Archaeology Weekly Roundup

The ancient quay that was discovered in the port of Acre, Israel. Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

An ancient harbor where warships may have docked 2,300 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the Israeli port city of Acre.

Archaeologists have unearthed a temple to Demeter in Sicily dated to around the 6th century BC.

Archaeological work in Oregon’s Paisley Caves has found evidence that Western Stemmed projectile points — darts or thrusting spearheads — were present at least 13,200 calendar years ago during or before the Clovis culture in western North America.

Recent excavations, sediment coring and mapping by a multi-university team led by the University of Cincinnati at the pre-Columbian city of Tikal, a paramount urban center of the ancient Maya, have identified new landscaping and engineering feats, including the largest ancient dam built by the Maya of Central America.

South African scientists said Thursday they had uncovered the most complete skeleton yet of an ancient hominin, Australopithecus sediba, hidden in a rock excavated from an archaeological site three years ago.

Using a powerful scanning electron microscope at the Idaho State University Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS), ISU anthropologist and research scientist David Peterson is helping shed light on the making of gold by nomadic horsemen nearly 4,000 years ago on the Eurasian steppe grasslands of present-day Russia.
Archaeologists have discovered a 1,200 year old tomb in northern Peru containing gold and silver ornaments that likely belonged to of an elite member of the pre-Inca Sican aristocracy.

A cache of 37 Dutch gold ducat coins was uncovered by archaeologists at an archaeological site in Azerbaijan. The site, known as Agsu, features the remains of an 18th century medieval town.

 

A Roman symbol of fertility found near Selkirk, shaped like an eagle emerging from a flower with a berry in its mouth, highlights the discoveries made in Scotland in this year’s Treasure Trove Report.

A well-preserved Bulgarian site, named Akra, with an underwater district with remnants from an early Byzantine fortress has been discovered by archaeologists on the Akin cape,  on the southern Black Sea coast.

Among the latest finds at the ancient Viking ship burial site in Salme, Saaremaa, archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved double-edged sword.

An interview with British paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer that ranges across many recent developments in the study of the origins of modern humans.

The road to funding has gotten considerably bumpier for some American archeologists and environmental researchers. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a major new transportation funding bill that extensively reworks—and cuts—a little-known program that has paid for hundreds of field research projects over the last few decades.

An international team that includes scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has published a reconstruction of the climate in northern Europe over the last 2,000 years based on the information provided by tree-rings.

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  1. An ancient harbor where warships may have docked 2,300 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the Israeli port city of Acre.

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