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British archaeologists fight with Italian farmer to save ancient aqueduct

June 6, 2010

In January father and son team Edward and Michael O’Neill discovered the headwaters of the aqueduct, which was built by the Emperor Trajan, hidden beneath a crumbling 13th century church north of Rome.

A sophisticated example of Roman hydraulic engineering, the aqueduct, known as the Aqua Traiana, was inaugurated in 109AD and carried fresh water 35 miles to the imperial capital.

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Prehistoric burial mounds found in Forest

June 4, 2010

AMAZING archaeological discoveries have been made in the New Forest.

Prehistoric burial mounds, a World War II practice bombing range and searchlight position have all been found between Burley and Godshill.

Airborne light detecting and ranging (lidar) has revealed the archaeological gems using lasers.

Archaeological researcher Tom Dommett said: “One of lidar’s greatest benefits in the Forest is its ability to penetrate all but the densest vegetation like conifer or holly.

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Prehistoric ‘footprints’ falsified by science

May 24, 2010

Human footprints frozen in time, lodged in volcanic ash in a Mexican valley, seemed poised to rock history.
In the current Journal of Human Evolution, a study tells the story of how they didn’t — and how science checks out extraordinary claims.

“The timing and origin of the earliest human colonization of the Americas has been the subject of great debate over the last 100 years and is still a matter of heated discussion today,” begins the study. Hiking on the dried bed of Mexico’s Valsequillo Lake in the summer of 2003, an archeology team made a discovery they suspected would open a new chapter in the debate.

Crisscrossing the lakebed, they saw tracks, an ash field littered with hundreds of impressions that resembled footprints from adults and children, ” along with birds, cats, dogs and species with cloven feet,” as Nature magazine later reported. The team led by geoarchaeologist Silvia Gonzalez of the United Kingdom’s Liverpool John Moores University, suspected the track’s makers had fled an ancient eruption of the looming Cerro Toluquilla volcano, leaving their tracks in the now-famous “Xalnene Ash.”

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Rude Roman pots halt city revamp

May 2, 2010

WORK on the £11.6 million revamp of Canterbury’s prestigious Beaney Institute has ground to a halt – because of Roman pornography.

Archaeologists are racing against time to recover lost evidence beneath the city’s streets before the builders return.

Among the artefacts already uncovered are saucy carvings of couples having sex.

A spokesman confirmed: “We have found

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Archaeologists unearthed ancient city in the Egyptian eastern borders

April 26, 2010

Archaeological discoveries – Head of Antiquities of Lower Egypt Department of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud said that archaeological missions working in North Sinai have unearthed Tharu , an ancient fortified city, a move which stressed the importance of this area as the eastern gate of Egypt.
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Mummified Baboons May Reveal Location of the Land of Punt

April 18, 2010

Throughout their history the ancient Egyptians recorded making voyages to a place called the ‘Land of Punt’. To the Egyptians it was a far-off source of exotic animals and valuable goods.

From there they brought back perfumes, panther skins, electrum, and, yes, live baboons to keep as pets. The voyages started as early as the Old Kingdom, ca. 4,500 years ago, and continued until just after the collapse of the New Kingdom 3,000 years ago.

Egyptologists have long argued about the location of Punt. The presence of perfumes suggests that it was located somewhere in Arabia, such as Yemen. However the depiction of a giraffe, at a temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, tells archaeologists that Punt is likely somewhere in Africa – perhaps around Ethiopia, Eritrea or Somalia.

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Roman-Era Mummy Uncovered in Egypt Oasis

April 16, 2010

A bejeweled mummy dressed in Roman robes has emerged from the sands of Egypt’s Bahariya Oasis, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Monday.

Entombed in a decorated gypsum sarcophagus, the 38-inch tall mummy  belonged to a woman or girl who died in the Greco-Roman period about 2,300 years ago.

Unearthed in a rock-hewn tomb at a modern construction site near the town of Bawiti, in Bahariya Oasis, some 185 miles southwest of Cairo, the mummy points to the existence of a large Greco-Roman necropolis nearby, Mahmoud Affifi, director of Cairo and Giza antiquities, said in a statement.

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