In the years after Columbus’ voyage, burning of New World forests and fields diminished significantly – a phenomenon some have attributed to decimation of native populations by European diseases. But a new University of Utah-led study suggests global cooling resulted in fewer fires because both preceded Columbus in many regions worldwide.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Archaeologists from the Department of Anthropology of the Americas at the University of Bonn have been excavating for the past four years together with the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History in the Maya city of Uxul in Campeche, Mexico.
Alanya Castle is hoping that 10 years of hard work will finally be rewarded when a group from the UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage Committee visit in September of this year.
The University of Reading has been awarded funding for a research project aiming to transform our understanding of how Christianity impacted daily life in Anglo-Saxon England.
A team of researchers from Tel Aviv Universityhas uncovered a hoard of real-life buried treasure at the Crusader castle of Arsur (also known as Apollonia), a stronghold located between the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, in use from 1241 to its destruction in 1265. The hoard, comprised of 108 gold coins, mostly dinars dated to the Fatimid Period (ca. 900 to 1100 AD), was discovered in a pot by a university student. The coins bear the names of sultans and blessings, and usually include a date and a mint name that indicates where a coin was struck.
The 12th-century German “Chronicle of the Emperors” (Kaiserchronik) – widely regarded by scholars as one of the most important literary works of the European Middle Ages – is to receive a landmark new edition.
Ceramics found on the coast of the Adriatic attest to a hitherto unknown artistic culture which flourished during the last Ice Age, thousands of years before pottery was commonly used.
New method less prone to contamination, provides further insight into immune response
The truth behind some of the world’s most famous historical myths, including Homer’s epic, the Iliad, has been bolstered by two researchers who have analysed the relationships between the myths’ characters and compared them to real-life social networks.
Amelia Earhart and Lockheed Electra 10E NR16020 c. 1937 : Wiki Commons A $2.2 million expedition with hopes of discovering
Scientists have long speculated that high diabetes rates among Native Americans may have roots in the evolutionary past. “Thrifty” genes that helped ancient hunter-gatherers store fat for survival during famine may contribute to diabetes in modern times of plenty.
Over recent months the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) has been closely following the proposed management of the wreck of HMS Victory (1744), an internationally important shipwreck and grave of over 1100 Royal Navy sailors, which was lost in a storm in the English Channel in October 1744.
C Santa Barbara professor of anthropology Lynn Gamble and her students were recently presented with a rare opportunity: Excavate a Chumash Indian site that might be the location of the original Santa Barbara.
Buried by Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, archaeologists at Herculaneum have excavated and carried out the first-ever full reconstruction of the timber roof of a Roman villa
Innovative research by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Bradford used laser microscopes to explore how stone tools were used in prehistory, and the process has helped streamline surface measurement techniques for modern manufacturers.
University of Reading experts have found the first evidence that Iron Age people in Britain were spicing up mealtimes with foods and seasoning imported from the Mediterranean region.
The traditional image of Neanderthals as gritty people who spent most of their time out hunting might not be entirely accurate, according to a new study revealing that they may have had to devote hours to daily subsistence tasks instead.
In order to discover whether the Roman occupation of Britain actually was as seismic a shift in history as portrayed within many circles. We must first look at the very thing which helps us wade through history, archaeology itself.
Plans to excavate the final third of the Bankside site could see the theatre fully restored in time for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616
US firm Odyssey has salvaged 48.8 tonnes of silver from ship sunk by German U-boat during second world war
A team of archaeologists led by Stephen Houston has made a new discovery at the Maya archaeological site in El Zotz, Guatemala, uncovering a pyramid believed to celebrate the Maya sun god.
An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities.