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December 15 - 24, 2014
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December 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015
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Latest News from Dr. Timothy Matney's Archaeological Team
UA-led team says ancient bookkeeping system survived well after writing invented
An archaeological dig in Turkey directed by Timothy Matney, professor of anthropology and classical studies, has found evidence that an ancient form of bookkeeping employing small clay tokens (pictured above) continued to be used at least 2,000 years after the advent of writing.
The analysis, based on artifacts excavated over 17 summers at the Ziyaret Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, contradicts scientists' earlier conclusion that the tokens quickly faded from use as humans began using reeds to make inscriptions on clay tablets.
Matney has directed the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition since it began in 1997. His international team of collaborators includes researchers from England, Germany and Turkey.
A report on their finding appears in the June 2014 issue of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. Story continues online.
Anthropology and Classical Studies Recent Headlines
Adena Pipe Official State of Ohio Artifact
The Ohio Senate passed legislation that will designate the Adena Pipe, an ancient smoking pipe, as the official state artifact.
Dig it: Archaeology field school students unearth stories of the past
UA students are learning the methods and techniques used by professional archaeologists to excavate sites.
Campaign raises record $46M in private support
Student scholarships are one of the many areas that will benefit from UA's latest record-breaking fund-raising year. Gifts are critical to expanding UA's commitment to world-class teaching and research.
To investigate crime, students break scene down to the bone
Archaeology students filled many bags with evidence collected from a mock crime scene in Bath Township while they gained practical experience in archaeological fieldwork and forensic anthropology.
Professor shares candid snapshot of life on an archaeological dig
You can learn more about life on an archaeological excavation by following Dr. Timothy Matney's blog this summer. The UA professor of archaeology will write daily about the work under way at Ziyaret Tepe, the Assyrian city of Tushhan, in southeastern Turkey.