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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)

The ancients were right - Delphi was a gas!
The Oracle of Delphi was the most important shrine in ancient Greece, a crucial pilgrimage for those seeking guidance from Apollo's mouthpiece, the Pythia, who gave cryptic answers to such matters as preparing for war or resolving a moral dilemma. In the August issue of GEOLOGY, J.Z. de Boer reports on a four-year interdisciplinary study that has successfully identified young geologic faults at the site and emissions responsible for the Pythia's trance state. (2001-08-06)

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)

Artifact analyses dispute assumptions about a prehistoric society
Fragments of red stone artifacts - bits of smoking pipes, decorative ear lobe spools and a figurine, all plucked out of rich prehistoric soil in the U.S. Midwest - used to tell one story about the complex culture and the ancient people who left them behind. Now they tell another. So say University of Illinois scientists, whose recent mineral analyses of red stone artifacts from Cahokia are upsetting an apple cart of important archaeological assumptions. (2001-08-01)

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)

University of New Orleans archaeologist unearths relics in oldest African American neighborhood
What do you think of when you hear the word archaeology? Egyptian pyramids? Absolutely. But University of New Orleans' urban archaeologists are quick to add images of New Orleans. There are no pre-Columbian temples here, no world-renowned prehistoric civilizations, but there's plenty to learn from local excavations, including a recent dig in the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States, the historic Treme' district. (2001-03-07)

Texas A&M field school discoveries may rewrite history of early North American man
New discoveries in a valley on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country will prompt rewriting the history of early North American man, predict Texas A&M University archaeologists who are co-directing excavations at the artifact-rich site. (2001-01-30)

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)

The college of veterinary medicine and the institute of nautical archaeology team up at Texas A&M University
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but a seasoned archaeologist learned one today - Computed Tomography (CT) Scans can be useful tools in both medical and archaeological applications. (2001-01-09)

ClClassics alumnus wins gold medal in archaeology
UC archaeologist Carl W. Blegen won the first Gold Medal for Distiquished Archaeological Achievement awarded by the Archaeological Institute of America in 1965. This year, the prize is going to one of Blegen's students. (2001-01-03)

Royal Maya palace centerpiece of novel restoration effort
The royal Maya palace now being excavated in Guatemala provides an opportunity to try a new approach to archaeological preservation that not only will protect the ancient site but will also provide economic support for the modern Maya villagers who live in the area. (2000-09-07)

Ancient dirty pottery may hold key to Iroquoian origin
The last thing most people want is food-encrusted pots, but to one Penn State archaeologist, burned-on, crusty old food may be a key to determining the origins of the Iroquois. (2000-04-06)

Did Romans shake hands with ancient Mexicans before Columbus?
A terracotta head found in Mexico and dated roughly to AD 200 could be the first reliable evidence that the Romans landed in the New World before Columbus. (2000-02-08)

University Of Cincinnati Professor Scouts Out Armies Of Armageddon
When it comes to the biblically predicted (1999-04-26)

Fortress Of Refuge For Olympic Beauty Destroyed By Quake, According To New Findings By University Of Cincinnati Archaeologist
Sometime near 1200 B.C., something destroyed three Bronze Age citadels in Greece. While scholars have debated whether war or natural disaster caused the destruction, evidence from one citadel - Midea - points to an earthquake, according to University of Cincinnati archaeologist Gisela Walberg. (1998-12-30)

Amid Albanian Turmoil, Archaeologists Unearth Secrets Of The Stone Age
University of Cincinnati and Albanian archaeologists launched a field study about 60 miles south of Tirana in summer 1998. Their quest is to learn more about a Greek colony that flourished at the end of the second century B.C., but the team instead has found an unexpected abundance of artifacts left from another era: the Stone Age, the period associated with the earliest known chipped stone tools plus a possible Neanderthal site. (1998-12-04)

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)

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)

'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)

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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