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Researchers find evidence of ceremonial offerings beneath Maya ballcourt

Archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati have found ceremonial offerings beneath a Maya ballcourt in Mexico.

Explore the Cutty Sark in new immersive virtual reality (VR) experience

The Cutty Sark, one of the world’s most famous ships, has been recreated in virtual reality by experts at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Smartify.

Study reveals ‘cozy domesticity’ of prehistoric stilt-house dwellers in England’s ancient marshland

A major report on the remains of a stilt village that was engulfed in flames almost 3,000 years ago reveals in unprecedented detail the daily lives of England’s prehistoric fenlanders.  

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.

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. 

Groundbreaking kumara research marries scientific evidence with matauraka Māori

The discovery of ancient kumara pits just north of Dunedin dating back to the 15th century have shone a light on how scientific evidence can complement mātauranga Maori around how and where the taonga were stored hundreds of years ago.

Calls to support the next generation of young archaeologists

The Council for British Archaeology’s Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is calling out for heritage organisations to join its well-loved “YAC Pass” scheme.

Viking metalwork craft and expertise evolved from 8th to 9th century

The evolution of metalwork expertise and craftsmanship developed by Viking craftspeople in Denmark in the 8th and 9th centuries has been detailed in a study published in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Archaeologists find alphabet’s ‘missing link’

Archaeologists have found an important early example of the alphabet at Tel Lachish, Israel, from around 1450 BC.

Localised Deforestation Unlikely to Cause Cahokia Collapse

Archaeologists from Washington University in St. Louis suggest that the abandonment of Cahokia was unlikely to have been caused by deforestation.

Warriors’ Down Bedding Could Ease Journey to Realm of the Dead

The burial field in Valsgärde outside Uppsala in central Sweden contains over 90 graves from the Iron Age.

Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Domesticated Dogs in Arabian Peninsula

A team of archaeologists in north-west the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has uncovered the earliest evidence of dog domestication by the region's ancient inhabitants.

Early Dispersal of Neolithic Domesticated Sheep Into The Heart of Central Asia

Along the Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges of Central Asia, sheep and other domestic livestock form the core economy of contemporary life.

Dunragit: Discovering The Prehistoric Heart of Galloway

Dunragit is a small unassuming village on the route of the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway. But it was not always so. The surrounding fields contain a wealth of prehistoric archaeology unrivalled in south-west Scotland.

Mural Depicts First Documented Record of Maya Salt Commodity

The first documented record of salt as an ancient Maya commodity at a marketplace is depicted in a mural painted more than 2,500 years ago at Calakmul, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Shell Middens Rewrite History of Submerged Coastal Landscapes in North America & Europe

The excavation of shell middens off two sites in the Gulf of Mexico and Northern Europe dating back to when the seabed was dry land thousands of years ago, reveal how they can offer new ground-breaking insights into the hidden history of submerged landscapes.

Female Ruler Found Beneath Europe’s First Bronze Age Palace

Archaeologists working in Spain have discovered a female burial that is one of the most lavish Bronze Age graves ever found in Europe, with valuable items befitting a member of the ruling class, beneath what may be the first Bronze Age palace unearthed in the region.

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