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Archaeologists head to Albania for cultural rescue mission
The chaos that was once Albania could become tomorrow's hotspot for development. Before that commercialization begins, University of Cincinnati archaeologists want to identify ancient sites that should be studied or preserved. (2001-03-05)

University of Cincinnati anthropologist examines the power of water in early civilizations
University of Cincinnati anthropologist Vernon Scarborough will explain how water management systems in early civilizations impacted their growth and power structure during a news briefing Feb. 18 and presentation Feb. 19 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco. The talk is part of a symposium on sustainable development. (2001-02-17)

Texas A&M field school discoveries may rewrite history of early North American man
New discoveries in a valley on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country will prompt rewriting the history of early North American man, predict Texas A&M University archaeologists who are co-directing excavations at the artifact-rich site. (2001-01-30)

UC Berkeley archaeologist finds Arizona's ancient Hohokam was complex, advanced culture that may have reached the West Coast
New research by UC Berkeley archaeologist Steven Shackley suggests that the Hohokam, who inhabited the dry Sonoran desert of southern Arizona more than 700 years ago, managed a very large, multiethnic network that may have spread all the way to the Southern California coast. (2001-01-29)

Societal collapse driven by abrupt climate change, as well as by social, economic and political forces, Yale anthropologist reports in new study
Contrary to common belief, societal collapses of the past have been caused not only by social, political and economic factors, but also by abrupt climate changes, Yale anthropologist Harvey Weiss reports in a new study published in this week's Science. (2001-01-25)

Ancient coral reef record gives history of El Niño
Using pieces of ancient coral reefs as windows on the history of climate, geologists have discovered that at no time in the past 130,000 years does the weather phenomenon known as El Niño appear to have been as intense as it has in the last century. (2001-01-24)

The college of veterinary medicine and the institute of nautical archaeology team up at Texas A&M University
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but a seasoned archaeologist learned one today - Computed Tomography (CT) Scans can be useful tools in both medical and archaeological applications. (2001-01-09)

ClClassics alumnus wins gold medal in archaeology
UC archaeologist Carl W. Blegen won the first Gold Medal for Distiquished Archaeological Achievement awarded by the Archaeological Institute of America in 1965. This year, the prize is going to one of Blegen's students. (2001-01-03)

Scientists, archaeologists and historians will unravel the mystery of Egypt's sunken cities
The recent discovery of two long-lost cities off the coast of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most exciting finds in the history of marine archaeology. But the location of the sunken cities of Menouthis and Herakleion might have remained a mystery if not for a unique collaboration among scientists, archaeologists and underwater explorers. (2000-12-10)

Pre-Columbian Native Americans built and maintained a massive, landscape-scale fishery in Bolivian Amazon, according to Penn Museum archaeologist
Since the late 1950s, scientists have known about the existence of grand-scale earthworks throughout Bolivia's Amazonian region of Baures. Recent investigations by University of Pennsylvania archaeologists indicate that some of these earthworks are the remains of a unique, highly productive landscape-scale fishery operated by pre-Columbian native peoples at least 300 years ago. (2000-11-07)

Archaeologists look for WWII wrecks off Normandy coast
Fifty-six years after the Normandy invasion, Project Neptune 2K is attempting to find out what happened to soldiers lost in sunken landing gear and tanks by surveying and identifying the underwater wreckage lying off the coast of the Utah and Omaha beaches, where the Americans went ashore. (2000-10-24)

New evidence indicates Four Corners Puebloans migrated far south after 1300
New evidence indicates while many Pueblo groups that abandoned the Four Corners area about 1300 migrated south to settle in northern Arizona and northern New Mexico, others made a swift, southernly migration up to 250 miles long. (2000-10-10)

FERCO announces results of 2000 Archaeology Grant Competition
Research projects on ancient civilizations in Asia, North and South America and Europe have been funded by grants from the Foundation for Exploration and Research on Cultural Origins (FERCO) in Tenerife, Canary Islands. (2000-09-28)

Royal Maya palace centerpiece of novel restoration effort
The royal Maya palace now being excavated in Guatemala provides an opportunity to try a new approach to archaeological preservation that not only will protect the ancient site but will also provide economic support for the modern Maya villagers who live in the area. (2000-09-07)

Geological origins of ancient figures yield clues to Cahokian society
Long before St. Louis became known as the Gateway to the West, another expanding culture had created a major ceremonial mound complex known as Cahokia. By all accounts, Cahokia was huge, had hundreds of platform mounds, and a large population. At issue, however, has been whether Cahokia was part of a regional trade network that stretched from the Great Plains to the South Atlantic. (2000-03-02)

Emperor Nero robbed Roman wall painting of its prestige
The Emperor Nero ousted the art of wall painting as a court art. This is shown by Nero's Domus Aurea (Golden House). Dutch archaeologists have found that the imperial apartments had marble walls. Wall painting was only used to decorate the less important parts of the complex. (2000-02-22)

Brookhaven Lab expert helps date flute thought to be oldest playable musical instrument
A Brookhaven researcher worked with colleagues in China to help carbon date what might be the oldest playable musical instrument, a bone flute (sound, photos and B-roll available). Their work is described in a paper published in the September 23 issue of the scientific journal Nature. (1999-10-04)

UNC-CH anthropologists return remains, artifacts to Cherokees
Complying with both the golden rule and federal law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill archaeologists last week returned numerous human remains and prehistoric artifacts unearthed between 1966 and 1985 in the mountains to the Eastern Band of Cherokees, an N.C. Indian tribe. (1999-09-30)

Feminism brings useful innovations to science
The women's movement of the early 1970s began changes in the culture and content of science that continue today, according to a Penn State researcher. Dr. Londa Schiebinger, at Penn State, notes that recent feminism has brought deep changes to the culture and substances of some sciences, while others are still untouched. (1999-05-18)

UNC-CH Marine Scientists Contribute To Research On Ship Sunk Off NC Coast
CHAPEL HILL - Using the scientific equivalent of a fine- toothed comb, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill marine scientists are part of a state team of archeologists and university faculty painstakingly studying a sailing ship that sank three centuries ago off the North Carolina coast. (1998-12-10)

Amid Albanian Turmoil, Archaeologists Unearth Secrets Of The Stone Age
University of Cincinnati and Albanian archaeologists launched a field study about 60 miles south of Tirana in summer 1998. Their quest is to learn more about a Greek colony that flourished at the end of the second century B.C., but the team instead has found an unexpected abundance of artifacts left from another era: the Stone Age, the period associated with the earliest known chipped stone tools plus a possible Neanderthal site. (1998-12-04)

Kennewick Man Remains To Be Transferred To Burke Museum Noon Thursday
The 9,300-year-old skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man will be transferred to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 29, from Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. A van will deliver a sealed container with the remains, which are the center of a lawsuit, at about noon. (1998-10-27)

Scientists Seeking Third Village Where Europeans Met Illini Indians
The 325th anniversary of the first European contact with the Illini, a once large and powerful confederacy of Native American tribes that lived in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, is being celebrated in this summer's severe heat with shovels and buckets. A group of 19 Midwestern high school and college students in a University of Illinois/Western Illinois University archaeology field school are excavating the site in Missouri. (1998-08-04)

Indonesian New Guinea Inhabited For More Than Ten Thousand Years
Excavations in the interior of the Indonesian part of New Guinea, Irian Jaya, have shown that people have lived there since the end of the Pleistocene epoch, in other words, for at least ten thousand years. The excavations, by archeologists from the University of Groningen, took place in the lake area of Ayamaru on the Vogelkop peninsula. The expedition formed part of the interdisciplinary Irian Jaya Studies programme run by the NWO. (1998-05-14)

Discovering Our Selves: The Science of Emotion, May-5-6
Fifteen of America's preeminent brain scientists will present the latest findings about emotion at the Library of Congress, May 5-6. (1998-05-01)

Extreme Droughts Played Major Role In Tragedies At Jamestown, "Lost Colony"
The worst droughts of the past 800 years likely played a major role in the mysterious disappearance of Roanoke Island's (1998-04-24)

Buried Site Created To Show Students How To Do Non-Invasive Research
Prehistoric history is being made on an old farm site in Illinois. And high-tech history isn't far behind. Archaeology students at the University of Illinois, with the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have designed, built and buried a prehistoric domestic compound, complete with a ditch, embankment, palisade, long house, roasting and refuse pits, and burial mounds, all features typical of Eastern and Midwestern Native American cultures of 600 to 2,000 years ago. (1998-04-08)

Archaeological CD-ROM Believed To Be Unique
A unique new CD-ROM full of scholarly detail and general information about North Carolina¹s Occaneechi Indians could change academic publications in archaeology forever. (1998-01-27)

Yaba-Daba-Glue! Stone-Age Use Of Collagen Discovered
Weizman Institute scientists have discovered that stone-age cavemen had mastered advanced technology for producing collagen glue from animal skins, several thousands years earlier than ancient Egyptians. (1997-10-15)

Archaeologists Identify Oldest Existing Mound Complex In New World
The earliest existing mound complex built by humans in the new world has been identified in Louisiana by a team of archaeologists and researchers from around the United States. Details of the discovery appear in tomorrow's (Sept. 19) issue of the journal Science. The complex of 11 mounds was built between 5,000 and 5,400 years ago and predates other known existent mound complexes by 1,900 years. (1997-09-18)

Speedy Land Travelers Or Seagoing Sailors?Temple Archaeologist Investigates Earliest Americans
Were the first Americans coastal sailors or speedy bands of land-bound hunters? Temple University archaeologist Anthony Ranere believes that the archaeology profession may have prematurely jettisoned the ³late entry, fast movement model,² in which ancient hunters raced to the tip of South America in only 1,300 years. (1997-08-05)

Anthropologist Offers New Solution To Fabled Route Of Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto
A new book tracing the expedition of Hernando De Soto has for the first time tied the famed explorer's route to recent and emerging archaeological discoveries. The result is the most accurate map ever drawn of the journey De Soto took in the heart of an American darkness. (1997-08-04)

Ancient Pueblo Great House In Utah Yielding Secrets To CU-Boulder Students
A cooperative excavation of a two-story Pueblo community building in Bluff, Utah, last summer indicates the ancient stone structure may have been built during three separate construction episodes over time, according to researchers (1997-05-29)

Elephants, Gold, Singing Boys And Red Coral: Ancient Port Offers Lessons For Today's Traders, Archaeologists Say
Elephants, gold, singing boys and a host of other commodities moved through the ancient Ptolemaic-Roman port of Berenike from at least the third century B.C. until the late fifth or sixth centuries A.D. -- much longer than previously assumed -- largely because of favorable prevailing winds, but also because entrepreners (1996-11-01)

Native Human Remains Returned To Bering Sea Island Home
Siberian Yup'ik Eskimos were in Fairbanks recently to pack and return the remains of 386 of their ancestors for reburial. This is the first repatriation of human remains returning to the St. Lawrence Island villages of Gambell and Savoonga, off the coastof Alaska in the Bering Sea (1996-10-17)

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