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Inside the search for 16th-century Irish chieftain’s bones in Spain

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Archaeologists in Spain are continuing their hunt for the bones of “Red Hugh,” a 16th-century Irish chieftain who is said to be buried in the city of Valladolid. Red Hugh O’Donnell fought English rule in Ireland and died in exile. He was in Valladolid, then the capital of Spain, when......
History

Was Philip of Macedon Even Greater Than His Son Alexander?

Smithsonian
I drive on a dirt road in Northern Greece through the ruins and spectral presence of a once-great city. Behind it, cloud shadows move across steep, forested mountains. Small birds dart from bushes. Wind combs the grass. Chunks of limestone, quarried more than 23 centuries ago, protrude from the earth.......
History

Bones Tell the Tale of a Maya Settlement | At the Smithsonian

Smithsonian
The jungle isn’t kind to bones. Acidic soils and warm temperatures often accelerate the rate of decay compared to cooler places, rapidly erasing the organic signatures of the organisms that lived in these lush places. But it’s difficult to entirely erase a shell or bone. Fragments can remain for thousands......
History

25,000-Year-Old Building Made of 60 Mammoths | Science

Smithsonian
A jaw-dropping example of Ice Age architecture has been unearthed on Russia’s forest steppe: a huge, circular structure built with the bones of at least 60 woolly mammoths. But exactly why hunter-gatherers enduring the frigid realities of life 25,000 years ago would construct the 40-foot diameter building is a fascinating......
History

Angkor Wat Owes Its Existence to Catastrophe | History

Smithsonian
The empire controlled much of mainland Southeast Asia by the beginning of the 10th century A.D., but unclear rules of succession combined with a complicated web of royal family intermarriages led to a crisis. Jayavarman IV, a grandson of a previous king, contested the rule of the leaders in Angkor,......
History

A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters | History

Smithsonian
This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at hakaimagazine.com. Most visitors come to Cape Canaveral, on the northeast coast of Florida, for the tourist attractions. It’s home to the second-busiest cruise ship port in the world......
History

Twelve Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2019 | History

Smithsonian
Few topics manage to unite the masses quite like the macabre, the unexpected and the indisputably astonishing. Luckily, 2019 offered up all of these qualities in plenty: Significant discoveries of the year spanned disciplines, time, geographic locations and cultures. Some were first unearthed years ago but only documented now; others......
History

Archaeologists Are Unearthing the Stories of the Past Faster Than Ever Before | Science

Smithsonian
In 1924, a 3-year-old child’s skull found in South Africa forever changed how people think about human origins. The Taung Child, our first encounter with an ancient group of proto-humans or hominins called australopithecines, was a turning point in the study of human evolution. This discovery shifted the focus of......
History

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa | History

Smithsonian
In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that promises to shed new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists discovered......
History

Archaeologists Race to Preserve Artifacts as the Ice Melts in Mongolia | Science

Smithsonian
Ice melt due to climate change is a blessing and a curse for archaeologists. Retreating ice and snow can reveal amazingly preserved textiles, hides, wooden tools and even mummies that have been hidden for hundreds or thousands of years. But once these treasures are exposed, the clock starts ticking for......
History

What a Warrior’s Lost Toolkit Says About the Oldest Known Battle in Europe | History

Smithsonian
A little more than three millennia ago, hundreds, maybe thousands, of warriors using clubs, swords and arrows clashed along the marshy banks of the Tollense River on Germany’s Baltic coast, staining the grounds with blood. On what may be the oldest battlefield in Europe, archaeologists have been uncovering remains and......
History

A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenland | Science

Smithsonian
In Norse mythology, there are many myths that once known, are now lost. But the Norse, of course, left behind more than their tales. They also left behind their things and, in places like Anavik, on the western coast of Greenland, their dead. And long before Vikings came to Greenland,......
History

This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam | Science

Smithsonian
Whatever Hollywood may have led people to believe about the glamor and intrigue of archaeology, in practice it is a slow science. A sliver of brown bone emerges over days as dirt and stones are gently brushed away. A tiny white bead hidden among thousands of other fragments appears only......
History

When Ancient DNA Gets Politicized | History

Smithsonian
With a string of three tweets, ten ancient skeletons became geopolitical pawns. Last weekend, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, or whoever in his administration operates his Twitter account, tweeted about a new study that had been published in the journal Science Advances and covered widely in the media, including......

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