• New Roman mosaic floor from Alexandria

    The site of Kom el-Dikka, located in the heart of Alexandria, has been excavated archaeologically since 1960 by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw expedition in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Digging has uncovered successively a vast fragment of the Late Antique city (4th–7th centuries AD) including a small theatre, the grand Imperial bath and a unique group of twenty-two...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful
  • Byzantine Church of the Apostles unearthed in northern Israel

    Excavations in Israel's Galilee have uncovered remains of an ancient church said to mark the home of the apostles Peter and Andrew, the dig's archaeological director said Friday.Credit: El Araj ExcavationsMordechai Aviam of Kinneret Academic College, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, said this season's dig at nearby El-Araj confirmed it as the site of Bethsaida, a fishing village where Peter and his brother...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links
  • 41 Baekje-era tumuli found near South Korea's Gongju city

    A state-run research center has found traces of 41 Baekje-era tumuli near the tomb of King Muryeong in Gongju, some of which could turn out to be newfound royal tombs, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday.This photo shows the locations of Baekje-era tumuli. The yellow ellipsis indicates the tomb of King Muryeong, and thegreen ellipses indicate tumuli found during the Japanese colonial period. Blue ellipses indicate...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
  • Iron Age tools found in Kerala's Malampuzha

    A team of explorers from Government Victoria College here have stumbled upon iron implements belonging to the Iron Age in Kerala from the catchment area of the Malampuzha dam.The iron implements can throw light on the life of people in the centuries beforethe beginning of the Christian era [Credit: The Hindu]K. Rajan, former head of the History Department at the college who led the exploration, said the find had immense potential...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
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  • Excavation reveals complex story of ancient Tas-Silġ site

    Right from the first excavations carried out in the area known as Tas-Silġ, Marsaxlokk in the 1960s by the Missione Archeologica Italiana, it was evident that this was a significant archaeological site.The current excavations revealed ancient remains beneath the floorof a 19th-century farmhouse [Credit: Times of Malta]Throughout the years, the site continued to unravel further discoveries and a current excavation by Heritage Malta...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu
  • Tutankhamun golden coffin under restoration for the first time since 1922

    Experts have begun restoration work on the golden-plated coffin of Egypt’s boy-king Tutankhamun for the first time since the discovery of the tomb in 1922, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said on Wednesday.Tutankhamun's gilded outer coffin; one of three that protected the royal mummy[Credit: Nariman El-Mofty]The coffin and the treasured collection of Tutankhamun’s tomb are expected to be the centrepiece of the new Grand...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f
  • Dripstone cave in Hungary hides ancient treasures

    Archaeologists of Eötvös Loránd University found unparalleled treasure in the Baradla cave, a part of the Aggtelek Karst, a more than 25 kilometre long cave system. The cave will be used to help people with respiratory diseases heal, but before the development could begin, archaeologists had to assess the area. A week ago the metal detector started signalling in an area which they checked at least ten times with no results. The...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi
  • Amputated limbs unearthed at Battle of Waterloo field hospital site

    Human leg bones have been unearthed in the first excavation of the main allied field hospital used in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.Four human bones have been unearthed on the dig so far 
    [Credit: Waterloo Uncovered]Experts believe they are the remains of limbs amputated by medics at the former Mont-St-Jean field hospital in Belgium.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Archaeologists and veterans also found musket...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
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  • Conference sheds light on 10 years of excavations at Petra Church, Temple of Winged Lions

    Excavations take time, money, planning, cooperation, conservation and publishing, said Director of the American Centre of Oriental Research (ACOR) Barbara Porter at a presentation on the Petra Church and the Temple of the Winged Lions on Monday.Temple of the Winged Lions, Petra (ca. AD. 25-363). Photograph taken from the east showingAFCP supported interventions completed in 2017 [Credit: Yusuf Ahmed/ACOR]The presentation titled,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Pre-Columbian stone figures with 'mysterios markings' point to 'lost civilisation' in Puerto Rico

    A puzzling cache of stone figures covered in mysterious symbols could be the first evidence of a "lost civilisation".The mystery carvings could hold the key to a lost civilisation[Credit: University of Haifa]The bizarre figurines were first discovered in the 19th century by a local monk who claimed he was led to the "secret stash" by a dying woman who lived in a hut in the Puerto Rican mountains.It was previously believed the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,
  • Cyprus Institute digitally documents churches in occupied north

    The Cyprus Institute (CI), in collaboration with the Byzantine Museum of Nicosia, has been tasked by the department of antiquities to digitally document the churches of Ayia Solomoni at Komi tou Yialou, Panayia Pergaminiotissa at Akanthou, Panayia Apsinthiotissa at Syghari, and the Christ Antiphonitis Church at Kalograia, all in the north of the island.Digital representation of Ayia Solomoni at Komi tou Yialou[Credit: Cyprus...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, o
  • Stone tool changes may show how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate

    The development of new hunting projectiles by European hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic may have been linked to territoriality in a rapidly-changing climate, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Philippe Crombé from Ghent University, Belgium.Reconstruction of a Mesolithic camp-site with a hunter in the front ready to fire an arrow
     mounted with stone microliths [Credit: Ulco Glimmerveen]As...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo
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  • Huge prehistoric settlement exposed near Jerusalem

    A huge settlement from the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age), the largest known in Israel from that period, and one of the largest of its kind in the region, has been discovered during archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Motza Junction. The project was initiated and financed by the Netivei Israel Company (the National Transport Infrastructure company). The excavations are conducted as part of the Highway...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful
  • Community size matters when people create a new language

    Why are languages so different from each other? After comparing more than two thousand languages, scientists noticed that languages with more speakers are usually simpler than smaller languages. For instance, most English nouns can be turned into plurals by simply adding -s, whereas the German system is notoriously irregular. Linguists have proposed that languages adapt to fit different social structures.Credit: iStockphoto,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, o
  • Centuries-old Nandi statues unearthed near Mysore

    A pair of centuries-old Nandi statues, carved out of monolithic soapstone, have been unearthed from a dried lake bed in Arasinakere, about 20 km from Mysore, a city in India's southwestern Karnataka state.Credit: Department of Archaeology, Museums and HeritageThe locals, particularly the senior citizens of the village, had earlier been aware of the presence of the Nandis, whose heads appeared to peep out partially whenever the water...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Six medieval ships unearthed in Norwegian capital

    Six ships from the Middle Ages have been uncovered in a series of excavations in central Oslo, providing researchers with new knowledge on Norwegian maritime history.Credit: Lars Dønvold-Myhre/NRKThe ships dating from between the 1300s to the 1600s, were unearthed in the modern Bjørvika district situated at the Oslo Fjord in connection with urban development and the construction of a high-speed railway.(adsbygoogle =...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Fabled Crusader moat outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls

    Archaeologists have discovered an 11th-century moat just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls—the first hard evidence of a fabled Crusader siege against the city 920 years ago. Attested to in several historical documents, many scholars nonetheless believed the siege was a myth.The excavation near the Old City's southern wall [Credit: Virginia Winters/
    Israel Nature and Parks Authority]The groundbreaking find was made as part of the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website
  • A new look at the Gibraltar Neanderthals

    Modern DNA sequencing techniques are allowing us to discover more about some iconic Neanderthal skulls than ever before.The adult female Neanderthal cranium discovered at Forbes Quarry, Gibraltar[Credit: Natural History Museum]Two skulls from Gibraltar were among the first Neanderthal remains ever found, and have since become some of the best-studied human fossils in the world.One was found at Forbes' Quarry in 1848, and one at a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
  • Slender-billed albatross skull from Pliocene discovered in New Zealand

    Senckenberg ornithologist Gerald Mayr, in conjunction with his colleague Alan Tennyson of the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, describe a previously unknown, extinct albatross species from the Pliocene. The bird, which lived about 3 million years ago, only reached approximately 90 percent of the size of the smallest modern albatrosses.Nearly complete fossil skull of the new albatross species (above) in comparison to the Black-footed...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Roman coin stash 'may have been linked to Boudiccan revolt'

    A hoard of Roman coins found in a field may have been hidden there during the Boudiccan revolt, an expert has said. The trove of 60 denarii, dating between 153BC and AD60-61, was found in a field near Cookley, in Suffolk, by a metal detectorist.The coins dated between 153BC and AD61 [Credit: Suffolk County Council]Dr Anna Booth, who examined the find, said there "might be a link with the Boudiccan revolt" and the coins. Queen...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links,
  • Grave of second king of Hungary found

    Scientists believe they have found the grave of Peter I Orseolo, second king of Hungary, in the crypt of the Cathedral. Peter and Paul in pécs in the South-West of the country.Excavation in the crypt of Pécs Cathedral [Credit: Tamás Sóki, MTI]No remains in the tomb were found, probably because they were intentionally displaced centuries later, writes the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to NV.(adsbygoogle =...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit
  • Ancient Scythian burial mound excavated in Russia's Stavropol

    Russian archaeologists have confirmed that the Scythians were present in the Ciscaucasia (northern Caucasus) in the last third of the 5th century BC, refuting the testimony of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who claimed that by that time they had left these lands. The scientists drew their conclusions by determining the date of the artefacts found in the mound near the village of Novozavodennoe. There are still a few excavated...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Review – Hadrian’s Wall: history and guide

    Guy de la Bédoyère
    Amberley Publishing, £18.99
    ISBN 978-1848689404
    Review Edward BiddulphAnyone
    visiting Hadrian’s Wall is well advised to take a guidebook. There are many
    available, but one of the most useful is Guy de la Bédoyère’s handy volume.
    Though a slim book, it is packed full of detail. The introduction provides the
    essentials of the Wall’s history, its construction, and the army that lived
    along it. A selection of epigraphic and other
  • Review – The Clayton Collection

    Frances Claire McIntosh
    BAR Publishing, £38
    ISBN 978-1407321479
    Review Paul BoothThe
    importance of the Clayton Collection extends significantly beyond its home
    ground of Chesters (Cilurnum), though the focus of the present volume is on the
    material from Cilurnum. That is set in the context of Clayton’s ownership of,
    and interest in, the site; his position in the tradition of 19th-century
    antiquarianism; the formation of the Collection; and its subsequent
    development.
    The study focuse
  • Review – Hadrian’s Wall: everyday life on a Roman frontier

    Patricia Southern
    Amberley Publishing, £12.99
    ISBN 978-1445690759
    Review Edward BiddulphAs the
    author herself asks, why do we need another book on Hadrian’s Wall? The
    question is conclusively answered over the course of the book’s 400 pages. It
    includes the standard sections on, for example, the history, construction, and
    purpose of the Wall, but it digs deeper than many volumes into the Wall’s
    management. The book takes a detailed look at Hadrian himself, examines the
    re
  • Review – Hadrian’s Wall at Wallsend

    Paul Bidwell
    The Arbeia Society and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, £35
    ISBN 978-1527229969
    Review Edward BiddulphArchaeologists
    do not often get the chance to excavate Hadrian’s Wall. The monument is well protected
    by law (rightly so) and spared from development, meaning that invasive investigations
    are few and far between. While that is good news for the preservation of the
    Wall, it can make resolving long-standing questions about, say, construction or
    chronology difficult. The
  • Review – Hadrian’s Wall: a life

    Richard Hingley
    Oxford University Press, £36.99
    ISBN 978-0198707028
    Review Matthew SymondsThe
    name Hadrian’s Wall may conjure up expectations of an opportunity to immerse ourselves
    in the Roman past, but it is a sensation that sells the archaeological monument
    short. The very fact that so much of it remains well preserved today emphasises
    that the Wall did not simply vanish at the close of the Roman period. Although attempts
    have been made to strip away later activity and present Rom
  • Review – Hadrian’s Wall: a study in archaeological exploration and interpretation

    David J Breeze
    Archaeopress, £19.99
    ISBN 978-1789691672
    Review Edward BiddulphDavid
    Breeze’s new book on Hadrian’s Wall began as a series of lectures to the
    Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Even wonderful lectures do not always
    translate well to print, but there are no such fears with this volume, a
    (forgive the pun) breezy tour of the Wall and its study.
    In the first chapter, which looks at the
    historiography of the Wall, we meet such luminaries as John Collingwood Bruce,
    w
  • Interpreting Hadrian’s Wall

    Vast arrays of sculpted and inscribed stone set the tone for the Clayton Museum – one of several English Heritage sites along Hadrian’s Wall that have been recently renovated and reinterpreted. ‘Curator’s Choice’ labels help to point out highlights among the many objects on display.
    How do you explain the latest thinking about a 73-mile-long monument to the public? Visitors to Hadrian’s Wall in recent years may have noticed some changes at the English Heritage
  • Kayaker finds rare Roman glass and pottery off Kent coast

    Archaeological discovery could have come from possible shipwreck near RamsgateObjects from a possible Roman shipwreck have been found off the coast of Kent in one of the most unusual archaeological finds in living memory.The chance discoveries were made by a kayaker in the sea off Ramsgate. The tide was low enough and the water clear enough for him to reach down and pull out beautiful cobalt blue glassware and high-status Roman pottery, called Samian ware. Related: Ben-Fur: Romans brought rabbit
  • Excavation of Waterloo field hospital unearths limbs and musket balls

    Waterloo Uncovered’s project shines fresh light on battle that led to Napoleon’s defeatThe first ever excavation of the main allied field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo has uncovered sawn-off limbs and musket balls fired during a previously unrecorded fight on the steps of the farm where the Duke of Wellington’s medics worked.The surprise find by British and Dutch archeologists, digging alongside 25 military veterans, opens up a new understanding of how the Mont-St-Jean fie
  • Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

    Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia.A map showing where the ancestors of modern humans appear to have met and mixedwith archaic hominins [Credit: University of Adelaide]While two of the archaic groups are currently known - the Neanderthals and their sister group the Denisovans from Asia ¬- the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Ancient Roman port history unveiled

    Researchers successfully reconstructed anthropic influences on sedimentation, including dredging and canal gates use, in the ancient harbour of Portus - a complex of harbour basins and canals that formed the hub of commerce in the capital of the Roman Empire.A team of international researchers led by La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne have, for the first timeworldwide, applied marine geology techniques at an...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, o
  • 2,000-year-old temple floor discovered at Malta's Tas-Silġ excavations

    The floor of a temple dating back to prehistoric times was uncovered in ongoing excavation works at Tas-Silġ, the Culture Ministry said.Credit: Heritage MaltaIn a statement, it said the 2,000-year-old floor of the Temple of Ashtart was uncovered in a 'farmhouse' with various remains at the site.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});The removal of the farmhouse floors have uncovered a series of floors and preparation...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Remains of Medieval wall unearthed in Czech Republic

    Preparatory work for the reconstruction of Břeclav Castle has unearthed a rare archaeological find –the remains of a medieval wall from the beginning of the 11th century. Archaeologists believe it was part of a fortified settlement built by Břetislav, Duke of Bohemia, who administered the region and gave the town of Břeclav its name.Credit: Town of BřeclavThe town of Břeclav in south Moravia is revealing something of its rich past....[[ This is a content summary on
  • Stonehenge may have been built using pig fat

    Pig fat could have been used to grease the sledges used to transport the massive stones of Stonehenge into position, new analysis by archaeologists at Newcastle University has suggested.Credit: AFPFat residues on shards of pottery found at Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge, have long been assumed to be connected with feeding the many hundreds of people that came from across Britain to help construct the ancient monument.But, new...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Maternal secrets of our earliest ancestors unlocked

    Analysis of more than two-million-year-old teeth from Australopithecus africanus fossils found in South Africa have revealed that infants were breastfed continuously from birth to about one year of age. Nursing appears to continue in a cyclical pattern in the early years for infants; seasonal changes and food shortages caused the mother to supplement gathered foods with breastmilk. An international research team led by Dr Renaud...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Environment, more than evolution, might underlie human-ape differences in social cognition

    Apes' abilities have been unfairly measured, throwing into doubt the assumed belief that human infants are superior to adult chimpanzees, according to a new study by leaders in the field of ape cognition.Nahko, a 28-year-old male chimpanzee gestures to bananas while lookingat the cameraperson [Credit: Lisa A. Reamer]Researchers studied published work comparing human and ape social cognition and came to the conclusion the studies...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Fossil of smallest old world monkey species discovered in Kenya

    Researchers from the National Museums of Kenya, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri and Duke University have announced the discovery of a tiny monkey that lived in Kenya 4.2 million years ago.The fossilized teeth of Simiolus minutus, a tiny ape that lived in East Africa during the Miocene Era[Credit: James B. Rossie, Andrew Hill]Nanopithecus browni was the same size as a modern talapoin monkey, the smallest living Old...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link
  • Strange new species of duck-billed dinosaur identified

    The most complete skull of a duck-billed dinosaur from Big Bend National Park, Texas, is revealed in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology as a new genus and species, Aquilarhinus palimentus. This dinosaur has been named for its aquiline nose and wide lower jaw, shaped like two trowels laid side by side.Aquilarhinus palimentus [Credit: ICRA Art]In the 1980s, Texas Tech University Professor Tom Lehman (then a Master's student) was...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • New light on cichlid evolution in Africa

    A collaborative research project carried out under the auspices of the GeoBio-Center at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich has developed an integrative approach to the classification of fossil cichlids, and identified the oldest known member of the Tribe Oreochromini.Holotype specimen of the 12.5-million-year-old fossil cichlid Oreochromimos kabchorensis. The new speciesis the oldest known member of the Oreochromini, a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l
  • Plague genomes show extent, diversity of massive Roman-era pandemic

    New research on one of history's most devastating plagues shows that it spread farther than previously believed, reaching post–Roman Britain, and provides new information about the plague bacteria's evolution during a pandemic that lasted more than 200 years.The remains of a plague victim thrown into a demolition trench of a Gallo-Roman house in southern France
     toward the end of the sixth century [Credit: Evelyn Guevara; CNRS -...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo
  • Third-century Greek inscription with names of Dionysus cult found in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

    Archaeologists working at the Episcopal Basilica site in Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv have found a large stone slab, estimated to date from the third century, inscribed in Greek with the names of 44 members of the Dionysus religious grouping.Credit: podtepeto.comThe marble slab had been used as part of the flooring in the atrium of the Episcopal Basilica, which was built in the fifth century. The slab had been part of an earlier...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f
  • What delayed Earth's oxygenation?

    Powering a massive biosphere on Earth, photosynthesis is the light-mediated reaction that converts carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates and oxygen. About 2.3 billion years ago, this reaction led to a dramatic oxygenation of Earth's atmosphere.Credit: hi-news.ruEvidence exists for oxygen-releasing photosynthesis evolving much earlier—perhaps as early as 3 billion years ago. However, the oxygen-rich atmosphere we take for granted...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for
  • Unique terracotta sarcophagus found at olive grove in Turkey's Bursa

    Achaeologists carrying out excavations at an olive grove in Turkey's northwestern Bursa province have discovered a terracotta sarcophagus from the late Roman period, reports said Friday.Credit: İnternet HaberThe unique grave was discovered near Hisardere neighbourhood in Iznik (Greek Nikaia) district, famous for its pottery and tiles.The tomb contained skeletons of two humans, experts said, adding that no artifacts or valuables...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full
  • Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new finds

    Egypt on Saturday opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies.The Bent pyramid of Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt's 4th dynasty, in the ancient royal necropolis
    of Dahshur on the west bank of the Nile River, south of the capital Cairo 
    [Credit: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP]Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full li
  • Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feet

    Many dinosaur species are known from scant remains, with some estimates suggesting 75% are known from five or fewer individuals. Auroraceratops rugosus was typical in this regard when it was named in 2005 based upon a single skull from the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. But that is no longer the case.Artist's rendering of Auroraceratops shows its bipedal posture as well as the beak and frill that characterize itas a member of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full lin
  • Remnants of Roman dwelling found in centre of Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

    A team from heating energy distribution firm EVN Toplofikatsiya has found remnants of a Roman dwelling with a clay pipeline, as well as a grave, during excavations in the centre of Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv, the company said in a media statement early this week.Credit: EVNThe find was made in Plovdiv’s GM Dimitrov Street, near the intersection with Tsar Assen Street. According to experts, the archaeological find dates from the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit
  • Ancient bones should rewrite history but not the present | Kenan Malik

    Homo sapiens might well have been living in Europe 210,000 years ago, but it’s not relevant to contemporary debates about raceIn 1978, two skulls were discovered in a cave called Apidima in southern Greece. Both, it was thought, were Neanderthal. Now, a new study using 3D computer reconstructions has suggested that one skull is from a modern human, Homo sapiens, and, at 210,000 years old, more ancient than the other, Neanderthal one.The findings are not universally accepted, but if true wo
  • 'Bent' pyramid: Egypt opens ancient oddity for tourism

    Pharoah Sneferu’s structure marks key step in Egyptian architecture, as builders had to change the angle when it started to crack Egypt has opened to visitors the “bent” pyramid built for the pharaoh Sneferu, a 101-metre structure south of Cairo that marks a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.Tourists will now be able to clamber down a 79-metre long, narrow tunnel from a raised entrance on the pyramid’s northern face, to reach two chambers deep inside the 4

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