Welcome to 2018, everyone! Even though Toronto has been in a deep freeze for the last two days, the rest of the world seems to be chugging along as per usual, and you know what that means? News from the archaeological world!
The highlight so far this year has to be the news that, after DNA sequencing was completed on two infant burials in Alaska, we’re being introduced to the Beringians. It’s been reported in the New York Times, the Guardian, and in Archaeology (that I’ve seen thus far), but I’m certain it’s going to be making the rounds for some time to come. And that’s lovely to see, since it’s not a straightforward idea being put forward with this news, and the general public is still interested. Knowledge may yet be catching on!
So without further ado, here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!
From The Toronto Star:
Possibly the oldest artifact yet discovered in Toronto – a small arrowhead – has been returned after it was lifted from Fort York on a school trip in 1935.
From the Smithsonian:
More overly dramatic video, but information gleaned from the teeth of gladiators exhumed at York suggest that poor youth were selected as gladiators and then beefed up (perhaps quite literally) to be the muscular machines of arena spectacle.
A wood henge has been discovered near the North Sea coast in Yorkshire, England, along with several other sites that suggest ritual activities went on here.
The site of Tel Al-Pharaeen is yielding a large variety of artifacts from Egypt’s Late Period.
A seal dating to the First Temple Period in Jerusalem has been discovered under the Western Wall plaza.
From the Tongtiandong Cave in northern China, layers of artifacts going back 45,000 years have been discovered.
Archaeologists may have identified a ritual shrine of the Aztecs near an extinct volcano in Mexico.
A naturally mummified body of a child from Italy has been shown to have likely suffered from Hepatitis B, causing scarring and eventually death.