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The news of the week in audio, for many years compiled and written by the late Michelle Hilling of Archaeologica, is now the product of our dedicated volunteer team. Read by Laura Pettigrew, the Audio News is compiled from Archaeologica’s daily news updates. The musical interludes are original compositions by Anthony Pettigrew. The Audio News from Archaeologica is compiled from Archaeologica.org's daily news updates.
 
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News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New study demonstrates humans accelerated the extinction of wooly mammoths (details) LiDAR reveals the sophisticated agriculture of three Classic period Maya kingdoms (details) Evidence of ancient mercury poisoning discovered from analysis of Iberian bones (details) Study finds volcanic eruptions contribu…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Canada’s oldest English coin discovered in Newfoundland (details) New research suggests deep connections among Transeurasian languages and peoples (details) New room discovered at Pompeii may have been the housing for slave family (details) Ornate wooden bird once belonged to English queen Anne Boleyn (de…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: DNA analysis used to determine ancestry of mummified remains found in Xinjiang (details) Artifacts from lost empire of Srivijaya being plundered in Sumatra (details) Impacts of deforestation by resident population revealed at Chaco Canyon (details) Study seeks to clarify scientific naming standards for ea…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Study of horse DNA provides new evidence about the spread of the Indo-European languages (details) Ancient Caucasians may have shunned gold for cultural reasons (details) Cosmic radiation allows researchers to date Viking artifacts in Newfoundland (details) Evidence from Madagascar shows that foragers mak…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Analysis of teeth shows early Native Americans did not come from Japan (details) Medieval document suggests Italians heard about America 150 years before Columbus (details) Lake sediments challenge history of human habitation in the Azores (details) Earliest hominin footprints from Crete now dated to 6 mi…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: 3D technology reveals new example of Easter Island’s lost script (details) Genetics of Siberian dogs show widespread trade by early Arctic peoples (details) Spirit mirror of Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer was Aztec artifact (details) Remains of first Black church in Colonial Williamsburg are uncovered -- ag…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Historians document human impacts to the environment on islands of Micronesia (details) New discoveries at Tikal demonstrate complex societal interactions (details) Genetic testing suggests Etruscans were locals from eastern Europe (details) Yale’s Vinland Map found to be a forgery (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Impacts from meteor may be source of biblical tale of destruction of Sodom (details) Analysis of fossilized footprints suggests humans came to North America long before end of Ice Age (details) New research traces Maya societal recovery from habitat destruction following volcanic blast (details) Scholars …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Bronze Age coffin unearthed on UK golf course yields new secrets during conservation (details) (details) Handprints and footprints preserved in Tibetan mud may be oldest known art (details) (details) Bone tools from Moroccan cave show how Pleistocene people made clothing (details) Texas academics catalog …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Acropolis renovations draw criticism for covering centuries of history (details) Further evidence of human sacrifice in construction of Korea’s Moon Castle (details) Unique artifacts uncovered in China highlight the creativity of ancient peoples (details) New research explores interactions of ancient Pueb…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Analysis of bone tools from Italy resets timeline of Neanderthal development (details) First DNA evidence of ancient Toalean people recovered in Indonesia (details) Louisiana earthworks created by rare group efforts from hunter-gatherers (details) Artifacts reveal the softer side of Viking culture (detail…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Michigan farm field produces first Clovis site in the state (details) Remains of early farmers in arid desert of Chile show a history of violence (details) Mexican pictographs are first record of pre-Conquest earthquakes (details) Herculaneum bone studies shows men and women ate different diets (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: January 3, 2021: Analysis of tree rings provides fresh evidence of climatic fluctuation (details) May 2, 2021: Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions (details) May 16, 2021: As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s ol…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New site in southern India adds insight on development of first urban cultures (details) Roman artifact from Leicester suggests lions were brought to Britain (details) Melting ice in Mongolia reveals new artifacts, and threats to conservation (details) Peruvian villagers rally to repair rope bridges datin…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Inscribed stone tablets show ancient Babylonians understood geometry (details) Pristine artifacts from 4th century BC found off coast of Egypt (details) Maya potters developed sophisticated techniques for creating glazes (details) Study confirms pigments Neanderthals used to decorate Spanish cave (details…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New finds in sunken Egyptian port of Heracleion (details) Japanese lake sediments show that origins of agriculture depended on a stable climate (details) Indigenous roots and modern technology combine in search for missing residential school children (details) Fats, proteins, microbes: new techniques help…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Researchers discover ancient cuneiform inscription and image of Babylon’s last king (details) Clues from the final meal of a 2,400-year-old bog body found in Denmark (details) Remnants of an ancient Roman road found submerged in Venice lagoon (details) Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Lakota shirt returned after a century in German museums (details) Tomb of Hellenistic poet-astronomer uncovered in southern Turkey (details) New Easter Island research finds population increase, not collapse (details) Ancient Greek feasting grounds found on island of Cyprus (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Burials from Gabonese cave show unique pattern of tooth removal (details) Paleolithic carved bone from Germany shows Neanderthal use of symbols (details) Mississippi dig shows how victorious Chickasaws put Spanish loot to use (details) New expedition seeks Shackleton’s sunken Antarctic expedition ship (de…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Dendrochronology puts a date on a Bronze Age wooden pool in Italy (details) Human waste traces show how Maya population varied due to climate swings (details) Harvard University returns historic pipe tomahawk to Nebraska tribe (details) Neolithic snake staff found in Finnish wetland site (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Researchers identify remains of oldest known victim of shark attack (details) DNA evidence reveals ancient Maya peoples tended to wild plant oases within city walls (details) Pre-Neolithic grains may have fueled the elaborate constructions at Göbekli Tepe (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices (details) Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India (details) Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement (details) Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Rare early coins found in Polish field (details) New evidence shows prehistoric Amazonians protected the rainforest (details) Native American tribe buys back ancestral home in Maine (details) COVID-19 gives cover to increased looting of Italy’s antiquities (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Scotland’s Galloway Hoard unveils new mysteries of the Viking Age (details) National Guard mobilized to protect Teotihuacan from illegal building (details) Piecing together countless fragments of the past, then and now (details) Roman graves in England held decapitated victims of harsh legal code (details…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: History of Black Pharaohs unearthed in northern Sudan (details) Evidence of tools used for creating ancient tattoos found in Tennessee (details) Ongoing excavations around Tulsa search for victims of Greenwood riots (details) Ancient food scraps add evidence to the evolution of Kosher dietary practices (d…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New machine learning method increases the efficiency and accuracy of sorting ancient pot sherds (details) Fossil data demonstrate the devastating impact of European colonization on Guadeloupe’s reptile population (details) Roman soldier under Vesuvius ash was possibly a rescuer (details) Genetic material …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Geology explains the Roman Hell Gate, where animals died in a toxic mist (details) As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing (details) New study of fossil mouth microbacteria shows evolution of human diet (details) Argument over Utah’s Bears Ears area hinges on the…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: British shilling from 1600s found at colonial fort in Maryland (details) Human activity during Holocene linked to extinction of multiple species (details) New book on Holbein finds clue to portrait of a wife of Henry the Eighth (details) Child’s grave in Kenya thought to be oldest burial in Africa (detail…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: LIDAR surveys provides new details about Maya civilizations in the northern Yucatán (details) X-ray testing reveals Egyptian mummy was a pregnant woman (details) Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions (details) First settlers i…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Turkish archaeologists discover Roman-era gladiator arena (details) Traces of cabin belonging to Harriet Tubman’s father uncovered at Maryland site (details) New study shows how humans have sustainably shaped Earth’s ecology for millennia (details) Famous “Little Foot” fossil gives greater insight into th…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Biochemical studies of potsherds reveal oldest evidence of honey use in west Africa (details) Sites in Senegal show the long duration of Middle Stone Age culture in West Africa (details) Pacific Coast peoples diets consisted of more than salmon (details) Scholars contradict recent claims of pre-Columbian …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Hieroglyphic texts reveal the sophistication of Aztec written language (details) Multiple lines of evidence suggest early hominids were hypercarnivores (details) Cave artists may have risked hypoxia while creating their art deep underground (details) Study finds no evidence to support claims of deforestat…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Yemeni coins found in New England were pirated during the 1600s (details) Impacts of climate change thought to have impacted spiritual beliefs (details) Colorful marble décor intended for Constantine I found in Bulgaria (details) Research shows birds were transported across the Andes for hundreds of years…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Study reveals hidden wealth gaps in Maya society (details) Database of ancient Texas murals brings fresh research opportunities (details) Research suggests that Native Americans tried to help the infamous Donner Party (details) A reckoning with African-American remains in US museums (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Earliest Revolutionary War battlefield in South Carolina is found (details) New biblical scroll fragments found in West Bank cave (details) Computer recreation of Antikythera Mechanism shows how it tracked the heavens (details) Bronze Age burial from Spain yields evidence that women held great power (deta…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Ancient iron furnace in Cambodia shows danger for Earth’s magnetic field (details) New evidence shows early hominids developed better water efficiency than apes (details) New insights on why and when ancient women chose to be hunters (details) Ancient footprints in Spain give clues to humanity’s relations…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Ancient ceremonial carriage unearthed near Pompeii (details) Sediment cores could reshape what we know about the peopling of the Americas (details) Dental X-ray scanner used to read sealed Renaissance Period letters (details) Demise of neanderthals no longer thought to have been caused by human competitio…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: 5,000-year-old burial mounds at Tomaka State Park give insight into Timucua people (details) 18th century Bray School for enslaved and free black children to be moved for conservation (details) Researchers hope to learn more about Himalayan lake holding over 300 skeletons (details) New analysis shows Celt…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Dating to First Dynasty, Egyptian beer factory is oldest ever found (details) Grindstone with moth remains documents an important Aboriginal food tradition (details) Global study of successful societies highlights role of taxes and bureaucracy (details) Stalagmite study shows Silk Road didn’t start until …
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Hellenistic era theater in Turkey produces scores of terracotta statuettes (details) Oldest known Chinese cosmetic cream found in noble tomb (details) Venetian beads found in Alaska point to possible pre-colonial trade (details) New analysis of an ancient conch shell finds it may be oldest discovered wind…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: How environmental change may have created the Egypt nation-state (details) Early Medieval graveyard found beneath student housing in Cambridge (details) Archaeology is unlocking more details about Peru’s Cloud Warriors (details) New analysis offers insight into Bronze Age agricultural practices (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Researchers discover 3000-year-old royal purple dye in Israel (details) Ancient milk proteins in Africa show long-term milk consumption (details) Dogs likely to have accompanied people to the Americas (details) Medieval Cambridge skeletons reveal injuries to manual laborers (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New finds in Egypt include temple, burials and part of the Book of the Dead (details) Bronze Age caches in Europe show standardized objects, perhaps used as money (details) Ohio’s Fort Ancient earthworks may become part of larger Hopewell monument (details) Ancient knowledge analyzed to provide insight on…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Temple to Aphrodite identified in Turkey (details) Facial reconstruction reveals features of buried Siberian man and his companion (details) Rare female statue found in Mexican citrus grove (details) Dating confirms that Sulawesi warty pig is oldest animal cave art known (details)…
 
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: New South African fossils show ever more diversity in early hominid species (details) Indigenous-led archaeology corrects and expands on Victoria, Australia, prehistory (details) Death threats to famed archaeologist excavating Peru’s most ancient city (details) Treasure hunter who disturbed Yellowstone’s …
 
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