Late Archaic period Yarbrough point (ca. 1650-150 BC) from looter dirt pile, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. The type occurs in east TX, west LA, southeast OK & southwest AR. The yellow tip & stem corner indicates the material is not heat-treated, but a natural red chert. #Archaeology
Here's my new paper with Axel Löfving, Rudolf Gustavsson, Jens Heimdahl and Andreas Viberg about the great mead-hall at Aska, and the gold-foil figures and skull fragments we found inside. We got the cover of the Antiquity issue!
Lectureship in Geospatial Archaeology, University of Glasgow. Expertise in geospatial archaeology and landscape research specialising in one or more of: archaeological remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems, landscape–scale spatial analysis using computational modelling.
Full time post, closing date 10th Jan 2024.
Details and application, search for vacancy ref 135268 at: https://my.corehr.com/pls/uogrecruit/erq_search_package.search_form?p_company=1&p_internal_external=E
#archaeology #digitalarchaeology #spatial @archaeodons @academicchatter
There are thousands of scrolls of birch bark lodged in the soil in Novgorod, and they demonstrate a surprising level of popular literacy in the medieval period.
One of the scrolls (any word you use will be too fancy for the real thing, which is literally just a scrap of bark) is the earliest written text in a Balto-Finnic language (cool) and contains a spell or incantation of some kind (very cool).
I've been fascinated with birch bark letter #292 for a long time, so it was an obvious choice for a 'vaguely Finnish, weirdly specific' video.
Take a moment to enjoy my enthusiastic gesticulating about transliteration and back pain - and if you are particularly diverted, do give it a boost.
1.4 million-year-old stone spheroids reveal early humans’ geometry skills
A recent study has unveiled the intentional crafting of spherical stone objects dating back 1.4 million years. These enigmatic stone spheroids, discovered at the ‘Ubeidiya archaeological site in northern Israel, offer unprecedented insights into the ancient appreciation for geometry and symmetry.
Anyone else working on PCIfA application? They make you work for it, don't they? The worst bit is, as a colleague advised me, to "big yourself up" and then having to show that to someone whose expertise I want to parasitically feed off for my application. I've made myself sound like god's gift to flotation #archaeology.
Scientists should seek answers hidden in the dirt using proven and state-of-the-art archaeological science techniques to support new discoveries about human evolution following recent controversies at a cave site in Africa
The #PleiadesGazetteer change log for November 2023 has been posted: 51 new and 711 updated place resources, reflecting work by Jeffrey Becker, Catherine Bouras, Tom Elliott, Sean Gillies, Greta Hawes, Carolin Johansson, Brady Kiesling, Mark Krier, Gabriel McKee, John Muccigrosso, D.T. Potts, Rune Rattenborg, Rosemary Selth, R. Scott Smith, R. Talbert, and Clifflena Tiah.
#Archaeology is about people:
By examining their skeletons in detail, archaeologists from Cambridge fill in the life stories of hundreds poor or disadvantaged medieval residents whose names were never recorded.
Superb piece about a Mesolithic girl called Lola, her chewing gum... and what it can tell us!
Well worth a read. 😊
Project to create a site for medieval living history and experimental archaeology near Kansas City. I don't know of any site like this in the USA or Canada like there are in the UK and the EU (there are cool sites for 17th/18th century living history).
I posted about Sarah Bond's Hyperallergic piece earlier, but there's also a new issue of Pasts Imperfect (which she does with collaborators):
Pasts Imperfect (11.30.23)
Ancient & Modern Indigeneity, Napoleon in Egypt, Uto-Aztecan Language Migration, and More
"This week, ancient religion scholar and member of the Choctaw Nation, Chris Hoklotubbe, addresses ancient and modern Indigeneity in readings of the Bible. Then, a Scottish ..."
Staring down history.
Some of the famous Lewis chess pieces at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
They are carved from walrus ivory or sperm whale teeth, probably in Trondheim in the late 12th to early 13th century.
The NMS has 11 pieces from the hoard comprising multiple chess sets discovered in 1831; the British Museum has the other 82 pieces.
As seen in Edinburgh today.
Dalrymple Lecture Series for 2023-2024 will be given by Prof. John Schofield (University of York) on "Wicked Problems for Archaeologists: can archaeology help us solve the world's most urgent challenges?" 18-21 March 2024.
Full details: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/events/archaeologyevents/dalrymplelectures/
This week on the Patreon,
TONS OF STUFF
- Rob Roy (thanks, @schweizercomics !),
- Historical Costuming,
- Archaeology thoughts,
- HORSE CONSIDERATIONS (thanks, @Rheall !),
- preamble for next week's FONT SHOWDOWN,
- going steady with the Series 7,
- and of course, many more close-up inked pages for PRACTICAL DEFENCE AGAINST PIRACY.
Neanderthals: More knowable now than ever.
@KnowableMag reports: "They have held our fascination ever since we first identified their remains. Today, thanks to new artifacts and technologies, findings about our closest relatives are coming thick and fast."
Here’s Sarah Bond on that recent find of seals from documents thought to have been held in a civic archive at ancient Doliche:
Money: these bronze pieces are the world's earliest known metal #currency, from 700 BCE, found in the Eastern Zhou dynasty archaeological dig in #Luoyang, which served as the Chinese capital during 13 dynasties and kingdoms, going back to the Xia and Shang dynasties (2000 BCE). #KaiSilkRoad #China #Asia #travel #archaeology
We find these pan-European brass cutlery butt mounts all the time in Swedish plough soil. They date from the 14/1500s and are easily recognised because they were fastened to the tangs of iron cutlery, so there is always rust staining or an iron stump sticking out of the base of the mount.
I'm compiling a list of games with a strong archaeological component. Looking for tips, as a lot of them tend to fall outside of my usual genres of preference.
Preferably for switch/Mac/iOS. They don't have to be good or groundbreaking.
Look at the edge retouching on this Mousterian point from Betalov spodmol in #Slovenia. It was made by a Neanderthal person, someone whose mind worked pretty much like yours or mine. And it makes me wonder how anyone could ever have believed in the now discredited eolith lumps of stone from the Wolf Cave in Finland.
Norwegian metal detectorist discovers gold treasure dating back to the 6th century
In a discovery hailed as “Norway’s gold find of the century,” Erlend Bore, a Norwegian metal detectorist, stumbled upon a treasure trove of gold jewelry on the island of Rennesøy, near Stavanger, Norway.
This remarkable find, which comprises 9 gold pendants, 3 gold rings, and 10 gold pearls, dates back to the 6th century CE...
Both Rishi and Kyriakos are fighting it out just to show how ethno-nationalist they are and to appear as such to the domestic audience
they don't really care about the ancient world and they're both admirers of power and colonialism
Inspiring to read how the #Colour4CRAFTS project is using this historical research on materials & techniques to generate ideas for more sustainable bio-based dyeing:
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/bio-based-colourants/about-colour4crafts 🧵 2/3
Interesting research on textile dyes in medieval Estonia:
& the use of local plants / lichen mixed with the woad, which was not the local variety but traded & widely cultivated across Europe from the #13thCentury. 🧵 1/3
The Getty Conservation Institute, a major nonprofit dedicated to #culturalHeritage #conservation has a job opening for a project manager in support of the #opensource Arches #dataManagement application.
Please share widely: https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/4275/associate-project-manager-(arches-project)/job?mobile=false&width=710&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-480&jun1offset=-420
The most recent attempt at ArchaeoCLIP was trained by @ekansa on Nov 14; would you like to play with it? Use this notebook!
I'll be using this notebook in my talk next week.
Really interesting paper (https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsif.2022.0029) shared by @sundogplanets -- enjoying thinking more about how archaeological and anthropological perspectives could contribute to this kind of discussion @RadicalAnthro #anthropology #archaeology #academicchatter
An extensive list of more #academic disciplines here:
Please spread the word!
So… I need to finish my coursework for the last week of the #archaeology class I randomly signed up for this quarter and I am suddenly unable to access the online portal which is the only way to get my assignments. 😡 I have been ACING this class so far and just want to complete it. Today. On my day off. Beyond irritated.
The prehistoric peoples of Central Europe didn't disappear after their social order collapsed in 1600 BC. They spread, and thrived.
#tech-science #archaeology #History #prehistoric #Science #Abstract
Archaeology side of Mastodon: I'm doing my MA thesis on "How can archaeological visualization facilitate and enhance historical empathy in viewers" and am currently looking for
b) scientific illustrators (archaeology / history)
to interview as part of my research.
Essentially you'd be answering some questions on science communication as it pertains to archaeology and hist. empathy.
If anyone would be interested and available, please let me know!
Graeber, David; Wengrow, David. The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (2021)
I have already finished reading this long and powerful book. Now I have to meditate on the ideas it brings...
"Over the course of these chapters we have instead talked about basic forms of social liberty which one might actually put into practice: (1) the freedom to move away or relocate from one’s surroundings; (2) the freedom to ignore or disobey commands issued by others; and (3) the freedom to shape entirely new social realities, or shift back and forth between different ones."
A month ago today, we released this paper. So far, it's had 3000 reads & 1587 PDF downloads.
Thank you all - we very much appreciate your support & interest in our work. ❤️
In case you missed it! 👇
The #Archaeology Data Service are hiring a Data Wrangler. Come work in York. https://jobs.york.ac.uk/vacancy/data-wrangler-543693.html
Largest Ancient Floor Mosaic in Cappadocia and Central #Anatolia Uncovered: 600 square meters
#histodons #history #geschichte #histoire #Archäologie #archaeodons #archaeology #RomanArchaeology #Altertumswissenschaften #arthistory #AncientHistory #antiquity #antike #AncientRome #AncientGreece #Turkey