Archaeology News
Medieval Jewish Graves Unearthed in Rome
28 Mar 2017 | 1:57 am CEST
ROME, ITALY—Haaretz reports that 38 graves were unearthed in a section of a medieval Jewish cemetery labeled on historic maps as the “Fiel…
Mice May Have Lived With Humans Long Before Farming
28 Mar 2017 | 1:45 am CEST
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI—Lior Weissbrod of the University of Haifa and Fiona Marshall of Washington University in St. Louis examined 272 mouse molars…
3,800-Year-Old Intact Tomb Found in Egypt
27 Mar 2017 | 10:00 pm CEST
ASWAN, EGYPT—According to a report in Ahram Online, an intact tomb dating to the 12th Dynasty has been discovered in the necropolis at Qubbet El…
Ancient mice teeth show settled villages made ecological impact long before agriculture
27 Mar 2017 | 9:00 pm CEST
Long before the advent of agriculture, hunter-gatherers began putting down roots in the Middle East, building more permanent homes and altering the ec…
'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia
27 Mar 2017 | 9:24 am CEST
An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing…
Neolithic Rock Art Found in Egypt
25 Mar 2017 | 12:07 am CET
BONN, GERMANY—According to a report in Live Science, an image dating to Egypt’s Neolithic period was found pecked into a rock on Qubbet el…
Seventeenth-Century Ship Identified
24 Mar 2017 | 10:17 pm CET
POOLE, ENGLAND—After ten years of research and excavation, a seventeenth-century ship known as the Swash Channel Wreck has been identified as Th…
2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Shroud Rediscovered in Scotland
24 Mar 2017 | 9:58 pm CET
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—BBC News reports that a full-length mummy shroud has been found wrapped in brown paper in the collections of Scotland’…
Scientists make new discovery about bird evolution
24 Mar 2017 | 8:27 pm CET
In a new paper published in National Science Review, a team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, the Sha…
How our species got smarter: through a rush of blood to the head
24 Mar 2017 | 1:25 pm CET
Anthropologists have been curious about the evolution of human intelligence for many decades. The main lines of research have involved archaeological…
New Thoughts on the Barbarian Invasion of Rome
24 Mar 2017 | 12:52 am CET
CAMBRIDGE, UNIVERSITY—The Washington Post reports that Susanne Hakenbeck of the University of Cambridge analyzed the bones and teeth of some 200…
Alabaster Statue of Queen Tiye Discovered in Luxor
23 Mar 2017 | 9:32 pm CET
LUXOR, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a well-preserved alabaster statue thought to represent Queen Tiye, wife of King Amenhotep III and grandmo…
40-Ton Capstone Unearthed in Southern India
23 Mar 2017 | 9:28 pm CET
HYDERABAD, INDIA—According to report in the Deccan Chronicle, a 40-ton capstone has been unearthed at a megalithic burial site near the village…
Rare Calusa Artifacts Found in Waterlogged Florida Midden
23 Mar 2017 | 9:00 pm CET
PINELAND, FLORIDA—News-Press reports that University of Florida archaeologists Karen Walker and William Marquardt have excavated a 1,000-year-ol…
How a third-century Roman soldier named Carausius was behind the first ‘Brexit’
23 Mar 2017 | 7:12 pm CET
From the first to the fifth centuries AD, Britain – though not officially Scotland, which lay beyond the frontier at Hadrian’s Wall – was part o…
How chewing like a cow helped early mammals thrive
23 Mar 2017 | 5:33 pm CET
You probably haven't given much thought to how you chew, but the jaw structure and mechanics of almost all modern mammals may have something to do wit…
Ancient fossil reveals the evolution of bird legs for the first time
23 Mar 2017 | 1:42 pm CET
Researchers from the UK and China have found that living birds have a more crouched leg posture than their ancestors, who are generally thought to hav…
Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period
22 Mar 2017 | 8:56 pm CET
Egyptologists at the University of Bonn discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt.
Huns and settlers may have cooperated on the frontier of Roman Empire
22 Mar 2017 | 8:50 pm CET
Analysis of isotopes in bones and teeth from fifth-century cemeteries suggests that nomadic Huns and Pannonian settlers on the frontier of Roman Empir…
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle -- and vice versa
22 Mar 2017 | 7:32 pm CET
New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime. Findings may…
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle—and vice versa
22 Mar 2017 | 7:00 pm CET
Marauding hordes of barbarian Huns, under their ferocious leader Attila, are often credited with triggering the fall of one of history's greatest empi…
New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree
22 Mar 2017 | 7:00 pm CET
More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research from s…
Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period
22 Mar 2017 | 2:49 pm CET
Egyptologists have discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt. The paintings were engrave…
430 million-year-old fossil named in honor of Sir David Attenborough
22 Mar 2017 | 2:23 pm CET
A new 430 million-year-old fossil has been discovered by scientists, and has been named in honor of Sir David Attenborough. The discovery is a unique…
Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period
22 Mar 2017 | 1:43 pm CET
Egyptologists at the University of Bonn discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt. The p…
Israeli archeologists dig up liquor bottles of WWI troops
22 Mar 2017 | 11:55 am CET
In a search for antiquities, Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a far more modern find—century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldie…
Last remnant of North American ice sheet on track to vanish
21 Mar 2017 | 6:31 pm CET
The last piece of the ice sheet that once blanketed much of North America is doomed to disappear in the next several centuries, says a new study by re…
Parasitic fish offer evolutionary insights
20 Mar 2017 | 7:38 pm CET
Vertebrates once might have relied on a different mechanism for developing neurons in the gut, suggests a new report.
New research indicates that Alfred the Great probably wasn’t that great
20 Mar 2017 | 5:59 pm CET
The Last Kingdom – BBC’s historical drama set in the time of Alfred the Great’s war with the Vikings – has returned to our screens for a secon…
Research proposes new theories about nature of Earth’s iron
20 Mar 2017 | 5:40 pm CET
New research challenges the prevailing theory that the unique nature of Earth's iron was the result of how its core was formed billions of years ago.
Courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber
20 Mar 2017 | 5:38 pm CET
Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. In odonates, the male must persuade the female to mate in…
A new perspective on the European colonization of Asia
20 Mar 2017 | 5:34 pm CET
In the past, researchers have paid limited attention to this fact, which has led to a dearth of modern anthropological, historical and archaeological…
Icelandic drinking horn changes our historic understanding of St. Olav
20 Mar 2017 | 1:54 pm CET
After the Reformation, Norway's Olav Haraldsson was no longer supposed to be worshipped as a saint. An Icelandic drinking horn offers some clues on ho…
Hawaiian biodiversity has been declining for millions of years
16 Mar 2017 | 11:26 pm CET
Hawaii's unique animal and plant diversity has been declining on all but the Big Island for millions of years, long before humans arrived, according t…
Agriculture, dietary changes, and adaptations in fat metabolism from ancient to modern Europeans
16 Mar 2017 | 11:21 pm CET
Good vs bad cholesterol. Margarine vs butter. Red meat vs. vegan. The causal links between fats and health have been a hotly debated topic for scienti…
New study identifies ancient shark ancestors
15 Mar 2017 | 12:02 am CET
New research based on x-ray imaging provides the strongest evidence to date that sharks arose from a group of bony fishes called acanthodians. Analyzi…
The controversial origin of a symbol of the American west
13 Mar 2017 | 9:08 pm CET
New research has identified North America's oldest bison fossils and helped construct a bison genealogy establishing that a common maternal ancestor a…
Bones, teeth reveal the harsh conditions endured by the ancestors of indigenous Finnish cattle and sheep breeds, particularly in the Middle Ages
10 Mar 2017 | 3:19 pm CET
The most extensive isotope analysis of archaeological material in Finland revealed a fragment of the history of ancient Finnish cattle: the bones and…
Dental plaque DNA shows Neanderthals used 'aspirin'
8 Mar 2017 | 7:12 pm CET
Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals -- our nearest extinct relative -- has provided remarkable new insights into their behavior, die…
Evolution of bipedalism in ancient dinosaur ancestors
3 Mar 2017 | 5:06 pm CET
Paleontologists have developed a new theory to explain why the ancient ancestors of dinosaurs stopped moving about on all fours and rose up on just th…