Image Credit : Google Earth
30 Jul 2015

Legal expert makes fact-finding visit to threatened hillfort

A specialist planning lawyer has met with campaigners to discuss the prospect of legal action against development affecting the setting of Old Oswestry hillfort. The meeting comes as Shropshire’s local plan, known as SAMDev, nears the end of its examination by Inspector Claire Sherratt. The plan includes a large housing

Credit : Donald E. Hurlbert / Smithsonian Institution
28 Jul 2015

Smithsonian and Jamestown Rediscovery Partner to Reveal Identities of Four Lost Leaders of Jamestown

A team of scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation at Historic Jamestowne announced the identities of four men buried within Jamestown’s historic 1608 church, the location of Pocahontas’ marriage to John Rolfe.

Diana Udel, UM Rosenstiel School Communications Office
27 Jul 2015

Abrupt climate change may have rocked the cradle of civilisation

New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. These findings show that while socio-economic factors were traditionally considered to shape ancient human societies in this region, the influence of abrupt climate change should

22 Jul 2015

Qur’an manuscript dated among the oldest in the world

A Qur’an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods.

21 Jul 2015

The population history of Native Americans

There is archaeological evidence of modern humans in the Americas by ca. 15 thousand years ago (KYA). However, there is still debate over exactly when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia.

Credit : Hans Splinter
08 Jul 2015

Norwegian iron helped build Iron Age Europe

Two thousand years ago, Norway produced iron in significant quantities. Much of it was exported both southward and northward from Trøndelag in central Norway.

29 Jun 2015

Tracking the fortunes of the UK antiques trade online

A new online, interactive map has been launched which tracks the development and history of the UK antiques trade during the 20th century.

08 Jun 2015

Getting to the heart of the matter: CERN’s hidden heritage

A nuclear physicist and an archaeologist at the University of York have joined forces to produce a unique appraisal of the cultural significance of one of the world’s most important locations for scientific inquiry.

08 Jun 2015

The Shame of Art Vandalism in Rome

Rome is a city of great history, art and culture. Any visit should include the stunning attractions, museums and monuments, and witness great masterpieces like The Last Judgement at the Sistine Chapel, Bernini’s Altar at St Peter’s Basilica and She Wolf at the Capitoline Museums.

29 Apr 2015

DNA suggests all early Eskimos migrated from Alaska’s North Slope

Genetic testing of Iñupiat people currently living in Alaska’s North Slope is helping Northwestern University scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the migration patterns and ancestral pool of the people who populated the North American Arctic over the last 5,000 years.

23 Apr 2015

Calculating how the Pacific was settled

Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago.

01 Apr 2015

Male impersonators all the rage in the music halls

Drag queens have long been part of popular British culture, but women dressing as men have enjoyed less attention.

19 Mar 2015

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

04 Mar 2015

New Fathers For Justice cancels plans to turn historic sites into effigies of Batman

A controversial activists group have “postponed” their campaign plans to turn the historic heritage sites of Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex and the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset into giant effigies of “Batman.”

26 Feb 2015

Humour in the 13th century: This made them laugh out loud

We tend to think of the Middle Ages as grotesque and dreary. However, 13th century elites made use of laughter quite deliberately – and it resounded most loudly when it was at someone else’s expense.

26 Feb 2015

Bejewelled backdrop to coronations did not cost a king’s ransom

Research into England’s oldest medieval altarpiece – which for centuries provided the backdrop to Westminster Abbey coronations – has revealed that it cost no more than the rather unprincely equivalent of eight cows.

24 Feb 2015

Asian tree rings explain historical plague outbreaks in Europe

An interdisciplinary consortium of researchers from Oslo University and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, for the first time, demonstrate that climate-driven plague outbreaks in Asia were repeatedly transmitted over several centuries into southern European harbors.

20 Feb 2015

England’s immigrants in the Middle Ages

A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched today by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and The National Archives.

19 Feb 2015

Historic tide gauge data to shed light on ancient tsunamis

By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.

19 Feb 2015

New insights into origins of the world’s languages

Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as ‘Indo-European languages’, are the modern descendants of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago.

Credit : Markus Milligan
05 Feb 2015

10 Hidden Historic Sites in London

10 virtually unknown historic sites across London

21 Jan 2015

MAXICULTURE boosts initiatives in digital culture

Digital technologies provide a unique opportunity to preserve, access and spread our cultural heritage. But what are their socio-economic and technological impacts?