Archaeology

Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Archaeologists Search For Remains Of Edenton's First Court House

The Chowan County Courthouse was built in 1767, but archaeologists believe an even older one used to stand somewhere on the court house green.
Credit visitedenton.com

Visitors to historic Edenton already know about the "new" courthouse. That one was built in 1767. Today, archaeologists will begin searching for the town's original courthouse, which was built in 1718.

Karen Ipock is Historic Edenton's site manager. She said historic documents indicate that the old courthouse once stood somewhere on the block-long Chowan Courthouse Green, which has long-served as a town commons.

“It didn't have the best reputation. One kind of aristocratic traveler from Virginia described it as basically being a common tobacco house,” Ipock said.

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Archaeology
1:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Archaeologist Has Find-Of-A-Lifetime, 3 Years In A Row

This might depict Alexander the Great. It is from a mosaic scene that is the first non-Biblical mosaic every uncovered in an Israeli synagogue.
Credit James Haberman

Many archaeologists wait their entire career for one big find. UNC-Chapel Hill's Jodi Magness? Well, let's just say that she's having a spectacular time making discovery after discovery.

In 2011, Magness took a team to Israel to identify a dig location. They hoped to find an ancient synagogue.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Update: Divers Recover Two Additional Cannons From Blackbeard’s Ship

One of two cannons raised from Blackbeard's Queen Anne Revenge on Friday, August 16, 2013.
Credit NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

Researchers off the North Carolina coast are on dive number two for the year. Their goal is to recover artifacts from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort nearly 300 years ago.

Project Director Bill Ray Morris says this excavation will focus on the forward part of the ship near the bow.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Country's Oldest Known Inland European Settlement Unearthed In Western NC

The remains of Fort San Juan.
Credit Robin Beck

A group of archeologists has discovered the remains of the oldest known European settlement in the inland U.S.: a 16th century Spanish fort in western North Carolina. 

Fort San Juan was the largest of six forts built between 1566 and 1568 by explorer Juan Pardo. It’s located five miles north of Morganton at a site that was believed to be an Indian settlement. 

Robin Beck is an assistant professor of archeology at the University of Michigan and was part of the discovery team.  He says the site has something in common with North Carolina's more famous early settlement.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UNC Researchers Unearth Ancient Biblical Mosaics In Galilee

Close-up of a female face mosaic unearthed at Huqoq in 2012 by Jodi Magness and her crew.
Jim Haberman

A group of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Religion Professor Jodi Magness has unearthed a group of significant mosaics at an ancient synagogue in Galilee. The mosaics, which consist of hundreds of tiny stone cubes, depict scenes from in the Bible and have been dated to the fifth century.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Archeologists To Recover Eight Cannons From Blackbeard's Ship

A cannon excavated from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
Credit Karen K Browning; N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

State archeologists say they have the ambitious goal of recovering eight cannons from Blackbeard's ship.  The Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, in June of 1718, and the state Department of Cultural Resources has been leading efforts to recover artifacts from the ship since 1997. Divers use good weather during the summer and fall months to bring artifacts to the surface.  Last week, bad weather prevented divers from starting their yearly digs, but Fay Mitchell of the Department of Cultural Resources says they hope to surface up to three sunken cannons this week.

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State of Things
11:17 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Lost Artifacts of Morgantina

duke.edu

In 2010, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art had to return 16 silver cups and bowls to a little town in Sicily called Morgantina.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

UNC Stumbles on Buried 19th Century Building

Crews uncover the buried structure
Credit unc.edu

Archaeologists at UNC-Chapel Hill say they've uncovered a structure on campus that is an underground cellar from the early 1800s. Construction crews ran into the buried structure last month while building a new drainage pipe underneath McCorkle Place.

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Arts & Culture
8:59 am
Wed October 26, 2011

Massive Cannon from Blackbeard's Ship to Emerge

Archaeologists preparing to dive.
Credit N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources

At the bottom of Beaufort Inlet sits an eight-foot cannon that once fired from the decks of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. It’s been there since the ship sank in 1718, and the famous pirate Blackbeard was captured. A crew of archaeologists heads out to bring the cannon to the surface today. Mark Wilde-Ramsing is the director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck project and an underwater archaeologist with the state. He joined WUNC's Eric Hodge to talk about the project.

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