Archaeology in the News!

A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany recently. The objects had all been looted from Iraq’s museums and archeological sites following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Archaeologists have made an extraordinary find 13 miles west of Istanbul at the site of Bathonea,  a substantial harbor town dating from the second century B.C. The site has been yielding a trove of relics dating from the fourth to the sixth centuries A.D., along what was once its harbor.

CyArk and partners have launched the Hopi Petroglyph Sites Digital Preservation Project website, a portal featuring sacred Hopi sites documented through state-of-the-art 3D capture technology. The resulting information collected has been used to create online interactive and educational multimedia freely available to the public.

Archaeologists excavating near the base of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan have discovered what is probably a foundation deposit for the pyramid, which included the only greenstone mask from a ritual context in Teotihuacan.

Academics in the UK are collecting DNA from men with Viking names to see if they are directly descended from the Scandanavian traders and seaman who once ruled parts of England. The project will feature in a future BBC eight-part documentary series on the history of ordinary British people – the Great British Story.

The discovery of a 3,300-year-old jade tool has led researchers to the rediscovery of a “lost” 20th-century manuscript and a “geochemically extraordinary” bit of earth.

Archaeologists in the Mediterranean are using advanced techniques to search for the world’s oldest shipwrecks. One of the team members, Brendan Foley, is specifically looking for Minoan wrecks.

An international team of archeologists, led by Ignacio Clemente, a researcher with the Spanish National Research Council, has discovered and documented an assemblage of fish seines and traps near Moscow that are dated to more than 7,500 years ago. Archaeologists say that the equipment, among the oldest found in Europe, displays a surprisingly advanced technical complexity.

Czech archaeologists have found a long lost temple from the Meroe period near the town of Vad Bon Naga in Sudan. European travellers saw the remains of the temple in the early 19th century but then the temple disappeared in the desert.

A little old, but interesting nonetheless, Chinese archaeologists have uncovered the 1,000 year old tomb of the father of Chinese archaeology and antiquarianism, Lu Dalin, in a tomb designed to foil grave robbers.

Buried for more than a century, part of the history of Rio de Janeiro is emerging. In a development aimed to transform Rio’s port into a modern tourist and business hub officials discovered the ruins of what was one of Rio’s most infamous 19th century slave ports beneath the surface.

A former University of Guam archaeologist has uncovered 3,500-year-old pottery and artifacts in Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands, a find that could add to theories about how people first came to Micronesia.

A crew of Viking mercenaries – some of the fiercest and most feared killers in the medieval world – could be the occupants of a mysterious mass grave in the south of England, according to a new theory.

A professor from American University in Cairo says she has discovered prostate cancer in a 2,200-year-old mummy.

A stone road thought to have been used by the royal family and dating back to the 14th century has been discovered at the remains of the Ho citadel complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa in Vietnam.

Ancient peoples around the world seem to have designed their sacred spaces not only for ceremonial sights, but for ceremonial sounds as well, archaeologists say. Watch the video below and go to the link to read the full article!

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