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HeritageDaily reaches a milestone in publishing

HeritageDaily has reached a new milestone today with this posting being our 3000th article, so we thought we’d have a change from all those muddy trowels, fossils, mega-fauna and hominid species to look back on our own history in celebration.

How Gothic buildings got associated with Halloween and the supernatural

If you want foreboding old buildings that dark lords and werewolves are bound to frequent, look no further than Britain’s enviable Gothic architecture.

Defending the heritage of St Kilda

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has welcomed plans for a ‘sympathetic and sustainable’ redevelopment of military facilities on St Kilda, the islands ‘at the edge of the world.’

Early Pacific seafarers likely latched onto El Nino and other climate patterns

The colonization of far-flung Remote Oceania some 3,400 years ago was one of the most ambitious and expansive population dispersals in human history.

Ghoulish practice of gibbeting corpses haunted public of the eighteenth century

Professor Sarah Tarlow from the University of Leicester discusses the enduring popularity of the gibbet in Halloween paraphernalia

The story of how livestock made its way to southern Africa

Much of South Africa has good grazing for livestock. And sheep, goats and cattle have played an important role in the history of the region’s diverse cultures. But how did these animals get here?

Mapping the elephant ivory trade: New evidence revealed

Eastern Africa has been a major source of elephant ivory for millennia, with a sharp increase in trade witnessed during the 19th century fuelled by escalating demand from Europe and North America.

Resilient ‘risky-and-reliable’ plant use strategy may have driven Neolithization in Jordan

A resilient dietary strategy balancing reliable wetland plants and "riskier" seasonal grasses may have driven adoption of the sedentary lifestyle which later became typical of Neolithic humans, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Monica Ramsey from the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues.

Agriculture development & its imprints in environmental records during Neolithic Age in north China

China has a long tradition of agriculture production. Millet crops including foxtail millet and broomcorn millet were firstly domesticated in north China, thereafter the development of millet-based agriculture (also called "rain-fed" agriculture) provided important foundation for the emergence of ancient Chinese civilization, which might have also exerted unprecedented impact on natural environments.

Researchers reconstruct house in ancient Pompeii using 3D technology

By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed to reconstruct a house in Pompeii to its original state before the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius thousands of years ago. Unique video material has now been produced, showing their creation of a 3D model of an entire block of houses.

King Harold the Great: what might have been if the English had won at Hastings

We may not know exactly how England’s King Harold died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 – was he cut down by swords or was it that fateful arrow? – but die he certainly did, in spite of fanciful later rumours that he fled and became a hermit.

Food culture after 1066

50 years after William of Normandy landed on English soil in one of Britain’s landmark historic moments, Cardiff University researchers are aiming to discover what impact the invasion had on diet, cooking habits and health.