24 November is a great day for palaeontology and evolutionary biology. Not only was it on this date in 1859 that Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species,” as it is commonly known, was published (it sold out on its first day and had to be re-printed), it was also the day, in 1974, when paleoanthropologists discovered Lucy, a 3.2 million year old skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis, an extinct species of hominid.
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For the last thirty years archaeologists inspired primarily by the feminist movement, have become mo ...
Following the amazing discovery of the Egyptian king's near-intact tomb by Howard Carter in 1922, Tu ...
In the framework document for consultation 2013: ‘The National Curriculum in England,’ produced by t ...
The Ninth Legion ‘Hispana’, the lost legion of Rome that marched into the murky fog of history and i ...
Greece has been in the grip of a financial crisis for the last few years now and Greek heritage sites are hit the worst. There is however, an unseen, less well known crisis and it involves Greek palaeoanthropology – the study of hominin evolution. It is not so much a crisis as a metaphorical drought of artefacts and fossil evidence, which remains the best way to understand human evolution in Greece.
The exploration of the origins of the civilizations undoubtedly constitutes a fascinating adventure, but also a demanding one; it indeed takes us to fields uncertain and troubled by passion. On the subject, the history of investigations on the initial human settlements of the American continent is revealing…
Ministers Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond are in the firing line as the Ministry of Defence admits Odyssey Marine Exploration is already preparing to cash in on HMS Victory and the remains of over 1000 British sailors without the permission of the Government.
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.
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Norwegian conservators are conducting tests at HZB to halt the degradation of one of the most important cultural assets from the Viking Age
Last week the maritime archaeology community was rocked by an accusation published in the Sunday Times [3 June 2012] which suggested a “blunder” by English Heritage had led to the disclosure of the location of the wreck site of HMS Victory, lost with all hands in a storm in October 1744.
When history looks back on the career of Oliver Cromwell we see on a man who is famed for genius as a statesman, general and administrator. However is this an accurate reflection or a rose colored Victorian view of a man who they transformed from villain to hero.
For a number of years the Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have run an advertising campaign for their eponymous real ale, which gleefully takes up the iconography of the Spitfire and those nationalistic backward looking clichés that often accompany coverage of relations with Europe and particularly Germany in the British tabloid press.
In ancient Rome, Latin has no equivalent translation for defining homosexual and heterosexual as an individual’s preference or activity, emphasized by the “active” masculinity as a premise of governance, power and status. Archaeology News : Written by Markus Milligan
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the discovery of objects that for the first time shed light on how a cult was organized in Judah at the time of King David.
A secret report, previously unknown to historians, shows how British Intelligence was tracking Hitler’s growing preoccupation with “the enemy within” on the eve of the Final Solution.
Two thousand years ago, as the Romans invade Britannia, the princess, who will become the powerful queen of the great tribe of the Brigantes watches the enemies of her people come ever closer. Cartimandua’s world is, from the start, a maelstrom of love and conflict, revenge and retribution. (Erskine 2006)
Evidence of early human occupation throughout the central and western Australian desert offers archaeological data contributing to current understandings of the social and technological adaptations in arid zones.
The popular perception of archaeology is a team of dusty individuals in wide-brimmed hats unearthing treasures from a pharaoh’s tomb or an ancient collection of Native American artifacts.
In 2007 one of the most important recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt were made in Wadi (Chor) Abu Subeira near Aswan: A team led by Adel Kelany of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) found a stunning assemblage of petroglyphs dating to the Late Palaeolithic era (c. 15-20.000 years ago).
In the sacred place of Tenochtitlan, archaeologists from INAH-Conaculta (The Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts), have found 23 tombstones over 550 years old, with etched images of snakes, prisoners, ornaments and warriors, which, as a whole, appears to depict the story alluding to the birth of Huitzilopochtli and the origins of the Holy War between the Mexicas.
Typology – the classification of objects, structures, or specimens by sub-dividing observed populations into a theoretical sequence or series of groups (types) and subgroups (subtypes) according to consideration of their qualitative, quantitative, morphological, formal, technological, and functional attributes (Darvill 2003: 443).
Operation Nightingale – A project currently being deployed in the armed forces to help rehabilitate injured solders through archaeological investigations have discovered a hypocaust system and standing walls from a substantial roman building in Wales.
Extraordinary 7th century discovery on outskirts of Cambridge offers unique insights into the origins of English Christianity.
Scientists have concluded that Hominins were not responsible for the animals that died at a 2 million year old site. Thanks to the nature of the bone breakage common in the assemblage.