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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Archaeology News: March 7, 2013


Research on the bones of 200 ancient Egyptians revealed that they suffered from hunger and malnutrition and a whole range of infectious diseases as well as having an extremely high infant mortality rate. These are some of the conclusions drawn from Qubbet el-Hawa Tomb 33, a project carried out by the University of Jaen, in which anthropologists from the University of Granada (UGR) participated, along with the Ministry of State for Antiquities.


Archaeological dig on new homes site uncovers lost locket

Archaeologists working on the site of a housing development in Kendal have uncovered a locket which is believed to have been lost more than 60 years ago. The small locket was discovered by archaeologists digging on the site of the town's former cattle market, which is soon to be turned into a multi million pound housing scheme being built by Home Group and Time and Tide.

Stone-Age Skeletons Unearthed In Sahara Desert

Archaeologists have uncovered 20 Stone-Age skeletons in and around a rock shelter in Libya's Sahara desert, according to a new study. The skeletons date between 8,000 and 4,200 years ago, meaning the burial place was used for millennia.

The Ancient Ironworks of Angkor

The discovery of pre-Angkorian ironworks sites in Preah Vihear province in 2010 is a tale of perseverance with a measure of luck, as is so often the case with important archeological finds.

For years, archeologist Thuy Chanthourn had been exploring the countryside along the path of an Angkorian-era road that linked Preah Vihear temple and the Stung Treng City area, hoping to find the site of a large settlement named Mlu Prei mentioned decades ago in an obscure French research document.

The discarded infants of ancient Poggio Civitate horrify, provoke and fascinate 2,500 years later

More than 2,500 years after tiny infant bones were scattered, perhaps offhandedly, amid animal remains on the floor of an Etruscan workshop, recently-discovered fragments of those bones are causing a stir far beyond Italy's Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project.


Scientists discover distant relatives of gardeners’ friend

In a new article published in the Journal of Paleontology, two paleontologists, including one from Simon Fraser University, describe the most diverse group of fossilized green lacewing insects known.
Green lacewings are familiar to gardeners, who value them in organic pest control, for their consumption of large numbers of aphids. The closest modern relatives to these insects are most diverse in southeastern Australia, the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Man's Best Friend Had Some Roots in Siberia 

By extracting and analyzing DNA from a fossil tooth and mandible of a prehistoric canine skull dated to approximately 33,000 years ago, a team of research scientists have concluded that the fossil remains belong to one of the oldest known ancestors of the modern domesticated dog.

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