At Past Horizons.
More photos and a bit more information — they’re of various ages and in apparently good health. The photos do suggest they were purposefully laid to rest, but not in any apparent pattern. Very odd but very cool.
Oh, there’s a video at the link but it’s in Spanish.
Early British farmers preferred dairy foods
Archaeologists and chemists tracing ancient British diets have found that more than 99% of the earliest farmer’s cooking pots lacked sea food residues.
Studies of old rubbish dumps and dirty dishes have revealed that, 6,000 years ago, ancient Britons gave up their passion for fish to begin a love affair with milk. The change by ancestors from hunter-gathers to farmers is one of the most intensively researched aspects of archaeology.
Now a large-scale investigation of British archaeological sites dating from around 4,600BC to 1,400AD by the University of Bristol and Cardiff University has examined millions of fragments of bone and analysed over 1,000 cooking pots.
Archaeologists find ancient dog burial site under Mexico City apartment building
Archaeologists on Friday announced the discovery of “an exceptional” ancient burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico.
Previously, the remains of dogs have been found accompanying human remains or as part of offerings, experts with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said in a statement. But this is the first time a group of dogs has been found buried together at one site.
I’ve never heard of this sort of thing. Usually you find dogs buried with humans or in buildings — probably a sacrifice of some sort — but not all together like this. The article gives a long time frame so it’s unclear if they were all buried at once or over that 100-and-some year period. The photo doesn’t give much evidence although they seem to have been carefully placed in the grave rather than just tossed in. Will need more evidence of context, age and sex, and any other associations (like a temple structure) to learn anything more. I’d like to think they were something like ‘temple dogs’ that were kept and then buried when they died, much like the Apis bulls in Egypt; but more likely they were sacrificed for attendance to dead humans.
Ancient settlements and modern cities follow same rules of development, says CU-Boulder
Over the last several years, Ortman’s colleagues at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), including Professor Luis Bettencourt, a co-author of the study, have developed mathematical models that describe how modern cities change as their populations grow. For example, scientists know that as a population increases, its settlement area becomes denser, while infrastructure needs per capita decrease and economic production per capita rises.
Ortman noticed that the variables used in these equations, such as cost of moving around, the size of the settled area, the population, and the benefits of people interacting, did not depend on any particular modern technology.
“I realized that if these models are adequate for explaining what’s going on in contemporary cities, they should apply to any settlements in any society,” he said. “So if these models are on the right track, they should apply to ancient societies too.”
Trouble is, it’s difficult to get at population sizes for, you know, non-living people. We have derived data that we think might work — I think they used pottery density here — but I’m not sure those are all that accurate.
How to explain the north-south difference? The team concludes that the most likely scenario is that an ancestral population that lived several thousand years before the Clovis period split into two groups, one staying north and one going south. Just where and when this split happened cannot be determined from the genetic data, Willerslev and Rasmussen say. The northerners then likely mated with peoples who came in later from Asia, and so became slightly more genetically distant from Anzick.
Unfortunately, they’re also talking about reburying him.
Rabbits give archaeologist a helping paw in Land’s End find
A University of Chester graduate’s career has taken a remarkable turn as his educational archaeology company has identified a ‘goldmine’ at Land’s End, dug up not by his team, but by a colony of rabbits.
Dean Paton’s Big Heritage business was invited to the site, which has long been connected in Cornish folklore to the stories of the lost land of Lyonnese and with tales of King Arthur, to investigate a recent discovery which has shed light on some of the earliest humans to call the site home.
I wouldn’t say this happens a LOT but one often uses sediment brought up by rodents and such to check for subsurface finds without digging. Matter of fact, the last bit o’ fieldwork I did I described the sediment from mole hills.
Sorta! Ruins of a 2,500-Years-Old Village Found in Downtown Miami
The discovery of a 2,500-years-old archaeological site in downtown Miami has unleashed a battle between researchers and archaeologists attempting to preserve the site for its historical value and an enormous apartment, office, business and hotel complex planned to be built in the area.
According to information published by Reuters, in 2005 a group of archaeologists discovered a first site of what is thought to be a village of the Tequesta tribe, which lived in what is Miami’s metropolitan area until the 1,700’s, approximately.
The importance of the find lies in that researchers don’t think these are isolated edifications, but rather the ruins of a complete settlement of the ancient inhabitants of the land, who had lived here between 500 and 600 BCE.
‘Delight’ at archaeology project launch
Here I was thinking it was from my ancestral homeland. . .
More than 150 people have viewed the exhibition to launch the Dog Kennel Lane archaeology project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The display at the launch exhibition held in Coronation Hall in Milby, Boroughbridge, on Saturday, February 1, gave details of the 12-month project which will conclude with the establishment of a Heritage Trail through a partly forgotten landscape to the west of the A1(M) and north of the River Ure at Langthorpe on the Newby Hall Estate.
Nice project anyway, to involve the public.
BBC4 has the video up for a program on Easter Island. I think it’s only available for 1 more day though.
Charlemagne’s Bones Displayed at German Cathedral Are Likely Authentic
The relics of Charlemagne, long on display at a treasury in Germany, are likely the real bones of the Frankish king, scientists say.
Last Tuesday (Jan. 28) marked exactly 1,200 years since Charlemagne died in A.D. 814. To commemorate the occasion, a group of scientists at the Cathedral of Aachen gave a summary of the research that has been conducted on the king’s bones, stretching back to 1988.
It’s not entirely accurate, of course, but probably pretty reliable. I know next to nothing about Charlemagne, which is a distinct negative on my part. Well, except for, you know. . . .