Archaeological find in Jordan
Just days before completing a six-week archaeological dig near Amman, Jordan, a U of S team discovered human remains thought to be more than 7,000 years old.
The group of undergraduates, graduate students, and volunteers along with St. Thomas More College Archaeology Prof. Chris Foley and his wife Laura, a sessional lecturer in archaeology, uncovered the remains of an adolescent July 27 in a settlement from the Yarmoukian period in the Neolithic era, the latter part of the Stone Age when humans first took up agriculture. According to Foley, there are only five other documented burial discoveries from this period and culture but this find is significant because of its unexpected location.
“You don’t expect to see anything Yarmoukian outside of the Mediterranean zone. But this site was in a desert fringe area and far from where we’d expect to find it.”
Also, pottery recovered at the site appears to be from the poorly documented Jericho IX period.
The human remains and other samples from the site will be analysed and carbon-14-dated at the U of S. Archaeologist and forensic expert Ernie Walker will also examine the remains.
Prov’l. funding for VIDO
The provincial government announced in late August it will contribute $9 million over the next five years to support the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), and to cover indirect research costs while the organization finds sources of sustainable funding.
The money will come from the province’s Innovation and Science Fund and is a recognition of the “ground-breaking research and valuable contribution” VIDO makes to animal and human health, Learning Minister Andrew Thomson said in a news release. The government authorized the $1.8 million annually in new funding, but news reports quote VIDO officials as saying $3.5 million is need each year from the province to keep the organization’s operation stable.