Pompeii's Ruins are Being Wired Up By an "Electronic Warfare" Firm

The ruined city of Pompeii—its residents' bodies so famously and eerily preserved by the very volcanic ashes that fatally buried them nearly 2,000 years ago—has seen better days. With neither the budget nor the personnel to protect itself against invading hordes of international tourists, the city is at risk of damage, structural collapse, and petty vandalism. Worse, the very ground beneath it might be unstable, leading to a much more dangerous problem down the road. Read More >>

The Fossilised Machines Humans Will Leave Behind

In the debut issue of a new journal called The Anthropocene Review, University of Leicester geologist Jan Zalasiewicz leads a team of five writers in discussing the gradual fossilisation of human artefacts, including industrial machines, everyday objects, and even whole cities. They refer to these as "technofossils," and they're destined to form a whole new layer of the earth's surface. Read More >>

These 10,000-Year-Old Instruments are Playing Their First Modern Gig

Roughly ten millennia ago, musicians didn't lug amps or guitars around to their shows—they lugged lithophones, or instruments made of resonant rocks. The oldest lithophones ever found will be played in their first public concert next week in Paris. Sadly, it'll also be their last. Read More >>

Laser and Radar Let Researchers Peer Deep Inside Ancient Roman Bridges

Ancient stone bridges dot the Spanish hills. Some are still in use, and all play a part in defining the region's landscape and heritage. Now, researchers at Spain's University of Vigo can examine the inner structures of these bridges without disturbing a single stone, thanks to some incredibly powerful imaging technology. Read More >>

If Stonehenge is Actually a Giant Instrument, What Does it Sound Like?

We know that the rocks of Stonehenge were carried there from over 200 miles away, but we've never known why. Now, researchers say they believe it was for the special sonic qualities of a particular kind of stone—and that Stonehenge might have served as a bell-like instrument. Read More >>

Rio's Olympic Construction Crews are Unearthing its Slave Trade Past

Rio is currently pouring its energy into building stadiums, housing, and roads to host the World Cup next summer and the Olympics in 2016. But in the process, the city is uncovering relics of its past—including evidence of its one-time reign as the busiest slave port in the Americas. Read More >>

Archaeologists May Have Uncovered the Oldest Roman Temple Ever Found

Archaeologists from the University of Michigan believe they have found what is perhaps the oldest Roman temple still in existence. Built around the 7th century BC—probably for the goddess Fortuna—the temple tells us a lot about how the Romans built their city, thousands of years ago. Read More >>

Archaeologists Uncover 300,000-Year-Old Kitchen in Israeli Cave

Sure, early hominins used fire for upwards of a million years. But when did early hominins start acting like humans—for example, cooking in the same spot each night? The new discovery of an old (really old) hearth at an Israeli dig site could hold the answer. Read More >>

Did Unicorns Ever Exist?

On November 30, 2012, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's government "news" agency, reported that scientists had "reconfirmed" the existence and location of the final resting place of the unicorn ridden by King Dongmyeong, the founding father of Goguryeo of an ancient Korean kingdom. The unicorn's grave was located under a rock near the North Korea capital of Pyongyang with an engraving that read "Unicorn's Lair." Read More >>

This is (Possibly) What 5,500 Year Old Man Looked Like

This handsome looking chap doesn't look a day over 40, but in fact he's 5,500 years old. This is a startlingly life like reconstruction of a prehistoric skull buried near Stonehenge which is 5,500 years old. Read More >>

How to Fossilise... Yourself

Fossils aren't the preserve of dead dinosaurs and ancient insects. Believe it or not, you could ensure that your body lives on, perfectly preserved in stone, for ever more. You just need to die in a very, very specific way. Read More >>

Scraping Decades of Grime, Car Exhaust, and Mould Off Rome's Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is being cleansed of car exhaust that has built up over decades, ever since Mussolini's ill advised decision to build a major road nearby. Read More >>

Stonehenge's New Visitor Center Looks Positively Neolithic

The decrepit old visitor centre at Stonehenge has been too small and too old for decades. In fact, it's been described with typical Brit candour as "disgraceful" and an "embarrassment" to England. Finally, this month, a new, £27 million visitors' centre has opened—here's a look inside. Read More >>

Archaeologist Uses 2,000-Year-Old Sky to Study Roman Ruins

If archaeology was once about digging through dirt, it is increasingly—like almost every other profession—about programming computers. Bernie Frischer, an Indiana University "archaeo-informaticist," has came up with a new theory about two Roman monuments. His findings are based on 3D reconstructions of the monuments using video game technology and calculations of the sun's position 2,000 years ago. Read More >>

Searching for Dead Geometries Amidst the Trees

As the analytical tools of archaeology rapidly shift toward the use of non-invasive, digital visualisation—including such things as ground-penetrating radar and LiDAR—we're seeing more and more examples of archaeologists setting off into distant landscapes, drones in hand. Read More >>

Finally, a Digital Library of Bizarre Human Bones From the Middle Ages

A spinal column with fused vertebrae. The bones of a woman with advanced syphilis. Skeletons deformed by rickets and leprosy. A fascinating online library of deformed bones from the Middle Ages goes live today—and while I didn't even realize such a thing existed, now I can't imagine living without it. God bless technology. Read More >>


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