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Ancient golden treasure found at foot of Temple Mount
In summer excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar made a stunning discovery: Two bundles of treasure containing 36 gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a 10-cm gold medallion with a menorah (Temple candelabrum), shofar (ram's horn) and Torah scroll etched into it. Mazar estimates the items were abandoned in the context of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 CE. (2013-09-09)

Atlanta's Fernbank Museum tracks infamous conquistador through Southeast
Atlanta's Fernbank Museum of Natural History has discovered evidence of Hernando de Soto's 1540 journey through the Southeast. No evidence of De Soto's path from Tallahassee to North Carolina has been found until now, and few sites have been located anywhere. Fernbank archaeologist Dennis Blanton has amassed an impressive collection of objects revealing a probable stop in today's Telfair County, Ga. He'll present his findings at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference on Nov. 5 in Mobile. (2009-11-05)

Manchester University helps with pharaoh DNA analysis
Preliminary results from DNA tests carried out on a mummy believed to be Queen Hatshepsut is expected to support the claim by Egyptian authorities that the remains are indeed those of Egypt's most powerful female ruler. (2007-07-15)

Archaeologist and leading cave painting expert explores the origin of human creativity and belief
The magnificent prehistoric art discovered in caves throughout France and Spain raises many questions about early human culture. In (2009-01-12)

World's oldest ritual discovered
A new archaeological find in Botswana by an archaeologist from the University from Oslo shows that our ancestors in Africa engaged in ritual practice 70,000 years ago -- 30,000 years earlier than the oldest finds in Europe. This sensational discovery strengthens Africa's position as the cradle of modern man. (2006-11-30)

Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago
Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico -- some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. (2016-11-21)

Discovery of a 2,700-year-old portico in Greece
A 2,700-year-old portico was discovered this summer on the site of the ancient city of Argilos in northern Greece, following an archaeological excavation led by Jacques Perreault, Professor at the University of Montreal's Centre of Classical Studies and Zisis Bonias, an archaeologist with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. (2013-10-09)

'Modern' Behavior Began 40,000 Years Ago In Africa, Evidence Suggests
Excavations from the Enkapune Ya Muto rock shelter in the central Rift Valley of Kenya offer the best evidence yet that modern human behavior originated in Africa more than 40,000 years ago, and also suggest that by that time our earlier selves sealed social alliances and prevailed over others by giving token gifts, says an archaeologist at the University of Illinois. (1998-07-06)

Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A review, led by scholars at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, highlights the role that cutting-edge scientific methods can play in broadening the discussions about megafaunal extinction and enabling insights into ecosystems and species-specific responses to climate change and human activities. (2019-10-02)

Researchers target sea level rise to save years of archaeological evidence
Prehistoric shell mounds found on some of Florida's most pristine beaches are at risk of washing away as the sea level rises, wiping away thousands of years of archaeological evidence. (2014-01-16)

Food may have been scarce in Chaco Canyon
Chaco Canyon, a site that was once central to the lives of precolonial peoples called Anasazi, may not have been able to produce enough food to sustain its estimated population numbers. (2019-07-10)

Why was a teenager with bone cancer buried on Witch Hill in Panama?
Likely the first bone tumor from an ancient skeleton in Central America is reported by Smithsonian archaeologists and colleagues. The starburst-shaped tumor is in the upper right arm of the skeleton of an adolescent buried in about 1300 AD in a trash heap at a site in western Panama called Cerro Brujo or Witch Hill. The reason for what appears to be a ritual burial in this abandoned pre-Colombian settlement is unknown. (2017-06-01)

Old Irish 'clachan' found in South Australia
The oldest known Australian example of a communal type of Irish settlement has been 'unearthed' in a dusty paddock in rural South Australia. An extensive geophysical study of the Baker's Flat Irish settlement site near Kapunda has found the first -- and possibly largest -- clachan in Australia, says Flinders archaeologist Susan Arthure. (2020-02-16)

Kennewick Man Remains To Be Transferred To Burke Museum Noon Thursday
The 9,300-year-old skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man will be transferred to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 29, from Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. A van will deliver a sealed container with the remains, which are the center of a lawsuit, at about noon. (1998-10-27)

Research team recreates ancient underwater concrete technology
A University of Colorado at Boulder professor and his colleagues have taken a page from the writings of an ancient Roman architect and built an underwater concrete pier in the manner of those set in the Mediterranean Sea 2,000 years ago. (2005-04-06)

Traces of crawling in Italian cave give clues to ancient humans' social behavior
Evidence of crawling in an Italian cave system sheds new light on how late Stone Age humans behaved as a group, especially when exploring new grounds, says a study published today in eLife. (2019-05-14)

Vanishing ice puts reindeer herders at risk
Mongolia's Tsaatan reindeer herders depend on munkh mus, or eternal ice, for their livelihoods. Now, soaring global temperatures may threaten that existence. (2019-11-20)

Excavations in Jaffa confirm presence of Egyptian settlement on the ancient city site
The Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology division of the Faculty of Protestant Theology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of California in Los Angeles this year again conducted excavations on the ancient hill of Jaffa in Israel. The recent excavations have not only shed new light on the destruction of elements of the fortification, but also unearthed evidence pointing towards the presence of an Egyptian population on the site. (2012-09-10)

Classics doctoral student finds bones proving Homer was right about sacrifices
Ancient animal bones stored in the basement of a Greek archaeological museum for the past 50 years have resolved a longstanding archaeological controversy and given historical credence to details in Homer's (2001-01-19)

UT historian explores role of small villages in ancient Near East
A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, archaeologist who excavates ancient villages in the Near East has received a grant to reshape the modern understanding of the region's political, economic and social structure by studying its smallest rural settlements. (2011-02-07)

Study: Inhabitants of early settlement were desperate to find metals
A new study provides evidence that the last inhabitants of Christopher Columbus' first settlement desperately tried to extract silver from lead ore, originally brought from Spain for other uses, just before abandoning the failed mining operation in 1498. It is the first known European extraction of silver in the New World. (2007-02-23)

New excavation delves into mysteries of Old Vero Man site
A unique partnership between a private university -- Mercyhurst -- and a citizens group in Vero Beach, Fla. -- OVIASC -- has paved the way for the excavation of one of the most important Ice Age sites in North America. (2014-02-26)

New neural network differentiates Middle and Late Stone Age toolkits
The change from Middle Stone Age (MSA) to Later Stone Age (LSA) marks a major cultural change amongst our hunter-gatherer ancestors, but distinguishing between these two industrial complexes is not straightforward. New research published by a team from the University of Liverpool and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History this week demonstrates how machine learning can provide a valuable tool for archaeologists, and can identify what differentiates the MSA and LSA. (2020-08-26)

Native American city on the Mississippi was America's first 'melting pot'
New evidence establishes for the first time that Cahokia, a sprawling, pre-Columbian city situated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, hosted a sizable population of immigrants. (2014-03-03)

29,000 years of Aboriginal history
The known timeline of the Aboriginal occupation of South Australia's Riverland region has been vastly extended by new research led by Flinders University in collaboration with the River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (RMMAC). Radiocarbon dating of shell middens - remnants of meals eaten long ago - capture a record of Aboriginal occupation that extends to around 29,000 years, confirming the location as one of the oldest sites along the 2500km river to become the oldest River Murray Indigenous site in South Australia. (2020-07-14)

New evidence found of the ritual significance of a classic Maya sweat bath in Guatemala
An unusual offering in an abandoned and unique-looking Maya sweat bath revealed new evidence of the role it played in the community (2020-10-19)

FAU archaeologist involved in groundbreaking discovery of early human life in ancient Peru
A-tisket, a-tasket. You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it's from ancient ruins of a civilization inhabited by humans 15,000 years ago. An archaeologist is among the team who made a groundbreaking discovery in coastal Peru -- home to one of the earliest pyramids in South America. Thousands of artifacts, including elaborate hand-woven baskets, show that early humans in that region were a lot more advanced than originally thought and had very complex social networks. (2017-05-24)

Ancient mantis-man petroglyph discovered in Iran
A rare rock carving of an insect found in the Teymareh site of Central Iran has been jointly described by a team of entomologists and archaeologists in a paper now published in the open access Journal of Orthoptera Research. The petroglyph shows a six-limbed creature with the head and arms of a praying mantis, but with two circles at its sides, similarly to the famous ''squatter man'' petroglyph found at several locations around the world. (2020-03-16)

University of South Carolina discovery of widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
No one knows for certain why the Clovis people and iconic beasts -- mastodon, mammoth and saber-toothed tiger -- living some 12,800 years ago suddenly disappeared. However, a discovery of widespread platinum at archaeological sites across the US by three UofSC archaeologists has provided an important clue in solving this enduring mystery. Their research findings are outlined in a new study released Thursday (March 9) in Scientific Reports, a publication of Nature. (2017-03-09)

Drones for research: DePaul University archaeologist to explain UAV use at Fifa
The use of drones to document and monitor the Fifa landscape in Jordan for the past three years reveals that looting continues at the site, though at a measurably reduced pace, according to Morag M. Kersel, a DePaul University archaeologist. (2016-02-14)

Feces fossils yield new insights into ancient diets and 'thrifty genes'
Scientists have long speculated that high diabetes rates among Native Americans may have roots in the evolutionary past. (2012-07-24)

Hebrew University excavations strengthen dating of archaeological findings to David, Solomon
A new, laboratory-based affirmation of the existence of a united Israelite monarchy headed by kings David and Solomon in the 10th century B.C.E. has been revealed as the result of excavations carried out by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archeology. (2003-04-13)

Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple
Archaeologists in Italy have discovered what may be a rare Etruscan sacred text likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship and early beliefs of a lost culture fundamental to western traditions. The lengthy text is on a large 6th century sandstone slab uncovered from an Etruscan temple, said Gregory Warden, principal investigator of Mugello Valley Archaeological Project, which made the discovery, and professor emeritus, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, main sponsor of the project. (2016-03-29)

Researchers use isotopic analysis to explore ancient Peruvian life
Through work conducted in Arizona State University's Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory, a team of bioarchaeologists and archaeologists have been able to study the diets of 14 individuals dating back almost 2,000 years. The findings were recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. (2015-02-13)

Ancient DNA sheds light on the peopling of the Mariana Islands
Compared to the first peopling of Polynesia, the settlement of the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific, which happened around 3,500 years ago, has received little attention. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Australian National University and the University of Guam have now obtained answers to long debated questions regarding the origin of the first colonizers of the Marianas and their relationship to the people who initially settled in Polynesia. (2020-12-22)

Ancient Egyptian glassmaking recreated
A team led by a Cardiff University archaeologist has reconstructed a 3,000-year-old glassmaking furnace, suggesting that Ancient Egyptian technology was more advanced than previously thought. (2007-12-14)

Scientists: Earthquakes, El Ninos fatal to earliest civilization in Americas
First came the earthquakes, then the torrential rains. But the relentless march of sand across once fertile fields and bays, a process set in motion by the quakes and flooding, is probably what did in America's earliest civilization. (2009-01-19)

Khirbet Qeiyafa identified as biblical 'Neta'im'
Has another mystery in the history of Israel been solved? Prof. Gershon Galil of the Department of Bible Studies at the University of Haifa has identified Khirbet Qeiyafa as (2010-03-07)

VU archaeologists discover location of historic battle fought by Caesar in Dutch riverarea
Archaeologist Nico Roymans from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam announced a unique discovery: the location where the Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar massacred two Germanic tribes 55 BC. The location of this battle, which Caesar wrote about in detail in Book IV of his De Bello Gallico, was unknown to date. It is the earliest known battle on Dutch soil. The conclusions are based on a combination of historical, archaeological, and geochemical data. (2015-12-16)

Archaeological CD-ROM Believed To Be Unique
A unique new CD-ROM full of scholarly detail and general information about North Carolina┬╣s Occaneechi Indians could change academic publications in archaeology forever. (1998-01-27)

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