Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Unconfirmed report (from Archaeology Magazine's web site) that Robson Bonnichsen has passed away.

Will relate more when we find out more.

Update: Amazon women of Roman Britain BURIED WOMEN ‘WERE IN AMAZON FIGHTING TRIBE’

TWO bodies unearthed from an ancient cemetery at Brougham, near Penrith, have changed experts’ views on Roman Britain.

For the 1,750-year-old remains – found at the site in the 1960s – have been identified as women warriors who may have been from the fabled Amazon fighting tribe of Eastern Europe.

The discovery has astonished archaeologists and historians because women were not previously known to have fought in the Roman army, which occupied Britain between 55BC and AD410.

Their artists' conception of what the Amazon women may have looked like:

Our artists' conception of what the Amazon women may have looked like:

Who do you want to get your news from?

And a good thing it is Tomb of Genghis Khan receives some TLC

A large-scale renovation of the mausoleum of Genghis Khan is underway in Inner Mongolia.

The tomb of the founder of the Mongol Empire of the Middle Ages is in North China's Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.The project at a cost of 180 million yuan (US$22 million will hopefully receive 50,000 tourists a year, said Mengkeduren, head of the mausoleum's administrative bureau.

Oops Relic Discovered Stolen After Over 2 Years

National Museum of Korea director Yi Kun-moo on Monday officially apologized for Gyeongju National Museum’s loss of a stone relic and announced that it will reinforce security of outdoor museum exhibits.

``We will focus on tightening security of the museum’s cultural possessions and according to the results of the criminal investigation, we will punish those who are responsible for its loss,’’ Yi said during a news conference at the National Museum of Korea in northern Seoul.

Cemeteries update Volunteers catalog old cemeteries

Metro's plans to add turn lanes at the intersection of Edmondson Pike and Cloverland Drive were interrupted recently when the 19th-century child's grave was found on the property.

Remnants of an old graveyard fence and the child's grave marker were discovered amidst overgrown vines and trees after Metro purchased an option on the property, according to Metro attorney Philip Baltz.

When Metro finds an old cemetery on land it wishes to use, it files a petition in Chancery Court to declare the cemetery unsuitable for interment and then hires a licensed funeral director to move the remains in accordance with state law, Baltz said.

That's a nice article detailing what happens with cemeteries in Tennessee and how burials developed over time from small family plots near the homesteads to large, central cemeteries later on.