Category Archives: Archaeology

A medieval skeleton has been found hanging from the roots of a tree in Ireland

A 1,000-year-old skeleton was discovered dangling from the roots of a beech tree in the Irish town of Collooney, after a strong storm ripped the 200-year-old tree from the ground earlier this year. The remains belonged to a young man, … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on A medieval skeleton has been found hanging from the roots of a tree in Ireland

The Colour of Dinosaur Feathers

jurasic park

At this point in science we know for sure that dinosaurs had feathers. We aren’t sure which ones did or did not, we do not know how much of their body was covered, and we have no idea what colours … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on The Colour of Dinosaur Feathers

Fishing for the first Americans

On 17 September, a catamaran will set off into the Pacific Ocean on a week-long cruise back to the Pleistocene. Laden with sonar instruments, the research vessel Shearwater will probe the ocean bottom to find places that were beaches and … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on Fishing for the first Americans

Stonehenge researchers ‘may have found largest neolithic site’

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Stonehenge researchers ‘may have found largest neolithic site’

Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors?

Have we underestimated the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age? Evidence from a variety of sources suggests that early Britons were more sophisticated than we could have imagined. Archaeologists once thought that the story of the … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, History | Comments Off on Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors?

Carnivorous plant found in amber

plant in amber

In an amber mine near the Russian city of Kaliningrad, scientists from the German University of Göttingen have discovered the world’s oldest example of a carnivorous plant set in amber. The specimen is 35-45 million years old and consists of … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Carnivorous plant found in amber

Lake Michigan is so clear right now, you can see its shipwrecks from a plane

Right now, the waters of Lake Michigan are so crystal clear that you can see all of its secrets laid bare from the sky. So clear, in fact, that the US Coast Guard last week made a routine fly over … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Places | Comments Off on Lake Michigan is so clear right now, you can see its shipwrecks from a plane

A Bizarre New Flying Dinosaur, With Bat-Like Wings And Feathers

When it comes to big fossil finds, China is full of surprises. The latest dinosaur discovery, announced today in Nature, is a bizarre chicken-sized animal with a delightfully short scientific name, Yi qi, Mandarin for “strange wing” (pronounced “yee chee”). … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on A Bizarre New Flying Dinosaur, With Bat-Like Wings And Feathers

Why “brontosaurus” is no longer a dirty word for dinosaur hunters

A team of palaeontologists is claiming to have “resurrected” Brontosaurus, the famous long-necked, pot-belled dinosaur. No, they haven’t conducted some mad DNA cloning experiment. They have built a big new family tree of long-necked dinosaurs and argue that Brontosaurus is … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Why “brontosaurus” is no longer a dirty word for dinosaur hunters

Altamura Man yields oldest Neanderthal DNA sample

A team of researchers working in Italy has confirmed that Altamura Man was a Neanderthal and dating of pieces of calcite which were on the remains has revealed that the bones are 128,000 to 187,000 years old. In their paper … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on Altamura Man yields oldest Neanderthal DNA sample

RICHARD III – TRUTH AND LIES

skull of richard the third

With the re-internment of Richard III, Alan Mason reminds us what it’s all about. (1) Skull of Richard III – Image credit : University of Leicester An Ear-splitting Silence The first modern mystery over the remains (1) of the former … Continue reading

Posted in Alan Mason, Archaeology, History | Comments Off on RICHARD III – TRUTH AND LIES

Prehistoric stone tools bear 500,000-year-old animal residue

Some 2.5 million years ago, early humans survived on a paltry diet of plants. As the human brain expanded, however, it required more substantial nourishment — namely fat and meat — to sustain it. This drove prehistoric man, who lacked … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Prehistoric stone tools bear 500,000-year-old animal residue

Britains Stone Age Tsunami

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this Time Team special

Posted in Archaeology, History | Comments Off on Britains Stone Age Tsunami

3,000 Skeletons Recovered at London Train Station Site

Archaeologists in London have begun digging up some 3,000 skeletons including those of victims of the Great Plague from a burial ground that will become a new train station, the company in charge said. A team of 60 researchers will … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on 3,000 Skeletons Recovered at London Train Station Site

Decapitated skull contains oldest brain ever discovered

The fact that it still looks like a brain is extraordinary – because it’s 2,600 years old.  Discovered in 2008 at an Iron Age site near York in the UK, the brain has just been dated to the 6th century … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Biology | Comments Off on Decapitated skull contains oldest brain ever discovered

Fossil discovery suggests humans may be half a million years older than we thought

A 2.8 million-year-old jawbone might be about to rewrite our family tree. Researchers working in Ethiopia have unearthed the oldest human fossil ever, and the discovery could push back the origin of the Homo genus by half a million years. The lower … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on Fossil discovery suggests humans may be half a million years older than we thought

Skeletons in 6,000-Year-Old Embrace Found in Cave

Image: The 5,800-year-old couple locked in embrace. Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture. A 6,000-year-old romance has been uncovered in a Greek cave as archaeologists unearthed the skeletons of an undisturbed Neolithic couple locked in an embrace. Found in the Alepotrypa, … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Skeletons in 6,000-Year-Old Embrace Found in Cave

55,000-year-old skull links modern man in vicinity of Neanderthals

Modern Europeans have inherited about 4 percent of their genes from Neanderthals, meaning the two groups mated at some point in the past. But the question is, where and when?Characteristics of a partial skull recently discovered in Manot Cave in … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology, Evolution | Comments Off on 55,000-year-old skull links modern man in vicinity of Neanderthals

X-ray technique ‘reads’ burnt Vesuvius scroll

For the first time, words have been read from a burnt, rolled-up scroll buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79. The scrolls of Herculaneum, the only classical library still in existence, were blasted by volcanic gas hotter than 300C and are … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on X-ray technique ‘reads’ burnt Vesuvius scroll

Stone Age man wasn’t necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals

A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France. “This is … Continue reading

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on Stone Age man wasn’t necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals