Sexy News from the World of Archaeology for 9 May 2009

Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of Sexy Archaeology!

There is nothing sexier than doing the right thing. This week a North Carolina woman returned a terracotta fragment her husband had collected near the Colosseum in Rome 25 years ago. Rome’s archaeological office said that “the gesture of returning the piece is important” and we agree. More often than not, people don’t understand what damage is done when artifacts, no matter how significant, are removed from their context.  We applaud Janice Johnsen for setting an example for everyone out there . Link.

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The Nefertiti Bust in question.

At SexyArchaeology.org, we’re always ready to tackle a story about a good bust (pun intended), and you can’t open a book on ancient Egypt without stumbling across a picture of the Nefertiti bust discovered by Ludwig Borchardt in 1912. But two authors are now claiming that the statue may be a fake. Henri Stierlin, one of the authors, claims his research has led him to conclude the statue was created by an artist using pigments found in a tomb only about a hundred years ago. While we’re not ready to toss the bust in the junk bin just yet, we are eager to see what become of this claim. Link.

In sandboxes around the world, the future generation of archaeologists training tirelessly. But one five year old is already at the front of the pack. Little Marshall Hayum was on a nature walk with his class when he stumbled upon a funny looking rock. It turns out that rock is a 4,000 year old Native American plummet, a carved stone used for anchoring fishing nets. While the toddler may not have any interest in where the “cool” rock came from, he certainly has a possible thesis topic for college. Link.

*UPDATE 13 May* Further information.  Link. Zahi Hawass refutes findings.  Link.

Finally, by now you should all be familiar with the popular “I’m on a Boat” track by The Lonely Island. Well, a team of 20 rowers will be on a Phoenician boat next week when they attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea (2,300 miles) in what is billed “the most precise replica of a boat from that era”. The replica ship was built from evidence discovered during archaeological excavations. The boat is expected to arrive in France on July 1st. Link.

That’s all for now!

Got a hot tip?  Working on something sexy cool in the world of archaeology and want to tell the world?  Contact sexyarchaeology@gmail.com and tell us what you’ve got!  Until next time, stay sexy!

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