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Atlantic sturgeon in the king's pantry -- unique discovery in Baltic sea wreck from 1495
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden can now reveal what the Danish King Hans had planned to offer when laying claim to the Swedish throne in 1495: A two-metre-long Atlantic sturgeon. The well-preserved fish remains were found in a wreck on the bottom of the Baltic Sea last year, and species identification was made possible through DNA analysis. (2020-08-27)

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden
For centuries it has been speculated where the manor of the royal bailiff of Birka, Herigar, might have been located. New geophysical results provide evidence of its location at Korshamn, outside the town rampart of the Viking Age proto-town Birka in Sweden. The results will be published in the international scientific journal Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt. (2017-01-19)

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)

Earliest humans not so different from us, research suggests
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Archaeologists find earliest evidence of modern humans in Eastern Europe
Vance Holliday, in the University of Arizona anthropology and geosciences departments, analyzed the stratigraphy of sites in Russia that date back some 45,000 years ago. (2007-01-11)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ben-Gurion U. researchers reveal connection between cancer and human evolution
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered that gene mutations that once helped humans survive may increase the possibility for diseases, including cancer. The findings were recently the cover story in the journal Genome Research. (2009-07-02)

'Lettere patenti' help assess intensity of historic central Italian earthquakes
Three hundred-year-old administrative documents from the Roman government, granting residents permission to repair damage to their buildings, can help modern-day seismologists calculate intensities for a notable sequence of earthquakes that struck central Italy in 1703. (2020-05-13)

Gladiators fought for thrills, not kills
Gladiatorial combat was an entertaining martial art where gladiators showed off their skills rather than fought for their lives, according to an American archaeologist. The controversial theory is based on reconstructing fighters' tactics from medieval martial arts manuals and fighting books. (2005-01-19)

Researchers shed new light on the origins of modern humans
The work, published in Scientific Reports, confirms a dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa migration (2019-03-20)

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)

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)

Research reveals water management and climate change in ancient Maya city
The findings inside a cave and a key cultural and religious center for the ancient Maya will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York. (2012-02-21)

A shipwreck and an 800-year-old 'made in China' label reveal lost history
Nearly a thousand years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea near Indonesia. Cargo recovered from the ocean floor -- including the equivalent to a 'Made in China' label on a piece of pottery -- is helping archaeologists reevaluate when the ship went down and how it fits in with China's history. (2018-05-16)

Traditional fisherfolk help uncover ancient fish preservation methods
Archaeologists have little insight into the methods used for the long-term processing and preservation of fish in the past. A study of traditional fish preparation employed by fisherfolk in Panama and Egypt, revealed patterns of modifications to the fishes' skeletons which are comparable to those found among fish remains recovered in archaeological sites (2019-09-24)

Ancient Americans liked it hot -- Smithsonian study traces Mexican cuisine roots to 1,500 years ago
One of the world's tastiest and most popular cuisines, Mexican food also may be one of the oldest. Plant remains from two caves in southern Mexico analyzed by a Smithsonian ethnobotanist/archaeologist and a colleague indicate that as early as 1,500 years ago, Pre-Columbian inhabitants of the region enjoyed a spicy fare similar to Mexican cuisine today. The study will be published the week of July 9 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2007-07-09)

Archaeologists find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave
Hebrew University archaeologists have found a cave that previously contained Dead Sea scrolls, which were looted in the middle of the 20th Century. Scholars suggest the cave should be numbered as Cave 12, along with the 11 caves previously known to have housed hidden Dead Sea scrolls. 'Finding this additional scroll cave means we can no longer be certain that the original locations assigned to the scrolls that reached the market via the Bedouins are accurate,' said Dr. Oren Gutfeld. (2017-02-08)

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