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October 6th, 2017

Evidence points to wider Norse settlement in Scotland’s Caithness brochs

Archaeologists are hoping they may soon be able to shed light on the past history of mysterious Iron Age ruins in the Scottish Highlands. Things Va Broch [Credit: Caithness Broch Project]Geophysical scans of the land around two ancient roundhouses known as brochs have uncovered tantalising evidence they were part of wider settlements. Brochs date to the first century AD and …Continue reading →

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Key to why Harappans moved east lies in excavations

Pottery and other cultural material, dating back to over 2000 BC that was found at an excavation site in Uttar Pradesh’s Sakatpur village by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) between January and March this year could help archaeologists understand why people from the late Harappan civilisation moved eastwards as the civilisation disintegrated. Excavations in Sakatpur village of Saharanpur district …Continue reading →

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Antikythera shipwreck yields more amazing finds

For the third consecutive year, the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities has conducted an underwater excavation at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck. Work was carried out between the 4th and the 20th of September, under particularly good weather conditions, as has been announced by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Finds from the excavation at the site of the …Continue reading →

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4,300 year old Pharaonic obelisk unearthed in Giza

Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the discovery of the upper part of an Old Kingdom obelisk, during the excavation work carried out by a Swiss-French Archaeological Mission from Geneva University, at the funerary complex of Queen Ankhnespepy II at the Saqqara necropolis on the Giza plateau. The newly discovered obelisk [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]”The …Continue reading →

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Predynastic rock art discovered south of Aswan

During an archaeological survey in the desert of the Subeira Valley, south of Aswan, an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities stumbled upon Predynastic rock engravings. The newly discovered rock art [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the engravings can be dated to the late Predynastic era, and were found …Continue reading →

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Meet Madagascar’s oldest animal lineage, a whirligig beetle with 206-million-year-old origins

There are precious few species today in the biodiversity hotspot of Madagascar that scientists can trace directly back to when all of Earth’s continents were joined together as part of the primeval supercontinent Pangea. H. milloti dorsal habitus [Credit: KU News Service]But a new study in the journal Scientific Reports suggests the Malagasy striped whirligig beetle Heterogyrus milloti is an …Continue reading →

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Austrian manufacturer Overtec completes some of the first 3D printed concrete curves

Austrian manufacturing company Overtec is breaking new ground 3D printing concrete in virtually any shape, even the most elaborate curves and twists. As companies such as Cazza Construction Technologies in Dubai increasingly invest in the possibilities of 3D printing houses – and maybe entire cities one day – Overtec is sending a clear message that it wants to play an …Continue reading →

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5,000 year old toy chariot discovered in ancient city of Soğmatar

A 5,000-year-old toy chariot and wheels made for children is among the findings from ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Soğmatar in the southeastern Turkish province of Şanlıurfa. The 5,000 year old toy chariot [Credit: AA/Halil Fidan]Soğmatar, located in the Eyyübiye district’s Yağmurlu neighborhood, is 80 kilometers away from the Şanlıurfa and is among the world’s oldest settlements. It …Continue reading →

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Iraq flight ban halts dig for lost ancient city

Ismael Nuraddini peers into a hole in the earth of Iraq’s Kurdistan region at what researchers believe could be remnants of a lost city dating back more than 2,000 years. Are these stones in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region what remains of a city founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great?  [Credit: AFP/Safin Hamed]Pointing around the Qalatga Darband site, he …Continue reading →

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Ornamented artefact may indicate long distance exchange between Mesolithic communities

An ornamented bâton percé found in Central Poland may provide evidence of exchange between Mesolithic communities, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Grzegorz Osipowicz from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland, and colleagues. Ornamented bâton percé [Credit: Osipowicz et al. (2017)] Artefacts and raw materials can provide insight into how Prehistoric communities exchanged gifts, such as …Continue reading →

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