Imperial State Crown
07 Feb 2014

Where Are They Now? The Cullinan Diamond Cuts

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.

Landfill Sites
03 Jan 2014

The Archaeology of the Future, Part 2

. Great works of art and literature are likely to survive for a fair amount of time through replication or conservation, whether or not they are stored digitally. But there are limits to physical preservation, and the destruction of intentionally conserved records tends to be down to human, rather than natural processes.

Clovis Lithics : Wiki Commons
01 Nov 2013

Gender Roles and the Mass-kill Event: A Cross-cultural Analysis

Gender assumptions’ when interpreting past human behaviour

Kvevris during an excavation at Atskuri church, Georgia , 2006. © Söderlind, Ulrica
28 Oct 2013

Short overview of wine in Georgia

According to a Georgian legend, God took a supper break while he was creating the world.

26 Feb 2013

Study finds maize in diets of people in coastal Peru dates to 5,000 years ago

For decades, archaeologists have struggled with understanding the emergence of a distinct South American civilization during the Late Archaic period (3000-1800 B.C.) in Peru.

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20 Feb 2013

An Ancient Industrial Installation was Revealed beneath the Asphalt in Yafo

The Israel Antiquities Authority exposed remains of an installation for extracting liquid which dates to the Byzantine period, within the framework of infrastructure development implemented by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality

20 Feb 2013

Claims of Possible Burial Tomb Discovered in Machu Picchu

Thanks to David Crespy’s intuition, a French Engineer visiting the Machu Picchu in Peru, Thierry Jamin, Archaeologist and Explorer, is about to make a major discovery at the most visited archaeological site in South America.

19 Feb 2013

High-altitude archaeologists to probe prehistoric Himalayas

A team of archaeologists from the University of York are to travel to the roof of the world to discover, survey, and record mountain archaeology in the Nepalese Himalayas.

12 Feb 2013

Paranthropus – Our “near human” Cousin

Most palaeoanthropologists consider the robust australopithecines to be an offshoot of the gracile australopithecines and most are in agreement that the former deserve a separate genus – Paranthropus. This is currently up for debate because we now realise that there could be more to hominin evolution on the African continent than the fossil record is leading us to believe.

07 Feb 2013

Substantial Roman Settlement Discovered at Culver Farm

During early 2011, David Staveley conducted a magnetometer survey in a large field at Bridge Farm, Wellingham, Nr Lewes (TQ43301440) on behalf of the Culver Archaeological Project (CAP).

04 Feb 2013

University of Leicester announces discovery of King Richard III

At a specially convened media conference, experts from across the University unanimously identified the remains discovered in Leicester city centre as being those of the last Plantagenet king who died in 1485.

01 Feb 2013

Ritual sacrifice and decapitation

Tlaloc, the god of rain and water: National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City – Teotihuacán hall Georgia State University’s Christopher Morehart and his wife walked about an excavation area in winter 2007 at Lake Xaltocan, a drained lake in the northern basin of Mexico where he was

Photos provided by Lisa Overholtzer, Wichita State University.
01 Feb 2013

Aztec Conquest Altered Genetics among Early Mexico Inhabitants, New DNA Study Shows

For centuries, the fate of the original Otomí inhabitants of Xaltocan, the capital of a pre-Aztec Mexican city-state, has remained unknown. Researchers have long wondered whether they assimilated with the Aztecs or abandoned the town altogether.

31 Jan 2013

Archaic Native Americans built massive Louisiana mound in less than 90 days, research confirms

Nominated early this year for recognition on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes such famous cultural sites as the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and Stonehenge, the earthen works at Poverty Point, La., have been described as one of the world’s greatest feats of construction by an archaic civilization of hunters and gatherers.

Minoan fresco commonly known as the "Prince of the Lilies"
15 Jan 2013

War was central to Europe’s first civilisation – contrary to popular belief

Research from the University of Sheffield has discovered that the ancient civilisation of Crete, known as Minoan, had strong martial traditions, contradicting the commonly held view of Minoans as a peace-loving people.

15 Jan 2013

4,000-year-old shaman’s stones discovered near Boquete, Panama

Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America.

14 Jan 2013

Death, Narrative and Understanding the Viking Mind

We think we understand the Vikings and their ways as a culture of warriors and pirates. The Vikings plagued the coast of early medieval Britain, robbing from monastic and secular sites until they finally set up permanent residence in the Danelaw.

View of the Avenue of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Sun, from Pyramid of the Moon (Pyramide de la Luna)
10 Jan 2013

The Teotihuacans exhumed their dead and dignified them with make-up

In collaboration with the National University of Mexico, a team of Spanish researchers has analysed for the first time remains of cosmetics in the graves of prehispanic civilisations on the American continent.

Koutroulou Magoula figurine
07 Jan 2013

Archaeologists unearth more than 300 prehistoric clay figurines in Greece

Koutroulou Magoula figurine : University of Southampton Archaeologists from the University of Southampton studying a Neolithic archaeological site in central Greece have helped unearth over 300 clay figurines, one of the highest density for such finds in south-eastern Europe. The Southampton team, working in collaboration with the Greek Archaeological Service

07 Jan 2013

World’s oldest shipwreck reveals incredible cargo

Accidentally discovered by a Turkish sponge diver in 1982, the remains of the 3,300-year-old Uluburun shipwreck lie 10km off the coast of southern Turkey.

02 Jan 2013

Terrace Farming at Ancient Desert City of Petra

New archaeological research dates the heyday of terrace farming at the ancient desert city of Petra to the first century. This development led to an explosion of agricultural activity, increasing the city’s strategic significance as a military prize for the Roman Empire.

University of Copenhagen
31 Dec 2012

Temple slavery in Ancient Egypt

In the University of Copenhagen’s Papyrus Carlsberg Collection there are more than 100 papyri dedications to the god, Soknebtunis.