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Hi, this is my first post here. I subscribed to this community a while ago but then forgot about it until [personal profile] berangere's recent post.

Someone linked me to an interesting article recently about apparently-respectable evidence for humans in North America before the Clovis period that had been the earliest confirmed date:

Humans in North America earlier than thought.
berangere: (anthropo fun)
[personal profile] berangere
Hello Community !

This is several days old, but I discovered it today, randomly browsing random archaeological pages : Ikea Instructions to build your henge

I really liked it, so I thought I should share.

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[personal profile] berangere
  Hello community !
  Sadly this place is not really active, and even though I thought I could post regularly... I did not.

  As I may have mentionned I am in Japanese archaeology so it is easier for me to keep up to date with archaeology in this part of the world than with archaeology elsewhere.
  So have a quick overview of the archaeological week in Japan :

January the 26th
  The municipality of Mukō in Kyōto is struggling with a difficult decision.
Excavations conducted before construction works that would have made a primary school earthquake-safe unearthed what clearly is a part of the Nagaoka palace.
  Nagaoka has been the capital of Japan from 784 to 794 and what has been found on the primary school ground is the West Palace (the capital included a bunch of palaces for the different administrative services).
A number of associations of citizens, researchers, and even cultural offices have asked the city for a preservation of the site.

  The problem is that the 700.000.000 yens contract for the works has already been decided, and that during the discussions, the children have their lessons in temporary buildings in the school playground, that are not earthquake-proof at all.
The city is trying to find a way to conduct the works without damaging the underground, preserving the site this way.

Japanese source )

January the 27th
 The castle of Sekinotsu (16th century, Sengoku period) in the prefecture of Shiga may have had a watch tower.
  Excavations have been conducted on the site of this castle since 2009 and they cover an area with a strong gradient : the main house seems to have been on a place 103 meters high, storage buildings on a place 109 meters high.
What is thought to be a watchtower is on a 118 meters high plane square ground of 13 meters of side. There were two buildings of 4x4 meters and 4x5,2 meters.
  It can't be cocluded that those buildings were destined to warfare, because the artifacts found on this ground is quite eclectic, including a high number of cups and bottles for alcohol. It may have been a watchtower, but also a sort of theatre or of hall of reception.
  This site brings us a lot of informations about the intern organization of a castle during Sengoku period.

Japanese source )

January the 27th
 We can take an exam and obtain a licence in archaeology on the net !
  I wrote to ask if it was OK to take the exam from abroad but they replied only this morning. Since the VISA registrations are already closed, I'll have to take it on May...

January the 27th
  Vestiges of a tsunami that hit Kobe in the Edo period have been discovered. It has to be one of the two tsunamis created by the Nankai earthquakes of 1707 (mag. 8,6) or 1854 (mag. 8,4).
  We had no written reportds of this tsunami (even though with have some for other cities that have been striken) and it prooves the waves can reach Kobe during Nankai earthquakes.

Japanese source )

January the 28th
  The prefecture of Hyogo holds an exposition concerning the excavations conducted between 1998 and 2008 (21 sites). It explains the archaeological process, from the discovery to the excavations planification, including preservation and restauration of the sites.
The exposition presents 340 important artifacts, including wooden false teeth of Edo period (18 and 19th centuries), and other discoveries from Kofun period (6-7th centuries) and the end of Yayoi period (4th century).

Japanese source )

January the 29th
 The city of Shirakawa opened an inquiry about the use of public money concerning the attribution of excavations contracts.
It seems even in Japan fraudulent use of public money can happen

Japanese source )

  That's all for this week. I can't swear I'll do this every week, but I'd be glad to hear about things that occured in your field of specialisation.

berangere: (anthropo fun)
[personal profile] berangere
There is an interesting conference tomorrow in Dublin National Museum.
An anthropologist will explain how they reconstructed the face of a man of Iron Age, found in a bog.

This is an interesting story, there is an article about it in the independent.

The text of the article under a cut :


I always fear they remove the articles after a period of time... )Read more... )


Read more... )




I found it really interesting, bogmen are quite fascinating, aren't they ? I mean, they tell us so much more than we are accustomed to hear. We can even know what they ate before they were killed !
But I must say I grinned at the

"When he saw the image, my brother rang and said, 'Ned, he is the image of my wife's cousin in the Midlands'. And it's true, he could be around today "

part... *holy cow, do you mean we are physically identical to persons who lived in the Iron Age ? That's absolutely incredible !!!!!!!!!*
Well, that's something we often hear from people visiting expositions, aren't we ? "That's incredible, they look like us". Yes Sir, yes. They do.

Is anybody lucky enough to be able to attend the conference ?

ETA: Sorry about the mess with the cuts, it did not work at the two first tries, and and don't know how to remove the cuts...

berangere: (jomon doki)
[personal profile] berangere
Hey, community !
Let's have a community-related Follow Friday !
For those unaware of the phenomenon, each Friday, Dreamwidth asks us to share links to the communities, journals and feeds we would like to recommend to others.
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it.
There is a community dedicated to it here : [community profile] followfriday 

It helped me finding communities when I registered on Dreamwidth, but it seems that recently, there are less people participating.
Entries tagged 「followfriday」 or 「follow friday」 can be consulted on their own "latest things" page here.

Let's have an archaeology-related Follow Friday !

Of course, there is no need to recommend [community profile] archaeology  to its own members, but there is also [community profile] archaeology_weekly that is dedicated to archaeology news. It seems it is currently on hiatus, but you never know !
Our archennemies historians also have a community : [community profile] history and since Dreamwidth is a place of peace and love, they seem to be OK about articles dealing with archaeological books too !
[community profile] middle_ages is about... middle ages. It is not yet really active.

Well, that's all I have for communities, any recommendations ?

Here are a few RSS feeds. I love the fact I can read feeds on DW so I registered quite a bunch of them, and I discovered some that were previouly registered too.

First, there are the two ones I already wrote about a few weeks before : [syndicated profile] am_anthropologi_asso_feed  and [syndicated profile] eurekalert_archaeo_feed 
But my collection grew since that time :
[syndicated profile] sc_d_fossils_ruins_feed It is Science Daily's 「Fossils and Ruins」 section's feed. There is a feed only for archaeology, if anyone prefers. Since I was also interested is reading the paleontology news, I only registered the more global one.
[syndicated profile] archaeology_in_eu_feed deals with news about archaeology in Europe.
And there is [syndicated profile] stone_pages_news_feed I already linked to in another entry.
[syndicated profile] 10_century_europe_feed is a blog about middle ages, dealing with really various subjects, from caroligian nuns food habits to Christopher Lee's latest album...
[syndicated profile] bc_vintage_feed is also a blog about archaeology.

For people interested in costumes and re-enactment, here are two blogs :
[syndicated profile] medieval_silkwork_feed and [syndicated profile] cathyscostumeblog_feed 

And for those of us who are in academy, I strongly recommend [community profile] academy_of_words . This is a wonderful place where you can cry about your overload work, the fact your supervisor seems to have left for another planet (or at least a country with *no Internet*), about the university, about the bus, about the food, about anything related to your academic work. It also have a daily "word-count" post, where you can say to everybody on Earth you managed to write a chapter... or despair that you did not manage to...


Oct. 20th, 2010 04:49 pm
berangere: (anthropo fun)
[personal profile] berangere
 Tirnony Dolmen (North Ireland) will be the object of rescue excavations following the partial collapse of its capstone.
It seems that it is a rare fact in Ireland, where dolmens are preserved more than excavated, and the excavation will only take place before the dolmen is restored in its original shape and closed again.
The evolution of the excavations can be followed on a blog here.
There is an article talking about it here.
And the link to Stone Pages RSS Feed for DW here.

 On the same thema, I'd like to also point to this article.
It deals with the fact dolmens were hidden in the landscape.
This is really interesting because I have always been taught of dolmens as a way to revendicate the soil where they were built, a way to create links with the land, and a way to tell *other tribes* 「hello, this is OUR land (please, go away, thanks)」.

 But it is true that most of the dolmens were, at that time, hidden in an artificial hill, and may not have been landscape markers as evidently as they are thought to be today (does this sentence make any sense ?). It's a 「modern eyes bias」, as, for example, the 「white marble」 idea that we generally have of Greek temples, while they were heavily coloured...

  Landscape archaeology is really interesting.

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[personal profile] berangere
I was reading a piece of news about Neandertal and the article linked to the Chicago Journals site.
Some of the articles published in 「Current Anthropology」 can be downloaded for free !

For exemple, here is an article about the theory that north-american "clovis" culture was terminated by a meteoritic impact. You can read it online or download the .pdf version.
(I don't know anything about north-american prehistory, so I thought it was an interesting article, even if I do not like the fact they wrote "12.9 ka" instead of 12.900 years... I can't visualise the time span if all the zeros are not on...)

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[personal profile] berangere

This community is not really active. I am not sure of what we could talk about myself, but I thought I could post something and see if the community awakes.

Since I am in Japanese archaeology, I'd like to inform people that the Tokyo National Museum has an English-language website.
You can visit it here.

And here is the webpage for the archaeological collections.

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[personal profile] berangere
Hello, I joined today, and added this feed to the list :
I thought some people here may be interested too, it displays random news about archaeology around the world.

(I also added this one : but it is more related to general anthropology : it's American Anthropology Association's website)
(I'm pretty sure there is a way to make the links appear prettier, but of course I do not know it >__<)
(I'm not sure either of what I am doing with the tags)
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Archaeologists have discovered a second henge at Stonehenge, described as the most exciting find there in 50 years.

The circular ditch surrounding a smaller circle of deep pits about a metre (3ft) wide has been unearthed at the world-famous site in Wiltshire.

Archaeologists conducting a multi-million pound study believe timber posts were in the pits.

Project leader Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University of Birmingham, said the discovery was "exceptional".

The new "henge" - which means a circular monument dating to Neolithic and Bronze Ages - is situated about 900m (2,950ft) from the giant stones on Salisbury Plain.

Rest of the Article @ BBC
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