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13-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Tooth Enamel Reveals Sex of Ancient Individuals Buried Hand in Hand


MODENA, ITALY—New analysis of the tooth enamel of two individuals, buried with their hands interlocked in a fifth-century A.D. necropolis, has revealed that both were men, according to a Live Science report. When the burial was discovered in…
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13-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

New Evidence for Hunter-Gatherer Trade in North America


BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK—According to a Science News report, hunter-gatherers living in North America some 4,000 years ago may have had direct trade links spanning 900 miles. A ceremonial copper object has been found surrounded by a ring of seashells at…
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13-09-2019
Archaeology Data Service

Human Settlements in a Digital Universe: The No Man’s Sky Archaeological Project


By Andrew Reinhard On August 11, 2017, a community of a few hundred people awoke to find their homes and farms destroyed, the air too toxic to breathe, and temperatures either soaring of plunging hundreds of degrees on either side of zero. They…
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12-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Dental Plaque Offers Clues to Diet of Irish Famine Victims


EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—According to a report in The Belfast Telegraph, analysis of dental plaque obtained from the teeth of 42 people buried in mass graves at Ireland’s Kilkenny Union Workhouse in the mid-nineteenth century has shown that the…
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12-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Scientists Generate Virtual Skull of Modern Human Ancestor


PARIS, FRANCE—The New York Times reports the creation of a virtual skull for the last common ancestor of living modern humans. A team of researchers led by paleoanthropologists Aurélien Mounier of the French National Museum of Natural History and…
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12-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

2,000-Year-Old Tombs Discovered in Central China


LINGBAO, CHINA—Xinhua reports that more than 70 ancient tombs were discovered in central China during road construction. Many of the tombs were clustered in family groups, according to researchers from the Sanmenxia Institute of Cultural Heritage…
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12-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Possible Pictish Cemetery Found in Scotland


ROSS AND CROMARTY, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that a large cemetery estimated to be 1,400 years old has been found on Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. Thought to have been built by the Picts, the cemetery consists of square and round barrows, or…
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12-09-2019
Museum Crush

Reinventing the Staffordshire flatback figure for the British Ceramics Biennial


The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is reinventing the tradition of Staffordshire flatback ware with the help of contemporary ceramicists Once a staple of nearly every fireplace in the land, the tradition of the Staffordshire flatback is one that…
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12-09-2019
Museum Crush

The Foundling Museum’s how-to guide to Georgian theatre-going


With more than 100 objects displayed, the Foundling Museum tackles the ribald world of Georgian theatre-going Although theatre in Britain boasts a long and revered history, from the Romans through medieval mystery plays to the time of Shakespeare,…
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12-09-2019
Museum Crush

William ‘Strata’ Smith and the map that changed the world


Scarborough Museum is revealing its rare and remarkable map created by Father of English Geology, William ‘Strata’ Smith It’s known as ‘the map that changed the world’ – a brilliantly coloured and detailed examination of the geological strata of…
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12-09-2019
Museum Crush

Soldier, poet, anarchist, knight: Who was Herbert Read?


The life of an anarchist, art critic and poet is unpicked in a new exhibition at the University of Leeds’ Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery Soldier, art historian, poet, literary critic, author, curator, anarchist philosopher, Knight of the Realm…
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12-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Settlement Uncovered in Israel


KRAKOW, POLAND—A trading post was established in Israel at the site of Tel Erani by members of Egypt’s Nagada culture more than 5,000 years ago, according to a Science in Poland report. Krzysztof Ciałowicz of Jagiellonian University said people…
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11-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Israel’s Prehistoric Hunters Had a Varied Toolkit


TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—According to a Times of Israel report, elephant fat and bone residues have been detected on 500,000-year-old flint blades unearthed in southern Israel by a team of researchers led by Flavia Venditti and Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv…
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11-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Dairy Protein Found on Teeth of Britain’s Neolithic Farmers


YORK, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that calcified plaque scraped from 6,000-year-old teeth has provided early evidence for dairy consumption among Britain’s Neolithic farmers. Traces of dairy products analyzed in the study were obtained from pottery…
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10-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Connecticut Skeletons Identified as 19th-Century Immigrants


NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT—The Middletown Press reports that the skeletons of four people discovered in the same grave shaft during construction work in 2011 at the site of Yale New Haven Hospital have been identified as the remains of nineteenth-…
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10-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Ancient Greek Ram’s Head Statuette Found in Bulgaria


SOZOPOL, BULGARIA—The Sofia Globe reports that a bronze ram’s head statuette has been recovered from a pit on St. Cyricus Island in the Black Sea, off the coast of the ancient city of Apollonia. Founded in the seventh century B.C. by Greeks from the…
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09-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Neanderthals May Have Been Taller Than Previously Thought


LE ROZEL, FRANCE—According to a New Scientist report, analysis of 257 fossilized footprints by a team of researchers led by Jérémy Duveau of France’s National Museum of Natural History suggests Neanderthals may have been taller than previously…
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09-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Prehistoric Rock Art Discovered in Uzbekistan


WARSAW, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that researchers led by Małgorzata Kot of the University of Warsaw found rock art in Uzbekistan’s Chatkal Mountains while investigating 40,000-year-old prehistoric camp sites in the region. “We received a…
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06-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Scientists Analyze Well-Preserved Dead Sea Scroll


CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—According to a Live Science report, a new study of the chemical composition of the 2,000-year-old Temple Scroll revealed traces of a salty mineral solution that could account for its remarkable state of preservation. The…
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06-09-2019
Archaeological Institute America

Dragon Sculptures Uncovered in Western Han Dynasty Tomb


ZHENGZHOU, CHINA—Two gilded silver dragon figurines featuring detailed horns, eyes, teeth, and feathers have been discovered in a Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9) tomb in north-central Mongolia, according to a Xinhua report. The tomb is said to…
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