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September 10th, 2017

3,500 year old tomb discovered in Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor’s west bank

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery in the southern city of Luxor of a pharaonic tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3,500 years ago during the reign of the 18th dynasty. The remains of three mummies and a wooden coffin were found inside the 3,500-year-old tomb discovered at the cemetery of Dra’ Abu el-Naga in Luxor …Continue reading →

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Archaeologists uncover medieval village in mid-Jutland

Archaeologists attached to the Moesgaard Museum have discovered the remnants of a small village that disappeared nearly 400 years ago near modern-day Odder in mid-Jutland. Photo courtesy of Moesgaard MuseumRecords of Hovedstrup stretch back as far as 1300, though it’s speculated the village could be even older. The remains of a stone paved road and three modest homes were uncovered …Continue reading →

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Grave of medieval ‘infant prince’ found in the Arctic

The grave of a 15th century infant ‘prince’ wearing a fur and wool ‘crown’ has been found in the Russian Arctic. The burials were on the highest points of the spurs, or hillocks, on Arctic rivers  [Credit: Alexander Tkachev, The Siberian Times]The child, probably aged three or four, was buried with his feet trampling on reindeer bones, and a feast …Continue reading →

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Archaeological site of Faragola in Puglia damaged by fire

A fire damaged the ancient archaeological site of Faragola in Puglia overnight. “It looks like the work of professionals,” said Puglia-born archaeologist Giuliano Volpe, who said he was “devastated” by the damage to the fourth-sixth century site, as well as by a series of thefts. He said pots and terracotta panels had been split by the heat of the flames. …Continue reading →

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A woman warrior from the Viking army in Birka

War was not an activity exclusive to males in the Viking world. A new study conducted by researchers at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities shows that women could be found in the higher ranks at the battlefield. Illustration by Evald Hansen based on the original plan of the grave by excavator Hjalmar Stolpe,  published in 1889 [Credit: Uppsala University]Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, who …Continue reading →

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Mystery of peculiar purple spots on 800 year old scrolls solved

More than 800 years ago, a teenaged soldier named Laurentius Loricatus accidentally killed a man. He spent the next three decades repenting alone in an Italian cave, self-flagellating. Purple spot damaging the scroll [Credit: G. Vendittozzi]But there are gaps in Loricatus’s story, which was penned in the year 1244, after his death, on a five-metre-long goat skin parchment setting out …Continue reading →

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Study raises question: Why are fossilized hairs so rare?

When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal dies even delicate body coverings like skin, hair and feathers can be preserved. This is a fossilized bird with some feathers intact [Credit: Julia Clarke/UT Austin]New research led by The University of Texas at Austin …Continue reading →

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Scientists find fossilised cosmic dust in white cliffs of Dover

Researchers from Imperial College London report that the white cliffs of Dover contain the fossilised remains of cosmic dust. The white cliffs of Dover [Credit: Imperial College London]The significance of this discovery, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, is that the fossilised cosmic dust could provide a new source of information about the early solar system. Mr …Continue reading →

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Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America

Monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation. A new study finds monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater …Continue reading →

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In the wild, biodiversity’s power surpasses what experiments predict

Hundreds of experiments have shown biodiversity fosters healthier, more productive ecosystems. But many experts doubted whether these experiments would hold up in the real world. A Smithsonian and University of Michigan study published in the journal Nature offers a decisive answer: Biodiversity’s power in the wild does not match that predicted by experiments—it surpasses it. A juvenile rockfish lurks in …Continue reading →

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