Archaeology Weekly Roundup

Though separated by a thousand years, two newfound “emergency hoards” from Israel—including gold jewelry and coins—may have been hidden by ancient families fleeing unknown dangers, archaeologists say. See more pictures here.

Animal herders living in what was a grassy part of North Africa’s Sahara Desert around 7,000 years ago had a taste for cattle milk, or perhaps milk products such as butter.

Glass jewellery believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen has been found in an ancient tomb in Japan, researchers said, in a sign the empire’s influence may have reached the edge of Asia.

When University of Colorado researcher Steve Schmidt read about Peruvian mummies discovered at the worlds highest archaeological site, he knew he had to visit the region — not to see the mummies, but to study microbes.

A 3,300-year-old treasure trove of gold found in northern Germany has stumped German archeologists. One theory suggests that traders transported it thousands of miles from a mine in Central Asia, but other experts are skeptical.

Archaeologist Robert Mason wants to go back to Syria. In 2009, he was at work at an ancient monastery when, walking nearby, he came across a series of rock formations: lines of stone, stone circles, and what appeared to be tombs. He thinks the structures may be a Neolithic or Bronze Age “landscape for the dead.”

Did Easter Island’s famous statues rock, or roll? After doing a little rocking out themselves, researchers say they’re sure the natives raised the monumental figures upright, and then rocked them back and forth to “walk” them to their positions.

One of Europe’s largest hoards of Iron Age coins has been unearthed on the island of Jersey and could be worth up to £10m, according to an expert.

Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists. Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations about 3,000 years ago.

Welsh people could lay claim to be the most ancient Britons, according to scientists who have drawn up a genetic map of the British Isles.

French researchers have unearthed the oldest natural pearl ever found at a Neolithic site in Arabia, suggesting that pearl oyster fishing first occurred in this region of the world.

The cinnabar used by the Moche to paint tattoos on their skin some 1,600 years ago may have been mined locally, according to recent findings by archaeologist Regulo Franco.

To refine what can be seen during the restoration of works of art even further, a team of Italian researchers has developed a new imaging tool that can capture features not otherwise detectable with the naked eye or current imaging techniques.

So far the most spectacular find of the 19th archaeological season at Historic Jamestowne is the lower leaf of an ivory pocket sundial known as a diptych dial.

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