A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid
on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe.
posted by empath
on Sep 7, 2013 -
[Roy Chapman] Andrews is best remembered for the series of dramatic expeditions
he led to the Gobi of Mongolia
(shorter films: 1
) from 1922 to 1930. Andrews took a team of scientists into previously unexplored parts of the desert using some of the region’s first automobiles with extra supplies transported by camel caravan.
Andrews – for whom adventure
and narrow escapes from death were a staple of exploring – is said to have served as inspiration for the Hollywood character “Indiana Jones
Andrews’s expeditions to the Gobi remain significant for, among other discoveries, their finds of the first nests of dinosaur eggs, new species of dinosaurs, and the fossils of early mammals that co-existed with dinosaurs. [more inside]
posted by ersatz
on Feb 17, 2013 -
| Edwardian Farm
-- 18 hours of BBC experimental archeology/historical documentaries, online. Archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and historian Ruth Goodman spend two years living the life of rural country farmers.
posted by crunchland
on Jan 15, 2012 -
National Register Photostream
— Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the U.S. National Register of Historic Places
is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
posted by netbros
on Dec 23, 2011 -
The ruins of Gede
are the remains of a mysterious
lost city on the Swahili Coast
of Kenya, located deep within the Arabuko Sokoke forest
. The mystery of Gede (Gedi) is that it does not appear in
any Swahili, Portuguese, or Arab written record
s and present day research
has not yet been able to fully account for what actually happened to the city. The inhabitants were of the Swahili, an ancient trading civilization
that emerged along the eastern coasts
of Africa ranging from
Somalia to Mozambique. Archaeological
excavations carried out
between 1948 and 1958 have uncovered
porcelain from China, an Indian lamp, Venetian beads, Spanish scissors, and other artefacts from all over the world
, demonstrating the occupants were engaged in extensive
international trade. Questions still remain as to what caused the downfall of Gede, but by the 17th century, the city was completely abandoned
to the forest and forgotten until
the 1920s. Today, a National Museum, Gede
's sister cities from the period are part of
the ethnography based archeological work of Dr Chapurukha M. Kusimba
of Chicago's Field Museum, whose lifework
has thrown light on the
precolonial heritage of the Swahili
posted by infini
on Nov 30, 2011 -
Urban archaeologist Scott Jordan has spent his whole life uncovering New York City's remains: I have been digging for New York's artifacts since 1969. My first dig was on Governor's Island, which was my father's duty station, and I stumbled upon a time capsule of New York's military history in the moat of old Fort Jay. In the dirt under the old drawbridge were relics dating from the War of 1812 all the way to the Civil War including buttons, musket balls and bullets, coins, pottery, and even a small cannon ball. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Oct 9, 2010 -
The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site -- Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo.
when the violence took place, men, women and children were tortured, disemboweled, killed and often hacked to bits. In some cases, heads, hands and feet appear to have been removed as trophies for the killers. The attackers then removed belongings out of the structures and set the roofs on fire.
At least two other separate studies have come to similar conclusions, suggesting the genocide victims at Sacred Ridge belonged to an ethnic group that was different from that of other nearby populations.
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 20, 2010 -
The 32.000 year old artifact was discovered in the form of hundreds of small fragments in a cave in Stadel im Hohlenstein in Germany on the 25th of August 1939.
The fact that the fragments belonged to a figurine was discovered in 1969 by Prof. Dr. Joachim Hahn. He mentioned a similarity of several small peices and puzzled a first version of the figurine with nearly 200 fragments.
Meet the Lion Man
. [more inside]
posted by Substrata
on Sep 17, 2010 -
The Seljuk Han in Anatolia
has tons of information about and pictures of the caravanserai, inns for caravans, built by the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm in what is now Turkey. The Seljuk caravanserai, called hans, were a vital resource for trade from the middle ages to recent times. The website, by Katherine Branning
, explains what a han is
, their origins
, their function in trade
, what life there was like
and much more. The site also features 39 individual hans, such as the Kadin Han
, now a furniture store, Dibi Delik Han
, which is undergoing restoration, Zazadin Han
, which has been restored already, and the spectacular Sultan Han Kayseri
. For an academic survey of Seljuk hans, here's Ayşıl Tükel Yavuz'
The concepts that shape Anatolian Seljuq caravanserais [pdf, automatic download]
posted by Kattullus
on Jan 8, 2010 -
"Heads were skinned and muscles removed from the brain case in order to remove the skullcap. Incisions and scrapes on jaws indicate that tongues were cut out." "Scrape marks inside the broken ends of limb bones indicate that marrow was removed." "Whatever actually happened at Herxheim, facial bones were smashed beyond recognition." - Neolithic mass canibalism in southern Germany
posted by Artw
on Dec 5, 2009 -
At the mostly abandoned Moffett Field in an abandoned McDonald's, digital archeologists attempt to restore, recover and archive abandoned high resolution imagery and data from previous manned Moon missions, using an abandoned Ampex 2" tape drive found in a chicken coop - the last working machine in the world, restored by the last man alive capable of rebuilding the heads. This is likely only part of their weird story.
posted by loquacious
on May 1, 2009 -
A year and a half ago, a professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan University discovered a pattern of stones
40 feet below the waters of Lake Michigan. The story has been surprisingly under-reported, given that the Stonehenge-like structure is potentially estimated to be 10,000 years old. One of the stones even appears to have a mastodon carved on it
posted by jon_hansen
on Jan 5, 2009 -
Nazi German Bunker in my Garden:
"[...] the previous owner told us that there was a tunnel built by the germans during WW2. He said it was big enough to drive into, [...]
So I traced some WW2 reconnaisance photos of the property, which appeared to show the entrance road to my bunker. [...] And that's where the quest began....." (Original thread here
, first link is to condensed but more readable blog.)
posted by orthogonality
on Jun 29, 2008 -
With all the crystal skulls
, nazca lines
and such at the box office these days now might be the ideal time to reacquaint yourself with the theories of Erich von Däniken
. What better way to do it than by watching William Shatners Mysteries of the Gods
( Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
, Pt. 3
, Pt. 4
, Pt. 5
, Pt. 6
, Pt. 7
, Pt. 8
, Pt. 9
, Pt. 10
)(MULTI LINK YOUTUBE SHATNERFEST)
posted by Artw
on Jun 10, 2008 -
Derinkuyu wasn't discovered until 1965, when a resident cleaning the back wall of his cave house broke through a wall and discovered behind it a room that he'd never seen, which led to still another, and another. Eventually, spelunking archeologists found a maze of connecting chambers that descended at least 18 stories and 280 feet beneath the surface, ample enough to hold 30,000 people. [flickr]. [wiki].
posted by dersins
on Aug 31, 2007 -
Re-thinking the "cradle of civilization"
. New discoveries at dig sites in Middle Asia are challenging
the archaeological worlds idea that civilization began in Mesopotamia. Sites in modern-day Iran and Russia suggest that a vast network of societies together constituted the first cities, along with the potential discovery of a new writing system.
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 14, 2007 -
Gnostic Gospel of Judas, they say!
Hot on the heels of Christ On Ice
and the, er, "newly discovered" Gospel fragment
, the news outlets are currently drooling
all over National Geographic's
recent conclusive dating and translation of surviving fragments of the Apocryphal Gospel of Judas
, now dated to about 300 CE. The text is classically Gnostic
, emphasizing a duality
splitting Christ's "spiritual" and "fleshly" natures, as opposed to Christian orthodoxy's belief in the Incarnation
. Looking beyond the wide-eyed "OMG THIS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CHRISTIANITY AS WE KNOW IT" sensationalism, Internet Monk asks if a 300 year-old apocryphal biography of George Washington
would be regarded as authentic were it discovered in 1970. James F. Robinson
, an expert on ancient Egyptian texts, regards the Judas Gospel as mostly a dud
, produced by Cainite Gnostics who took it upon themselves to "rehabilitate" villians of Bible mythos. Even if you don't believe in the account
of Judas, there's no denying his contributions
to the Christian narrative. Truly
a historical icon.
posted by brownpau
on Apr 6, 2006 -
The Portable Antiquities Scheme
is a voluntary effort to record archeological objects found by the U.K. public. Searchable database
of finds from the Paleolithic, through Roman times, up to the 18th-century. With images
, and an accompanying website for kids
posted by steef
on Nov 18, 2005 -
Coso Rock Art:
"The Coso Rock Art District, a National Historic Landmark deep in the U.S. Navy's testing station at China Lake, contains one of America's most impressive petroglyphic and archeological complexes . . . . Coso rock art has become famous for its stylized representational symbolic system, a system that has intrigued—and baffled—archeologists and lay observers for decades." A guide to the rock art types here
. See also A Guided Tour of Coso Rock Art
and the Coso Gallery
posted by LarryC
on Jul 30, 2005 -
Europe's oldest known civilization discovered.
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient civilization of temple builders that existed in central Europe between 4800BC and 4600BC -- over 2000 years before Egypt. They constructed over 150 geometrically, astronomically, and spiritually aligned temples
(translated) out of earth and wood, that had diameters of up to a half a mile
. They were built by a people who lived in villages centered around communal longhouses of up to 150 feet in length. Their civilization raised large herds of animals, gathered grain with primitive sickles, made tools out of of stone, bone, and wood, manufactured pottery decorated with geometric designs
(.pdf), and created small clay figurines of humans
and animals. Only one male figurine has been found so far
(.pdf) -- the rest have been of women with large breasts -- fertility symbols -- which suggests a fertility-based spirituality, and possibly a matriarchal society.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jun 11, 2005 -
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dr. Vendyl Jones, the famed archaeologist, the inspiration for the “Indiana Jones” movie series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments, given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple. The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the Temple Mount. Dr. Vendyl Jones says that the tunnel actually continues 18 miles southward, and that the Ark was brought through the tunnel to its current resting place in the Judean Desert. Apparently he is about to find it this summer.
posted by Coop
on May 19, 2005 -
There is a house in New Orleans...
A recent archeological excavation in the French Quarter reveals that a hotel called the "Rising Sun" operating in the early 1800s may have been the ruin of many a poor girl. Clues include suggestive newspaper ads from the period and artifacts such as "a large number of liquor bottles... Alongside... an unusually dense collection of rouge pots". [more...]
posted by taz
on Apr 4, 2005 -