Stonehenge laser scanning reveals Rock Art and much more
Following a detailed laser scan of Stonehenge last year, an analysis has just been published by English Heritage. It reveals many more axe carvings and much new information on how the stones were shaped. More..
Hoard of 70,000 Iron Age Coins found on Jersey in the english channel islands
When metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles found Iron Age coins under a Jersey field, they promptly reported their find to Jersey Heritage who excavated to reveal a massive hoard of coins dating to around 56BC. The hoard is still largely in one piece and is being excavated under laboratory conditions by Neil Mahrer. More..
Inhabitants of Madrid' ate elephants' meat and bone marrow 80,000 years ago
Humans that populated the banks of the river Manzanares (Madrid, Spain) during the Middle Palaeolithic (between 127,000 and 40,000 years ago) fed themselves on pachyderm meat and bone marrow. This is what a Spanish study shows and has found percussion and cut marks on elephant remains in the site of Preresa, Madrid.
18th Century shipwreck under the world trade center, new york
Well preserved 5th century AD ship found in istanbul
Bronze Age Mummies from scotland made from jigsaw of body Parts
Two of the skeletons found at Cladh Halan, South Uist, Scotland in 2001 were made up from a number of people, according to new research.
Neolithic Cosmology: A carving of a Comet
Was Halley’s Comet visible in the skies above Orkney in the later Neolithic, say around 3000BC to 2500 BC? The archaeologists at the Ness of Brodgar have just uncovered what they call a “Comet Stone”, which bears a good resemblance to Halley's Comet. It was found last Friday (12 August) in Structure Ten and it features a circle with three slightly diverging lines trailing after it. Tweet me at archaeology_ws if you know.
Mystery object found at brodgar, scotland
It's ceramic, only 60mm long and is solid. Is it a figurine?
Director of excavations at the Ness of Brodgar, Orkney, Scotland said “Given the nature of the site, it would be easy to suggest the Brodgar figurine represented something ceremonial, ritualistic or religious. But given the area of the site in which it was found – one of the last buildings constructed on the Ness – I don’t think it’s of any obvious significance and I don’t think it’s a reflection on the site as a whole. “Maybe, if it had been found in Structure Ten, the massive ‘cathedral-like’ building, we’d be thinking differently, but it turned up in what would appear to be a not particularly significant deposit. “In addition, it’s not a beautifully carved piece of craftsmanship. It’s probably been part of another object at one time, which, when it broke, the fragment was perhaps then reworked into this little figurine.”
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- Archaeology Magazine Updated every weekday, a summary with links to about six news stories.
- BBC Latest Archaeology News Selected top stories - about one per day
- National Geographic Ancient World News Brief summaries linked to full stories written by National Geographic reporters. About one story per day.
- Discovery Channel Brief summaries linked to pages, about one story per day.
- Stone Pages Archaeo News
- EurekAlert Public Releases of latest research. About 2 per week.
- Science Daily Brief summaries and links to full stories by Science Daily reporters. Mixed with Palaeontology stories. One per day.
- Archaeology News Automatic News Feed
- Explorator Links to David Meadow's weekly newsletters, each containing about 50 links to the week's stories.
- Archaeology in Europe Regularly updated with summaries and links. About 20 stories per week, but only Europe.
- Google Archaeology News. Search results for the last week. Automatically listed, so much irrelevant material.
- Yahoo Anthropology and Archaeology Automatic news feed with some irrelevant content.
- Topix Archaeology News A mixed collection of news stories