Thursday, October 21, 2004

And the news just keeps trickling in. . . .

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Unearth 5,000 Year-old Gold Treasure

Archaeologists in Central Bulgaria have retrieved a 5,000 year-old golden treasure consisting of more than 400 fine-crafted jewels, National Museum of History chief Bozhidar Dimitrov said Thursday.

An expedition unearthed the treasure in a valley tucked between the Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountain, Dimtrov said. The exact location of the find was being kept secret for security reasons, he said.

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An international scientific conference, “Turkmenistan – a homeland of the Annau culture and Ak Bugdai”, will start in Ashgabat on October 22. As the Ashgabat correspondent of reports, the conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of discoveries made by an expedition headed by American professor-archaeologist Rafael Pampelli at an excavation site near the village of Annau, a few kilometers to the west from Ashgabat. It should be recalled that scientists discovered traces of highly advanced civilization and the remaining of white wheat grains cultivated by ancient grain growers 5,000 years ago.

Public talk I Archaeologist to speak on discoveries (Quickie anonymous reg required)

Archaeologist Bonnie Gums from the University of South Alabama will present a talk titled "Prehistoric Peoples at Orange Beach" at 6 p.m. today at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center.

Gums will discuss archaeological discoveries, such as two large pits filled with shells and fish bones left by prehistoric peoples of the Weeden Island culture, who lived along the waterways of Orange Beach between A.D. 700 to A.D. 900. She will also bring artifacts for show and discussion.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the USA Center for Archaeological Studies and the Orange Beach Public Library. This is a free event.

The senior center is at 26251 Canal Road (Alabama 180). For more information, contact Angela Rand at the library, 981-2923 or Bonnie Gums at 460-6562.

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Public talk I Biblical Archaeology Conference at UNO

Author and archaeologist James Strange will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference in Omaha.

The conference will be held Oct. 28 through 30 at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

Strange, a professor at the University of South Florida, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 on "Jesus and His Archaeological Setting." It is free and open to the public.

Home at last! Prestwich skeletons find a home at last

Hundreds of human skeletons unearthed from Prestwich Street in Cape Town are likely to be reinterred at a memorial park to be established on the corner of Somerset Road and Buitengracht Street.

The South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) said in a statement on Wednesday that the site had been identified after a meeting of "interested parties".

Phakamani Buthelezi, formerly head of marine and coastal management and now the new head of Sahra, said in the statement: "Our ancestors will be afforded the dignity they deserve."

So far about 1 000 skeletons have been unearthed from the excavations at Prestwich Street.

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