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Going Where Archaeologists Cannot, Spy Satellites Reveal Thousands of Forgotten Ancient Sites in Afghanistan

Ancient sites may come into in the line of fire when war breaks or a building project begins. Destruction and looting could be prevalent at such times, but archaeologists often believe there is nothing they can do to confront these problems. During war, the area is too dangerous to run in and salvage ancient treasures, let alone excavate or explore any newly unearthed locations. But satellite imaging can help them in what at first may appear to be an insurmountable task. Sometimes it can even aid in revealing previously unknown ancient sites. Such is the case with thousands of sites which have been recently discovered using images obtained by spy and military satellites over Afghanistan. Researchers hope their findings can tell us more about long-forgotten kingdoms and help protect the archaeological sites. According to Live Science , archaeologists examining fine-grained spy satellite and military drone images have identified huge caravanserai (outposts) used by Silk Road travelers a..

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New, poetic look at 'The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük'

A new media installation by artist Refik Anadol brings together the Çatalhöyük Research Project's archive of 2.8 million pieces of data and is on view as part of ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük' at ANAMED until the end of JanuaryIn Istanbul's art scene this year, works devoted to helixes and data sculptures became the center of attention. The opening exhibition at the re-opened Yapı Kredi Art Center, "Helix," and Refik Anadol's numerous installations attracted people to Istanbul's art spaces. Last week, I came across a new installation by Anadol at the entrance of ANAMED's exhibition space on İstiklal Avenue. "Çatalhöyük Research Project Archive," a video wall installation, uses machine learning algorithms and visualizes an archive of 2.8 million data records. "We first started to talk about this back in December 2016," Şeyda Çetin, the coordinator and content developer of the project, said in an interview last week. "The Çatalhöyük Research Project team w..

Catholic Burial Puzzles Archaeologists in England

ST. ALBANS, ENGLAND—According to BBC News, archaeologists have made a puzzling discovery in the churchyard of St. Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire: the body of a child with what appear to be rosary beads wrapped around the hand. The presence of rosary beads is indicative of a Catholic burial, but the cemetery is thought to have belonged to the Church of England. Historical records suggest that around 170 people were buried in the churchyard between 1750 and 1850. The Canterbury Archaeological Trust has been excavating the site for several months ahead of construction of a new visitor center, and the child’s burial with the beads is the only one among 80 graves to have any artifacts associated with it. According to site director Ross Lane, there are several possible explanations for the incongruous burial. “It could be an earlier burial,” he said, “or it could be that this was a visitor to St. Albans from further afield and they’ve just been caught in an epidemic and buried.” To read i..

House turned museum in Rustaq attracts visitors

Zakiya bint Nasser al Lamkiya, founder of Al Beit al Gharbi, has been able to transform her old family house into a museum that contains many historical artefacts that were part of the tools of Omani man. She said, "The idea of creating an archaeological house came through my passion for the past, its components and details, and my keenness to preserve the archaeological components left by our ancestors. “The idea came two years ago when I visited our ancestral home, which had been abandoned with some parts of it collapsing. At that time, the idea came to my mind to turn the house into an archaeological centre and fill it with old possessions. I restored the house with the help of parents, neighbours and citizens of the wilayat and made it ready to receive local and foreign visitors.” The house contains many antique collections, including old books, coins, cooking utensils, handicrafts, women’s cosmetic items, incense and other objects, like silverware, bracelets, old mattresses, potte..

Inside the £15k-a-year nursery that Princess Charlotte is starting in January, from clay-pot making...

PRINCESS Charlotte, like many other two-year-olds, is getting ready to start nursery. But what can the little royal expect from her £15k-a-year school in January, which is awash with yummy mummies and pottery classes? EPA Princess Charlotte, two, will start nursery in January at Willcocks Nursery School in KensingtonPrincess Charlotte's classmatesIt has been announced that Princess Charlotte will be joining Willcocks Nursery, which is located just a stone’s throw away from her lavish home at Kensington Palace. She will be among a class of 32 children, aged between two and five, who are taught by an all-female staff. The pupils aren’t required to wear a uniform, and are split into four learning groups that are named after birds: Swifts, Swallows, Cygnets and Swans. Good manners are valued on equal importance to numeracy and literacy skills, and Charlotte’s lessons will cover a wide range of topics. Splash News Willcocks Nursery School, which is located near to the Royal Albert Ha..

New exhibits open for First Friday art walk

[unable to retrieve full-text content] New exhibits open for First Friday art walk Ashland Daily TidingsArt galleries and exhibits calendar for Feb. 1, 2018 News SentinelART EXHIBITS Fort Wayne Journal GazetteFull coverage

Five Outstanding Shows Closing in Los Angeles This Month

Alfredo Ramos Martinez, “Procession of Nuns” (circa 1935), tempera, 16 x 20 inches (courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts)LOS ANGELES — The holiday season is a time most of us spend with family or friends around festive meals and celebrations, rather than gallery hopping. But there is plenty of good art to see before the new year. Here are five shows in Los Angeles to check out before they close this month. 1. Alfredo Ramos Martinez and Latin American Modernism at Louis Stern Fine ArtsAlfredo Ramos Martinez was born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1871 and spent the last years of his life in Los Angeles, straddling the geographic poles explored in the Getty’s current Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, which funded more than 75 exhibitions on Latin American and Latino art. Louis Stern Fine Art’s Alfredo Ramos Martinez and Latin American Modernism features six works from the “Father of Mexican Modernism” as he was known, as well as other modern and contemporary artists from all over the region in..

Artist exhibition will start Jan. 12

The David Adler Music and Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, will host its fourth annual member artist exhibition from Jan. 12 to 26. A free public reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Member artists are a collective of 30 visual artists. Premier members showcase their latest work each January. Displays feature many media, including photography, painting and printmaking. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Fridays until 7 p.m. and Saturdays until 2 p.m. There is no charge for admission. For more nformation, visit Let's block ads! (Why?)

Dr Drabu, Tassaduq Mufti visit JK heritage pavilion

NEW DELHI, DEC 14: Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu and Tassaduq Mufti, Coordinator, J&K Chief Minister’s Grievance today visited the Heritage Exhibition organized by the Department of Archeology, Archives & Museums, J&K Govt on the sidelines of the 19th General Assembly of ICOMOS at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road here. It is for the first time that ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) General Assembly is being held in India. The objective of the event was to provide an opportunity to promote international cooperation for creating a robust ecosystem for heritage conservation. Dr Drabu visited various stalls established by the Department of Archeology, Archives & Museums and expressed satisfaction over showcasing of the heritage and archaeological treasure of the state at the international level through ICOMOS. He said such initiatives would go a long way in rediscovering J&K’s traditional linkages and promoting heritage tourism in the state. “We shall have to ta..

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