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.

21 Mar 2015

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19 Mar 2015

Human parasites found in medieval cesspit reveal links between Middle East and Europe

A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spread of infectious diseases in the Middle East during the 15th century.

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?

06 Jan 2015

Twenty-five century-old mystery uncovered

Researchers at Macquarie University’s Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS) have joined forces with scientists from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), on a joint research program to solve a twenty-five century-old mystery behind the technology used to produce a special variety of ancient Greek coins.

17 Dec 2014

Gothic cathedrals blend iron and stone

Using radiocarbon dating on metal found in Gothic cathedrals, an interdisciplinary team has shown, for the first time through absolute dating, that iron was used to reinforce stone from the construction phase.

17 Dec 2014

Virtual view for some of Scotland’s most iconic heritage sites

Google Street View has launched a new collection of historic Scottish sites, allowing people to now explore a number of the nation’s picturesque castles, forts and abbeys from their phone, tablet or computer.

16 Dec 2014

Back to future with Roman architectural concrete

No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, the Colosseum, or the other spectacular examples of ancient Roman concrete monuments that have stood the test of time and the elements for nearly two thousand years.

15 Nov 2014

High-Tech Authentication of Ancient Artifacts

In ongoing studies, Rose and his colleague Jane Walsh have now analyzed hundreds of artifacts, including carved stone figurines and masks and ceramic pieces from the ancient Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan and Mezcala civilizations dating from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 600.

12 Nov 2014

Supercomputing Beyond Genealogy Reveals Surprising European Ancestors

What if you researched your family’s genealogy, and a mysterious stranger turned out to be an ancestor?

30 Sep 2014

Hyperspectral imaging shines light on the early Finns’ life in the Stone Age

The 5,500 years old clay figurines found at community excavations in Vantaa, Finland in summer 2014, were recently scanned with SPECIM’s hyperspectral camera.

01 Jul 2014

Siberian Bronze Age skull reveals secrets of ancient society

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.

01 May 2014

Geographic Population Structure can locate the village your ancestors lived 1,000 years ago

Tracing when your DNA was formed, is now possible due to a revolutionary technique developed by a team of international scientists led by experts from the University of Sheffield.

21 Feb 2014

Jawed vertebrates get a face

A  team of French and Swedish researchers present new fossil evidence for the origin of one of the most important and emotionally significant parts of our anatomy: the face. They show how a series of fossils, with a 410 million year old armoured fish called Romundina at its centre, documents the

03 Jan 2014

Ball State simulation helps unravel ancient Roman puzzle

An enduring mystery of archaeology involving a well-known historical site in ancient Rome.

02 Jan 2014

Money Talks When Ancient Antioch Meets Google Earth

UC research puts a high-tech spin on studying the ancient world

Ambassador Vich’s Gothic palace (above) in Valencia was transformed into a Renaissance palace (below). The style of the patio was also changed. Credit: Mercedes Galiana
20 Dec 2013

New method for reconstructing historic buildings in 3D

Researchers have recreated the palace of Ambassador Vich

Homo heidelbergensis_ Sima de los Huesos_Credit Javier Trueba Madrid Scientific Films
07 Dec 2013

Oldest hominin DNA sequenced

Sequencing the mitochondrial genome of a 400,000-year-old hominin from Spain.

07 Dec 2013

New research will allow more reliable dating of major past events

A new method which will allow key past events to be dated more accurately.

29 Nov 2013

Controversy over the use of Roman ingots to investigate dark matter and neutrinos

Lead bricks from ancient shipwrecks ideal for experiments in particle physics.

30 Oct 2013

Redwood trees reveal history of West Coast rain, fog, ocean conditions

A researcher has developed a way to use the trees as a window into coastal condition

15 Sep 2013

First magnetometer e​xpedition over wreck​s of USS Scourge (Lo​rd Nelson) and USS H​amilton

Sailing out of Ontario’s historic Port Dalhousie on a glorious late June morning the tree lined shoreline of western Lake Ontario must have looked almost the same the morning of August 8, 1813 just hours after two United States Navy warships, USS Hamilton and British-built USS Scourge, slipped beneath the lake’s surface into its cold, dark waters taking 53 sailors to their watery graves, casualties of the War of 1812.

09 Sep 2013

New 10 second sourcing technology set to transform archaeology

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of sourcing obsidian artefacts that takes only 10 seconds – dozens of times faster than the current methods – with a handheld instrument that can be used at archaeological excavations.

06 Sep 2013

Micro Plasma source may revolutionize how archaeologists date objects in the field

A team of researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden has designed a microplasma source capable of exciting matter in a controlled, efficient way. This miniature device may find use in a wide range of applications in harsh environments, but can also help revolutionize archaeology.

06 Sep 2013

Tudor sculptures reassembled with help from 3D scanning

University of Leicester experts have tried to recreate two Tudor monuments using a mixture of humanities research and scientific technology.

12 Aug 2013

Ancient glass beads provide evidence of industry and trade routes at the time of the Romans

Scientists at Mainz University for the first time prove techniques used to produce ancient glazed beads / Investigations conducted using neutron activation analysis with the aid of the TRIGA research reactor

11 Aug 2013

Archaeology technique gives insight into day before death

The day before the child’s death was not a pleasant one, because it was not a sudden injury that killed the 10-13 year old child who was buried in the medieval town of Ribe in Denmark 800 years ago. The day before death was full of suffering because the child had been given a large dose of mercury in an attempt to cure a severe illness.

11 Aug 2013

‘Digging up’ 4-billion-year-old fossil protein structures to reveal how they evolved

Modern proteins exhibit an impressive degree of structural diversity, which has been well characterized, but very little is known about how and when over the course of evolution 3D protein structures arose.

15 Jul 2013

Experts create 3D map of Richard III’s grave

University of Leicester experts are combining two scanning techniques to create a highly-detailed 3D reconstruction of Richard III’s grave.

12 Jun 2013

New archaeogenetic research refutes earlier findings

WHEN did modern humans settle in Asia and what route did they take from mankind’s African homeland? A University of Huddersfield professor has helped to provide answers to both questions. But he has also had to settle a controversy.

26 May 2013

Monkey teeth help reveal Neanderthal weaning

Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?

10 May 2013

Secret streets of Britain’s Atlantis are revealed

A University of Southampton professor has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed ‘Britain’s Atlantis’.

03 May 2013

Stanford-led research pushes back origins of agriculture in China by 12,000 years

The discovery pushes back the roots of agriculture in China by 12,000 years. The global emergence of similar practices around 23,000 years ago hints that agriculture evolved independently around the world, perhaps as a response to climate change.

12 Apr 2013

A High-Tech Look at Ancient Civilizations

The Italian farmer resolutely tilling his soil may have no idea he’s standing atop the remains of an ancient villa.

But seated at his desk at Duke University, Maurizio Forte knows. Using satellite photos and high-tech imaging technology, he can see what the farmer cannot. And this semester, his students are creating a virtual replica of the hidden villa.