Early ear surgery

Analysis of the remains of an elderly woman buried at the Dolmen of El Pendón, in northern Spain, has identified the earliest known evidence of successful ear surgery, 5,300 years ago. The skull was discovered by researchers from the University of Valladolid during excavations of the megalithic monument, which was…

News in brief: Prehistoric Heathlands and Holcombe Moor

Prehistoric heathlands Plans to expand fragments of Neolithic heathland on Brownsea Island in Dorset (below) have been announced by the National Trust and Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of a project to restore the island’s habitat. England’s south coast was once covered in purple heathlands kept alive by people cutting…

News in brief: Roman burials and digital archaeology

Burials near Whitminster villa Ten human burials have been uncovered at a development site near Stroud in Gloucester (below), which Cotswold Archaeology is investigating ahead of the construction of new training pitches for Forest Green Rovers FC. Excavations at the site, which sits adjacent to Whitminster Roman villa, have yielded…

World news: Pompeii, Peru, and Morocco

A round-up of some of the latest archaeological stories from across the globe, including the discovery of a slaves' room in Pompeii, a 1,000-year-old mass grave in Peru, and evidence of ancient clothing manufacture in Morocco.…

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