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    Pantheon Sinkhole Reveals Ancient Paving

    A sinkhole that opened up in front of the Pantheon in Rome last week has uncovered ancient Roman paving stones, sources said this week. Credit: Soprintendenza Speciale Roma The seven slabs of travertine, which are about 2.30/2.70 metres below street level with dimensions of about 80 by...
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    From War Elephants To Cheap Electronics: Modern Globalization Has Its Roots In Ancient Trade Networks

    Many think of globalization as a modern and corporate phenomenon, and it has been readily linked to the spread of coronavirus. But globalization isn't new. Archaeological research shows it began in antiquity. Credit: British Library A global economy, with luxury consumerism and global...
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    X-Ray Analysis Sheds Light On Construction And Conservation Of Artefacts From Henry VIII's Warship

    21st century X-ray technology has allowed University of Warwick scientists to peer back through time at the production of the armour worn by the crew of Henry VIII's favoured warship, the Mary Rose. The Mary Rose [Credit: Johnny Black] Three artefacts believed to be remains of...
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    Study Traces Spread Of Early Dairy Farming Across Western Europe

    A study has tracked the shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to early farming that occurred in prehistoric Europe over a period of around 1,500 years. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of York, analysed the molecular remains of food left in pottery used...
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    Bronze Age Swords Bear The Marks Of Skilled Fighters

    Warriors during the Bronze Age used their weapons in skillful ways that would have required lots of training in specific techniques, researchers say. An example of the damage caused by one of the replica swords [Credit: Bronze Age Combat Team/Hotspur School of Defence] A team led by...
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    Ancient Greek Site Where Men Were Buried With Their Horses To Be Restored

    The Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni vowed to restore the ancient burial site of Doxipara located in Evros in northeast Greece which she described as having an “indisputable archaeological and historical value.” Credit: Greek Minister of Culture During her recent visit to the site...
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    5700 Year Old Settlement Unearthed In Upper Valais, Switzerland

    As part of the expansion of the senior citizens' centre in Naters, in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, archaeologists have excavated a settlement from the Middle Neolithic period, dating from 3700 to 3550 BC. This is the largest site from this period in the Upper Valais to date...
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    Excavation Of Etruscan Tomb In Corsica Completed

    In recent months, Inrap has conducted extensive excavations in Corsica, one of which led to the major discovery of a Roman and Etruscan necropolis at Aleria. This preventive archaeological excavation uncovered an exceptional Etruscan tomb from the end of the 4th century BC. View of the...
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    Site Of Battle Fought Between Carthaginians And Carparthians In 220 BC Discovered In Spain

    The year was 220 B.C. and the young Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca had to return to his winter quarters in Qart Hadasht – now Cartagena in southeast Spain – after taking Helmatica – now Salamanca in the northwest of the country – from the Vettones tribe. It was spring or summer, and the...
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    Legionary Canteen Found At Roman Sanctuary In France

    During the course of rescue excavations at a site near a planned commercial area in the town of Seynod in southeastern France, archaeologists from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) unearthed the remains of a Roman-era sacred precinct with two or three small...
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    Study Sheds Light On Alterations By Carnivores To Palaeolithic Campsites

    Ruth Blasco, Taphonomy researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigacion sobre la Evolucion Humana (CENIEH), has participated in a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports which demonstrates the considerable alteration and anatomical bias produced by wild carnivores once places...
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    Who Lived Near Pommelte, The 'German Stonehenge'?

    Starting in April, an about-4,000-year-old settlement will be excavated to provide insights into Early Bronze Age life. Settlements of this size have not yet been found at the related henges in the British Isles. The reconstructed ring-shaped sanctuary at Pommelte [Credit...
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    Neolithic Cairn Excavated In Wales

    Ancient cairns, used to bury neolithic tribes people over 4,500 years ago, were found near the Milfraen mountainside overlooking Blaina in Blaenau Gwent by the Aberystruth Archaeological Society last month. Members of the group excavated the Neolithic cairn on the mountains overlooking...
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    Ram’s Skull Found Inside 2,100-Year-Old Human Clay Head In Siberia

    The discovery of the magnificent clay likeness of a young man in the Shestakovsky burial mound No 6 has long intrigued Russian archaeologists. Among cremated people this elegant mask of, perhaps, a handsome warrior immediately stood out as a remarkable find when it was first unearthed in...
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    18th Century Coin Hoard Found Under Slovakian Church Floor

    While removing the floor of the church in Obišovce near Košice, the foundations of the old church were uncovered. After this discovery, the archaeological company Triglav conducted research that took place at the beginning of February 2020, the Regional Monuments Board Košice reported...
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    Dublin's Earliest Viking Settlement Seen In New Light

    An archaeological excavation has changed our picture of Dublin's earliest Viking settlement with the black pool or Dubh Linn now known to be a lot bigger than first thought. Ditch, palisade and embankment from 9th century Viking settlement [Credit: Archaeological Projects Ltd] The dig...
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    Thucydides And The Plague Of Athens - What It Can Teach Us Now

    The coronavirus is concentrating our minds on the fragility of human existence in the face of a deadly disease. Words like “epidemic” and “pandemic” (and “panic”!) have become part of our daily discourse. Pericles Funeral Oration on the Greek 50 Drachmai 1955 Banknote [Credit...
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    Intact Etruscan Tomb From The 4th Century BC Unearthed In Vulci

    An intact Etruscan tomb dating back to the late fourth/early third century BC was discovered this week in the Vulci archaeological site. Credit: Parco di Vulci The discovery took place in the area of the Poggetto Mengarelli necropolis, where scholars have brought to light many objects...
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    Intensive Management Of Crops And Livestock Spurred La Bastida's Economic Development

    A team from the Research Group in Mediterranean Social Archaeology (ASOME) at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) has led an international study to reconstruct the diet of the El Argar society of the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula (2220-1550 BCE) and distinguish the subsistence...
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    Iron Age ‘Warrior’ Burial With Sword And Spear Discovered In West Sussex

    A richly-furnished grave belonging to an Iron Age ‘warrior’ buried 2,000 years ago has been uncovered in West Sussex by UCL archaeologists. The burial with weapons being excavated [Credit: UCL] Iron weapons had been placed inside the grave, including a sword in a highly-decorated...
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