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Turkey asks UK to return ancient sculpture

Turkey's government is calling on the United Kingdom to return the head of an ancient marble statue taken more than a century ago.
The object, currently in the stores of London's Victoria & Albert museum, is, says a museum spokesperson, a "life-size marble head of a child, with curling hair, broken off at the neck."
The head was snapped off a sarcophagus excavated in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) in 1882 by a British archaeologist named Sir Charles Wilson, who then covered the tomb over again. He took the head to England and his family gave it to the museum in 1933.

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8,000-year-old dog tomb 'significant' find

Archaeologists have discovered an unprecedented 8,000-year-old dog tomb - the oldest in southern Europe - in a shell mound near the Portuguese town of Alcaçer do Sal.
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La Brocchetta astronomica e l'universo sferico di Pitagora

La Brocchetta di Ripacandida ci parla dell'universo sferico di Pitagora. Ci sono studi che mettono in crisi conoscenze ormai date per acquisite. Ne è testimonianza il libro di Giovanni Pastore «Il planetario di Archimede ritrovato», presentato ieri a Potenza a cura della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Basilicata, della Biblioteca Provinciale, in collaborazione con il Distretto Scolastico n. 2 di Potenza. L'opera di Pastore, ingegnere, docente a contratto di Costruzioni Meccaniche presso le Facoltà di Ingegneria Meccanica di alcune Università italiane, presenta tre interessanti studi, uno sul frammento di ruota dentata trovata ad Olbia in Sardegna, quasi certamente parte di uno dei planetari ideati e costruiti dal genio di Archimede di Siracusa nel terzo secolo a.C., straordinaria per la sagoma dei denti più progredita rispetto di quella ancora rudimentale che veniva allora adottata.
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Five thousand years of fascinating history lie beneath the sands of the Gaza Strip, from blinded biblical hero Samson to British general Allenby.
The flat, sandy lands on the Mediterranean's southeastern shore have been ruled by Ancient Egyptians, Philistines, Romans, Byzantines and Crusaders.
Alexander the Great besieged the city. Emperor Hadrian visited. Mongols raided Gaza, and 1,400 years ago Islamic armies invaded. Gaza has been part of the Ottoman Empire, a camp for Napoleon and a First World War battleground.
But archaeology here does not flourish.

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The Israel Antiquities Authority has established that the tombs uncovered in the area of the French Hospital near the Andromeda housing complex in Jaffa are not Jewish.
This was announced after an examination of the site revealed that the burials contained pig bones, allowing archaeologists to conclude that they were not Jewish burials.

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Climate change is damaging archaeological treasures which have been frozen for thousands of years, according to Scottish scientists.
Remains in some of the coldest places on Earth are becoming exposed as warmer temperatures cause ice and hardened ground to thaw, research by experts at the University of Edinburgh has found.

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Skeletal remains to return to Australia

The Natural History Museum in London is to return the skeletal remains of 138 indigenous people to Australia.
It follows a long campaign by aboriginal leaders who regarded their removal as an affront to their culture.

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Model gives ancient Iceman Oetzi new face

Oetzi the Iceman has reappeared looking fighting fit - as a new model on show in the Italian Alps, where he died from an arrow wound some 5,300 years ago.
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A 6,000-year-old axe head and a Bronze Age gold ring were among hundreds of rare artefacts unearthed by treasure hunters last year.
They were found by archaeologists or enthusiasts and handed to the Crown Office as part of Scotland's annual Treasure Trove.
The Crown Office reported nearly 330 claimed or unclaimed treasure trove cases in 2009/10.

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Aussie desktop archaeologist's major Saudi sighting

An Australian archaeologist working from his armchair in Perth has unearthed almost two thousand potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia.
Far and away from the Indiana Jones-style imagery archaeologists inspire, high resolution photography is allowing researchers to unearth world-changing discoveries using little more than Google Maps.
Professor David Kennedy, from the University of Western Australia, has never visited Saudi Arabia but scanned 1240 square kilometres of the country using Google Earth and found 1977 potential archaeological sites. This included 1082 ancient tombs shaped like tear drops.

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