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The theater at Denizli’s ancient city of Hierapolis, known for its healing water, will be hosting artistic performances to celebrate the completion of restorations that started two years ago
Renovations at the theater of the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, have been completed.
The stage of the ancient theater in the Aegean province of Denizli, which has traces from the Hellenistic era and Christianity, has been renovated. The ancient city of Hierapolis is known for the healing water in its springs. Renovations there started two years ago with the aim of restoring the stage in accordance with its original form. The area, which draws many tourists every year, will be hosting cultural activities from now on. Read more.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On a small hill surrounded by boggy muskeg in the Tanana River Valley, prehistoric skin scrapers made of schist, polished slate tools and glass beads were uncovered in the last week.
Based on the design of the tools and the way the animals were butchered, it appears to be an Athabascan campsite from the turn of the 20th century.
“These are very typical Athabascan tools. But you usually think of polished stone tools with the Eskimo area, not in the Interior, so it’s very interesting,” says Chuck Holmes, the archaeologist who first discovered the site several decades ago.
He’s leading a team of 10 graduate students and volunteers at the excavation through June. Read more.
ABU SIR AL MALAQ, Egypt — Monica Hanna’s reputation as an archaeologist has grown far beyond her native Egypt — but not without risk.
As she and several journalists documented looting at an ancient burial site here, several men – one with a shotgun slung over a shoulder — threatened her.
“I heard one man say, ‘Beat her and take her camera,’ ” Hanna said afterward. When the men phoned for police, she hid her camera’s memory card in her shirt. After 45 minutes of argument, she was allowed to leave.
“The locals, who are a part of the looting, don’t want the photos out there because then their business stops,” she explained.
Hanna, 30, is a leader in exposing the antiquity-looting that has exploded since Egypt’s 2011 revolution. She appears on Egyptian television debating government officials, takes reporters to looted sites, and encourages Egyptians to protect their heritage. Read more.
Gwendoline Christie is the actress for Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. She stands at 6 feet 3 inches tall and took swordfighting, horseriding, and stagefighting lessons for her part, as well as gaining 14 pounds of muscle, to accurately portray Brienne. (x)
She was also terrified of cutting her hair because she’d spent her life believing it was one of the only things that would make people see her as feminine despite her height. In an interview with TV Guide she said:
I struggled for a long time with [cutting] my hair, but then I’m grateful for the opportunity to realize that femininity doesn’t have to come from hair or any of those traditional female archetypes of appearance, So, that’s been exciting actually. I can’t speak with any kind of authority whatsoever because I’m just an actor and I only have my opinions, but I do think it’s really refreshing to have a woman depicted on a mainstream TV show that doesn’t obey typical aesthetics of females and the way they have been portrayed in the past. And I’m really excited to be portraying one of those women. And I hope that her popularity signals a greater expansion of people’s views about men and women and that gender types can be more flexible.
She’s so so so so great. I think she’s just incredible.
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Guess who popped something in her jaw and now has to live on a liquid diet for five days? This bitch right here!
I’m hungry just thinking about it.
A projected photo of Sally Binford (L) c. 1980s, created as part of an art project by EG Crichton and Gabriella Ripley-Phipps (R) [used with EG’s kind permission]
“I’m not here to cook; I’m here to dig”
Sally Schanfield (later Binford)’s life echoes some much earlier trowelblazers, not only a first-rate, game-changing archaeologist, she also forged a revolutionary path in other areas.
As a divorced single parent in the 1950s, Sally faced off sexism, and decided to study anthropology in order to be independent. She fought rampant misogyny within the male-dominated world of American universities, criticised for her “tight sweaters and makeup”, and refusing to do all the cooking on her first archaeological dig.
Her PhD was a huge survey of early prehistory in the Sahara, and by 1962 as a postdoc she was excavating a cave in Israel, having already been digging Neandertal sites in France.
Sally’s major impact in archaeology is tied up with her marriage to a younger student who became one of 20th century archaeology’s biggest names (Lewis Binford). Sally was the co-founder of the New Archaeology, an immensely influential movement that promoted a more scientific approach. Yet Lewis is often given credit, despite the fact Sally was instrumental from the start, co-editing the paradigm-shifting publication (New Perspectives in Archaeology 1968), and performing the first ever computer analysis of stone tools in collaboration. Without her first-hand knowledge of French assemblages, the infamous “Bordes-Binford” debate on stone tool variability would never have happened.
In 1969 Sally left both Lewis and anthropology, and his contining career undoubtedly led to her own achievements being eclipsed. However, Sally’s fierce commitment to following her own radical path continued, as she became one of the most important sexual liberation and feminist pioneers of the 1970s and 80s.
Just before her 70th birthday she ended her remarkable life voluntarily in order to avoid becoming physically dependent on others, and so she could remain, in her words, “toujours soixante-neuf!” [forever sixty-nine].
Written by Becky (@LeMoustier)
Posted by Suzie (@suzie_birch)
Much of the above information is sourced from the rather jaw-dropping interview with Sally here (be warned it is NSFW, sexually explicit), originally published in this book, and Susie Bright’s post about Sally’s ‘checking-out’. This article by Alice Beck Kehoe mentions the importance of Sally’s work to Lewis Binford’s fame.
We learned all about Lewis Binford in our Archaeological Theory class. Saly Binford was never so much as hinted at.Source: trowelblazers