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23-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Chalcolithic Dwelling Excavated in Cyprus


PAPHOS, CYPRUS—According to a report in the Cyprus Mail, a team led by Andrew McCarthy of the University of Edinburgh uncovered a well-preserved hearth and floor surface covered in mud plaster at a house dating to 2500 to 2300 B.C. in the Dhiarizos…
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23-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

1,500-Year-Old Modified Skulls Discovered in Croatia


ZAGREB, CROATIA—According to a Live Science report, bioarchaeologist Mario Novak of the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb suggests that artificially shaped heads may have been used by cultural groups in the years after the fall of the…
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23-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Pictish Carved Slab Uncovered in Scotland


DINGWALL, SCOTLAND—The Ross-shire Journal reports that a stone carved with Pictish figures was discovered at the site of an early Christian church in northeastern Scotland, during a survey by Anne MacInnes of the North of Scotland Archaeological…
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23-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Possible Pictish Cross-Slab Uncovered in Scotland


DINGWALL, SCOTLAND—The Ross-shire Journal reports that a stone carved with Pictish figures was discovered at the site of an early Christian church in northeastern Scotland, during a survey by Anne MacInnes of the North of Scotland Archaeological…
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22-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Ireland's Population Declined Before Viking Arrival


BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND—A new analysis of data collected at Ireland’s early medieval archaeological sites suggests the island’s population had been in decline for about 200 years before the arrival of the Vikings in the tenth century A.D.,…
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22-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Mummified Remains Repatriated to Bolivia


LA PAZ, BOLIVIA—According to an Associated Press report, Michigan State University Museum handed over the mummy of an Incan girl to the government of Bolivia. Records show that the well-preserved remains came from a chullpa, or stone tomb, located…
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22-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Arm Bone Unearthed at Scotland’s Ness of Brodgar


ORKNEY, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that a human arm bone has been discovered under a stone-slab wall at what may have been a temple at the Ness of Brodgar, a Neolithic complex where very few human remains have been recovered. The bone measures…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – Performing the Sacra: priestly roles and their organisation in Roman Britain


Priests in Roman Britain are a mysterious bunch. How were they organised? What do their regalia tell us about their roles? What do the contexts in which priestly objects were found reveal about priests’ activities? These are the questions that…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – The Archaeology of Roman York


On this whistle-stop tour of Roman York, Adam Parker gives us a tale of two cities. One is the military fortress, which was established in AD 70 or 71 and would shape the growth of the city long after the Romans left. Then there was the colonia, the…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – Raasay: the ACFA archaeological surveys 1995-2009


The Isle of Raasay is in sharp focus in Scottish culture. It is the place whose cleared settlements informed Sorley MacLean’s important Gaelic poem Hallaig. It is the landscape where Calum MacLeod spent ten years in the 1960s and 1970s hand-building…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – Torre Abbey, Devon: the archaeology of the Premonstratensian abbey


Torbay will mean only one thing to most people: holidays! In Torre Abbey, however, the area holds a gem of monastic archaeology. The site was founded quite late, in 1196, by the Premonstratensians (reformed Augustinian canons). When it was closed in…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – Warfare, Raiding, and Defence in Early Medieval Britain


They are the biggest relics of their age, and there are more than a hundred of them in Britain, yet because they do not easily fit into the modern view of post-Roman society – stripped of its hordes of rampaging Saxons – linear earthworks, or dykes…
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22-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – The Beaker People: isotopes, mobility, and diet in prehistoric Britain


It was said that astronomy was divided into two: study of the Crab Nebula and the rest. Similarly, in British prehistory, the Beaker Phenomenon with all its expansive bling outshines all others. The last decade has seen an almost nova-like explosion…
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21-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Bones at India’s Skeleton Lake Analyzed


UTTARAKHAND, INDIA—An international group of researchers has carried out a new study of human remains found at Roopkund Lake in northern India, according to The Atlantic. The small body of water, which is more than three miles above sea level in the…
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21-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Mesolithic Platform Discovered Off Isle of Wight


ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that an 8,000-year-old wooden platform has been discovered off the Isle of Wight coast near Yarmouth. The seabed where the structure was found—at a depth of roughly 36 feet—would have been dry land when the…
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21-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Early Aboriginal Site Discovered in Western Australia


PERTH, AUSTRALIA—One of the earliest sites showing Aboriginal occupation of northwestern Australia—some 50,000 years ago—has been discovered at the Drysdale River catchment in the Kimberley region, The West Australian reports. Archaeologists led by…
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21-08-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Anglo-Saxon Building Unearthed at English Castle


BAMBURGH, ENGLAND—According to a report in The Northumberland Gazette, archaeologists excavating Anglo-Saxon remains at Bamburgh Castle on England's  northeast coast have unearthed the remains of a large building dating to the mid-seventh to mid-…
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21-08-2019
Current Archaeology

Review – Borderline funny


As an immediately recognisable monument, Hadrian’s Wall has long proved a rich seam of inspiration for cartoonists. Lucia Marchini visited a new exhibition exploring how the frontier can be funny. The post Review – Borderline funny appeared first on…
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21-08-2019
The British Museum

Love is love: uncovering LGBTQ stories


‘Love is love, right?’ That’s what a visitor said to me a few weeks ago, as I watched the rainbow flag fly above the British Museum. I’m not usually a morning person, but on Thursday 4 July I woke up early to join a small team of staff and…
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21-08-2019
World Archaeology

Travel: Secrets from the Byzantine city of Shivta


How did cities come to flourish in the Negev Desert? George Nash has gone in search of Shivta’s former glory. The Negev Desert of southern Israel holds many secrets from the distant past. Its landscape and environment are no longer what they were…
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