New Archaeological Areas open to the Public at Pompeii and Stabia

New Archaeological Areas open to the Public at Pompeii and StabiaBy Holly Willmotton August 5, 2015 | 7:10 am | 0 CommentIt was a great week for archaeology in Campania as 3 major initiatives were completed, and restored ruins were returned to the public at Pompeii and Stabia.At Pompeii, as part of the Grande Progetto Pompei, the Basilica was re-opened on 30th July, following interventions to secure the ruins, in particular, where weaknesses and loss of material were found in the plasterwork and brick columns.BasilicaPompeii1

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Genome analysis pins down arrival and spread of first Americans: Comparing current and ancient genomes shows Siberian migration no earlier than 23,000 years ago — ScienceDaily

This is an artist’s representation of the ice age landscape that early Native Americans would have encountered.Credit: Artwork by Sussi BechThe original Americans came from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the height of the last Ice Age, and apparently hung out in the north — perhaps for thousands of years — before spreading in two distinct populations throughout North and South America, according to a new genomic analysis.

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11,500-Year-Old Bison Butchering Site Discovered in Oklahoma | Western Digs

11,500-Year-Old Bison Butchering Site Discovered in OklahomaPosted by Blake de Pastino on June 8, 2015 in anthropology, archaeology, bison, Clovis, hunting, Indians, news, Oklahoma, Paleoamericans, Paleoindians | 560 Views | Leave a responseA stretch of floodplain in northwestern Oklahoma, already known for its profusion of prehistoric hunting sites, has turned up new find: a scatter of butchered bison bones dating back nearly 11,500 years — extending the evidence of bison hunting in the area by centuries, archaeologists say.The find includes nearly three dozen pieces of leg, foot, and back bones from ancient bison, and two stone tools: a quartzite hammerstone and a small, sharp flake fashioned from Texas chert.

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Blogging Pompeii: More from the Jashemski Archives …… and a query

More from the Jashemski Archives …… and a queryWe are progressing through adding the Stanley A. Jashemski photos to pompeiiinpictures.There are now just over 400 spread across pompeiiinpictures and we are only up to 1964.Here are some of Stanley’s photos of the House of Fabius Rufus from 1961 and 1964.We hope the comparison with some from 2011 is of interest to you.They show the house as it was excavated and as it is now reconstructed. We also have a picture of Wilhelmina Jashemski with some colleagues and are hoping you can help us identify one of them.

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Video: Torn – Recovering California’s Stolen Cultural Heritage | Watch ViewFinder Online | KVIE Public Television Video

Torn – Recovering California’s Stolen Cultural Heritage+ADD Aired: 08/20/2014 27:10 Rating: NRIn the desolate Owens Valley, looters have been stealing or destroying ancient artifacts, including petroglyphs thousands of years old. Join archeologists, Native American tribal members, and federal land officials as they try to recover these priceless pieces of the past, while restoring and protecting them for future generations.

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First inhabitants of Arctic not related to the Inuit : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

First inhabitants of Arctic not related to the InuitArticle created on Friday, August 29, 2014PrintShare on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on LinkedIn0Share on Reddit0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on Google+0Email this to someoneWe know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada and Greenland for thousands of years. Despite this, there are several unanswered questions about these people: Where did they come from? Did they come in several waves? When did they arrive? Who are their descendants? And who can call themselves the indigenous peoples of the Arctic?We can now answer some of these questions, thanks to a comprehensive DNA study of current and former inhabitants of Greenland, Arctic Canada, Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Siberia, conducted by an international team headed by the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen. The results have just been published in the journal Science.

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Utah Friends of Paleontology Events

HOMEEVENTSSTATEWIDECHAPTERSPALEO INFO Upcoming EventsAugust 27, 2014Gastonia Chapter MeetingDr. Randall Irmis, Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah will present Southeast Utah 300 million Years Ago: Life in a Coastal Desert, about field work on a Permian site in the Indian Creek area of San Juan County.6:00 PM at Zions Bank, 330 South Main, Moab, Downstairs Conference Room. September 11, 2014Great Basin Chapter MeetingSpeaker to be announced.Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Department of Natural Resources Auditorium 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Evidence of Hobbling, Torture Discovered at Ancient Massacre Site in Colorado | Western Digs

he site of a gruesome massacre some 1,200 years ago in southwestern Colorado is yielding new evidence of the severity, and the grisly intensity, of the violence that took place there.

First excavated in 2005 near the town of Durango, the site known as Sacred Ridge was in some ways a typical early Pueblo settlement, a collection of pithouses situated not far from similar communities, dated to around the year 800.

But digs at Sacred Ridge soon revealed a scene of visceral conflict that archaeologists are still trying to piece together.

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Grisly Mass Grave in Utah Cave Is Evidence of ‘Prehistoric Warfare,’ Study Says | Western Digs

Nearly a hundred skeletons buried in a cave in southeast Utah offer grisly evidence that ancient Americans waged war on each other as much as 2,000 years ago, according to new research.Dozens of bodies, dating from the first century CE, bear clear signs of hand-to-hand combat: skulls crushed as if by cudgels; limbs broken at the time of death; and, most damning, weapons still lodged in the back, breast and pelvic bones of some victims — including stone points, bone awls, and knives made of obsidian glass.

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Recapping the Recapture Canyon ATV protest | Friends of Cedar Mesa

Posted on May 13, 2014

A first hand report by Executive Director, Josh Ewing

Frustrated with years of delay from the BLM in deciding the fate of a proposed ATV trail in Recapture Canyon, protestors rode their machines into the Canyon on Saturday, May 10th. Because of recent events where BLM employees had been threatened with violence and because of the confrontational attitudes of some militia-type riders who came to town for the ride, many conservation groups decided not to send supporters into the canyon.Friends of Cedar Mesa was not even in existence when the Recapture controversy started, so we had not been highly involved with the issue. However, I did feel that someone from the conservation community really needed to be there to see what happened and document the event. Two other Bluff locals volunteered to join me, and we hiked into the canyon and waited for ATV riders to show up.

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Photo of the day: Doors, Chaco Culture National Historic Park

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Chaco Doors

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America’s only Clovis skeleton genome offers clues to Native American ancestry (Update)

Nearly 13,000 years ago, a baby boy died in what is Montana today.

Mourners stained his tiny body with red ochre and entombed him with artefacts that had likely been in his family for generations.

After lying undisturbed for millennia, the infant’s body was dug up by accident at a construction site in 1968—the oldest skeleton ever found in the Americas.

Now, scientists say the remains have helped them settle a long-standing debate about the lineage of indigenous Americans, and shed light on the settlement of the last continent to be populated by modern humans.

After decoding the child’s genome, an international team of experts said they can confirm that modern Native Americans are direct descendents of the first people to have settled the continent from Asia some 15,000 years ago, and not migrants from Europe.

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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America? | Science/AAAS | News

Until about 11,000 years ago, mammoths, giant beavers, and other massive mammals roamed North America. Many researchers have blamed their demise on incoming Paleoindians, the first Americans, who allegedly hunted them to extinction. But a new study fingers climate and environmental changes instead. The findings could have implications for conservation strategies, including controversial proposals for “rewilding” lions and elephants into North America.

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Americas’ Natives Have European Roots – Scientific American

The 24,000-year-old remains of a young boy from the Siberian village of Mal’ta have added a new root to the family tree of indigenous Americans. While some of the New World’s native ancestry clearly traces back to east Asia, the Mal’ta boy’s genome — the oldest known of any modern human — shows that up to one-third of that ancestry can be traced back to Europe.The results show that people related to western Eurasians had spread further east than anyone had suspected, and lived in Siberia during the coldest parts of the last Ice Age.

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Poles discovered an over 8 thousand years old grain storage in Turkey | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland

The largest so far known in the Middle East amount of grain of the Neolithic period in a perfect state of preservation has been discovered by Polish archaeologists in Çatalhöyük, a famous archaeological site in Turkey.Çatalhöyük is one of the largest urban centers of first farmers and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. “In a small room with an area of approximately 7 m2 we discovered four clay containers. Each contained barley” – explained project pleader Prof. Arkadiusz Marciniak from the Institute of Prehistory, Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?.

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