Archaeology and History

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

Medieval Manuscripts in Living Colour

Book of Kells, Folio 32v, Christ Enthroned.<p>By Danièle Cybulskie<p>Not every medieval manuscript involves colour, but the ones that do are unforgettable. …

Medieval

Unique 5,000 year old figurine with feather headdress found in old potato field in Novosibirsk

Dr Natalia Basova holds a figurine with a feather headdress. Picture: Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS<p>The finds were made on a …

Bronze Age

Deadly lead: how lead poisoning affected the Roman Empire

23 October 2017<p>Archaeologists set to uncover whether lead exposure contributed to illness and death in the Roman Empire<br>• First study to investigate …

UK Universities

Bronze Age Structures Unearthed on Greek Island of Thirassia

SANTORINI, GREECE—<i>Newsweek</i> reports that archaeologists from Ionian University, the University of Crete, and the Cycladic Antiquities Bureau have …

Archaeology

Cultural Heritage: Assessment: Europeana Publishes “Impact Playbook: For Museums, Libraries, Archives and Galleries”

From Europeana:Do you need to demonstrate the impact of your work? Are you curious to know what effect it has on people’s lives, and how the daily …

Cultural Heritage

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Theater of Thouria, Southern Greece

Greek archaeologists have unearthed part of the ancient theater of Thouria near Kalamata city in the Peloponnese, the Culture Ministry announced on …

Archaeology

You in Ancient Rome: A Day in the Life

Historians and Classics enthusiasts often pay close attention to the history surrounding the great and legendary figures of Ancient Roman politics, …

Ancient Rome

Scientists use X-rays to read ancient scrolls hidden and preserved in Pompeii

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the days of ancient Rome left two cities almost perfectly preserved, as Pompeii and Herculaneum were quickly buried …

Archaeology

Bleak fortunes of 16th to 18th century Londoners revealed through scientific testing for Crossrail

MOLA team<br>22.10.2017<p>Our latest Crossrail archaeology book The New Churchyard is published. It reveals the results of the largest archaeological study …

Archaeology

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 …

Archaeology

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 in Wexford

The historic burial ground was not known about until now

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