Fieldnotes: News Briefs

Brief news items on the AIA professional membership and newsworthy activities in the field, including links to recently published institutional press releases or articles in the media.

Thomas D. Cox, Researcher
October 12, 2010 A new interpretation of the 3000 year old Tugalo Stone, located in Northeastern Georgia (USA) has revealed it to have a multitude of functions: It is a solstice stone marking the summer solstice (June 21) with specific Celt-Iberian language and using the star constellations of Orion and Auriga to show the Summer Solstice sunrise between the two constellations. It is a map-making navigational aid for travellers from the tip of Spain and North Africa, including the use of star constellations, the North Star and the sun pictured with carvings of phoenecian-style ships. The directions indicate crossing with the prevailing late spring winds (hurricane season today) On the reverse side are navigational instructions for the return up the eastern U.S. coast and crossing to England. The stone was originally located (in 1814) on a strategic mound alongside the Tugalo River (Headwaters of the Savannah River, a major river leading to the Gold and Copper mining areas) There is evidence that the stone was used to make copies for travellers to take maps. Petroglyph and ancient language researcher Thomas D. Cox made these discoveries.
Technology Review, published by MIT
October 7, 2010
A paper in arXiv is proposing to observe with Google Maps the surface of Peruvian country near the Titicaca Lake because of its geoglyphs created by ancient earthworks, constituting the remains of an extensive Andean agricultural system. The author, A.C. Sparavigna of Politecnico di Torino, in a following arXiv article, proposes these geoglyphs as a part of an engineering graphic design.
Rob Holloway & Sarah Davies, History Development, BBC Factual London
September 10, 2010
The BBC London History Development team wants to hear from you! We're always keen to keep fully briefed in the field of archeaology and would love to hear about projects that you're working on, even still dreaming up. Underwater archeaology, using new methods and techniques to uncover the past (like LiDAR and satellite imaging), aerial archeaology, projects that attempt to reconstruct past settlements/ships/farms and of course new , exciting digs - are all of interest to us. We're already working with academics in the field of Neolithic Temples, Mycenaean early 'city' sites, we're using 'space' archeaology to look at ancient civilsiations with fresh 'eyes' and we're attempting to re-live great journeys and events from history. So ancient and modern archeaology are all of interest to us. So if you have a project that you think may translate into compelling televison - let us know. Email or - and tell us about how you're helping us all to understand our past.....
August 1, 2010
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Owen Jarus, The Independent
May 5, 2010
A team of archaeologists have discovered a fortification system at the Minoan town of Gournia, a discovery which rebukes the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society with no need for defensive structures. The team's efforts were led by Professor Vance Watrous and Matt Buell of the University at Buffalo. Located on the north coast, Gournia was in use during the neo-palatial period (ca. 1700-1450 BC), when Minoan civilization was at its height. The town sits atop a low ridge with four promontories on its coastline. Two of these promontories end in high vertical cliffs that give the town a defensive advantage, and it is here that the fortification system was discovered.