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LAOS – Plain of Jars - Dougald O'Reilly, from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, who is researching the Plain of Jars dig project in central Laos, said the new 3D technology, known as CAVE2, provides easy access to remote locations. "Hopefully we're going to be employing lidar technology at the site for use in the CAVE2," he says. "Lidar is a system that uses the light from a laser like a radar and it's been used to great effect at Angkor Wat to expose the temples and hydrological networks there underneath the jungle. The beauty of lidar is that it strips away the forest foliage and reveals what's underneath." The Plain of Jars was chosen as a test site for CAVE2 due to the current application to have the site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The dig project in central Laos is the first major archaeological dig at the site since the 1930s. The landscape features ancient carved stone jars up to three metres tall, their purpose remains a mystery. "The site is one of south-east Asia's longest lasting archaeological enigmas," Dr O'Reilly said. "It hasn't really been researched on this scale since the 1930s and what our project hopes to show is exactly what the jars were for, when they were produced and who made them."
INDE – Itafort - An undiscovered base wall and bricks of two different sizes were unearthed at Itafort during renovation and maintenance works recently. The bricks of size 22 cm X 8.5 cm X 5.5 cm and other of 15.2cm X 13.5cm X 6.5cm were discovered which were not traced earlier, informed a release from Director of Research.
USA – Tuscola - The most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan in decades was recovered last weekend by a team of University of Michigan researchers and teachers in Tuscola County in the state’s thumb region. The recovery, formally announced Monday, was a male mastodon — extinct relatives of elephants — and likely lived 11,000 to 13,000 years ago. About 60 to 70 percent of the mammal’s skeletal mass was recovered, which included more than 75 complete or near complete bones. Among them: the mastodon’s long limb bones, shoulder blades, pelvis skull, many vertebrae and most of it ribs. Tteam will wash and examine the bones for evidence of human butchery or other postmortem modifications. The bones will undergo radiocarbon analysis to determine date of death within a century or less, and roots of the animal’s wisdom teeth will be examined to determine season of death.
USA – St George - A small team of researchers dragged a ground-penetrating radar antenna across a hilltop overlooking central St. George Tuesday, marking the locations of yet more archaeological evidence of the Paiutes and Ancient Puebloans who farmed for centuries around the confluence of the Santa Clara and Virgin rivers. Archaeologists have been surveying the site for three years, finding evidence of about a dozen houses, 20 store rooms and various other artifacts dating back to between 500 and 1200 A.D. “So far a lot of our ceramics are telling us these occupations are about 1,000 years old,” Woodall said of the pottery shards and other evidence found at the site. “Some are telling us it’s about 800 years old, some 700 years old.” It’s evidence of some of the complex societies whom the modern Paiutes and others claim as ancestors, Woodall said, describing them as the more rural version of the types of communities better known for thriving in more urban settings like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. Bradley Larsen, a geologist who consults on such projects, said the data can be plugged into a computer program called Radan to create three-dimensional maps of what is suspected to be a kiva — a rounded pithouse believed to have been used for various purposes, including social and ceremonial rituals.