May 22-28, 2016

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San Antonio Mission Nails (Picture Courtesy of the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation)

San Antonio’s city archeologist has determined that there were two missions in the town before the Alamo. The first site has been dated to 1718. Pottery, beads, and nails have been recovered to help Kay Hindes find the mission’s first site. For more information, click on the picture above.

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A stove fragment from the Mijiaya site that was probably used to heat the fermenting grain mash during the beer-brewing process. Image Courtesy of FULAI XING

New archeological research out of China has revealed that there may have been a “secret ingredient” in a 5000 year old bee recipe. Researchers conducted tests on ancient jars and funnels found at the Mijiaya archaeological site in Shaanxi province. This discovery has predated the earliest use of barley in the region by 1,000 years. For more information, click on the picture above.

May 15-21, 2016

ancient butchering site

Bones like this mastodon limb bone being brought to the surface were found along with the stone tools. (Photo by Brendan Fenerty)

Scuba-diving archeologists have discovered artifacts from an ancient butchering site. This find seems to provide evidence to help settle a debate about how humans spread across the Americas. For more information, click on the picture above.

world's oldest ax

The world’s oldest ax fragment, seen here under a microscope, is the size of a thumbnail. (Australian Archaeology)

Archeologists and scientists believe they have found the World’s earliest ground-edge ax. This ax coincides with the first humans arriving in Australia. For more information, click on the picture above.

May 1-7, 2016

gravety gadget

The sensor is located in the middle of the device. It is the size of a postage stamp. (Photo by Giles Hammond)

Researchers in the United Kingdom have constructed a new device that measures tiny changes in gravity. This device can potentially be used to monitor volcanoes or even search for oil. For more information, click on the picture above.

This replica of Captain Cook’s ship sails into Portsmouth harbour, England, in 2002.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project is planning to announce Wednesday that it has likely located the HMS Endeavour. This is the shop Cook used to discover Australia before it was taken over by the British Navy. For more information, click on the picture above.

 

 

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