The Relative Longevity of Science Frauds
The fabricated evidence on human stem cells published by Hwang Woo-suk and colleagues had a life shorter than two years as scientific fact. In contrast, the infamous hominid remains of Piltdown Man announced in 1912 stood as real for nearly 40 years.
Basically just a recounting of Piltdown in relation to the current fraud over Hwang et al's stem cell work (see links in article). But it also mentions something I'd not been aware of, that Richard Feynman worked on Maya codices.
This might have been posted before Amateur archaeologists make significant contribution to field
Early humans first left Africa on tentative forays into southern Europe more than 1.8 million years ago, but until now it was thought that they didn’t colonize northern Europe until only about a halfmillion years ago.
Two amateur archaeologists in Britain, working with a team of professional scientists, recently discovered flint artifacts that are 700,000 years old, pushing back the date for the human occupation of those northern latitudes more than 200,000 years.
A reporter for the journal Nature, where the discovery was announced, said the team "struck Ice Age gold" and that the seemingly meager haul of 32 small flint chips has "grand implications" for our understanding of human history.
Seems familiar anyway.
Bill Would Limit Archaeologists' Role in Excavations
A bill being considered on Utah's Capitol Hill would sharply limit archeologists in decisions about public lands.
Utah has some of the greatest archaeological sites in the US, if not the world, with everything from dinosaur bones to the settlements of the ancient Fremont and Anazazi tribes. But those sites are often fragile and are protected by both federal and state laws.
When a site is discovered, archaeologists play an important role in decisions about excavating, surveying and recording what's there. Some of those finds sometimes conflict with resource extraction and development. Now, a new bill, House Bill 139, would change the equation handing the oversight of resources from archaeologists to the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office. The bill would also lower the standards for the professional archaeologist involved in the process.
First, use a spell- and grammar-checker. Second, This sounds rather like the developers doing the talking.
And related: Past blocks road to the future
The proposed East-West corridor on National Highway 25 has run into a 3,000-year-old road block - the ghost of an ancient civilization. The Jajmau hillocks encasing the relics fall bang in the way of the four-lane Lucknow-Kanpur highway, which is part of the East-West corridor connecting Porbandar in Gujarat and Silchar in the Northeast.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has requested the state archaeology department (SAD) to allow them to cut through the mound, but the department has put its foot down. "How can the remnants of an ancient civilization be crushed under the wheels of a bulldozer," archaeologists have questioned. The NHAI is stumped and fears that it might have to divert the route if the officials stick to their guns.
Hmmmm Archaeologists Discover Possibly First New World Slaves
A team of archaeologists have announced they have found the remains of what they believe was one of the first group of slaves brought to the Americas from Africa. The remains date back to the late-16th, early 17th century.
The remains were found in a graveyard in one of Mexico’s European cities. Testing was carried out on the teeth enamel of the skeletons, which then was used to determine the skeletons’ African origins.
Head researcher T. Douglas Price said: "This is the earliest documentation of the African Diaspora in the New World. It does mean that slaves were brought here almost as soon as Europeans arrived."
Price used to work in northern Europe. How'd he get down to Mexico?
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Medieval graveyard update Archaeologists Uncover One Of Biggest Medieval Graveyards
University of Leicester archaeologists are beginning work on examining the largest discovery of medieval skeletons -- numbering 1,300 -- to be found outside London. The burials are from the graveyard of the lost church of St Peter’s, demolished in 1573 and recently rediscovered.
The skeletons were discovered by a team from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) working at the site of a former swimming pool- St Margaret’s Baths- which is being redeveloped as part of a £350m Shires shopping centre expansion.
Richard Buckley, Director of ULAS, said the discovery had surpassed his expectations and would provide new insights into medieval life in Leicester.