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Care taken over prehistoric axes was about 'trust, not lust': Intricacy of carved tools helped bind our ancestors together

Care taken over prehistoric axes was about 'trust, not lust': Intricacy of carved tools helped bind our ancestors together | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Handaxes, or bifaces, first appeared almost 2million years ago in Africa and spread throughout human communities in Africa, Europe and western Asia, functioning primarily as butchery implements.
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Sanyo Maru pearling ship to be explored

Sanyo Maru pearling ship to be explored | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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The wreck of a rare Japanese pearling mother ship off the Northern Territory coast is currently being explored in the northern territories of Australia.
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Mysterious Artifacts Hint At Daring Early Human Voyage

Mysterious Artifacts Hint At Daring Early Human Voyage | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought.


This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say.


Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago by Neolithic or New Stone Age farmers and shepherds.

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Heard About The Irish Man, A Brooch, A Bowl And A Carved Stone?

Heard About The Irish Man, A Brooch, A Bowl And A Carved Stone? | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
What do a 7th century Irish brooch, a hanging bowl from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, a carved stone in Donegal, Ireland and a Marigold have in common?  The answer is an unknown Irish craftsman who was in his time international famous.
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Global Implications for Homo Floresiensis

Global Implications for Homo Floresiensis | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Excavations at Liang Bua Cave exhibit skeletal evidence of a new species named Homo floresiensis; grounded the mosaic of primitive and derived features. Standing at approximately one meter tall, with a cranial capacity of 417cc, scientists argue that this species is the primary outcome of insular dwarfing, resulting from a long period of evolutionary isolation.

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Unravelling the mysteries of the Mayans

Unravelling the mysteries of the Mayans | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Beneath the tropical rainforests of Guatemala lies what remains of ‘one of the foremost archaeological sites in the world’ (Sharer & Traxer, 1946). Its modern name is, but when it was one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya, it was known as Mutul.

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Nourishment in the Swedish naval fleet 1500-1800

Nourishment in the Swedish naval fleet 1500-1800 | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

This article will present some of the general results of the authors PhD-thesis. The thesis is written within the field of economic-history, however during the work with the thesis the author was allowed to work interdisciplinary. Therefore the source material for the primary sources was two; historical written records of different characters and maritime archaeological material.

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Examples of food and beverage in 17th century Sweden

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This article deals with the information that can be drawn from historical written sources regarding food in a special geographic area and time period. Sweden stands as an example and the time period is the seventeenth century when Sweden started to raise to power in the Baltic area.


The main source that has been used is the printed cookbooks that have been left behind from the 17th century in the Swedish language but also books about housekeeping and economy.

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Hunters used stone-tipped spears 200,000 years earlier than previously thought - Technology & Science - CBC News

Hunters used stone-tipped spears 200,000 years earlier than previously thought - Technology & Science - CBC News | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A Canadian-led team of anthropologists find evidence that hunters used stone-tipped weapons 500,000 years ago — much earlier than previously believed.
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The Archaeology News Network: 2,500-year-old statue unearthed in Metropolis

The Archaeology News Network: 2,500-year-old statue unearthed in Metropolis | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

A 2,500-year-old statue of a woman from the late Hellenistic period has been unearthed during the excavations at the Metropolis ancient city in İzmir’s Torbalı district.

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Legendary Italian Warrior Exhumed : Discovery News

Legendary Italian Warrior Exhumed : Discovery News | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Italian researchers have exhumed the tomb of Giovanni de' Medici, one of the most celebrated condottieri (mercenary soldiers) of the Renaissance, in a bid to understand the life and death of the charismatic 16th century army commander.Also known as "Giovanni dalle Bande Nere" for the black bands of mourning he wore after the death of Pope Leo X, this member of one of the lesser branches of the wealthy Florentine Medici family is buried in the Medici Chapels in Florence with his wife, Maria Salviati.

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Carwynnen: A Monument Like No Other

Carwynnen: A Monument Like No Other | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A guest post by Pip Richards, of the Sustainable Trust. The Sustainable Trust’s archaeological investigations at Carwynnen Quoit have produced a tantalising look at life in Neolithic times. Run as ...
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Plains of the ancient city of Acre, Israel

Plains of the ancient city of Acre, Israel | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Carolina A. Aznar, professor of archaeology and biblical studies at SLU’s Madrid Campus, presented on The Southern Plain of Akko Project on Tuesday. The Akko Project is an archaeology site in Israel that has turned up artifacts from a variety of periods.


Organizers of the project included Aznar, Shalom Yankelevitz, a Ph.D. candidate at the Recanati Center of Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa and Michal Artzy, professor at the Recanati Center of Maritime Studies. They chose a site located in the Jezreel Valley, a very fertile area in Israel that has been important to agriculture and trade throughout history.

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How Vikings killed time

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The Vikings played ball, lifted stones and wrestled. Often the games turned violent and bloody, occasionally resulting in death.


In a new study, Leszek Gardela uses archaeological findings and careful reading of Viking sagas to describe how Vikings killed time when they were in mood for entertainment.


The archaeologist paints a vivid picture of Viking life, but the familiarity of many of the activities suggests that while Vikings had shorter lives and arguably vented their frustrations in more violent ways than what most people do today, leisure time in the Viking Age was not too different from leisure time in 2012.

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Divers Identify 100-Year Old Mystery Shipwreck Off Florida Keys

Divers Identify 100-Year Old Mystery Shipwreck Off Florida Keys | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

For more than 100 years, a 315-foot long ship sat underwater six miles off the coast of Key Largo in Florida. Nicknamed "Mike's Wreck" but unidentified and largely neglected, the wreckage served as a playground for fish and divers, but little else.

 

Now, thanks to work by the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the mysterious tangle of steel has been identified.

 

According to a NOAA press release, the wreckage is believed to be that of the Hannah M. Bell, a British steel-hulled ship built in 1893 that sank in 1911. Prior to its untimely end, the ship plied waters between ports in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and both the East and Gulf Coasts in the U.S., typically transporting raw materials such as cotton, sugar and coal.

 

"Similar to the way detectives use forensic information to solve a crime, we compared the dimensions and construction characteristics of the shipwreck known locally as 'Mike's Wreck' with historic shipping records in order to solve this mystery," said Matthew Lawrence, a maritime archaeologist at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the project's principal investigator, in a release.

 

The vessel is one of many that have run aground on Florida's shallow reefs. Wreckage from the USS Arkansas and the City of Washington ships also lie nearby. Fortunately, as the Maritime Executive reports, no lives were lost when the Hannah M. Bell sank...

 

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Famed Winged Sea Horse Brooch in Germany, to be returned, minister says

Famed Winged Sea Horse Brooch in Germany, to be returned, minister says | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay has announced that the Winged Sea Horse Brooch, one of the most precious pieces in the Croesus Treasure, which was stolen from a museum in Turkey in 2005, has been found in Germany and will be returned to...
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Robin Hood: The Unlikely Hero

Robin Hood: The Unlikely Hero | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Robin Hood may not have a place in the true historical record, but it is fair to assume that the legends themselves hold a special place in history. This is not an unearthing of a great secret as to the ‘real’ Robin Hood, nor is it a comprehensive covering of the legends themselves with listless conjecture and debate. This is more just a continuation of the historical processes involved. I offer nothing new in terms of the information that is already available.

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The Archaeology of Modern Conflict – By Andy Brockman

The Archaeology of Modern Conflict – By Andy Brockman | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

In the summer off 2010 my family was on a camping holiday in Sweden. On our first night we pitched at a site at Falsterbo, just south of Malmö and as we backed the car onto the grass I sensed one of those, “Oh no dad’s going to be insufferably boring,” feelings radiating from the children. They had spotted before I had that, by complete coincidence, the manager of the site had placed us on one of the three pitches which sat at the foot of a large earth covered bunker with a shuttered concrete entrance and heavy locked steel blast door.

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The Rise and Fall of the ‘C’ word (Celts)

The Rise and Fall of the ‘C’ word (Celts) | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Currently, the term ‘Celtic’, and its variations, is alternatively loved or loathed by archaeologists, historians, the general public and the media. Why is this? What has happened to the way the word is defined that causes disparity? How did this word mean previously rational archaeologists such as John Collis, Simon James and the Megaws spent years arguing about the use of ‘Celtic’ as an archaeological term?

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The Future is locked Within the Past

The Future is locked Within the Past | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Britain is a wealth of treasure; it glitters not with gold, but with stories. It holds tales of the mundane, the horrific, and the mesmerizing.

‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce’ – Karl Marx


The human species is still very young, yet we have expanded to every corner of the earth like a chemical reaction. It’s the human big bang; we have made small steps and giant leaps, only to be confronted with the same issues, presented as innovative and new, a ‘new economic downturn’. We as a modern world tend to dress up age-old issues in the finery of modern understanding. Archaeology traces this evolution; it is up to the modern world to give it relevance.

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Moctezuma headdress stirs passions in Mexico, Austria

Moctezuma headdress stirs passions in Mexico, Austria | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Steeped in myth and legend, the "Penacho", a feather headdress supposedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, continues to stir up passion in Austria and Mexico as it goes on display again after a years-long restoration.Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, others that it was used by an Aztec high priest.


In any case, the vibrant green-and-blue headpiece -- the only one of its kind still in existence -- remains at the centre of a tug-of-war between Mexico, which wants to bring it home, and Austria, which argues it is too fragile to be transported.


"This is only the beginning," Alfonso de Maria y Campos, director of Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), said this week at a presentation of the restored Penacho in Vienna.

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Charcoal clues to Assynt's Bronze Age woodland

Charcoal clues to Assynt's Bronze Age woodland | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Analysis of charcoal at the site of a suspected Bronze Age "sauna" suggests the surrounding area hosted a rich and diverse woodland.


Archaeologists have been examining what is called a burnt mound at Stronechrubie, in Assynt. Wood from birch, alder, hazel and hawthorn, or apple, trees has been identified.

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Army archaeology team helps uncover wartime bomber | Defence Archaeology Group (DAG)

Army archaeology team helps uncover wartime bomber | Defence Archaeology Group (DAG) | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

Members of the Army’s celebrated Op Nightingale archaeology team have been working alongside RAF colleagues in Wiltshire to excavate the wreckage of a downed Liberator bomber. Richard Long reports.


Having sampled overwhelming success during excavation work on Salisbury Plain, the Op Nightingale archaeological project is revelling in its winning run.


The scheme was recently honoured by leading academics for its innovative approach in helping wounded personnel and the programme has been building on these impressive foundations at its latest dig in the Wiltshire countryside.

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Community archaeology project goes back to the future - News releases - News - The University of Sheffield

Community archaeology project goes back to the future - News releases - News - The University of Sheffield | HeritageDaily Archaeology News | Scoop.it

An exciting new project to build an Iron Age Roundhouse has begun at charitable retreat in the Derbyshire Peak district, led by the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology.

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