Archaeology news

New Viking Site

The US NOVA TV site has been on the button once again by airing news of a probable new Viking settlement site discovered via satellite technology - see ... on a headland on the SW coast, 300 miles south of L'Anse aux Meadows, in northern Newfoundland. The confirming point appears to be the presence of bog iron and a fire cracked boulder - but excavations are yet to get in earnest.

manganese oxides

At ... and various sources. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research has provided the information on a paper in Scientific Reports (Feb 2016) by researchers from Leiden and Delft. The subject is Neanderthals and the use of fire - and the research area was a well known site in the Dordogne of France going back 50,000 years (or thereabouts). Why anyone would think Neanderthals did not light fires to warm themselves on a cold winter evening is something only they can put into words. Proof of course is something else.

Little Carlton

At ... what was an island in post-Roman period Lincolnshire, remaining so until medieval and modern drainage projects, has turned up a bounty of Anglo Saxon artefacts from the 8th century AD. Little Carlton, near Louth, was just another farming area, out in the sticks so to speak. Along came metal detectorist Graham Vickers, who initially discovered a silver stylus - a writing tool.

woven things

At ... a Roman tavern has been unearthed in southern France. At ... a complete wooden wheel has being dug out of the mud at Must Farm, a working quarry in Cambridgeshire, and at ...

Venus figurines

At ... a collection of prehistoric Venus figurines are in facvt a fashion show of ordinary people of all ages from 20,000 years ago, new research suggests. This is an even better explanation. The glib reference to a Venus goddess was simply too easy to make - as many of the features cannot now be seen by normal eyesight. Examining them under a microscope revealed some were male, others were of children, all carved on the tusks of woolly mammoths.

fired hill forts

At ... we've heard of the vitrified forts of Scotland where timbers were set alight to partially melt stones and rocks but now it seems archaeologists are thinking in terms of this practise being quite common - on the continent and even in northern England. However, in southern Britain hill forts are usually made of earth ramparts with ditches, and presumably this was common on the continent as well.

trinkets and gold

A Scythian warrior burial in the modern day republic of Tuva has been uncovered - and remarkably tomb robbers never reached the treasure in the tomb. It is on a par with the treasure of Tutankhamon, it is alleged, and there are a lot of images, spilling out of the pages at ...

Roman Colchester

At ... not perhaps the most cited link for this story but it provides nice images which are computer simulations but provide a good idea of what is implied. We are talking about the discovery of a Roman sacred walkway 120m in lenght, revealed during building works in the centre of Colchester

200,000 fish bones

At ... some 200,000 fish bones were discovered in and around a pit in Sweden that has been dated over 9000 years ago to the early Holocene era, deep in what is known as the Mesolithic, has been somewhat of a surprise and it is set to change some of the perceptions of archaeologists.

ancient mining

At Thorikos in Greece, at the foot a a Mycenaean acropolis, and overlooking the harbour of Lavrio, a French team have found an amazing network of mining galleries, shafts, and chambers, dating over a long period of time. Some 5km of subterranean conduits dug into the marble and lime schist rocks of Attica are honeycombed with evidence of past mining activity, discovered by a combination of caver and climber and archaeologist - see ... a labyrinth of ancient mine workings have been found.