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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Sappho's New Poems: The Tangled Tale of Their Discovery
Sappho's two new poems on papyrus
January 23rd, 2015
When two, never-before seen poems by Sappho emerged last year, not all classicists rejoiced at the rare discovery.
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Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals
Cangrande's sarcophagus
January 6th, 2015
An Italian warlord who suddenly dropped dead in 1329 was poisoned, a mummy autopsy reveals. Scientists found deadly traces of the toxic plant digitalis, or foxglove, in his system.
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Craze Over Greek Tomb Spawns Virtual Worlds Online
A still from a 3D model of the the Amphipolis tomb
December 30th, 2014
Thanks to the excitement surrounding the dig at Amphipolis, Greece, dozens of unofficial artistic reconstructions have cropped up on YouTube and other websites.
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How to Recreate a Sloppy Ancient Greek Drinking Game
Ancient painting of kottobas
January 14th, 2015
How hard was it to play kottabos? An art historian enlisted her students to find out. The results were messy.
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Ancient Amulet Discovered with Curious Palindrome Inscription
The inscription side of the amulet contains a Greek inscription.
January 1st, 2015
An ancient, two-sided amulet uncovered in Cyprus contains a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backwards as it does forwards.
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Ancient Middle East Shipwrecks Shed Light on Shipbuilding History
The Yenikapi shipwreck called YK 14.
December 28th, 2014
Eight shipwrecks that date to the Byzantine Empire and were recently discovered in Turkey are in exceptionally good condition, archaeologists say.
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8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots
Chemical analysis of ancient pottery from Israel.
December 18th, 2014
Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th century B.C.
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Atlantis' Legendary Metal Found in Shipwreck
Divers discover rare metals, greece, atlantis, metallic alloy
January 7th, 2015
Divers find nearly 40 metal ingots from a shipwreck off the coast of Sicily that was lost in the sixth century.
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In Photos: 8 Byzantine Empire Era Shipwrecks Excavated in Turkey
The Yenikapi shipwreck called YK 14.
December 30th, 2014
Archaeologists working at a site in Istanbul, Turkey have unearthed 37 remarkably well-preserved shipwrecks.
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Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014
amphipolis
December 25th, 2014
From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of the year.
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