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  • Oddness of Australian creatures goes way back
    on October 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Australian creatures like the echidna and the koala are celebrated for their oddness. The fossil record shows that this oddity reaches far back into prehistory, as illustrated in the form of a fossil horseshoe crab found in Tasmania that has been renamed by UNE paleontologist Dr. Russell Bicknell.

  • Bronze Age Warrior’s Kit Discovered in Germany
    on October 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    GÖTTINGEN, GERMANY—Science Magazine reports that 31 objects thought to have belonged to one warrior have been found in a cache in northeastern Germany’s Tollense Valley, where an intense battle was fought by as many as 2,000 warriors some 3,300 years ago, by a team of researchers led by Joachim Krūger of the University of Greifswald. The warrior’s kit included a bronze awl with a birch handle, a knife, a chisel, a decorated belt box, three dress pins, […]

  • Roman Chariot Unearthed in Croatia
    on October 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    VINKOVCI, CROATIA—Total Croatia News reports that a two-wheeled chariot and the remains of harnessed horses were discovered in a burial mound in eastern Croatia, in what was the Roman province of Pannonia. Boris Kratofil of the Museum of Vinkovci said the chariot dates to the third century A.D., and is the first of its kind to be scientifically excavated in Croatia. The burial mound, thought to have belonged to an aristocratic family, measured more than 130 feet in diameter, and was […]

  • Study Suggests Neanderthals Regularly Hunted Rabbits
    on October 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    OULU, FINLAND—Maxime Pelletier of the University of Oulu and his colleagues analyzed more than 16,000 butchered rabbit and hare bones uncovered at France’s Pié Lombard site, according to a Cosmos Magazine report. Pelletier said the bones, which were found in a 70,000-year-old layer of the rock shelter containing Mousterian stone tools, represent at least 225 individual animals. It had been previously thought that Neanderthals mainly hunted large, slow-moving animals, and only […]

  • 2,000-Year-Old Necropolis Found in Southern France
    on October 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    NARBONNE, FRANCE—According to an Art Daily report, a team of researchers from France's National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) are investigating a 2,100-year-old necropolis in southern France that was buried under nearly 10 feet of silt by flooding from a branch of the Aude River. Located near Narbo Martius, the capital and trade center of the first Roman colony in Gaul, the well-preserved cemetery is thought to hold an estimated 1,000 burials. Different burial […]

  • Paleontologists discover complete Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen
    on October 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    The discovery of a nearly complete dromaeosaurid Saurornitholestes langstoni specimen is providing critical information for the evolution of theropod dinosaurs, according to new research by a University of Alberta paleontologist.

  • Queuing for eternity: Fossils show lining up is primal urge
    on October 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Ever felt like you've been queuing forever?

  • Intact 4,000-Year-Old Coffins Found in Egypt
    on October 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    CAIRO, EGYPT—The Associated Press reports that more than 20 painted wooden coffins were discovered in the Al-Asasif necropolis, which is located on Luxor’s West Bank, at the ancient town of West Thebes. Mostafa Waziri of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said the well-preserved coffins date from 1994 to 332 B.C., and were found in two groups, one placed on top of the other. The coffins remain sealed and intact, he added. To read about the sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion at […]

  • Possible Route to Sendai Castle Uncovered in Japan
    on October 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    SENDAI, JAPAN—The Mainichi reports that stone wall foundations that may have been part of an original route leading to Sendai Castle’s Tatsumi Gate have been unearthed in northeastern Japan. Completed in A.D. 1637, the castle served as an administrative center, and was frequently rebuilt after fires and earthquakes until what remained was completely destroyed during the World War II bombing of Sendai. An official from the city’s Municipal Board of Education said two routes to […]

  • Study Shows Shellfish Thrived in Canada's Ancient Clam Gardens
    on October 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA—According to a Cosmos Magazine report, Ginevra Toniello of Simon Fraser University and her colleagues examined paleoecological, archaeological, and modern records of butter clams (Saxidomus gigantean) living in the northern Salish Sea over the past 11,500 years, and found that today’s clams are similarly sized to those of the Early Holocene. The team members analyzed clam shells found in middens at five coastal archaeological sites, and found that the […]

  • Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed
    on October 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Scientists have unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed.

  • New study shows huge dinosaurs evolved different cooling systems to combat heat stroke
    on October 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Different dinosaur groups independently evolved gigantic body sizes, but they all faced the same problems of overheating and damaging their brains. Researchers from Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine show in a new article in the Anatomical Record that different giant dinosaurs solved the problem in different ways, evolving different cooling systems in different parts of the head.

  • Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed
    on October 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed.

  • Ancient Industrial Area Found in Egypt’s Valley of the Monkeys
    on October 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    CAIRO, EGYPT—Reuters reports that an industrial area has been found in an area of Luxor’s West Valley, known as the Valley of the Monkeys, by an Egyptian team led by archaeologist Zahi Hawass. The site comprised 30 workshops and storage structures, as well as a kiln and a water storage tank thought to have held drinking water for the workers. A scarab ring, hundreds of beads, and golden objects used to decorate royal coffins were also recovered. In East Valley, the so-called […]

  • DNA Study Identifies Possible Neolithic Migration to Scandinavia
    on October 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    UPPSALA, SWEDEN—Researchers led by Helena Malmström of Uppsala University have discovered a genetic link between continental Europe's Corded Ware culture and the Scandinavian herders of the Battle Axe culture, which first appears in the archaeological record around 5,000 years ago. Although their material culture resembles that of the Corded Ware culture, the origin of the Battle Axe culture has long been debated by scholars. Malmström and her colleagues sequenced the genomes of […]

  • Stone Head Unearthed at Angkor
    on October 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—Archaeologists excavating near an entrance to the twelfth-century stone temple of Tai Nei in Angkor, Cambodia, have unearthed the head of a Buddhist sculpture, reports the Phnom Penh Post. The team was searching for remains of the temple's roof when they discovered the sandstone head, which measures almost two feet high. Likely dating to the late twelfth century, the sculpture represents a bodhisattva, or an enlightened person in the Buddhist faith. According to […]

  • Belongings of warrior found on unique Bronze Age battlefield site
    on October 15, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Recent archaeological investigations in the Tollense Valley by a research team has unearthed a collection of 31 unusual objects. Researchers believe this is the equipment of a Bronze Age warrior who died on the battlefield 3,300 years ago. This unique find was discovered by a diving team. It may have been protected in the river from the looting after the fighting.

  • Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from antiquity
    on October 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient Egypt.

  • Discovered: Unknown yellow colors from antiquity
    on October 15, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Archaeologists have long known that artefacts from the Antiquity were far more colorful than one would think when looking at the bright white statues and temples, left behind for today.

  • Lost in combat? Artifacts from the Bronze Age
    on October 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Recent archaeological investigations in the Tollense Valley led by the University of Göttingen, the State Agency for Cultural Heritage in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the University of Greifswald have unearthed a collection of 31 unusual objects. Researchers believe this is the personal equipment of a Bronze Age warrior who died on the battlefield 3,300 years ago. This unique find was discovered by a diving team headed by Dr. Joachim Krüger, from the University of Greifswald, and seems […]

  • Egypt says archaeologists uncovered 20 ancient coffins
    on October 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor.

  • Possible Depiction of Female Shaman Unearthed in Japan
    on October 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    NARA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—The Mainichi reports that a fragment of an earthenware vessel inscribed with a possible drawing of a woman shaman wearing a bird costume was uncovered in western Japan at Shimizukaze, a site dating to the middle of the Yayoi Period, around 100 B.C. Nineteen other earthen vessels inscribed with human figures with outstretched arms have been unearthed across Japan, but this is the first to appear to have breasts, which are depicted with circles on the figure’s […]

  • 1,000-Year-Old Iron Weapon Found in Norway
    on October 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    HARDANGER, NORWAY—Life in Norway reports that hiker Ernst Hagen discovered an iron arrowhead measuring about five inches long on a mountain some 4,600 feet above sea level in western Norway. Archaeologist Tore Slinning of Hordaland County Council thinks the weapon, once attached to a wooden arrow, was lost in the snow during a reindeer hunt about 1,000 years ago, during the end of the Viking age or the early medieval period. “We don’t know when the long arrow would have […]

  • Lidar Technology Spots Archaeological Sites in Scotland
    on October 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that 1,000 possible archaeological sites have been identified on Arran, an island off the coast of Scotland, with lidar technology, a type of laser scanning that can create a 3-D record of the land surface from the air. The discoveries, which include a Neolithic ceremonial structure known as a cursus monument and medieval farmsteads and pastures, double the number of known archaeological sites on the island, according to Dave Cowley, Historic Environment […]

  • Phoenician Shipwreck Located off Coast of Malta
    by Robin Ngo on October 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Maritime archaeologists have discovered what may be the oldest shipwreck found thus far in the central Mediterranean. The post Phoenician Shipwreck Located off Coast of Malta appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society.

  • Gladiator Fresco Revealed in Pompeii
    on October 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    NAPLES, ITALY—A fresco that graphically depicts the impending combat victory of one gladiator over another has been uncovered in Pompeii's Regio V, according to a report in The Independent. The victor, identified as a murmillo-type gladiator by his weapons and armor, stands over a cowering foe equipped in the Thracian manner. The latter has sustained deep gashes to the wrist, legs, and chest, and is holding up a finger to beg for mercy. The fresco, which measures roughly four feet by five […]

  • National Museum of Finland Repatriates Some Mesa Verde Items
    on October 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    HELSINKI, FINLAND—National Parks Traveler reports that the National Museum of Finland will hand over the remains of 20 individuals and 28 artifacts removed from what is now Mesa Verde National Park in the late nineteenth century to representatives of the 26 federally recognized Native American tribes traditionally associated with the park. In 1891, Gustaf Nordenskiöld, a young Swedish man, stopped in southwestern Colorado while on a world tour to study the cliff dwellings. He made […]

  • Private property, not productivity, precipitated Neolithic agricultural revolution
    on October 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Humankind first started farming in Mesopotamia about 11,500 years ago. Subsequently, the practices of cultivating crops and raising livestock emerged independently at perhaps a dozen other places around the world, in what archaeologists call the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. It's one of the most thoroughly-studied episodes in prehistory—but a new paper in the Journal of Political Economy shows that most explanations for it don't agree with the evidence, and offers a new […]

  • Vivid gladiator fresco discovered at Pompeii
    on October 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    A vivid fresco depicting an armour-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy's culture ministry said Friday.

  • Archaeology: Social inequality in Bronze Age households
    on October 10, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Archaeogenetic analyses provide new insights into social inequality 4,000 years ago: nuclear families lived together with foreign women and individuals from lower social classes in the same household.

  • Social inequality in Bronze Age households
    on October 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Social inequality already existed in southern Germany 4000 years ago, even within one household, a new study published in the journal Science finds. Archaeological and archaeogenetic analyses of Bronze Age cemeteries in the Lech Valley, near Augsburg, show that families of biologically related persons with higher status lived together with unrelated women who came from afar and also had a high status, according to their grave goods. In addition, a larger number of local but clearly less […]

  • Ancient fossils reveal fresh clues about early life on land
    on October 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Slime has been present on Earth for a very long time—almost 2 billion years, according to a recent reassessment of fossil evidence.

  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago
    on October 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Researchers have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv. The research provides direct evidence that early Paleolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them inside the cave.



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