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Archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina
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Archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina

November 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
By combining an analysis of written artifacts with a study of skeletal remains, Stanford postdoctoral scholar Anne Austin is creating a detailed picture of care and medicine in the ancient...
Archaeologists race against time to explore Neanderthal site
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Archaeologists race against time to explore Neanderthal site

November 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
University of Southampton archaeologists are working to save important Palaeolithic remains at a rare Neanderthal site, before they are lost to the forces of...
THE – The Heritage Explorer (Magazine) Crowdfunder
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THE – The Heritage Explorer (Magazine) Crowdfunder

November 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Support us in launching a printed magazine that explores the history, archaeology, travel, culture and exploration of the...
Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’
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Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’

November 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Animal teeth, bones and plant remains have helped researchers from Cambridge, China and America to pinpoint a date for what could be the earliest sustained human habitation at high...
Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain
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Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

November 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Las Médulas in León is considered to be the largest opencast goldmine of the Roman Empire, but the search for this metal extended many kilometres further south-east to the Erica river valley....
Anthropologist uncovers issues of gender inequality in archaeology journals
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Anthropologist uncovers issues of gender inequality in archaeology journals

November 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but...
Dating of Viking fortress could suggest it belonged to Harald Bluetooth
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Dating of Viking fortress could suggest it belonged to Harald Bluetooth

November 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In September 2014, archaeologists from the Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University announced the discovery of a Viking fortress in a field belonging to Vallø Manor, located west of Køge on the east coast of...
Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age
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Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age

November 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers prove definitively that climate change - commonly assumed to be responsible - could not...
Ancient DNA sheds light on the origin of Europeans
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Ancient DNA sheds light on the origin of Europeans

November 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Much of the evidence of where the first Europeans came from was originally derived from comparisons of skulls but our work looking at ancient DNA is revealing new insight, with results published this month in...
Climate capers of the past 600,000 years
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Climate capers of the past 600,000 years

November 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
If you want to see into the future, you have to understand the past. An international consortium of researchers under the auspices of the University of Bonn has drilled deposits on the bed of Lake Van (Eastern Turkey) which...
Life Originated in the Earth’s Crust
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Life Originated in the Earth’s Crust

November 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
This at least is what the geologist Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schreiber and the physico-chemist Prof. Dr. Christian Mayer of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany are convinced of....
High-Tech Authentication of Ancient Artifacts
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High-Tech Authentication of Ancient Artifacts

November 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In ongoing studies, Rose and his colleague Jane Walsh have now analyzed hundreds of artifacts, including carved stone figurines and masks and ceramic pieces from the ancient Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan and Mezcala civilizations...
Tell-tales of war: Traditional stories highlight how ancient women survived
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Tell-tales of war: Traditional stories highlight how ancient women survived

November 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Through the ages, women have suffered greatly because of wars. Consequently, to protect themselves and their offspring, our female ancestors may have evolved survival strategies specific to problems posed by warfare, says...
New Research Focuses TIGHAR’s Underwater Search for Earhart Plane
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New Research Focuses TIGHAR’s Underwater Search for Earhart Plane

November 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Increasing confidence that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris found on a remote, uninhabited South Pacific atoll came from Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra has bolstered speculation that a sonar anomaly detected at a depth of...
What does it mean to be English?
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What does it mean to be English?

November 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An epic new history of England offers some eye-catching conclusions on Englishness – suggesting, among other things, that a “remarkable” level of cultural unity and a relative openness to other cultures are both key...
Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention
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Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention

November 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Whether you are a human being or an orang-utan, tools can be a big help in getting what you need to survive....
Did men evolve navigation skills to find mates?
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Did men evolve navigation skills to find mates?

November 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A University of Utah study of two African tribes found evidence that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills - the ability to mentally manipulate objects - can roam farther and have...
The cave paintings of Valltorta-Gassulla could be dated in absolute terms thanks to new analyses
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The cave paintings of Valltorta-Gassulla could be dated in absolute terms thanks to new analyses

November 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Researchers presented the first characterisation of the black pigments used in the shelters of the Remígia cave, in the Valltorta-Gassulla area, between the Valencian regions of L’Alt Maestrat and La Plana (Castelló)....
Supercomputing Beyond Genealogy Reveals Surprising European Ancestors
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Supercomputing Beyond Genealogy Reveals Surprising European Ancestors

November 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
What if you researched your family's genealogy, and a mysterious stranger turned out to be an...
Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago
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Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago

November 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The Assyrian Empire once dominated the ancient Near East. At the start of the 7th century BC, it was a mighty military machine and the largest empire the Old World had yet seen....
Archaeologists discover remains of Ice Age infants in Alaska
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Archaeologists discover remains of Ice Age infants in Alaska

November 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The remains of two Ice Age infants, buried over 11,000 years ago at a site located in Alaska, represent the youngest human remains ever discovered in the northern part of North America, according to a new paper published in the...
Unique Roman Relief Discovered
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Unique Roman Relief Discovered

November 10th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence discover depiction of unknown god in Turkey – relics from 2,000 years of cult history...
A/C came standard on armoured dinosaur models
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A/C came standard on armoured dinosaur models

November 10th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
armoured dinosaur modelsLed by palaeontologist Jason Bourke, a team of scientists at Ohio University used CT scans to record the anatomy of nasal passages in two different ankylosaur species. The team then modeled airflow through...
People of The Heath – Petersfield Museum’s Heath Barrow Project
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People of The Heath – Petersfield Museum’s Heath Barrow Project

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
This exciting four-year project was initiated by The Petersfield Museum to enable historians and archaeologists to understand who designed, constructed and venerated a collection of Bronze Age Burial Mounds....
Gene that once aided survival in the Arctic is found to have negative impact on health today
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Gene that once aided survival in the Arctic is found to have negative impact on health today

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Millennia-old genetic variant that once provided advantages for survival in cold climates increases risk of hypoglycemia and infant...
Scientists resolve the evolution of insects
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Scientists resolve the evolution of insects

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announce the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the history of the evolution of...
The ‘Lost Diggers of Fromelles’: identifying and caring for the dead of the First World War
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The ‘Lost Diggers of Fromelles’: identifying and caring for the dead of the First World War

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Using DNA to identify the remains those long dead is about more than just the historical record; it can also be seen as an ‘act of care’, writes Jackie Leach Scully of Newcastle...
Koala study reveals clues about origins of the human genome
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Koala study reveals clues about origins of the human genome

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Eight percent of your genome derives from retroviruses that inserted themselves into human sex cells millions of years ago. Right now the koala retrovirus (KoRV) is invading koala genomes, a process that can help us understand...
Rutherford’s secret WW1 mission helped pioneer ‘sonar’
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Rutherford’s secret WW1 mission helped pioneer ‘sonar’

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Manchester scientist Ernest Rutherford – famed for “splitting the atom” – also deserves better recognition for helping to pioneer a system we now know as sonar as part of a top secret World War One defence...
New Zealand’s moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population
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New Zealand’s moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand's human population had grown to two and half thousand people at...
Ancient DNA shows earliest European genomes weathered the Ice Age
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Ancient DNA shows earliest European genomes weathered the Ice Age

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A ground-breaking new study on DNA recovered from a fossil of one of the earliest known Europeans - a man who lived 36,000 years ago in Kostenki, western Russia - has shown that the earliest European humans' genetic ancestry...
Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia
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Complete 9,000-year-old frozen bison mummy found in Siberia

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in...
Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles
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Origin of the unique ventilatory apparatus of turtles

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Through the careful study of modern and early fossil tortoise, researchers now have a better understanding of how tortoises breathe and the evolutionary processes that helped shape their unique breathing apparatus and tortoise...
Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded
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Tricky take-off kept pterodactyls grounded

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simulated pterodactyl flight using...
New insights into an old bird
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New insights into an old bird

November 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures, and a poster child for human-caused extinction events. Despite its notoriety, and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history, little is actually known...
2,000-year-old youth organization
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2,000-year-old youth organization

November 6th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In Roman Egypt, 14-year-old boys were enrolled in a youth organisation to learn to be good...
Population boom and droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire
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Population boom and droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire

November 6th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Researchers see parallels between decline of Assyrian civilisation and today’s turmoil in Syria and...
Taking a deeper look at ‘ancient wing’
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Taking a deeper look at ‘ancient wing’

November 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The reconstruction of ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is fundamental when considering the colouration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated...
African diamond mine reveals dinosaur and large mammal tracks
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African diamond mine reveals dinosaur and large mammal tracks

November 5th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In a surprise turn of events, one of the largest diamond mines in Africa, Catoca in Angola, contains 118 million year old dinosaur, crocodile and large mammal tracks. The mammal tracks show a raccoon-sized animal, during a time...
How the Lusitania brought America into the First World War
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How the Lusitania brought America into the First World War

November 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
When the Lusitania left New York for Liverpool on what would be her final voyage on 1st May 1915, during the Great War, it would alter the course of history...