Thursday, July 14, 2011

CT scans unravel mysteries of Field Museum's mummies

One of the Field Museum's mummies is a 40-year-old woman who had lower back pain. A second was a teenager who may have jumped to his death. Another mummy has no torso. "It was a bit of a shocker" learning that within the sarcophagus was a skull and legs but nothing to join them, said J.P. Brown, associate conservator for the museum's department of anthropology. The murky life and times of the Field's ancient mummy collection, the largest in the Americas, recently got a little clearer. Since July 6, select mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru were given CT scans in a trailer in the museum parking lot. The CT machine was donated by Genesis Medical Imaging in far northwest suburban Huntley.

Stone Age relics may be hidden in Western Isles' seas

Submerged sites of ancient communities could be hidden in the seas around the Western Isles, according to experts. Dr Jonathan Benjamin and Dr Andrew Bicket believe the islands' long and sheltered lochs have protected 9,000-year-old Mesolithic relics. Rising sea levels may have covered up to 6.2 miles (10km) of land on the west coast of the Outer Hebrides (BBC News)

Archaeologists warn 'thoughtless' attacks could destroy moorland relics

Vandals could be destroying some of the country's most valuable carved rocks and stones, experts warned yesterday. A principal West Yorkshire archaeologist says he has "serious concerns" about the future of the carved rocks and stones on Rombalds Moor, Ilkley, after a spate of attacks. (Ilkley Gazette)

Past uncovered at Papamoa

As future development in the Wairakei area at Papamoa East looks to extend south with high density housing, a team of archaeologists is delving into the area's distant past. Led by Ken Phillips, the team was called in by Bluehaven Management, which is involved in large-scale property development in the area. Chief executive Bill Miller said the firm called in archaeological consultants when required, as part of their resource consent obligations. (Bay Of Plenty Times)

More Viking-Era Artifacts Surface in Salme Dig

An archaeological excavation that resumed last week in Salme on the island of Saaremaa, a site where ancient ships were previously found has turned up more Viking-era ship rivets and sword fragments.(Estonian Public Broadcasting)

Bronze sculpture from 16th century found in Mexico

A bronze sculpture more than 430 years old was found on the Pacific coast in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.The discovery was made by INAH members and researchers from the United States two weeks ago and is a unique piece within the collection of goods recovered over a 12-year period by the Manila Galleon Project in Baja California. (Fox News Latino)

Shabbat boundary rock with Hebrew etching discovered

An ancient rock inscription of the word "Shabbat" was uncovered near Lake Kinneret this week – the first and only discovery of a stone Shabbat boundary in Hebrew. The etching in the Lower Galilee community of Timrat appears to date from the Roman or Byzantine period. (Jerusalem Post)

Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. (The Telegraph)

Ethiopian lake sediments reveal history of African droughts

A new survey of Lake Tana in Ethiopia – the source of the Blue Nile – suggests that drought may have contributed to the demise of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, around 4200 years ago. (PhysOrg)

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