Artificial islands surrounding British Isles were used for ancient parties, archaeologists find

Just as waterfront mansions are status symbols for today’s rich and famous, ancient artificial islands in the British Isles known as crannogs may have been used by elites to display their power and wealth through elaborate parties, a new study finds.  A crannog is “an artificial island within a lake, wetland, or estuary,” Antony Brown […]

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 […]

Rubber balls used in famous Maya game contained ashes of cremated rulers, archaeologists claim

Maya people cremated their rulers and used the ashes to help make rubber balls that were used in ballgames, an archaeologist has claimed. The researcher and his team believe they’ve found evidence of this practice while excavating the Maya city of Toniná, in southern Mexico.  Researchers refer to it as the “ballgame” as its rules […]

Archaeologists may have discovered the palace of Genghis Khan’s grandson

The remains of a once resplendent palace built for Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan, may have been discovered in Van Province in eastern Turkey, a team of archaeologists suggests.  However, researchers not associated with the research urged caution, saying that more information is needed before the structure can be tied to the Khan […]

‘Original archaeologists’: Arnhem Land traditional owners take charge of priceless rock art | Indigenous Australians

Traditional owners from western Arnhem Land say they are the “original archaeologists” of their country, and now they are taking action to preserve their priceless history on their own terms. “Many of the stories are still hidden away from non-Indigenous people who have learned very little about them,” Bininj traditional owner Conrad Maralngurra says. “They […]

Archaeologists find ‘missing link’ in history of Fountains Abbey | Archaeology

It is Britain’s biggest and most famous monastic ruin and one that conjures up bucolic images of peace, reflection and very little noise apart, perhaps, from the occasional waft of Gregorian chanting. In reality, archaeologists have revealed, Fountains Abbey near Ripon was as busy, noisy and industrialised as anywhere in 12th- and 13th-century Britain. The […]

Iraq says U.S. to return 17,000 ancient artifacts looted after invasion

 The United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artifacts looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Iraq said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of antiquities disappeared from Iraq after the 2003 invasion that toppled leader Saddam Hussein. […]