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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)

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)

Archaeological CD-ROM Believed To Be Unique
A unique new CD-ROM full of scholarly detail and general information about North Carolina¹s Occaneechi Indians could change academic publications in archaeology forever. (1998-01-27)

Researchers to explore sacred Maya pools of Belize
A team of expert divers, a geochemist and an archaeologist will be the first to explore the sacred pools of the southern Maya lowlands in rural Belize. The expedition, made possible with a grant from the National Geographic Society, will investigate the cultural significance and environmental history and condition of three of the 23 pools of Cara Blanca, in central Belize. (2009-09-09)

Wine-bottle shard provides long-sought proof of old French site
Finally. The site of a well-documented but long-lost 18th century French frontier village has been found in a former city neighborhood of Peoria, Ill. (2001-12-03)

University of Copenhagen excavations in Qatar named World Heritage Site
In 2009, University of Copenhagen archaeologists signed a contract with the Qatar Museums Authority to excavate the seaport Al Zubarah, which has been hidden under desert sand in northwestern Qatar for hundreds of years. As the only well-preserved 18th century city in this part of the world, it is of exceptional cultural importance, and on June 22nd UNESCO inscribed Al Zubarah on its World Heritage List. (2013-06-24)

Scholar develops new system for overlooked wares of ancient Greece
Up till now, a small minority of pottery from the earliest Mycenaean civilization has gotten nearly all the attention. Work by University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate Jeffrey L. Kramer is changing that. (2003-01-02)

ANU archaeologist discovers Cornish barrow site
Untouched Bronze-Age burial mound discovered by chance by ANU Archaeologist, Dr. Catherine Frieman. She will begin a 14-day archaeological dig on Easter Saturday to examine the site. (2018-03-28)

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)

Proof of human migration from Sweden to Poland during the Early Bronze Age
During the Early Bronze Age there was a very high level of territorial mobility of the Unetice culture in Silesia, a large community inhabiting the south western territories of Poland approximately 4,000 years ago. This is found in a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg which also conclusively confirms the first case of human long-distance overseas journey to Silesia from Scandinavia, probably from southern Sweden. (2013-10-07)

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)

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)

Rock art: Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia
At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula. (2018-02-13)

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)

Clovis-age overkill didn't take out California's flightless sea duck
Clovis-age natives, often noted for overhunting during their brief dominance in a primitive North America, deserve clemency in the case of California's flightless sea duck. New evidence says it took thousands of years for the duck to die out. (2008-03-17)

Scandinavia's earliest farmers exchanged terminology with Indo-Europeans
5,000 years ago, the Yamnaya culture migrated into Europe from the Caspian steppe. In addition to innovations such as the wagon and dairy production, they brought a new language -- Indo-European -- that replaced most local languages the following millennia. But local cultures also influenced the new language, particularly in southern Scandinavia, where Neolithic farmers made lasting contributions to Indo-European vocabulary before their own language went extinct, new research shows. (2017-09-29)

Inscription from time of David & Solomon found near Temple Mount in Hebrew University excavation
Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar unearthed a jar fragment near Jerusalem's Temple Mount bearing the earliest alphabetical written text ever found in Jerusalem. Dated to the tenth century BCE, the artifact bears an inscription in the Canaanite language with letters approximately 2.5 cm tall, which translate to m, q, p, h, n, (possibly) l, and n. The archaeologists suspect the inscription specifies the jar's contents or the name of its owner. (2013-07-10)

Archaeology find sheds new light on family pets
Published research provides insights into the early importation of tortoises and the changing attitude of British society towards family pets. (2010-07-12)

Subsistence Economies of Indigenous North American Societies: A Handbook
This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth documentation of how Native American societies met the challenges of adapting to the varied ecosystems of North America during the past 10,000 years. The contributors identify a number of recurrent themes and questions that have shaped debates regarding the nature of Native American interaction with and impact on their local environments throughout the Holocene. (2011-08-12)

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)

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)

Indonesian 'Hobbits' may have died out sooner than thought
An ancient species of pint-sized humans discovered in the tropics of Indonesia may have met their demise earlier than once believed, according to an international team of scientists who reinvestigated the original finding. Published in the journal Nature this week, the group challenges reports that these inhabitants of remote Flores island co-existed with modern humans for tens of thousands of years. (2016-03-30)

Violence in pre-Columbian Panama exaggerated, new study shows
An oft-cited publication said a pre-Colombian archaeological site in Panama showed signs of extreme violence. A new review of the evidence strongly suggests that the interpretation was wrong. (2018-09-24)

Study sheds light on Neanderthal-Homo sapiens transition
Archaeologists at The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Sydney have provided a window into one of the most exciting periods in human history -- the transition between Neanderthals and modern humans. (2017-06-13)

Oregon researcher to explore boyhood home of John Paul Jones
University of Oregon archaeologist Julie M. Schablitsky is off to Scotland to lead an exploratory excavation of the grounds on the boyhood home of John Paul Jones, while her husband continues his North Sea search for the lost ship of one of the fathers of the US Navy. (2007-08-30)

Maya plumbing, first pressurized water feature found in New World
A water feature found in the Maya city of Palenque, Mexico, is the earliest known example of engineered water pressure in the New World, according to a collaboration between two Penn State researchers, an archaeologist and a hydrologist. However, how the Maya used the pressurized water is still unknown. (2010-05-04)

Ancient human remains and a mystery unearthed by ANU archaeologist
ANU Archaeologist Dr Catherine Frieman unearths and intact 4,000 year old human cremation in clay pottery urn on Cornish site she discovered by accident. (2018-05-17)

Primate archaeology sheds light on human origins
University of Calgary archaeologist Julio Mercader is joining his colleagues in establishing a discipline devoted to the history of tool use in nonhuman primate species in order to better understand human evolution. (2009-07-15)

Spotting ancient sites, from space
A Harvard archaeologist has dramatically simplified the process of finding early human settlements by using computers to scour satellite images for the tell-tale clues of human habitation, and in the process uncovered thousands of new sites that might reveal clues to the earliest complex human societies. (2012-03-19)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Royals weren't only builders of Maya temples, archaeologist finds
An intrepid archaeologist is well on her way to dislodging the prevailing assumptions of scholars about the people who built and used Maya temples. (2008-02-25)

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)

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)

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)

Ancient stinging nettles reveal Bronze Age trade connections
A piece of nettle cloth retrieved from Denmark's richest known Bronze Age burial mound Lusehøj may actually derive from Austria, new findings suggest. The cloth thus tells a surprising story about long-distance Bronze Age trade connections around 800 BC. The findings have just been published in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports. (2012-09-28)

The Ancient Maya and virtual worlds: Different perspectives on material meanings
A UC researcher explores the Maya perspective on the material world and begins to uncover parallels with today's online culture. (2014-04-24)

NSF awards Brown researchers $2.6 million for computer vision in archaeology
The National Science Foundation has awarded $2.6 million to a Brown University archaeologist and a team of engineers to develop innovative techniques for archaeological excavation, reconstruction, and interpretation using computer vision and pattern recognition. The project is focused at the site of Apollonia-Arsuf, Israel. (2008-12-03)

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