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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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There Have Always Been Women Warriors

New scholarship shows that man was not always the hunter.

#andes-mountains, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #vikings

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The Haunting of Tulsa, Okla.

A recently unearthed mass grave may soon provide answers about what happened to victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

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

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Snail, Fish and Sheep Soup, Anyone? Savory New Finds at Pompeii

The ancient site is the archaeological gift that keeps on giving. A food shop excavated this month suggests that its ancient residents had singular culinary tastes.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #pompeii-italy

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Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves

Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caribbean-area, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Welcome to the Ruthless, Cutthroat World of Paleoanthropology

Two new books, Kermit Pattison’s “Fossil Men” and Meave Leakey’s “The Sediments of Time,” offer a glimpse into the adventurous world of the men and women searching for our origins.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #fossil-men-the-quest-for-the-oldest-skeleton-and-the-origins-of-humankind-book, #fossils, #leakey-meave-g, #leakey-samira, #paleontology, #pattison-kermit, #the-sediments-of-time-my-lifelong-search-for-the-past-book

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They Died in the French and Indian War. Their Remains Await Reburial.

The bones of British soldiers and colonial militia were disinterred during a reconstruction of Fort William Henry nearly 70 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arizona-state-university, #bones, #fort-william-henry-museum-lake-george-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lake-george-ny, #museums, #native-americans, #skeletons

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Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade

A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #current-biology-journal, #elephants, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #namibia, #portugal, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Lockdown Gardening in Britain Leads to Archaeological Discoveries

The finds this year, including a cache of gold coins from the reign of Henry VIII, come as Britain considers expanding the law to protect a broader range of artifacts from its centuries-old history.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-museum, #collectors-and-collections, #cumbria-england, #currency, #gardens-and-gardening, #gold, #great-britain, #hampshire-england, #henry-viii-king-of-england, #law-and-legislation, #london-england, #milton-keynes-england, #museums, #silver, #treasure-troves

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Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #oregon, #otters-animals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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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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