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Latest News - Stonehenge [08 Sep 2013|06:15pm]


Stonehenge-Amesbury-Wilts-010Stonehenge was built on Solstice axis, dig confirms

English Heritage excavations show site has nothing to do with sun worshipping, and find evidence circle was once complete. English Heritage says it has discovered a "missing piece in the jigsaw" in our understanding of Stonehenge, England's greatest prehistoric site. Excavations along the ancient processional route to the monument have confirmed the theory that it was built along an ice age landform that happened to be on the solstice axis.

Read more in the Guardian article

Slaughtered bodies stripped of their flesh - a gruesome glimpse of Iron-Age massacre at UK's largest hill fort

Hundreds if not thousands stripped of their flesh and chopped up, say archaeologists. Excavations in Somerset have revealed a gruesome glimpse of Iron Age Britain.

Read more in the Independent article

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Turkey, Peru and UK's latest archaeological news [17 Aug 2013|08:08pm]

A round up of some recent archaeological news:


ku-bigpicArchaeologists discover oldest boar game tokens

In a tomb near Siirt in southeast Turkey, archaeologists believe they may have just found the oldest gaming tokens ever, dating them back to a whopping 5,000 years young.


n_52591_4Prophet Abraham's lost city found in Turkey's Kilis

Archaeologists trumpet the discovery of a lost city in Kilis that contains evidence that Prophet Abraham was once one of its residents. The province's Oylum tumulus has also yielded coins from Alexander the Great.



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Drones are most often associated with assassinations in remote regions of Pakistan and Yemen, but in Peru unmanned aircraft are being used to monitor crops and study ancient ruins. Forget Reapers and Predators - the drones used here are hand-held contraptions that look like they were assembled in a garage with gear from a hardware store.



_65758244_richardiii_reutersRichard III: King's reburial row goes to judicial hearing

Distant relatives of Richard III have been granted permission for a judicial review of the decision to rebury the King's remains in Leicester. The Plantagenet Alliance launched a legal challenge to the decision made by the Ministry of Justice in May.

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Latest News [15 Aug 2013|09:40pm]

[ mood | nerdy ]

I have decided to revive this page, updating it with interesting news and articles.

First off - a great article from the World Archaeology, enjoy :)

1318Petra: Behind the monumental façades

Strabo, in his opus Geography, writes dismissively that the Nabataeans ‘consider dead bodies as they do dung, just as Heraclitus says: “Corpses are more suited to be thrown out than dung.” And therefore they bury even their kings by dung-heaps.’ Scholars have puzzled over these words for decades, as the sheer splendour of their tombs, not to mention the time and money obviously invested in their creation, contradicts this assessment.

Continue reading here...
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WAC 2008 in Ireland [10 Mar 2008|03:58pm]

This year WAC 2008 is being held in Dublin, Ireland from 29th June to 4th July 2008 with the main venue being the spacious campus of University College Dublin close to the city centre.

More information on WAC and how to register (early registration is cheaper, before 26th March), can be found here.

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Cardiff, Wales... [10 Mar 2008|03:54pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hi all, quick question. I've not long moved to Cardiff and although I've been doing an assortment of jobs over the last few years, I originally trained and studied in archaeology and want to get back into it.

Does anyone have any local contacts in the Cardiff area or know of any archaeological units that might be looking for workers (I'm even willing to consider unpaid to keep my hand in). Likewise for any voluntary or paid positions with local musuems or sites of historical interest.

Basically I hate the jobs I've been in lately, and I'm desperate to get back into archaeology even if I have to work my way back in over time. Any help would be really appreciated!!


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Grad School! [01 Oct 2006|11:09pm]

Hey everyone, I'm in the final year of my BSc in archaeology. I'm planning to go on and get my masters, and have a couple of questions for you all!!!

1) How do you go about chosing the right school for shaping the rest of your life?


2) Can anyone recommend any good masters programs in Canada? Maybe with some comments on why you would recommend that school too!

Thanks in advance everyone!
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WAC6 20-27 May 2007 [08 Jun 2006|01:18pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Thought it might be an idea to share the WAC6 2007 website.....


The first call out for papers is up and also a link so that proposed ideas for themes, sessions and abstracts can be submitted online.

And just think, it's being held in Jamaica!! Not only do you get to learn and mingle with fabulous archaeologists you can also drink rum and spend time on the beach and look at hot boys! Could it get any better??

Go here too -

This is still being developed, but will have more information as WAC6 approaches.

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica!! Am a little excited.........now just to find the money to get there!

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worldwide fieldwork!! [16 May 2006|01:52pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Worldwide Fieldwork opportunities -

Archaeological Institute of America

Gakked from cathouse_blues over at archaeological, cheers :)

There is also this UK based one -

British Archaeological Jobs Resource

Have posted these and a museum resource one on our info page. If anyone has any other suggestions let me know, also it would be good to know from people whether these pages have been or are useful to them - let us know if you get a job through them, etc.

Cheers :)

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Welcome... [07 May 2006|07:57pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Welcome to this new community - it's purpose is to discuss archaeology in general, but most specifically excavations, whether it be stories about past or present excavations or news on excavations. Also, I would love this place to become a resource where people can let each other know where there maybe spaces on excavations, paid and unpaid, and so help various archaeologists get work worldwide.

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