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Written By: grant on June 19, 2013 No Comment

If you needed any more proof we’re actually living in the pulp future of a 1920s dime novel, explorers have just used airborne lasers to reveal a long-lost jungle city:

The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex by 350 years, was part of the Hindu-Buddhist [...]

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Written By: grant on May 2, 2013 No Comment

Smithsonian unfolds an ugly story archaeologists have uncovered of the first “successful” English settlement in America – at Jamestown, where settlers got so hungry, they apparently ate a 14-year-old girl:

“The chops to the forehead are very tentative, very incomplete,” says Douglas Owsley, the Smithsonian forensic anthropologist who analyzed the bones after they were [...]

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Written By: grant on January 28, 2013 No Comment

LiveScience wonders what we should do with the bones of this lost, wretched King Richard III:

The University of Leicester, which is overseeing the excavation and analysis of the remains, has jurisdiction over the remains, but various societies dedicated to the king have their own opinions.

Two groups, the U.S.-based Richard III Foundation and the [...]

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Written By: grant on December 9, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Seventeenth Century Sites Examined by Archaeologists</i>, from <i>The Archaeology of Boston</i> pamphlet,

A map from the Massachusetts Environment Department City Archaeology Program, found on archive.org.

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Written By: grant on November 9, 2012 No Comment

PhysOrg has the details on the latest royal presence in Cairo:

Czech archaeologists have unearthed the 4,500-year-old tomb of a Pharaonic princess south of Cairo, in a finding that suggests other undiscovered tombs may be in the area, an official from Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Saturday.

Mohammed El-Bialy, who heads the Egyptian and Greco-Roman Antiquities [...]

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Written By: grant on October 22, 2012 No Comment

BBC reports on the linguists who have started puzzling out how to read and write in proto-Elamite:

“I think we are finally on the point of making a breakthrough,” says Jacob Dahl, fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and director of the Ancient World Research Cluster.

Dr Dahl’s secret weapon is being able to see this [...]

Written By: grant on September 13, 2012 No Comment

New Scientist may have uncovered the bones of Richard III, the king either most villainous or most misunderstood of Plantangenet:

What exactly has been found?
The body of an adult male has been excavated from what is believed to be ruins of the choir area of the Grey Friars church in Leicester. It’s now a [...]

Written By: grant on August 9, 2012 No Comment

Wired (suitably enough) gets all hepped up over traces of a prehistoric Starbucks in Cahokia:

In a new study, researchers have found the first direct evidence of black drink — not in shells from Florida or Mississippi, but in ceramic beakers at the ancient city of Cahokia outside what’s now St. Louis, Missouri. The [...]

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Written By: grant on August 1, 2012 No Comment

LiveScience looks at faint traces of deadly poisons that prove Paleolithic culture rose in Africa at the same time it did in Europe:

“Our research proves that the Later Stone Age emerged in South Africa far earlier than has been believed and occurred at about the same time as the arrival of modern humans [...]

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