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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Richard III Really Ate (and Drank) Like a King
Richard III's skull
August 18th, 2014
Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed. And yet, during his short time wearing the crown, Richard certainly ate like a king, a new study finds.
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World's Oldest Wine Cellar Fueled Palatial Parties
Wine jugs in situ
August 27th, 2014
An archaeological excavation at a Bronze Age palace in modern-day Israel revealed an astonishingly intact ancient wine cellar. A chemical analysis of residue from the jars showed that the wine had traces of pine resin, honey, mint and juniper.
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Oldest Metal Object in Middle East Discovered in Woman's Grave
A copper awl was discovered at the archaeological site Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley of Israel, dating to 5100 B.C. to 4600 B.C.
August 22nd, 2014
A copper awl dating to between 5100 and 4600 B.C. reveals metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in the southern Levant more than 6,000 years ago, centuries earlier than previously thought, researchers say.
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Still 'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck
The 200-year-old Selters bottle contained alcohol that is likely a gin or vodka.
August 15th, 2014
The stoneware bottle, officially bottle for Selters water, contained what may be gin or vodka and was found within a shipwreck at the bottom of a Gulf in the Baltic Sea. Apparently, the booze is drinkable, though doesn't smell good.
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Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed
A photo of the WTC ship when it was found.
July 28th, 2014
Tree rings in the waterlogged ribs of a sunken ship found at the World Trade Center site revealed that the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard around Philadelphia.
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Alexander the Great-Era Tomb Will Soon Reveal Its Secrets
August 26th, 2014
As archaeologists continue to clear dirt and stone slabs from the entrance of a huge tomb in Greece, excitement is building over what excavators may find inside.
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