Archaeology Weekly Roundup

  Fire swept through the old central souk, or marketplace, of Aleppo, Syria, damaging a vast and well-preserved labyrinth of medieval storehouses, shops, schools and ornate courtyards as fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents vowing to carry out a “decisive battle” for the city continued.

An Austrian museum says skeletal remains found in an ancient, Bronze Age grave are that of a woman metal worker — the first indication that women did such work thousands of years ago.

The results of scientific tests using replicas of two ancient Egyptian artificial toes, including one that was found on the foot of a mummy, suggest that they’re likely to be the world’s first prosthetic body parts. Continue reading