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Two ancient Maya cities discovered in the jungle of southeastern Mexico
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Two ancient Maya cities discovered in the jungle of southeastern Mexico

August 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In the tropical forest of central Yucatan peninsula, two large Maya sites have been discovered by an archaeological expedition led by Ivan Šprajc, of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)....
10 reasons when you know you’re a true archaeologist…
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10 reasons when you know you’re a true archaeologist…

August 25th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
10 reasons when you know you're a true...
Paleolithic diet of snails 10,000 years earlier than previously thought
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Paleolithic diet of snails 10,000 years earlier than previously thought

August 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE....
Rome’s first emperor died 2000 years ago – his tomb is now used as a toilet
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Rome’s first emperor died 2000 years ago – his tomb is now used as a toilet

August 20th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Augustus, who died 2000 years ago, was the first emperor of Rome. He brought peace after the turmoil in the republic after the assassination of Julius Caesar when he defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra....
Bone Chemistry reveals royal lifestyle of Richard III
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Bone Chemistry reveals royal lifestyle of Richard III

August 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A new study conducted by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers at the University of Leicester, has explored the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and unveiled fascinating new details about the...
Luas Works Reveal Multiple Human Remains at College Green
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Luas Works Reveal Multiple Human Remains at College Green

August 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The archaeological team located an individual at a depth of 1.5m below the present ground surface, immediately north of the gates of Trinity College, Dublin. The individual was situated below the known level of post-medieval...
The Mummy’s Face: Solving an Ancient Mystery
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The Mummy’s Face: Solving an Ancient Mystery

August 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
He looks almost Byzantine or Greek, gazing doe-eyed over the viewer’s left shoulder, his mouth forming a slight pout, like a star-struck lover or perhaps a fan of the races witnessing his favorite charioteer losing control of...
Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history
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Embalming study ‘rewrites’ key chapter in Egyptian history

August 13th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Researchers from the Universities of York, Macquarie and Oxford have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought. The scientific...
Space-age technologies aim to uncover Britain’s heritage
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Space-age technologies aim to uncover Britain’s heritage

August 12th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A team from the University of Leicester is to investigate the potential use of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) technology to advance understanding of our...
Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Niño cycles
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Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Niño cycles

August 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The planet’s largest and most powerful driver of climate changes from one year to the next, the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, was believed to have been weaker in ancient times due to the different...
Excavation of ancient well yields insight into Etruscan, Roman and medieval times
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Excavation of ancient well yields insight into Etruscan, Roman and medieval times

August 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
During a four-year-long excavation of an Etruscan well at the ancient Italian settlement of Cetamura del Chianti, a team led by a Florida State University archaeologist and art historian unveiled a wealth of artifacts spanning...
WSU researchers see violent era in ancient southwest
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WSU researchers see violent era in ancient southwest

August 4th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
It’s a given, in terms of numbers, the 20th Century was the most violent in history, with the American Civil War, purges and the two World Wars killing as many as 200 million...
How the lion got his head back
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How the lion got his head back

July 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have discovered an ancient fragment of ivory, which belonged to a 40,000-year-old animal figurine. Both pieces were discovered in the Vogelherd cave located in the south west of...
Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes
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Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes

July 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Finland’s love for milk has been traced as far back as 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyse residues preserved in fragments of ancient...
DNA Find Reveals New Insights into the History of Cattle in Europe
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DNA Find Reveals New Insights into the History of Cattle in Europe

July 29th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A research team from the University of Basel uncovered some interesting findings in a Neolithic settlement at the boarders of Lake Biel in Switzerland: The DNA of a cattle bone displays genetic traces of the European aurochs and...
Earlier Stone Age artefacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa
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Earlier Stone Age artefacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

July 25th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South America have provided tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artefacts, including items such as hand axes. These artefacts were unearthed by...
3-D image of Palaeolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage
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3-D image of Palaeolithic child’s skull reveals trauma, brain damage

July 24th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
3-D imaging provides researchers with brand new insights into Palaeolithic child’s skull...
The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic Groups is specified by flint
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The economic territory of Upper Palaeolithic Groups is specified by flint

July 21st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Research conducted by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has determined, on the basis of the Ametzagaina site, the mobility patterns and management of lithic resources....
Little too late: Researchers identify disease that may have plagued 700 year-old-skeleton
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Little too late: Researchers identify disease that may have plagued 700 year-old-skeleton

July 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
European researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old-skeleton discovered in the ruins of a Medieval Italian...
Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing
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Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ continued long after invention of writing

July 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
An archaeological dig in the southeast of Turkey has unveiled a considerable number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it was...
The curse of Sekjemka strikes Northampton as Alan Moore condemns £15 million sale of statue
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The curse of Sekjemka strikes Northampton as Alan Moore condemns £15 million sale of statue

July 11th, 2014 | by Andy Brockman
As Christie's sell the statue of Sekhemka for £15.7 million, world famous graphic novelist Alan Moore torpedoes a key Government culture policy, the International Council of Museums condemns Northampton's sale of the statue and...
Archaeologists have unearthed a bath house at Segedunum Roman Fort after years of speculation
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Archaeologists have unearthed a bath house at Segedunum Roman Fort after years of speculation

July 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The mystery of a bath house buried underneath an ancient Roman fort has finally been discovered after years of speculation in a recent...
World’s Earliest Erotic Graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean Island
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World’s Earliest Erotic Graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean Island

July 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
World’s Earliest Erotic Graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean...
Cache of Roman and Corieltavi Iron Age coins discovered in cave
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Cache of Roman and Corieltavi Iron Age coins discovered in cave

July 7th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
An excavation in Dovedale, Derbyshire by archaeologists from the National Trus, Leicester University and the Defence Archaeology Group (Operation Nightingale) has unearthed a hoard of Late Iron Age and Republican Roman coins, the...
New archaeological find could shed light on late-Roman Britain
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New archaeological find could shed light on late-Roman Britain

July 6th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A unique archaeological find uncovered near the site of a Roman villa in Dorset could help to shed light on the rural elite of late-Roman Britain...
Hair from mummy’s clothes provides insights into red deer lineage
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Hair from mummy’s clothes provides insights into red deer lineage

July 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Hair from mummy’s clothes provides insights into red deer...
Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society
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Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society

July 1st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Unlike most hunter-gatherer societies of the Bronze Age, the people of the Baikal region of modern Siberia (Russia) respected their dead with formal graves....
Ten Must See Iron Age Hill Forts In Britain
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Ten Must See Iron Age Hill Forts In Britain

July 1st, 2014 | by heritagedaily
A hill fort is a type of earthworks used as a fortified refuge or defended...
Baby boom in North American history between 500 to 1300 A.D.
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Baby boom in North American history between 500 to 1300 A.D.

June 30th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long "growth blip" among southwestern Native Americans between 500 to 1300...
Archaeo-astronomy Steps out from the Shadows of the Past
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Archaeo-astronomy Steps out from the Shadows of the Past

June 24th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Archaeo-astronomy Steps out from the Shadows of the...
Humans have been changing Chinese environment for 3,000 years
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Humans have been changing Chinese environment for 3,000 years

June 20th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
For thousands of years, Mother Nature has taken the blame for tremendous human suffering caused by massive flooding along the Yellow River, long known in China as the “River of Sorrow” and “Scourge of the Sons of...
What Amino Acids in Shells tell us About Bronze Age People
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What Amino Acids in Shells tell us About Bronze Age People

June 18th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Scientists at the University of York have conducted a study that has unveiled new information on the use of mollusc shells and personal adornments by people in the Bronze...
The “wonderful rubbish” of the Gilf Kebir desert
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The “wonderful rubbish” of the Gilf Kebir desert

June 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A chance find in a site known as the Cave of Swimmers adds a colourful twist to an exhibition in Paris celebrating the work of ethnographer Leo Frobenius in raising awareness of the rock art of Africa....
A genetic study rebuilds the history of Pre-Columbian and present-day Mexican populations
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A genetic study rebuilds the history of Pre-Columbian and present-day Mexican populations

June 17th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A genetic study published in the journal Science rebuilds the history of Mexican Pre-Columbian populations and characterises the genetic structure of present-day Mexican...
Military memories of the First World War in the Yorkshire Dales
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Military memories of the First World War in the Yorkshire Dales

June 16th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Military memories of the First World War are being brought to life in a special community archaeology project supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority...
Archaeologists back on site to excavate Roman Temple
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Archaeologists back on site to excavate Roman Temple

June 15th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Commissioned by the Senhouse Museum Trust, the team of archaeologists and volunteers is led by Newcastle University’s Professor Ian Haynes and site director Tony Wilmott. This is the fourth year of a five year programme of...
Preserving the Battle of Hastings from “contamination”
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Preserving the Battle of Hastings from “contamination”

June 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The Battle of Hastings is regularly fought all over again by enthusiastic re-enactors, before large crowds of spectators. The problem is that they are depositing material that could compromise the archaeology of the historic...
Ancient Roman Sanctuary Discovered in France
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Ancient Roman Sanctuary Discovered in France

June 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In Northern France’s Picardy region about 35 kilometers north of Paris in the city of Pont-Sainte-Maxence, archeologists have uncovered an ancient Roman sanctuary dating back to the second century, which has no equivalent in...
Seafarers brought Neolithic culture to Europe, gene study indicates
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Seafarers brought Neolithic culture to Europe, gene study indicates

June 11th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
How the Neolithic people found their way to Europe has long been a subject of debate. A study published June 6 of genetic markers in modern populations may offer some new...
Roman coins and brooches unearthed at Blackfriars in Leicester
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Roman coins and brooches unearthed at Blackfriars in Leicester

June 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Wardell Armstrong Archaeology's excavation at Blackfriars has revealed its most interesting artefacts at the closing stages of the project – including a number of Roman coins and Roman and medieval brooches....