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    2,400-Year-Old Horse and Chariot Pit Unearthed in China

    via Xinhuanet : ZHENGZHOU, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — Archaeologists in central China’s Henan Province have excavated a 2,400-year-old pit containing horses and chariots beside a tomb possibly belonging to a lord. The No. 3 Horse and Chariot Pit is one of a cluster of tombs belonging to noble families of the Zheng State, a vassal state during the Spring and Autumn (770-476 B.C) and Warring States periods (475-221 B.C), near the city of Xinzheng. Since February, […]

  • Archaeology Fossil Teeth Discovery in Germany Could Re-Write Human History

    Archaeology Fossil Teeth Discovery in Germany Could Re-Write Human History

    via DW : A 9.7-million-year-old discovery has left a team of German scientists scratching their heads. The teeth seem to belong to a species only known to have appeared in Africa several million years later. A team of German archaeologists discovered a puzzling set of teeth in the former riverbed of the Rhine, the Museum of Natural History in Mainz announced on Wednesday. The teeth don’t appear to belong to any species discovered in Europe or […]

  • Finland’s Wetlands Are An Internationally Significant Archaeological Repository

    Finland’s Wetlands Are An Internationally Significant Archaeological Repository

    via Heritagedaily : FINLAND IS AMONG THE MOST WETLAND-RICH COUNTRIES IN EUROPE. THE ECOLOGICAL AND GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COUNTRY, AS WELL AS ITS CLIMATE HISTORY, HAVE PROMOTED PALUDIFICATION AND THE FORMATION OF PEATLANDS AND ALLUVIAL STRATA. Nevertheless, little archaeological research has been conducted in Finland’s wetlands. Satu Koivisto’s doctoral dissertation Archaeology of Finnish wetlands: With special reference to studies of Stone Age stationary wooden fishing structures addresses this significant lack of information. The dissertation focuses […]

  • 3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    via HAARETZ : The discovery of masks and more cultic vessels has bolstered confidence that ritual activity was taking place 3,200 years ago at Libnah, a Canaanite city that would become Judahite in the biblical era. Previously the archaeologists had been uncertain as to whether they had found a cultic site featuring ritual feasting, or simply a house sporting cultic objets d’art. The excavators exploring Tel Burna are not saying they necessarily found a temple per […]

  • 46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in ‘Green Arabia’

    via LiveScience : Forty-six sites containing artifacts, mainly stone tools, have been discovered beside the remains of ancient lakes in the western Nefud desert in Saudi Arabia. Some of the tools, left by early humans, date to the Lower Paleolithic period, from 1.8 million to 250,000 years ago, the researchers said in a new study describing the findings. Animal fossils, including fossils from now-extinct forms of jaguar and elephant, were also discovered at some of the […]

  • British archaeology is in a fight for survival

    British archaeology is in a fight for survival

    via The Guardian : The first University Archaeology Day marks a point of crisis in British archaeology. As student applications fall, threatening university departments with cuts, commercial demand for archaeologists is soaring, leaving a looming skills shortage. On 22 June, the first ever University Archaeology Day will be hosted by University College London. The event aims to promote archaeology as a university subject and as a career to prospective students, bringing together archaeology departments from around […]

  • Archaeology excavation uncovers 14th century abbey precinct wall

    Archaeology excavation uncovers 14th century abbey precinct wall

    Via Heritage Daily : CANTERBURY ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRUST (CAT) HAS UNCOVERED THE FOOTINGS OF THE ST AUGUSTINE’S ABBEY PRECINCT WALL, DATING BACK TO THE 14TH CENTURY, ON CANTERBURY CHRIST CHURCH UNIVERSITY’S NORTH HOLMES CAMPUS. As part of the University’s Estate Master Plan, a £12 million state-of-the-art Arts Building is due to be built on the North Holmes campus to support the region’s creative art and digital industries. CAT excavated the site ahead of the University’s proposal to […]

  • Luxury bath house from Roman Chichester unearthed by archaeologists

    Luxury bath house from Roman Chichester unearthed by archaeologists

    Via The Guardian : ‘Almost unique’ remains of wealthy home from town’s Roman heyday found under public park in centre. The foundations of a luxurious private bath house once owned by some of the richest citizens of Roman Chichester have been found under a public park in the centre of the city. The outlines of three buildings in Priory Park were detected by ground-penetrating radar last year and confirmed by a small trial trench, but extensive […]

  • Archaeologists uncover Viking Army Camp

    Archaeologists uncover Viking Army Camp

    Via Heritage Daily : A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered by archaeologists. Established in Torksey, on the banks of the River Trent in Lincolnshire, the camp was used as the Vikings’ defensive and strategic position during the winter months. The research, conducted by archaeologists at the Universities of Sheffield and York, has revealed how the camp was used […]

  • Archaeology is far more than the study of the ‘dead’

    Archaeology is far more than the study of the ‘dead’

    Via The Pueblo Chieftain : “We Dig the Past”, Pueblo Archaeology & Historical Society’s (PAHS) unofficial motto, underscores the excitement members have in the various avenues addressed by this scientific discipline. Actually older than anthropology but long an adjunct to it, Herodotus (484-425 BCE) is credited with being the first scholar to systematically study “really” ancient cultures. In the first half of the 20th century, archaeology became recognized as a separate school of scientific discovery. Here […]