Tech & Engineering

Archaeologists use revolutionary GPR robot to explore Viking Age site

Archaeologist from NIKU are using a revolutionary new GPR robot to explore a Viking Age site in Norway’s Sandefjord municipality.

Ford Nucleon – The atomic-powered car

The Nucleon is an unrealised concept car designed by the Ford Motor Company in 1957.

Lasers are mapping Scotland’s subterranean Iron Age structures

Archaeologists from AOC Archaeology have been using lasers to map subterranean Iron Age structures, such as the Cracknie Souterrain, an Iron Age passageway in the Borgie Forest, Scotland.

Dedicated archaeology community launches on Mastodon

Whilst Twitter appears to be going extinct with all the turmoil and public drama, a new haven for archaeology has been launched on the social network, Mastodon.

Gold from ancient Troy, Poliochni and Ur had the same origin

Scientists, using an innovative mobile laser method have determined that gold found in ancient Troy, Poliochni and Ur had the same origin.

Reconstructing the history of mankind with the help of fecal sterols. First test on the Maori

It is now possible to tell the story of mankind's presence and evolution on the planet by analyzing trends in soil and sediment accumulation of fecal sterols, chemical compounds which are crucial in human physiology.

Lidar survey ‘compels’ revaluation of aspects of ancient Maya society

An airborne laser mapping survey of over 2,000 square kilometers of northern Guatemala - the largest such survey to date of this region - "compels" a revaluation of Maya demography, agriculture, and political economy, according to its authors.

Ancient details of mummy’s hand revealed with advanced radiology technique

A mummified human hand from ancient Egypt was CT scanned by researchers in Sweden to reveal unprecedented microscopic detail of soft tissues that are thousands of years old.

CT technique expands possibilities of imaging ancient remains

Researchers in Sweden using computed tomography (CT) have successfully imaged the soft tissue of an ancient Egyptian mummy's hand down to a microscopic level,...

Seen from the air, the dry summer reveals an ancient harvest of archaeological finds

For an aerial archaeologist 2018 has been a bumper year. The long, hot summer has revealed ancient landscapes not visible from ground level, but easily recognised in fields of growing crops from the air.

Study reveals the Great Pyramid of Giza can focus electromagnetic energy

An international research group applied methods of theoretical physics to investigate the electromagnetic response of the Great Pyramid to radio waves.

The best spies in the skies analyse Roman City

They were designed to carry out military espionage and ended up becoming one of the greatest allies of cultural heritage.

Knowing your ancestors – DNA Testing

Ever wondered where you really come from? As a historian, that's been a large part of my journey with HeritageDaily. Discovering the past and a journey discovering myself.

Mystery of the Basel papyrus solved

Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of researchers.

The best radiocarbon-dated site in all recent Iberian prehistory

Members of the department of Prehistory and Archaeology of the University of Seville have published a study that includes 130 radiocarbon datings, obtained in...

Stone tools from ancient mummy reveal how Copper Age mountain people lived

Stone tools found with a 5,300-year-old frozen mummy from Northern Italy reveal how alpine Copper Age communities lived, according to a study by Ursula Wierer from the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Florence, Italy, and colleagues.

Scientists tracking the ‘life signature’ of Britain

The British Geological Survey has just released a new interactive web tool that maps out the geographical variation in the isotope signatures of Britain.

Cornell research illuminates inaccuracies in radiocarbon dating

Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows that commonly accepted radiocarbon dating standards can miss the mark -- calling into question historical timelines.

Micro-CT scans show 2,100-year-old ‘hawk’ mummy a stillborn baby

A tiny Egyptian mummy long believed to be that of a hawk is actually a rare example of a near-to-term, severely malformed fetus, says an examination led by mummy expert Andrew Nelson of Western University in London, Canada.

People voyaged to Australia by boat more than 50,000 years ago

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how people first reached Australia have combined sophisticated deep-sea mapping, voyage simulation techniques and genetic information to show that arrival was made by sizeable groups of people deliberately voyaging between islands.

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