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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Archaeology News: July 25, 2015

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Skeleton of necklace-wearing adolescent child will help archaeologists discover "frenzied" Stonehenge of 4,000 years ago

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Scientists hope to reveal diet, pathologies and date of burial after discovering 4,000-year-old skeleton. The remains of an amber necklace-wearing adolescent child who died 4,000 years ago have been found placed in a fetal position at the bottom of a Neolithic henge near Stonehenge.

Lodi archaeologist sets the record straight on Vikings

Armed with piles of books, Scandinavian-themed T-shirts and dozens of questions, more than 70 Viking enthusiasts crowded into the Lodi Public Library’s Bud Sullivan Community Room on Thursday. They were there to hear Lodi’s Dr. Dayanna Knight, an archaeological illustrator and Viking specialist, give a presentation about the archaeology and history of the Viking age. In a wide-ranging talk filled with information about identity, trade, technology, the History Channel show “Vikings” and Icelandic sagas, Knight took the time to debunk a few myths about the Vikings...

Archaeologists find possible evidence of earliest human agriculture

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered dramatic evidence of what they believe are the earliest known attempts at agriculture, 11,000 years before the generally recognised advent of organised cultivation. The study examined more than 150,000 examples of plant remains recovered from an unusually well preserved hunter-gatherer settlement on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

Archaeologists May Have Been Wrong About Where Alexander The Great's Father Was Buried

The mystery of where Alexander the Great's father, King Philip II of Macedon, is buried just got more mysterious. Philip II was assassinated in 336 B.C., and his young wife Cleopatra Eurydice -- who was not Alexander's mother -- and their newborn child were killed shortly after.

18th century village discovered underneath Montreal interchange

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an 18th-century village buried beneath Montreal's busiest highway interchange. Over the past few months, construction crews working on the Turcot Interchange have excavated dozens of artifacts. Construction has since been put on hold. Archaeologists say that the crews revealed Saint-Henri-des-Tanneries, a village that was originally formed in the late 1700s and whose economy revolved around the leather trade.

Guatemala: Archaeologists uncover intact Mayan hieroglyphic panels

Ancient Mayan panels dating as far back as the seventh century have been discovered in northern Guatemala, shedding new light on the mysterious civilisation. In total, three ancient Mayan pieces were excavated at the La Corona and El Achiotal archaeological sites in May. The largest of the pieces measures a metre high and features well-preserved ancient Mayan script and stone carvings.


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