Archaeology Weekly Roundup!



French archaeological mission has discovered a funeral boat of First Dynasty King Den, dating to about 3000 BC, northeast of the Giza Plateau, indicating earlier presence at the Archaic period cemetery.

In November 2011, when Chris Birks Archaeology excavated a trial trench in Great Ellingham, Norfolk, on the site of a future housing development, little did they know that they were about to uncover one of the biggest Romano-British burial sites in the region.

Illegal digs threaten Pakistan’s Buddhist past, threats have emerged to centuries-old sites from illegal excavations by amateur archaeologists and criminal gangs who compete to unearth relics worth millions of dollars abroad.

The University of Innsbruck said that archeologists found four  600 year old linen bras in an Austrian castle. Fashion experts describe the find as surprising because the bra had commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as women abandoned the tight corset.

Some 30 kilometres south of Cairo, the Dahshur royal necropolis provided King Sneferu with a playground to hone his pyramid-building skills. But most signs of what went on around Dahshur have been wiped away by 4500 years of neglect and decay. To help work out what has been lost, archaeologists have turned to fractals.

Innovative research by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Bradford used laser microscopes to explore how stone tools were used in prehistory, and the process has helped streamline surface measurement techniques for modern manufacturers.

Archaeologists in China have uncovered an unlooted 1,800 year old general’s tomb years ago in Xiangyang from the Three Kingdom’s Period.

Archeologists have discovered large jars filled with 3,300-year-old burnt wheat at the excavation sites of the Tel Hatzor National Park in the Upper Galilee.

Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire.

Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar. Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya.

An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities.

Buried in a crypt beneath a convent in Florence, Italy, archaeologists believe they have uncovered the skeleton belonging to the model who posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Archaeological team uncovers ancient suburb of Cahokia ,former home to an ancient Mississippian society, in East St. Louis, makes way for redevelopment.

A 1,100-year-old burial complex has been uncovered in Mexico. The Meso-American era complex lies in the Atzompa archaeological site and is thought to be one of the biggest ever found in the country.

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