Monday, December 20, 2004

Archaeologists believe they have discovered part of throne of Darius

Iranian archaeologists believe they have found a part of one leg of the throne of Darius the Great during their excavations at Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid dynasty, the director of the team of archaeologists announced Sunday.

“Four archaeologists of the team found a piece of lapis lazuli during their excavations in water canals passing under the treasury in southeastern Persepolis last year,” said Alireza Askari, adding, “The studies on the piece of stone over the past year led the archaeologists to surmise that the stone had probably been a part of a leg of the throne of Darius.”

Gold! Archaeologists strike gold in secret spot

Eleven small, golden reliefs have been unearthed at an archaeological dig somewhere in eastern Norway. Officials won't say where, because they think more of the 1,400-year-old gold objects will be found at the site.

"This is a tremendously unique and exciting discovery, the kind an archaeologist makes only once in a lifetime," professor Heid Gjøstein Resi told newspaper Aftenposten. Resi, who's tied to the Oslo museum housing Viking treasures (the Oldsakssamlingen at the Kulturhistorisk Museum), has been leading the excavation where the gold objects were found.

That's one of the weird, paradoxical things about working in archaeology: Finding "valuable" (i.e., gold, statues, etc.) is really cool and occasionally significant and will no doubt bring you fame and fortune, but it means unless you post armed guards at your site 24/7 it'll be looted quicker than a frog on hot asphalt.

This seems weirdly out of date Holy Fake?

(CBS) Correspondent Bob Simon has a story about the Bible and truth. More precisely, it's about Biblical antiquities and how they can be seen to prove that the stories told in the Bible really happened.

Just two years ago, the world of biblical archaeology was rocked to its foundations, and all because of a stone box that was discovered in Israel, and called an ossuary.

Ossuaries were used to hold the bones of the dead approximately 2,000 years ago, in the time of Jesus. The discovery of this ossuary created more excitement among Christian scholars than anything since the Shroud of Turin. And like the Shroud, no sooner was it unveiled than it came alive, with questions.

We were under the impression that this was largely discarded as authentic many months ago.

Report: Remains of 7,500-Year-Old Man Found in UAE

Archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates have found the remains of a 7,500-year-old man, the oldest skeleton found in the country, the official WAM news agency reported Monday.

The skeleton was found buried on Marawah island, some 100 miles off the coast of the capital Abu Dhabi. The man was aged between 20 and 40 years.

It was buried facing east, indicating a sophisticated community lived on Marawah, WAM quoted Peter Hellyer, executive director of the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, as saying.

Excavations at the island, which have lasted several years, have also unearthed remains of buildings and utensils. The UAE is located on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.


Archaeologists are pondering one of the most intriguing archaeological discoveries for some years after a fire revealed a unique carved stone thought to be 4,000 years old.

The find came to light after a blaze in 2003 at Fylingdales near Whitby consumed two and a half square kilometres of heather moorland - before being brought under control by hundreds of fire fighters and a water-dumping helicopter.

However, in the fire’s aftermath archaeologists were astonished to find a vast array of archaeological remains – uncovered by the intensity of the blaze, which burnt away much of the peat.

“The fire had a devastating impact, but it also revealed an astonishing archaeological landscape,” said Neil Redfern, English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments.

CSI: Laramie

Officials try to identify remains found at Old Fort Laramie

Officials are still trying to determine the identity of a man whose grave was unearthed last summer.

Forensic studies indicate the man died between 1850 and 1860 at the age of about 25.

Assistant State Archaeologist Danny Walker and his crew found the remains after identifying a series of depressions that indicated collapsing graves.