Cave Featuring Native American Wall Art Is Sold to Anonymous Bidder

The cave, which sold for $2.2 million in St. Louis on Tuesday, is considered a sacred site by members of the Osage Nation. A tribal leader called the sale “heartbreaking.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #auctions, #caves-and-caverns, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #missouri, #native-americans

4,000-Year-Old Coffin Found in English Golf Course

Workers digging in a pond at the Tetney Golf Club discovered a waterlogged coffin containing the remains of a man who archaeologists said was buried about 4,000 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #coffins, #england, #fossils, #lincolnshire-england, #tetney-england, #tetney-golf-club-tetney-england

A Skeleton for Diplomacy: How a Plan to Reconcile France and Russia Collapsed

The remains of a Napoleonic general who died on a Russian battlefield came home in July. But the chance for rapprochement collapsed over concerns about Moscow’s policies.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bonaparte-napoleon, #france, #funerals-and-memorials, #gudin-charles-etienne-1768-1812, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #malinowski-pierre, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

A Shifting Climate Gave Humans Many Opportunities to Leave Africa

A new paleoclimate model finds many favorable windows when Homo sapiens might have survived a migration out of Africa.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cambridge-university, #manica-andrea, #nature-communications-journal, #paleontology, #your-feed-science

Last Stop on the Way to the Cosmos? No Thanks.

A small Southern county hopes to land a starring role in the commercial space race. But for residents of the exclusive islands in the flight path, the stakes feel sky-high.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #beaches, #branson-richard, #cumberland-island-ga, #federal-lands, #musk-elon, #national-parks-service, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildfires

Push to Return 116,000 Native American Remains Is Long-Awaited

Changes to U.S. regulations would seek to eliminate red tape that has delayed the return of burial remains and sacred objects held by museums and other institutions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #haaland-deb, #harvard-university, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #museums, #national-park-service, #native-americans, #peabody-museum, #united-states-politics-and-government

Inked Mummies, Linking Tattoo Artists With Their Ancestors

As scientists find more tattoos on preserved remains from Indigenous cultures, artists living today are drawing from them to revive cultural traditions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arctic-regions, #greenland, #indigenous-people, #mummies-and-mummification, #native-americans, #philippines, #tattoos, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

Colosseum Opens Its Belly to the Public

The underground warren where ancient Roman gladiators and animals awaited their fates has been restored.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #colosseum-rome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy

What is the Lindy Effect?

A technology lawyer named Paul Skallas argues we should be gleaning more wisdom from antiquity.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #content-type-personal-profile, #greek-civilization, #philosophy, #skallas-paul

Search for Victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre Has Uncovered 27 Coffins

There are strong reasons to suspect that the mass grave was for victims of the 1921 killing, given contemporary evidence.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #black-people, #cemeteries, #oaklawn-cemetery, #race-and-ethnicity, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921

Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cambridge-university-press, #capital-punishment, #cemeteries, #crime-and-criminals, #freedom-of-religion, #gosden-chris, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #research, #roman-civilization, #scotland, #skeletons

The New Detectorists

As an old outdoor hobby draws new followers, metal detectors are sweeping the country.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #beaches, #gold, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hobbies, #treasure-troves

Archaeologists vs. Computer: New Study Fuels Sorting Competition

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate, and far more efficient, as four human experts.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #ceramics-and-pottery, #computers-and-the-internet, #journal-of-archaeological-science, #northern-arizona-university, #tusayan-ariz

The Sunday Read: ‘Neanderthals Were People, Too’

Research has shown that they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #darwin-charles-robert, #germany, #gibraltar, #great-britain, #neanderthal-man, #skull-body-part

Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Culture

From Virginia to California, these eight parks, heritage centers and open-air exhibits offer fresh opportunities to confront the history and the present-day realities of Native Americans.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #content-type-service, #grand-canyon-national-park, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #jeffers-petroglyphs-minnesota, #machicomoco-state-park-virginia, #museums, #native-americans, #nez-perce-indians, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #santa-ynez-chumash-museum-and-cultural-center, #spring-lake-park-preserve-minnesota, #stewart-indian-school-cultural-center-and-museum, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states, #ute-mountain-tribal-park-colorado

Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna.

#animal-behavior, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #birds, #cats, #delhi-india, #dogs, #great-britain, #isotopes, #monkeys-and-apes, #pet-foods, #pets, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science, #zoos

Ukraine’s Burial Mounds Offer Meaning in a Heap of History

The Scythians, marijuana-smoking nomadic warriors of ancient Ukraine, built thousands of burial mounds that are at risk today. A preservation group finds resonance in them for a country at war.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dnipro-ukraine, #funerals-and-memorials, #kyiv-ukraine, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #scythians-ancient-civilization, #ukraine

These Neanderthals Weren’t Cannibals, So Who Ate Them? Stone Age Hyenas.

An archaeological excavation south of Rome uncovered fossil remains of nine Neanderthals, along with the bones of hyenas, elephants and rhinoceroses.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fossils, #hyenas, #italy, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #research, #skull-body-part

The Earliest Human Burial in Africa

A child laid to rest 78,000 years ago yields clues to early human burials in East Africa.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #funerals-and-memorials, #kenya, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

$18 Million Refit of Colosseum Will Give Visitors a Gladiator’s View

The winning design for a new floor for the Roman landmark, planned to be ready for 2023, will cover the exposed subterranean chambers and reconnect “the thread of time.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #colosseum-rome, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #rome-italy

Discovery of Pregnant Egyptian Mummy Is a First, Researchers Say

“It’s like finding a treasure trove while you are picking up mushrooms in a forest,” an archaeologist said. “We are overwhelmed with this discovery.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #egypt, #egyptian-civilization, #mummies-and-mummification, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #warsaw-poland, #warsaw-mummy-project, #wojciech-ejsmond, #women-and-girls

What Doomed the Great City of Cahokia? Not Ecological Hubris, Study Says.

Excavations at the city, famous for its pre-Columbian mounds, challenge the idea that residents destroyed the city through wood clearing.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cahokia-mounds-state-historic-site-ill, #forests-and-forestry, #geoarcheology-journal, #native-americans, #north-america, #research, #st-louis-mo, #sustainable-living, #your-feed-science

Archaeologists Solve a Decades-Old Harriet Tubman Mystery

State and federal officials announced on Tuesday that they had located the site of the Maryland cabin where the Underground Railroad conductor lived as a young adult.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #harriet-tubman-underground-railroad-visitor-center-church-creek-md, #humanities, #larson-kate-clifford-1958, #maryland, #maryland-department-of-transportation, #slavery-historical, #tubman-harriet, #underground-railroad-19th-century

Fleeing a Modern War, Syrians Seek Refuge in Ancient Ruins

So many people have fled to Syria’s crowded northwest that families have settled in important archaeological sites. “We, too, have become ruins.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-heritage-sites

Marshall D. Sahlins, Groundbreaking Anthropologist, Dies at 90

His work focused on the way cultures shape, and are shaped by, individuals — a framework he demonstrated through his passionate political activism.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #sahlins-marshall-d, #university-of-chicago, #university-of-michigan, #vietnam-war

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

Ancient Native American Site Is Defaced in Georgia Forest

Rock faces and boulders bearing figure carvings called petroglyphs were scratched or dabbed with paint, the United States Forest Service said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chattahoochee-oconee-national-forest-ga, #cherokee-indians, #forest-service, #georgia, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #vandalism

Woven Into History

The textiles women produced made our civilization what it is.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #fashion-and-apparel, #textiles, #the-fabric-of-civilization-how-textiles-made-the-world-book, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #wonder-woman-fictional-character, #wool-and-woolen-goods

Glimpses of Sudan’s Forgotten Pyramids

Desecrated by plunderers, threatened by floodwaters and largely overshadowed by their Egyptian counterparts, Sudan’s ancient archaeological sites may finally be poised to receive broader recognition.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #deserts, #giza-egypt, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #khartoum-sudan, #nile-river, #politics-and-government, #sudan, #travel-and-vacations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

George Bass, Archaeologist of the Ocean Floor, Dies at 88

He was called the father of underwater archaeology, finding treasures in shipwrecks around the world that illuminated ancient history.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bass-george-f-1932-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #diving-and-divers, #oceans-and-seas, #shipwrecks-historic, #turkey, #university-of-pennsylvania

Long-Lost Mosaic From a ‘Floating Palace’ of Caligula Returns Home

A 2,000-year-old artifact that had ended up in the home of a Manhattan antiquities dealer is now in an Italian museum.

#antiques, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caligula-12-41-ad, #fioratti-helen-costantino, #italy, #museums

Bronze Age Tomb in Spain Hints Women Helped Govern

A tomb unearthed in Spain has prompted archaeologists to reconsider assumptions about women’s power in Bronze Age European societies.

#antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #jewels-and-jewelry, #research, #spain, #tombs-and-tombstones, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

How to Pretend You’re in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Today

You might not be able to travel on spring break this year, but you can immerse yourself in Maya culture from home.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #mayans, #music, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #riviera-maya-mexico, #sinkholes, #travel-and-vacations, #world-heritage-sites

Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us

A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #ears-and-hearing, #fossils, #language-and-languages, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #quam-rolf-m, #research, #voice-and-speech, #your-feed-science

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption

A shift in Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found — and they’re naming the period after the author Douglas Adams.

#adams-douglas, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #magnets-and-magnetism, #neanderthal-man, #ozone, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-science

Norman Golb, Dead Sea Scrolls Contrarian, Is Dead at 92

He challenged the conventional wisdom about a major archaeological discovery. He also led a successful effort to open it for study by a wide range of researchers.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dead-sea-scrolls, #deaths-obituaries, #golb-norman, #hebrew-language, #jews-and-judaism

Was Stonehenge a ‘Secondhand’ Monument?

The Neolithic site appears to have begun as a monument in Wales that was dismantled and carried 175 miles east as part of a larger migration, a new study suggests.

#antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #england, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #salisbury-england, #stonehenge-england, #wales, #your-feed-science

Hear the Sound of a Seashell Horn Found in an Ancient French Cave

Music from the large conch probably hadn’t been heard by human ears for 17,000 years.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #france, #music, #musical-instruments, #pyrenees-mountains, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization

The ancient city of Babylon is a World Heritage Site, but it faces threats old and new. As some of its walls crumble, preservationists are fighting to preserve the past.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #babylon-iraq, #restoration-and-renovation, #world-heritage-sites, #world-monuments-fund

A Natural Work of Art May Be Hiding Among Indian Cave Masterpieces

What may be an overlooked fossil in a well-known cultural site could offer clues to the age of its underlying rocks.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #bhopal-india, #caves-and-caverns, #fossils, #gondwana-research-journal, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-science

Archaeologists Find a Mummy With a Golden Tongue

The tongue, found at a temple on the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt, was probably meant to help the deceased speak in the afterlife, experts said.

#alexandria-egypt, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cleopatra, #egyptian-civilization, #gold, #mummies-and-mummification, #tombs-and-tombstones

Archaeologists Discover Spot in Alaska Where Indigenous Fort Once Stood

The location of the fort, which was used by the Tlingit people to ward off Russian invaders in 1804 and was destroyed by the Russians, has eluded researchers for decades.

#alaska, #alaska-natives, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #russia

Dogs May Have Come From an Ice Age Meetup of Carnivores in Siberia

Researchers propose that some remote ancestors of Native Americans may have been the first humans to forge the bond with wolves that led to domestication.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dogs, #durham-university, #larson-greger, #native-americans, #north-america, #oxford-university, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #siberia, #southern-methodist-university, #wolves, #your-feed-science

Recreating an Archaeological Discovery From the Ground Down

“The Dig,” on Netflix, revisits the astonishing find made by two amateurs in Britain as World War II was dawning.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #england, #fiennes-ralph, #movies, #mulligan-carey, #preston-john-author, #stone-simon-1984, #the-dig-movie

An Ancient Form of European Money: Bronze Rings, Ribs and Blades

Because the objects had a standardized weight, scientists suggest they were a form of currency used some 3,500 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #central-europe, #commodities, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #currency, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #plos-one-journal, #research, #weights-and-measures, #your-feed-science

A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos

The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-markets, #bronze-age, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #germany, #iron-age, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

Pig Painting May Be World’s Oldest Cave Art Yet, Archaeologists Say

The depiction of the animal on an Indonesian island is at least 45,500 years old, the researchers say.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #caves-and-caverns, #indonesia, #pigs, #research, #science-advances-journal, #sulawesi-indonesia, #your-feed-science

Caligula’s Garden of Delights, Unearthed and Restored

Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #buildings-structures, #caligula-12-41-ad, #capitoline-museums, #museums, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #your-feed-science

The Leftovers Route to Dog Domestication

If ancient hunters ate the juicy fat parts of their prey and gave wolves the lean meat, it could have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arctic-regions, #dogs, #finland, #ice-age, #research, #university-of-exeter, #wolves, #your-feed-science

Bryan Sykes, Who Saw the Ancient Past in Genes, Dies at 73

An Oxford scientist with a flair for the dramatic, he introduced millions of people to the secrets of their ancestry through his books and TV appearances.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cryptozoologists, #deaths-obituaries, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #sykes-bryan, #the-seven-daughters-of-eve-the-science-that-reveals-our-genetic-ancestry-book