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  • More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered
    on December 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Classical scholars have discovered a large number of sealings in southeast Turkey. More than 1,000 sealings give new insights into the Greco-Roman pantheon. The finds were in a late antique building complex point to a hitherto unknown church. […]

  • Venezuelan rock art mapped in unprecedented detail
    on December 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela -- including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world -- have been mapped in unprecedented detail. […]

  • New approach measures early human butchering practices
    on December 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Researchers have found that statistical methods and 3-D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about human evolution. […]

  • Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron
    on December 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Though meteorites had already been recognized as one source of iron objects, the scientific community couldn't determine whether they accounted for most or simply a few Bronze Age iron artifacts. Scientists have now demonstrated that iron used during the Bronze Age is always meteoric and he explained how this practice was abandoned during the Iron Age. […]

  • Sea-level rise predicted to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological sites in southeastern US
    on November 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Sea-level rise may impact vast numbers of archaeological and historic sites, cemeteries, and landscapes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the southeastern United States, according to a new study. […]

  • First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered
    on November 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists. […]

  • Unique metal artifacts from Iron Age settlement shed new light on prehistoric feasting
    on November 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Prehistoric cauldrons, ancient sword and assorted metalwork among nationally significant findings just discovered by archaeologists at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire. […]

  • Ancient barley took high road to China
    on November 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau, suggests new research. […]

  • New treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb
    on November 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Archaeologists have examined embossed gold applications from the sensational find of 1922. The motifs indicate surprising links between the Levant and the Egypt of the pharaohs. […]

  • Archaeology: Medieval treasure unearthed at the Abbey of Cluny
    on November 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    In mid-September, a large treasure was unearthed during a dig at the Abbey of Cluny, in the French department of Saône-et-Loire: 2,200 silver deniers and oboles, 21 Islamic gold dinars, a signet ring, and other objects made of gold. Never before has such a large cache of silver deniers been discovered. Nor have gold coins from Arab lands, silver deniers, and a signet ring ever been found hoarded together within a single, enclosed complex. […]

  • Archaeologists unearth 'masterpiece' sealstone in Greek tomb
    on November 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Archaeologists are documenting artifacts contained within their amazing 2015 find, the tomb of the Griffin Warrior in Greece. But the 3,500-year-old treasures include their most stunning historical offering yet: an intricately carved gem, or sealstone, that represents one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever found. […]

  • Excavation in Northern Iraq: Sasanian loom discovered
    on November 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Archaeologists have returned from the Iraqi-Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah with new findings: The discovery of a loom from the 5th to 6th century AD. […]

  • Caribbean's largest concentration of indigenous pre-Columbian rock art
    on October 30, 2017 at 2:01 am

    New research reveals key discoveries including first direct rock art dates in the Caribbean, how pre-Columbian rock-art was made and paint recipes. […]

  • 6,000-year-old skull could be from the world's earliest known tsunami victim
    on October 25, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Scientists have discovered what they believe is the skull of the earliest known tsunami victim, a person who lived 6,000 years ago in Papua New Guinea. The skull itself was found almost a hundred years ago, but recent analysis of the sediments found with the skull reveals that they bear distinctive hallmarks of tsunami activity. […]

  • Earliest known marine navigation tool revealed with scanning technology
    on October 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Details of the earliest known marine navigation tool, discovered in a shipwreck, have been revealed thanks to state-of-the-art scanning technology. […]

  • Archaeologists uncover cuneiform archive in Iraq’s Kurdish region
    on October 23, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Archaeologists have made sensational finds in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The researchers found a cuneiform archive of 93 clay tablets dating from 1250 BCE -- the period of the Middle Assyrian Empire. What the tablets record remains a mystery for the time being. The researchers will have to decipher them -- a long and difficult task. […]

  • Newfoundland populated multiple times by distinct groups, DNA evidence shows
    on October 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Researchers who've examined genetic evidence from mitochondrial DNA provide evidence that two groups of indigenous people in Canada, known as the Maritime Archaic and Beothuk, brought different matrilines to the island, adding further support to the notion that those groups had distinct population histories. […]

  • The making of medieval bling
    on October 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Gold has long been valued for its luxurious glitter and hue, and threads of the gleaming metal have graced clothing and tapestries for centuries. Determining how artisans accomplished these adornments in the distant past can help scientists restore, preserve and date artifacts, but solutions to these puzzles have been elusive. Now scientists have revealed that medieval artisans used a gilding technology that has endured for centuries. […]

  • Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
    on September 27, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. […]

  • How aerial thermal imagery is revolutionizing archaeology
    on September 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    A new study has demonstrated how the latest aerial thermal imagery is transforming archaeology due to advancements in technology. Today's thermal cameras, commercial drones and photogrammetric software has introduced a new realm of possibilities for collecting site data-- field survey data across a much larger area can now be obtained in much less time. The findings serve as a manual on how to use aerial thermography. […]

  • Ancient textiles reveal differences in Mediterranean fabrics in the 1st millennium BC
    on September 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Analysis of Iron Age textiles indicates that during c. 1000-400 BC Italy shared the textile culture of Central Europe, while Greece was largely influenced by the traditions of ancient Near East. […]

  • The connection between an unusual pottery vessel and the development of the elites
    on September 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Researchers have found a unique pottery vessel dating back some 7,200 years ago. The unique vessel was apparently used for ritual purposes, ensuring that certain people or groups could maintain their ability to store large quantities of crops. […]

  • Human bones in south Mexico: Stalagmite reveals their age as 13,000 years old
    on August 31, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    A prehistoric human skeleton found on the Yucatán Peninsula is at least 13,000 years old and most likely dates from a glacial period at the end of the most recent ice age, the late Pleistocene. A German-Mexican team of researchers has now dated the fossil skeleton based on a stalagmite that grew on the hip bone. […]

  • How Neanderthals made the very first glue
    on August 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The world's oldest known glue was made by Neanderthals. But how did they make it 200,000 years ago? Archaeologists have discovered three possible ways. […]

  • New clue may reveal the fate of famous French explorer
    on August 30, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    An anthropologist may have stumbled across a clue to resolving one of the most enduring mysteries of Pacific history - the fate of famous French navigator, Jean François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse who disappeared in 1788. […]

  • Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved
    on August 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry -- the study of triangles -- by more than 1,000 years. […]

  • Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago
    on August 23, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Excavations of architecture and associated deposits left by hunter-gatherers in the Black Desert in eastern Jordan have revealed bones from wild sheep -- a species previously not identified in this area in the Late Pleistocene. According to archaeologists, the discovery is further evidence that the region often seen as a 'marginal zone' was capable of supporting a variety of resources, including a population of wild sheep, 14,500 years ago. […]

  • 'Lost city' used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming
    on August 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Researchers working on a 700-year-old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefited farming practices for some 500 years. […]

  • Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    A team of archaeologists has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago. […]

  • Citrus fruits were the clear status symbols of the nobility in the ancient Mediterranean
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    New research reveals that citrons and lemons were status symbols for the ancient Roman ruling elite. It also plots the route and evolution of the citrus trade in the ancient Mediterranean. […]