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Medieval Dog Tricks

Can your dog dig up rings, dance to music, or tell if a lady is pregnant? Find out what strange tricks dogs could perform in the Middle Ages.

Dogs

The Medieval History of Stonehenge

How was Stonehenge perceived in the Middle Ages? Was it simply abandoned to the passage of time?

Archaeology

Ancient Graffiti on Egyptian Tomb Walls Studied

WARSAW, POLAND—Adam Łukaszewicz of the University of Warsaw and his team have completed a 3-D record of the walls of the tomb of Ramesses VI, in …

Archaeology

Not So Pearly Whites

<b>Researchers working near</b> Lucca in northern Italy have found the oldest example of the practice of filling dental cavities, according to Stefano …

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules – Excavating an Iron Age seat of power

A new discovery deep in the Guadiana Valley of the Iberian Peninsula is revealing the secrets of a little-known and intriguing Iron Age civilisation. …

Archaeology

Animals, not drought, shaped our ancestors' environment

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH—The shores of Lake Turkana, in Kenya, are dry and inhospitable, with grasses as the dominant plant type. It hasn't always been …

Anthropology

The Dormouse-Fattening Jars of Ancient Rome

For the plumpest, tastiest rodents.<p>The ancient Romans consumed some strange foods, ranging from sow’s womb to dormice, which were known as <i>glires</i> in …

Ancient Rome

Colonial-Era Brass Lock Unearthed in Michigan

MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN—According to a report in <i>Michigan Live</i>, a brass lock measuring nearly three inches long was discovered at the site of a fur …

Archaeology

Uncovering ancient Ashkenaz – the birthplace of Yiddish speakers

At 1,000 years, the search for the location of Ashkenaz – thought to be the birthplace of Ashkanazic Jews and the Yiddish language – is one of the …

Scientists Examine Possible Link Between Art and Echoes

BARCELONA, SPAIN—<i>Science News</i> reports that hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in the central Mediterranean may have been drawn to rock …

Archaeology

Even the ancient Greeks thought their best days were history – Johanna Hanink

This May, Greece’s parliament passed yet another austerity bill in the hopes of securing more European debt relief. For nearly seven and a half …

Greece

Dental Plaque DNA Opens New Window on Neanderthal Life-Ways

Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neanderthals - our nearest extinct relative - has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, …

Anthropology

Rome metro excavations unearth 3rd-century 'Pompeii-like scene'

Archaeologists find remains of building and skeleton of a crouching dog that appears to have died in the fire that destroyed it<p>Digging for Rome’s new underground network has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that …

Archaeology

Third-Century Structure Discovered in Rome

ROME, ITALY—Construction of Rome’s new metro Line C has uncovered traces of buildings dating to the third century A.D., according to a report in <i>The</i> …

Archaeology

Late Paleolithic Masterpieces

<b>The people of</b> the Paleolithic Magdalenian period in Spain and France created great works of figurative art such as the Lascaux cave paintings, which …

Archaeology

Recreating The Aroma Of The Ancient City: Incense In The Ancient Mediterranean

What did the ancient Mediterranean smell like? How could scent be used to speak directly to the Gods? Where did the frankincense and myrrh given to the infant Jesus come from? These questions and many more were asked this weekend at a conference at the British School at Rome and the École française …

Archaeology

Current Issue

<b>CANADA:</b> Excavations on Triquet Island off the British Columbian coast may affirm the generations-old oral histories of the Heiltsuk Nation. Their …

Decorated snail shell in a cave in Iraq could be evidence of Paleolithic bling

Our excavations at Shanidar Cave in north-eastern Iraq have produced a tiny shell plaque which was made by the first modern people in the region. …

New archaeology archive is a treasure trove of heritage data

More than 1,500 sites excavated during road and rail building now freely available online<p>about 4 hours ago<p>Details of more than 1,500 archaeological …

Archaeology

Live Science

The Afterlife<p>A tomb dating back around 3,400 years has been discovered on Sai Island, on the Nile River in Sudan. The tomb has multiple burial …

Ancient Egypt: 3,400-year-old tomb of gold worker discovered on Nile River island

The remains of a dozen individuals, including a foetus, were found inside the tomb.<p>Archaeologists working on Sai Island, in northern Sudan, have …

Archaeology

Rare Bronze Age helmet to make an appearance at Olympia Art & Antiques Fair

According to experts, there are only 12 Bronze Age helmets in existence, ten of which are in museums, and one in a private collection. The twelfth is about to make a cameo appearance at the Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, west London, which opens next week.<p>This helmet, once owned by the arms and …

Archaeology

Defuzing the Past

<b>Crystal-clear water laps</b> the white sands of Wotje Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia in the …

Micronesia

Stone Floor and Ritual Vessel Uncovered at Machu Picchu

CUSCO, PERU—<i>Living in Peru</i> reports that a stone floor and a fragmented vessel that may have been used to make offerings were discovered at Machu …

Archaeology

Explore Ancient British Isles Hill Forts with a New Online Atlas

The countryside of the British Isles is dotted with hill forts, earthworks usually on top of hills that were used in the first millennium B.C. by …

British Isles

Islamic State Wages War on the Middle East's Cultural Heritage

If you’ve ever been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, chances are that you visited the glass pavilion containing the Temple of Dendur. One of only three such temples outside Egypt, it was built by the Roman emperor Augustus around 10 B.C. as part of an effort to cultivate the …

Middle East

Archaeologists find 7,000-year-old human remains in Swiss city

The remains of ancient villages dating back to 5,500BC have been discovered on a construction site in Sion in the Valais.

Archaeology

How to Make Sense of a Mass Grave

A fascinating case study from the Thirty Years’ War.<p>In 2011, in the German province of Saxony-Anhalt, archaeologists were surveying a battlefield …

Archaeology

Bronze Age cemetery discovered at ritual site in Wales

Archaeologists have discovered a Bronze Age cemetery at a ritual site on the Welsh island of Anglesey.<p>The cemetery is located near to Bryn Celli Du or ‘Mound in the Dark Grove,’ a Late Neolithic passage tomb that dates back around 5,000 years. The newly-discovered burial sites are said to date from …

Archaeology

Finds Spotlight

Our archaeologists have used surface X-ray fluorescence analysis (pXRF) to discover that the flask is made from a leaded bronze which would have had …