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Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented Friday at a science conference in Vienna. "Either would have...Show More Summary

Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented Friday at a science conference in Vienna. "Either would have...Show More Summary

Going Greek in the Holy Land

Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel Israeli archaeologists have uncovered the remnants of an impressive fort built more than two thousand years ago by Greeks in the center of old Jerusalem. The ruins are the first solid evidence of an era in which Hellenistic culture held sway in this ancient city. The citadel, until now known only [...]

Archaeologists discover skeletons of cows and pony, domestic oven and industrial complex in medieval Scottish town

From wells to a pony, a huge dig next to the 19th century Town House in the Scottish town of Irvine has produced some amazing archaeological finds dating back to the 13th century. Claire Williamson, who is leading the project for Rathmell...Show More Summary

Iron age man was as fond of Swiss cheese as we are

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that Swiss cheesemaking dates back to prehistoric times, paving the way for such delicacies as Gruyere and Emmental. An international team led by the University of York and Newcastle University looked at the composition of residues left on fragments of ceramic pots found at six sites in the Swiss Alps. Show More Summary

Bigger brains led to bigger bodies in our ancestors

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY—New research suggests that humans became the large-brained, large-bodied animals we are today because of natural selection to increase brain size. The work, published in the journal Current Anthropology,...Show More Summary

Searching for the Vikings: 3 Sites Possibly Found in Canada

Another possible Viking site, located at a place called Point Rosee in southern Newfoundland, was discovered using satellite imagery. Three archaeological sites that may have been used by Vikings around 1,000 years ago were excavated recently in Canada. Show More Summary

Wessex Week Work Experience - Day 5

The Last Day: 8.4.16 AM: Labelling My small handwriting came in useful, for once, this morning as I was back in the finds lab to label artefacts. With an ink pen I was labelling very small numbers on pieces of pottery and animal bones,...Show More Summary

3D print of Oetzi the Ice Man revealed

One of three replicas of Oetzi the Iceman created for teaching purposes by Gary Staab, from resin and mixed media. Photo: http://www.staabstudios.com/ Scientists presented Wednesday a life-sized copy, made using a 3D printer, of Oetzi the mummified 5,000-year-old "iceman" found in the Alps 25 years ago. Show More Summary

Solving the mystery of the mummified lung

In 1959 a preserved lung was found by archaeologist Michel Fleury in a stone sarcophagus in the Basilica of St. Denis, in Paris. At this site the kings of France were buried for centuries. Along with the lung skeletal remains, a strand...Show More Summary

Shakespeare's 'original classroom' revealed

The young Shakespeare would have had his school lessons and seen his first plays in this room The original classroom where William Shakespeare is believed to have studied and seen his first plays opens to the public for the first time this weekend. Show More Summary

"In You-Kay, Oo gowes Metil Detecting then, eh?"

ONR March, Poland April 2016 On a metal detecting forum near you - associated with a certain metal detector producer - member "Iron Hearted Gog" has started a "Brexit: in or Out?" poll. T he results were entirely predictable to anybody...Show More Summary

Harworth Colliery

During March 2015, the built heritage team carried out a programme of historic building recording of the 1920s Power House and 1989 Number 1 Winding Tower at the former Harworth Colliery, Nottinghamshire. The colliery at Harworth had...Show More Summary

Carabinieri bust another online dealer

Do you believe in the dealers' coin fairies? Have you bought any antiquities from this guy (Lynda Albertson, 'The Carabinieri TPC Sequester Stash of Archaeological Finds For Sale on the Internet' Art Crime Blog Thursday, April 21, 2016)?...Show More Summary

Wessex Week Work Experience - Days 3-4

Day Three: 6.4.16 ALL DAY: Site meeting A very early start and an hour and half long drive did originally put me off the idea, however the unique opportunity I was given to go to a site meeting with Sue was too enticing to pass up. Site...Show More Summary

Collaboration, Community, Memory, and Joel Jonientz

Two years ago today, my buddy Joel Jonientz died. I’ve posted about him on this blog before, but I urge anyone who cares about creativity, collaboration, and collegiality to surf around my archive of posts on Joel and his impact on my little community of friends and colleagues. Go and look at this.Listen to this… Read More ?

New Article on BIM

Wessex Archaeology’s latest Buildings Information Modelling (BIM) article is about to be published in May’s edition of BIM Today, but you can read it now here. This article concludes a series by Chris Breeden and Damien Campbell-Bell from our Geomatics Team on the application of BIM in archaeological projects. Show More Summary

North Dakota Quarterly and Budget Cuts: What Can You Do?

We’d like to thank everyone who has sent notes of support, word of encouragement, and thoughts our way as we begin to look ahead toward a new future for North Dakota Quarterly.  We particularly appreciate the willingness of subscribers, contributors, and colleagues to be part of this process. To keep this conversation going and to… Read More ?

The University of North Dakota Budget and North Dakota Quarterly

For anyone interested in the fate of North Dakota Quarterly during the most recent round of UND budget cuts, go and read our statement here. As you can maybe imagine these cuts have been pretty difficult for the entire university community, and while the university tries very hard to be transparent, they really don’t know… Read More ?

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