Why the Archaeology of Death and Burial?

Excavation of the burial site of Richard III / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Sarah Tarlow / 09.14.2015 Professor of Archaeology University of Leicester Introduction What does the below-ground archaeology of death and burial teach us about people in the post-medieval past? How much did practices vary across Europe? Do mortuary practices in this period reflect[…]

Spreading the Royal Word: The (Im)Materiality of Communication in Early Mesopotamia

By Dr. Christina Tsouparopoulou / 08.28.2015 Professor of Archaeology University of Heidelberg Introduction This article discusses the communicative processes employed by rulers in Mesopotamia, especially in the third millennium BCE, to reach both their literate and illiterate audiences and transfer their ‘knowledge’. It is during the third millennium that citystates and empires emerged in the[…]

Those Pearly Whites: The Archaeology of Teeth – Their Historical and Anthropological Value

Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg By Dr. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg / 03.02.2017 Professor of Anthropology The Ohio State University “Show me your teeth and I’ll tell you who you are.” These words, attributed to 19th-century naturalist George Cuvier, couldn’t be more correct. The pearly whites we use every[…]

Bridging Prehistory and History in the Archaeology of Cities

The ruins of Ur, with the Ziggurat of Ur visible in the background, Southern Iraq / Photo by M. Lubinski, Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. David M. Carballo (left) and Dr. Brent Fortenberry (right) Carballo: Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University Fortenberry: Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, Clemson University Journal of Field Archaeology (2015) Abstract Archaeology[…]

Minoan Domestic and Funerary Architecture of the Neopalatial and Post-Palatial Periods

The “Little Palace” at Knossos, Crete / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jeremy B. Rutter Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities Dartmouth College Settlement Architecture Neopalatial Minoan villa at Knossos / Wikimedia Commons The following site categories have been identified by Cadogan during the Neopalatial period in Crete: I. Small[…]

Archaeology of Early Bronze Age Western Anatolia and the Eastern Aegean

Ruins of Limantepe in Western Anatolia (Turkey) / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jeremy B. Rutter Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities Dartmouth College Introduction Heinrich Schliemann / Wikimedia Commons It was Heinrich Schliemann’s decision to excavate at the mound of Hisarlik in 1870, in an effort to prove that[…]

Archaeology of the Acropolis in Athens: Early Settlement to Today

Reconstruction painting of the Acropolis and Areus Pagus in Athens, by Leo von Klenze / Neue Pinakothek (Gallery), Munich Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.12.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction   Left: View of the Acropolis / Photo by A. Savin, Wikimedia Commons Right: The Parthenon / Photo by Steve Swayne, Wikimedia Commons The Acropolis of[…]

The New Ruins of Syria

The Bel Temple, Aleppo, 2004. Courtesy of and © Ross Burns. All rights reserved An archaeologist explains why cultural heritage monuments in Palmyra and Aleppo have been used as weapons of war. By Dr. Ross Burns / 02.08.2017 Adjunct Professor of Archaeology Macquarie University Syria is a singular treasure trove of numerous phases of world[…]

Ancient DNA Reveals Genetic Continuity between Stone Age and Modern Populations in East Asia

In contrast to Western Europeans, new research finds contemporary East Asians are genetically much closer to the ancient hunter-gatherers that lived in the same region eight thousand years previously.  02.01.2017 Researchers working on ancient DNA extracted from human remains interred almost 8,000 years ago in a cave in the Russian Far East have found that[…]

Archaeology: Troy and Heinrich Schliemann

Dig at Troy / Wikimedia Commons While digs at ancient sites have in general revealed much important information about what-really-happened-in-the-past, archaeology is still a mixture of science and art, with a hefty helping of media relations thrown in. Its usefulness to historians in particular depends on the sensible assessment of the data recovered. Flashy treasure-hunts[…]

New Part of 2nd Century BCE Roman Fortress Wall and Colored Plaster Discovered at Nebet Tepe

The fall 2016 archaeological excavations on the Nebet Tepe Hill in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv consisted of probes at three strategic locations. Photo: TV grab from BNT2-Plovdiv By Ivan Dikov / 01.02.2017 Archaeology in Bulgaria Previously unknown part of a fortress wall from the Roman Era and numerous fragments of plaster which are even older are the[…]

Archaeologists Uncover Name of First ‘Mayor’ of Ancient Philipopolis

The newly discovered 1st century AD Roman inscription in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv provides invaluable information about ancient Philipopolis and the Roman Province of Thrace. Photo: Plovdiv24 By Ivan Dikov / 11.28.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria A missing fragment from an Ancient Roman inscription from the 90s AD has been discovered by archaeologists in the southern Bulgarian city[…]

Ancient Roman Thermae (Public Bath) Discovered in Bulgaria

The newly discovered Ancient Roman bath house in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv dates to ca. 2nd century AD. Photo: Plovdiv24 By Ivan Dikov / 11.04.2016 Archaeology in Bulgaria A previously unknown building of Ancient Roman thermae (public baths) has been discovered during the construction of a residential building in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, the successor[…]

Scientists at Work: Public Archaeologists Dig Before the Construction Crews Do

Archaeologists on the front lines. Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University By Dr. Nina M. Versaggi / 08.25.2016 Director of the Public Archaeology Facility and Associate Professor,Anthropology Binghamton University, State University of New York Armed with my sharpened trowel, 3-meter tape, shovel, shaker screen and peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I joined my first dig as part of[…]

Ancient Faeces Provide Earliest Evidence of Infectious Disease Being Carried on Silk Road

Intestinal parasites as well as goods were carried by travellers on iconic route, say researchers examining ancient latrine. An ancient latrine near a desert in north-western China has revealed the first archaeological evidence that travellers along the Silk Road were responsible for the spread of infectious diseases along huge distances of the route 2,000 years[…]