Archaeologists analyse medieval benefits system

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have conducted a study in the main cemetery of the hospital of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, to provide new insights into the medieval benefits system.

Evidence of major conflict in Spain 5,000-years-ago

Archaeologists have uncovered the skeletal remains of more than 300 individuals, indicating that a major conflict occurred in Laguardia, Spain, 5,000-years-ago.

Archaeologists find a medieval skeleton with a prosthetic hand

According to a press announcement by the Bavarian State Office for Monument Preservation, a 15th century burial in Freising, Germany, has been unearthed containing a skeleton with a prosthetic hand.

Research suggests Stonehenge Altar Stone is not from Wales

A new study suggests that the Altar Stone at Stonehenge was not sourced from the Old Red Sandstone of the Anglo-Welsh Basin as previously thought.

Archaeologists find 476,000-year-old wooden structure

Archaeologists from the University of Liverpool and Aberystwyth University have discovered a wooden structure dating from at least 476,000-years-ago, the earliest known example to date.

The Art of Mummification

The art of (deliberate) mummification is a long, labor-intensive process, performed by many cultures from across the ancient world.

Archaeologists find ‘bog body’ skeletal parts from possible sacrifice

Human remains found during excavations in Egedal, Denmark, may have been from a ritual sacrifice more than 5,000 years ago.

Archaeologists unearth soldiers killed in Battle of Camden

Archaeologists have unearthed the skeletal remains of soldiers that died in the Battle of Camden during the Revolutionary War.

Stone Age grave reveals new insights into prehistoric burial practises

A soil analysis of a Stone Age grave in Finland has revealed new insights into prehistoric burial practises.

Researchers conduct ‘virtual autopsy’ of a mummified 17th century child

Researchers led by Dr Andreas Nerlich of the Academic Clinic Munich-Bogenhausen, have conducted a ‘virtual autopsy’ of a mummified 17th century child, using cutting-edge science alongside historical records to shed new light on Renaissance childhood.

Maya sacrificial victims found in the ‘Midnight Terror Cave’ may have been gagged

Blue fibres found in the dental calculus from Maya sacrificial victims in the 'Midnight Terror Cave' suggests that they were gagged.

Scientists uncover crimes from a millennium ago in extreme cold case mummies

How frequent was violence in prehistoric human societies? One way to measure this is to look for trauma in prehistoric human remains.

Researchers find earliest known stone-age surgery from 31,000 years ago

Griffith University and a multi-national team of archaeologists have found the skeletal remains of a hunter-gatherer, whose lower left leg was amputated by a skilled prehistoric surgeon 31,000 years ago.

Padlocked ‘vampire’ grave found in Poland with sickle over neck

Archaeologists from the Toruń Nicholas Copernicus University have found a grave from the 18th century, containing a ‘female vampire’ buried with a sickle around the neck to prevent her ascension to vampirism.

Prehistoric roots of ‘cold sore’ virus traced through ancient herpes DNA

Ancient genomes from the herpes virus that commonly causes lip sores – and currently infects some 3.7 billion people globally – have been uncovered and sequenced for the first time by an international team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge. 

Evidence of ancient animal sacrifices found in Dorset

Archaeologists from Bournemouth University have found an Iron Age settlement with evidence of animal sacrifices in Dorset, England.

Evidence of cancer in Ancient Egyptian mummy

A study of a 2,000-year-old mummy has identified extensive facial defects, indicating that the individual suffered from nasopharyngeal cancer.

Human bones used as Prehistoric jewellery

A study on prehistoric bone jewellery has revealed that they were carved from human remains.

Peasants held large barbecues for Anglo-Saxon Royalty

New study suggests that Anglo-Saxon Kings lived mainly on a vegetarian diet, but would often be treated to large barbecues by the peasants they ruled.

Researchers reveal the burial rituals of the “oldest city in the world”

An international team of researchers have provided new insight into the burial rituals of Çatalhöyük, considered the “oldest city in the world”.

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