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Field Notes Volume 49 Number 5, September/October 1996

* TUT ALE
A beer similar to that brewed in ancient Egypt has been created by the Scottish and Newcastle Breweries of England in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society of London. Using a malt from emmer wheat and coriander, the brewers produced an initial run of 1,000 bottles of "Tutankhamun Ale," proceeds to benefit Egyptian archaeology.

* PARK SERVICE INVENTORY
The National Park Service's completed inventory of Native American remains and associated funerary objects in its collections has been sent to 139 Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian groups. The inventory took five years to complete and was mandated by the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Much of the material may be returned to Native American groups.

* MIDDLE-AGED ICE MAN
Microscopic analysis of the Tyrolean Ice Man's bones indicate he was close to 50 years old when he died 5,000 years ago. Earlier estimates had put his age between 25 and 40.

 

* MANUSCRIPT REPATRIATED
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned two pages of a 925-year-old palm-leaf Buddhist illuminated manuscript known as the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita to the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, India. Originally in the society's collection, the folios were acquired by the museum in 1994 from a European dealer who said they had belonged to a private collector.

* RAISING THE RESURGAM
Plans are under way to retrieve the Resurgam, the first steam-powered submarine, recently found off the coast of England in 50 feet of water. Built in 1879, the sub was abandoned a year later during a storm while being towed from Liverpool to Portsmouth.

* INDIAN MOUND ECAVATION
A University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, archaeologist is excavating an Indian temple mound in Florence, Alabama. Once dated between A.D. 1000 and 1500, it is now believed to date as far back as 400 B.C.

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