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Mungo Man revisited

New DNA technology confirms Aboriginal people as first Australians Researchers say the findings overturn a 2001 paper that argued the oldest known Australian human remains found near Lake Mungo in New South Wales were from an extinct lineage of modern humans that occupied the continent before Aboriginal Australians. This claim was based on mitochondrial DNA extracted from [...]

PAS partner-spin: Metal Detecting targets known productive areas, generally "redraws" little

Once again, looks like a grassland site with the archaeology justbelow a shallow topsoil - the sort of site the Code of ResponsibleDetecting says to keep right off - but who pays any attention to that any more? (Photo Exeter University digging along with the tekkies). Show More Summary

Tuna and Nävragöl: Harness Mounts

As I blogged about in late May, a recent find from Blekinge has cast light on an enigmatic oval mount that my team collected in Östergötland in 2007. We can now say fairly confidently that the object type belongs to the 19th century. And yesterday Karin Tetteris of the Swedish Army Museum came through with…

Trailwalker Training Take 2 – The Day After

I found myself thinking this morning as I struggled to get out of bed, having pulled a muscle in my leg, just quite how I had managed to get myself into this. Yes, it’s a wonderful cause and a great opportunity to walk across a part of the country that I have never before visited. Show More Summary

Failed Conclusions

I’ve been slogging my way through a very short article on the possible role of the North Dakota Man Camp Project in contributing to recent interest the archaeology of forced and undocumented migration. I set up the problem as one of impermanence and abundance. Undocumented and forced migrants often move from one impermanent camp to… Read More ?

Rare 'Anglo-Saxon Helmet' on Sale in US

Anglo-Saxon helmets are not what one would call a 'common' metal detecting find. But here's what purports to be one: Ancient Anglo-Saxon Iron HelmetLot 51 sold by Artemiss Galleries Anglo-Saxon England, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. An exceedingly fine iron helmet comprised of two wide iron bands attached with rivets supporting an iron "crown." [...]Show More Summary

After 1,000 years, ‘forgotten’ Danish Viking fortress opens

The 'forgotten' Viking fortress is one of five in Denmark. Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix The historic discovery two years ago of a fifth Viking ring fortress was celebrated in grand style on Monday. After lying forgotten for...Show More Summary

Largest-ever Viking gold collection found in Denmark

Six gold bracelets and a silver one represent the largest-ever Viking treasure trove uncovered in Denmark. Photo: Nick Schaadt, Museet på Sønderskov Three amateur archaeologists have uncovered the largest ever trove of Viking gold in Denmark. Show More Summary

Whistling Sling Bullets Were Roman Troops' Secret 'Terror Weapon'

Some of the Roman sling bullets found at the Burnswark Hill battle site in Scotland. The two smallest bullets, shown at the bottom of this image, are drilled with a hole that makes them whistle in flight. Credit: John Reid/Trimontium...Show More Summary

What Brexit will mean for British Archaeology

This is an amazingly thorough write up of some amazingly thorough research: Doug's Archaeology " What Brexit or … Exit will mean for Archaeology… really all of the UK. June 20, 2016. I wonder who it is for though, are there many archaeologists...Show More Summary

Bones - Season 11, Episode 19 (Review)

Here's a link to my Forbes review of: 'Bones' Season 11, Episode 19 Review: The Head In The Abutment

Story of one of the largest Saxon cemeteries ever found in Wessex revealed 42 years after its discovery

One of the largest Saxon cemeteries ever found in Wessex contains cremations, inhumations and warrior burials Found in Collingbourne Ducis in Wessex, this skull shows a well-healed trepanation. There is no indication that the man had...Show More Summary

Viking Gold Hoard Discovered In Denmark

Denmark's main museum says amateur archaeologists have found seven bracelets - one of silver and six of gold - which are considered to be the largest Viking-era gold find in Denmark. Viking Gold Treasure found at Vejen in 2016 [Credit:...Show More Summary

Gaulcross Hoard Sheds Light On Northern Scotland During Roman Era

Major breakthroughs in our understanding of the Picts, the “lost” ancient people of Northern Scotland, and their possible interaction with the last Romans in Britain have followed the discovery of a hoard of Roman silver in Aberdeenshire. Show More Summary

June Pieces Of My Mind #2

Dropping off Jrette at sailing camp for her 2nd summer. Just like her brother in ’09. Just like me in ’86. Heard new interviews with Andy Weir and Larry Niven on Planetary Radio. I love the Internet! Kelley Johnston on self-defense training for daughters: “I’d rather bail you out of jail than identify you at…

Landscapes, Olive Sieves, Tiles, and Pallets

Another week in the landscape of the Western Argolid brought another little assemblage. This time we discovered four or five olive sieves in a group. An olive sieve removes leaves and twigs from the olives making it easier to prepare the olives for pressing or curing. They’re little studies in design and improvisation with bike… Read More ?

Sauce for the Greek Goose, sauce for the Indiana Gander

"S chreck isn’t sure what thieves were looking for and what would have been left behind. “I don't know that a whole lot would be left, but again jewelry or other items that they may have been looking for". Donna Yates @DrDonnaYates not...Show More Summary

"Antiquities Market"

Interesting experiment. Try and find out what the British antiquities market in general looked like before the Internet and metal detectors (so let us say 1920s to 1970s). The catalogues of the big auction houses only give a view of the 'upper end' of the market, the postal catalogues of the smaller shops tend to concentrate on coins. Show More Summary

Environmental Training – it’s not all seeds and charcoal…

Nathaniel Welsby (aka Nate) is from our Sheffield team, but is on secondment to the Salisbury office for three months training within the Geoarchaeology & Environmental team. The aim of the training is to teach Nate all our methods and processes in order that he can help run a new environmental processing set-up back in Sheffield on his return. Show More Summary

Hmmm, Harvard

FricosisGuy ? @ FricosisGuy 6 godz. 6 godzin temu @ emmaogreen @ DouthatNYT: “Your article has helped me see that provenance can be investigated." A Harvard history professor said that. more..Douglas Boin ? @ douglasboin 3 godz. 3 godziny temu Scholar meets world. Show More Summary

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