Don't remember if we've linked to this yet
Miatello, L., The design of the Snefru pyramids at Dahshur and the Netjerikhet pyramid at Saqqara
Paper online at PalArch.nl. We seem to recall linking it in the last month or so, forgive the duplication if we did.
Repatriation update SACRED RELICS COULD BE RETURNED TO NEW ZEALAND
Human remains sacred to Maoris, which have been held in Perth museum for nearly 200 years, could be on their way back to New Zealand.
The remains, two tattooed heads, were sent to Perth in 1825 by local man David Ramsay.
But the Museum of New Zealand has now asked for them back and the request will be considered by Perth and Kinross Council's lifelong learning committee on Wednesday.
The Museum of New Zealand is co-ordinating a formal repatriation programme of Maori remains from museums and collections worldwide.
Cave art museum gets major grant
A Derbyshire museum has been given £4.26m to expand its facilities.
The money will be spent on building a centre of excellence at Creswell Crags, a limestone gorge which contains the country's oldest cave art.
The grant has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will pay for a new museum and education centre telling the story of the Ice Age.
Plans are now being drawn up, and if approved, work could start next year, with the centre opening in 2007.
The trust which runs the site will have to find £1m towards the project.
The carvings include a 12,000-year-old representation of bison, horse and birds.
They are the only examples of Palaeolithic cave art in the UK, and the artists who made them would have witnessed a British landscape still being shaped by glaciers.
A local road will also be re-routed to protect the site.
That's the whole thing.
Booooooooo No Money for Archaeology
Six months after its board of directors fired seven South Street Seaport Museum employees, including its archaeological curator and maritime librarian, the fate of its 2-million-plus artifact collection and its research library and archive remain uncertain. Blaming reduced attendance at the museum since 9/11 and a $1 million budget deficit, Seaport Museum chairman Lawrence S. Huntington said in a New York Times article last July that the cutbacks were necessary "to put this museum on a break-even basis." Among staff let go were archaeological curator Diane Dallal, who ran New York Unearthed, the city's only archaeological museum and conservation lab, and Norman Brouwer, curator of ships and marine historian, a 32-year veteran of the museum in charge of its library.
This seems important Scientists to start DNA analysis of ancient horse skeletons
Chinese and British scientists are planning for the DNA analysis of 12 horse skeletons unearthed from the burial ground of a prominent duke who lived more than 2,500 years ago in northwestern Shaanxi Province.
Archeologists with Beijing University and Cambridge University have used a professional database to process data collected from the skeletons, including the size and weight of the skulls, spinalcolumns and limbs.
Not much info as to what the actual goals of the testing are for, but apparently directed at the domestication issue.
Lost city. . . found! Parthian Circular City Found in Khorasan
Iranian archeologists have found the architectural plan of a Parthian circular city in Nehbandan castle in southern Khorasan.
Nehbandan castle is one of the most important ancient cities in Iran that has signs of different historical periods. Though it hasn’t been much excavated, archeologists have found remains from Parthian (250 BC – 226 AD) to Safavid (1501 – 1722) eras.
2500-year-old Winged Man of Pasargadae threatened by cold and lichen
The director of the Pasargadae Historical Cultural Complex said here on Sunday that the stone relief of the Winged Man at the ancient site has been seriously damaged by the cold and lichen and other environmental factors.
“Experts began to study the detrimental effects two years ago after some cracks were observed on the relief,” added Babak Kial.
The Winged Man, considered to be Cyrus the Great by some archaeologists and historians, is a relief of a standing man with four wings who is praying. He also wears a crown which has two horns on it. Some scholars say that that Cyrus the Great is Zulqarnain, whose story is told in the Holy Qur’an, because Zulqarnein means “one with two horns” in Arabic.