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In search of the wild fava bean

(Weizmann Institute of Science) Seeds from a site in Northern Israel are the ancestors of today's fava beans.

April Pieces Of My Mind #1

“If I blow my top — will you let it go to your head?” W.F. Gibbons Hit jackpot on the car radio riding with Jrette and her buddy today. First some Tuvan throat singing. Then a fat version of the Marseillaise with orchestra, choir and a solo soprano who sounded like Piaf. It’s important that you…

The politics and power of American archaeology

Archaeologists and anthropologists don’t just study the dynamics of power and politics. They are actively mired in political systems - a position which they need to embrace The 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) just took place last week in Vancouver, British Columbia. Show More Summary

Human remains display reveals shocking tales of death over the centuries

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones exhibition includes woman buried in expensive stone coffin with throat slit 2,000 years ago An exhibition bringing together stories of deaths over centuries in London and the West Country includes the skeleton of a woman buried in an expensive stone coffin with her throat slit and her head severed almost 2,000 years ago. Show More Summary

Two Articles on Early Christian Archaeology

This year, I’ve been returning to my roots and thinking more seriously about the archaeology of the Early Christian world. I’ve been reading a bunch of the recent work focusing on the intersection of Early Christian studies and archaeology, and surfing through some of my favorite journals to catch up on recent articles on issues… Read More ?

Food webs entangle humans in complex relationships with animals, crops and the environment

(Penn State) Reconstructed food webs from the Ancestral Puebloan southwestern United States show the complexity and interconnectedness of humans, other animals, crops and the environment, in an area of uncertain climate and resources, according to researchers, who think climate change and human decisions then, may shed light on future human choices.

Unlocking the ancestral origins of Sardinians

The research team analysed 3,491 DNA samples from the present day Sardinian population and compared them with 21 ancient samples taken from skeletal remains found in rock-cut tombs spanning from the Neolithic period to the Final Bronze Age.

Discoveries point to Roman wealth creation in Northern England

Archaeologists have recently discovered numerous Roman items whilst working on a major road improvement scheme in North Yorkshire. The artefacts range from Roman shoes and keys, to a rare amber figurine and the most northerly example of coin production ever found in Europe.

Name and Shame Dodgy Exporters and Importers nstead of Supporting Them.

ACCG board meeting at Gainesville 'House of Angels' The ACCG and professional numismatists trade associations' illegal coin import stunt still drags on... and on.... their persistent lobbyist suggests: >It's important to defend the principle that the government must make out every element of its prima facie case before it can take private property

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It might well hit 70 this weekend in North Dakotaland ushering in spring as surely as the start of baseballing seasons, the India Premier League, and the return of Formula 1. It also brings distracted students, exhausted faculty, swarms of deadlines, and summer planning. Good times! We should also remember that yesterday marked the 100th… Read More ?

Rome Metro workers accidentally discovered an ancient aqueduct

The aqueduct. Photo: Archaeological Superintendency Rome A 2,300-year-old aqueduct uncovered by workers on Rome's new Metro line has been hailed as "a sensational discovery of enormous importance" by the city's Superintendency for Archaeology. Show More Summary

Why you should take your kids to Britain's smelliest attraction

Scent is the most underrated element of travel. Consider: lavender-infused Provencal fields or sulphuric water in Iceland. Each smell evokes a fundamental aspect of its place of origin. And, if you are under the age of 12, or know someone who is, consider this particular whiff: rotting flesh, with more than a hint of human excrement. Show More Summary

European Award Win for Wessex Archaeology's SAMPHIRE Project

Wessex Archaeology is delighted to announce that SAMPHIRE, our marine heritage project, which used a unique crowd-sourcing method to map archaeological sites along the west coast of Scotland, has won the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2017. Show More Summary

Working for Wessex

Well what can I say, my first few months at Wessex Archaeology have passed by in a blissful blur filled with mud, ditches, cremations and great colleagues! My Name is Martha Page; I am a field technician at the Wessex Archaeology Maidstone office. Show More Summary

Criminals Without Borders

At the end of last month, Lynda Albertson, CEO of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA) gave a lecture at the John Cabot University in Rome (Camilla Voltolini. 'Criminals Without Borders: the Illicit Antiquities...Show More Summary

'The Chambers of Numismodeath'

Belatedly, I have found the drafts of three posts I wrote nearly two years ago in response to some nonsense being put out by metal detectorist cum pulp-science-fiction writer Dean Crawford. This concerned that old argument that metal artefacts are being dissolved wholesale in ploughsoil by 'artificial fertilisers'. Show More Summary

Three Things Thursday

This week is layout week and today is layout day. These are good days when I get to immerse myself in the fussy work of book making (usually powered by an appealing soundtrack).  Because I’ve been thinking a bit about publishing lately and doing more publishing than proper research, but I think that’s a fine… Read More ?

Why Clovis added a flute feature to their stone weaponry

Approximately 13,500 years after nomadic Clovis hunters crossed the frozen land bridge from Asia to North America, researchers are still asking questions and putting together clues as to how they not only survived in a new landscape with unique new challenges but adapted with stone tools and weapons to thrive for thousands of years.

New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago

(University of Huddersfield) New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago, correcting previous theories.

Archaeogenetic findings unlock ancestral origins of Sardinians

(University of Huddersfield) University of Huddersfield researcher Dr. Maria Pala has taken part in a project that has helped to unlock the genetic secrets of her Mediterranean homeland. One of the findings is that some modern Sardinians could have evolved from people who colonized the island at an even earlier period, the Mesolithic.

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