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West Runton Elephant helps unlock the past
Researchers from the Universities of York and Manchester have successfully extracted protein from the bones of a 600,000 year old mammoth, paving the way for the identification of ancient fossils. (2011-03-30)

Getting to the heart of the matter: CERN's hidden heritage
A nuclear physicist and an archaeologist at the University of York have joined forces to produce a unique appraisal of the cultural significance of one of the world's most important locations for scientific inquiry. (2015-06-08)

Mutiny over the bounty
At the bottom of the oceans lie shipwrecks laden with gold and other riches. Up until now there have been no conventions in place to protect these priceless heritage sites - so it has been a case of finders keepers. But who really owns the rights to these treasures - the marine archaeologists, commercial salvagers or the government? (2003-07-16)

Has one of Harald Bluetooth's fortresses come to light?
This was the first discovery of its kind in Denmark in over 60 years. Since then, archaeologists have been waiting impatiently for the results of the dating of the fortress. Now the first results are available. (2014-11-18)

African bone tool discovery has important implications for evolution of human behavior
An emerging set of archaeological evidence may answer a key question in the human origins debate by providing proof that not only did early Homo sapiens come (2001-11-06)

Lost civilization under Persian Gulf?
A once fertile landmass now submerged beneath the Persian Gulf may have been home to some of the earliest human populations outside Africa, according to an article to be published in Current Anthropology. (2010-12-08)

An entire army sacrificed in a bog
Danish archaeologists and other experts from Skanderborg Museum, Moesgard Museum and Aarhus University carries out a major excavation near Alken, a small town outside Skanderborg on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. A unique find was made here in 2009: the remains of an entire army which had been sacrificed in the bog. Archaeologists hope that the excavation will solve the many mysteries about the circumstances behind the sacrifice of several hundred warriors. (2012-07-03)

Discovery of ax heads furthers understanding of Cahokian society
A team of University of Illinois archaeologists, including students, working under a blazing summer sun on a high hill near O'Fallon, Ill., have made a rare find. In an (2001-08-01)

Archaeologist uncovers unluckiest church in the world
University of Warwick archaeologist Dr Stephen Hill has uncovered the unluckiest church in the world. It was founded on what is now a cliff top because unfortunately that is where its patron saint was martyred. It was wrecked by two earthquakes, a flood, and a landslide - all of which happened while it was still being built. It became an opium den and after its eventual abandonment ended up being washed away by the sea. (2002-12-13)

Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions
Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village. The discovery near Shiloh - about 15 miles southeast of St. Louis - challenges previous notions of the area's first people and adds a piece to the puzzle that was Cahokia, a huge (2002-09-02)

Irikaitz archaeological site -- host to a 25,000-year-old pendant
The recent discovery of a pendant at the Irikaitz archaeological site in Zestoa has given rise to intense debate: it may be as old as 25,000 years, which would make it the oldest found to date at open-air excavations throughout the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. (2011-12-27)

Race to preserve the world's oldest submerged town
The oldest submerged town in the world is about to give up its secrets -- with the help of equipment that could revolutionize underwater archeology. (2009-05-12)

Giant ape lived alongside humans
McMaster University geochronologist solves the puzzle of when Gigantopithecus blackii roamed the Earth. (2005-11-10)

$500,000 'genius' award goes to UCSD anthropologist Guillermo Algaze
For his exceptional creativity and originality in research revealing secrets of ancient cities, University of California, San Diego anthropological archaeologist Guillermo Algaze has been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. The $500,000 (2003-10-05)

Forgotten Annapolis immigration conflict uncovered by UMD archaeology
University of Maryland archaeologists are uncovering a forgotten period of racial tension in Annapolis pitting Filipino immigrants against African-Americans. The surprisingly complex relations between the groups go back a century, occasionally marked by violence, but also by considerable social mixing and even intermarriage, the researchers say -- all propelled by changing racial practices at the Naval Academy. (2012-06-11)

UC archaeologist to launch excavations at Bronze Age harbor town in Cyprus
A University of Cincinnati archaeologist will open new excavations June 18 on the island of Cyprus in hopes of discovering whether a Bronze Age city was actually an important trading center for the Middle East, Egypt and Greece. (2001-05-31)

World's oldest submerged town dates back 5,000 years
Archaeologists surveying the world's oldest submerged town have found ceramics dating back to the Final Neolithic. Their discovery suggests that Pavlopetri, off the southern Laconia coast of Greece, was occupied some 5,000 years ago -- at least 1,200 years earlier than originally thought. (2009-10-16)

ASU Archaeologist Discovers Possible Key To Mysteries Of Teotihuacan
The recent discovery of a burial of what appears to be a ruler with 150 surrounding artifacts inside the Pyramid of the Moon at the ruins of Teotihuacan could very well be a critical clue to understanding the mysterious people of this ancient city, the Western Hemisphere's first major metropolis. (1998-10-26)

More than 600 ancient seals and amulets found
Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence (2013-11-18)

Exploring the Stone Age pantry
The consumption of wild cereals among prehistoric hunters and gatherers appears to be far more ancient than previously thought, according to a University of Calgary archaeologist who has found the oldest example of extensive reliance on cereal and root staples in the diet of early Homo sapiens more than 100,000 years ago. (2009-12-17)

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