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  • Archaeologists Uncover Remnants of Ancient City of Tenea

    Archaeologists Uncover Remnants of Ancient City of Tenea

    via Sci News: Tenea was an ancient Greek (then Roman) city founded in the 12th or 13th century BC. It is believed that the first inhabitants were former Trojan prisoners to whom Agamemnon, King of nearby Mycenae, permitted to build their own town after the Trojan War. Hence the name Tenea resembles that of Tenedos, their home-town. “The fall of Troy, according to myth, led Aeneas to found the city of Rome. It also inspired Agamemnon […]

  • Ancient DNA confirms Native Americans’ deep roots in North and South America

    Ancient DNA confirms Native Americans’ deep roots in North and South America

    Via Science Mag : For decades, scientists could describe the peopling of the Americas only in broad strokes, leaving plenty of mysteries about when and how people spread across the continents. Now, state-of-the-art ancient DNA methods, applied to scores of new samples from around the Americas, are filling in the picture. Two independent studies, published in Cell and online in Science, find that ancient populations expanded rapidly across the Americas about 13,000 years ago. They also […]

  • Five Shipwrecks Found Near Greece’s Fourni Islands

    Five Shipwrecks Found Near Greece’s Fourni Islands

    via Archaeology: ATHENS, GREECE—The Greek Culture Ministry announced that five additional vessels have been discovered in the ship graveyard off the coast of the Fourni Islands, bringing the total number of ships found there to 58, according to an Associated Press report. The area in the Aegean Sea, at the junction of two main shipping routes, is known for its treacherous waters, and contains wrecks dating from the fourth century B.C. through the nineteenth century A.D. […]

  • Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at ancient sites

    Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at ancient sites

    via Verde News: CORNVILLE — The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has alerted U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement to vandalism of a ancient dwelling site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville. Another instance of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville. The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. VVAC Site Watch (www.vvarchcenter.org/sitewatch) is a […]

  • Archaeologists Identify Ancient North American Mounds Using New Image Analysis Technique

    Archaeologists Identify Ancient North American Mounds Using New Image Analysis Technique

    via EurekAlert: BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have used a new image-based analysis technique to identify once-hidden North American mounds, which could reveal valuable information about pre-contact Native Americans. “Across the East Coast of the United States, some of the most visible forms for pre-contact Native American material culture can be found in the form of large earthen and shell mounds,” said Binghamton University anthropologist Carl Lipo. “Mounds and […]

  • Archaeologists Find 14,400-year-old Pita in Jordan’s Black Desert

    Archaeologists Find 14,400-year-old Pita in Jordan’s Black Desert

    via HAARETZ: Archaeologists digging in the Black Desert of Jordan have found the oldest-known bread in the world. Created 14,400 years ago, the charred, unleavened cracker predates proper agriculture by thousands of years, an international team reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Discovering the delights of gluten may have spurred enterprising hunter-gatherers among the Natufians (prehistoric peoples in the Levant) to try to grow the ingredients; that may have helped drive […]

  • Bones Offer Insight to Neanderthal Hunting Practices

    Bones Offer Insight to Neanderthal Hunting Practices

    via ARCHAEOLOGY: MAINZ, GERMANY—According to an AFP report, analysis of 120,000-year-old deer bones suggests that Neanderthals used weapons and hunting strategies requiring careful planning, cooperation, and concealment. Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser of Johannes Gutenberg University and her colleagues used microscopic imaging and ballistics experiments to investigate the pronounced damage that had been inflicted on the bones. The tests indicate that at least one of the blows had been made with a wooden spear at low velocity—in other words, […]

  • Once Lost Archaeology Revealed By Satellite Images And Aerial Photography

    Once Lost Archaeology Revealed By Satellite Images And Aerial Photography

    via ScienceNordic: Using a high tech approach, archaeologists have turned back time and reconstructed a hidden urban landscape in Jerash, Jordan. How do you study ancient cities when they’re hidden from view, covered with hundreds or thousands of years of human development by the growth of towns and cities? For archaeologists like us, it’s a constant dilemma. Recently, we joined forces with archaeologists and geoscientists in Denmark and Germany to tackle this challenge. For the […]

  • High Definition Archaeology Reveals Secrets of the Earliest Cities

    High Definition Archaeology Reveals Secrets of the Earliest Cities

    via ScienceNordic: A new approach to urban archaeology casts fresh light on daily life in some of the world’s first cities. You may not have noticed, but a revolution is underway in archaeology. In the recent years, archaeologists have begun to integrate new methods from the natural sciences, helping us to date archaeological remains and revealing the source of these remains at a new level of detail. These new techniques provide archaeologists like myself with new […]

  • Well-Preserved Chariot Horse Found in Sudan

    Well-Preserved Chariot Horse Found in Sudan

    via Archaeology: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA—According to a report in Live Science, the 3,000-year-old grave of a Nubian chariot horse has been uncovered at the site of Tombos in what is now Sudan. The horse had been wrapped in a shroud and buried in a shaft under a tomb complex chapel, near four chambers containing high-status human burials. A carved scarab beetle and a piece of iron that may have been part of a bridle were also […]