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  • Ancient Australian Aboriginal memory tool superior to 'memory palace' learning
    on 18 May 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Australian scientists have compared an ancient Greek technique of memorizing data to an even older technique from Aboriginal culture, using students in a rural medical school.

  • Swiss farmers contributed to the domestication of the opium poppy
    on 18 May 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Fields of opium poppies once bloomed where the Zurich Opera House underground garage now stands. Through a new analysis of archaeological seeds, researchers at the University of Basel have been able to bolster the hypothesis that prehistoric farmers throughout the Alps participated in domesticating the opium poppy.

  • Archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery
    on 17 May 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Archeologists at Northern Arizona University are hoping a new technology they helped pioneer will change the way scientists study the broken pieces left behind by ancient societies.

  • Philippines cave art becomes first directly dated in Southeast Asia
    on 17 May 2021 at 1:39 pm

    A Griffith University-led research team has carbon-dated cave art resembling a human-like figure in the Philippines for the first time, potentially clarifying the timeline of early human activity in the area.

  • Less wastage during production of marble slabs in the Roman imperial period than today
    on 14 May 2021 at 2:48 pm

    When it comes to ancient Roman imperial architecture, most people usually have a mental image of white marble statues, columns, or slabs. While it is true that many buildings and squares at that time were decorated with marble, it was frequently not white but colored marble that was employed, such as the green-veined Cipollino Verde, which was extracted on the Greek island of Euboea. Because marble was very expensive, it was often placed in thin slabs as a cladding over other, cheaper stones. "To date, however, no actual remains of marble workshops from the Roman imperial era have been found, so little is known about marble processing during this period," said Professor Cees Passchier of the Institute of Geosciences at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). Together with other researchers based in Mainz, Turkey, and Canada, he has now finished analyzing the marble cladding of a second century A.D. Roman villa. As the researchers detail in the online edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, they utilized special software normally used for the 3-D modeling of geological structures. They discovered that the material loss during marble slab production at the time was likely lower than it is today.

  • How climate change is erasing the world's oldest rock art
    on 14 May 2021 at 12:20 pm

    In caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, ancient peoples marked the walls with red and mulberry hand stencils, and painted images of large native mammals or imaginary human-animal creatures.

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  • Pathfoot Stone
    by rogerkread on 8 May 2021 at 7:12 am

    A standing stone in the grounds of the University of Stirling. The photo shows it ground lit to present a different point of view - as if lit by fires - to simulate the lighting of the past. According to the plaque at its base the former village of Pathfoot was formed around the base of this stone, where cattle fairs were held. It has subsequently had a very chequered history, having been broken several times and at one point was removed entirely, but has now been happily restored.

  • Temple of Men Askaenos
    by AlexHunger on 7 May 2021 at 7:19 pm

    The Temple of Men Askaenos dates from the middle of the 2nd century BCE. It is situated on a hill 3.5 km south east of Pisidian Antioch and modern Yalvaç in Isparta Province, Turkey. It measures 25 by 13 metres and originally had 11 by 6 Ionic columns.

  • Ballygilbert
    by Anthony_Weir on 6 May 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Fourteen 150m tall wind turbines are planned for the ridge of Scawt Hill close to this standing stone and other sites in the area, details in the comments on our page.. Near the top of Ballygilbert Hill (300 metres), and offering fine views over the North Channel to Scotland, close to the “Ulster Way” footpath, this small (1.5 metres high) but well-sited standing-stone is remarkable for its unmistakeably phallic form.

  • Cairns East of Cader Idris
    by TAlanJones on 5 May 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Cader Idris is a mountain that's very popular with walkers and outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, hence the multitude of conical walker cairns that litter the environment. There are notices encouraging visitors not to create or add to the cairns but they still do sadly.

  • Bailiehill Fort
    by markj99 on 5 May 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Hillfort in Dumfries and Galloway. Canmore says: The sequence of construction of the defences is both complex and imperfectly understood, but the first recognisable phase appears to have comprised a roughly oval settlement formed by an enclosure measuring about 78m from NNE to SSW by 50m transversely within a rampart which has been reduced to a thick stony bank.