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  • Child’s Grave Unearthed in Italy’s “Cemetery of the Babies”

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Oct 16, 2018 | 01:36 P

    Child’s Grave Unearthed in Italy’s “Cemetery of the Babies” LUGNANO, ITALY—An unusual burial in La Necropoli dei Bambini, a cemetery placed in an abandoned Roman villa that had been thought to have been reserved for the interment of infants and toddlers, contains the remains of a ten-year-old who may have died during a malaria outbreak in the fifth century A.D., according to a report in The Washington Post. Researchers led by David Soren of the University of Arizona say the child had been positioned on his or her side in the tomb, which was fashioned from two large roof tiles propped against a wall. The child had a stone[…]

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  • Song Dynasty Tomb of “Grand Lady” Excavated in China

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Oct 16, 2018 | 00:42 P

    Song Dynasty Tomb of “Grand Lady” Excavated in China ANHUI PROVINCE, CHINA—Live Science reports that a 900-year-old tomb holding the well-preserved remains of a woman dubbed the “Grand Lady” has been discovered in eastern China. Archaeologists from the Nanling County Cultural Relics Administration and the Anhui Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology said the skeletal remains, complete with fingernails and hair, were found in a coffin that had been placed within a second coffin. A banner on the inner coffin described the occupant as a “Grand Lady.” The researchers are still attempting to make out the rest of her name, which may read “née Jian.” Paintings on the[…]

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  • Archaeologist Maps Former Soviet Bases in Poland

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Oct 16, 2018 | 00:02 P

    SZCZECIN, POLAND—Archaeologist Grzegorz Kiarszys of the University of Szczecin investigated the sites of three former Soviet nuclear bases in Poland, according to Science in Poland. The concrete-built weapons depots, established in 1969 and in use into the 1990s, were monumentally sized and dug deep into the ground. Kiarszys found that the bases were not well camouflaged, even though rumors through the years suggested they were perfectly hidden from American spy satellites and protected with anti-aircraft guns. “The main elements of the base, including buildings, access roads, helipads, are perfectly visible on satellite images,” he said, “although for a long time[…]

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  • Bronze Age Artifacts Uncovered in Greece

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Oct 13, 2018 | 01:57 P

    Bronze Age Artifacts Uncovered in Greece SANTORINI, GREECE—The continuing excavation of the so-called “House of the Thrania” in the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri has yielded a collection of 3,600-year-old artifacts thought to have been used in rituals, according to The Greek Reporter. The settlement, destroyed during a volcanic eruption on the island in 1600 B.C., was preserved by its ash. In the northwestern corner of the building, a team of archaeologists from the Greek Ministry of Culture uncovered a clay chest containing a marble figurine of a woman. In the southeastern corner, three containers were found. The two smaller ones held vessels made of clay, while[…]

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  • Study Links Human Evolution to Environmental Record

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Oct 13, 2018 | 01:10 P

    Study Links Human Evolution to Environmental Record TUSCON, ARIZONA—According to a UPI report, scientists led by Richard Owen of Hong Kong Baptist University examined sediment cores taken from Lake Magadi in East Africa’s Rift Valley, and found that climate change, and periods of drought in particular, may have driven hominin evolution. The study links the beginning of a trend toward “intense aridification” some 575,000 years ago, as reflected in the sediment cores, with the development of more sophisticated and wide-ranging stone tool technologies sometime between 500,000 and 320,000 years ago. Owen explained that as the climate varied, the region’s mammal fauna changed, and the toolkits found in[…]

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