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42K-Year-Old Tuna Dinner Discovered

We've been eating the fish for millennia: archeologists

(Newser) - It gives “leftovers” a whole new meaning: Archeologists have discovered the remnants of a 42,000-year-old tuna meal, they say. They found tuna and shark bones in an East Timor cave, near Australia. The findings suggest that ancient humans were capable of deep-sea fishing, shedding light on questions over...

2nd Mayan Tablet Linked to 2012 Apocalypse

But some experts say: Don't worry about it

(Newser) - The bad news is that Mayan ruins make not one but two apparent references to a possible apocalypse in 2012 . The good news—maybe—is that Mexican archeologists say not to worry about it. Experts have finally confirmed that a second suspected reference to 2012 was found at the Comalcalco...

Save Sex Pistols Graffiti, Archeologists Plead

Johnny Rotten cartoons 'can be compared to cave paintings'

(Newser) - Graffiti scrawled on the walls of a London flat by the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten in the '70s is worth preserving and can be compared to ancient cave paintings, top archaeologists are arguing. Researchers who studied the graffiti in an apartment once occupied by the punk pioneers call the...

Radar Finds Preserved Roman Gladiator School

It's near Vienna, Austria ... but still underground

(Newser) - Archeologists near Vienna, Austria, say underground radar has made a spectacular find: a Roman gladiator school that appears to be in better shape than any found so far, reports Der Spiegel . It even still has the wooden post used to represent an opponent in the arena. Don't bank on...

Captain Morgan's Ship Found, Thanks to Rum

Best marketing move ever?

(Newser) - How’s this for marketing genius: Archeologists are reasonably certain they’ve discovered one of the lost ships of infamous privateer Henry Morgan—in an expedition financed in part by Captain Morgan rum. “There’s definitely an irony in the situation,” one archeologist tells Discovery News . Morgan lost...

Roman-Era Basilica Unearthed on Egypt's Coast

Structure built on top of Cleopatra-era temple

(Newser) - Egyptian officials say archaeologists have unearthed the first basilica erected in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria. Antiquities authorities say the basilica is dated to the Roman era and was built on the ruins of a temple from the Ptolemaic reign—a period that ended with the death of Cleopatra....

In Blackbeard's Wreckage, Proof of Terror

Cannons fired bags of nails, to maim people but leave ships intact

(Newser) - Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, now being explored by marine archeologists off the coast of North Carolina, is giving up more than just its treasures , it's also revealing the infamous pirate's terrifying tactics. And what researchers are finding are an ingenious array of improvised weapons, designed...

Researchers Unearth 'First Gay Caveman'

Position of body suggests 'different sexual orientation,' say researchers

(Newser) - The first known "gay caveman" has been unearthed in a dig outside Prague, researchers believe. Archeological team members based their conclusion on the fact that the male body was interred in a ritualistic way reserved for females. "We know people from this period took funeral rites very seriously...

Google Earth Archeologist Finds 2K Potential Sites

Australian researcher 'outflanks' travel restrictions with Saudi Arabia find

(Newser) - It's another example in the growing field of what New Scientist dubs "armchair archeology": An Australian scientist has used Google Earth to identify nearly 2,000 sites of interest in otherwise hard-to-reach Saudi Arabia. More than half appear to be ancient tombs made of stone, though only an on-the-ground...

Surprise: Neanderthals Liked Their Veggies, Too

New evidence suggests they didn't subsist on meat alone

(Newser) - Researchers have found evidence that suggests Neanderthals cooked and ate vegetables: Traces of fossilized vegetable matter were found in their teeth, and some of it appears to have been cooked. It could overturn the notion that Neanderthals were exclusive meat eaters and instead had a diet that was more sophisticated—...

Coca Leaves Chewed Way Earlier Than Thought

They date back 8,000 years in South America

(Newser) - Peruvians chewed coca leaves more than 8,000 years ago, say researchers who've found the earliest evidence of usage of the plant, the BBC reports. Scientists knew that South Americans chewed the leaves but had previously dated the first use to 5,000 years ago. Coca, the plant from which...

Afghan Archeologists Uncover Buddhist Site

Appeal for foreign money to protect ancient relics

(Newser) - As Western and Afghan forces battle Taliban Islamists for control of Afghanistan, archaeologists have discovered major relics of the country's Buddhist past in an area south of Kabul. The artifacts date back at least to the 5th century AD, and possibly to the era before Christ. "There is a...

King Tut's Chariot Heads to NY
 King Tut's Chariot Heads to NY 
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King Tut's Chariot Heads to NY

The ash cloud is no match for King's chariot

(Newser) - An ash cloud can't stop King Tut, or his ancient chariot. After being held up by Eyjafjallajokul l (and, really, who wasn't?) the boy king's 3,300-year-old ride is en route to New York, reports ABC News . The chariot, which goes on exhibit next week, may be a key piece...

New Expedition to 'Virtually Raise' Titanic

Scientists will create 3D map of deteriorating wreck

(Newser) - Scientists plan to "virtually raise the Titanic" next month in what's being billed as the most advanced expedition yet to the wreck. A team of some of the world's leading archeologists, oceanographers, and other scientists will visit the site to assess the state of the shipwreck and create a...

Eerily Preserved Tomb Yields Maya King

Royal ringed by dead babies, evidence of human sacrifice

(Newser) - Archeologists believe they have unearthed one of the only tombs ever discovered of a founder of a Mayan dynasty. Whoever the man in the extraordinarily well-preserved 1,600-year-old Guatemalan tomb is, he tried to take a lot with him to the afterlife, the Los Angeles Times reports. The tomb under...

57 Ancient Tombs Found in Egypt

Many remarkably intact, include religious texts

(Newser) - Archeologists have discovered a cache of ancient tombs in Egypt, some of which are almost 5,000 years old. Most of the 57 tombs hold an ornately painted wooden sarcophagus that houses a mummy; the oldest among them dates back to the rule of Egypt's first and second dynasties. One...

Moon Trash Declared National Treasure

Calif. aims to preserve Apollo urine containers, space boots

(Newser) - California has named the remains of the Apollo 11 mission—including urine containers and space boots—a state historical resource. Experts in the nascent field of space archeology worry that, without preservation, what they call a "sacred site of world history" might be looted by future missions or space...

Archeologists Find Mini-Stonehenge

'Bluehenge' is a mile away, but all the rocks are gone

(Newser) - Archeologists have found what amounts to Stonehenge-lite located about a mile from the larger monument. This one—dubbed Bluehenge—probably won't be as much of a tourist draw for one important reason: all the rocks are gone. But based on holes in the earth, scientists say 27 enormous rocks once...

Record Stash of Ancient Gold Found In Farmer's Field

Brit with metal detector uncovers 7th-century Anglo-Saxon jackpot

(Newser) - The biggest stash of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found has been unearthed in a farmer's field in Staffordshire, England, by an amateur treasure hunter using a metal detector. The hoard, estimated to date back to the 7th century, includes weapons, helmets, and gold coins. Archaeologists are stunned both by...

Egypt Unveils Ancient Mummy
 Egypt Unveils Ancient Mummy 

Egypt Unveils Ancient Mummy

(Newser) - Illuminated only by torches and camera lights, Egyptian laborers used crowbars and picks to lift the lid off a 2,600-year-old limestone sarcophagus, exposing—for the first time since it was sealed in antiquity—a perfectly preserved mummy. Wrapped in dark-stained canvas, the mummy is part of Egypt's discovery of...

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