19th-Century Ship Is Revealed by Storm Erosion in Florida

Researchers believe the vessel is the Caroline Eddy, a ship built during the Civil War and wrecked in 1880. “It was a sea like a mountain,” its captain recounted at the time.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #coast-erosion, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #meide-chuck, #sand-and-gravel, #shipwrecks-historic

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Colonial Williamsburg Project Unearths Graves at Site of Black Church

An archaeological project digs into the past to finally give voice to one of Williamsburg’s oldest communities.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #black-people, #colonial-williamsburg, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #williamsburg-va

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Who Will Miss the Coins When They’re Gone?

We used to carry and trade bits of metal everywhere, but a pandemic shortage and the rise of digital money are making jingly pockets a distant memory for many.

#american-numismatic-assn, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #numismatics, #united-states-economy, #united-states-mint, #virtual-currency

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Remains of Two Killed in Vesuvius Eruption Are Discovered at Pompeii

Archaeologists tentatively identified the pair as a wealthy landowner and a younger enslaved person, both of whom were killed in the 79 A.D. eruption.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #mount-vesuvius-italy, #pompeii-italy

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Egypt Unearths New Mummies Dating Back 2,500 Years

More than 100 painted wooden coffins, many with bodies, were found in the necropolis of Saqqara, officials said. After several recent finds at the site, it’s the largest discovery there this year.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #coffins, #egypt, #egyptian-civilization, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mummies-and-mummification

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A Record of Horseback Riding, Written in Bone and Teeth

Close examination of horse remains has clarified the timeline of when equestrianism helped transform ancient Chinese civilization.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bones, #china, #horses, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #spine-body-part, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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Archaeologists Discover Viking Age Ship Burial in Norway

Using ground-penetrating radar, a team of archaeologists made the discovery in southeastern Norway. Once excavated, the findings could offer insight into Viking settlements.

#antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #norway, #scandinavia, #vikings

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Skull Fossil Shows How Human Cousin Adapted to Changing Climate

A skull found in a South African cave suggests that the species went through a process of microevolution during a chaotic environmental shift.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #fathers-day, #fossils, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #paleontology, #south-africa, #your-feed-science

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Book Review: ‘Kindred,’ by Rebecca Wragg Sykes

In “Kindred,” Rebecca Wragg Sykes offers a complete new story about Neanderthals, both how they lived and how they met their end.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #kindred-neanderthal-life-love-death-and-art-book, #neanderthal-man, #sykes-rebecca-wragg

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Ancient Remains in Peru Reveal Female Big-Game Hunter

Scientists are divided on broader implications of the find for ancient gender roles.

#andes-mountains, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #hunting-and-trapping, #peru, #puno-peru, #research, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

Meet the scholars who study civilizational collapse.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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The Art of Holding On, Letting Go and Learning to Golf

My grandfather devoted hours of his life to the game, and now I can see why.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #golf, #grandparents

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Book Review: ‘A World Beneath the Sands,’ by Toby Wilkinson

In “A World Beneath the Sands,” Toby Wilkinson details the hundred years when many of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt were made, by Europeans.

#a-world-beneath-the-sands-adventurers-and-archaeologists-in-the-golden-age-of-egyptology-book, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #books-and-literature, #egyptian-civilization, #wilkinson-toby

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Cat Figure Found at Nazca Lines in Peru

Archaeologists came across the faded feline outline while conducting maintenance work at the UNESCO heritage site.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cats, #nazca-lines-peru, #peru, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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From the Rubble of Atlases, a Colossus Will Rise

Thirty-eight great statues of Atlas, all now ruined, once decorated the ancient Greek Temple of Olympic Zeus. Archaeologists have a novel plan for the remains.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #greek-civilization, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #your-feed-science

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The Grandmother Trees

We think of humans as destroyers of the Amazon, but for centuries Indigenous people have tended to this landscape.

#amazon-river-basin, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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Grief and Geology Both Take Time in ‘The Book of Unconformities’

When the anthropologist Hugh Raffles lost two sisters within months, he looked to rocks and stones for a sense of perspective and stability.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #geology, #raffles-hugh, #rock-and-stone, #the-book-of-unconformities-speculations-on-lost-time-book

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The Vikings Were More Complicated Than You Might Think

One of the biggest surveys ever of ancient DNA offers new evidence of who the Vikings were and where they went raiding and trading.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #denmark, #england, #estonia, #genetics-and-heredity, #great-britain, #harvard-university, #nature-journal, #race-and-ethnicity, #reich-david-e-1974, #research, #scandinavia, #university-of-copenhagen, #uppsala-university, #vikings, #willerslev-eske, #your-feed-science

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How Old Is This Ancient Vision of the Stars?

It’s a tale of bronze, iron, looting and archaeological conflict.

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

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Why Are We in the West So Weird? A Theory

In his groundbreaking new book, “The WEIRDest People in the World,” the anthropologist Joseph Henrich argues that people from Western countries have a unique psychology.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #henrich-joseph, #the-weirdest-people-in-the-world-how-the-west-became-psychologically-peculiar-and-particularly-prosperous-book

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Aided by Modern Ingenuity, a Taste of Ancient Judean Dates

The harvest of the much-extolled but long-lost Judean dates was something of a scientific miracle. The fruit sprouted from seeds 2,000 years old.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dates-fruit, #deserts, #elaine-solowey, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kibbutz-ketura, #sarah-sallon, #science-advances-journal

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David Graeber, Caustic Critic of Inequality, Is Dead at 59

He wrote about crushing debt, pointless jobs and the negative effects of globalization. And he played a leading role in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #graeber-david, #income-inequality, #occupy-wall-street, #slogans-and-mottoes, #writing-and-writers

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Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ Was Never Lost, New Book Says

A new book aims to settle a centuries-old question of what happened to a group of English colonists. Archaeologists said that its theory was plausible but that more evidence was needed.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #colonization, #indigenous-people, #jamestown-va, #lost-colony, #mid-atlantic-states-us

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From the Seabed, Figures of an Ancient Cult

A trove of Phoenician artifacts was long ascribed to a single shipwreck. More likely they were tossed overboard, and over centuries, a new study suggests.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #shipwrecks-historic, #your-feed-science

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Douglas A.J. Latchford, Khmer Antiquities Expert, Dies at 88

A leading collector of Cambodian relics, he was credited with helping preserve Khmer culture. He was also charged with trafficking in looted treasures.

#antiques, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #collectors-and-collections, #deaths-obituaries, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #thailand

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1,100-Year-Old Treasure Is Unearthed by Teenagers in Israel

The discovery of hundreds of gold coins dating to the ninth century could help archaeologists better understand the history of the region.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #gold, #israel, #treasure-troves

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Italy Wants Its Tourists Back, Unless They Sit on the Statues

Damaged treasures and broken rules have put the spotlight on the country’s fragile cultural heritage, and the need to better educate visitors.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #italy, #ministry-of-cultural-heritage-and-tourism-italy, #museums, #pompeii-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #vandalism

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The Good News About What Human Genius Can Still Do

There’s something uniquely compelling about our need to learn what we can about the universe.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #emirates-mars-mission, #griffin-michael-d, #mars-planet, #musk-elon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stonehenge-england

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The Romans Called it ‘Alexandrian Glass.’ Where Was It Really From?

Trace quantities of isotopes hint at the true origin of a kind of glass that was highly prized in the Roman Empire.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chemistry, #egypt, #glass, #glassware, #isotopes, #mediterranean-sea, #research, #roman-civilization, #your-feed-science

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Whence Came Stonehenge’s Stones? Now We Know

Last year archaeologists pinpointed the origin of many of the ancient monument’s massive stones. A new study identifies the source of the rest.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #geology, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #rock-and-stone, #stonehenge-england, #your-feed-science

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Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds

A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #canoes-and-canoeing, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

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Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85

His monumental dictionary, after years of fieldwork, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chiapas-mexico, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #indigenous-people, #language-and-languages, #laughlin-robert-m-1934-2020, #mayans, #smithsonian-institution

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Facebook, Citing Looting Concerns, Bans Historical Artifact Sales

The company announced the prohibition after researchers reported that looters were using the platform to identify and sell illegally excavated antiquities.

#al-azm-amr, #antiquities-trafficking-and-heritage-anthropology-research-project, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-markets, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #paul-katie-a, #shawnee-state-university, #social-media

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The Roman Republic Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away.

Scientists have linked historical political instability to a number of volcanic events, the latest involving an eruption in the Aleutian Islands.

#alaska, #aleutian-islands, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caesar-julius, #nile-river, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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New Neolithic Finds Near Stonehenge Site

The finding of a circle of trenches at a nearby ancient village also makes the site the largest prehistoric structure in Britain and possibly in Europe, one archaeologist said.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #stonehenge-england, #world-heritage-sites

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DNA of ‘Irish Pharaoh’ Sheds Light on Ancient Tomb Builders

In one of Europe’s most impressive Stone Age burial mounds, researchers found evidence of brother-sister incest that suggests the existence of a ruling elite.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #incest, #ireland, #nature-journal, #reich-david-e-1974, #research, #schulz-paulsson-bettina, #tombs-and-tombstones, #trinity-college-dublin-ireland, #your-feed-science

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Mining Firm Plans to Destroy Indigenous Australian Sites, Despite Outcry

Just weeks after another company was criticized for razing ancient caves in the Pilbara desert, BHP said it would expand an iron ore mine on land that contains rock shelters some 15,000 years old.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #australia, #bhp-billiton-ltd, #demolition, #indigenous-australians, #mines-and-mining, #rio-tinto-plc

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Roman Villa’s Mosaics Are Unearthed, Again, a Century After Last Dig

The site in northern Italy was excavated in 1922, but then reburied and mostly forgotten about. But not by archaeologists, who made “an important find” of mosaics from the third or fourth century A.D.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #italy, #veneto-italy

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Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

Get up close to the finest mosaics in Western Europe, 19th-century busts (an earlier form of self-promotion), the archaeology of Turkey, the Met’s conservation projects and stately European homes.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #broch-mark, #goncu-hakan, #greek-civilization, #instagram-inc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #netherlands, #photography, #ravenna-italy, #restoration-and-renovation, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations, #turkey

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Remains of 60 Mammoths Found in Mexico

Archaeologists said the remains found near the site of a former lake could suggest the animals were hunted after they got stuck in mud.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #mammoths-animals, #skeletons, #tultepec-mexico, #university-of-michigan

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When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig

Recent research highlights the power of the canine nose to uncover buried remains from ancient human history.

#animal-cognition, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #croatia, #dogs, #florida, #forensic-science, #mississippi, #native-americans, #smells-and-odors, #tombs-and-tombstones, #your-feed-science

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The Elites Were Living High. Then Came the Fall.

Modern cities can learn from the fate of the collapsed civilizations at Ugarit and Mycenae.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #crete-greece, #greek-civilization, #income-inequality, #mediterranean-sea

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A Poetic Journey Through Western China

For years, Silk Road travelers made the grueling trek past towering mountain ranges and ancient cities now lost to time. Centuries later, one writer attempts to retrace the journey.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #buddhism, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #dunhuang-china, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #immigration-and-emigration, #mogao-caves-china, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #wang-wei-701-61-ad, #xian-china, #xinjiang-china

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What Happened to the Original 1 Percent?

Modern cities can learn from the fate of the collapsed civilizations at Ugarit and Mycenae.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bronze-age, #crete-greece, #greek-civilization, #income-inequality, #mediterranean-sea

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What We Lose When We Go From the Classroom to Zoom

Like other utopian dreams, the fiction of equality has its value.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #city-university-of-new-york, #colleges-and-universities, #hooks-bell, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #quarantines, #queens-nyc, #queens-college-city-university-of-new-york

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3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll

The men might have been among the earliest to be stolen from their homeland and brought to the Americas.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #bacteria, #barquera-rodrigo, #current-biology-journal, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #krause-johannes, #marquez-morfin-lourdes, #mexico-city-mexico, #research, #skeletons, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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Reveling in the Enigmatic Beauty of Easter Island

Some 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is among the world’s most remote — and mysterious — inhabited islands.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chile, #easter-island, #islands, #photography, #polynesia, #rock-and-stone, #travel-and-vacations

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Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors’ Hunting Techniques

Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #germany, #hunting-and-trapping, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science

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