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Image: Fir0002 (Wikimedia, used under a CC BY-NC 3.0)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Anatomically Modern Humans leave Africa 130,000 years ago

Anatomically modern humans spread from Africa to Asia and Europe in several migratory movements according to new research

Hebrew University researchers (from left to right): Prof. Eran Meshorer, Dr Liran Carmel and David Gokhman. Image: Juan Schkolnik
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Epigenetic changes that distinguish us from Neanderthal and Denisovan

Scientists have reconstructed, for the first time, the epigenome of the Neanderthal and the Denisovan in order to make a comparison with modern humans

Roman lead pipes. Image: Ad Meskens, Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Were Ancient Romans poisoned by lead?

Some historians argue that lead poisoning plagued the Roman elite with diseases such as gout, and may even have hastened the Empire’s fall

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Archaeo News Podcast 244

Stone Pages with BAJR and Past Horizons presents the long running archaeology based podcast with the latest news, mainly related to prehistory, megalithic monuments and discoveries

Shorthorn bulls named St. John and Gaudy in this painting by Thomas Freebairn Wilson are products of human control over breeding. The fascination with livestock improvement in 19th-century Britain is reflected in portraits of prize animals like this one — enough of them to support a trade in itinerant livestock painting. Image courtesy of J. Ponsonby
Saturday, April 19, 2014

A new look at animal domestication

Many of our ideas about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas in turn were strongly influenced by British animal-breeding practices during the 19th century

Egtved Girl Beer. Image: The Danish National Museum
Friday, April 18, 2014

A taste of Bronze Age Brew

A modern interpretation of Denmark’s oldest known beer is now on sale at the Danish National Museum and is based on the residue analysis of a fermented drink from the Bronze Age

A reconstruction by Ian Dennis of the Whitehawk causewayed enclosure c. 3,600 cal BC (reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3)
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Community project focuses on Neolithic Whitehawk camp

The Whitehawk Camp partnership has recently received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton

Roman warehouses at Ostia. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Roman port of Ostia much larger than previously thought

Researchers have discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the ancient Roman port of Ostia, proving the city was much larger than previously estimated

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Historical data shows impact on Cherokee skull size

Research shows that events from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people

Archaeology Articles

Image: Liam Hughes (Flickr, used under a CC BY-SA 3.0)
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England

Four and a half centuries ago, Elizabeth I made the reform of currency one of her government’s top priorities. Invested as queen in 1558, she inherited a coinage which was fraught with problems

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Documentary uncovers the forgotten story of Gertrude Bell

Letters from Baghdad tells the dramatic and thought-provoking story of Gertrude Bell, sometimes referred to as the female Lawrence of Arabia

Engraving showing George Psalmanazar’s imaginary account of a Formosan funeral. Credit: Reproduced by permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fantasy adventures of early-modern Walter Mitty go on show

First edition of George Psalmanazar’s fictitious History of Formosa, which fooled London society for years with claims of cannibalism and child sacrifice, goes on show for Cambridge Science Festival

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Apolline Project: new discoveries on the dark side of Vesuvius

A project whose primary ambition is to piece together the story of the ancient territories of Nola and Neapolis lying on the northern slope of the mountain

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cities of dreams and death

The fate of migrants moving to cities in 17th and 18th century England demonstrates how a single pathogen could dramatically alter the risks associated with migration and migratory patterns today

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Modern Human faces Neanderthal across the Danube

In Palaeolithic Europe 40,000 years ago, two different human species met for the first time. This collision of cultures resulted in our survival, while the Neanderthals vanished forever

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