After a long absence (and a startling illness to round out January 2018), we’re back with a weekend archaeological roundup. Enjoy!
The biggest news of the last couple of weeks – it even made the Wikipedia home page – is the discovery using LIDAR of a massive number of structures in the jungles of Guatemala. With more than 60,000 structures discovered, this suggests that the population of the region was much higher than originally thought.
Additionally, a cluster of structures have been identified in Saudi Arabia using similar technology.
The archaeological season has got off to a great start in the UK with, for example, the discovery of this Neolithic causeway in England.
A 2,000 year old building has been discovered on the isle of Lewis in Scotland during construction of a new home in the area.
A large Roman villa has been discovered along the Avon river in the West Midlands.
A gorgeous mosaic has been discovered by the Israel Antiquities Authority in Caesarea.
A Liao-era tomb with a drainage system has been discovered in China.
Evidence from Italy suggests that Neanderthals may have understood how to use fire to make wooden weapons and tools.
Analysis of ancient dice shows that they were not designed to land fairly until at least the Renaissance.
Evidence of another game – this time chess – has been identified in Norway.
A crown from Milas has been repatriated to Turkey from Scotland.
Analysis of glass beads from Nigeria suggest they were made locally rather than imported much earlier than previously thought.
New studies suggest that humans were making tools in India about 100,000 years ago.
From the Smithsonian:
Neapolitan pizza making has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.
A remarkably well preserved tomb of a priestess has been discovered in a cemetery to the west of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
The last known American slave ship may have been identified in Alabama.
From the CBC:
A 1.7 billion year old chunk of what is now Canada has been identified in Australia.
From the Atlantic:
A long-lost satellite has recently woken up and scientists are working to find out why.
From the Guardian:
A long-lost painting by one of Nigeria’s most important painters has been discovered in a flat in London.
A fascinating feature piece on the work archaeologists have been scrambling to do before a dam project in Turkey floods a sight entirely, not unlike the work done before the Aswan Dam destroyed such sites as Abu Simbel in the 20th century.