The mysterious town of Gramalote was undergoing meaningful changes, archaeologists say.
Recent excavations have allowed [archaeologists] to find a temple where, 3,500 years ago, the first fishermen of the village of Gramalote, on the sea near Huanchaquito, officiated their mysterious rituals.
It’s a rock structure located in the highest area of the town. There’s a central ceremonial patio, with steps, and what could be a platform. There is still evidence of a fire, possibly one that was left to burn for years.
Private areas were also found in the back of the temple. The interesting thing about these spaces is that they were all connected by a long hallway, and the floor was made of stone. Read more.
I will continue to add to this as time goes on.
Rome (AFP) - Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered a cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome where they believe the variety of tombs found reflects the bustling town’s multi-cultural nature.
Ostia “was a town that was always very open, very dynamic,” said Paola Germoni, the director of the sprawling site — Italy’s third most visited after the Colosseum and Pompeii.
"What is original is that there are different types of funeral rites: burials and cremations," she said this week.
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era’s largest smallpox hospital.
The site’s multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park that has served as a natural time capsule amid the summertime bustle in this popular southern Adirondack tourist destination.
"It’s a confusing and complicated site," said David Starbuck, the archaeologist who’s leading the project during the State University of New York at Adirondack’s annual six-week archaeology field school. Read more.
Processing skeletal materials burned is very monotonous.
You need to identify the most important fragments by the anatomical structure differences, then figure out the type of bone, lateralization and if you can, in a initial manner, individualize them.
Working with little fragments of burned bones is very simple, but very laborious because the goal is to find fragments for reconstruction of the long bones, cranium or another specific bone, that can help to discriminate the Minimal Number of Individuals represented in the sample.
The MNI or NMI in spanish “Número Mínimo de Individuos” is obtained by the identification of the most repeated fragments of bones, for example three left mastoid process, five right side gonion or twenty humerus condyle