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Bones confirmed as those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth
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Bones excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 are those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth who died in AD 946, experts at the University of Bristol confirmed today. The crucial scientific evidence came from the teeth preserved in the upper jaw. The bones are the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial.
HISTORY BUFF IS GOING ON VACATION!
It's vacation time again, so I won't be able to update the blog until August 15th. I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL summer. And happy travels for all of you on the move :)
Archaeologists unearthed 99 Greco-roman artefacts in Egypt
by Mohammed Almasri
Egypt (Abu Qir) - Ninety-nine Sunken pieces of antiquities were salvaged by the European marine archaeological institute mission in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in the areas of Eastern Port and Heracleum in Abu Qir.
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Crocodile and Hippopotamus Served as 'Brain Food' for Early Human Ancestors
ScienceDaily — Your mother was right: Fish really is "brain food." And it seems that even pre-humans living as far back as 2 million years ago somehow knew it.
Prehistoric pet? Dog burial found in O.C.
by Pat Brennan
It might have been a treasured pet, or the victim of traditional destruction of property after its owner's death. The reason for its burial remains a mystery.
Armenian cave yields what may be world's oldest leather shoe
By Tom Watkins, CNN
Get a kick out of this: Researchers reported Wednesday finding the world's oldest leather shoe in a cave in Armenia.
Ancient bees found in Israel hailed from Turkey
The origin of insects found in clay beehives in the Jordan Valley, the oldest known commercial beekeeping facility in the world, suggests extensive trading and complicated agriculture 3,000 years ago.
Read the rest in the LA Times.
Roman gladiator cemetery found in England
London, England (CNN) -- Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations.Read the rest on CNN.
Building found during Rochester Cathedral excavation
Archaeologists digging at a cathedral in Kent have unearthed evidence of a previously unknown building. An excavation project was started at Rochester Cathedral to conserve a Roman city wall.
Read the rest on the BBC.
Researchers: Cavemen feasted on lions
Waiting in line at the drive-through may be a drag, but it sure beats what our ancestors had to do for fast food. Try take-out lion. A Spanish team reports Neanderthals likely hunted and ate a big cat at a cave site.
Read the rest on USA Today.
Scars from lion bite suggest headless Romans found in York were gladiators
The haunting mystery of Britain's headless Romans may have been solved at last, thanks to scars from a lion's bite and hammer marks on decapitated skulls.Read the rest here.
Signs of Amelia Earhart's Final Days?
By Rossella Lorenzi
Tantalizing new clues are surfacing in the Amelia Earhart mystery, according to researchers scouring a remote South Pacific island believed to be the final resting place of the legendary aviatrix.
9,000 year old beer recreated
A 9,000 year old beer made of rice, honey and hawthorn may give a whole new meaning to cracking open a cold one.Read the rest here.
The prophet of science: 17th century chemist who foresaw the hi-tech future
They may appear to be marvels of modern science. But organ transplants, satellite navigation and cosmetic surgery can actually be traced back - in idea form at least - to a 17th century scientist with a big imagination.
Jamestown settlers' trash confirms hard times
by Sid Perkins
Oyster shells excavated from a well in Jamestown, Va., the first permanent British settlement in North America, bolster the notion that the first colonists suffered an unusually deep and long-lasting drought.
Read the rest on Science News.
Florentine Codex, Great Intellectual Enterprise of 16th Century
MEXICO CITY.- Created under the orders of Bernardino de Sahagun by 20 tlacuilos or painters and 4 Indigenous masters, Florentine Codex is one of the greatest expressions of the Renascence in America.
Read the rest on Art Daily.
The Skull of Doom
Crystal skulls have long had a fringe following, and the most famous of them is one named for the explorer-author Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges (see “Legend of the Crystal Skulls”). Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have found the skull somewhere in Central America in the 1930s, but his adopted daughter Anna later said she found it under a fallen altar or inside a pyramid at the Maya site of Lubaantún in British Honduras (now Belize) some time in the 1920s. Neither of their contradictory accounts is true. In fact, like all the other crystal skulls thus far examined, it is a modern creation, despite its nearly mythical place in the minds of devotees.Read the rest here.
Jordan Valley - cradle of civilisations?
By Taylor Luck
AMMAN - Archaeological finds in the northern Jordan Valley are forcing experts to rethink the patterns of the earliest civilisations. In Tabqat Fahel, 90 kilometres north of Amman, recent finds indicate that the ancient site of Pella, which spans across the earliest pre-historic times to the Mameluke era, may have been a part of the cradle of civilisations. Read the rest on the Jordan Times.
Secrets of ancient Scottish hunters revealed by camp
Advanced Technique, RTI, Used to Decipher Maya Glyphs
MEXICO CITY.- As part of most recent studies at Tonina Archaeological Zone, in Chiapas, a technique known as RTI (Reflection Transformation Imaging) is being applied for the first time in Mexico on Maya sculptures, with the aim of documenting the ancient monuments and having more details of inscriptions.
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Tools show ancient human diet
Almost two million years ago, early humans began eating food such as crocodiles, turtles and fish – a diet that could have played an important role in the evolution of human brains and our footsteps out of Africa, according to new research.
Read the rest on Science Alert.
Neanderthal man was living in Britain 40,000 years earlier than thought
Francis Wenban-Smith from the University of Southampton discovered two ancient flint hand tools used to cut meat at the M25/A2 road junction at Dartford, Kent, during an excavation funded by the Highways Agency.
Read the rest on the Telegraph.
World War Two bomb explodes in Germany, three dead
BERLIN, June 1 (Reuters) - A World War Two bomb found in central Germany exploded on Tuesday, killing three people, as disposal experts were about to defuse it, local authorities said.
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