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Top 5 Fossil Finds Around the American West in 2016

Top 5 Fossil Finds Around the American West in 2016 | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
The year in paleontology around the American West was full of surprises, and so is Western Digs’ most-read natural history news of 2016.
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Oldest cemetery of African slaves found in Canary Islands

Oldest cemetery of African slaves found in Canary Islands | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
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Discovery of lost Dark Age Kingdom in Scotland

Discovery of lost Dark Age Kingdom in Scotland | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
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Neanderthals Liked Picking Up Pretty Rocks Too

Neanderthals Liked Picking Up Pretty Rocks Too | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
The discovery of a unique-looking rock, completely different from all other items found in a cave in Croatia once inhabited by Neanderthals, could point to the extinct species being rock collectors. Much has been made of the idea that Neanderthals, our close evolutionary cousins, were just not quite bright enough to cut it when compared …
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Military Complex in Israel Dates to the Reign of King Solomon

Military Complex in Israel Dates to the Reign of King Solomon | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it

Archaeologists working in Israel at a two-room military fortification dating back to the tenth century BCE, the time of King Solomon’s and David’s reigns, continue to discover new information. Discovered in 2014 in Israel’s Timna Valley, the gatehouse complex which included livestock pens, was built using heavy stones to defend against invaders. By studying the …

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The Truth about Pirates

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Far from the romanticized image created since the 18th century by writers like Defoe and Stevenson, and perpetuated by Hollywood to this day, the actual history of the pirates and privateers, with whom they are too often confused, is much more complex. Gilbert Buti and Philippe Hrodej, historians specializing in maritime history, debunk several myths.

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8,500-year-old Silk Found in Chinese Tombs, Oldest Evidence Ever

8,500-year-old Silk Found in Chinese Tombs, Oldest Evidence Ever | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it

8,500-year-old silk found in ancient tombs in China is now the oldest evidence of people using silkworms to create the highly-sought-after textile, pushing the date back for such an occurrence by thousands of years. Silk was the premiere luxury good of the ancient world, helping to coin the legendary trade routes that bore its name. …

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Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Knights of John the Baptist

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Soon after the Knights Templar founded their order in the Holy Land in 1118 AD they assimilated into a very ancient gnostic tradition and lineage known as the Johannite Church, which had been founded by St. John the Baptist more than a thousand years
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Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Bill

Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Bill | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
His adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compelling
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Genome of Deadly 800 Year Old Infection Found in Byzantine Skeleton

Genome of Deadly 800 Year Old Infection Found in Byzantine Skeleton | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
A skeleton from the outskirts of what was once the ancient city of Troy, has yielded the genome of an 800 year old mystery infection. The remains of a thirty year old woman were found close to what had been the site of the fabled ancient city, in a Byzantine era graveyard. All of the …
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A Menorah and Cross Etched Side-by-Side Hundreds of Years Apart

A Menorah and Cross Etched Side-by-Side Hundreds of Years Apart | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
Hikers exploring the subterranean passages of a cave located in southern Israel unexpectedly discovered a menorah and cross carved side-by-side on the wall of the cave, according to a statement released by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Although the two figures were drawn in close proximity to each other, they were likely created hundreds of …
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Archaeologist’s 15 Year Fight to Recognize Lost City Pays Off

Archaeologist’s 15 Year Fight to Recognize Lost City Pays Off | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
The 15-year-long struggle for an independent researcher to convince archaeologists that he had found a lost medieval city on the border of England and Wales has finally hit pay dirt. According to a recent article in The Guardian, archaeology graduate Stuart Wilson spent £32,000 on a mad gamble that a farmer’s field held secrets of …
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The Origin of the Knights Templar – Descendants of Jewish Elders?

The Origin of the Knights Templar – Descendants of Jewish Elders? | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
The Knights Templar initially arrived in the Holy Land on a mission to reclaim some treasure that they believed was rightfully theirs. According to the modern Templar historians, Tim Wallace-Murphy and Christopher Knight, the knights who banded together
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Wyoming Wildfire Reveals ‘Massive’ Shoshone Camp, Thousands of Artifacts

Wyoming Wildfire Reveals ‘Massive’ Shoshone Camp, Thousands of Artifacts | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
A wildfire high in the mountains of Wyoming has revealed a vast, centuries-old Shoshone campsite, with artifacts numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
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Treasures from 2,600 year old grave of Celtic princess in Germany reveal their secrets

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Royal Alberta Museum to crack open 1,600 year old roasting pit with meal still inside

Royal Alberta Museum to crack open 1,600 year old roasting pit with meal still inside | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it

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Spectacular Viking Age Manor Discovered in Sweden

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Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a massive Viking manor at Korshamn, Sweden. Measuring around 40 metres long, it is believed the Viking era hall can be dated to around 810 CE. The manor is remarkable, with similar Viking era halls usually only found much further south. “This kind of Viking period high status manor has …
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Ancient surgeon's room discovered in Nea Paphos

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29 things you (probably) didn’t know about the British Museum

29 things you (probably) didn’t know about the British Museum | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it

1. The British Museum is older than the USA The British Museum is the world's oldest national public museum. Founded in 1753, it opened its doors in 1759, 17 years before the Declaration of Independence. It was free to all 'studious and curious persons', and it's still free today (but a few other things have changed). [...]

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South Africa: more on Cape Town's new museum for contemporary African art

South Africa: more on Cape Town's new museum for contemporary African art | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
The Thomas Heatherwick-designed Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town will be the biggest museum on the continent for more than a hundred years.
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This Secret Feature Kept Ancient Roman Chariots From Crashing

This Secret Feature Kept Ancient Roman Chariots From Crashing | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
Close examination of an ancient toy chariot has revealed a clue to what helped lead ancient Roman charioteers to victory.
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Unusual Burial Discovered at the Settlement that Doesn’t Exist

Unusual Burial Discovered at the Settlement that Doesn’t Exist | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
In 2011, Graham Vickers was operating his metal detector in a field in the Little Carlton area in Lincolnshire, UK, when he unearthed a silver writing stylus dating back to the eighth century. The find would lead an archeological team with the University of Sheffield to the site, resulting in the discovery of what was …
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2,600 year-old kitchen of Kingdom of Lydia unearthed in western Turkey

2,600 year-old kitchen of Kingdom of Lydia unearthed in western Turkey | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
Turkish archeologists in Dascylium ancient city in Turkey's western province of Balıkesir have discovered a 2,600 year-old kitchen which belonged t
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Skeleton of starved Stone Age woman reveals she died from tuberculosis

Skeleton of starved Stone Age woman reveals she died from tuberculosis | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
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“Holy Grail” of American Ceramics Found During Archaeological Excavation of New Museum Site in Philadelphia | Museum of the American Revolution

“Holy Grail” of American Ceramics Found During Archaeological Excavation of New Museum Site in Philadelphia | Museum of the American Revolution | Archaeology & Archaeological News | Scoop.it
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