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Celebrating 30 years of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site

It is 30 years since the inscription of Stonehenge and Avebury onto the World Heritage list in 1986, and on 19 and 20 November the Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit celebrated with a conference in the Corn Exchange, Devizes and series of events across the World Heritage Sites. Show More Summary

FSU researchers talk turkey: Native Americans raised classic holiday bird

(Florida State University) Researchers found turkeys were being raised and managed by Native Americans years before the first Thanksgiving.

November Pieces Of My Mind #2

Thanks to metal detecting, the 7th century material has exploded with duckbill brooches / næbfibler in Denmark and conical brooches in Norway. The making of every one of those brooches resulted in a pile of durable, easily identified mould fragments. Where are those? Ground up into grog / chamotte for new moulds? Distinguished older Slavic…

Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago

Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico -- some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication.

New stories from old teeth

University of Florida doctoral student Ashley Sharpe created a map for determining the birthplace of ancient people and animals in Central America. Archaeologists will use the map to match lead found in bedrock from specific locations to millennia-old teeth.

Neolithic dairying widespread on the Mediterranean coast

The study uncovered evidence that humans have been utilising milk and dairy products across the northern Mediterranean region from the onset of agriculture - some 9,000 years ago.

Debating Policy of Artefacts and Artefact Hunting: Poland

Questions for the PAS in connection with policy discussion on the desirability and feasibility of legislative change on artefact hunting in Poland, Warsaw 29th November. I will be speaking, and asked colleagues in the field in the UK...Show More Summary

Mosul mid-November 2016

Mosul mid-November 2016. Iraqi forces seize some eastern outskierts, most of city in ISIL hands still (Nineveh is the big white square right of centre).

Rice farming in India much older than thought, used as 'summer crop' by Indus civilization

(University of Cambridge) Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley.

The PAS and their Wrong Outreach

In connection with tomorrow's silly fluff-conference organized by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, I thought I'd just put up a picture of an amateur fieldwork group in action using surface material to create knowledge, instead of a personal collection: 'Oooh look, no Treasure rewards, no EBaying, no secrecy, no selfish motivation, no flattery. Show More Summary

Bring Out Yer Dead - 2016 AAA Presentation

In case you don't happen to be at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Minneapolis this week, you can still catch my short talk on how everyone (yes, everyone) can help bring bioarchaeology into the public eye:

Stockholm Film Festival 2016

I watched ten films at the 2014 festival, fourteen last year (at two festivals back to back), and this year I managed ten again. I had bought tickets for fourteen, but stuff got in the way: a huge blizzard that knocked out public transport, subtitles disappearing, and a call to marital duty. The people who…

Coin Dealers and Nationalism

It is interesting to see a US dealer who was one of the most vociferous in calling archaeological heritage protection 'cultural property nationalism' and was proposing 'internationalism' (a globalised approach) as the antidote to this...Show More Summary

You guys, I got an award for this whole blogging thing!

Tonight at the American Anthropological Association conference, I received the New Directions Award from the General Anthropology Division. Per their website, which I saw early in the summer: The GAD New Directions Award recognizes accomplishments of individuals or groups across diverse media and formats as forms of public anthropology. Show More Summary

Built by the Huns? Ancient Stone Monuments Discovered Along Caspian

A massive stone structure, dating back 1,500 years, has been discovered along the Caspian Sea. Credit: Photo courtesy Evgeniï Bogdanov A massive, 1,500-year-old stone complex that may have been built by nomad tribes has been discovered near the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. Show More Summary

Ancient latrines, a lucky horse: New finds at Circus Maximus (Update)

A general view of Circus Maximus' newly opened archeological site, in Rome, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Six years of excavations have given Rome a new tourist attraction in Circus Maximus, an open-air archeological ruin that for centuries has been a vast muddy field, lately used mainly by dog-walkers. Show More Summary

Mysterious Roman remains uncovered in Swiss town

The pot was filled with 22 oil lamps, each containing a coin. Photo: Photo: Aargau canton archeology department Archaeologists are puzzled over the discovery of a Roman-era earthenware pot filled with oil lamps and bronze coins in the...Show More Summary

Revealing the substandard fate of the Dark Age dead

Almost 80 wooden coffins excavated at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk provides fascinating insight into the lives and deaths of Dark Age Anglo-Saxons Our Dark Age Anglo-Saxon ancestors ended up in coffins made of decidedly substandard timber – according to new archaeological research. Show More Summary

Surprise Find: More Than 80 Anglo-Saxon Coffins Uncovered in England

An ancient Anglo-Saxon cemetery with more than 80 rare wooden coffins containing skeletons has been unearthed in England. Earlier this year, archaeologists were investigating the ground around a river in the village of Great Ryburgh in eastern England, ahead of the construction of a lake and flood defense system. Show More Summary

Discovery Of Rare Anglo-Saxon Burials Is Revealed

Archaeologists have uncovered an important Anglo-Saxon cemetery in an excavation in advance of a conservation and fishing lake and flood defence system at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk. The waterlogged conditions of the river valley led to...Show More Summary

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