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Author Topic: January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt  (Read 1019 times)

Aisling

January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt
« on: January 01, 2012, 05:21:50 pm »
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Possibly the oldest depiction of the Tower of Babel:
http://news.discovery.com/history/tower-of-babel-111227.html
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/19/ancient-texts-tell-tales-war-bar-tabs/(a different spin)

Afghanistan
Jewish scrolls from a cave in Afghanistan?:
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=251657

Egypt
The biggest (and saddest) news of the past couple of weeks had to be the burning of the Institute of Egypt:
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52575
 
... and there are already plans to restore it:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/43/30267/Heritage/Islamic/Action-taken-to-restore-Egypt-Scientific-Institute.aspx

... and there was a nice feature on the Description de l'Egypte which was the focus of many of the 'destruction reports':
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2011/dec/22/napoleon-bonaparte-egypt-lost-scrolls

A somewhat different mummy DNA study:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-mummy-dna-differentiate-croc-species.html

The Avenue of Sphinxes will be opening to the public in a couple months:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/30048/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Avenue-of-sphinxes-to-open-to-public-in-March.aspx

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is dealing with budget problems:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/9/40/30376/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypts-Ministry-of-Antiquities-tackles-budget-cris.aspx

Iran
Feature on Gohar Tepe:
http://www.payvand.com/news/11/dec/1288.html

A business park threatens the cite of Pasargadae:
http://www.payvand.com/news/11/dec/1314.html

Iraq
Some looted dishes were returned to Iraq:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/looted-dishes-used-in-art-project-returned-to-iraq/

Israel
Plenty of coverage for a clay "seal" (token, more likely) found in Jerusalem's Old City which confirms some ritual practices:
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52644
 
... on the 'token' theory:
http://withmeagrepowers.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/a-currency-exchange-token/

Not sure where to put this 'love pipe' find:
http://news.discovery.com/history/love-pipe-unearthed-111230.html
 
... or this item on indexing the Talmud:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/nyregion/an-index-for-the-talmud-after-1500-years.html

Feature on the Maccabees:
http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/on_the_trail_of_the_maccabees_20111222/
 
... and Channukah:
http://www.thejewishweek.com/editorial_opinion/gary_rosenblatt/great_miracle_happened_where

Saudi Arabia
They're still wondering about Saudi Arabia's 'Stonehenge':
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/270529/20111221/saudi-arabia-s-stonehenge-mystery-remains-unsolved.htm

Syria
Tell Halaf has a web presence:
http://www.grabung-halaf.de/

Turkey
A couple of very old sites on Mount Ararat (that aren't Noah's Ark):
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52602

Oldest obsidian bracelet identified ... from Asikli Hoyuk:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-12-oldest-obsidian-bracelet-reveals-amazing.html
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Aisling

Re: January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 09:57:00 am »
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Afghanistan
More on that Afghan collection of Hebrew documents:
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=251913

Egypt
Feature on Egyptian animal mummies:
http://news.discovery.com/history/mummified-animals-egypt-120106.html

A review of 2011 in Egyptian antiquities developments (or lack thereof):
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2011/1078/heritage.htm

Iraq
Looking at those on the 'bottom' of Babylonian society:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-slaves-babylonians.html

Israel
As hinted at last week, that 'ancient seal' is starting a bit of a discussion as to its purpose:
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2011/article/hebrew-university-professor-disputes-claims-about-purpose-of-newly-discovered-jerusalem-temple-artifact

Recent finds via the Temple Mount Sifting Project:
http://templemount.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/finds-from-the-first-and-second-temple-period-city-dumps-at-the-eastern-slopes-of-the-temple-mount/

Overview of the past month of archaeology in Israel:
http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/rep368006.shtml

Feature on the Tel Dan excavations:
http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2011/article/archaeologists-excavate-legendary-city-of-dan

Interesting item on hairstyles in ancient Judaea:
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/explainer/2011/12/was_jesus_christ_s_hairstyle_normal_for_his_time_.html

More on that 'love pipe' from Jerusalem:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4169262,00.html

Some ancient Judean coins are coming to auction:
http://www.kusi.com/story/16454510/ancient-judean-coins-going-to-nyc-auction

Jordan
Archaeological sites are threatened by the Red-Dead Water Conveyance Project:
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=1093469005&src=RSS

Tourism is down in Petra:
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=1093470540&src=RSS

Syria
A bronze age burial from Aleppo:
http://www.sana.sy/eng/35/2011/12/27/390924.htm

United Arab Emirates
Plenty of digging is about to commence in Sharjah:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2012/January/theuae_January22.xml§ion=theuae&col=
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Aisling

Re: January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2012, 12:49:23 pm »
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Nice feature on conservation at Harvard's Semitic Museum:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-semitic-museum-thousands-ancient-clay.html

Afghanistan
Those Jewish manuscripts found in Afghanistan include an unknown work by Saadia Gaon:
http://www.thestar.com/article/1115485--medieval-jewish-manuscripts-discovered-in-afghanistan-include-an-unknown-work-by-saadia-gaon

Egypt
The efforts to save all those damaged books from the Institute d'Egypte:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16534331

... and politics suggest things might get worse before they get better:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/31511/Egypt/Politics-/Naked-images-of-Pharoahs-are-heresy,-says-Salafist.aspx

Iraq
More on Babylonian slaves being just like us:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-slaves-babylonians.html

Israel
A 'bread stamp' with an image of a menorah found near Akko:
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=52948
 
Interesting item on some of the 'behind the scenes' work at the Leon Levy Ashkelon dig:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/science/archaeologists-use-modern-tools-to-reconstruct-ancient-life.html

Syria
Finds from various periods in Bosra:
http://www.sana.sy/eng/35/2012/01/08/393030.htm

United Arab Emirates
Evidence of the first domesticated camels:
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/sharjahs-3-000-year-old-clue-to-the-first-domesticated-camels

Yemen
Paleolithic burials from Yemen (the dating seems somewhat vague):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16477111
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Aisling

Re: January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 01:13:18 pm »
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Trying to decide whether that stuff the Sumerians drank actually was beer:
http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-fermented-cereal-beverage-sumerians-beer.html


Egypt
Coverage of the discovery of a singer's tomb in the Valley of the Kings:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16576265

An update of/by Zahi Hawass:
http://www.drhawass.com/blog/good-italian-family-and-update-what-i-have-been-doing-lately

... and we hear that digging is going on in Egypt:
http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=198836

... and scholars are fighting to protect Egypt's heritage:
http://chronicle.com/article/Egyptian-Scholars-Struggle-to/130338/

Israel
Nice feature on 'microarchaeology' at Tel es-Safi and other sites:
http://israel21c.org/social-action/smarter-digs-with-an-archaeology-lab

What Ron Tappy is up to:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_776135.html
cf: http://www.zeitah.net/2011%20Brochure%20-%20Final%201.2.pdf

More coverage of challenges to the identification of a 'seal' from the Temple:
http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5361&Itemid=53
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American Gods

Aisling

Re: January 2012 Archeology - Ancient Near East and Egypt
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 11:06:10 am »
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Coverage of the translation of a cuneiform tablet with some bad jokes/riddles:
http://www.livescience.com/18147-ancient-riddles-decoded-mesopotamia.html
 
Afghanistan
More on those Jewish scrolls from Afghanistan:
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/01/24/3091330/mystery-swirls-around-judaic-manuscripts-discovered-in-afghanistan

Egypt
Interesting study of animal mummies suggests the animals were 'fed' prior to mummification:
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egyptians-animal-mummies-120127.html

Pondering whether the Merneptah Stele mentions Israel:
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/ancient-israel/does-the-merneptah-stele-contain-the-first-mention-of-israel/

Nice feature on Fayum mummy portraits:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Oldest-Modernist-Paintings.html

OpEd on who should be looking after Egypt's archives:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/01/2012121132641226409.html

More on that female singer tomb from the Valley of the Kings:
http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=53079

Israel
Feature on ancient wine:
http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/FoodAndWine/Article.aspx?id=255308

LandMinds interviews Steve Weiner:
http://foundationstone.org/LandMinds10/page32/files/LM-15Jan12a.mp3

Feature on Masada:
http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=254663

Turkey
Recent finds from Istanbul (various periods):
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/science/istanbul-yields-a-treasure-trove-in-ancient-bathonea.html
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