Archaeology and History

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

A Mix of Faiths

Wye House excavation, Maryland <b>A unique assemblage</b> of circular artifacts embodying both traditional African spiritual symbols and biblical iconography …

Archaeology

Environmental Scarcity and Abundance in Medieval Icelandic Literature

Can medieval literary texts tell us anything about the environmental conditions and the availability of natural resources in premodern times?

Medieval

Boars of battle: The wild boar in the early Middle Ages

<i>During the Middle Ages, the wild boar was admired and feared for its courage and ferocity. This blogpost calls attention to this warrior among beasts</i> …

Middle Ages

How to Eat Like a Viking

It's no surprise that the fearsome raiders relished wild boar meat. But yogurt?<p>All that marauding must have left the Vikings famished. It’s easy to envision a group of them around a table, ravenous after a long day of ransacking, devouring giant hunks of meat and hoisting horns-full of ale.<p>But that …

Archaeology

Tell el-Hesi in Southern Israel

HOME / Table of Contents = Civilizations - Cultures - Areas - Regions - Prehistory <br>Other Archaeological Sites / The Neolithic of the Levant (500 Page …

Archaeology

Cypress Wood Provides Dates for Iran’s Sasanian Empire Sites

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE—<i>Live Science</i> reports that paleoecologist Morteza Djamali of the Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Ecology led a …

Archaeology

Fabled 'Atlantis Alloy' Recovered in Greater Numbers From Ancient Shipwreck

More ingots of orichalcum, the ancient metal that was purported to be mined at the mythical island of Atlantis, have emerged from the seas of …

Norfolk landowner faces £250,000 excavation bill

<b>A developer says he has had to remortgage his house to pay the £250,000 excavation costs after finding 81 Anglo-Saxon coffins on his land.</b><p>Gary Boyce uncovered the 8th Century cemetery six months ago in Great Ryburgh, Norfolk.<p>He had been carrying out work to build a fishing lake.<p>Mr Boyce has been …

Archaeology

Reviving Extinct Species: Is It Worth the Cost?

Bringing extinct species back from the dead could mean letting living species slip away.<p>A new study of de-extinction — the potential to use genetic …

Biodiversity

Neanderthal DNA contributes to human gene expression

CELL PRESS—The last Neanderthal died 40,000 years ago, but much of their genome lives on, in bits and pieces, through modern humans. The impact of …

'Wind jewel': Archaeologists find incredible Mayan jade pendant

Archaeologists have discovered a remarkable jade pendant fit for a king. Covered on one side with hieroglyphs, the buried jewelry belonged to a Mayan king who would have sported it on his chest ceremonially, the University of California, San Diego announced.<p>Not only is the hieroglyph-filled item …

Ancient History

Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dots

Almost 100 years ago, archaeologists were hard at work tearing up the ground at Abri Blanchard and Abri Cellier, two archaeological sites in …

Archaeology

Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire.<p>The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as …

Archaeology

Bog Bodies Rediscovered

Bog Bodies Rediscovered<p><i>True tales from the peat marshes of northern Europe</i><p>Lindow Man (Courtesy the Trustees of the British Museum)<p>Aside from a bit of …

Archaeology

Amateurs discover Denmark's largest ever stash of Viking gold

Three amateur archaeologists recently discovered the biggest stash of Viking gold ever found in Denmark.<p>At 900 grams (1.948 pounds), the stash is …

A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled from the area. The collection offers clues about the behaviour and technology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers.

Share on Facebook Share<p>Share on TwitterTweet<p>Share on Google Plus Share<p>Share on Pinterest Share<p>Share on LinkedIn Share<p>Send email<p>East Africa is the …

Anthropology

7 Little-Known Wonders of the Ancient World

Göbekli TepeGobekli Tepe. (Credit: Ayhan Altun/Getty Images)Located in Turkey’s Anatolia region, the mysterious Göbekli Tepe consists of a series of …

Ancient History

Artifact

<b>What is it?</b> Jug <b> Culture</b> Middle Bronze Age <b> Date</b> ca. 1800 B.C. <b> Material</b> Pottery <b> Found</b> Yehud, Israel <b> Dimensions</b> 7 inches high <b>Yesterday, just as today</b>, …

Archaeology

Temple to Near Eastern God Found on Corsica

MARIANA, CORSICA—A team of French archaeologists excavating the Roman city of Mariana on the island of Corsica have discovered a Mithraeum, or a …

Archaeology

Revisiting Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle, Arizona <b>At Montezuma Castle</b> National Monument in central Arizona, a village composed of two cliff dwellings was abandoned sometime …

Archaeology

How a Beloved World Heritage Site Became a Battlefield. And What’s Next.

Equipped with bulletproof vest and helmet, Dr. Mechtild Rössler set off in an armored vehicle last April toward Palmyra, Syria. Bustling along the …

Archaeology

Human ancestors painted just like Van Gogh 38,000 years ago

Abri Cellier is a major site dating back more than 35,000 years ago located in the Vézère Valley in southern France. It is considered to be one of …

Ancient History

IS stashed treasures in trenches, smashed walls to shock

PARIS (AP) — For the roomful of archaeologists, scholars and Iraqi cultural officials on Friday, each neighborhood conquered in Mosul brought them one step closer to learning the fate of the ancient sites and artifacts seized by the Islamic State group.<p>At a two-day UNESCO conference, Iraqi …

Ancient History

10 Mysterious Ancient Labyrinths

February 26, 2017<p>Do not confuse labyrinths with mazes. Mazes are complex, multibranched puzzles. Labyrinths are single, nonbranching paths that lead …

Ancient History

Tomb Belonging to Pregnant Aristocrat Found in North China

February 25, 2017 Editor: liaoyifan<p>Some burial wares made from bronze [hxnews.com]<p>Two tombs whose owners were identified as noble women from the …

Ancient History

38,000 year-old engravings confirm ancient origins of technique used by Seurat, Van Gogh

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY—A newly discovered trove of 16 engraved and otherwise modified limestone blocks, created 38,000 years ago, confirms the ancient …

New York University

The Sea Peoples of the Transjordan

On a clear day, standing on the summit of this mound, one can see as far as the hills of Nazareth and Mount Tabor to the west, and major parts of the …

Stolen Civil War guns aren't the only historic guns Pennsylvania city is missing

The theft last year of antique guns from the National Civil War Museum in Pennsylvania has sparked another mystery.<p>The stolen guns once belonged to Simon Cameron, who was Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of war and were owned by the city of Harrisburg, Pennlive.com reports. The theft has not been solved.<p>…

Guns

Letters from Londinium

Reading the earliest writing from Roman BritainThe excavations on the site of the new Bloomberg offices in London ran from 2010 to 2014, and revealed …

Ancient History