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They say the best place to dig for things in the Old West here in the USA are abandoned outhouses. Yeah, sure know that I wouldn't dig in an outhouse still in use.
yup i wouldnt want the wet version...they commonly do that and the dry shafts of water wells as well.



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here's one on those soldiers of China.....the terracotta army....they been done a lot over the years but still amazing.



China to begin third excavation of terracotta army site
www.chinaview.cn 2009-06-09 15:26:29



http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...t_11514146.htm


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The Virtual Museum of Iraq is open, available in English, Italian and Arabic. A fascinating tour of the long history of the land. I was especially interested in a video in the Babylonian section about the city of Marduk.
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The Virtual Museum of Iraq is open, available in English, Italian and Arabic. A fascinating tour of the long history of the land. I was especially interested in a video in the Babylonian section about the city of Marduk.
Try this link instead:

http://www.virtualmuseumiraq.cnr.it/prehome.htm

Ken, yours was a 404 error.
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24 indicted in Four Corners artifact theft probe

one of my personal favorite regions and as the article points out this has been a problem for a long time...continues as such.

good work by LE to protect the tribes artifacts.

24 indicted in Four Corners artifact theft probe

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yup i wouldnt want the wet version...they commonly do that and the dry shafts of water wells as well.



thanks pard.


here's one on those soldiers of China.....the terracotta army....they been done a lot over the years but still amazing.



China to begin third excavation of terracotta army site
www.chinaview.cn 2009-06-09 15:26:29



http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...t_11514146.htm

<insert predictable rant about privy digging here>

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Liu and his colleagues are also hoping to ascertain the success of decades of preservation efforts to keep the undiscovered terracotta figures intact and retain their original colors.

Richly colored clay figures were unearthed from the mausoleum of Qinshihuang, the first emperor of a united China, in previous excavations, but once they were exposed to the air they began to lose their luster and turn an oxidized grey.
[emphasis mine]

While I am as intrigued as the next person to see what will be coming out, it seems a shame to be excavating them without really having the preservation down pat, especially if they are not under threat where they are.
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agreed and personaly would suggest the PRC look at better techniques that have been used in the west to preserve potteries. but it's their dig.

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Garbage pits, known as "middens" have a much better yield than latrines, unless you are searching for dietary evidence.

Not many people crap valuable artifacts, and I would be highly suspicious of those who claim to.
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Garbage pits, known as "middens" have a much better yield than latrines, unless you are searching for dietary evidence.

Not many people crap valuable artifacts, and I would be highly suspicious of those who claim to.
People didn't really distinguish much between the "hole in the ground for crap" and the "hole in the ground non-crap crap." So some garbage went in with the poo. Also when the privy became disused (began to stink or the house got hooked to a sewer line) it made a great trash pit.

The things certain people like from privies are bottles, for which there is a market. Plus, as with point collectors. there is something in the activity of digging and collecting bottles that appeals to tweakers. It's a real problem. Most archaeologists in populated areas hire security guards at night.

Also things went into the privy that you didn't want other people to see--bottles from secret drinking and other, sadder, objects. That's the thing about bottle diggers and other looters. They get cool artifacts but they destroy the story.
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6,000-year-old tombs found next to Stonehenge

A prehistoric complex, including two 6,000-year-old tombs, has been discovered by archaeologists in Hampshire.

The Neolithic tombs, which until now had gone unnoticed under farmland despite being just 15 miles from Stonehenge, are some of the oldest monuments to have been found in Britain.

Archaeologists say they will hold valuable clues about how people lived at the time and what their environment was like.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6463970.ece
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indeed good stuff. now move forward in time a bit and across the Atlantic and you have....

From The Times

June 11, 2009


Aztec temple promises to yield one of antiquity’s great treasures



now lets hope they find treasures in both Hampshire and MC.




http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6474037.ece

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A prehistoric complex, including two 6,000-year-old tombs, has been discovered by archaeologists in Hampshire.

The Neolithic tombs, which until now had gone unnoticed under farmland despite being just 15 miles from Stonehenge, are some of the oldest monuments to have been found in Britain.

Archaeologists say they will hold valuable clues about how people lived at the time and what their environment was like.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6463970.ece
Very cool. Here is the project's webpage. It's not updated with the new finds, but it has nice aerial photographs of the cropmark features.
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New Ceramic Dating Method:Rehydroxylation

Brief:http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.o...xylation.xhtml

Paper in PDF Format:http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.o....full.pdf+html

The beauty of this method is the calculation. Simple physical laws and measurement. Testing equipment: heating chamber; weight scale; humidifier. The equipment does require uber accuracy. But this will not require a huge expenditure.

Before @1950 archeologists depended primarily upon the stratigraphy of artifact distribution to determine dating. The deeper the level of excavation the older the artifact. The researcher would compare data to other excavations to determine a time line.

Stratigraphic data is still useful but scientific advancement has provided a number of testing methods that cumulatively allow today's archeologist to date accurately.
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Science aids inventory of Florida Keys shipwrecks


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