New York Times: Amateur Fossil Hunters Make Rare Find in U.K. Using Google Earth

New York Times: Amateur Fossil Hunters Make Rare Find in U.K. Using Google Earth. “The Hollingworths met in 2016 at a local science festival under the skeleton of a Gorgosaurus, perhaps foreshadowing the couple’s big discovery. While many people turned to sourdough and banana bread recipes to keep occupied through three pandemic lockdowns in England, the couple scoured Google Earth to pinpoint the site of their next excavation.”

The Conversation: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air

The Conversation: AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air. “In collaboration with the United States Navy’s Underwater Archaeology Branch, I taught a computer how to recognize shipwrecks on the ocean floor from scans taken by aircraft and ships on the surface. The computer model we created is 92% accurate in finding known shipwrecks. The project focused on the coasts of the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico. It is now ready to be used to find unknown or unmapped shipwrecks.”

Ars Technica: Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting

Ars Technica: Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting. “Lighting sources could indeed hold vital clues to the different ways prehistoric peoples used caves, according to a new paper by a team of Spanish scientists, published in the journal PLOS ONE. They conducted in situ experiments with three different kinds of Paleolithic lighting sources in the hopes of shedding some light (pun intended) on what those various illumination methods might tell us about the emergence of ‘human symbolic and artistic behavior’ in the form of cave art.”

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past

University of Southern Queensland: Unexplored Aboriginal rock art to share secrets of the past. “It’s one of the richest bodies of rock art in the world but parts of the Laura Sandstone Basin in Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula have been virtually unexplored by archaeologists – until now. As one of 11 specialists from around Australia, University of Southern Queensland Professor of Archaeology/Anthropology Bryce Barker is a Chief Investigator on a research project, that promises to have profound findings about Australia’s past through the recording of unique rock art.”

Northern Arizona University: NAU archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery

Northern Arizona University: NAU archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery . “Archaeologists at Northern Arizona University are hoping a new technology they helped pioneer will change the way scientists study the broken pieces left behind by ancient societies. The team from NAU’s Department of Anthropology have succeeded in teaching computers to perform a complex task many scientists who study ancient societies have long dreamt of: rapidly and consistently sorting thousands of pottery designs into multiple stylistic categories. By using a form of machine learning known as Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), the archaeologists created a computerized method that roughly emulates the thought processes of the human mind in analyzing visual information.”

Phys .org: Database relaunch to help protect endangered maritime archaeology

Phys.org: Database relaunch to help protect endangered maritime archaeology. “The MarEA (Maritime Endangered Archaeology) database project, led by the University of Southampton with the University of Ulster, works in partnership with EAMENA (Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa) who house the site at the University of Oxford. The database allows researchers to document, explore and analyze data on places of cultural heritage and the dangers they face in coastal and marine environments in the MENA region.”

Ahram Online: Online catalogue underway of 29,000 of Petrie’s archaeological finds in Egypt

Ahram Online: Online catalogue underway of 29,000 of Petrie’s archaeological finds in Egypt. “When British Egyptologist Flinders Petrie came to Egypt in 1883 he explored several archaeological sites and revealed some of the country’s ancient history. According to Egyptian law at the time, archaeological dig sponsors had full rights to half of finds, while Egypt retained the other half. Half a century after Petrie’s death, the British Museum in London started cataloguing some of the artefacts he unearthed in Egypt, especially those in possession of the 60 museums involved in sponsoring Petrie’s excavation missions. The exciting news is that early this month they began preparing to catalogue them in an online searchable database format.”

Isle of Man Today: Website is a one-stop shop for information about archaeology and old buildings

Isle of Man Today: Website is a one-stop shop for information about archaeology and old buildings . “Historic Environment Records are information services that provide access to resources relating to the archaeology and old buildings of a defined geographic area. They contain details on archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings and historic landscapes and are frequently updated. Information on the island’s historic places, archaeological sites, landscapes and historic buildings can be found on the site.”

Hyperallergic: Listen to the Sounds of an 18,000-year-old Conch

Hyperallergic: Listen to the Sounds of an 18,000-year-old Conch. “Music elites better table your ukuleles and unplug your theremins; science is bringing the noise with the newest in niche musical instruments. Or, more accurately, one of the oldest. A massive conch shell, unearthed by archaeologists in 1931 amid the remains of the Upper Paleolithic Marsoulas cave society, has been recently determined to be a musical instrument.”

San Antonio Report: Archaeologists have recorded 233 ancient art sites along Texas’ border with Mexico. Now they want to discover the meanings behind the murals

San Antonio Report: Archaeologists have recorded 233 ancient art sites along Texas’ border with Mexico. Now they want to discover the meanings behind the murals. “Shumla, a Comstock-based nonprofit focused on locating, studying and preserving the rock art of the lower Pecos River region, has created a virtual library to help researchers interpret the ancient art, much of it located in rough, inaccessible terrain or on private ranchlands. Launched in 2017, the Alexandria Project is a detailed digital archive of 233 rock art sites in the limestone canyonlands carved by the Pecos and Devils rivers and the Rio Grande.”

Getty: Online Exhibition Explores Palmyra in English and Arabic

Getty: Online Exhibition Explores Palmyra in English and Arabic. “For centuries the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra have captured the imagination–testaments to the legacy of the prosperous multicultural center of trade that once dominated the region. Return to Palmyra, a new website presented in English and Arabic, invites audiences to explore the rich history of the city, including an exhibition of rare 18th-century etchings and 19th-century photographs of the site, new scholarship, and a moving interview with Waleed Khaled al-As’ad about the modern-day experience of living and working among the ruins of this storied locale.”

EurekAlert: Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test

EurekAlert: Human eye beats machine in archaeological color identification test. “A ruler and scale can tell archaeologists the size and weight of a fragment of pottery – but identifying its precise color can depend on individual perception. So, when a handheld color-matching gadget came on the market, scientists hoped it offered a consistent way of determining color, free of human bias. But a new study by archaeologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History found that the tool, known as the X-Rite Capsure, often misread colors readily distinguished by the human eye.”

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Mongolian Archaeological Project Receives 2 Million Euro Arcadia Grant

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Mongolian Archaeological Project Receives 2 Million Euro Arcadia Grant. “Archaeological sites in Mongolia face a range of threats, including climate change and looting. With funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is launching the Mongolian Archaeological Project: Surveying the Steppes (MAPSS). Investigators in Mongolia and Germany will use satellite imagery and existing archival material to create a unified, open access database of Mongolian archaeology.”