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  • Egypt unveils renovated 'Avenue of the Sphinxes' in Luxor
    on 25 November 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Egyptian authorities were unveiling Thursday a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country's archaeological treasures.

  • Earliest evidence of humans decorating jewelery in Eurasia
    on 25 November 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A new multidisciplinary study by an international team reports the discovery of an ivory pendant decorated with a pattern of at least 50 punctures, creating an irregular looping curve. The direct radiocarbon date of the ornament yields an age of 41,500 years. This result indicates that the Stajnia Cave jewelry is the oldest punctate ornament known to date in Eurasia, predating other instances of this type of decoration activity by 2,000 years. This finding broadens our current knowledge on the timing of the appearance of decorative objects by Homo sapiens in Eurasia. The study is published in Scientific Reports.

  • Extraordinary Roman mosaic and villa discovered beneath farmer's field in Rutland, UK
    on 25 November 2021 at 8:43 am

    Archaeologists have unearthed the first Roman mosaic of its kind in the UK. Today (Thursday 25th November 2021), a rare Roman mosaic and surrounding villa complex have been protected as a Scheduled Monument by DCMS on the advice of Historic England. The decision follows archaeological work undertaken by a team from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), working in partnership with Historic England and in liaison with Rutland County Council.

  • Collapse of ancient Liangzhu culture caused by climate change
    on 24 November 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Referred to as China's Venice of the Stone Age, the Liangzhu excavation site in eastern China is considered one of the most significant testimonies of early Chinese advanced civilisation. More than 5000 years ago, the city already had an elaborate water management system. Until now, the cause of the sudden collapse has been a subject of debate. Massive flooding triggered by anomalously intense monsoon rains caused the collapse, as an international team with Innsbruck geologist and climate researcher Christoph Spötl has now shown in the journal Science Advances.

  • Preserved baby Neanderthal milk tooth shows earlier emergence than in humans
    on 24 November 2021 at 2:20 pm

    An international team of researchers studying a recovered Neanderthal milk tooth has found evidence of baby teeth growing faster and emerging earlier in the extinct human species than in modern humans. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study.

  • Prehistoric moms cared for kids better than we thought
    on 23 November 2021 at 12:03 pm

    A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed the death rate of babies in ancient societies is not a reflection of poor healthcare, disease and other factors, but instead is an indication of the number of babies born in that era.

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  • Hampelandsvej Rundhøj
    by maddy on 20 November 2021 at 12:59 pm

    A round barrow situated at the eastern end of the island of Møn (Moen), Denmark not far from the spectacular cliffs of Moens Klint, although the site is almost at sea level. It lies at 10m east from Hampelandsvej in the corner of a field used for arable crops. It is a round barrow by definition although in plan it has very definite corners making it almost square. There is some damage where a hawthorn tree has been allowed to grow.

  • Saux burial chamber
    by TheCaptain on 19 November 2021 at 6:17 pm

    The remains of a burial cist in the high Pyrénées, not far from the road just to the north of the entrance to the Bielsa road tunnel. Discovered by Martínez, Millán & Txintxurreta, October 2021

  • MuzeeAquarium Delfzijl
    by XIII on 18 November 2021 at 6:14 pm

    A museum in Delfzijl focussing mainly on the sea and shipping but it also has an archaeological section containing finds from the area including the last hunebed (passage grave) to be discovered in the Netherlands. This hunebed, G5 Heveskes, was discovered in 1982 and is the northernmost hunebed in the Netherlands.

  • Hügelgrab am Weitenbruchsmoor
    by CharcoalBurner89 on 17 November 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Despite the agricultural use of the area, this tumulus is in an exceptionally good condition and is still impressive in size and height. On the old Prussian maps, several still existing tumuli can be seen here, so that this tumulus is also to be regarded as the last of a larger group.

  • Announcing the Megalithic Portal photo competition winners for June to Dec 2019
    by Andy B on 15 November 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Continuing the catching-up of our photo competitions, we are delighted to announce the winners for the best images submitted to the Megalithic Portal in the second half of the year 2019 - voted for by you our visitors and contributors. Votes are still being counted on all photos submitted since then and we will be announcing more winners soon. 1st Prize: Men-An-Tol by Cromagnonman 2nd Prize: Crec'h Quillé by w650marion 3rd Prize: Pentre Ifan by woodini254 View the photos below.