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 on: Yesterday at 10:31:09 pm 
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http://phys.org/news/2015-04-springbank-island-archaeology-underway.html

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 on: Yesterday at 10:30:48 pm 
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One of the challenges of the dig is that when the lake was formed in the 1960's excavated dirt was dumped on the island.

"Our ground-penetrating radar and sediment cores have picked up about a metre of this non-local topsoil. In our excavations we've found artefacts dating to this period," he said.
Springbank Island archaeology dig underway

Springbank Island dig site at Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Credit: Stuart Hay

"Remarkably a glass jar dating to this period survived underneath this earth and rubble. We're yet to find out what this contained. It's great to imagine one of the workers sitting down in 1963 with his sandwiches and jar of vegemite."

More than 100 ANU students will take part in the dig, which finishes with a public open day on Saturday 18 April.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:29:46 pm 
Started by Christiana Hanaman - Last post by Christiana Hanaman


Springbank Island dig site at Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Credit: Stuart Hay

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 on: Yesterday at 10:28:43 pm 
Started by Christiana Hanaman - Last post by Christiana Hanaman
The excavation would also be searching for evidence of Indigenous activity on the site.

"I have been told by traditional custodians that this was a big meeting place for Indigenous people in the area," he said. "This is evident through archaeology with a good number of stone flakes and cores turning up in the sieve".

Dr Wright said there was also a chance of finding illusive evidence for contact between Europeans and local Indigenous people.

"Strangely in the ACT and surrounding regions it's really hard to find any signs of that type of contact but we're keeping our fingers crossed," he said.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:28:07 pm 
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Springbank Island archaeology dig underway

Apr 13, 2015
Springbank Island archaeology dig underway


Springbank Island dig site at Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. Credit: Stuart Hay.

The Australian National University (ANU) has begun an archaeological dig on Springbank Island in Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin.

The project, funded by ACT Heritage, hopes to unearth evidence for Canberra's first European and earlier Indigenous settlement at the site.

The location is thought to be the site of one of the first European homesteads in the Canberra region, with the Springbank property marked out by Deputy Surveyor-General Robert Hoddle in May 1832. It became an island when Lake Burley Griffin was created in 1963.

Project leader Dr Duncan Wright said that early stage work was promising.

"Our ground-penetrating radar has shown that there is a possible foundation that could belong to the homestead," he said.

"Best case scenario we'll start finding metal objects from the late 19th century. We may also find old glass, ceramics and stuff like that.

"This is already starting to show up in the excavation. We have 19th century white-ware ceramics, nails and even a post hole. It's an exciting start.

"A sediment core collected by Professor Simon Haberle also suggests burning well before the lake was formed, with a five centimetre layer that's chock-a-block with charcoal. We are yet to get down to this layer in excavations so don't know if this relates to the early homestead," Dr Wright said.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:12:13 pm 
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Susan Schwartz, one of the first children born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, visits the concentration camp Memorial(Reuters)

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 on: Yesterday at 09:10:58 pm 
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New mass grave found at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

    By Yasmin Kaye
    April 12, 2015 17:48 BST

Susan Schwartz, one of the first children born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, visits the concentration camp Memorial
Susan Schwartz, one of the first children born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, visits the concentration camp Memorial(Reuters)

Dutch researchers have found a new mass grave at the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.they announced on Friday (10 April), almost exactly 70 years after it was liberated on 15 April 1945.

They made the announcement on Friday (10 April), almost exactly 70 years after it was liberated on 15 April 1945.

The mass grave measures 16m by 4m (52ft by 13ft), and is believed to be the final resting place of Dutch Resistance activist Jan Verschure.

It was found using testimonies from ex-inmates of the camp, who were interviewed by Verschure's grandson Paul, a history teacher and researcher on the project.

"One of them gave me a map on which he marked where my grandfather was buried," Verschure told Dutch television news program Nieuwsuur.

Typhus victims

Today the site is a grassy field located at the end of the camp's former main road – a far cry from the horrors of the concentration camp, where some 70,000 people perished between 1941-45.

There are few signs left of the camp, which was torched by British troops shortly after liberation in order to prevent deadly diseases such as typhus spreading.

Typhus is thought to have claimed the life of Jewish diarist Anne Frank, who died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945 aged 15, shortly before the camp was liberated.

The illness also claimed the life of her older sister Margot, 19, who died several days earlier.

The sisters were buried at an unknown location in unmarked graves around the camp. Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been buried in the area.
Grave remains undisturbed

Dutch archaeologist Ivar Schute told Nieuwsuur that initial tests showed there was probably a mass grave on the spot.

"We've taken measurements and believe that the ground has been disturbed here. We think this is where the mass grave is," he said.

But the director of the Bergen-Belsen memorial, Jens-Christian Wagner, said that it was not possible to conduct further investigations.

"We have consulted the Jewish community of Lower Saxony and according to religious laws no digging is allowed.

"That's why there's a decision not to start a dig. In any case, the whole camp has been declared a cemetery," he said.



http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/new-mass-grave-found-bergen-belsen-concentration-camp-1496020

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 on: Yesterday at 04:24:06 pm 
Started by Manfred - Last post by Manfred
Hillary is also a woman, and we all know that, in decent American families, it is the woman's job to perform housework and make supper, not be leader of the free world.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:22:02 pm 
Started by Manfred - Last post by Manfred
Many of you here are probably too young to remember the Bill Clinton administration. Trust me, it was an ugly time in American history where the wealthy were ostracized and much pandering was done to the Middle Class. There were few wars, big business was overlooked in favor of mom and pop establishments and godless entities like the Internet, cellphones, email and Jenna Jameson first came into being. Luckily, Slick WiIlly's sexual proclivities turned America against him and noble Republicans like Newt Gingrich ended up impeaching him.

Doubtless, if Hillary was elected, we would have the same mixed bag of misplaced priorities and we'd have to look into her sex life to get rid of her, else Bill might be able to lend a helping hand (or cigar) again. More later, I'm sure.

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 on: April 17, 2015, 08:57:01 pm 
Started by FLOR_DE_LIS - Last post by Arcturus
Any link to this Google maps discovery?

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