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Thursday, September 8
by Jessica E. Saraceni
September 8, 2011

Archaeologists began cataloging items that had been recovered from the World Trade Center site in 2006. “What we are getting at is that archaeology pulls together lost moments of time and that archaeology defines history,” said Kate Quinn of the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Libya’s new minister for antiquities, Fadel Ali Mohammed, visited Sabratha and other ancient cities, where he looked for damage from combat.

Conservators carefully scraping off layers of plaster from a wall at the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk  discovered a painting. “It is by far the most intricate and elaborate painting we have found during our excavations here since the mid-90s,” said Ian Hodder of Stanford University.

Australopithecus sediba exhibits a mix of human-like and primitive anatomical features. Could Australopithecus sediba be a direct human ancestor?  Chris Stringer of London’s Natural History Museum explains the differences and similarities between an Australopithecus sediba skull and modern humans in this video from BBC News. 

Have you lost your best scraper? Retired archaeologist Terry Powell makes replicas of prehistoric stone tools in his workshop.


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