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.

General view of the excavation site. Photograph: Skyview, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
29 Dec 2012

Temple and rare cache of sacred vessels from Biblical times discovered at Tel Motza

The finds, dated to the early monarchic period and including pottery figurines of men and horses, provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the Jerusalem region at the beginning of the period of the monarchy.

20 Dec 2012

Archaeologists Date World’s Oldest Timber Constructions

Scientists Document Highly-Developed Construction Techniques of Wells Built by Early Neolithic Settlers

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19 Dec 2012

Was Anne Boleyn buried in the Tower of London?

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII was executed within the grounds of the Tower of London. Her crime was a trumpeted up charge of adultery with two men of the court, and incest with her brother. The real reason for her execution was to remove Anne, who was an obstacle to Henry remarrying and having an heir.

Mummy of Ramesses III
18 Dec 2012

Study reveals that Pharaoh’s throat was cut during royal coup

Conspirators murdered Egyptian king Ramesses III by cutting his throat, concludes a study in the Christmas issue published on BMJ website today.

Tell Mozan
18 Dec 2012

Research finds crisis in Syria has Mesopotamian precedent

Research carried out at the University of Sheffield has revealed intriguing parallels between modern day and Bronze-Age Syria as the Mesopotamian region underwent urban decline, government collapse, and drought.

18 Dec 2012

The Dead Sea Scrolls is now available online, initiated by the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google

The library was assembled over the course of two years, in collaboration with Google, using advanced technology first developed by NASA.

10 Dec 2012

First images of laser scan of Chinese tombs

The first laser scanned images of China’s Eastern Qing Tombs captured by a team of experts from Scotland have been revealed.

10 Dec 2012

The first harbour of ancient Rome eventually found

Archaeologists have unearthed the great ancient monuments of Ostia, but the location of the harbour which supplied Rome with wheat remained to be discovered.

29 Nov 2012

UMass Amherst Researchers Use Biomarkers from Prehistoric Human Feces to Track Settlement and Agriculture

For researchers who study Earth’s past environment, disentangling the effects of climate change from those related to human activities is a major challenge, but now University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientists have used a biomarker from human feces in a completely new way to establish the first human presence, the arrival of grazing animals and human population dynamics in a landscape.

26 Nov 2012

Sanctuary and Volunteer Maritime Heritage Divers Confirm Identity of Key Largo Shipwreck

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has identified the remains of an early 20th century shipwreck in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to be those of the British steamship Hannah M. Bell.

19 Nov 2012

Greenland’s viking settlers gorged on seals

Greenland’s viking settlers, the Norse, disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from Greenland about 500 years ago.

Tel Beth Shemesh
12 Nov 2012

Desecrated Ancient Temple Sheds Light on Early Power Struggles at Tel Beth-Shemesh

TAU archaeologists unearth unique 11th-century BCE sacred compound with a turbulent history

Altai Mountains
12 Nov 2012

Mongolia and the Altai Mountains: Origins of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians

A group of researchers led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has discovered the first scientific evidence of genetic blending between Europeans and Asians in the remains of ancient Scythian warriors living over 2,000 years ago in the Altai region of Mongolia

09 Nov 2012

The Last of the ‘True Vikings’? An Insight into the Motivation Behind Norse Exploration West

Recent excavations carried out by Canadian archaeologist Patricia Sutherland may have further complimented our knowledge of Norse exploration into the New World. The excavations were carried out to establish the extent of Norse presence in the Americas and to further inform our knowledge of interactions between indigenous people and Norse explorers.

09 Nov 2012

The collapse of Classic Maya civilization linked to drought

The Classic Maya culture thrived in rainy times and then collapsed in turmoil as the weather turned to drought, according to new research.

08 Nov 2012

One of the First wells Revealed Dating to the Stone Age

A Rare Well was Exposed, One of the First Revealed Dating to the Stone Age: The Well was Used by the First Farmers in the Jezreel Valley. A Mystery Arose during the Excavations: What were Two 8,500 Year Old Human Skeletons Doing at the Bottom of the Well?

05 Nov 2012

Archaeologists find prehistoric remains in Truro

Archaeologists working at the site of the future Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC) have discovered the fragmentary remains of a prehistoric enclosure likely to have been built around 5,500 years ago.

B24 Liberator
05 Nov 2012

Army archaeology team helps uncover wartime bomber

Members of the Army’s celebrated Op Nightingale archaeology team have been working alongside RAF colleagues in Wiltshire to excavate the wreckage of a downed Liberator bomber. Richard Long reports.