It was prime construction season, and PennDOT had contracts out. Fifty to 75 archaeologists worked 10-hour days, six days a week, for four months carefully unearthing remains — row after row of Swiss and German congregants buried in 727 graves from 1833 to 1861.
The remains and artifacts were reburied under one marker in a 2003 ceremony in Troy Hill’s Voegtly Evangelical Cemetery. In the years before that, the Smithsonian Institution did an analysis of the bones for PennDOT.
— Read on www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2013/08/19/Lost-Pittsburgh-cemetery-lives-on-in-memories/stories/201308190105
Archaeologists have found the largest ancient city ever discovered in Egypt, dating back more than 3000 years, just prior to the reign of the most famous pharoah, Tutankhamun. Dubbed ‘The Rise of Aten’, the city was found during excavation works
Scheffer and colleagues suspect slowly accumulating social tensions – like wealth inequality, racial injustice, and general unrest – wore away at social cohesion until all it took was a bit more pressure from another drought to tip them over the edge. This appears to have happened to the Pueblo peoples around 700, 900, and 1140 CE.
— Read on www.sciencealert.com/over-and-over-again-rising-social-tension-preceded-collapses-of-pueblo-societies/amp
Half a million gold coins and other spectacular treasures are causing, among other things, a recast of the Fatimid epoch as much more than quakes and war
— Read on www.haaretz.com/amp/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-discovery-of-treasures-in-israel-herald-rise-of-islamic-era-archaeology-1.9673365
It sounds like an almost laughably simple idea to a 21st century human: if you put some stuff inside a larger thing, you can carry it more easily and store it for later. But we’ve had the benefit of at least 200,000 years of figuring out how to do things. At one point in our distant prehistory, containers were an amazing new idea. It would have been, as Wilkins and her colleagues put it, “a crucial innovation for early humans.”
I read a story years ago where you could purchase a compressed cubic yard of trash from the 1970’s. The time right before recycling and oversight. Our future looks to be similar in the digital era.
“They excavated deep test holes into garbage dumps, just as one might excavate test units into any archaeological site
The archaeological investigation of garbage dumps allowed for the quantification of what kinds of trash predominate in landfills.
Survey data showed that Americans commonly believed garbage dumps to be dominated by fast food refuse, Styrofoam packaging, and disposable diapers.
Instead, the garbologists found these items constitute a small fraction of the total volume of refuse in landfills — typically less than five per cent.”
Written mainly in Greek, newly unveiled Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain parts of the book of the 12 minor prophets. Massive survey of Israel’s Judean Desert caves also discovered body of mummified child wrapped in a 6,000-year-old blanket
- Archaeologists found the child’s preserved skeleton naturally mummified in the dry cave.
- The “Cave of Horrors” takes its name from the 40 skeletons found during excavations in the 1960s.
- A CT scan revealed the child was 6 to 12 years old. The child is thought to have been a girl.
— Read on https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-found-in-israels-cave-of-horrors-along-with-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls-and-worlds-oldest-basket/articleshow/81619934.cms
One of the most sophisticated engineering feats to have survived from the ancient world, the 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism was used by Greek astronomers to calculate the positions of the sun, moon and planets, as well as predict lunar and solar eclipses.
Go for the gold? The U.S. government went for it. FBI agents were looking for an extremely valuable cache of fabled Civil War-era gold — possibly tons of it — when they excavated a remote…
— Read on apnews.com/article/fbi-looking-for-gold-pennsylvania-dig-site-9b6b5fc3f7550ba30edbca0845e911ce
Proto-cities built from 6200 years ago in eastern Europe upend our ideas about when civilisation began and why people made the move from rural to urban living
— Read on www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933230-900-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-mysterious-culture-that-invented-civilisation/