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October 2015

Largest ever Neolithic discovery on Anglesey

An important neolithic site has been discovered by archaeologists surveying the site for a new school. Continue reading “Largest ever Neolithic discovery on Anglesey”

Rare glass spearhead found on Rottnest island

Staff and students from The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies have made a surprise discovery on an excursion to Rottnest Island (Wadjemup), uncovering a rare nineteenth century glass spearhead.

It’s the third time in the past year that UWA staff and students have uncovered spearheads on the island.

Earlier this year a Heritage Studies student found a glass spearhead, and last year a staff member unearthed a ceramic one.

The spearheads are believed to have been used by Indigenous men and boys who were imprisoned on island between 1838 and 1931.

Records show photographs of Sunday hunting day when the Indigenous prisoners would hunt to supplement their diet of barley, cabbage and porridge with fish, snake and quokka.

It is believed the prisoners would find a place on top of a hill often overlooking the mainland where they would make spear tips from scrap pieces of glass.

Professor Len Collard from UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies said the most recent discovery occurred when the 45 students and eight staff from the UWA School of Indigenous Studies were learning about the history of Indigenous prisoners on the island.

“As I was digging around in the sand with my foot, something shiny glinted in the light and I recognised the object to be a glass spearhead,” Professor Collard said.

Interactive Network Analysis and Data Visualization

The Liberated Academic

Data visualisation can be a very powerful tool and can be put to excellent use within the humanities providing a new way forward for some researchers.

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Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen

Last September the Viking age fortress was discovered in Denmark for the first time in 60 years, Continue reading “Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen”

More late iron-age sacrificial finds Denmark

Archaeologists from Moesgaard Museum have been examining several bogs containing sacrificial offerings found in the area near Skødstrup just north of Aarhus in Denmark. Continue reading “More late iron-age sacrificial finds Denmark”

Project Mosul: crowd sourcing reconstructions

The Liberated Academic

Although the damage like that committed at Mosul by Isis should never have occurred in the first place Project Mosul is a fantastic way to contribute to the maintenance/reconstruction of our shared cultural heritage by making use of modern technology and software.

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Are relics from Pompeii cursed?

According to Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent Massimo Osanna the site has received around 100 packages returning stolen relics in recent years. Continue reading “Are relics from Pompeii cursed?”

Archaeologists in Israel may have found Maccabee tomb

Israel’s government Antiquities Authority recently said that an ancient structure that it is excavating on the side of the highway appears to match ancient descriptions of the tomb of the Jewish rebels the Maccabees. Continue reading “Archaeologists in Israel may have found Maccabee tomb”

Oldest winemaking facility to date has been discovered

A cave discovered in 2007, in the Zagros mountain range in Armenia has been determined to contain the oldest known, almost complete, winemaking facility. Continue reading “Oldest winemaking facility to date has been discovered”

Spitfire excavated 75 years after fatal crash

Archaeologists have finalised the excavation of wreckage belonging to the Spitfire that crashed 75 years ago. Continue reading “Spitfire excavated 75 years after fatal crash”

Making papyrus

Although filmed as part of a presentation to tourists this is a really interesting video, showing the steps involved in the manufacture of papyrus:

Iberian Shipwreck discovered

Underwater research being conducted of Cape Creus, Catalonia strongly suggests that the pre-Roman Iberians were seafarers. This is the second boat dated to roughly this period found of the Spanish coast. Continue reading “Iberian Shipwreck discovered”

1899 – The Second Boer War begins

11 October – On this day

The Second Boer War otherwise known as the Second Anglo-Boer War, was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902 between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. Continue reading “1899 – The Second Boer War begins”

1967 – A day after being captured, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed

9 October – On this day

Ernesto “Che” Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter-cultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Continue reading “1967 – A day after being captured, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is executed”

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