Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

Rob Holloway & Sarah Davies, History Development, BBC Factual London
September 10, 2010
The BBC London History Development team wants to hear from you! We're always keen to keep fully briefed in the field of archeaology and would love to hear about projects that you're working on, even still dreaming up. Underwater archeaology, using new methods and techniques to uncover the past (like LiDAR and satellite imaging), aerial archeaology, projects that attempt to reconstruct past settlements/ships/farms and of course new , exciting digs - are all of interest to us. We're already working with academics in the field of Neolithic Temples, Mycenaean early 'city' sites, we're using 'space' archeaology to look at ancient civilsiations with fresh 'eyes' and we're attempting to re-live great journeys and events from history. So ancient and modern archeaology are all of interest to us. So if you have a project that you think may translate into compelling televison - let us know. Email or - and tell us about how you're helping us all to understand our past.....
August 1, 2010
Archeological excavations began in the hills of Ashraf, the architecture of the Sassanid dynasty with Sfalhayy from the fourth century AH was discovered. Archeological remains of the House Committee also documented the destruction Brkhvrdnd believe that Afghanistan has been owned Ashrq. Archeological excavations in the hills of Ashraf Cultural Heritage News Agency Department of Cultural Heritage archeological excavations began in the hills of Ashraf, the architecture of the Sassanid dynasty with Sfalhayy from the fourth century AH was discovered. Archeological remains to House committee also documented the destruction which they believe belonged to Ashrq Brkhvrdnd Afghanistan has been. According to Ashraf CHN one of the important hill hills historic city of Isfahan is said that dates back to pre-Islamic period arrives. This ancient hill in the historic city Zdyky bridge and along Zayandehrud located. Ashraf archaeologists believe that the hill of the oldest settlements of the people is. Currently Ashraf hill above the street and people surrounding its construction Nkhalhhay ancient hill at the foot of the shed. "Ali Jafari Zand, head of the Board of Ashraf hill archeology archeological findings about exploring this season, said:" very interesting architecture of the Sassanid dynasty and the foundation stone of a huge brick wall, we find that the prosecution should be in later stages. Yet in order Nzrnhayy about this member of the Sassanid dynasty and early studies should continue, but now we know that this effect after the Sassanid period also has been used. "
Owen Jarus, The Independent
May 5, 2010
A team of archaeologists have discovered a fortification system at the Minoan town of Gournia, a discovery which rebukes the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society with no need for defensive structures. The team's efforts were led by Professor Vance Watrous and Matt Buell of the University at Buffalo. Located on the north coast, Gournia was in use during the neo-palatial period (ca. 1700-1450 BC), when Minoan civilization was at its height. The town sits atop a low ridge with four promontories on its coastline. Two of these promontories end in high vertical cliffs that give the town a defensive advantage, and it is here that the fortification system was discovered.
The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw
April 7, 2010
Aegean Archaeology is published by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and co-edited in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The journal encourages contributions that concern the Aegean world – the cultures and societies that comprised the civilizations of the Aegean basin and its bordering regions, principally the Greek and Anatolian Aegean in the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Archaic periods.
Owen Jarus for Heritage Key
March 29, 2010
A team of archaeologists has unearthed five chamber tombs in the Nemea Valley, just a few hours walk from the ancient city of Mycenae. The tombs date from ca. 1350 – 1200 BC, roughly the same time that Mycenae was thriving. The people buried in the tombs were likely not from the city itself, but rather from Tsoungiza, an agricultural settlement that lies next to it. The cemetery has been named Ayia Sotira. But despite a wealth of human remains, there have been no discoveries of elite burials. Are the archaeologists yet to discover the prize tombs, or could this be evidence of ancient egalitarian society?