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Meteorite Definition From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives impact with the Earth's surface. Meteorites can be big or small. Most meteorites derive from small astronomical objects called meteoroids, but they are also sometimes produced by impacts of asteroids. When it enters the atmosphere, impact pressure causes the body to heat up and emit light, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting/falling star. Read More

April 07, 2020
Fireball video: Huge fireball shoots over Europe 'I thought it was going to strike'

A HUGE fireball was spotted in the skies over northern Europe, with the blast big enough to be seen from the UK all the way to Germany and captured on video with some claiming that it "looked like it was going to strike".

The International Meteor Organisation received more than 450 reports of a fireball blast in the skies above the German-Dutch border as a meteor ploughed into Earth's atmosphere. The stunning meteor was captured on camera, courtesy of dash-cam footage. The video, from the American Meteor Society, shows a bright streak of light falling across the sky, before a blast as it reaches the end of its tether. Read More

March 20, 2020
What scientists learned after firing a small cannonball into a near-Earth asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball a little bigger than a tennis ball into a near-Earth asteroid named Ryugu to learn about its composition.

Almost a year later, scientists have had a chance to analyze the data, captured by cameras on the spacecraft, to learn more about this asteroid some 195 million miles away.

The Hayabusa2 probe deployed Small Carry-on Impactor -- a device packed with plastic explosives -- intended to blast an artificial crater in the asteroid.

After deploying the SCI from the asteroid's orbit, Hayabusa2 moved to a safe distance from the blast site, according to the agency. Read More

March 10, 2020
Huge 2-mile asteroid will be visible from Earth next month – and is deemed ‘potentially hazardous’

A GIGANTIC asteroid the size of a mountain will careen past Earth next month.

Dubbed 1998 OR2, the space rock will be so big that amateur skygazers will be able to spot it as it streaks across the heavens on April 29.

Nasa has classed the object as "potentially hazardous" although experts do not believe it will hit our planet.

Instead, OR2 is expected to sail safely past at a distance of around 4million miles – or about 17 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. Read More

March 06, 2020
The Earth and moon have company: 2020 CD3

Full moon is this Monday, March 9. As we gaze upon our faithful natural satellite, its orbital routine we have known since man or woman first paid attention to the night sky, we might feel reassured that our home, the Earth, has its one companion, traveling with us on our perpetual journey around the sun. Now we are told, that temporarily, we have a second moon, a very small one that has gone unnoticed for years.

Astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey have discovered a “mini-moon” that was captured by the Earth. This object is really a boulder, estimated to be six to 12 feet wide. Read More

March 05, 2020
Scientists are racing to find ‘alien substances’ at site of ‘world’s biggest explosion’ 100 years ago in Siberia
SCIENTISTS are racing to solve the mystery surrounding the world's biggest explosion, which is thought to have happened when a meteor burst above the Earth 112 years ago.

The huge explosion is known as the Tunguska Event and it had the force of 185 Hiroshima nuclear bombs.

Scientists initially thought that a meteorite smashed into Earth in 1908 and flattened an area bigger than London. Read More
March 05, 2020
Oregon and SW Washington see at least 2 fireballs in night sky

PORTLAND, Ore. -- If you looked up at the sky last night, you may have seen a fireball visible from western Oregon and southwest Washington!

The American Meteor Society Fireball log says there were numerous reports on the night of March 4. The first one was reported around 7:15 p.m. due southeast.

A second fireball appeared around 12:50 a.m. early Thursday morning due westward. This second one was visible from the Oregon coast and Tacoma, WA. Read More

February 18, 2020
Meteorite 'gold rush' after meteor falls over Prescott

PRESCOTT, AZ — Hundreds of Arizonans reported hearing a loud boom Sunday near Yavapai County. Over 50 people reported seeing a fireball to the American Meteor Society.

Thanks to the widespread sightings, the AMS was able to confirm a meteor traveled south of Prescott. Now, enthusiasts, scientists and more are hunting for the meteorite fall in hopes of finding fragments.

Robert Ward is one of those racers. The Prescott resident has been hunting meteorites for years. Read More

February 15, 2020
Check your cameras, meteorite suspected to have fallen north of Medicine Hat

A meteorite is suspected of falling just north of the Hat in the daylight last weekend, according to a University of Calgary researcher.

Fabio Ciceri, a PhD student in planetary science, told the News he came across a video of the “daylight fireball” on social media.

He said he “immediately started investigating” and found some other videos of the phenomenon, which Ciceri says is an anomaly, since most meteors are observed in the evening. Read More

February 08, 2020
Apparent meteor passes over Alberta skies Saturday afternoon

Calgarians with their eyes on the sky may have noticed what appeared to be a meteor pass overhead on Saturday afternoon.

The fireball lit up daytime Calgary skies around 5:08 p.m. on Saturday.

Janzel Nicanor was driving east on 32nd Avenue near 36th Street in northeast Calgary when he captured the apparent meteor on his dashboard camera. The video shows an orange streak of light appearing in the sky for about two seconds before fading away. Read More

February 05, 2020
Watch as meteorite fireball explodes over skies of Birmingham

outh Birmingham residents caught the amazing sight of glittering fireball explode in the darkness. It was later confirmed as a meteorite breaking up in the atmosphere

This is the amazing sight of a bright meteorite exploding over the skies of Birmingham.

Bobby Tambling caught the incredible spectacle of a fireball descending and burning up in the winter darkness on his home CCTV.

Experts at the National Space Centre believe it was a bolide – a bright meteor which explodes in the atmosphere creating a almighty flash. Read More

February 04, 2020
Watch moment mysterious fireball appears to fall from sky above Derby

A doorbell security camera has captured the incredible moment a fireball appears to crash down from the sky above Derby.

The phenomenon was filmed in Stenson Fields at around 11.35pm yesterday. Gary Rogers, 52, said he was lying in bed when he got a notification alert on his phone.

The message was from an app connected to his front doorbell camera that alerted him to movement outside his house. Read More

January 08, 2020
‘Like you could reach out and touch it:’ Man’s dashcam captures meteor over Richfield

RICHFIELD -- If you were looking in the northwest sky around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, you probably saw an amazing flash of light. It wasn't your eyes playing tricks on you -- it was a really big meteor.

For Jeremy Ferch, traveling Holy Hill road in Richfield is part of his normal drive home. But on Tuesday, Jan. 7, he saw something he has never seen before.

"Flash of bright white coming out of the night sky. It was turning different colors, blue and green, and was spinning and heading down," Ferch says. Read More

January 08, 2020
Fire From Above: Did a meteorite leave a crater on Anna Maria Island?

A ball of fire, then a small crater left behind. The owners tell us something had to hit the fence; something had to have been hot enough to set a patch of trees on fire and burn the siding of a nearby building.

The question now, what was it?

That is the mystery some people who live on Holmes Beach are trying to solve.

"All of a sudden fire started, and nobody knows why," Carol Whitmore said. Read More

January 02, 2020
Crater of largest known meteorite to ever hit Earth 790,000 years ago found

The crater left behind by the largest meteorite ever to hit Earth has been discovered, after going undiscovered for a century.

Traces of the enormous impact of the meteorite, which struck the planet approximately 790,000 years ago, have been observed across about 20% of the Eastern Hemisphere - one tenth of the entire surface of Earth.

The evidence takes the form of a "field of black glassy blobs" also known as tektites, according to researchers in a recently-published article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) journal. Read More

December 22, 2019
Turkey's third-largest meteorite found in Çorum

Corum, in central Turkey – a city which claims to lie at the official center of Earth – has shot to fame once again as home to the third-largest meteor to fall on Turkey.

The meteor, weighing in at 68 kilos was found by Mutlu Yılmaz, a farmer in the village of Gerdekkaya, who was tending to his chickpea field when he came across the rock last April. It was recently certified as an iron meteorite by NASA and UCLA scientists, İhlas News Agency (İHA) reported.

A sample from the meteorite was sent to the United States thanks to the help of a U.S. resident who hailed from the village. Read More

December 13, 2019
STROKE OF LUCK Massive Friday the 13 asteroid skims safely past Earth at 18,000mph

IN A stroke of good luck on what some believe to be an unlucky day, an asteroid hurtled safely past Earth this afternoon.

The space rock XO1 was under close watch from Nasa and measured more than 240ft across, making it longer than three double-decker buses.

It made its close flyby around 1.25pm today, which just so happens to be Friday 13.

Travelling at 18,000 mph, XO1 could have caused some serious damage if it had smashed into our planet – though it wasn't big enough to wipe out humanity. Read More

Decmeber 09, 2019
Museum in small Maine town home to one of world's best collections of meteorites, much more

BETHEL, Maine — One of the world's best collections of meteorites is tucked away in the small western Maine town of Bethel.

The meteorites and other rare rocks will be on display at the new Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, which opens Thursday.

"Once this was done, we all had the same feeling. This is far more spectacular than we ever envisioned in the planning stage," museum founder Larry Stifler said.

The museum took 12 years to become a reality, and its collection of minerals, gems and meteorites is already the envy of many people. Read More

December 05, 2019
Two gigantic ‘Christmas asteroids’ are heading for Earth, Nasa reveals

hristmas is a time for giving, sharing and stuffing your face like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s definitely not the time to be earnestly considering our planet’s chilling vulnerability to doomsday space rocks.

Sadly, we’re afraid two gigantic ‘Christmas asteroids’ are heading our way to remind us that it’s more or less inevitable that humanity will have to deal with a devastating impact one day.

On December 20, we’re due for a close encounter with a beast called 216258 2006 WH1. Read More

December 01, 2019
How a Meteorite Ruined an Alabama Woman's Afternoon 65 Years Ago

Sixty-five years ago, a few days after Thanksgiving, Ann Hodges was snuggled up on the sofa in her Alabama home when a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite crashed through the ceiling and struck the left side of her body. Not the best interruption to the holiday season.

The cosmic event, which took place on Nov. 30, 1954, was the first known reported instance of a human being struck by a meteorite and suffering an injury. The softball-size space rock, weighing about 8.5 lbs. (3.8 kilograms), burst through the roof of Hodges' house in Sylacauga at 2:46 p.m. local time, bouncing off a large radio console before striking her and leaving a large, dark bruise. Read More

November 14, 2019
Scientists search for remnants of meteorite in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Meteorite hunters are scouring farm fields for remnants of a basketball-size hunk of rock that blazed across the sky in the St. Louis area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several Washington University researchers and a separate duo that included Science Channel show “Meteorite Men” costar Steve Arnold began their search Wednesday. They used NASA weather radar data to find a promising Warren County field about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) west of St. Louis where they believed chunks of the fireball may have landed Monday.

They later shifted the search to another cattle-filled pasture after data suggested that wind may have changed the meteorite’ path. The scientists called it quits after about 7 ½ hours of searching without finding anything, although they said they might try again another day. Read More

November 12, 2019
Museum in Maine offering $25K for piece of meteor that flew over St. Louis area

ST. LOUIS — Monday, everyone had an eye to the sky after a meteor lit up the night. On Tuesday, a museum in Maine made an announcement hoping people will turn their gaze to the ground in search of a piece of the meteor.

On Tuesday, the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, which is scheduled to open Dec. 12 in Bethel, Maine, offered a $25,000 reward for the first 1-kilogram meteorite recovered, to be displayed at the museum.

A press release from the museum said the chunk of space rock would "receive a place of honor" in the museum.

Before you jump in the car to look for that lottery ticket from the sky, know that experts disagree on whether or not it would be worth your time. Read More

November 12, 2019
Reward offered for huge, brilliant meteor caught on two Willard school cameras

Jill and Scott Wooldridge were watching TV at their home near Willard late Monday when something outside caught Jill's attention.

"Out of the corner of my eye, I saw it go over the field. It was so large and bright, brighter than your usual falling star," Jill Wooldridge recalled. "Most falling stars burn out so fast, but this one was much longer and brighter and left a trail behind."

The Wooldridges were among thousands of people who witnessed a large meteor smashing through the atmosphere from east to west over Missouri. Numerous security cameras caught the streaking object, including one that showed the meteor blazing high above and behind the Arch in St. Louis. Read More

November 11, 2019
VIDEO: Flaming 200-pound space rock lights up skies, triggers meteorite hunt

Amazing fireball lights up St. Louis on Monday, but it wasn’t part of the two currently active meteor showers.

A spark of light slashed the inky sky above St. Louis this week, highlighting the storied Gateway Arch and the wonders of space.

While two meteor showers are active this week, one peaking Saturday, NASA scientists said Monday’s fireball was not just some speck of dirt from the tail of a fly-by comet.

Instead, it was a wayward 200-pound space rock the size of a basketball that came from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, said Bill Cooke, lead of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Read More

November 06, 2019
The sky is falling every day. Really. But how many people get hit by meteorites each year?

Every day, about 100 metric tons of space debris falls onto Earth. That includes pieces of asteroids, comets or other extra-terrestrial material raining down on our planet. The larger ones, you can see as shooting stars or meteors streaking across the nighttime sky. Once they hit Earth, they’re called meteorites.

Tons of falling space rocks sounds really scary, but how many people are struck and killed by meteorites each year? In the last 100 years? The answer to both questions is zero. In fact, there is only one case of a human being hit by a meteorite in the 20th and 21st centuries – and she lived! The unlucky victim was Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama. In 1954, she was lying on the couch taking a nap when a softball-sized rock broke through the roof, punched through the ceiling, bounced off her radio, and hit her on her left side. Despite minor injuries and one heck of a bruise, Hodges lived to tell the tale. The space rock, now known as the Hodges Meteorite, is owned by the Smithsonian Institution. Read More

November 02, 2019
The man inspired by Christmas Eve Barwell meteor shower who has collected space rocks from around the world

Graham Ensor was nine-years-old when the meteor shower rained down on the Leicestershire village of Barwell on Christmas Eve 1965.

He grew up in a village around 10 miles away from Barwell, and that one astronomical event would lead to a lifelong passion.

Now Graham, 62, owns meteorites from all over the world, having gathered them from countries including Russia, Oman and the US.

He told LeicestershireLive: "In the days after Christmas, people started to realise what had actually happened.

"Lots of news outlets came out and there was a lot of focus on the village. Read More

October 29, 2019
X Meteorite Hunting In The USA

There is a debate going on in the USA right now over whether or not it’s ok to hunt meteorites on federal land anymore. Though this is not new information, it seems the increased popularity of meteorites through greater publicity and most probably a greater number of inquiries to the BLM (BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT) about meteorite hunting by potential new meteorite hunters, the BLM have recently posted a policy on their website which states that meteorites are illegal to collect on federal land. The current interpretation of the law excludes the public and alienates professionals who’ve been hunting and providing meteorites to both the private collectors and public institutions and museums for decades.

Right now this is big news in the meteorite world. In one camp you have purists who believe that meteorites should only be collected by authorized scientific personnel or those trained in the proper recovery of meteorites and the vital scientific data. In the other camp you have the meteorite hunters who’ve spent literally decades hunting meteorites and providing valuable meteorite data to the scientific community not to mention a large portion of all meteorites in institutional collections throughout the world were provided by the private sector by very professional and accomplished meteorite hunters. Then you have a mix of other differing opinions across the board from the rest of the meteorite world. There are scientists and meteorite hunters in both camps, and there are dividing lines between competing philosophies. Read More

October 18, 2019
The man who owns 1,000 meteorites

On Christmas Eve 1965 a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite exploded over the Leicestershire village of Barwell.

It was one of the largest and best recorded meteorite falls in British history: witnesses reported a flash in the sky accompanied by a loud bang, followed by a thud as one of the first pieces of space rock landed on the ground. As news of what happened emerged, the media descended on the village and a frantic search for the hundreds of scattered fragments began.

For nine-year-old Graham Ensor, who lived nearby, it was an event that would change his life, sparking an enduring passion for space rocks. The former lecturer now owns about 1,000 specimens, which experts believe could be the largest private collection in the UK. Read More

October 18, 2019
Meteorite Hunting Laws & Guidelines

Meteorite hunting can be a very satisfying endeavor that may take you to the farthest reaches of the Earth. Though a collector of meteorites may never become a hunter of meteorites, both the hunter and collector should be aware of the laws governing the collection and collecting of meteorites. We are not lawyers and can, at best, only offer our perspectives and personal guidelines on these complex issues. However, we can state with confidence that the large majority of meteorites available to collectors are legal to own and were found and acquired in accordance to the laws of their country of origin.

In the United States, meteorites belong to the person, business or government agency upon whose land they fall or are found. Meteorites found on federal lands, such as land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), may belong to the federal government. There are many online resources available, including the BLM (check out their FAQs on Meteorites on Public Lands), to learn more about hunting on federal lands, and we shall leave it to the reader to research this topic further. Coming as no surprise, dealing with a government agency is difficult. Fortunately, if you find a meteorite on your land, buy a meteorite from someone who found it on their land, search for and retrieve meteorites with permission of the landowner, or receive it from a person or institution that has a legal right to it, then the meteorite is legally yours.

Laws in countries outside the United States governing the hunting, export and ownership of meteorites are often based on antiquated laws with seemingly arbitrary enforcement and can seem overly harsh. However, laws are laws and these laws should be respected. Some well known meteorite hunters have been prosecuted and jailed under terrible conditions due their blatant or inadvertent disregard of the laws of the country where they were found hunting. Read More

October 03, 2019
Falling Fireballs Crashed in Chile Last Week. They Weren't Meteorites, Experts Say.

Goodness gracious! Great balls of fire rained from the sky in Chile last week, and officials are still trying to figure out what they were and where they came from.

One thing is certain: The mysterious burning objects were not meteors, according to news reports.

The fiery UFOs descended on Dalcahue City on the Chilean island of Chiloé on Sept. 25, CNET reported. . The tumbling objects crash-landed in seven locations, setting off fires that were promptly put out by volunteer firefighters. Read More

October 03, 2019
LOSE ENCOUNTER Asteroid larger than a bus soars closer to Earth than the Moon in near miss

A HUGE asteroid has just passed so close to our planet that it was closer to us than the Moon.

The "potentially hazardous" space rock is called 2019 SP3 and zoomed past Earth this morning.

Nasa estimated that the asteroid could be up to 33 metres (108 feet) long and classified it as potentially hazardous.

The space agency said: “Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth. Read More

September 18, 2019
August meteorite likely fell near Camrose, say scientists hunting for space rock

Scientists are still searching for meteorites from a fireball that lit up Edmonton skies last month and after further analysis, they have narrowed down the possible landing zone to a strip of land between Camrose and the Battle River.

The fireball was spotted streaking across the sky the evening of Saturday, Aug. 31 around 10:30 p.m., with many homeowners discovering it via their doorbell cameras.

At first it was thought to have broke up near New Sarepta, but new data puts the landing zone about 40 kilometres south. Read More

September 09, 2019
Meteor breaks up over Britain sparking frantic reports to police of ‘objects falling from the sky’

A FLAMING meteor sparked panic early yesterday — before bouncing harmlessly off the atmosphere back into space.

Some witnesses in the West Country said they saw fragments falling off and feared it was a plane crashing.

Devon and Cornwall police scrambled two helicopters, with a Coastguard helicopter joining them to search for debris, before the truth dawned.

The space rock was photographed from Tavistock, Plymouth and Wilcot, Wilts, while it traced a path across the sky for 25 seconds. Read More

September 07, 2019
China's meteorite hunters: The adventurers hoping to get rich from Rocks

It is rare to find Zhang Bo without a metal detector, map and off-road vehicle.

Based in Shanghai, the self-funded meteorite-hunter spends his days researching meteor sightings and traveling the world to search for elusive -- and valuable -- fragments of rock.

Zhang, 37, is remarkably successful for someone with no formal training. He started researching meteorites after seeing a fireball streak across the sky in southern China in 2009.

In 2012, he began mounting expeditions into some of the world's most inhospitable areas in Russia, France, the Sahara Desert and in China's far-west Xinjiang, armed with a metal detector to scan the ground for rocks. Read More
September 06, 2019
Meteorite or 'meteowrong': Don't be fooled by that rock that looks like it's from outer space

A meteor streaked across the sky above Edmonton on Saturday night and now rock hunters are looking for any trace of the space rock that fell possibly southeast of the city.

Chris Herd, a professor in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department at the University of Alberta who is also curator of the U of A's meteorite collection, said he gets six to 10 inquiries a month from people who think they've found a space rock. But 99.9 per cent of the time, it's not a genuine meteorite.

"So there are a lot of rocks out there that look like what we call the 'meteowrongs,'" Herd said in an interview on CBC Edmonton's Radio Active on Wednesday. "That look like meteorites, but are not." Read More

September 04, 2019
What's the Difference Between Asteroids, Comets and Meteors?

In our solar system there are billions, possibly trillions, of rogue objects orbiting the sun. These spacefarers are too small to be called planets and are given the names of comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and if they reach Earth, meteors or meteorites. With so many labels, it's easy to forget which is which.

Let's start with a brief definition of each.

Asteroids: These are the rocky and airless leftovers from the formation of planets in our solar system. They mostly orbit our sun in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and range from the size of cars to dwarf planets. Read More

September 04, 2019
Chinese customs seize huge haul of meteorites

SHANGHAI, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Customs from east China's Shanghai on Tuesday reported an unusually large seizure of 857 kg of meteorites fraudulently declared as "dolomite."

Customs officers at Pudong International Airport said the two hauls of "dolomite" airlifted from Kenya roused their suspicions as most ore cargo is transported by sea to save on costs.

On Aug. 27, officers opened the crates for inspection and found the stones, black-brown in color and ferromagnetic, clearly defied descriptions of dolomite. Read More

September 04, 2019
Scientists Hope To Find A Meteorite — At The Bottom Of Lake Michigan

In early 2017, the American Meteor Society got hundreds of reports from people across Illinois and Wisconsin of a green, fiery streak blazing across the sky. It was a meteorite careening straight into Lake Michigan.

Ever since, hobbyists and scientists have been looking for its remains in the bottom of the lake.

Mark Hammergren, an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Adler Planetarium, is on a scientific mission to find bits and pieces of that meteorite about 200 feet deep. He’s leading the Aquarius Project, where volunteers — some of them student participants — sort through lake-bottom sediment for meteorite residue. Read More

September 03, 2019
Fireball blasting across central New York State skies was most likely meteor slamming into atmosphere

A house-shuddering boom and flash of light streaking across the sky that jarred people in central New York State Monday was most likely a meteor smashing into Earth’s atmosphere from space, experts said.

Witnesses reported seeing a “burning object” soaring above the trees, lasting a second or so with a trail behind it, at around 5 p.m. on Labor Day. Read More

September 01, 2019
Videos capture bright object streaking across Alberta skyline

The night sky was briefly lit around Edmonton Saturday evening by what some observers believe was a streaking meteorite.

What appeared to be a bright orange ball flew across the sky shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Some residents reported hearing a loud ‘bang’, while others posted video of the bright object on social media. Read More

August 14, 2019
Asteroid and meteorite difference: NASA reveals how to distinguish space rocks

Asteroids and meteorites were both once parts of planets. These space rocks are now all that remains of the former structures which have undergone some form of ancient interspace destruction. Both asteroids and meteors are floating around in space, occasionally being attracted by gravitational fields and colliding with other objects. However, the difference between the two depends on how close they approach the Earth. Read More

August 12, 2019
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fireball streaks across the Ozarks Sunday afternoon

AURORA, Mo. -- You may have been one of the lucky ones to see or hear the meteor as it streaked across the sky Sunday afternoon.

It was tough to see, but Brett Cooper was driving south near Paola, Kan., and his dashcam caught the fireball.

Self-proclaimed professional meteorite hunter, Steve Arnold, heard the sonic boom down in Eureka Springs.

And he was in southwest Missouri trying to find what may have caused it.

"If it survives the fiery entry in, often times it will break into multiple pieces. If they survive to the ground, they become meteorites," said Arnold. Read More

August 04, 2019
Bright Fireball Explodes Over Ontario, Meteorite Fragments Might Have Reached the Ground

On Wednesday, July 24th, the people of the Great Lakes region were treated to a spectacular sight when a meteor streaked across the sky. The resulting fireball was observed by many onlookers, as well as the University of Western Ontario’s All-Sky Camera Network. This array runs across southern Ontario and Quebec and is maintained in collaboration with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

What is especially exciting about this event is the possibility that fragments of this meteorite fell to Earth and could be retrieved. This was the conclusion reached by Steven Ehlert at the MEO after he analyzed the video of the meteorite erupting like a fireball in the night sky. Examination of these fragments could tell astronomers a great deal about the formation and evolution of the Solar System. Read More

August 01, 2019
Calling all meteorite hunters! ROM wants your rocks

Royal Ontario Museum looking for fragments after fireball spotted over Bancroft, Ont.

The Royal Ontario Museum is asking the public for help finding fragments of a meteorite that entered the earth's atmosphere Wednesday morning over Bancroft, Ont.

Kim Tait, a professor of geology and curator of mineralogy at the ROM, told CBC's All In A Day that meteorites normally burn up completely before reaching the earth's surface. But, under the right conditions, fragments can survive, and sometimes be found. Read More

July 24, 2019
So, why a cone-shaped meteorite?

Why is it that meteoroids in outer space are randomly shaped, but a good proportion of those that reach the Earth as meteorites are found to be carved into cones?

It’s all due to the physics of flight in the atmosphere, suggest researchers from New York University's Applied Mathematics Lab, who used clay models to replicate the process of melting and erosion during flight.

"Slender or narrow cones flip over and tumble, while broad cones flutter and rock back and forth, but we discovered between these are cones that fly perfectly straight with their point or apex leading," says Leif Ristroph, lead author of a paper published in the journal PNAS. Read More

July 23, 2019
'Big flaming ball' thought to be a meteor sighted over Auckland

A sighting of a meteor has been reported over Auckland, with one woman witnessing a "big flaming ball" shooting over the city.

Jamie Creedon said she was outside talking to a friend when she witnessed what she believes to be a meteor over Albany, in north Auckland.

"I have never seen anything like it. I thought 'oh a shooting star' but it was massive and I could hear the whirr sound.

"It then disappeared completely. I actually thought I was going crazy." Read More

July 17, 2019
Man Hunting For Gold Finds Four-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Instead

One Australian prospector has managed to unearth something far more rare than the gold he was searching for.

Four years ago, David Hole found a mysterious looking rock near Maryborough, about 60km north of Ballarat.

The prospector was surveying the area when his metal detector alerted him to what he assumed was gold.

After instead digging up a red-coloured rock which was indeed not gold, Hole took the unusually heavy boulder home with him nonetheless, intrigued about what might be inside. Read More

July 12, 2019
Lake Park brothers make peculiar geological find on farm

LAKE PARK — It'll be a good story to tell their great-grandkids: the day what appeared to be a meteorite from thousands of years ago popped up in a field on Grandpa's farm in Becker County.

Elvin Anderson, 93, and his brother Clifford, 96, call a farmhouse near Lake Park home. For the last few days, the two brothers have been talking about the mystery object found in one of their fields this past week.

While riding a four-wheeler, Elvin's son Steve hit something heavy. It turned out to be a 12-pound ferrous rock of uncertain origin. Read More

July 12, 2019
Martian meteorite on Earth calibrates camera bound for Mars

Exhibit 0102.226 may look like just a rock, but this dark and patchy mass is actually a piece of Mars, ejected when an asteroid or comet struck the Red Planet and sent chunks flying towards Earth.

Having survived its journey through Earth's atmosphere, this alien rock was discovered in the Sayh al Uhaymir region of Oman, in 2001.

The alien rock is at ESA's ESTEC technology centre in the Netherlands, on loan from the Natural History Museum in Bern, Switzerland, to support the calibration campaign for the ExoMars 2020 mission. Read More

July 05, 2019
Pistols made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite could fetch $1.5 million at auction

Two pistols made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite could fetch $1.5 million when they are auctioned later this month.

Constructed from part of the Muonionalusta Meteorite, which was discovered in Sweden in 1906, the working .45 caliber pistols offer an unusual take on the classic 1911 handgun design. Experts believe that the meteorite slammed into Earth about 1 million years ago, although the meteorite itself is thought to date back some 4.5 billion years. Read More

July 01, 2019
Mysterious bangs and flashes over NSW sky explained

Residents in northern NSW were a little shaken up on Sunday evening when a series of loud bangs was heard coming from the sky.

“It sounded like a bomb dropping actually but there was a zooming sound and small sonic boom, I thought it was made by a fast military jet,” one person wrote on Facebook on the strange noises around 5pm.

“Heard it in Lismore and it shook the house! Pretty awesome sound,” another person added.

One person even wrote that they saw an “amazing glow over the roof line” as well as the strange noise. Read More

June 26, 2019
Astronomers Spotted a Car-Size Asteroid Just Hours Before Impact

Astronomers discovered a car-size asteroid hours before it slammed into Earth and burned up in the atmosphere this past weekend, news sources report.

Scientists in Hawaii initially spotted the asteroid, named 2019 MO, on Saturday (June 22). Soon after, the heavenly traveler broke apart in large fireball as it hit the atmosphere about 240 miles (380 kilometers) south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the University of Hawaii.

This is only the fourth time in history that scientists have spotted an asteroid so close to impact. The other three detections all occurred within the past 11 years, including 2008 TC3, 2014 AA and 2018 LA, which landed as a meteorite in southern Africa just 7 hours after it was noticed by scientists. Read More

June 10, 2019
Rare meteor shower that caused ‘BIGGEST meteor crash in modern times’ is about to pass by Earth again

A RARE and hard to spot meteor shower could be concealing dangerous space rocks, which scientists will attempt to prove when it passes Earth later this month.

The Beta Taurid meteor shower is considered to be a weak daytime display that peaks after sunrise but some scientists think that the cloud of debris is hiding much larger objects that could cause a significant impact on Earth, similar to the Tunguska Event. Read More

June 10, 2019
Biggest Meteorite Impact in the UK Found Buried in Water and Rock

The site of the largest meteorite to hit the British Isles has finally been discovered in a remote part off the Scottish coast, 11 years after scientists first identified evidence of the massive collision.

A team of researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford located the crater around 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of the coast of Scotland, where the feature lay buried underneath water and rocks that helped preserve it all those years. The scientists published their findings today (June 9) in the Journal of the Geological Society. Read More

June 03, 2019
A Meteorite's Story of Complex Planetary Processes

A recent study has revealed new details about the composition and fragmentation of a meteorite reportedly discovered in the deserts of southwestern Morocco in 2012.

Researchers examined fragments from the ungrouped achondrite, Northwest Africa (NWA) 7325. Achondrites are stony meteorites that do not contain spheroidal mineral grains known as chondrules. Saying a meteorite is 'ungrouped' means that it is not part of a collection of meteorites that are known to have originated from the same parent body. Read More

May 24, 3019
A MASSIVE fireball with the power of a nuclear bomb has crashed off the south coast of Australia, NASA has confirmed.

The meteorite landed in the Great Australian Bight at around 10.30pm on Tuesday.
People in parts of Victoria and South Australia reported seeing large flashes of bright white light, reports Business Insider.

Data from the Centre for Near-Earth Object Studies in California shows the meteorite landing site as a blue-green dot on their map of reported fireballs, as picked up by US sensors.

The object reached a speed of 44,100kmh when it entered Earth's stratosphere - then burned and broke, with some parts landing about 300km west-south-west of Mount Gambier in the Great Australian Bight. Read More

May 16, 2019
100-year-old Egyptian mystery solved, famed 'desert glass' was formed by a meteorite

Glass found in the Egyptian desert was created by a meteorite impact rather than atmospheric airburst, say scientists, unravelling a nearly 100-year-old mystery.

The findings, published in the journal Geology, have implications for understanding the threat posed by asteroids.

Researchers from Curtin University in Australia examined tiny grains of the mineral zircon in samples of Libyan desert glass, which formed 29 million years ago and is found over several thousand square kilometres in western Egypt. Read More

May 13, 2019
This Asteroid Won't Hit Earth, But It's Coming Pretty Dang Close

Asteroids are out there, even if you can't always see them.

Want some naked-eye proof? It's coming, in the form of a mountain of space rock named Apophis, for the Egyptian god of chaos; his task is to prevent the sun from rising.

Stretching three-and-a-half football fields long, Apophis will cruise within 19,000 miles of Earth—the closest this large an asteroid has come in recorded history. Apophis will swing inside our ring of geosynchronous satellites on April 13, 2029.

And yes, that is a Friday. Read More

May 11, 2019
Shimmery Meteor Illuminates Night Sky Over Chicago

On Friday night, a shiny meteor flashed across the night sky in Chicago and some people captured the stunning sight on camera.

The meteor, which was believed to have “broken apart” over the Chicago metropolitan area, only lasted a couple of seconds, ABC7 Chicago reported. In Chicago’s west suburbs, Woodridge Police Department spotted the meteor and shared a short video of it on Facebook. The footage, which shows the bright meteor dashing across the night sky and quickly disappearing, has received more than 10,000 views so far. Read More

May 01, 2019
NASA head issues meteor warning, calls for cooperation to meet threat

Meteors that could destroy an entire U.S. state are a real threat to Earth, NASA’s chief warned on Monday.

Speaking at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, D.C., NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned that the risk posed by meteor crashes was not being taken seriously.

“This is not about Hollywood, this is not about movies, this is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life,” he said.

Bridenstine pointed to the meteorite that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, which had “30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima” and injured around 1,500 people. Just 16 hours after the crash, NASA detected an even larger object that approached the earth but did not land on it, he revealed. Read More

May 01, 2019
Pow! A Meteorite Slammed into the Moon at 38,000 MPH During Lunar Eclipse

A meteorite smashed into the moon's surface at 38,000 miles per hour (61,000 kilometers per hour) while our lunar neighbor was in total eclipse in January, a new report reveals.

Observers saw a flash during the Jan. 20 to 21 eclipse, when the object collided with the moon and carved out a crater about 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) in diameter. It was traveling fast enough to have been able to cross the United States in just a few minutes, but, luckily for Earth, it slammed into the moon instead. Read More

April 17, 2019
Marylanders catch sight of meteor

MOUNT AIRY, Md. —A rare meteor sighting in the D.C./Maryland-area has the internet on fire. People spotted it around 11 p.m. Tuesday and pictures quickly spread on social media.

The American Meteor Society, a clearinghouse for fireball reports, listed a dozen from Maryland and Virginia. Reports were also received at about the same time from other parts of the country.

A couple of viewers sent us images and video of the meteor blazing through the sky. They are rare to witness, but they actually happen all the time. Read More

April 15, 2019
The moon is losing 200 tons of water a year to meteorite strikes

When meteorites slam into the moon, they undoubtedly kick up a little dust. Now, a new study suggests they also shake loose quite a bit of water—something on the order of 200 tons each year.

Planetary scientists were tipped to the leaching after reviewing sensor data from a moon-orbiting probe. Between November 2013 and April 2014, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer recorded occasional spikes in the numbers of particles, including water molecules, that were lofted off the moon. Of the 39 spikes, 29 occurred within 48 hours of the moon and Earth passing through annual meteor showers that are broad enough to hit both bodies. In general, the stronger the meteor stream, the more particles were tossed into space from the moon, the researchers report today in Nature Geoscience. Read More

April 14, 2019
Brilliant meteor caught on camera in Brazil

TAQUARA, BRAZIL (NBC News) – A brilliant meteor streaked across the sky in Brazil early Friday morning before burning up in the atmosphere.

A camera at the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network caught the celestial body as it entered the atmosphere. Read More

April 07, 2019
SPACE BLAST Moment huge meteor explodes over Russia as locals fear plane on fire or alien invasion
It was the third major meteor or meteorite event registered over Siberia in four months

ONLOOKERS were left panicking when a “large meteor” exploded over Siberia, with many fearing it was a plane on fire or an alien invasion.

The space rock incursion was described as "blindingly bright" and made a loud booming sound as it sped across the sky.

A large meteor exploded over Russia, with onlookers fearing it was an alien invasion

It was the third major meteor or meteorite event registered over Siberia in four months.

A frightened local woman said: “I panicked as it sounded and looked like a plane on fire. Read More

April 01, 2019
See the weekend meteor that lit up the sky in North Florida, Georgia

Jania Kadar and her friend were cleaning up in the backyard after a gathering of friends in eastern Tallahassee when the night sky lit up.

“It was like someone turned on the stadium lights,” the Tallahassee resident said. “I look up and there is this bluish-green flash. It almost looks like daylight.”

“It lasted it felt like seconds,” she said of the sighting near midnight. “The second my brain wanted me to say ‘what is that?’, it was over…”Read More

March 20, 2019
Amazing Images Capture Giant Fireball Exploding Over the Bering Sea

I was probably picking up a last-minute Christmas gift when it happened. Last December 18th at 11:48 a.m. local time, a meteoroid exploded with 10 times the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb over the Bering Sea. It became the second most powerful meteor blast this century, after the Chelyabinsk explosion in 2013 that released the energy equivalent of 20 to 30 atomic bombs.

Had there been eyewitnesses, we'd have known about the Bering blast within minutes, but it happened beneath the cloud deck in a sparsely populated region off the east coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula (58.6°N, 174.2°W). Military satellites designed to look for nuclear explosions picked up the blast, as did more than 16 infrasound detectors worldwide. Luckily for us, so did the Japanese Himawari 8 satellite, which took striking images of the sooty trail of dust ablated from the meteoroid during its atmospheric passage. The images also captured the meteor proper — an orange streak of ionized air. If you watch it over and over, you can actually see the dust materialize as the meteoric glow subsides. Rare imagery indeed! Read More

March 18, 2019
US detects huge meteor explosion

A huge fireball exploded in the Earth's atmosphere in December, according to Nasa.

The blast was the second largest of its kind in 30 years, and the biggest since the fireball over Chelyabinsk in Russia six years ago.

But it went largely unnoticed until now because it blew up over the Bering Sea, off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

The space rock exploded with 10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Lindley Johnson, planetary defence officer at Nasa, told BBC News a fireball this big is only expected about two or three times every 100 years. Read More, 2nd Article Link

March 18, 2019
The mystery of the 'meteorite' that struck the Isle of Lewis

THE Uig moor spans a remote area of south-west Lewis, a weather-battered beauty spot which requires a good pair of hiking boots and a sense of determination to explore.

Rugged, remote and largely uninhabited, apart from the hunting-shooting set who descend on the exclusive Morsgail Estate Lodge and a handful of other holiday homes, there is little to disrupt the Hebridean peace and quiet.

But it is also the scene of perhaps one of the most bizarre puzzles that islanders – and many others far beyond the shores – have encountered. Read More

March 01, 2019
Using Landmine Detectors, Meteorite Hunt Turns Up 36 Space Rocks in Antarctica

Meteorites—bits of space rock and iron that don’t completely burn up in our thick atmosphere—fall pretty uniformly across the surface of the Earth. The problem is lots of them just plunk into the ocean, and those over land are difficult to find, sometimes falling into humid jungles where they corrode or on rocky areas where they’re hard to spot. That’s why, since at least the 1970s, researchers have traveled to Antarctica to search for meteorites, where the little black rocks sit like pepper specks on top of the icy landscape.

About two-thirds of all meteorites scientists have found come from the southern continent, but researchers recently noticed something—over the years they’ve found far fewer iron meteorites from the icy domain than they would expect. That’s why the University of Manchester and British Antarctic Survey recently tested meteorite-hunting gear to try and find the missing chunks of iron. Read More

February 20, 2019
NASA asteroid WARNING: 500-metre meteorite barrelling towards Earth THIS AFTERNOON

US space agency NASA has identified the asteroid, nicknamed 1999 VF22, as potentially dangerous. This is because asteroid will make an Earth Close Approach this afternoon. And NASA asteroid trackers have pinpointed the exact moment the colossal space rock will skim the Earth today. Stargazers cannot, however, expect to spot 1999 VF22 with an ordinary telescope.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) astrophysicists anticipate asteroid VF22 to make its closest approach to our planet at 3.57pm GMT (10.57am ET).

And the asteroid will do so at breakneck speeds of around 60,000mph.Read More

February 18, 2019
Meteor fireball shoots through sky above Kent and seen from FIVE countries

A FIREBALL has been seen over several UK counties and even across Europe in a mesmerising display from the skies.

The bright light was seen shooting across the skies on February 15, at 8.30 PM GMT, with reports of it also being seen in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and France. The fireball was a result of a meteorite hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at 160,000 mph, causing it to explode upon impact. Scientists from the countries which saw it are now working together to uncover more information about the space rock. Read More

February 17, 2019
Large meteor streaked across Florida, into Atlantic Ocean, scientists say

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Experts say a fireball streaking across the night sky over central Florida this week was a large meteor.

Spalding Allsky Camera Network Director Dwayne Free says the meteor was up to a foot wide and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with a force equal to 100 tons of TNT.

Florida Today reports the fireball was seen around 2 a.m. Tuesday along Florida's Space Coast from Titusville to Palm Bay. Read More

February 12, 2019
Was that a meteor? Space Coast residents buzz about green streak, bright flash in the sky

The 45th Weather Squadron confirmed with FLORIDA TODAY that it was a meteor passing through the night sky early Tuesday morning. — Space Reporter Antonia Jaramillo

Original story: So ... what was that and did you see it?
A number of Space Coast residents from Titusville to Palm Bay took to social media to describe seeing an apparent meteor streak across the skies Tuesday morning, creating an otherworldly burst of green as it passed over.

A National Weather Service meteorologist based in Melbourne could not verify the reports but watched a surveillance video posted by a person living in the Eau Gallie area. The black and white video captured the bright streak blazing below the horizon, with a time stamp of 2:07 a.m. Tuesday. Read More

February 06, 2019
Coloradans report seeing “fireball in the sky” across the state Thursday night

DENVER – If you weren’t looking up, you probably missed getting a glimpse of a meteorite falling across the Colorado sky Thursday evening.

Several people along I-70 called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday evening to report a “fireball in the sky.”

Calls about the astronomical event also came from Conifer, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told Denver7. Read More

February 02, 2019
Meteorites strike western Cuba

Havana, Cuba (CNN) — A meteor broke apart over western Cuba on Friday, hurtling numerous pieces of various sizes to the ground in several towns in Pinar del Rio province, the state-run Granma newspaper reported.

One meteorite landed with a "loud explosion" in the town of Viñales, Granma said.

Researchers from several Cuban agencies, including the Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy, confirmed the meteorite strikes, Granma reported. Read More

February 01, 2019
Rare heart-shaped meteorite up for auction ahead of Valentine’s Day

Forget chocolates: What’s a better way to show that special someone your appreciation for them than with a heart-shaped meteorite? For a hefty sum, the 320 million-year-old rarity could be yours.

British auction house Christie’s announced the so-called “Heart of Space” will be up for auction starting Feb. 6 through Feb. 14, which also happens to be Valentine's Day. Read More

January 22, 2019
Watch the moon get rocked by a meteorite during this weekend's lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers over the weekend, but for some keen-eyed observers, Sunday’s “blood moon” came with an extra special treat: the first known sighting of a meteorite smashing into the moon during a lunar eclipse.

The eclipse, which occurred overnight on Jan. 20-21, was streamed live online by several organizations, including the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and the Virtual Telescope Project. During the broadcast, at around 11:41 p.m. ET, some viewers noticed a brief flash of light in the top left quadrant of the moon. Read More

January 16, 2019
Dozens report seeing meteor over Maine, northern New England

A meteor almost surely traveled across the sky over northern New England early Wednesday night, substantiated by numerous reports in the area.

At least two dozen people from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts submitted fireball reports though the American Meteor Society's website.

Reports were submitted from 5:20 p.m. to 6:04 p.m., indicating the flash happened at about 5:15 p.m. Most people said it lasted for 3.5 seconds. Read More

January 12, 2019
Sisters find possible meteorite on Silver Beach

NEW JERSEY - A Monmouth County woman and her sister found what they believe to be a meteorite on the beach.

Jean and Nora Muchanic came across a rock, which looks like it's been dipped in tar on Silver Beach Friday afternoon.

The American Meteorological Society received nearly 580 reports from across the east coast about a bright falling fireball Wednesday evening. Read More, Findings of Meteorite

January 09, 2019
What was that fireball that flew across the East Coast sky Wednesday morning?

A fireball is not a mere colloquialism. It is an actual astronomical term, and nearly 200 people on the East Coast reported seeing one in broad daylight Wednesday morning.

The nonprofit American Meteor Society collected more than 190 reports in seven states, including Pennsylvania, of a fireball — a meteor that burns brighter than the planet Venus — rocketing across a small section of the sky above the Delaware coast around 11:35 a.m.

From one vantage point in New Jersey, the fireball remained in sight for less than 10 seconds. Read More

January 05, 2019
Meteor seen flying over New Zealand

A meteor shower has been seen shooting across New Zealand skies.

It was seen above Tauranga on Saturday night and was captured on live cameras covering the Black Caps game against Sri Lanka at Mt Maugnanui.

"That's a meteor shower apparently," commentator Ian Smith said.
+ Canterbury 'meteor' may have actually been a plane
+ Explainer: What was the mysterious fiery object above North Canterbury?
+ Meteor captures Manawatu farmer's attention in 'spectacular' light display

Stephanie Thwaites saw the meteor shower in Te Puke. Read More

January 02, 2019
Greenland crater: Huge crater the size of Paris FOUND under Greenland's ice

Greenland, known as the world’s largest island, has a nature entirely contradictory to its name and currently has a massive crater sitting at the bottom of a thick layer of ice. More than 80 percent of the island’s surface is ice, meaning there are huge amounts of yet undiscovered details underneath. The latest discovery has been made by scientists using ground-penetrating radar to peer underneath the ice sheet. Read More

December 24, 2018
Massive landslip that blocked a riverbed and formed a mound 500ft high in Russia ‘was caused by a METEORITE or massive BOMB’ locals claim

A massive landfall in eastern Russia was caused by a meteorite, a falling UFO or a massive bomb, it was claimed today.

First pictures from a remote location in Khabarovsk region show how the 390 mile long Bureya River was partially dammed by a monumental rock fall.

The top was severed from a large hill with rocks crashing down and forming a new 525 ft-high mound in the river bed. Read More

December 20, 2018
Boom! goes the meteor, across Minnesota

Did you hear a loud boom or see a fireball streaking across the sky around 2 a.m. Thursday morning?  Me neither.

But others did, and it's now being chalked up to a meteor, with fireball sightings reported to the American Meteor Society from Chanhassen to Prior Lake to Shakopee. Read More

December 19, 2018
Meteor seen across the state on Wednesday night

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — There was a strange sight in the sky Wednesday night, which caught people's eyes from across the state. Initially it was thought to have been a cloud, but according to the National Weather Service, the strange formation may have been a meteorite.

The National Weather Service Reno said that according to reports, it appears that the light was likely a meteor or space debris entering the atmosphere. Read More

December 10, 2018
Meteor lights up the sky over Mexico City

Mexican stargazers have been treated to the ultimate curtain-raiser for the stunning cosmic light show expected to brighten the night skies later this week.

A bright green ball of light shot over Mexico in the early hours of Saturday morning, dazzling onlookers below.

The meteor could be seen hurtling through the skies over Acapulco and Mexico City. Read More

December 03, 2018
Curiosity to study possible meteorite on Mars surface

Curiosity woke up to Mr Rogers' "Please would you be my neighbour" this morning to welcome InSight, and then got busy at the Highfield drill site. Curiosity will dump the Highfield sample, which requires several MAHLI looks and an APXS operation, but the plan also requires swinging the arm out of the way so other instruments can have their unobscured look at the dump pile.

Of course, the main activity is to look at the Highfield dump pile with all instruments available. APXS will get the chemistry, and Navcam, Mastcam and MAHLI will have a close look. In addition, a Mastcam multispectral and a ChemCam passive observation will add to the information collected from the dump pile. Read More

December 01, 2018
MARTIAN MYSTERY Nasa’s Mars curiosity rover finds shiny ‘golden’ rock on red planet

NASA’S Mars Curiosity rover has found an unusual, shiny lump on the Red Planet’s surface.

Researchers believe the object “might be a meteorite because it is so shiny”, according to a Nasa blog.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission’s spacecraft, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed on a crater on August 5, 2012.

Since then it has been kept busy, working on its mission to determine whether the Red Planet ever was - or is habitable - to microbial life. Read More

December 01, 2018
Meteorite warning: ASTONISHING moment blue FIREBALL rips through sky

THIS is the moment a fireball shot through the skies over the skiing county of Veszprém in Hungary in an astonishing display witnessed in eight European countries.

While the phenomenon only lasted a matter of seconds the cameras were able to record the moment the sky turned bright blue as the fireball made its appearance.

The bolide was also spotted in Vienna, where cameras filmed a cobalt blue streak cut through the early morning sky at around 4 am GMT.

The striking event came after NASA warned an asteroid six-times longer than a London double-decker bus will pass by Earth on Friday afternoon. Read More

November 20, 2018
Meteorite hunters dig up 60 million-year-old site in Skye

Efforts are to be made to protect part of a 60-million-year-old meteorite impact site in Skye.

Geologists believe deposits from the meteorite were dug up and taken away by meteorite hunters earlier this month.

Dr Simon Drake, who discovered the impact site with colleague Dr Andy Beard in 2017, said he was appalled by the damage.

He said plans were being made to shield the affected area, which is only a few metres across, with reinforced glass. Read More

November 15, 2018
Giant meteorite crater bigger than Paris found beneath Greenland’s ice sheet

A giant crater that was formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth, has been uncovered deep below Greenland’s ice sheets.

The 31-kilometre-wide cavity was discovered by an international team of scientists who believe it was caused by a “rare” meteorite that struck Earth as recently as 12,000 years ago. Read More

November 10, 2018
Five huge 'hazardous' asteroids are coming - and one is the size of a skyscraper

A series of asteroids are whizzing towards us at an alarmingly close range.

NASA tracks all the cosmic debris that comes anywhere near our planet so that action can be taken if there is any threat of impact.

Most of the imminent asteroids are the size of a bus or large house - though one is a whopper that's as big as a 50-storey skyscraper.

In total there will be five asteroids in the next few days that are within the distance that makes them a "potentially hazardous object." Read More

November 09, 2018
Professional Meteorite Hunter believes space rock pieces are between Chadwick-Bradleyville

CHADWICK, Mo. If you were wondering if the meteor fireball seen over the Ozarks last week had any fragments make it to earth, the answer may have been provided by the a small school district just off Highway 125 in Christian County.

The Chadwick schools have security cameras on their playground, and the district's IT director got an interesting phone call this week.

"Chase, I've got a weird request," Chadwick IT Director Chase Hampton recalled when his principal got off the phone. "He told me he wanted me to look at the security camera videos to try and find shadows of a meteorite passing over us." Read More

November 03, 2018
Fireball In The Sky! Locals Spot Huge Meteor Friday Night, As Earth Enters Annual Taurid Shower

Lake of the Ozarks area residents say they saw a large fireball cross the horizon at around 7:20 p.m. on Friday evening.

News outlets across Missouri and neighboring states, even into Alabama, reported similar sightings Friday evening, though NASA has not released information about the fireball meteor event.

Spotters reported what looked like a flash of bright light across the night sky, and while some at first thought it was lightning, others say they knew immediately it was something more special. At this time, there are no reports of debris reaching the ground. The Taurid meteor showers annually take place this time of year and peak in mid-November. Read More

October 25, 2018
The formation of large meteorite craters is unraveled

About 66 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Earth of the Yucatan Peninsula in what is now Mexico. This event triggered a mass extinction that eradicated approximately 75 percent of all species and ended the era of dinosaurs. Like Prof. Dr. Ulrich Riller of the Institute of Geology of the University of Hamburg and co-workers report in "Nature", the hitherto mysterious formation of the crater and its mountainous peak ring. The peak rises in the middle of the crater above the otherwise flat crater floor. In the future, these findings can help to decipher the formation of the largest craters in our solar system. Read More

October 21, 2018
Teen scientists went looking for meteorites in the Great Lakes. They found another type of alien.

ON LAKE MICHIGAN - On a sunny July morning, a group of teenagers gathered in a circle aboard a 71-foot research vessel named the Neeskay. The teens, members of a scientific mission called the Aquarius Project, cheered:
"One . . . two . . . three . . . space rocks!"
The Aquarius Project, run by the students in collaboration with professional researchers, operates out of Chicago's Adler Planetarium with help from the nearby Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. Together, they are attempting a first in U.S. history: The recovery of meteorite fragments, or space rocks, from the bottom of a lake hundreds of feet deep. Read More

October 20, 2018
12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working with the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex in Ha Nam Province, Vietnam. Read More

October 16, 2018
Australians find extremely rare mineral in meteorite impact crater

A group of scientists has discovered one of the rarest minerals on Earth buried deep within what may be the largest-known meteorite impact crater in Australia.

The ultra-rare mineral known as reidite was found by Curtin University researchers in the long buried Woodleigh Crater near Shark Bay, Western Australia, about 750 km. north of Perth.

Reidite only forms in rocks that experience the incredible pressure created when rocks from space slam into the Earth’s crust, the team explains in a paper published in the Geology journal.

The mineral starts as the common mineral zircon and transforms to reidite during the pressure of impact, making it incredibly rare and only the sixth-known crater on Earth where the mineral has been found. Read More

October 05, 2018
Meteorite worth $100,000 was used as doorstop for years

DETROIT – A meteorite worth about $100,000 had been used as a doorstop at a Michigan farm for years, according to Central Michigan University.

Geology professor Mona Sirbescu of Central Michigan University first identified the 22.5-pound chunk of iron as more than just a doorstop when the owner asked her to look at it earlier this year. Although many people had asked her to examine rocks in the past, this time was different. Read More

September 21, 2018
Meteorite hunting with Marc Fries

Thousands of meteorites fall onto the Earth each year. When a fall occurs in an accessible area, scientists and amateur space enthusiasts pursue the specimens, often submitting them to collections that serve planetary research. The Astro materials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division at NASA's Johnson Space Center studies meteorites and is implementing tools and technique to more easily recover meteorites.

We sat down with Dr. Marc Fries of ARES to learn more about meteorites and why they matter. Read More

September 19, 2018
Fire Chief Finds Farm Hole in the Ground - Possible Meteroright

MIDWAY, Ar. - When fire chief Donald Tucker arrived at the scene early Monday morning, it was exactly as a 911 caller had reported.

"When I got there, there were flames 8 or 9 feet high shooting out of a hole about 2 feet in diameter," said Tucker, chief of the Midway, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Protection District. "It burned that way for 30 to 45 minutes before it went out." Read More

September 17, 2018
Space rock taken from Skye's ancient meteorite impact site

Geologists have raised concern about rocks being taken from a 60-million-year-old meteorite impact site in Skye.

The deposit of meteoritic minerals discovered last year below layers of lavas, just south of Broadford, had not previously been found on Earth.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said it had been alerted to sales on the internet of space rock from Skye.

It said removing any of the deposit was unauthorised and could contravene the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Read More

September 14, 2018
Down to earth: Vatican brings together world's meteorite curators

Castel Gandolfo — Rocks, mineral debris and even dust from space are kept in special collections, museums and laboratories all over the world, and the Vatican Observatory took the first small step to help curators make a giant leap in coordinating their efforts globally.

Staffed by a team of Jesuit scientists, the Vatican Observatory held the first ever workshop on the curation and conservation of meteorites and extraterrestrial samples -- that is, specimens gathered during missions in space, like the Apollo moon rocks or stardust captured from a comet's tail. Read More

September 03, 2108
Hole responsible for space station leak caused by drill, not meteorite, Russia says

The hole that caused a slight air leak and a depressurization event on the International Space Station last week was caused by a drill hole.

According to Russian media reports, the hole was accidentally drilled in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft while it was still on the ground. Read More

September 01, 2108
After meteor lights up Perth sky, hunt begins for meteorite that crashed to Earth

Two expeditions were mounted in the 1960s to find it.

But it was not until 1966 that geologists RB Wilson and AM Cooney found the outer space debris. And it was huge.

There were two main pieces, made mainly of iron and nickel, found about 180 metres apart. Read More

August 06, 2017
Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite

Gold hunters in southern Russia might have been disappointed to learn that the speckled, yellow rock they uncovered was not a sizeable pebble of valuable metal. Instead, it was a rare piece of space-borne rubble containing a new mineral that had never before been seen on Earth.

The mineral came from the Uakit meteorite, named for the Russian location where it was found. Scientists recently presented their discovery of the meteorite's new mineral, named uakitite, at the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Moscow. Read More

August 06, 2017
Spectacular green meteor streaks over southern NSW

A chunk of space rock fell to earth in spectacular fashion on Saturday night, prompting calls for videos and observations to help pinpoint its resting place.

Reports from across NSW and Victoria spoke of a green fireball low in the sky around 6.30pm, and travelling slowly and brightly enough to be clearly seen by many.

David Finlay is a keen observer of astronomical events, and administrator of the Australian Meteor Reports Facebook group. Read More

August 03, 2018
Greenland Air Base Unharmed by Apparent Meteor Explosion

Thule Air Base in Greenland is operating normally after reports that a possible meteorite exploded in the air above it, officials told on Friday.

"There's been no impact to Thule Air Base," Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Hope Cronin said in an email.

News outlets reported a meteorite exploded several miles from the base July 25 following tweets from space enthusiasts who tracked the explosion.

"Meteor explodes with 2.1 kilotons force 43 km above missile early warning radar at Thule Air Base," tweeted Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists. Kristensen this week tweeted about the event after a user, named "Rocket Ron," publicized that a "fireball was detected over Greenland on July 25, 2018 by US Government sensors." Read More

August 02, 2018
Watch Two Meteorites Hit the Moon!

Our nearest celestial neighbor just treated us to a light show. A sharp-eyed telescope system in Spain spotted a pair of meteorite impacts on the moon in mid-July, occurring just 24 hours apart — and you can even watch video of the event online.

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently posted footage of the pair of flashes that occurred on July 17 and July 18. Although the flashes were detected from Earth, the original meteoroids — fragments of the midsummer Alpha Capricornids meteor shower — were probably each only the size of a walnut, researchers said. Read More

August 01, 2018
Ancient Meteorite Crystals Uncover The Mysteries Of The Sun’s Explosive Youth

To the Earth, the sun is one of the biggest, most stable constants in the universe as the heart of our solar system.

However, it wasn't always that way as new research confirms the sun's early years were wild and explosive. Scientists describe these tumultuous years akin to a toddler prone to tantrums during the infamous "terrible twos."

As Field Museum explains, the early years of the sun's life has long been a mystery. After all, the sun is 4.6 billion years old and predates the Earth by around 50 million years.

Thus, even with scientific advancements, it's nearly impossible to get ahold of an object in the planet that has an imprint of those early days billions of years ago. Even beyond Earth, hardly anything in the solar system has existed as long as the sun. Read More

July 23, 2018
Chicago area teens build device to search Lake Michigan for meteorites

CHICAGO (WLS) -- On Feb. 6, 2017, a meteor -- believed to be as big as a small car -- streaked across the sky above Wisconsin.
The atmosphere smashed it into thousands of little pieces, which fell in Lake Michigan, according to radar. And then the hunt was on!

Teens with the Adler Planetarium's Aquarius Project are among those hunting. On Tuesday, they will deploy their unique underwater sled to retrieve the meteorites.

"We're thinking there are thousands of these marble to golf ball-size pieces at the bottom of the lake," said Chris Bresky, who created the Aquarius Project. Read More

July 10, 2018
Nautilus Expedition Recovers Possible Seafloor Meteorites

On the evening of March 7, 2018, a bright meteor lit up the skies along western Washington and Oregon. This event sent researchers scrambling, as it was well documented by ocean-seafloor seismometers, NOAA NEXRAD weather radar, sensor-buoy data, and eyewitness accounts. All of this pointed toward an estimated 2-ton object that broke apart off the Washington coast and fell as fragments into the sea. The fall was one of the largest seen on NOAA NEXRAD radars in the more than two decades the system has been in operation. Read More

July 09, 2018
Meteorite Hunters Find Remains of Last Month's Botswana Fireball

Last month, a fireball lit up the skies over Botswana just hours after scientists first spotted the space rock hurtling toward Earth. Researchers from Botswana, South Africa, Finland, and the United States have now found pieces of the meteorite.

Scientists detected the six-foot-wide asteroid, called 2018 LA, on June 2 using the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. It hit the Earth eight hours later. The researchers found the meteorite fragments in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve on June 23, according to a University of Helsinki release. Read More

July 04, 2018
Meteorite search off the Washington coast recovers two small fragments

If the discovery pans out, it will be the first time anyone has recovered fragments of a known meteor from the ocean bottom. "I could not be happier," said NASA's curator of cosmic dust.

An eight-hour search of the seafloor off the Washington coast Monday yielded two tiny fragments of molten rock that scientists suspect are remnants of a meteor that exploded in a fireball and plummeted into the sea in March. Read More

July 01, 2018
Two meteorite-like objects fall from sky in Muzaffarnagar village

Villagers in Kasoli village of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district have claimed two meteorites fell from the sky with a loud bang early on Thursday after heavy rains in the area.

Sub-divisional magistrate (Sadar) Kumar Dharmendra sent an official to the village, who took both the stones in his possession.

“Both the objects resembled quartz in appearance but their exact nature will be ascertained after proper analysis. The stones will be sent to the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) in Bangalore for analysis,” Muzaffarnagar’s district magistrate Rajeev Sharma said. Read More

June 18, 2018
Green meteorite burns up over Europe - right as the Foo Fighters were finishing 'Monkey Wrench' at a festival

Concertgoers in the Netherlands were given a special performance when a bright green meteorite came down during a Foo Fighters set.

Belgium's International Meteor Organization reported the object fell about 9.09pm local time - about 7.09am Sunday, NZT.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins was smashing out a drum solo at the end of their song Monkey Wrench while performing at the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf when the meteorite streaked down from the sky with perfect timing. Read More

June 17, 2018
‘It pierced the clouds’: Fireball spotted blazing over Europe

Music fans were given an unexpected surprise when a fiery meteorite gatecrashed a set by the Foo Fighters during a Dutch music festival.

The American rockers were performing at Landgraaf’s Pinkpop festival when a fireball streaked across the sky. The celestial ball of light is thought to have been the same phenomenon observed in dozens of reports to the International Meteor Organization (IMO).

Sebastiaan de Vet, an astronomer with the Meteor Working Group in Holland, told RTL Nieuws that the phenomenon was likely a meteorite surrounded by particles of grit.

Meanwhile, German astronomer Uwe Reichert has posted a stunning image showing the shooting meteorite alongside the moon and a glimpse of the planet Venus. Read More

June 16, 2018
The meteorite ‘hunter’ who greets and shelters China’s visitors from the cosmos

Yang Kexin has rejected numerous monetary offers for the meteor fragments she has collected in the desert, preferring to share them with the public for nothing

“What do stars in the sky look like? Can I pick them down?” the young Yang Kexin would ask herself on summer nights, gazing up at the heavens from the yard of her childhood home in southwest China’s rural Guizhou province.

As she grew up, her dream of gathering stars took a back seat to the more earthly matters of adult life, but she never stopped thinking about those remote incandescent bodies that illuminated the night sky. Read More

June 05, 2018
Meteorites for sale at US$8,000 per gram after fireball near China-Myanmar border sparks treasure hunt

About 200 meteorites have been recovered in southwestern China after a fireball event occurred last Friday, leading to a rush to find and sell the rare rocks, according to mainland media reports.

The fireball, or meteor, was seen about 9:40pm, when a ball of flame arched across the sky near Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province, bordering Myanmar and Laos, local media reported. Read More

June 05, 2018
Villagers worship meteorite after it crashes down to Earth

A village in China has reportedly started worshipping a meteorite after it came crashing down to Earth in a spectacular display.

There were two meteorites reported falling from the sky but only one came crashing through the roof of a family home.

Man must go to jail every year on day girlfriend died for assisting her suicideIt was later placed on an altar and has been worshipped by villagers, who have thrown money on it and burned incense nearby for luck Read More

June 04, 2018
Meteorite fragments found in Yunnan after shower damages village homes

Fragments of meteorites that fell in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on June 1 have been found in a village of the province’s Menghai County, reported.

A number of residents in Yunnan filmed the meteor shower on June 1 as it lit up the night sky.

Jiang Wei, executive deputy director of the Professional Committee for Meteorite Scientific Investigation of the China Scientific Expedition Association, told reporters from the website that the meteorites fell on Manlun Village in Mengzhe Town of Menghai County. Read More

June 04, 2018
Meteors - what you need to know

Are we being invaded by aliens? This was one of many questions asked after CCTV footage showed what appeared to be a meteor streak across the sky in North West at the weekend.

TimesLIVE spoke to Professor Roger Gibson from the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand about the incident.

He said the meteor could have been the same one that appeared over China approximately one hour before reaching South Africa and Botswana. Read More

May 26, 2018
These Meteorite Hunters Are In Search For "Lottery" In Moroccan Desert

Zagora, Morocco: They roam Morocco's southern desert, braving the searing heat to scour the undulating sands for bounty fallen from the sky.

These celestial treasure hunters are searching for meteorites to sell on a burgeoning international market.

Equipped with a "very strong" magnet and magnifying glass, retired physical education teacher Mohamed Bouzgarine says that discoveries "can be more valuable than gold".

The price "depends on the rock's rarity, its shape and its condition", the 59-year old adds, sporting a dark blue tracksuit, lighter blue scarf and sunglasses. Read More

May 23, 2018
Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite and Comet: What's the Difference?

Adding up all of the mass in every asteroid in our entire solar system totals only less than the mass of our Moon. Despite their small physical size, however, these space rocks offer important clues as to how our solar system formed. The terms asteroid, meteor, meteorite, and even comet are often used interchangeably...but what is the difference?

What is an asteroid?
Asteroids are rocky objects smaller than planets that are left over from the formation of our solar system. When the cloud of gas and dust collapsed to form our Sun, much of the remaining material went into forming the rocky terrestrial and gas giant planets orbiting our star. Smaller dust fragments that never made their way into planets are left behind as asteroids. Read More

May 17, 2018
Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from 'lost planet'

BERLIN (AP) - Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth about a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday.

Researchers from Switzerland, France and Germany examined diamonds found inside the Almahata Sitta meteorite and concluded they were most likely formed by a proto-planet at least 4.55 billion years ago.

The diamonds in the meteorite, which crashed in Sudan's Nubian Desert in October 2008, have tiny crystals inside them that would have required great pressure to form, said one of the study's co-authors, Philippe Gillet. Read More

May 14, 2018
There are 775,000 asteroids, and an Arizona team is tracking them all

FLAGSTAFF — A five-person team of scientists at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff helps maintain a giant database of the orbits of all 775,092 known asteroids in the solar system.

The team, thanks to funding from NASA, now is working to update the database and beef it up with information about the objects' physical characteristics such as color, mass, shape, size and rotational period, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

Hundreds of thousands of those measurements are stored in other databases or archives, team member Nick Moskovitz said. Read More

May 03, 2018
Lunar Meteorite Found in Africa Points to Ice Beneath the Moon’s Surface

Good news, future lunar colonists! Scientists have discovered traces of moganite in a lunar meteorite that was discovered 13 years ago in Africa. This mineral requires water to form, so its discovery is being taken as potential confirmation that frozen water exists beneath the Moon’s dusty surface.

Though it floats teasingly in the sky above us almost every night, our Moon remains full of secrets. A lingering lunar mystery is whether our natural satellite contains any frozen water. This would be good to know for the sake of scientific knowledge, but also for any future plans to colonize the Moon. If we’re going to live on the lunar surface for any extended period, we’re going to need water. Read More

April 25, 2018
'Holy grail' of guns made: Company sells $4.5M pistols made from 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite

Cabot Guns, a high-end weapons company, is selling the most expensive guns ever made, a pair of handguns made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, SWNS reports. The pair is priced at $4.5 million. Read More

April 18, 2018
Diamonds in a Meteorite May Be a Lost Planet’s Fragments

In 2008, chunks of space rock crashed in the deserts of Sudan. Diamonds discovered inside one of the recovered meteorites may have come from a destroyed planet that orbited our sun billions of years ago, scientists said on Tuesday. If confirmed, they say, it would be the first time anyone has recovered fragments from one of our solar system’s so-called “lost” planets.

“We have in our hands a piece of a former planet that was spinning around the sun before the end of the formation of today’s solar system,” said Philippe Gillet, a planetary scientist at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland and an author of the paper that was published in Nature Communications. Read More

April 18, 2018
Piece of Michigan meteorite doesn't get a single bid at auction

HAMBURG TOWNSHIP, MI - Royal Oak native Ashley Moritz was hoping for a big payday this week when she put a piece of the Michigan meteorite she found up for auction. Today, she is disappointed it didn't sell.

The fragment was found in Livingston County's Hamburg Township after a meteorite exploded over southeastern Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Read More

April 10, 2018
Massive Missing Meteorite Impact Crater Hunt Narrows After Glassy Debris Uncovered In Antarctica

It may come as something of a surprise, but various volcanic eruptions and meteor impacts are, at present, missing their volcanoes and impact scars. We’ve found clues to their geological mischief, but so far the suspects elude identification. One such 800,000-year-old impact is proving particularly mysterious: All that can be found at present is a gigantic breadcrumb trail of debris, found predominantly over Australasia.

Now, reporting in the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, an international team of meteorite mavericks have revealed that they’ve found some more of these vitreous breadcrumbs at the ends of the Earth, in the Transantarctic Mountains. The crater still eludes them, but the team from Imperial College London, Vrije University, and the Case Western Reserve University are narrowing it down with each latest treasure haul, including this one. Read More

April 09, 2018
The Meteorite Hunters Who Trade in Precious Space Debris

On January 16th 2018, a bright flash lit up the sky over Michigan, accompanied by a loud boom. Caught on dash cams and home surveillance systems, the meteor briefly turned night to day as it streaked to the ground at almost 36,000 miles per hour, causing a blast wave equivalent to a minor earthquake.

By the next morning, local people were out searching the frozen winter landscape for pieces of fallen material. Then the professionals had arrived—meteorite hunters. Read More

April 06, 2018
Bits of the Solar System Collected from an Antarctic Glacier

On rare calm days, the most striking thing you notice at an altitude of more than 8,000 feet on an Antarctic glacier is the silence. “There was just no sound; no air handling equipment, no leaves rustling, no bugs, no planes or cars. So quiet you just heard your heartbeat,” said Barbara Cohen, planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Most of the time, however, there is a steady howl of bitter cold wind flowing down from the East Antarctic ice plateau. With a summer temperature hovering around zero Fahrenheit, “It’s the wind that makes you cold,” Cohen said. Read More

April 03, 2018
Meteorite hunters of the Gobi

GUIYANG, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Yang Kexin, 28, is obsessed with exploring the sky.

She calls herself a meteorite hunter and compares her searches for fallen space debris to searching for a lost kite that has broken free from its string.

Her hobby began in 2012 when she was making her living selling coal mining equipment in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. "Lots of people there love looking for rare stones, and I too became enraptured by searching," she said.

She often went into the desert to look for fallen "stars." Read More

April 01, 2018
Scientists hunt meteorites in Antarctica with metal-detecting snowmobiles

On the hunt for lost meteorites in Antarctica (which totally sounds like a mission straight out of Tomb Raider), researchers from the U.K.’s University of Manchester have turned to innovative metal-detecting technology to help them.

With that driving mission, they have developed a purpose-built detector unit which can be towed behind a Ski-Doo snowmobile. This metal-detecting device is based on tech optimized by University of Manchester researchers for airport security scanning, landmine removal, recycling, and non-destructive testing. In this specific case, the researchers hope to use it to discover iron meteorites which are hidden mere centimeters beneath the surface of the ice but are nonetheless difficult to discover. Read More

March 26, 2018
List of meteorites that hit people, houses, and other objects

Courtesy the International Comet Quarterly, here's a list of meteorite strikes that focuses on situations where the meteorite hit something -- ranging from houses to cars to mailboxes and even a dog. There are a surprising number of tragic deaths; I can't imagine what the odds are of being maimed or killed by a meteorite, but it's got to be awfully high. Read More

March 16, 2018
Meteorite stolen from exhibit at Science Museum of Virginia

A meteorite has been stolen from the space-themed “Speed” exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, authorities said Friday.

The iron-nickel meteorite, worth $1,500, was taken from the museum in the 2500 block of West Broad Street on Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Virginia Capitol Police.

The space rock had been in the main hall of the museum’s first floor in a secure, metal display stand. Employees found the stand disassembled and the rock removed. Read More

March 11, 2018
University of Alabama searching for family of owner of radio struck by meteorite

If anyone in Forsyth County knows the family of Eugene H. Hodges, officials with the University of Alabama are trying to contact them to talk about a radio struck by a meteorite.

Mary Beth Prondzinski, collections manager with the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the university’s campus, said the museum is searching for family members of the late Eugene Hodges, the owner of a radio of struck by a meteorite in the 1950s that is on display.

“The radio is part of an event that occurred here in Alabama back in 1954,” she said. “It was actually called the Sylacauga Meteorite Event. It fell in Sylacauga, Alabama, and it went through somebody’s home and struck the radio that we currently have on exhibit, which hit the woman who lived in the house.” Read More
March 09, 2018
Brilliant Fireball Lights Up the Sky Over Washington

A space rock slammed into Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday night (March 7), putting on a brief but brilliant sky show, according to media reports.

The fireball and associated boom were caused by an object about the size of a minivan. It streaked over Washington and eventually fell, in smoldering bits and broken-up pieces, into the Pacific Ocean about 14 miles (22 kilometers) off the state's coast, NASA meteor expert Marc Fries told Seattle TV station Q13 Fox. Read More

March 08, 2018
Bright-Red Meteorite Seen Above Russia's Urals Stuns Viewers (VIDEO)

A third meteorite in a month was seen flying over Yekaterinburg on Tuesday evening, but according to engineer Vladilin Sanakuyev it might have been a hoax.

Many locals reported to have witnessed a bright red-yellow luminous body flying over the Ural Mountains. It was supposedly visible for just 6-7 seconds. Read More

March 06, 2018
Superconducting materials found in meteorites

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Meteorites sometimes contain naturally occurring superconductors, materials that conduct electricity without any resistance, a team of physicists has found. The result, reported here today at the annual March meeting of the American Physical Society, won’t revolutionize scientists’ understanding of the solar system, but it could raise hopes of finding a material that is a superconductor a room temperature—which could potentially lead to technological breakthroughs such as magnetically levitating trains. Read More

March 02, 2018
Not every day you find a meteorite in the garden

GIFU--Katsuyuki Mitsumura was working in his garden in October 2012 when he came across a shiny fragment.

He took the piece into his house because it looked pretty.

Mitsumura, 74, put the "rock" on display in his home but never gave it much thought until June 2017 when he read a newspaper article about a meteorite that included a photo.

"I wonder if my piece is also a meteorite," Mitsumura thought at the time.

On March 1, a news conference was held here to announce that his finding had been certified as a meteorite. Read More

February 28, 2018
Couple donates meteorite to PIE

Meteorite hunters Tim and Patricia Heitz of Bokeelia donated a 5,800 year old meteorite to Pine Island Elementary School Thursday morning. The space rock will be on display in the school's media center.

The meteorite was part of the Campo del Cielo meteorites that fell 5,800 years ago in Argentina and discovered by the Spanish in 1576. The area lies about 620 miles north of Buenos Aires near the province of Chaco. Read More

February 24, 2018
Scientists examine potential meteorites at ASU Open House even
TEMPE, AZ - Is that weird rock you found a meteorite from outer space or just a regular rock found on Earth?

People traveled to Arizona State University's Tempe campus Saturday afternoon for the ASU Open House to have their discoveries analyzed by scientists from the Center for Meteorite Studies.

“Usually, I can tell by just looking at it and just say, ‘no, it’s not a meteorite,” said Laurence Garvie, curator, and professor for the Center for Meteorite Studies. Read More

February 20, 2018
Take a look inside Arizona State University's meteorite vault

TEMPE, AZ - They light up the night sky. Filling those who witness them with jubilation and can fill the pockets of those who find them.

It turns out there's no better place to learn about what makes meteorites so special than this highly secured vault at Arizona State University.

"This is the largest university-based meteorite collection in the world," said Laurence Garvie, Curator for the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. "They represent materials from the beginning of our solar system, almost everything you see in here is 4.5 billion years old."

The space rocks of all sizes travel billions of miles through space until crashing down on our little planet we call Earth. Read More

February 16, 2018
Prescott's 'Space Cowboy' has the largest meteorite collection in the world

PRESCOTT, AZ  “I saw a big fireball when I was 13 years old from my parents' driveway in Bullhead City,” said Robert Ward, a planetary science field researcher.

That was all it took for Ward to be hooked on everything about meteorites.

“I’ve been pursuing meteorites for 28 years now and hunted them in every country except Antarctica,” said Ward. We asked about Ward’s first meteorite find.

“First collection piece and still in the collection was from Franconia down by Lake Havasu City,” said Ward. Read More

February 15, 2018
Arizona Meteorite Fetches Record-Breaking $237,500 at Auction

A rare meteorite that plowed through the Arizona desert nearly 50,000 years ago sold for a staggering $237,500 during an online auction.

Weighing in at 70 lbs. (32 kilograms), this meteorite is made of iron and comes from the Barringer Meteorite Crater, also known as Meteor Crater, located near Winslow, Arizona. The meteorite originated from a small asteroid roughly 130 feet (40 meters) wide. Read More

February 14, 2018
Rare 70 pound meteorite sells for record $237,500 at Christie's

An extremely rare 70-pound meteorite sold for a record $237,500 through Christie's auction house on Wednesday.

This meteorite is referred to as a Canyon Diablo iron meteorite because it is made of iron and comes from Barringer Crater (also known as Meteor Crater) in Arizona, a famous site where a meteor crashed into the desert nearly 50,000 years ago. Read More

February 14, 2018
McSween Says Some Are Meteorite, But Most Are ‘Meteor Wrong’

The Times Daily reported that a man in Town Creek, Alabama, found a meteorite in his front yard. Robert Earls said that he’s seen a lot of rocks and stones in his 81 years, but believed a silicon-looking crystalized rock to be a meteorite. UT earth and planetary sciences professor Harry McSween has been studying meteorites for 40 years, and that the odds are against Earls” object being a meteorite. Read More

February 13, 2018
Meteorite found by Michigan couple estimated to be worth more than $10000

A piece of the meteor that left southeast Michigan residents awestruck on January 16 is up for auction as "the most recent stone to fall to Earth."

Christie's estimated the interstellar rock to be worth between $10,000 and $15,000, James Hyslop, a curator at the auction house, told ABC News in a statement.

When the meteor hit the atmosphere, it broke into pieces that rained down between Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, prompting some residents to embark on a treasure hunt. Read More

February 06, 2018
‘Meteorite ball of fire’ spotted in night skies

Maggie Dellard went out into the garden of her home in Pines Ridge to look at the moon after seeing reports of the phenomenon on television - and was shocked to discover another startling spectacle. “I looked up and there was this big meteorite flying over Tanbridge School,” she said. “It was a big ball of fire with a tail behind it.

“I called out to my husband Keith to come and look, but it totally vanished by the time he came out.”

Maggie, 73, said: “I just can’t believe I am the only person in Horsham to have seen it. It couldn’t have been anything else but a meteorite. Read More

February 06, 2018
Hunting meteorites: Prescott man one of the world’s best

It’s no wonder that Prescott resident Robert Ward is so often referred to as a “space cowboy.”

On a recent afternoon at his home – tucked among the 1.4 billion-year-old formations of the Granite Dells – Ward looked the part: polished black leather boots, black cowboy hat, crisp collared shirt, tan cargo jacket and jeans. And all around him, neatly displayed in well-lit glass cases, were the meteorites that he has found, bartered for or purchased throughout the world.

“That’s the oldest single thing known to man,” Ward said, pointing at a smaller specimen in the collection that he hunted down in California in 2012.

Within that meteorite are small white dots, known as calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAI). Read More

February 01, 2018
RPI student fulfills dream of finding meteorite

On the afternoon of Jan. 17, Brandon Weller finished his last class of the day at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, just as he has done for the past three years. Instead of sleeping in his bed that Wednesday night, he drove eight hours to a small town north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of his: finding a meteorite.

A large meteor shower the night before scattered meteorites across southeast Michigan. Weller decided it was the perfect time to try to find one of his own.

“I had a rock collection growing up, and I just never stopped collecting,” Weller said. “Meteorites were always kind of on that list.” Read More

January 28, 2018
Town Creek man believes meteorite landed in his yard

TOWN CREEK — Robert Earls said he’s seen a lot of rocks and stones in his 81 years, but believes a silicon-looking crystallized rock that landed in his front yard recently is a meteorite.

“You can tell it came from outer space,” said Earls, a retired engineer technician who worked at Marshall Space Flight Center for nine years. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Earls said he found the rock about 10 feet off Alabama 20 at his home on Tennessee Street in Town Creek. Read More

January 23, 2018
Meteorite Hunters Recover Fragments of Fireball That Exploded Over Michigan

Last week, a brilliant fireball lit up the skies over Michigan, exploding some 20 miles high in a ground-shaking blast. The space rock scattered in fragments across Hamburg Township, drawing meteorite hunters from all over in search if the fragments.

A team of professional meteorite hunters from Arizona—Larry Atkins, Robert Ward and Darryl Landry—found the first fragments of the rock on a Michigan Lake last Thursday, Elizabeth Howell writes for To pinpoint the locations, the trio used a variety of methods, including seismic data, Doppler radar and descriptions from witnesses.

“It looked like a perfect black charcoal briquette, with a little snowdrift on top,” Atkins tells Howell. The fragments the team recovered were all hand-sized or smaller, weighing between 20 and 100 grams. These are just the latest finds for the team, who have located hundreds of fragments over the years, Veronica Meadows reports for NBC 25 News. Read More

January 22, 2018
Michigan Meteorite Tally Multiplies

They look like leftover gravel from a freshly laid asphalt road, but the black stones that spattered across the snow in the wake of the January 16th Michigan fireball were anything but terrestrial. They belonged to a tiny asteroid on a recent foray to the outer asteroid belt but now grounded for good on Earth.

Meteorite hunters swarmed to the strewn field near the Township of Hamburg in southwestern Michigan with heads down, walking frozen lakes, parks, and streets in the fall’s strewn field hoping to find a piece of interplanetary treasure. A few have had success, others have returned home with sore legs but grateful to join in the hunt. Read More

January 18, 2018
Hunt on for spec of space rock that shook Michigan

NASA officials confirmed its meteor camera spotted the material at about 8:08 p.m. at Oberlin College in Ohio. The image shows a tiny white ball traversing the screen until a bright flash is seen when it appears to make impact. NASA

Finding remnants of the meteor that flew over southeast Michigan on Tuesday is really shooting for the stars, experts say.

First, you’ve got to find a piece. Then you’ll need a studied eye to detect the difference between space rock and plain old pieces of Earth, they say. Read More

January 17, 2018
NASA: Meteorites 'likely' on ground in southeast Michigan

A suspected meteor reverberated across the metro Detroit area at about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018, sending social media into a frenzy. Local meteorologists confirm it wasn't thunder or lightning, but likely a meteor. Wochit

Pieces of a meteor that ripped through the sky Tuesday night are "likely" on the ground in southeast Michigan, according to a verified NASA Facebook page.

People from metro Detroit to neighboring states saw and heard the thunderous fireball at roughly 8:15 p.m. that streaked through an area northwest of Detroit, above Brighton and Howell, according to the NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page. Read More

January 12, 2018
Mystery solved? Iron meteorite throne in PYRAMID was made to take Pharaoh to the stars

After translating ancient texts, researchers believe an “iron throne” made of meteorites may sit within the giant chamber which was uncovered using revolutionary scanning technology.

The Polytechnic University of Milan’s Giulio Magli said: “There is a possible interpretation, which is in good agreement with what we know about the Egyptian funerary religion as witnessed in the Pyramids Texts.

“In these texts it is said that the pharaoh, before reaching the stars of the north, will have to pass the 'gates of the sky' and sit on his 'throne of iron’.” Read More

January 10, 2018
Alien Meteorite Found in the Sahara Is Older Than Our Solar System

2017 was a year of excitement among the asteroid-watching community, as 'Oumuamua, the first recorded visitor from an another solar system, took a spin around our sun before launching itself off into the inky blackness of space.

According to a team at the University of Johannesburg, though, 'Oumuamua is far from the first visitor from another solar system that we have available to study. One such alien rock is right here on Earth, making it far easier to study.

The anomalous rock widely called the Hypatia stone was discovered in 1996 in a remote part of the Sahara desert, surrounded by strange yellow glass that defied explanation. For two decades, scientists have endeavored to discover the rock's origins, and find out exactly how it was formed, and how it arrived in the middle of the desert. Read More

January 08, 2018
Yes, We Can Survive A Deadly Asteroid Impact Just As Our Early Ancestors Did
There is new evidence that our early ancestors survived a kilometer-sized asteroid impact in Southeast Asia. The asteroid, which hit Earth around 800,000 years ago, was powerful enough to launch debris and dust across Earth's surface.

This asteroid impact is the most recent of this magnitude and provides a glimpse into the ability of early human ancestors to withstand an extinction level impact. While the exact location of the impact crater has not been found, scientists are honing in on the location through careful examination of telltale fragments from an asteroid impact. Read More

January 01, 2018
Stargazers stunned by New Year's Eve meteor - see their videos and pictures

Hundreds of you spotted the ‘ New Year’s Eve meteor ’, which streaked across the skies of the North East as 2017 drew to a close.

The bright green and gold burst of light appeared at around 5.30pm on Sunday.

It’s thought to have been a meteorite of some kind, with the International Meteor Organization recording 602 reports of a ‘very bright fireball’ sighted across the North of England and parts of Scotland. Read More

December 27, 2017
Meteor captured on dashcam video lights up Northeast sky; seen in Pennsylvania

A police sergeant looking for speeders captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera early Tuesday.

The bright flash visible from several states was apparently left by a meteor burning up as it passed through Earth’s atmosphere. Other people and webcams also captured images of the fireball. Read More

December 19, 2017
Amazing alien mineral discovery: Site of 60 million-year-old meteorite strike stuns scientists

Scientists have discovered ‘alien’ minerals at the site of a prehistoric meteor strike on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye.

Geologists from Birkbeck, University of London, were part of a team examining volcanic rocks on Skye when they spotted mineral forms from a meteor impact that have never been found on Earth before. Read More

December 15, 2017
Alien Minerals Discovered at Ancient Meteorite Strike Site in Scotland

Geologists have uncovered mineral forms never before seen on Earth at the site of a 60 million-year-old meteorite strike on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

When probing a thick layer of ancient lava flow on the small, picturesque island, Simon Drake and colleague Andy Beard from Birbeck, University of London, were surprised to find a bizarre-looking rock. Read more

December 12, 2017
UFOs SAVED Earth from DEVASTATING meteor strike, claim conspiracy theorists

A DEVASTATING meteor which hit Russia was intercepted by a UFO to save the world from an even bigger disaster, conspiracy theorists have claimed. Read More

December 11, 2017
Scientists finally know why meteors explode just before hitting Earth

Mankind hasn’t had to deal with much in the way of deadly meteors over the years, but on the few occasions when one of the pesky space rocks does target Earth, they often self-destruct in the air before it even reaches the ground. For years, researchers have puzzled over why that happens, but a new study published in the Meteoritics & Planetary Science suggests the first concrete explanation.

Using a recent meteor explosion event — the rock that detonated in the sky above Chelyabinsk, Russia — as an example, scientists attempted to explain why the massive object seemed to cut its life short before striking ground. Using computer simulations to model the incoming path of the large meteor, the data revealed that it wasn’t necessarily the friction of the upper atmosphere the caused the explosion, but rather the pressure difference between the air in front of the rock and the air behind it. Read More

December 07, 2017
Police Dashcam Captures Fireball Streaking Across New Jersey Sky

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — On December 2 around 3 a.m., Sergeant Michael Virga with the Hamilton Township Police Department was working the overnight shift.

At 3:09 a.m., he turned down Drosera Avenue. Virga pulled over and activated his dashcam.

“These tapes they record backwards. They’re consistently running so they overwrite themselves if we don’t activate it. Once I realized what I saw, I went back and was able to catch the whole thing,” he said. Read More

December 05, 2017
Archaeologists discover ancient tools that actually came from space

We may still be looking for proof that aliens exist, but new research into some very curious ancient tools now reveals that humans were using extraterrestrial material long before mankind even dreamed of flying out of Earth’s atmosphere. The findings, which were published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, reveal that some incredibly old iron artifacts date to a time well before humans had the technological wit to smelt iron ore, and as it turns out, the iron used in their construction actually fell from the sky.

Archaeologists have long suspected that the iron occasionally found amongst Bronze Age artifacts had otherworldly origins, but actually testing those weapons and tools proved more challenging than you might imagine. Preservation is key when it comes to objects that have been lying in wait for thousands of years to be discovered, so many types of testing simply can’t be done for fear of damage. The researchers found a way around that, and made a fantastic discovery. Read More

December 04, 2017
Bronze Age Elite Forged All Their Best Weapons and Jewelry From Meteorites

How could people living during the Bronze Age pull off the difficult process of making iron? They didn't, concludes a new study, instead they got the iron for the rare, few iron artifacts discovered from the period in an easy-to-use form: meteorites hitting Earth.

The logic behind names of prehistoric periods is breathtakingly straightforward: During the Bronze Age, archaeologists find lots of artifacts made of bronze, but then, when the Iron Age begins, suddenly metal implements are made of iron instead. But there have always been a few exceptions, rare objects made of iron long before the Bronze Age faded. Archaeologists have been stumped by these objects because iron is much more difficult to process than bronze, and they didn't think any Bronze Age civilizations had the skills needed to do so. Read More

November 27, 2017
Mystery of fireball hurtling across Canadian night sky finally solved

Some thought it was a meteorite, and others a UFO, but we now know that a fireball spotted over Canada on Friday night was neither. US Strategic Command confirmed it was, in fact, the body of the Antares rocket burning as it returned to Earth’s atmosphere.

The ball of fire was spotted by a number of Canadians in Alberta and Saskatchewan who shared videos of the mysterious flames. The military released a statement revealing the truth. Read More

November 22, 2017
NASA accused of UFO COVER-UP as meteorite hurtles into solar system

The European Space Agency (ESA) released a video showing the object entering Earth’s atmosphere.

In it, a bright light is seen flashing in the distance from the International Space Station.

However, notorious alien conspiracy theorist Tyler Glocker disputed the scientists’ conclusion.

He said: “I don’t think it’s a meteorite at all. What many people may not realise if that this video is a time lapse. Read More

November 18, 2017
Experts in Finland scramble to calculate path of blazing Arctic meteorite that may have landed somewhere in the country

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Finnish experts are scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball that lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body.

Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki's physics department says Thursday night's fireball — allegedly a meteorite — "seems to have been one of the brightest ones."

Kohout says the alleged meteorite produced a blast wave that felt like an explosion about 6:40 p.m. and could be seen in northern Norway and in Russia's Kola peninsula. Read More

November 15, 2017
‘Meteorite’ discovered at Claremont’s Freshwater Bay Primary School

It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie.

A meteorite rains down on a Perth primary school just ahead of the busy morning school run.

But, before you expect to see Ridley Scott at Claremont’s Freshwater Bay Primary School, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, the bricks around said “meteorite” appear to have stayed remarkably intact despite the rock plummeting from space.

Secondly, WA Police were oblivious to the “discovery” when called by The West Australian this morning (despite the use of police tape around the scene). Read More

November 13, 2017
Castle Gardens Primary School 'hit by meteorite'

A County Down school has staged a meteorite strike in its playground.

The fake strike, intended to teach children about space, was discovered by pupils at Castle Gardens Primary School in Newtownards on Monday morning.

Staff, parents and a local business spent the weekend setting the scene.

The school's principal, John Gray, said it would also help pupils who sat their first transfer test paper on Saturday to think about something else. Read More

November 10, 2017
University of Calgary team locates Labour Day fireball fall zone

Researchers from the University of Calgary and international colleagues have discovered the meteorite remnants from a fireball bright enough to be seen from space, and by witnesses across Western Canada and the northwestern United States.

An asteroid fragment measuring one metre wide and weighing one to five tonnes entered Earth’s atmosphere on the evening of Sept. 4, 2017 and lit up the sky. The bright streak alarmed and confused many witnesses, sending some emergency response teams scrambling. Read More

November 09, 2017
Got your hands on a meteorite? Here's how to know for sure!

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:04 PM - A blaze of light flashes through the darkness, flaring so brightly that, for just a few moments, night becomes like day. Finding the object behind this brilliant display may reveal answers to mysteries about the birth of our solar system, or could provide us with even deeper questions to be answered. Here's your guide to meteorites and everything you need to know to find them.

Quick Facts:
• A rock in space is a meteoroid, which produces a meteor flash of light in the atmosphere, and becomes a meteorite if it hits the ground
• An asteroid is rock in space, typically larger than a metre in size, which produces a bright fireball and/or explosive bolide meteor
• It is estimated that as much as 300 metric tons of meteorites plunge into Earth's atmosphere on any particular day
• There are three basic kinds of meteorites - iron, stony and stony-iron
• Most meteorites contain some of the earliest minerals to form in our solar system, over 4.5 billion years ago
• Some meteorites are even from other planets and the Moon
• So far, no rock brought in to the Royal Ontario Museum for identification has turned out to be a meteorite, but will yours be the first? Read More

November 06, 2017
Archaeological Dig Uncovers Homestead Of Chatham's Earliest Settlers

An archaeological dig in North Chatham recently uncovered the original homestead of two of Chatham’s earliest residents, William and Anne Busby Nickerson. They built their house on a site near Ryder’s Cove in 1664, but the site was never preserved, and gradually was reclaimed by the surrounding land.

About 20 years ago, the Nickerson Family Association established its headquarters near where they believed William and Anne’s homestead had stood. They undertook the recent archaeological dig to try and pinpoint the exact location. Read More

November 06, 2017
Dazzling Geminid meteor shower to light up the holiday season: How, when to watch

The holiday season is about to get a lot brighter this year with the famous Geminid meteor shower sparkling the night sky.

If you plan to catch a ride aboard the train at Macy’s Pink Pig in Atlanta — a local holiday tradition — or attend one of the most spirited holiday parades in the country, you may also want to squeeze in some time for this celestial spectacle in December.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 Geminid meteor shower: Read More

November 03, 2017
Hunt for meteorites in your own yard

When you picture a meteorite, you probably imagine a massive hunk of space rock hurtling its way through Earth’s atmosphere. The objects that survive this trip sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auctions, become parts of museum displays, and make national news. But you—yes, you—can find your very own meteorites, and you don’t need to be a millionaire to do it. You just need to think small. Micro, to be exact.

Like meteorites, micrometeorites are space rocks that fall to Earth—but as their name suggests, they are also extremely tiny, less than a tenth of an inch in width. And they’re way more numerous than their big cousins: Approximately 3,000 tons—that's roughly the weight of 47 sperm whales—of micrometeorites smash into the ground each year, compared to a piddling 55 tons of meteorites. Which means some of these objects could be sitting in your backyard right now. Read More

October 28, 2017
Has a meteorite ever been found in Newfoundland? One man says he's collected 16

A retired science teacher in central Newfoundland says he believes he is the owner of several meteorites, despite claims that a rock from outer space has never been found on the island.

When a bright light shot across the sky over St. John's Monday night, it sent a few people scouring the Southside Hills on Tuesday looking for traces of meteorite. A meteorite is a piece of rock that survives its passage through the Earth's atmosphere and makes it to land. Read More

October 25, 2017
Meteorite slams into Cape businessman's roof

Cape Town - He heard a loud thump and thought it was an intruder trying to steal from his furniture shop. Never in his wildest dreams did he think the “intruder” was from a galaxy far away.

Fagrie Allie, who owns a furniture store in Paarl, was closing his shop when “I heard a loud thump along with a shattering sound and at first I thought It was an intruder but I saw the store was empty and I thought maybe one of the pieces of furniture had fallen over but I saw nothing”.

He then saw dust particles coming from the ceiling but didn’t take note at first. Read More

October 20, 2017
Meteor shower to light up the sky

A meteor shower is expected to light up the night sky on Friday and Saturday night. The annual Orionid Meteor Shower is predicted to display between 10 and 20 meteors per hour.

According to Jacaranda FM, Elias Aydi, a Ph.D. student affiliated with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), explained that a multinational group of astronomers recently discovered what might be the brightest stellar eruption ever observed.

Aydi explains a meteor is a large rock passing through the atmosphere of the earth. It burns and evaporates and then leaves behind a trail of gasses due to high speeds. Read More

October 20, 2017
In Search of the Mid-Autumn Meteorite

YUNNAN, Southwest China — As a white light illuminated the night sky on Oct. 4, the windows in Deqen County started to shake. Liu Jiewen, who had moved from Shanghai to the remote area on the Tibetan Plateau around six years ago, was drinking with friends who said they clearly felt vibrations. But Liu — an amateur travelogue writer who makes a living selling mountain delicacies at his shop — said he hadn’t been paying attention.

Almost immediately, Liu’s younger brother called him from the nearby town of Benzilan, right next to the Yunnan-Tibet Highway in northwestern Yunnan province. “There was a big oval moon flying across the sky, shining as bright as day,” Liu’s brother said. “It exploded and crashed into the mountain outside the town.” After hanging up the phone, Liu told his friends: “No need to make a fuss; it’s probably just some family setting off fireworks for the Mid-Autumn Festival.” Read More

October 18, 2017
Another Flying Saucer? Mysterious Object Over UAE Stuns Onlookers

An unknown space object has been observed disintegrating into flames over Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Discussing a video of the strange event, some commentators suggested that it could be a meteorite, while others thought it could have been a burning plane.

The UAE's news website quoted the Dubai Astronomy Group as saying that the mysterious object was debris from Russia's Progress cargo spaceship "disintegrating in the atmosphere." Read More

October 17, 2017
Meteor Crater: Arizona's other huge hole in the ground

Arizona is best known for its giant hole in the ground, a feature that became the state's license-plate slogan and has etched itself into the hearts of tourists around the world.

But Grand Canyon isn’t the state’s only hole in the ground that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Meteor Crater is a geological warm-up act to the Canyon, an interesting diversion worth visiting for an hour or so (more if you browse the gift shop or have lunch at the sandwich shop). Read More

October 11, 2017
Asteroid to just miss Earth

Asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass mighty close by our planet this Thursday. A direct hit would cause untold destruction. So, are we really prepared for such an event?

A digital clock showing the last seconds before impact, a manned space craft whose mission is to stop a massive asteroid and a hero who is going to save Earth from certain destruction – the stuff movies like Armageddon are made of. But could this become reality? Not really!

The reason is not that Hollywood calls up the most obscure weapons technologies, but simply that nobody has a ready-made plan what to do in such a scenario. Which methods should one use? Would there be a space mission? Who would take responsibility for it? Would we use rockets to shoot at the asteroid? And finally: who would pay for it all? Lots of unanswered questions. Read More

October 09, 2017
Man videos ‘meteorite strike’ as Cairns big bang theories abound

THE city’s “big bang” mystery continues to deepen with residents split on whether it was caused by a meteorite, gas bottle explosion, electrical transformer failure or sonic boom.

Beginning with the latter theory, a single FA-18 Hornet was heard flying loudly over Cairns on Sunday night, with a Department of Defence spokesman confirming it landed at Cairns Airport while carrying out a training exercise from RAAF Base Townsville.

But no jets were operating late on Saturday night when a god-almighty “explosion” was heard across the city. Read More

October 06, 2017
Watch: Huge Celestial Fireball Appears in Night Sky as Superboldie Meteorite Explodes Over China

A huge fireball lit up the sky over southwestern China Wednesday when a meteoroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burst into flames.

NASA data put the velocity of the fireball at 14.6 kilometers per second, generating impact energy equivalent to 540 tons of TNT as it blazed across the night sky near the border with Myanmar.

The cosmic light show was visible for several seconds, just after 8pm local time on Wednesday, the South China Morning Post reported. Videos posted on Chinese social media captured the extraordinary sight, seen here in this video by Chinese state broadcaster CGTN. Read More

October 06, 2017
Couple’s home hit by meteorite, Clemson astrophysicists confirm

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson astrophysicists have visually confirmed that an unusual rock that hit a Pawley Island home and ended up in a yard is meteorite from outer space.

“I looked at my house and my windows, and everything looked fine, so I just walked right on by,” Casselman said. “I didn’t even pick it up.”

The next day, Casselman’s partner, Dennis Suszko, found a strange piece of rock in the front yard, and she remembered seeing a similar rock in the side yard. Read More

September 06, 2017
The Meteorite Hunters of British Columbia Are Out in Full Force

They’re looking for remnants of the fireball that burned up over their province this past weekend.

When a meteor passes overhead, two exciting things happen. The first is the fireball that streaks across the sky, seemingly out of nowhere. The second, provided there’s no damage, is the aftermath: when enthusiasts roam around, seeking treasure in the form of tiny space rocks. Read More

September 05, 2017
Space rock that caused flash over West could have weighed 10 tonnes: expert

At least one expert believes a bright flash that lit up the sky over parts of Western Canada on Monday night was likely caused by a space rock that weighed up to 10 tonnes when it barrelled into the Earth's atmosphere.

There were reports of a mysterious fireball streaking across the sky in several locations, including Calgary, the Okanagan Valley and Kootenays in the B.C. Interior and the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Read More

August 23, 2017
The Molong meteorite and why a century on, mystery surrounds a small town's biggest find

A 105-year-old mystery surrounding the rare Molong meteorite from central-west New South Wales has been dug up again.

Molong, west of Orange, lays claim to a few things — being the birthplace of the Packham pear and the location of the infamous Fairbridge Farm School for British child migrants — but its place in the geological and astronomical history books is less known.

When a 105-kilogram meteorite was discovered in a Molong farmer's paddock in 1912, it caused a local stir.

But more than a century on, many questions remain, and there are hopes pieces of the puzzle could be put in place. Read More

August 11, 2017
Man claims to have found a burning meteorite in yard, but is it real?; video

A man in Georgia claims to have found a burning meteorite in a small impact crater in his yard and captured video footage of his discovery moments after impact on July 21.

But is it real? "It was so loud that I thought there had been a car accident on the road in front of my house," Jay Sullivent of Appling told Caters News via Daily Mail. "When I got over to the crater it was around 15 inches deep and about the same across. The rock in the middle was glowing red." Read More

August 07, 2017
Virginia witness says UFO hovered over neighbor’s home.

A Virginia witness at Richmond reported watching and videotaping a cylinder-shaped object hovering over a neighbor’s home, according to testimony in Case 84480 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness and her husband were sitting outside on a porch at 10:45 p.m. on June 17, 2017, when the incident began.

“I noticed what looked like a meteorite shooting across the sky at three separate times a few minutes apart from one another,” the witness stated. “I thought it was odd for this to happen back-to-back because I’ve never seen that before, but I ignored the thought and continued to talk with my husband.” Read More

August 01, 2017
The Earth Had A Near-Miss With An Asteroid That Was Completely Undetected

An asteroid the size of a passenger aircraft has been detected after passing extremely close to Earth.

What’s worrying about that sentence is the word ‘after’. It was completely undetected until three days after it had been at its closest point to our planet. Read More

July 21, 2017
Someone Just Bought That $20,000 KFC Zinger Meteorite

When KFC debuted its new online lifestyle goods boutique earlier this month, who knew that one of the first things to sell would be the $20,000 meteorite shaped like a Zinger chicken sandwich?

The fast feeder just placed a "Sold" label on the item, created by Wieden & Kennedy Portland to memorialize the menu offering's recent flight into space. See how it was packaged for delivery above. Read More

July 18, 2017
The value of hunting meterorites

Meteorites are scattered all over the surface of our planet, but they're rarely found. For one, there's a needle-in-a-haystack quality endemic to hunting for meteorites, and most people don't really know what they're looking for. Knowing that meteorites are much, much older than any other rock on Earth doesn't necessarily make them easier to find. The reward for discovering a rock that's billions of years old can be great indeed, and not just from a scientific or academic perspective. Because of their age, importance and rarity, meteorites can be worth a lot of money. Read More

July 12, 2017
KFC carved a meteorite into the shape of a sandwich, and you can buy it for $20000
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July 08, 2017
NASA Warns Earth Could Be Next After Meteorite Impact Sparked Massive Explosion On The Moon

After NASA filmed the moment that a meteorite impact triggered a massive explosion on the surface of the moon, scientists warned that the Earth could be next if we do not develop the technology to ward off the threat of meteoroids and asteroids threatening the planet. And as part of efforts to protect the Earth from a catastrophic impact event, NASA launched the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to build a spacecraft that can be launched to bounce off an asteroid threatening the Earth.

The 880-pound meteor, which collided with the lunar surface on September 11, 2013, at a speed of 37, 900 mph, was filmed by NASA scientists. Experts warned after the event that the incident highlighted the grave danger the Earth faces from meteoroids and asteroids orbiting near and crossing the path of its orbit. According to scientists, it is only a matter of time before the Earth experiences a major impact event that could wipe out human civilization if we fail to develop the technology to ward off the threat. Read More

July 01, 2017
NASA announces plan to re-direct asteroid coming near Earth. Read More

June 27, 2017
A Rare, 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Hit the Netherlands

Meteorites in the Netherlands, like in a lot of places throughout the world, can be very hard to find. That’s because they’re small and hard to distinguish from other rocks and can land anywhere. We frequently don’t even know they exist unless they make us notice, like when they hit someone’s car or someone’s hip.

Which is what happened in January in the Netherlands, when a one-pound meteorite hit a shed and was discovered by residents who were picking through the damage, according to Agence France-Presse. The meteorite is only the sixth found in the country in the last 200 years, which means it was cause for celebration by scientists there, some of whom released a video Sunday to unveil the rock and explain how excited they were. Read More

June 26, 2017
Meteorite ‘size of a small car’ causes buzz after hitting Sudan

The Sudanese Ministry of Minerals announced on Sunday that they found fragments of a meteorite, which had struck earth on Wednesday in the southern White Nile state.

Head of the geological team Othman Abu Aqla said that the team received the fragments of the stone and tests found radioactive elements in the field in which the meteorite fragments fell.

He added that when they measured the radioactivity of the collected samples of the meteorites they turned out to be at normal levels. Read More

June 18, 2017
Broadneck residents: You might want to check for meteorites

It came in the night with a flash of light — and it may have fallen in your backyard.

American Meteor Society Operations Manager Mike Hankey, of Monkton, said on June 6 around 9:55 p.m. more than 50 witnesses in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Maryland reported seeing a bright light in the sky. It was a meteor, and it ended its path over the Broadneck Peninsula, according to Hankey.

Eastport resident Julie Lenzer said she saw it while driving home from Washington along Route 50. It looked like a star, but bigger, and fizzled out, she said.

Most meteorites blow up miles above the Earth's surface, Hankey said, turning into hundreds or thousands of smaller rocks, which are then scattered over an area a mile wide and 10 miles long. Read More

June 15, 2017
Krugersdorpers spot meteorite slicing through the sky

Krugersdorpers went nuts about the meteorite that fell to earth near Krugersdorp North this morning, 15 June at about 6am.

Kaylem Cronje said in a Facebook post that he was on his way to work when the meteorite fell into the atmosphere.

Corné Breydenbach asked his friends if it was indeed a meteor.

He joked, saying that he initially thought it was a petrol bomb because he knew about the taxi strikes taking place in Midrand.

Yolandé de Koker was on the N14 heading in the direction of Centurion when the meteor appeared. Read More

June 13, 2017
Out of this world: Pottsville store sells meteorites

POTTSVILLE — A store owner in Pottsville has meteorites he says are from Mars.

Roger Wehbe, owner of Martian Materials Meteorite Store at 18 N. Second St., had his grand opening Monday.

“I believe that this area is not a bad area to open up at,” he said, proclaiming that his store is the only store on earth that sells meteorites.

His collection includes a 0.040-gram specimen titled NWA 7034. It was found in 2011 in Morocco but is not for sale. Read More

June 12, 2017
Spherical-cut meteorite on ebay, yours for $18,000.

Listed as a Seymchan Pallasite Olivine Meteorite, this beautiful item is priced $18,000 but they're accepting offers.
Mineral Origin: Magadan District, Russia, 1967
Diameter: 2.77" / 70.3 mm
Weight: 2 lbs 4.3 oz / 1029 grams / 1.029 kilograms

...Seymchan is a Pallasite meteorite found in the dry bed of the Hekandue River in the Magadan District, Russia, near the settlement of Seymchan in June 1967 ...

Pallasites consist of a nickel-iron matrix packed with Olivine crystals and account for less than 2% of all known meteorites ... and unlike many meteorites, Seymchan is stable and rust resistant! Read More

June 06, 2017
Rock-like object falls from sky in Jaipur, appears to be meteorite

A mysterious rock-like object, which appears to have fallen from the sky, in an open field near Bhankhrora area on the outskirts of the city caused panic among locals.

The dark grey-coloured object appears to be a meteorite and weighs around four kg. A few other pieces of the rock-like object were also found, police said.

“Locals spotted the object in the morning and informed us. It seems the object fell at a great speed as it has created a small crater on the ground in Mukundpura village,” SHO of Bhankhrora Police Station Hemendra Sharma told PTI. Read More

June 02, 2017
Remember last year's meteorite? Here's where to see it!

TEMPE, AZ - The sound and the light from the fireball startled many Arizonans one year ago, but now they can see the meteorites that caused it.

The meteor fell from space on June 2, 2016.

"This meteor, which was probably the size of a small car came into the atmosphere at about 15 miles per second, broke up in the upper atmosphere into thousands of pieces," ASU Professor Laurence Garvie said.

Garvie is the curator for ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies.

"I'd like to say a once in a generation event to have something so close to us," Garvie said. He was part of the meteorite search team in Eastern Arizona. Read More

May 26, 2017
'Tiny clocks' crystallize understanding of meteorite crashes

Almost two billion years ago, a 10-kilometre-wide chunk of space slammed down into rock near what is now the city of Sudbury. Now, scientists from Western University and the University of Portsmouth are marrying details of that meteorite impact with technology that measures surrounding crystal fragments as a way to date other ancient meteorite strikes.

The pioneering technique is helping add context and insight into the age of meteor impacts. And ultimately, it provides new clues into the beginnings of life on this planet and others, said Desmond (Des) Moser, associate professor in the Departments of Earth Sciences and Geography at Western.

"The underlying theme is, when did life begin? We know that it couldn't happen as long as the surface was being periodically vaporized by meteorite strikes during the solar system's early years and youth—so if we can figure out when those strikes stopped, we can then understand a bit more about how we got here, and when." Read More

May 19, 2017
Piece of the Meteorite That Struck a Woman Sells for More Than Its Weight in Gold

At 2:46 P.M. on November 30, 1954, 34-year-old Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was napping on her couch. Suddenly a nine-pound object bashed through the ceiling of her home, smashed into her radio, ricocheted off and hit her in the thigh, reports Kat Eschner at The object was a meteorite and it left a nasty bruise in the only well-documented case of a person being struck by a rock from space. A piece of that meteorite sold last week at auction at Christie’s fetching more money per gram than gold.

As Daryl Pitt, a meteorite consultant for the auction house, tells Rae Paoletta at Gizmodo, the 10.3-gram specimen of meteorite sold for $7,500. “By way of example, the price of 24K gold today is $39.05/g,” Pitt says, “and so this specimen sold for 18.5 times its weight in gold.”

The rock sold at auction wasn't actually a fraction of the meteorite that bombarded into Hodges' home. Though Hodges herself recovered a section, a local farmer also found a chunk. The Smithsonian acquired the section of the space rock from the farmer soon after. The piece that sold at Christie’s comes from his chunk of the rock, but is a much smaller fraction than the one still remaining with museum collections. As Nina Godlewski of the International Business Times reports, the piece sold is only about the size of a dime. Read More

May 18, 2017
Experts analyse unique meteorite falling in east Bohemia

Hradec Kralove, East Bohemia, May 17 (CTK) - A unique meteorite from east Bohemia, one of few whose trajectory is exactly known, has been analysed by experts, Pavel Suchan, from the Science Academy's Astronomical Institute, told CTK on the first anniversary of the meteorite's fall on Wednesday.

The meteorite is only the fifth in the Czech Republic and 30th in the world whose previous route through the Solar System and the Earth's atmosphere has been successfully measured by astronomical devices.

It weighs 134 grammes and bears the name of Hradec Kralove, after the capital of the region where it fell and was found by a meteorite hunter. Read More

May 15, 2017
Beads made from meteorite reveal prehistoric culture's reach

Blackened and irregular, the prehistoric beads found in a centuries-old Illinois grave don’t look like anything special. But the latest analysis1 shows that they were fashioned from an exotic material: the shards of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than 700 kilometres from where the beads were found.

The link between the Anoka meteorite, which landed in central Minnesota, and the Illinois beads confirms that “2,000 years ago, goods and ideas were moved hundreds of miles across eastern North America”, says Timothy McCoy, co-author of the analysis and curator-in-charge of meteorites at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. Read More 2nd Article

May 10, 2017
A Piece of the Famous Meteorite That Nailed a Person Has Just Been Sold

The only thing worse than getting struck by lightning or a large, flying bird is getting struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, the chances of this happening to you are incredibly low—according to National Geographic, there is only one confirmed case of a meteorite striking a person. So perhaps it’s no surprise that a piece of the offending space rock, called “Sylacauga” after the town it landed in, just sold today for one hell of a price tag.

According to Christie’s, the auction house obtained a portion of the famous falling rock from the Smithsonian, as part of an online auction featuring an array of meteorites, including some estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old. The rock has been stowed away since it struck a woman on the hip after blasting through the roof of her home on November 30, 1954 in Talladega County, Alabama. Read More

May 05, 2017
Crater Potentially Linked to the Biggest Mass Extinction Event in Earth’s History is Discovered

Scientists have discovered what they believe is one of the biggest impact craters in the world near the Falklands Islands. They say the crater appears to date to between 270 and 250 million years ago, which, if confirmed, would link it to the world’s biggest mass extinction event, where 96 percent of life on Earth was wiped out.

The presence of a massive crater in the Falklands was first proposed by Michael Rampino, a professor in New York University, in 1992 after he noticed similarities with the Chicxulub crater in Mexico—the asteroid that created this crater is thought to have played a major role in the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Read More

May 03, 2017
Christie's to auction 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite 'a third as old as time itself'

It's a strange feeling, holding a piece of Mars in your hand. But that's what I'm doing at the offices of Christie's auction house in New York.

Laid out in front of me are a series of rare meteorites, part of "Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites," Christie's annual online auction of extraterrestrial specimens. Deep Impact, which will be live from May 3 to 10, with lot estimates ranging from $1,000 to $120,000.

Here, some are large, some small; some from the moon, a couple from Mars. One is the shape of a pear and fits in the palm of my hand. Another, the size of a small window, is presented sliced, exposing sparkling crystals of peridot and olivine. Read More

April 26, 2017
“Meteorite hunter” finds 14 kg of meteorite-like substance in Iran desert

Russian Federation – In January 2017 a team of four UrFU researchers spent 10 days in the Lut desert in Iran on a meteorite expedition. Every day the expedition would cover 50-100 kilometres. They managed to find 12-14 kilograms of samples, which have characteristics similar to meteorites.

According to the head of the expedition, part of the samples was left in UrFU’s partner university in Iran – Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman – for further studies. The part which was brought to Ekaterinburg is being studied in the university’s Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies research centre.

The team conducted visual studies and checked the magnetic properties of the obtained fragments having found out that 90% of the findings are meteorites. The largest found meteorite weighes 10 kilograms, though it is divided in several fragments. The biggest meteorite brought to UrFU weights 2 kilograms.

The substance discovered is thought to date back up to 4.5 billion years ago; still further tests and examination are needed to confirm this hypothesis. Professor Grokhovsky commented: “In order to determine the age of the found fragments, the scientist should consider when a fragment was formed in space, when it split from its parent body and how much time has it spent on Earth.” Read More

April 17, 2017
Meteor causes house-shaking thud

THERE have been reports of a house-shaking thud in Killarney after the meteor was spotted in our skies last night.

Our sister paper, the Warwick Daily News reported the buzz on social media: Brigitte Jones said, "I felt it out here, the house shook."

Madeline Wilkins posted "I'm in Toowoomba and saw a burning light in the sky maybe a meteorite, heading that direction just before I saw this post... Maybe related?"

Killarney resident Krissy Bloomfield said, "On Brosnan Rd kids saw what we thought shooting star just before the bang."

Some residents reported thinking the noise was thunder or fireworks. Read More

April 13, 2017
An expert’s guide to meteorites

Meteorites are our principal source of extraterrestrial material. They are sometimes called the ‘poor man’s space probe’ because they land on Earth for free. These rocks hail from approximately 100–150 different asteroids as well as from the Moon and Mars, and they provide key information about our origins. Asteroidal meteorites are also the oldest rocks around – a few hundred million years older than the oldest existing Earth rocks and approximately 60 million years older than the Moon itself.

There are three main varieties of meteorites:

Stones (95 per cent of meteorite falls): These are silicate rocks (some resembling terrestrial volcanic rocks) derived from melted and unmelted asteroids, the Moon, and Mars

Irons (4 per cent of falls): These are metallic iron-nickel masses, predominantly from the cores of melted asteroids.

Stony irons (1 per cent of falls): These half-stone, half-metal samples are formed on or within melted asteroids by the mixing of metal core material with silicate rocks. Read More

April 11, 2017
This woman was live-streaming when a flaming meteor zipped behind her

A very bright meteor shot across the Southwest sky Monday night, and given the population density of, say, Southern California, a lot of people were out to see it. Among those were Dale Demi, was streaming a live video via YouNow in San Diego. One of Demi’s viewers, Faye Heddings, recorded the moment.

“Did you guys see that?” Demi asks.

Yes, we sure did. More than 300 people in Southern California, Arizona and Las Vegas reported to the American Meteor Society that they saw the fireball. Thirteen of those people heard a boom as it exploded into fragments of space rock. Read More

April 11, 2017
'I saw a meteor break up over Plymouth and it was amazing'

The last thing Ben Landricombe was expecting to see on his way to work was a meteor.

But that's exactly what the 36-year-old, from Plymstock, claims he saw at 6am today.

Ben, a keen photographer, managed to capture the extraordinary sight - and has produced these stunning pictures.

"I've never seen anything like it in my life," said Ben, who works for Plymouth City Council. "I was late to work, but I think my boss was alright. Read More

April 08, 2017
Meteorite Finder Fights China’s (Mostly Terrestrial) Property Law

BEIJING — One summer day, a Kazakh herder in northwest China noticed that a giant black boulder had appeared overnight in the grasslands where he raises sheep and cattle. He left it there, and it sat undisturbed for more than two decades.

But in 2011, local officials declared the rock a meteorite and hauled it away, arguing that natural resources were state property. So the herder and his sons decided to sue.

“The meteorite wasn’t made on land, or even on the earth,” the family’s lawyer, Sun Yi, said in a telephone interview from Shanghai. “It’s from outer space, so it should belong to the person who first discovered it.” Read More

April 05, 2017
Detectors excavate secrets of Cape Cod History

Ever wonder if old relics might be hiding right under your feet?

“All the time,” is the response of the group of Yarmouth hobbyists who practice the art of metal detection in a quest to seek and recover artifacts that have long hidden around Cape Cod and beyond. Typically, detectors are hardy folk who spend many happy hours swinging their wands back and forth across the region’s soils, beach sands and restless waters. Their goal is to retrieve any coin, ring or other object either lost or discarded by our forebears in the distant past.

Sometimes, the thrill of discovery even prompts these adventurers to carry their bulky metal-detection equipment to foreign lands in search of artifacts from long-forgotten eras. A mix of informed guesswork and a healthy dose of imagination makes it possible for detectors to conjure from their finds some interesting tales from our region’s history. Read More

March 20, 2017
Sighting of meteorite's moon hit by Aberystwyth scientists

Space scientists in Aberystwyth believe they have captured the first confirmed UK sighting of a meteorite hitting the Moon.

The image was taken on New Year's Day from a remotely operated telescope at Aberystwyth University.

The lunar impact flash - an explosion of light caused by something hitting the Moon's surface - was corroborated by a team of Italian astronomers.

Dr Tony Cook said the flashes were "notoriously difficult to record".

Dr Cook, who captured the image, said: "The meteorite would be travelling at anywhere between 10 to 70km (6 to 43miles) per second as it hit the surface of the Moon. Read More

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April 03, 2020
Researcher Believes He Has ID'd Shipwreck in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears from time to time in the right conditions on a beach in York.

The ship's remains, which were last exposed by a nor'easter in 2018, are likely those of the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent storm in 1769, said researcher Stefan Claesson, owner of Nearview, an aerial drone and archaeological surveying company.

The Defiance was built in 1754 in Massachusetts, which fits with historical documents and tree-ring dating conducted by Cornell University, he said.

But, he said, “additional historical research and archaeological investigations are needed to confirm the identification.” Read More

April 03, 2020
Archaeology? What's its relevance in crises-filed world?

You might reasonably suppose that digging up old stones, pots and bones doesn’t have much relevance in a world beset by epidemics, economic crises, political disunity, violent confrontations and climate change.

So many balls in the air! Why ignore them even for a moment to look at curiosities from the deep past?

I claim the necessity of this field, critical especially in these times. Like any serious, scientific discipline, it comprises a vast amount of low-level data in the form of finds, that have to be pieced together, sometimes physically and sometimes metaphorically, to build up a picture of the past, near or distant. Read More

March 23, 2020
Submarine Wreckage Detected Off Hawaiian Island of Oahu

AHU, HAWAII—Live Science reports that a private group of researchers led by Tim Taylor, founder of the Lost 52 Project, has discovered the wreckage of the USS Stickleback, which sank on May 28, 1958, after an accidental collision with destroyer escort USS Silverstein during a Cold War-era antisubmarine warfare exercise. All of the sailors aboard the vessel were rescued, but Navy ships were not able to keep the damaged submarine afloat. Read More

March 18, 2020
Digging up war-time history in a field in County Derry

We stand around a neatly dug rectangle of land. The rain is hammering in horizontally off the Atlantic. A glance towards it shows it to be heaving, the waves are tumultuous.

Dr Heather Montgomery has to shout to be heard over the wind.

“This is the reality of frontline archaeology,” she tells us.

The Cadet Training Centre at Magilligan is the centre of a major archaeological excavation being undertaken by Queen’s University’s Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA). Read More

March 15, 2020
U.S. Museum's Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Turn Out to Be Elaborate Fakes

After conducting a battery of tests on fragments of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, officials from the Museum of the Bible have confirmed that several samples are fakes. For some, like Dead Sea Scroll expert Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University, the news wasn’t surprising.

Since 2017, Davis had expressed doubts about the authenticity of the fragments due to factors that include “scribal quality and technique in the penning of the texts as well as the physical composition and current state of the manuscript media.” Read More

March 14, 2020
Summer Archaeology Sites in Bear Brook, Pillsbury Parks

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's summer archaeology field school sites will be in Bear Brook and Pillsbury state parks, the Division of Historical Resources said.

The program will investigate Native American settlement prior to the arrival of European settlers at the Allenstown and Washington parks. The first will take place from July 13-24 along the Suncook River. The second will take place from July 27-Aug. 7 in Washington. They will be directed by division archaeologists Mark Doperalski and David Trubey. Read More

March 12, 2020
Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida

Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida's coastline.

Archaeologists say the remains of their settlements are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

In Florida's Palm Beach County researchers are planning how best to protect and preserve the ancient sites most at risk from rising seas. Read More

March 04, 2020
Brown University archaeologists map out God’s Little Acre

his past February, Brown University archaeology PhD candidates Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov, and Miriam Rothenberg spent a cold cloudy day surveying God’s Little Acre in the Common Burial Ground in Newport. The cemetery is the country’s largest and best-preserved colonial-era African and African-American cemetery, and it is a testament to the perseverance of their community.

Newport’s location meant that the cash crop farming that many people associate with slavery was not feasible, so instead enslaved Africans were trained in the trades required to keep the port city running. They often arrived as children under 13 years old and were raised as carpenters, stonemasons, chocolate grinders, glass blowers, ship riggers, sail seamstresses, and painters. Read More

March 02, 2020
U-2 Spy Plane Photos Are Windows Onto Ancient Civilizations

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stand over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turn heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offer a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use.

These images come from a special collection of footage. In the late 1950s, U-2 spy planes flew at around 70,000 feet over Cold War hotspots in Europe and Asia, capturing images that could show details as small as a person. Read More

March 01, 2020
Archaeologists find remnants of what could be Squire Pope manor in Bluffton

Local archaeologists believe they’ve uncovered remnants of the original Squire Pope manor at Wright Family Park, a discovery that would debunk a generations-old belief that all traces of the historic Bluffton structure were lost to time, erosion and the 1863 Union Army “Burning of Bluffton.”

Town officials say that last fall, Heyward House volunteers — representatives of the town’s historical preservation society — came upon very old bricks while metal-detecting on the Wright Family Park lawn at the end of Calhoun Street.

The breakthrough launched archaeological work on the property. Read More

March 01, 2020
44 African American graves found under Florida parking lot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A private archaeology firm says it has discovered what appear to be about 44 graves from a long-forgotten African American cemetery under a Florida parking lot.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the firm, Cardno, used ground-penetrating radar to find the suspected graves. The firm was hired by the city of Clearwater and the Pinellas County School Board to conduct the search.

The school district owns the parking lot. Cardno also reported additional graves may exist under a nearby school district building. Read More

February 25, 2020
Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology

Centuries of archaeological research on the Inca Empire has netted a veritable library of knowledge. But new digital and data-driven projects led by Brown University scholars are proving that there is much more to discover about pre-colonial life in the Andes.

In a recently released edition of the Journal of Field Archaeology, Brown Assistant Professor of Anthropology Parker VanValkenburgh and several colleagues detailed new research they conducted in the former Inca Empire in South America using drones, satellite imagery and proprietary online databases. Their results demonstrate that big data can provide archaeologists with a sweeping, big-picture view of the subjects they study on the ground -- prompting new insights and new historical questions. Read More

February 21, 2020
Spy Plane Photos Open Windows Into Ancient Worlds

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stood over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turned heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offered a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use. Read More

February 16, 2020
Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe

FARGO — In a storage room at the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department, the remains of almost 2,000 Arikara and Mandan people rest in boxes, alongside the sacred objects buried with them centuries ago.

There, 65-year-old Pete Coffey, director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, reunited with his ancestors in 2017.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I felt the presence of those ancestral spirits very strongly when I walked in there,” he said. Read More

February 12, 2020
The Regulation of American Archaeology

“It belongs in a museum!” So says the young Indiana Jones in one of the hit movies from the 1980s after observing the unauthorized excavation of an important artifact.

But the question of who has the right to artifacts found in the United States depends on a number of factors. Government agencies, Native American tribes, and private property owners may all have a claim to artifacts depending on where they were found.

The first and most significant federal law governing archaeology is the Antiquities Act of 1906. This act was the first to establish penalties for illegal excavations, damage, or appropriation of American antiquities. These penalties, however, only apply when the illegal action takes place on land “owned or controlled” by the federal government. The act also authorizes the President to declare historic landmarks as national monuments. Read More

February 11, 2020
Researchers Will Search for Spanish Treasure Ship

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—The Guardian reports that researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Spain’s National Museum of Underwater Archaeology will renew their search for Nuestra Señora del Juncal, a Spanish galleon that was carrying more than 100 tons of New World gold, silver, jewels, cacao, dyes, and animal hides when it sank off the coast of Mexico in a storm in October 1631. The Juncal’s commander had died before it set sail, and the ship began taking on water before the storm hit. Read More

February 02, 2020
Mike Wolfe on rescuing America's past

Antique stores are generally home for relics of the past, not newly-minted celebrities. But at Antique Archaeology, in Le Claire, Iowa, shop owner Mike Wolfe gives customer some star power along with the dust. "Every one of these people write my check," Wolfe said. "Every one of them do. So, I try to spend as much time as I can with them, and if we don't rise to the occasion all the time, then I feel like I failed."

If you recognize him, it's probably because you're not only into rusty bits of Americana, but you're also a viewer of the History Channel series, "American Pickers." It's like "Antiques Roadshow" mixed with an episode of "Hoarders."

Wolfe tried to sell the show for five years. But nobody really knew what a "picker" was, including the History Channel. "I said, 'Here's the deal, man: You're the History Channel, let's educate them. Let's tell them what a picker is!'" said Wolfe. Read More

February 01, 2020
Archaeology and historical record solve a Portage Lake mystery

Once Brendon Baillod and Randy Beebe had surveyed, photographed and documented the sunken vessel in the Keweenaw Waterway near the Michigan Technological University power plant, responses from local divers and residents as to the identity of the hulk simply did not line up with existing data and records Baillod possessed. He has, he said, one of the largest private collections of antiquarian Great Lakes books and ephemera in existence and is active in searching for and documenting historic Great Lakes shipwrecks. Read More

February 01, 2020
Bones found near Port Angeles likely 500-1,000 years old

PORT ANGELES — Officials Thursday continued investigating the origin of bones found on a Waterfront Trail beach while repairs began on unstable embankments that recently yielded the ancient remains.

A complete human skull including the mandible, and a possible scapula, were found Jan. 14 by a man and his son on the Port Angeles Harbor waterfront abutting the trail, which is part of Olympic Discovery Trail.

“There’s a high probability [the remains] are Native American,” Lower Elwha Tribal Archaeologist Bill White said Thursday. Read More

January 29, 2020
What Is the Most Significant Archaeological Discovery of the Past Decade? Nine Historians Share Their Favorite Finds

The last decade witnessed major archaeological discoveries, from the 10-month excavation of a Bronze Age settlement in England to what could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork, which was found in Indonesia last year. Which of these finds was most important? To hear more, ARTnews asked nine archaeologists and scholars. Their selections—which span several continents and multiple millennia—follow below.

Among numerous other significant discoveries of the past decade in Egypt, one find earns distinction. In 2013, a French mission [led by] Pierre Tallet discovered in a cave on the Red Sea coast in the Wadi El-Jarf remains of a logbook of a boat captain who had—before his assignment at the Red Sea—shipped building blocks to the pyramid of Kheops (Khufu) at Giza (2580 B.C.E.). By itself, such transports were not new to us, but the daily entries in the logbook connect us vividly with one of mankind’s most admired building projects. Read More

January 27, 2020
Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits.
Never heard of a "witch bottle"? Step right in, friend, sit a spell (not the evil kind) and we'll tell you why archaeologists believe a broken bottle found in Virginia just might be one.

Back in the day (beginning around the Middle Ages), people in the British Isles and elsewhere would try to ward off evil spirits by filling jugs or other containers with bent pins, hair, urine, nail clippings or other items. The idea was the contents would draw in and trap a harmful spirit. The witch bottle tradition came to the US and was still in play in the mid-19th century, during the Civil War.

Fast forward to 2016, when the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research took part in a dig ahead of a widening project on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg. Read More

January 21, 2020
Archaeologists studying Chinese mining sites on Malheur National Forest in Grant County

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

January 13, 2020
Remains of Downed World War II Pilot Recovered in France

BENSON, MINNESOTA—Forum News Service reports that the remains of a World War II pilot have been identified as U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency through dental records, anthropological analysis, and other evidence recovered from the crash site. McGowan was 23 years old when he was shot down on June 6, 1944, near Saint-Lô, France, during the D-Day invasion. The crash site was first investigated by the American Graves Registration Command in 1947, when wreckage was removed from the impact crater. Read More

January 04, 2020
Archaeology breakthrough: Researchers crack the secrets of Native American astronomy

The settlements were constructed in 13th century but the Native American tribes left behind a treasure trove of information about their life and culture.

A team of archaeologists from Poland were, in particular, interested in about 40 Pueblo settlements adorned with bizarre stone carvings and murals.

The researchers from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow were stunned to find some of the carvings correspond to specific astronomical events.

But the discovery could have only been confirmed on four very specific dates when the Sun journeyed across the skies in an unusual manner. Read More

January 02, 2020
Saratoga County Sheriff: Meteor likely cause of widespread Sunday night explosion reports

SARATOGA COUNTY -- A meteor is the likely cause of Sunday night's widespread reports of an explosion and green light over Saratoga County, sheriff's officials said.

They issued their conclusion Thursday, four days after Saratoga County dispatchers were deluged with 911 calls reporting the explosion and light in the overcast sky.

"After discussions with all of our law enforcement partners, government agencies, including the FAA, FBI, ATF, National Weather Service and NASA as well as discussions with scientists and scholars, it is our determination that the likely cause of the event was a meteor entering and burning up in the atmosphere," the Sheriff's Department wrote.

The sheriff originally reported that more than two dozen residents across five towns -- Galway, Milton, Providence, Greenfield and Edinburg -- in the county deluged 911 with calls after the 10:43 p.m. Sunday event. Read More

January 02, 2020
More Than 3,500 Copper Coins Repatriated to Mexico

MIAMI, FLORIDA—Mexico News Daily reports that a collector in the United States has handed over some 3,500 tongue-shaped copper coins to Mexican authorities. Jessica Cascante of the Mexican Consulate in Miami said the coins are thought to have been used in what are now the southwestern Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacán between A.D. 1200 and 1500. Read More

January 01, 2020
5 Big Archaeology Discoveries to Watch for in 2020

New discoveries in the Valley of the Kings, looted art from Venezuela and evidence that humans were in Central America more than 20,000 years ago are just some of the stories Live Science will be watching out for in 2020. Read More

December 27, 2019
Archaeologists discover remains of vast Mayan palace in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the remains of a vast Mayan palace over 1,000 years old in an ancient city about 100 miles west of the tourist hotspot of Cancún.

The building in Kulubá is 55 metres long, 15 metres wide and six metres high, and appears to have been made up of six rooms, said Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

It is part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven. Archaeologists have also uncovered remains from a burial site, and hope forensic analysis of the bones could provide more clues about Kulubá’s Mayan inhabitants. Read More

December 20, 2019
Discovery of iron anchors raises hopes of finding Hernán Cortés's ships

Underwater archaeologists have found two iron anchors just offshore from the spot Hernán Cortés first set foot in Mexico, raising hopes that the fleet which the conquistador scuttled in 1519 may soon be rediscovered.

The anchors were excavated from under a metre of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico near Villa Rica, the settlement Cortes founded upon landing 500 years ago in what is now the Mexican state of Veracruz. Read More

December 19, 2019
Working in Clark County: Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist

When you hear “archaeologist,” some weathered, dirt-coated person, wearing clothing in various shades of brown, probably comes to mind. Maybe it’s a man with a 5 o’clock shadow, scratches and bruises from adventures in exotic places and an iconic brown fedora.

Maybe his name is Harrison Ford.

The field of archaeology intertwined itself in popular culture with the “Indiana Jones” franchise, so much that even National Geographic acknowledged the films’ responsibility for a spike in the career in a 2015 exhibit.

But Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, followed a different path. Read More

Decmeber 11, 2019
Archaeologists uncover 12,500-year-old site in Avon, showing evidence of the earliest known population in Connecticut

When the state Department of Transportation began construction on a bridge over the Farmington River archaeologists suspected there could be historic sites hidden under the soil.

In late 2018, once excavation was underway, crews discovered evidence of what scientists have called southern New England’s earliest inhabitants.

The site, located near Old Farms Road, is estimated to be about 12,500 years old, dating back to a time known as the Paleoindian Period. It has been named in honor of Brian D. Jones, the state archaeologist, who died in July. Read More

December 11, 2019
FBI And Archaeology Institute Team To Recover Stolen Artifacts

ANDOVER, MASS. — Since the early 1990s, the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology has been searching for objects missing from its collection, according to Dr Ryan Wheeler, director of the institute. Among the missing items are carved and decorated stone, shell and ceramic pieces from sites in Georgia and Maine.

The Peabody recently celebrated the return of three missing artifacts, most notably an Etowah monolithic axe. The axe, along with several other artifacts, was taken from the Peabody Institute on the campus of the Phillips Academy sometime in the 1980s. An Indiana man paid $350,000 for the rare Native American axe from the 1400s, only to find out it had been stolen from the Peabody. Read More

December 11, 2019
Archaeology shock: Experts discover US Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to 'look better'

Scientists unearthed remnants of a US Civil War photography studio at Camp Nelson in Kentucky, on a site of what was once part of a Union camp, along with broke bottles of hair dye. The discovery is the first of its kind and has revealed to researchers that Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to look better in photographs.

Among the many items discovered by researchers Stephen McBride and his team were several broke glass bottles, now known to have once contained hair dye.

The researchers from Transylvania University in Lexington initially thought the bottles were used for medicine. Read More

December 06, 2019
Council says no to Archaeological Research on Cemetery Property

The Gulf Archaeological Research Institute acquired a grant in Sept. 2018 to “document the history, ethnohistory, and archaeology of Chucochatti and its role in the Second Seminole War.”

The town of Chucochatti was one of the first towns settled by Creek people in Florida.

"Chocochatti is a very important historical-cultural resource for Hernando County, the State of Florida as a Florida Historic Landmark, and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida especially, since it is where their ethnogenesis from Creek to Seminole took place," explained Jon Yeager, Hernando Historic Preservation Society member and former chairman of their Archeological Committee.

In April 2019, Brooksville city council approved GARI access to the City of Brooksville property on Emerson Road for the purposes of archaeological survey investigating the possible whereabouts of Chucochatti. Read More

December 05, 2019
Mysterious stone structures in North Carolina's rivers linked to prehistoric people

The sites look like piles of stones to casual viewers, but archaeologists have determined the structures often form large V or W shaped patterns when seen from above.

It’s believed the structures were traps called fish weirs, according to a state report released last month. Little is known about their origins in part because the structures are “difficult to access and document,” the report says.

“Dating these features is a challenge since there are few if any elements that can be directly dated,” says David Cranford, assistant state archaeologist with the state office. Read More

December 03, 2019
Kentucky archaeology dig shows Civil War soldiers dyed their hair. A lot. Here’s why.

Civil War battle sites may grab the public’s attention with their guts and glory appeal but new discoveries at Camp Nelson in Kentucky are providing an unprecedented glimpse into day-to-day military life.

Archaeologists excavating the part of Camp Nelson known as the sutlers’ or merchants’ area in 2015 found remnants of a 150-year-old photography studio, the first ever found at any Civil War site.

“The first photographic artifact that we noticed was a glass cover plate,” said Stephen McBride, Camp Nelson director of interpretation. “It was fortunate that one of my crew was a guy that does Civil War-era photography. He knew instantly what that was.” Read More

December 02, 2019
Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago.

Depending on what they uncover, officials are hopeful that the $200,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead to more research opportunities in the Guadalupe Mountains, which straddle the New Mexico-Texas line and are situated within one of the nation's busiest oil and gas basins. Read More

November 25, 2019
FBI working with local archaeology institute to recover stolen artifacts

ANDOVER, Mass. - Buying rare art and artifacts is considered a good investment that can end up paying off for those with a lot of cash, but it can also be a risky one.

When it comes to buying one-of-a-kind and historical art and artifacts, it's tough to know where they came from before putting down the cash for them.

That's exactly what happened to an Indiana man who paid $350,000 for a rare Native American ax from the 1400s - only to find out it had been stolen from Andover, Mass. Read More

November 23, 2019
Archaeologists Find More Graves at Forgotten Zion Cemetery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered 127 coffins from forgotten Zion Cemetery under Robles Park Village returned to the housing project earlier in the month to continue their work.

Their ground penetrating radar found another 17 coffins within the footprint of the segregation-era African-American cemetery, bringing the total to 144, said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, the private archaeology firm hired by the Tampa Housing Authority.

By the end of the year, researchers expect to know whether there are graves all across the 2 1/2-acre cemetery site, about half of it owned by the Housing Authority and another half owned by restaurateur Richard Gonzmart. Read More

November 13, 2019
Torched town from Texas Revolution reemerges in archaeological dig west of Houston

The Houston Archeological Society is embarking on a new investigation at the site of a town that was set on fire and destroyed during the Texas Revolution, hoping to build more pieces of what life was like during the period as well as learn answers to some unanswered questions.

San Felipe, also known as San Felipe de Austin, located approximately 50 miles west of Houston, is not only rich in Texas history but also in historical artifacts. Past digs have produced several thousand artifacts, multiple colonial-era trash pits, a brick basement and a barrel cistern. Read More

November 12, 2019
Construction Workers Find “Incredibly Rare” Remains of 8,000-Year-Old Village in Massachusetts
I’m now convinced that if you want to find the remains of ancient civilizations, the fastest, surest way to do so is to start building a road. Anywhere will do. Just grab that shovel out of the old shed, say out loud “I am now building a road,” and start digging. Chances are you’ll find a 10,000-year-old village. It just keeps happening. Either that or a school, but a road is easier for a single determined person with a shovel. Read More

November 05, 2019
World’s Deepest Shipwreck Is WWII Destroyer Lost in the Philippine Sea

A remote operated vehicle deployed in the Philippine Sea this spring unearthed the wreckage of a World War II destroyer sunk almost exactly 75 years ago, marine archaeologists announced last week.

The team suspects the debris—spotted at a depth of 20,400 feet, making it the deepest shipwreck discovered to date—is all that remains of the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which was destroyed by Japanese warships in the Battle off (not of) Samar on October 25, 1944. Per the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Samar was one of four military engagements in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a major aerial and naval conflict won by Allied forces.

The Petrel, the ROV research vessel responsible for capturing footage of the sunken destroyer, is the subject of a new expedition video posted on Facebook by Vulcan Inc., which owns and operates the vehicle. Researchers released the film to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Johnston’s sinking and seek the public’s help in confirming the ship’s identity. Read More

November 05, 2019
A drone helped archaeologists discover a lost Florida island settlement

A team of archaeologists and its trusty drone are revealing an island community that once supplied valuable beads to the inland towns of the Mississippian culture, which thrived in the eastern United States from 800 to about 1600 CE.

The supply end of an ancient trade network A drone armed with laser beams discovered the remains of a long-lost culture on Raleigh Island, off the north coast of Florida. The high-resolution aerial laser scans mapped a massive complex of 37 oyster-shell rings, 23m to 136m across—the kind of rings that build up around coastal settlements through years of people eating oysters and discarding the shells. Some of the rings stood less than a meter high, but others loomed four meters above their surroundings. They formed four cloverleaf-shaped clusters, each with between six and 12 shell rings arranged around the one in the center.

"Given the general size and shape of the shell rings, we suspect each was the locus of a house and household of five to eight people each," University of Florida archaeologist Kenneth Sassaman told Ars Technica. Assuming all the rings were used at about the same time, that means 200 or 300 people once lived on the long, low-lying 30-hectare island—and it looks like every household on the island was involved in making beads from lightning whelk shells. Read More

November 04, 2019
Archaeologists Rush To Save Oregon's Chinese Mining Sites

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

November 02, 2019
Experts push for archaeology law in Charleston to preserve historically black cemeteries

he cemetery neighboring McLeod Plantation wasn’t rediscovered because someone stumbled upon an ornate cemetery gate.

It was located on city property. And during construction on the land for a fire station in the 1990s, some of the bodies of the predominately black cemetery were unearthed. Many of the surviving gravestones are hidden, scattered in a nearby wooded area.

Few people know anything about the lives of those buried there. Fewer still know details such as the existence of black military veterans’ graves. Read More
October 22, 2019
Jamestown mystery: Archaeologists unearth a churchyard grave — facing west

It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. This was done so that the eyes would face east, toward Jerusalem and the rapture.

Almost a year ago, archaeologists in Jamestown found a grave — and perhaps the answer to a mystery — while studying the architecture and foundation of a church that was started in 1639. Read More

October 18, 2019
Deeper Archaeology Dig To Explore Lesser-Known Areas Of Fort Negley

Archaeological evidence helped protect Nashville's Fort Negley from encroaching development last year. Now the city will look deeper into the ground in search of further Civil War and African American history.

Starting next month, careful excavation, mapping and aerial photography will begin on the slope next to the fort — an area where there's potential to find remnants of a buried Civil War trench line.

It's also where researchers could learn more about the black Nashvillians, including escaped slaves, who built the fort and then created a community just beyond its walls. Read More

October 08, 2019
Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery

Until recently, archaeology was limited by what a researcher could see while standing on the ground. But light detection and ranging, or lidar, technology has transformed the field, providing a way to scan entire regions for archaeological sites.

With an array of airborne lasers, researchers can peer down through dense forest canopies or pick out the shapes of ancient buildings to discover and map ancient sites across thousands of square miles. A process that once required decades-long mapping expeditions, and slogging through jungles with surveying equipment, can now be done in a matter of days from the relative comfort of an airplane. Read More

October 07, 2019
Dismissed as fakes for a century, enigmatic Puerto Rican stones could rewrite history

For more than a century, the fist-sized rocks etched with enigmatic patterns were ignored by academics and shunned by cultural power brokers.

Discovered in Puerto Rico in the 1880s by a priest who was convinced they were a link to one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, the stones were declared forgeries in the early 1900s by researchers from the Smithsonian Institution.

And so the rocks languished — literally collecting dust. Read More

October 01, 2019
Georgia's Oldest City Considers 1st Archaeology Ordinance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project.

News outlets report officials in Savannah held a public meeting to discuss a possible archaeology ordinance. Savannah's downtown historic district has been protected by local laws since the 1970s. But the city has no legal protocols for recording or preserving artifacts from pottery shards to graves that can be found while excavating construction sites.

Savannah resident Gale Steves attended the meeting Thursday. She told WTOC-TV she hopes City Hall moves ahead with a proposal that gives Savannah "a chance to look at what's underneath before it gets buried again" during renovations and new development. Read More

October 01, 2019
Rising Seas Threaten Hundreds of Native American Heritage Sites Along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be found at the bottom of numerous limestone freshwater sinkholes in Florida's Panhandle and along the ancient shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

Specialized archaeologists using scuba gear, remote sensing equipment or submersibles can study underwater sites if they are not deeply buried or destroyed by erosion. This is important because Florida's archaeological resources face significant threats due to sea level rise driven by climate change. According to a new UN report, global sea levels could increase by over 3 feet by the year 2100. Read More

September 24, 2019
Cumberland beach dig reveals relics of ancient residents

CUMBERLAND — It’s amazing what a jawbone can tell you.

In the case of a centuries-old dog mandible unearthed in 2016 at an archaeology site at Broad Cove Reserve in Cumberland, it helps tell the story of those who resided there, or as Prince Memorial Library Director Thomas Bennett put it, their “day-to-day living.”

Bennett, who has worked on sites in Maine, Massachusetts and Arizona, and Dr. Arthur Spiess, chief historic preservationist in prehistoric archaeology with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, presented their findings Sept. 19 of the project they co-directed.

Archeology involves some digging and a lot of analysis, according to Thomas Bennett, who co-directed the Broad Cove dig. Shown here are some of the artifacts found and studied. Alex Lear / The Forecaster

The dig was prompted by the town’s 2014 purchase of the preserve, a 22-acre parcel off Foreside Road with 11 acres of shoreline that had been privately owned. Since Bateman Partners was developing homes on abutting land that had once been part of the property, state law mandated that prehistoric and historic surveys of the land be done, Bennett said in an interview. Read More

September 22, 2019
Space Archaeology: How long lost ancient Mayan cities discovered from space?

ver the years science, technology and space mission have helped the humankind to grow and develop the world. But can they help to dig deep inside to find lost ancient cities or archaeological miracle? Yes, they can.

When archaeologists apply a space-based data to understand the modern landscape, to find out the lost river or archaeological sites, it means they are doing "space archaeology" or "satellite archaeology." It should be noted that this concept is not new, as the US space agency NASA began its "Space Archaeology" program in 2008.

The space archaeology, also known as satellite remote sensing, requires to spend dozens of hours per week in front of a computer screen to look for evidence that would reveal what is hidden under the land. When they find something by analyzing the reflection of light on the ground which varies due to chemical signature, then the archaeologists get a hope to achieve what they're looking for. Read More

September 20, 2019
Scientists hunt for remains, artifacts at luxury condo site where skeleton was found in Indian River Shores

NDIAN RIVER SHORES — Forensic anthropologists and archaeologists descended Friday on a sliver of shoreline cleared for condominiums, stalled by the discovery of a human skeleton.

Officials said Tuesday the near-intact skeleton unearthed by construction crews digging a dividing wall in June belonged to a Native American man.

At least the immediate future of the site now hinges on their findings and whether the dig raises its historic or archaeological significance. Read More

September 19, 2019
A digital archaeologist helps inaccessible collections be seen

Davide Tanasi is a digital archaeologist at the University of South Florida. He creates highly detailed 3-D scans of archaeological artifacts that can be viewed online or used to create 3-D printed replicas.

Why is it important to digitize these artifacts as 3-D objects?

It helps spread knowledge about them and guarantees that they will be passed to future generations. For example, the USF Libraries Farid Karam M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection is one of the largest collection of Lebanese archaeological artifacts in the U.S. Some of the objects are 3,500 years old. Due to space and personnel restrictions, it was never exhibited and made fully available to the general public. Being unpublished, hardly accessible and poorly visible online, it basically does not exist. Our project to recreate the collection in 3-D is called the Virtual Karam Project. It allows us to share those objects around the world, hopefully triggering interest to curate and display the collection. Read More

September 18, 2019
Trump’s Mexico border wall could destroy archaeological sites, warns National Park Service

Bulldozers and excavators rushing to instal Donald Trump‘s border wall could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites in a US National Monument in Arizona in coming months.

Construction threatens the archaeological sites in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post. Read More

September 10, 2019
CDOT says archaeological sites can’t be saved

New construction typically doesn’t bulldoze through a graveyard, so why is it OK for the Colorado Department of Transportation to destroy and pave over a large settlement of Native American ruins for the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 550?

“People think: Why not just move the alignment instead of hitting the archaeological sites?” said Dan Jepson, cultural resource manager for CDOT. “But the bottom line is, it’s not that simple because it’s a balancing act with a lot of issues.”

Native American ruins more than 1,000 years old have been unearthed just south of Durango, where CDOT is realigning a 2-mile stretch of Highway 550. The initial discovery was made years ago as part of the highway department’s early work to realign the road, but the extent of ruins wasn’t realized until this year when archaeologists began excavating and documenting the sites. Read More

September 06, 2019
Treasure trove of artifacts discovered near this Colorado city

The summer months are the time to work on big highway construction projects. But once you start digging, you never know what you might uncover.

“We have over seven pit houses and similar structures that we’ve identified and are excavating and are trying to get the information we need to interpret the site," said Charles Reed of Alpine Archaeologists.

While getting ready to expand highway 550 near Durango, Colorado, a team discovered a site about the size of half a football field. Inside were multiple structures that likely were home to a Native American settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Read More

September 01, 2019
15,000-year-old Idaho archaeology site now among America’s oldest

One of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas has been discovered in western Idaho, according to a study published today in the journal Science.

Radiocarbon dates show that people were creating tools and butchering animals in Cooper’s Ferry between 15,000 and 16,000 years ago, making Cooper’s Ferry a rare and important addition to the handful of archaeological sites that are upending the traditional theory of the peopling of the Americas. Read More

August 23, 2019
Trove of archaeological ruins unearthed south of Durango

A large, extensive network of Native American ruins was recently discovered just outside Durango on top of Florida Mesa, and it’s kind of blowing archaeologists’ minds.

“As an archaeologist with 30-plus years’ experience, I’m really excited by it,” said Dan Jepson, a cultural resource manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “This research is a wonderful opportunity.”

Robin Cordero, a human osteologist with the University of New Mexico, is helping analyze human and animal bones collected on the site. He can’t wait to get to work. Read More

August 21, 2019
Digging Deeper in the Pines

Surf City — The story of what it took to save the historic site known as Cedar Bridge Tavern is one of luck and dedication. It was purchased by Ocean County in 2007, and preliminary archaeological digs and building surveys were conducted to secure its nomination to the national list of historic sites.

According to the county’s publication “Out and About,” “The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department handles all maintenance and care, doing the physical hands-on-work. Paid for largely by a New Jersey Historic Trust grant, Historic Building Architects of Trenton was contracted to investigate, analyze, date and guide the vision for the site by way of the formal Preservation Plan. Architectural historian Joan Berkey acted as a researcher and consultant. Read More

August 18, 2019
Dig at Pa. ghost town unearths prehistoric past

Fragments of tools and ceramic ware rested mere inches under the hillside cover where Native Americans scratched out a living until the 1820s in a village overlooking the Conemaugh River in Black Lick Township.

This summer, 17 Indiana University of Pennsylvania archaeology students dug and sifted their way a few inches below the remains of that southern Indiana County river town and uncovered thousands of years of earlier Native American history.

They unearthed a few hundred artifacts where the village of Newport once stood. In addition to ceramic ware that may have been sold at the community’s combined post office and store, they discovered stone fragments that represent either portions of prehistoric tools or excess flakes left behind in making them. Read More

August 14, 2019
Archaeologists Investigate The Alamo

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—According to a KSAT News report, archaeologist Kristi Miller Nichols and her colleagues are excavating the long barracks and church at the Alamo in order to assess their condition and prepare a conservation plan. Built as a Roman Catholic mission in what is now southern Texas in the eighteenth century, the site became a military compound in the early nineteenth century. In 1836, during the Texas Revolution, Mexican General Santa Anna laid siege to the Texas-held fortress for 13 days, ending in a Texan defeat. “We want to see what the stones look like, and really, the goal is to go deep enough to where we see where the stones are sitting on top of dirt,” Miller Nichols explained. Once the excavators reach that layer of stone, historic architects will install sensors to monitor groundwater movement before replacing the soil. “This is the first time there is an actual, formalized archaeological project happening inside of the long barracks,” Miller Nichols added, “and it’s going to tell us a lot of information we don’t know yet.” For more on archaeology in Texas, go to "Letter from Texas: On the Range." Read More

August 09, 2019
Hermit’s Cabin in Idaho Wilderness Restored

SALMON, IDAHO—The Post Register reports that a 100-year-old cabin built by hermit Earl King Parrott in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest has been restored. Situated along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, the remote cabin is the only surviving of two buildings constructed by Parrott, whose main residence on the side of a steep canyon burned down in the late 1980s. Read More

August 08, 2019
How Lasers Are Utterly Transforming Our Understanding of the Ancient Maya, Bringing Their Whole Civilization Back to Light

A LiDAR scan can reveal ancient Maya ruins that might never be found by archaeologists on the ground.
The Maya civilization flourished more than 1,000 years ago, but modern technology is only now revealing the secrets of this ancient Mexican and South American culture—and it’s happening at an unprecedented pace. A recent spate of discoveries is transforming the field of Maya archaeology, as researchers discover new ways to identify and investigate ancient ruins.

In 2018, archaeologists in Guatemala announced the discovery of thousands of unknown Maya structures, hidden in plain site beneath overgrown jungle greenery. But it wasn’t a bushwhacking, Indiana Jones type who found them. Instead, the ancient ruins were identified remotely, thanks to aircraft from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping that were equipped with high-tech Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) mapping tools. Read More

August 04, 2019
Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past

The term “space archaeology” may conjure up images of astronauts hunting for artifacts from little green men, but the field is much more down to Earth. Space archaeologists use satellite imagery and other remote-sensing techniques to look for ancient sites on our planet. As archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains in her new book, Archaeology from Space, these tools have transformed studies of antiquity. “We’ve gone from mapping a few dozen ancient sites in one summer-long archaeological season to mapping hundreds, if not thousands, of sites in weeks,” she writes. Read More

August 01, 2019
'Passport in Time' doing archaeological excavations at Camp Au Train

HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST, Mich. (WLUC) - Public volunteers are having the chance to work alongside archaeologists in the Hiawatha National Forest this week, it is all part of this unique program called ‘Passport in time.’

This program unites archaeologists and students from Michigan Technological University with the Hiawatha Forest Services and public volunteers.

“It’s really designed to try to engage the public, in a public outreach and education manner,” said Eric Drake, Heritage Program Manager for the Hiawatha National Forest.

“We really like getting people involved so they can understand how important archaeology is but also the methods that are involved,” said Drake. Read More

July 28, 2019
Archaeologists Unveil Evidence of Lost Mound

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians?

Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise.

The face of the Grand Village has changed over centuries of erosion, plowing and other work done on the site, Grand Village director Lance Harris said, adding ongoing archaeological studies may change the Grand Village once again — this time restoring some of what was lost.

Thursday (July 18) evening, Vin Steponaitis, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented maps from the early 1700s that show a cluster of at least five mounds on the Grand Village site where only three mounds are still visible today. Read More

July 23, 2019
Digging for History at 1654 Meetinghouse Site

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Where an untrained eye sees different soil colors and doesn't think anything of it, a trained archaeologist sees history.

This past week, a team of archaeologists working under the direction of University of New Hampshire professor Meghan Howey, found those soil differences as they work on unpacking the history of the Second Meetinghouse built in Dover Point in 1654.

One exciting find of the week was the uncovering of the meetinghouse's clay floor, where European settlers once stood in the then frontier settlement. The clay was likely brought up the hill from the soils of the nearby rivers. Another find was two post holes nearby each other that appeared to be foundation posts of the building. There were also rocks Howey believes were brought to the site to stabilize the foundation posts. Read More

July 17, 2019
Centuries-old ceramics, other artifacts found at St. Augustine construction site

Crews are digging in one of the most historic parts of St. Augustine on Aviles Street, and they’re uncovering artifacts that span centuries.

Through previous research, the city knows that the old city was in the area in the late 16th century.

The opportunity for the dig came through plans for construction work at 9 Aviles St., a building torn down in 2018 because of emergency structural problems — the demolition and traffic disruptions caused controversy among neighboring business owners.

The city’s archaeological ordinance requires site testing before construction in certain areas to help preserve or make a record of historical artifacts. Read More

July 15, 2019
'Passport in Time' Volunteers Scan for History in Lincoln National Forest

In the Lincoln National Forest, amateur archaeologists are on a treasure hunt–and they’re finding historical gold in the form of clothing, shell casings and even license plates.

It’s part of a heritage tourism program the U.S. Forest Service runs called Passport in Time. Volunteers work with archaeologists and historians on public lands nationwide to survey, excavate and restore sites of historical or cultural value.

That includes the Baca Campground named after Saturnino Baca, a Civil War captain and father of Lincoln County. Read More

July 15, 2019
Lycoming College students dig through archeological field school

Williamsport -- This summer, Lycoming College archaeology students found more than just a relaxing vacation. Ten students participated in archaeological fieldwork at the Keebler site, a 19th century historic farmstead on the property of the Lycoming Biology Field Station*. The farmstead was occupied from at least 1832 to the early 2000’s.

The Archaeological Field School, a course developed and taught by Dr. Jonathan Scholnick, an instructor of archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, had two complementary goals. First, the project addresses research questions about 19th- and early 20th-century agriculture and social organization of farms in central Pennsylvania. Second, the project provides an opportunity for students to learn how archaeology is practiced by participating in archaeological excavation and survey. Read More

July 12, 2019
Coded Jewel Found in 300-Year-Old US Tavern Has Secret Message to Overthrow British King

Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’ where rebellions were plotted and planned. Now archaeologists have made an amazing discovery in a once razed tavern that dates from the pre- Revolutionary period in the United States which proves support for the rebellion. They unearthed a pressed jewel, from a cufflink, inscribed with a secret code used by early revolutionaries to identify each other as they conspired to oppose Royal rule.

The Smithsonian reports that the find was made in Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, which was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’. In the years after the Stamp Act, many of the townspeople were radicals and opposed to the policies of the Royal government. Read More

July 12, 2019
Space Archaeology Is a Thing. And It Involves Lasers and Spy Satellites

What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don't need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites.

Welcome to Sarah Parcak's world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. Read More

July 08, 2019
Archaeologists Hope To Dig Up History In Boston's Chinatown

Excavation began Monday on a site in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, which has been home to English, Irish, Syrian and Chinese immigrants.

Joseph Bagley, Boston's city archaeologist, is in charge of the dig. Bagley joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes on Monday to talk about it. The conversation below has been lightly edited for clarity.

This post has been updated with photos from the site of the dig. Read More

July 01, 2019
Archaeology Students Visit Sylvester Manor On Shelter Island In Search Of A Complicated History

Nigel Francomb spotted a chunky silver ring in a pile of dirt in the Sylvester Manor gardens. How the dirt got there is no mystery—a team from the University of Massachusetts was doing an archaeological dig, looking for artifacts to tell the story of Sylvester Manor, a former slave-holding Shelter Island plantation that today serves as an educational farm.

How the ring got there, however, is an open question.

“All I know about archaeology, apart from what I’ve learned from documentaries on TV, was what these guys have taught me in the last week,” said Mr. Francomb, a Shelter Island resident who volunteered to help the students in the investigation. “So they put me on the sifting, on the screens. Finding the ring was very special.” Read More

June 26, 2019
Chinese immigrants built Oregon's railroads and mined for gold

Chinese immigrants helped to develop infrastructure and build wealth during Oregon’s early settlement history, but the extent of their work and the critical role they played has not been well described.

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project, a statewide collaboration of local, regional and federal agencies, wants to change that.

The Chinese Diaspora Project kicks off locally in Ashland on Wednesday, July 3, in Hannon Library’s Meese Room at Southern Oregon University with a free talk by Sarah Heffner of PAR Environmental Services, “Exploring the Health Care of Chinese Railroad Workers Through an Historic and Archaeological Lens.” Read More

June 24, 2019
Rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence on display for the first time in over a century

An extremely rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence has gone on public display for the first time in over a century.

The printing is on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia through the end of 2019. This is also the first time that the print has been displayed in a museum. Read More

June 24, 2019
SF Archaeology Class Digs Up Florida’s Native American History

University of South Florida archaeologists are digging into one of Florida’s oldest native landmarks in hopes of unearthing insightful clues about the Tocobaga native people in Safety Harbor.

The last excavation was over 75 years ago during a time when archaeologists were not as careful to preserve the site or piece together the fragments to provide a stronger understanding of the Tocobaga chiefdom period. At that time, they only went back 500 years but now, the USF team is aiming to uncover as much as 1500 years into the past.

“Archaeology has progressed a lot,” Tom Pluckhahn, Ph.D, professor of anthropology, said. “But the knowledge of this site has not advanced very much.” Read More

June 21, 2019
Organization excavates treasures from the past

The city of Morganton is known to many as a place where archaeological history was made.

Dr. David Moore, professor of archaeology and anthropology at Warren Wilson College, and his fellow researchers discovered remains at what is now called the Berry Site in Morganton of a 16th century Spanish settlement called Fort San Juan, believed to be the first inland European settlement in the U.S., dating back to 1567, according to a previous News Herald article. The site also is the location of the ancient Native American town of Joara.

“The Berry Site, named after the family who has so generously allowed excavations and research to happen on their property for the last three decades, attracts history enthusiasts from across the world,” according to the Exploring Joara Foundation, an organization that raises funds for ongoing research at the site. “EJF is honored to partner with the research team, the Berry family, and many community partners who believe that the encounter between Juan Pardo and the natives of Joara forever changed the trajectory of our nation’s history.” Read More

June 20, 2019
Think you’ve found an archaeological site? Here’s what to do next.

Some of the most common requests we receive at the Council for West Virginia Archaeology come from members of the public who have found what may or not be an archaeological site.

Invariably there’s a lot of excitement as the mystery of the site begins to take hold. How old might it be? What artifacts might it contain? Will the government be willing to excavate the site?

As exciting as the process is, archaeological work can be slow and painstaking, and it can be difficult to find assistance in a state such as West Virginia where research is under-funded and professionally qualified archaeologists are too few. Read More

June 15, 2019
Digging history: Student archaeologists learn more about Pope County settlement

POPE COUNTY — The story of Miller Grover, a lost community of free African-Americans in Pope County, is largely untold, but every summer more about the settlement is discovered through a partnership between Shawnee National Forest and the Summer Field School of the Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU.

“We’ve spent a lot of time at Bedford and Abby Gill Miller’s farm,” Mary McCorvie, an archaeologist with Shawnee National Forest, said. “Bedford came as a little boy with his parents, Harrison and Lucinda Miller.” Read More

June 14, 2019
Colonial ‘time capsule’ found under floors of NC port tavern that burned in 1760s

Archaeologists exploring the site of a recently discovered 18th Century tavern in eastern North Carolina say they were stunned to learn it burned to the ground with a treasure trove of merchandise stored under the floorboards.

The fire, which occurred in the 1760s, caused the walls to collapse over the floors, sealing the crawl space shut like a “time capsule,” says Dr. Charles Ewen, who led the dig with a crew of students from East Carolina University.

It’s suspected the site may also have served as a brothel for the historic port, known as Brunswick Town. Read More

June 11, 2019
Texas Archaeological Society conducts dig at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

RANDALL COUNTY — Members of the Texas Archaeological Society (TAS) are in Palo Duro Canyon State Park digging up the earth to learn about the past. They’re using tools of the trade to search for artifacts to get a better understanding of how past occupants of the canyon lived and survived.

“They’re looking for anything that people have left from the past,” said Michael Strutt, Texas Parks & Wildlife.

“We’re out here trying to better understand a group that was out here in the 1930s,” said Karen Lacy, Texas Archaeological Society member. Read More

June 03, 2019
Archaeological excavation underway along Eno River where Native American town once stood

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- UNC Students and professors are working on an archaeological excavation in the Triangle and hikers can get an up-close look.

The Wall site is along the Eno River walk trail, not far from historic downtown Hillsborough. The five-week dig is part of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology summer session field school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

"It's teaching undergraduate students how to do archaeology, how to do field work," said Dr. Heather Lapham, a Research Archaeologist who teaches the program. "We are working on a site that was a Native American village that was lived in by ancestors of groups local to Chapel Hill area in 1500." Read More

June 01, 2019
At newly discovered freedmen’s school near Beaufort, students dig into history

EABROOK — Beside a quiet Beaufort County highway in a field where patriot soldiers fought off a British invasion, budding archaeologists spent a recent Friday morning exploring the remains of a Civil War-era school that history almost forgot.

The Whale Branch Middle School Archaeology Club was just scraping the surface of the deep, multifaceted history in a place where few markers exist to offer hints about the past.

Archaeologists have taken an interest in the land off of Trask Parkway near Seabrook because it was the site of the Battle of Beaufort, also known as the Battle of Port Royal Island. On Feb. 3, 1779, British forces attempted a landing nearby, but Brig. Gen. William Moultrie and an American volunteer militia held them at bay with volleys of musket and cannon fire. Read More

May 28, 2019
Archaeologists on Water Street project unearth the old so Vinik group can raise up the new

TAMPA — New insights into the birth of Tampa are emerging alongside all the high-rises that will make up Water Street Tampa.

Project archaeologists have unearthed projectile points, gun flints, old toys and other artifacts, all tracing the lives of Native Americans, U.S. soldiers and one of the city's earliest African-American communities. Some date back 10,000 years.

"This is a huge amount of land to be able look at," said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, a global consulting firm with an office in Riverview that is leading archeological and historical assessment work for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. "Normally, when we do a survey, we get half a block and we are happy." Read More

May 23, 3019
Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at protected Cornville site

CORNVILLE -- The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley.

VVAC Site Watch ( is a program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center that promotes the importance of education about our common cultural and natural heritages and encourages public responsibility in the protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources on public and private lands.

Last August, Site Watch volunteers discovered active vandalism at a site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville as evidenced by freshly dug soil and collection buckets.

The vandals were digging in an ancient dwelling room apparently in search of possible artifacts to sell. It was reported to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officials and archaeologists. Another incident of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville. Read More

May 23, 3019
The Last American Transatlantic Slave Ship Has Been Found

The remains of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, a schooner named Clotilda, has been discovered off the banks of Mobile, Alabama. The wreck was abandoned in 1860 after illegally transporting 110 people from the Kingdom of Dahomey, now known as Benin, to Mobile.

"The discovery of the Clotilda is an extraordinary archaeological find," says Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, executive director of the Alabama historical commission, in a press statement. She says the Clotilda represents "one of the darkest eras of modern history."

“We are cautious about placing names on shipwrecks that no longer bear a name or something like a bell with the ship’s name on it,” says Dr. James Delgado, a maritime archaeologist and project manager for the dig, “but the physical and forensic evidence powerfully suggests that this is Clotilda.” Read More

May 16, 2019
Ancient burial site off Manasota Key is 1,000 years older than estimated

SARASOTA — Native Americans in the Archaic Period in Florida used the burial ground now known as the Manasota Key Offshore archeological site as far back as 8,000 years ago, Ryan Duggins told members of the Time Sifters Archaeological Society Wednesday evening in the Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library.

Prior to this, previous activity at the site was thought to date back roughly 7,000 years.

Before the rising of the Gulf of Mexico, it was a shallow freshwater burial pond similar to Little Salt Springs in North Port.

“We know that 8,000 years ago ... there was a small freshwater pond,” said Duggins, underwater archaeology supervisor, for the Bureau of Archaeological Research for the Florida Department of State. “And we know Florida’s indigenous people used that pond as a mortuary pond.” Read More

May 13, 2019
Thieves breach, loot Utah's Danger Cave

WENDOVER — One of the most significant archaeological sites in North America — Danger Cave near the Nevada border — was breached and looted sometime last week.

"It's Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month," Justina Parsons-Bernstein, heritage resources manager for the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, said. "It's crazy that one of the most iconic archaeological sites in North America would be broken into and stolen from the very month we are supposed to be learning about and protecting the value of these sites."

The parks division is asking or the public’s help in finding those responsible for a break-in and damage at the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site, where the culprit or culprits breached the gate and protected area near Wendover and stole all contents, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment. Read More

May 11, 2019
Arizona author poses 'conundrums' about archaeology and artifacts to Colorado Springs audience
Artifacts tell stories of the people that used them and the places where they spent their lives, says Arizona author Craig Childs.

A red seed jar Childs found in a canyon in the Four Corners can narrate the life of the Native American family who once used it in their home. The array of pots and jewelry surrounding a teenage girl buried in the Southwest can paint her portrait as a princess, someone greatly revered in her community.

So what happens when archaeologists, hikers, looters or just curious passersby remove those artifacts from where they came? Legal or illegal, is taking them morally permissible? Read More

May 04, 2019
Veterans are digging up new careers

Deep below the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology, Chris Sison sorted through bags of archaeological material — rock, rubber, ceramics. The U.S. Army veteran separated, tagged the finds and photographed, working with a team of veterans.

“It gets me out of the rut I was in, and now I have lab experience,” said Sison, a psychology major at the school.

The WSU team is part of the Veterans Curation Program, a five-month, national program that hires veterans and teaches them a variety of marketable skills to help build their resumes. Read More

May 04, 2019
Drone deployed to map southeast Colorado World War II internment camp site

A University of Denver team is one step closer to mapping the lives of thousands of Japanese Americans imprisoned at a southeastern Colorado World War II internment camp.

Researchers deployed the Swiss senseFly drone, generating more than 4,000 high-resolution aerial photos of Camp Amache in Granada. With artifact data collected by DU archaeologists, the photos will help create a 3D reconstruction of the prison for further research, interpretation and preservation.

“We’ve got photography already, which you can see on Google Earth. But it is not the resolution that we can layer it for an archaeological survey,” said Bonnie Clark, director of the DU Amache research project. Read More

May 01, 2019
Toppled Trees in Florida Reveal 19th-Century Fort

PROSPECT BLUFF, FLORIDA—According to a report, Hurricane Michael toppled some 100 large trees in Apalachicola National Forest last October and revealed traces of the “Negro Fort,” which was built by British soldiers during the War of 1812 near Fort Gadsden. The site was home to a large community of escaped slaves known as Maroons, who joined the British military in exchange for their freedom. They lived in the fort, which housed some 300 barrels of British gunpowder, on a bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River, with members of the Seminole, Creek, Miccosukee, and Choctaw tribes. Read More

April 21, 2019
Archaeologists Seek to Find Relics at National Park Site

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — There was a time when plows were drawn across the prairie by early settlers, starting lives in a new world.

These early versions of the plow are long retired, and a very different piece of equipment is soon being drawn across the prairie at Homestead National Monument of America.

It's called a magnetic gradiometer, and workers hope the device will uncover artifacts from the past buried underground at the National Park Service site. Read More

April 19, 2019
Uncovering the past at Chimney Rock

BAYARD — Makenzie Coufal lifts a pile of dirt out of the ground with his shovel and places the dirt into a screen for Brian Goodrich to sift through. Nolan Johnson and Talon O’Connor measure and record the results from another test hole. As archaeologists for the state of Nebraska, the men are working near Chimney Rock National Historic Site, searching for any evidence of previous occupation.

After the Nebraska State Historical Foundation purchased the land between Chimney Rock and the visitors center, archaeologists were asked to come out and survey the 400 acres of land. Read More

April 19, 2019
Explore the Spiro Mounds With U of A's Archaeology, 3D Virtual Reality Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas’ Arkansas Stories series – which uses objects and places as focal points to narrate compelling stories – continues April 26 and 27 with a virtual visit to the Spiro Mounds.

The prehistoric Native American ceremonial site, with ties to the Spiro tribe, linked a large number of communities in Arkansas and in Oklahoma, and is the focus of the next events in the series.

U of A experts will share a behind the scenes look at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center in Spiro, Oklahoma, both days, using story-telling, archaeology and immersive 3D virtual reality experiences. Read More

April 18, 2019
Archaeology Site Looted at Lewis and Clark Historical Park

STORIA, Ore. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the looting of an archaeological site at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that artifacts were unearthed near the Netul River Trail on the south end of the park sometime in late March.

Superintendent Jon Burpee declined to provide details about what might have been taken but told the newspaper the items may be up to a century old. The looting has made the agency concerned that other sites could also be targeted. Read More

April 05, 2019
Declassified U-2 spy plane photos are a boon for aerial archaeology

For millennia, people known as the Marsh Arabs lived in wetland oases fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Iraq. But as those marshes became a hotbed of rebellion in the early 1990s, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein systematically drained them—driving out the people and drying up an ancient way of life. It’s hard to know exactly how many were displaced, but a new study, first reported in Secrecy News, reveals a tool archaeologists and anthropologists can use to find out: declassified Cold War–era images snapped by U.S. Lockheed U-2 spy planes. The high-resolution photos could prove a boon for reconstructing sites destroyed by development and war in recent decades. Read More

March 26, 2019
Southeast Students Use Geophysics to Map Local Archaeology Site

Thirteen Southeast Missouri State University students recently participated in a Geophysics in Archaeology Workshop to uncover clues about life in pre-Columbia Mississippian culture in southeast Missouri.

The three-day workshop March 21-23 was a collaboration between Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, associate professor of anthropology at Southeast; Dr. Tamira Brennan, curator of Southern Illinois University’s (SIU) Center for Archaeological Investigations; and Dr. Bob McCullough of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, to introduce Southeast to using geophysics techniques on a real historical site. Read More

March 20, 2019
Archaeologist debunks alien influence, other conspiracy theories in archaeology

Have you heard the one about the aliens and the pyramids? Or what about the technologically advanced but tragically lost city of Atlantis?

Chances are that most of us have encountered at least one such story—a tale that tries to explain the past in a way that can sound scientific, but in doing so ignores the evidence and methods of science.

Why is this alternative archaeology so popular? And how do we tell fact from fiction?

Assistant Professor Matthew Peeples, co-director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Center for Archaeology and Society and an archaeologist of the Southwest U.S., is no stranger to the weirder side of his field. He has investigated false claims and has even been accused of covering up the truth. Read More

March 14, 2019
Study of old slave quarters in Maryland leads to scientific breakthrough

The study of a 200-year-old clay tobacco pipe discovered in the slave quarters of an old Maryland plantation, has led to a scientific breakthrough.

The object was found at Belvoir, an 18th-century manor house off Generals Highway in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Scientists found human DNA on the pipe, and used it to determine that it was smoked by a woman. And although the DNA could not be linked to any living descendants, analysis did reveal something about the smoker’s ancestry. Read More

March 14, 2019
Sea otter archaeology could tell us about their 2-million-year history

Archaeology is defined as the study of human history and prehistory by the analysis of physical remains. But the dictionaries may need rewriting – archaeology is now being used to study the cultural histories of tool-using animals, from sea otters and monkeys to birds and even fish.

Natalie Uomini at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and her colleagues have analysed a site at Bennett Slough Culverts in California where sea otters use rocks as tools for cracking open mussels. At this site, the otters don’t just place smallish stones on their chest and then crack the shellfish on them. Read More

March 04, 2019
History project becomes display with National Park Service

At Morehead State learning extends well beyond the classroom, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in their chosen field. Dr. Adrian Mandzy, associate professor of history, just completed an ambitious project with the help of several MSU students. This work has become a permanent public display at the National Park Service in Virginia.

Over the last five years, 46 students from Morehead State University’s public history program have worked with Mandzy studying the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia. Fought on July 30, 1864, the Battle of the Crater was one of the most important military engagements of the American Civil War. Mandzy started the project in 2014 and in the spring of the following year, six students worked with the National Parks Service and took part in a metal detecting survey of the battlefield to determine the condition of the cultural resources connected with the engagement and to see how far Union troops advanced during the battle. Read More

March 02, 2019
Piece of Wall Surrounding 1700s Charleston Unearthed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As soon as it became clear that the building housing Charleston Cooks was going to be demolished for a new hotel, local historians thought the ground underneath could hold tantalizing clues to the city's earliest years.

They were right, sort of. The historians are part of Charleston's Walled City Task Force, a decade-old group whose goal is to discover, interpret and preserve the city's late 17th and early 18th century fortifications.

They were recently welcomed onto the muddy, exposed construction site at 194 East Bay St. to take a close look at what appeared to be a small section of the city's wharf wall. Read More

March 01, 2019
U.S. returns hundreds of artifacts to China after an Indiana man acquired them illegally

While Don Miller was hauling the world's treasures into his Rush County farmhouse over the decades, one wonders whether he foresaw a posthumous international ceremony.

If he did, then he was right. Chinese diplomats came together with U.S. officials Thursday afternoon at the Eiteljorg Museum for an event that is guaranteed a seat of honor in the field of art-crime posterity: what the FBI says is the biggest return of cultural artifacts from the U.S. to China.

Kristi Johnson, chief of the FBI's Transnational Organized Crime Section, and Wen Dayan, deputy director general of China's Department of Foreign Affairs, signed a ceremonial certificate that puts 361 artifacts spanning millennia back into the hands of their home country. Read More

March 01, 2019
Ancient artifact unintentionally discovered by Washington archaeologist has 'great significance'

A 2,000-year-old tool that had been sitting inside a dusty box in a museum storage room for roughly four decades may be the oldest tattooing artifact ever discovered in western North America, Washington State University (WSU) archaeologists revealed this week. Read More

February 22, 2019
New archaeology sites documented in county

As part of a historic preservation fund grant, Ball State University archaeologists explored the Calvert Porter Woods Nature Preserve in Montgomery County last summer. The results will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County.

The public presentation will review project goals, objectives, and results of this year’s surveys and will concentrate on what the artifacts tell us about the human occupation of Montgomery County during different time periods. Archaeologists will also have artifacts from the survey available to view and will show a video that highlights their field and lab methods. Read More

February 19, 2019
Archaeologists getting closer to figuring out what happened to 'Lost Colony,' expert says

Archaeologists are getting closer to figuring out where members of the "Lost Colony" went, according to Nicholas Luccketti, the principal investigator and archaeologist with the James River Institute for Archaeology.

Luccketti’s presentation in late January at the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield focused on the "possible relocation" of some of the Roanoke Island colonists to a site in eastern North Carolina named Site X. But he said others from the Lost Colony, maybe even a large group, might have migrated to somewhere near Site X. Read More

February 18, 2019
Archaeologists Work at NY Site Where Human Bones Were Found

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeology work continues at an upstate New York construction site where the skeletal remains of several people have been found at what's believed to be a Revolutionary War burial ground.

State archaeologists led by the New York State Museum were at the site this week in Lake George, in the southern Adirondacks.

A work crew unearthed skeletal remains Feb. 7, while excavating an empty lot for an apartment house. Work was halted, and experts were summoned to examine the property for more remains. Read More

February 14, 2019
Some of the rarest US coins ever found are hitting the market, thanks to NC shipwreck

A stash of gold coins found Monday is being called the latest bit of proof that a shipwreck 40-plus miles off the North Carolina coast is that of the steamship Pulaski, which took half its wealthy passengers to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1838.

The first 502 gold and silver coins plucked from a shipwreck off North Carolina have been sold to a global coin dealer at a price that “wildly exceeded” the recovery project’s expectations.

No one involved in the deal is saying what the coins fetched, but market values suggest it was easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read More

February 14, 2019
At Florida's gateway to space, archaeologists are in a race against time

Long before Cape Canaveral became home to advanced aerospace technologies, indigenous people and early settlers developed their own tools to live on the beaches and the swampy lands that would eventually become the gateway to space.

Now, in a race against time, archaeologists from all over the state are hurrying to uncover and document the undiscovered archaeological sites across the Cape before they are eroded and lost to humankind forever.

"Every time you lose a piece of the past and a piece of the human story, you're impoverishing your experience in the present," University of Central Florida Associate Professor of Archaeology Stacy Barber told FLORIDA TODAY. Read More

February 14, 2019
Dig will continue at Native American fort in Norwalk

NORWALK — A tiny but important, artifact-rich archaeological dig will extend at least into the spring, giving researchers a chance to salvage more evidence of the early contact between early Dutch traders and the Native Americans who populated the high ground along the Norwalk River for millennia.

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The research is now focused for the season in a Storrs-based laboratory that has been screening soil samples that were excavated in recent months, Read More

February 06, 2019
Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores

Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago.

The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a sort of prehistoric super highway, facilitating travel by dugout canoe from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The canal is six tenths of a mile, making it one of the longest pre-Columbian canals discovered in North America said Greg Waselkov, head of the archaeology department at the University of South Alabama. Waselkov led the recent excavation of the canal in a forested area near Little Lagoon. Read More

February 05, 2019
Is it a sign? Huge wooden cross washes ashore on Fort Lauderdale beach

Bales of drugs, derelict vessels, seaweed, whales, and driftwood are among the many items to wash up on South Florida’s beaches, but the latest flotsam and jetsam has made believers of some beach-goers.

A very large, barnacle-encrusted, wooden cross washed ashore behind the Ocean Manor Beach Resort along Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale, during the weekend.

“It is fantastic,” said Mary Ann Smolinski, visiting from Michigan. “It’s amazing. Very spiritual.” Read More

February 03, 2019
Cobblestones at Poplar Forest Carriage Circle Revealed

FOREST, Va. (AP) — A team of archeologists working to restore the carriage turnaround at Thomas Jefferson's summer retreat in Bedford County had an unexpected surprise on a Friday morning: a visit from the third U.S. president himself.

Or at least pretty close.

"This is amazing!" said Bill Barker, who portrays Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg and was in Bedford County shooting an orientation video for Poplar Forest. "These stones have not seen the light of day for 200 years." Read More

February 02, 2019
Dig Uncovers Details of First General Assembly Meeting Spot

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — Jamestown archaeologists have uncovered the western wall of the church that held the first meeting of representative government in North America nearly 400 years ago.

With the discovery, which lay hidden beneath a 5-inch layer of concrete, brick and dirt, the archaeologists know with certainly the full footprint of the 1617 wooden church, the first of several built on the site.

It matches the 20-by-50-foot layout described in historical documents, said David Givens, director of archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery. Read More

January 19, 2019
Archaeologists to Monitor Construction in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Anyone turning over little more than a shovelful of dirt in the historic town of Deadwood can expect to have an archaeologist peering over their shoulders in case any artifacts from the city's past are unearthed.

OK, that's an exaggeration. But while residents are safe from having their flower and vegetable garden plots scrutinized, any private or public construction project requiring excavation is required to have a state archaeologist monitor it in most of the town, which was named a national historic landmark in 1961.

City zoning laws have an entire chapter on historic preservation, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker told the Rapid City Journal. Read More

January 16, 2019
A new clue could explain the mysterious disappearance of a Civil War submarine

A broken pipe may help explain why a famous Civil War submarine sank off of Charleston, South Carolina, more than 150 years ago.

The H.L. Hunley became the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy ship in combat when it sank the wooden ship USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864. The Confederate vessel disappeared with all its eight crew members.

More than 130 years later the Hunley was discovered on the ocean floor. The sub was raised and taken to a laboratory in North Charleston in 2000. Read More

January 15, 2019
Three large asteroids prompt NASA to issue near Earth object alert

Three rogue asteroids are set to speed uncomfortably close to the Earth tomorrow.

The largest of the trio could cause catastrophe if it smashes into our planet, and is as large as the leaning tower of Pisa.

That’s according to NASA, which has listed the asteroids on its “near-Earth objects” alert page. Read More

January 12, 2019
Archaeologists Find Ancient Tool in Area That Can Unlock Age

DURYEA, Pa. (AP) — It wasn't only the stone tool — possibly more than 8,000 years old — that excited Al Pesotine.

It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group's dig site in Duryea.

That context gave archaeologists with the local chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology a rare opportunity. They could carbon-date the remnants of the fire pit to learn when prehistoric people were using that very tool. Added to other information archaeologists have pieced together from other sites, it shows when, where and how people were living thousands of years ago. Read More

January 04, 2019
A site thought to be linked to the Lost Colony is now part of a new state nature preserve
A swatch of swamp and farm land at the head of Albemarle Sound that may contain
archaeological clues about the fate of the famed Lost Colony is now a state nature preserve.

The Salmon Creek State Natural Area covers 1,000 acres in a remote corner of Bertie County, where the creek meets the sound near the mouth of the Chowan River. The N.C. Coastal Land Trust bought the land and recently gave it to the state parks department.

The property had been approved for development of up to 2,800 homes and a 212-slip marina, said Camilla Herlevich, the land trust’s executive director. Though that project was abandoned with the recession 10 years ago, Herlevich said the owners put the property back on the market in early 2017. Read More

January 03, 2019
New book sheds light on Harvard’s forgotten 1931 archaeology trek in eastern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — In the summer of 1931, a group of Harvard researchers descended into eastern Utah to continue a study that first identified a new Native American group that once called the area home. They took to horseback and completed the longest archaeologist trip of its kind.

However, there’s little known about the trip or if it yielded any sort of results because — for no known reason — it was never published. The thousands of documents and hundreds of photos from the expedition were left in boxes in the basement of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and have remained there for decades. The trip remains an archaeological mystery for that reason. Read More

December 27, 2018
Archaeology Group: Work on Property Endangering Artifacts

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A non-profit that identifies, acquires and preserves archaeological sites in the United States has raised concerns that dirt and construction work on county-owned land in Mississippi endangers artifacts connected to what could be the birthplace of slavery in a region.

Jessica Crawford with The Archaeological Conservancy wrote to Adams County Board of Supervisors attorney Scott Slover last week. She expressed concerns that work associated with the construction of a power substation and switching station for the former International Paper Company property is destroying what remains of a 1720s French plantation, the Natchez Democrat reported . Read More

December 14, 2018
Iowa’s prehistoric value below surface

Megan Stroh Messerole and volunteers did some digs in the area over the summer as part of her archaeology field school.

With hundreds of known archaeological sites along the banks of the Little Sioux River, northwestern Iowa is a treasure for archaeology—a past of intrinsic value that many modern locals have yet to discover.

“If you just go into a museum and see a couple rocks and don’t know what you’re looking at, that’s all they are,” said Stroh Messerole, an archaeologist for Sanford Museum in Cherokee. “A plate is just a plate without a backstory.” Read More

December 14, 2018
Underwater archaeologists research boats that sank in Lake Minnetonka

Whatever you do, don’t call them treasure hunters.

It’s true that underwater archaeologists Ann Merriman and Christopher Olson hunt for historical treasures while exploring the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. “But we don’t romanticize it,” Merriman said. Read More

December 08, 2018
Trash Dump Yields Clues About Colorado Springs Founder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Trash in this city's iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It's a regular blemish on a revered place.

But along the park's northern edge, a heap of buried refuse — discovered during work to build a retention pond to control runoff after a wildfire swept through the area — has historians and archaeologists excited, even giddy, about the possibility of learning more about how the wealthy lived in Colorado Springs when it was founded. Read More

December 07, 2018
The Most Amazing Historical Discoveries of 2018

1. A human jawbone becomes the earliest evidence for humans outside Africa.

Before this year, the oldest Homo sapiens fossil found outside Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 and 120,000 years old. But in January, a team of researchers revealed their discovery of an upper jawbone fossil at least 50,000 years older than that in a mountain cave in Israel, suggesting modern humans may have migrated out of Africa far earlier than once thought. Read More

December 03, 2018
The Archaeology Of Outer Space

When thinking of archaeology, you likely conjure up images of pyramids, ancient relics, and a dusty mummy or two; but, what about astronauts and space stations? On November 27th, the Australian research council announced the recipients of their annual Discovery Program grants. Among the projects chosen for funding was the International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP) led by Dr. Alice Gorman, of Flinders University in Australia, and Dr. Justin Walsh, of Chapman University in the United States. This grant was big news for the burgeoning field of space archaeology. Read More

November 16, 2018
First look at archaeological dig near Garden of the Gods

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) An archaeological dig is giving us a first hand look into the life of the Palmer family. General William Palmer founded Colorado Springs.

The dig is between the entrance to Garden of the Gods park and the Glen Eyrie Conference Center along the Camp Creek bike path. The city was about to start construction, so archaeologists did a quick scan of the area and found a treasure trove.

Someone found a shoe, some bricks and other old items. All belonging to the most famous Colorado Springs family, the Palmers. Read More

November 13, 2018
Ancient Artifacts Stolen 40 Years Ago in Alabama Recovered

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The recent recovery of three Native American artifacts stolen nearly 40 years ago could be the thread that unravels the mystery of the greatest antiquities theft in this part of the world.

Hundreds of pottery vessels, bottles, bowls, ornaments and jewelry items were stolen from the Erskine Ramsey Archaeological Repository at the University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. It was a shot in the dark when archaeologists and others contributed to a reward fund for information, which was announced in May.

The publicity worked, leading to the recovery of three vessels in August.

"We were all thinking we'd go to our graves without anything turning up from this burglary," Jim Knight, curator emeritus of American Archaeology for the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the university, said at a news conference Monday. "This is one of the most exciting things that has happened during my archaeological career. Read More

November 13, 2018
Archaeology project planned for battlefield

STILLWATER, N.Y. — Veterans who fought in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan will join forces next spring for an archaeological project where the Second Battle of Saratoga was fought on Oct. 7, 1777.

Veterans will conduct an artifact survey at Barber Wheatfield, one of the most significant sites within Saratoga National Historical Park.

However, officials said an equally important goal of the project is helping veterans develop skills they can use elsewhere in new careers. Read More

November 12, 2018
Parks Official's Signature on Documents Raises Questions

PHOENIX (AP) — The deputy director of Arizona State Parks & Trails, who is under investigation over accusations the agency bulldozed over archaeological sites, once signed a federal grant application over the objections of a staff archaeologist, according to documents obtained Monday by The Arizona Republic.

The report adds another layer of questions about an agency whose director, Sue Black, is facing a slew of allegations including disregarding laws protecting historical and Native American sites. Read More

November 02, 2018
Archaeologists Discover Evidence Of Connecticut's Earliest English Colony

On the grounds of Wethersfield's Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

In 2016, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum decided to add a new education and visitor center on the premises. To ensure the addition would not disturb any historically significant artifacts on the site, they hired the Public Archaeology Survey Team to conduct an archeological survey.

Ground-penetrating radar revealed three potential sites. Two were trash pits – one from the 19th century, the other from the early 20th century. Those sites yielded plenty of artifacts. Read More

November 01, 2018
UWF archaeologists make new discoveries during Emanuel Point I artifact restoration

New wrinkles are being discovered in a 450-year-old artifact at the University of West Florida's Division of Anthropology & Archaeology.

During a 1996 excavation, UWF archaeologists discovered an ancient armored Spanish breast plate — worn by conquistador Tristan de Luna's army in 1559 — at the site of the first Emanuel Point I ship wreck near Pensacola. The breast plate was found in the stern of the ship during one of several excavations conducted since initial discovery was made in 1992. Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeologists uncover history in the waterfront

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Alexandria, a Virginia city settled on the Potomac River, is known for its old town history that continues to unfold.

Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered three historic ships in the sparkling Alexandria waterfront. The city is working with a team of experts to research and excavate these exciting pieces of history.

"I love being out on a beautiful day like this one, seeing history come out of the ground and contribute to our understanding of early Alexandrians and particularly our maritime history," said archaeologist Eleanor Breen. "This is portside Alexandria archaeology. We are illuminating the past." Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeological finds kept secret in public filings

BRANDON — While finding Native American artifacts on construction sites isn’t common, when they are found the state takes steps to protect them by keeping them secret.

One case in point is the proposed Babcock Solar project.

Babcock Solar Farm LLC, backed by Conti Solar based in Edison, New Jersey, has filed for a certificate of public good with the Public Utility Commission to build a 2.2 megawatt solar facility at the intersection of Park Street Extension and 21 Country Club Road. Among the items its permit application includes is an archaeological survey conducted in June which found three concentrations of “pre-contact” Native American artifacts.

These artifacts, said Dr. Charles Knight, assistant director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program, which conducted the survey, were mostly “lithic debitage,” the sharp flakes of stone left over from the making of stone tools. Knight said in an interview Thursday that such deposits show stone tools were once made in the area and indicate the site may have had other uses as well. Read More

November 01, 2018
Students find 6,000-year-old ax at George Washington estate

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Six millennia after a stone ax was carved, it was rediscovered by a pair of Ohio teens on an archaeological dig at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

The Washington Post reports Mount Vernon officials announced the Oct. 12 find Wednesday. They called it a major discovery that provides a look into the lives of those who lived on the Virginia site before it became the first president's home.

The 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) ax head was found by Archbishop Hoban High School seniors Dominic Anderson and Jared Phillips while helping map out the dimensions of what's believed to be a cemetery for slaves and their descendants. Read More

October 24, 2018
Discovery of Ancient Spear points in Texas Has Some Archaeologists Questioning the History of Early Americas

Archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown forms of spear point technology at a site in Texas. The triangular blades appear to be older than the projectile points produced by the Paleoamerican Clovis culture, an observation that’s complicating our understanding of how the Americas were colonized—and by whom.

Clovis-style spear points began to appear around 13,000 to 12,700 years ago, and they were produced by Paleoamerican hunter-gatherers known as the Clovis people. Made from stones, these leaf-shaped (lanceolate) points featured a shallow concave base and a fluted, or flaked, base that allowed them to be placed on the end of a spear. Read More

October 22, 2018
Archaeologists find clues at the Yellowstone ice patch

Idaho Falls, Idaho • Although archaeology has been around for centuries, “ice patch” archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman — a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved — was found high in the Italian-Austrian Alps by hikers.

Otzi was found because permanent ice patches and glaciers have been melting back and retreating in recent decades. The Iceman, older than Egyptian pyramids, offered a peek at a human from the Copper Age. Interestingly, it appears he ran up into mountains to escape combatants and died with an arrow point stuck in a shoulder. Read More

October 21, 2018
America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing – even though the law says the government is supposed to preserve it

Archaeology – the name conjures up images of someone carefully sifting the sands for traces of the past and then meticulously putting those relics in a museum. But today’s archaeology is not just about retrieving artifacts and drawing maps by hand. It also uses the tools of today: 3D imaging, LiDAR scans, GPS mapping and more.

Today, nearly all archaeological fieldwork in the U.S. is executed by private firms in response to legal mandates for historic preservation, at a cost of about a billion dollars annually. However, only a minuscule fraction of the data from these projects is made accessible or preserved for future research, despite agencies’ clear legal obligations to do so. Severe loss of these data is not unusual – it’s the norm. Read More

October 14, 2018
Dig fails to unearth 100-year-old boat said to be buried in West Palm backyard

An archaeological dig failed to unearth the 100-year-old schooner said to be buried in a North Flagler Drive backyard, clearing the way for West Palm Beach to start work on a retention pond to ease flooding in the sometimes soggy neighborhood.

But did the diggers dig deep enough?

A local who remembered the ship’s first being detected during a swimming pool excavation in the 1970s said the 1800’s schooner was buried in muck 8 to 10 feet down, so the city’s archaeologists, who only went 4 to 6 feet into the sandy fill on top of that muck, wouldn’t have found the vessel. Read More

October 14, 2018
Business of archaeology helps preserve Ohio history

Forget sifting through the dirt.
The cultural resource management company Ohio Valley Archaeology takes a high-tech approach to examining the ground beneath our feet. Owner and President Jennifer Pecora leads a staff of seven who produce geophysical surveys and aerial mapping by using such instruments as ground-penetrating radar.

Formed in 1997 and run by Pecora since 2006, the firm serves public and private clients curious to know — or required by law to investigate — what once existed on proposed construction sites.

Q: What is a cultural resource management company?
A: There is a federal law that is Section 106. It’s the National Historic Preservation Act. If there is any federal funding involved with any type of groundbreaking or construction, and if the area had not been surveyed previously, they need to go through what’s called either a cultural resource management survey or archaeological survey. Read More

October 07, 2018
American People Suffering Historical Amnesia With Many Citizens Knowing “Virtually Nothing” About Their History

Many people regard the United States of America as the world’s foremost democratic police force, and as such, one would expect its citizens to be well-informed regarding their historical and political roots. A new study, however, shows that this expectation is far from reality.

National Knowledge Test Causes Concern
A functioning democratic republic operates on the flow and freedom of information which should in effect create an “informed” confidant populous. Contrary to this, according to the results of a recent government survey, which was conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, a nationally recognized full-service analytic research firm, the majority of American people are greatly uneducated about even the most basic facts of the Nation’s history to the extent where the majority “couldn’t even pass a basic citizenship test” according to a report by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Read More

September 19, 2018
Wreck of Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast

The possible discovery of HMS Endeavour off the east coast of the US has been hailed as a “hugely significant moment” in Australian history, but researchers have warned they are yet to “definitively” confirm whether the wreck has been located.

On Wednesday Fairfax Media reported archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, or Rimap, had pinpointed the final resting place of the famous vessel in which Captain James Cook reached Australia in 1770. Read More

September 17, 2018
Federal Grants Awarded to History, Archaeology Projects

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $476,000 have been awarded to 11 historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities.

The National Park Service grants announced last week include three of more than $50,000 each to Ball State University for projects in Henry, Montgomery and Ripley counties.

One will be used to complete an archaeological survey of about 80 acres (32 hectares) around historic homestead sites within Versailles State Park that may expand what's known about early statehood. Read More

September 07, 2018
Ancient remains discovered in Frio County

The discovery happened by chance. In July, while conducting a routine bridge check, an inspector from the Texas Department of Transportation noticed something odd. It was nestled in a steep earthen embankment directly under the highway span in Frio County.

It was the back of a human skull, along with a spine.

Initially, the situation was treated by local authorities as a criminal matter, under the assumption that the bones could be connected to a cold case. But several days into the investigation, forensic investigators found an arrowhead in the pelvic region. The remains were also found alongside remnants of a Native American wood and clay structure. Read More

September 07, 2018
When is it OK For Archaeologists to Dig Up the Dead?

Banana was code for human bones, on one archaeological dig where I’ve worked. We were excavating a cemetery, several thousand years old, and had permits from the appropriate authorities. However, certain religious groups in the area had a history of protesting any destruction of burials, so we kept our work discrete.

We packed excavated skeletons in boxes labeled “bananas” and referenced the fruit when discussing the project in public. Read More

September 04, 2018
Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at ancient sites

CORNVILLE -- The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has alerted U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement to vandalism of a ancient dwelling site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville. Another instance of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville.

The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. VVAC Site Watch ( is a program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center that promotes the importance of education about common cultural and natural heritages and encourages public responsibility in the protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. Read More

September 03, 2108
Forest Service hiring for 1,000 spring and summer jobs

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temporary workers for spring and summer of 2019 in Oregon and Washington, the federal agency announced on Friday.

Applications will be accepted between Sept. 17 and Oct. 12 for positions in fields including firefighting, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services and archaeology. Read More

September 01, 2108
Uncovering the Real Story Behind the 'East Bay Mystery Walls'

For more than a century, people in the Bay Area — and especially the East Bay — have puzzled over the existence of stone walls scattered on ridges from near San Jose north through the Berkeley Hills.

Sometimes the walls are built in long straight lines. Sometimes they form angles. Occasionally you’ll find rectangular or circular constructions. Read More

August 22, 2018
SC County Evaluating Archaeological Site Under Construction

A South Carolina county has called in a private archaeology firm to determine the extent of potential damage to a known Native American archaeological site under development.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A project to build a parking lot alongside South Carolina's Saluda River may have wrecked an archaeological site where Native Americans lived for thousands of years.

The State reports that arrowheads and other artifacts were found in June after bulldozers went to work at the Saluda Riverwalk project, which Richland County is developing in conjunction with the Riverbanks Zoo. Read More

August 16, 2018
Why Military Veterans Are Turning to Archaeology

A partnership between a crowdsourced archaeology organization and a veterans recovery program has opened up new possibilities for American military veterans in a field that may once have seemed like a stretch: archaeology.

DigVentures, a company based in the United Kingdom, aims to change the way archaeology is done by expanding it beyond academic research settings. They crowdfund financial support, crowdsource site locations, and use real-time digitization technology to create collaborative digs that are accessible to experts and enthusiastic novices alike. Read More

August 16, 2018
How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

When wildfire starts, a lot of people decide what areas should burn, and where a fire should be fought. One of those people is an archaeologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

Fires continue to burn through the West from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coastal forests. The first priority of emergency responders is of course to save lives and then to save homes, but many of these areas also contain historic and cultural artifacts. Maggie Mullen of Wyoming Public Radio talked to an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service who helps decide what should be preserved. Read More

August 01, 2018
Archaeological Dig at Gray-Cloud Home Attracts Neighbors, History Buffs

For the last month, archaeologists have been scraping, sifting and digging around a 19th century home in the city’s Old Irving Park neighborhood, creating what might look like a mess in the yard.

But there’s a method to their madness.

Neighbors have suspected for decades that this home was a stop along the Underground Railroad, the network of people and locations helped slaves escape to freedom. Read More

July 23, 2018
Archaeologists identify ancient North American mounds using new image analysis technique

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have used a new image-based analysis technique to identify once-hidden North American mounds, which could reveal valuable information about pre-contact Native Americans.

"Across the East Coast of the United States, some of the most visible forms for pre-contact Native American material culture can be found in the form of large earthen and shell mounds," said Binghamton University anthropologist Carl Lipo. "Mounds and shell rings contain valuable information about the way in which past people lived in North America. As habitation sites, they can show us the kinds of foods that were eaten, the way in which the community lived, and how the community interacted with neighbors and their local environments. Read More

July 14, 2018
Archaeologists Come to Eckley to Study Our Past

ECKLEY, Pa. (AP) — A house at 104 Main St. has an unpainted porch and bare-board siding typical of an old miner's home, but it suited Paul Shackel.

Shackel selected property because he wanted his archaeology students from the University of Maryland to dig around a home that had been occupied for most of the 165 years as the village developed from company town to state museum.

Just as the home is the middle of the street, it had middle-class residents. The mine owner and foremen lived in the wealthy Protestant downtown on the western side of Main Street, which Shackel and his students might study next year, whereas the lower-earning laborers who lived at a house on Back Street around which the group excavated two years ago. Read More

July 09, 2018
Archaeologists, students dig in at Quartz Lake

FAIRBANKS — During the short summer in Alaska, scientists are busy conducting field work. With the increased daylight and warmer temperatures, they can work longer hours and get more done. Right now, researchers are traveling all over the state, hoping to make new discoveries.

That includes students, too. For the past couple of years, high schoolers enrolled in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Alaska Summer Research Academy have camped out at Quartz Lake, north of Delta Junction, and helped with archaeological research. They work with scientists from the University of Alaska Museum of the North to map and collect bone and stone artifacts from seven different sites along the shoreline. Read More

July 08, 2018
UWF archaeology students explore Civil War history in Chimney Park dig

University of West Florida archaeology students are spending the summer digging through layers of history at Pensacola's Chimney Park.

Thousands of people pass the towering brick chimney off Scenic Highway every day, but most do not realize the important role the site played in the region's history, said Brianna Patterson, a graduate student who is writing her master's thesis on the excavation of the antebellum mill property. Read More

July 06, 2018
Washington family donates archaeological materials

Donation to Colville Tribal History/Archaeology program includes cradleboard that once belonged to Cull White

Coulee Dam – As an earlier pioneer and settler in the area now known as Washington Flats, Nat Washington Sr. clearly envisioned the potential of harnessing the Columbia River as a source of power and irrigation for the Columbia Basin.

The family also experienced the mighty and extreme authority of the river when Nat Sr., his brother James and sister Peachy all drowned in the same event, witnessed by 12 year old, future state senator, Nat Washington Jr. Read More

July 04, 2018
Archaeologist duo creates Old Army Records website

SHERIDAN — Two local archaeologists discovered a mutual passion for history while working in an excavation pit together for a school archaeology project as Sheridan College students in 1994.

Kevin O’Dell and Jim Powers quickly became friends, eventually coworkers and now co-owners of Old Army Records.

Their specific interest in 19th century U.S. military history connected them again when O’Dell asked Powers to help him with contract work through a grant for the Fort Fetterman Battlefield.

“The Fetterman project prompted wanting to get into more information about the individuals that died, especially the enlisted men,” O’Dell said. “(We) basically (wanted to find out) who they were as individuals, their character, backgrounds and what not.” Read More

July 03, 2018
Why the Revolutionary War battlefield in Beaufort has never been preserved

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) - The 1779 Battle of Port Royal was the first Revolutionary War battle on land in South Carolina. It's also the only battle in which two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence fought.

But you probably wouldn't know it happened off of Highway 21 in Beaufort, because it's never been preserved as a national monument.

"If you look down here towards that ditch area right there, that is the area where the British tried to come at the Americans, which were basically right where we're standing," said Daniel Battle, an archaeologist with Cypress Cultural Consultants. Read More

June 22, 2018
More colonial burials found under St. Augustine street
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – More burials of what could be St. Augustine’s first colonists have been discovered. They are within inches of where burials were found during an archeological dig in 2017.

This time, they were found while construction workers were working on Charlotte Street in downtown St. Augustine. The city archeologist was monitoring their work and ordered construction be halted as soon as a bone was found.

The skeletons are believed to date between 1572 to 1702. It’s believed they were buried under the floor of the first Catholic parish church in what is now the United States. It was customary during colonial times to bury people under the church floor because it was considered holy ground. St. Augustine was founded in 1565. According to historical documents, the church was established near this site in 1572. It was burned in 1702 when the rest of the city was sacked by the British. Read More

June 18, 2018
A Discovery In Ga. Uncovers Details From Horrific Time In Native American History

At an archaeological site in Georgia’s Blue Ridge foothills, in the deep woods of Stephens County, researchers sift through dirt to find pieces of pottery and other evidence to understand the era in the early 1600s when Native Americans’ lives and culture were disrupted.

Nineteen-year-old Tim Pigeon is from small-town Oklahoma, but he’s spent time the past two summers in Georgia’s Blue Ridge foothills, in the deep woods of Stephens County.

He’s helping out at an archaeological site there, sifting through dirt to find pieces of pottery. Read More

June 12, 2018
How Climate Change Could Destroy Thousands of Archaeological Sites

Historical sites across the globe are at risk due to rising sea levels, but without reliable data we can't even assess the full scope of the problem, let alone solve it.

The famous moai of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) are, to many people, the face of archaeology. These massive statues made of dark, weathered stone, occasionally speckled with pale lichen, stare out across their island in the blue waters of the south Pacific. Their heads are oversized compared to their bodies, which gives them a dignity appropriate to their age; the oldest were crafted around 1200 C.E. But the moai may not stand on Rapa Nui for much longer. They're in danger from a very 21st century threat: climate change. Read More

June 11, 2018
Indiana Jones' archaeology ideas? They belong in a museum!

On the 37th anniversary of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' real ASU archaeologists bust Hollywood-influenced myths

It’s a disclaimer that echoes passionately through the lecture halls of every beginning archaeology course: It’s not like the Indiana Jones movies!

Inspiring a new generation of researchers to value and explore the past is Dr. Jones’ single contribution to the field. But for those who commit their time and expertise to the study of past humans, the iconic, whip-cracking rogue has become a major cliché. Read More

June 08, 2018
In digging for Shaker remnants, history unearthed, veterans find avenue of rehabilitation

NEW LEBANON — Trowels in hand, American veterans, civilians and children teamed up with professional archaeologists to investigate one of the oldest Shaker settlements in the United States.

For the second year in a row, DigVentures, a business that uses crowdfunding to host archaeological excavations, has broken ground at the Darrow School, where it is searching for remnants of the Shaker community that first arrived in the area in 1781.

From May 22 to June 3, DigVentures was joined at the site by a nonprofit that serves veterans by sending them to archaeological research sites so they can participate in excavations. Read More

June 08, 2018
History's mysteries come to life in archaeologist's hands

Michael Siebert stepped into a knee-deep pit on the grounds of Fort Frederica National Monument last week as if he were dropping in on old neighbors.

Make that really old neighbors. The likes of Maj. William Horton and Richard Oldner have not been seen around these parts for nearly 300 years. Nonetheless, Siebert spoke of the two 18th century settlers with a familiarity and immediacy that suggested they were right here among us on this beautiful June day in 2018 Read More

June 04, 2018
Jamestown Unearthed: Cellar under church catches experts by surprise

As archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery continue to dig into the Historic Jamestowne church that has stood at the site of the James Fort since 1906, they’ve uncovered something they weren’t expecting.

An abandoned cellar lies underneath the holiest place in the church, and it may contain details about life within the first permanent English colony — but archaeologists will have to dig to the bottom of the cellar before they can get to the bottom of the mystery.

Two previous brick churches have stood where the Memorial Church now stands in Historic Jamestowne. Historical records show the second was built by colonists in the 1640s and was in use for more than a century. The first brick church was built in 1617, meaning the cellar and the structure above it must have been built prior to the church’s construction. Read More

June 02, 2018
Archaeological field school from SIUC discovers a previously unknown American fort

CARBONDALE — For decades, historians have believed that a single fort overlooking Kaskaskia served as a fort for both French and American troops. But when Mark Wagner and his team of anthropology students began an archaeology field school class on the site last year, they made a startling discovery.

Standing tall on the site of Fort Kaskaskia is a sign that details the presumed story of a fort built by the French in the 1750s that later was renovated and occupied by the American Army in 1803. The most important event in the history of the short-lived American fort was a visit by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to recruit 11 soldiers for their expedition to explore the American West. Finding this area to be of interest, Wagner and his team of SIU students conducted a test excavation within the French fort in 2017. After evaluating the recovered artifacts, it became clear to the professor that an American Army never inhabited the earlier French fort. Read More

June 01, 2018
Conservatism took hold here 1,000 years ago. Until the people fled.

During the eighth century, a new kind of civilization arose in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. It started a social movement that swept across what is now the U.S. Southwest, transforming people’s beliefs about how to live, worship and farm. For the next six centuries, Ancestral Puebloan peoples built their communities in imitation of the ones at Chaco, celebrating its culture. But as generations passed, that culture became a rigid tradition, representing a history that some people wanted to escape. As the 14th century drew to a close, the entire Chaco population abandoned the canyon, never to return. Read More

May 24, 2018
Ancient Native American village in Louisiana reveals its secrets

An ancient Native American village in Louisiana is revealing its secrets thanks to new research.

The study of ancient mound builders who lived in the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers fresh insight into how the settlements emerged and why they were abandoned. Read More

May 29, 2018
It Was America’s First English Colony. Then It Was Gone

From the English ship Hopewell anchored off the coast of what is now North Carolina, Governor John White watched with elation as a column of smoke rose into the summer dusk.

The plume from Roanoke Island “put us in good hope that some of the colony were there expecting my return out of England,” he wrote later. Three years had passed since the governor had set out from the first English settlement in the New World on what was to be a brief resupply mission, leaving behind more than a hundred men, women, and children. But his return voyage had been delayed again and again by the outbreak of war with Spain. At last, on August 18, 1590, White and a party of sailors waded ashore on Roanoke Island. According to White’s account of events, they spotted fresh footprints but met no one. As the men climbed a sandy bank, they encountered a tree with the carved letters “C R O.” This was, the governor explained, a prearranged code. If the settlers were to leave the island, they should carve their destination into a tree or post. Adding a cross would mean they left in an emergency. Read More

May 21, 2018
Organization to start new archaeological dig on Darrow School campus for Shaker artifacts

NEW LEBANON — Archaeologists will start its third excavation today on the grounds of the Darrow School, which was the site of one of the first Shaker communities in the state.

The organization previously searched for artifacts on the property, 110 Darrow Road, in 2013 and 2017. This year the dig site will be about the same size as previous years, said DigVentures Managing Director Lisa Westcott Wilkins, and will be on a location where an old Shaker house once stood.

“The Mount Lebanon site is very important to us,” Wilkins said. “We are very excited about this spot. It is important for us to have this opportunity to look back and investigate this old, very forward-thinking society.” Read More

May 14, 2018
Native Insight: Northfield man finds 3,000-year-old axe on Vermont lakeshore

The subject I want to discuss this week is a rare find that could have been addressed almost two years ago, when I first caught wind of it. I have, instead, been sitting on it in anticipation of additional information coming to light. Well, I can wait no longer, and will now go forward with what I have about an important Vermont discovery made by a Northfield metal-detecting sleuth.

That man is Kenn Jordan, proprietor of Jordan Metal Art and a talented metal artist, not to mention a devoted metal-detecting enthusiast. We’re not here to study his work, but rather his play, a hobby. What we’re looking at is an ancient copper artifact he found on the Fourth of July 2016, while working the shoreline near his NorthWoods camp on Lake Salem in Derby, Vt., a Northeast Kingdom hamlet bordering Canada. Finally, this relic made some 3,000 years ago — yes, that’s right, 1,000 years before Christ — has made it into a press account by Vermont State Archaeologist Francis “Jess” Robinson, who took possession of the adze or celt or axe soon after it was recovered from the lake. Read More

May 12, 2018
Trip to Oregon's Cascadia Cave Brings Archaeology to Life

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away.

So Tony Farque held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farque said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago.

"This is the largest and most complete rock art site in western Oregon by far," said Farque, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here."

During the past 25 years, Farque has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Read More

May 06, 2018
Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nestled in centuries of dirt and debris, several well-preserved ships and artifacts have been unearthed that offer a glimpse of life at what was once one of the busiest ports in the North American colonies.

At the site for Robinson Landing, a new townhouse and condominium development along the Potomac River here, excavations have uncovered the protruding, curved wooden bones of the ships. Three ships were scuttled and buried here centuries ago as Alexandria sought to expand its land into the deeper waters of the river. Read More

May 04, 2018
Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City-based private company, whose devout Christian owners won a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling exempting them from providing certain contraceptive coverage for employees, agreed to pay a $3 million fine last year to settle a lawsuit over the company's role in the smuggling of the artifacts, which authorities say were looted from the war-torn country. Read More

May 04, 2018
Adult mammoth bones found in Wyoming

After four days of intensive and hurried excavation, a crew of about 15 archaeologists and helpers removed the intact backbone and ribs of what is believed to be an adult mammoth from the shoreline of Wyoming's Buffalo Bill Reservoir on Tuesday.

"This was a salvage operation. We were doing triage," said Bonnie Smith, an archaeologist with the Draper Museum of Natural History in Cody, Wyo., who helped with the dig. Read More

May 03, 2018
Midewin prairie dig may unearth clues about ancient culture that disappeared, researchers hope

bout 400 years ago, a group of people set up camp just south of Joliet, engaging in agriculture and hunting for about 10 summers. Several decades later, the group disappeared.

Now, their trash has become archaeological treasure that could provide clues about what happened to that culture. And they’re inviting local volunteers to help with the project. Read More

May 01, 2018
Archaeology Field School Returning to Colonial Military Site

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A summertime archaeological dig is returning to a community along the upper Hudson River that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century.

SUNY Adirondack's archaeology field school will run from July 9 through Aug. 17 in Fort Edward, 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Albany.

The Washington County village was home to Rogers Rangers and the largest British outpost in the American colonies during the French and Indian War. The community college's six-week dig will focus on areas of Rogers Island and sites along the river where merchants did business. Read More

April 24, 2018
This UH Research Center Is Revolutionizing Archaeology

The year was 2012; the place, the Honduran rainforest. A small plane flew overhead, dangling an expensive pulsing laser over the dense, leafy canopy. Within just a few hours, Ramesh Shrestha, director of UH’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, spotted it: a place forgotten for centuries, now visible in the form of a crude rectangular shape scratched into the earth. “Nature doesn’t make rectangles, and yet there it was,” he remembers. “When we removed the trees, it was unmistakable.”

Afterward, the two filmmakers who’d organized that search, who’d been hoping to find the mythic Ciudad Blanca (“White City”), were hailed for discovering the ruins of what they dubbed the City of the Monkey God. The find featured in National Geographic and Outside, a TV documentary, and even a book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, published last year. Read More

April 22, 2018
Children dig in at junior archaeologist event at Harriet Tubman park in Auburn

AUBURN — Colin Kingery's eyes rarely darted from the dirt he was digging through for artifacts Saturday.

Colin, 6, and his sister, Nora, 4, were at a junior archaeologist event at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn. The U.S. National Park Service hosted the event, in which service employees guided children through a "dig" and recorded their observations.

Colin proudly showed off his fossil books to the employees before the dig. Colin, with gloves on, dug through a large plastic tub filled with dirt to uncover objects such as what appeared to be pottery pieces. Nora hovered by her father Lisle Kingery's legs at first, but eventually joined in on a separate dig with her brother. Read More

April 09, 2018
US, Mexican Archaeologists Unearth Sonoran Desert’s Past and Present

MEXICO CITY - Researchers from Mexico and the U.S. are exploring ancient archaeological sites in Mexico, near the Sonora-Arizona border. Their studies might shed light not only on the region’s past but also give context to political issues facing indigenous communities today.

The border has been an obstacle to unify archaeological studies from both sides of the border. Arizona’s sites have been largely studied, but the Sonoran ones have gained less attention as archaeology has focused more on central-south Mexico. Read More

April 06, 2018
The mystery of the mummy’s head: how the FBI helped crack a 4,000-year-old case

In 1915, a team of U.S. archaeologists excavating the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Deir el-Bersha blasted into a hidden tomb. Inside the cramped limestone chamber, they were greeted by a gruesome sight: a mummy’s severed head perched on a cedar coffin.

The room, which the researchers labeled Tomb 10A, was the final resting place for a governor named Djehutynakht (pronounced juh-HOO-tuh-knocked) and his wife. At some point during the couple’s 4,000-year slumber, grave robbers ransacked their burial chamber and plundered its gold and jewels. The looters tossed a headless, limbless mummified torso into a corner before attempting to set the room on fire to cover their tracks. Read More

April 05, 2018
Montpelier Archaeologists Employ New Technology to Reveal Slave Experience

Archaeologists at James Madison's Montpelier are getting a glimpse into the property's past by using new technology that allows them to see things they’ve never before been able to see.

"This is a dream come true for me; this is Christmas in April," says Matthew Reeves, Montpelier's director of archaeology.

This technology - called lidar - allows archaeologists to see paths through the woods that date back to the 1700s. They say these trails were walked every day by slaves. Read More

April 05, 2018
Ella Axelrod ’19 Uncovers Artifacts and Passion for Archaeology

Some students enter college with an inkling of what they want to study, and Ella Axelrod ’19, was no different: they had a sneaking suspicion of their interest in archaeology after participating on an archaeology field trip in eighth grade. At CC, Axelrod dove in head first, talking their way into Professor Ruth Van Dyke’s archaeology class right after finishing their FYE, a 300-level class that took place in Castroville, Texas, north of San Antonio. The class sought to find signs of the early Alsacean settlements, built by Henri Castro and the French people he brought to the area in the mid 1840’s. Read More

April 01, 2018
UPDATE: Ship’s hull secured on beach after attempt to move it fails

Officials had to resort to their second plan of securing the hull section in place Thursday evening after the equipment that was planned to move it got stuck in the sand and couldn’t make it to the site.

Tonya Creamer, spokeswoman for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, said Friday morning that the artifact is still on the beach and researchers plan to continue collecting as much information from it as they can.

Local researchers will get to spend more time gathering information from a large section of a wooden ship’s hull that washed ashore south of Ponte Vedra Beach earlier this week after securing permission and the means to move it to a better protected area of the beach. Read More

April 01, 2018
Oldest Human Footprints In North America Found On Canadian Coast

Along the shore of tiny Calvert Island, not far from Vancouver, researchers found a series of human footprints in 2015. Thorough analysis of the prints has now revealed they are the oldest in North America, made by several people more than 13,000 years ago.

The field team that found the footprints included several archaeologists, students from the University of Victoria, as well as representatives from the Heiltsuk First Nation and the Wuikinuxv First Nation. Writing today in the journal PLOS One, lead author Duncan McLaren of the University of Victoria and the Hakai Research Institute and his colleagues detail what they have learned in the past three years from the 29 footprints. Read More

March 21, 2018
Georgia Southern's archaeological repository uncovers the past

When you think of archaeology you may envision Indiana Jones uncovering extravagant artifacts like the Ark of the Covenant, but real life archeology is more concerned with preserving and studying the past.

Conserving the past is exactly what Georgia Southern University is trying to do with its recently built archaeological repository and archaeology laboratories on its Statesboro Campus. Read More

March 21, 2018
Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig

Nearly 10,000 Native American artifacts — a rectangular ceramic vessel, tool fragments, arrowheads, and other projectile points — have been discovered at two archaeological excavation sites in Camden.

Along with the hearthstones, animal bones, and remains of plants likely used for food, medicine, and fuel found during the excavations, the materials may shed light on the lives of indigenous people who camped along the Delaware River as early as 4,000 years ago.

Some of the objects will be donated to and displayed by the Camden County Historical Society museum in Camden. Read More

March 19, 2018
2 more centuries-old ships unearthed in Old Town Alexandria

WASHINGTON — Two additional centuries-old ships have been unearthed in Old Town Alexandria, not far from where an 18th-century vessel was unearthed a few years ago.

The discovery was made at a construction site where Robinson Terminal South was located, according to a news release Monday from the City of Alexandria. Early indications are that the two ships are from the same era as the ship that was found at the Hotel Indigo site in 2015.

Archaeologists believe that that 50-foot ship was built sometime after 1741 and ended up being used as landfill in the late 1700s.

“The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” said acting City Archaeologist Eleanor Breen in a statement. “There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide.” Read More

March 17, 2018
Protecting Native American artifacts at Lake Nighthorse

With the anticipated opening of Lake Nighthorse, local agencies are gearing up for the daunting task of protecting the many Native American cultural sites at risk to looting and vandalism.

“If you talk to the tribes, they view that area as a sacred place,” said Kristin Bowen, an archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation. “And they are concerned about people being disrespectful out there and turning it into a big party spot.”

Lake Nighthorse was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 2003 as part of the Animas-La Plata Project, which pumps water from the Animas River to fill a 123,541-acre-foot reservoir for tribes and water rights holders. Read More

March 15, 2018
ASU experts share must-see historic sites for Arizona Archaeology Month

Marvel at ancient petroglyphs, miles of canals, stately ruins and exquisite craftsmanship — no passport required

Arizona has a rich historical legacy, and there’s no better time to appreciate it than in March, when temperate weather combines with opportunity for adventure during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

To help you navigate our state’s incredible past this month, four Southwest archaeologists from Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change share their insights on what to see, which mysteries keep them up at night and how you can get involved in protecting the past. Read More

March 12, 2018
Uncovering secrets of York Beach shipwreck

YORK BEACH, Maine -- The mystery of the Short Sands Beach shipwreck is being pieced together by state and local archaeologists and historians -- a centuries old vessel with secrets that are being uncovered using 21st century archaeological tools like 3D modeling.

But there is also some historical sleuthing that has been done as well, as a former York Beach police officer shares his discovery of an 18th century York notary public’s journal in which a 1769 shipwreck on Short Sands Beach is described.

This focus comes as the skeleton was once again exposed following last week’s nor’easter, a fairly rare occurrence that has captured regional and national attention in the days since. Read More

March 06, 2018
USS Lexington found: Paul Allen finds aircraft carrier that saved Australia in World War II

IT was the day that decided Australia’s fate. The aircraft carrier USS Lexington was lost in 1942 in a desperate bid to block a Japanese invasion force. Now, 76 years later, she’s back.

Japan had crushed the US battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor. It had swept Britain, the United States, the Netherlands and Australia aside in South East Asia. Britain barely held on to Ceylon by the skin of its teeth.

Now a Japanese invasion fleet was advancing on Port Moresby, on Papua New Guinea’s southern coast. It was feared this would cut Australia off from the United States. Read More

March 05, 2018
Nor'easter uncovers wreck of Revolutionary War-era ship on Maine beach

A shipwreck, believed to be more than 160 years old, resurfaced on a Maine beach Monday morning after a nor'easter ravaged the East Coast over the weekend and washed away enough sand to a get a glimpse of the historic structure.

The skeletal structure of the Revolutionary War era boat appeared on Short Sands Beach in York early Monday. York Police Department posted photos of the shipwreck on its Facebook page. Read More

March 04, 2018
500 year-old pistol part found at Kannah Creek archaeological dig

A pistol part found in a Mesa County excavation area could be as many as 500 years old and may bring to light some new information on Spanish colonial history in Colorado.

The part was found in the Kannah Creek area about 25 miles south of Grand Junction as part of an archaeological excavation conducted by the Museums of Western Colorado's Western Investigations Team.

The dig has been ongoing for about seven years and the part was found a few years ago, but it has been undergoing metallurgic testing, according to Museums of Western Colorado Curator of History David Bailey. Read More

March 01, 2018
7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater

Venice is Florida's unofficial capital of fossil hunting. Divers and beachcombers flock to this city on the Gulf Coast, mostly seeking palm-sized teeth of the Megalodon, the enormous shark species that went extinct 2 and half million years ago. In the summer of 2016, a diver searching for those relics picked up a barnacle-crusted jaw from a shallow spot off the shore of Manasota Key. The specimen sat on a paper plate in his kitchen for a couple weeks before he realized it was probably a human bone.

The diver sent a picture to Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research, where it landed in front of Ryan Duggins, the bureau’s underwater archaeology supervisor. A single molar was still attached to the jawbone, and the tooth’s cusps were worn smooth, likely from a diet of tough foods. “That’s something we don’t see in modern populations, so that was a quick indicator we were dealing with a prehistoric individual,” Duggins explains. Read More

February 28, 2018
Wildfire debris cleanup reveals Native American artifacts

The shiny black piece of obsidian, pointed at one end and with chiseled edges, lay in plain view on earth scorched bare by the Nuns fire on private land in Glen Ellen.

David Carrio, a full-blooded Coast Miwok born and raised in Sonoma County, recognized it immediately as a tool fashioned by his forebears who once inhabited Marin and southern Sonoma counties, a bountiful land for hunter-gatherer people, rich in food and laced by freshwater streams.

“It was kind of like spotting a footprint of your ancestors,” he said. “It’s something that says we are home.” Read More

February 24, 2018
Archaeologist speaks at New Canaan Library about Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers

Connecticut state archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones returns to New Canaan Library to present a talk on the newest findings from three archeological sites that provide clues to early colonial life. Dr. Jones will speak at the Library on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. Please register online at

During the past three years, archaeologists and students unearthed clues about Connecticut’s early colonial past at three archeological sites: a buried house cellar within the original John Mason home lot, a buried farm complex associated with Lt. John Hollister of Glastonbury, and the homestead of Francis Stiles (later owned by the Ellsworth family of Windsor). Jones led these excavations and will explain what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor and Glastonbury tell us about Connecticut’s earliest European settlers, and how modern technology helps rediscover these long-forgotten sites. Read More

February 23, 2018
White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities

Pioneers and early archaeologists credited distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these sophisticated complexes

Around 1100 or 1200 A.D., the largest city north of Mexico was Cahokia, sitting in what is now southern Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Built around 1050 A.D. and occupied through 1400 A.D., Cahokia had a peak population of between 25,000 and 50,000 people. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cahokia was composed of three boroughs (Cahokia, East St. Louis, and St. Louis) connected to each other via waterways and walking trails that extended across the Mississippi River floodplain for some 20 square km. Its population consisted of agriculturalists who grew large amounts of maize, and craft specialists who made beautiful pots, shell jewelry, arrow-points, and flint clay figurines. Read More

February 16, 2018
Lab notes: So long Indiana Jones? Archaeology goes high-tech

Jaws have dropped as new laser scanning techniques revealed an ancient Mexican city that archaeologists say may have had as many buildings as Manhattan. Groundbreaking lidar scanning is showing the true scale of Angamuco, which was built by the Purépecha from about 900AD. From that sublime news to the utterly ridiculous: experts are having to voice their concern about the rise of DIY faecal transplants. It seems people need to be warned that, although some really promising science suggests links between gut microbes and a host of health problems, jumping ahead of scientists and following a Youtube video to do it at home is a really daft idea. Read More

February 14, 2018
Surveyors Believe They've Found Old Slave Quarters at Montpelier

A team armed with metal detectors is unearthing history that’s been buried for two centuries beneath the plantation of President James Madison.

Montpelier's metal-detecting surveyors are sweeping through a wooded area just down the hill from Madison's former mansion in Orange County, hoping that they'll unearth artifacts that will help flesh out the full story that unfolded at the estate. The metal detector team is especially hard at work right now during the winter months, since the ground is more barren and easier to see what's hidden beneath it.

Each blue flag staked in the ground marks the location of where they've detected metal, and red flags identify concentrations of items. So far, the surveyors have dug up objects like coins, buckles, spoons, and nails. Read More

February 11, 2018
Archaeology: Serpent Mound might depict a creation story

Serpent Mound in Adams County is the most iconic earthen sculpture ever created by the ancestors of North American Indians, but now it can be seen only through a kind of filter.

Why? It was damaged by looting and plowing before it was saved and restored in the late 1880s by Frederic Putnam of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum. And Putnam’s restorations were influenced by what he thought the mound should look like.

He decided that the mound represented a serpent with an egg in its jaws. He believed it demonstrated a connection between Serpent Mound and various Old World cultures. Other archaeologists have documented parts of the mound that Putnam ignored, such as a wishbone-shaped earthwork that wrapped around the far side of the so-called egg. Evidently, Putnam felt this earthwork made no sense if the mound actually represented a serpent and an egg, so he didn’t restore it. Read More

February 06, 2018
This Archaeological Site In Virginia Should Be On Every History Buff's Bucket List

Hidden in the landscape of Orange, Virginia, perched on top of rust-colored dirt and surrounded by trees, is the home of fourth U.S. President James Madison. Known as Montpelier, the home has been restored to its 18th century grandeur through the hard work of conservators and archaeologists, a fitting tribute to the 'Father of the Constitution.' But what makes Montpelier a site that every history buff should have on their bucket list is the way that they have grappled with the complexity of a forward-thinking yet slave-owning president, and made the public a huge part of that discussion. Read More

February 01, 2018
1,000-Year-Old Hunting Weapon Found in Melting Yukon Ice

CARCROSS, CANADA—CBC News reports that a barbed antler arrow point with a copper end blade discovered in melting ice last summer has been radiocarbon dated to 936 years ago. Yukon archaeologist Greg Hare discovered the hunting artifact in an area frequented by caribou during the summers on the traditional territory of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. The blade had been pointed into the earth, with the arrow half buried in ice, as if it had just been shot from a bow. “This is one of the oldest copper elements that we [have] ever found in the Yukon,” Hare said. The copper used to make the weapon was locally sourced, probably from a creek in southwest Yukon. Hare explained that in addition to representing the development of metallurgy in the Yukon, the arrow also marks the period when First Nations hunters were changing from atlatl (throwing dart) technology to bows and arrows. He thinks it may have taken two weeks to make the artifact, and that it would have been a significant loss for the hunter. For more, go to “Where the Ice Age Caribou Ranged.” Read More

January 17, 2018
Local historian finds rare artifact linked to Abraham Lincoln

A fragile object tucked away in a room of unknown historical treasures has been found and it is tied to one of the most well-thought-of presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln.

Sandy Vasko, director of the Will County Historical Society, discovered a dried rose a few weeks ago that she said was on the funeral bier of Abraham Lincoln when his remains were at the capitol in Washington D.C. on April 20, 1865.

The flower is fairly rare, according to Vasko. She knows of only one other group of flowers and they are in the Library of Congress. Read More

January 16, 2018
Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon

Yukon archeologist Greg Hare says it was just luck that led him in 2016 to find a nearly 1,000-year-old hunting artifact, half exposed in a remote patch of ice.

Recent radiocarbon dating confirms that the arrow blade point is one of the earliest examples of copper metallurgy ever found in Yukon.

Hare was travelling with a documentary film crew over the ice patches near Carcross, Yukon, in July 2016 when they spotted some caribou on a hillside. Hare had been showing the crew some of sites where he and other archaeologists have been finding ancient First Nations hunting weapons over the last 20 years. Read More

January 16, 2018
UWF receives top award for Luna Settlement project from Society for Historical Archaeology

The University of West Florida Division of Anthropology and Archaeology recently received the 2018 Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology for the Tristan de Luna y Arellano project. The award was presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting, held Jan. 3-6 in New Orleans. Read More

January 14, 2018
Coastal Waters Threaten Florida's Historic Resources

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — What do St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos and Egmont Key near Tampa have in common? They are two of thousands of Florida's heritage sites that are vulnerable to rising seas. "Jupiter Lighthouse, Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, Fort Jefferson and Fort Pickens in Pensacola — all of these places are threatened," said Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The Castillo de San Marcos withstood two sieges in 330 years and changed hands five times, but its latest invader — the rising Atlantic Ocean — threatens to erode the historic St. Augustine fortress Read More

January 11, 2018
Old Berwick presents new Plymouth discoveries

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — New revelations about trade and relations between the Pilgrims and Native Americans have come to light since archaeologists recently uncovered the first intact sections of the early 17th century settlement in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.

On Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Old Berwick Historical presents Dr. David B. Landon, who will discuss recent the archaeological excavations made at his Plymouth field school. The lecture will be held at the Berwick Academy Arts Center in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Read More

January 06, 2018
Massive Napa archaeological dig continues at future hotel site

Almost a year after it began, archaeologists continue excavating a large site in downtown Napa – one that could have been home to Native Americans as long as 2,000 years ago.

Located at the corner of First Street and Silverado Trail, the 11-acre parcel is the planned home of a 351-room luxury hotel and resort estimated to cost $200 million.

Because the dig is occurring at a heavily traveled intersection on the edge of downtown Napa, the project has provoked considerable public interest. Read More

January 06, 2018
Ancient Sunken Warship, Steamboat and Lighthouse Discovered off Coast of Mexico

Divers found remnants from not one, but three archaeological features off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. A Dutch warship, a British steamboat and a lighthouse, which sounds like the beginning of an extremely nerdy joke but is really just a factual list of discoveries.

The relics lie near the small seaport town of Sisal, according to Reuters. These days, Sisal is a quiet fishing village. In the 18th and 19th centuries, however, it was a major port for all manner of vessels, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Some of those vessels were luckier than others. Read More

December 23, 2017
Teasing out the secrets of the Raleigh Tavern

When Colonial Williamsburg added a new front porch to the Raleigh Tavern this past fall, physical clues from a 2016 dig played a key role in steering the dramatic change to one of the Historic Area’s most iconic structures.

Now that hoard of more than 100,000 artifacts is undergoing an analysis that could shed still more light on the landmark tavern, which not only grew up along with Virginia’s colonial capital but also served as a prime social and political meeting place for elite residents in the years leading to the Revolution. Read More

December 20, 2017
Historical archaeology students unearth 200-year-old artifacts buried on UAH campus

Ben Hoksbergen didn’t know for sure whether the students in his historical archaeology course at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) would unearth evidence of the plantation that had once spanned half of campus. But while he had been prepared for them to be disappointed about not finding anything, he had never once considered they might be skeptical if they did.

"The first day we did the field survey, I was half-convinced he’d planted the stuff!" says history major Mariah Wilkinson. "And then when we started doing shovel testing and finding more, I thought he still might have put it there." Indeed, it was only after the number of recovered artifacts started climbing into the thousands that she began to understand the herculean amount of work such a prank would have entailed. "I realized there’s no way anyone would put that much effort into planting it," she laughs. Read More

December 15, 2017
11th Annual Archaeology Fair

On October 14th, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Science celebrated the 11th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the museum in Boston. Thousands of people, including students, teachers, and families, attended the daylong event and had the opportunity to participate in over a dozen interactive, engaging, and informative activities presented by 14 organizations from around New England.

The hands-on programs presented at the fair allow participants to experience archaeology and indulge their inner Indiana Jones. Kids, parents, and everyone in between had a great time exploring multiple aspects of archaeology and participating in activities involving archaeological digs, tool making, shipwrecks, and much more. Read More

December 12, 2017
City halts work after earth-movers grade Tucson's birthplace site

City officials halted and then moved work for a $7 million project Monday after historic preservation activists complained that earth movers were grading a crucial archaeological site at or near Tucson’s birthplace.

A private contractor was working Monday morning on a landfill remediation project at a site that is part of what activists hope will be the future Tucson Origins Heritage Park. The landfill, just west of the Santa Cruz River near downtown, lies near where the oldest known agriculture in the United States began around 2,100 B.C., or 4,100 years ago. Read More

December 05, 2017
Archaeologists Uneasy as Trump Shrinks Bears Ears Monument Lands

A US government plan to slash protections for one of North America’s richest and best-preserved archaeological landscapes has prompted a wave of concern among researchers. On December 4, US President Donald Trump announced that he had cut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah from 547,000 hectares to 82,000. That removes protections for thousands of Native American cultural sites, some as many as 13,000 years old. Read More

December 05, 2017
An archaeological dig unearths one of the earliest slave remains in Delaware

A male skeleton of African ancestry was found at Avery’s Rest, a late 17th-century plantation in Rehoboth, Del. (Kate D. Sherwood/Smithsonian Institution)

The blow to the head of the man in grave 10 was so severe that it chipped off a bone near his right eyebrow, fractured part of his face, and probably helped to kill him.

He was about 35 years old and likely a slave. He had grooves in his front teeth where he had clenched his clay pipe as he worked, and evidence in his spine that he was engaged in hard labor.

It’s not known exactly what landed him in a hexagonal coffin in the sandy soil north of Delaware’s Rehoboth Bay 300 years ago: An assault, or an accident? Read More

December 01, 2017
Swamped: Rising seas to leave thousands of historical sites in the Southeast underwater

New studies show the oceans could rise more and faster than scientists originally thought. Veuer's Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

Jamestown? Swamped. Cape Canaveral? Underwater. Charleston, S.C.? Gone.

Iconic locations from American history — from Jamestown to Cape Canaveral and Charleston to Cape Hatteras — could be underwater by the end of the century due to sea-level rise from global warming, according to a study published Wednesday. Read More

December 01, 2017
In Alaska's Thawing Permafrost, Humanity's 'Library Is on Fire'

The Internet connection is bad. As Herman Ahsoak speaks into his iPhone, the video chat freezes periodically, his face fixed in strange contortions on the screen.

Ahsoak is in Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States; he is speaking to a class of high school students in Kaktovik, the only community within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 300 miles east. A member of the Inupiaq, whose people have lived on the North Slope for thousands of years, Ahsoak is demonstrating how to make an ulu—a knife used to skin and clean animals. Read More

November 27, 2017
A fantastic place to hang out for 5,000 years

Renovated Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, administered by ASU, offers modern visitors a glimpse into the ancient past and its people

Out on the far northwestern edge of the Valley, where the pavement turns to sand, is a place people have been visiting for 5,000 years.

Fifty centuries ago visitors chiseled images into rocks stained with desert varnish: ladders, centipedes, figures with big crazy hands, abstract geometric designs, a pair of deer standing nose to nose — in all, 1,571 petroglyphs on 579 boulders.

Now, instead of yucca sandals and turkey-feather kilts, visitors wear rubber flip-flops and yoga pants, but they still come for the same reason: “It’s been a fantastic place to hang out for 5,000 years,” said Arizona State University archaeologist Emily Fioccoprile. Read More

November 23, 2017
1,200-year-old Native American artifacts unearthed in Westbrook

WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — An ancient find along the shoreline. Excavator Tom Maynard has been digging around Connecticut for more than 30 years.

When he stumbled upon Native American artifacts dating back at least 1,200 years, he knew it was a big deal.

“I called Gary and said, ‘I got a good one here,'” said Maynard.

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He made the find while clearing land for new home construction on Mohawk Road in Westbrook where Native Americans used to camp. Read More

November 22, 2017
Rare 400-Year-Old Map Traces Indigenous Roots in Mexico

This 1593 map shows southern Puebla from the church of Todos Santos (now northeast of Mexico City) and Lake Texcoco, to the church of Santa Cruz Huitziltepec, Pue (lower right). The map also reveals the genealogy and land ownership for the Nahuatl "de Leon" family from 1480 to 1593.

A rare, indigenous-made map of Mexico from the era of the Nahuatl people's first contact with Europeans is now in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The library announced yesterday (Nov. 21) that it acquired the so-called Codex Quetzalecatzin(also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec) and that a digitally preserved copy is now online.

For more than 100 years, the map had passed through private collections, including that of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. [Cracking Codices: 10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts] Read More

November 22, 2017
‘Underground Savannah’ in peril

THE ANNUAL "Places in Peril" list released each year by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is usually heavy on old mansions and firehouses and train depots and the like.

This year, one entry encompasses a whole city — but a city you can’t see.

“Underground Savannah” comes in at number 10 on the list. The effort to include Savannah’s as-yet-undiscovered archaeological record on the yearly tally was spearheaded by Dan Elliott, President and Research Archaeologist at the Lamar Institute.

“We came up with the name as sort of a play on Underground Atlanta,” Dan explains. “Very little of the history from Savannah’s colonial era has seen the light of day.” Read More

November 17, 2017
The Archaeologists Saving Miami's History From the Sea

MIAMI—When Hurricane Irma sprinted toward Miami-Dade County, Jeff Ransom couldn’t sleep. He wasn’t just worried about gusts shattering windows, or sheets of rain drowning the highway—that’s far from unusual near his home in Broward County, where extreme weather verges on routine, and patches of U.S. 1 are regularly submerged.

Ransom, the county archaeologist, was preoccupied with an oak tree and its 350-year-old roots. If the tree capsized with enough intensity, he worried, the flailing roots could dislodge human remains.

On a blazing blue morning in early November, weeks after the storm, we trek to the site of the Tequesta Native American burial mound that kept Ransom awake. Read More

November 14, 2017
Discovering a Midden on a Cape Cod Shore

Late one afternoon a few weeks ago, I took a walk along a Wellfleet beach facing Cape Cod Bay. At its start, this beach is backed by a low line of dunes, but after a few hundred feet, the dunes rise to become a low glacial bluff, a mix of sand and clay perhaps 20 feet high. After another several hundred feet I came upon a stretch of bluff that showed signs of severe recent erosion. The face of the bluff had been gouged away, and a number of trees and shrubs lay like stranded wrecks on the beach.

The cause of the erosion seemed obvious. Just beyond the stretch of unprotected bluff a massive rock wall had been erected to cover the face of the bluff and protect the line of houses above it. Because of the nature of longshore currents, any time you have a natural glacial bluff butting up against an artificial seawall, you can pretty much guarantee that the former will suffer from accelerated erosion. That is what had happened here. Read More

November 13, 2017
It Belongs in a Museum in Alexandria

Alexandria Archaeology faces wary developers and amateur treasure hunters. Garrett Fesler isn’t one of the bad guys.

Alexandria is an old city, so when a construction crew starts to dig into the ground, there’s a chance they might stumble on an item of historical significance. That’s why Fesler and other members of the City of Alexandria Archaeologists get involved with projects, sometimes before digging starts. When they meet with landowners in the city, Fesler says there can be one of two reactions.

“Some are excited and happy to work with us,” said Fesler. “Others have little interest in doing so. People often assume it’s going to cost them money if Alexandria Archaeology comes in to do work.”

But Fesler says while challenges can arise, the goal isn’t to stall construction or add to costs. Read More

November 12, 2017
Spring and Seventh Street ‘rich site for cataloging New Bedford’s early history’

NEW BEDFORD — Pieces of pottery, glass, porcelain, tobacco pipes and animal bones dating back to the 1800s laid in small plastic bags at the site of what will later be Abolition Row Park at Spring and Seventh streets.

“It’s a rich site for cataloging New Bedford’s early history,” said Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society, who arrived at the site as the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. dig was wrapping up.

“It’s an educational opportunity for a lot of us,” she noted.

Abolition Row Park, expected to be completed next year, is a $190,000 project funded by the city’s historical society with the mission of telling the story of abolitionists who once lived in the neighborhood. Read More

November 09, 2017
Digging up the past

MOUNT MORRIS — In order to make way for the future we must first dig up the past.

Justin Tubiolo of the Mount Morris Archaeology Team invited Genesee Country Express up to witness what they have discovered in the ground near the Mill Mansion.

There has been a lot of work done at the Mills Mansion as well as the parking lot for The Arc of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, and Matt O’Dell’s property next to the mansion.

Gen. William Mills built the mansion in 1838, but before that had a log cabin and log house built on the same patch of land.

Artifacts go back hundreds and even thousands of years deep in the dirt in that area. Read More

November 03, 2017
The First Americans May Have Migrated Along a Coastal ‘Kelp Highway’

A conventional belief about the first settlement of the Americas holds that people with ancestry from Siberia in northeastern Asia traveled into North America across the Bering Strait when it was exposed as a land bridge during the last ice age roughly 13,500 years ago.

These first settlers were thought to be the likely creators of the prehistoric Clovis culture. Remnants of this culture primarily consist of stone tools that were first excavated near Clovis, New Mexico, in 1932. Little is known about the Paleo-Indians who made the tools, but the remains of an infant boy named Anzick-1 have been associated with the Clovis. DNA analysis of Anzick-1 in 2014 revealed a genetic connection to modern Native American populations. Read More

October 27, 2017
Experts have uncovered remains at the first permanent English colony. But whose bones are they?

JAMESTOWN, Va. — The ancient thigh bone was that of a robust man, a chap in his 40s, with wear and tear in his joints and a hip socket that showed he had been a horseman and a man of status.

Could these be the remains of the long-lost lord — the savior of the English colony here, the aristocrat who died at sea, and whose body was likely carried to Virginia in a cask of wine?

Was this Thomas West, better known as Lord De La Warr, whose name — Americanized to Delaware — has left its imprint on the national landscape? Read More

October 25, 2017
Hurricane Irma might have unearthed Calusa artifacts in Marco Island preserve

Archaeologists are sifting through the root balls of trees downed by Hurricane Irma, looking for Calusa Indian artifacts at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco Island.

Hurricane Irma is giving a team of archaeologists a one-time chance to look into the past.

Irma, which made landfall Sept. 10 on Marco Island, left behind piles of debris, flooded streets and wrecked homes all over Southwest Florida, tearing apart vulnerable lives that are still not back to normal.

But as some hurricane victims look to the future, archaeologists have their eyes on what they think could be unearthed pieces of an ancient Calusa Indian past in the root balls of downed trees at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco. Read More

October 19, 2017
Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds

DAMARISCOTTA, Me. — Alice Kelley stood on the bank of a tidal river, next to a grassy bluff dotted with apple trees. This is not just a scenic spot: Hidden beneath the grass is a massive pile of oyster shells left by Native Americans. And hidden among those shells are rich, detailed stories thousands of years old.

Middens like this one line Maine’s tortured shoreline. “We know that there are over 2,000 shell heaps on the coast of Maine,” said Dr. Kelley, an associate research professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. “In virtually every case here in southern Maine, they are disappearing or they are gone.” Read More

October 18, 2017
Blank cartridges, metal ammunition belt links found at Fort McCoy

Archaeology work has been ongoing at Fort McCoy for more than 30 years, and archaeologists contracted by Fort McCoy to come across many military-related artifacts.

Recently, while excavating at a site at the installation, archaeologists recovered 33 .30-caliber blank cartridges and metal ammunition belt links.

The .30-caliber blank cartridges had a headstamp of “LC 81.” The headstamp indicates the cartridges were manufactured in 1981 at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. Read More

October 13, 2017
Slave House Unearthed at Site of Thomas Jefferson's Plantation Estate

Excavations at an estate once owned by Thomas Jefferson have unearthed an array of archaeological finds, from 8,000-year-old spear heads to evidence of slave accommodation.

Archeologists working at Poplar Forest, where Jefferson had a house and plantation, have been carrying out work to prepare for a new road that will run through the site.

Among the finds was a substance called daub, used in the construction of log cabins. At least one site where this was found was likely populated by slaves, who in Jefferson’s time would have lived in such structures. Read More
October 11, 2017
Gold coin sheds new light on 5th-century Swedish island massacre

The discovery of gold rings and coins on a Swedish island sheds new light on the history of the area, and could give insight into the motives for a massacre which took place in the fifth century, archaeologists told The Local on Wednesday.

The team working at Sandby Borg, a ringfort on Öland off Sweden's south-eastern coast, said the discovery was the "find of the year".

Archaeologists Clara Alfsdotter and Sophie Vallulv last week uncovered two rings and a coin, which confirm a theory that the island was in close contact with the Roman Empire. Close by, the team found pieces of Roman glass in an area which was once an important house. Read More

October 06, 2017
Cocoa canoe washed up by Hurricane Irma may date to 1600s

There's a 50-50 chance that the wood used to make the canoe that washed ashore in Cocoa during Hurricane Irma dates between 1640 and 1680 — generations before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The dugout canoe was discovered Sept. 11 along the Indian River Lagoon shoreline by Cocoa photographer Randy "Shots" Lathrop. He was checking out hurricane damages on his bicycle in the Indian River Drive neighborhood.

A Florida Division of Historical Resources archaeologist inspected the 15-foot log vessel, and radiocarbon dating results were released Thursday. The tests determined there is: Read More

October 04, 2017
Pittsford class hunts fossils at Bundy Hill

JEROME – At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a bus filled with Pittsford High School students made its way through a landscape of steep hills and gravel slopes before coming to a stop near a large open valley.

The students, under direction from Pittsford world history and archaeology teacher, Scott Lovell, spread out in different directions to scour Bundy Hill Offroad in Jerome for hidden finds, covered over with dust and rock.

“We’re looking for certain rocks like jade or fossils or like glassy-like materials and stuff. Just whatever talks to us is what Mr. Lovell says,” said freshman Jaidyn Hinkley. Read More

September 26, 2017
Archaeological study sheds new light on Battle of Wood Lake

WOOD LAKE — A modern archaeological examination of the Wood Lake Battlefield offers new insights into what is considered the decisive engagement of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The use of modern technology has allowed a team of archaeologists to recover nearly two dozen conical bullets and musket balls fired by the combatants on the site on Sept. 23, 1862, and identify the locations of the U.S. soldiers and Dakota warriors during the fight along a steep ravine and former military road in what is now Yellow Medicine County.

The examination debunked a long-held belief of where the final battle occurred Read More

September 15, 2017
Hurricane Irma unearths canoe in Indian River in Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Hurricane Irma uncovered a piece of history from the bottom of the Indian River when a dugout canoe was brought to the surface.

Officials from the Florida Department of State’s Bureau of Archeological Research in the Division of Historical Resources said they are working to preserve the the canoe, estimated to weigh 600 to 700 pounds.

Randy Lathrop, of Cocoa, shared the news of his discovery on Facebook with his friends.

"I got to it before it was picked up by the county with all the other storm debris and placed in a landfill. I'll certainly keep everyone updated on this progress, promise," he said in his Facebook post. Read More

September 10, 2017
99 Years Later, Navy Probing Warship Disaster Off Long Island

The 15,000-ton armored cruiser U.S.S. San Diego, the only major United States Navy warship lost by the United States during World War I, lies in a watery grave about 10 miles off Fire Island, N.Y., where for nearly a century the corroding hulk has kept the secret of why it sunk.

Six sailors died when the ship capsized and came to a rest 110 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean about 28 minutes after an explosion ripped a hole in its hull well below the water line. Read More

September 07, 2017
Participate in an Archaeological Dig under the Thomas Edison Center

EDISON, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History invites you to take part in an active archaeology dig at the site of Thomas Edison’s home in Menlo Park. This free event is scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park located at 37 Christie St. in Edison.

Join us for an archaeological dig in an attempt to locate the foundations of Edison’s home and any associated artifacts. This open house archaeology project will be conducted by the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History in conjunction with the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. Read More

September 06, 2017
Investigating the archaeology of wildland fire suppression from Cement Ridge Lookout

SPEARFISH — Black Hills National Forest officials are inviting the public to a one-hour guided tour of Cement Ridge Lookout at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The lookout is located one mile west of the South Dakota border, located on the Bearlodge Ranger District in Wyoming.

Topics covered during the tour will include; the past history of Cement Ridge Lookout, the purpose of the National Historic Lookout Register, a history of wildland fire suppression on the Black Hills National Forest and tips and tricks for land owners to make their properties safer from wildland fires. Read More

September 06, 2017
Lynne Goldstein: MSU Campus Archaeology, the future

Lynne Goldstein is a professor of anthropology and director of the Campus Archaeology Program.

I created and direct the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program and, as of May 2018, I will be retiring from the university (although not from archaeology). The job of directing and administering MSU CAP will go to Stacey Camp, who has just arrived in East Lansing so that we can overlap for a year. MSU CAP is in very capable hands, and I am confident that the program will not only survive, but thrive.

Historic archaeology, in general, and campus archaeology, in particular, were never my primary research interests. But career paths are rarely straight, and I have found that one does best taking advantage of opportunities along the way. Given this, I have conducted excavations of several large and small historic cemeteries across the United States, and I created this campus program, which is primarily (although not exclusively) focused on historic sites. Read More

August 30, 2017
More than 50 million artifacts from Texas’ past kept at UT lab

The drawer opens wide to reveal its prize: scores of woven sandals, each hundreds of years old.

The astonishingly well-preserved shoes, tucked away in a North Austin archive, were discovered inside the Ceremonial Cave at Fort Bliss in West Texas. Scholars suggest that they were left behind in the dry rock shelter as gifts from the faithful. There, desert conditions have ensured that this Native American apparel survives to tell a concrete story about a little-known Texas past.

The leathery trove also reminds us that one of Austin’s best museums is not a museum at all.

Although the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory contains more than 50 million precious objects, access is tightly restricted. Very few people even know where on the grounds of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus this University of Texas facility is located. Read More

August 28, 2017
Shays’ Settlement In Vermont: A Story Of Revolt And Archaeology

The ruins of Daniel Shays's fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts.

Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays's life that previously remained unknown, including his connection to Millard Filmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay. Read More

August 23, 2017
Scientists solve mystery of US Civil War submarine

Researchers say they’ve solved one of the most enduring mysteries of the American Civil War: what caused the puzzling demise of the H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

The Confederate craft famously disappeared with all its crew on 17 February 1864, just after destroying the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbour. The Hunley’s wreck was not found until 1995. When it was raised from the seabed in 2000, the skeletons of its eight-man crew were still at their stations, with no evidence of escape attempts. Read More

August 18, 2017
Archaeology Dig on NY Colonial Military Site Wrapping Up

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A six-week archaeological dig on a Colonial-era British military site on the upper Hudson River is wrapping up.

A team of volunteers and students has been excavating areas on Rogers Island at Fort Edward, 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Albany.

Thousands of British and Colonial American troops were encamped at Fort Edward during the French and Indian War from 1755-1759. Read More

August 12, 2017
Archaeologists discover lost native American civilisation

The fate of a Native American culture that disappeared seven centuries ago may have been uncovered in an unexpected location.

It has long remained a mystery why the Anasazi, meaning ancient ones, vanished from Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park without a trace in the 13th century.

Experts studying the DNA of ancient turkey bones have found that the group, also known as the Ancestral Puebloans, may have moved out of their homeland to what is now New Mexico.
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August 10, 2017
Total Solar Eclipse: New Mexico Chaco Canyon Rock Art Shows Ancient Eclipse

It turns out that nearly 1,000 years ago our ancestors were just as keen to share news about a solar eclipse, but in the absence of smartphones or computers they used more primitive means to depict the stunning solar event: rock art.

Researchers believe they have discovered a rock carving in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon that represents a total eclipse that occurred more than 900 years ago. The engraving, known as a petroglyph, shows a circle with curved, intricate swirling emissions issuing from it. Around the circle, believed to depict the sun, human figures can be seen in different positions and engaged in different activities. Read More

August 06, 2017
Luna Site Confirmed As Largest Mid-16th Century Spanish Settlement In The Southeast
University of West Florida archaeology students and researchers have spent the summer uncovering more details about the 1559 Luna Settlement.

The Tristan de Luna Settlement overlooking Pensacola Bay existed for just two years until 1561.

After its discovery in the fall of 2015, one of the primary goals of UWF researchers was to determine the spatial extent of the site. Now, after two summer field schools - conducted by the UWF Archaeology Institute - and over 900 shovel tests, they have a good idea. Read More

August 05, 2017
The delightful (and dastardly) secrets of the birth of America: Inside the colonial site of Jamestown, where starving English settlers feasted on rats and even other HUMANS

The archaeologists had no reason to suspect foul play when they first unearthed the human skull.

It looked much like all the others extracted from the clay soil at Jamestown in the US state of Virginia. But when they examined it more closely, they noticed something deeply disturbing.

Knife cuts had been deliberately scored on the front of the skull and the rear had been brutally smashed open with a heavy object. It was clear that Jane – for that's the name the archaeologists gave to this unknown English adolescent – had been butchered and eaten by her fellow settlers. Read More

August 04, 2017
Archaeology Campers Uncover Evidence of Historic Barn Foundation at Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

BEDMINSTER, NJ - You never know what will happen when you dig in the dirt. That was especially true this month for eighteen children participating in a week-long archaeology camp at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House. They uncovered evidence of an early barn foundation and other outbuildings on the property. The field work was conducted last week at two 2 ½ by 10-foot trenches, each extending north to south, at the site of an 1850’s barn that was destroyed by fire in the 1950’s.

“This archaeology camp was more than just about playing in the dirt,” said Craig Sutherland, president of the nonprofit Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, which offered the program in partnership with the Township of Bedminster Recreation Department. “It involved an authentic field study, led by archaeologists from Hunter Research Inc., of Trenton, who conducted preliminary field work at the proposed barn site in 2007. What the campers found will assist us in determining the location at which to reconstruct our recently acquired 1830 Dutch barn. It helps us get as close to the original footprint as possible.” Read More

August 03, 2017
Archaeologists, volunteers work Native American dig at Midewin

Professional archaeologists and volunteers have been working on a "late prehistoric site" at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where a Native American village was located "just before Europeans arrived" in late 17th century explorations.

Last Saturday, Midewin archaeologist Joe Wheeler led a group on a "Prehistory on the Prairie" outing to the site, which is believed to have been occupied by Native Americans in the late 1600s — more than 200 years before the first European settlers arrived in the area. Read More

August 01, 2017
Has the tomb of the first historian of the Americas been discovered?

This beginning of this story could have been lifted out of a host of mystery films or novels: a group of men are working at a religious building that is centuries old, and, by chance, when they remove a layer of soil, they discover a crypt, covered in rubble and lost to the sands of time. But this is no fictional tale

The story dates back to 1992, when work was going on to transfer the pantheon where Christopher Columbus was buried from the cathedral of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The project was part of the many acts staged that year to commemorate the mariner’s arrival in the Americas five centuries earlier. But unexpectedly, another tomb was discovered. Read More

The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research traces descendants of Lost Colony and Croatan Indians. After major discovery, Director Fred Willard founded The Lost Colony Center to find relocated fort and Lost Colony descendants. Website

The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Website
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09-25-10: Book- Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas
Edited by Peter Ston

The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detectors need be seen as a threat or, as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland and Germany, where metal detectors have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research.
With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions crucial to the development of a long term relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors.

Dec 13, 2010
Bones of Contention
Published: December 12, 2010
New York Times
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LAST winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening.

The new regulations help carry out the 20-year-old Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law that was devised by tribes, scientists and museum officials. It was a compromise between the tribes’ sensitivity to having the remains of their ancestors excavated and analyzed and the archaeologists’ desire to learn what bones can reveal about ancient peoples’ diet, health, migration patterns, marriage practices and so on.

Scientists acknowledged that it is wrong to study the dead in ways that insult the living. Therefore, they relinquished control over the 25 percent of all catalogued remains at museums and other institutions that could be culturally affiliated with federally recognized tribes. Some tribes have reburied these remains, others have stored them, and some have asked institutions to continue to hold them.

In making arrangements to repatriate these culturally affiliated remains over the past 20 years, archaeologists and tribal leaders opened new lines of communication with each other.

This was a welcome development, because relations between them had been touchy, at best. Many American Indians had questioned the need for research on their ancestors’ bones, and considered archaeological digs to be insulting, or simple theft. Tensions were often high. I still recall the moment in 1979, when I was starting out in archaeology, that two young Paiute men approached me in a bar in Fallon, Nev., flashing knives, and warned me not to “dig up” their grandfather.

Today, many tribes have a more positive view of archaeology. More American Indians study the science today, and tribes have their own archaeology programs, and work with outside researchers. I am working with the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes in Glacier National Park, in Montana, to study archaeological and paleoecological information in receding ice patches.

The new federal regulations undermine this progress. In an effort to repatriate the 124,000 sets of remains that cannot be affiliated with recognized tribes using current evidence, they ignore the importance of tribal connections to ancient remains — that essential common value that drew the tribes and the scientists together. Institutions must now offer to repatriate remains to tribes that have no demonstrable cultural affiliation with them.

In some situations, under the new rules, institutions are directed to simply “transfer control of culturally unidentifiable human remains to other Indian tribes” or, in clear violation of the law, “to an Indian group that is not federally recognized.” If all else fails, institutions can simply re-inter the unidentifiable remains near where they were found.

The main objective, it seems, is to get rid of the remains however possible, as quickly as possible. The regulations clearly undermine the law’s compromise, and Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, should rescind them.

Those who wrote the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act recognized that the older remains are, the more difficult it is to affiliate them with any modern tribe. But science continues to develop methods that can help determine cultural affiliation. This work should be allowed to continue. Someday, all the skeletal remains may be repatriated to their proper descendants. In the process we will have learned much, through archaeological analysis, about the dead, and much more, through dialogue between scientists and tribes, about the living.

Robert L. Kelly is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

National Parks Traveler Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks
Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission. Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
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Volunteer Metal Detectorist and Archaeology
Here is an interesting article post by the National Park Service. The conclusions of the article are very positive.
Conclusion from the Article:
This project clearly shows the level of information collection possible using a group of dedicated volunteer metal detector hobbyists. Without the metal detector hobbyists volunteering their time, none of the new information about the Kings Mountain battle would be available to the public. The relationship has been one of mutual benefit, as volunteers are able to work in places to which they would not otherwise have access and they can handle and photograph the artifacts found. This gives them “bragging rights” and additional information about material culture.

The archeologists, on the other hand, have a cadre of hard working volunteers. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the material culture and each individual is an important resource. They are willing to travel great distances, sometime at personal expense, to participate in the fieldwork. In short, park archeologists would be unable to do this work without the skills that these volunteers bring.
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Pastport in Time (A Volunteer Program by the USDA Forest Service)
Many of the projects undertaken by the Forest Service seeks metal detectorist volunteers .
Read More by Selecting Current Projects

Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization

The volunteers of BRAVO, a nonprofit organization, work to promote public interest in history and archaeology in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service.

BRAVO's purpose is to preserve, publicize, and enhance New Jersey's cultural heritage, from prehistory to the recent past, with an emphasis on our Revolutionary War heritage.
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Hunting History: Archaeologists and detectorists to continue survey of Rosalia's Steptoe Battlefield
Spokane treasure hunters helping look for clues about what really happened during battle nearly 150 years ago. Read More
Archaeology - The Archaeology of Battlefields
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
From the article:
Who came up with the idea of using volunteer teams with metal detectors to survey fields? It's kind of a low-tech, low-cost remote sensing. Metal detectors are simply low-cost near-surface electrical conductivity meters. They are a geophysical method. When Richard Fox and I began planning the first Little Bighorn investigations we were well aware of work from the 1950s on that site and others where metal detectors were used to find battle artifacts. Those initial efforts had mixed results due to detector technology of that time. By the 1980s detectors were much more sophisticated and sensitive to buried metals, so it was a natural choice of equipment to use on a battle site where firearms predominated We also realized that we did not have the time or funding to conduct a traditional archaeological inventory and testing program, so using volunteer metal detectors seemed to be a reasonable alternative. As they say, the rest is history. Later I did a computer simulation on the Little Bighorn metal-detected artifact find locations by laying a shovel test array over the field, with 5 and 10 meter spacing, to see how many of the 5,000 artifacts we would have found using traditional shovel testing methods--the results were truly surprising, with fewer than 10 falling in any of 50 cm shovel test locales. These findings have been borne out over and over again on other battlefield work throughout this country and in Europe. I, by no means, advocate replacing traditional archaeological investigations with metal detecting, rather I espouse adding the detector and a knowledgeable operator to the archaeologist's toolkit.

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Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Metal Detectorists Participating in Archaeology Research

This site list nine to ten situations where volunteer metal detectorist worked on archaeological project both in the U.S. and the U.K.
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The Impact OF Metal Detectors: Preservation Lessons from the Battlefield
William B. Lees, Director
Historic Sites Division
Oklahoma Historical Society

Subject: Metal Detecting on National Forests
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Federal Preservation Officer
Recreation, Heritage, & Wilderness Management

Archaeology and Metal Detecting By Alex Hunt
Treasures from the fields
Metal detectorists. You may have seen them singly, or in pairs, or in groups. Come rain or shine, sweeping across the fields, listening attentively to the signal from their machine, eyes fixed to the ground. Then a signal, and a pause to examine the source, and a careful moving away of the soil, to examine the focus of their attention. Read More

Archaeology of the Battle of the Little Big Horn
The project archeologists chose to view the battlefield as a crime scene and by using a combination of forensic techniques such as studies of firing pin marks on cartridge cases and rifling marks on bullets, and standard archeological field, laboratory, and analytical techniques they have been able to determine the variety of weapons used by the various participants. Read More

Metal Detecting Hobby Talk