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Archaeological discoveries

  • The discovery of two bodies proves that the Black Death has indeed reached southern Italy

    The discovery of two bodies buried in an abbey in Puglia provides the first DNA evidence that the Black Death also reached southern Italy during the 14th century. Plague epidemic in Marseilles in 1720-1721. Engraving from Lahures Histoire Populaire de la France, mid-19th century. Was southern Ita

  • Egypt:the predynastic period and the first dynasties

    State, writing, divinities... At the end of the Neolithic era, and even before the first pharaohs had unified the country, the foundations of Egyptian civilization were already there. Front of the so-called Narmer make-up palette. We see a unifying pharaoh of Egypt represented wearing the white cr

  • There are no prehistoric graves

    Interview with Éric Crubézy, professor of biological anthropology at the University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier and specialist in funerary rites, for whom the appearance of the first burials marks the beginning of history. Doctor and anthropologist, Éric Crubézy speaks during the Research and

  • Cannabis domesticated 12,000 years ago in China, study finds

    Study claims to have determined timing and origin of domestication, patterns of post-domestication divergence, and current genetic diversity Cannabis. Cannabis has been used for millennia for textiles and for its medicinal and recreational properties Researchers claim to have discovered that can

  • Discoveries of a wreck of a military ship and a funerary complex in Heracleion, the ancient underwater Egyptian city

    A Franco-Egyptian mission (...) found remains of a military ship from the Ptolemaic era and remains of a Greek funerary complex dating from the fourth century BC , said the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in a statement. Photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on July 1

  • The last meal of the Tollund Man, one of the most famous bog mummies

    During the Iron Age, people were sacrificed in quantity in the swamps of northwestern Europe, victims of ritual executions or punishments. A new study returns to the examination of one of the most famous cases, that of the Tollund Man. 2400 years old, Tollund Man was discovered in a bog in Jutland

  • In the 16th century, the Chickasaws reworked European objects to introduce them into their daily lives

    A team of American archaeologists unearthed more than 80 metal objects of European origin in Mississippi. They estimate that they belonged to Hernando de Sotos expedition, made up of more than 600 men, horses and pigs before the Chickasaws (Chickasaws) integrated them into their daily lives by givin

  • Egypt:the Old and Middle Kingdom

    With the Old Kingdom, a long period of peace and prosperity, Egypt experienced its first golden age, which resulted in colossal architecture. Two centuries of instability followed, before the country regained its power under the 11th dynasty. Statuette of the crouching scribe in the Louvre Museum.

  • Lagoon of Venice:discovery of traces of an ancient Roman road submerged

    The Romans were able, over time, to build an important road network whose remains are now discovered under water, especially in the lagoon of Venice. On the left, the reconstruction of the Roman road in the Treporti canal in the Venice lagoon and on the right, the same area now submerged. In the

  • When a prehistoric tool tells a Neanderthal hunting scene

    A leaf-shaped point dated to at least 65,000 years old has been discovered in the famous Hohle Fels cave in southern Germany. Her study suggests that she was attached to a spear and used in great hunts. Foliaceous point of the cave of Hohle Fels, in the Swabian Jura, in Germany. Examination of t

  • The inhabitants of Easter Island would have survived climate change

    While the myth of the collapse persists, a team of researchers shows that the population of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) experienced a continuous increase until the arrival of Europeans in 1722. The moai statues are sometimes presented as the symbol of the excessiveness of the Pascuans by the defender

  • A Bronze Age necropolis in Hungary sheds light on population displacements

    The study of a Bronze Age necropolis in Hungary has made it possible to trace the population movements of this period. Thanks to this, archaeologists were able to reconstruct the course of a high-ranking woman. Typical burial of the Vatya culture. More than 500 Bronze Age tombs were buried in the

  • Neanderthal first European cave artist?

    Neanderthals would have left red ocher remains on the walls of an Andalusian cave 65,000 years ago in Spain. Prehistoric cave of Ardalès, in Andalusia (Spain). In the province of Malaga, in the south of Spain, about fifty kilometers from the Mediterranean coast, is the cave of Ardales, also known

  • Germany:a second Celtic princess on the Heuneburg site?

    On the Celtic site of Heuneburg, one of the major archaeological sites in Germany and Central Europe, the excavation of a new burial suggests that a noble lady was buried in a ceremonial burial chamber. Similar to that of the Princess of Bettelbühl, excavated from 2010, this new campaign gives hope

  • The prince, the peasant and the buried city:the incredible story of the discovery of Pompeii

    A block of marble found during the digging of a well, and this is the start of a treasure hunt... Before the first archaeological site in history resuscitates Pompeii the sumptuous, forgotten for centuries. Casts of a man with a baby, an adult and another baby on display at the Antiquarium museum

  • The origin of the Scythians revealed by genetics

    The study of ancient genomes has made it possible to trace the rise and fall of the Scythians, one of the most fascinating nomadic cultures of the Central Asian steppes during the Iron Age. Many burial mounds or Kurgans built by the Scythians have been found in the Altai region of Russia (here in

  • Spire, Worms, Mainz:the first German Jewish remains listed as UNESCO heritage

    What does inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List mean? The German press review mentions several memorial sites having acquired or wishing to obtain this title. Where we see that the historical charge of a place does not necessarily determine its universal value. The Heiliger Sand, the old Jew

  • A look back at the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    In 1947, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, hidden in jars themselves hidden in caves, aroused many fantasies. A story far from over. Alongside almost complete scrolls, archaeologists have gotten their hands on nearly 25,000 fragments of manuscripts which they are reconstructing (here, by sewi

  • The mummy of a girl who was returned to Bolivia two years ago is named Saphi

    On Monday August 9, the Bolivian government decided to rename a 15th century mummy “Saphi”, “roots” in the language of the Aymara, natives of Lake Titicaca. A highly symbolic ceremony. On August 9, 2021, the 15th century mummy returned to Bolivia two years earlier was renamed Saphi. In 1890, an Am

  • Archaeologists discover a skeleton with an exceptional level of preservation in Pompeii

    A mummy was found in the necropolis of Porta Sarno, east of the ancient ancient city of Pompeii, under a marble slab. The inscriptions on the tomb testify to the use of Greek in the city, of which there was no proof so far. The body of Marcus Venerius Secundio, found in Pompeii, has been the subj

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