Here is what has been buzzing in the world of sexy archaeology in the past few days:
Are you a hips guy? If so, you are in luck! The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig released a virtual reconstruction of a female Neanderthal pelvis this week. The 3D reconstructions provides clues about Neanderthal childbirth and reveals that it was about as difficult as what present day women experience. Link.
Four new temples have been discovered along an old military road in Egypt, bringing this years total of newly discovered temples to eleven million! Among the new discoveries was the largest mud brick temple found in the Sinai with an area of 70 by 80 meters fortified with mud walls 3 meters thick, said Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. So I’ve got a joke: What do you call a week without Zahi Hawass on television? IMPOSSIBLE! Get it? Link.
The much talked about Hobbit skeleton got it’s first real public exposure this week when Stony Brook University displayed a cast of the skeleton during Stony Brook’s 7th annual Human Evolution Symposium (to which my invitation must have been lost). No fist fights broke out at the unveiling, but we know how much this has divided the archaeological world… so give it time! Link.
Here’s one close to my heart (and my doorstep). Sexy archaeologists working for the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, aside the University of Bristol, have uncovered the remains of one of the most significant fortifications from the English Civil War: the Royal Fort, located on a hill overlooking the City of Bristol. Hmm, I might have to look into this. Maybe this will help convince the university that cutting funding the department is a stupid idea! Link.
Lastly, our sexy friends over at the Archaeological Diver’s Association are hosting their 2009 Logo Design Competition with some killer swag for the person that can come up with the best design. Head over to their site and fill yourself in on the details!
That’s all for now.
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