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Secrets of a swamp pā | New Zealand Geographic

Warren Gumbley<p>A pā in the Waikato has been dated back to 1768 AD—younger than previously thought—using a precise form of radiocarbon dating never …

Ancient Romans depicted Huns as barbarians. Their bones tell a different story.

To hear the Romans tell it, the arrival of Huns at the empire's border was an unmitigated catastrophe.<p>“The Huns in multitude break forth with might and wrath … spreading dismay and loss,” read a poem engraved on a wall in ancient Constantinople. “And naught but loss of life and breath their course …

Anthropology

BBC One - Antiques Roadshow, Series 38, Bolsover Castle 2, Jade ‘hei-tiki’ pendant

Half a million miniscule stone flakes give clues to Natufian culture — archaeologist

AMMAN — Hundreds of thousands of miniscule stone flakes, some only millimeters in length, the scattered results of the hammering and bashing of …

Archaeology

Chinese archeologists discover underwater treasure

More than 10,000 gold and silver items that sank to the bottom of a river in Southwest China's Sichuan province over 300 years ago have been …

Archaeology

Archaeologists Find Position of Greek Fleet in Battle of Salamis, 480 BC

Archaeologists have discovered the site where the Greek fleet gathered for the Battle of Salamis against the Persians (480 BC), after finding …

Ancient History

The Vikings in Ireland

<b>An impressive ax head is one of hundreds of Viking artifacts found during excavations under the streets of Dublin.</b><p><b>When Irish archaeologists</b> working …

Archaeology

Ōtakou Marae - history and community

Ōtakou Marae overlooks the Otago Peninsula and sits on a site steeped in history - it was where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 13 June, 1840.

New Zealand News

Ngāpuhi landmark officially recognised as wāhi tapu

<b>Bella Tari with Te Tino a Taiamai. Bella originally proposed Te Tino o Taimai for listing as a Wahi Tapu.</b><p>A significant landmark in the Bay of …

Did humans create the Sahara Desert?

New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests …

Biodiversity

Ancient Egyptian statue not Ramses II but Psamtek I

An statue discovered in the mud on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Heliopolis, is not Pharaoh Ramses II but King Psamtek I, who ruled between 664 and 610 BC.<p>Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh statue not Ramses II, but Psamtek I https://t.co/o0Ih7WhO8h (Pic: Reuters) pic.twitter.com/QtH8MktUV2<p>— …

Ancient History

Alaska’s Thaw Reveals—and Threatens—a Culture’s Artifacts

Precious items of the Yupik people, long frozen in time, are emerging as temperatures rise. Now the rush is on to save them.<p>This story appears in the April 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>The archaeological site of Nunalleq</b> on the southwest coast of Alaska preserves a fateful moment, …

Archaeology

Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

An orangutan named Rocky is helping scientists figure out when early humans might have uttered the first word.<p>Rocky, who is 12 and lives at the Indianapolis Zoo, has shown that he can control his vocal cords much the way people do. He can learn new vocal sounds and even match the pitch of sounds …

Science

A 400,000-year-old fossil offers new clues on how humans evolved

Deep inside a Portuguese cave, the fossil of a human cranium lay buried for 400,000 years, surrounded by a smattering of stone tools and animal remains.<p>A team of archeologists recently retrieved the fossil, unearthing a new understanding of how humans evolved in western Europe during the middle …

Anthropology

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th century BC<p>Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, …

Ancient History

What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Anthropology

Aboriginal DNA study reveals 50,000-year story of sacred ties to land

Analysis of 100 hair samples sheds light on population movement around Australia and depth of links to regions<p>A study of ancient Aboriginal hair samples has revealed distinct Aboriginal populations were present in Australia with little geographical movement for up to 50,000 years.<p>The discovery of …

Anthropology

Important archaeological discovery made in the Galilee

Archaeologists from Tel Hai College, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have recently discovered a mysterious …

Ancient History

Digital Preservation of Edwin Fox, a very old merchant ship

<b>Background</b><p><i>Edwin Fox sailing vessel.</i><p>The Edwin Fox is a vessel of great cultural and historical value to New Zealand but she has also played a …

Historic find on Matapihi roadside - The Bay's News First

<b>The NZ Transport Agency, Heritage New Zealand and local hapu are excavating what could potentially be a defensive trench from the New Zealand Land</b> …

Archaeology

Historic defensive trench unearthed by roadworks - Bay of Plenty Times - Bay of Plenty Times News

New Zealand News

Ancient skulls may belong to elusive humans called Denisovans

Since their discovery in 2010, the ex­tinct ice age humans called Deniso­vans have been known only from bits of DNA, taken from a sliver of bone in …

Prehistory

Papamoa heritage park gets $1m addition - Bay of Plenty Times - Bay of Plenty Times News

One of the Bay's most significant cultural sites whose views attract more than 100,000 visitors a year has had a major expansion.<p>Bay of Plenty …

New Zealand News

The rise of the useless class |

Historian Yuval Noah Harari makes a bracing prediction: just as mass industrialization created the working class, the AI revolution will create a new …

Artificial Intelligence

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

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

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

Where were all the women in the Stone Age?

Were there any women around in the Palaeolithic Era? If popular culture is any guide you'd think not. And even archaeology itself has a long way to …

Stone Age

Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?

Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappeared

Archaeology