Archaeology


Structure Airport Minoans Site Archaeologists Palaces
- The Minoans are also famous for building the labyrinth which, according the legend, housed the Minotaur. Archaeologists working on the Greek isle of Crete have unearthed an unusual structure belonging to the enigmatic Minoan culture . The structure, used between the year 2000 BC and 1700 BC, is large and labyrinthine, and it's not clear what it was used for. The only bad news is that the structure may cancel or delay construction needed for a nearby airport. A flourishing civilization The ... [Read More]


Revolt Coins Building Israel Jews Statement
- A hoard of 1,700-year-old coins found in Israel provides new evidence about the last known Jewish revolt against Roman rule. Archaeologists found the hidden coins while conducting excavations inside the remains of a newly discovered public building dating to the Late Roman-Early Byzantine period in Lod (also known as Lydda), a city in what is now central Israel that the Romans renamed "Diospolis," according to a statement from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Despite the building having ... [Read More]


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- Secrets of Maya child sacrifice at Chichén Itzá uncovered using ancient DNA After analyzing the remains of 64 ancient sacrificed individuals, most of whom were children, researchers have revealed new details about human sacrifice at the ancient Maya site of Chichén Itzá. Published in Nature , these results show that contrary to popular belief, every one of the ritually sacrificed individuals was male. Additionally, many of them were closely related, including two ... [Read More]

Source: phys.org

Timor Island Humans Australia New Guinea Stone Island Laili Rock
- Archaeological discoveries on Timor Island suggest early humans used New Guinea, not Timor, as a stepping stone to Australia, challenging previous migration theories and highlighting advanced maritime skills. Archaeologists are reevaluating the path early humans took to reach Australia following the discovery of thousands of stone artifacts and animal bones in a deep cave on Timor Island. Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU), Flinders University , University College London ... [Read More]


Max Planck Institute Children Statement Twins Chult Uacute N Chamber
- The ancient Maya city Chichén Itzá is famous for its ball courts and temples, including the massive, pyramid-like El Castillo . And as both the Maya civilization's political and spiritual hub, the city is filled with evidence of Maya rituals, including those related to death. Tombs, ossuaries, a skull rack and the Sacred Cenote , a water-filled sinkhole where Maya deposited both bodies and valuable objects, are found at the site. Now, researchers know more about another of ... [Read More]


Purbeck Stone Slabs Wreck Century Bbc News Bournemouth
- At some point during the 13th century, under the rule of Henry III , a wooden ship transporting special limestone sank off the coast of southwest England. The vessel remained hidden in the English Channel for roughly 750 years, until a local charter boat skipper discovered it in 2020. It's the oldest known shipwreck in England . Maritime archaeologists at Bournemouth University have been exploring the wreckage ever since. Earlier this month, they accomplished the difficult task of hoisting two ... [Read More]


Tyrian Purple Snails Evidence Kolonna Workshop Newsweek
- Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of an ancient workshop on a Greek island where a highly prized purple dye was produced around 3,600 years ago. Excavations conducted in the ancient settlement of Kolonna—located on the small island of Aegina off the coast of mainland Greece—have revealed the remains of two buildings from the 16th century B.C. that had collapsed on top of each other. The older building is interpreted to be a site where purple dye was produced in the Late Bronze ... [Read More]

Source: newsweek.com

Italy's Culture Ministry Artifacts Site La Br Uacute Jula Verde's Guillermo Carvajal Alessandro D'alessio Rome
- When archaeologists excavated a well in Ostia Antica , an ancient city about 15 miles southwest of Rome, they found more than just water. Dozens of rare artifacts were uncovered at the bottom of the 10-foot-deep structure, according to an announcement from Italy's culture ministry. The well is located near the Temple of Hercules in a sacred area of the archaeological site. When the excavation began, it was still filled with water. The well-preserved artifacts, most dating to the first and ... [Read More]


Qesem Cave Deer Scrapers Tools Years Fallow Deer
- A study reveals that 400,000 years ago, early humans developed Quina scrapers for hunting, adapting to the disappearance of elephants and forming a cultural link to the resource-rich Mountains of Samaria. A recent study from Tel Aviv University has pinpointed the earliest global use of specific stone tools known as Quina scrapers, which date back 400,000 years. These tools were first discovered at a site in France and are named after it. They have been found at the ancient sites of Jaljulia and ... [Read More]


Teeth Skulls Gotland Evidence Modification Men
- There is also evidence of deliberately filed teeth on some 130 male Viking skulls. German archaeologists discovered that the skulls of three medieval Viking women found on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea showed evidence of an unusual procedure to elongate their skulls. The process gave them an unusual and distinctive appearance, according to a paper published in the journal Current Swedish Archaeology. Along with evidence that the Viking men from the island may have deliberately ... [Read More]


Ramses Ii Walter De Maria's Earth Art Pioneer Alan Sonfist Sarcophagus Rock Art Sorbonne University
- The owner of the sarcophagus was long a mystery, until a researcher deciphered a cartouche. An archaeologist has identified a granite slab, found in the Abydos necropolis in Egypt, as belonging to the sarcophagus of Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. The key to his discovery? Overlooked hieroglyphics carved into the stone fragment.    The artifact was unearthed under the floor of a Coptic structure in 2009, though its owner remained a mystery. From its decoration, researchers ... [Read More]


Ship Burial Barrow Norwegian University North Sea Atlantic Ocean
- On the Norwegian island of Leka, archaeologists have unearthed the earliest known ship burial in Scandinavia. For hundreds of years, Norwegians thought they knew who or what had been interred in an enormous barrow on the island of Leka, which is just off the country's northern coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. The grassy hillock is named for King Herlaug, a ninth-century Viking monarch who, if the Norse folklore is to be believed, had himself and 11 companions buried alive rather than face ... [Read More]

Source: nytimes.com

Sarcophagus Ramses' Coffin Name Fragment Egypt Museum
- Ramses II , a pharaoh who ruled in the 13th century B.C.E., is one of ancient Egypt's best-known rulers. The 19th-Dynasty king expanded Egypt's territory into modern-day Syria, fathered some 100 children and boasted one of the civilization's most ornate coffins. But the carved granite sarcophagus built to house that coffin has never been identified—until now. , an Egyptologist at France's Sorbonne University, recently re-examined a sarcophagus fragment found in the ancient necropolis of ... [Read More]


Bag Archaeologists Colored Stone District Werner Bumeder Period
- 6,800-year-old skeletal remains have been unearthed in Germany, nearly millennia older than the region's oldest known mummy, offering new insight into Neolithic life. Archaeologists believe the skeleton belonged to an aged leader—something like an ancient mayor—a community that dated as far back as 4800 BCE, according to a statement from Florian Eibl, the district archaeologist leading the excavation. The discovery has caused local archaeologists to rethink theories on when people ... [Read More]

Source: artnews.com

Hoard Coins Metal Gold Silver Detectorist
- For thousands of years, humans have buried hoards of artifacts. They've been hidden for a variety of reasons, such as religious offerings to deities or safekeeping from advancing armies. Metal detectors can be helpful for finding these hoards, and amateurs have been particularly enthusiastic about using them.  Here's a look at 32 hoards that were found by people using metal detectors. In most cases, the discoveries were made by amateurs. Many of the hoards are from Britain, where the use ... [Read More]


Museum Armour Egypt Conservation Tutankhamun's Researchers
- Egypt is building a $1-billion mega-museum Will it bring Egyptology home? Photography by Rehab Eldalil for For 100 years, Egypt's scientists have watched as their nation's story was largely told by institutions from Europe and the United States. wo kilometres north of the Pyramids of Giza, around 20 minutes' drive from the centre of Cairo, is a sprawling complex that opens a gateway to the past. When it opens fully, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be the world's largest such facility devoted to ... [Read More]

Source: nature.com