Incan, Aztec, Native American, and other cultures native to the New World, as well as those cultures imported by colonists during the Medieval and Renaissance period.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-07 09:25
An analysis of oyster shells thrown away by colonists in Jamestown, Virginia, indicates that historical accounts of a severe drought in 1611-1612 are correct. The shells show that the James River was much saltier during those years than in the present day, indicating lower rainfall.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-05 16:28
A new study by a team of scientists from the University of Miami finds that El Niño and La Niña may have caused cooling in the central Pacific, leading to drought in medieval Europe.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-06-16 20:17
Early European explorers in the Caribbean islands commented on the "abominable" and "frightening" figures in the locals' art, with their bared teeth and "burning" eyes. But a new analysis suggests that the artists may have intended these expressions as inviting smiles rather than demonic grimaces.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-06-10 17:01
When Patrick E. McGovern read an article about traces of an "unidentified beverage" being found inside 2800-year-old pottery vessels in Central America, he was inspired to collaborate with the author, anthropologist John Henderson, and eventually to recreate a brew made from cacao beans.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-06-07 20:08
At Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, visitors can see the results of a new excavation in a remote corner of southeastern Georgia.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-29 11:36
For generations, St. Augustine's Aviles Street has competed with Philadelphia's Elfreth's Alley as the oldest street in the United States, but a recent archaeological dig may hand the honor to the Florida city.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-05-14 14:27
In Blanding, Utah, collecting pre-Columbian artifacts was an accepted pastime for ecades. But new enforcement of antiquities law has brought the FBI down upon the town and angered and divided the people there.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 19:03
Maya commoners of their Classic Period -- "illiterate farmers, builders and servants" -- preserved their history by burying their old possesions in the floors of newly built homes.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-02-15 13:56
The discovery of a molinillo, a stick used to mix chocolate, in a well in St. Augustine, Florida leads experts to believe that chocolate was enjoyed in the 1500s in the city.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-02-02 22:09
In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)
Submitted by Seeria on Wed, 2009-10-21 08:37
Most of us have dreamed of building a castle, but these people are actually doing it. Starting in the spring of 2010 the Ozark Medieval Fortress is open.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-04 13:51
Alain Outlaw of Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, has been looking for Argall Towne since 1975. The elusive, short-lived settlement was started in 1617 near Jamestown, Virginia, by Capt. Samuel Argall, best known for kidnapping Pocahontas in 1613.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-09-28 19:03
Experts from the Newfoundland and Labrador archaeological communities are making plans to begin a search for a 510-year-old church on the western shore of Conception Bay, thought to be North America's earliest Christian settlement.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-09-23 11:21
Experts at England's Bristol University are excited by the discovery of a "long-lost" letter written by King Henry VII which references the voyage of merchant William Weston to the new World in 1499. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-09-22 17:58
Scholars are actively studying a mid-16th century map painted on amate paper made from tree bark which "tells sacred stories and speaks of pilgrimages, wars, medicine, plants, marriages, rituals and heroes of the Cuauhtinchan community," the Mexican people of modern Southwest U.S.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-08-04 08:37
Explorer Henry Hudson died in 1611. That much is known, but the circumstances of his death are still a mystery. Could it have been murder?
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-03 16:10
For years, experts have disputed the legitimacy of the Vinland Map, the famous 15th century map which depicted parts of North America many years before its discovery by Christopher Columbus. Now Rene Larsen, rector of the School of Conservation under the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, has declared the map genuine.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2009-07-21 22:05
An article published in the "Climate of the Past Discussions", a discussion group of the European Geosciences Union, concludes that "a period of sustained aridity that began from AD 880, followed by increased warming from AD 1100 that lasted beyond the arrival of the Spanish in AD 1532" was partially responsible for the success of the Inca civilization during that period.
Submitted by Broom on Wed, 2009-07-15 08:53
A researcher believes a site in Connecticut is an early Christian church, built by Byzantine monks who fled from North Africa during the 5th Century, in the wake of the Vandal invasions.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-07-02 11:15
Experts at the site of colonial Jamestown are trying to puzzle out the inscriptions on a slate tablet found at the bottom of the town's first well. Among drawings and other markings, the tablet is inscribed with the words "A minion of the finest sorte." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-06-20 18:18
Canadian archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of the remains of a medieval structure, which they believe may be Norse in origin, near Nunavut on southern Baffin Island. If true, this will be only the second Viking structure found in the New World.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-18 14:57
In the last exhibit of a series on emperors, the British Museum will present Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler which reveals elements of the mysterious life of the last emperor of the Aztecs. The exhibition will run 24 September 2009 to 24 January 2010. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-05-03 17:45
A recently discovered large collection of glass beads dating to the 17th century proves that global trade had reached the shores of North America. The 70,000 beads, which included Venetian, Dutch, French and Chinese glass beads, were found at an excavation at the Santa Catalina de Guale Mission. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-04-21 16:43
In commemoration of the Henry Hudson's 400th discovery of the City of New Amsterdam, the Museum of the City of New York will present “Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson,” an exhibition of 275 artifacts housed in a replica of the hull of Henry's triple-masted ship. The exhibit runs through September 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-25 15:26
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, a 2007 film written and directed by Tony Stone, tells the story of two Norsemen stranded in North America in the year 1007 who are forced to survive by their wits.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 09:04
Out of our time period, but a sad commentary on the financial crisis in the United States: Delaware County's Darby Free Library (Pennsylvania) is one of eleven libraries destined to close their doors due to lack of funding. The library "is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in America."
Submitted by AEschwynne on Tue, 2009-02-10 16:38
Chocolate was drunk in North America as early as 1000 C.E., according to an article posted at LiveScience magazine online. The article describes cacoa residue found inside carved cylinder tubes in northern New Mexico.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-08 13:17
A fall 2008 Civil War re-enactment in Virginia went terribly wrong when a Yankee cavalryman from New York was shot and wounded by a .44-caliber ball from an 1860 Army Colt pistol.
Submitted by AEschwynne on Thu, 2009-02-05 12:20
Residue from a chemical only known in chocolate has been found on pottery shards dating back to between 1400 to 900 BC in Central America, according to an article at LiveScience magazine online.
Submitted by armor777 on Tue, 2009-01-27 13:10
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