miércoles, 5 de agosto de 2015

Bronze Age trackway unearthed in Northern England

2/2. Waves have eroded the ancient wood

A prehistoric trackway that could be more than 4,000 years old has been discovered on a beach in Cleethorpes.

The wooden track would have been used to cross a boggy landscape and is believed to be from the early Bronze Age, said archaeologists.

It was found during a coastal survey for a project into threatened archaeological sites.

Andy Sherman, from the survey, said: "It's fascinating to think people in the past were walking along the wood."

About 5m of wood have been exposed by the tide.

Mr Sherman said: "It is really difficult to say just how much more is preserved, it's all down to the survival quality of the wood within a peat layer."

It was hoped a wood sample could be taken to date the trackway more precisely, he added.

The peat's low oxygen level has protected the ancient wood from completely rotting away.

The Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) survey is to record coastal and tidal sites threatened by erosion by wind and waves.

Volunteers are to be trained to record and monitor such sites. bbc.com/

Russian archaeologists find ancient burial site in Mongolia

Scholars from the Altai State University (Russia) have found an ancient burial site while conducting excavations in the mountain valley of the Mongolian rural municipality of Bayan-Ölgii. Archaeologists said that the discovery is unique for the region, according to the Montsame National News Agency.

Works in Mongolia are held along with researchers from China and Mongolia. Scholars study the Early Bronze Age objects found during the Altai's expedition last year, including the burial site which is preliminarily aged the 3rd millennium BC. For over two months, the archaeologists have been cleaning the stone construction area of 1,200 square meters.

The barrow has a difficult structure with fences and large plates. Temple of the burial site corresponds to the ancient canons as it is located in the east. There are a ritual altar and other buildings. One can see the images of warriors with spears, hunting scenes, animals on the plates.

The archaeologists claim that no similar sites have been ever found in the mountains of Mongolian Altai. akipress.com/

British Museum uses virtual reality to transport visitors to the bronze age

Virtual reality experience takes visitors back in time using real objects and state of the art 3D gadgets

Visitors to the British Museum are invited to walk into a 4,000-year-old roundhouse this weekend, where the fire is lit, the floor swept and some enigmatic objects lie waiting to be discovered.

The museum is launching its first virtual reality weekend, inviting visitors to engage with the past not just through the real objects in the galleries but through state of the art 3D headsets, tablets, and a projection of the recreated house into a dome structure large enough for groups of five to enter.

Digital recreations of three bronze age objects – one so recently discovered that the gold is still caked with mud – have been placed virtually within their original context, but there will also be gallery talks by the curator, Neil Wilkin, to encourage visitors to move from the recreated past to the real objects.

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Mysteries surround the objects, which Wilkin argues could all have been found in a house of the period, sparking storytelling and reminiscence by the fireside. [...] theguardian.com / Link 2

Actualización 07-8-15: El British Museum te traslada a la Edad de Bronce
El Museo Británico de Londres celebra este fin de semana – entre los días 8 y 9 de agosto – The Virtual Reality Weekend (el fin de semana de la realidad virtual), un evento donde los visitantes podrán adentrarse en la Edad de Bronce mediante realidad virtual. El British Museum, con la colaboración de Samsung , se ha encargado de escanear objetos de este periodo histórico para exponerlos ahora en 3D.

Aquellos que se adentren en la exposición podrán viajar por dentro de las casas, interactuar con los objetos e incluso disfrutar de la atmósfera de la Edad de Bronce explorando como las hogares de los habitantes estaban alineadas con el sol. Entre los objetos expuestos se incluyen dos pulseras de oro descubiertas en Woolaston (Gloucestershire), actualmente clasificadas como tesoro nacional.

Esta es la primera de una serie de exposiciones de realidad virtual que el museo llevará a cabo con el objetivo de enseñar a los estudiantes de entre 7 y 11 años el periodo histórico de la Edad de Piedra a la Edad de Hierro mediante realidad virtual.

Todos aquellos que quieran participar de esta experiencia pueden hacerlo de forma gratuita en el Samsung Digital Discovery Centre del Museo Británico de London del 8 al 9 de agosto.

Deposição de crânios humanos é descoberta arquelógica rara em Reguengos de Monsaraz

The skull of the possible female from ditch 7.

Uma "deposição de crânios humanos", que os arqueólogos apontam como "grande raridade", é a revelação da campanha arqueológica no complexo pré-histórico dos Perdigões, na herdade do Esporão, em Reguengos de Monsaraz, que decorre até ao final do mês.

O complexo dos Perdigões foi construído há 5.000 anos, e tem sido alvo de uma intervenção arqueológica sistemática desde 1996, ao longo de cerca de 20 hectares, estando datado do Neolítico e do Calcolítico, entre os anos 3.500 e 2.000 antes de Cristo.

Os crânios humanos constituem uma das descobertas da campanha, a que se juntam outras como uma provável segunda sepultura coletiva, "tholos", e uma cabana, assim como artefactos de "sofisticado detalhe", como disse à Lusa um dos arqueólogos, que escava esta estrutura. [...] rtp.pt/

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