Friday, June 12, 2009

The New Issue of Archaeology Magazine

The July / August issue of Archaeology magazine has just hit the newsstands, and it has some interesting articles in it.

  • A ship wreck has been found off the coast of Turkey that was carrying marble column "drums" to the temple of Apollo at Claros. Column drums are circular marble slabs that would have been piled on top of each other to build a column to support the roof of the temple.
  • A Phoenician shipwreck has been found off the coast of Spain. The ship dates to the 6th century B. C. and may indicate that the Phoenicians went through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic Ocean to trade.
  • Florida State Maritime Archaeologist Cheryl Ward has built a full-sized replica of a boat that Hatshepsut's Punt expedition would have used to sail on the Red Sea. The ship was built based on Egyptian representations of boats and wooden parts from an ancient boat found on the coast of the Red Sea. The newly built ship was used for an eighteen day cruise on the Red Sea.
  • The ancient city of Petra in Jordan is suffering from water damage. A team of conservationists are working to protect the remains of the once flourishing trading center.
  • Bob Brier has published an article that further describes the new theory that the Great Pyramid was built with an interior ramp that was used to haul stones into place. I reviewed his book on this topic in an earlier post.

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