Archaeology

The Enemy Of Archaeology Is Not People, It's Salt

By Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science-- The enemy of archeology everywhere is salt. It destroys buildings, disassembles art works, and can turn ancient pottery into piles of dust. How salt lays waste to these artifacts is well known, but scientists in Switze ...

Article - Joel Shurkin - May 25 2015 - 11:07am

40,000 Year Old Rock Art Found In Indonesia

A close up of one of the hand stencils found in the prehistoric caves in Indonesia. Credit: Kinez Riza, Author provided By Paul S.C.Taçon, Griffith University; Adam Brumm, Griffith University, and Maxime Aubert, Griffith University ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 9 2014 - 8:31am

Stunning Finds From Ancient Greek Shipwreck

An international team has retrieved antiquities including tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 10 2014 - 7:30am

Extreme Ice Age Living: Human Settlement 15,000 Feet In The Andes

Think you're extreme? 12,000 years ago Ice Age Humans lived and worked at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet, high in the Peruvian Andes. The sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes, are the highest-altitude Pleistocene arc ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 23 2014 - 2:49pm

Prehistoric Continental Shelf: Tracing Our Ancestors At The Bottom Of The Sea

The social sciences have simultaneously become increasingly specialized and over-lapping. A new field calls itself Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research and it studies the remains of prehistoric human settlements which are now submerged beneath coastal w ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 28 2014 - 11:16am

Anubis And The 8 Million Mummy Army

Underneath the ancient royal buried ground of Saqqara in the Egyptian desert lies something even creepier than mummies that might come back to life- mummies that might come back to life and be adorable. The Sacred Animal Necropolis, as it was called after ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Oct 29 2014 - 2:15pm

Ice Age Infants Unearthed In Alaska

The remains of two Ice Age infants are the youngest human remains ever found in northern North America, according to a new paper. The remains of the infants date to around 11,000 years ago and were found in 2013 at an excavation of the Upward Sun River si ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 11 2014 - 12:00pm

The Collapse Of The Bronze Age- Climate Change Didn't Do It

Empires have risen and fallen and often it has been due to changes in the climate. When agriculture was a more demanding endeavor people wanted the most fertile lands and as that shifted, so did cities. For that reason, climate change has often been cited ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 17 2014 - 4:30pm

While The Roman Empire Collapsed, Trade Thrived

Even while the Roman empire was in decline, precious substances, such as frankincense, were being transported to its furthest northern outpost in Britain. Archaeologists writing in the Journal of Archaeological Science used molecular analysis of materials ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 4 2014 - 11:41am

Hidden Stories: The Genetic Secrets Of Ancient Parchments

There are not a lot of new stories to be found by the humanities in ancient parchments, but millions of documents stored in archives could trace agricultural development across the centuries, thanks to increasingly progressive genetic sequencing technique ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 8 2014 - 10:17am