English Heritage keeps a careful watch as volunteers sift through hundreds of molehills on a fortress site near the Roman wall
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Humans that populated the banks of the river Manzanares (Madrid, Spain) during the Middle Palaeolithic (between 127,000 and 40,000 years ago) fed themselves on pachyderm meat and bone marrow. This is what a Spanish study shows and has found percussion and cut marks on elephant remains in the site of Preresa (Madrid).
For 300 million years, they were the ultimate survivors. They successfully negotiated three mass extinctions, only to die out eventually at the end of the Cretaceous along with the dinosaurs: Ammonoids, or ammonites as they are also known, were marine cephalopods believed to be related to today’s squid and nautiloids.
Analysis of ancient mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been used to establish migration and population patterns for American indigenous cultures during the time before Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas.
A Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) team is heading to the South Atlantic to survey a tanker sunk by a German U-boat in World War Two.
The Cutty Sark, the world’s last surviving tea clipper and one of Britain’s greatest maritime treasures, will be reopened following an extensive conservation project, with major support totalling £25 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The following day (26 April) the ship opens to visitors for the first time since 2006.
San Francisco — In the winter of 479 B.C., a tsunami was the savior of Potidaea, drowning hundreds of Persian invaders as they lay siege to the ancient Greek village.
Following the recent announcement of the discovery of the earliest known Christian imagery in the exploration of a sealed first century Jerusalem tomb, controversy predictably erupted, with numerous members of the community of biblical scholars offering alternate interpretations of the iconography and disputing the tomb’s claimed Christian connections.
Whatever went on there, it would have impressed the ancient Britons. Even if it was only whispering.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova voiced alarm over the safety of Timbuktu’s invaluable cultural heritage, following reports that rebels have over-run and looted centres containing thousands of ancient books and documents that bear testimony to the city’s extraordinary history.
The enigmatic Tasmanian tiger, known also as the thylacine, was hunted to extinction in the wild at the turn of the 20th century, and the last one died in a Tasmanian zoo in 1936.
Today London & Partners name the Museum of London’s archaeological archive, known as LAARC, the largest in the world as part of World Record London.
University of Cincinnati research is revealing early farming in a former wetlands region that was largely cut off from Western researchers until recently.
Chimpanzee behaviour suggests tree-to-ground transition occurred before the emergence of ancient humans.
Important evidence of Taunton’s past as a fortified town and, later, a thriving market town have been uncovered by archaeologists working at Castle Green.
What can surnames tell us about the culture, genetics and history of our society? That is the question being answered by Chinese researchers who have traced the evolution of surnames across China.
Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres.
Thirty-seven skeletons found in a mass burial site in the grounds of St John’s College may not be who they initially seemed, according to Oxford researchers studying the remains.
In order to accurately identify skulls as male or female, forensic anthropologists need to have a good understanding of how the characteristics of male and female skulls differ between populations.
The Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site has received a £537,185 funding boost from the SITA Trust for a project to be managed by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage.
Thieves who took 18th-century bowl and sculpture from Durham museum probably only in building two minutes, says detective
In 2007 one of the most important recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt were made in Wadi (Chor) Abu Subeira near Aswan: A team led by Adel Kelany of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) found a stunning assemblage of petroglyphs dating to the Late Palaeolithic era (c. 15-20.000 years ago).