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  • Archeology: Prehistoric rock art found in caves on Terceira Island -- Azores

    10/06/2012 9:36:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Portuguese American Journal ^ | August 27, 2012 | Carolina Matos
    The president of the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA), Nuno Ribeiro, revealed Monday having found rock art on the island of Terceira, supporting his believe that human occupation of the Azores predates the arrival of the Portuguese by many thousands of years, Lusa reported. "We have found a rock art site with representations we believe can be dated back to the Bronze Age," Ribeiro told Lusa in Ponta Delgada, at a presentation in University of the Azores on the topic of early human occupation of the Azores. The oldest cave art known in Europe is of prehistoric origin, dating...
  • Bronze Age gold belt with 'cosmological' designs unearthed in Czech beet field

    10/30/2022 7:11:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Live Science ^ | By Kristina Killgrove
    The ornate object was covered in dirt but well preserved, inspiring the farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, to send photos to archaeologists at the nearby Silesian Museum in Opava. Jiří Juchelka(opens in new tab), head of the Silesian Museum's archaeology department, told Radio Prague International(opens in new tab) (RPI) that the 20-inch-long (51 centimeters) object — made out of gold with inclusions of silver, copper and iron — was likely the front of a leather belt. "It is decorated with raised concentric circles and topped with rose-shaped clasps at the end," Based on the style of the decoration, she...
  • Drone photos reveal an early Mesopotamian city made of marsh islands

    10/23/2022 12:01:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Science News ^ | October 13, 2022 | Bruce Bower
    New remote-sensing studies at southern Iraq’s massive Tell al-Hiba site, shown here from the air, support an emerging view that an ancient city there largely consisted of four marsh islands.A ground-penetrating eye in the sky has helped to rehydrate an ancient southern Mesopotamian city, tagging it as what amounted to a Venice of the Fertile Crescent. Identifying the watery nature of this early metropolis has important implications for how urban life flourished nearly 5,000 years ago between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where modern-day Iraq lies...Because Lagash had no geographical or ritual center, each city sector developed distinctive economic practices...
  • Research finds mysterious structure in Cork Harbour is prehistoric tomb

    10/21/2022 4:44:06 PM PDT · by bani · 13 replies
    Irish Examine ^ | 18-10-2022 | LORNA SIGGINS
    New research looks set to answer a long-standing question about the status of a mysterious tomb-like structure uncovered in Cork Harbour many years ago. Archaeologists have been split as to whether it was prehistoric or a more recent 19th-century “folly”. However, Connemara-based archaeologist Michael Gibbons now says there is conclusive evidence the Carraig á Mhaistin stone structure at Rostellan on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour is a megalithic dolmen. Mr Gibbons has also discovered a previously unrecognised cairn close to the dolmen which would have been concealed by rising sea levels, and which he is reporting to the National...
  • Archaeologists Find Mystery Carved Stone At Whitby Abbey (UK)

    10/12/2007 3:43:26 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 629+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 10-10-2007 | Museum Staff
    ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND MYSTERIOUS CARVED STONE AT WHITBY ABBEY By 24 Hour Museum Staff 12/10/2007 An archaeologist with the rare stone at the site at Whitby Abbey. © English Heritage Experts are studying a carved stone recently uncovered on Whitby Abbey Headland in North Yorkshire to see if it represents the first Bronze Age artefact from the site. St Hild founded an abbey on Whitby Headland in 657AD, which is now an important historical site. However, little was known about the site in the Anglo Saxon period in which it was founded until archaeologists carried out clifftop excavations in 2001 and...
  • Pompeii's Burial Not Its First Disaster

    12/02/2004 4:17:13 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 1,275+ views
    Science News ^ | 11-27-2004 | Sid Perkins
    Pompeii's burial not its first disaster Sid Perkins From Denver, at a meeting of the Geological Society of America Recent excavations reveal that the ancient city of Pompeii, famed for its burial by an eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, suffered through several devastating landslides in the centuries preceding its volcanic demise. About three-fourths of Pompeii has been excavated, says Jean-Daniel Stanley of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. However, most of the digs in the city have extended down only to the ground level of dwellings that were standing in the 1st century. In...
  • Think Pompeii Got Hit Hard? Worse Eruptions Lurk

    03/07/2006 11:10:23 AM PST · by blam · 54 replies · 1,556+ views
    Think Pompeii got hit hard? Worse eruptions lurk By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent Mon Mar 6, 5:03 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The preserved footprints and abandoned homes of villagers who fled a giant eruption of Mount Vesuvius 3,800 years ago show the volcano could destroy modern-day Naples with little warning, Italian and U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The eruption buried entire villages as far as 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the volcano, cooking people as they tried to escape and dumping several feet (metres) of ash and mud. New excavations show far more extensive damage than that...
  • 'Extremely rare' Rameses II-era burial cave found in Israel

    09/20/2022 6:42:51 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 11 replies
    Israeli archaeologists on Sunday announced the "once-in-a-lifetime" discovery of a burial cave from the time of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Rameses II, filled with dozens of pottery pieces and bronze artifacts. The cave was uncovered on a beach Tuesday, when a mechanical digger working at the Palmahim national park hit its roof, with archaeologists using a ladder to descend into the spacious, man-made square cave. In a video released by the Israel Antiquities Authority, gobsmacked archaeologists shine flashlights on dozens of pottery vessels in a variety of forms and sizes, dating back to the reign of the ancient Egyptian king who...
  • A Bronze Age food vessel unearthed during a high street demolition 42 years ago has gone on display at a nearby museum

    09/19/2022 5:39:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 12, 2022 | University of Glasgow
    A 5,000-year-old container, discovered behind a butcher's shop, is being exhibited at Kirkcaldy Galleries having been recently conserved by experts. Conservation has been completed as part of a wider project to find out more about the human remains and objects found on Kirkcaldy High Street in June 1980.Archaeologists from the University of Glasgow, who are leading the study, will use a range of scientific techniques not available to their predecessors who carried out the dig.Work to flatten the shop and a hotel 42 years ago was dramatically halted when a bulldozer driver caught sight of some partially buried bones. Three...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Analemma over the Callanish Stones

    09/18/2022 5:04:31 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies ^ | 18 Sep, 2022 | Image Credit & Copyright: Giuseppe Petricca
    Explanation: If you went outside at the same time every day and took a picture that included the Sun, how would the Sun's position change? A more visual answer to that question is an analemma, a composite image taken from the same spot at the same time over the course of a year. The featured analemma was composed from images taken every few days at noon near the village of Callanish in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, UK. In the foreground are the Callanish Stones, a stone circle built around 2700 BC during humanity's Bronze Age. It is not known...
  • Snowy landscape reveals Wales' forgotten ancient remains

    03/29/2013 9:43:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Wales Online ^ | Thursday, March 28, 2013 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains after they were "brought back to life" by the snow covering the landscape. Settlements dating back 4,000 years were only found because just the right amount of snow fell on the countryside. Experts were flying over the landscape in a light aircraft when they spotted the Bronze Age remains below. A combination of the snow and the low sun in the sky at this time of year provided ideal conditions to plot the sites for the first time.
  • Archaeologists find grave of suspected vampire

    07/14/2008 11:20:59 AM PDT · by BGHater · 73 replies · 1,670+ views
    Czech News Agency (ČTK) ^ | 14 July 2008 | Czech News Agency (ČTK)
    Pardubice, East Bohemia, July 11 (CTK) - Archaeologists have uncovered a 4000-year-old grave in Mikulovice, east Bohemia, with remains of what might have been considered a vampire at the time, Nova TV has reported. The experts made the terrifying find within their research of a burial site from the Early Bronze Age. One of the graves was situated somewhat aside. The skeleton in it bears traces of unusual treatment. When buried, the dead man was weighed down with two big stones, one on his chest and the other on his head. "Remains treated in this way are now considered as...
  • Gibraltar Recognised as a British city, 180 years ate

    08/29/2022 8:45:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Asia One ^ | AUGUST 29, 2022
    Gibraltar finally joined the official list of British cities on Monday (Aug 29), after 180 years in which its status, granted by Queen Victoria, had been overlooked due to an administrative error. The British overseas territory bid to become a city earlier this year as part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, but research in the National Archives established it had in fact been granted city status in 1842. "It is excellent to see official recognition given to the City of Gibraltar, a huge accolade to its rich history and dynamism," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in...
  • Extraordinary Trove of Ancient Gold Rings Discovered in Romanian Grave

    08/29/2022 9:28:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 29 August 2022 | BETHANY DAWSON,
    Cache of ancient gold rings discovered in Romania. (Ţării Crişurilor Museum, Oradea, Romania) Archaeologists in Romania have discovered an extraordinary cache of ancient gold rings that a 6,500-year-old woman wore in her hair. The trove in a Copper Age grave includes 169 gold rings, 800 bone beads, and an ornate spiraled copper bracelet discovered by a team from the Ţării Crişurilor museum in Oradea, Romania. The jewelry was laid to rest alongside a burial of an "extremely rich" woman, museum director Gabriel Moisa said, Romanian outlet Agerpres reports. Archaeologists identified the remains as belonging to a woman based on the...
  • Study Challenges Views On What Drove Major Changes In Ancient Greek Society On Crete

    08/28/2022 7:15:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | August 24, 2022 | McMaster University
    3,500 years ago, the island underwent a period of significant cultural transformations, namely the adoption of a new language and economic system, and major changes in burial customs and attire.Around the same time, many important sites across the island were destroyed and warriors’ graves appeared at the famed palace of Knossos, leading scholars to long believe that these seismic changes had been the result of a Mycenaean invasion...Rather than looking at things like burial, art, or dress, practices that tend to shift with fashion, archaeologists have begun to look more closely at more mundane, everyday practices as a better insight...
  • DNA analysis shows Griffin Warrior ruled his Greek homeland: The Bronze Age leader was from the region he would come to rule

    08/28/2022 3:50:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 23, 2022 | Materials provided by University of Cincinnati. Original written by Michael Miller
    "When we look at the rise of Mycenaean civilization, the ancient DNA supports the notion that it was a local phenomenon, not something imported from the outside," said co-author Jack Davis, a UC Classics professor and department head."The development of the state by the Mycenaean was indigenous to Greece," Davis said.Among the remains studied for ancient DNA analysis was that of the Griffin Warrior, whose tomb was discovered in 2015 by Davis and UC Classics senior research associate Sharon Stocker... under an olive grove in Pylos, a coastal city in southern Greece. A forensic examination determined the remains belonged to...
  • Ancient tooth DNA reveals how ‘cold sore’ herpes virus has evolved

    08/24/2022 3:40:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Nature ^ | 23 August 2022 | Freda Kreier
    Teeth from long-dead people and animals are divulging the history of modern-day pathogens.Ancient DNA extracted from the teeth of humans who lived long ago is yielding new information about pathogens past and present. In one of the latest studies, researchers uncovered and sequenced ancient herpes genomes for the first time, from the teeth of long-dead Europeans. The strain of herpes virus that causes lip sores in people today — called HSV-1 — was once thought to have emerged in Africa more than 50,000 years ago. But the new data, published in Science Advances on 27 July1, indicate that its origin...
  • Glacial Archaeologists Find Arrow In Melting Ice

    08/21/2022 9:04:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | August something, 2022 (HD never has a date on their articles) | Glacier Archaeology Program
    Archaeologists From The Glacier Archaeology Program Have Found An Arrow In The Melting Ice During A Research Project In The Norwegian Mountains.The project is focusing on a melted ice patch in the Jotunheimen mountain range, where the team has found a preserved arrow with an intact iron arrowhead, shortly after arriving at their base camp 1750 metres above sea level.The arrow dates from around 1,500 years ago during the Norwegian Iron Age, discovered in a collection of broken rock fragments between larger stones on the lower edge of the icefield.The team believes that the arrow was lost and deposited downslope...
  • 10 World’s Oldest Things From Armenia

    08/16/2022 4:25:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    People of Armenia ^ | December 17, 2014 | unattributed
    World's oldest wagons Lchashen Armenia lake Sevan – 4,000 years oldOver a dozen rich burials have been excavated in Armenia. The most spectacular were those excavated at Lchashen on the borders of Lake Sevan where a more than a dozen almost complete four-wheeled and two wheeled wagons, as well as two wheeled chariots with spoked wheels were uncovered. Two of these wagons form a spectacular display in the National Museum in Armenia. The four solid wheels are made from three planks of oak, while the interior is covered by a covering of withies. In his chronology (Timeline of the Development...
  • Pathogens Detected in Bronze Age Remains in Greece

    08/14/2022 2:02:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Archaeology mag news page ^ | Friday, August 12, 2022 | editors / unattributed
    JENA, GERMANY— reports that a study of genetic material recovered from the teeth of people buried in the Hagios Charalambos cave on the Greek island of Crete between about 2290 and 1909 B.C. detected the presence of extinct strains of two pathogens. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the British School at Athens, and Temple University suggest that epidemics brought about by Y. pestis, which causes plague, and S. enterica, which causes typhoid fever, could have contributed to the collapse of Egypt’s Old Kingdom and the Akkadian...