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27-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Ancient Greek Inscription Discovered in Bulgaria


BURGAS, BULGARIA—According to a BNR Radio Bulgaria report, a Greek inscription found on a limestone sarcophagus dated to the second or third century A.D. is the first written evidence that the Roman colony of Deultum had a port. Researchers from the…
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27-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Butchery Marks Suggest Paleolithic Hunters Ate Large Carnivores


KRAKÓW, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that Piotr Wojtal of the Polish Academy of Sciences identified butchered wolf bones among a collection of 30,000-year-old flint and bone artifacts and tools unearthed in the Czech Republic. “Until now,…
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27-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Study Identifies Foods Enjoyed by Africa’s Early Muslims


EXETER, ENGLAND—Archaeologists led by Timothy Insoll of the University of Exeter suggest residents of the sites of Harlaa, Harar, and Ganda Harlaa in eastern Ethiopia began to eat a halal diet some 400 years before major mosques and burial sites…
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27-05-2020
World Archaeology

Expanding amino acid dating


How should we date material that is millions of years old? Looking at the predictable rates of the breakdown of proteins from an organism found in fossils is one possibility, and a technique that goes well beyond the range of radiocarbon dating.…
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27-05-2020
Archaeology Orkney

Student Research – Reconstructing the Bronze & Iron Age Landscape of Gairloch


University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute postgraduate student Hannah Genders Boyd updates us on her continuing MRes research into the Bronze and Iron Age landscapes of Gairloch on the west coast of Scotland. Hannah takes up her…
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26-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Archaeologists in Spain Seek Grave of 16th-Century Irish Hero


VALLADOLID, SPAIN—The Irish Times reports that a team of researchers led by archaeologist Óscar Burón have uncovered human remains at what may be the burial place of Red Hugh O’Donnell, an Irish nobleman who led a rebellion against the government in…
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26-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Dozens of Mammoths Discovered in Mexico


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—According to an Associated Press report, the remains of some 60 mammoths have been unearthed at a construction site in central Mexico, about six miles away from two pits dug about 15,000 years ago to trap the giant beasts. Bones…
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26-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Study Suggests New Dates for the Spread of Writing in Japan


SAKURAI, JAPAN—The Asahi Shimbun reports that archaeologist Yasuo Yanagida of Kokugakuin University examined 150 stone artifacts unearthed in western Japan and dated to the Yayoi Pottery Culture period (ca. 1000 B.C.–A.D. 250) and the Kofun Period,…
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26-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Villages in the Sky


The Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains stretches 100 miles across northwestern Wyoming and the Continental Divide, extending from the thick pine forests of Yellowstone National Park toward the vast grasslands of the Great Plains. From the river…
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26-05-2020
Current Archaeology

Review – Time Team’s Dig Village


If there was one thing that Time Team excelled at during its 25-year run, it was bringing communities together to share in the story of their local area. And it is community that lies at the heart of this new book by the popular archaeology TV…
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26-05-2020
Portable Antiquities

Searching for archaeological objects during COVID-19


DCMS advice for searching for archaeological objects during COVID-19
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22-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

Computer Model Simulates Neanderthal Extinction Scenarios


BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA—According to a statement released by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), a team of researchers led by Axel Timmermann of the IBS Center for Climate Physics created a supercomputer model to simulate possible scenarios for the…
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22-05-2020
Archaeological Institute America

300,000-Year-Old Scavenged Elephant Found in Germany


SCHÖNINGEN, GERMANY—Live Science reports that a nearly complete 300,000-year-old elephant skeleton (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) has been unearthed near the site of a large lake in northwestern Germany. Researchers led by Jordi Serangeli of the…
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22-05-2020
Current Archaeology

Review – London’s Lost Rivers: a walker’s guide – volume two


In this second volume of London’s Lost Rivers, Tom Bolton presents the history of the city along nine of its more obscure rivers. Through the suggested walks along the routes of rivers such as Bollo Brook, Counters Creek, and Black Ditch, which once…
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22-05-2020
World Archaeology

Into the daylight: a new rock art discovery


Portugal’s Côa Valley contains Europe’s greatest collection of open-air Ice Age images. Across 17km, there are currently more than 530 known panels bearing several thousand figures. A major new discovery there is of particular importance, as Thierry…
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22-05-2020
World Archaeology

Tambo Viejo


Excavating remarkable Inca rituals After the Acari Valley was absorbed by the Inca Empire, Tambo Viejo was founded to oversee its inhabitants. This imperial imposition seemingly resembled many others in the region, but excavation has exposed…
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22-05-2020
World Archaeology

A 5,000-year-old mystery: recording rock art within the Dolmen de Soto


Investigating an isolated Neolithic tomb in Andalucía has revealed a new dimension to its rock art. What can this tell us about life as well as death in a remarkable megalithic monument? The post A 5,000-year-old mystery: recording rock art within…
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22-05-2020
World Archaeology

Dolmen de Soto: a 5,000-year-old mystery


Investigating an isolated Neolithic tomb in Andalucía has revealed a new dimension to its rock art. What can this tell us about life as well as death in a remarkable megalithic monument? The post Dolmen de Soto: a 5,000-year-old mystery appeared…
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22-05-2020
World Archaeology

CWA 101 – now on sale


What went on inside Neolithic tombs? Recent survey of one stunning example in Spain has revealed previously unknown artwork, raising questions about who was entering this burial place. Some rock art was daubed with paint, suggesting an attempt to…
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22-05-2020
The British Museum

Historical city travel guide: Edo (Tokyo), early 19th century


Location Edo in the early 1830s is a bustling city of more than a million people. It is by far the largest city in Japan, and, although few of its residents know it, one of the largest cities in the world. Founded as a fortified castle town in the…
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