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2009-08-03 16:57:50

The team led by a University of Washington researcher has used computers to extract patterns in ancient Indus symbols. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows distinct patterns in the symbols' placement in sequences and creates a statistical model for the unknown language."The statistical model provides insights into the underlying grammatical structure of the Indus script," said lead author Rajesh Rao, a UW associate professor of computer...

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2009-04-24 08:31:21

The Rosetta Stone allowed 19th century scholars to translate symbols left by an ancient civilization and thus decipher the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphics. But the symbols found on many other ancient artifacts remain a mystery, including those of a people that inhabited the Indus valley on the present-day border between Pakistan and India. Some experts question whether the symbols represent a language at all, or are merely pictograms that bear no relation to the language spoken by their...

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2009-04-16 08:07:17

The discovery of a remarkably well-preserved monumental temple in Turkey "” thought to be constructed during the time of King Solomon in the 10th/9th-centuries BC "” sheds light on the so-called Dark Age. Uncovered by the University of Toronto's Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) in the summer of 2008, the discovery casts doubt upon the traditional view that the transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age was violent, sudden and culturally disruptive. Ancient...

2009-04-10 17:58:00

The Chariot, a wearable concept vehicle designed for use by amputees, was introduced this week in Virginia by Exmovere Holdings. The device is described as a self-balancing, hands free vehicle designed to provide amputees and others who have difficulty standing added mobility. The Chariot comes up to the wearer's waist and control is managed through movements of the lower torso and hips. The size of the Chariot makes it more maneuverable in tight spaces than a wheelchair and it can attain...

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2009-02-25 08:25:00

Roman artifacts which are nearly two thousand years old with similarities to ancient remains found at Pompeii in Italy were examined at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's ISIS neutron source last weekend. (21-22 February 2009). Researchers hope to learn more about our heritage by discovering whether the items were imported from southern Italy, or manufactured using similar techniques in Britain. The bronze artifacts, which include a wine-mixing vessel, jugs and ceremonial...

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2008-12-01 11:53:46

In Greater Manchester, a rare necklace estimated to be about 4,000 years old, has been uncovered. Archaeologists discovered the necklace while excavating a cist, a type of stone lined grave, in Mellor, Stockport. This is the first time a necklace from the early Bronze Age, has been found in north-west England. Experts from the University of Manchester Archaeological Unit said, an amber necklace was one of the ultimate status symbols of the time period. The necklace has dozens of amber heads...

2008-08-18 00:00:00

A metalworker who is believed to be the only craftsman in the world to practise Bronze Age sword-making techniques will be at Geevor Mine at Pendeen next week to demonstrate his skills to the public. Neill Burridge will be hosting a practical workshop with the aim of illustrating Bronze Age technology and recreating the first metal used by man 3,000 years ago. Chris Carroll, at Geevor, said: "Visitors to the mine will have the chance to watch in as Neill ingeniously casts a bronze sword...

2008-03-03 18:41:52

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. A thousand years before the age of empires in Rome and Greece, the Iron Age was ushered into the world with the clank and clatter of the blacksmith's anvil. The transition from the Bronze Age occurred at different times in different spots on the globe, but when and where it did, the distinctive dark metal brought with it significant...

2006-06-01 15:10:00

By Richard C. Lewis PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era civilization. The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago, the scientists said. U.S. researchers say the Minoans were engaged...

2006-03-15 05:55:00

By Nizam Ahmed WARI, Bangladesh -- Archaeologists in Bangladesh say they have uncovered part of a fortified citadel dating back to 450 B.C. that could have been a stopping off point along an ancient trade route. So far, a moat round the citadel has been uncovered along with parts of an ancient road at Wari, 85 km (53 miles) northeast of the capital Dhaka. "The citadel and a raft of artifacts may help redefine history of India," said Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, head of the department of...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'