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A Dig in Israel Unearths Clues About Ancient Food and Drink

Tel Kabri, Israel — In a lush avocado grove, shaded by a tarp, a group of archaeologists and volunteers carefully hacked away at an ancient plaster floor. It felt like summer camp for adults as they sang songs from the 1980s in English and Hebrew. In a way it was.<p>The site, Tel Kabri in Upper …

Israel

Newly discovered: A mosaic from Caligula’s pleasure barge being used as a coffee table in N.Y.

The utility of an antique coffee table in a Manhattan apartment took a sudden, historic turn when New York prosecutors swung by to pick it up.<p>No, they hadn’t seen it on Craiglist, thinking, “Wow, that marbled mosaic coffee table would look fantastic in the law library.”<p>The Manhattan District …

Rome

York Minster unveils restored grotesques

The first collection of new grotesques to be carved for York Minster’s 11 year project to conserve and restore its South Quire Aisle are being …

Medieval

Separating the curds from the whey: why did we start making cheese?

<i>In 2017, British consumers spent £2.8 million buying cheese. By the end of this year, some 12 billion litres of milk will have been produced</i> …

Archaeology

Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds

DAMARISCOTTA, Me. — Alice Kelley stood on the bank of a tidal river, next to a grassy bluff dotted with apple trees. This is not just a scenic spot: Hidden beneath the grass is a massive pile of oyster shells left by Native Americans. And hidden among those shells are rich, detailed stories …

Archaeology

Archaeologists uncover Anglo-Saxon, medieval items in Suffolk

One of Europe’s largest archaeological digs this year has uncovered a rich tapestry of information about Suffolk’s history during Roman, Anglo-Saxon …

Archaeology

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for Native American communities. Yet, relatively little …

Archaeology

Neolithic Stonehenge revellers feasted on Scottish beef

The great midwinter rituals at Stonehenge 4,500 years ago saw revellers feast on animals brought from as far away as Scotland, according to an …

British Isles

Women in Ancient China

Women in ancient China did not enjoy the status, either social or political, afforded to men. Women were subordinate to first their fathers, then …

Ancient History

Hurricane Ophelia unearthed ancient body after walkway was battered by waves

Storm Ophelia unearthed ancient skeletal remains that could be a thousand years old when a coastal walkway was battered by ferocious waves.<p>A walker …

Archaeology

400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations …

Archaeology

The Queen of the Night

The Queen of the Night (also known as the `Burney Relief’) is a high relief terracotta plaque of baked clay, measuring 19.4 inches (49.5 cm) high, …

Ancient History

Foraging in Stonehenge: goodbye Paleo, hello Neolithic food

"Oh, what’s that?” I ask. “It’s the same shape as coriander”. “That’s creeping buttercup, and it’s poisonous. You’ve just fallen victim to natural selection,” laughs expert forager Joe O’Leary. “You’re extinct.”<p>We’re in Fargo Wood, a sarsen stone’s throw away from possibly the most famous Neolithic …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Find Ancient Roman Ruins Underneath Holy Site In Jerusalem

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman theater buried at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, as well as new underground sections of the wall …

Archaeology

Art as Influence and Response: A First Look at World War I and the Visual Arts

Organized to commemorate the centennial of World War I, <i>World War I and the Visual Arts</i> features more than 130 works—mainly works on paper—drawn from …

Art

Saxon Shore Forts of Britannia

Saxon Shore forts are defensive fortifications, built by the late Roman Empire to defend the coast of the Roman province of Britannia (Britain) and …

Archaeology

The Globalised World of the Middle Ages: An archaeologist's view

<b>The Globalised World of the Middle Ages: An archaeologist’s view</b><p>Lecture by Anne Haour<p>Given at the University of East Anglia on October 4, 2016<p>Few of …

Archaeology

The Battle of Kadesh the First Peace Treaty

Ramesses II (The Great, 1279-1213 BCE) ruled Egypt for 67 years and, today, the Egyptian landscape still bears testimony to the prosperity of his …

Ancient History

Where can I see Hadrian's Wall? Tip - it might be closer than you think

Hadrian’s Wall needs little introduction when to comes to Britain’s best views.<p>The major World Heritage site is set in the beautiful rolling …

Archaeology

'It's like time travel': Inside oldest rooms in city that are only accessible by hidden medieval staircase

A city's 'oldest room's have been discovered after being largely untouched for hundreds of years.<p>Never before open to the public, the ‘Priests’ …

Archaeology

5 stunning medieval towns in the Alps

THEY MAY NOT be as on-the-map as Munich, Zurich, and Salzburg, but the smaller spots hiding between the Alps’ jagged peaks, teeming with ancient …

Europe

Who\'s who in the Bayeux Tapestry?

Here are nine images of people from the Bayeux Tapestry - do you know who they are?<p>Want to learn more about the Bayeux Tapestry? <b>Click here to check</b> …

Medieval

Was the fall of Rome a biological phenomenon?

Bill Gates is worried. The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist has been using his megaphone to warn us of the catastrophic risk posed by infectious diseases. In the Western world, where mortality from lethal germs has mostly receded into the background, the burden of infectious disease can seem …

Roman Empire

Parts of a Ramses II temple uncovered in Giza's Abusir - Ancient Egypt - Heritage

Parts of a temple to King Ramses II (1213-1279 BC), along with reliefs of solar deities, have been uncovered by an Egyptian-Czech mission during …

Archaeology

Roman Sacrificial Altar

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Archaeology

UK’s north-south divide dates back to Vikings, says archaeologist

Watford Gap discovered to be key geographical divide between invaders and Anglo-Saxons<p>The north-south divide has been the butt of jokes in Britain for years, but research has shown the Watford Gap, which separates the country, was in fact established centuries ago when the Vikings invaded …

Archaeology

Turkish & Italian Archaeologists Dig at Karkemish

BOLOGNA, ITALY—Nicolo Marchetti of the University of Bologna is project director of the excavation at Karkemish, a 5,000-year-old city located along …

German monastery Himmerod to close its doors after nearly nine centuries

After 883 years, a Cistercian monastery in western Germany is scheduled to close due to a shortage of monks. Financial costs and the small number of …

Germany

Ancient Statue Damaged by ISIS Resurrected in Damascus

When ISIS fighters captured the Syrian city of Palmyra in 2015, militants stormed through museums and heritage sites, wreaking havoc on Palmyra’s …

Archaeology

Plaque with Two Saints | Byzantine | The Met

The two saints stand holding books and supporting between them a large cross. The youthful figure at the left and the bearded one at the right …

Metropolitan Museum of Art