Archaeology News
World War One Battlefield Tunnels Discovered Under Salisbury Plain
24 Apr 2017 | 3:22 pm CEST
Archaeologists working in Wiltshire have identified a unique network of First World War tunnels under Salisbury Plain.
The "Hobbit" hits the headlines again, but is the mystery of its origins really solved?
24 Apr 2017 | 12:30 pm CEST
It's been the scientific equivalent of a never ending soap opera. The pygmy human species Homo floresiensis (aka 'the Hobbit'), discovered in 2003 in…
Ruined Redoubt “Fort” Built to Defend London
22 Apr 2017 | 11:59 pm CEST
North Weald Mobilisation Centre (North Weald Redoubt) was one thirteen late 19th century “London Defence Schemes” of earthwork fortifications or f…
The Knight’s Tombstone Conserved in Jamestown
22 Apr 2017 | 12:25 am CEST
JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA—The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reports that Preservation Virginia conservators are working with large-stone specialist Jona…
Peru’s Logosyllabic Khipus Record 3-D Texts
21 Apr 2017 | 11:59 pm CEST
FIFE, SCOTLAND—According to a report in The Courier, Sabine Hyland of the University of St. Andrews has deciphered two lineage names from two ei…
New Thoughts on the Origin of “The Hobbits”
21 Apr 2017 | 9:43 pm CEST
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—The Guardian reports that researchers led by Debbie Argue of Australian National University compared the bones of Homo flore…
Digital app brings to life one of Scotland’s key prehistoric settlement sites
21 Apr 2017 | 6:08 pm CEST
A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settlement landscapes.
Trace Fossils Discovered of an Unknown Reptile Species Existing 247 Million Years Ago
21 Apr 2017 | 5:56 pm CEST
The several excavation campaigns conducted in 2012 by geologists, biologists and palaeontologists of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and…
Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people
21 Apr 2017 | 5:32 pm CEST
Sergey Leshchinskiy, paleontologist, head of TSU's Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, has studied the remains of Yakut mammot…
Genetic evidence points to nocturnal early mammals
21 Apr 2017 | 4:22 pm CEST
Our earliest mammalian ancestors likely skulked through the dark, using their powerful night-time vision to find food and avoid reptilian predators th…
Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed
21 Apr 2017 | 3:43 pm CEST
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has fou…
Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed
21 Apr 2017 | 3:35 pm CEST
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has fou…
A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settl
21 Apr 2017 | 3:07 pm CEST
A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settlement landscapes.
Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people
21 Apr 2017 | 11:41 am CEST
Sergey Leshchinskiy, paleontologist, head of TSU's Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, has studied the remains of Yakut mammot…
1,100-Year-Old Inscription Found in India
21 Apr 2017 | 12:19 am CEST
TAMIL NADU, INDIA—The Times of India reports that a 1,125-year-old inscription has been discovered on the floor of the Arunachaleswarar Temple,…
16th-Century English Garrison Walls Traced in Irish Town
20 Apr 2017 | 11:06 pm CEST
PORTLAOISE, IRELAND—A survey of Portlaoise, the capital of County Laois, has identified English sixteenth-century garrison walls in many of the…
Ramesses II Colossus Restored to Luxor Temple
20 Apr 2017 | 10:52 pm CEST
LUXOR, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a colossal black granite statue of King Ramesses II has been restored and re-erected at Luxor Temple&rsqu…
Pemmican-Production Camp Found in the Northern Plains
20 Apr 2017 | 2:16 am CEST
TUCSON, ARIZONA—According to a report in Western Digs, a camp where pemmican was made by ancestors of the Blackfoot people some 500 years ago ha…
Model Looms Discovered in 2,100-Year-Old Tomb in China
20 Apr 2017 | 2:00 am CEST
CHENGDU, CHINA—Live Science reports that miniature silk looms have been found in a 2,100-year-old tomb in southwestern China. “We are very…
Neolithic Skeleton Unearthed in Malaysia
19 Apr 2017 | 11:08 pm CEST
GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA—According to a report in the New Straits Times, a human skull, femur, and ribcage thought to be at least 5,000 years old w…
Newly discovered Egyptian carnivore named after Anubis, ancient Egyptian god of underworld
19 Apr 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Analysis of Egyptian fossils has identified a new species of extinct carnivorous mammals called hyaenodonts, according to a study published April 19,…
Ancient reptile tracks in the Pyrenees may include evidence of a new type of footprint
19 Apr 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
A large set of tracks made by archosauromorphs in the Pyrenees mountain range may include a new type of footprint made by reptiles that lived 247 mill…
Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics
19 Apr 2017 | 6:30 pm CEST
For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneous…
How English-style drizzle killed the Ice Age's giants
19 Apr 2017 | 3:24 pm CEST
Wet weather at the end of the last ice age appears to have helped drive the ecosystems of large grazing animals, such as mammoths and giant sloths, ex…
Ohio Museum Will Return Sculpture to Italy
19 Apr 2017 | 1:12 am CEST
CLEVELAND, OHIO—The Plain Dealer reports that The Cleveland Museum of Art will hand over a marble portrait head of Drusus Minor, the son of Empe…
Researchers suggest sea scorpions used serrated tail spine to dispatch their prey
18 Apr 2017 | 8:55 pm CEST
Four hundred and thirty million years ago, long before the evolution of barracudas or sharks, a different kind of predator stalked the primordial seas…
The Giant Sloth was a Vegetarian – The diet of the fossil Megatherium has been decoded
18 Apr 2017 | 6:38 pm CEST
Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientists examined the diet of the extinct Giant Sloth Megatherium. Based on analyses of the collage…
Medieval priest discovered in elaborate grave 700 years after his death
18 Apr 2017 | 6:33 pm CEST
The remains of a medieval priest who died 700 years ago have been uncovered in an elaborate grave.
Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt's Luxor (Update)
18 Apr 2017 | 4:17 pm CEST
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near…
Face of woman from Tham Lod during Late Pleistocene reconstructed
18 Apr 2017 | 3:40 pm CEST
(Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has used a relatively new facial approximation technique to reconstruct the face of a woman who live…
Cave-in: How blind species evolve
17 Apr 2017 | 2:59 pm CEST
Why do animals that live in caves become blind? Charles Darwin originally suggested that eyes could be lost by “disuse” over time. Now, an evoluti…
Medieval priest discovered in elaborate grave 700 years after his death
17 Apr 2017 | 2:50 pm CEST
The remains of a Medieval priest who died 700 years ago has been uncovered at Thornton Abbey in Lincolnshire. Research shows he could have been a vict…
Cracking the origin of ancient decorative ostrich eggs
12 Apr 2017 | 3:12 pm CEST
Archaeologists and scientists are using cutting edge technology to crack a conundrum surrounding the ancient trade in ostrich eggs.
Precision chronology sheds new light on the origins of Mongolia's nomadic horse culture
11 Apr 2017 | 7:08 pm CEST
According to new research, nomadic horse culture -- famously associated with Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes -- can trace its roots back more than…
Archaeogenetic findings unlock ancestral origins of Sardinians
6 Apr 2017 | 4:26 pm CEST
Some modern Sardinians could have evolved from people who colonized the island at an even earlier period, the Mesolithic.
New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago
6 Apr 2017 | 4:26 pm CEST
New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago, correcting previous theories.
10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America, study reveals
4 Apr 2017 | 10:00 pm CEST
A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of Br…
Oldest remains of insects from bed bug genus found in Oregon
4 Apr 2017 | 4:48 pm CEST
A cave in Oregon that is the site of some the oldest preserved evidence of human activity in North America was also once home to not-too-distant cousi…
Steppe migrant thugs pacified by Stone Age farming women
4 Apr 2017 | 2:44 pm CEST
When present day European genetics was formed during the beginning of the Bronze Age 5,000 years ago it was a result of migrating Yamnaya pastoralists…
Prehistoric art and ornaments from Indonesian 'Ice Age'
3 Apr 2017 | 9:11 pm CEST
A joint Indonesian-Australian team has unearthed a rare collection of prehistoric art and 'jewellery' objects from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi,…