How was life for common people in Norway during the period 400–1050 AD? Can we learn more? Yes, according to Elise Naumann, research scholar in archaeology.
By using isotope analysis to examine ancient skeletons, she has made several remarkable discoveries. Research results from the analysis of skeletons found at Flakstad in Lofoten have been published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.
The material includes skeletons from a total of ten individuals, found at Flakstad. At least three of these, which were found in double and triple graves, are headless. The isotope analyses, combined with analyses of ancient DNA, provide grounds to hypothesize that the headless skeletons were slaves who were decapitated before being buried along with their masters. Read more.
University of Barcelona archaeologists are reporting an exciting find in a cave near the city of Barcelona in Begues.
The archaeologists came upon four well-preserved skeletal remains thought to be nearly 6,400 years-old in a ‘shroud of death’ at the Can Sadurni cave. The find is exciting because the bodies, of one man, one adolescent and two children, are well preserved and found in a unique ritualistic form. A mild landside took place near the cave that unearthed the corpses.
The bodies were found in a fetal position bound together with rope, aligned in the “northern” wall of the cave and covered in a funeral shroud. Numerous household items were also found inside the cave including a vase and the remains of farm animals. Read more.
NAIROBI (AA) – Kenyan authorities are investigating some 100 human skeletons, including skulls, discovered in Kijipwa village of the Kilifi County in the coastal region, an area believed to have been a holding ground for African slaves before being sent across the Indian Ocean to the Middle East and other parts of the world.
"The National Museums of Kenya is working with key institutions including the National Environment Authority (NEMA) and the Kilifi County government to assess the site," Jambo Haro, the head of archeology at the Coast National Museums of Kenya, told Anadolu Agency.
Construction workers stumbled on the skeletons as they dug the trenches for the foundation of a new hotel. Read more.
Nearly a hundred skeletons buried in a cave in southeast Utah offer grisly evidence that ancient Americans waged war on each other as much as 2,000 years ago, according to new research.
Dozens of bodies, dating from the first century CE, bear clear signs of hand-to-hand combat: skulls crushed as if by cudgels; limbs broken at the time of death; and, most damning, weapons still lodged in the back, breast and pelvic bones of some victims — including stone points, bone awls, and knives made of obsidian glass.
Signs of violence were evident in 58 of the approximately 90 bodies found in the cave. Most of the victims were men, but at least 16 women were also found among the dead, as well as nearly 20 children, some as young as three months old. Read more.
MEXICO CITY.- Nearly 30 human skeletons, dated back to the second millennia before our era, which were found in the La Sepultura cave, in the state of Tamaulipas, could be related with the first settlers of the American continent, according to the genetic study headed by experts of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Based on the osteometric studies, ancient DNA and radiocarbon tests, applied to the osseous remains recovered at the municipality of Tula in the Eastern Sierra Madre, archaeologists can “demonstrate that in this area they have found evidence of one of the most ancient genetic lineages in America”. These remains are therefore associated with the men that crossed the Bering Strait 12 or 10 million years before. Read more.
About 40 skeletons have been uncovered by archaeologists at the site of a Roman cemetery in Gloucester.
The discovery was made during a dig at the former Gloscat site at Greyfriars in Brunswick Road, ahead of a housing development being built.
It has been described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in the city in the past 30 years.
The skeletons could end up in the care of Gloucester museum after scientific tests have been carried out.
Stuart Joyce from Cotswold Archaeology said: “We’re just outside the walls of the Roman city of Glevum and this would have been the Roman cemetery associated with the city. Read more.
Archaeologists have discovered two ancient Egyptian skeletons, dating back more than 3,300 years, which were each buried with a toe ring made of copper alloy, the first time such rings have been found in ancient Egypt.
The toe rings were likely worn while the individuals were still alive, and the discovery leaves open the question of whether they were worn for fashion or magical reasons.
Supporting the magical interpretation, one of the rings was found on the right toe of a male, age 35-40, whose foot had suffered a fracture along with a broken femur above it.
Both skeletons were found in a cemetery just south of the ancient city of Akhetaten, whose name means “Horizon of the Aten.” Now called Amarna, the city of Akhetaten was a short-lived Egyptian capital built by Akhenaten a pharaoh who tried to focus Egypt’s religion around the worship of the sun disc, the “Aten.” He was also likely the father of Tutankhamun. Read more.
Nine fifth and sixth Century skeletons unearthed on the site of a former Roman Villa in Northamptonshire are to be re-interred.
The skeletons were found in two archaeological digs at Whitehall Farm, in Nether Heyford, in 2004 and 2009, and are being returned to the land on Wednesday, June 26.
When excavated, the graves were found to include several warrior burials with swords and daggers alongside the bodies, as well as possessions including a beaded necklace, spear and brooch.
Also interred were an infant and several adolescents, suggesting a family grave. Read more.