Archaeology and History

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

3,000-Year-Old 'British Pompeii' Unearthed by Archaeologists

The village, destroyed by a fire, is giving researchers new info about the Bronze Age.<p>More than 3,000 years ago, a fire decimated a small British village.<p>The fire destroyed everything in less than an hour, but no bodies were left behind. This mysterious place, which is often compared to Italy’s …

Pompeii

British Museum and University of Leicester archaeologists discovered remarkable evidence on how the first generations of Europeans in the Americas engaged with indigenous peoples

<b>British Museum and University of Leicester-led research uncovers new evidence in Caribbean</b><p>LEICESTER, 20-Jul-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — A project led by …

British Museum

What Disappears When Ancient Documents Get Digitized?

The Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine is a treasure trove for the cartographically inclined. Its collection, which contains close …

Ancient History

501 Treasures of Byzantium: No: 10-19.

<b>No.10: The city-fortress of Dara (Anastasiopolois), Mesopotamia, 6th century.</b><p>The city-fortress of Dara, was built by Emperor Anastasius, at the …

Mosaics

Knights and Dragons | The Sussex Archaeological Society

<b>Fun for four to eight-year-olds: stories about castle knights, armour to try on and lots of things to make, including a dragon mask.</b><p><b>Cost: £5.00.</b> …

Our islands’ rich heritage brings mystery, wonder and hard cash

When I first qualified in archaeology I just wanted an interesting job where I would get paid to bum around a bit. But that was before I met Orkney with its 8,000 years of inhabitation and its 200-year history of archaeological discovery. That was before I settled in a house 100 yards away from the …

Archaeology

Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can’t be read

By<p>WRITING is one of the greatest inventions in human history. Perhaps the greatest, since it made history possible. Without writing, there could be …

Antiquity

From Orkney to the Fens, our ancient past is coming alive

The story started, one anointed day in March 2003, with a curious stone slab on a finger of Orkney hemmed in by seas. Nick Card, of the University of Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, remembers that it was a typically cold and wet day. He was accompanied by his departmental colleague, …

Orkney

Surviving the Neolithic in Egypt

GEBEL RAMLAH, EGYPT—Polish archaeologists excavating in Egypt's Western Desert around a now-dried lake have unearthed a number of Neolithic sites …

Egypt

Archaeologists at Despotiko’s Apollo Sanctuary Uncover Mysteries of Archaic-era Greece

Excavations by archaeologists conducted over the last year have helped reveal the unusually large area covered by the archaic Sanctuary of Apollo on …

Archaeology

Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Found in a Bronze Age Barrow

LEICESTER, ENGLAND—A team led by Gavin Speed of the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) excavated the site of a Bronze Age barrow …

Bronze Age

Children's Doodles Found in Margins of Medieval Manuscript

The margins of a medieval manuscript from a convent in Naples, Italy, are decorated with doodles of what are apparently devils, a farm animal and a …

Middle Ages

The Interrupted Search for King David’s Palace

Eilat Mazar<p>In 2007, prominent Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar was excavating a monumental public building in Jerusalem’s City of David—a structure …

Archaeology

Another ancient underground city discovered in Cappadocia

The latest discovery of <b>an underground city in Cappadocia</b> in Turkey is quite different from all others. It was revealed that people actually lived in …

Cappadocia

Canals, Roads Unearthed in China’s Ancient Capital

ZHENGZHOU, CHINA—A 3,000-year-old system of canals has been uncovered at the Yinxu site, the ancient capital of the Shang Dynasty in Henan Province. …

Asia

Caribbean cave art sheds surprising new light on ancient religious collision

The picturesque island of Mona sits isolated between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. It has no human settlements and is devoid of human life except for Puerto Rican wildlife managers, conservationists and the odd researcher.<p>But beneath the island, cutting through the …

Ancient civilization

The Real Lives of Roman Britain (Review)

Review<p>by Alex Criddle<br>published on 21 July 2016<p><b>Rating:</b> <b><br>Audience:</b> University<b><br>Difficulty:</b> Medium<p><b>Guy de la Bédoyère brings Roman Britain to life through a</b> …

Archaeology

Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road

Travellers on the Silk Road, the most famous trade route of the ancient world, were bringing more than the precious fabric with them out of China. Some bamboo sticks with scraps of grimy cloth wound around them have been identified as bottom wipers from a latrine pit in a 2,000-year-old Chinese …

Archaeology

Amateur archaeologists in Denmark are so good that the National Museum can’t keep up

Denmark’s National Museum has reported that amateur archaeologists in the country are so good at finding ancient artefacts that the institution simply can’t keep up with processing them.<p>Under Danish law, all archaeological artefacts belong to the state, and those who find them and turn them in will …

Denmark

New Dates for the Oldest Cave Paintings

Lions, Chauvet Cave, France <b>The World Heritage site</b> of Chauvet Cave in southern France is famous—and a source of both wonder and controversy—for …

Archaeology

Mighty Viking Ax Discovered in Tomb of Medieval 'Power Couple'

Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest Viking axes ever found, in the tomb of a 10th-century "power couple" in Denmark.<p>Kirsten Nellemann …

Middle Ages

Ancient Roman soldier with ornate belt discovered in UK grave

The 1,600-year-old remains of a middle-age man buried alongside an ornate belt decorated with images of dolphins and dogs have been found in a grave in Leicester, England, archaeologists report.<p>The belt's style suggests that its owner worked as a solider or civil servant during the Late Roman …

Rome

What Ancient Roman Buildings Teach Us About Science And Engineering

Physicists have a reputation for being exceptionally arrogant even relative to other scientists, not entirely without reason. One of the factors contributing to this is a tendency to make disparaging references to other disciplines—dividing all of science between “physics” and “stamp collecting,” …

Science

Antikythera mechanism: What world's oldest computer tells us about ancient Greeks' view of universe

Mike Edmunds, <i>Cardiff University</i><p>When we talk of the history of computers, most of us will refer to the evolution of the modern digital desktop PC, …

Ancient civilization

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of AngkorAngkor Wat today, as viewed across the moat that surrounds the 12th century Hindu temple …

Middle Ages

Ancient Logbook Documenting Great Pyramid's Construction Unveiled

A logbook that contains records detailing the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza has been put on public display at the Egyptian Museum in …

Egypt

More on Bronze Age-Wall in Poland

MASZKOWICE, POLAND—Archaeologists studying an unusual 3,500-year-old stone wall discovered at a Bronze Age settlement in southern Poland last year …

Prehistory

Ancient Roman grave, artifacts unearthed in England

The 1,600-year-old remains of a middle-age man buried alongside an ornate belt decorated with images of dolphins and dogs have been found in a grave …

Ancient civilization

How to become a citizen archaeologist tracking Stone Age Britons

By<p>It looks like a long way to the prehistoric dig site, and there’s a lot of slippery mud separating me from it. But I have more to worry about than …

Prehistory