Des bracelets en verre pour nos Gauloises : archéologie, expérimentation,
Réalisation : Annie Mercier | Montage : Annie Mercier | Musique
: Christine Groult La direction des archives de la ville de Pantin
et le bureau de l'archéologie du conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis
se sont associés pour lancer un protocole d'expérimentation scientifique
et tenter de comprendre la méthodologie de fabrication de bracelets
en verre à l’époque gauloise. Cette expérimentation a été organisée
sous la direction scientifique d’Yves Le Bechennec, après les travaux
de fouilles effectués à Pantin depuis 1996.
Plusieurs techniques de fabrication ont été mises en application
: la technique indienne (formation d’un anneau de verre sur un cône
de terre cuite et pose d’un cordon de verre chaud cueilli dans le
four sur un anneau élargi sur cône), la technique népalaise élargissement
d’une perle aux ferrets) ainsi qu'une technique spécifique (enroulement
du verre sur cylindre et estampage) proposée par les verriers. En
outre, l’équipe nous montre également l’utilisation du four à bois
pour cette fabrication, permettant aux verriers de travailler au
plus près de la source de chaleur.
Cette expérience nous a appris enfin que la fabrication de ces bracelets
pendant la protohistoire fut une production de masse et que les
ateliers de fabrications possédaient parfaitement la maîtrise du
Nous remercions tout particulièrement la ville de Pantin qui nous
a gracieusement autorisé la diffusion de ce film ainsi que Madame
Geneviève Michel, conservateur du patrimoine, pour sa coordination.
+ info: http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/EN/Event.asp?id=2092&url=/2092/home.asp
Visite du chantier de fouilles archéologiques à Noisy-le-Grand avec
Cyrille Le Forestier - Noisy-le-Grand (France)
Cyrille Le Forestier, archéologue de l’Institut national de recherches
archéologiques préventives (INRAP) et responsable d'opération nous
présente le chantier de fouilles archéologiques à Noisy-le-Grand.
Le reportage décrit l’histoire et l’importance de l’opération menée
et le caractère spécifique de ce site funéraire du haut Moyen Age
composé de 600 sépultures et recoupant deux nécropoles successives.
La première, mérovingienne (Ve- VIIe s.), constituée de près de
300 inhumations, est caractérisée par des sarcophages de plâtre,
des défunts parés de colliers de perles, de boucles d’oreille, de
fibules et de plaques boucles (ceinture). Les sarcophages, orientés
est-ouest, sont regroupés par famille ou par communauté. La seconde,
carolingienne (VIIIe- Xe s.), est marquée par une évolution des
pratiques funéraires imposées par l’Eglise, la règle devenant celle
de l’humilité face à Dieu. Progressivement, l’organisation des sépultures
changent, laissant la place à de simples fosses. Les corps, sans
aucun apparat, sont enveloppés dans un linceul et inhumés en pleine
+ info: http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/EN/Event.asp?id=2100&url=/2100/home.asp
NEW STUDY: Mass Killings of Gazelles Marked Rise of Human Civilization
The mass killing of wildlife by humans is not a modern phenomenon.
A new study concludes that around the time the first cities were
founded in the Near East, people herded hundreds of gazelles into
long stone passageways that ended in circular pits, where they would
slaughter every animal. These massive hunts may have been rich with
symbolism at the time, yet the authors argue that they have left
the gazelles of the Near East a highly endangered species today.
Gazelles were the favorite prey of hunter-gatherers who lived in
the Near East—an area that includes modern-day Israel, the Palestinian
territories, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria—before farming began about
11,000 years ago. But there is little evidence that their numbers
declined at that time. And when early farmers began domesticating
cattle, sheep, and goats, the gazelle's importance as food declined
+ info: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/04/mass-killings-of-gazelles-marked.html?etoc
The Cyrus Cylinder, a 6th Century B.C. Clay Tablet Returns
to British Museum After Iran Loan
A 2,500-year-old Babylonian artifact sometimes described as the
world's first human rights charter was returning to the British
Museum Monday after a seven-month loan to Iran.
Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the Cyrus Cylinder while
it was on display at Iran's National Museum.
The clay cylinder carries an account of how the Persian king Cyrus
conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. and restored many of the people held
captive by the Babylonians to their homelands.
The British Museum said the artifact would go back on display in
its ancient Iran gallery on Tuesday.
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Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley / Camilo
Rebelo - Vila Nova de Foz Côa - Portugal
The Palaeolithic art in the Coa Valley is perhaps man’s first land
+ info: http://www.archdaily.com/52866/museum-of-art-and-archaeology-of-the-coa-valley-camilo-rebelo/
Archaeology of World War II
Between 1939 and 1945, the world was engulfed in a conflict fought
on almost every continent and ocean, involving every world power,
and ultimately costing more than 50 million people, both soldiers
and civilians, their lives. More than a dozen nations, among them
the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R, fought on the
side of the Allies, joining forces against the Axis powers—primarily
Germany, Italy, and Japan—who, at the apex of their power, controlled
or were poised to control large swaths of Europe, Africa, the Pacific
Ocean, and East and Southeast Asia. Perhaps the greatest difference
between World War II and the wars and conflicts that preceded it
was its ubiquity.
For the first time, there were no clearly defined front lines where
battles began and ended, were won and lost. Instead, according to
University College London archaeologist Gabriel Moshenska, who studies
the archaeology of modern conflict, "Everyone was on the front line
and that transformed the world. World War II made the modern world
what it is more than any single event in history," he says. "It
changed the technology we use, it changed art and literature and
the world's legal, international, and political structures—everything
from nations to families."
+ info: http://www.archaeology.org/1105/features/world_war_II_wwII_archaeology.html
The Hackney Hoard: Coroner to Rule on Unique and Historic
Treasure Case Found in Garden - London - United Kingdom
On 18 April 2011 the Coroner for Inner North London resumed an inquest
in relation to a hoard of American gold dollars found in Hackney
in 2007. The hoard consists of 80 coins which were minted in the
United States between 1854 and 1913. They are all $20 denominations
of the type known as ‘Double-Eagle’ and the find is totally unprecedented
in the United Kingdom.
The hoard was discovered in the back garden of a property in Hackney
and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme but in a unique
twist to the story a likely descendent of the original owner of
the coins has been found.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46686
Lima : son passé pré-inca et Inca
Lima, ancienne capitale du vice-royaume du Pérou, est généralement
identifiée à son passé colonial. Aujourd’hui, mégapole de plus de
huit millions d’habitants, elle est le centre économique, social
et politique du Pérou.
De son passé pré-colonial, important au vu du nombre élevé de restes
archéologiques qui émanent de nombreuses cultures, on connaît bien
peu de choses. Sont également rarement mentionnés les aspects identitaires
de ses habitants et la place de « l’andino et de l’amazónico » dans
Cette conférence est accompagnée d’images retraçant le passé et
le développement pré-coloniaux de Lima, ainsi que le Lima actuel
et les défis posés par les perspectives d’une nouvelle identification
du « limeño ».
+ info: http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/EN/Event.asp?id=1791&url=/1791/accueil.asp
Une immense statue d'Amenhotep III extraite du sable de Louxor -
A proximité de Louxor, des archéologues égyptiens ont découvert
une immense statue d’Amenhotep III. Il s’agirait de l’une des plus
grandes représentations du pharaon jamais découverte.
En Egypte du Sud, sur la rive ouest du Nil, une équipe d’archéologues
vient d’exhumer une énorme statue représentant Amenhotep III. Cette
imposante sculpture de quartzite mesure plus de treize mètres de
hauteur. Elle a été retrouvée dans le temple funéraire du pharaon,
à Kom al-Hitan, près de Louxor.
+ info: http://www.artclair.com/site/archives/docs_article/84163/une-immense-statue-d-amenhotep-iii-extraite-du-sable-de-louxor.php?xtor=EPR-129
Sauvetage archéologique en Seine-Saint-Denis - Drancy (France)
Le chantier archéologique situé dans l'enceinte du parc du Château
de Ladoucette, qu’Yves LE BECHENNEC dirige à Drancy, en Seine-Saint-Denis,
intervient dans le contexte d’un ensemble de fouilles menées par
la Mission archéologique départementale depuis 1991 (notamment l'opération
"Bobigny Gaulois" dont Yves Le Bechennec a été le coordinateur),
et qui a mis en évidence une occupation ininterrompue du territoire
depuis l’Antiquité voire depuis la fin de l’époque gauloise.
A partir des connaissances sur la population gauloise des Parisii,
dont on a retrouvé des traces dans ce département, il évoque les
différentes problématiques auxquelles l’archéologue doit faire face
sur ce type de terrain. Après une vision générale du chantier de
Drancy, Yves Le Bechennec dresse l’inventaire des objets que l’on
extrait de ce site - dont Lionel Pernet, élève conservateur au sein
de l’Institut National du Patrimoine, nous en présente un certain
nombre -, et nous explique l’interprétation qu’un archéologue peut
tirer de ces découvertes…
+ info: http://www.archivesaudiovisuelles.fr/EN/Event.asp?id=1625&url=/1625/presentation.asp
United States Bureau of Land Management Sites in Wyoming
Added to Historic Register - Rock Springs - Wyoming - USA
Two cultural sites on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in western
Wyoming are being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One is an archaeological site north of Rock Springs. The site contains
prehistoric projectile points dating to 9,000 years ago. The Finley
site also contains the only evidence of Paleoindian bison hunting
in southwest Wyoming.
The other is the old JO Ranch, a sheep operation active from 1885
to the 1990s. The BLM acquired the ranch in 2004 through a land
exchange. The site still has a complex of original buildings including
ranch and bunk houses, barns and corrals.
Properties on the register are eligible for funding for preservation
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46704
Archaeological Institute of America Provides Grant to Protect Cave
with Some of the Oldest Human Remains Discovered in the Americas
-Tulum Speological Project (Mexico)
The AIA Site Preservation Program announced today that it will award
a grant to protect what is believed to be among the oldest human
remains discovered in the Americas. The human skeletal material,
discovered in an underwater cave in Mexico by a team of divers from
the Tulum Speleological Project, was found in association with mastodon
remains and could exceed 14,000 years in age. The association of
preserved mastodon and human skeletal material is unprecedented
in any context.
AIA’s grant will fund a project co-led by Dominique Rissolo of San
Diego State University, and his colleagues from Mexico’s National
Institute of Anthropology and History, to protect the site through
the construction of a secured entrance gate, fencing, and signage,
as well as to improve access for researchers by building a road,
stairway, and dive platform. These protective measures will pave
the way for the first-ever comprehensive and coordinated study of
a submerged Pleistocene (2.5 million years ago to 12,000 years ago)
deposit on the Yucatán Peninsula.
+ info: http://www.archaeological.org/news/currentprojects/4673
Collection of Archaeological Pieces Seized in Germany
Handed Over to Mexico
After a 7-year process conducted by legal and diplomatic ways before
the German Government, which concluded with success, Mexico recovered
49 archaeological pieces illegally subtracted from national territory.
This is the first delivery made to Mexico of Prehispanic objects
seized in 2004 in Frankfurt, part of the Patterson Collection.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46735
Archaeologist Believes Evolution Of Human 'Super-Brain'
Tied to Development Of Bipedalism, Tool-Making
Scientists seeking to understand the origin of the human mind may
want to look to honeybees - not ancestral apes - for at least some
of the answers, according to a University of Colorado Boulder archaeologist.
CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker said there is abundant
fossil and archaeological evidence for the evolution of the human
mind, including its unique power to create a potentially infinite
variety of thoughts expressed in the form of sentences, art and
technologies. He attributes the evolving power of the mind to the
formation of what he calls the "super-brain," or collective mind,
an event that took place in Africa no later than 75,000 years ago.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46760
Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel
at the Legion of Honor- San Francisco - California - USA - 23 March
- 24 July 2011
First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in Lod, ancient Diospolis,
Israel, a large and extraordinarily detailed floor mosaic was recently
lifted from its site and conserved. Found in a large villa believed
to belong to a wealthy Roman, the exquisitely preserved floor dates
to about AD 300. This glorious mosaic is in the United States for
a limited time before it returns to Israel to become the focus of
the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center. The Legion of
Honor is one of only four museums to display this treasure before
its final and permanent installation in Lod.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46784
Hospital's CT(computed tomography) Scans of Egyptian Mummy Help
Vermont's Medical Examiner Solve Crimes - BURLINGTON - VERMONT -
A childhood fascination with archaeology and a chance encounter
with a 2,700-year-old Egyptian mummy are helping Vermont doctors
and law enforcement officials find truth in some of the most challenging
of modern-day crimes: the unexplained deaths of young children.
After spotting the mummy at the University of Vermont's Robert Hull
Fleming Museum in Burlington, Dr. Jason Johnson, a radiology resident,
arranged to have it put through his hospital's state-of-the-art
CT scanner. He wanted to know about the life of what is believed
to be the remains of an Egyptian servant girl of about 14 — and
what led to her death.
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Enormous Statue of Powerful Pharaoh Amenhotep III Unearthed
by Archaeologists in Egypt - Cairo - Egypt
Archaeologists unearthed one of the largest statues found to date
of a powerful ancient Egyptian pharaoh at his mortuary temple in
the southern city of Luxor, the country's antiquities authority
The 13 meter (42 foot) tall statue of Amenhotep III was one of a
pair that flanked the northern entrance to the grand funerary temple
on the west bank of the Nile that is currently the focus of a major
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46872
UNESCO Kathmandu office newsletter Vol. III Issue I-2011
The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu contributes to building peace, alleviating
poverty, and fostering sustainable development and intercultural
dialogue in Nepal through education, science, culture, communication
UNESCO works to attain a quality Education for All, focusing on
gender equality and adult literacy, to mobilize scientific knowledge
and science policy for sustainable development, to preserve cultural
heritage, promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue,
and to empower people through the free flow of ideas and access
to information and knowledge.
To achieve these objectives, UNESCO actively participates in the
work of the UN Country Team in Nepal and closely cooperates with
other development partners in the country.
+ info: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0019/001921/192160e.pdf
Mexico Returns an Invaluable Archaeological Piece to
the Government of Egypt
An invaluable archaeological piece from Aswan, Egypt, from the Medium
Kingdom period (2055-1650 BC), was returned by the Government of
Mexico to the Arab nation in a ceremony at the National Museum of
Anthropology, where it was safeguarded and examined: after 4 years
of research, authenticity and its illegal extraction from the country
The piece was detected in 2006 during an inspection of authorities
from the Central Administration of Mexican Customs; when checking
packages from abroad, they found an Egyptian effigy which authenticity
was confirmed later by specialized experts from the National Institute
of Anthropology and History (INAH) and from the Egyptian Government.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46903
COMPETITIONS - Vote for the Best AIA (Archaeological
Institute of America) Local Society Program
The AIA is looking for the best Society program or event that took
place between January 1, 2010, and April 30, 2011. Societies have
a chance to win $200!
AIA members, vote now through May 17 for your favorite! You are
able to vote once per day during this period, so remember to e-mail
your Society and remind them to vote every day.
+ info: http://www.archaeological.org/outreach/contest/societyentries
Did Neandertals Linger in Russia's Far North?
On page 841 of this week's issue of Science, a research team claims
that some of the last Neandertals may have taken refuge in the dark
Arctic north rather than the sunny south as archaeological evidence
has indicated. At the 32,000-year-old site of Byzovaya in Russia's
Polar Ural Mountains, which at 65 degrees latitude is as far north
as Iceland, archaeologists found stone tools they argue are typical
of those long associated with Neandertals in Europe. If Neandertals
did make the tools, it would push Neandertals' range northward by
1000 kilometers, and the site would be one of the youngest claimed
for Neandertals, especially since recent redating has moved many
Neandertal sites earlier in time. It would also show that the cold-adapted
Neandertals could survive the rigors of the Arctic.
+ info: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6031/778
Conference: Continuity and Destruction in Alexander's East:
The Transformation of Monumental Space from the Hellenistic Period
to Late Antiquity
6 abr - 7 abr 2011 . Oxford, Royaume-Uni de Grande-Bretagne
et d'Irlande du Nord
Contact: Marlena Whiting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sujatha Chandrasekaran, email@example.com Anna
+ info: http://www.archaeological.org/events/3149
Imagined Encounters: Historiographies for a New World
6 may - 8 may 2011 . California, États-Unis d'Amérique
+ info: http://www.archaeological.org/events/3405
Theoretical Archaeology Group USA Conference: The ideational
archaeological landscape: archaeological sites, cultural heritage,
tourism and public imagination
6 may - 8 may 2011 . Berkeley, États-Unis d'Amérique
+ info: http://arf.berkeley.edu/TAG2011/sessions/the-ideational-archaeological-landscape-archaeological-sites-cultural-heritage-tourism-and-public-imagination/
Reconstruction and Exploratory Visualization: Engineering
meets ArchaeoLogy (REVEAL) & the Future of Excavation
7 may - 8 may 2011 . Providence, États-Unis d'Amérique
+ info: http://vision.lems.brown.edu/Future-of-Exc
Conference on Fluide Körper - Bodies in Transition: Dissolving
the Boundaries of Embodied Knowledge
26 may - 27 may 2011 . Cologne, Allemagne
+ info: http://www.ik-morphomata.uni-koeln.de/?q=content/Bodies-in-Transition
1st International Conference on Best Practices in World
9 abr - 13 abr 2012 . Menorca, Espagne
DATE LIMITE: 10 sep 2011
+ info: http://www.congresopatrimoniomundialmenorca.cime.es/
Colorado State Anthropology Department Receives $1 Million Gift
for Mountain Archaeology Fund - Fort Collins - Colorado - USA
A $1 million gift to Colorado State University’s Department of Anthropology
will help support better understanding of the role that Native Americans
played in forming the cultural and ecological landscapes of the
southern Rocky Mountains.
The gift, which establishes the James and Audrey Benedict Mountain
Archaeology Fund, also will help train a new generation of Colorado
State students as archaeologists by allowing for exploration of
new mountain ranges in alpine country, one of the least understood
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Archaeologists Discover Stairway with Maya Hieroglyphs in the Mexican
State of Campeche - Campeche - Mexico
A stairway with Maya hieroglyphs was discovered at El Palmar Archaeological
Zone, in southeast Campeche, by experts from the National Institute
of Anthropology and History (INAH), the University of Arizona (UA)
and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), revealing
the preliminary decipherment that this Maya city maintained contact
with Calakmul, in Campeche, and Copan, Honduras, almost 1300 years
Leaders of the project Javier Lopez Camacho, from the National School
of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and Kenichiro Tsukamoto, from
the University of Arizona (UA), announced that the 6-step stairway
conserves 90 blocks with more than 130 glyphs that refer to events
registered in the Classic Maya period (250-900 AD).
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=46982
Study by Paleontologists Says Ancient Pre-Human 'Nutcracker Man'
Really Ate Grass
Nutcracker Man didn't eat nuts after all. After a half-century of
referring to an ancient pre-human as "Nutcracker Man" because of
his large teeth and powerful jaw, scientists now conclude that he
actually chewed grasses instead.
The study "reminds us that in paleontology, things are not always
as they seem," commented Peter S. Ungar, chairman of anthropology
at the University of Arkansas.
The new report, by Thure E. Cerling of the University of Utah and
colleagues, is published in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.
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One of the Most Significant Archaeological Sites on Easter Island
Gets New Visitor Center - Easter Island - Chile
World Monuments Fund (WMF), American Express, and the Corporación
Nacional Forestal de Chile (CONAF) celebrated the completion of
a sustainable visitor reception center on Easter Island in Chile
on May 13th.
The new visitor center, the Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de
la Aldea Ceremonial de Orongo, is located at the entrance to the
Orongo Ceremonial Village, one of the most significant archaeological
sites in Rapa Nui National Park and the most visited place on Easter
Island. Severely impacted by increasing numbers of tourists each
year, Orongo has been the focus of an intensive conservation and
interpretive program supported by WMF and American Express since
2001. The visitor center is the last component of this program and
serves as an introduction to the national park, providing information
and educational materials for visitors as well as helping to monitor
and manage visitation to the site.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=47401
Egyptian Princess, Who Lived More than 3,500 Years Ago, was First
to Have Heart Disease
An Egyptian princess who lived more than 3,500 years ago is the
oldest known person to have had clogged arteries, dispelling the
myth that heart disease is a product of modern society, a new study
To determine how common heart disease was in ancient Egypt, scientists
performed computer scans on 52 mummies in Cairo and the United States.
Among those that still had heart tissue, 44 had chunks of calcium
stuck to their arteries — indicating clogging.
"Atherosclerosis clearly existed more than 3,000 years ago," said
Adel Allam, a cardiology professor at Al Azhar University in Cairo,
who led the study with Gregory Thomas, director of nuclear cardiology
education at the University of California in Irvine. "We cannot
blame this disease on modern civilization."
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=47474
Pre-Hispanic Cities Reproduced the Narration of the "Sacred Mountain"
with Construction of Great Temples
The majestic pyramids of the Sun, in Teotihuacan, Estado de Mexico,
of the Niches in El Tajin, Veracruz, and of the Inscriptions, in
Palenque, Chiapas, are clear examples of the symbolic representation
that Prehispanic peoples made of the “Sacred Mountain” myth, which
refers to the beginning of time, when a creational couple joined
forces to make a huge mountain emerge from the ocean.
This was explained by Diana Magaloni, director of the National Museum
of Anthropology (MNA) at the first of a conference series that complement
the exhibition Six Ancient Cities of Mesoamerica.
As an introduction to the myth that supported the Prehispanic world
view, the restorer explained the beginning and planning of the 6
ancient cities of the exhibition – Monte Alban, Palenque, Teotihuacan,
El Tajin, Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco -, which developed parting
from a great temple in the shape of a mountain: the pyramid.
+ info: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=47496
An Attempt to Smuggle Hundreds of Stolen Antiquities from Israel
The suspect, a retired university lecturer with a Ph. D in history
from the United States, sold among other things, silver coins from
the Second Temple period and 1,500 year old clay oil lamps. He planned
on leaving the country with a handful of checks and cash totaling
more than $20,000.
During the past two weeks an extensive campaign was undertaken to
prevent the illicit trafficking in antiquities excavated and plundered
from archaeological sites.
In an operation in Jerusalem conducted by the Unit for the Prevention
of Antiquities Robbery, an American tour guide was identified while
selling antiquities to a group of American tourists he was leading
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Emergency Safeguarding of the World Heritage Site of Byblos (Lebanon)
Coodination and Follow-up: Joseph Kreidi
© UNESCO Beirut, 2010
UNESCO Beirut completed the Safeguarding of World Heritage Site
Byblos and all shores of the ancient city are clean from the oil
spill after the 2006 war on Lebanon.
The project which was initialized by UNESCO after the 2006 war on
Lebanon in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and
financed by the Japanese Government has ended and the Byblos site
is once again protected.
+ info: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/295/documents
Protecting Baalbek 's Integrity - A Proposal for an Integrated Risk
Preparedness Strategy. Baalbek (Lebanon)
Editors: Assaad Seif - Mario Santana Quintero
Project Coordinator: Joseph Kreidi
This publication describes the activities carried out by consultants
from the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC)
at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and from the University College
St. Lieven, according to the objectives of the project “Capacity
building of human resources for digital documentation of World Heritage
Sites affected by the 2006 war in Lebanon”, which is a donation
of the United Nations to Lebanon and is administered by UNESCO-Beirut
for Lebanon’s Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA).
The main objective of the project was to build human resource capacities
in charge or potentially linked with the conservation, development,
and enhancement of tangible cultural heritage in Lebanon.
+ info: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Beirut/pdf/Protecting%20Baalbek%27s%20Integrity.pdf
Un conflit d’intérêts : l’exemple d’une tentative d’archéologie
communautaire dans l’Arctique canadien
Series: Museum international 245-6
Author: Griebel, Brendan
Cette étude décrit l’évolution d’un programme communautaire mené
sur le terrain pendant un an en vue de jeter un pont entre les approches
méthodologiques et thématiques du passé propres à l’archéologie
et les intérêts et les réalités sociales du peuple Inuit. À travers
une série d’ateliers pratiques organisés en partenariat avec la
Kitikmeot Heritage Society de Cambridge Bay, elle montre comment
une pratique archéologique moins étroite et plus soucieuse de s’adapter
au contexte culturel permet à cette discipline de mieux explorer
de nouvelles voies où l’interprétation de l’histoire associe scientifiques
+ info: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/fr/ev.php-URL_ID=41265&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html#un
Review:The Aigina Treasure: Aegean Bronze Age Jewellery
and a Mystery Revisited
J. Lesley Fitton
The British Museum Press, London 2009.
Within the portfolio of immeasurable treasures held by the British
Museum, the find kwon as the Aiginia Treasure, a marvelous collection
of gold and precious stone jewelry with a single gold vessel, still
holds a special and much-debated position.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/09_Zimmerman.pdf
Review: The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean
By Eric H. Cline, ed.
Oxford University Press, New York 2010.
This timely volume in the Oxford Hanbook series presents the current
state scholarchip over the broad spectrum of Aegean Bronze Age studies.
Editor Eric Cline states that the intent is to provide a "comprehensive
overview of our current understanding of the Bronze Age Aegean",
and such it certainly suceeds (xxxi).
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/08_Haskell.pdf
Review: Excavations by K.M. Kenyon in Jerusalem 1961-1967.
Vol. 5, Discoveries in Hellenistic to Ottoman Jerusalem: Centenary
Volume. Kathleen M. Kenyon 1906-1978
By Kay Prag
Oxbow, Oxford 2008.
This is the fifth volume in the series of final reports presenting
the results of the excavations directed by the late Jathleen M.
Kenyon between 1967 and 1969 in Jerusalem.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/07_Gutfeld.pdf
Review:The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End
of the Late Bronze Age
By Assaf Yasur-Landau
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2010.
Even if we accurately "read" individual migrations in the archaeological
record, how important were migrations generally to changing ancient
societies? This book offers an up-to-date discussion of evidence
for one putative migration - from the Aegean to the southern Levant
in the early 12th century B.C.E A permanent, partly organized migration/colonization
by up to 10,000 "Aegean" people is argued for by identifying certain
"migrant" material culture correlates.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/05_Wallace.pdf
Review: Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age
into the Iron Age
By Joanna S. Smith
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2009.
Joanna Smith's Art and Society in Cyprus from Bronze Age into the
Iron Age is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies
about this transitional period in the eastern Mediterranean.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/03_Averett.pdf
Review: The Mythology of Kingship in Neo-Assyrian Art
Cambridge University Press, New York 2010
This volume presents a consideration of the ways in which Neo-Assyrian
art incorporates a Mesopotamian iconography traditions.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/04_Guralnick.pdf
Review: The 2003 Excavations at Tol-e Baši, Iran (Islamic
Republic of): Social Life in a Neolithic Village
Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck, and Kamyar Abdi
The detailed report describes rhe goals and initial results of the
Fars Archaeological Project, intended to be a multiseason excavation
at Tol-e Baši in the Kor River basin, not far from Persepolis, but
cut short, presumably, as U.S.-Iranian relations deteriorated over
the issues of air surveillance and nuclear ambitions.
Considering that this season consited of less than three weeks of
excavations and two weeks of analysis, this volume is a substantial
and very useful work.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/02_Banning.pdf
The Mediterranean from 50,000 to 25,000 BP: Turning Points and New
By Marta CAMPS
Año de Edición: 2009
The passage between the periods which we call Middle and Upper Palaeolithic
has long held a special fascination for Palaeolithic archaeologists,
but over the past ten years or so it has gone right to the top of
the list of 'hot' research topics. Underpinning it all is genuine
and apparently enduring public interest in what actually happened
at this point in human history. Why so much public interest? Well,
it's us, isn't it? - bright, clever, intelligent modern humans replacing
those tiresome and deeply flawed, if quite charming, Neanderthals.
Modern behaviours, art, population explosion, economic revolution,
all happening at once well, probably, or possibly well, maybe not.
This book is a highly informative progress report on the state of
current research concerning the passage from Middle to Upper Palaeolithic,
focusing on the Mediterranean
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/01_Clark.pdf
Review:The Necropolis of Bet Guvrin-Eleutheropolis -
By Gideon Avni, Uzi Dahari, and Amos Kloner
Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem 2008.
The Israel Antiquities Authority oversees the excavation, analysis,
and publication of an enormous number of archaeological sites, and
this book is a welcome addtions to their series of sites reports.
+ info: http://www.ajaonline.org/sites/default/files/06_Fatkin.pdf
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Journal of the British Archaeological Association
Volume 164 (2011), 1 issue per year
Print ISSN: 0068-1288 / Online ISSN: 1747-6704
Editor: Dr Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland)
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