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04 Oct 2015

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

Dramatically perched on an Andes mountain ridge some 8,000 feet above sea level in Peru, Machu Picchu is a visual wonder and a technical masterpiece.

01 Oct 2015

Mummification was commonplace in Bronze Age Britain

Ancient Britons may have intentionally mummified some of their dead during the Bronze Age, according to archaeologists at the University of Sheffield.

Three cannons recovered from the CSS Pee Dee include two Brooke rifles and one Dahlgren smoothbore - Credit : Peggy Binette, University of South Carolina
30 Sep 2015

Archaeologists Raise Trio of Civil War Cannons From Scuttled CSS Pee Dee

A team of underwater archaeologists from the University of South Carolina raised three Civil War cannons – each weighing upwards of 15,000 pounds – from the silty sediment of South Carolina’s Great Pee Dee River near Florence, S.C.

Credit : Nikki Davidov, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
29 Sep 2015

1,500 Year Old Mosaic that Depicts Ancient Streets and Buildings in Egypt

A 1,500 year old mosaic, depicting a map with streets and buildings, was exposed about two years ago in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted together with school children and employees from the Qiryat Gat Industrial Park.

Image Credit : Westray Heritage Centre
29 Sep 2015

Archaeologists uncover Bronze Age ‘sauna house’ in Orkney

Archaeologists in Orkney have uncovered the remains of over 30 buildings dating from around 4000 BC to 1000 BC, together with field systems, middens and cemeteries.

Zooarcheologists assign even very small bone fragments and other remains of animals. (Photo: Austrian Archaeological Institute)
28 Sep 2015

Archaeozoologists open “BoneLab Ephesos” in Turkey

Archaeologists from Austria have been working to excavate the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus since the 19th century.

Mounting, probably from a religious object, produced in Ireland in the 8th century. The mounting have traces of modifications and was probably used as a brooch. It was found in a woman's grave from the first part of the 9th century, in Oppland, Norway”. Credit : Museum of Cultural History
26 Sep 2015

New study on the use of imported objects in Viking Age Scandinavia

From a Scandinavian perspective, the Viking Age (ca. 800 to 1050) was a time of increased contact with other countries.

Image Credit : Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO
25 Sep 2015

Marine Archaeologists Excavate Greek Antikythera Shipwreck

Archaeologists excavating the famous ancient Greek shipwreck that yielded the Antikythera mechanism have recovered more than 50 items including a bronze armrest (possibly part of a throne), remains of a bone flute, fine glassware, luxury ceramics, a pawn from an ancient board game, and several elements of the ship itself.

A soldier tries to identify a part of MK1a Spitfire P9503 excavated during the dig Picture: Corporal Steve Blake RLC, Crown copyright
22 Sep 2015

Battle of Britain Spitfire unearthed on Salisbury Plain

An award-winning project which uses archaeology to aid the recovery of injured soldiers has uncovered a crashed Spitfire on Salisbury Plain.

Credit : Griffin Aerial Imaging
22 Sep 2015

Archaeologists may have discovered the tomb of the Maccabees

In recent weeks the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with local residents and young people, has been conducting an unusual archaeological excavation in search of the real location of the Tomb of the Maccabees.

Researchers work on excavation at the Upward Sun River site in Alaska.
Photo courtesy of Ben Potter, UAF
22 Sep 2015

Earliest evidence of ancient North American salmon fishing verified

Researchers in Alaska have found the earliest known evidence that Ice Age humans in North America used salmon as a food source, according to a new paper published this week in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

This is an aerial Image of the foundation of a Roman stone building. Length of the leveling staff (White) at the upper edge of the Picture: 5 meters.
CREDIT : Dennis Braks
17 Sep 2015

Frankfurt archaeologists discover ‘Roman Village’ in Gernsheim

During their first Gernsheim dig last year, Frankfurt University archaeologists suspected that a small Roman settlement must have also existed here in the Hessian Ried.

15 Sep 2015

Earliest evidence for ambush hunting by early humans in the Kenyan Rift

Around one million years ago, early humans were skilful at using the landscape features of the Kenyan Rift to ambush and kill their prey, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

Dave McMahan, Neva Project principal investigator, takes notes in a completed excavation block. Credit: Gleb Mikhalev
11 Sep 2015

Archaeologists piece together how crew survived 1813 shipwreck in Alaska

Working closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, an international team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation has begun to piece together an archaeological and historical narrative of how the crew of the wrecked 19th century Russian-American Company sailing ship Neva survived the harsh subarctic winter.

CREDIT : The Hunterian
11 Sep 2015

Neolithic skeleton reveals early history of rickets

Rickets has been identified in a Neolithic skeleton from the Scottish island of Tiree, making it the earliest case of the disease in the UK, according to research announced at the British Science Festival in Bradford.

07 Sep 2015

Clues from ancient Maya reveal lasting impact on environment

Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today’s environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Anwen Caffell lays out the remains.
CREDIT : Durham University / North News
03 Sep 2015

Skeletons found in mass graves are those of 17th century Scottish soldiers

Researchers at Durham University concluded that the identification of the remains as the Dunbar prisoners was “the only plausible explanation” when scientific data was analysed alongside historical information.

Billy O Foghlu with ram's horn. CREDIT : Stuart Hay, ANU
03 Sep 2015

3-D printing revives Bronze Age music

Billy Ó Foghlú, from The Australian National University (ANU), has found evidence that the artifact may have been a mouthpiece from an iron-age horn and not a spear-butt as previously thought.

Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) image of one of the twenty pieces of pottery found at the Wanelek site in New Guinea Highlands. Image : Gaffney
03 Sep 2015

Ancient new guinea pot makers surprising innovation

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known pottery from Papua New Guinea in a surprisingly remote location in the rugged highlands.

24 Aug 2015

Final appeal to extend the export ban on Sekhemka

On Saturday 22 August the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty told a press conference in Cairo that the sale of the statue of Sekhemka at Christie’s in July 2014 was an ”ethical crime”

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13 Aug 2015

Suspected plague pit from 1665 unearthed at Liverpool Street London

A mass burial site suspected of containing 30 victims of The Great Plague of 1665 has been unearthed at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street site in the City of London.

Wood - Credit :  Dave Henniker
11 Aug 2015

Uncovering more about Scotland’s military history

Earlier this summer, historic training trenches outside Edinburgh were the focus for an important archaeological excavation to provide a greater understanding of Scotland’s military history.