The events of July 16th to 22nd 1994, when the remnants of a fragmenting comet, P/Shoemaker-Levy 9, bombarded the surface of Jupiter causing fireballs many times the size of our own planet, were an abrupt wake-up call even for those who were aware of them. The historical sciences generally, and Archaeology in particular, have collectively painted a picture of the past as if our planet stands alone in empty space. Nothing could be further from reality. Our resilient planet exists in a solar system that has experienced a very dynamic history over the past 20 to 30 millennia, and it is only from this wider solar system perspective that the true history of human civilisation will ever be fully understood. The Morien Institute archive therefore contains relevant material from many disciplines.

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March 2017 News Headlines

 

[John has had an accident at home and is unable to help me update the news pages at present. I am unable to update them myself for March 2017 as I am travelling abroad.
Any updates will be late and we apologise to visitors for the inconvenience - Polly]

 

"Art Relics Shed Light on Mysterious Ancient Civilization"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"How giant marine reptiles terrorized the ancient seas"
Nature (UK)
"Settlement on British Columbia's Central Coast dated back to 14,000 years"
CBC News (Canada)
"Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed on Pocklington building site"
BBC News (UK)
"Archaeologists Find World's Largest Capstone in Telangana"
The Siasat Daily (India)
"The 130-Million-Year-Old Human Fossil Heist"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"6 archeological missions to resume underwater excavations in Egypt"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Carved raven bone discovered in Crimea is Neanderthal 'art'"
International Business Times (UK)
"A bone that appears to have been intentionally decorated by a Neanderthal has been discovered in Crimea.

The bone is from a raven, and has several finely spaced parallel ridges carved at regular intervals.

The find suggests that Neanderthals had an aesthetic awareness previously only attributed to humans.

The bone - of which only a fragment remains - was found at the Neanderthal Zaskalnaya VI rock shelter in Crimea, and described in a paper published in the journal
PLOS ONE.

It is thought to be between 38,000 and 43,000 years old."
[Read The Full Story]

[Another good story from IB Times helping to dispel the idea that Neanderthals were simply brutish. It really is well worth a visit to read the full story and see the excellent images of the carved bone - Ed.]

"Ancient Assyrian Tomb With 10 Skeletons Discovered in Iraq"
AINA (Assyria)
"Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period"
EurekAlert (USA)
"3,800-year-old Egyptian tomb holding mummy found along Nile River"
News Nation (India)
"Ancient Vergina fortifications in Greece dated to reign of post-Alexander King Cassander"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Bones of clan massacre victims found in Eigg cave"
The Scotsman (Scotland)
"Legendary sunken treasure discovered in SW China"
XinhuaNet (China)
"Hidden statue of Queen Tiye, grandmother of Tutankhamun, uncovered in Egypt temple"
RT (Russia)
"Ship capsized in Poole Harbour revealed as 17th-century Dutch trader"
The Times (UK)
"'Reading' in bones - new facts on the social life organisation in ancient Mesopotamia"
PAP (Poland)
"It wasn't just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas"
Science Magazine (USA)
"Archaeologists unearth statue of Queen Tiye in Egypt's Luxor"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Archaeologists make sensational Viking discovery in Denmark"
The Copenhagan Post (Denmark)
"Spanish Archaeologists Uncover Intact Tomb of Pharaonic Nobleman in Egypt"
Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

"Greek Ministry of Culture: Port of ancient sea battle of Salamis discovered"
Tornos News (Greece)
"The Greek Ministry of Culture announced that the location where the Greek naval forces had gathered before the historic sea battle of Salamis against Persians in 480 BC has been discovered.

The battle of Salamis is one of the most important battles in the history of Ancient Greece.

It was a naval battle fought between an alliance of Greek city-states under Themistocles and the Persian Empire under King Xerxes in 480 BC which resulted in a decisive victory for the outnumbered Greeks.

The battle was fought in the straits between the Attica mainland and Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens, and is deemed as the climax of the second Persian invasion of Greece."
[Read The Full Story]

[A great story bringing clarity to events in the Classical world. Well worth a visit to read the full story and see the excellent diagram of the Battle of Salamis and graphic map of the area - Ed.]

"Ancient boat-shaped coffins found in Sichuan"
China Daily (China)
"Saving Syria's heritage: Archaeologists discover invisible solution"
BBC News (UK)
"Discovery of clay works in N.Western Iran dates back to Iron Age"
IRNA (Iran)
"Did Neanderthals know about antibiotics?"
ABC Radio National - The Science Show (Australia)
"2,000 year old warrior armour made of reindeer antlers found on the Arctic Circle"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"The Olmec city of Tres Zapotes may have owed its longevity to a new form of government"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)
"Unveiling a pharaoh’s torso"
Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt)
"South Africa’s San people issue ethics code to scientists"
Nature (UK)
"Unearthing 2,000 years of history in central Algiers"
The Peninsula (Qatar)
"Ancient Tomb Decorated with Vibrant Murals Found in China"
Live Science (USA)
"New archaeological find in Thessaloniki subway rekindles old tensions in Greece"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Did humans create the Sahara desert?"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Gene for teeth used to track ancient human populations"
ABC Radio National - The Science Show (Australia)

"Earth’s lost history of planet-altering eruptions revealed"
Nature (UK)
"Enormous volcanoes vomited lava over the ancient Earth much more often than geologists had suspected.

Eruptions as big as the biggest previously known ones happened at least 10 times in the past 3 billion years, an analysis of the geological record shows.

Such eruptions are linked with some of the most profound changes in Earth's history.

These include the biggest mass extinction, which happened 252 million years ago when volcanoes blanketed Siberia with molten rock and poisonous gases."
[Read The Full Story]

[A really good story pushing back timelines yet again for early Earth events. Well worth a visit to read the full story and see the graphics - Ed.]

"Plant-like fossils, believed to be red algae, found in 1.6 billion-year-old rocks"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"Ramses II excavation to be completed using more advanced techniques: ministry sources"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)
"Immigration to Denmark is nothing new … just ask the Vikings"
The Copenhagan Post (Denmark)
"2,000 Year Old Road Excavated near Bet Shemesh"
Jewish Press (Israel)
"Ancient nomadic herders beat a path to the Silk Road"
Science News (USA)
"Ostriches existed in India about 25,000 years ago: CCMB Study"
News India (India)
"Ancient dental plaque shows some Neanderthals ate plants and used drugs"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"Egypt digs up two giant statues dating back 3,000 years"
The National (United Arab Emirates)
"French team uncovers mysteries of Indus civilisation’s ‘industrial hub’"
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
"Crusader shipwreck, gold found by diving archaeologists in Israel"
Ha'aretz (Israel)
"Why Did Greenland’s Vikings Vanish?"
Smithsonian Magazine (USA)
"Statue of Amenhotep III, 66 of goddess Sekhmet unearthed in Luxor"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Dental Plaque DNA Opens New Window on Neanderthal Life-Ways"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neanderthals - our nearest extinct relative - has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness.

Published today in the journal Nature, an international team led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Dental School, with the University of Liverpool in the UK, revealed the complexity of Neandertal behaviour, including dietary differences between Neanderthal groups and knowledge of medication.

'Dental plaque traps micro-organisms that lived in the mouth and pathogens found in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract, as well as bits of food stuck in the teeth - preserving the DNA for thousands of years', says lead author Dr Laura Weyrich, ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow with ACAD.

'Genetic analysis of that DNA locked-up in plaque, represents a unique window into Neandertal lifestyle - revealing new details of what they ate, what their health was like and how the environment impacted their behaviour.'"
[Read The Full Story]

[WOW! A really interesting discovery about Neanderthals, what they ate and their use of plant-based medicines to cure their ills. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)
"Neanderthal tooth plaque hints at meals — and kisses"
Nature (UK)
"Tree roots from late 10th century signal a show of power in Tottori"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"Ancient skulls may belong to elusive humans called Denisovans"
Science Magazine (USA)
"4,000 Years Old Mysterious Tomb with Rock Art Exposed in Upper Galilee"
Jewish Press (Israel)
"Science journalism can be evidence-based, compelling — and wrong"
Nature (UK)
"Fossilised filaments from hot ocean vent claimed to be earliest evidence of life on Earth"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"Massive 4,000-year-old Galilee tombs force rethink of Bronze dark age"
The Times of Israel (Israel)
"Dolmens stand as 'magnificent monuments to Jordan's long, rich history', scholar says"
MENAFN (Jordan)
"Evidence of large burial mound points to resting place of emperor"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"Tatarstan oilmen find Bolgarian Troy instead of black gold"
Realnoe Vremya (Russia)
"Uncovered after 2,000 years: gold torcs fit for an Iron Age queen"
Heritage Daily (UK)
"Ancient tree cultivation shaped Amazon landscape"
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
"Ducks, not phalluses, real stars of 1,900-year-old find in northern Israel"
The Times of Israel (Israel)
"High official's family tombs unearthed in Chengdu"
China.org (China)
"Oldest-known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperor"
Smithsonian (USA)
"Archaeologists Scale History of Ancient Staircase"
The Cambodia Daily (Cambodia)

 

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February 2017 News Headlines

"Study advances understanding the stories of ancient climate told by tiny shells"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Footprints in the sand in Gower are 7,000 years old, expert confirms"
South Wales Evening Post (Cymru)
"Fabled 'Atlantis Alloy' Recovered in Greater Numbers From Ancient Shipwreck"
Seeker (USA)
"Egypt initiates the second phase of restoring the Dream Stele"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)
"Rare sinkhole find: Ancient DNA in a tropical island tortoise fossil"
Earth Touch News Network (UK / South Africa)
"Islamic State looting uncovers ancient palace beneath Jonah’s Tomb"
The Times of Israel (Israel)
"Back in the Day: The myths and mysteries of Maeshowe"
The Independent (Scotland)
"Found: Mysterious, Maze-Like Neolithic Fences"
Atlas Obscura (USA)
"Two German archaeologists freed after Nigeria kidnapping"
The Local (Germany)
"Ancient sanctuary from obscure religion that competed with Christianity unearthed in Corsica"
International Business Times (UK)
"Medieval burials on Yamal peninsula may have been ritualistic sacrifices"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"Ancient Roman House and Phallic Amulets Discovered in Israel"
Live Science (USA)
"Iraqi experts trained to save Mosul heritage"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Chaco Canyon’s Matrilineal Dynasty"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)
"Archaeological excavations museum inaugurated in Aswan after six-year closure"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)
"Thousands of horsemen may have swept into Bronze Age Europe... "
Science (USA)
"Stash of rare Bronze Age weapons discovered in Scotland"
Daily News & Analysis (India)

"The Secrets Of Stonehenge, Easter Island And Other Ancient Monuments"
WAMC Radio News (USA)
"In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories.
They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people.

Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem."
[Read The Full Story]

[How very true! Ancient peoples' oral traditions were scientifically accurate and encyclopedic in their knowledge of the natural world based on observations over countless thousands of millennia. Modern science is not because it always starts with a hypothesis and evidence to support it is cherry-picked from observations. That's bad science - Ed.]

"British Archaeologists Assess Damage to Nimrud"
AINA (Assyria)
"British Museum trains Iraqi archaeologists to rebuild post-Islamic State"
Zawya (Jordan)
"Centre’s nod for further excavation at Keezhadi"
The Hindu (India)
"Possible 'Hidden Chamber' in King Tut's Tomb Invites More Secretive Scans"
Yaho Singapore News (Singapore)
"The Search for a Legendary Land: Does the Truth of Plato’s Atlantis Rest on a Shifting Sea Floor?"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak"
Nature (UK)
"Did Stone Age people build a large labyrinth in Denmark?"
Science Nordic (Denmark)
"3,000-year-old spearhead found in Angus ‘find of a lifetime’"
The Scotsman (Scotland)
"Clovis Culture, Ice Age Fauna Weren’t Wiped Out by Cosmic Impact, Study Finds"
Western Digs (USA)
"Who Was St Dwynwen and How is She Associated with St Valentine?"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Broken pebbles offer clues to Paleolithic funeral rituals"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"400-year-old map shows Edo Castle’s purpose when built"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"The Etruscans, Phoenicians, and Tartessos"
Current Archaeology (UK)
"Stolen and smuggled part of sarcophagus to be repatriated in Greece after 30 years"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Pottery clues to medieval Nottingham's growth industry"
Nottingham Post (England)
"Swiss archaeologist shines light on Sudan's buried past"
Yahoo News (USA)
"Charred turnip dinner from 400 years ago throws new light on conquest of Siberia"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"Show of shipwrecked treasures raises scientists’ ire"
Nature (UK)

"Pregnant reptile fossil suggests bird ancestors gave birth to live young"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"The discovery of a fossil of a pregnant marine reptile has provided the first evidence that an ancestor of modern-day birds and crocodiles gave birth to live young.

The fossil of the long-necked Dinocephalosaurus, which swam the seas during the Middle Triassic period around 245 million years ago, was unearthed by an international team of scientists in south-west China.

Inside the fossil was a much smaller fossil of the same species positioned in a way that suggested it was an embryo rather than the remains of prey, according to a paper published today in Nature Communications.

The marine reptile came from a group called the Archosauromorphs, which evolved 260 million years ago and includes modern-day birds and crocodiles, as well as extinct dinosaurs and pterosaurs."
[Read The Full Story]

[Amazing Discovery! Such discoveries in south-west China have added much to our understanding of life on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago, and will likely have much more to contribute as excavations continue - Ed.]

"Study shows Pre-Columbian builders managed Amazonian forests"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"The Ancient ‘Plant of Immortality’ That Treats Over 50 Medical Conditions"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Cartography expert: Ancient Greeks in Ionia first used GPS method to navigate"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Big cluster of 2,200-year-old boat coffins unearthed in SW China"
XinhuaNet (China)
"Dig Unearths Ancient Furnace in Hunt for Cambodia’s Past"
The Cambodia Daily (Cambodia)
"Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration, ancient DNA suggests"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"'Monumental' building complex discovered at Qantir in Egypt's Nile Delta"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Archaeologists, engineers race to save ancient tomb from being submerged"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Ancient Tomb of Chinese General and Princess Filled with Figurines"
Live Science (USA)
"8 rock carvings from the Tubo period found in Tibet"
China Daily (China)
"Why are Noses Missing from so Many Egyptian Statues?"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Does an Anomaly in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Portend a Coming Pole Reversal?"
The Wire (USA)
"Revealed: the secrets of rare Viking boat burial uncovered in Swordle Bay... "
The Herald (Scotland)
"Archaeologists get set to dig at Masada, after 11-year hiatus"
The Times of Israel (Israel)
"Digging into Warangal’s Past"
The New Indian Express (India)

"Tony Robinson: Stonehenge tunnel plans put site at risk"
BBC News (UK)
"Actor and broadcaster Sir Tony Robinson has said plans for a tunnel near Stonehenge in Wiltshire are too 'old-fashioned' in outlook.

The 70-year-old Time Team presenter joined anti-tunnel campaigners to fight the plans, saying they placed the area's wider archaeology at risk.

The protest by the Stonehenge Alliance was staged outside a consultation event in London earlier.

Highways England said it was working to find 'the best solution possible'."
[Read The Full Story]

[Well done Tony for supporting the Stonehenge Alliance! And well done BBC for hi-lighting this ill-thought-out madness - Ed.]

"Scientists launch bid to solve mystery of mummified Siberian royals"
News.com (Australia)
"Cow carved in stone paints picture of Europe’s early human culture"
Science News (USA)
"The man who found a city"
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
"China plans to destroy ancient Buddhist city to get copper bonanza"
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
"Pores found in 'platypus of microbiology' bacterium push boundaries of evolution"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"Scientists unlock secrets of oldest surviving global trade map"
PhysOrg (USA)
"New citizen science project launched to prevent archaeological looting"
News Tonight Africa (South Africa)
"Archaeologists Find Ruins of King Solomon’s Mines"
Forward (Israel)
"Iron Age secrets exhumed from riches-filled crypt"
Science News (USA)
"Southern Sweden may have its own Vasa as historic shipwreck is identified"
The Local (Sweden)
"You Can Be A Space Archaeologist At Your Own Home"
National Geographic Australia (Australia)
"Archaeological Satellite Data From Space Could Be the Future of Conservation"
Seeker (USA)
"New finds at oldest island mystery sanctuary on Keros confirm its important role in antiquity"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Abu Dhabi archaeologists unearth rare, well-preserved Stone Age house"
The National (United Arab Emirates)
"Ancient DNA reveals 'continuity' between Stone Age and modern populations in East Asia"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Tattooed owners of the world's oldest carpets get health check after 2,200 years"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"Climate change drove population decline in New World before Europeans arrived"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

 

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January 2017 News Headlines

"What is the Mysterious Handbag Seen in Ancient Carvings Across Cultures and Countries?"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Ancient Sundial Shaped Like Ham Was Roman Pocket Watch"
National Geographic News (USA)
"Danish archaeologists find 3,500-year-old gemstones"
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
"Scientists find advanced geometry no secret to prehistoric architects in US Southwest"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Polish researcher investigates the health of children in ancient Egypt"
PAP (Poland)
"Fallout from an ancient asteroid collision still rains on Earth"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)
"Goddess sculpture found in Aegean Sea"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilisation"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Researchers from The University of Manchester have completed the very first biological analysis of ancient terracotta figurines found in Ghana, which were created by an unknown civilisation and have become iconic representations of prehistoric African art.

The items were found in Northern Ghana's Koma Land region by Prof. Ben Kankpeyeng and Dr. Samuel Nkumbaan (The University of Ghana).

Prof. Timothy Insoll, (formerly at The University of Manchester, now at The University of Exeter), and Dr. Natalie J. Swanepoel of the University of South Africa joined the research in 2010 and 2011 during which some of the figurines were recovered.

Many of the figurines are thought to represent ancestral figures or animals, and they reveal the clothing, hairstyles and weapons favoured by the ancient culture.

The hundreds of figurines excavated so far suggest a high level of ritual activity at the site.

Some of the figurines contain hollow cavities, which the researchers believe substances were poured into during these rituals."
[Read The Full Story]

[Excellent story from PhysOrg again. It's amazing what can be discerned from DNA retrieved from ancient artifacts, and will fill in many gaps in our knowledge about what really happened in African prehistory as opposed to the dominant Euro-centric view - Ed.]

"2,000-Yr-Old Carving and 16th Century MSS Reveal Some Maya Came from Across the Sea"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"The fiery demise of a vitrified hillfort in Scotland"
Past Horizons (UK)
"Discovery of tomb building in Seymareh"
IRNA (Iran)
"Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Scans map how Tasmanian tiger brain was wired to kill"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"Tracing the peopling of the world through genomics"
Nature (UK)
"Fossils of huge 'wolf-sized' otter unearthed in China"
ABC News (Australia)
"Iceman Oetzi's last meal was 'Stone Age bacon'"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Bone lamellae of crocodile discovered in Ruins of Haojing, Xi'an"
CRI English (China)
"Oldest Evidence of Silk Found in 8,500-Year-Old Tombs"
Live Science (USA)
"Spectacular Viking manor discovered near Birka"
The Local (Sweden)
"Explorers That Found Ancient Lost City ... Almost Lose Their Faces to Flesh-Eating Parasite"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"This study shows Earth may have harbored complex life 2 billion years ago"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)
"Yukon home to 1st traces of humans in North America 24,000 years ago, research suggests"
CBC News (Canada)

"Humans hunted giant kangaroos and tortoises as big as cars to extinction in Australia"
International Business Times (UK)
"Ancient giant animals that once roamed Australia were not wiped out by climate change as was previously assumed, a study has shown.

Human communities that lived on the continent 50,000 years ago might instead have hunted the megafauna to extinction.

Around 45,000 years ago, many of the unique megafauna species that thrived in Australia disappeared.

Among the casualties were huge 1,000-pound kangaroos, two-tonne wombats known as diprotodons, and 400-pound flightless birds.

There were also 25-foot-long lizards that looked right out of a sci-fi movie, and marsupial lions and tortoises the size of a car were also decimated in just a few hundred years."

[Read The Full Story]

[A really good story from IBTimes and well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Çatalhöyük figurines symbolize ‘elderly women, not Cybele’"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time We Still Use Today"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Archaeologists discovered 7 thousand old years old house in Moldova"
PAP (Poland)
"Rare basement, fireplace excavated at 2,400-year-old palace in NW China"
XinhuaNet (China)
"Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)
"Twelve new tombs discovered in Gebel el Silsila, Egypt"
Science Daily (UK)
"Priceless archaeological treasure surfaces after storm in Crete, Greece" - video
Tornos News (Greece)
"Bizarre 3-Fingered Mummified Hand Found in A Tunnel in the Peruvian Desert"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"A research framework for tracing human migration events after 'out of Africa' origins"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Ancient surgeon's room discovered by Polish archaeologists in Cyprus"
PAP (Poland)
"Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt"
NPR (USA)
"'Highly important' Anglo-Saxon village remains discovered in Cambridge housing site"
Cambridge News (England)
"Ancient Buddha found as water level of reservoir lowers in Jiangxi"
ECNS (China)
"Tunnel to be built under Stonehenge despite opposition from historians"
The Independent (UK)
"2,000-Year-Old Maya Superhighway Discovered in the Jungle of Guatemala"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Prehistoric pottery figurines unearthed in central China"
XinhuaNet (China)

"The Moon is much older than everyone thought"
Astronomy Magazine (USA)
"The Moon has been a constant in the sky, but have you wondered just how old it actually is?

A team of researchers at UCLA wondered that exact thing and conducted a study to find an exact age and found the Moon is as much as 140 million years older than we’ve previously known.

This moves the potential age back to 4.51 billion years old.

The team studied zircons, or minerals from the Moon, brought back from the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

In 2016, a UCLA research team reported that the collision between the Earth and planetary embryo Theia was a violent, head-on collision that resulted in the creation of the Moon."

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[It's amazing how timelines in astronomy as well as archaeology are being constantly pushed back. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Swedish archaeologists discover 12 ancient Egyptian cemeteries near Aswan"
The Japan Times (Japan)
"Indigenous owners hope ancient eel traps will be recognised as world heritage"
The Guardian (UK)
"Central China discovers ancient tomb with detailed frescos"
XinhuaNet (China)
"Ancient Stonehenge-Like 'Calendar Rock' Aligns With Winter Solstice"
Seeker (USA)
"Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for First Time"
National Geographic Australia (Australia)
"Ancient settlements in Burkina Faso shed light on the secrets of the Kurumba people"
International Business Times (UK)
"Archaeological dig in Kouklia reveals ancient rampart"
Famagusta Gazette (Cyprus)
"Ancient Egyptian pot burials were not just for the poor"
Science News (USA)
"Archaeologists reveal story of sea battle"
China.org (China)
"Archaeologists after new discoveries from Sassanid Empire at Gorgan Wall"
IRNA (Iran)
"Ancient 'Plain of Jars' Burial Site Recreated in Virtual Reality"
Live Science (USA)
"Sacred agora unearthed in Laodicea"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"'Sicilian Stonehenge' discovered by amateur archaeologists"
The Local (Italy)
"Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Reveals Odd Cure for Ingrown Eyelashes... "
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Cambodia Museum to Exhibit World’s First Zero Inscription"
Sputnik International (Russia)
"This month the National Museum of Cambodia is set to exhibit what experts believe is the world's oldest zero symbol.

The sign of zero wasn't just invented to represent vacancy: it is also an amazing tool for calculations that makes the current base-10 numeric system so efficient compared to, for instance, the old Roman letter-based system.

An important archeological discovery made in the end of the 19th century by French archaeologist Adhemard Leclere in Cambodia's Kratie province helped lift the veil on the symbol's origin.

The artefact was a 5-foot-by-3-foot stone slab that used to be part of an ancient temple and had an inscription carved in it in Pre-Angkorian Old Khmer language.

The importance of the discovery cannot be overstated, as it makes it highly unlikely that the zero as we know it originated in Europe or Arabia and then travelled east, and not vice versa"
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[Wow! If anyone can get to Cambodia to see this exhibition I'm sure it will be worth the effort. And it's well worth a visit to read the full story and see the images - Ed.]

"Research on dinosaur embryos reveals that eggs took 3 to 6 months to hatch"
Heritage Daily (UK)
"Mural found in north China ancient tomb"
ECNS (China)
"With tourists scarce, Egypt struggles to maintain heritage"
Gulf Times (Qatar)
"Archaeologists uncover more secrets from ancient palace and tomb"
Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)
"10 Strange, Unexpected, and Controversial Discoveries from 2016"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Archaeologist defies sceptics in pursuit of lost city of Trellech"
The Guardian (UK)
"Damaged by War, Syria’s Cultural Sites Rise Anew in France"
Kashmir Images (India)
"The first Polish archaeological research project in Burkina Faso"
PAP (Poland)
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[In October 1900, Captain Dimitrious Kondos was leading a team of sponge divers near the the island of Antikythera off the coast of Greece. They noticed a shipwreck about 180 feet below the surface and began to investigate. Amongst the artifacts that they brought up was a coral-encrusted piece of metal that later archaeologists found was some sort of gear wheel.

The rest of the artifacts, along with the shape of the boat, suggested a date around 2000 years ago, which made the find one of the most anomalous that had ever been recovered from the Greek seas. It became known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

In 2006 the journal "Nature" published a
letter, and another paper about the mechanism was published in 2008, detailing the findings of Prof. Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University. Using high-resolution X-ray tomography to study the fragments of the anomalous Antikythera Mechanism, they found that it was in fact a bronze mechanical analog computer that could be used to calculate the astronomical positions and various cycles of the Moon - as seen from the Earth: - Ed]


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