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On the banks of the Jordan River, Neanderthals ate turtles 60,000 years ago

On a lush lakeshore in northern Israel 60,000 years ago, prehistoric hunter-gatherers were augmenting their diet of aurochs, deer and weeds with …

Anthropology

Ancient black swans hunted to extinction, NZ's swans from Australia, new research finds

A black swan and cygnets on the Avon River. The species was introduced from Australia in the 1860s and is distinct from an ancient and extinct New …

New Zealand

Archaeonomy

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Brian Rudman: Auckland's natural history could end museum malarkey

For five long years, Auckland Council politicians have been dithering over how to spend $3 million they don't have on a World War I centennial …

New Zealand News

Egypt takes stock of neglected antiquities

Though its financial resources are limited, Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is working to finally document the countless antiquities stored for …

Egypt

Events in Iceland explain years of famine in Europe’s Dark Ages

IT SEEMED like a curse. The summer of 821 was wet, cold and yielded a poor harvest. Then winter came. Temperatures plunged. Blizzards smothered towns …

Economics

Amazing Pictures Of 2200 Year Old Ancient Greek Mosaics Discovered In Turkey in 2014

Imagine how it felt discovering three ancient Greek mosaics which date back 2,220 years ago. In 2014, Professor Kutalmış Görkay of Ankara University …

Archaeology

Sea cave preserves 5,000-year snapshot of tsunamis

An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world’s most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old …

Archaeology

Australian dig finds evidence of Aboriginal habitation up to 80,000 years ago

Artefacts in Kakadu national park have been dated between 65,000 and 80,000 years old, extending likely occupation of area by thousands of years<p>A groundbreaking archaeological discovery in Australia’s north has extended the known length of time Aboriginal people have inhabited the continent to at …

Anthropology

Diversion plan pump revealed

Jet-boat driver Joseph Coutts struck gold while completing routine maintenance in the Shotover River. While moving rocks near the historic Oxenbridge …

New Zealand News

We may have cracked the mystery of Stonehenge

The more archaeologists study Stonehenge, the more mysteries unfold. But a coherent story is beginning to emerge.<p>Stonehenge is one the UK’s most visited tourist attractions – and one of the world’s most enigmatic ancient monuments. People come from all over the world to stare at the iconic stone …

Archaeology

Franklin exhibition in London features items from shipwreck, Inuit artifacts

When the Canadian Museum of History began planning a new exhibition on the Franklin expedition now showing in the United Kingdom, neither of the …

Franklin Expedition

Ancient Polynesian DNA gives evidence of widespread population exchanges

DNA from old skeletons suggests a complex history of new DNA being introduced.<p>The Polynesian exploration of sparse islands of the Pacific will remain …

Unearthing our history

Helping excavate Te Oropuriri gunfighter pa at Bell Block near New Plymouth, archaeologist David Rudd jokingly said he wanted to find a musket.It …

Archaeology

Dennis Ngawhare: The heritage of the curious explorers

Painstaking work on the Lapita cemetery in Vanuatu.<p><b>OPINION:</b> E kore au e ngaro, he kakano i ruia mai i Rangiātea: I shall not be lost because I am a …

New Zealand News

US website calls mince on toast a 'British classic' – then New Zealand claims it

Observer critic Jay Rayner leads disowning of ‘monstrosity’, leaving New Zealanders to take credit for ‘ultimate comfort food’<p>Scroll down for the mince on toast recipe<p>New Zealand has claimed the “abomination” and “monstrosity” that is mince on toast, after an American food website sparked uproar in …

Recipes

Caves home to oldest known art given UNESCO heritage status

<b>(CNN) —</b> Six caves containing some of the oldest known art have been awarded World Heritage status by the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO.<p>Items dating back more than 40,000 years -- to a time when modern humans first arrived in Europe -- were hidden at the site in the Swabian Jura region of southern …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Discover a New Way to Tell if Humans Were Around

If so far, the presence of bones was an indicator that humans were around a particular moment in the past, archeologists have found another way of …

Anthropology

Easter Island not victim of 'ecocide', analysis of remains shows - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Analysis of remains found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely-held belief that the ancient civilization …

Anthropology

Roman tablets unearthed at Vindolanda

An Exciting New Hoard of Ancient Roman Writing Tablets Unearthed at Vindolanda.On the afternoon of Thursday the 22nd of June, at the Roman fort of …

Archaeology

United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby

Cuneiform Tablets Were Falsely Labeled as Product “Samples” and Shipped to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Two Corporate AffiliatesThe United States …

Archaeology

French Polynesian marae gets World Heritage status

A marae on Raiatea in French Polynesia has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.<p>UNESCO's 41st meeting in Poland accepted the bid by France to give …

New Zealand News

Tunnel Found at Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—A tunnel traveling from Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon to the center of the plaza in front of the structure has been …

Archaeology

Exclusive: Aztec golden wolf sacrifice yields rich trove in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A sacrificial wolf elaborately adorned with some of the finest Aztec gold ever found and buried more than five centuries ago has come to light in the heart of downtown Mexico City, once home to the Aztec empire's holiest shrines.<p>The quality and number of golden ornaments is …

Archaeology

Rotorua museum to stay closed indefinitely

Rotorua Museum will remain closed after cracks were found in the building in November.<p>There is good news and bad news for Rotorua's Museum.<p>The good …

New Zealand News

Hobby Lobby’s $3 million smuggling case casts a cloud over the Museum of the Bible

A federal court settlement that requires Hobby Lobby Stores to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts is casting a cloud over the much-anticipated Museum of the Bible associated with the store’s owners just as the museum prepares to open near the …

Museums

Newgrange: Ireland's amazing feat of Stone Age engineering

Ancient-genome studies grapple with Africa’s past

Clutch of DNA analyses show ancient humans moved around on the continent far more than has been appreciated.<p>Ignored for too long by researchers, …

Anthropology

Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays

Scientists have cracked the secret to Roman water-based structures’ strength – and findings could help today’s builders<p>Their structures are still standing more than 1,500 years after the last centurion snuffed it: now the Romans’ secret of durable marine concrete has finally been cracked.<p>The Roman …

Roman Empire