The Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine

Discovery of nationally significant Bronze Age settlement found on NDR route

by Dave Sadler
It is a road for the future but it has helped unearth a significant find from our past – a Mid Bronze Age settlement the like of which has never been seen. Archaeologists working along the route of the…

How an ancient pope helped make chickens fat

by Dave Sadler
Chicken is the most ubiquitous meat on menus around the world, from chicken Kiev to chicken McNuggets. But the bird wasn’t a common food in Europe until about 1000 years ago. That’s when the Catholic Church got tough and banned meat from four-legged animals on fasts—which…

World’s oldest fishhook found on Okinawa

by Dave Sadler
There’s no telling what kinds of fishermen’s tales they told, but the early modern humans who lived on tiny Okinawa Island between mainland Japan and Taiwan nearly 30,000 years ago are the world’s oldest known anglers. Now, archaeologists have discovered the oldest known…

Neandertals made their own jewelry, new method confirms

by Dave Sadler
The “necklaces” are tiny: beads of animal teeth, shells, and ivory no more than a centimeter long. But they provoked an outsized debate that has raged for decades. Found in the Grotte du Renne cave at Arcy-sur-Cure in central France, they accompanied…

Scientists reconstructed 5 thousand years old elite tomb discovered in Ukraine

by Dave Sadler
Scientists reconstructed the monumental 5 thousand years old tomb discovered on the border between Ukraine and Moldova. It belonged to a representative of the elite of the community of nomadic shepherds.…

Future of Bury St Edmunds Abbey Ruins to be preserved as group given £40,000 ‘heritage at risk’ grant by Historic England

by Dave Sadler
A project to secure the future of one of Suffolk’s most important historical sites, the Abbey Ruins in Bury St…

The Gorgon from the Roman baths at Bath. A Possible Case of Mistaken Identity.

by Dave Sadler
Whilst idly flicking through a book on Greek mythology, I happened across an illustration of a Roman altar depicting what I thought was a familiar face. There were a number of figures on it, but the main…

3,000-year-old iron-making site discovered in Xinjiang

by Dave Sadler
Archeologists in Xinjiang have found the earliest known iron-making site in Xinjiang,which dates back 3,000 years. According to Wang Yongqiang, a researcher with the Xinjiang Institute of Archaeology, theinstitute discovered coal ashes, cinder, partially…

Is ancient palace underneath Tamworth’s Assembly Rooms?

by Dave Sadler
ARCHAEOLOGISTS looking to uncover more clues about Tamworth's history were about to throw in their tools and leave empty-handed – when Tuesday's nights torrential rain uncovered an interesting trench. Tamworth Borough Council have commissioned…

Prehistoric Japanese graves provide best evidence yet that dogs were our ancient hunting companions

by Dave Sadler
Before dogs were our friends, they were our hunting companions, tracking and taking down everything from deer to wild boar. At least that’s the speculation;…
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