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I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake | Life and style | The Guardian
I was crawling along the bottom of the lake on my arms and knees, looking for stones to skim, when my hand and knee felt something long and hard buried in the clay and sand. I pulled it out and saw that it was different from the sticks or rocks I usually find. One end had a point, and the other had a handle, so I pointed it up to the sky, put my other hand on my hip and called out, “Daddy, I’ve found a sword!”

I felt like a warrior, but Daddy said I looked like Pippi Longstocking. The sword felt rough and hard, and I got some sticky, icky brown rust on my hands. It started to bend and Daddy splashed up to me, and said I should let him hold it. It was my sword and now he was taking it away! I gave it to him in the end.
sweden  sword  history  archeology 
october 2018 by sspela
The Vanishing City |
Every year around Labor Day weekend, about 75,000 people converge on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to build a city. Occupying more than 14,000 acres, the pop-up metropolis features distinctive neighborhoods, extensive dining and entertainment, even a small airport. I find no hint of this when I visit the playa, or desert basin, on a sunny afternoon in March. All I see is a flat expanse of white alkaline soil, nearly identical to what pioneers described in their 19th-century journals.

The disappearing act is by design. It’s one of the core attributes of Black Rock City, guided by the tenets of the event for which this temporary metropolis is built: the annual pyrotechnic extravaganza known as Burning Man. Yet the weeklong festival’s leave-no-trace ethos has not stopped archaeologist Carolyn White from studying the city as she would any other vanished civilization. In fact, the cyclicality is one of the qualities that draws her here year after year.
nevada  usa  desert  city  burningman  archeology 
august 2018 by sspela
Below the Surface - Archeologische vondsten Noord/Zuidlijn Amsterdam
Rivers in cities are unlikely archaeological sites. It is not often that a riverbed, let alone one in the middle of a city, is pumped dry and can be systematically examined. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together. Damrak and Rokin proved to be extremely rich sites on account of the waste that had been dumped in the river for centuries and the objects accidentally lost in the water. The enormous quantity, great variety and everyday nature of these material remains make them rare sources of urban history. The richly assorted collection covers a vast stretch of time, from long before the emergence of the city right up to the present day. The objects paint a multi-facetted picture of daily life in the city of Amsterdam. Every find is a frozen moment in time, connecting the past and the present. The picture they paint of their era is extremely detailed and yet entirely random due to the chance of objects or remains sinking down into the riverbed and being retrieved from there.
amsterdam  collections  history  netherlands  archeology 
june 2018 by sspela
Mobilna in spletna aplikacija e-Pedius, poimenovana po rimskem slikarju Quintusu Pediusu, podpira množično izvajanje pri sestavljanju fragmentov stenskih poslikav.

Fragmenti stenskih poslikav

Restavriranje stenskih poslikav iz fragmentov z arheoloških najdišč je namreč zaradi velikega števila fragmentov, njihovih poškodb in manjkajočih delov težavno in zahteva leta ročnega dela strokovnjakov. Institut »Jožef Stefan« in Zavod za varstvo kulturne dediščine Slovenije sta v preteklosti že razvila nagrajeno računalniško aplikacijo, ki omogoča digitalizacijo fragmentov in njihovo sestavljanje, vendar je ta na voljo le strokovnjakom, ki imajo dostop do fizičnih fragmentov.

Nova rešitev e-Pedius pa je dostopna vsem zainteresiranim uporabnikom tabličnih, prenosnih in namiznih računalnikov in tudi nestrokovnjakom omogoča sestavljanje fragmentov v nove postavitve, nadaljevanje sestavljanja obstoječih postavitev in ocenjevanje postavitev. Zasnovana je kot mobilna igra, pri kateri se točkuje prizadevnost uporabnikov, vodi lestvica najboljših in spodbuja sodelovanje med uporabniki.
archeology  games  slovenia 
december 2017 by sspela

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