Meteorite and Archaeology News

W.W. Meteorite  News

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 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
Read More

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

March 15, 2017
Well, she said she wanted a big rock! Chinese man proposes to his girlfriend with a '33-tonne meteorite' instead of a diamond ring (and she STILL says yes')

For some people, it's not about the size of the ring but their love for each other.

However this man in northern China decided that maybe it was about the size of the rock, opting to use a 33 tonne meteor to propose to his girlfriend of four years.

Following the man's proposal on March 14 in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, the woman agreed to marry him, reports the People's Daily Online.

According to reports, the man surnamed Liu had taken his girlfriend to see the meteorite a year before while they were on holiday.

During their trip he asked her if she liked the giant rock and she said yes.

Liu got in contact with the owner of the meteorite and asked to purchase it without telling his girlfriend. According to Chinese media he paid one million yuan (£118,000). Read More

March 13, 2017
Want to find a space rock? A meteorite hunter tells us how!

Meteorites are rare and wondrous, and finding one is an amazing experience, but how does one go about locating these elusive treasures? Meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin tells us how!

Quick Facts:

• Meteorites are rocks from space that plunge through the atmosphere and survive to reach the ground
• To meteorite scientists and hunters, this is known as a "meteorite fall"
• Meteorites have a few distinctive features that set them apart from Earth rocks
• Finding meteorites depends on luck, but knowing what to look for and where to look is important
• There are places in the world that are best for searching for meteorites
• There are also places in the world where we should NOT search

In part 1 of this series on meteorites, we spoke with scientists from the Royal Ontario Museum about what meteorites are, where they come from and even what they can tell us about the solar system we call home. Read More

March 08, 2017
This is the next ‘meteorite’ that could hit US markets: JPMorgan strategist

The next threat to the so-called Trump rally is brewing across the pond, said Samantha Azzarello, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management.

While Azzarello believes that U.S. markets are already looking a bit too optimistic, she sees the upcoming French election as the next "meteorite" that could hit equities.

"European political risk is headline, and it might not hurt European equity markets because the fundamentals are looking good there," Azzarello said Tuesday on CNBC's "Futures Now.""No doubt it has the ability to cast volatility or to influence markets in the short term." Read More

February 21, 2017
Meteorite spotted plummeting toward lake was caught on a camera hanging on woman's front door

A meteorite has been spotted on a home security camera zooming through the night sky before crash landing in a lake.

The large space rock can be seen plummeting towards the ground in the early hours of the morning on February 6.

Appearing in the pitch-black sky in a pool of light, the meteor soon erupts into a blinding green glow, as it hurls its way past Katy Tournis' home in Highland, Indiana, USA. Read More

February 19, 2017
NASA says fireball seen across south Alabama could have been meteorite dropper

A fireball that shot through the sky last night across south Alabama could have been a meteorite dropper, the lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville said.

Birmingham meteorologist James Spann shared NASA's Bill Cooke's thoughts about the event last night via social media.

"Took a look at the eyewitness reports - there is a lot of scatter...The fireball first appeared to the NE of Mobile and moved westerly at about 56,000 miles per hour. The best reports indicate that it broke apart above U.S. 43 north of Mobile, and the reports of sound indicate it probably penetrated fairly low into the atmosphere before fragmenting, perhaps as low as 14 miles altitude," Cooke said, which Spann shared on his Facebook page. Read More

February 14, 2017
Russian scientists find MASSIVE amounts of extraterrestrial material during expedition to Iranian desert

A scientist who found fame recovering a meteorite that crashed into Russia in 2013 with spectacular results has struck lucky once again.

Viktor Grokhovsky led an expedition to the Lut desert in Iran and has now returned with a huge haul of extraterrestrial material.

The arid conditions and unique landscape of the desert helped to preserve the unique meteorite matter, which is believed to originate from the birth of our solar system around 4.5 billion years ago. Read More

February 07, 2017
Meteor Puts on a Light Show Over Midwest, and for the Cameras

A fiery meteor streaked across the Midwest sky early Monday morning, seen as far west as Nebraska and as far east as New York.

Unfortunately for scientists who would like to study where it came from and how it got here (although perhaps fortunately for people living in the vicinity), all of the surviving bits of rock plopped into Lake Michigan.

The American Meteor Society has received more than 350 reports from witnesses of the green fireball, which occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time. William B. Cook, a NASA meteor expert, reported in a email to NASA headquarters that the fireball originated about 60 miles above West Bend, Wis., moving about 38,000 miles an hour toward the northeast before disintegrating about 21 miles above Lake Michigan.

As the meteor fell apart, it emitted low-frequency sounds that were recorded in the Canadian province of Manitoba, about 600 miles away. The blast released energy that was equal to at least 10 tons of TNT, Dr. Cook said, suggesting that the object that entered the atmosphere was at least 600 pounds and two feet in diameter. Read More

February 02, 2017
An expedition to search for Antarctica's 'lost meteorites' has been approved

Antarctica should be the perfect place to find meteorites - the dark rocks are easy to spot against the ice-covered landscape, and upward-flowing ice regularly dumps buried meteorites onto the surface.

But, oddly enough, relatively few iron-based meteorites have ever been found on the continent, leading scientists to suspect that something is causing them to get lost beneath the ice. Now, an expedition has been green-lit to go and look for them.

If the team, funded by the British Antarctic Survey, can find some of these iron-based meteorites, it could give us crucial clues about how life got started on our planet, and how the rest of the Solar System formed. Read More

February 01, 2017
Rock Star - Tucson-Based Meteorite Hunter Geoff Notkin Is a Man of Parts

At any given moment, countless pieces of rock from outer space, the debris from long-ago collisions and explosions, dart about over our heads. In any given year, a few thousand of them land on Earth, sometimes smashing a windshield or knocking down a swath of trees, sometimes leaving gaping holes where they land, sometimes, if they're big enough, even condemning whole species to extinction.

And at any given moment of any given year, Tucson-based meteorite hunter and media entrepreneur Geoff Notkin is chasing around one or another of the continents, looking for meteorites where they fell, shooting video for television, gathering material for books and articles, and generally having a rip-roaring good time. Read More

January 18, 2017
Tunguska Event: Russian Scientists Debunk Meteorite Theory

On the morning of June 30, 1908 a large fireball crossed the sky above the taiga over the Stony Tunguska River in Krasnoyarsk Krai in Russian Siberia. A large explosion followed, which could be heard even in the distant villages 745 miles away and visible even in Britain. It flattened 2,000 km2 (770 square miles) of forest. During the following days, strange phenomena were observed in the skies above Europe, such as silvery, glowing clouds, colorful sunsets and a strange luminescence in the night.

Russian newspapers soon reported that it was a meteorite impact, while foreign newspapers speculated on various scenarios from a volcano eruption to a UFO accident. However, the unpredictable political situation in Russia at that time prevented further investigations. Read More

January 18, 2017
Weird Mars Rock Spied by Curiosity Rover Is Probably a Meteorite

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has stumbled onto another rock that likely fell from space.

The object is a small, dark-gray spot among the reddish rock and dirt that make up the Martian surface, so it caught mission scientists' eyes. They named the mysterious rock Ames Knob and zapped it with Curiosity's laser-firing spectrometer, known as ChemCam, to determine its composition.

"You can even see the three spots in the image of Ames Knob where the ChemCam laser zapped the target," NASA spokesman Guy Webster, from the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Read More

January 03, 2017
These guys hunt for space rocks, and sell them for enormous profit to collectors

Steve Jurvetson may never walk through the frigid canyons and craters of Mars, but the venture capitalist celebrates his passion for the red planet in a different way: He collects pieces of Mars found on Earth.

At his office in Menlo Park, California, Jurvetson displays a rare treasure: the second-largest Mars rock in private hands. The textured, brownish-red rock, discovered in 1999 in the Dar al Gani desert in Libya, crystalized 180 million years ago. Today, it rests in a glass showcase in the hallway of Jurvetson's firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

"It is quite moving to hold a piece of Mars in your hands," Jurvetson told CNBC, "and to reflect on its incredible interplanetary journey, and the science that gives confidence as to the origin of this unusual rock." Read More

December 19, 2016
Meteorite fragment contains bizarre crystals never seen before in nature

Solid matter is typically understood to come in just two forms: patterned and crystalline, or amorphous and disordered. But scientists investigating fragments from the Khatyrka meteorite in Siberia have found something truly otherworldly. Hiding within grains of space rock less than a millimeter thick, they have found so-called "quasicrystals," bits of matter that seem to represent a third, in-between solid form, reports New Scientist.

Quasicrystals aren't entirely unheard of. They are theoretical entities, first dreamed up by Paul Steinhardt of Princeton University in the early 1980s, and scientists have been able to synthesize them in the lab since 1982. But they've never been found in nature — until now. So far, three different forms of quasicrystal have been uncovered, but all three were found in a single crater in Siberia, all bits from the Khatyrka meteorite. Read More

December 13, 2016
Seven Superb Watches with Meteorite Dials

The sky has enthralled man since the dawn of time. From the starts to the moon and sun, it is a never-ending source of mystery and inspiration. Some watch brands have found a way, though, to bring the sky to the wrist, unveiling watches with rare meteorite dials on them.

While we are seeing about a dozen brands that turn to meteorite for certain timepieces, make no mistake: this is a rare material. The fact that meteorites come from outer space makes them not only unique but also mystifying. As such, some of the world’s top gemologists and rock hounds often go in pursuit of these unusual celestial materials. Read More

December 13, 2016
The dramatic moment that a giant flaming METEORITE lights up the sky and then hammers into the earth so hard that terrified witnesses in the Costa del Sol felt ‘the ground move’

The moment a meteor crashed to earth at almost 45,000 mph was witnessed by stunned tourists.

The fireball smashed down in southern Spain at about 10.25pm on Sunday and the huge streak of light in the sky was described by tourists and residents in the Costa Del Sol as similar to an 'earthquake'.

Witnesses described feeling 'the earth moving' and compared the impact to a small earthquake or explosion.

The fireball smashed down in southern Spain at about 10.25pm on Sunday and the huge streak of light in the sky was witnessed by tourists and residents in the Costa Del Sol Read More

December 05, 2016
Space rubble mesmerizes meteorite hunter

IF it were not for three shooting stars streaking across the sky of South China Sea seven years ago, Zhang Bo might be just another 9-5 office worker in Shanghai.

The stars lit up not only the sky but also Zhang’s imagination. “The sight rocked me to my core, and I couldn’t sleep that night because I kept wondering what happens to space material that falls to earth,” he says.

Zhang, 34, has become a foremost collector and researcher of meteorites in China. His pursuit takes him all over the world, hunting for remnants of outer space.

Last month, he donated four specimens he discovered to the new Shanghai Planetarium, which is under construction and due to open in 2020. Read More

December 04, 2016
Fripon is French for Meteorite Hunting

Just a few weeks ago, we reported on a US NASA project to track the path and estimate the size of meteoroids in the sky using a distributed network of a handful of cameras. It turns out that there’s a similar French effort, and it’s even cooler: the Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network (FRIPON). (The name is cute, if the acronym is contrived: a “fripon” is a trickster in French.)

What’s cool about FRIPON is that they’re not just observing the meteorites and fireballs, but they’re actually sending people out to recover them when they’re big enough that they look like they’ve landed. There are around one hundred stations, enough that the team can pinpoint a landing to within 30 square kilometers or so. After that it’s up to a ground crew of volunteers to actually walk the ground and find the things. They’ve had a number of finds. Read More

November 29, 2016
Can you help find the Irish meteorite worth 50 times the value of gold?

ASTRONOMY Ireland is appealing for witnesses to a fireball meteorite which was visible in skies across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic last week.

The meteorite fell at around 5.15pm on Wednesday, November 23, and was witnessed by hundreds of people across Britain and Ireland.

The space rock likely shattered into hundreds of individual pieces worth 50 times the value of their weight in gold – with just one gram of meteorite rock having fetched €500 in Ireland previously.

Astronomy Ireland have been inundated with hundreds of written reports from across the Emerald Isle since Wednesday, but are now particularly keen to receive CCTV footage. Read More

November 22, 2016
Meteorite Find of a Lifetime

Dug out of a Texas field last year, the second-largest chondrite ever found in the U.S. has been donated to Texas Christian University.

As a meteorite dealer for more than 18 years, I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting specimens. So when perusing the newly classified meteorites recently published in the Meteoritical Bulletin — an online searchable resource that contains specific information about all meteorites — one meteorite called Clarendon (c) stood out to me.

Clarendon (c) is classified as an ordinary chondrite, meaning that it's made up of tiny spheroidal mineral grains that came together when our solar system formed. Since about 80% of all meteorites are of this type, this one would not have a lot of scientific value. The small (c) following the name indicated to me that two other unrelated meteorites had been previously found and classified near the small town of Clarendon, Texas. Read More

November 20, 2016
Week-old meteorite recovered from farm in Western Australia

Scientists have recovered a freshly fallen meteorite from a farm several hundred kilometres north-east of Perth.

Members of Curtin university’s desert fireball network team tracked the 1.15kg, squashed brick-shaped meteorite, which fell to Earth near Morawa just after 8pm on 31 October.

It was found less than a week after it landed, thanks to swift reports by members of the public to the network’s Fireballs in the Sky citizen science app.

DFN founder Prof Phil Bland said the fireball was picked up by four of the team’s cameras in Perenjori, Northam, Badgingarra and Hyden, which helped it find where the meteorite hit the ground. Read More

November 16, 2016
Is it a meteorite or meteor wrong?

There are only eight states less populated than Nevada and only one with more public land. That adds up to a lot of open country to go hunting for meteorites: rocks that have fallen from space. Unfortunately, there are a lot of rocks in Nevada, so finding a space rock among the mix, even if you know what to look for, can be very challenging. The good news is the Fleischmann Planetarium has a new exhibit strewn with meteorites you can walk through, and the staff can help you test to see if your rock came from space.

I’ve always been fascinated by meteorites because of their origin. During a visit to the Planetarium last week I talked to Dan Ruby, Fleischmann Planetarium Director, about his passion for them and learned of his interest in showcasing their fabulous collection to the public. Dan said, “Each meteorite we have in our collection has a story to tell, a story about our solar system and beyond.” He noted meteorites are specimens from space that didn’t require a spaceship to collect. Read More

November 14, 2016
2nd Largest Meteorite Belongs To TCU

FORT WORTH (CBS11) – The Monnig Meteorite Gallery at TCU has thousands of meteorites on display and in storage. But its latest acquisition dwarfs them all.

The new one is about three times this size of the meteorite on display at the gallery entrance which is proudly hailed as one of the biggest found in Texas.

The first thing a dude ranch owner north of Amarillo noticed when he saw the space rock was its unusual color. The second thing he noticed was the rock made his horse behave strangely.

“I mean I’ve seen a lot of rocks but nothing like that,” Frank Hommel of Bar H Dude Ranch said. “So I try to get up to it closer with my horse. You know, I walk up there to it, and he gets about 10 feet from it and stops and snorts at it. He backs up. I try to get him back up there he just snorts.” Read More

November 07, 2016
Curiosity Finds “Egg Rock” Iron Meteorite

It's strange, what you might find sitting on the surface of Mars. Scientists working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission got a close-up look at a meteorite on the surface of the Red Planet recently, courtesy of the Curiosity rover.

Mission personnel first noticed the intruder in images taken by the rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on October 27th. The rover got up close to examine the rock a few days later on October 30th. The team dubbed it "Egg Rock," borrowing the moniker from a 1,000-foot-long spit (with a lighthouse) off the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine, here on planet Earth. Curiosity is currently exploring the Bar Harbor plain of "Mount Sharp" (Aeolis Mons). Read More

November 07, 2016
Monster meteorite found in Texas

On April 6, 2015, Frank Hommel was leading a group of guests at his Bar H Working Dude Ranch on a horseback ride. The horses got thirsty, so Hommel and crew rode cross-country in search of a watering hole. Along the way, his horse Samson suddenly stopped and refused to go any further. Ahead of them was a rock sticking out of the sandy soil. Hommel had never seen his horse act this way before, so he dismounted to get a closer look at the red, dimpled mass. Something inside told him this strange, out of place boulder had to be a meteorite.

Here's the crazy thing—Hommel's hunch was correct. Lots of people pick up an odd rock now and then they think might be a meteorite, but in nearly every case it isn't. Meteorites are exceedingly rare, so you're chances of happening across one are remote. But this time horse and man got it right. Read More

November 01, 2016
Man carves engagement ring out of a meteorite

This man wanted his wife-to-be to have a truly unique engagement ring, so he carved her one by hand out of a meteorite rock.

Chadmanx posted his method - and the beautiful result - on Imgur.

He said the ring looks even better in real life and glitters when the sun hits it.

The ring took around 35-40 hours over two months. It took him two months to find the time because he and his fiance do "literally everything" together, so finding alone time and coming up with excuses was difficult.

However, it appeared to be worth the wait. Read More

October 26, 2016
Meteorite rams into Earth near Lake Baikal.

On Tuesday evening of October 25th, residents of the Buryatia Republic (Siberia) could see a meteorite falling on Earth in the area of Lake Baikal.

A video indeed shows a glowing object crashing into the ground.

According to eyewitnesses, the meteorite fell on the ground in the area of Lake Baikal. First reports about the incident were made at about 19:00 local time (14:00 MSK).

"It was as bright as daylight for five or six seconds," eyewitnesses wrote adding that the meteorite fell behind the Barguzin ridge. Read More

October 16, 2016
Exclusive Photos Of The Recently Found 30-Ton Argentine Meteorite

A gigantic piece of the famous Campo del Cielo meteorite fall that was found on September 10, 2016 has been un-earthed, and is now on display in Gancedo, Chaco, Argentina. Photographer Pelin Rodriguez shared some images with Universe Today that he took of the newly found behemoth during a recent “Celebration of the Meteorite.”

And in a surprise finding during a weigh-in of both the new Gancedo meteorite and another meteorite named el Chaco that what was thought to be the biggest meteorite from the Campo del Cielo site, the Gancedo meteorite may actually be bigger. El Chaco was originally billed as 37 tons, but a recent tip of the scales put el Chaco at only 28 tons. Rodriguez said both meteorites will be weighed again in order to verify the tonnage. If confirmed, that would make the Gancedo meteorite the second largest meteorite chunk in the world after the 66-ton Hoba meteorite discovered in Namibia, Africa. Read More

October 14, 2016
Study finds longest meteorite field

CHINESE scientists said yesterday that they have been examining three giant meteorites to find out if the world’s longest meteorite-strewn field is at Altay in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Scientists at the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province, said the meteorites were all from the same parent asteroid, as their chemical elements are identical.

The earliest dated discovery of the extraterrestrial stones was in 1898, when herdsmen in the Gobi Desert found a 28-ton silvery stone in the shape of a camel.

The Meteoritic Society later named it Armanty, and confirmed it to be the world’s fourth-largest meteorite. Read More

October 13, 2016
Ancient Meteorite Impact Rained Debris On US East Coast

A meteorite may have hit the surface of the Earth about 56 million years ago, raining debris for hundreds of miles across the Atlantic Ocean and what is now the East Coast of the U.S.

Evidence of the impact appeared in the form of tiny, roughly spherical bits of glass that were found buried in ancient layers of Earth in New Jersey and off the coast of Florida. A falling meteorite can hit the Earth with an incredible amount of energy, and vaporize or melt the surrounding water, rock and soil. The superheating can form new physical structures, like glass.

The pellets were found in four separate locations, some of them separated by more than to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), but they appear to be from the same impact event, according a new study announcing the discovery, published in the Oct. 13 issue of the journal Science. It is not yet known how big the meteorite was, or where it hit the Earth, the authors of the study said. Read More

October 12, 2016
Meteorites pummel the Moon far more than expected

Meteorites have punched at least 222 impact craters into the Moon's surface in the past 7 years. That’s 33% more than researchers expected, and suggests that future lunar astronauts may need to hunker down against incoming space rocks.

“It's just something that's happening all the time,” says Emerson Speyerer, an engineer at Arizona State University in Tempe and author of a 12 October paper in Nature1.

Planetary geologists will also need to rethink their understanding of the age of the lunar surface, which depends on counting craters and estimating how long the terrain has been pummelled by impacts. Read More

October 12, 2016
Morning 'fireball' seen over Lake Pontchartrain was a meteor

Early morning risers from Louisiana to Kentucky and beyond reported what some describe as a greenish streak or fireball in the sky Wednesday (Oct. 12), the National Weather Service in Slidell said. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said it received multiple reports around 7 a.m. about a possible meteorite over Lake Pontchartrain.

"People called reporting a strange green streak shoot across the sky. There was no indication or evidence to that suggests it was a flare and we have no distress calls in the lake," the Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "This was even observed by some law enforcement officers as well. Very strange." Read More

October 04, 2016
Tayloright LLC Adds Meteorite Inlays to Their Ever-Expanding Exotic Inlay Collection

Tayloright LLC announced earlier today the expansion of its Exotic Inlay Collection on its premier website – to include a vast selection of "Meteorite Inlay" bands which have become increasingly popular.

"We are excited to add this vast collection of Meteorite bands to our Exotic Inlay Collection," said Ron Johnson, co-founder of Tayloright LLC.

"With these stunning new rings, we will now have one of the largest Exotic Wedding Band Collections anywhere on the internet – this collection now includes inlays in gold, silver, platinum, exotic hardwoods, antler, meteorite, dinosaur bone and stone," he continued. Read More

October 03, 2016
Did primates emerge in a baptism of fire? Meteorite impact and forest blazes 56 million years ago may have triggered our evolution

It was one of the most extreme periods of global warming in our planet's history, producing a sudden change in conditions that led to the first primates appearing on Earth.

Now, new evidence suggests the trigger for this sudden rise in global temperatures may have been a large meteorite or comet that smashed into the Earth and caused widespread wildfires.

Geologists claim to have found debris from the impact 56 million years ago scattered across North America along with heavy charcoal deposits as the material thrown outwards set forests alight. Read More

October 01, 2016
Queensland meteorite: New footage emerges

NEW footage has emerged of an asteroid or meteorite that likely caused the flash of light seen across the central Queensland sky earlier this week.

Hundreds of Gladstone residents reportedly saw a “flash of light” in the sky followed by a “tremor” shortly before 8.30pm on Monday.

The footage comes from the security camera of Hyne Timber’s engineered timber plant in Maryborough.

A spokeswoman for Hyne Timber said the footage is “surprising” because the plant is 280km away from Gladstone. Read More

September 16, 2016
Huge Meteorite “Gancedo” Found in Argentina

Holy sputtering space rocks! Earlier this week, a team in Argentina excavated a monster: a 30-ton chunk of what is very probably an iron-nickel meteorite.

Named "Gancedo" after a nearby town, the rock was found in the heart of the known Campo del Cielo ("Field of Heaven" in Spanish) meteorite strewnfield. A team from the local Astronomy Association of Chaco dug the huge rock out of the ground on September 10th, and images of the find soon flooded the internet. Read More

September 12, 2016
World’s Largest Meteorite Crater Found In Australia

This discovery is earth-shattering – literally.

Researchers from Australian National University have found a 400-kilometre wide impact zone in central Australia from a massive meteorite that broke into two pieces just before slamming into the Earth.

The crater, which is two kilometres underground in an area near the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, is now the largest impact site ever discovered on Earth.

“The two asteroids must each have been over 10 kilometres across – it would have been curtains for many life species on the planet at the time,” said Dr Andrew Glikson, lead researcher from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. Read More

September 09, 2016
Witnesses: Meteorite Explodes Over Cyprus

Meteorites don’t often to explode in the sky and with such power that the ground shakes.

But witnesses on the island nation of Cyprus said they spotted a meteorite exploding in the night sky early on Friday morning. Police said people reported seeing a blue glow coming from the streaking object as it raced over the Troodos mountain range of the Mediterranean island, according to The Associated Press.

“We have yet to confirm that it was in fact a meteorite but it is more than likely that it was,” police spokesman Andreas Angelides told AFP.

There was no indication the meteor struck the ground, according to a Cyprus Geological Department official who added that it likely exploded mid-air. Numerous reports mentioned a “loud explosion” and shaking ground. Read More

September 04, 2016
Meteorite possible cause of Rolleston explosion - astronomer

An astronomer says a loud bang heard in Rolleston and a red streak seen in the sky over Whanganui at the same time were possibly from a meteorite entering Earth's atmosphere.

Retired astronomer Peter Cottrell said it was possible the red streak and loud explosions late Saturday could be from a meteorite or space junk.

"It's possible to get a sonic boom from something coming through the atmosphere at high speed.

"It's a sonic boom because it is travelling faster than the speed of sound." Read More

August 22, 2016
Sensational meteorite fragments unearthed in Bern field

Researchers and collectors have discovered hundreds of meteorite fragments on a field in canton Bern. It’s the largest meteorite find in Switzerland so far and an important one for science. (SRF/

More than 30 years ago, a Swiss farmer came across a single piece of a meteorite that fell to earth around 160,000 years earlier. Now, a Bern researcher and a small army of meteorite hunters have found hundreds more pieces. The Twannberg meteorite broke into hundreds of pieces when it entered earth’s atmosphere. It is named after the mountain in Twann, a community in canton Bern, where it was first found. Read More

August 17, 2016
Stargazer gets a closer look at the Perseid meteor shower than he bargains for when glowing METEORITE lands in his back garden

A homeowner claims to have discovered a glowing meteorite in his back garden - and says he lit a cigarette off it.

David Stevenson, 46, was having a late-night smoke when the apparent space rock landed near his back fence.

Mr Stevenson, from Leeds, noticed a smouldering patch of ground which was giving off smoke, but decided to leave it and head back inside.

The smoker headed out to investigate the next day and was astonished to find the boulder, which was still boiling hot. Read More

August 12, 2016
What's the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?

Want to see a shooting star? How about a few hundred? Your best chance may be the Perseids (PUR-see-ids) meteor shower, which lasts from late on August 11 to early morning August 12. But what's a meteor, anyway? Test your knowledge of the starry skies with our out-of-this-world astronomy quiz.

True or false: Shooting stars appear when the Earth whizzes past nearby stars, causing them to flash across the sky like fireballs.

Meteor showers such as the Perseids occur when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet, where ice, dust and rock extend for thousands of miles in a long trail of debris. But what is a comet, anyway? Read More

August 10, 2016
How Often do Meteorites Hit the Earth?

Thousands of meteorites weighing about a pound are thought to fall to Earth every year, but many of these events go unnoticed, because the small rocks land in uninhabited forests or open ocean waters.

Pieces of natural space debris — typically rocky shards of comets or asteroids — occasionally survive their journeys through Earth's atmosphere and strike the ground, but how often does an event like this actually occur?

While large impacts are fairly rare, thousands of tiny pieces of space rock, called meteorites, hit the ground each year. However, the majority of these events are unpredictable and go unnoticed, as they land in vast swathes of uninhabited forest or in the open waters of the ocean, Bill Cooke and Althea Moorhead of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office told

In order to understand meteorite impacts on Earth, it is important to know where the chunks of rock come from. Meteoroids are rocky remnants of a comet or asteroid that travel in outer space, but when these objects enter Earth's atmosphere, they are considered meteors. Read More

August 08, 2016
Meteorite Before Your Eyes

This week Hal gives us a heads up on the tail end of Comet Swift - Tuttle.

We all love to see shooting stars in the sky. These brilliant, brief, and bedazzling streaks of light are both beautiful and fascinating.

On average night, if you lie on your back and stare at the sky you’ll see 2 to 4 meteors streak overhead per hour. But when there’s a meteor shower, you can see many more, and the very best meteor shower happens in mid August – the Perseids.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth, in traveling around the Sun, runs into the debris trail left by a comet or asteroid as that object orbited the Sun, and was blasted by the solar winds. Read More

August 08, 2016
Meteorite spotted across Sutton sky

A lucky Birmingham mum was treated to the spectacular sight of a meteorite tearing across the Birmingham skies.

Rebecca Clarke was bringing in her washing on Friday evening when she spotted an orange fireball racing across the sky.

She rushed inside her house, grabbed her camera and managed to capture startling images of the fleeting meteorite as it crossed over the clear sky above Sutton Park. Read More

August 04, 2016
Meteorite Hunters: The race to find extraterrestrial treasure

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — It's a sweltering summer morning on a dry lake bed near Lovelock Nevada. A flat desert landscape with seemingly no signs of life stretches in all directions. It's nearly dead silent, until, it's time to roll.

Dave Libuszowski, his father, and his friend Richard Garcia are on the hunt.

"When a new fall makes it to the earth it's like a stampede," said Libuszowski. Read More

July 30, 2016
Fleet Of Tall White Alien UFO Spacecraft Filmed Landing At Nellis AFB Under The Cover Of Darkness And Stormy Weather

UFO hunter Steven Barone continues to monitor alleged UFO traffic over notorious UFO hotspot Nellis Air Force Base from the backyard of his home in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, a prominent UFO blogger has claimed that the UFOs that Barone has filmed in a series of videos uploaded to his YouTube channel are UFO spacecraft belonging to a secret community of Tall White Aliens being hosted secretly by the U.S. government at Nellis AFB and Area 51.

Barone’s latest UFO footage was captured from the backyard of his home in the affluent Summerlin area of Las Vegas in Nevada on July 28. It shows a mysterious object streaking across the video frame toward the ground. The video also includes footage taken in November last year showing three mysterious UFO orbs landing in the nearby Spring Mountains area. Read More

July 30, 2016
Butler County gunsmith crafts 'unprecedented' pistols from meteorite

Making two pistols from a meteorite seemed like a next natural step for Rob Bianchin.

Bianchin is founder and president of Cabot Guns in Buffalo Township, a 5-year-old company that makes upscale, precision-built and highly accurate pistols in the 1911-style. Pennsylvanian subcontractors contribute parts that are assembled at the company's plant in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The 1911 model pistol was used by millions of GIs in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam until 1986. Others still use the model.

Cabot Guns made an early splash in competitive shooting circles and, by 2012, a national gun publication called the firm the “Rolls Royce” of upscale guns.

Each year, Cabot Guns offers special models as well as more basic ones used daily by police and the military. Read More

July 27, 2016
20 KG ice 'meteorite' destroys car in central Rome

A gigantic ice meteorite, weighing some 20KG, fell from the skies over Rome and landed on a parked Toyota Aygo on Tuesday evening.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident, which occurred in the Monteverde area of the city, but the falling ice completely destroyed the car's windscreen dashboard, passenger seats and gearbox.

Nearby residents even reported hearing a loud explosion at around 9.15 PM which sent many out onto their balconies to investigate the source of the noise.

For the moment it is unsure where the potentially deadly iceball came from, but investigators think it may have been caused by a leaking toilet on a passing jet liner. Read More

July 05, 2016
ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

TEMPE — “The vault” is a climate-controlled room that sits behind three locked doors in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Housed inside are fifteen charcoal-colored pebbles that collectively weigh less than a quarter of a pound.

Make no mistake: these are no ordinary rocks.

They are the remnants of a roughly 4.5 billion-year-old meteor that streaked across the Phoenix sky in early June.

Laurence Garvie, research professor and curator at the Center for Meteorite Studies, knew something big had happened when videos of the meteor sighting appeared on social media early on June 2.

“The question that was in our minds was ‘Is there something on the ground?’” he said. Read More

July 03, 2016
Meteorites Recovered in Arizona from June 2 Fireball

On June 2, a chunk of rock the size of a Volkswagen Beetle hurtled into the atmosphere over the desert Southwest at 40,000 miles per hour and broke apart over the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

A week later, one of Arizona State University's top meteorite experts was off on a team expedition in the Arizona wilderness on an Apache homeland, braving bug bites, bears and mountainous terrain. After three nights and 132 hours of searching, they were successful.

"This is a really big deal," said Laurence Garvie, research professor and curator of the Center for Meteorite Studies in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. "It was a once-in-a-generation experience." Read More

July 02, 2016
Knoxville native helps discover meteorite older than Earth

A Knoxville native was among a small group of researchers who discovered fragments of a meteor said to be more than four billion years old.

An enormous fireball crossed the eastern Arizona skies in early June. Meteorite experts at Arizona State University spent several days searching for fragments of the meteor.

Daniel Dunlap grew up in South Knoxville and is a graduate student at ASU. He attended undergrad at the University of Tennessee.

He, along with his team, discovered 15 meteorites.

"My reaction was, 'Oh my God, I found one. I can't believe this is happening'. For a graduate student like myself, I hope this isn't a once in a lifetime opportunity, but it's a fantastic opportunity," he says. Read More

June 29, 2016
ASU researchers find pieces of meteorite

ASU researchers were able to track down small meteorites after a meteor streaked across the night sky earlier this month.

FOX 10's Andrew Hasbun has the details. As all the pieces were falling down to Earth, their path was picked up on a Doppler radar in northern Arizona. The bright flash could be seen clearly in Phoenix, but the area where the meteorites landed was actually on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation near Springerville.

ASU researchers worked with the tribe to get to the area and recover pieces of the meteor.

Many saw it in the early hours of June 2 and many security cameras captured the moment it lit up the dark sky. All that is left is tiny meteorites that look just like rock on Earth but are black from the entering the Earth's Read More

June 28, 2016
Small Meteorite Punches Through Roof of House in Thailand

In the early morning of Tuesday, a small rock that is very likely a meteorite fell onto a house in Phitsanulok's Muang district in Thailand, punching a hole in the roof and doing some minor damage inside.

Apparently many people in the area, including the owner of the home, heard a loud explosion some time before, which may have been the shock wave from the meteorite entering the atmosphere. Read More

Meteorite Websites  Learn about meteorites. Meteorite hunting, photographs and information. Read More

Meteorite Meteorite information links to meteorite sites on Identification, pictures, meteorite hunting, meteorite dealer, auctions, videos, forums, blogs, facebook and meteorite news. Read More

Meteorite Men Recommended Links Go to Links

What to do if you find or have found a Meteorite
A Comprehensive Guide to Meteorite Identification Read More
Meteorite Magazines

Meteorite Magazine serves as a forum for communication between amateurs, collectors, dealers, educators and researchers interested in meteorites. It is published quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Read More

Meteorite Times Magazine is an on-line monthly meteorite magazine full of meteorite articles, images, and people. Read and learn about meteorites as seen through the eyes of meteorite collectors, hunters and dealers as they hunt for and collect meteorites from around the world. Join us each month for another magazine issue full of meteorite information, news, and photography.
Read More

Meteorite Exchange Network
Announcing The Meteorite Exchange Network, a new global menu that allows you to easily hop between our websites. We also have a new website with two sections finished and a third under development.

The purpose of these new sites and network are to help both buyers and sellers. As a buyer you’d like an easy way to find meteorites for sale. As a seller you’d like more sales. Read More

Meteorite USA
Meteorites USA is a meteorite hunting, meteorite collecting, and meteorite information site. If you’re new to Meteorites USA you’ll see that the site is chock full of meteorite information from how to identify meteorites, meteorite hunting articles, meteorite photos, and even some very educational meteorite videos. Read More

Meteorite How To

IMO's Glossary of Terms
Find a Definition

Meteorite Assn of Georgia Meteorite 101 Class Meteorite Hunting: The Search for Space Rocks Read More

Dessert USA - Hunting for Meteorites
Text and photos By Dale Lowdermilk
Read More

Meteorites USA - How To Find Meteorites
Revised 2010 Edition
by Eric Wichman
Read More
Meteorite Associations

International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA Inc.) has one primary purpose: helping Meteorite Collectors in their search for Authentic Meteorites for their collections and assisting others in helping to learn more about meteorites. Whether they are new to the Meteorite World or very knowledgeable, we want all Collectors to buy/trade with confidence from our Members, knowing that every item will be exactly what it is represented to be. Read More

International Meteor Organization (IMO) was founded in 1988 and has more than 250 members now. IMO was created in response to an ever growing need for international cooperation of meteor amateur work. The collection of meteor observations by several methods from all around the world ensures the comprehensive study of meteor showers and their relation to comets and interplanetary dust. Read More

The Meteoritical Society is a non-profit scholarly organization founded in 1933 to promote the study of extraterrestrial materials, including meteorites and space mission returned samples, and their history. Read More

Meteorite Association of Georgia founded on July 14, 2007, the Meteorite Association of Georgia was established to bring together meteorite enthusiasts both in Georgia and beyond to pursue their common interest. Read More

American Meteor Society Welcome to the home of the American Meteor Society, Ltd., a non-profit scientific organization established to inform, encourage, and support the research activities of both amateur and professional astronomers who are interested in the fascinating field of Meteor Astronomy. Read More

North America Archaeology News

Archaeological news from around the world.
This site is updated daily with the latest world news.  Website

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.

Thanksgiving History: Stuffing v.s. Dressing: What do you call it?

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.
Read More

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

July 17, 2017
Search For Amelia Earhart Draws Archaeologist From Eugene To South Pacific

An archaeologist from Eugene has just returned from an expedition to an uninhabited South Pacific island with new clues about the possible fate of Amelia Earhart. The pioneer aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared 80 years ago—creating an enduring mystery and fascination. Read More

July 14, 2017
Live cannonball from Battle of the Plains of Abraham found in Old Quebec

A cannonball fired by the British during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 has been unearthed at a building site in Old Quebec.

The rusted, 90-kilogram projectile was unearthed during excavation work last week at the corner of Hamel and Couillard streets and still contained a charge and gunpowder.

The work crew that found the ball picked it up and gathered around it for photographs, unaware that it was still potentially explosive. Read More

July 08, 2017
Artifacts Show Lost Colony Settlers Lived With Natives

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — The ground teems with evidence that John White's Lost Colony came here.

A few shovelfuls of earth in a school yard or private driveway can uncover relics dating to the late 1500s, when English settlers landed on - and then mysteriously left - Roanoke Island 50 miles to the north.

Mark Horton, a professor and archaeologist from England's University of Bristol, and local historian Scott Dawson have led digs in Buxton backyards and wooded lots within sight of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every year since 2009.

Each trip turns up thousands of artifacts including coins, parts of guns and swords, and pieces of English clothing mingled with arrowheads, beads and rock tools of the natives. Most of the finds are American Indian in origin, but there are enough Elizabethan remnants, Dawson said, to show that the missing colonists assimilated with the natives on present-day Hatteras Island. Read More

July 03, 2017
Slave quarters of Sally Hemings, the maid who gave birth to six of Thomas Jefferson’s children, are uncovered and excavated at his Monticello mansion after a tourist bathroom was built over it

Archaeologists have unearthed and excavated an area in Thomas Jefferson's plantation home that was once the living quarters of Sally Hemings - a slave with whom he is believed to have had six children.

Her room, which was built in 1809 and was 14 feet, 8 inches wide and 13 feet long, was next to Thomas Jefferson's room.

However the area was turned into a bathroom for tourists in 1941.

It was only recently when historians analyzed a description of Sally's room by one of Jefferson's grandsons they they concluded it was hiding under a modern day bathroom at the Monticello home.

Archaeologists then found Hemings' room including a brick hearth and fireplace, the structure for a stove and even the original flooring. Read More

July 03, 2017
13th-century Langford culture town coming to light in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Pieces of animal bones, stone tools, ceramics and other artifacts being unearthed on a farm in rural area south of Bloomington, Illinois are providing clues to a culture that inhabited a small village more than 750 years ago.

Illinois State University students, under the supervision of Logan Miller, assistant professor of archaeology at Illinois State, and Jacob Skousen of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, have been working on the site as part of a month-long archaeology field school.

The archaeological survey is part of the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois.

"I can talk about it and they can read about it in class all you want, but you don't really get it until you do it," said Miller, explaining the value of the field school. Read More

July 03, 2017
Tower of human skulls in Mexico casts new light on Aztecs

A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure.

Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. Read More

July 01, 2017
Tiny lead ball confirms archaeologists are digging in right place for Charleston Revolutionary War trench

They found a tiny lead ball lodged in the soil Thursday afternoon that archaeologists determined was shot by a musket — a type of gun used in the Siege of Charleston in 1780 — and it was slightly dented, indicating the bullet had impacted something.

"Without a doubt it was from that era," said Lauren Northup, director of museums with the Historic Charleston Foundation.

The discovery confirms the site is part of the network of trenches the British used to take the city in the spring of 1780, and is the first piece of physical evidence of the British siege lines that have eluded historians for many years. Read More

June 17, 2017
Help The Museum Find More Artifacts, Discover Hidden Items

DENVER (CBS4)– Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts thousands of years old in Golden, and they’re asking the public to help them find more.

The historical digs are happening on Magic Mountain not far from Heritage Square Amusement Park. Researchers with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Paleocultural Research Group have teamed up with volunteers to discover hidden items, including tools, fireplaces, even homes. Read More

June 14, 2017
Archeology students unearth Native American artifacts

Tucked away on Big Talbot Island, students gain first hand experience in the archaeology field. One shovel full of dirt at a time.

In this six week course led by Dr. Keith Ashley, every student work side by side on the site battling the heat, rain and wooded conditions. Described as a passionate teacher, Ashley shares his love for the field to his students, who are sometimes the first people to see artifacts in years.

Being on site adds another dimension to what the students have studied in their textbooks and have heard in lectures over the year. Read More

June 06, 2017
Ancient Native American site discovered on Santa Rosa Island

SANTA ROSA ISLAND - Call it a stroke of luck. A crew working on a rehabilitation project of the historic Main Ranch House on Santa Rosa Island discovered an ancient Native American site.

The ancient site was discovered under the Main Ranch House during the process of lifting the building to construct a new foundation.

Two types of stone tools believed to belong to early North American Paleoindians were among the artifacts uncovered. The Channels Island National Park said these tools were made from local island chert and are signatures of a sophisticated technology of early tool making on the Channel Islands. These tools were used for hunting and fishing. Read More

June 05, 2017
Crew uncovers ancient site under Channel Islands home

As the National Park Service prepared to rehabilitate an historic ranch house on Santa Rosa Island, archaeologists discovered tool artifacts dating between 8,000 and 16,000 years old beneath the structure. ANTHONY PLASCENCIA/THE STAR

A crew tunneling under a historic ranch house on Santa Rosa Island has uncovered a site that could help experts piece together what life was like there more than 8,000 years ago.

On the island 40 miles off Ventura, archaeologists discovered stone tools characteristic of sites occupied 8,000 to 13,000 years ago.

The 150-year-old home, part of the historic Vail and Vickers ranch, turned out to be sitting on top of the significant archaeological site. Read More

June 03, 2017
US Navy recovers cannon to identify 200-year-old shipwreck

Now that a cannon that rested in waters off Rhode Island's shore for two centuries has been raised, U.S. Navy archaeologists are hoping to confirm that the ship that sank at the site was a schooner commanded by a War of 1812 hero.

In thick fog and heavy swells, the USS Revenge became ensnared in a reef off Watch Hill in Westerly in 1811. Oliver Hazard Perry ordered his men to jettison guns, masts and the anchor, but lightening the vessel didn't free it. It sank.

The treacherous reefs, rocks and poor visibility kept the cannon and other artifacts hidden until 2005.

That year, recreational divers from Connecticut, Charlie Buffum and Craig Harger, found what's believed to be the naval schooner's wreck site. Navy divers recovered the cannon May 24. It's the first artifact the Navy has raised from the site. Read More

June 02, 2017
New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco

Every day thousands of passengers on underground streetcars in San Francisco pass through the hull of a 19th-century ship without knowing it. Likewise, thousands of pedestrians walk unawares over dozens of old ships buried beneath the streets of the city’s financial district. The vessels brought eager prospectors to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, only to be mostly abandoned and later covered up by landfill as the city grew like crazy in the late 1800s.

Now, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has created a new map of these buried ships, adding several fascinating discoveries made by archaeologists since the first buried-ships map was issued, in 1963. Read More

June 02, 2017
A Stash of 30 Hidden Bayonets Was Discovered in Valley Forge

On the last day of an archaeological project near Valley Forge National Park in southeastern Pennsylvania, Dan Sivilich told his team not to expect to find a whole lot. Sivilich’s group, the Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), had spent years helping archaeologists scour the site for artifacts. He figured there would be little left to find.

Quickly, one of the volunteers, who use metal detectors to locate artifacts and guide excavations, located a nine-pound cannonball hidden underneath a walking path. “He was so excited,” says Sivilich. “But he was the man of the day for about five minutes.” Bill Hermstedt, a long-time volunteer and charter member of BRAVO, also found something new—a bayonet. And then another. The signal from the detector told him that there was a lot more metal down there. Read More

May 23, 2017
Two missing World War II B-25 bombers documented off Papua New Guinea

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO—Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover--a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II.

The B-25 bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes of World War II, with nearly 10,000 of the famous warbirds conducting a variety of missions—from bombing to photo reconnaissance, to submarine patrols, and the historic raid over Tokyo. Present-day Papua New Guinea was the site of military action in the Pacific from January of 1942 to the end of the war in August 1945, with significant losses of aircraft and servicemen, some of whom have never been found. Read More

May 19, 2017
Human blood found on Revolutionary War artifact from N.J. park

MANALAPAN -- Dan Sivilich and members of his archeological team have been collecting artifacts from Monmouth Battlefield Park for years, trying to put together a detailed picture of a skirmish that historians say changed the momentum of the American Revolution in favor of the Continental Army.

They've found musket balls that suggest where the heaviest fighting was; they've found musket balls that suggest where snipers stood to pick off their British targets.

And now for the first time, they found evidence of human blood on a musket ball used as canister shot, the first time human blood has been found on artillery from the American Revolution. Read More

May 16, 2017
Grassy beginning for earliest Homo

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY—In 2013, an ASU research team found the oldest known evidence of our own genus, Homo, at Ledi-Geraru in the lower Awash Valley of Ethiopia. A jawbone with teeth was dated to 2.8 million years ago, about 400,000 years earlier than previously known fossils of Homo. After the discovery, attention turned to reconstructing the environment of this ancient human ancestor to understand why there and why then.

But how do you re-create specific environments from millions of years ago to understand where our ancient ancestors lived?

Paleoanthropologists use animal fossils like proxy time machines to re-create what past environments were like. If animal fossils indicate browsing on tree leaves, like giraffes and monkeys do, then they know that the environment was characterized by woody trees and significant rainfall. If the fossils suggest grazing on grass, as many antelopes do, then the environments would have been open and arid with grassy plains. Read More

May 07, 2017
Archaeology: Newark ‘Holy Stones’ are 19th century fake news

“Fake news” has been in the real news a lot lately, but it’s not really new.

Through the years, scientists have had to devote considerable effort to debunking so-called “alternative facts.”

Peter Hancock, a psychologist at the University of Central Florida, has studied several examples of what you might call alternative artifacts, and in his new book, “Hoax Springs Eternal: the psychology of cognitive deception,” he shows why some hoaxes are more successful than others.

Hancock argues that prospective perpetrators of hoaxes must “identify the dream” of their target audience. In other words, they determine what the victims of their scam fervently want to be true so they can give it to them. Read More

May 03, 2017
Rare example of early canal boat in New York lake

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Three scuba divers say they've discovered a rare example of an early Erie Canal boat on the bottom of an upstate New York lake.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) Timothy Caza, Timothy Downing and Christopher Martin, all of Oswego County, found the shipwreck in Oneida Lake in 2011. Ben Ford, a maritime archaeologist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the divers excavated and recorded the shipwreck in 2013 and 2014.

The divers say the 62-foot-long wooden vessel was determined to be a Durham boat, which were designed to carry heavy cargo on canals and rivers in the 19th century. Read More

May 02, 2017
Archaeological dig at Carter Hill could unearth a missing piece of history

Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric Jacobson looked over a mound of turned earth Tuesday morning, just south of the Carter House. Below him two archaeologists hunkered on their knees close to the earth, turning the dirt carefully.

A few feet away a Civil War-era Minie ball bullet lay partially covered in dirt with a marker beside it.

If Jacobson and the archaeologists find what they are looking for in the current dig underway at the Carter Hill Battlefield Park this week, the trust will have uncovered the final stretch of the Federal Army’s front line earthworks in the Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864.

"We found it over there in '09, we found it over there in '14, "Jacobson said pointing to the other portions of the Federal line already denoted with markers. "So, we are trying to find this in between piece to connect it, which would really be amazing because then we could mark not just the location of the Federal earth works, but really the entire expanse of the Confederate breakthrough." Read More

April 26, 2017
What happened to the missing people of Pennsylvania?

For six centuries, a native people lived in the region that is now southwestern Pennsylvania.

Then they vanished without a trace.

"We have no idea what happens to them," John Nass, director of the California University of Pennsylvania's anthropology program, told PhillyVoice. "They basically vacate this part of the state, but we don’t know where they relocate to."

Nass and his undergraduate archeology students are studying the history of the Monongahela people, who occupied parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland from about 1050 A.D. into the 1630s. Read More

April 24, 2017
Iowa State alumnus pieces together history of war, Lake Laverne

As the world was on the brink of its biggest conflict to date, the Lake LaVerne area was used to prepare Iowans for combat.

That is what Benjamin Worrell, former Iowa State student, discovered after finding bullets while metal detecting in 2015.

The Daily has previously reported on Worrell’s findings, but since then, he has uncovered more information relating to the subject in the form of a postcard.

“One thing we couldn’t figure out was why the bullets were found so near the road,” Worrell said.

Worrell was referring to Lincoln Way, which existed at the time. It appeared that the bullets were fired toward Lincoln Way. Read More

April 17, 2017
Lost city found: Etzanoa of the great Wichita Nation

Wichita State anthropologist Donald Blakeslee talks about the Wichita Indian settlement of Etzanoa, which was discovered near present-day Arkansas City by Spanish explorers in 1602. It is estimated the settlement was home to 20,000 Plains Indians. - theying

Make note of the name Etzanoa, a long-lost city. Donald Blakeslee says he’s found it.

The discovery could put south-central Kansas on the map as the second-biggest settlement of Native Americans found in the United States, Blakeslee said. And it’s now, finally, the known location of a 1601 battle pitting outnumbered Spaniards firing cannon into waves of attacking Indian warriors. Read More

April 13, 2017
Ancient tools found near Route 8 now believed to be 12,700 years old

Ancient tools and artifacts uncovered along Route 8 near Fredericton have turned out to be older than expected.

The artifacts are now believed to be 12,700-years-old, 700 years older than previously thought, said Brent Suttie, the director of the archeological services branch in the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

"We were fortunate enough to find a fire pit … and a living floor that confirm that the area was occupied between 12,600 and 12,700 years ago," said Suttie.

Suttie said it has also been determined the site was likely only used for a generation or two. The site was found just off the shoulder of Route 8 and would have been located on what was a shoreline at the time. Read More

April 10, 2017
Newfound Tusk Belonged to One of the Last Surviving Mammoths in Alaska

A prehistoric campfire and a number of archaeological treasures — including a large tusk of a mammoth, and tools fashioned out of stone and ivory — remained hidden for thousands of years in the Alaskan wilderness until researchers discovered them recently.

Researchers found the 55-inch-long (140 centimeters) mammoth tusk, the largest ever found at a prehistoric site in the state, during a 2016 excavation at the Holzman site, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. A radiocarbon dating analysis revealed that the tusk was about 14,000 years old, the researchers told Live Science in an email. Read More

April 02, 2017
DNA research helps understand how the Americas were first populated

Biological anthropologists Connie Mulligan, of the University of Florida, and Emoke Szathmary, of the University of Manitoba, consider how genetics informs our current understanding of the population history of the Americas in the latest issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

The ancestors of American Indians diverged from their Eurasian source populations sometime after 40,000 years ago. These people entered Beringia, the large land mass that connected Asia to North America during the Pleistocene Epoch, but could not move into North America because massive glacial ice sheets blocked their way. Read More

April 01, 2017
Downtown Phoenix grocery store construction site yields prehistoric artifacts

Archaeologists recently unearthed evidence of prehistoric people and remnants of Phoenix’s first fire station in the heart of downtown, where the area’s only grocery store is set to break ground April 13.

Until then, the dusty bricks and possible remnants of pit houses give a rare window into the history of a site that has long been at the center of city society. Read More

March 26, 2017
Archaeologists Found Rare Calusa Artifacts In Florida Midden

Archaeologists have found pieces of rope, shell weights, twine, nets and other artifacts deep inside the Midden. A news press reported that university of Florida archaeologists William Marquardt and Karen Walker have excavated a 1,000 years old Midden on Southwestern Florida of Pine Island. These artifacts are linked to the Calusa society.

According to Archaeology Magazine, this Midden was formed when the water table level was low and then it rose up pretty quickly. Archeologist William Marquardt reported that the water level rising speed was quite fast, which sealed in the all the deposits and created an anaerobic situation and preserved all the materials inside it. Read More

March 20, 2017
Jamestown Unearthed: Archaeologists explore tombs at center of 1901 woman-led dig

In 1901, Mary Jeffery Galt and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities broke ground on the remnants of a 17th-century church in Jamestown.

More than a century later, a team of archaeologists from Preservation Virginia are doing the same.

Their goal is to learn as much as they can about the historic churches that once sat upon the site — and the graves that lie underneath.

“The building dates to 1906, but it’s built on top of three historic churches starting in 1617,” said Preservation Virginia Field Supervisor Mary Anna Hartley. “It’s a memorial building built on top of the foundations for the 1640s church that was reused in the 1680s.” Read More

March 16, 2017
2,000 year old warrior armour made of reindeer antlers found on the Arctic Circle

Ceremonial suit was embellished with decorations and left as a sacrifice for the gods by ancient bear cult polar people, say archeologists.

The discovery is the oldest evidence of armour found in the north of western Siberia, and was located at the rich Ust-Polui site, dating to between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD.

Earlier discoveries at the site indicate a bear cult among these ancient people.

Archeologist Andrey Gusev, from the Scientific Research Centre of the Arctic in Salekhard, said the plates of armour found at the site are all made from reindeer antlers.

'There are about 30 plates in the collection of Ust-Polui,' he said. 'They differ regarding the degree of preservation, as well as the size, location of mounting holes, and the presence or absence of ornamentation.'

The largest were 23-25 centimetres in length. In ancient times, they would have been fixed to a leather base and offered a reliable means of protection. Read More

March 14, 2017
Nova Scotian archeologists dig deep to help buildings go up

Archeological work is experiencing a boom in Nova Scotia as developers become increasingly interested in what lies beneath the surface, says the curator of archeology for the Nova Scotia Museum.

Catherine Cottreau-Robins said in most cases archeologists are being hired by developers who don't want to risk disturbing archeological sites when they start a new building project.

In the last 10 years, the number of heritage research permits the province issues annually for archeological work has jumped to about 125 from 50 or 60.

"Developers are more and more keen on archeology," said Cottreau-Robins Read More

March 01, 2017
200-year-old Russian wreck found on Kruzov Island near Sitka

In July, an international team of archaeologists returned to the coast of Kruzov Island in their search for the lost Russian ship, Neva, wrecked in 1813 in one of the worst maritime disasters in Alaskan history. Following up on last year’s discovery of a Russian period survivor’s camp, researchers uncovered significant new wreckage and artifacts, and most somber, the grave of one of Neva’s forgotten crewmen or passengers who perished during the wreck. New finds leave little doubt that the elusive wreck site has been located after more than 200 years. The team has also begun piecing together the amazing story of its shipwrecked crew.

The demise of the Neva

The Russian-American Company (RAC) ship Neva was arguably one of most celebrated and reviled ships in early Alaskan history. Between 1803 and 1806 it was the first of two ships to circumnavigate the globe for Russia’s fledgling Navy. It also played the pivotal role in the 1804 Battle of Sitka, using her guns and crew to break Tlingit resistance to Russian settlement. For years the ship supplied the RAC with crucial supplies and personnel, and again made history in 1807 as the first Russian ship to sail to Australia. Yet Neva’s luck ran out during what would become her final voyage in late August, 1812. Read More

February 22, 2017
Elite ‘Dynasty’ at Chaco Canyon Got Its Power From One Woman, DNA Shows

They were interred in what’s been described as “the richest burial known in the Southwest” — 14 men and women buried over the course of 330 years in the same crypt, some accompanied by pieces of pottery and pendants, others lavished with thousands of turquoise and shell beads.

Their resting place was a chamber deep inside Pueblo Bonito, the largest of the so-called “great houses” in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon.

Archaeologists believe these 14 people, buried between the years 800 and 1130, were among the elite leadership of the Ancestral Puebloan society whose influence radiated for hundreds of miles from Chaco Canyon.

And new analysis of DNA from the 14 sets of remains shows that these elites weren’t merely members of the same influential class — indeed, they were all members of the same extended family, a “dynasty” that traced its ancestry to a single woman. Read More

February 21, 2017
Kennewick Man skeleton may be on its way back to ancestral home

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed Friday morning that representatives from the Corps and the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation are conducting an inventory of the bones at the University of Washington museum where the remains have long been stored.

The inventory will take about three to four hours, and after it's complete the bones will be handed over to the state, said Amy Gaskill of the ACOE.

The Corps is "doing the final transfer paperwork today," she said.

Under legislation signed by former President Barack Obama on Dec. 19, the state will then transfer the remains to Native American tribes that have fought for two decades to reclaim and rebury what they consider to be an honored ancestor. Read More

February 17, 2017
Scarcity of resources led to violence in prehistoric central California

A longtime Cal Poly Pomona anthropology professor who studies violence among prehistoric people in California has been published in a prestigious journal.

Professor Mark Allen's study, titled "Resource scarcity drives lethal aggression among prehistoric hunter-gathers in central California," was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, one of the top journals highlighting the general sciences. Allen teamed up with professors at U.C. Davis, the University of Utah, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an archeologist for the Sacramento-based Millennia Archeological Consulting.

"You have to have something significant," Allen says of what it takes to be published in the journal. "You have to have good evidence. As archeologists, you don't get the data you want most of the time. We are typically dealing with fragmented evidence." Read More

February 15, 2017
75 Years After Start of Internment, Archaeologists Excavate Hawaii’s Largest Camp

Chopping through the overgrowth with machetes to clear a way through terrain, William Belcher's students know there's American history beneath dirt that's settled for seven decades.

The land is stained.

"When I was in elementary school I never even heard that this had occurred. We never studied this in history or talked about it," Belcher, an archaeology professor at the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu, told NBC News.

Four decades out of elementary school, that's changed. Read More

February 09, 2017
Clovis Culture, Ice Age Fauna Weren’t Wiped Out by Cosmic Impact, Study Finds

A physicist says his latest research may finally put to rest one of the most vexing theories about America’s natural history: that the giant fauna of the Ice Age — and the culture of humans who hunted them — were wiped out by a cosmic impact.

Studies of rock samples from the Channel Islands of California to the creeks of Oklahoma have failed to turn up any evidence, he says, that supports what’s known as the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.

The missing evidence? Diamonds.

For a decade, the impact theory has posited that a period of sudden cooling that occurred around 12,900 years ago, known as the Younger Dryas event, was caused by a collision with Earth by a meteorite, comet, or some other celestial object. Read More

February 01, 2017
Artifacts turning up in Savannah as hurricane debris is removed

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Bits of Savannah's past just below our feet are forcing the city to take its time during the final stage of storm debris removal from Hurricane Matthew.

When the strong winds toppled centuries-old trees, especially in cemeteries, parks and historic battlefield artifacts were lifted to the surface.

FEMA has some pretty clear guidelines when it comes to removing what are referred to as “root-balls”, which are clumps of the trees root systems just below the surface, specifically for sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of that, Savannah isn't looking for just any stump removal company. They're looking for one that can also bring some archaeological experience to the table.

"A quick look by a local archaeologist dated some of the pieces from the 18th century," said Library and Archives Director Luciana Spracher, as she pointed out broken pieces of pottery collected over the past few months. Read More

February 01, 2017
Mesa Verde’s Sun Temple Reveals Geometrical ‘Genius,’ Physicist Says

An 800-year-old ceremonial complex near the famous cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde was built using the same basic geometry found in ancient monuments from Greece to Egypt, a new study has found.

The site, in southwestern Colorado, also appears to have been measured out in multiples of 30.5 centimeters, or about 1 foot, suggesting that the Ancestral Puebloan architects who designed the complex used a common unit of measurement.

Together these new insights reveal a “genius” for precise geometry that’s gone unrecognized in Ancestral Pubeloan architecture, said Dr. Sherry Towers, a physicist and statistician at Arizona State University who conducted the study.

“These findings represent the first potential quantitative evidence of knowledge of advanced geometrical constructs in a prehistoric North American society,” Towers writes, in her paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, “which is particularly remarkable given that the Ancestral Pueblo peoples had no written language or number system.” Read More

January 23, 2017
Wyoming Wildfire Reveals ‘Massive’ Shoshone Camp, Thousands of Artifacts

A wildfire high in the alpine forests of northwestern Wyoming has revealed a vast, centuries-old Shoshone campsite, replete with cooking hearths, ceramics, and stone tools and flakes numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

The site, found along Caldwell Creek in the Absaroka Range, had likely been used intermittently for as much as 2,500 years, archaeologists say.

But most of the artifacts point to a prolonged and impactful presence by the Mountain Shoshone some 300 to 400 years ago.

“This time period is significant,” said. Dr. Laura Scheiber, archaeologist at Indiana University, who reported the find, “because a massive campsite of this age is extremely rare in the mountains, without evidence of historic trade goods but with a wide variety of activities implied by the range of materials.”

“We have documented small arrow points, pottery sherds, bone tools, distinctive bifacial knives, grooved mauls, and hundreds of thousands of tiny chipped stone flakes,” she said. Read More

January 23, 2017
Revolutionary War artifacts crop up in Gloucester Point dig

GLOUCERSTER POINT, Va. — Archaeologists nearing the end of a prolonged Gloucester Point dig were rewarded for their doggedness this past week when they unearthed one of the most noteworthy caches of Revolutionary War artifacts to be found in the region in years.

Slowed at first by stubbornly compacted soil — then by a dense layer of unusually large oyster shells — the team excavating the site of a new Virginia Institute of Marine Science building was probing one of the last targets of their 10-month-long excavation when they began uncovering a trail of French infantry buttons and English and Spanish coins.

Then archaeologist Michele Brumfield discovered an ancient brass plate that at first looked unmarked — yet when turned over and brushed off a few seconds later revealed the engraving: “Lt. Dickson, 80th Regt. of Foot.” Read More

January 17, 2017
Wreck of 16th-Century Spanish Ship Found Off Florida Coast

The third of six sunken Spanish ships that were lost in a hurricane in 1559 has been discovered off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.

In the summer of 2016, the wreck of the ship, dubbed the Emanuel Point III, was found resting under the sand 7 feet (2 meters) below the ocean surface in Pensacola Bay. Archaeologists have found the ship's hull, ballast rocks and ceramic artifacts in the wreckage. The ship was part of a failed colonization attempt by Spain that took place just 60 years after Christopher Columbus first sailed across the Atlantic.

"The shipwrecks themselves are giving us insights into these amazing machines they were developing for these voyages that were never really happening before," marine archaeologist Greg Cook, of the University of West Florida, told Live Science. Read More

January 17, 2017
Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Keith Wille was metal detecting in the woods of Connecticut a few years ago when he found a triangle of brass about 2 1/2- inches long with a small hole in the middle. He thought little of the find at first, and threw it in his scrap pile. Wille, 29, is a manager at a survival training company, but spends most of his spare time metal detecting.

In September, Wille drove from his home here to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center with several boxes of objects — the highlights of his recent collecting. The museum — a vast, glassy structure that looks like an airport terminal, complete with a 185-foot-tall traffic-control-style tower — is a testament to the years when the Foxwoods Resort Casino made the Pequots the wealthiest tribe in the nation.

Although those fortunes have declined, the Pequots are still financing projects by the archaeologist Kevin McBride, who works full time on what Lori Potter, a spokeswoman for the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, called “history that’s written by the conquered and not by the conqueror.” Read More

January 17, 2017
Bones in Yukon Cave Show Humans in North America 24,000 Years Ago, Study Says

A close look at bones found in a Yukon cave seems to confirm a controversial finding made decades ago, archaeologists say: that humans arrived in North America 10,000 years earlier than many experts believe.

The bones are the remains of horse, bison, mammoths, and other Ice Age fauna, originally excavated from the Bluefish Caves near the border of Alaska and the Yukon Territory in the 1970s and 1980s.

Back then, radiocarbon dating placed the bones at about 25, 000 years old — not in itself surprising, except that many of the bones appeared to have been butchered by humans. Read More

January 12, 2017
Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

About 24,000 years ago, when much of North America was buried under the ice of the Last Glacial Maximum, a few hunters took shelter in a small cave above the Bluefish River in what is now northwestern Yukon. The hunters had killed a Yukon horse and were butchering it using super-sharp stone shards called microblades. As they sliced out the horse’s meaty tongue, the microblades left distinctive cuts in its jaw bone. Millennia later, archaeologist and doctoral candidate Lauriane Bourgeon spotted those marks through her microscope at the University of Montreal and added the fragment of ancient jaw bone to her small selection of samples for radiocarbon dating.

The bones came from excavations led by archaeologist Jacques Cinq-Mars between 1977 and 1987 and have been in storage at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. At the time, Cinq-Mars and his team concluded that the Bluefish Caves showed evidence of occasional human use as much as 30,000 years ago. That is so much older than anything else found in the Americas that Cinq-Mars’s conclusions were widely disputed, and the three small caves were largely left out of discussions about the peopling of the Americas. Read More

January 01, 2017
Plan aims to save Plains Indian archaeology near Stanton

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — An archaeological resources plan has been drafted to protect the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

The 1,750-acre site just north of Stanton preserves the ancestral homelands of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, the remains of earth lodges, and a buried trove of artifacts associated with the cultures.

The drafted plan addresses many issues, including a long-term problem of water infiltration into the site's visitor center, which has been threatening the museum collection, The Bismarck Tribune ( ) reported. Park Superintendent Craig Hansen mentioned an ongoing $350,000 project, which involved pulling back soil around the building to replace the drain field and reinforce water barriers, and to resurface most of the building, might have already solved the problem and should keep water out of the building. However, if the issue is not resolved, the plan calls for finding alternative housing for the museum's collection of artifacts. Read More

December 19, 2016
Top 5 Archaeology Discoveries in the American West of 2016

Blades made of glass, unusual crescent-shaped tools, and a dagger formed by shadows are some of the more striking finds reported this year by archaeologists working around the American West.

Together these discoveries comprise just a tiny slice of the research that was done this year, at countless sites from the Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean.

Some of these finds were made in the field, others in labs; some were made by academics, still more by anthropologists working at private firms.

Western Digs reported on dozens of different studies in 2016, but a handful of the ones that we told you about rose to the top, capturing your attention as the most popular archaeological discoveries of the year. Read More

December 18, 2016
Archaeology: How far did the Great Hopewell Road stretch across Ohio?

In 1820, Caleb Atwater, one of Ohio’s first archaeologists, speculated that an ancient avenue framed by parallel walls of earth extended from the monumental Octagon Earthworks at Newark to the Hocking River, a distance of about 30 miles.

Few archaeologists took any notice of Atwater’s claim. Instead, most accepted the Smithsonian Institution’s brusque assessment in 1848 that the walls only went 2.5 miles.

But in 1862, James Salisbury and his brother Charles followed the walls from Newark for a distance of at least 6 miles “through tangled swamps and across streams, still keeping their undeviating course.” Read More

December 16, 2016
State says 2,300-year-old crab pot skull is Native American

The 2,300-year old skull found in a crab pot off Ocean Shores in 2014 has been positively identified as Native American by an anthropologist at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

“Dr. Guy Tasa determined that it was indeed Native American,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks, Ph.D. Dr. Tasa is the Washington State Physical Anthropologist and in charge of the identification, preservation, excavation and repatriation of human remains.

Following state law, the agency has informed a number of area tribes of the findings, including the Chehalis, Puyallup, Quinault, Shoalwater Bay and Squaxin Island nations. “We expect to hear from the interested tribes and then will work on repatriation,” said Brooks. “They will determine who actually takes the remains.” Read More

December 05, 2016
New Evidence Reveals Violent Final Days at Arizona’s Montezuma Castle

It’s one of Arizona’s most famous landmarks: a pair of 900-year-old limestone cliff dwellings whose sudden abandonment centuries ago has proven to be one of the Southwest’s most enduring mysteries.

New evidence suggests that the site — now part of Montezuma Castle National Monument — was not simply evacuated by its inhabitants, as archaeologists have believed for more than 80 years.

Instead, recent research shows that its final days were likely fraught with violent conflict and death — an account corroborated by Native American oral histories of the site’s collapse some 600 years ago.

“It changed the conventional thinking [about the site],” said Matt Guebard, archaeologist with the U.S. National Park Service, about his research into the cliff dwellings’ fate. Read More

November 25, 2016
N.Y. explorers find 1872 shipwreck of rare Great Lakes vessel

ALBANY, N.Y. — The 144-year-old shipwreck of a rare sailing vessel that typically wasn’t used for long voyages on the Great Lakes has been found in deep water off Lake Ontario’s New York shore, according to two underwater explorers.

Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after initially coming across it while using side-scan sonar in 350 feet of water off Oswego, New York.

The 51-foot-long, single-mast ship known as a scow-sloop sank during a gale while hauling goods along the lake’s eastern end in August 1872. The ship’s captain, his wife and a crewmember, the only people on board, all survived by getting into a small boat and reaching shore eight hours later. Read More

November 17, 2016
Unearthing New Clues to America’s First English Colony

Not at Jamestown Island, and not at Plymouth Rock, did the first English settlers step onto American soil.

It was at Roanoke Island, lying between the present-day North Carolina mainland and the barrier islands of the Outer Banks, where the very beginnings of English colonization took place. And though far from the shores of the Elizabethan England of its time, the site owes its inception in large measure to the geopolitics, culture and economic enterprise of the broader European 16th century stage. Queen Elizabeth I and her England, with its upstart naval prowess, were challenging Spain’s undisputed position as the world’s preeminent naval power. News of Spain’s solid and strengthening foothold in the New World and the vast new resources—especially gold—that flowed from it, quickly caught the attention of the Queen’s chief playmakers—men like the favored and influential courtier Sir Walter Raleigh. Read More

November 16, 2016
Mexican experts say original pyramid found at Chichen Itza

Archaeologists have discovered what may be the original structure built at the pyramid of Kukulkan at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, experts said Wednesday.

Last year, archaeologists using electrical imagining techniques found that the pyramid, which is also known as El Castillo, was built atop a subterranean river, or a cenote.

Archaeologists have long known that a smaller pyramid is encapsulated underneath the visible temple.

Researchers said Wednesday that they had detected an even smaller structure inside the other two structures. Using what is called tri-dimensional electric resistivity tomography, or "ERT-3D," they found a 10-meter (yard) tall structure within the 20-meter (yard) tall 'intermediate' pyramid that was covered over by the last construction stage, perhaps around 900 A.D.

Archaeologist Denisse Lorenia Argote said "if we can research this structure in the future it could be important, because it could tell us about the first-period inhabitants" of the site. Read More

November 15, 2016
Archaeologist explores the function of early Native American architecture

What is the significance of ancient architecture and how might people have interacted with it in their daily lives?

Sissel Schroeder, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will explore the archaeological evidence of rare architectural features to identify whether there was a cosmological as well as mundane function to the architecture of Aztalan, a once-bustling city near present-day St. Louis. Drawing upon years of settlement survey and household archaeology, Schroeder will give her presentation “From the Quotidian to the Cosmological: The Historical Development of Inferential Frameworks Regarding Ancient Mississippian Architecture” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, in Cole Hall room 100. The presentation is free and open to the public. Read More

October 21, 2016
Third shipwreck from Luna fleet discovered

Ten months ago at the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Museum, University of West Florida President Judy Bense announced the first European settlement in the United States existed in what is now a suburban neighborhood off Pensacola Bay.

Perhaps lost in the hubbub of that monumental announcement was that the site clued UWF archaeologists in on where to search for the four undiscovered shipwrecks from the fleet that brought Don Tristan de Luna to Pensacola in 1559.

Bense returned to the same museum Friday morning to announce the UWF archaeology program discovered a shipwreck buried under sand in a mere 7 feet of water. Summer field school students and staff discovered Emanuel Point III June 20 when scuba divers' probes felt stones under the sandy bottom of the bay.

“We had period artifacts that afternoon from the site,” said Greg Cook, assistant professor of anthropology and principal investigator of the 2006 EP II shipwreck. “I told my students it shouldn’t be that easy.” Read More

October 18, 2016
Ice Age Cave Dwellers in Oregon Lived Among Extinct ‘Stout-Legged’ Horses, Fossils Show

Some of the earliest known inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest lived alongside a now-extinct species of “stout-legged” horse that wasn’t known to have lived in the region until now, scientists say.

The revelation comes from a new study of fossils from the famous Paisley Caves in southern Oregon, where in 2008, researchers reported finding some of the earliest evidence yet of human occupation in North America, including stone tools and human feces dating back 14,300 years. Read More

October 12, 2016
Civil War Cannonballs Uncovered by Hurricane Have Been Detonated

A pile of Civil War-era cannonballs was uncovered by Hurricane Matthew after it lashed South Carolina with strong waves and high winds over the weekend. But rather than preserve the artifacts, authorities have destroyed most of the historic weapons for safety reasons, according to the Folly Beach Police Department.

A day after the hurricane blasted the state's coastline, on Sunday (Oct. 9), a resident walking along the east end of Folly Island — a coastal region about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Charleston that's known for its history of pirates and Civil War battles — spotted a pile of 16 corroded ordnances resting on the sand, said Folly Beach Chief Andrew Gilreath, director of public safety. The resident contacted the authorities, who came to assess the situation, he said. Read More

September 29, 2016
Asian Metal Found in Alaska Reveals Trade Centuries Before European Contact

A bronze buckle and a cylindrical metal bead found in Alaska are the first hard
evidence of trade between Asia and the indigenous peoples of the North American Arctic, centuries before contact with Europeans, archaeologists say.

An analysis of the artifacts has shown that they were smelted in East Asia out of lead, copper, and tin, before finding their way to an indigenous village some 700 years ago.

H. Kory Cooper, an anthropologist at Purdue University described the discovery as “a small finding with really interesting implications.”

“This will cause other people to think about the Arctic differently,” Cooper said in a press statement. Read More

September 27, 2016
UO scientists place extinct horse with humans in Paisley Caves

Horses and people are an iconic pairing in stories of the Old West. But as researchers at the UO's Museum of Natural and Cultural History recently found, human-horse relations go way back — back to the old west that was Oregon during the last ice age.

A new study by those researchers reveals that a small, stout-legged horse species known as Equus conversidens — sometimes known as the Mexican horse, which once roamed parts of North America — coexisted with people around Oregon’s Paisley Caves more than 14,000 years ago.

A horse fossil from a now extinct tiny horse found at Oregon's Paisley CavesThe study, published online ahead of print in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, was coauthored by paleontologist Edward Davis and archaeologist Dennis Jenkins — along with paleo-horse experts Brianna McHorse of Harvard University and Eric Scott at California State University, Fullerton. Read More

September 26, 2016
Cliff Dwelling in Utah Found to Have Unique Decoration: Dinosaur Tracks

Scientists searching for fossils in southern Utah have found that they certainly weren’t the first to prize the traces left behind by dinosaurs.

While on a break from a fossil hunt in Utah’s San Juan County, paleontologists explored a stone structure that had been built under a cliff overhang at least 800 years ago.

While most of the building had been made from cream-colored sandstone found nearby, one piece stood out — the pinkish rock that formed the lintel over the doorway.

It was covered in the fossilized tracks of a theropod dinosaur. Read More

September 16, 2016
Trove of artifacts found during North End dig

BOSTON —A trove of artifacts was recovered this week during a dig at Boston's Old North Church.

City archaeologist Joseph Bagley said the items found at the Washington Garden reveal a snapshot of English, Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrant life in the mid- to late 1800s.

Items found include ceramic pottery, children's toys and a clay tobacco pipe with an Irish shamrock. Read More

September 01, 2016
Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn and sucking mudhole makes it clearer. It was the dense, tangled hostility of the swamp and its enormous size that enabled hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of escaped slaves to live here in freedom.

We don’t know much about them, but thanks to the archaeologist hacking through the mire ahead of me, we know they were out here, subsisting in hidden communities, and using almost nothing from the outside world until the 19th century. The Dismal Swamp covered great tracts of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina, and its vegetation was far too thick for horses or canoes. In the early 1600s, Native Americans fleeing the colonial frontier took refuge here, and they were soon joined by fugitive slaves, and probably some whites escaping indentured servitude or hiding from the law. From about 1680 to the Civil War, it appears that the swamp communities were dominated by Africans and African-Americans. Read More

August 24, 2016
Humans Have Been Visiting Mount Rainier For More Than 9,000 Years. Why?

In the last 10 years, significant archaeological finds in the Cascades have expanded our understanding of ancient mountain culture.

When he was growing up, Dave Burlingame’s mother would sometimes take him and his siblings out of school to drive around Mount Rainier.

“We’re going to go out and look at our stuff,” Burlingame, an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Tribe of Indians, remembers her saying. “I didn’t know what that meant at the time.” Read More

August 20, 2016
Stash of Obsidian Blades, Hidden for a Thousand Years, Discovered in Oregon

A landowner in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon has made a unique find — a cache of obsidian blades that had been stashed away a thousand years ago or more by prehistoric traders.

Numbering at least 15 in all, the artifacts are double-sided stone blades known as bifaces, an essential part of every ancient hunter-gatherer’s toolkit.

But the Willamette bifaces are extremely rare examples of a kind of tools known as blanks.

The craftsmen who made these artifacts had roughly hewn them into their general shape, but they hadn’t yet knapped the stones into their final, sharp-edged form. Read More

August 19, 2016
Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling'

They ticked out news of typhoid, scurvy and fear. They spoke of long marches and vast battles. They hummed with frailty and humor, fretting over drunken soldiers and praising the unwavering president of a fraying republic. They clacked in broken rhythms that rang with the ominous: “We will not remain undisturbed tonight. Even the Rail Road men have been ordered to leave.”

The 15,971 telegrams — hidden in a wooden foot locker for more than a century — scrolled like a Twitter feed through the Civil War. The messages from the Union side, many tapped out in code to elude Confederate forces, carried the urgings and reflections of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and other prominent players. But most echo with the thoughts and schemes of colonels, infantrymen and lesser-knowns that offer a peek into the bureaucracy and machinery of war. Read More

August 17, 2016
Archaeologists find rare Native American artifacts in Willamette Valley

Thanks to a discovery by a local landowner, archaeologists unearthed the first recorded Native American tools of their kind in the Willamette Valley this summer.

While building a pond on his property, the landowner, who was not identified, found 15 obsidian hand axes. He reported his discovery to the Oregon State Historical Preservation Office, which led an archaeological dig at the site in June.

The tools, known as bifaces, are a rare find, said assistant state archaeologist John Pouley, who led the dig.

"Of approximately 35,000 recorded archaeological sites in Oregon, few, likely less than 25, consist of biface caches," he said. Read More

August 16, 2016
Mono County man pleads guilty to removing thousands of items from public lands

A Mono County man pleaded guilty Monday to unauthorized removal and transportation of archaeological items from a national forest and Death Valley National Park.

According to federal prosecutors, Jonathan Bourne, 59, has been collecting artifacts and archaeological resources since 1994, and has now voluntarily turned over to the government an estimated 20,000 items he had collected from public lands. He has also agreed to pay $249,372 in restitution to the United States.

The stolen items will be restored and/or repatriated, the prosecutors said.

A written plea agreement, signed by Bourne, says he was not collecting the items “for profit or commercial purposes.” It says he “kept meticulous records documenting what all the items were and where (they) were found.”

He faces a maximum two years on each of the two felony counts to which he pleaded guilty, and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 7 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill. Read More

August 12, 2016
Dig extended at site of 1750s British, American encampments

An archaeological dig that was supposed to wrap up this week at an 18th century military site has yielded such intriguing artifacts the project has been extended, the archaeologist leading the excavations said.

The six-week project was supposed to end Friday, but state officials have granted an extension for excavations in Lake George Battlefield Park to continue at least for another week and possibly two, said David Starbuck, an anthropology professor at New Hampshire's Plymouth State University.

More than two dozen pits dug along the two-lane road that cuts through the park have yielded evidence of the British and provincial American encampments known to have been located there in 1755-59 during the French and Indian War, which was part of the Seven Years' War. Those new excavations have been made along sloping ground above the park's open field, which was a swamp in the 18th century.

Among the many artifacts found so far are uniform buttons and buckles, musket balls, gun flints, and high-quality pottery and porcelain, Starbuck said. Those finds, along with a large number of butchered animal bones and oyster shells, indicate the site may have been occupied by high-ranking officers. Read More

August 10, 2016
Archaeologists Uncover Structure at James Madison's Montpelier

Archaeologists at James Madison's Montpelier believe they have uncovered the final piece of a long-lost part of the estate's past.

The foundation of the North Dwelling is the final known structure that existed in the South Yard of the president’s estate. The South Yard of Montpelier was home to around 100 enslaved workers during Madison's life.

"We're trying to capture the authenticity of Montpelier in terms of what existed here in the 19th century," said Dr. Matthew Reeves, director of archeology.

Reeves’ team was digging in the South Yard when they happened upon a building called the North Dwelling.

"Well, this spring we started excavations. We started finding a brick here and there, and we came across a beautiful chimney base, and all of a sudden that was the smoking gun we needed to say 'we've got the right place, we've got the right building,'" he said. Read More

August 08, 2016
Large petroglyphs discovered on Waianae coast

Two visitors last month discovered large petroglyphs etched into sandstone on the Waianae Coast. At least 17 figures, believed to be created by aboriginal inhabitants of the Waianae coast, stretch over about 60 feet of beach, the U.S. Army and Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a news release today.

The DLNR State Historic Preservation Division and the U.S. Army have been working together to record and document the petroglyphs.

Though it’s likely that these petroglyphs have been exposed before, it is the first time they have been brought to the attention of the DLNR and the U.S. Army.

Visitors Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere from Fort Worth, Texas noticed the petroglyphs last month while wandering the coastline.

“For some reason there was a beam of light … just a beam. It landed right on one of them and for some reason I just turned my head,” Watson said. “I said, ‘Look!’ It was just a stroke of luck.” Read More

August 07, 2016
Battlefield Archaeologists Find Oregon Indian War Anything But Ancient History

During the decade before the U.S. Civil War, a different conflict made a big impact on the future of the Oregon Territory. It’s known as the Rogue River Indian War. But unlike the Civil War battlefields in the eastern U.S. or American South that receive hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, you’ll be hard pressed to tour — or even find — those battlefields.

Now a series of archaeological investigations is resurrecting this Northwest history.

The Rogue River Indian War was an uprising against miners and settlers in southwest Oregon from 1855–56. There were massacres, reprisals, pitched battles and a final forced expulsion of native tribes from their homelands to distant reservations. Read More

August 06, 2016
12,300-Year-Old Fire Pit Found in Northern Utah

An ancient tribal fire pit with tools, a spear tip and tobacco seeds that archaeologists say dates back 12,300 years was recently discovered on a military testing range in northern Utah.

An archaeological team this month uncovered the hearth at Hill Air Force Base's Utah Test and Training Range, which is south of Ogden. The artifacts will be curated through the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, The Standard Examiner reported (

Hill archaeologist and Cultural Resource Manager Anya Kitterman worked with Far Western Anthropological Research Group to uncover charcoal, animal bone fragments and other remnants from the cooking pit.

"When you come across a find like that, it's obviously very exciting," Kitterman said. "You're getting a real picture of the history of this land. It's an unbelievable feeling. We've been looking for something major like this for years." Read More

August 01, 2016
Archaeology: Experts find importance in mysterious Hopewell Earthworks

In a new book devoted to exploring multiple perspectives on the Newark Earthworks, two archaeologists who specialize in different regions of the Americas offer differing views on the grandest achievement of Ohio’s Hopewell culture.

Helaine Silverman, an archaeologist with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studies the ancient cultures of Peru. Stephen Lekson, at the University of Colorado-Boulder, works in the American Southwest.

But each contributed a chapter to the "Newark Earthworks: Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings," edited by Ohio State University professors Lindsay Jones and Richard Shiels. 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
Daily Archaeological news, plus abstracts and full-length articles from the current issue and back issues with exclusive online articles, books, links, and more. Website

Top 30 - 2013 Archaeology Blogs Website

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
See Below

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?
Read More

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.
Read More

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.
Read More

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.

Read More

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.
Read More

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
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 96 08:04:00 MST
Encoding: 271 TEXT
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