flightrising · 3 hours ago
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A new site of archeological interest has been discovered. Dragons across Sornieth seek to uncover the history of Ancient Aerie, our newest dig site.
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unbelievable-facts · 2 days ago
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thesilicontribesman · a day ago
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The Ancient Landscape of Flag Fen, Peterborough
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spectrologie · 6 hours ago
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Daniel Newman
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chaotic-archaeologist · 2 days ago
Check out this new article by Bob Muckle on garbology, contemporary archaeology, and material culture of the pandemic!
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ancientstuff · 2 days ago
This is absolutely incredible. Very very early days, but still...
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thefloatingstone · 2 days ago
Someone recommend me places to start learning Chinese history (preferably at least a 1000 years old) as a complete and utter noob who's only aware of the 12th Kingdoms, saw Mulan a few times, and really likes Archaeology.
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tlatollotl · 2 days ago
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Cultures/periods: Mixtec
Production date: 1200 - 1521
Findspot: Oaxaca
Provenience unknown, possibly looted
Slit-drum, teponaztli made of wood, carved in the shape of a crouching human figure.
British Museum
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linguisticdiscovery · a day ago
Unlike earlier anatomical developments relating to vocal communication, such as the descended larynx, the Neanderthals' enhanced motor control over the tongue and breathing, and their auditory capacity matching that of modern humans, are best explained as having been specifically selected by evolution for vocal communication.
~ Steven Mithen, The singing Neanderthals, p. 226
While Neanderthals probably didn't have language as we know it today, it's likely they had some form of rudimentary communication.
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honorthegods · 2 days ago
Before the discovery of the juniper tree trunk in Eilat, only three sacred trees potentially identified as Asheras were found in the Near East, although from much later and two of them are still hotly debated: in the early Bronze Age sanctuary in Beycesultan, Turkey; in the Bronze Age sanctuary in Qatna, Syria and in the Iron Age sanctuary in Lachish.
The Ashera in Eilat was dated by radiocarbon analysis to 4540 B.C.E. It is the oldest “Ashera” found anywhere.
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fishstickmonkey · 2 days ago
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The ancient temple at Esna, Egypt: general view of the section of the ceiling with 46 vultures (during cleaning process). Image credit: Ahmed Emam / MoTA.
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ancientorigins · 2 days ago
Archaeologists have unlocked the mystery of mass graves found in Durham, England – the bones belonged to Oliver Cromwell’s Scottish prisoners. 
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thesilicontribesman · 2 days ago
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Clach Biorach Prehistoric Standing Stone (Clach Chairidh), Edderton, Scotland.
A Bronze Age Standing Stone with later Pictish Carvings.
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rhysintherain · 2 days ago
After 5 days of waiting for Dr. R to come out of COVID quarantine, we started shovel testing today.
It took approximately 10 minutes for one of our shovel test teams to find a broken biface.
Another team found something like 30 flakes in their test pit (about 30 centimeters deep).
So yeah, it was a good day.
Also, this is Mud:
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He's going to keep watch over the shovel tests until it's time for him to go back to sleep in the test pit.
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mariganath · a day ago
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archaeologicalnews · 15 days ago
A woman bought a sculpture at Goodwill for $34.99. It actually was a missing ancient Roman bust.
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An ancient Roman bust from around the first century that had been missing for decades has finally made its way into the San Antonio Museum of Art, and all it took was for one artist to buy it from a Texas Goodwill for under $40.
In 2018, art collector Laura Young was shopping at a Goodwill store in Austin, Texas when she stumbled upon a sculpture on the floor beneath a table, according to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Someone that looks for undervalued or rare art pieces, Young told The Art Newspaper she bought the piece for $34.99, and a picture of it after she bought it shows it buckled up in her car with a price tag on its cheek.
After buying the bust, Young noticed it looked very old and worn, so she wanted to find out when and where it came from. Read more.
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specialagentartemis · 6 months ago
People on this website will really mock anti-vaxxers and flat earthers for ignoring scientists and getting their alternative facts from facebook, and then turn around and insist they know more history than historians and more archaeology than archaeologists because they read an unsourced tumblr post once
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tlatollotl · a day ago
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goldentangerines · 6 months ago
every now and then i have to think of the roman family from two thousand years ago that buried their little daughter in a boy's athletic-themed sarcophagus and i weep a little because that's the softest declaration of love i can possibly imagine
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sweetgrass-soul · a month ago
There were many reasons why I stepped away from archaeology & academia just 16 months post-PhD but the one that still angers me most today has to be the ways in which the Institution™ categorizes folklore vs science when it comes to Indigenous people. Ancestral knowledge of the ‘Old World’ is seen as a form of early science—curiosity leading to rigorous study and eventual advancement—with their fairytales and folklore viewed as purposefully allegorical. The Indigenous people of Africa, Turtle Island, and the rest of the so-called Americas never got that same respect. Outside of a handful of tokenized and understudied societies, most Indigenous ancestral knowledge is viewed through the lens of folklore—and no grace is given to allegory or metaphor or philosophy, either. The assumption is that our people can only think in literal, concrete terms. And it’s fucking insulting. There’s this joke in academia that if archaeologists don’t know an artifact’s usage they’ll deem it as ‘ritualistic purposes’; and it’s funny or whatever but nine times out of ten those artifacts are from [insert literally any Turtle Island or Mesoamerican nation] and not from much-older Greek civilizations. But it’s not well-studied because we’re not well-respected, and therefore nobody bothered to ask our still-living people who are very much aware of what said artifact was meant for (spoiler alert: not ritualistic).
Early on in my first Master’s program I got into a huge fight with a white professor who wanted to use a widely misinterpreted SuPeRsTiTiOn from MY tribe as an example of a persistent folktale. The folktale being that: Chiricahua Apache women don’t take baths during pregnancy bc we think the water is evil. It is true that, after being moved onto the rez, birthing + postpartum women were becoming ill when they bathed. This isn’t some ancient happening stoked by mythology—this is 100 years ago to recent times; midwives saw it happening and acted by cautioning against bathing. My grandmother, an Indigenous midwife, saw it play out and is very hesitant to recommend bathing to birthing women on the rez today. This isn’t because she or any other Chiricahua thinks water is evil; it’s because water quality has been so horrific that it quite literally was infecting the womb at its most vulnerable time. Had this been a European society, this knowledge would be considered evidence-based but since we’re Indigenous, they slap some contrived faux folkways mythos onto it and call it superstitious.
This is just one example of what happens on a constant basis when it comes to communities who are being oppressed by the same systems that set the standards for what science, history, and art are.
It’s maddening and sickening to me to this day.
(Tangentially, the next time I see a non-ndn upload or reblog our artifacts and crafts and tag it as “primitive art”, I’m going to scalp you. You’ve been duly warned)
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