Archaeology

Archaeologists uncover stunning town built by Greeks in Italy 2,500 years ago read

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Palatial building and luxurious imports signal that the Greek founders of Poseidonia in Italy were living high on the hog from pagan… Philippe Bohstrom Haaretz The discovery of a monumental building and priceless ceramics imported from Greece in excavations at Poseidonia shows for the first time how rich its… The founders hailed from… Archaeologists uncover stunning… Read More »

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

Look on my works, ye mighty … Ozymandias statue found in mud

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Archaeologists believe eight-metre statue found in Cairo slum is of Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt in 13th… Reuters in Cairo The Guardian Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled… Look on my… Read More »

Greece displays ‘7,000-year-old archaeological enigma’

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A statuette which Greek archaeologists are calling a “7,000-year-old enigma” has gone on show in the National Archaeological Museum in… BBC The bird-like object was carved from granite – without the benefit of metal tools, as it dates from the Final Neolithic… The 36cm (14in) statuette has a pointed nose, round belly and… Greece displays ‘7,000… Read More »

Aboriginal Australians co-existed with the megafauna for at least 17,000 years

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Australia was once home to giant reptiles, marsupials and birds (and some not so giant), but the extinction of this megafauna has been the subject of a debate that has persisted since the 19th century. The Conversation Despite great advances in the available scientific techniques for investigating the… Aboriginal Australians co… Read More »

Humans arrived in Australian interior 49,000 years ago, archaeologists believe

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Site yields artefacts including tools and a bone from huge wombat-like creature that indicate humans activity 10,000 years earlier than previously thought Nicola Davis Humans arrived in the arid interior of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists working at a… Humans arrived in… Read More »

Italy’s earthquake affects us all – theirs is a cultural richness like no other

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The basilica of St Benedict in Norcia has been destroyed by Italy’s latest earthquake – and it is deeply sad to see such rich history trashed by nature Jonathan Jones Buildings are not people. It is an immense mercy that, so far as is currently known, there were no fatalities in the… Italy’s earthquake affects… Read More »

The secret of how life on Earth began

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Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

Cave art: Etchings hailed as ‘Iberia’s most spectacular’

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Cave art as much as 14,500 years old has been pronounced “the most spectacular and impressive” ever discovered on the Iberian peninsula. About 50 etchings were found in the Basque town of Lekeitio. They include horses, bison, goats and – in a… Cave art: Etchings… Read More »

Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru

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Archaeological research has identified the use of cultivated cotton ( Gossypium barbadense ) in the ancient Andes dating back to at least 7800 years ago. Because of unusual circumstances of preservation, 6000-year-old cotton fabrics from the Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of Peru retained traces of a blue pigment that was analyzed and positively identified as an… Source: Early pre-Hispanic use of indigo blue in Peru | Science Advances Read More »

3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth

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Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago. By Joel Achenbach It’s a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the… Source: 3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth – The Washington Post Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found in Lithuania

A tunnel dug with spoons by Jewish prisoners to escape their Nazi captors during World War II has been discovered in a Lithuanian forest. An international team of archaeologists, geophysicists and historians made the discovery in Lithuania’s Ponar forest, known today as Paneriai, outside the country’s capital Vilnius. The site is where an estimated 100,000 people, including 70,000 Jews, were killed and thrown into pits during the Nazi occupation… Source: Escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners to escape Nazis found ... Read More »

Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’

Scratching out of ochre stencils on Derwent valley cave wall is ‘devastating’, says Clyde Mansell, chairman of Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council.. Vandals have destroyed a sacred Aboriginal site in Tasmania by scratching out hand stencils which traditional owners say were made during large clan gatherings up to 8,000 years ago… Source: Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’

Researchers say analysis of metal content ‘strongly suggests extraterrestrial origin’.. A dagger entombed with King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, a new analysis on the metal composition shows. In 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter found two daggers, one iron and one with a blade of gold, within the wrapping of the teenage king, who was… Source: Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’ Read More »