New Research Shows How Natural Chemistry Strengthened Ancient Roman Marine Concrete
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New Research Shows How Natural Chemistry Strengthened Ancient Roman Marine Concrete

While modern marine concrete structures crumble within years, ancient Roman piers and breakwaters endure to this day, and are stronger now than when they were first constructed. New…

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Researchers Discover Earliest Evidence of Wild Potato Use in North America
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Researchers Discover Earliest Evidence of Wild Potato Use in North America

A team of archaeologists and anthropologists, led by the University of Utah, has discovered potato starch residues in the crevices of a 10,900-year-old stone tool in Escalante, southern…

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Modified Skulls from Gobekli Tepe Provide Evidence of Neolithic ‘Skull Cult’
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Modified Skulls from Gobekli Tepe Provide Evidence of Neolithic ‘Skull Cult’

Three carved skull fragments uncovered at Göbekli Tepe, a Neolithic site in southeast Turkey known for its impressive megalithic architecture with characteristic T-shaped pillars, feature modifications not seen…

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Archaeologists Find Earliest Monumental Egyptian Hieroglyphs
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Archaeologists Find Earliest Monumental Egyptian Hieroglyphs

A team of archaeologists from Belgium, the United States and Egypt has uncovered some previously unknown rock inscriptions, which include 5,200-year-old Egyptian hieroglyphs, at the archaeological site of…

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Qumran Cave 12: New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered
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Qumran Cave 12: New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered

Archaeologists working near Qumran in Israel have found a cave that previously contained Dead Sea scrolls. They now suggest ‘the cave should be numbered as Cave 12, along…

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Archaeologists Uncover 38,000-Year-Old Pointillist Engravings
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Archaeologists Uncover 38,000-Year-Old Pointillist Engravings

Pointillism — a painting technique in which dots are used to create the illusion of a larger image — was developed in the 1880s by Georges Seurat and…

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Remarkable Maya Pendant Unearthed in Belize
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Remarkable Maya Pendant Unearthed in Belize

A team of archaeologists led by Geoffrey Braswell, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, has found a remarkable artifact at a Maya archaeological site…

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Archaeologists Find Viking Age Toy Boat in Norway
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Archaeologists Find Viking Age Toy Boat in Norway

Archaeologists from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) University Museum have uncovered a toy dating back as far as 1153 CE in an abandoned well in…

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4,000-Year-Old ‘Multi-Dolmen’ Found in Israel
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4,000-Year-Old ‘Multi-Dolmen’ Found in Israel

A rare megalithic structure, dating back 4,000 years, has been discovered at the Shamir Dolmen Field on the western foothills of the Golan Heights. The 4,000-year-old ‘multi-dolmen,’ the…

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African Neolithic Populations Helped Create Sahara Desert, Research Suggests
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African Neolithic Populations Helped Create Sahara Desert, Research Suggests

The desertification of the Sahara — the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world — has long been a target for researchers trying to…

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38,000-Year-Old Decorated Bone from Crimea May Provide Insight into Neanderthal Cognition
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38,000-Year-Old Decorated Bone from Crimea May Provide Insight into Neanderthal Cognition

Neanderthals’ cognitive abilities are a hotly debated topic, but a bird bone fragment found at a Middle Paleolithic site in Crimea, Ukraine, features two notches that may have…

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Ancient Settlement Unearthed in Israel
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Ancient Settlement Unearthed in Israel

Israeli archaeologists excavating near the city of Beit Shemesh have unearthed an extensive complex of ritual baths and underground refuges used by Bar Kokhba’s rebels. An underground chamber…

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First Humans Arrived in North America 116,000 Years Earlier than Thought: Evidence from Cerutti Mastodon Site
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First Humans Arrived in North America 116,000 Years Earlier than Thought: Evidence from Cerutti Mastodon Site

Researchers digging at the Cerutti Mastodon site, an archaeological site from the early late Pleistocene epoch near San Diego, California, found animal remains and stone tools that show…

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Did Hunter-Gatherers Intentionally Domesticate Wild Plants?
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Did Hunter-Gatherers Intentionally Domesticate Wild Plants?

New research from the University of Sheffield, UK, has shed light on how hunter-gatherers adopted agriculture and how crops were domesticated to depend on people. Ploughing with a…

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Barrow Island’s Cave Reveals Earliest Australians Lived on Coast 50,000 years ago
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Barrow Island’s Cave Reveals Earliest Australians Lived on Coast 50,000 years ago

Archaeological deposits from a cave on Barrow Island, a large limestone continental island located 60 km off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia, reveal some of the oldest…

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Archaeologists Uncover Viking Army Camp in England
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Archaeologists Uncover Viking Army Camp in England

A long-held archaeological mystery has been solved as researchers have revealed the exact location, extent and character of a huge winter camp of the Viking army at Torksey,…

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Coastal Peru was Rest Stop for Early Americans, Archaeologists Say
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Coastal Peru was Rest Stop for Early Americans, Archaeologists Say

A Vanderbilt University-led team of archaeologists has made a remarkable discovery in Peru: thousands of 15,000- to 10,000-year-old artifacts, including stone tools, elaborate hand-woven baskets and the remains…

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Cave Discoveries in Czech Republic Hint at How Humans Outlasted Neanderthals
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Cave Discoveries in Czech Republic Hint at How Humans Outlasted Neanderthals

An international team of archaeologists has provided a window into one of the most exciting periods in human history — the transition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. A…

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Advanced Imaging Technology Reveals 2,600 Year-Old Hebrew Inscription
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Advanced Imaging Technology Reveals 2,600 Year-Old Hebrew Inscription

Using multispectral imaging, a team of Israeli researchers has discovered a hitherto invisible text on the back side of an ostracon (ink-inscribed pottery shard) that has been on…

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Archaeologists Unearth Ancient, Forgotten City in Eastern Ethiopia
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Archaeologists Unearth Ancient, Forgotten City in Eastern Ethiopia

An international team of researchers led by University of Exeter archaeologists has discovered the ruins of an ancient city — once thought to be the ‘home of giants’…

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Archaeologists Uncover Roman Theater, Bathhouse at Hippos-Sussita
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Archaeologists Uncover Roman Theater, Bathhouse at Hippos-Sussita

A team of archaeologists from the the University of Haifa has discovered a large theater and a public bathhouse at the archaeological site of the ancient city of…

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38,000-Year-Old Aurignacian Artwork Found in France
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38,000-Year-Old Aurignacian Artwork Found in France

Researchers have uncovered a 38,000-year-old engraved image at Abri Blanchard, an Upper Paleolithic site of the Aurignacian culture — a finding that marks some of the earliest known…

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King Solomon-Era Fortification Unearthed in Israel’s Timna Valley
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King Solomon-Era Fortification Unearthed in Israel’s Timna Valley

A team of Tel Aviv University archaeologists has uncovered a gatehouse and associated livestock pens — dating to the reign of Kings Solomon and David (10th century BC)…

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Ancient Pueblo People Used Unexpectedly Advanced Geometry to Build Monuments
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Ancient Pueblo People Used Unexpectedly Advanced Geometry to Build Monuments

Arizona State University Professor Sherry Towers has examined the Sun Temple archaeological site at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and found evidence that the site was laid out…

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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor
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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor

A large manor has been found at the archaeological site of Korshamn near the Viking Age proto-town of Birka in Sweden. Artist’s impression of the Viking Age manor…

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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor
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Ground-Penetrating Radar Helps Archaeologists Find Viking Age Manor

A large manor has been found at the archaeological site of Korshamn near the Viking Age proto-town of Birka in Sweden. Artist’s impression of the Viking Age manor…

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Neanderthals Capable of Incorporating Symbolic Objects into Their Culture, Discovery Suggests
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Neanderthals Capable of Incorporating Symbolic Objects into Their Culture, Discovery Suggests

An unusual limestone rock found at an archaeological site in Croatia indicates that Neanderthals were capable of incorporating symbolic objects into their culture. ‘Clam-shell’ view of Side A…

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Humans Arrived in North America around 24,000 Years Ago
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Humans Arrived in North America around 24,000 Years Ago

Humans first arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to an analysis of ancient animal bones found in northern Yukon, Canada. Top: cut marks…

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Archaeologists Unearth 1,500-Year-Old Settlement, Precious Jewelry in England
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Archaeologists Unearth 1,500-Year-Old Settlement, Precious Jewelry in England

Archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology working at Cherry Hinton in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, have uncovered a wealth of Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds, as well as shed light on the…

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Study Sheds New Light on Peopling of Tibet
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Study Sheds New Light on Peopling of Tibet

A new analysis of Chusang, an archeological site on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau, suggests that permanent residents may have set up camp thousands of years sooner than previously…

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Study: Ancient Inhabitants of Chaco Canyon Likely Relied on Imported Corn
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Study: Ancient Inhabitants of Chaco Canyon Likely Relied on Imported Corn

According to a new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, the ancient inhabitants of Chaco Canyon likely had to import corn to feed the multitudes…

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Israeli Archaeologists Find Fragment of 2,100-Year-Old Engraved Stone Bowl
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Israeli Archaeologists Find Fragment of 2,100-Year-Old Engraved Stone Bowl

Archaeologists digging at a site in the City of David, in the Jerusalem Walls National Park, have found a fragment of a rare ancient bowl. The fragment of…

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Israeli Archaeologists Find Unique 3,800-Year-Old Ceramic Vessel
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Israeli Archaeologists Find Unique 3,800-Year-Old Ceramic Vessel

Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists working at Yehud in the Central District of Israel have uncovered an ancient ceramic jug, about 3,800 years old. The 3,800-year-old jug, which was…

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Archaeologists Find Compelling Evidence for New Pharaonic Tombs in Egypt
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Archaeologists Find Compelling Evidence for New Pharaonic Tombs in Egypt

Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project (QHRP) yesterday announced the discovery of a 6.5-foot (2 m) high ancient…

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Oldest Evidence for Plant Processing in Pottery Found
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Oldest Evidence for Plant Processing in Pottery Found

An international team of archaeologists has discovered the earliest evidence of humans processing plants for food found anywhere in the world. The findings are reported in the journal…

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Researchers Obtain First Reliable Radiocarbon Dates for Australian Aboriginal Rock Art
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Researchers Obtain First Reliable Radiocarbon Dates for Australian Aboriginal Rock Art

A novel technique developed by a team of researchers in Australia has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art.…

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Archaeologists Find Previously Unknown Ancient City in Greece
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Archaeologists Find Previously Unknown Ancient City in Greece

An international team of archaeologists from Sweden, Greece and the United Kingdom is exploring the ruins of a previously unknown ancient city at the village of Vlochos, municipality…

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World’s Very First Polluted River? Scientists Find Evidence of Ancient Metallurgical Activity in Jordan
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World’s Very First Polluted River? Scientists Find Evidence of Ancient Metallurgical Activity in Jordan

A research team led by Liverpool John Moores University scientists has discovered what could be the world’s very first polluted river, contaminated 7,000 years ago. In a now-dry…

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Mummified Remains Identified as Queen Nefertari, Pharaoh Ramesses II’s Royal Spouse
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Mummified Remains Identified as Queen Nefertari, Pharaoh Ramesses II’s Royal Spouse

A pair of mummified knees on display in the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, belongs to Egyptian Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II, according to…

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Middle Eastern Bitumen Found in Early Medieval Buried Ship in UK
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Middle Eastern Bitumen Found in Early Medieval Buried Ship in UK

Bitumen — a rare, tar-like material — from the Middle East is present in the 7th century Anglo-Saxon ship-burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK, according to a study…

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