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Results of this year’s research at the ancient harbour of Lechaion

Research was conducted for the fifth consecutive year at the ancient harbour of Lechaion by the Lechaion Harbour Project. Between October and November 2017, excavations and digital surveys were made on remains of the two piers of the outer harbour (L-M1 and L-M2). For the first time, a detailed surface cleaning and excavation were also carried out on the remains …Continue reading →

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$5K Vitae Industries AutoCompounder can 3D print personalized drugs in 10 minutes

Rhode Island startup Vitae Industries has developed a 3D printer that can print pharmaceutical pills and gummies. The AutoCompounder 3D printer can make these drugs in a third of the time it takes to fill capsules by hand. via 3ders.org, http://ift.tt/2j4LuH6

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2,100 year old Jewish town found in Judea

Coins, pottery, and ritual baths recently uncovered revealed a Hasmonean-era Jewish town at the Susya in Mount Hebron. Ritual baths excavated at the site [Credit: Ariel University Press]The findings are surprising in light of historical reports about Hasmonean activity to convert the Edomites who lived in the region, in year 112 BCE. The discovery a settlement site from the time …Continue reading →

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1,200-year-old Peruvian queen head reconstructed using 3D printing, with uncanny results

Over the last few years, we’ve seen lots of examples of 3D technology being used to bring the past into the present, with detailed reconstructions based on 3D scans of valuable historical artefacts as well as 3D printed fossils of long-dead animals. The latest breakthrough by a team of Peruvian and Polish archaeological researchers has gone further than ever before …Continue reading →

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Study tracks historic movement of Maori groups

A young researcher has combined cutting-edge data analysis and ancient artefacts to gain fresh insights into our country’s pre-European history. Obsidian has long been a useful reference for archaeologists to piece together the past, given Maori  used it for a range of tools and activities [Credit: NZ Herald]The igneous rock obsidian has long been a useful reference for archaeologists to …Continue reading →

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Uncovering varied pathways to agriculture

Around 15,000 years ago, the Natufian culture appeared in what is today’s Middle East. This culture, which straddled the border between nomadic and settled lifestyles, had diverse, complex origins – much more than researchers have assumed. This finding arises from new research by a team of scientists and archaeologists from the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of Copenhagen. …Continue reading →

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Remains of earliest known slaves found in Delaware

An archaeological study years in the making has revealed a wealth of new information about some of Delaware’s earliest colonial settlers and shed new light on what life would have been like in the region three centuries ago. Excavations at Avery’s Rest [Credit: Archaeological Society of Delaware]The discovery of numerous artifacts as well as 11 well-preserved burial sites dating to …Continue reading →

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5,100 year old waterway system discovered in China

An enormous waterway system built 5,000 years ago is rewriting the history of early Chinese engineering. Experts found a series of high and low dams, as well as levees, that they say is one of the world’s largest and  oldest known hydraulic engineering systems. Pictured is a pier at Bianjiashan found during excavations, with wooden stakes still preserved, forming a …Continue reading →

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Two ancient Egyptian fortresses discovered in Tell el-Maskhuta

A joint Egyptian-Italian archaeological mission under the auspices of the National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CNR), in collaboration with Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has discovered the remains of two ancient fortresses in Tell el- Maskhuta area in Wadi al-Tamilat, 15 km west of the city of Ismailia. Credit: Ministry of AntiquitiesDr. Giuseppina Capriotti Vittozzi, …Continue reading →

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How virtual reality is opening up some of the world’s most inaccessible archaeological sites

We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or going on a spacewalk. But researchers are also starting to use this technology to study and open up access to archaeological sites that are difficult to get to. Pleito cave …Continue reading →

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