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Beer from shards…

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If you discovered some 3,000 year-old yeast,  would you use it?   If so,  for what?  Bread?   Israeli scientist had to revitalize six ancient strains of yeast, but once they had accomplished that,  they used it to  brew ancient  types of beers. 

This is the first time that living yeast were actually extracted,  identified and recreated from ancient pottery vessels and may lead to some other useful  —  and enjoyable —  techniques.  L’Chaim!

 

 

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May 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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Tour Pompeii…

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I was in Italy many years ago,  but did not get to Pompeii,  a place long on my bucket list.   I don’t suppose I’ll ever actually get there,  but  this 3-D tour of one of the ruined houses is a splendid substitute for having aching feet and coping with hordes of other tourists.

Experts have been documenting the city since 1980,  and Swedish researchers have used the latest digital technology to recreate what the home of one of the richer citizens looked like before Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.   Welcome to the new science of digital archaeology!

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

Terracotta warriors…

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Could the famed terracotta warriors in China have had a Western influence?   I personally find it unlikely,  but it just  might be  possible.

 

 

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October 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Outhouse artifacts…

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Archaeologists excavating a dozen outhouses dating back to the American Revolution have found  all sorts  of treasures from the period.   How fitting that the dig is on the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

 

 

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July 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Digging the dead…

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When you’re in  an area  which has been occupied for thousands of years,  instead of hundreds,  archaeology can mean something quite different,  can’t it.

 

 

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April 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

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Burgos excavation…

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I often wonder if so many Americans are interested in archaeology because we live in such a young country by historical standards.   Yes,  our continent’s history is much older than our nation,  but large civilizations in North America  were rare.

Whether you’re a archaeology enthusiast like me or not,  the finds at the old port of Burgos,  Bulgaria,  are exciting.   See for  yourself.

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March 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm

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Greek floor mosaic…

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Archaeologists in Turkey  have unearthed  an ancient floor mosaic.   I have no idea whether it actually is Greek in origin,  or how old it is.   Its beauty is sufficient unto itself.

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January 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

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