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  • Bronze Age farmers gave preferential treatment to cows over domesticated sheep, goats
    on 4 August 2021 at 4:07 pm

    The movements of ancient crop and animal domesticates across prehistoric Eurasia are well-documented in the archaeological record. What is less well understood: How Bronze Age farmers and herders incorporated newly introduced domesticates—like cows from southwestern Asia—into their long-standing animal husbandry and culinary traditions. 

  • Mathematician reveals world's oldest example of applied geometry
    on 4 August 2021 at 3:50 pm

    A UNSW mathematician has revealed the origins of applied geometry on a 3700-year-old clay tablet that has been hiding in plain sight in a museum in Istanbul for over a century.

  • Iraq gets back looted ancient artifacts from US, others
    on 3 August 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Over 17,000 looted ancient artifacts recovered from the United States and other countries were handed over to Iraq's Culture Ministry on Tuesday, a restitution described by the government as the largest in the country's history.

  • Agent-based modeling for archaeology can simulate the complexity of societies
    on 3 August 2021 at 12:01 pm

    The more we learn about the past, the more we come to understand that ancient societies share some striking similarities to our own. From the first waves of migration out of Africa to the Ancestral Pueblo, the peoples of the past created art, migrated to new lands, fought wars, raised families, and exploited natural resources for housing, food, and tools—just like we do. With the help of a powerful computational tool called agent-based modeling, archaeologists can discover new frontiers of knowledge that help us better understand not only the past but also today's world, a new book from SFI Press suggests.

  • Study confirms ancient Spanish cave art was made by Neanderthals
    on 2 August 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Neanderthals, long perceived to have been unsophisticated and brutish, really did paint stalagmites in a Spanish cave more than 60,000 years ago, according to a study published on Monday.

  • UK court overturns govt go-ahead for Stonehenge road tunnel
    on 30 July 2021 at 9:19 pm

    A British court on Friday overturned government approval for the construction of a controversial road tunnel close to the Stonehenge stone circle, following opposition from historians, archaeologists and druids.

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  • Cloghmacow
    by GaelicLaird on 1 August 2021 at 8:57 am

    Sometimes listed as a stone circle but in fact a radial-stone cairn. These are classified as a mound constructed primarily of stone which is delimited by a series of spaced stones set with their long axes aligned towards the centre of the cairn. Their precise function is unknown though through association with stone circles and stone rows they belong to the wider ritual tradition of the middle/late Bronze Age (c. 2400-500 BC).

  • Butley Barrow
    by MaccMan on 31 July 2021 at 3:32 pm

    This bowl barrow is passed by thousands of people every day without them realising it is there as it is by the main road and railway line just north of Macclesfield. In a narrow, low-lying farmer’s field so only accessible with permission but can easily be seen from the car on Bonis Hall Lane whilst waiting at the traffic lights, or on foot from the farm gate on the main road.

  • Higgin's Well
    by HOLYWELL on 29 July 2021 at 11:02 am

    A legend associated with this well will be familiar to many - the story goes that the landowner didn't like people visiting the well and filled it in. The well's water then started to arise through his house, so he re-opened it! More details in Anne's comment below. The present structure is Victorian. It is found along a path to the left of the church.

  • Westbury White Horse
    by tjhavenith on 26 July 2021 at 4:29 pm

    One of a set of hill figure illustrations by Eric Ravilious painted in 1939. Now available as a set of postcards from Rather Good Art. An exhibition celebrating the art of Ravilious opens on the 25th of September at Wiltshire Museum.. Tradition has it that the original white horse on this site was cut to commemorate King Alfred's defeat of Guthrun in 879. However, the earliest mention seems to be by the Reverend Wise in his 1742 book "Further Observations on the White Horse and other Antiquities in Berkshire". The present version of this hill figure was cut in 1778 by the steward of Lord Abingdon. With concrete added to hold the edging stones in place during the early twentieth centure, the horse was finally totally covered in concrete in the 1950s and again in 1990s.

  • Casterton
    by WindC on 26 July 2021 at 3:58 pm

    An embanked stone circle or ring cairn in Cumbria which is not in the Burl books. It has an adjacent earthwork enclosure and there is extensive evidence of early settlement in this area. A stunningly beautiful place, looking west over the Lune valley above Kirkby Lonsdale, and south to Pendle, down the course of the Belinus Line. The stones barely peep out of the turf, giving the distinct feeling that if the surface was lowered, much of interest would emerge.