Archaeology and related sciences
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-02-26 12:12
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 12:50
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 Fri, 2007-02-23 00:10
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 13:16
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 20:21
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 15:06
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 12:28
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 14:10
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 14:14
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 20:16
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 09:20
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 22:58
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 20:01
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 19:45
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 15:20
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 19:41
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 10:36
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 17:14
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2006-12-28 20:21
In an excerpt from the December 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine, Carol Kaufmann looks at the reasons why Romans, Celts and others dumped their precious treasures into the Ljubljanica River in Slovenia.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2006-12-24 19:55
Early Christian burials dating to the 11th and 13th centuries have been found in Chernihiv in the Ukraine. Experts believe that the 30 tombs prove that the city was important in early Russian history.
Submitted by Justin on Tue, 2006-12-12 19:21
The Emperor Maxentius was defeated by Constantine I in a battle in the year 321 C.E., but his followers apparently concealed his scepter, ceremonial weapons, and other regalia from Constantine's forces by burying the items. Archaeologists excavating Palatine Hill in Rome have located the cache, which is notable for the condition of the objects.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-12-08 12:19
"It is a well known fact that people from so called barbaric tribes like the German tribes up north, were recruited into the Roman legions." Now, new finds in Norway demonstrate that the northern lands had closer ties to the Roman Empire than previously believed.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-12-06 12:05
Archaelogists from the University of Leicester have found a fragment of lead that greatly adds to their knowledge of the city's Roman past. The "curse tablet" bears a list of 18 names; until now, only a few names of Roman residents of the city were known.
Submitted by Gwenhyfar on Thu, 2006-11-30 15:52
After many years of study, scientists at last can fathom the works of a calculating device from ancient Greece, which some researchers consider more valuable than the Mona Lisa due to its unique historical value.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-11-25 13:00
Archaeologists working near the city of Cuijk in the Netherlands have discovered a cache of 3rd century Roman coins and other treasures, apparently as an offering at the spot where a bolt of lightning had struck.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-11-17 08:51
Seven stones have been discovered in the vicinity of Denmark's 10th century Jellinge stones. One or two of the new stones may also have runic inscriptions.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-11-15 16:11
Muazzez Ilmiye Cig's research into ancient Sumer led her to the conclusion that headscarves were worn in that culture's sexual rites. But when she made this claim in her book, the 92-year-old archaeologist found herself in court accused of insulting Muslim women.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-11-10 16:36
Evidence from soil suggests that people were relying on domesticated horses for survival more than 5,000 years ago.
Submitted by lilli on Mon, 2006-11-06 11:00
On the Swedish Isle of Gotland, Edvin and Arvid Sandborg were helping a neighbor with his garden when they began to dig up old coins, one of them a 1,100 year-old arabic coin.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2006-11-04 09:49
Archaeologists found the remains of a ship from the Viking Age recently, in a burial mound on a farm outside the coastal city of Larvik.