Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia

By Jack Guy, CNN One of the sites was found in the Cape Bruguieres Channel, off northwestern Australia. (CNN)Researchers have found the first confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites off the coast of Australia, and predict that there are many more to be discovered. Many settlements were built in areas that were on dry land at the end ofContinue reading “Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia”

Some Polynesians Carry DNA of Ancient Native Americans, New Study Finds

A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago. By Carl Zimmer Children play in the ocean behind Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island.Credit…Josh Haner/The New York Times About 3,000 years ago, people on the eastern edge of Asia began sailing east, crossing thousands of miles of ocean toContinue reading “Some Polynesians Carry DNA of Ancient Native Americans, New Study Finds”

Weymouth Vikings

The extraordinary mass burial site on Ridgeway Hill excavated in June 2009 during the earthwork operation for the Weymouth relief road continues to reveal its secrets, isotope analysis of executed individuals from the mass burial has revealed that they are likely to have originated from a variety of places within the Scandinavian countries. This animationContinue reading “Weymouth Vikings”

Archaeology breakthrough: How NASA satellite exposed 8,000-year-old ‘lost civilisations’

By CALLUM HOARE ARCHAEOLOGISTS were able to uncover more than 14,000 settlement sites in northeastern Syria thanks to help from satellite technology from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. The small communities were hiding in the overgrown landscape of the Middle East, but scientists say they hold vital clues to ancient civilisations that once inhabited this area. ByContinue reading “Archaeology breakthrough: How NASA satellite exposed 8,000-year-old ‘lost civilisations’”

Archaeologists Find Large Neolithic Structure at Durrington Walls

Archaeologists from the University of Bradford have announced the discovery of a large prehistoric site at Durrington Walls near Stonehenge in England. The archaeologists found a series of Neolithic shafts that date from around 2500 BC and stretch for 2km around the Durrington Walls and Woodhenge monuments. Durrington Walls is the site of a large Neolithic settlement and hengeContinue reading “Archaeologists Find Large Neolithic Structure at Durrington Walls”

Viking Age Excavation Could Rewrite the Story of Iceland’s Settlement

By Jelena Ćirić Photo by Bjarni F. Einarsson A Viking Age excavation in East Iceland is revealing a more nuanced history of the settlement of Iceland, involving seasonal settlements, wealthy longhouses, and walrus hunting long before the island was settled permanently. The site, known as Stöð and located in Stöðvarfjörður fjord, shows human presence inContinue reading “Viking Age Excavation Could Rewrite the Story of Iceland’s Settlement”