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Oldest Bridge in Ireland

Archaeologists have found remains of Ireland's oldest bridge, unexpected evidence of early technology.--BEN KEENE Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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Mummification in the Necropolis of Alexandria

Forensic anthropologists have recognized signs of mummification of the skeletal remains at the Gabbari necropolis in Alexandria, Egypt.--COLIN CLEMENT Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Oldest Glue Discovered

The oldest glue in the world has been found in a cave near the Dead Sea.--AMÉLIE A. WALKER Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Oldest Paintings of People in the Middle East

Rescue excavators working in advance of construction of the Tchrine Dam in the Euphrates Valley have discovered more than 20 painted silhouettes of women.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Pelusium: Gateway to Egypt

A massive waterway across Egypt's northern Sinai Desert, known as the Peace Canal, aims to bring fresh water from the Nile to the city of El Arish, 40 miles west of the Israeli border, making the region fertile. In 1991 archaeologists launched the North Sinai Salvage Project to survey the canal's path for sites, excavate sites that would be destroyed, and suggest where the canal might be rerouted to avoid important remains.--KRZYSZTOF A. GRZYMSKI Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Qumran Controversy

The presumption that the authors of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were a small Jewish religious order known as the Essenes living in Qumran, Israel, was hotly debated at a conference on the scrolls held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem this past July.--HAIM WATZMAN Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Stolen Stones

Looting of Iraqi archaeological sites has been a major problem since the Gulf War. Includes clickable map of the throne room suite--JOHN MALCOLM RUSSELL Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Stone Anchor Hoard

Seventeen stone anchors and anchor fragments found off the ruined Omani port of Qalhat may shed light on ancient seafaring in the region.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Yemeni Megaliths

A chance discovery of a group of megaliths on a coastal plain in western Yemen has sent scholars scrambling to explain why and how people were living there between ca. 2400 and 800 B.C.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Bodies of the Bogs

Over the past centuries, remains of many hundreds of people have come to light during peat-cutting activities of northwestern Europe. Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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Before the Pyramids

Neolithic peoples in France constructed huge tombs that are today only visible from the air.--FRÉDÉRIC LONTCHO Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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Dig Like a Surgeon

An intact Etruscan grave, dirt and all, is excavated in the lab.--ANNA MARIA ESPOSITO Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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From Cyprus to Munich

A police sting leads to the recovery of Cypriot church treasures.--MARK ROSE Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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Imaging Rathcroghan

Geophysical surveys at Rathcroghan, Ireland, have revealed the presence of archaeological features extending well beyond the 300-foot-diameter mound at the center of the site.--ANDREW L. SLAYMAN Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Europe]

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From the Sands of Saqqara

A 4,500-year-old Egyptian tomb complex that once housed a mortuary chapel on display at the Louvre since 1903 has been located not far from the pyramid of the pharaoh Djoser at Saqqara.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Acropolis Update

Work continues on the restoration of the Acropolis monuments despite concern that a lack of skilled stoneworkers is slowing the project.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Athens Metro Update

Greek archaeologists and scholars are worried that ancient remains in Athens could be damaged or destroyed by a new subway tunnel.--NIKOS AXARLIS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Cretan Minoan Finds

A newly discovered Minoan palace has yielded the oldest well-dated fresco fragment ever found in Crete.--SPENCER P.M. HARRINGTON AND YANNIS STAVRAKAKIS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Egyptian Crocodile in Roman Sewer

Discovery of a crocodile-shaped limestone waterspout provides evidence of close links between Crete and Egypt.--YANNIS N. STAVRAKAKIS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Hadrian's Arch Restored

Hadrian's arch, a familiar landmark in downtown Athens, is getting a facelift.--YANNIS STAVRAKAKIS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Jews and Christians in a Roman World

Roman rule led to sweeping social transformations throughout the eastern Mediterranean.--RICHARD A. HORSLEY AND SUSAN E. ALCOCK Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Looking Through Roman Glass

The peoples of the Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization.--DAVID WHITEHOUSE Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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The Phiale of Achyris

Photographs and detailed description of the $1.2-million gold offering bowl from Sicily that is now at the center of a court case in Manhattan. Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Pisa Update

Two more Roman ships have been discovered at Pisa's San Rossore train station.--ANDREW L. SLAYMAN Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Plague Victims Found: Mass Burial in Athens

April 15, 1998 A unique mass grave and nearly 1,000 tombs from the fifth and fourth century B.C. were recovered during excavations prior to construction of a subway station just outside Athens' ancient Kerameikos cemetery.--NIKOS AXARLIS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Preserving Jewish Heritage

An architect's effort to document and restore Greek synagogues--ELIAS V. MESSINAS Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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Xenophon's Retreat

British scholar Timothy Mitford believes he has found the spot from which a Greek army first sighted the Black Sea during its flight from the forces of the Persian king Artaxerxes II in 401 B.C.--NORMAN HAMMOND [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Greece and Rome]

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The Archaeology of Moab

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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The Oldest Datable Chambers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Urkesh: First Hurrian Capital

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Pots and People

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Emar on the Euphrates

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Anatolian Archaeology: A Tribute to Peter Neve

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Early Egyptian Presence in Canaan

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Beetles in Stone

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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The Anchor Church at the Summit of Mt. Berenice, Tiberias

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The Iron 1 Western Defense System at Tell El-`Umeiri, Jordan

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Hellenistic Palestine Between Large Forces

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Tiglath Pileser to the Rescue:

Military Intervention Iron Age Style From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Siloam Tunnel: Built by Hezekiah or the Hasmoneans?

Military Intervention Iron Age Style From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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The Goddess Anat Disappears

Military Intervention Iron Age Style From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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A Synthesis of Cultures

From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Iron II Palestine: Emerging Nations

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Forty Years in the Capital of the Hittites

Jürgen Seeher In a century of excavations at the Hittite capital, Boghazköy, no one has played a more active role than Peter Neve. His retirement in 1994 coincides with his fortieth year at the site, including three decades as director. These years produced a long list of stupendous discoveries and won Neve an ever widening circle of friends. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Plants and People in Ancient Anatolia

Mark Nesbitt Archaeobotany in the Near East has scored numerous advances, and excavations in Turkey played an especially significant role in spurring recognition that agriculture and diet are integral to an understanding of the past. Though still a youngster in the field, archaeobotany offers insight into every period of the human past. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Hittite Pottery and Potters

Robert C. Henrickson That's the way the cooking pot crumbles! How a vessel breaks provides evidence for how it was made. A technological analysis of pottery from recently renewed excavations at Late Bronze Age Gordion demonstrates strong connections to the Hittite ceramic tradition From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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A Hittite Seal from Megiddo

Itamar Singer A tiny seal unearthed by the excavators of Megiddo in the 1930s belonged to Anu-ziti. Its inscription states his profession: "charioteer." This title, borne by official diplomats of Hatti and vassal states, offers further witness to the importance of this station on the diplomatic route between the Hittite and the Egyptian royal courts. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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An Urartian Ozymandias

Paul Zimansky Make room on the roster of great builders of the Iron Age Near East--from Solomon to Sargon--for a forgotten potentate who ruled an Urartian kingdom in the highland region around Lakes Van and Urmia. Though he inspired no legends and left a meager impression on the written record, Rusa II, the last great king of Urartu, may have been the Iron Age's most energetic instigator of building projects. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Swords, Armor, and Figurines

K. Aslihan Yener Metal mining and manufacture were critical high technologies in the ancient world: metal provided the standard of value, medium of exchange, and the raw material of tool and weapon industries. Analysis of the "fingerprints" of ores and artifacts has begun to display the complex tableau of ancient metal industries. Lead-isotope analysis clarifies the dynamics of provisioning metal in the Late Bronze Age Hittite empire. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Oil in Hittite Texts

Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. Hittite literature urges: Give bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, and to the desiccated, give oil. Oil was one of the minimal essentials in ancient Anatolia, as in the rest of the Near East. Sleuthing the various Hittite words for oils, lard, grease, and fat, philologist Hoffner discovers the basic Hittite word for oil, and catalogs its multifarious uses. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Arti-Facts

Desperately Seeking Faustus (Lamps). DIGMASTER. Flood Damage at Thebes. News from Tel 'Ein Zippori and Sepphoris. Plus reviews of Anatolia and the Balkans, and Anatolia: Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor. From Near Eastern Archaeology [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News] [Biblical]

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Canaanite Lion

A Canaanite statue of a lion, dating to the fifteenth or fourteenth century B.C., has been found at the Hazor National Park, near Rosh Pina in northern Israel.--AMÉLIE A. WALKER Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Curse of the Balsam Cookers

The mystery of a curse inscribed on the mosaic floor of an ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea may have been resolved.--ABRAHAM RABINOVICH Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Czech Egyptologists Open Shaft Tomb

The sealed tomb of Iufaa was recently opened by Czech archaeologists excavating at Abusir, yielding a wealth of information about burial practices and religious beliefs.--LYLA PINCH BROCK AND JAROMIR KREJCI Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Egyptian Statue Found

An unusual statue was found by chance this spring during construction in a Nile Delta town northeast of Cairo.--MARK ROSE Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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Czech Egyptologists Open Shaft Tomb

The sealed tomb of Iufaa was recently opened by Czech archaeologists excavating at Abusir, yielding a wealth of information about burial practices and religious beliefs.--LYLA PINCH BROCK AND JAROMIR KREJCI Archaeological Institute of America [Archaeology] [Discoveries] [News]

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