• Documents Tell of Childhood in Roman Egypt

    OSLO, NORWAY—Ville Vuolanto of the University of Oslo and April Pudsey of the University of Newcastle are systematically examining papyri from Oxyrhynchos, images and texts from pottery, and toys and other objects to learn more about the experience of childhood in Roman Egypt. The lives of young children generally are not reflected in the documents, which were discovered 100 years ago at the site of the ancient town. They have learned, however, that the teen sons of prosperous free-born citize
  • Medieval Wooden Toilet Seat Preserved in London

    LONDON, ENGLAND—The Guardian reports that a twelfth-century toilet seat unearthed in the 1980s has been restored and will go on display at the Museum of London Docklands for the first time later this year. The seat, carved with three holes from oak planks, was placed behind a mixed commercial and residential tenement building on what was a small island in the River Fleet, a tributary of the Thames. The building, known as Helle, was owned by a cap maker named John de Flete and his wife, Cas
  • Expedition Abandons Search for Shackleton’s Endurance

    CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—Live Science reports that researchers led by Mensun Bound, director of the exploration phase of the Weddell Sea Expedition, have abandoned the search for the wreckage of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s three-masted wooden ship equipped with a coal-fired steam engine, in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea after the loss of an autonomous underwater vehicle in inclement weather and heavy ice. Shackleton purchased Endurance, which was designed to endure icy polar c
  • 6,000-Year-Old Longhouses Uncovered in Scotland

    ANGUS, SCOTLAND—The Scotsman reports that traces of two structures recently radiocarbon dated to 6,000 years ago have been uncovered in eastern Scotland, according to Ronan Toolis of GUARD Archaeology. The larger one, which was used for around 500 years, is thought to be the largest known Neolithic hall in Britain. Early farmers are believed to have used the buildings as living and food processing quarters, and may even have sheltered animals in them as well. The smaller of the two halls,
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  • Well-Preserved Narcissus Fresco Found in Pompeii

    ROME, ITALY—ANSA reports that a well-preserved fresco depicting Narcissus gazing at his own reflection has been uncovered in a house in Pompeii. According to Greek mythology, the beautiful hunter Narcissus, son of a river god and a nymph, was punished by the goddess Nemesis for his treatment of Echo, a mountain nymph who loved him. Nemesis lured Narcissus to a pool where he fell in love with his own reflection and was unable to leave it. Alfonsina Russo, director of the archaeological site
  • Possible Neanderthal Footprint Discovered in Gibraltar

    SEVILLE, SPAIN—Yahoo! News reports that an international team of researchers studying a sand dune overlooking Gibraltar’s Catalan Bay has discovered a footprint thought to have been left by a teenaged hominin some 29,000 years ago. The individual who left the print is thought to have stood between about 42 and 50 inches tall, and may have been a young Neanderthal, since evidence of Neanderthal occupation of the island has been found in Gorham’s Cave, which overlooks the Alboran
  • 2,000-Year-Old Village Spotted in Poland’s Tuchola Forest

    WARSAW, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that a 2,000-year-old settlement, complete with surrounding fields, farms, and roads, has been discovered in northern Poland’s Tuchola Forest. Mateusz Sosnowski of Nicolaus Copernicus University and Jerzy Czerniec of the Polish Academy of Sciences spotted the untouched site, which covers about 420 acres, with airborne laser-scanning equipment and dated it with pottery recovered on the ground. Sosnowski said the layout of the fields suggests pe
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  • Wreckage of World War II Aircraft Carrier Found in South Pacific

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—CBS News reports that the wreckage of USS Hornet, sunk on October 26, 1942, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, has been found under more than 17,000 feet of water in the South Pacific Ocean. The vessel was detected near the Solomon Islands by the crew of Petrel, a research vessel established by Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, who died last year. The expedition team began their search for Hornet with information from official deck logs and action
  • London Auction House Repatriates Artifacts to Italy

    LONDON, ENGLAND—CNN reports that a London auction house has handed over eight ancient artifacts to officials at the Italian embassy in London. The items, which lacked verifiable title and provenance, include an Etruscan terracotta mask dated to between the sixth and fifth centuries B.C., a fragment of a marble sarcophagus taken in 1966 from Rome’s Catacombs of St. Callixtus, a second century A.D. Roman marble relief thought to have been taken in 1985 from the Villa Borghese, Greek pl
  • Archaeologists Investigate Florida’s Cape Canaveral

    BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA—WFTV News reports that team members of the Cape Canaveral Archaeological Mitigation Project are recording sites and rescuing artifacts vulnerable to destruction by hurricanes and storm surge on central Florida’s west coast. “Due to climate change and sea level rise, a lot of these sites are going to be eroded in 20 to 25 years,” said Thomas Penders, cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing. The team members are creating a 3-D map of the h
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  • Ancient Shipyard Discovered in Egypt

    CAIRO, EGYPT—According to an Ahram Online report, a shipyard that was in use as early as the fourth century B.C. has been uncovered at the Tel Abu Saifi archaeological site in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Equipped with two dry dockyards, the workshop was located on a branch of the Nile near the Roman fortress of Silla. Mostafa Waziri of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said blocks from the shipyard’s limestone building were reused in other structures when the branch of the Nile dr
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  • Model Tracks Spread of Megaliths Across Europe

    GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN—A new statistical model developed by Bettina Schulz Paulsson of the University of Gothenburg suggests that huge stone structures were first built in what is now northwestern France some 6,800 years ago, and that megalithic construction styles spread across Europe in three waves, according to a Science News report. Paulsson processed 2,410 radiocarbon dates obtained from megalith sites and even older graves and earthen monuments to develop a timeline for when 154 differen
  • Human Remains Discovered Near Egypt’s Meidum Pyramid

    CAIRO, EGYPT—According to a Live Science report, human remains have been uncovered in a cemetery near the 4,600-year-old Meidum pyramid by a team of archaeologists led by Omar Zaki of Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. Initially constructed as a step pyramid by the Pharaoh Huni, who ruled from around 2599 to 2575 B.C., the Meidum pyramid was later given smooth sides by the pharaoh Snefru, who reigned from around 2575 to 2551 B.C. The pyramid has since partially collapsed, but is though
  • Terracotta Fragment in Bulgaria May Depict Roman Emperor

    VARNA, BULGARIA—The Sofia Globe reports that a piece of a terracotta sculpture dating to the sixth century A.D. has been unearthed at an early Christian monastery site near the Black Sea. The figure is thought to have been part of a mask or bust portraying a Roman emperor, according to Vassil Tenekedzhiev of the Varna Museum of Archaeology. Tenekedzhiev said researchers may attempt to reconstruct the entire face. Foundations of columns, parts of an archway, and fragments of water supply pi
  • 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Porcelain Analyzed

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Cosmos Magazine reports that a team of researchers from the University of Illinois and The Field Museum have used portable X-ray fluorescence technology to analyze the chemical compositions of 800-year-old porcelain vessels recovered from a shipwreck in the Java Sea in the 1990s. Based upon their style, the more than 100,000 pieces of porcelain were thought to have been made at four specific kiln-complexes in southeastern China. The scientists measured the glazes and past
  • Smuggled Ancient Egyptian Statue Recovered

    AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—Ahram Online reports that an ancient limestone statue confiscated by Dutch police has been handed over to the Egyptian embassy in Amsterdam. Shaaban Abdel Gawad of the Antiquities Repatriation Department of the Ministry of Antiquities said the statue was noticed by Egyptian authorities when it was put on display in Holland last year. Hieroglyphs carved on the sculpture identify it as an official named Nekaw-Ptah, who is shown standing and wearing a short wig. The
  • Shell Jewelry Manufacturing Site Excavated in India

    AHMEDABAD, INDIA—The Times of India reports that traces of the industrial production of conch shell bangles and beads have been unearthed in western India’s state of Gujarat. Abhijit Ambekar of the Archaeological Survey of India and his colleagues suggest people living in the region recovered Turbinella pyrum shells from the Gulf of Kutch and fashioned them into intricately carved bangles and beads, inlays, and rings as early as the first or second century A.D. The industry is though
  • Did Carthage Fight With Captured Roman Warships?

    TAMPA, FLORIDA—According to a Live Science report, members of the RPM Nautical Foundation recently conducted an underwater survey in the Mediterranean Sea at the site of a naval battle that took place some 2,200 years ago. Historical records indicate the Roman navy destroyed much of the Carthaginian fleet, which had been carrying supplies to its armies in Sicily, on March 10, 241 B.C. The researchers recovered helmets, pottery, and six bronze rams. Research team member William Murray of th
  • Did Bone Marrow Fuel Hominin Brain Development?

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—According to a report in Cosmos Magazine, Jessica Thompson of Yale University and her colleagues suggest that brain growth in early hominins may have been fueled by nutrient-rich, fatty bone marrow scavenged from large-animal carcasses left behind by other predators. These early human ancestors living some four million years ago would have been able to access the marrow by smashing the bones with rocks, Thompson explains. She thinks once hominins developed a taste fo
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  • Possible Source of Ancient Earthquake Examined

    ROME, ITALY—According to a Nature report, Paolo Galli of Italy’s Department of Civil Protection led a team of researchers who searched the 18-mile-long Mount Vettore fault in the central Apennine Mountains for evidence of past earthquakes. They found soil disturbances suggesting that the fault generated six earthquakes measuring greater than magnitude 6.5 over the past 9,000 years. One of those events may have been an earthquake recorded by historians in A.D. 443, which damaged the C
  • Human Remains Unearthed Near Fort William Henry

    LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK—WNYT.com reports that scattered human remains were uncovered at a construction site in the Adirondacks, near Fort William Henry, which was built by the British in 1755, during the French and Indian War. In 1757, the French laid siege to and destroyed the fort, which was situated on the southern edge of Lake George. Archaeologist David Starbuck of Plymouth State University said the bones are those of a European-American. “I suspect there could easily be hundreds
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  • Turquoise Mines Excavated in Northern China

    URUMQI, CHINA—Xinhua reports that a cluster of turquoise mining sites covering an area of about three square miles has been studied in northwest China, close to the route of the ancient Silk Road. Archaeologists from the Xinjiang Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute, Northwest University in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Provincial Archaeology Institute, and Beijing Science and Technology University have uncovered industrial areas that were used for processing tools and separating minerals

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