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Latest and Breaking Archaeology News

Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis
(Wiley) Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the spinal joints and was thought to have affected members of the ancient Egyptian royal families. Now a new study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, refutes that claim, finding instead a degenerative spinal condition called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in royal Egyptian mummies from the 18th to early 20th Dynasties.

VIMS to help protect key Native American site
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) A $199,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will allow researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to help protect Werowocomoco -- one of the most important Native American sites in the eastern US -- from shoreline erosion and sea-level rise.

Extinct giant kangaroos may have been hop-less
(PLOS) Now extinct giant kangaroos most likely could not hop and used a more rigid body posture to move their hindlimbs one at a time.

University of Leicester archaeologists discover bronze remains of Iron Age chariot
(University of Leicester) A team uncovers a matching set of decorated bronze parts from a 2nd or 3rd century BC Celtic chariot at Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort.

Stunning finds from ancient Greek shipwreck
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A Greek and international team of divers and archaeologists has retrieved stunning new finds from an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera. The rescued antiquities include tableware, ship components, and a giant bronze spear that would have belonged to a life-sized warrior statue.

Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests
(University of Birmingham) Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses.

UCLA Egyptologist gives new life to female pharaoh from 15th century BC
(University of California - Los Angeles) In a new mainstream biography, University of California Los Angeles Egyptologist Kara Cooney sets out to rehabilitate the image of female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who presided over Ancient Egypt's most peaceful and prosperous period in generations but whose successes were later erased or reassigned to male forbearers. To find a female ruler with as impressive a track record one has to look to third century BC China, Catherine the Great or Elizabeth I.

EARTH Magazine: How the Spanish Invasion altered the Peruvian Coast
(American Geosciences Institute) Spanish conquistadors actually changed the shoreline of northern Peru by ending a several-thousand-year cycle of anthropogenic alteration in the October issue of EARTH magazine.

Treasure trove of ancient genomes helps recalibrate the human evolutionary clock
(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) To improve the modeling and reading of the branches on the human tree of life, authors Francois Balloux et al, compiled the most comprehensive DNA set to date, a new treasure trove of 146 ancient (including Neanderthal and Denisovian) and modern human full mitochondrial genomes (amongst a set of 320 available worldwide).

Tooth serves as evidence of 220-million-year-old attack
(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) At the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, gigantic reptiles -- distant relatives of modern crocodiles -- ruled the earth. Some lived on land and others in water and it was thought they didn't much interact. But a tooth found by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researcher in the thigh of one of these ancient animals is challenging this belief.

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