Archaeology and History

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

Archaeologists Identify More Than 150 Rock Art Paintings in Chile

For the past five years archaeologists have been tracking a series of rock art findings in north-central Chile’s Limari Valley. The experts involved …

Rock art

9 of the world's most awesome aqueducts

Ancient and beautiful, these stunning aqueducts - from Peru to France to India - have stood the test of time to become must-see constructions<p>1. Pont …

World History

Bronze-Age Toy Unearthed in Anatolia

AKSARAY, TURKEY—Archaeologist Aliye Öztan announced in the <i>Daily Sabah</i> that a 4,200-year-old toy was discovered at the Acemhöyük site in central …

Terracotta

The Guardian view on the Great Fire anniversary: an enduring trauma

Everyone knows in theory that earthquakes wreak appalling human and neighbourhood damage, wherever they occur. Yet those of us fortunate enough to live in a part of the world not generally threatened by them can become complacent. Humanity is indivisible, yet it can sometimes take an event close to …

Earthquakes

How Much Water Reached Rome?

<b>Anio Novus aqueduct, ItalyRome’s 11 aqueducts</b>, some extending for more than 50 miles, transported enough water to feed the city’s 591 public …

Rome

Roman flood bank found under demolished Gloucester bus station

<b>A flood bank built by the Romans has been discovered under a recently demolished bus station in Gloucester.</b><p>Experts say the area would have suffered from flooding around the 3rd to 4th century AD so banks would have been created to protect the city.<p>Cotswold Archaeology carried out the dig prior to …

Archaeology

Why Did The Maya Civilization Decline? New Research Suggests Irrigation Technology Is To Blame

The mystery behind the fall of the Maya civilization is one that has confused scientists for decades. The seemingly flourishing Central American …

Irrigation

The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

In the Hellenistic Era—that's 323 BC to 31 BC, for all you numbers fans—the Library of Alexandria, Egypt was a research hub of high prestige. But …

Alexander the Great

This 2,500-year-old stone just revealed the name of a powerful Etruscan goddess

And an underground cult, nbd.<p>Researchers have been translating an inscription on an ancient Etruscan stone slab, and have found mention of the …

Archaeology

7,000-Year-Old Ceramic Fragment with Possibly ‘World’s Oldest Writing’ Discovered in Bulgaria’s Riben

Pictured at the Gradeshnitsa Tablets (actually, the two sides of a single table) discovered near Gradeshnitsa in Northwest Bulgaria back in 1969, and …

Bulgaria

August 24, 79: An Hour-By-Hour Account Of Vesuvius' Eruption On Its 1,937th Anniversary

Pliny the Younger reports that it was in the seventh hour after sunrise (right around noon) on August 24th of 79 CE that his mother pointed out to his uncle, Pliny the Elder, that “a cloud of unusual size and shape is appearing.” Pliny the Elder was then stationed at Misenum, serving as the …

Pompeii

1,000 year old Persian cup unearthed in remote region of Arctic Russia

'The cultural layer was eroded by wind and we found the fragment of the cup.' Picture: Press-service YANAO<p>The find of the fragment of the medieval …

Medieval

Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Difference

Archaeologists have long assumed that Maya tools like obsidian blades, bone needles and even stingray tails found in ritual contexts were used for …

Archaeology

Metal Artifacts Recovered in Israel

HADERA, ISRAEL—Relatives who inherited a collection of ancient metal artifacts have turned them over to the Israel Antiquities Authority, according …

Israel

The Plague at Athens, 430-427 BCE

In the 2nd year of the Peloponnesian War, 430 BCE, an outbreak of plague erupted in Athens. The illness would persist throughout scattered parts of …

Ancient Greece

The luxury Roman 'billionaire' villa

• <b>Researchers have excavated the remains of an old Roman house</b>• <b><br>First discovered in 1945 and studied in 1960s, villa was left until now</b>• <b><br>Villa was owned by</b> …

Archaeology

Sun and Moon

<b>Treasures from the</b> Roman era have emerged from the waters of the ancient Mediterranean harbor of Caesarea in Israel—the largest underwater find in …

Merchant Shipping

Excavation of Philistine Gath finds startling similarities to Cypriot cities - Archaeology

New discoveries reveal that the Philistine cities of ancient Israel were laid out like Bronze Age cities in Cyprus, unlike the haphazard structure of …

Archaeology

Power Station Worker's Private Collection Yields Bronze Age Treasures

A man who spent many years collecting metal artifacts from the ocean near the power plant where he worked in Israel had secretly amassed a huge …

Cool

Roman Artifacts Recovered at Fort Annex in Scotland

FALKIRK, SCOTLAND—<i>Culture 24</i> reports that excavations at a settlement located outside the walls of Camelon Roman Fort in central Scotland have …

Scotland

Monmouth excavation discovers 'New Stone Age logboat'

<b>Archaeologists believe they have found a logboat dating back to the New Stone Age in Monmouthshire.</b><p>Work on a housing development on Wonastow Road, near Monmouth, was halted when the remains were uncovered.<p>The pieces of wood have been radiocarbon-dated to 3210BC and were uncovered on a site which is …

Monmouth

The Roman Hoxne Hoard

The Hoxne Hoard is the largest cache of late Roman gold found anywhere in the Roman Empire. Discovered by a metal detectorist in Suffolk, in the east …

Archaeology

New Technique Reveals Images in a Fragile Codex

OXFORD, ENGLAND—<i>Live Science</i> reports that David Howell of the Bodleian Libraries and colleagues have discovered pictographic scenes under the layer …

Archaeology

Archaeologists unearth mysterious pyramid in Kazakhstan which pre-dates Giza’s

Victor NovozhenovAn ancient pyramid has been found in Kazakhstan<p>Local archaeologists found the ruins in the Sary-Arka region near the city of …

UK News

Hellenistic Warfare

When Alexander the Great died in 323 BCE, he left behind an empire devoid of leadership. Without a named successor or heir, the old commanders simply …

Greece

Unusual Stone Slabs Unearthed at Ness of Brodgar

ORKNEY, SCOTLAND—A structure constructed of stone slabs up to 13 feet long has been found beneath a huge midden at the Ness of Brodgar by a team led …

Archaeology

Ancient Synagogue Predating Second Temple Ruin Found

Two archaeological discoveries made in the Galilee over the summer tell a story that differs from the standard description of the devastation in the …

Ancient History

Roman Cooking on Display in Restored Pompeii Kitchen

POMPEII, ITALY—<i>The Local, Italy,</i> reports that cooking equipment, such as metal grills, pots, pans, and earthenware crocks, have been returned to the …

Pompeii

Archaeologists Discover Bronze Age Baby In Peterborough Quarry

The child burial on bark matting with grave goods. © Phoenix Consulting Archaeology<p>Archaeologists investigating a quarry site near Peterborough have …

Bronze Age