Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dendrochronology find - German tomb

A 2,600 year old tomb in southern Germany contains the remains of oak wood in a suprising state of preservation. This offers the opportunity to accurately date the remains. Of course, international news has picked up the story as there is lots of shiny gold too ... !

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Sunday, December 19, 2010


The 32nd TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference went off without a hitch this weekend - thanks to all the organisers for all their hard work!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The (Mona Lisa) eyes say it all

Leonardo Da Vinci's 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has long been steeped in mystery, and even today the true identity of the woman with the alluring smile still far from certain.

Now members of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage have revealed that by magnifying high resolution images of the Mona Lisa's eyes letters and numbers can be seen.

"To the naked the symbols are not visible but with a magnifying glass they can clearly be seen," said Silvano Vinceti, president of the Committee.

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