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Egypt’s Huge Sarcophagus Yields Three Possible Warriors | Archaeology Magazine
I'm not entirely sure what we were all expecting to find innan Ominous Black Sarcophagus. Although, given how much it looks like a photon torpedo casing, I thought it would be more likely to find someone's neatly folded robes than an actual corpse.
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2 hours ago by gominokouhai
Crop marks reveal ancient sites in Wales due to heatwave - BBC News
An unknown Celtic site has been discovered in the shadow of a castle ruin near Tywyn, Gwynedd, according to aerial archaeologist Toby Driver.

Prehistoric settlements have also emerged in Monmouthshire along with a suspected Roman fortress.

"All around Wales we are adding in new bits of history," said Mr Driver, who uses a light aircraft to find sites.

"Right across Wales we have got some stunning discoveries.

"It is a strange and exciting thing to see. It has been an incredible three weeks,"
archaeology  history  science  uk 
yesterday by Weaverbird
Were Indigenous Australians the world's first bakers?
The Gurandgi Munjie group is revitalising native crops once cultivated by Aboriginal Australians, baking new breads with forgotten flours.

“That puts Australian baking way beyond anything that’s ever happened anywhere else in the world,” says author Bruce Pascoe. He’s talking about 36,000-year-old grindstones discovered in New South Wales, used by Aboriginal Australians to turn seeds into flours for baking. That’s well ahead of other civilisations that started baking early on, like the Egyptians, who began making bread around 17,000 BC.
food  anthropology  archaeology  history 
yesterday by campylobacter
Archaeologists find world's oldest bread and new evidence of sophisticated cooking dating back 14,000 years
The entire process of bread-making was (and indeed still sometimes is) nutritionally relatively uneconomic. Harvesting wild cereals, separating the seeds, grinding them, making the dough, flattening the dough and cooking it was an energy and time consuming activity which would not, on consumption, have produced a net energy gain for the people of Shubayqa 1.

The Shubayqa discovery may well therefore represent a profound change in human eating practice – away from the purely nutritionally utilitarian and towards a more culturally, socially and perhaps ideologically determined culinary tradition that is the norm throughout most of the world today.
food  anthropology  history  archaeology 
yesterday by campylobacter
When Burial Begins
We are all so accustomed to the idea of burying the dead, that it takes a moment to realise just how peculiar this behaviour really is. Most animals blithely ignore the dead bodies of other members of their pack or herd. What makes us so different? How and when did burial begin?
death  prehistory  religion  archaeology 
3 days ago by ahall
Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital | Science | AAAS
The fabled/infamous skull display racks (and some of the skulls) from Tenochtitlan have been found.
archaeology  aztecs  religion 
4 days ago by PeterErwin
RT : is being created all the time. This USB stick was dug up in London in 2012, loaded with Amy Winehouse…
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