Archaeology

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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Rare Wall Mural from Roman Era Uncovered in London
lime street roman fresco london
February 9th, 2016
Nearly 20 feet (6 meters) below the streets of London, archaeologists discovered a fragile Roman painting featuring deer and birds that may have once decorated the wall of a wealthy citizen's home.
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Babylonians Tracked Jupiter with Fancy Math, Tablet Reveals
A newly deciphered Babylonian tablet reveals the path of Jupiter.
January 28th, 2016
For a text that may rewrite the history of mathematics, it looks rather sloppy. A small brown clay tablet that's scrawled with hasty cuneiform characters proves the ancient Babylonians used a complex geometrical model to calculate Jupiter's path.
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'Britain's Pompeii' Found at Bronze Age Settlement
Bronze Age dwelling at Peterborough
January 12th, 2016
When fire collapsed a settlement into a river, silt and clay preserved signs of life some 3,000 years ago.
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Photo: 2,000-Year-Old Roman Fresco Unearthed in London
lime street roman fresco london
February 9th, 2016
A Roman fresco nearly 2,000 years old was unearthed at a construction site in the middle of London. It might be one of the earliest wall paintings of its kind from Roman Britain.
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Tombs of Ancient Rabbis Possibly Discovered in Galilee
Greek Inscription
January 27th, 2016
Archaeologists surveying an ancient cemetery in Israel say they have discovered 1,700-year-old inscriptions in stone that may mark the burial place of elite rabbis.
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Buccaneer Bones: Possible Pirate Skeleton Found Under Scotland Schoolyard
January 12th, 2016
Archaeologists recently determined that a skeleton found buried on an Edinburgh primary school's property dates back to the 16th century and likely is that of a criminal, possibly a seafaring pirate.
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Ötzi the Iceman May Have Suffered Stomach Bug
Otzi reconstruction
January 7th, 2016
The famous Ötzi, a man murdered about 5,300 years ago in the Italian Alps, had what's now considered the world's oldest known case of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that can cause ulcers and gastric cancer, a new study finds.
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Mummy Identification Still Uncertain Science
Man cleaning sarcophagus
February 8th, 2016
King Tut is the only 18th Dynasty pharaoh whose mummy has been identified with certainty, says a new analysis.
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Butchered Mammoth Suggests Humans Lived in Siberia 45,000 Years Ago
Butchered mammoth
January 15th, 2016
The slashed and punctured bones of a woolly mammoth suggest that humans lived in the far northern reaches of Siberia earlier than scientists had previously thought, a new study finds.
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Crushed by Ice: Ships from 1871 Whaling Disaster Possibly Found
Doomed whalers, whaling shipwrecks
January 8th, 2016
Before sea ice formed along Alaska's Arctic coastline this winter, marine archaeologists discovered the wrecks of two 19th-century ships that likely met their demise during a famous whaling disaster.
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