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Excavations in Lower Austria have uncovered Bronze Age grave of a metalsmith — and it seems, the artist metalworker was a woman (g). The remains of the 45-60 year old woman (whose gender and age were determined by the skull and jaw, as the pelvic bones were not found) were accompanied by such offerings as an anvil, various hammers, a handled cup, and many other small bronze articles. It is thought she may have been a jewelry maker.

Marine archaeologists have finally secured permission to make dives at Antikythera, the Greek island near which the Antikythera Mechanism, a sort of 2000-year-old analog computer, was found. Treacherous conditions have most likely kept looters away, but now an international team wants to make dives in order to find out what’s still down there.

If the remains found in an excavated church site in Leicester turn out to be those of Richard the Third, the town might be having a state funeral for him and put him to rest in the cathedral, says Leicester’s bishop.

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4 Responses to Archaeology News Links

  1. ellroon says:

    Long ago I read Josephine Tey’s novel on Richard the III’s innocence (after being traumatized by Laurence Olivier’s portrayal of him) so I’ve always been intrigued by his life. This is so cool, digging up a king in the parking lot. Where else but Britain?

  2. Marcellina says:

    (Heh. I just tried to “like” this comment. The long arm of facebook!)

  3. Carlisle says:

    Here in the States it seems a funeral is currently underway for our own leader. Much handwringing, teeth gnashing and pearl clutching.

  4. Marcellina says:

    It’s become America’s favorite national sport!

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