DIY fertiliser may be behind monks’ parasite torment, say archaeologists | Archaeology

Medieval clergy were more likely to suffer from intestinal parasites than the poorer public despite having better sanitation, research has found. Experts say those who dwelt in monasteries could have been at greater risk of such infections because they grew their own produce and may have used fresh human faeces as manure. “What we learn […]

Huge megalithic complex of more than 500 standing stones discovered in Spain | Archaeology

A huge megalithic complex of more than 500 standing stones has been discovered in southern Spain that could be one of the largest in Europe, archaeologists have said. The stones were discovered on a plot of land in Huelva, a province that flanks the southernmost part of Spain’s border with Portugal, near the Guadiana River. […]

Exhibition documents decline of Cornwall’s Launceston castle | Cornwall

An eclectic collection of objects ranging from a medieval whalebone to 16th-century gambling tokens are being put on display together for the first time in Launceston castle (kastel Lanstefan) in Cornwall. The artefacts tell the story of the castle’s decline from a place of extravagant feasting to a squalid prison that incarcerated rebels against English […]

Worm-eaten shipwreck of Captain Cook’s Endeavour under threat from more marine animals | Australia news

The wreck of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour is under threat not just from shipworms, but also from fish, crustaceans, and the ocean itself, maritime archaeologists warn. The wooden ship rests off the coast of Rhode Island, in the US, and is already worm-eaten. Experts from the Australian National Maritime Museum say time is critical in […]

Is that a facehugger?! How the monster from Alien turned up in the Gulf of Mexico | Animals

Name: Bathynomus yucatanensis. Yikes! What the hell is that? Can we do this properly, the Pass notes way? Sorry. Age: Somewhere near the 160m year mark. From fossil records, that’s how long giant isopods are calculated to have been around. Isopod? It’s a type of crustacean. And bathynomus yucatanensis is a giant one of those? […]

Shipwreck of Captain Cook’s Endeavour being eaten by ‘termites of the ocean’, expert says | Australia news

There are fears the wreck of Captain James Cook’s Endeavour is being destroyed by shipworms, the “termites of the ocean”. In February, the Australian Maritime Museum announced that the shipwreck, in waters off the coast of Rhode Island in the US, was “the final resting place” of that famous historical ship. The Rhode Island Marine […]

US returns to Cambodia dozens of antiquities looted from historic sites | Cambodia

The United States will return to Cambodia 30 looted antiquities, including bronze and stone statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities carved more than 1,000 years ago, US officials have said. The south-east Asian country’s archaeological sites – including Koh Ker, a capital of the ancient Khmer empire – suffered widespread looting in civil conflicts between […]

Discoveries in Pompeii’s reveal lives of lower and middle classes | Italy

A trunk with its lid left open, a wooden dishware closet and a three-legged accent tables topped by decorative bowls. These are among the latest discoveries by archaeologists that are enriching knowledge about middle-class lives in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius’s furious eruption buried the ancient Roman city in volcanic debris. Pompeii’s archaeological park, one of […]

Life in litter: Mariana Castillo Deball’s remarkable Roman Rubbish | Art

When Mariana Castillo Deball was invited to create an exhibition responding to the Roman relics in London’s Mithraeum collection, it was its local quality and patchy treatment that first struck her. “It’s the opposite of the British Museum, where artefacts have been taken in suspicious circumstances from all over the world,” she says. “In Europe, […]

Fears over building works at Afghan Buddhas of Bamiyan site | Afghanistan

The Taliban have launched construction work on a tourism complex just metres from the cliff that held the Bamiyan Buddha statues, which archeologists and experts warn could cause permanent damage to the sensitive world heritage site. The project aims to “rebuild” a historic bazaar, which was destroyed in the civil war of the 1990s. Under […]