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  • Denmark’s Domesticated Cats Grew Larger Over Time

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Dec 18, 2018 | 04:27 P

    Denmark’s Domesticated Cats Grew Larger Over Time COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Science Magazine reports that unlike most domesticated animals, cats have grown larger while adapting to life with humans. As a student at the University of Copenhagen, Julie Bitz-Thorsen and her adviser, archaeozoologist Anne Birgitte Gotfredsen, carefully examined and measured cat bones in museum collections found at Iron Age, Viking, and medieval sites in Denmark. The Viking-era cat bones, recovered from pits where their bodies had been dumped, bear marks suggesting the animals were skinned for their pelts, in addition to being raised for their pest-control abilities. Overall, the data suggests that on average, domesticated cats are about 16 percent[…]

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  • Earthquake Damage Detected in Machu Picchu

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Dec 18, 2018 | 03:54 P

    Earthquake Damage Detected in Machu Picchu CUSCO, PERU—According to a report in The Peruvian Times, an earthquake estimated to have occurred around A.D. 1450 left lasting signs of damage on Machu Picchu’s Temple of the Sun and other buildings under construction during the reign of the Ninth Inca Pachacutec. “We see openings between rocks and stones, which is not typical of the Incas because they employed an impeccable, perfect construction,” said Carlos Benavente of the Cusco-Pata Research Project. “Some edges of the rocks are broken, which means that in the undulation of the earth, they hit each other, which caused the breaks.” Benavente then said that[…]

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  • Prehistoric Stone Circle Studied in Scotland

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Dec 18, 2018 | 03:15 P

    ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND—The Press and Journal reports that a complete stone circle located on farmland in northeastern Scotland has been studied by archaeologists for the first time. Made up of ten stones in total, the circle features a horizontal stone, known as the recumbent, which is flanked by two upright stones. Estimated to be between 3,500 and 4,500 years old, the circle is about ten feet smaller in diameter than other circles in the region. The stones are proportionally smaller as well, according to Adam Welfare of Historic Environment Scotland. To read in-depth about excavations of remains in Scotland dating to[…]

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  • Fifth-Dynasty Tomb Discovered in Saqqara

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Dec 18, 2018 | 02:46 P

    Fifth-Dynasty Tomb Discovered in Saqqara CAIRO, EGYPT—Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb in Saqqara, according to a Live Science report. The intact tomb measures 33 feet long and about 10 feet wide. The well-preserved decorations depict the owner of the tomb, a royal purification priest named Wahtye, in scenes with his mother, wife, and other relatives making pottery and wine, and practicing religious observances. They are also represented by large, colorful statues placed in niches. Other scenes on the walls show musical performances, boats, the manufacture of the tomb’s funerary furniture, and hunting. Waziri said[…]

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  • Shipwreck Lifted from a New Zealand Beach

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Dec 15, 2018 | 05:27 P

    AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—The New Zealand Herald reports that The Daring, a two-masted schooner that wrecked on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand in 1865, has been lifted out of the sands intact. Members of the Classic Yacht Charitable Trust raised money to recover the vessel, which was just two years old when it was blown ashore by a storm. Security was in place around the clock to protect the site from scavengers. Once the sand was removed from the ship’s interior, the team recovered several nineteenth-century artifacts, including a leather shoe, coins, a cup, clay pipes,[…]

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