Archaeology Weekly Roundup! 10-12-13

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If you missed anything from the ASOR facebook or twitter pages this week, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of this week’s archaeology news into one convenient post. If we missed any major archaeological stories from this week, feel free to let us know in the comment section!

European hunter-gatherers and immigrant farmers lived side-by-side for more than 2,000 years

Researchers now believe that hunter-gatherers only died out in Central Europe around 5,000 years ago, much later than previously thought.

Ask an Archaeologist: Episode 2

In this episode, Boston University’s Department of Archaeology’s Post Doctoral Associate, Travis Parno, Ph.D, answers questions gathered from social media and man-on-the-street questions.

Gamers take aim at ancient Pictish stone puzzle

Scotland’s national museum hopes to solve the mystery of the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, by using online gamers. Gamers will try and piece together 3,000 fragments depicting the Cross on a Pictish slab.

The World as They Knew It - The Legacy of Greco-Roman Mapmaking

How did the Romans map the world? Roberta Casagrande-Kim, guest curator at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, says, “Geography is not just maps… there is also the cognitive side underlying mapping.”

Are marijuana gardens destroying history?

Investigations into a marijuana growing operation led to the discovery of Native American artifacts and possible village dating back 1,000 years.

Early Bronze Age migration from Sweden to Poland

During the Early Bronze Age there was a very high level of territorial mobility of the Únětice culture in Silesia, a large community inhabiting the south western territories of Poland approximately 4 000 years ago.

Human brain boiled in its skull lasted 4000 years

4,000-year-old human brain may shed light on the health of the brain in prehistoric times. How did a brain survive 4,000 years? Check out this article to find out.


A brutal massacre at a 1,500-year-old Swedish Fortress is being described, by archaeologists, as a moment frozen in time. Check out this article and the well done video interviews with those working on the site.

Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia

Researchers analyzing prehistoric clay balls from Mesopotamia believe they are the first record of economic transactions, predating writing by 200 years.

New DNA tests say head isn’t French King Henri IV

A new study says the DNA of the mummified head thought to be King Henri IV doesn’t match the DNA of three known living descendants of the king.

Regional Security Boosts Archeology in Northern Iraq

Vikings May Have Been More Social Than Savage

Scientists are using math to determine if Vikings were as violent as their stereotype depict, or if they were in fact more social.

Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

New analysis says three quarters of handprints in ancient cave art were left by women. Researchers used to think the art to be predominately male, what could this shift mean when analyzing cave art?



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