Some scientists believe that the earliest humans were actually colorblind, and had no concept of the color blue.
Let Archaeology Outreach turn your schoolyard or museum grounds into an excavation site. I will transform your classroom into an archaeology laboratory and help students discover the past in new and exciting ways.
Some scientists believe that the earliest humans were actually colorblind, and had no concept of the color blue.
Day 3 of MCC STARS grant in Littleton. The students learn the plebeian view of the early Roman Republic and let the Counsuls hear it
Day 2 voting in Ancient Greece. Students proposed modern questions and vote on them. I was very impressed with the caliber of questions!
I'm privileged to present my newest evidence-based program at Littleton Middle School. Students are taking roles in ancient Athens. Day one of Ancient Roots of Government. Thanks to a Mass Cultural Council STARS grant
Curse tablets were commonly buried with the dead in Ancient Greece!
Thirty lead curse tablets have been discovered at the bottom of an ancient well in Athens. The well was discovered the Kerameikos, ancient Athens’ main cemetery built in potters’ neighborhood (keramos means potter’s clay) northwest of the ancient center next to the Dipylon gate in the city wal...
Congratulations to my 2020 Cultural Partners: Hampshire Regional High School, Littleton Middle School, Rockport Middle School, and Stacey Middle School, Milford! STARS Grants awarded by the Mass Cultural Council bring scholars, artists, and so much more to Massachusetts schools!
This fiscal year Mass Cultural Council is investing $1.15 million into classrooms across the Commonwealth with 283 grants to support creative learning through the arts, humanities, and sciences for Massachusetts’ students.
Public education win! Archaeology Education is the key to saving our cultural treasures.
Thirteen-year-old Stav Meir stumbles upon a burial inscription belonging to a wealthy Caesarea resident from the Byzantine period.
Great use of technology to understand our past
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts exhibit Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives helps “give back a voice to the people who were mummified,” says one of the organizers.
Guess who's coming to Boston
Congratulations to Littleton Middle School! Mass Cultural Council STARS grant Recipient for 2020. Grade 7 Ancient Egypt and Kush archaeology residency
New report links Indus Valley Civilization decline to past climate change .
The Indus Valley Civilization is considered one of the oldest civilization of the world and archaeologists may have found the reason behind the decline
A Biblical Archaeology explanation of some Iranian "cultural " in the news
In threatening Iran’s archaeological riches, President Trump is bent on destroying sites that are central to human history.
A look back at 2019 from a popular perspective.
This past year has been full of amazing archaeological discoveries. Dig into our year-end roundup and relive some of the 2019's most exciting stories about our past.
You can't look at the ancient world with modern eyes! This video explains it nicely
The ancient world was actually really colorful. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab When you think of the ancient world, you probably picture ...
The memorandum also stressed “the need to return Jordanian artefacts that were confiscated in the United States to Jordan”, the statement said.
AMMAN — In an effort to protect Jordanian cultural heritage and archaeological sites from pillaging and smuggling, the Department of Antiquities and the US government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) imposing restrictions on the export of Jordanian artefacts to the US.
Ancient DNA from Chewing gum!
In a landmark study, scientists have reconstructed the genome of an ancient human who lived some 5,700 years ago in what we now know as southern Denmark.
Humayma was my first Near Eastern dig site. The Early Islamic caravanserai is still telling its story. I found gaming pieces but not the one mentioned in the article. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/carved-rock-found-jordan-may-be-oldest-known-chess-piece
The 1,300-year-old game piece, which resembles a rook, or castle, was found at an Early Islamic trading outpost.
The last dig of 2019! It's always bittersweet but ASRMS grade 7 students throughly enjoyed our time in the field.
Trace fossils are the shadows of our past. Though not artifacts, they often reveal past activity. Here are the traces of the peat industry in Mass
At low tide today at Nauset, another Peat bed has become exposed following the last nor’easter. Very visible are the horse and carriage tracks in the clay/ mud mixture. Not sure how long these will remain exposed, so here are a bunch of pictures- some with measurements for the experts to examine. Tracks are most likely from the 1800’s or early 1900’s, when horse and carriages (or Mules and work carts) worked the outer beach.
Iron Work Farm in Acton, Inc.
Here's a few pictures from the Hidden History Hike with Kimberley Connors. It was well attended and fun. Thanks to all who came out!
As of this week, 1050 students have been introduced to archaeology science during this school year! So many wonderful teachers and school systems dedicated to evidence-based learning. One school to go.
This pattern looks very familiar... if you read the article it uses the spread of European diseases in the Americas as a model
Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local caves once inhabited by Neanderthals and wonder along with others why our distant cousins abruptly disappeared about 40,000 years ago. Now a scientist at Stanford, Greenbaum thinks he has an answer.
Today's Hidden History Hike is rescheduled to next Sunday 11/3 at 11:30 am
Great technology shows all 152,000 sites on one map
Richard Clutterbuck examines techniques for expressing monument distribution. The island of Ireland contains over 152,000 recorded archaeological monuments. That is a lot of archaeology, and it is difficult to visualise how it is distributed around the country. One way for a casual cartographer to e...
Wow! Anyone care to join me?
Calling all MFA members! Visit “Ancient Nubia Now” and experience the might and majesty of ancient kingdoms in the Nile Valley.
Excavation news from Sanauli in India
The new developments are based on discoveries made from Sanauli excavation site which is 68 kms away from Delhi.
Meanwhile in Egypt
New technology for surveying sites is tested in Scotland!
Archaeologists use 3D scannng technology to identify 1,000 sites of interest on Arran
STARS grants are due Oct 10 and LLC grants Oct 15. I'm still partnering with Schools and Libraries. Please reach out if you need help!
Dig at Douglas School in Acton was so much fun that I forgot to take pics.
A Looted coffin being returned to Egypt. "The Met bought the piece from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. It was removed last February. The Met has apologized to Egypt."
A gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity.
Last day digging at Sherwood Middle School. Over 500 students became diggers, screeners and scribes and discovered the evidence of our past . It's been a wonderful experience!
News from Greece
Greece will present at the UN Climate Action Summit a proposal for coordinated action to protect cultural heritage from the impact of climate change.
4000 year old Native American burial
Great Lakes and southeastern coastal hunter-gatherers had direct contact around 4,000 years ago, a study suggests.
Public education is talked about on sites and among academics but now it seems the Jordanian authorities are entering the conversation
AMMAN — International agreements to protect and promote intangible cultural heritage (ICH) have only recently become an incentive for Jordan, according to a Jordanian expert In the past there was still inadequate awareness on the safeguarding of ICH among parts of the leadership at central and loc...
School yard mock excavations 2019
Reports from the Field - "The excavation project on the tombs of Xiongnu aristocrats in Mongolia, which has entered its third year, included Chinese and Mongolian archaeologists working on one of the 400 tombs, numbered M189, when they found the gilded silver dragons were unearthed." My Ancient Alive Program looks at Mythological creatures including Chinese dragons which are legendary in Chinese mythology and East Asian culture.
Happy Back to School! I'm looking for teachers, PTOs or school districts that want to partner on these great programs. Grant money available!Any introductions or leads are greatly appreciated!
New intrigue from the Egyptian 20th Dynasty
EGYPT archaeologists were stunned after performing a Computed Tomography (CT) scan on the body of a pharaoh 3,000 years after he died.
I'm Looking forward to my 10th year digging with Shrewsbury middle school students. Archaeology Outreach is Booking for fall excavations! Contact me for open dates!
NEW PROGRAMS 2019/20 school year
Who would you be in the Ancient World? Personal Identity in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Based on my personal research at the Yale Collections. Students will have hands-on fun as they make their wearable cylinder seals, and cartouches
Art or Artifact? Students design, create and curate their own pieces in a “Pop Up” Museum. The archaeologist leads them through the process of being artisans in the Ancient World.
Climate Change in the Archaeological record! Can we figure what the climate was through Archaeological evidence? Students learn to identify remains from charcoal fires and estimate temperatures during past times.
Archaeology Lab - Ceramic artifacts are the most frequently found objects on digs. Students handle actual artifacts dating from 1000 ce - 4500 bce in this scientific program.
Grade 7 Asian Architecture and Art – Students learn how archaeologists interpret buildings that are in ruins. Basic lesson in drawing, drafting and a final temple product.
Grade 8 – Early Roots of Civics. Our American democracy is based on Greek and Roman foundations. Students will learn the archaeological evidence for voting in Greece and the Republic in Rome. They will make ostraca to cast their votes.
Grades 3 – 7 Archaeology in your school yard! Digging with students for the 19th season! Let us turn your school or museum into a dig site All artifacts and tools included!
STARS grants are available for the 2019/20 school year. MCC will pay for a 3 day residency. NO matching funds needed! Let me help with the writing the grant proposals. Here are a few pictures of MCC funded programs from past school years. https://massculturalcouncil.org/education/stars-residencies/
Bronze Age finds in Scotland
KILCREGGAN, SCOTLAND—Graves dating back to the Bronze Age have been found at a site called Portkil on the Rosneath Peninsula, according to a report from The Lochside Press. A team from the North Clyde Archaeological Society has found six graves in all, including a miniature coffin for a baby, and ...
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