This week: Gold

This week: Gold

According to a recent estimate by the World Gold Council, the total quantity of this precious pale yellow metal discovered around the world throughout ...


Tomb of a wealthy Pompeiian uncovered

The sealed funerary chamber ensured the preservation of the remains buried in the tomb, including some hair as well as ...

Sacred sites in Tyre

The investigations targeted the acropolis of the city, which was occupied from the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC) ...

Reworked battlefield finds in Mississippi

Military items – like a cannonball, lead shot, apparent pieces of a sword, and a ramrod tip, which were rarely ...

John Dee’s ‘magic mirror’ has Aztec origins, study confirms

Dee used the polished mirror as a scryer to try to commune with spirits ...

Professor of Archaeology Seán McGrail

His work included ethnographic research into different forms of shipbuilding, especially the construction of vessels without the use of metal fasteners, which took Seán to sites near and far, from the west coast of Ireland to the east coast of India.   

Seasons, saints, and feast days

When exactly did we begin to lose touch with the natural cycle of the sun, the stars, and the seasons? Was it at the start of the Industrial Revolution, when people moved from land-based activities to working in factories?

V. G. Childe’s archaeological theory

Central to Childe’s conception of history was the creative potential of hunters, farmers, craftworkers, engineers, and scientists, and the way in which elites wasted surpluses on wars, monuments, and luxuries

Vikings of the Sunrise

Originating in the remote past on the island of Taiwan, these Austronesian-speaking people were ultimately to settle from Malagasy to Rapa Nui, Easter Island. But did they go even further, and reach the Americas before Columbus?