Archaeology is fundamentally the study of humanity and its past. Archaeologists study things that were created, used or changed by humans. They do this by studying the material remains — the stuff we leave behind.
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Hatfields & McCoys Gather (Peacefully) to Unearth Relics at Last Battle Site
Civil War-era handguns.
August 10th, 2015
To learn more about a historical grudge, members of two formerly feuding families are (quite literally) digging up the past.
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Ancient Huts May Reveal Clues to Earth's Magnetic Pole Reversals
Grain Bins in Southern Africa
July 29th, 2015
The fiery demise of ancient huts in southern Africa 1,000 years ago left clues to understanding a bizarre weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field — and the role it plays in the magnetic poles' periodic reversals.
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Bronze Age Gold Spirals May Have Been Sacrificed to Gods
July 13th, 2015
A pile of 2,000 tangled gold spirals that bring to mind heaps of the fairy tale princess Rapunzel's golden locks were recently unearthed in Denmark.
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2,000-Year-Old Ritual Message Is Uncovered…Then Begins to Vanish!
The symbols inside the ritual bath.
August 7th, 2015
An enigmatic message, hidden for 2,000 years inside an underground cave, was recently uncovered in Israel. And it immediately began to vanish when exposed to the elements.
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Charred Remains of 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll Deciphered
July 20th, 2015
A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it.
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Ancient Native Americans May Have Had Pet Bobcat
July 8th, 2015
An ancient Native American grave in Illinois bore the body of a young bobcat, suggesting the ancient people raised the orphan kitty and buried it with love.
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In Photos: Searching for Amelia Earhart
Diving for wreckage, amelia earhart project
June 17th, 2015
Photos from a search expedition to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
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Remains of Nazi-Destroyed Synagogue Found Using Radar
Great Synagogue of Vilna
August 1st, 2015
Ground-penetrating radar is helping archaeologists locate the buried remains of the Great Synagogue of Vilna in Lithuania, a Jewish place of worship that was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, the Israeli Antiquities Authority reports.
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5th-Century Mosaic Adorned with Elephants and Cupids
July 13th, 2015
Stunning mosaics have turned up during an archaeological dig of a fifth-century synagogue in northern Israel.
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Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards
A staircase leads down to the 2,000-year-old ritual bath beneath floorboards in a family's living room.
July 1st, 2015
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
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