|New Dig at Shakespeare's Birthplace|
April 06, 2011, Four Shires (UK) by Jeremy Wilton
Dig for Shakespeare open daily 11 April-30 October 2011
Archaeologists will be delving into layers of Tudor soil untouched for 400 years as they resume the 'Dig for Shakespeare' on the site of the playwright’s last home at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. For the next seven months, visitors to Nash’s House and New Place will be able to watch the team of archaeologists and volunteers as they dig deeper every day into the mysteries of Shakespeare’s later years.
The live archaeological project will explore foundations and other remains thought to date from Shakespeare’s era, which were uncovered shortly before the Dig was put under wraps for winter. Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning & Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are now down to virgin ground which has not been excavated by previous expeditions. This is where we have the most exciting potential to shed new light on Shakespeare’s life and times.”
|Smugglers’ Tunnel is Discovered by Workmen|
April 06, 2011, The Hastings Observer (UK) by Staff
WORK on a flood protection scheme has unearthed a 20 metre-long hand-built smugglers cave.
A team from Southern Water made the unusual discovery while digging trenches to lay new sewers in Collier Road and nearby Priory Road last week.
Work was immediately stopped and experts from Archaeology South-East were called in and confirmed the find was likely to be a smugglers’ tunnel built in the early 18th Century and used to smuggle goods such as tea, tobacco, alcohol, silk and sugar - usually to avoid paying duty.
|Owning George Washington: The Auction|
April 06, 2011, The New York Times by Felicia R. Lee
Growing up in the tiny town of Ephrata, Wash., Tom Washington and his older brother Nat, blood relatives of George (yes, that George) were surrounded by family lore. There were more tangible connections as well: family papers going back to 1662, tools George Washington used in his early years as a surveyor, even bits of his coffin. Now, after generations of safekeeping, the family is selling its treasures at auction starting Thursday, creating a buzz of excitement among Americana experts.
|Mona Lisa Mystery could be Solved by Woman's Remains|
April 06, 2011, BBC (UK) by Staff
Researchers will attempt to identify the woman who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, by digging up the remains of an Italian noblewoman.
Art historian Silvano Vinceti believes that by locating the remains of Lisa Gherardini, he can prove whether she was the artist's model
|Jahangir's Portrait Fetches Record R 10 cr in Auction!|
April 06, 2011, Punjab Star News by Staff
A life-size portrait of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, one of the largest known Mughal painting, fetched an auction record Rs 10 crore (1.4 million pounds) in London on Tuesday. The 17th century portrait painted in gold and watercolour on white canvas and portraying Jahangir seated on a gold decorated throne holding a globe, wearing elaborate robes and jewellery went under the hammer at the Bonhams Indian and Islamic Sale.
|Italian Group Seeks to Identify Bones of Woman who may have been Model for Mona Lisa|
April 05, 2011, The Associated Press by Staff
Italian researchers said Tuesday they will dig up bones in a Florence convent to try to identify the remains of a Renaissance woman long believed to be the model for the “Mona Lisa.”
If successful, the research might help ascertain the identity of the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece — a mystery that has puzzled scholars and art lovers for centuries and generated countless theories.
|Caribbean Paradise Holds on to its Swedish Past|
April 04, 2011, The Local (Sweden) by Staff
The crystal blue waters, warm temperatures, and jet-setting tourists of Saint Barthélemy bear little resemblance to Sweden's forested landscape and sometimes bone-chilling climate.
When first hearing mention of this small Caribbean island with a French sounding name, commonly known as St. Barts, one is hard pressed to make any connection to Sweden whatsoever.
Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named it after his younger brother, this roughly 20 square kilometre patch of land was taken over by the French in 1648.
|Old Cobbled Street Unearthed in Sunderland|
April 04, 2011, BBC (UK) by Staff
An archaeological dig in Sunderland has unearthed what experts say is a 250-year-old cobbled street.
The rediscovered street located in the east-end of the city is thought date back to around 1740 to 1780.
Archaeologist Nick Cookson said: "It's very exciting, we didn't expect to find something so easily."
|Poplar Forest Unveils New Virtual Landscape|
April 03, 2011, WSLS (VA) by Staff
The first-ever computer animations of Jefferson’s ornamental landscape at Poplar Forest is available for visitors online and at the Bedford County retreat.
“These virtual animations make it possible to see Jefferson’s landscape before physical restoration is accomplished,” said Jack Gary, director of archaeology and landscapes at Poplar Forest.
|Supervisor Molina's Apology Over Unearthed Remains Comes Too Late|
April 01, 2011, The Los Angeles Times by Hector Tobar
Work on La Plaza de Cultura y Artes near Olvera Street was halted in January after workers removed the remains of 118 people, mostly of Native Americans, at the site.
Molina and La Plaza officials told commissioners that they had been informed before they began construction that the cemetery had been closed and the remains moved in 1844.
|For Irish Man Executed in 1845, RI Seeks Amends|
March 31, 2011, The Associated Press by Staff
John Gordon's American dream ended on Valentine's Day in 1845, when the 29-year-old Irish immigrant was hanged for killing a wealthy mill owner and became the last man executed in Rhode Island. Historians say he was probably innocent.
Now an effort to pardon Gordon 166 years after his execution has state officials revisiting a cold case from a darker time, when discrimination against Irish Catholics was a fact of life.
|Witch Trial that Convicted Eight Women 300 Years Ago is Reinvestigated after 'New Evidence' is Found|
March 31, 2011, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
The intriguing tale of one of Europe's last witch trials that convicted eight women 300 years ago is to be reinvestigated after new evidence was found.
The story of the Islandmagee witches, which saw eight Irish women found guilty of possessing a teenage girl, has generated little historical re-examination in the last three centuries.
Each woman was sentenced to a year in prison and put in the public stocks four times on market day.
|1830-Era Shipwreck Found in Lake Michigan: Big Pics|
March 31, 2011, Discovery News by Staff
A 60-foot, single-masted sloop dating back to perhaps the 1830s has been discovered in Lake Michigan.
Holland-based Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates made the discovery at about 250 feet down between Saugatuck and South Haven, Mich. The group worked in collaboration with author Clive Cussler and his sonar operator Ralph Wilbanks of the National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA).
|Expedition's Quest for Mayan Gold Finds...a Pot, Stirs Outrage|
March 30, 2011, Fox News Latino by Bryan Llenas
A German expedition team assembled to find a lost $290 million Maya treasure allegedly submerged underneath Guatemala’s Lake Izabal has returned home empty-handed, but controversy continues to grow over the treasure adventure and its motives.
Joachim Rittstieg, a retired 74-year-old mathematician claiming to have deciphered the famous Dresden Codex, a 400-year-old Mayan book, says he discovered information on page 52 leading to "a giant treasure of eight tons of pure gold" in Lake Izabal. Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2011/03/30/search-mayan-gold-bild-findsa-pot-stirs-outrage/#ixzz1IQzFlcQi
|Library Sales to Backfire: Council Cutbacks Could be Hampered by 150-Year-Old Law|
March 30, 2011, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
Local councils considering selling off their libraries and museums could be halted by a little-known Victorian law, it has emerged.
Hundreds of British libraries are thought to be under threat as local authorities are forced to reduce their budgets as a result of government cuts to public services.
But the sales could be worthless due to an 150-year-old law that means profits must be returned to the original landowners.
|Group Reports Finding Shipwreck in Lake Michigan|
March 30, 2011, The Associated Press by Staff
An organization that documents shipwrecks said it has found the wreck of a 60-foot, single-masted sloop in Lake Michigan that may date back to the 1830s while looking for remnants of a plane that crashed into the lake more than 60 years ago.
The wreck was found off southwestern Michigan in water about 250 feet deep between Saugatuck and South Haven, Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates announced this week. The discovery was made while working with author Clive Cussler and his sonar operator Ralph Wilbanks of the National Underwater & Marine Agency.
|Shipwreck Dating Back to 1830s Discovered in Lake Michigan|
March 29, 2011, The Grand Rapids Press (MI) by Brittany Shammas
A 60-foot ship that sat in Lake Michigan for as many as 180 years has been discovered in deep water between Saugatuck and South Haven.
...The single-masted sloop dates back to the 1830s and was likely moving goods or products across the lake when it sank, shipwreck researcher Craig Rich said. It is likely the oldest shipwreck discovered by the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates, he said.
|Indians, dogs were companions in Life and Death Centuries Ago|
March 29, 2011, The Modesto Bee by Matt Weiser
The close, personal bonds between humans and their dogs date back centuries in California, according to new archaeological research that illuminates the relationship between Central Valley Indian tribes and their dogs.
The evidence: Central Valley Indians buried their dogs carefully and with ceremony. People and their dogs were often buried together, curled up side by side.
Indian dogs were working animals. They defended the village by warning of intruders and helped procure food by chasing game during hunts.
They were also family pets, as shown by the respect with which they were buried, said Paul Langenwalter, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at Biola University in La Mirada. He has examined dog skeletons dating back to the 1700s.
|A Speech Lost in Digital Translation|
March 28, 2011, The New York Times by Guy Gugliotta
It was Nov. 2, 1859. The jury in Charles Town, Va., deliberated only 45 minutes before sentencing John Brown to death by hanging for leading a raid on the federal arsenal at nearby Harper’s Ferry. The court asked Brown, a gaunt, craggy-faced abolitionist, if he wished to speak. He did.
His defiant yet humble words transformed Brown, notorious for the grisly murders of pro-slavery settlers in Kansas, into a martyr for the anti-slavery cause.
He sought no mercy and accepted his fate: “If it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life,” he said, and “mingle my blood” with “the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel and unjust enactments, I say, let it be done.”
|How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality|
March 28, 2011, The Huffington Post by William Hogeland
Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." Then comes Paine on Adams: "John was not born for immortality."
Paine and Adams may have been alone among the founders for having literary styles adequate to their mutual disregard. "The spissitude [sic!] of the black liquor which is spread in such quantities by this writer," Adams wrote of Paine, "prevents its daubing." Paine: "Some people talk of impeaching John Adams, but I am for softer measures. I would keep him to make fun of."
|Excavators Dig up Artifacts in Santa Fe|
March 27, 2011, The Santa Fe New Mexican (NM) by Staff
Archaeologists excavating around San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe have found everything from animal bones and pre-Columbian artifacts to a quarter-real Spanish coin from the 1820s and a 20th century school-tax token.
San Miguel Mission is known as the oldest church in the United States. It was built in 1610, destroyed by fire in 1640, rebuilt in 1645, destroyed again in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and rebuilt again in 1710.
|Explorer's First Trading Post Discovered in Manitoba|
March 27, 2011, The Canadian Press by Staff
Two little piles of stones surrounded by scrub pine in northern Manitoba may have given archeologists and historians a physical link to one of North America's greatest explorers and map-makers.
Archeologist Perry Blomquist believes the rocks at Sipiwesk Lake on the Nelson River are remnants of chimneys from the post and storehouse that was David Thompson's first venture as an independent fur trader.
Around them, Blomquist found more than 1,000 artifacts that he says prove it is the trading post that has been "lost" since it was first discovered by Joseph Tyrrell more than 100 years ago.
|Antique Gold Chain Worth $250,000 Found Off Florida Keys|
March 27, 2011, AOL News by Anne Kostuchik
A glint of gold in the sand.
That's what caught Bill Burt's eye last week during a dive about 35 miles off the coast of Key West, where he and his crew were searching for the rear section of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sunk during a hurricane in 1622.
Burt's eyes didn't deceive him -- that glint was gold. A 40-inch gold chain, to be precise.
|A Peek Inside the Conservation of the Jefferson Bible|
March 25, 2011, The Atlantic by Janice Ellis
How do museum professionals define the condition of an artifact, and determine whether it can be used or exhibited without harm? The answer is by very, very careful investigation, especially when the artifact is the Jefferson Bible, otherwise known as The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. Using excerpts from the Four Gospels of the New Testament, Thomas Jefferson arranged the text to tell a chronological and edited story of Jesus' life and moral philosophy.
A national treasure, the Bible recently received microscopic-level examination by a team of conservators trained in both book and paper conservation and by conservation scientists who specialize in materials analysis. A University of Hawaii intern created a purpose-built database to capture all the data observed. How much data? The Jefferson Bible conservation survey database holds over 200 points of observation for each page, and over 20,000 for the entire book.
|Old Brewery Tunnels Lurk Beneath Iowa City|
March 25, 2011, Iowa City Press-Citizen (IA) by Lee Hermiston
Some 30 feet below the surface of Linn and Market Streets, beneath the Brewery Square Building, is a place in Iowa City’s history dating back more than 150 years.
And, if you ask local archeologist Marlin Ingalls nicely, he just might take you there.