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  • Study Examines Norman Influence on English Diet
    on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    CARDIFF, WALES—The Guardian reports that analysis of cooking pot residues and animal bones recovered from archaeological sites in England suggests that the consumption of pork and chicken increased after the Norman Conquest in A.D. 1066, while cabbage remained a diet staple. Before the arrival of the Normans, beef, lamb, mutton, and goat had been more widely consumed. Researchers also found a change in the chemical composition of the pig bones over time. Before the conquest, pigs were […]

  • Ochre Mines Identified in Mexico’s Flooded Caves
    on July 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—The Associated Press reports that hearths, smoke marks, firewood, stacked mining debris, pieces of broken stalagmites, stone tools, navigational aids, and digging sites have been found in flooded caves in the Yucatan peninsula. The remains of nine individuals dating back some 13,000 years have also been found in the caves, which flooded some 8,000 years ago. The artifacts suggest that people entered the cave system to mine tons of iron-rich red ochre, which was used in […]

  • Famous 'Jurassic Park' dinosaur is less lizard, more bird
    on July 7, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    From movies to museum exhibits, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is no stranger to pop culture. Many probably remember it best from the movie "Jurassic Park," where it's depicted as a venom-spitting beast with a rattling frill around its neck and two paddle-like crests on its head.

  • Seeking ancestral commonalities with modern human body type, researchers find stockier answer
    on July 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    An ancestor to modern humans had a stockier build than previously thought—one that is quite different from today's human body—a team of paleoanthropologists has discovered. This newly established distinction suggests that the modern human body evolved more recently than once believed.

  • New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine
    on July 7, 2020 at 7:27 am

    The shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the most important pilgrimage destination in medieval England—visited for hundreds of years by pilgrims seeking miraculous healing—has been digitally reconstructed for the public, according to how experts believe it appeared before its destruction.

  • Tour Showcases Remains of Herod’s Jerusalem Palace—Possible Site of the Trial of Jesus
    by Robin Ngo on July 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Visitors to Jerusalem’s Old City can explore remains of King Herod’s palace, which may be where Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried and condemned Jesus of Nazareth to death. The post Tour Showcases Remains of Herod’s Jerusalem Palace—Possible Site of the Trial of Jesus appeared first on Biblical Archaeology Society.

  • Fossil of giant 70m year-old fish found in Argentina
    on July 6, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    A giant 70 million year old fossil of a fish that lived amongst dinosaurs has been discovered in Argentine Patagonia, a team of researchers said on Monday.

  • Graves Confirmed at African American Cemetery Site in Florida
    on July 6, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    TAMPA, FLORIDA—Further investigation of the site of a lost cemetery in western Florida has confirmed the presence of 49 graves without disturbing the remains, according to a Tampa Bay 10 report. Founded in 1901, Zion Cemetery was part of an African American settlement known as Robles Pond. It is thought to have held about 800 graves when the cemetery fell out of use in the 1920s and the land began to be developed. White-only housing construction in the 1950s turned up three burials, but […]

  • Horse Burial Discovered in Central Iran
    on July 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    ISFAHAN, IRAN—According to a Tehran Times report, a burial containing the remains of a horse has been discovered at the site of Tepe Ashraf in central Iran. Archaeologist Alireza Jafari-Zand said the burial dates to the Parthian era, between 247 B.C. and A.D. 224. The animal was placed next to the remains of a person thought to have been its owner. Similar burials have been uncovered in Parthian cemeteries in northern Iran, Jafari-Zand explained. “The discovery of this type of […]

  • A tiny ancient relative of dinosaurs and pterosaurs discovered
    on July 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species from Madagascar that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from extremely small ancestors. The fossil reptile, named Kongonaphon kely, or "tiny bug slayer," would have stood just 10 centimeters (or about 4 inches) tall. The description and analysis of this fossil and its relatives, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may […]

  • Norman Conquest of 1066 did little to change people's eating habits
    on July 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Archaeologists from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield have combined the latest scientific methods to offer new insights into life during the Norman Conquest of England.

  • Shillings, gods and runes: Clues in language suggest a Semitic superpower in ancient northern Europe
    on July 6, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Remember when Australians paid in shillings and pence? New research suggests the words for these coins and other culturally important items and concepts are the result of close contact between the early Germanic people and the Carthaginian Empire more than 2,000 years ago.

  • Divers uncover mysteries of earliest inhabitants of Americas deep inside Yucatan caves
    on July 6, 2020 at 8:47 am

    It was all about the ochre.

  • Experts find early ocher mine in Mexican underwater caves
    on July 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Experts and cave divers in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent, which could explain why ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves.

  • Giant sea scorpions were the underwater titans of prehistoric Australia
    on July 3, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Let's turn back time. Before extinction knocked dinosaurs off their pillar, before the "Great Dying" extinction wiped out 95% of all organisms—we had the Paleozoic Era.

  • New species of Ichthyosaur discovered in museum collection
    on July 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Hauffiopteryx altera (Latin for different from) has been identified as a new species of Ichthyosaurs by researchers from McGill University and the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart in Germany.

  • Clues to Australia’s Past Spotted Underwater
    on July 2, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—Cosmos Magazine reports that two archaeological sites have been discovered underwater off the coast of northwestern Australia through the use of aircraft, remote underwater sensing technologies, boats, and divers. As much as one-third of the continent has been flooded since the last Ice Age, explained Jonathan Benjamin of Flinders University. “So if you’re looking for the whole picture on Australia’s ancient past, you’ve got to look under water, […]

  • Mining Camp Found in Southeast Australia
    on July 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA—Fires have revealed a miners’ camp in southeast Australia’s Jamison Valley, according to a report in The Blue Mountains Gazette. Researchers from Macquarie University were examining remains of industrial equipment that was used to haul shale out of the valley when New South Wales National Parks rangers alerted them to the presence of other structures and artifacts, including wall foundations, hearths, paving, corrugated iron roofing, ceramics, and […]

  • Researchers uncover an ancient Aboriginal archaeological site preserved on the seabed
    on July 2, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    For most of the human history of Australia, sea levels were much lower than they are today, and there was extra dry land where people lived.

  • Medieval Church Wall Uncovered in Slovakia
    on July 1, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    ZVOLEN, SLOVAKIA—The Slovak Spectator reports that construction work in central Slovakia’s town of Zvolen uncovered remains of a wall that was built in the thirteenth century around the local church. The section of wall uncovered by the recent excavation stood until 1811, when the cemetery next to the church was redeveloped. Archaeologist Ján Beljak said the church alone may have been fortified because the small community could not afford to encircle the whole town. Based […]

  • Massive Medieval Defensive Walls Unearthed in Poland
    on July 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    POZNAŃ, POLAND—The First News reports that researchers led by Jakub Affelski of PA-K "SZPILA" have uncovered massive fortifications made up of three joined rings and ramparts made of wood, sand, and stone in the city of Poznań. The presence of wood in the defensive walls allowed researchers to use tree ring data to determine that they were built between A.D. 968 and 1000. “Until now, we believed that Poznań was a settlement of secondary importance,” said […]

  • First confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites found off Australian coast
    on July 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a study.

  • Aboriginal artifacts reveal first ancient underwater cultural sites in Australia
    on July 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    The first underwater Aboriginal archeological sites have been discovered off northwest Australia dating back thousands of years ago when the current seabed was dry land.

  • Looping footstep pattern in modern guineafowl sheds light on dinosaur tracks
    on July 1, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    A trio of researchers, two with Brown University, the other with Liverpool John Moores University, has found that a looping pattern in modern guineafowl footsteps is similar to those of certain dinosaurs. In their paper published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, Morgan Turner, Peter Falkingham and Stephen M. Gatesy describe their study of tracks made by modern guineafowl and how they compared to dinosaur tracks left in modern Connecticut.

  • Paris show relives Pompeii's final horrifying hours
    on July 1, 2020 at 9:29 am

    It is the most explosive Paris exhibition of the summer—Mount Vesuvius erupting several times a day in a new immersive 3D show which opens Wednesday in the Grand Palais.

  • Amber fossils unlock true color of 99-million-year-old insects
    on June 30, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Nature is full of colors, from the radiant shine of a peacock's feathers or the bright warning coloration of toxic frogs to the pearl-white camouflage of polar bears.

  • Eighteenth-Century Artifacts Uncovered in Michigan
    on June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    MACKINAW CITY, MICHIGAN—UpNorthLive reports that excavators working at Mackinac State Historic Parks have uncovered a heart-shaped ring, a sleeve button made of glass or crystal, a gunflint, a plain pewter button, a plain brass button, and part of a bone knife handle at the site of a house at Colonial Michilimackinac, a fort first established by French traders and missionaries on Mackinac Island. The house was home to Charles Henri Desjardins de Rupallay de Gonneville, and later, after […]

  • Human Bones Found in Walls of Paris’ Chapelle Expiatoire
    on June 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    PARIS, FRANCE—According to a report in The Guardian, human bones have been found in the walls of the Chapelle Expiatoire, a monument dedicated to the memory of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who were guillotined in 1793 at the Place de la Révolution and buried in the nearby Madeleine cemetery. Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz, administrator of the chapel, which was completed in 1826 on the site of the Madeleine cemetery, found anomalies in the walls between the columns of the […]

  • Scientists Analyze Tikal’s Polluted Waters
    on June 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    CINCINNATI, OHIO—According to a statement released by the University of Cincinnati, a team of scientists analyzed layers of sediments collected from ten reservoirs in the Maya city of Tikal, which is located in northern Guatemala. Founded in the third century B.C., the city was abandoned by the ninth century A.D., when a series of droughts occurred. The researchers detected toxic levels of cyanobacteria in the water near Tikal’s central temple. Biologist David Lentz said consuming […]

  • Evidence found of Natufian people eating snakes and lizards 15,000 years ago
    on June 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    A trio of researchers at the University of Haifa's Zinman Institute of Archaeology has found evidence of Natufian people eating snakes and lizards approximately 15,000 years ago. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, Ma'ayan Lev, Mina Weinstein-Evron and Reuven Yeshurun describe their study of squamate bones found in caves at the el-Wad Terrace dig site in Israel and what they learned about them.

  • Lizards and Snakes on Prehistoric Menu in Israel
    on June 29, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    HAIFA, ISRAEL—According to a Live Science report, an examination of the bones of lizards and snakes recovered from el-Wad Terrace, a cave near Mount Carmel in northern Israel, indicates that reptiles such as the legless European glass lizard and the large whip snake were eaten by members of the Natufian culture at the site between 15,000 and 11,500 years ago. The lizard and snake bones made up about one-third of the animal bones in the cave. Ma’ayan Lev of the University of Haifa […]

  • New Plant Identified in 1,400-Year-Old Pipe in Washington
    on June 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    PULLMAN, WASHINGTON—According to a statement released by Washington State University, researchers have detected traces of smooth sumac, or Rhus glabra, in residues on 1,400-year-old pipes unearthed in central Washington with new technology that can detect thousands of plant compounds. Traces of a species of tobacco plant not currently grown in the region were also detected in the pipes. Korey Brownstein of the University of Chicago suggests smooth sumac may have been mixed with tobacco […]

  • Prehistoric Fishing Artifacts Reexamined in Norway
    on June 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    OSLO, NORWAY—According to a Science Norway report, Svein Vatsvåg Nielsen of the University of Oslo examined bluefin tuna and killer whale bones and bone fishhooks and harpoons discovered in a southern Norway wetland in the 1930s. He determined that the bones and the artifacts date to the same period, from about 3700 to 2500 B.C., a time when sea levels were higher and the place where the items were found may have been covered by a lagoon. Nielsen and his colleagues returned to the […]



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