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Ancient Roman mosaic floor discovered under vines in Italy

Pristine ‘archaeological treasure’ near Verona may date to 3rd century AD, say experts A perfectly preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor has been discovered near the northern Italian city of Verona.Archaeologists were astonished by the find as it came almost a century after the remains of a villa, believed to date to the 3rd century AD, were unearthed in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella. Continue reading...
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‘There are too many’: bones of 60 mammoths found in Mexico

Archaeologists face surfeit of mammoths after bones found at airport under construction north of Mexico CityArchaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built “traps” where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year.Both discoveries reveal how appealing the area – once a shallow lake – was for the mammoths, and how erroneous was the classic vision of groups of fur-clad hunters with spears chasing mammoths acr...
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Humans and Neanderthals 'co-existed in Europe for far longer than thought'

Cave objects suggest early humans and Neanderthals shared continent for several thousand yearsEarly humans were present in Europe at least 46,000 years ago, according to new research on remains found in Bulgaria, meaning that they overlapped with Neanderthals for far longer than previously thought.Researchers say jewellery and tools found at a cave in Bulgaria called Bacho Kiro reveal that early humans and Neanderthals were present at the same time in Europe for several thousand years, giving th...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Anthropology, Bulgaria, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Bacho Kiro


Brochs fresh: plan for new stone tower to shed light on Scottish history

Experiment aims to understand how iron-age brochs developed and what they signifiedStone upon stone, the towering embodiment of their builders’ wealth, status or hunger for defence, Scotland’s iron-age brochs have fascinated and confounded archeologists for centuries.The precise constitution of these architecturally complex roundhouses, and why they remain unique to Scotland, is the subject of ongoing research, but there is broad agreement that a broch is a drystone tower built between around 2,...
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British Museum looks to crack mystery over decorated ostrich eggs

Experts reexamine eggs – some dating back to bronze age – to understand origins and designsThey are about the same size as a standard Easter egg, but are rather older – with some specimens dating back five millennia to the early bronze age.A collection of decorated ostrich eggs belonging to the British Museum in London has been reexamined by experts in an effort to understand where they originated, and how their often elaborately painted or engraved designs were created. Continue reading...
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Cave find shows Neanderthals collected seafood, scientists say

Discovery adds to growing evidence that Neanderthals were very similar to modern humans Neanderthals made extensive use of coastal environments, munching on fish, crabs and mussels, researchers have found, in the latest study to reveal similarities between modern humans and our big-browed cousins.Until now, many Neanderthal sites had shown only small-scale use of marine resources; for example, scattered shells. But now archaeologists have excavated a cave on the coast of Portugal and discovered ...
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British Museum says metal detectorists found 1,311 treasures last year

‘Rare’ 1,100-year-old brooch from Norfolk among treasures foundAn astonishingly well-preserved medieval brooch featuring what could be dragon and dog decorations is among a record number of objects discovered last year by the nation’s army of metal detectorists.The British Museum on Tuesday announced that 1,311 finds which are defined as treasure had been found by members of the public across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Northern Ireland, Archaeology, Hobbies, Norfolk, British Museum, Roman Britain, England Wales


Archaeologists to dig up secrets of Roman amphitheatre in Kent

Excavation to begin at Richborough, one of England’s most important Roman sitesArchaeologists hope to unlock the story of an ancient amphitheatre by embarking on an excavation at one of England’s most important Roman sites.The amphitheatre at Richborough, Kent, is part of Roman Britain’s longest-occupied site. Continue reading...
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Egypt reopens Djoser pyramid – in pictures

King Djoser’s step pyramid is the main attraction at the Saqqara necropolis. A restoration project that began in 2006 and was paused between 2011 and 2013 worked on the outer facades, internal corridors leading to the burial well, the stone sarcophagus and stairs at two entrances Continue reading...
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Rome unveils shrine dedicated to city's mythical founder

Newly found monument honouring Romulus includes 2,600-year-old sarcophagusA newly discovered ancient shrine believed to have been dedicated to the cult of Romulus, the legendary founder and first king of Rome, has been unveiled.The monument was discovered by archaeologists in a chamber beneath the Roman Forum, the political heart of the Roman empire, and includes a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a circular stone structure that is believed to have been an altar. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, World news, Rome, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Italy, Archaeology, Romulus


World's oldest art under threat from cement mining in Indonesia

Hunting scene dated to 40,000 years ago ‘crumbling before our eyes’, say scientistsThe oldest known figurative paintings in the world, located near a cement mine in Indonesia, are under threat from industry, scientists have warned.In December, cave paintings depicting a hunting scene in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were dated to at least 40,000 years ago. Continue reading...
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Ancient fish dinners chart Sahara’s shift from savannah to desert

Bones of fish eaten by humans thousands of years ago offer clue to region’s ancient climateThe Sahara’s shift from savannah with abundant lakes to a largely arid expanse has been traced in the remains of fish eaten thousands of years ago. Researchers analysing material found in a rock shelter in the Acacus mountains in south-west Libya say they have found more than 17,500 animal remains dating from between 10,200 and 4,650 years ago, 80% of which are fish. About two-thirds of the fish were catfi...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, Libya, Desertification, Deserts, Sahara, south west Libya


Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial

The fossils found in Iraqi cave provide fresh evidence the species buried their death with mortuary ritualsA Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave, already famous for fossils of these cousins of our species, is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead – and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.Scientists said they had discovered the well-preserved upper body skeleton of an adult Neanderthal, who lived about 70,000 years ago, in Shanidar Cave in t...
Tags: Science, Iraq, World news, Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Kurdistan, Neanderthals, Shanidar Cave


Scientists find evidence of 'ghost population' of ancient humans

Traces of unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populationsScientists have found evidence for a mysterious “ghost population” of ancient humans that lived in Africa about half a million years ago and whose genes live on in people today.Traces of the unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populations and found that up to a fifth of their DNA appeared to have come from the missing relatives. Continue reading...
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Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
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Scientists in Israel grow date plants from 2,000-year-old seeds

Seeds found in Judean desert are male and female, leading to hopes of producing datesA handful of date seeds from fruit that ripened around the time of Jesus have been successfully planted and grown in southern Israel, researchers have revealed.The seeds, dubbed Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith and Hannah, were among many others discovered at archaeological sites in the Judean desert. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Fruit, Agriculture, Plants, Archaeology, Jesus, Judean, HANNAH, Adam Jonah Uriel Boaz Judith


Iraqi discoveries help shed light on British Museum treasures

Work of trainees in Iraq has enabled new understanding of objects going on show in UKFor decades they have been part of the collection of the British Museum, appreciated for their individual significance but in many cases shorn of much of their context owing to the circumstances of their discovery and retrieval during the buccaneering period of early archaeology.Now dozens of important artefacts that were removed from Iraq in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are being brought back into foc...
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The planet's oldest asteroid crater, Pigalle basketball court's revamp, moon cars, musical archives and more Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact is Two Billion Years Old The oldest asteroid collision on the planet, the Yarrabubba impact crater in Western Australia, is a whopping 2.229 billion years old. After analyzing minerals at the crater site, researchers have found the asteroid hit at the end of an era called …
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Talk like an Egyptian: mummy's voice heard 3,000 years after death

Researchers in UK recreate Nesyamun’s sound using 3D version of his vocal tractThe “voice” of an ancient Egyptian priest has been heard for the first time since he died and was mummified 3,000 years ago, researchers have said.Nesyamun lived under the pharaoh Rameses XI, who reigned around the beginning of the 11th century BC. Continue reading...
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Mount Vesuvius eruption 'turned victim's brain to glass'

Scientists discover vitrified remains caused by immense 520C heat of disaster in AD79When Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, the damage wreaked in nearby towns was catastrophic. Now it appears the heat was so immense it turned one victim’s brain to glass – thought to be the first time this has been seen. Experts say they have discovered that splatters of a shiny, solid black material found inside the skull of a victim at Herculaneum appear to be the remains of human brain tissue transformed by heat...
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Italy, Archaeology, Herculaneum, AD79When Mount Vesuvius


Neanderthals dived for shells to make tools, research suggests

Study adds weight to claims that stereotype of knuckle-headed Neanderthals is wrongNeanderthals went diving for shells to turn into tools, according to new research, suggesting our big-browed cousins made more use of the sea than previously thought.The study focuses on 171 shell tools that were found in a now inaccessible coastal cave in central Italy, known as the Grotta dei Moscerini, which was excavated in 1949. Dating of animal teeth found within layers alongside the shell tools suggest they...
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Italy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Shellfish, Neanderthals


Mexico City gold was Aztec loot Spanish abandoned as they fled in 1520, tests show

Analysis of gold bar published a few months before 500th anniversary of battle that forced Cortés to beat a temporary retreat A new scientific analysis of a large gold bar found decades ago in downtown Mexico City has confirmed it was part of the plunder Spanish conquistadors abandoned as they beat a temporary retreat from the Aztec capital. Related: After 500 years, Cortés still looms large on both sides of Atlantic Continue reading...
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The secrets within a 2,600-year-old preserved brain of a decapitated man

Back around 500 BCE or so in what is now York, U.K, a gentleman was decapitated for who-knows-why and his head quickly buried. To the amazement of the archaeologists who dug up the skull in 2008, the cranium still contained a well-preserved brain. According to University of London neurologist Axel Petzold and his colleagues, understanding how the tissue has survived for more than 2,500 years may lead to new methods for extracting valuable information from ancient tissue. From Science: Using s...
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Viking runestone may allude to extreme winter, study says

Ninth-century Rök stone may deal with fear of cold climate crisis in ScandinaviaOne of the world’s most famous runestones is now believed to have been erected by Vikings fearing a repeat of a previous cold climate crisis in Scandinavia, a study has concluded.The Rök stone, raised in the ninth century near Lake Vättern in south central Sweden, bears the longest runic inscription in the world, with more than 700 runes covering its five sides. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Archaeology, Scandinavia, Vikings, Lake Vättern


Archaeologists find graves of high-status Romans in Somerset

Discovery of unusual cemetery in Somerton offers clues as to standing of those buried thereThe resting places of more than 50 adults and children have been found in an unusual Roman cemetery unearthed during building work for a new school in Somerset.Archaeologists say the discovery at Somerton, near Glastonbury, sheds significant light on life and death in the south-west of Britain after the Roman invasion. Continue reading...
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Lucky strike? How lightning inspired builders of Callanish

New technology reveals a star-shaped burn mark hidden under peat that gives clues to the meaning of the standing stones on LewisFor thousands of years the Callanish standing stones erected on the remote Hebridean island of Lewis have remained a mystery. Why were they placed there? And for what purpose?Now archaeologists have uncovered dramatic new evidence that suggests our Neolithic ancestors were inspired to construct the megaliths as devotional monuments by the natural phenomenon of lightning...
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5,700-year-old chewing gum, pertinent plant discoveries, 2019's biggest innovations and more inspiration from the web 2019 Plant Discoveries Include a Cancer-Fighting Fungus and More 102 plants and eight fungi were officially named by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2019 (roughly 2,000 new species are named worldwide every year). Among the roster of the recently identified are a few additions with remarkable attributes, …
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Discovery of iron anchors raises hopes of finding Hernán Cortés's ships

Anchors were excavated from sediment in the Gulf of Mexico near the settlement the conquistador founded upon landingUnderwater archaeologists have found two iron anchors just offshore from the spot Hernán Cortés first set foot in Mexico, raising hopes that the fleet which the conquistador scuttled in 1519 may soon be rediscovered.The anchors were excavated from under a metre of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico near Villa Rica, the settlement Cortes founded upon landing 500 years ago in what is now...
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World's oldest known fossil forest found in New York quarry

Trees would have been home to primitive insects about 150m years before dinosaurs evolvedThe world’s oldest known fossil forest has been discovered in a sandstone quarry in New York state, offering new insights into how trees transformed the planet.The forest, found in the town of Cairo, would have spanned from New York to Pennsylvania and beyond, and has been dated to about 386m years old. It is one of only three known fossil forests dating to this period and about 2-3m years older than the pre...
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A 3D-printed neighborhood, at-home insemination tools, alternative education and more innovation from around the globe Hawaii Moves to Ban Single-Use Takeout Containers Part of a comprehensive plan to drastically reduce single-use plastic reliance within the state, Hawaii passed a ban on plastic takeout containers—plates, bowls, cups, utensils, straws, foam containers, and more. The plan (formally named Bill 40) will roll out over two years, allowing …
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