Digital mapping reveals network of settlements thrived in pre-Columbian Amazon | Archaeology

Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a vast network of settlements hidden beneath the undergrowth of the Bolivian Amazon, in what has been described as the clearest example yet of the complex societies that thrived in a region once held to be pristine wilderness. The system of monumental centres, towns and villages spans hundreds, if […]

Chickens were first tempted down from trees by rice, research suggests | Archaeology

Chickens were originally tempted down from the trees and into domestication by rice, according to research. Chicken is one of the most popular foods in the world today, with more than one billion birds slaughtered annually in the UK alone. But researchers at the University of Exeter, the University of Oxford and Cardiff University say […]

‘Stunning’ Anglo-Saxon burial site found along HS2 route | Archaeology

An Anglo-Saxon burial site containing the remains of more than 140 people interred with some of their most favoured objects, including jewellery, knives and even a personal grooming kit, has been discovered by archaeologists working on the HS2 route. The site, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, contained a “stunning set of discoveries”, said the historian Dan Snow. […]

Inca-era tomb unearthed beneath home in Peru’s capital | Archaeology

Scientists have unearthed an Inca-era tomb under a home in the heart of Peru’s capital, Lima, a burial believed to hold remains wrapped in cloth alongside ceramics and fine ornaments. The lead archeologist, Julio Abanto, told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contained “multiple funerary bundles” tightly wrapped in cloth. He said those entombed were probably from […]