• Boat grave warriors laid to rest on down bedding

    Updated: 2021-03-26 03:28:00
    The warriors in two Iron Age boat graves in Valsgärde, outside Uppsala in central Sweden, were laid softly to their eternal rest on down bedding. The boat graves date to the 7th century, and their featherbeds are the oldest down bedding known in Scandinavia. Feathers were widely traded in the Middle Ages, and there are […]

  • France's new state-of-the-art ship for marine archaeology

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:10:59
    By Dale Berning Sawa - The Art Newspaper In January, the French department for marine archaeological research—known as Drassm from its French name—launched the Alfred Merlin, the newest member of its highly specialised fleet. Built in a shipyard in La Ciotat on the Côte d’zur, the ship is a 46m-long gleaming white beauty with red and blue stripes running at a slant down its side. Ahead of testing this month and ...

  • Roman villa with large mosaic found in Spain

    Updated: 2021-03-25 03:02:36
    The remains of a grand Roman estate with a large floor mosaic has been unearthed in the town of Rus in southern Spain. Found in the El Altillo neighborhood, the villa was in use between the first and fifth centuries, with the bulk of the construction documented thus far dating to the fourth century. The […]

  • Gold foil mask found at Bronze Age Sichuan site

    Updated: 2021-03-24 02:33:42
    More than 500 important artifacts, including a rare gold foil mask, have been unearthed in six newly-discovered sacrificial pits at the Sanxingdui Bronze Age archaeological site in Guanghan, Sichuan, China. The gold mask is incomplete, but more than half of it survives. About 3,000 years old, the mask is large at nine inches wide and […]

  • Small knight-snail-goat is medieval treasure

    Updated: 2021-03-22 15:30:00
    A silver-gilt praying knight emerging from a snail shell onto a non-equine quadruped, likely a goat, is one of the stand-out pieces of this year’s British Museum annual treasure report on Portable Antiquities Scheme finds. The object is less than an inch long, has flat back and a short rivet which indicates it was mounted […]

  • Engraved megaliths found in France

    Updated: 2021-03-22 00:18:11
    An excavation in Massongy, southeastern France, has unearthed a Neolithic stone circle with engraved stones. The Chemin des Bels site has two distinct occupation areas from the Middle Neolithic period: a small village and a large megalithic complex. It was occupied for a short time — just a few centuries — but during that period, […]

  • New virtual tours of 8 Rome museums

    Updated: 2021-03-21 03:12:00
    Eight of Rome’s civic museums are offering new virtual tours. Available in Italian and English, to tours allow visitors to explore the museums floor-by-floor, in aerial views, through video, audio and information panels. It’s a curated approach. Select objects on display and important features of the museums themselves are highlighted. You navigate by clicking on […]

  • George Bass, Father of Underwater Archaeology, Dies at 88

    Updated: 2021-03-20 14:59:13
    George Bass died earlier this month at the age of 88. He was an American archaeologist, often referred to as the “father of underwater archeology”. He co-directed the first expedition to entirely excavate an ancient shipwreck at Cape Gelidonya in … Continue reading → The post George Bass, Father of Underwater Archaeology, Dies at 88 appeared first on Old Salt Blog.

  • Rainfall exposes bronze bull at Olympia

    Updated: 2021-03-19 23:51:50
    A small bronze figurine of a bull from the Geometric Period (1050-700 B.C.) has been discovered at the Temple of Zeus in Olympia. Heavy rainfall had exposed one its horns which caught the sharp eye of archaeologist Zacharoula Leventouri. The bull was excavated and removed to the laboratory of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ilia […]

  • 19th c. Frenchman’s life writ on his uniquely preserved skin

    Updated: 2021-03-19 03:09:00
    Warning: this is a grisly one. The preserved heavily tattooed skin of a man held in a private collection in London has been studied for the first time, revealing tantalizing glimpses into his life. Pieces of tattooed human skin were preserved as medical oddities in the 19th century, as anthropological specimens in the case of […]

  • Underwater archaeology pioneer George Bass dies at 88

    Updated: 2021-03-18 07:31:18
    By Kristin Romey - National Geographic Pioneering archaeologist George Bass, who played a critical role in the creation and evolution of underwater archaeology as a scientific discipline, died on March 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas. He was 88. At the time of his death Bass still served as an advisor to the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), the world’ leading research institute for the study of shipwrecks that he e ...

  • Almost-looted medieval treasure goes on display

    Updated: 2021-03-18 03:25:00
    An exceptional hoard of 10th century jewelry that almost disappeared into the penumbra of online antiquities trafficking has gone on display for the first time at the Archaeological Museum of Córdoba. Its existence was only suspected last year when a local archaeologist saw photographs of some of the pieces for sale on social media and […]

  • Massive shellfish feast on Orkney dated to 5th-6th c.

    Updated: 2021-03-17 03:38:00
    A pit filled with ancient shells at The Cairns site in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, has been radiocarbon dated to the 5th or 6th century. The Iron Age community at the site cooked 18,637 shellfish in the pit, ate them, and then threw the shells back in, all in one massive clambake. That’s more than half […]

  • How do you salvage a trove of World War II-era ?

    Updated: 2021-03-03 04:38:22
    By Tobias Carroll - Inside Hook In 1941, the SS Gairsoppa, a British cargo ship, was sunk by a German submarine. Only one member of the crew survived, with dozens perishing in the attack. What was left of the vessel remained below the waters of the Atlantic off the coast of Ireland for decades. In 2013, Odyssey Marine discovered the remains of the ship — including a massive haul of silver that was on board when the Germans att ...

  • Divers retrieve century-old beer bottles

    Updated: 2021-03-03 04:28:51
    By Sara Janiszewska - Sunderland Magazine One-hundred-and-twenty-year-old bottles of beer have helped provide insights into the make-up of ancient ales. Research from Brewlab and the University of Sunderland has retrieved live brewing yeasts from century-old bottles of beer to provide detailed information on the microbiology of lost Victorian and Edwardian stock ales. Three bottles were retrieved by divers of Global Underwater Explorers ...

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