Archaeology and related sciences
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2010-08-20 17:30
Archaeologists working in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, England, have unearthed dozens of skeletons dating to the 14th century. The skeletons are of all ages and are thought to be interred in a formal cemetery, possibly belonging to a hospital that was once thought to exist on the site.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-08-11 16:56
A 13th century grain jug unearthed near Ranipet, India has the earliest example of Tamil script on a clay vessle. The 3-foot tall jug, called a granary, also depicts an elephant, a cow, and a scene of a woman giving birth.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-08-08 16:57
The well-sealed tomb of a Mayan king has offered a treasure trove of new information for scholars. Archaeologists at El Zotz in Guatemala found the tomb in May, but kept their discovery secret until recently in an effort to protect the find from looters.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-08-04 08:36
Archaeologists working on the excavation of a Roman villa in the Thames Valley of England are looking for an explanation for a mass burial of 97 infants, all having died soon after birth. Experts believe the site may have been a brothel.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-08-03 17:19
Drought and extreme heat in England have made it possible to see ancient sites normally hidden by vegetation. Balloonist Michael Wolf saw dark circles in a farmer's field and realized these were evidence of Bronze Age burial mounds.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-08-01 12:46
A small bow, believed to have been a toy for a child, was found in an excavation in Staraya, Novgorod Region, Russia. A tiny arrow was also found nearby.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2010-07-31 16:12
A well preserved Byzantine church has been found in Demre, Turkey, the sity of the ancient city of Myre.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-31 08:21
Icelandic scholars are still debating who the country's first settlers actually were. Tradition states that Ingólfur and Hjörleifur were the first settlers, but new evidence may show that 870, the date of their arrival, may not be correct.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-07-29 10:56
Archeologists are excavating "The Theater", London's first known successful playhouse, where it is believed that Shakespeare himself worked and may have even acted. The building was completed in 1576, and historians believe that Romeo and Juliet premiered there.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-07-28 17:30
Two skeletons and other artifacts dating to the Thirty Years War were found in Stralsund, Germany. Muskets engraved with the owners initials have helped identify the bodies as Hapsburg soldiers.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-07-22 18:03
Researchers are scouring backyards in suburban Mystic, Connecticut, looking for remains of the Pequot War. They hope to use artifacts to help map the location of the battlefields.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-07-21 21:04
Archaeologists from Århus University have discovered the remains of 10th century wooden buildings which they believe are from the palace complex of King Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark from 940 to 985, in Jelling.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-19 17:09
Archaeologists believe they have identified Shakespeare's cesspit on the property of New Place, his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. They now hope to find clues to the playwright's life among the rubbish from a dig.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2010-07-18 19:50
Roman artifacts have been discovered at a fortress in Cornwall formerly believed to be an exclusively Iron Age site. This find revises the historical view of the Roman occupation of Britain, which had been thought not to extend so far southwest.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-17 11:46
Carlisle Castle, one of the most important archaeological digs in northern England, has now been completed, providing experts with a wealth of archaeological evidence to study including armor, leather, pottery, and everyday household items.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-07-08 15:36
Archaeologists digging at the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine, Florida, are finding that the plaza is different than the plans authorized by the King of Spain in the late 1500's.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-07-08 12:17
Archaeologists working on an excavation in downtown Mexico City think they are on the brink of discovering the first Aztec royal tomb ever found. Meanwhile, objects from the dig are on display at "Moctezuma II: Times and Destiny of a Ruler" at the Templo Mayor Museum.
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 Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-06-30 11:36
A school girl taking part in a dig in Novgorod, Russia has discovered two birch bark manuscripts and a medieval seal.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-06-14 17:48
Archaeologists have found a leather show dating back 5,500 years in a cave in Armenia. The shoe is cut from one piece of cow leather and sewn together with eyelets.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-06-11 10:56
Steve Sheldon, of Cotswold Archaeology, has called the recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon timber hall in Cheltenham, England "one of the best finds of his career." The settlement is believed to date between the 6th and 8th centuries.
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 Sun, 2010-06-06 12:21
State-of-the-art technology has been used to reconstruct the face of a medieval knight whose skeleton was discovered beneath Stirling Castle in Scotland. (photo)
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 Sabine Berard on Mon, 2010-05-24 15:28
The mummified remains of a 16th century noble woman were found at a construction site in Osan (Gyeonggi Province), South Korea.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-05-18 15:24
An amateur metal detector group has discovered a hoard of 178 12th century silver pennies in North Yorkshire. [photo]
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-05-17 18:09
The city of Carlisle, England is now being mentioned in the same breath as York and Newcastle when it comes to Roman archaeology thanks to the Millennium dig. The three-year effort has now been documented in a 936-page report.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-05-14 18:06
Officials have announced that the International Vinland-seminar, "a three day event dedicated to the Norse discovery of America and Scandinavian Viking Culture," will take place in Chicago, IL October 15-17, 2010 at North Park University.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-05-09 20:10
In an article for Archaeology (Volume 63 Number 3, May/June 2010) Jarrett A. Lobell and Samir S. Patel take a look at "true tales from the peat marshes of northern Europe" by re-examing remains found in the bogs. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-04-29 08:01
The nations of Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro are working together to document monumental medieval tombstones known as "Stecci".