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The ideal measurements of a pre-Roman model
Pre-Roman atrium houses exhibited a striking number of similarities as part of a long Italic building tradition. Dutch researcher Noor van Krimpen analyzed the measurements of primary mansions in Pompeii. As buildings were constructed according to a standard model, the adaptations to that model, required by the economical, practical and social demands of any particular project, provide a lot of information about the social significance of the houses of Pompeii's elite. (2009-03-11)

New interpretations of the Stone Age landscape in Falbygden
The Falbygden area of central Västergötland in southwestern Sweden is home to one of northern Europe's greatest concentrations of megalithic graves from the New Stone Age (approx. 4000-1500 BC). A new archaeology thesis from the University of Gothenburg now shows that these (2010-10-17)

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)

Ancient Iraqi harp reproduced by Liverpool engineers
A team of engineers at the University of Liverpool has helped reproduce an ancient Iraqi harp - the Lyre of Ur. (2005-07-28)

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)

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)

New ways to chart our maritime past
Archaeology has a long-standing tradition in protecting areas on land. But there is little attention to cultural monuments at the sea-shore and under water. To help locating these artifacts, meteorologist Marianne Nitter has introduced the concept of (2010-08-19)

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)

1.6 million euros from the DFG: Nok culture study enters its third round
The scientific team of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences, which has been researching the Nok culture in Nigeria since 2005, can continue its successful work: the German Research Foundation will support the total 12-year duration of the planned long-term project for another three years with 1.6 million euros. (2015-01-31)

Remains of St. Louis founder's home believed to have been located
Archaeologists believe they have found the Illinois home of the founder of St. Louis. What had been thought to be a priest's residence near the French colonial village of New Chartres, in present-day southern Illinois, (2006-10-04)

Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins
The skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tells us about ourselves as humans, and throws some light on our earliest common genetic ancestry. The man's genome was sequenced and shown to be one of the 'earliest diverged' -- oldest in genetic terms -- found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago. (2014-09-29)

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)

Pavlopetri -- the world's oldest known submerged town
The world's oldest known submerged town has been revealed through the discovery of late Neolithic pottery. The finds were made during an archaeological survey of Pavlopetri, off the southern Laconia coast of Greece. (2009-10-21)

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)

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)

Thousands of students to experience Public Science Day at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature
On 13 February, renowned education advocate Dr. Shirley Malcom of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will join more than 1,000 Denver grade-schoolers for Public Science Day, thus launching the annual meeting of the world's largest federation of scientists. (2003-02-07)

Archaeological discovery upends a piece of Barbados history
Which came first, the pigs or the pioneers? In Barbados, that has been a historical mystery ever since the first English colonists arrived in 1627 to encounter what they thought was a herd of wild European pigs. A Simon Fraser University researcher is shedding new light on the mystery and the altering of New World environments. (2019-05-16)

Scientists reveal New Zealand's prehistoric wildlife sanctuaries
Prehistoric 'sanctuary' regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting have been documented by New Zealand and US scientists. The researchers reconstructed the population histories for prehistoric New Zealand shags using DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating with computer modelling. (2015-08-31)

A test on Troy: What's real vs. what's reel
Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom head the cast for the May 14 release of (2004-04-27)

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)

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)

Ancient Mesoamerican sculpture uncovered in southern Mexico
With one arm raised and a determined scowl, the figure looks ready to march right off his carved tablet and into the history books. If only we knew who he was -- corn god? Tribal chief? Sacred priest? (2011-02-14)

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)

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)

Canadian-led team hopes to unlock mysteries of Cameroon's granite strongholds
Who built them and what were they used for? A University of Calgary archaeologist is leading the first expedition to excavate the so-called Strongholds of Cameroon, which are some of the most remarkable stone-built structures anywhere in Africa. The research team, which includes archaeologists, an ethnologist from Germany, Cameroonian students, and a conservation architect from Rome, begins its work this September. (2002-08-15)

How modern were European Neanderthals?
Neandertals were much more like modern humans than had been previously thought, according to a re-examination of finds from one of the most famous palaeolithic sites in Europe by Bristol University archaeologist, Professor Joao Zilhao, and his French colleagues. (2006-08-24)

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)

New discoveries point to 'cave of John the Baptist' as important site in the time of Isaiah
Recently completed excavations at Israel's Suba Cave, an archaeological site that is possibly connected with John the Baptist, has revealed new features that deepen the mystery of the site's ancient origins, and point to extensive use of the area's installations during the 7th Century BC - roughly the time of Isaiah. (2006-03-31)

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)

DNA traces cattle back to a small herd domesticated around 10,500 years ago
All cattle are descended from as few as 80 animals that were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East some 10,500 years ago, according to a new genetic study. (2012-03-27)

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)

New artifacts suggest people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought
Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper's Ferry site in western Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than scientists previously thought. (2019-08-30)

'An Archaeology of Desperation' details the Donner tragedy
If you are familiar with the Donner party tragedy in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846-1847, start with the eight-page final chapter of (2011-10-27)

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)

Early Pacific seafarers likely latched onto El Nino and other climate patterns
Climate patterns, including the El Nino Southern Oscillation, likely were known to long-ago Pacific Ocean seafarers and may have helped their exploration and settlement of islands in Remote Oceania, concludes a research team that included University of Oregon anthropologist Scott Fitzpatrick. (2016-10-27)

UW-Madison archaeologists to mount new expedition to Troy
Troy, the palatial city of prehistory, sacked by the Greeks through trickery and a fabled wooden horse, will be excavated anew beginning in 2013 by a cross-disciplinary team of archaeologists and other scientists, it was announced today (Monday, Oct. 15). (2012-10-15)

FAU student deciphers 'cave art'
The Mäanderhöhle cave near Bamberg was previously regarded as an archaeological sensation. It was thought to contain some of the oldest cave art in Germany. However, Julia Blumenröther, a former student at Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, has demonstrated in her Master's thesis that the markings discovered inside the cave in 2005 are not fertility symbols carved by humans as previously thought. In fact, these lines occurred as a result of natural processes, the archaeologist says. (2016-05-12)

Picasso's plans to build the world's tallest concrete sculpture uncovered in Florida
Pablo Picasso's plans to build a 100-foot sculpture for the University of South Florida in Tampa are uncovered along with a recorded interview with famed collaborator Carl Nesjar and architectural drawings by world famous architect Paul Rudolph. (2018-02-28)

Grant allows ASU archaeologist to study how environment influences evolution
ASU archaeologist Curtis Marean wants to learn more about modern human evolution by gaining a better understanding of the physical environment in which ancient peoples lived. To remedy that situation, Marean, who recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is bringing archaeologists together with scientists specializing in caves, ancient dune systems, chemical dating methods and other topics relevant to human evolution and ecological studies. (2005-12-21)

Iron Age burial sites provide evidence of social changes
During the course of the Iron Age, monumental burial sites in the south of the Netherlands fell into disuse. Farming groups gave up their roaming way of life and began to inhabit fixed settlements. NWO-funded research has shown that the function of burial sites as a source of social cohesion became superfluous. (2001-11-26)

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