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Last resting place of Rome's emperors to be restored and opened to tourists in £5 million project

The restoration of the mausoleum will take two years. The monument will be opened to tourists in 2019. CREDIT: EPA The largest funerary monument in the world after the pyramids of Egypt, it echoes with the ghosts of emperors and the splendour that once was Rome. Show More Summary

Official launch of public database of ‘at risk’ archaeological sites

It is hoped that the database will drive awareness of the scale of the problem and help governments, NGOs, and other regional stakeholders preserve the heritage of the people of the Middle East and the wider world.

Three-thousand-year-old axes found in farmer’s field in mid-Norway

Some 3,000 years ago, 24 axes were cached in Stjørdal municipality, about 44 km east of Trondheim. They’re now seeing the light of day once again.

How life (barely) survived the greatest extinction?

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) A new research highlights an assemblage including microbial mats, trace fossils, bivalves, and echinoids that represent a refuge in a moderately deep-water setting. A refuge describes an ecosystem that acts as a sanctuary for organisms during and immediately following times of environmental stress.

The Bakken Bookshelf

One of my long simmering projects is to pull together a bibliography of works relevant to the study of the Bakken oil patch and the most recent boom. Part of the challenge facing the state of North Dakota is a remarkably fragile historical memory. Events even in the recent past tend to give way to… Read More ?

April Pieces Of My Mind #3

Movie: Little Big Man. Tragicomedy about the Old West and the fate of the Native Americans. Grade: OK. Submitted my tax returns. Always super easy, which is one of the benefits of having a low income and few assets. I’ve researched my ancestry fully four generations back and found no madman, sorcerer, ape or sea…

Saint Edmund, the Saxon king, may be buried under town's tennis courts, experts believe

Experts are set to start digging for another missing English king. After Richard III was found buried under a car park in Leicester, details have emerged of other unusual possible resting places famous monarchs. Now, Bury St Edmunds believes it may have the remains of Saint Edmund, a Saxon monarch, buried beneath one of its tennis courts. Show More Summary

Shipping Containers

As a member of the Kostis Kourelis and Richard Rothaus reading collective, I was told to read Craig Martin’s little book titled Shipping Container in the Ian Bogost’s and Craig Schaberg’s Object Lesson’s series from Bloomsbury Academic. It was really good. The book considered three things in relation to the container – their ubiquity, their… Read More ?

In the field with Iraq's archaeologists of the future

Working in northern Iraq at the site of Qalatga Darband, The British Museum is training Iraqi archaeologists to preserve and study their county’s threatened heritage Northern Iraq is spectacularly beautiful in April; the foothills of the Zagros Mountains break out in flowers, the barley shoots up in the valleys and everything is eye-wateringly green. Show More Summary

ICE Does some good work in the US

The ICE has done some good work in the US in cultural property protection and helping to bring people together. Sadly under the new regime and in an unprecedented wave of nationalist xenophobia, it has now been tasked with collecting...Show More Summary

Researchers study Scythian horse breeding

A new study reveals the suite of traits that Scythian breeders selected to engineer the type of horse that best fit their purpose.

New technique extracts DNA from hominids preserved in sediments

A new technique allows the remains of groups of hominids in sediments to be traced, even in caves or strata with no skeletal remains.

Dog family tree reveals hidden history of canine diversity

Genetic map showing how dog breeds are related provides a wealth of information about their origins. A new family tree of dogs containing more than 160 breeds reveals the hidden history of man’s best friend, and even shows how studying canine genomes might help with research into human disease. Show More Summary

Prehistoric human DNA is found in caves without bones in 'enormous scientific breakthrough'

Becky Miller sampling sediment for genetic analyses at the archaeological site of Trou Al'Wesse, Belgium CREDIT: MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY VIA AFP International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA...Show More Summary

Friday Varia

I’m on the road to Bismarck and the State Historic Preservation Board meeting today, so only a few varia (and no quick hits!). Hopefully they’re all fun! First, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published the Corinth Excavations Archaeological Manual yesterday. Check it out here. Second, I get quoted in an article… Read More ?

Listen to the experts on the Stonehenge tunnel

Helen Ghosh, Kate Mavor and Duncan Wilson’s response to John Harris’s article about the Stonehenge tunnel ( Letters, 27 April) entirely misses the point. The Stonehenge world heritage site landscape is unutterably precious and you tamper with it at your peril – you cannot make it come back. Show More Summary

Iron-age Viking longhouses were burned and buried in funerals

From the Bronze Age until the Viking Age, burial mounds could be placed on top of the remains of three-aisled longhouses. The internal posts that served as roof-supporting beams were sometimes removed before the house was set on fire. Show More Summary

Digital App Brings To Life One Of Scotland's Key Prehistoric Settlement Sites

A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settlement landscapes. Led by the University of Glasgow the new digital resource aims to widen public engagement with the ongoing...Show More Summary

Uffington hill carving was worshipped as 'sun horse' in prehistoric Britain

A huge prehistoric geoglyph depicting a galloping horse is traditionally thought to have been a symbol of ownership, territory or group identity for the prehistoric humans living on the Berkshire Downs. But now scholars are taking a second look at the 110-metre-long hillside carving. Show More Summary

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