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  • Civil War Submarine Update

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jul 20, 2018 | 21:18 P

    Civil War Submarine Update COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA—Archaeologist Michael Scafuri of The Hunley Project announced that the levers controlling the keel blocks on the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley were still locked in the regular position, according to an Associated Press report. Corrosion, silt, and shells have accumulated on Hunley since it disappeared in Charleston Harbor shortly after its crew of eight placed explosives on the hull of USS Housatonic, a ship in the Union blockading squadron. Scientists have been carefully removing concretions from the inside and outside of the vessel and looking for possible clues as to why it sank. Scafuri explained that releasing the 1,000-pound[…]

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  • Researchers Return to Wreckage of Swedish Warship Mars

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jul 20, 2018 | 20:37 P

    Researchers Return to Wreckage of Swedish Warship Mars ÖLAND, SWEDEN—Science Nordic reports that a team of underwater archaeologists from Södertörn University, the Västervik Museum, and other organizations recently found human remains, cannons, and a hand grenade while investigating the wreckage of the Swedish warship Mars. Discovered in 2011 off the coast of Öland Island, Mars sank in the deep waters of the Baltic Sea in 1564 after a violent gunpowder explosion while under attack during the Northern Seven Years’ War, fought between Denmark and Sweden from 1563 to 1570. “We can see from the wreckage that it was a very intense and tough battle,” said researcher Rolf Fabricius Warming. The[…]

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  • Old Kingdom Pottery Workshop Unearthed in Egypt

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jul 20, 2018 | 19:51 P

    Old Kingdom Pottery Workshop Unearthed in Egypt ASWAN, EGYPT—According to an Associated Press report, a 4,000-year-old pottery workshop has been discovered close to the Nile River in southern Egypt. Mostafa al-Waziri of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said the site, which contains a pottery wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base, will offer information about the development of pottery manufacturing during the Fourth Dynasty, in the middle of the third millenium B.C. To read about another discovery at Aswan, go to “Afterlife on the Nile.”

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  • Iron Age Hair Recovered on Scottish Island

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jul 19, 2018 | 21:24 P

    Iron Age Hair Recovered on Scottish Island ORKNEY, SCOTLAND—The Scotsman reports that about 20 strands of hair thought to be 2,000 years old have been discovered in a chamber that was located some six feet under a tower now known as The Cairns Broch, on Scotland’s island of South Ronaldsay. A wooden bowl and pegs were found protected by damp silt in the same chamber earlier this month. Martin Carruthers of the University of the Highlands and Islands said the hair looks like human hair, and is still pliable and shiny. Measuring about three inches long, it could potentially record about eight months’ worth of information on[…]

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  • Neanderthals May Have Started Their Own Fires

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jul 19, 2018 | 21:01 P

    Neanderthals May Have Started Their Own Fires LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS—According to a report in The Los Angeles Times, Neanderthals may have controlled and produced fire as early as 50,000 years ago. Andrew Sorensen of Leiden University struck a piece of pyrite against a replica biface—a palm-sized multipurpose tool used by Neanderthals—to see if he could start a fire with it. “Some strikes produced only one spark, others produced showers of up to ten sparks or so,” he said. Sorensen then employed a microscope to compare the marks left on the replica biface with those recovered from several Neanderthal sites in France, and found that they were similar.[…]

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