• Audio News for June 13th through the 19th, 2021

    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices(details)Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India(details)Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement(details)Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades(details)
  • Did Early Medieval Europeans Interact With the Dead?

    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—According to a Live Science report, Alison Klevnäs of Stockholm University and her colleagues reviewed excavation records of European cemeteries ranging from England to Transylvania, and found that graves were frequently opened and objects removed between the sixth and eighth centuries A.D. Brooches were often taken from women’s graves, and swords were taken from men’s graves, but other valuables were left behind, including items made of gold and silver.
  • 26th-Dynasty Stela Unearthed in Egypt

    ISMAILIA, EGYPT—Live Science reports that a farmer discovered a 2,600-year-old stela in a field in northeastern Egypt. The stela, which measures about 91 inches long, 41 inches wide, and 18 inches thick, is thought to have been erected by Pharaoh Apries, who ruled from 589 to 570 B.C. Some 100 years later, the Greek historian Herodotus wrote that Apries lost a war with the Phoenicians in which many Egyptians were killed. The resulting civil war in Egypt lead to the death of Apries. The top
  • German Citizens Repatriate Artifacts to Mexico

    BERLIN, GERMANY—DW reports that more than 30 pre-Columbian artifacts have been handed over to Mexico’s embassy in Germany. “Two German citizens approached our embassy in Berlin to express their interest in returning archaeological pieces that were in the possession of their families,” said Alejandro Celorio, legal consultant to Mexico’s foreign minister. According to a statement released by Mexico’s Culture Ministry, the items include a three-legged Maya vesse
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  • 2,800-Year-Old Castle Found in Eastern Turkey

    VAN, TURKEY—According to a Hurriyet Daily News report, traces of a 2,800-year-old castle have been uncovered on a mountain in eastern Turkey by a team of researchers led by Rafet Çavușoǧlu of Van Yüzüncü University. Ceramics at the site and limestone and sandstone used to construct the walls helped Çavușoǧlu and his team date the castle, which was used into the medieval period. “This castle is a very important discovery for us,”

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