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Tomb of Gold-worker Found Along Nile
A 3,400-year-old tomb holding the remains of more than a dozen possibly mummified people has been discovered on Sai Island, along the Nile River in northern Sudan.

Archaeologists discovered the tomb in 2015, though it wasn't until 2017 that a team with the AcrossBorders archaeological research project fully excavated the site.



Second Viking Age Burial Found at Archaeological Site in N. Iceland
Neither boat burial has been disturbed by grave robbers, as many Viking age burial sites have been. Most Viking Age burial sites seem to have been opened up relatively early, only decades after the burial, and valuables, especially swords, removed. The reasons for such grave robbing are not known.

Archaeologists working at Dysnes have now found four different Viking age graves at the site. Two were boat burials. An archaeologist working at the dig told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV that they expected to find more. "Everywhere we stick a shovel into the ground we seem to find something".


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Archaeological Victims of ISIS Rise Again, as Replicas in Rome
A statue of a human-headed winged bull from the Northwest Palace in Nimrud, Iraq, that was bulldozed by the Islamic State last year to great outcry has been faithfully recreated using modern technology and put on exhibit at the Colosseum in Rome to spur discussion of the possible reconstruction of war-torn archaeological sites.

Full-scale reconstructions were also made of two damaged Syrian sites: the archive room of Ebla and a portion of a ceiling from the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, as examples of how conflict can devastate a nation’s fragile heritage.


Ancient Edessa floor mosaic unearthed
Archaeological excavations around the historic Balıklı Lake in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa have unearthed floor mosaics dating back to the Kingdom of Osroene, known by the name of its capital city, Edessa (today’s Şanlıurfa).

Works have been continuing in an area of 4.5 hectares for six years. Nearly 80 rock graves from the Roman era have been restored so far and five more floor mosaics were recently discovered in the same area. After the restoration works, the mosaics will be displayed at the museum.

Officials said the floor mosaics featured Syriac inscriptions and fine engravings.


Ancient Thracian Gold Treasure Discovered
An Ancient Thracian gold treasure “from the time of Alexander the Great" has been discovered by archaeologists during the rescue excavations of a Thracian burial mound near the Black Sea resort of Primorsko in Southeast Bulgaria.

The treasure consists of a total of 37 gold appliques which decorated the harness of the horse of an Ancient Thracian dynast (i.e. ruler) during parades and formal religious ceremonies, Primorsko Municipality has announced.
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More tombs uncovered in Etruscan site of Vulci
Archaeologists working in the Etruscan necropolis of Vulci near Viterbo have found 17 tombs containing a variety of ornaments and jewellery left by relatives of the deceased to facilitate their passage to the afterlife.


14,000-year-old campsite in Argentina adds to an archaeological mystery

For more than a decade, evidence has been piling up that humans colonized the Americas thousands of years before the Clovis people. The Clovis, who are the early ancestors of today's Native Americans, left abundant evidence of their lives behind in the form of tools and graves. But the mysterious pre-Clovis humans, who likely arrived 17,000 to 15,000 years ago, have left only a few dozen sources of evidence for their existence across the Americas, mostly at campsites where they processed animals during hunting trips. Now a fresh examination of one such campsite, a 14,000-year-old hunter's rest stop outside the city of Tres Arroyos in Argentina, has given us a new understanding of how the pre-Clovis people might have lived.


New findings give insight into life and death of 5000-year-old ice mummy
The copper used to make the axe blade of 5,000-year-old mummy Ötzi did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume. His murder over 5,000 years ago seems to have been brought about due to a personal conflict a few days before his demise, and the man from the ice, despite his normal weight and active life-style, suffered from extensive vascular calcification. Scientists from all over the world presented these and other new insights, at the recent International Mummy Congress in Bozen-Bolzano. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ötzi's discovery, the three days of the Congress, from 19th to 21st September, are all dedicated to the man from the ice.


The 17th-century man who was buried face down
In 2013 archaeologists discovered a cemetery in use as long ago as the early Middle Ages in the Bernese Lakeland region of Switzerland. One of the bodies interred there was buried in an unusual way, and in order to better understand this puzzling situation coins found in the grave have been studied in detail by Empa's x-ray specialists and reconstructed on the computer.
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American manuscript that was hidden under paint for 500 years
There are only a handful of manuscripts remaining from before Europeans came to the continent. They're made of leather strips coated with white plaster-like substance called gesso.

The one the researchers studied is called the Codex Selden, and scholars have been suspicious for decades now that the book is hiding something beneath its surface.

New evidence suggests China's legendary 'great flood' might have actually happened
According to legend, Chinese civilisation began around 4,000 years ago in the Yellow River basin, when an emperor called Yu the Great successfully managed to control a huge flood.

After all these years, the story has taken on an almost mythological status, but despite frequent retelling, evidence for the 'great flood' and the Xia dynasty itself has remained patchy.

Now researchers have found the first geological evidence that the flood actually happened - and it was just as big as the legends suggest.

Mystery bones from ancient Greece may be a sacrifice to Zeus
The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote grisly legends about Mount Lykaion. The Arcadian peak, some would write, was where one of the first Greeks tried to trick Zeus by feeding him a sacrifice tainted with human flesh. In punishment, the legend goes, Lycaon was either slain or turned into a wolf.

As a result, according to some ancient writers, the firepit altar at the top of the mountain didn't just receive gifts of livestock from the people of ancient Greece. Sometimes a human boy would be added to the offering in Zeus's honor (or eaten), perhaps even in the hope of inducing a lupine transformation. But were musings on these sacrifices taken from historical accounts, or were they simply instances of ancient myth turning into urban legend?

Iceland goose hunt turns up 1,000-year-old sword
The five men were in Skaftarhreppur in southern Iceland when they found the sword, which they think may have washed up during a recent flood, the Visir news website reports. One of the men, Arni Bjorn Valdimarsson, shared a photo of it on his Facebook page and swiftly received a call from Iceland's Cultural Heritage Agency, which took possession of the artefact on Monday morning.

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3000-year-old community has been unearthed in Engalnd
British archaeologists working on the Must Farm project in England's Cambridgeshire Fens can hardly restrain themselves.
Their online diary effervesces with superlatives -- "truly fantastic pottery," "truly exceptional textiles," "a truly incredible site," "the dig of a lifetime."

Typically on prehistoric sites, you are lucky to find a few pottery shards, a mere hint or shadow of organic remains; generally archaeologists have to make do, have to interpret as best they can.
But this archaeological dig has turned out to be completely, thrillingly different.


Greek Teens Discover Ancient Tomb in Zagori
Two young Greeks discovered an ancient tomb near the region of Zagori. Archaeologists were excited to find that the tomb had not been looted and they estimated that it dates back to the Byzantine times.


Campfires May Have Made Humans More Susceptible to Disease
Mark Tanaka of the University of New South Wales thinks that the use of fire by early humans may have triggered the development of tuberculosis as a deadly disease. Tanaka and a team of researchers used a mathematical model to investigate ways that Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is benign when it lives in soil and water, might have developed into a pathogen transmissible between people.
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Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery
An unrivaled discovery on the southern coast of Israel may enable archaeologists to finally unravel the origins of one of the most notorious and enigmatic peoples of the Hebrew Bible: the Philistines.

The discovery of a large cemetery outside the walls of ancient Ashkelon, a major city of the Philistines between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C., is the first of its kind in the history of archaeological investigation in the region.


Digs Uncover Buildings in Cyprus' 11,000-Year-Old Village
Recent archaeological digs have uncovered more than 20 round buildings in what is believed to be Cyprus' earliest known village, dating as far back as the 9th century B.C., the east Mediterranean island's Department of Antiquities said Tuesday.

The department said in a statement that excavations, which concluded last month in the Ayios Tychonas-Klimonas area near Cyprus' southern coast, also found domestic dogs and cats had already been introduced to Cyprus when the village was active 11,200 to 10,600 years ago. It said villagers hunted small wild boar and birds, but didn't produce pottery.
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Evidence for Scotland’s earliest farming
An archaeological dig next to the Perthshire village of Dunning has revealed traces of human activity dating back 10,000 years. This included evidence of what experts believe is the earliest farming activity recorded in Scotland, and also remains of hunter-gathering activity dating back thousands of years before farming began.

The discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Glasgow, as part of the ten year, Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot (SERF) project. This year the project received an archaeology grant of £100,000 from Historic Environment Scotland to carry out geophysical survey, excavation, archival research and reporting.


Ancient Brazilians occupied the same houses for centuries

New research suggests the pit house dwellers of Brazil's southern highlands occupied the same houses for centuries, maintaining their in habitability though regular repairs.

The evidence, compiled by researchers from Europe and Brazil, is the first of its kind.

Previous radiocarbon dating attempts suggested the proto-Jê pit houses of southern Brazil were intermittently occupied. But new analysis, including AMS radiocarbon dating and Bayesian modelling, proves a pit house in Campo Belo do Sul was occupied continuously from 1395 to 1650.


Japanese expert conservators come to rescue of King Tut’s trove
Terrorism, political uprisings and the crash of a flag carrier plane have devastated Egypt’s tourism industry, but a plan is in motion to attract vacationers by unveiling a trove of treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb--with Japan’s help.

The Egyptian government will bring out previously unseen artifacts from the ancient king’s mausoleum it has kept in storage for almost a century. King Tutankhamun ruled ancient Egypt in 14th century B.C. The discovery of his undisturbed tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, by Egyptologist Howard Carter (1873-1939) in 1922 became one of the most significant finds of the 20th century, as the tomb held numerous funeral accessories that gave a detailed picture of how the pharaoh lived more than 3,000 years ago.
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Largest trove of Viking gold ever found in Denmark
Six gold bracelets and a seventh made of silver comprise the largest collection of Viking treasure to ever be discovered in Denmark, The Local reports — and the trove wasn't even found by professionals.

The three amateur archaeologists who make up "Team Rainbow Power" found the gold with their metal detectors in a field in Jutland. "We really felt like we had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when we found the first bracelet, but when others then appeared it was almost unreal," Marie Aagaard Larsen of Team Rainbow Power said in a press release from the National Museum of Denmark.


Discovery of Roman coins in Devon redraws map of empire
The discovery of a few muddy coins in a Devon paddock by a pair of amateur metal detector enthusiasts has led to the redrawing of the boundary of the Roman empire in south-west Britain.

Previously it had been thought that Ancient Rome’s influence did not stretch beyond Exeter but the find has resulted in a major archaeological dig that has unearthed more coins, a stretch of Roman road and the remnants of vessels from France and the Mediterranean once full of wine, olive oil and garum – fish sauce.

The far south-west of Britain has long been seen as an area that clung to its independence but the discovery at Ipplepen, near Newton Abbot, 20 miles south-west of Exeter, has led to the conclusion that Roman influence was strongly felt here.


The Great Pyramid of Giza is lopsided, new investigation reveals
It's one of the most fascinating and well-built structures in existence, but researchers have shown that the Great Pyramid of Giza is actually lopsided, thanks to an error builders made during construction some 4,500 years ago.

This error has led to the west side of the pyramid being slightly longer than the east side, creating a base that isn’t perfectly square – despite the fact that it looks that way from afar.

The discovery came as researchers from the US-based Glen Dash Research Foundation and the Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) were studying the magnificent structure to better understand its original dimensions.

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Tool Sites, Up to 12,000 Years Old, Discovered on California Island
On a rugged island just offshore from Ventura County, archaeologists have turned up evidence of some of the oldest human activity in coastal Southern California.

On Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands, researchers have found three sites scattered with ancient tool-making debris and the shells of harvested shellfish.

The youngest of the three sites has been dated to 6,600 BCE, but based on the types of tools found at the other two, archaeologists say they may be as much as 11,000 to 12,000 years old.


Black-Death Survey Reveals Incredible Devastation Wrought by Plague

The devastation wrought by the Black Death plague pandemic in medieval England has been revealed in a uniquely detailed archaeological study carried out for more than a decade with the help of thousands of village volunteers.

Although some historians have played down the impact of the bubonic plague that struck Europe and Asia in the 1300s, new research shows that the Black Death was as deadly as described in writings that have survived from the time, with some villages suffering an almost 80 percent drop in population after the plague.


Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig
Tertius the Brewer, Junius the Cooper and Julius Classicus – the up-and-coming military commander who would turn traitor against Rome a decade later – have sprung back to life from the first decade of Roman London, their names – along with the first reference to London itself – miraculously preserved on writing tablets in a sodden hole in the heart of the City.

The wooden tablets, preserving the faint marks of the words written on bees wax with a metal stylus almost 2,000 years ago, are the oldest handwritten documents ever found in the UK.
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Silk embroidery found hanging on church wall is believed to have belonged to Elizabeth I

Parishioners of a tiny church in rural Herefordshire have long believed a rumour that their altar cloth once belonged to Queen Elizabeth I.

It was kept at St Faith's Church in Bacton in an old wooden frame.

Now, having spotted it by chance, experts at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) have concluded the exquisitely-embroidered cloth of silver is so lavish it is likely to have come from a dress worn by the Tudor monarch herself.


Treasures found hidden in Auschwitz mug for more than 70 years
A mug confiscated by Nazis at Auschwitz has been hiding a secret for more than 70 years.
Workers at the Auschwitz Museum this week found a gold ring and necklace that had been carefully wrapped in canvas before being concealed in a false base.


A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.
In February 1990, thanks to a 15-year-old boy named Bruno Kowalsczewski, footsteps echoed through the chambers of Bruniquel Cave for the first time in tens of thousands of years.

The cave sits in France’s scenic Aveyron Valley, but its entrance had long been sealed by an ancient rockslide. Kowalsczewski’s father had detected faint wisps of air emerging from the scree, and the boy spent three years clearing away the rubble. He eventually dug out a tight, thirty-meter-long passage that the thinnest members of the local caving club could squeeze through. They found themselves in a large, roomy corridor. There were animal bones and signs of bear activity, but nothing recent. The floor was pockmarked with pools of water. The walls were punctuated by stalactites (the ones that hang down) and stalagmites (the ones that stick up).

Some 336 meters into the cave, the caver stumbled across something extraordinary—a vast chamber where several stalagmites had been deliberately broken. Most of the 400 pieces had been arranged into two rings—a large one between 4 and 7 metres across, and a smaller one just 2 metres wide. Others had been propped up against these donuts. Yet others had been stacked into four piles. Traces of fire were everywhere, and there was a mass of burnt bones.
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How a diamond rush led to an ancient, underwater secret
In 1908, a German prospector found a diamond in the Namibian Desert. The area came to be known as the Sperrgebiet, or "forbidden territory," and was soon overrun by Germans on the hunt for the precious stone (they annexed 10,000 square miles of the desert for themselves). Today, DeBeers and the Namibian government still run a joint operation in the area.

But on April 1, 2008 a worker discovered something far more valuable. He'd been searching for diamonds but struck on gold -- only this gold had been missing for nearly half a millennia.


(entry removed because it turned out to not be true)

900-Year-Old Village Recorded in Volcanic Badlands of New Mexico
In the black-rock badlands of northwestern New Mexico, archaeologists have documented a 900-year-old village with unique ties to the Ancestral Puebloan citadel of Chaco Canyon. Consisting of more than a hundred separate sites, including a two-story great house with as many as 85 rooms, the newly recorded community shows a strong influence of Chacoan culture, but at the same time, it appears to have other qualities not found anywhere else.
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A Polish historian may have found lost "Nazi" treasure
A Polish historian claims he found the location of the long-lost Amber Room, a treasure assumed lost after Nazis stole it during World War II.

After scanning one of Poland's most well-preserved Nazi bunkers, located 60 miles from Kaliningrad, Bartlomiej Plebanczyk is "almost certain" he has located the long-lost chamber in a hidden underground room, according to Express.


Stolen Thracian-Roman Silver Mask Helmet restored
A very rare Thracian-Roman mask helmet made of iron and silver, which was stolen in a brazen museum robbery back in 1995, and was recovered by the Bulgarian intelligence in 2015, has now been restored and showcased once again at its home, the Plovdiv Museum of Archaeology.

The mask helmet, which is dated to the 1st century AD, was discovered in 1905 during archaeological excavations in a burial mound in the Kamenitsa Quarter in the city of Plovdiv.


Building on Shells: Study Starts to Unravel Mysteries of Calusa Kingdom
Centuries before modern countries such as Dubai and China started building islands, native peoples in southwest Florida known as the Calusa were piling shells into massive heaps to construct their own water-bound towns.


Water storage made prehistoric settlement possible in Amazonina
The pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém region in Brazilian Amazonia, where most archaeological sites are situated in an upland area and are the result of an expansion of settlements in the last few centuries before the arrival of Europeans. This is concluded by a research team consisting of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Brazilian colleagues.
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3,800 year journey from classroom to classroom
Thirty-eight hundred years ago, on the hot river plains of what is now southern Iraq, a Babylonian student did a bit of schoolwork that centuries later would change our understanding of ancient mathematics. The student scooped up a palm-sized clump of wet clay, formed a disc about the size and shape of a hamburger, and let it dry down a bit in the sun. On the surface of the moist clay the student drew a diagram that showed the people of the Old Babylonian Period (1,900–1,700 B.C.E.) fully understood the principles of the “Pythagorean Theorem” 1300 years before Greek geometer Pythagoras was born, and were also capable of calculating the square root of two to six decimal places.


Bleize cave used for Mayan child sacrifices
Grim discoveries in Belize’s aptly named Midnight Terror Cave shed light on a long tradition of child sacrifices in ancient Maya society.

A large portion of 9,566 human bones, bone fragments and teeth found on the cave floor from 2008 to 2010 belonged to individuals no older than 14 years, bioarchaeologist Michael Prout reported April 15 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Many of the human remains came from 4- to 10-year-olds. Because these bones are so fragmented, it’s difficult to estimate precisely how many individuals lay in the cave.


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Yuctan archaeology races to keep up with development
Mexican archaeologists are racing to keep up with development on the Yucatan peninsula as suburbs of the colonial city of Merida swallow Mayan settlements.

Fed by an increasing number of U.S. retirees, some Merida suburbs are expanding at a rate of 7 percent a year, especially to the north and south of the city, which was known in the Mayan era as T’Ho.

Yucatan state has more than 3,500 known archaeological sites but just 22 government archaeologists. While attention focuses on big ruins such as Chichen Itza or Uxmal, only about 17 of the state’s sites are even open to the public.

Archeologists discover Israel's oldest glass works
Archaeologists who uncovered some of the oldest glass kilns in the world at the foot of Mount Carmel in Israel say they’re the “missing link” in the production of Judean glass, which was widely used in the Roman Empire during the fifth century.

The kilns were found last summer when an Israel Antiquities Authority inspector overseeing work on a railway being built from Haifa to the east observed chunks of glass, a floor and a layer of ash inside a trench. Construction was halted to prepare for an archaeological excavation, which uncovered the kilns.

Archeologists search for Roman ruins in Gloucester

After uncovering a castle on a par with the Tower of London underneath the old prison in Gloucester, yet more artifacts have been dug up.

Since the castle was found in December work has been on-going at both the Castle site and around Blackfriars.

Possible wine-production site found at Imperial Roman estate
Wine was produced in the first-century A.D. on an industrial scale at Vagnari, an imperial estate in Italy, according to an excavation conducted by archaeologists from the University of Sheffield.

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Ancient burials revealed at mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos
Scattered across the foothills of central Laos, thousands of large stone jars hewn from bare rock have perplexed archaeologists for decades.

Now excavations on the mysterious Plain of Jars may finally have provided an answer to what these strange vessels, which measure between three and ten feet tall, were used for.

Archaeologists have discovered 2,500-year-old human remains buried at sites close to the clusters of stone jars.


possible second Viking site found in North America
Archaeologists worked hard to unearth what might well be only the second Viking site ever discovered in North America – but they had a little help from a higher power.

To be precise, 386 miles higher, in the form of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite.

It was the satellite’s near-infrared imagery that set Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her colleagues on a quest to excavate the site on the southwestern coast of Newfoundland, known as Point Rosee.

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Killer entrance suspected in mystery of unusually large group of carnivores in ancient cave

Study proposes reason for death and unusually large group of carnivores in Spanish cave

An assortment of saber-toothed cats, hyenas, an extinct 'bear-dog', ancestors of the red panda and several other carnivores died under unusual circumstances in a Spanish cave near Madrid approximately 9-10 million years ago. It now appears that the animals may have entered the cave intentionally and been trapped there, according to research published May 1 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Soledad Domingo from the University of Michigan and colleagues from other institutions.

New excavations indicate use of fertilizers 5,000 years ago

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have spent many years studying the remains of a Stone Age community in Karleby outside the town of Falköping, Sweden. The researchers have for example tried to identify parts of the inhabitants' diet. Right now they are looking for evidence that fertilisers were used already during the Scandinavian Stone Age, and the results of their first analyses may be exactly what they are looking for.

For ancient Maya, a hodgepodge of cultural exchanges. Study shows that ancient Maya civilization interacted with more than just Olmecs

The ancient Maya civilization of Mesoamerica may have developed its unique culture and architecture via contact with many other groups—not just exclusive contact with the Olmec people or on its own, without any outside influences, as researchers have debated. According to a new study, the formal plazas and pyramids at Ceibal, an ancient Maya site in Guatemala, probably arose from broad cultural exchanges that took place across southern Mesoamerica from about 1,000 to 700 BCE.

Museum find proves exotic 'big cat' prowled British countryside a century ago

The rediscovery of a mystery animal in a museum's underground storeroom proves that a non-native 'big cat' prowled the British countryside at the turn of the last century.
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It looks like we survived the "Mayan apocalypse"! Let's celebrate with ALIENS

Ancient Cranial Deformations Fuel Alien Theories

http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-cranial-deformations-121219.html

In other news...

Ancient Egyptians sold themselves into temple slavery
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uoc-aes121912.php

Japanese archaeologists find 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior still in armor
http://japandailypress.com/japanese-archaeologists-find-1400-year-old-kofun-period-warrior-still-in-armor-1819971

Archaeologists find prehistoric humans cared for sick and disabled
http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_22212020/archaeologists-find-prehistoric-humans-cared-sick-and-disabled#ixzz2Fx07Ur2s

Ancient Pharaoh's Throat Was Slashed
http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-pharaoh-was-slashed-121218.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/60735/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mystery-of-Ramses-IIIs-death-unravelled.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2249860/Ramesses-III-Modern-day-forensic-techniques-shed-light-Pharoahs-murder.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/18/world/africa/egypt-king-conspiracy/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

Ancient city of Troy rebranded itself after war
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21628964.200-ancient-city-of-troy-rebranded-itself-after-war.html

The Great New England Vampire Panic
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Great-New-England-Vampire-Panic-169791986.html?src=longreads

The Flores Hobbit's face revealed
http://phys.org/news/2012-12-flores-hobbit-revealed.html
http://news.discovery.com/human/real-life-hobbit-face-revealed-121211.html
(I thought we weren't allowed to call it a Hobbit anymore XD)

Iron Age Feast Found in England
http://news.discovery.com/history/evidence-for-huge-meaty-bc-feast-found-in-england-20121212.html

Historic Camp Site Discovered on Antarctica
http://news.discovery.com/history/-historic-camp-site-discovered-on-antarctica-121214.html

Research finds crisis in Syria has Mesopotamian precedent
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uos-rfc121812.php

Study of pipestone artifacts overturns a century-old assumption
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uoia-sop121812.php

Roman Settlement and Possible Prehistoric Site Uncovered in Northern Italy
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211163510.htm

Untouched 18th Century Woodworking Shop Found
http://news.discovery.com/history/untouched-18th-century-woodworking-shop-found-121213.html

Send for the bard! Carnyx discovery leaves archaeologists little the wiser
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/11/france-gaul-carnyx-instrument-find

Archaeologists find Maya ceramics and mural paintings in three underwater caves in Mexico
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=59414#.UNf9qW_Admi
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I always mark news items I see on my Twitter feed, as well, and I forgot to put these ones in my last update. This is all Egypt-related since that's what I have on my Twitter feed XD

100 years of Nefertiti (anniversary of discovery was December 6)
http://www.world-archaeology.com/news/100-years-of-nefertiti/

Jewish philanthropist who funded excavation of Nefertiti bust, lost in the sands of time thanks to the Nazis
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/jewish-philanthropist-lost-in-the-sands-of-time-thanks-to-the-nazis-8382305.html

Tomb of Merenptah opens doors to tourism (this is the same pharaoh with the Largest Sarcophagus in my last post)
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/443/47/Tomb-opens-doors-to-tourism.aspx

Oldest Pharaonic Rock Art Rediscovered in Egypt
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/pictures/121129-oldest-pharaoh-rock-art-egypt-science/

Italian police find stolen Egyptian sphinx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20627391
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Gladiator's Tomb to Be Reburied
http://news.discovery.com/history/gladiator-tomb-reburied-121204.html

'First tartan' found on Roman statue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20579219

Fit for a King: Largest Egyptian Sarcophagus Identified
http://news.yahoo.com/fit-king-largest-egyptian-sarcophagus-identified-174734638.html

1,000-Year-Old Muslim Joke Book Found
http://news.discovery.com/history/muslim-joke-book-121127.html

Drought May Have Killed Sumerian Language
http://www.livescience.com/25221-drought-killed-sumerian-language.html

Underwater Archaeological Discovery Yields Korean Artifacts
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=141265

Mayans Cooked Food With Clay Balls
http://news.discovery.com/history/maya-clay-balls-121129.html

Africa's Homo sapiens were the first techies
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uotw-ahs120512.php

Skeletons in cave reveal Mediterranean secrets
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/plos-sic112112.php

URI, IAA archaeologists discover shipwrecks, ancient harbor on coast of Israel
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/uori-uia112812.php

Human Poo Leaves Archeological Stain in Norway
http://news.discovery.com/earth/human-poo-leaves-archeological-stain-in-norway-121128.html

And the WTF for the week...

'Indiana Jones' Makers Sued Over Crystal Skull
http://news.discovery.com/human/archaeologist-sues-indiana-jones-makers-over-crystal-skull-121208.html
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If any of you are looking for ways to participate in Giving Tuesday (or any charitable giving during the holiday season), I just got an email from the Archaeological Institute of America: Support Field School Scholarships this #GivingTuesday

I will include the body of the email below, if anyone is interested. I've seen a lot of charities being promoted today, but the AIA is not one I ever would have thought of, and it is a good cause. When I was in college, I very much wanted to participate in a summer field school on Rapa Nui, but it was not covered by my school's financial aid, and at the time there were no scholarship opportunities. I would love to see an archaeology student now have the chance to follow their dreams and not be held back by financial constraints like I was. :-)

Text of the AIA email )

Learn more about the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship Program here.
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