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King Alfred The Great Bone Fragments May Have Been Discovered
2014-01-19 03:48:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A bone fragment discovered during a 1999 archaeological dig in the UK could belong to King Alfred the Great, who according to legend fought off the Vikings and helped lay the foundation for the nation of England, BBC News and other media outlets have reported. The piece of pelvic bone was discovered at Winchester’s Hyde Abbey and dated to the era during which the ninth-century monarch died (895-1017), according to the BBC and...

Archaeologists Find More Than 600 Ancient Seals And Amulets In Turkey
2013-11-18 12:39:22

University of Münster Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” made an unusually large find of seals in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. They discovered more than 600 stamp seals and cylinder seals at the sacred site of the storm and weather god Jupiter Dolichenus, 100 of which in the current year alone. “Such large amounts of seal consecrations are unheard-of in any comparable sanctuary”, said excavation director Prof. Dr. Engelbert Winter and...

Home Of Last Neanderthals
2013-10-17 14:53:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In reassessing an archaeological site located on the British island of Jersey, a team of UK scientists has found preserved layers of geological deposits that were thought to have been lost through excavation decades ago, according to a new study in the Journal of Quaternary Science. Using modern optical dating techniques, the scientists found that a large part of the site holds sediments dating back to the last Ice Age - essentially a...

Wealth Of History Uncovered At Richard III, Grey Friars Excavation Site
2013-08-02 06:33:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A month-long excavation at a Leicester car park in the UK has turned up a treasure trove of artifacts. The site where King Richard III's remains were first uncovered in September 2012 has been heralded as the "site that keeps on giving" by the archaeological team tasked with the latest dig. The University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) team made a much larger 55x82-foot excavation at the Grey Friars church site in...

Viewing Platform Erected At Richard III, Grey Friars Dig Site
2013-07-12 06:29:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As archaeologists continue to find pieces of medieval artifacts at the Richard III/Grey Friars dig site under a car park in Leicester, team officials are inviting the public to watch workers do their thing. A public viewing platform was erected at the site on July 10, which allows all passersby a chance to stop and have a look at what is being unearthed at the excavation site. The site has been under excavation since the beginning...

Leicester Interns Unearth Medieval Artifacts At Richard III Dig Site
2013-07-09 06:19:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just a few days into a month-long excavation of Grey Friars church in Leicester, where University of Leicester researchers uncovered the grave of King Richard III last September, university interns have already found some interesting artifacts. Year 12 intern Emma Link and archaeology undergraduate Claire Calver have just begun work at the dig site and have already unearthed some medieval remains. As part of their work at the...

2009-04-20 14:04:00

Free Call to 8-1-1 Ensures Digging or Excavation Does Not Puncture Gas Lines CANONSBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Warmer temperatures and the arrival of spring typically signal the beginning of outdoor projects -- everything from replacing the mailbox and installing a new pole lamp to building an addition on a home or excavating the yard for a new swimming pool. April is National "Dig Safely" Month, and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, a premier provider of safe, reliable natural gas to...

2007-11-11 03:00:10

By Fagan, Brian Archaeology continues to be an irresistible lure to publishers, broadcasters and the general public. And the last fifteen years have seen an extraordinary number of spectacular finds across the globe and equally spectacular revelations from ever more sophisticated lab techniques. Brian Fagan, who has taught archaeology since the 1960s, reviews the brave new world of modern archaeological discovery. THE TERRACOTTA ARMY, the royal tombs of Ur, and Olduvai Gorge's Zinjanthropus...


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