Methods of archaeologists very far away from the tunnels the days of Herculaneum; and obvious progress compared with the beginning of the twentieth century, when bona fide, but poorly equipped diggers attacked the mounds with shovels, wheelbarrows and hundreds of hired workers, in the calculations which was a system of “baksheesh” — everyone who found any valuable thing paid for it at the market price.
The scientific approach of Modern excavations is highly scientific, carefully controlled and is an expensive affair. Due to high costs and ever-increasing demands for scientific accuracy, the excavation can now be described as the mobile scientific laboratory, where highly qualified specialists in various fields combine their efforts, working in the field. Prior to modern archeological expedition are five main tasks: area survey, excavation, finds recording, interpretation and publication of reports. In the first place, every new excavation site should be surveyed for miles around; you need to learn as much as possible about the topography and history of the surrounding area. Continue reading
Many people think that all the main historical discoveries already made and all the treasures found. However, this is not so. Thousands of professional archaeologists and hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts continue in different parts of the world to dig and search.
Each year the magazine Archaeology sums up the year in archaeology, while drawing up the rating of outstanding discoveries that shed light on the ancient history of mankind. Scientists waited many surprises from different historical eras. By the way, discoveries in archaeology are not listed in order of importance and not in chronological order. So, here’s the top 10 for 2012.
1st place: the ship of Pharaoh
Egyptologist Jan Tristant of the University of Sydney studied the response francuzskoy archaeological expedition of Professor Pierre Monte, who in 1914 examined the tombs of the pharaohs near the town of Abu Ravache. Suddenly he noticed something strange: French archaeologist wrote that the tomb was a wooden floor. It seemed strange – because prior to that, in Egyptian tombs never vstrechalas wooden floors. He suggested that, under wooden beams is hiding something else. And sure enough– under the tomb was found an ancient burial ship, made in 2950 BC There were also found ceramic vessels with beer and bread – apparently, this was not an easy craft and grocery baggage that accompanied the Pharaoh to the realm of the dead. Continue reading
Imagine a country, reminiscent of both Ancient Greece ruins and rusty abandoned Pripyat. Imagine that this country is the inhalation, as if a strong scent of herbal collection from cold and cough. Imagine that such a state is not on many maps. Imagine that it still exists somewhere in the middle of it you Wake up at 7 am, eat Breakfast, looking at the cold fog high in the mountains, getting water in the spring and go to the excavations of ancient graves. If you did, then you were in the Abkhazian archaeological expedition.
Local map for Georgia fundamentally signed with a small letter, if not marked. Russia is written in a larger font as a sign of gratitude for the recognition
— I got a hole in the floor through to the second floor, so be careful. In this room will live. A lot of places, but first you need to clean off mold from walls, throw out all the trash. The light is only in one room, no water, so wash in a mountain river — the girl with the bandaged knee catches me in the life of an archaeological expedition. — I’m afraid of mice or fleas? No? Well, we just a lot. “Dichlorvos” helps underdeveloped. By the way, you first time in Abkhazia? Here in Akarmara, Abkhazia’s real. It’s not on the program! Continue reading