Archaeology and History

By Chris Mav | New and Old World Archaeology and History.

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

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

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 find was made by archaeologists during building work on the site of the the Arsenaux cultural centre in the city, Sion authorities said in a …

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 …

Weird

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 …

Archaeology

Scientists Recreate Ancient Bitumen-Lined Water Bottles

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA—<i>Gizmodo</i> reports that as early as 5,000 years ago, people living in California’s Channel Islands waterproofed baskets with bitumen …

Archaeologists have found proof that an ancient Chinese dynasty used foreign slaves

New archaeological techniques capable of analyzing the diet of our ancestors by studying the isotope composition of their bone mass are offering fresh insights into the dynamics of ancient societies. For example, a group of archeologists was able to read the ancient diet of girls from remains found …

Archaeology

Hidden message reveals ancient soldiers’ thirst for wine

Scientists have revealed a hidden message on a fragment of ancient pottery on display in Israel, shedding more light on who was drinking wine 2,500 …

Archaeology

Fascinating morning examining the Walesby Roman lead tank using a Crime Scene Imager with @UniLincolnArts. The image quality is stunning https://t.co/5Rj9cg3Qgh

Excavations on the site of a former hotel uncover 1,800 year old residents | York Archaeological Trust

The current redevelopment of the former Newington Hotel by The Helmsely Group Limited has provided York Archaeological Trust the opportunity to …

Archaeology

Derinkuyu Underground City in Cappadocia, Turkey

June 20, 2017<p><b>2863</b> Views<p>Derinkuyu is the deepest excavated underground city in Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. A beautiful …

The mystery of the mound - digging into ancient curiosities

Some were built in the shapes of animals, serpents and bears, their outlines most visible from the sky.<p>Others were designed to align with the sun …

Archaeology

Xinjiang starts excavation of ancient city

URUMQI, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Excavation has begun at the site of a 1,000-year-old city in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, …

China

This 3,000-Year-Old Prosthetic Wooden Toe is More Incredible Than We Thought

An ongoing reexamination of an ancient Egyptian wooden toe is shedding new light on how the remarkable wooden prosthetic was manufactured, and …

Archaeology

2,000-Year-Old Manuscript of the Ten Commandments Gets Digitized: See/Download “Nash Papyrus” in High Resolution

How old is the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible? As with most such questions about disputed religious texts, it depends on whom you …

When Did People Start Using Money?

<i>This article was originally published at</i> <i>The Conversation.</i> <i>The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Construction Worker Finds Incredible 600-Year-Old Sword in Bog

The sword is remarkably well-preserved considering it's been underwater for six entire centuries.<p>Last month, an excavator operator was working in a peat bog in southeast Poland when he stumbled on a unique find: a rusted longsword from the 14th century. The discovery has kicked off an …

Archaeology

Archaeologists unearth prehistoric ritual area around Bryn Celli Ddu

Previously unknown Anglesey landscape possibly includes cairn cemetery in what experts described as ‘really exciting stuff’<p>Archaeologists have uncovered a prehistoric ritual landscape that possibly includes a cairn cemetery around a 5,000-year-old burial mound aligned with the summer solstice sun …

Archaeology

Explore the Major Wars of History

Since the dawn of time, wars and battles have had a significant impact on the course of history. From the earliest battles in ancient Mesopotamia to …

Military History

Music and Ancient History in the Caucasus

The idea was to take a trip with my 22-year-old daughter, Liza, an adventure worthy of a college graduation present. We settled on a 10-day journey through the small Caucasus country of Georgia, with a swing through neighboring Turkey, in search of the long-lost kingdom of Tao.<p>It sounded vaguely …

Europe