Ancient treasures highlight Afghanistan's golden history Brisbane Times Pictures of war and waste may spring to mind when the average Australian thinks of Afghanistan, but that's an impression the Western Australian Museum hopes to challenge...
Islamist Militants Raze Ancient Shrine in Mosul TIME The Islamist militants who now control a large swath of northern Iraq destroyed a centuries-old shrine purported to be the tomb of the Biblical figure Jonah Thursday.
Field Notes – Week Four Corn height: caput femoris (head of the femur)* Welcome back to my regular weekly updates. I hope everyone enjoyed the special Day of Archaeology post from last week! Week four on site has been a little bit different for me. Trench I, the cemetery, has been a bit quieter …
Name a culture somewhere on Planet Earth and more than likely the werewolf stalks its folklore, from African and Asian tribes all the way up to the classic (and confusing) Altered Beast of Sega Genesis.
A soldier returns home from battle but has brought the war with him. He stares off into the distance, unable to take joy in his family or friends, still hyperalert to threats he no longer faces. Unable to heal his invisible wound, he takes his own life.
Knowledge pooled at Ontario event, say Henrietta Lidchi and Stuart Allan
David Connolly's insight:
This summer a group of historians, anthropologists and First Nation community members assembled at the Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. They met to share knowledge and discuss research into the civilisations and arts of the Great Lakes region. Part of their discussion revolved around an object from the collections of National Museums Scotland, an elaborately engraved powder horn made around 1758 during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) also known in North America as the French and Indian War.
We may know – thanks to Monty Python, if nothing else – what the Romans did for us. But the Greeks are an altogether trickier proposition. They invented virtually every literary form (history, biography, comedy, tragedy, philosophical dialogue and plenty more), gave us the world's first democracy, and still found time to work out the length of a hypotenuse.
Scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, and found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and racoons.
The Phnom Penh Post Archaeology gets education boost, but pay remains poor The Phnom Penh Post A new training course is set to enhance the skills of Cambodia's next generation of archaeologists.
David Connolly's insight:
A new training course is set to enhance the skills of Cambodia’s next generation of archaeologists. However, experts are saying it is poor pay rather than a lack of educational opportunities that hampers efforts to restore and preserve the Kingdom’s historical treasures.
NBCNews.com Ancient Egyptian Carving Linked To King Tut's Father Is Discovered In Sudan Huffington Post The "temples and the cities of the gods and goddesses … were fallen into decay, and their shrines were fallen into ruin, having become mere...
French Tribune Ancient mammal fossils to be excavated in Wyoming cave Casper Star-Tribune Online CHEYENNE — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable fossil troves: the...
few years ago Richard Wrangham, a British primatologist at Harvard University, challenged this accepted wisdom by arguing that learning to cook had made apes human. People cannot easily digest raw meat, he said. Cooking food increases its nutritional value. Mr Wrangham showed that Homo erectus learned to cook with fire about 1.8m years ago. This development conferred evolutionary benefits that ultimately led to the dominance of Homo sapiens today.
In a new book, Clive Finlayson, a zoologist and palaeontologist, who is the director of the Gibraltar Museum, offers another view of 7m years of human evolution. Instead of food, he focuses on water, advancing the theory that the spread of Homo sapiens across the globe was driven largely by changes in climate and access to fresh water.