Archaeology Press Release

The British Citizen Award Releases June 2023 People’s Honours List

On Thursday 29th June at the Palace of Westminster, 26 individuals from around the UK will be awarded the prestigious British Citizen Award for their exceptional endeavours which have positively impacted communities up and down the country.

HeritageDaily joins the Climate Heritage Network

The Climate Heritage Network (CHN) announced that 92 additional organisations have joined the Network following approval of their membership applications by the Network’s international Steering Committee.

Fragment of comb is made from a human skull

Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have uncovered a comb made from a human skull at Bar Hill near Cambridge, England.

HeritageDaily sponsors Chiltern Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC)

HeritageDaily has become the official sponsor of a branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire.

Viking Age grave containing remains of shield uncovered

Archaeologists have uncovered a Viking Age grave containing the remains of a shield and several grave goods during preliminary works for the construction of a house in Oslo, Norway.

Purposeful fragmentation of ornaments during the Stone Age

According to a study by the University of Helsinki, not all objects have necessarily been broken by accident, instead some were fragmented on purpose to maintain social relations, bartering or ritual activities.

Digging for Roman riches on trans-Pennine route

A team of more than 40 archaeologists are working at sites along the A66 hoping to understand more about the route’s rich Roman history.

Ancient human relative “walked like a human, but climbed like an ape”

New lower back fossils are the “missing link” that settles a decades-old debate proving early hominins used their upper limbs to climb like apes, and their lower limbs to walk like humans.

Archaeologists discover Mercian monastery from Anglo-Saxon period

Archaeologists from the University of Reading have excavated a ‘lost” Anglo-Saxon monastery, in the present-day Berkshire village of Cookham, England.

Plague in Medieval Cambridge

DNA analysis has revealed the presence of ‘Yersinia Pestis’ – the pathogen that causes plague – in skeletal remains from individual burials in medieval Cambridgeshire, confirming for the first time that not all plague victims were buried in mass graves.

New insights into survival of ancient Western Desert peoples

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have used more than two decades of satellite-derived environmental data to form hypotheses about the possible foraging habitats of pre-contact Aboriginal peoples living in Australia's Western Desert.

Oldest human traces from the southern Tibetan Plateau in a new light

Stone tools have been made by humans and their ancestors for millions of years. For archaeologists these rocky remnants - lithic artefacts and flakes...

Prehistoric animal carvings discovered for the first time in Scotland

Prehistoric animal carvings, thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000-years-old, have been discovered for the first time in Scotland hidden inside Dunchraigaig Cairn in Kilmartin Glen, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced.

Jebel Sahaba: A succession of violence rather than a prehistoric war

Since its discovery in the 1960s, the Jebel Sahaba cemetery in the Nile Valley of the Sudan was considered to be one of the oldest testimonies to prehistoric warfare.

Archaeologists find southwest Germany’s oldest golden artefact

Archaeologists working in the district of Tübingen in southwest Germany have discovered the region’s earliest gold object to date.

The entire genome from Peştera Muierii 1 sequenced

For the first time, researchers have successfully sequenced the entire genome from the skull of Peştera Muierii 1, a woman who lived in today's Romania 35,000 years ago.

Swiss farmers contributed to the domestication of the opium poppy

Fields of opium poppies once bloomed where the Zurich Opera House underground garage now stands.

Ancient Easter Island communities offer insights for successful life in isolation

After a long journey, a group of settlers sets foot on an otherwise empty land. A vast expanse separates them from other human beings, cutting off any possibility of outside contact. Their choices will make the difference between survival and death.

First member of ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition is identified by DNA analysis

The identity of the skeletal remains of a member of the 1845 Franklin expedition has been confirmed using DNA and genealogical analyses by a team of researchers from the University of Waterloo, Lakehead University, and Trent University.

Ancient DNA reveals origin of first Bronze Age civilizations in Europe

The first civilisations to build monumental palaces and urban centres in Europe are more genetically homogenous than expected, according to the first study to sequence whole genomes gathered from ancient archaeological sites around the Aegean Sea. 

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