Archaeology Weekly Roundup!

Israeli archaeologists are suggesting a small stone seal found recently in the excavations of Tel Beit Shemesh could be the first archaeological evidence of the story of the biblical Samson.

Buried by Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, archaeologists at Herculaneum have excavated and carried out the first-ever full reconstruction of the timber roof of a Roman villa, the House of the Telephus Relief.


Evidence of a community of prehistoric artists and craftspeople who independently invented ceramics during the last Ice Age – thousands of years before pottery became commonplace – has been found in modern-day Croatia.

Researchers from the Department of Anthropology of the Americas at the University of Bonn and Mexican antiquity authorities have uncovered the burial of a prince from the Mayan city of Uxul in Campeche, Mexico.

Beer enthusiasts are using a barn in Norway’s Akershus County to brew a special ale which has scientific pretensions and roots back to the dawn of farming.

Two sculptures of life-size lions, each weighing about 5 tons in antiquity, have been discovered in Turkey, with archaeologists perplexed over what the granite cats were used for as they were not discovered near settlements.

Archaeologists excavating a site at Coos Bay say they are certain it was Camp Castaway, built in 1852 by 35 dragoon soldiers after their ship wrecked on North Spit, Oregon.

Sharla Luxton excavates a unit at the presumed Camp Castaway site on the North Spit in Coos Bay, AP

A colossal, Neo-Hittite human sculpture is one of the latest cultural treasures unearthed by an international team at the Tayinat Archaeological Project (TAP) excavation site in southeastern Turkey.

The ancient Colosseum in Rome is leaning, slanting about 40cm lower on the south side than on the north, and authorities are investigating whether it needs urgent repairs.

A rare accounting document, half-concealed beneath a coat of arms design, has revealed the activities of Italian bankers working in early 15th century London, decades before the capital became a financial powerhouse. The discovery was made by economic historians at Queen Mary, University of London.

Archaeologists in Europe are using LIDAR, aerial lasers, to see through vegetation and detect archaeological sites not visible form the ground or normal aerial photographs.

Faced with three proposed dams that will flood the Kajbar, Shereiq and Upper Atbara areas along the Nile, Sudan’s archaeologists have appealed to the international community for help with rescue operations.

Claims that tsunami type waves may have hit the Kerry coastline in medieval times have been backed up a leading archaeologist who suggests islands off the Irish coast show earthquake and tsunami wave style damage.

The remains of 31 early Christian tombs have been discovered during archaeological excavations in Nis, Serbia’s third largest city in the southern part of the country.

Concerns have been raised with the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) and other heritage agencies about the potentially inadequate excavation in advance of the imminent destruction of an important crannog site in Northern Ireland, as part of a road-building scheme.

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