03 Jul 2015

Exploring the West’s First and Second World War archaeology

Some of the West’s fascinating but lesser known wartime heritage has been explored by archaeologists from the University of Bristol: a Second World War ‘Stop Line’ built to protect Bristol, and practice trenches dug by First World War soldiers on Brandon Hill.

01 Jul 2015

New study shows South Africans using milk-based paint 49,000 years ago

An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs.

26 Jun 2015

New data uncovered on Bronze Age humans’ diet and the arrival of new crops in the Iberian Peninsula

Researchers from the universities of Granada, Santiago de Compostela and Reading (UK) have studied human skeletal remains from the Cova do Santo collective burial cave in northwestern Spain.

Credit : Simon Wakefield
25 Jun 2015

Exploring Ancient Life Under the Shadow of Stonehenge

Our knowledge of the people who worshiped at Stonehenge and worked on its construction is set to be transformed through a new project led by the University of Reading.

24 Jun 2015

Stone tools from Jordan point to dawn of division of labor

Thousands of stone tools from the early Upper Paleolithic, unearthed from a cave in Jordan, reveal clues about how humans may have started organizing into more complex social groups by planning tasks and specializing in different technical skills.

05 Jun 2015

Archaeologists discover evidence of prehistoric gold trade route

Archaeologists at the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient gold trade route between the south-west of the UK and Ireland. A study suggests people were trading gold between the two countries as far back as the early Bronze Age (2500BC).

04 Jun 2015

Time Team archaeologist joins University of Lincoln

Leading archaeologist, lecturer and television presenter Carenza Lewis is to join the University of Lincoln, UK, in a new role connecting the public with cutting edge research in the arts and humanities.

02 Jun 2015

Archaeologists restore early Islamic caliph’s palace on the shores of the Sea of Galilee

The Department of Ancient Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is to receive EUR 30,000 through the Cultural Preservation Program of the German Federal Foreign Office to help with the restoration of a caliph’s palace on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

27 May 2015

Social Media & Archaeology – a match not made in heaven

Archaeologists are avid users of social media, as well as online crowd-based funding and content-sourcing tools—deploying them to save sites, sustain the historic environment and protect history, often in the face of government disinterest, ‘austerity’ and short-sighted cultural policy.

26 May 2015

The Viking’s grave and the sunken ship

Mapping archaeological digs takes plenty of time and a lot of measuring, photographing, drawing and note taking. Now, most of this work can be done with a technique called photogrammetry.

21 May 2015

Scientists discover world’s oldest stone tools

Scientists working in the desert badlands of northwestern Kenya have found stone tools dating back 3.3 million years, long before the advent of modern humans, and by far the oldest such artifacts yet discovered.

12 May 2015

New population genetics model could explain Finn, European differences

A new population genetics model developed by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health could explain why the genetic composition of Finnish people is so different from that of other European populations.

11 May 2015

Traces of flowers placed on a Palaeolithic tomb are found

The burial of the so-called Red Lady, dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic, was discovered in El Mirón cave (Cantabria) in 2010.

11 May 2015

Study to detect the first evidence of human consumption of mushrooms

A study published in the ‘Journal of Archaeological Science has detected the first evidence of human consumption of mushrooms.

11 May 2015

Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age

Archaeologists from the University of York have played a key role in Anglo-Danish research which has suggested the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier – and less violent – than previously believed.

01 May 2015

A piece of research challenges the view that Neolithic societies were egalitarian

The data obtained by Teresa Fernández-Crespo in seven megalithic graves in La Rioja and Araba-Álava suggest that certain individuals were excluded from burial on the basis of age and sex.

01 May 2015

Heritage destruction in conflict zones provides archaeological opportunities

Researchers say it is possible to obtain a great deal of original and important information from sites that have suffered badly through conflict.

29 Apr 2015

Aid workers should read through archaeologists’ notebooks on building houses

Aid workers who provide shelter following natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, should consider long-term archaeological information about how locals constructed their homes in the past, and what they do when they repair and rebuild.

29 Apr 2015

Study finds ancient clam beaches not so natural

Casting a large interdisciplinary research net has helped Simon Fraser University archaeologist Dana Lepofsky and 10 collaborators dig deeper into their findings about ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest to formulate new perspectives.

29 Apr 2015

Closing the case on an ancient archeological mystery

Climate change may be responsible for the abrupt collapse of civilization on the fringes of the Tibetan Plateau around 2000 B.C.

29 Apr 2015

Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals

The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

23 Apr 2015

Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

A new study pinpoints the devastating effects of climate change on ancient Maya civilization, despite attempts to adapt to it.

20 Apr 2015

Russian Archaeologists find oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe

Sometimes old friends give you a surprise. Russian archaeologists were conducting a routine examination of an old sabre unearthed seven years ago in Yaroslavl – when it turned out to be oldest crucible steel weapon in East Europe.

16 Apr 2015

Complex cognition shaped the Stone Age hand axe, study shows

The ability to make a Lower Paleolithic hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the “central executive” function of working memory, a new study finds.

09 Apr 2015

Don’t farm on me: Northern Europeans to Neolithic interlopers

Northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent, a team of researchers has found.

08 Apr 2015

Archaeologists defy Isis militants by finding new antiquities in Iraq

University of Manchester archaeologists are continuing to make significant new discoveries near the ancient city of Ur despite efforts by Islamic State militants to ‘culturally cleanse’ Iraq of its ancient relics.

07 Apr 2015

Complete camel skeleton unearthed in Austria

In 2006 construction began on a new shopping centre in Tulln. The works unearthed various archaeologically valuable objects that were salvaged during rescue excavations.

01 Apr 2015

Help to save the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina

A group of young archaeologists in Bosnia are asking for support in launching a Non-Government-Organisation (NGO) in order to protect endangered archaeological sites and raise global awareness.

26 Mar 2015

Poisons, plants and Palaeolithic hunters

Dozens of common plants are toxic. Archaeologists have long suspected that our Palaeolithic ancestors used plant poisons to make their hunting weapons more lethal.

26 Mar 2015

Assumed Missing – Reported Buried – the search for the lost Spitfires of Burma

It was a story which captivated the world’s media in 2012 and even attracted the support of British Prime Minister, David Cameron in talks with Myanmar President Thein Sein

25 Mar 2015

Study underscores complexity of geopolitics in the age of the Aztec empire

New findings from an international team of archaeological researchers highlight the complexity of geopolitics in Aztec era Mesoamerica and illustrate how the relationships among ancient states extended beyond warfare and diplomacy to issues concerning trade and the flow of goods.

Round Structure at Ceibal - University of Arizona
24 Mar 2015

Archeologists discover Maya ‘melting pot’

Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization’s transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life.

19 Mar 2015

University researchers uncover the largest known bronze mask of Pan

A large bronze mask of the god Pan, the only of its kind, was uncovered at the University of Haifa’s excavation at Hippos-Sussita National Park.

18 Mar 2015

Scientists offer new perspectives on China’s long history of reunifications

Archaeologists from The Field Museum in Chicago, IL and Shandong University (Jinan, China) have investigated the historical processes leading up to China’s political unification through the juxtaposition of macro- and micro-scale analysis.

12 Mar 2015

Saharan ‘carpet of tools’ is earliest known man-made landscape

A new intensive survey of the Messak Settafet escarpment, a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert, has shown that stone tools occur “ubiquitously” across the entire landscape: averaging 75 artefacts per square metre, or 75 million per square kilometre.

12 Mar 2015

Neandertals modified white-tailed eagle claws 130,000 years ago

Krapina Neandertals may have manipulated white-tailed eagle talons to make jewelry 130,000 years ago, before the appearance of modern human in Europe.

09 Mar 2015

Saving Chilean mummies from climate change

At least two thousand years before the ancient Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs, a hunter-gatherer people called the Chinchorro living along the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru developed elaborate methods to mummify not just elites but all types of community members—men, women, children, and even unborn fetuses.

06 Mar 2015

Karnak Excavation Yields 38 Artifacts

The CNRS/Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities has just completed the excavation of a favissa, a pit discovered in early December 2014 near the temple of the god Ptah.

05 Mar 2015

Evidence indicates Yucatan Peninsula hit by tsunami 1,500 years ago

The eastern coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, a mecca for tourists, may have been walloped by a tsunami between 1,500 and 900 years ago, says a new study involving Mexico’s Centro Ecological Akumal (CEA) and the University of Colorado Boulder.

05 Mar 2015

Excavation reveals ancient town and burial complex in Diros Bay, Greece

Recent research by The Diros Project, a five-year excavation program in Diros Bay, Greece, has uncovered the remains of an ancient town and burial complex that date to the Neolithic and Bronze Age.