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Why did Greenland’s Vikings disappear?

In 1721, missionary Hans Egede sailed a ship called The Hope from Norway to Greenland, seeking Norse farmers whom Europeans hadn't heard from in 200 years in order to convert them to Protestantism. He explored iceberg-dotted fjords that gave way to gentle valleys, and silver lakes that shimmered below the massive ice cap. Show More Summary

Photos from the EMAS Study Tour to Anglesey

Photos from the EMAS study tout "The Archaeology of Anglesey" are now on the Web. You can find them here... If you click on the triangular arrow top right, you can view them as a slide show.

North Ridge Community School Anglo-Saxon Event

Images courtesy of North Ridge Community School In October, Wessex Archaeology North’s Alix Sperr, Maria-Elena Calderon and Emma Carter made a return visit to North Ridge Community School in Adwick-le-Street, Doncaster, to help them with their annual Anglo-Saxon celebrations. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a late fall Friday here in North Dakotaland, but feels a bit like October still. College baseball starts, cricket is in full swing, and the end of the NASCAR and F1 seasons signals the change of seasons as much as anything else. So enjoy the weather these days and this little list of varia… Read More ?

Uneven Sites & Monuments Attention

The Swedish national register of archaeological sites is one of the best in the world. But if you ever consider using it for any kind of research purpose, have a look first at the register’s map of sites just west of Örkelljunga in Scania. The diagonal line is the parish boundary between Tåssjö and Rya.…

Did Shakespeare write Henry V to suit London theatre's odd shape?

The newly excavated Curtain theatre in Shoreditch is believed to be where Henry V was first performed The battle scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry V may have been written to suit the long, narrow stage of the Curtain, one of the earliest purpose-built theatres in London. Show More Summary

Ancient Doggerland diet discovered

Research has found that some 8000 years ago freshwater fish was the most frequent contribution to the menu of the hunter-gatherers that roamed ‘Doggerland’, the drowned landscape between the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark.

New evidence found of human activity 1.4 million years ago at the site of Barranco León in Orce

The research team that has carried out the last campaign found remains of stone carving along with cutting and fracturing marks on the bones of animals that lived on the margins of the great lake that dominated and conditioned life in the north of the province of Granada.

November Pieces Of My Mind #1

Fear me! I make bad puns in really, really bad Mandarin! One Celsius and sleet. I have to drive for four hours today, so I’m switching tyres first. Skänninge is dying. So many empty shop premises and housing properties. Facades flaking. Railway has cut off the eastern approaches to the town square. Last wave of…

Life on Mars in the 1960s

Since many of my friends and colleagues are contemplating leaving the planet this week, I thought it might be a useful time to reflect on life on Mars. Earlier this year I allowed myself to become completely immersed in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy. Red Mars stands as one of my favorite reads over the… Read More ?

Screams of Delight from Partner

Eeek, or yuk? "Detectorists' Christmas present", is not pocketing vast numbers of pieces of everybody else's archaeological heritage with not a care in the world not enough for them? Apparently not. An illustrated album of decontextualised artefacts is not in any way or form archaeological outreach - who paid for its compilation and publication and why?

More on Lolos’s Sikyon and Regional Scale Archaeology

The arrival of the Journal of Roman Archaeology – by mail no less – is one of the highlights of my year. I was very excited to see an extensive review of Y. Lolos’s Land of Sikyon: The Archaeology and History of a Greek City State. (2015) by long-time colleague in Corinthian archaeology, Joe Rife.  It’s “Surveying… Read More ?

Big Jump in Fimnds made by Oxfordshire Artefact Hunters?

Intriguing figures, straight from an FLO's mouth: Anni Byard ? @ AnniB_OxonFLO 2 godz. 2 godziny temu Busy couple of months-400 finds recorded @ DetectingDigsUK rally, 10 new treasure cases and over 400 finds from local finders in last...Show More Summary

Bonhams withdraws ex-Chesterman lot

Images courtesy of Dr Christos Tsirogiannis Bonhams has withdrawn the Etruscan antefix from its sale of antiquities after images of what appeared to be the piece were identified by Dr Christos Tsirogiannis in the Medici Dossier.The staff...Show More Summary


The newly discovered Ancient Roman bath house in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv dates to ca. 2nd century AD. Photo: Plovdiv24 A previously unknown building of Ancient Roman thermae (public baths) has been discovered during the construction of a residential building in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, the successor of ancient Philipopolis. Show More Summary

Massive Roman villa unearthed

A LARGE Gallo-Roman villa has been uncovered in Brittany, on the site of a planned housing development. The remains of the impressive building - which features the largest private thermal baths ever found in the region - were uncovered...Show More Summary

Archaeologists discover a Viking toolbox

ScienceNordic journalist Charlotte Price Persson, became an archaeologist for the day as she helped excavate a 1,000 year-old Viking toolbox. She how she did in the video above. (Video: Kirstine Jacobsen, ScienceNordic) It might sound...Show More Summary

Aspects of Sutton Hoo 'Treasure’ the BM will not tell you

Related to the above post on the ethical issues involved in treasure hunting mortuary deposits: Prof. Howard M. R. Williams, 'The ‘Sutton Hoo Treasure’ Must Be Destroyed!' Archaeodeath October 12, 2015What’s wrong with popular parlance calling it treasure? My answer is that it is utterly wrong. Insidiously wrong. Insultingly wrong. It is wrong on so, so, so many levels [...]Show More Summary

Evolution purged many Neanderthal genes from human genome

(PLOS) Neanderthal genetic material is found in only small amounts in the genomes of modern humans because, after interbreeding, natural selection removed large numbers of weakly deleterious Neanderthal gene variants, according to a study by Ivan Juric and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, published Nov. 8, 2016, in PLOS Genetics.

Philip K Dick and Archaeology

I’m beginning to think a bit about this crazy ASOR paper that I proposed last spring for the final installment of the session on object biography. My role in the session is to consider how technologies impact our ability to think of the life history of objects. To do this, I decided to think about… Read More ?

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