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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.

Spiral circle of linked human skeletons discovered at Pre-Aztec burial site in Mexico

A spiral formation of human remains has been unearthed in an ancient burial pit during excavations at a Pre-Aztec village in the south of Mexico City.

The History of Chocolate

If you can’t imagine life without chocolate, you’re lucky you weren’t born before the 16th century. Until then, chocolate only existed as a bitter, foamy drink in Mesoamerica. So how did we get from a bitter beverage to the chocolate bars of today? Deanna Pucciarelli traces the fascinating and often cruel history of chocolate. Lesson by Deanna Pucciarelli, animation by TED-Ed.

Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country

DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years – soon after the peopling of Australia.

Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization

Researchers conducting the Friendster excavation say the site has been deserted since the year 2005 A.D.

Back to the future: Space-age exploration for pre-historic bones

The extremely difficult conditions in which University of the Witwatersrand's (Wits) Professor Lee Berger's Rising Star team was forced to work, gave rise to the use of space-age technology to map the Dinaledi chamber and Rising Star Cave, in which over 1500 Homo naledi fossils were found.

A history of the Athenian Acropolis from 3500BC-2010AD, through 3D representations.

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

Templeborough Roman fort

A Roman fort was first built on the site in earth and wood in the first century AD (most likely in the period 43 to 68), and was later rebuilt in stone.

Animated Bayeux Tapestry

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project at Goldsmiths College. The animation depicts the lead up to to the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066. Starts about halfway through the original work at the appearance of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings.

The Battle of Jutland Animation

A full account of the Battle of Jutland narrated by Admiral Jellicoe’s grandson as part of the Jutland Centenary Commemorations. The 24 minute animation gives the viewer an overview of the major “chapters” of the battle – the opening battle cruiser action, the Grand Fleet deployment, the Turn Away and the Night Destroyer actions. Additionally the 1917 submarine campaign is explained as a consequence of Scheer’s decision not to risk another Fleet-to-Fleet encounter. Graphics, animation, animated maps and contemporary photography illustrate key points.

Corfe Castle – 3D Historical Reconstruction

Historical reconstruction of Corfe Castle in Dorset, United Kingdom. Part of a final year project for Computer Animation at the University of Portsmouth by Ciprian Selegean.

A 3,800-year journey from classroom to classroom

Thirty-eight hundred years ago, on the hot river plains of what is now southern Iraq, a Babylonian student did a bit of schoolwork that changed our understanding of ancient mathematics.

Changing lives: Budding archaeologist William Fakes receives national award

William Fakes’ passion for archaeology, coupled with his love and sense of ownership of ‘Miggy’ Park, meant that he was a perfect candidate for the Young Archaeologist of the Year Award.

Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

The Fitzwilliam Museum is marking its bicentenary anniversary celebrations with an exhibition on its remarkable collection of Egyptian coffins.

Neanderthals mated with modern humans much earlier than previously thought, study finds

Using several different methods of DNA analysis, an international research team has found what they consider to be strong evidence of an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred tens of thousands of years earlier than any other such event previously documented.

Neanderthal DNA has subtle but significant impact on human traits

The discovery spawned a number of hypotheses about the effects these genetic variants may have on the physical characteristics or behavior of modern humans, ranging from skin color to heightened allergies to fat metabolism…generating dozens of colorful headlines including “What your Neanderthal DNA is doing for you” and “Neanderthals are to blame for our allergies” and “Did Europeans Get Fat From Neanderthals?”

German tourist who climbed Giza pyramid to face life ban

The Ministry of Antiquities has addressed the German Embassy in Egypt and other concerned authorities to take necessary action towards banning the German teen, Andrej Ciesielski from entering Egypt for life.

Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius

Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

MTA: Andrew Birley

https://youtu.be/JiO4ZJFE8mQ Today, we sit down and talk with Dr. Andrew Birley of Vindolanda Roman Fort. Website: http://www.vindolanda.com/

QoD: Ruined Monasteries

https://youtu.be/yzDZUiMlL50 Welcome to Questions of Doom. In this series, we answer your questions about Archaeology and our shared heritage. Today, I think about ecclesiastical ruins in...

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