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Trip to Cascadia Cave brings archaeology to life for Eugene festivalgoers

Dylan Darling @DylanJDarling SWEET HOME — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away. So Tony Farqué held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farqué said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago. "This is the largest and most complete rock art site in Western Oregon by far," said Farqué, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here." During the past 25 years, Farqué has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Most of the 10 people who joined Farqué on Friday were part of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene. The festival is in its 15th year, and..

Miscreants rob historic tomb’s majesty

RAJKOT: The majestic sight of Mahabat Khan Makabra, the 19th century mausoleum right in the heart of town, leaves outsiders visiting Junagadh for the first time spellbound. Standing tall on a sprawling ground, the 120-year-old mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of the Mughal era rulers of Junagadh who had initially acceded to Pakistan but later agreed to merge it into India post-Independence. But walk closer to it and the mesmerising sight turns into sorrow within a few minutes. Several integral parts of this Indo-European architectural wonder with Islamic wonder lie in shambles. The intricately carved grills are shattered and some silver doors have actually been stolen or just silver taken away from some of them along with the gold canopy. There is no one to stop you from doing anything here. In the night, chances are strong that one may find Bachhus gulping down country-made liquor or even gambling. Though the main door of the mausoleum is locked, there is free ent..

Preserving Pakistan's archeological heritage

It is one of the most prominent symbols of Pakistan’s Buddhist heritage — a giant 7th-century rock sculpture of Buddha sitting in a meditative pose in Jahanabad, Swat. It’s an image of peaceful contemplation far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern urban life. That peace was shattered on September 2007 when the Taliban blew up half of the sculpture’s face by drilling holes and putting explosives in it. It takes only a few minutes (and little skill) to carry out such an act of wanton destruction. But to fix it requires years of patience and devotion. In 2012, the Italian Archaeological Mission in Swat started the restoration of Buddha’s face. The process lasted a few years and was eventually completed in October 2016. “The entire face was damaged by two blasts,” says Dr Luca Maria Olivieri (right), the director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan. “We collected all the available fragments and with the help of 3D technology, we were able to reconstruct the original ..

Brutal ancient mass sacrifice REVEALED: Sick priests ripped out hearts of children

Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice by members of the sprawling ancient Chimú Empire where up to 140 children and 200 young llamas were killed. The children were between five to 14 years, according to reports. While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in scientific excavations, this discovery in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is “unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world”. EPA MASS KILLING: The remains of three adults were also found in close proximity EPA BRUTAL: More than 140 children of the Chimu Empire may have had there hearts ripped out “I, for one, never expected it” John VeranoThe skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to ribs, suggesting the that the victims’ chests were cut open and pulled apart, “perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart”, noted the publication. The remains of three adults—a man and two women—were found in close proximi..

Indian Supreme Court blasts Archeology department over Taj Mahal

News Analysis | Expressing concern over blue and green patches on the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for ‘failure’ to protect it from rising pollution and even wondered whether the body should be relieved of the task to manage the affairs of the world heritage site. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said ASI was not properly discharged its duty in maintaining the beauty of Taj Mahal and asked the Centre to consider whether some other agencies be given the responsibility to protect and preserve the 17th-century world heritage site. Advocate A D N Rao, appearing for ASI, told the bench that it was doing whatever is required to protect the monument. He said the patches on Taj were because of insect-breeding in the stagnated water on Yamuna river bed. The court, however, slammed ASI for not accepting the environmental threat to the Taj, saying it was not doing enough to save the monument. The Taj Mahal, liste..

Sculptures in Archaeological Museum not properly stored: CAG

The sculptures housed in the State Archaeological Museum were being stored improperly, said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report. The audit report on West Bengal's general and social sector for the year 2015-16 said the government had not formulated any guideline or manual on operation of the archaeological museums or archives. Prolonged exposure to un-optimised temperature and humidity coupled with improper storage was affecting the conditions of antiquities, especially the metallic ones, the report said. The State Archaeological Museum maintained a reserve of 36,931 antiquities (apart from those on display) which included proto-historic antiquities, terracottas, sculptures, stone and stucco from the Guptas, Mauryas, Sungas, Kushanas, Palas and medieval times. The CAG audit mentioned that storage of these antiquities were not done in adherence to the guiding principles as prescribed by the Handbook on Conservation in Museums. The CAG observed that this..

A new Egyptian museum will bring treasures of the pyramids back to practically where...

When Queen Hetepheres I’s tomb was discovered in 1925 near the satellite pyramids of the Great Pyramid of Giza, a large collection of her funeral furniture was taken to display at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in central Cairo. The objects from her tomb have been part of one of the most significant collections at the cramped and overflowing museum located near the iconic Tahrir Square — about 12 miles from the Giza plateau where they were found. But nearly 100 years since their discovery, her collection is set to return to where it came from — or at least very close by, to a lavish new mega museum overlooking the pyramids. The Grand Egyptian Museum, which is due to open later this year, is expected to be one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. The star attractionThe museum intends to hold about 100,000 artifacts in total, less than half of which have already been transferred, according to Dr. Tarek Tawfik, director-general of the new museum. The artifacts include ..

2 major archaeological discoveries unveiled in Aswan

CAIRO – 11 January 2018: The Ministry of Antiquities announced two massive archaeological discoveries in Aswan, on its official Facebook page on Thursday. The first discovery was made by the Egyptian-American archaeological mission of The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago during its excavation works at Tell Edfou site. The mission unearthed an administrative complex that dates back to the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt. One of the unearthed artifacts – Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the unearthed complex is considered the oldest archaeological discovery in Tell Edfou site. He also added that this area probably still hides great secrets underground. The unearthed administrative complex – Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities The Egyptian – American archaeological mission’s director Nadine Meoller said that the mission started excavating in this area in 2014,..

UK Archaeologist Serves as Fulbright Specialist in Croatia

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2018)— University of Kentucky archaeologist Paolo Visonà, adjunct associate professor in the School of Art and Visual Studies and part-time instructor of ancient art in Lewis Honors College, recently served as a Fulbright Specialist at Croatia’s University of Rijeka and University of Zadar after being awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The grant was administered by the World Learning Organization. Visonà is a Mediterranean archaeologist and numismatist with expertise in the pre-Roman coinages of Punic North Africa and on the coinage of Issa, an ancient Greek city on the island of Vis in today’s Dalmatia, a region made famous by the filming of the “Games of Thrones” HBO series. He was invited by his Croatian colleagues to give a series of lectures and workshops on the monetary circulation in this area of the Adriatic before the Roman conquest. Since the 19th century, an unusual concentration of finds of..

Explore Egypt's lost worlds

Photo: Saint Louis Art Museum Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the bay of Aboukir, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt; National Museum, Alexandria (SCA 277), IEASM Excavations; Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. lessThe stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the bay of Aboukir, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt; National Museum, Alexandria (SCA 277), IEASM Excavations; Photo: Christoph Gerigk © ... more Photo: Saint Louis Art Museum Explore Egypt’s lost worlds Back to Gallery In 2018, the Saint Louis Art Museum will be the first North American art museum to tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. World-renowned underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered these submerged worlds uncove..

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