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Anthropologists' book examines current state of archaeology
The beginning of a new century is an ideal time to take stock of the archaeological endeavor. Archaeology at the Millennium offers a critical, in-depth perspective of the current condition and intellectual vitality of the discipline. It offers a wide range of views from an internationally distinguished roster of prominent archaeologists. (2001-07-23)

The Fifth World Archaeological Congress Convening for the first time in North America
For the first time in North America the only worldwide representative organization in archaeology will bring an estimated 1,000 archaeologists, native people and international scholars to Washington, D.C. for the Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5) at the Catholic University of America June 21 - 26, 2003. (2003-02-20)

IUPUI professor's reburial of Native American remains earns international award
An early career decision by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Larry J. Zimmerman to rebury Native American human remains -- an act then considered academic suicide -- recently earned him international recognition for significant contributions to world archaeology. (2008-07-17)

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era
Scantily clad tomb raiders and cloistered scholars piecing together old pots - these are the kinds of stereotypes of archaeology that dominate public perception. Yet archaeology in the new millennium is a world away from these images. In a major new report, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History probe a thoroughly modern and scientific discipline to understand how it is helping to address the considerable challenges of the Anthropocene. (2021-01-18)

New archaeology field school leverages strengths of SMU, Mercyhurst College
A new archaeology field school at Southern Methodist University's Taos campus leverages strengths of SMU and Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa., in creating an unparalleled training initiative. (2009-07-12)

Social media & archaeology -- a match not made in heaven
The social web is bound up in relations of power, control, freedom, labor and exploitation, with consequences that portend real instability for the cultural sector and for social welfare overall. Only a handful of archaeologists, however, are seriously debating these matters, which suggests the discipline is setting itself up to be swept away by our unreflective investment in the cognitive capitalist enterprise that marks much current web-based work. (2015-05-27)

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)

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)

Research reveals 1 of the earliest farming sites in Europe
University of Cincinnati research is revealing early farming in a former wetlands region that was largely cut off from Western researchers until recently. The NSF-funded research will be presented at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn. (2012-04-16)

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)

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)

Queen's leads multi-million euro study to uncover Malta's past
The five-year program will examine the environmental and cultural background of prehistoric Malta. (2013-10-30)

Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam
A team of archaeologists from The Australian National University has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago. (2017-08-17)

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)

Dig Manchester!
The University of Manchester's Field Archaeology Centre is to continue its successful 'Dig Manchester' project, which gives local communities the opportunity to sample archaeology in their own area, after receiving £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). (2005-03-08)

Food and drink, and what it says about us
What did the Vikings eat for supper? How good were the grocers in Roman Pompeii? What was it like feasting with the Greeks in the second millennium BC? How can this tell us why we like TV dinners today? (2007-05-15)

Digging biblical history, or the end of the world
TAU archaeologists study Tel Megiddo, the New Testament location of (2007-11-20)

400 Canadian and American archaeologists in Montreal
From May 16 to 20, 2012, more than 400 archeologists from across Canada and the United States are expected to be at Montreal's Hôtel Gouverneur, where more than 300 conferences in English or French will be given about historical and pre-historical archeology. (2012-05-15)

Pitt project clearing Carthaginians of mass baby killing among top 10 archaeological finds of 2010
Pitt professor Jeffrey H. Schwartz is featured in Archaeology magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2010 list for producing skeletal evidence that refutes claims that Carthaginians regularly sacrificed infants. The project is alongside such notable finds of 2010 as the mapping of the Neanderthal genome and discovery of the oldest bipedal human ancestor. (2010-12-15)

Underwater archaeology looks at atomic relic of the Cold War
The April issue of Springer's Journal of Maritime Archaeology focuses on a single shipwreck as the lens through which maritime archaeology assesses the advent of the Atomic Age and the Cold War. The wreck is the World War II veteran aircraft carrier USS Independence, which was one of nearly a hundred ships used as targets in the first tests of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the summer of 1946. (2016-04-28)

Remnants of ancient synagogue in Albania revealed
Impressive remnants from a synagogue dating from the 5th or 6th century, C.E., have been revealed in the city of Saranda, a coastal city in Albania, opposite the Greek island of Corfu. (2003-10-08)

Archaeological find provides insight into northeast 9,000 years ago
University of Vermont archaeologists have identified what is unequivocally the state's first Late Paleoindian site (10,000-9,000 B.P.)--one of only a few known to exist in the eastern U.S. Recovered spear points provide evidence that people lived in Vermont, traded and shared cultural traits with other groups during this era. The site was unearthed during an archaeological investigation of property that will be impacted by the construction of a proposed highway. (2003-09-10)

Archaeology expands beyond traditional scope into other sciences
Archaeology is a social science that utilizes information from other disciplines to inform and enhance archaeological data and to provide input to other sciences. Arizona State University Anthropology Professor Michael Smith explores the broadened scope of archaeology in the paper (2012-04-30)

Queen's Professor appointed to world's largest scientific society
A Queen's University Professor has been elected as a fellow of the world's largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2013-12-05)

Egyptian leader makes surprise appearance at archaeological dig in Israel
As modern Egypt searches for a new leader, Israeli archaeologists have found evidence of an ancient Egyptian leader in northern Israel. At a site in Tel Hazor National Park north of the Sea of Galilee, archaeologists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have unearthed part of a unique Sphinx belonging to one of the ancient pyramid-building pharaohs. The inscription ties the artifact to a particular king for which no other Sphinx exists, making the discovery unexpected and important. (2013-07-09)

Digging for answers
On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. (2014-11-19)

Mesoamerican book wins archaeology book award
Aztec child raising, how to play the Maya ball game and the calorie counts for a forager's diet are a few of the special features found in (2005-04-01)

Ancient fort opens new chapter in First Nations' history
A fortified village that pre-dates European arrival in Western Canada and is the only one of its kind discovered on the Canadian plains is yielding intriguing evidence of an unknown First Nations group settling on the prairies and is rekindling new ties between the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot) and aboriginal groups in the United States. (2008-06-19)

Study finds language and tool-making skills evolved at the same time
Research by the University of Liverpool has found that the same brain activity is used for language production and making complex tools, supporting the theory that they evolved at the same time. (2013-09-02)

Scandinavians are descended from Stone Age immigrants
Today's Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture. This is one conclusion of a new study straddling the borderline between genetics and archaeology, which involved Swedish researchers and which has now been published in the journal Current Biology. (2009-09-24)

UC Santa Barbara history professor receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship
Anthony Barbieri-Low always wanted to be an Egyptologist, and now, with a $238,700 New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UC Santa Barbara history professor will get his chance to immerse himself in Egyptian archaeology and hieroglyphics. (2013-04-02)

Broad genetic variation on the Pontic-Caspian Steppe
The genetic variation within the Scythian nomad group is so broad that it must be explained with the group assimilating people it came in contact with. This is shown in a new study on Bronze and Iron Age genetics of the Pontic-Caspian Steppe, situated in the Black Sea region. The article is published in the scientific journal Science Advances. (2018-10-03)

Who dominates the discourse of the past?
Male academics, who comprise less than 10% of North American archaeologists, write the vast majority of the field's high impact, peer-reviewed literature. (2019-07-29)

Tiny ear bones help archaeologists piece together the past
For the first time archaeologists have used the small bones found in the ear to look at the health of women and children from 160 years ago. (2019-08-21)

Russian-American research team examines origins of whaling culture
Recent findings by a Russian-American research team suggest that prehistoric cultures were hunting whales at least 3,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than was previously known. (2008-04-04)

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)

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)

Archaeologists use drones to trial virtual reality
Archaeologists at The Australian National University and Monash University are conducting a trial of new technology to build a 3-D virtual-reality map of one of Asia's most mysterious sites -- the Plain of Jars in Laos. (2016-10-19)

Pollen dispersal in traditional processing of buckwheat
In order to better understand the source and significance of crop pollen in archaeological sites, a recent study on the process of pollen dispersal in buckwheat traditional processing was published in SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences. (2018-12-11)

Indiana Jones meets George Jetson
A team of researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden has designed a microplasma source capable of exciting matter in a controlled, efficient way. This miniature device may find use in a wide range of applications in harsh environments, but can also help revolutionize archaeology. (2013-09-06)

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