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Guest Post: Eric Cline on ‘World War Zero or Zero World War’

We invited Eric Cline, author of 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed to comment on the recent media flurry occasioned by claims of a Bronze Age ‘World War Zero’. World War Zero or Zero World War? My Twitter feed and Google Alerts began exploding on Thursday afternoon. The headline from Popular Archaeology read: Scientists proclaim a […]

Fabulously rich Bronze Age grave found in Cyprus

Archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg have unearthed an exceptionally rich grave dating to 1500-1400 B.C. near the Bronze Age city of Hala Sultan Tekke in eastern Cyprus, one of the richest from the period ever found in Cyprus. The grave was discovered after a geophysical survey pinpointed nearly 100 underground pits in an area [...]

Scientists think Bronze Age brain surgeons used cannabis, shrooms and dancing as painkillers

5 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Evidence of ancient surgery found in Siberia is causing feverish speculation about the nature of Bronze Age painkillers. This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter....

Mystery of 5,000 Year-Old Scottish Standing Stone Circles Solved

Across the British Isles and Brittany, there are at least 1000 surviving remains of standing stone circles, all constructed between the late neolithic period and the early Bronze Age, and they’re a bit of a puzzle. But for the first time ever, researchers have been able to...

Abandoned Village of Esco in Sigüés, Spain

While the village of Esco dates officially back to at least the 12th century, archaeological evidence suggest the land around the village has been inhabited more or less continually since the Bronze Age. Witnessing the rise and fallShow More Summary

Sensational Grave Find in Cypriote Bronze Age City

An archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg has discovered one of the richest graves from the Late Bronze Age ever found on the island of Cyprus. The grave and its offering pit, located adjacent the Bronze Age city...Show More Summary

Link: Legendary Bronze Age Chinese flood

Annalee Newitz describes a study in Science that examines a semi-legendary flood at the dawn of Chinese civilization, which turns out to have been a real event: “Incredible discovery reveals the truth behind an ancient Chinese legend”. Purdue...Show More Summary

Incredible discovery reveals the truth behind an ancient Chinese legend

A deluge on the Yellow River 4,000 years ago led to a feat of Bronze Age hydro-engineering.

Knot possible! 3,000-year-old thread found in UK

2 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Two unusually delicate artifacts were unearthed the site of a Bronze Age village

A bronze age barrow and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery have been unearthed in Rothley

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have discovered the hidden gems of the Leicestershire village during an investigation into how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places. Archaeologists have dug into Rothley's...Show More Summary

The Founders of Western Civilization Were Prehistoric Pot Dealers

5,000 years before dispensaries, dorm room dealers, and certainly before the dark web, early Bronze Age nomads embarked on the first transcontinental cannabis trade, according to a new study by experts at the German Archaeological Institute and Free University of Berlin. After poring over archaeological literature to...

Pretty sure I posted about this earlier. . . .

History made: In an astonishing Bronze Age discovery a 3000-year-old community has been unearthed British archaeologists working on the Must Farm project in England’s Cambridgeshire Fens can hardly restrain themselves. Their online diary...Show More Summary

Extraordinary 'British Pompeii' settlement was preserved in water for 3,000 years

The Cambridge Archaeological Unit is excavating Must Farm, a well-preserved British site that has provided a glimpse into daily life during the Bronze Age. Described as 'British Pompeii,' Must Farm was destroyed quickly and its buildings sank into water, where the settlement was preserved for the next 3,000 years or so. Show More Summary

PAS Fails the Public Interest Yet Again

41 Craig P (Fri May 20, 2016 10:09 am) has a "best practice" dilemma. I have a new permission and the owner has told me there is a field Historic England have told him not to plough as it contains Bronze Age Barrows. However I cannot find the site on the Scheduled monuments list. [...]Show More Summary

Must Farm excavation concludes

The excavation of the Bronze Age site of Must Farm in the Cambridgeshire Fens comes to an end this week, alas, but so many archaeological remains in exceptional condition have been found, they will be studied for years to come. The unique conditions of the site — round houses built on stilts on the Nene [...]

Archaeological finds provide a vivid picture of everyday life in the Bronze Age

last monthArts : Artdaily

Archaeologists have made remarkable discoveries about everyday life in the Bronze Age during their ten-month excavation of 3,000-year-old circular wooden houses at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire, a site that has been described as the 'Pompeii of the fens'. Show More Summary

'Britain's Pompeii' was 'Bronze Age new build' site

The beads found at Whittlesey show this Bronze Age village of the ancient Fens was nevertheless tied into a trade network that may have stretched to the Middle East An ancient village dubbed "Britain's Pompeii" was just a few months old when it burnt down, it has emerged. Show More Summary

Treasure trove proves we have been keeping up with the Joneses since the Bronze Age

Cambridge archaeologists examine a 'pristine' Bronze Age bowl CREDIT: DAVE WEBB /COPYRIGHT CAMBRIDGE ARCHAEOLOGICAL UNIT Fr om pristine gardens to the latest home extensions, trying to outdo one's neighbours has become something of a quintessential British pastime. Show More Summary

Before the Bronze Age: Ten Years Since Flipmode 3

Throughout the VHS and DVD skate video era, the brunt of the work put into the few New York full-lengths that existed was at the helm of New Jerseyians, Long Islanders and ex-pats. Then, Flipmode came along — a crew of virtually sponsorless (unless you’re counting Shut or Official flow) Queens kids who grew up […]

Were Bronze Age Weed Dealers the Founders of Western Civilization?

New research says that's entirely possible. Ever since Herodotus, we've been aware that the nomadic pastoralists of Asia Minor known as the Scythians burned marijuana as part of religious rituals and ceremonies. Now comes evidence that...Show More Summary

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