Archaeology


Lough Foyle Clooney Road Evidence Ireland Derry Period
- By David Wilson The discovery of a Neolithic era settlement is helping shed new light on how people lived on the shores of Lough Foyle some 5,000 years ago. Archaeologists uncovered evidence of two large rectangular houses dating back to around 3,800BC during a 2021 dig at Clooney Road, Londonderry. Neolithic tools, pottery and cooking utensils have also been unearthed. Experts say that dwellings like those found in Derry have rarely been excavated before. Archaeologist Katy McMonagle was the ... [Read More]

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Obsidian Tools Ancestors Time Years Tool
- The Stone Age tool manufacturing workshop produced standardized handaxes, showing our earliest ancestors were much more forward thinking than we might have thought. An international team of archaeologists have made a breathtaking find in Ethiopia's Awash valley, one of the most important paleontological sites in the world. Alongside a river valley, researchers uncovered a trove of nearly 600 handaxes made from obsidian, many of which are about 1.2 million years old. These tools exhibit a ... [Read More]


Bbc News Site Intaglios Gemstones Gems Tullie House Museum
- Down a drain beneath the murky waters of an ancient Roman bathhouse in Carlisle, England, near  Hadrian's Wall , archaeologists have discovered a trove of gemstones lost by bathers 2,000 years ago. More than 30 gems—including amethyst , jasper and carnelian —have been found so far during excavations at the site. Wealthy bathers likely dropped them back in the opulent bathhouse's heyday in the second or third century C.E. "It's incredible," says archaeologist Frank Giecco , ... [Read More]


Sword Tomio Maruyama Tumulus Kyodo News Mirror Items Japan Times
- Japanese researchers discovered a large dakō iron sword and a giant bronze mirror in a 4th-century burial mound in the city of Nara. The two items were found last November in the Tomio Maruyama Tumulus. Nara's board of education and the city's archeological institute, who supported the excavation of both items, issued a press release According to the local government groups, the 125-pound, shield-shaped decorated mirror was the first of its kind to be discovered, and the seven-foot iron ... [Read More]

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Neanderthals Study Meat Elephants Years Animals
- Neanderthals hunted massive elephants that once roamed northern Europe Sign up for CNN's Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more . CNN — Some 125,000 years ago, enormous elephants that weighed as much as eight cars each roamed in what's now northern Europe. Scientifically known as Palaeoloxodon antiquus, the towering animals were the largest land mammals of the Pleistocene, standing more than 13 feet (4 ... [Read More]

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Mummification Vessels Ingredients Southeast Asia Cedar Oil Years
- Residues from 2,500-year-old ceramic vessels still contain the ingredients used by craftsmen to embalm the dead. Ancient Egypt has left us an extraordinary lasting legacy. Its art and architecture have been widely copied, and its antiquities can be found in museums in the far corners of the world. The first thing that probably comes to mind when you hear 'ancient Egypt' is its gigantic pyramids. But equally long-lasting are the many mummies, including those of great pharaohs embalmed many ... [Read More]


Body Wrappings Mummy Brain Ingredients Mummification
- Most ingredients weren't available locally—more evidence of a long-distance trade network. Most of what we know about ancient Egyptian mummification techniques comes from a few ancient texts. In addition to a text called  The Ritual of Embalming, Greek historian Herodotus mentions the use of natron to dehydrate the body in his Histories . But there are very few details about the specific spices, oils, resins, and other ingredients used. Fortunately, science is helping fill in ... [Read More]


Heath Wood Animals Durham University Strontium Britain Remains
- Archaeologists have found what they say is the first solid scientific evidence suggesting that Vikings crossed the North Sea to Britain with dogs and horses. Research led by Durham University, UK, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, examined human and animal remains from Britain's only known Viking cremation cemetery at Heath Wood, in Derbyshire. Scientists looked at strontium isotopes contained within the remains. Strontium is a natural element found in different ratios across the ... [Read More]

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Wdecki Landscape Park Pomeranian Group Toru 324 Officials Site News
- Scanning a pasture in Poland, searchers stumbled upon a collection of metallic objects, loops and spirals reemerging from the damp soil thousands of years after being buried. Volunteers with metal detectors were exploring the landscape around Radzyń Chełmiński when they found something unusual in the peat field, The Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments in Toruń said in a Wednesday, Jan. 25, news release. Archaeologists were called in and identified the finds as ... [Read More]


Dogs Child Ancient Upper Egypt Crocodile God Sobek Galina Belova Jerusalem Post
- Recently, archaeologists uncovered an Egyptian tomb with the body of an eight-year-old child, buried with 142 dogs. Of the 142 dogs, 87% were puppies when they died. As a result, the conditions of the grave have left archaeologists asking questions. A Tomb Hidden in the Desert Inside a necropolis near the Fayoum oasis, 62 miles south of Cairo, archaeologists have been working for several years now. There, they've been revealing burials dating from the 4th century BC to the 7th century AD, says ... [Read More]

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Bog Dr Van Beek Bodies Yde Girl Peat People
- The skull of Porsmose Man, who was 35 to 40 years old when he was killed with bone arrows 5,500 years ago. His remains were found in Porsmose Bog, near Naestved, Denmark, in 1946. When Roy van Beek was a teenager in the Netherlands in the early 1990s, he made a field trip to a local museum to see an exhibit of bog bodies: ancient human remains, both skeletal and naturally mummified, interred in the wetlands and spongy turf of northern Europe. He recalled one cadaver on display that was ... [Read More]

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Dr Thomas Monastic Community Monastery Century Lyminge Evidence
- Anglo-Saxon monasteries were more resilient to Viking attacks than previously thought, archaeologists have concluded. Lyminge, a monastery in Kent, was on the front line of long-running Viking hostility which ended in the victories of Alfred the Great. The monastery endured repeated attacks, but resisted collapse for almost a century , through effective defensive strategies put in place by ecclesiastical and secular rulers of Kent, University of Reading archaeologists say. The new evidence is ... [Read More]

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Skulls Animal Cueva Des Cave Humans Heads
- Neanderthals placed a large number of animal skulls in a Spanish cave 40,000 years ago. But why? The discovery has scientists puzzled. Cueva Des-Cubierta is a multi-level cave system in the Madrid region of Spain, first discovered in 1978. Archaeologists have studied the caves for decades as the location possesses indications that they were used in Neanderthal rituals. Researchers climbed to the third level of the cave and found 35 large animal skulls. All the crania came from animals which ... [Read More]


Egypt Excavation B C Discoveries Pyramids Unesco World Heritage
- 1 / 14 Egypt Antiquities ASSOCIATED PRESS SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt on Thursday unveiled dozens of new archaeological discoveries, including two ancient tombs, at a Pharaonic necropolis just outside of the capital Cairo. The artefacts, unearthed during a year-long excavation, were found beneath an ancient stone enclosure near the Saqqara pyramids and date back to the fifth and sixth dynasties of the Old Kingdom, spanning from roughly 2500 B.C to 2100 B.C., the excavation team said. One ... [Read More]

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Mummy Ali Abu Deshish Man Years Kathryn Armstrong Zahi Hawass
- By Kathryn Armstrong Archaeologists say they have found a gold leaf-covered mummy sealed inside a sarcophagus that had not been opened for 4,300 years. The mummy, the remains of a man named Hekashepes, is thought to be one of the oldest and most complete non-royal corpses ever found in Egypt. It was discovered down a 15m (50ft) shaft at a burial site south of Cairo, Saqqara, where three other tombs were found. One tomb belonged to a "secret keeper". The largest of the mummies that were ... [Read More]

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Boy Mummy Mummy's Body Amulets Ct
- Over a century ago, the mummy of a teenage boy was found in Nag el-Hassay, Egypt. The body remains wrapped to this day, but a team of researchers just used CT scanning to peer through the linens to find 49 amulets on and inside the boy's body. The mummy was in a Ptolemaic cemetery about 500 miles south of Cairo, making the remains about 2,300 years old. The CT scans the team conducted also revealed details of the boy's health before he died. Their research is published today in Frontiers in ... [Read More]

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