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September 2018 News Headlines

 

 

"Prehistoric children as young as eight worked as brickmakers and miners"
Nature (UK)

"Fossilised fat confirms this Ediacaran fossil is Earth's oldest known animal"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"400-year-old shipwreck ‘discovery of decade’ for Portugal"
Malay Mail (Malaysia)

"Archaeological team at Kom Ombo temple unearth Sphinx Statue"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Ancient herders enriched and restructured African grasslands"
Nature (UK)

"Grinding stone dating back 2,700 years found in eastern Turkey"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"International study suggests ancient globalization"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Remains of two more Neanderthals found in Kurdistan Region"
Kurdistan24 (Kurdistan)

"Dog discovers Bronze Age treasure in Kostelec"
Radio Praha (Czech Republic)


"Ice loss from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet during late Pleistocene interglacials"
Nature (UK)
"Understanding ice sheet behaviour in the geological past is essential for evaluating the role of the cryosphere in the climate system and for projecting rates and magnitudes of sea level rise in future warming scenarios.

Although both geological data5,6,7 and ice sheet models3,8 indicate that marine-based sectors of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet were unstable during Pliocene warm intervals, the ice sheet dynamics during late Pleistocene interglacial intervals are highly uncertain.

Here we provide evidence from marine sedimentological and geochemical records for ice margin retreat or thinning in the vicinity of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin of East Antarctica during warm late Pleistocene interglacial intervals.

The most extreme changes in sediment provenance, recording changes in the locus of glacial erosion, occurred during marine isotope stages 5, 9, and 11, when Antarctic air temperatures11 were at least two degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial temperatures for 2,500 years or more."

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[Another excellent story from Nature! The authors are correct of course. Until we understand the many rhythms of nature we will never see the fuller picture, so will never be able to realistically project those patterns onto the future.

That there have been much warmer periods in the past than it is at present is well-known to many scientists. Only open-minded and multidisciplinary research will show us that fuller picture. It really is well worth a visit to read the full paper but you'll have to pay for access beyond the Abstract - Ed.]


"Mushroom picker finds precious helmets from late Bronze Age"
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia)

"There’s gold in them thar hills – or at least on Hjarnø Island"
The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)

"Scotland’s largest haul of prehistoric pottery found"
The Scotsman (Scotland)

"Oldest-known hashtag made by Stone Age humans in Africa"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Scientists Discover Oldest Drawing"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Archaeologists Discover Sphinx From Ptolemaic Dynasty in Egypt"
News18 (India)

"Bones suggest humans were in Madagascar 6000 years earlier"
News.com (Australia)

"What Ötzi the Iceman’s Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practices"
The Smithsonian Magazine (USA)

"Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia’s first Viking city"
Science Nordic (Denmark)


"The earliest known drawing in history sends a message through 73,000 years"
Nature (UK)
"If a picture tells a thousand words, a cross-hatched design drawn on a fragment of rock some 73,000 years ago could speak volumes.

The problem will be understanding what it tells us.

The design, reported in Nature this week, occurs on a lentil-shaped rock flake, and was found in Blombos Cave, on the southern shore of South Africa, by archaeologist Christopher Henshilwood and his colleagues.

The flake bears an abstract design drawn, the authors say, using a crayon made of red ochre.

It is hard to claim that the design is beautiful, dazzling or engrossing.

But the artwork is destined to be priceless and famous, because it seems to be the earliest evidence for a drawing in the archaeological record, by some margin."

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[Excellent story again from Nature! It is likely that there are millions of similar artifacts either waiting to be found or else having been missed through lack of recognition over the past hundred+ years. It really is well worth a visit to read the full story and see the image of the find - Ed.]


"Nomads Set Up the World’s Oldest Brewery in Israel 13,000-years-ago"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Neolithic and Bronze Age finds at the Prasteio-Mesorotsos archaeological expedition in Cyprus"
Tornos News (Greece)

"An ancient thirst for beer may have inspired agriculture, Stanford archaeologists say"
Stanford News (USA)

"ASI stumbles upon medieval coin hoard at Khirki mosque"
The Times of India (India)

"Archaeologists voice alarm over Artemis Agrotera temple in Athens"
eKathimerini (Greece)

"Gobekli Tepe Archaeoastronomy and the Second Hill of Osiris"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"14,000-year-old bread found in Jordan"
Guinness World Records (UK)

"IMAGES: Pakistan’s Pre-Islamic historical sites"
Pakistan Today (Pakistan)

"Borneo cave reveals evidence of early human occupation"
ABC RN - The Science Show (Australia)


"Bronze age ‘beach kitchen’ is discovered on the Mizen"
The Southern Star (Ireland)
"A Bronze Age site, dating back at least 3,000 years, has been discovered at the Mizen's Ballyrisode beach.

An odd grouping of stones was observed at the popular swimming spot by Robert Harris and Finola Finlay.

Finola, who has a masters degree in archaeology from UCC, was struck by the rectangular stone-lined pit and felt pretty sure it wasn't just a natural phenomenon.

She used social media to put out feelers and almost immediately confirmed it was a fulacht fia, or open-air kitchen."

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[A good discovery in Ireland. It's likely Bronze Age peoples ate al fresco whenever weather permitted, and what a lovely view they had on Ireland's west coast while enjoying their food. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Discovering the ancient origin of cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disease in Caucasians"
Medical Press (USA)

"Remove encroachments from archaeological sites within 3 months: Uttarakhand HC"
The Times of India (India)

"A huge water-powered factory helped make food for Roman sailors"
New Scientist (UK)

"Before Judaism: The 8,000-year-old History of Pomegranate Reverence"
Ha'aretz (Israel)

"Grisly ancient Stone Age woolly mammoth ‘kill site’ discovered"
Metro (UK)

"Pharaonic cemetery found near Senusert I pyramid"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Evidence of 7,200-year-old cheese making found on the Dalmatian Coast"
EurekAlert (USA)

"How did Jerusalem look 2,000 years ago?"
The Hindu (India)

"Under the sea: antiquities make way for Israel's Leviathan pipeline"
Reuters (UK)

"Sixty-six newly spotted Irish monuments reported during summer drought"
The Irish Times (Ireland)


"Did the people buried at Stonehenge come from Wales?"
Current Archaeology (UK)
"Recent analysis of cremated human remains excavated from Stonehenge has shown that some of the individuals buried at the Neolithic monument may have spent some of their lives in western Britain, or even west Wales - the same region where the Stonehenge bluestones are believed to have come from.

During William Hawley's excavations of the famous monument between 1919 and 1926, up to 58 individual cremations were unearthed.

These were subsequently reinterred in a single pit, which was re-excavated in 2008.

At least 25 individuals were identified from the recovered remains - a task made difficult as they had been co-mingled during their re-interment - and all were radiocarbon dated to between 3180-2965 and 2565-2380 BC.

This places the burials in the earlier stages of the monument's construction - a period when cremation was a common funerary practice in Britain."

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[This is a very interesting story. But the author, as well as those doing the survey, don't seem to appreciaite that in those far-off times the people who now inhabit a country called Wales were spread all over these islands, and controlled the natural resources. For them it was nothing to travel 200/300 miles and further on a regular basis.

They were pushed into the western and northern extremities of these islands by successive invasions of other peoples from the continent, and later the islands were split into Wales, Scotland, Ireland (currently divided) and England.

People who drive motorised vehicles seem to find it difficult to comprehend the distances ancient peoples would travel on foot as they rarely walk far themselves.

It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Greece’s New Archaeological Discovery: The Ancient City of Kythnos"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Greek Farmer Stumbles Onto 3,400-Year-Old Tomb Hidden Below His Olive Grove"
The Smithsonian Magazine (USA)

"Romanians Unearth New Relics Near Old Dacian Capital"
Balkan Insight (Romania)

"Two rich burials discovered in excavations at Petras cemetery on Greek island of Crete"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Egypt says village found in Nile Delta predated pharaohs"
Miami Herald (USA)

"700-piece Egyptian collection at Brazil's National Museum destroyed: Initial report"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"10,000 year-old spear found on historic Co Down hillside"
Belfast Live (North of Ireland)

"8,000 year-old razor, spun wool found in ancient mound in Turkey's Kahramanmaras"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Banbury Roman villa find grabs attention around the world"
Banbury Guardian (England)

"500-year-old Sultanate period mosque found in Chandpur jungle"
Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh)

"Fossil record points to 'major transformation' of Australian ecosystems in next 100 years"
ABC Science News (Australia)

 

 

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August 2018 News Headlines

 

 

"Incredible Online Archive Lets You Download Hundreds of Ancient Maps for Free"
My Modern Met (USA)

"Half of Viking city of Sigtuna were immigrants: study"
The Local (Sweden)

"New Iron Age sites discovered on the Wolds"
Pocklington Post (England)


"Ancient DNA analysis shows the surprising role of cheese in human evolution"
Business Standard (India)
"A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world's oldest example of solid cheese.

Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official.

The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins.

This 3,200-year-old find is exciting because it shows that the Ancient Egyptian's shared our love of cheese - to the extent it was given as a funerary offering.

But not only that, it also fits into archaeology's growing understanding of the importance of dairy to the development of the human diet in Europe."

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[Amazing story! Not just about how ancient peoples also enjoyed cheese, but also how it may have altered our digestive processes. It's really worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"1,500-Year-Old Ritual Mask of Longest Reigning Ancient Mayan King Discovered in Mexico"
Newsweek (USA)

"‘Pyramid of eyes’ discovered at heart of 4300-year-old city in northern China"
News.com (Australia)

"Turkish archeologists unearth 3,000-year tomb"
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)

"Cold, dry climate shifts linked to Neanderthal disappearance"
AP News (USA)

"Salt of the Alps: Ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets"
Borneo Bulletin (Borneo)

"5,500-year-old tomb the ‘find of a lifetime’"
Irish Examiner (Ireland)

"Never-Before-Seen Megalithic Mass Grave From 5,000 Years Ago Discovered in Kenya"
Science Alert (USA)


"Archaeological inspection unearths a partial Ptolemaic necropolis in Alexandria"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"An Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a Ptolemaic necropolis in Alexandria’s western cemetery while carrying out a preliminary archaeological inspection before erecting an iron gate around a workshop at the Gabal Al-Zaytoun railway station in Alexandria.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that the ministry has allocated money for an excavation and to uncover the remaining part of the cemetery.

He added that the mission found a collection of rock-hewn tombs with stairs leading to a small hall that may had been used as a resting area for visitors, as well as another open court surrounded by burial recesses."

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[A great story from Ahram Online with some really good photos of the many finds. Well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"The curious case of the buried whetstones"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Vestige of Cham towers unveiled in Da Nang"
Viet Nam Net (Viet Nam)

"Massive Pyramid, Lost City and Ancient Human Sacrifices Unearthed in China"
Live Science (USA)

"Intact tomb of Bronze Age Minoan man discovered in Ierapetra, Crete"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Stone Age treasures unearthed in Sussex offer extraordinary insight into evolution of human intelligence"
The Independent (UK)

"Robots Reveal Possible 3,000-Year-Old Human Sacrifices in Peru"
Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

"Iznik's submerged basilica to be underwater archaeological museum"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Archaeologists unearth 3,800-year-old wall relief in Peru"
Deutsche Welle (Germany)


"Were there two routes into North America? Genetics meets archaeology"
Genetic Literacy Project (USA)
"Popular accounts of the peopling of North America paint a picture of a lone long-ago trek across the Bering Land Bridge and then south along the Pacific coast, a view based largely on DNA evidence.

But other clues point to people also traversing 'ice-free corridors' that emerged from melting glaciers like terrestrial tentacles.

A new paper in Science Advances reviews the evidence for more than one way into North America.

It concludes that people followed at least two routes, coastal and interior, and that the view over the land bridge 'commonly disseminated in the popular press is a prematurely narrow interpretation of current evidence'.

The journal held a news conference with three of the investigators.

'We've seen conflicting narratives about the timing and the nature of the peopling of the Americas. We wanted to evaluate this claim and provide a framework to discuss the process - not based on speculation but on a critical review of current evidence'.

'Rather than confusion, there is growing congruence of the archeological, paleoecological, and genetic records', said co-author and archaeologist Ben Potter, professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks."

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[This is one of the best stories we've encountered so far this year on the confusion surrounding the peopling of the Americas. The explanation of the various routes taken, with diagrams to illustrate the points made, is superb and enlightening. We highly recommend a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Initial analysis shows skeletons from huge Egyptian sarcophagus are two men, one woman"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"Remnants of ancient fortress found underwater off Bulgaria’s St Thomas Island"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"Longevity examined: an ancient Greek’s very modern views on ageing"
Nature (UK)

"Archeologists find treasure in aftermath of giant forest fire"
CBC News (Canada)

"Ancient Octagon-Shaped Tomb Reveals Morbid Tales from Mongol-Ruled China"
Live Science (USA)

"New Ancient Egyptian Sphinx Discovered in Luxor"
Egyptian Streets (Egypt)

"New Finds Reveal More of Greek Goddess’ Sanctuary"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Mum’s a Neanderthal, Dad’s a Denisovan: First discovery of an ancient-human hybrid"
Nature (UK)


"Archaeology from Afar in Uzbekistan"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)
"The Surkhandarya province in southern Uzbekistan was once the heart of Bactria, a prosperous kingdom that flourished along the Amu River between 600 B.C.E. and 600 C.E.

Teams of archaeologists from the Soviet Union began visiting the province in the 1950s to catalogue its archaeological riches—remnants of towns, irrigation networks, burial mounds, pottery, weapons, and many other items.

In the past decade, satellites have made a contribution from above as well.

Since 2008, Ladislav Stanco of Charles University has led a team that used satellite imagery to systematically survey the area for archaeological sites."

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[Great story from NASA! The assistance that satellite imagery can offer to archaeology shouldn't be underestimated. It is becoming an invaluable tool to locate ancient remains that aren't at all visible from the ground. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Early Egyptian Embalming Recipe Analyzed"
BBC News (UK)

"Archaeologists found traces of the cradle of the Slavs in Belarusian Polesie"
PAP (Poland)

"Archaic building found at Despotiko island's Apollo sanctuary in Greece"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Animal fat on ancient pottery reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistory"
Science Magazine (USA)

"Unpublished Egyptian texts reveal new insights into ancient medicine"
Science Nordic (Denmark)

"Ancient Egypt: A Tale of Human Sacrifice?"
ASOR (USA)

"Archaeologists Discover Ancient Greek Ship in Black Sea"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Great archeological discovery: 3400-year-old citadel unearthed in Romania"
Romania Insider (Romania)

"Ice Age Necropolis"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Pre-Incan archaeological remains found in Huancayo"
Peru Reports (Peru)


"The debate over people’s pathway into the Americas heats up"
Science News (USA)
"Despite recently getting a cold shoulder from some researchers, a long-standing idea that North America's first settlers entered the continent via an ice-free inland corridor boasts more scientific support than any other proposal, an international team says.

New World colonizers from Asia may also have travelled by canoe down the Northwest Pacific Coast and perhaps much farther, as critics of the ice-free corridor hypothesis have argued.

But less evidence supports that possibility, archaeologist Ben Potter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and colleagues argue in a research review published online August 8 in Science Advances.

Whatever route they took, people didn't reach North America until after 16,000 years ago as temperatures rose near the end of the Ice Age and shoreline food sources expanded, the interdisciplinary group concludes.

Widespread human occupations appeared in the Americas by about 13,500 years ago. Sites from this time were inhabited by the Clovis people, best known for long, triangular spearpoints used in hunting big game."

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[Another interesting story from Science News! The battle between those who believe in the 'ice-free corridor' and those who believe in 'coastal seafarers' migrations has been raging for many years, but a combination of the two is just as likely. This study shows the merits of both methods as well as the combination of both. However it concludes that the 'ice-free corridor' is the most likely. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Pygmy people in Indonesia not related to 'hobbit' but evolved short stature independently"
ABC News (Australia)

"Tiny Humans Evolved Twice on Flores: Today’s Pygmies Unrelated to Extinct ‘Hobbit’ "
Ha'aretz (Israel)

"Stonehenge, England's pride, may actually be Welsh"
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

"We Are All Harappans"
Outlook (India)

"Tibet's largest joint archaeological excavation to explore region's ancient civilizations"
ECNS (China)

"The discovery and denial of sex in plants"
ABC Radio National - The Science Show (Australia)

"Welshmen helped build Stonehenge, study finds"
Cambrian News (Cymru)


"Turkey's Göbekli Tepe: is this the world’s first architecture?"
The Art Newspaper (USA)
"At around 12,000 years old, Göbekli Tepe in south-east Turkey has been billed as the world's oldest temple.

It is many millennia older than Stonehenge or Egypt's great pyramids, built in the pre-pottery Neolithic period before writing or the wheel.

But should Göbekli Tepe, which became a Unesco World Heritage Site in July, also be regarded as the world's oldest piece of architecture?

Archaeologists are fascinated by Göbekli Tepe, an artificial mound spread across eight hectares at the top end of the Fertile Crescent near the present-day city of Sanliurfa.

It features a series of circular sunken structures that had been occupied for a thousand years before they were back-filled and abandoned."

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[This is an important question asked by The Art Newspaper. The enigma that is the Göbekli Tepe complex is surely a fine example of the artistic style of the times (12,000 years+ ago), and by the little we have seen of it so far it certainly does qualify for the title of "world's oldest piece of architecture?". It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"7 tombs of Hellenistic, Roman-period unearthed"
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)

"Private American Collector Returns 12 Ancient Artifacts to Thailand"
Chiang Rai Times (Thailand)

"Experts ask if there was a tsunami in ancient Orkney"
BBC News (UK)

"Archaeologists find Saka burial mound, later graves near Astana"
The Astana Times (Kazakhstan)

"Tibet relics suggest plateau Silk Road"
Global Times (China)

"Ancient human teeth suggest new links between prehistoric African populations"
Natural History Museum (UK)

"Two Ancient Egyptian tombs uncovered in Minya"
Egypt Independent (Egypt)

"Prehistoric Mass Graves May Be Linked to Tsunamis"
R&D Magazine (USA)

 

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July 2018 News Headlines

 

 

"Treasure of Mayan Cave Paintings Discovered in Southeast Mexico"
Latin American Herald Tribune (Venezuela)

"Ancient Arctic people may have known how to spin yarn long before Vikings arrived"
CBC News (Canada)

"Rich Chalcolithic and Bronze Age finds at Cyprus Makounta Voules excavations"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots"
Nature (UK)

"'Astonishing' find of 2,000-year-old hair on Orkney"
The Scotsman (Scotland)

"Japan’s love affair with fish began very early"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Ancient farmers transformed Amazon and left an enduring legacy on the rainforest"
Popular Archaeology (USA)


"New temples, stones found in Turkey's Gobeklitepe site"
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)
"Archeologists have discovered new temples and standing stones in Gobeklitepe, an archeological site located in Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa province.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Mehmet Onal, the head of the Archeology Department at Harran University in Sanliurfa, said at least 15 more mega monumental temples and more than 200 standing stones were discovered as part of geophysical surveys in the region.

'As archaeological excavations continue in the coming years, we will come across new constructions', said Onal.

He noted that the excavations in Gobeklitepe are estimated to continue for at least 150 years."

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[An excellent story from Anadolu Agency! There is so much more yet to be discovered at the Gobeklitepe megalithic complex that is still buried and which informs us about the real start of civilisation. And much, much more to be discovered once competant astroarchaeologists begin analysing the complex in full. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]


"Archaeologists Say Humans May Have Come To Texas Earlier Than Previously Thought"
Texas Standard (USA)

"A treasure of silver and bronze coins discovered in Georgia"
PAP (Poland)

"Mexico's earthquake uncovered an ancient temple inside Teopanzolco"
Al Dìa (Mexico)

"The site of the earliest known temple on earth continues to keep its secrets"
Apollo Magazine (UK)

"Traces of war found in ancient Lydian city Sardis"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"Oldest Homer’s Odyssey inscriptions discovered on Roman era slabs at Ancient Olympia site"
Tornos News (Greece)

"The best radiocarbon-dated site in recent Iberian prehistory"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Mummies, embalming equipment discovered south of Pyramid of Unas in Egypt's Saqqara"
Ahram Online (Egypt)


"New archeological research forces historians to reconsider the story of Iceland's settlement"
Iceland Magazine (Iceland)
"Archeological excavation in East Iceland and C-14 dating of barley found in Viking Age ruins in Reykjavík threaten to topple the accepted account of Iceland's settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries by Norse Vikings.

Written sources suggest the first settler to arrive in Iceland was Ingólfur Arnarson who settled in Reykjavík in the year 874.

New research suggests the first people arrived as much as 100 years earlier."

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


"Where Our Human Ancestors Made an Impression"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)

"Archaeologists have found bread baked 14 thousand years ago"
The Siva Telegram (USA)

"Mostafa Waziri: Sarcophagus uncovered in Alexandria belongs to priest not king"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Ancient ice sheet had a growth spurt"
Nature (UK)

"The rise and fall of the dinosaurs"
ABC Radio National (Australia)

"The 4,000-year-old ancient monument in Wales that archaeologists have just discovered"
Wales Online (Cymru)

"Oops! Federal officials divulge secret info about Native American artifacts"
Reveal News (USA)

"Archaeological chambers uncovered in Alexandria"
Ahram Online (Egypt)


"Iceman's stomach contents give a glimpse of what people ate in Copper Age"
ABC News (Australia)
"Researchers have discovered what constituted a meal in the Copper Age by examining the stomach contents of the Iceman mummy.

The Iceman, known as Ötzi, was found on September 19, 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps, on the border between Austria and Italy.

He lived roughly 5,300 years ago and died on a frozen glacier.

Scientists at the Eurac Research centre in Bozen-Bolzano in Italy were able to determine the exact composition of his diet, when a radiological examination identified Otzi's completely filled stomach.

This is the first time scientists have been able to fully reconstruct a Copper Age meal."

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[Yet another good story from ABC News, Australia! Over the years there had been alot of speculation that Ötzi was vegetarian, but 'new' research has shown he was eating a typical hunter-gatherer's diet - lots of meat and high in animal fat, as were they all in those far-off days.

Another presumption bites the dust. It's well worth reading the full story - Ed.]


"Two 4,500-Year-Old Homes Found Near Giza Pyramids"
Live Science (USA)

"Archaeological site uncovered in Mit Abul Kom"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Polish archaeologist discovers hundreds of rock paintings in Tanzania"
PAP (Poland)

"Two centuries since discovery of dawn-of-life molecule"
Nature (UK)

"New dinosaur fossil pushes evolution of gigantism in sauropods back 30 million years"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Treasure of coins found at Vulci archaeological site"
ANSA (Italy)


"The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa"
The Atlantic (USA)
"There is a decades-old origin story for our species, in which we descended from a group of hominids who lived somewhere in Africa around 200,000 years ago.

Some scientists have placed that origin in East Africa; others championed a southern birthplace.

In either case, the narrative always begins in one spot.

Those ancestral hominids, probably Homo heidelbergensis, slowly accumulated the characteristic features of our species-the rounded skull, small face, prominent chin, advanced tools, and sophisticated culture.

From that early cradle, we then spread throughout Africa, and eventually the world.

But some scientists are now arguing that this textbook narrative is wrong in its simplicity, linearity, and geography.

Yes, we evolved from ancestral hominids in Africa, but we did it in a complicated fashion-one that involves the entire continent."

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[A great story from The Atlantic! That Homo sapiens are now thought to have developed in several areas of Africa, and at different times, opens a new window on the bigger picture, and this article goes a long way to introducing this frame of thought to a wider public.

It's really well worth reading the full story. I enjoyed it - Ed.]


"Lejja: Enugu’s ancient iron smelting community"
Daily Trust (Nigeria)

"A fresh take on ancient climate change in the North Pacific"
Nature (UK)

"Ancient Thracian settlement found on Bulgaria’s St Thomas Island"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)

"The City at the Beginning of the World"
Archaeology Magazine (USA)

"Archaeologists have found an ancient Egyptian mummy with two heads"
The Koz Telegram (Canada)

"A two-million-year-long hydroclimatic context for hominin evolution in southeastern Africa"
Nature (UK)

"Medieval games board found in search for Pictish monastery"
The Scotsman (Scotland)


"First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas.

The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.

This is the first comprehensive genomic study of ancient dogs in the Americas to analyze nuclear DNA, which is inherited from both parents, along with mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down only from mothers to their offspring.

By comparing genomic signatures from 71 mitochondrial and seven nuclear genomes of ancient North American and Siberian dogs spanning a period of 9,000 years, the research team was able to gain a clearer picture of the history of the first canine inhabitants of the Americas."

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[A really interesting story! Whatever happened to ALL the dogs after Europeans arrived? Did they eat them? You can access the original Press Release HERE

Well worth reading the full story and seeing the images and diagram - Ed.]


"A two-million-year-long hydroclimatic context for hominin evolution in southeastern Africa"
Nature (UK)

"German ‘Stonehenge’ reveals gruesome secret"
News.com (Australia)

"Tomb complex reveals ancient relics in Henan province"
China.org (China)

"Synchronous tropical and polar temperature evolution in the Eocene"
Nature (UK)

"UNESCO adds 8 pre-Islamic Iranian sites to heritage list
The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)

"Mycenaean vessels among exciting finds by excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke in Cyprus island
Tornos News (Greece)

"2,000 years ago in Denmark, a fierce battle left dozens dead"
Carthage Standard (USA)


"The tale of the magnificent Pharaonic mastaba of Hesy-Ra"
Egypt Today (Egypt)
"The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is currently displaying a panel from the Mastaba of Hesy-Ra at Saqqara. Hesy-Ra was a high official holding many titles in the era of King Djoser, including chief of dentists and physicians.

The panel is made of wood with height 115 cms and dates back to the Old Kingdom's Third Dynasty, ca. 2686-2613 BC.

Archaeologists still don't know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world.

The panel is one of six panels from the Mastaba of Hesy-Ra at Saqqara.

Hesy-Ra mastaba depicts magnificent wall paintings and marvellous Old Kingdom wood carvings; such as its outstanding relief panels made from imported Lebanese cedar.

The mastaba is the only known example of a painted tomb from the Third Dynasty.

The mastaba was discovered by Egyptologists Auguste Mariette and James Edward Quibell in 1861; then its wooden panels and valuable artifacts were brought to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo."

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[Another realy great story from Egypt Today! Little is really known about this period, and this is a welcome addition to what we are discovering about Imhotep and Pharaoh Djoser himself.

It's well worth taking the time to read the full story, and access the amazing images of the carved wooded panels - Ed.]


"Madinat al-Zahra: the past made future"
Turkey Telegraph (Turkey)

"Sunken Chinese treasure lands on museum shelves in Beijing"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Statuette of Osiris uncovered at King Djoser Step Pyramid in Saqqara"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Synchronous tropical and polar temperature evolution in the Eocene"
Nature (UK)

"Qalhat city added to World Heritage Site list"
Muscat Daily (Oman)

"5,000-year-old tomb in southeast Turkey gives earliest evidence of child sacrifice"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Pompeii man not decapitated by flying stone, archaeologists find"
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)


"The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project"
Cardiff/Athens Universites (Cymru/Greece)
[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]


Part of the Antikythera Mechanism
an image of Part of the Antikythera Mechanism, which is also a clickable link directly to the Lichfield Blog story
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Antikythera Mechanism Research Project



2000-year-old analog computer recreated



More Antikythera Mechanism Information & Commentary:

"Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck"
Scientific American (USA)

"Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks"
CBC News (Canada)

"Beyond the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature Blogs (UK)

"Archimedes’ legendary sphere brought to life"
Nature News (UK)

"Discovery about the Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early Greek science"
University of Puget Sound (USA)

"World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought... "
The Daily Mail Online (UK)

"New international mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck"
eKathimerini (Greece)

"Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"World’s First Computer Displayed Olympic Calendar"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera Mechanism - World's earliest existing analogue computer"
HotnHit News (India)

"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)

"Imaging the Antikythera Computer"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens"
Scientific American (USA)

"2,000 Year Old Computer Yields Her Secrets"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Watch a video explaining the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature (UK)

"Antikythera mechanism"
Wikipedia (USA)

"World's First Computer Rebuilt, Rebooted After 2,000 Years"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)

"Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)

Google image search results for The Antikythera mechanism
Google (USA)


 


"Atlantis Pyramids Floods"

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"Researchers have many questions regarding both the Great Flood and Atlantis: Which areas were flooded? Where did the flood waters come from? What caused the flooding? How was Atlantis destroyed? Where was Atlantis located?

The short answers: Noah's Flood was caused by tsunami waves that covered all the costal areas around the Atlantic Ocean.

They also flooded the Mediterranean Basin temporarily raising sea level above 600 feet.

The tsunamis were created by comet fragments that landed in the ocean and within the Americas.

Some estimations claim that over 500,000 comet fragments hit the Americas. The craters are called Carolina Bays.

These craters are concentrated along the Atlantic seaboard within the coastal states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and as far away as Nebraska.

Atlantis was part of Plato's boundless continent, North America. Plato: '. . .and the surrounding land may be most truly called a boundless continent."

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"Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of
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Dr Robert M. Schoch
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"In this provocative collaboration from two Egyptology outsiders, Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., and Robert Bauval combine their decades of research to show how the Sphinx is thousands of years older than the conventional Egyptological timeline and was built by a long forgotten pre-Pharaonic civilization.

They examine the known history of the Sphinx, contrasting what Egyptologists claim with prominent historical accounts and new research, including updates to Schoch’s geological water weathering research and reanalysis of seismic studies.

Building on Bauval’s Orion Correlation Theory, they investigate the archaeoastronomical alignments of the monuments of the Giza Plateau and reveal how the pyramids and Sphinx were built to align with the constellations of Orion and Leo.

Analyzing the evidence for a significantly older construction phase at Giza and the restoration and recarving of the Sphinx during the Old Kingdom era, they assert that the Sphinx was first built by an advanced pre-Pharaonic civilization that existed circa 12,000 years ago on the Giza Plateau, contemporaneous with the sophisticated Göbekli Tepe complex."

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"The 2300 BC Event - Vol. 1: Archaeology and Geophysics
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"The 2300 BC Event takes a new look at an old puzzle: what happened
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Civilizations in Anatolia and Greece, through Egypt and the Middle East, and eastward to India and Central Asia were at their height. The collapse of these civilizations due to earthquakes and climatic changes has been mirrored by similar interruptions on all continents, in the Arctic, and extending to the Pacific.

The discontinuities have long puzzled archaeologists and historians. New religions and accompanying mythologies appeared at this time in all cultural regions describing bombardment and flooding from the skies.

Strangely, the dominant aspect of the mythologies, however, is the observation and worship of a ring appearing to surround the Earth, oriented to the two Ursa (Bear) constellations."

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M. M. Mandelkehr

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Simultaneous with the meteoroid fall was a huge downpouring of water which caused flash flooding. Extensive destruction and loss of life resulted. An astonishing aspect of the event was the formation of a ring surrounding the Earth, reflecting sunlight during the day, hiding some stars at night, and moving around the sky through a 24-hour period.

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"The Maya Forest Garden:
Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands"


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Anabel Ford
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"Imhotep The African:
Architect of the Cosmos"


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Robert Bauval
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Thomas Brophy

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"Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore: Rethinking the
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"The Newgrange Sirius Mystery"

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"A Little History of
Astro-Archaeology:
Stages in the Transformation
of a Heresy"


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John Michell

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"Avebury Cosmos:
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Nicholas R. Mann

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"The ancient Britons were inspired by a profound knowledge of the heavens when they erected the monumental stones of Avebury.

Mann throws light on the motive behind the creation of its awe-inspiring mounds and megaliths by demonstrating that they were aligned to the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars.

This book will help visitors and readers to see Avebury in a wholly new light - the light of the heavenly bodies that guided its Neolithic builders."

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"Avebury:
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Maria Wheatley

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"Living the Sky:
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Ray A. Williamson

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"Stonehenge:
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John David North

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"Ancient Skies and Astronomy Now"

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"Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim Astronomer's Perspective on Religion and Science"

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Imad-Ad-Dean Ahmad

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"Astronomy & Measurement in Megalithic Architecture"

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Peter Harris
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"Alexander Thom:
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Stone Age Code"


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M. M. Mandelkehr

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"The 2300 BC Event Vol. 2: Mythology The Eyewitness Accounts"

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M. M. Mandelkehr

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"Some time around 2300 BC the Earth encountered a dense clustering of space debris, the early Southern & Northern Taurid meteoroid stream. The result was an intense fall of meteoroids, some of them sufficiently large to cause surface destruction.

Simultaneous with the meteoroid fall was a huge downpouring of water which caused flash flooding. Extensive destruction and loss of life resulted. An astonishing aspect of the event was the formation of a ring surrounding the Earth, reflecting sunlight during the day, hiding some stars at night, and moving around the sky through a 24-hour period.

Following the 'main event', there were crustal movements which shifted the location of water sources, and caused earthquakes which destroyed settlements. Abrupt severe climate changes occurred."

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