Archaeology and related sciences
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-04-09 19:08
DNA evidence from the remains of a Viking woman seems to point to the fact that her ancestors originated in the area of the Black Sea. The woman was buried in a grave in Norway's Oseberg Viking ship, one of the country's most famous burial sites, but her roots were in the Black Sea region, according to Professor Per Holck of the University of Oslo.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-04-08 07:16
A team of French archaeologists have discovered three towns in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia which they believe are part of the "lost" Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The Muslim stronghold was an important stop on the trade route from the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-04-01 10:05
Archaeologists working at Easter Island have determined that the large statues are not volcanic rock, as once believed, but are, in fact, petrified peeps. Says project head Rock Newton, "Yes, we have verified that the statues are actually petrified Easter candy."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-03-27 14:22
An online campaign to save the historic Hill of Tara in Ireland has been created. TaraWatch is hoping to collect enough money to pay for a professional archaeological assessment of the M3 motorway at the site.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-03-22 13:52
Ceinan of House Kraken reports that the November 2000 edition of the archaeological journal Acta Archaeologica is available online. The issue is dedicated to articles on the Viking Age.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-03-18 13:20
Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, England may contain more than a Neolithic mound. It may also be the site of a first century Roman village. "English Heritage geophysicist Dr Neil Linford said: 'We are really excited by this discovery because we had no idea that a Roman village of such a size lay this close to Silbury Hill.'"
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-03-17 12:33
Archaeologists working at a recreational site near Oakington, England have discovered a 1500-year-old Saxon burial. They believe there is also evidence of a settlement.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Mon, 2007-03-12 07:56
At least ten graves believed to date back to the Middle Ages were found in a basement of a house in Rangá in Hróarstunga, east Iceland.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-03-05 20:35
The skull and bone purported to be holy relics of Saint Philipp are for sale by a private owner on a Russian website. The Russian Orthodox Church has called the sale "blasphemous."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-03-01 11:19
Renovations on the Four Provinces Pub in Coventry, England have unearthed human remains dating to the 12th century. The bones show evidence of leprosy.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-02-28 11:55
Researchers working on artifacts found beneath a 16th century barn near Dunster, England believe they belong to the Benedictine Priory of Dunster which dates to 1127 CE. Archaeologists have so far discovered two walls, paving and glazed tile fragments.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-02-27 08:00
Water company workers in Lincolnshire, England were surprised recently to uncover a very large Roman cemetery dating to the 1st century CE. So far the graves have yielded artifacts as well as 30 skeletons.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-02-26 11:12
Australia's ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with Mike Parker Pearson, one of the archaeologists who discovered the ancient settlement near Stonehenge. Stephanie Kennedy conducts the interview. (Transcript and podcast available)
Submitted by agnarr on Sun, 2007-02-25 11:50
A silver denarius minted in 32 B.C. shows that the fabled image of Cleopatra is not what she really looked like.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-02-22 23:10
Archaeologists working on a large Roman cemetery in York, England have discovered, among the remains of wealthy and poor alike, the bones of a murder victim. "She was stabbed seven times in the throat from the front," said Osteo-archaeologist Malin Holst.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-02-17 12:16
A shackled skeleton thought to date from between the 13th and 16th centuries C.E. has been discovered in Ávila, Spain.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-02-11 19:21
Viking archaeologist Dan Carlsson reports that the Viking Discovery Programme is now accepting applications for field courses to take place during the summer of 2007. The courses will include excavations at the Viking Port of trade at Frojel.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-02-04 14:06
Archaeologists working for the Pompeii Food and Drink Project are looking for volunteers to work on the site in June and July 2007. The work will consist of documenting storage buildings and organizing the massive amount of information collected.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 2007-02-04 11:28
A major prehistoric village has been unearthed near Stonehenge in southern England. Stonehenge didn't stand alone, excavations show, recent excavations of Salisbury Plain in southern England have revealed at least two other large stone formations close by the world-famous prehistoric monument.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-02-03 13:10
Archaeologists working at a site on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia have discovered what they believe to be the remains of Henries Towne, a settlement contemporary with Jamestown.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-01-27 13:14
An 8th century shipwreck, discovered off the coast of Dor, Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, is believed to be the only existing ship of its kind. Discovered over a decade ago, the wreck has been the subject of intensive study and carbon dating.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-01-25 19:16
The recent discovery of some 400-year-old seeds in a well at the Colonial Jamestown archaeological site has given researchers much to ponder about the life and survival skills of the early Jamestown settlers.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Tue, 2007-01-23 08:20
This new view of Stonehenge is a tiny Medieval drawing in the "scala mundi" or "world ladder" on a chart which chronicles Creation. While not the oldest image of Stonehenge, it one of only a few known to exist.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-01-22 21:58
The well-preserved, frozen remains of a 2,000-year-old Russian warrior, found recently in the Altai mountains region of Russia, have archaeologists excited.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-01-21 19:01
Archaeologists working at a dig in the Walkergate area of Berwick, England have uncovered a number of artifacts dating to the "heyday of Berwick," including a silver coin from the reign of Henry III.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Fri, 2007-01-19 18:45
A newly discovered 9th Century grave in Western Norway is yielding many treasures. The grave of a female has so far produced jewelry, many pearls, glass beads, scissors, a knife and other household utensils. The quality and size of the finds indicate a high status grave.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-01-19 14:20
Mongolian enthusiasts may find an outlet for their interests during the summer of 2007 when the Silkroad Foundation, in conjunction with the National Museum of Mongolian History and the University of Pennsylvania, will sponsor excavations in the Altai Mountains of Khovd aimag, Mongolia.
Submitted by lilli on Tue, 2007-01-16 18:41
Dante Allegheri, the Italian poet whose work, The Divine Comedy, is almost required reading for SCAdians, has been depicted in the past with a classical profile, his nose straight. A team of forensic archeologists is challenging that picture with a reconstructed face of the poet, featuring a flattened nose.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2007-01-14 09:36
British researchers believe that boreholes and seismic imaging prove they have pinpointed the homeland of Homer's hero Odysseus.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-01-12 16:14
Chinese archaeologists are confounded by a group 10 huge rings at the site of the tomb of the country's only empress, Wu Zetian. The rings, ranging from 30 to 40 meters in diameter, were discovered when aerial photos were taken.