Archaeology and History

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

The Delian League, Part 5: The Peace of Nicias, Quadruple Alliance, and Sicilian Expedition (421/0-413/2 BCE)

The fifth phase of the Delian League begins with the Peace of Nicias – a settlement that settled nothing – and ends with the start of the Decelean …

Ancient History

Site in Germany yields human presence over 1 million years ago

The late Early Pleistocene site near Untermassfeld, in Germany, is now well known for a rich array of fauna dating back to about 1.07 million years …

Archaeology

Archaeologists uncover monumental prehistoric structure on island of Menorca

Archaeologists have recently begun revealing the features of an ancient prehistoric stone structure on the Mediterranean island of Menorca in the …

Archaeology

Possible Iron Age Broch Discovered in Scotland

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND—<i>Shetland News</i> reports that Michael Stratigos of the University of Aberdeen and underwater archaeologist Sally Evans think they may …

Iron Age

Cambodia’s Forestry Officials Foil Suspected Looters

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA—<i>The Cambodia Daily</i> reports that forestry official Mom Bun Lim, chief of the Banteay Srei division, seized two tenth-century …

Archaeology

Ancient DNA sheds new light on early Americans

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE—The first large-scale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European …

Archaeology

Chinese Skeletons In Roman Britain? Not So Fast

Several British news outlets today ran a story with headlines about Chinese people in Roman Britain. While there is no doubt that the Roman Empire was cosmopolitan, and it is entirely likely that people of East Asian ancestry will be found in all parts of the Empire, we need to take a step back …

Ancient History

Archaeologists think they've found an 800-year-old boomerang victim

Those things are deadly.<p>After analysing markings on an 800-year-old skeleton, anthropologists in Australia have found evidence that its owner was …

Archaeology

Rare Roman-Era Coffin May Have Been Reused

DORSET, ENGLAND—<i>BBC News</i> reports that a limestone sarcophagus holding the remains of a Roman man was uncovered in a quarry in southwest England by a …

Ancient Rome

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Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

JERUSALEM (AP) — The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.<p>The passages from the Book …

Bible

Landscape, Maternal Space, And Child Exposure In The Sagas Of Icelanders

<b>Landscape, Maternal Space, And Child Exposure In The Sagas Of Icelanders</b><p>Paper by Robin Waugh<p>Given at the 3rd International St. Magnus Conference on …

Medieval

Explore the Fascinating Overlap of Architectural Styles Throughout History With "The Piranesi Project"

Driven by an intrigue in the ruination of Roman architecture, Brazilian architect, and photographer Olympio Augusto Ribeiro has undertaken a …

Historical Photography

8 Trade Routes That Shaped World History

Trade routes have developed since ancient times to transport goods from places of production to places of commerce. Scarce commodities that were only …

World History

Animation brings 2500 year old Greek vase to life

9/01/2016 07:30:00 PM<p>Oxford academics have teamed-up with an animator to bring ancient Greek vase scenes to life. The images on this 2,500-year-old …

This is the oldest melody in existence – and it’s utterly enchanting

The hymn was discovered on a clay tablet in Ugarit, now part of modern-day Syria, and is dedicated the Hurrians’ goddess of the orchards Nikkal.<p>The …

Guitar

Restoration of Laodicea's Hellenistic theatre to be completed in 3 years

9/18/2016 07:00:00 PM<p>The restoration and excavation work of a 2,200-year-old theatre located in the ancient city of Laodicea in Turkey's southwestern …

These pictures will make you want to visit Pompeii — a graphic slice of ancient Roman life that was buried under 20 feet of ash

On August 24, 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius, a 4,000-foot volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, erupted, taking down an entire city.<p>Pompeii was buried under an almost 20-foot blanket of volcanic ash that flooded the city, killing 2,000 people.<p>It was one of the world's most famous and deadly volcanic …

Pompeii

Roman Baths learning centre planning permission granted

<b>A learning centre at a Roman bath has been given the go-ahead.</b><p>The Archway Project in Swallow Street, Bath, will offer school children "exciting hands-on sessions" with Roman artefacts.<p>Planning permission and listed building consent has also been granted for a World Heritage Centre in York …

Ancient Rome

Time lines: Sketches record archaeological dig on Orkney

<b>Archaeological excavations on Orkney have been documented in a series of sketches and watercolours.</b><p>Karen Wallis was artist in residence on the Ness of Brodgar dig, which was carried out over several weeks earlier this year.<p>Since 2002, Neolithic buildings, artwork, pottery, bones and stone tools …

Orkney

Remains of Ancient Roman Oven Unearthed in Scotland

An ancient Roman oven has sat undisturbed for the past 2,000 years in Scotland, and curiously, it looks as though it's never been used, according to …

Archaeology

How Cats Conquered the World (and a Few Viking Ships)

Thousands of years before cats came to dominate Internet culture, they swept through ancient Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient …

Cats

Laser scans from helicopters unveil massive network of ancient cities across much of modern Cambodia

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — For decades, archeologists here kept their eyes on the ground as they tramped through thick jungle, rice paddies and buffalo …

Cambodia

Ottoman-Era Fisherman’s House Found in Israel

ASHKELON, ISRAEL—<i>The Jerusalem Post</i> reports that an Ottoman-era fisherman’s house and a lookout tower have been uncovered on the Mediterranean …

Israel

The Economics of Ancient Greece

Something remarkable happened in classical Greece, but we didn't know about it until very recently. Against all historical odds, they nourished a …

Greece

Anglo-Saxon 'palace' found at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo site

<b>Archaeologists believe they have found a lost Anglo-Saxon royal palace near one of Britain's best known finds.</b><p>Archaeologists have been studying an area at Rendlesham, about four miles (6km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site.<p>Faye Minter, project co-ordinator, said the remains of a 23m (75ft) by 9m …

Archaeology

New evidence suggests ancient jewelry at Grotte du Renne cave made by Neanderthals

(Phys.org)—A team with members from across Europe has found evidence that suggests bone fragments found with ancient jewelry in the Grotte du Renne …

Neanderthals

Grave of Disabled Young Woman Reveals Touching Tale of Care in Prehistoric Arizona

Human remains found buried in downtown Tempe, Arizona, are revealing a touching story about one young woman’s painful life and the community that …

Arizona