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Build your own educational Villa excavation!

Archaeology can be fun!


Fabulous finds on school site

Fabulous finds on school site

Well, here they got it all right, students willing to help, companies willing to help, actors, builders, school teathers.. what a project!

This is not some, forgetable lesson, not some grinding stone dullness… this is a lesson in numeracy, literacy, art, and most importantly THINKING. These kids will go away remembering – and they will always remember fondly it was archaeology that helped them… exciting IT IS! More of this please


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2000 year old sewn ship found in Croatia

Reconstruction of a seagoing sewn ship - Murman shnjaka.

Reconstruction of a seagoing sewn ship - Murman shnjaka.

Well, as I have just returned from Croatian Island of Cres (where I have been on survey – more about that later) I found this.. and could do with a find like tht myself!! Pity I can’t stand doing more than paddling!


read the whole article above

Archaeologists have found an ancient sewn ship over 2000 years old in Novalia, Croatia.

According to a report in Archaeological Discovery, the ship was found in the Caska Bay on the Island of Pag, near Novalja.

The lower part of the ship was found, body panels, ship skeleton and stitches, which the panels were connected with.

The research, which was organized by the city of Novalja in cooperation with the Zadar University and the French national institute for scientific research, was led by professor Zdenko Brusic from the Zadar University.

“In Roman times, Novalja was known for its port accommodation and was located on the old sea route from Greece to northern Italy and central Europe. The ships would wait in Novalja for suitable winds and because of that a town developed there that had various suitable services,” said Brusic.


see more about the sewn boat here, as well as images (like the one shown above) here


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Archaeologist joins call to save unique Roman Villa in Nottinghamshire

An archaeologist at The University of Nottingham has joined the fight to protect the site of a unique Roman villa. The site, until recently buried under the old Southwell Minster School, has planning permission for 13 new homes. But experts say at least part of the land earmarked for development should be protected because of the villa remains and its special relationship with Southwell Minster, the Cathedral Church of Nottinghamshire. The University of Nottingham is custodian of a remarkable archive of photographs and lecture slides bequeathed to the Department of Archaeology after the death of Charles Daniels who led the very first major excavation of the site in 1959 — before the Minster Grammar School was built. Three hundred and fifty people who attended a recent public meeting were told by Dr Will Bowden, from the Department of Archaeology, that this was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the history of Southwell and its Cathedral and Minster. Dr Bowden has joined with community groups in Southwell to call for full investigation of the site and for the area of the villa to remain free of development. Roman remains were discovered under parts of Southwell as far back as the 1790s. Charles Daniels, who was employed by the Ministry of Works, led a team of archaeologists who found extraordinary plaster work dating back to the 2nd or possibly early 3rd century AD, painted with marine scenes of cupids which now adorn the walls of the Minster. They discovered the remains of baths which formed part of a villa. They also uncovered mosaics in what is thought to be the central room in the south wing of the villa — regarded as exceptional in the Midlands and North East in terms of size and quality. When the Minster School was extended in the 1970s diggers unearthed and destroyed 225 skeletons. The skeletons were so badly damaged that they were reburied with minimal recording. Most recently after the new Minster School was built and the old one was demolished to make way for 13 prestige homes archaeologists uncovered a huge wall of probable Roman date. They believe it could be the remains of a Roman temple precinct — although Dr Bowden remains uncertain about this. The wall is 20 metres long by two and a half metres tall and is made from large, smooth-faced sandstone blocks typically used for lavish Roman buildings. Dr Bowden, an associate professor at the University, said: “The relationship with the minster is what makes this site so special; this is what gives it added value. We have known about the villa for a long time but we do not know anything about the period between the loss of the villa and the construction of the minster. The villa has to be seen as a key part of the minster complex and its origins. We don’t know what the link is yet but there almost certainly is one. There is an enormous potential for research — to put the whole thing into context. We cannot lose this opportunity because of a failure to protect the site.”

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Virtual Rome



News just in about the latest in 3D recreations of the past…   the spectacular Virtual Rome!

Rome is set to launch virtual tours of ancient Rome complete with gladiators, Vestal Virgins and Colosseum crowds. Down dusty grafitti covered streets, and into sleazy bars, bright temples and the main event.. gladiator fights at the Colosseum.

“3D Rewind Rome” opens this month in the Italian capital within sight of the Colosseum blending video-game technology with state of the art animation to recreate life in the temples, tribunals and market places of the city in 310AD, during the reign of Emperor Maxentius.

60,000 virtual characters aim to give visitors a taste of what life was like in Rome, 1700 years ago.

Gladiators were brought to life with “motion capture” technology, using body-sensors on real people at the modern-day Scuola Gladiatori(http://www.gsr-roma.com/english/index.html) in Rome, run by a local historical society.

3D Rewind Rome is at 5, Via Capo d’Africa, near the Colosseum, and opens on November 20. Bookings can be made now on the website, www.3drewind.com , which is in English and Italian. Adults: 10 euros; Children: 6.50 euros

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vation Countdown to Jordan – yipes!

Blog post one… just to see if all this technology works!. fairly relaxed… cough!

I will be posting again before we leave on the 6th ish of September.. and then the next post will be on the 8th/9th. once we are settled in to the portacabins.

Follow it all on the blog…


ah…  I see..  I only get a minute!

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Jerash Survey 08… preparing to go

Jerash Hinterland Survey 05

the Hinterland Survey 3 years ago… well now we are going back… (bout time!)

I will try and bring you vid posts of what’s happening, what we find, as we find it.. and who is doing it.!

Keep an eye out for my Video Blog of Life and time on the Jerash Hinterland Survey.  I won’t have any sophisticated software to tart up the videos, so bear with me..   its going to be rough around the edges…  but at least it will be real!

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Emperor Hadrian Exhibition at the British Museum

HadrianThe British Museum announced a new major exhibition on Roman Emperor Hadrian and iconic bronze head of Hadrian to tour Britain this Summer. 24th July – 26th October 2008


This special exhibition will explore the life, love and legacy of Rome’s most enigmatic emperor, Hadrian (reigned AD 117–138).

Ruling an empire that comprised much of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East, Hadrian was a capable and, at times, ruthless military leader. He realigned borders and quashed revolt, stabilising a territory critically overstretched by his predecessor, Trajan.

Hadrian had a great passion for architecture and Greek culture. His extensive building programme included the Pantheon in Rome, his villa in Tivoli and the city of Antinoopolis, which he founded and named after his male lover Antinous.

This unprecedented exhibition will provide fresh insight into the sharp contradictions of Hadrian’s character and challenges faced during his reign.

Objects from 31 museums worldwide and finds from recent excavations will be shown together for the first time to reassess his legacy, which remains strikingly relevant today.

£12, concessions available

Tickets on sale from 6 February 2008

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