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Meteorite Definition From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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


November 22, 2020
The Indonesian meteorite which didn't sell for $1.8m

The story made headlines around the world - a meteorite crashes through the roof of an Indonesian villager's home and turns out be worth millions, changing his life forever.

It was suggested that the find was worth $1.8m (£1.36m), making the man an overnight millionaire - and if he wasn't, they debated whether he'd been short-changed selling it to US buyers.

But neither of those things is true. The meteorite is not worth millions, and no-one has been ripped off.

This dream come true is not quite as it first seemed. A rock falls on a house...

Let's get back to the actual story - fairy tale or not, it is fascinating. Josua Hutagalung, a coffin maker in a village in Sumatra, was minding his own business in early August when he heard a noise from above and - seconds later - a loud crash coming from his house. Read More


November 17, 2020
Man becomes a multi-millionaire when a meteorite lands in his garden

An Indonesian man has become an instant multi-millionaire after a meteorite landed in his garden.

Coffin maker Josua Hutagalung was at work near his home in North Sumatra when a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite hit.

The meteorite smashed through his veranda and buried itself 15cm deep in his garden back in August, The Sun reports. Read More

November 12, 2020
Werner Herzog’s new documentary Fireball captures humanity’s fascination with meteorites

Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is not your typical science documentary. There are no diagrams, no explanatory green-screens, no points where the narrator stops to define terms.

Of course, you wouldn’t expect that approach from Werner Herzog, the director of wild-eyed reveries like Fitzcarraldo and clear-eyed examinations of humanity’s relationship with nature like Grizzly Man. Neither does that style suit University of Cambridge volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, Herzog’s co-director.

After Herzog featured Oppenheimer in his 2007 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, the pair collaborated on the film Into the Inferno — a meditation on volcanos, the people who study them, and humanity’s relationship with them. And now, the pair are back at it again with Fireball, taking that same anthropologic approach to meteorites and impact craters. Read More

November 05, 2020
New Mineral Discovered in Lunar Meteorite: Donwilhelmsite

A team of researchers in Europe has identified a new high-pressure mineral in a lunar meteorite called Oued Awlitis 001.

Oued Awlitis 001 is a feldspatic lunar meteorite that was found in 2014 in Western Sahara, Africa.

The main fragment of the space rock, originally 382 g, was found on January 15, 2014 by a group of eight travelers. It is largely covered with a green to brownish fusion crust showing features of orientation.

Another fragment, 50.5 g, fitting the larger one, was found a few weeks later; ~60% of it is covered with a crackled fusion crust and shows a rollover lip on one side. Two other fragments, 497 mg and 148 mg, were also found. Read More

October 23, 2020
‘It looked like fireworks, until it split into four dots’: Fireball in the sky over Alaska

Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of Oct. 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her client to switch the light on, at which point she would step out and deliver his breakfast.

Staring out into the darkness, she and her husband Ivan saw “an enormous ball of light in the sky to the west. It was moving north to south, and was quite big.”

A few hundred miles northwest, Daisy Sours was standing outside in Selawik, Alaska, at about 7:30 that morning. She saw something she never had before. Read More

October 20, 2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lands on asteroid in bid to collect samples

A robotic arm extended from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft briefly contacted the rugged surface of asteroid Bennu Tuesday to gobble up pristine samples, a climactic moment in the $1 billion mission to bring asteroid material back to Earth in 2023.

The daring touch and go landing was the first attempt by a U.S. spacecraft to collect a sample from an asteroid. Once the specimens are back on Earth, scientists hope to learn more about the origin and evolution of the solar system.

The materials could provide clues about how water and the seeds of life made their way to Earth. Read More

October 08, 2020
Bright fireball widely seen over northeastern Mexico

Startled sky observers in northeastern Mexico looked up around 10:14 p.m. local time on Tuesday (October 6, 2020) and witnessed a bright fireball – an especially bright meteor – falling through Earth’s atmosphere. The meteor was also caught on some security cams, webcams and doorbell cams. In part because it was visible over the city of Monterrey (population 1.1 million) – in the Mexican state of Nuevo León – the meteor was widely seen. What is more, although EarthSky has not confirmed this, newspapers in Monterrey reported that the meteorite, or chunk of space rock left after the meteor’s fall, landed in a small town in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas. The video above is from a daily newspaper distributed in Monterrey, called El Norte. Read More

October 01, 2020
‘It’s Been A Long Time Since We’ve Seen Something Like This’; Meteor That Lit Up Pittsburgh Skies Was Seen In 15 States

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the skies above Pittsburgh lit up early Wednesday morning, social media was abuzz trying to figure out what it was or what had just happened.

At 6:24 a.m., the skies lit up with what appeared to be a fireball flying through the atmosphere.

KDKA spoke with Jay Reynolds, a Research Astronomer at Cleveland State University, who is now in his sixteenth year there, says that it was a meteor. Read More

September 18, 2020
The Benld meteorite: An ordinary space rock that slammed into a car

Edward McCain of Benld, Illinois, drove a decade-old Pontiac coupe that he kept safely stored in his garage, which was a small wooden building with a tar paper roof. Well-worn ruts in the dirt floor marked the exact spot where he parked his car every day for years. Then, on September 29, 1938, by sheer cosmic chance, a speeding space rock tore through the roof of McCain's garage before burrowing itself into his Pontiac. The Benld meteorite indiscriminately nailed its target.

That same year, Ben Hur Wilson of the Joliet Astronomical Society poetically reported in Popular Astronomy that “a small stony-iron meteorite came crashing out of the battlements of heaven, aimed apparently with the precision of a crack artilleryman.” Read More

September 07, 2020
100 Million-Year-Old Meteorite Crater Found While Drilling For Gold In Outback Australia

A previously unknown meteorite crater has been found while Evolution Mining - Australia’s third-largest gold-mining company - was drilling for gold near the mining town of Ora Banda in outback Western Australia. The crater is not visible from the surface, but geophysical surveys show a 3-mile-wide circular structure buried in the underground. With a diameter of 3 miles (or 5 km), the Ora Banda crater is thought to be one of the largest meteorite craters in the world.

Using modern survey techniques like electromagnetic and gravimetric mapping, a team of geologists led by Perth-based geophysicist Jayson Meyers was able to map the outer rim and central uplift of the crater. The meteorite impact pushed down the ground, but then the Earth rebounded, forming the central mountain-sized uplift. Read More

September 07, 2020
Scientists Say: Asteroid, meteor and meteorite

Asteroid (noun, “AS-tear-oyd”), Meteor (noun, “ME-tee-or”), Meteorite (noun, “ME-tee-or-ite”)

These are three words for the same object in different places. They all describe a rocky body from space. An asteroid is a small rocky object that orbits the sun. Asteroids are smaller than a planet. They don’t form spheres and aren’t big enough to keep other objects out of their way. But asteroids are large enough to hit each other. Some asteroids break off smaller chunks when they collide. Those small chunks are called meteoroids. Those also orbit the sun.

The orbits of some asteroids and meteoroids bring these objects close to Earth. If one gets close, it might get grabbed by Earth’s gravity and fall through the atmosphere. When it does, it becomes a meteor. Meteors are vaporizing asteroids or meteoroids. They are heating up so much that their rock turns to vapor as they fall. They are so hot they are incandescent — meaning they emit light. We see them as streaks of light in the sky. Read More

September 01, 2020
‘Space rocks’: Hundreds of meteorite rocks worth up to $26,000 rain down on Brazilian town

Residents of Santa Filomena, a remote town in northeastern Brazil, were left stunned on August 19 when hundreds of chunks of meteorite rocks worth up to $26,000 rained down from the sky.

According to reports, the pieces of space rock are believed to part of a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite that dates back to the start of the solar system. Interestingly, only one percent of all known and studied meteorites are of this type.

Reports claimed that locals in the rural town Santa Filomena, who have found even one of the rocks, have become rich. One of the pieces reportedly weighed more than 40 kgs and had an estimated value of $26,000. Read More


August 22, 2020
Meteor 'as bright as the full moon' sighted in night sky across eastern Japan

OKYO -- A bolide, or extremely bright meteor, was spotted lighting up the night sky over eastern Japan's Kanto region, including in Tokyo and neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture, on Aug. 21.

"A completely red ball of fire came down," one of many accounts posted to social media read, while others uploaded videos of the phenomenon.

Daiji Fujii, a curator at the Hiratsuka City Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, observed the bolide at about 10:33 p.m. on Aug. 21 with a camera set up at his home in Hiratsuka. "It was about as bright as the full moon at its most luminescent. Its light was continuous, and it descended over a space of about 10 seconds, so there's no doubt it was a meteor." Read More

August 17, 2020
A car-size asteroid flew within 1,830 miles of Earth over the weekend — the closest pass ever — and we didn't see it coming

A car-size asteroid flew within about 1,830 miles (2,950 kilometers) of Earth on Sunday.

That's a remarkably close shave — the closest ever recorded, in fact, according to asteroid trackers and a catalog compiled by Sormano Astronomical Observatory in Italy.

Because of its size, the space rock most likely wouldn't have posed any danger to people on the ground had it struck our planet. But the close call is worrisome nonetheless, since astronomers had no idea the asteroid existed until after it passed by. Read More

August 10, 2020
Where do meteorites come from and what can we learn from them?

The Mainichi Shimbun answers some common questions readers may have concerning meteorites.

Question: I heard that fragments of a meteorite were recently found in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, right?

Answer: On July 2, a large fireball was seen crossing the sky in eastern Japan's Kanto region and the central Tokai region. Meteorite fragments were later discovered in the Chiba Prefecture cities of Narashino and Funabashi. It was the first case in Japan where a meteorite was actually found within an area estimated based on the fireball's route. The meteorite's discovery was the 53rd to be recorded in the country. Generally, it is difficult to distinguish between meteorites and regular rocks on Earth, so many meteorites are found in the snow- and ice-covered Antarctic, as well as sandy deserts. About 70% of some 64,000 meteorites registered with the Meteoritical Society were found in the Antarctic. Read More

August 01, 2020
The sky is not falling, but a crazy meteor did explode over Colorado Tuesday night

An exploding meteor caught on video in the sky over Golden and posted Tuesday night on Reddit and Twitter has lots of people wondering what might have been the cause. And let’s face it: In 2020, it would seem almost anything is possible.

John Keller, director of the planetarium at the University of Colorado, says it was “definitely” a meteor that disintegrated into smaller pieces which continued to burn up in the atmosphere. One clue for him is that it was moving too fast to have been part of a falling human-made satellite, and must have come from somewhere else in our solar system. Read More

July 16, 2020
Largest meteorite in Germany discovered after sitting for decades in garden

The out-of-this-world find is being hailed as a "scientific sensation." The meteorite was first dug up in 1989 and sat in a garden for decades before the homeowner shared his unusual rock with researchers.

Researchers announced Wednesday the discovery of the largest-known meteorite to have landed in Germany.

The unusual find had been sitting for years in a garden in the southwestern German town of Blaubeuren, according to a statement from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Read More

July 10, 2020
Huge alien rock trawled from sea off Devon coast may be a meteorite

A huge chunk of rock trawled from the seabed by Brixham fishermen may be a meteorite.

The 3ft wide smooth stone is 2ft deep and has a hole through the middle. It was brought ashore this week by the fishing vessel William of Ladram - one of the oldest and hardest-working boats in the Brixham fleet. Read More

July 08, 2020
Asteroid news: Huge fireball shoots across US - 'It was massive'

On June 7, the east coast of America was lit up when a fireball shot across the skies. The bright light was seen by hundreds of people as a meteor punctured Earth's atmosphere. The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) received more than 120 reports of the fly-by, with some claiming it was the best fireball they had ever seen.

One user, Steven, said: "I have seen fireballs before and they have left glowing contrails and were mostly white.

"This one didn't leave much of an afterglow and was very green in color. It was awesome!"

Another, called Elizabeth, added: "I was worried that it was a bomb or something because it was extremely bright and appeared in the atmosphere, then fell from the sky at a diagonal angle." Read Mor

June 23, 2020
Meteorite-like object falls from sky in Rajasthan: Know about the difference between Asteroid, Meteor, Meteorite and Meteoroid

When a meteorite object of 2.78 kg falls from the sky in Rajasthan's Sanchore town a huge explosion kind of sound was occurred and echoed around a two-kilometer stretch. The people of the town rushed to the police station and local administration to inform about the explosive sound. At that time Sub Divisional Magistrate Bhupendra Yadav reached the spot and was stunned after seeing a piece that falls from the sky and that time it was very hot. Then, the object was allowed to cool and packed in a jar and taken to the police station.

According to the officials, the object was tested in a private lab located at the jeweler's shop in Sanchore itself who had confirmed that it had some metallic properties of Germanium, Platinum, Nickel, and Iron. That is around 10.23 percent of nickel, 85.86 percent of iron, platinum 0.5 percent, cobbit 0.78 percent, geranium 0.02 percent, antimony 0.01 percent niobium 0.01, and other 3.02 percent. For further examination, the team of geologists in the Geographical Survey of India's Ahmedabad and Jaipur office have been contacted for further examination. Read More


June 20, 2020
A fireball flew across the sky of Australia. What was it?

Imagine that you are walking along a night street and you see a huge green ball flying through the sky – what will you do? Most likely, you will immediately pick up the phone and start shooting what is happening on Instagram for Instagram or just on camera. That is exactly what locksmith Denby Turton did when a burning ball appeared in the sky above Australia at 1 a.m. on June 15, leaving a green mark. Unfortunately, his camera was not able to focus on an unidentified object and make it difficult to see it on video. But in Australia, there was another hard worker who worked the night shift and shot a more detailed video. Scientific publications were contacted by eyewitnesses, and scientists talked about the origin of the fireball. Read More

June 16, 2020
Man spends $225,000 on fake meteorites

A Saigon man has lost VND5.2 billion ($225,000) to a couple who sold him clay pieces, claiming they were space rocks.

Truong Van Son, 49, and his wife Dang Thi Nga, 45, residents of Lap Vo District in Dong Thap Province of southern Vietnam, have been arrested and charged over "fraudulent appropriation of assets."

According to investigators, Son and his wife took a piece of clay, painted it black and covered it with a type of coal paper before spreading rumors they had a meteorite that could freeze mercury and treat terminal illnesses. Read More

June 15, 2020
Fireball that lit up Pilbara sky 'something special', but scientists not exactly sure what
Scientists say the "jury is still out" about a mysterious green glow that travelled across the sky in the remote West Australian outback early this morning.

Night workers on remote sites from Cape Lambert to Hope Downs in the Pilbara saw the bright light just before 1:00am, and many captured it on video.

There were reports of sightings as far away as the Northern Territory and South Australia, according to Glen Nagle from the CSIRO-NASA tracking station in Canberra.

"It was really a spectacular observation," he said. Read More

June 11, 2020
Where meteorites do — and don’t come from

In December 1807, thousands of stones rained down on Weston, Connecticut. President Thomas Jefferson, upon hearing the news, urged caution in concluding that they had originated from space, which we now recognize as fact.

Dozens of tons of meteoric material strike Earth each day, much as tiny dust and largely into the oceans, unnoticed. “Meteorite” shares a root with “meteorology” (the study of that which is raised above the ground), hinting that meteorites were once thought to be a weather phenomenon.

Most annual meteor showers derive from comets vaporizing in the sun, yet no meteorite larger than a dust particle has ever been traced to a comet. Nearly every chunk large enough to survive blazing through the atmosphere originated from asteroids. Read More

June 01, 2020
NASA investigates as unexpected meteor crashes into Earth - watch explosive impact video

A meteor was spotted flying across the sky in Europe on Wednesday before witnesses in both Armenia and Turkey saw the terrifying object crash into Earth. The meteor impact, which was recorded and posted on social media, can be seen exploding in its descent before hitting Earth. Videos on social media show the moment the apparent meteor bursts apart in the air with a huge boom.

One of these videos, recorded by Arman Abrahamyan, was shared on Facebook by the head of Armenia’s Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Service Gagik Surenyan.

Mr Surenyan described the object as a “big meteorite” in the caption, after the Armenian public radio also reported sightings of a meteor flashing across the sky Read More

May 15, 2020
A potentially ultra rare meteorite found in Covington County

COVINGTON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - Meteorites have been around forever, but they only started getting truly documented and verified in the early 1800s. Let us just say their discovery is very, very rare.

That’s why it’s so significant that two WSFA 12 News viewers may have found one of these meteorites right here in Covington County! It isn’t confirmed or verified by an expert yet, but they tell WSFA 12 News that they have conducted a number of the tests on the rock in an attempt to get closer to confirming it as a meteorite.

They tell us that so far, all of the tests have passed on the so-called “Meteorite Check-List” -- a tool available courtesy of Debora Rios and the Museu Nacional/UFRJ in Brazil. Read More

May 10, 2020
Meteorite hunting, and how to tell the difference between a space rock and an Earth rock

If you look up at the sky at night for long enough, you're nearly guaranteed to see a shooting star: a bright, fine light zipping across the sky.

Shooting stars, or meteors, are often the last we'll see of the rock that caused their bright flash in the sky as it burns up in our atmosphere.

Most of the time, the object that caused the shooting star is no larger than a grain of sand, and not much will make it to earth.

But sometimes, they are bigger, and break up into pieces and land on Earth.

The Desert Fireball team from Curtin University have set up cameras across Australia to monitor for big meteors, fireballs, that might leave behind meteorites, to try and track them down quickly. Read More

May 02, 2020
Super-Rare Moon Meteorite Found In Sahara Desert Goes On Sale For $2.5 Million

The Moon is covered in craters from impacts by asteroids. Everyone knows that. Sometimes rocks get flung into space, and just occasionally, they find their way to Earth.

Then someone gets rich.

NWA 12691, one of the largest known Moon rocks of all at a hefty 13.5kg/29.7 pounds, went on sale this week at London auction house Christie’s for £2 million/$2.5 million.

Why so expensive? Between 1969 and 1972, NASA’s six Apollo missions brought back 382 kilograms/842 pounds of Moon rock. Meanwhile, only about 650kg of lunar meteorites have been found—of which NWA 12691 is the fifth-largest. Read More

May 01, 2020
Antarctic meteorites yield global bombardment rate

A team of UK scientists has provided a new estimate for the amount of space rock falling to Earth each year.

It's in excess of 16,000kg. This is for meteorite material above 50g in mass.

It doesn't take account of the dust that's continuously settling on the planet, and of course just occasionally we'll be hit by a real whopper of an asteroid that will skew the numbers.

But the estimate is said to give a good sense of the general quantity of rocky debris raining down from space.

"The vast, vast majority of objects to hit the Earth are really small," explained Dr Geoff Evatt. Read More

April 27, 2020
Man Killed by Falling Meteorite (in 1888)

Determined researchers have found what they say is the first confirmed evidence from the historical record of a human being killed by a falling meteorite. The documentation had been hiding in plain sight in an ornate, elite form of Turkish that’s hard to translate. The researchers say this represents a step forward in the study and translation of the historic record in order to corroborate with the scientific record.

“Well-documented stories of meteorite-caused injury or death are rare,” NASA explains. “In the first known case of an extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being in the U.S., Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was severely bruised by a 8-pound (3.6-kilogram) stony meteorite that crashed through her roof in November 1954.” Read More

April 20, 2020
Meteorite spotted off I-77 ahead of Lyrid meteor shower this week

CLEVELAND — Over the next several days, look up at the sky because you could have a chance to see the first meteor shower of spring known as the Lyrid meteor shower that will put on a night skywatching show starting Sunday night and peaking Wednesday night, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

News 5 photojournalist Mike Vielhaber caught a glimpse of a meteorite at around 5:54 a.m. Monday while traveling southbound on I-77 between Pleasant Valley and Wallings roads. Read More

April 17, 2020
Own a Rare Slice of the NWA 5000 Meteorite for $250,000 USD

Up for auction is a piece of space history in the form of the Northwest Africa 5000 meteorite. Discovered in 2007 in the Sahara Desert, the NWA 500 (also named “The Perigee”) was the largest meteorite discovered at the time. It was also one of the most aesthetically balanced meteorites with a near-perfect surface-to-weight ratio. Many meteorites break up upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, where fragments called pairings separate from the main body and create uneven surfaces. The NWA 5000 was not subject to pairing and was one of the few on Earth discovered in a single mass. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The question now, what was it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 29, 2019
X Meteorite Hunting In The USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2019
Meteorite Hunting Laws & Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's start with a brief definition of each.

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

September 04, 2019
Chinese customs seize huge haul of meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And yes, that is a Friday. Read More

May 11, 2019
Shimmery Meteor Illuminates Night Sky Over Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2019
Marylanders catch sight of meteor

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

The American Meteor Society, a clearinghouse for fireball reports, listed a dozen from Maryland and Virginia. Reports were also received at about the same time from other parts of the country.
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A couple of viewers sent us images and video of the meteor blazing through the sky. They are rare to witness, but they actually happen all the time. Read More

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

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

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

April 14, 2019
Brilliant meteor caught on camera in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2019
US detects huge meteor explosion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 02, 2019
Meteorites strike western Cuba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 12, 2019
Sisters find possible meteorite on Silver Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 05, 2019
Meteor seen flying over New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2018
Meteorite hunting with Marc Fries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 06, 2017
Spectacular green meteor streaks over southern NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 02, 2018
Watch Two Meteorites Hit the Moon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 10, 2018
Nautilus Expedition Recovers Possible Seafloor Meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 04, 2018
Meteors - what you need to know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 03, 2018
Meteorite hunters of the Gobi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 06, 2018
Superconducting materials found in meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 28, 2018
Couple donates meteorite to PIE

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

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

February 24, 2018
Scientists examine potential meteorites at ASU Open House even
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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



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November 16, 2020
Archaeologists in Colonial Williamsburg uncover more findings at First Baptist Church site as Phase 1 of the dig ends

The first phase of excavation has ended for a Colonial Williamsburg archaeology project aiming to help tell the story of Williamsburg’s First Baptist Church, one of America’s oldest churches founded by free and enslaved Blacks.

Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of archaeology, said his team recently uncovered the brick foundations of more historic structures within the South Nassau Street lot that held the first physical location of First Baptist Church, including what Gary referred to as the building’s 1953 annex, an addition to the church building that was never completed. Read More

November 12, 2020
Anthropology professor to discuss Chaco jewelry finds

Chaco Canyon is extraordinary in many respects, not least in the dense concentration of jewelry found in archaeological contexts dating between the 9th and early 12th centuries CE (Current Era). The largest and most prominent pueblo in the Canyon is Pueblo Bonito, a 650-room structure with elite burial chambers and material imported from across the Southwestern U.S. and Mesoamerica. Excavations at Pueblo Bonito between 1896 and 1927 resulted in the collection of over 100,000 items of personal adornment fashioned from turquoise, marine shell, jet, and local stone.

Hannah Mattson, Southwestern archaeologist and an assistant professor of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico, has studied Pueblo Bonito’s ancient jewelry assemblage for over a decade. In this year’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology Fall Archaeology Lecture, she will discuss her research, including how these objects were produced and what their past social meanings may have been. Read More

November 11, 2020
Home of Harriet Tubman's father could soon be unearthed by archaeologists in Maryland

DORCHESTER, Md. (ABC7) — A property in Dorchester County, Maryland could be the home of Harriet Tubman's father, and archaeologists with Maryland's Department of Transportation State Highway Administration are hoping to find it.

MDOT SHA archaeologists are reportedly working on the property this week, which is part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The site is thought to have once been home to the Underground Railroad conductor and her family. Read More

November 05, 2020
Investigating Parsons Island

UD grad student and research team investigates archeology, geology of Chesapeake Bay island

Neeshell Bradley-Lewis was completing an undergraduate double major in both archaeology and geology at Appalachian State University when she met Michael O’Neal, a professor in the University of Delaware’s Department of Earth Sciences, at the 2018 Geological Society of America conference. O’Neal had earned a degree in archaeology before completing his doctorate in geology, and he let Bradley-Lewis know that she could pursue a master’s degree at UD that would combine both of her passions. Bradley-Lewis jumped at the opportunity.

Now entering her second year at UD, Bradley-Lewis combines her love of archaeology with her love of geology by conducting research on Parsons Island in the Chesapeake Bay. On Parsons Island, she works with O’Neal and Darrin Lowery, a geologist and an affiliated professor at UD, who also works as a research associate in archeology at the Smithsonian. Lowery earned his doctorate from UD in 2010, Read More

November 01, 2020
Archaeologists discover 300-year-old slave quarters at Newtowne Neck State Park

EONARDTOWN, Md. — Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation and St. Mary's College have unearthed what they believe is more than 300-year-old slave quarters in Southern Maryland.

As you look out at the cornfields on what was a Jesuit plantation, it's what you can't see that holds the true history of what happened there hundreds of years ago.
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"Through my maternal line, I am a Plowden descendent, and the Plowdens were enslaved here by the Jesuits," said the Rev. Dante Eubanks.

Eubanks is a direct descendant of the enslaved African Americans who worked and lived on the land in the 1700s. He said a recent find by archeologists -- a literal treasure trove of information -- hit him on a spiritual and emotional level. Read More

October 24, 2020
Archaeological misstep on Celestial Railroad site draws fine in Jupiter

JUPITER — When project leaders pitched the Inlet Waters townhouse development in Jupiter's Inlet Village area, they promised to pay tribute to the property's historical nature.

Their plans included mock railroad tracks, a homage to the so-called Celestial Railroad, a 19th-century rail line connecting Jupiter to the Lake Worth Lagoon with freight stops called Mars and Venus. Developers also pledged to place a landmark sign for the railway, whose old right-of-way crosses the property.

But when it came time to survey the land for archaeological resources, Jupiter says the project missed a notable step. Contractors never performed required metal detection, according to the town, a situation that has prompted Jupiter to revise how it will monitor developers who hire the firm for archaeology work in the future. Read More

October 22, 2020
What Archaeology Is and How to Become an Archaeologist

Often when people hear the word "archaeologist," they think of an iconic film character like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. However, movies about archaeology don't fully capture what this profession is all about, according to archaeologists.

"Archaeology isn’t always glamorous," Emily Swain, a Maryland-based archaeologist with the Stantec global design firm, explained in an email. "It’s a lot of hard work that can involve long days in the sun and the heat, trudging through forests with a shovel and screen in hand. It’s dirty work and you don’t always find things. But when you do find something interesting or unexpected, it can open up a new window to the past and give a voice to the ordinary people who may not make it into the history books." Read More

October 16, 2020
The last known slave ship has spent 160 years under the Mobile River. Can it be preserved?

Archaeologists will begin next year their attempt to assess and, if possible, preserve remains of the Clotilda schooner, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the U.S. in 1860.

The Alabama Historical Commission is fielding proposals from maritime archaeologists as the task requires industrial-level diving skills. The commission expects to begin its review of submissions on how to best preserve the fragile wreck site in early November.

Researchers had searched for the vessel for decades when in spring 2019 it was found by AHC and Search Inc. Read More

October 15, 2020
12,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Found in New Mexico

The human tracks at White Sands National Park record more than 1.5 km (0.93 miles) of an out- and-return journey.

They show the footprints of a woman or an adolescent male that are joined, at point, by the footprints of a toddler.

“An adolescent or small adult female made two trips separated by at least several hours, carrying a young child in at least one direction,” said lead author Dr. Sally Reynold of Bournemouth University and colleagues.

The team found the tracks in a dried-up lakebed, which contains a range of other footprints dating from 11,550 to 13,000 years ago. Read More

October 10, 2020
UNF Archaeologists Find Ancient Artifact

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The undisputed star of an archeological dig now underway in a buggy jungle on Big Talbot Island is a 4,000-year-old projectile point about 3 inches long, It’s made of chert, a sedimentary rock unlike anything found in the sandy soil of the island.

It came from present-day Gainesville or areas west of that and was likely brought to the coast through a trade network at some point.

Its style points to that early date, so what was it doing for thousands of years before it was found in the excavation of the village of Sarabay? After all, Sarabay was a home for Timucuan-speaking Mocama Indians that dates to far later — roughly to the 16th-century period of first contact with European colonists and soldiers. Read More

October 04, 2020
U.S. Archaeological Sites Tell Stories, Leave Mysteries

People who ascend a high mountain ridge in Wyoming are greeted by a collection of rocks carefully laid out in a geometric design. Visitors to southwestern Ohio marvel at the sight of a mammoth earthwork shaped like an undulating snake. A maze of stone walls, chambers and other structures perched on a hill in New Hampshire lives up to its nickname of "America's Stonehenge."

If you're under the impression that archaeology is a dull, mind-numbing subject of interest only to scientists, think again. Sites throughout the United States relate fascinating chapters of human history through artifacts and other remnants of people who once lived in the area. An Internet search is likely to reveal the location of one or more within a short commute from where you live. Read More

September 30, 2020
Tribes, archaeologists are working to identify sites in Greater Chaco for protections from oil and gas

Tribal governments are working with archaeologists to identify thousands of culturally-sensitive sites and resources in the Greater Chaco region, in hopes of preventing oil and gas development in the area from encroaching further onto the sacred landscape.

The studies are part of a multi-pronged strategy to protect the area amid increased oil and gas leasing on federal lands in New Mexico. Under the Trump administration, oil and gas leasing on federal lands, including land in the Greater Chaco region, has increased fourfold in the state.

Last year, Congress passed a bill granting a one-year moratorium on oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of the Chaco Culture Historical National Park. That moratorium expires later this week on September 30. Read More

September 24, 2020
What Archaeologists Know About The Human Remains Discovered In Burlington

A construction crew doing a home improvement project found something recently that has piqued the interest of archeologists in Burlington.

They're human remains, bones that researchers say that have been around for a while. In fact, they say they're the remains of a soldier from the War of 1812 and there could be others buried nearby. The project is ongoing and is being overseen by the University of Vermont's Consulting Anthropology Program, with support from the State Division for Historic Preservation. Read More


September 21, 2020
Archaeological dig of Hagerstown cabin reveals African American history

HAGERSTOWN, Md. —

A tiny log cabin located on the once-famous Jonathan Street in downtown Hagerstown is at the center of a major archaeology dig after historians and archaeologists figured out the cabin slated for demolition had major ties to the history of African Americans in western Maryland.

The log cabin may be one of, if not the oldest standing buildings in Hagerstown with strong ties to the oldest African American community. Archaeologists are now digging around it hoping to preserve the past.
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Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Preservation Maryland are trying to learn about who lived in the tiny log cabin that dates to the 1830s. Read More

September 15, 2020
Archaeological Digging Continues At US 50 & State Line Ahead Of Road Improvement Project

Archaeological digging continues at U.S. 50 and State Line Road. Photo by Travis Thayer, Eagle Country 99.3.

(Greendale, Ind.) - What's with all the digging at the intersection of U.S. 50 and State Line Road?

It is an INDOT sponsored project where ASC Group, Inc., an archaeological consulting firm, is working to complete a Phase III archaeological mitigation excavation prior to the installation of an improved intersection at U.S. 50 and State Line Road.

Kevin Schwarz, principal investigator for archaeology at ASC Group, Inc., tells Eagle Country 99.3 that 15 individuals have been working at the site for about four weeks. The crew is expected to continue their work for another four weeks on the Native American archaeological site to ensure its proper historical documentation so that the road improvement project can move forward.

"It was a village site," said Schwarz. "They call us in to excavate it and find out the information of what the people were doing when they were living here and so forth." Read More

September 07, 2020
Archaeologists find War of 1812 artifacts on Horse Island, near Sackets Harbor

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The historic battle of Sackets Harbor in May of 1813 started with British troops making landfall on Horse Island. More than 200 years later, researchers are searching for new details about what happened there.

It’s a small island with some big history - something researchers from University of Binghamton’s Public Archaeology Facility are working to uncover.

They have found shell fragments, dropped musket balls, a side plate from a musket and buttons from military uniforms

“So we are using that evidence to help piece together the story that goes beyond what the primary documents say,” said Brian Grills, battlefield archaeologist. Read More

September 06, 2020
Many relics stored from past archaeological research on American Indian sites along the Roanoke River

his being Labor Day, the following is dedicated to a couple of the hardest working men in research.

The first is our trusted friend and instructor in sundry aspects of history, geography, geology, archaeology, political science and chemistry, the late and keenly missed Jim Glanville.

The other scholar has done more digging than some heavy machinery operators, he being archaeologist Tom Klatka. Read More


September 01, 2020
Real-Life Archaeologist Reveals What Indiana Jones Gets Right And Wrong About The Field

If you asked a room full of actual archaeologists what inspired them to pursue the field, I’d guess a good number would reference George Lucas’ Indiana Jones. The character is undoubtedly an action-adventure classic fronted by Harrison Ford in one of his most memorable roles to date. But, if you ask an actual archaeologist if Indy’s methods for excavation are sound, they’ll disagree.

There’s a real Dr. Jones of archaeology: Dr. Alexandra Jones, Founder and CEO of Archaeology in the Community. She recently sat down with the most famous on-film depictions of her subject of expertise to discuss how accurate they are from her perspective. When she viewed the famous opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which features Indiana Jones swapping a priceless artifact for a bag of similar weight before running from a series of traps, including the iconic boulder drop, here’s how she reacted: Read More

September 01, 2020
Dig It: Exploring the archaeology of us

As they imagine archa­eological research, most people conjure mental images that come right out of National Geographic magazine — archaeologists painstakingly excavating artifacts left behind by some ancient and exotic culture.

But archaeology is not so much a cohesive field of study focused on any one culture or time as it is a series of concepts and tools that allow for reasonable inferences to be made about human behaviour based on physical remains. Read More

August 20, 2020
Virtual tours of Jamestown, including archaeological sites, are on the way

History lovers can look forward to new virtual tours of Historic Jamestowne sites, using an online portal that’s being developed by the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.

Jamestown Rediscovery has been working on “Rediscovering Jamestown: A New Way to Explore James Fort Virtually,” a six-month project that includes a new virtual tour portal that will be available on historicjamestowne.org. This virtual portal is expected to be completed by early next year and is being funded through a $153,261 grant that Jamestown Rediscovery received from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read More

August 17, 2020
Long-Awaited Update Arrives for Radiocarbon Dating

More than 3,500 years ago a catastrophic volcanic eruption struck ancient Thera, known today as the Greek island of Santorini. Ash and pumice rained across the Mediterranean, and tsunami waves rolled onto faraway shores in Crete. In the 1960s archaeologists on Santorini uncovered a Minoan settlement frozen in time, with vibrant wall frescoes decorating multistory houses, all buried by volcanic debris.

The eruption was one of the most powerful volcanic explosions of the past 10,000 years and a crucial time point of the Mediterranean Bronze Age. It is also a major area of controversy in archaeology; researchers have argued for decades over the date of this cataclysm. Read More


August 09, 2020
Archaeology | 1940s excavation of mound offers clues to Adena, Hopewell cultures

Archaeologists have divided up what is more or less a continuum of 16,000 or more years of Native American history into different cultural periods to help us to think about significant turning points in that history. One of those cultural Rubicons is the transition from the Adena to the Hopewell culture at around A.D. 1.

The Adena culture built Ohio’s first mounds, including Shrum Mound in Columbus. Archaeologists used to believe the Adena were the first farmers and pottery makers in the region, but we now know those innovations happened toward the end of the preceding period.

The big changes that define the Hopewell culture include the construction of gigantic earthen enclosures, such as those at Newark and Chillicothe, which encode a sophisticated understanding of geometry and astronomy in their architecture. Read More

August 08, 2020
Archaeological dig in Southport unearths relics of the past

OUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) - Special teams have been working in Brunswick County this month looking for items from the past that have laid forgotten under the ground for generations.

The public archaeological corps have been digging next to St. Philips Episcopal Church in Southport for weeks now, looking to learn more about what life was like for people here centuries ago. The church invited PAC on the property that used to be home to a building built in 1895. The structure was demolished, but they wanted to group to take on the project and learn the history of the area before putting a new building on the lot.

Each day they’ve pulled tiny treasures from the dirt; Saturday morning, a bayonet tip was pulled from the ground less than an hour after teams arrived on scene and deployed metal detectors.

In the past weeks, the group has found an opal ring, a lighter, buttons from the 18th century and coins that date all the way back to 1776. Read More

August 05, 2020
Archaeologists Locate Earliest Known North American Settlement

The earliest known north American settlement has been located. Paisley Five Mile Point Caves in southern Oregon near the Fremont-Winema National Forest has officially been added to the list of the most important archaeological sites in the United States by the U.S. Park Services under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The caves have been a popular archaeological site since 1938, but with the advances in carbon dating and other tools, the site offers up new discoveries even today.

According to The Oregon Encyclopedia, archaeologist Dr. Luther Cressman, often referred to as the father of Oregon archaeology and anthropology, began the work at Paisley Caves in the late 1930s and continued until the 1960s. He helped to establish the anthropology department at the University of Oregon and was the first director of what would become the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology. Before Cressman’s groundbreaking work, scientists believed the earliest inhabitants of North America were the Clovis People whose distinguishing spearheads record their places of residence. Read More

July 22 2020
Humans reached the Americas 11,000 years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists discover

An extraordinary new archaeological discovery has revealed that humans arrived in the Americas at least 11,000 years earlier than previously thought - rewriting the human story of the continent and dramatically changing our understanding of world prehistory.

The find – in central Mexico – indicates the continent was first colonised at some stage prior to 30,000BC. Until now, the earliest proven colonisation had been dated to around 19,000BC, meaning the America’s human story is at least 50 per cent longer than previously thought.

The new research reveals that very early Native Americans were living in Mexico, and presumably also in parts of the rest of North America, from at least 30,000BC onwards. Read More

July 16, 2020
Archaeologists date earliest known occupation of North America

A team led by Newcastle University, UK, used analysis of ancient coprolites—fossilized excrement—to identify that samples from one of the most famous "pre-Clovis" sites at Paisley Caves, in Oregon, north America, contained human fecal biomarkers.

Their results mean that archeologists are able to confirm that the earliest known humans in the Americas were from a pre-Clovis culture, dating back more than 12,000 years.

For most of the 20th century it was thought that the earliest inhabitants in the Americas belonged to a single group known as "Clovis," who left distinctive large stone tools in the archeological record. While it is now largely accepted that there were several groups present on the continent before the Clovis culture, the dating of these "pre-Clovis" sites has been difficult as the stone tools are not often found with material that can be radiocarbon dated. Read More


July 10, 2020
Archaeologists find new evidence of early St. Croix River residents

It was a hot and humid day like so many recently. The team of people slowly digging square pits on the banks of the St. Croix River were dripping sweat — while wearing face masks. Even the mosquitoes whining in their ears sounded warm. The young excavators scraped slowly at the soil using flat shovels, then sifted the dirt through screens.

A stone stood out. One edge was straight and sharp. It showed chips that hinted it was hammered into this shape.

The apprentice archaeologist who uncovered the stone handed it to her teacher, Dr. Ed Fleming of the Science Museum of Minnesota. He cleaned the dirt off with a soft brush, studied it, and agreed it appeared to be a scraper made by prehistoric people. Read More

July 08, 2020
Archaeology ongoing at the Vann House and Springplace Moravian Mission

The Chief Vann House has been the hot topic of conversation for many Spring Place citizens this June. Many readers have witnessed the archaeological crews doing excavation on Alternate Ga. 52 near the God’s Acre Cemetery and the Vann House.

It has long been known that James Vann, wealthy Cherokee plantation owner and merchant, built his 800-acre plantation more than 200 years ago and that his family welcomed the construction of the first school to Cherokee children, the Springplace Mission and School. However, there are extremely few maps and even fewer physical remains of this school and plantation to help us understand the people who first called Spring Place home. Read More

July 07, 2020
Excavations to Resume for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Graves

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa will resume test excavations of potential unmarked graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre after the effort was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, city officials announced.

The pandemic’s travel restrictions have made it difficult for the archaeology team to reach Tulsa’s Oaklawn Cemetery for an examination, which was initially set to begin April 1. The state archaeological survey at the University of Oklahoma includes scientists from out of state. Read More

June 19, 2020
Hood brings archeology field school to students' backyards

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and schools were closed and events canceled, one group of students felt the impact especially hard.

Archaeology students around the world who usually spend their summers traveling and working at archeological field schools were left with nowhere to go and nowhere to dig.

Megan Reeve, an archaeology student completing her senior year at Hood College, was left in that exact situation. She was supposed to work in Italy this summer until the pandemic hit.

But then she heard about a new class Hood launched to help students like herself.

David Hixson, a visiting professor of archaeology at Hood, lives on an 18th-century farmhouse property in West Virginia. Read More

June 13, 2020
Canyons of the Ancients Artifacts Thief Goes to Jail

Canyons of the Ancients, in southwestern Colorado state, is the Holy Grail of American archaeology with the largest number of archaeological sites dating back over 10,000 years. This week, The Journal reported that the American Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is honoring the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument 's 20-year anniversary. However, CBS has also reported this week that a Colorado man, Lonnie Winbourn, 57, from Cortez Colorado, has been sentenced to over a year in prison for stealing artifacts from the site.

Situated in the Four Corners area of southwestern Colorado, about 45 miles west of Durango, near Cortez and Mesa Verde National Park , the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains more than 30,000 well-preserved native American sites. The Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance website says the “76,000-acre monument” was designated on June 9, 2000 by Presidential Proclamation to protect cultural and natural resources on a landscape scale,” but according to the BLM it belongs to a “32 million acre” archaeological zone. Read More

June 08. 2020
See the fascinating finds unearthed from Mackinac Island’s old dump

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH. -- The discovery was proof that one person’s trash really can be another person’s treasure.

In September 2011, while stripping away pavement to resurface the runway at Mackinac Island Airport, workers discovered areas of refuse under the former taxiway. Thanks to early maps, archaeologists had been aware of a possible dump site in that area dating back to the turn of the 20th century, and here it was: Piles of old items ranging from bottles to tools to intact light bulbs, buried since 1934, when the airport was built.

Now, after almost a decade, all those items -- nearly 1,000 in total -- are nearly done being painstakingly cataloged. Read More

June 03, 2020
AIA Statement on Archaeology and Social Justice

Archaeologists examine the physical remains of humankind to answer questions animated by our present. The material record helps us understand the production of inequality, the representation of power, and the targeted discrimination of communities. Archaeological research that describes the lives of everyday people also gives voice to those who lack privileged representation in the dominant historical record. Violence perpetrated against African Americans, Native Americans, women, immigrants, and other minorities in our own society have antecedents in the ancient and more recent past. So too does the use of propaganda to legitimize authority, silence dissent, and maintain control. Our tools carry a professional and ethical obligation to call attention to these connections and to share the context of different human experiences. Read More

June 01, 2020
Archaeology | Ancient hunters knew their stuff with arrowheads

Kent State University archaeologist Michelle Bebber, along with several colleagues, answered a question it never even would have occurred to me to ask.

Why did no prehistoric cultures ever make their arrowheads from ceramic?

I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that when I first saw the title of their paper, “The non-invention of the ceramic arrowhead in world archaeology,” published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, I chuckled. Why would anyone even think of making an arrowhead out of ceramic?

Actually, there are a number of reasons why prehistoric people might have decided to do just that. Over the past 30,000 years that people have been making stuff out of clay, such as figurines and pottery vessels, we know that some groups made ceramic hide-scrapers and sling stones. Maybe they just used clay when they couldn’t get stone; but then, why no arrowheads — ever? Read More

May 18, 2020
Civil action filed to forfeit rare cuneiform tablet from Hobby Lobby

NEW YORK – Pursuant to ongoing Cultural Property, Arts & Antiquities investigations by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, a civil complaint was filed Monday to forfeit a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian epic poem considered one the world’s oldest works of literature. Known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, it originated in the area of modern-day Iraq and entered the United States contrary to federal law. The tablet was later sold by an international auction house (the “Auction House”) to Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby”), a prominent arts-and-crafts retailer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for display at the Museum of the Bible (the “Museum”). Despite inquiries from the Museum and Hobby Lobby, the Auction House withheld information about the tablet’s provenance. The tablet was seized from the Museum by law enforcement agents in September 2019.

“Whenever looted cultural property is found in this country, the United States government will do all it can to preserve heritage by returning such artifacts where they belong,” stated Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “In this case, a major auction house failed to meet its obligations by minimizing its concerns that the provenance of an important Iraqi artifact was fabricated, and withheld from the buyer information that undermined the provenance’s reliability.” Read More

May 08, 2020
Archaeology news: Researchers stunned by Civil War finding beneath cemetery

The collapse of a hill at the Vicksburg National Cemetery - a burial site for Union soldiers - in Mississippi led archaeologists to a shocking find. Buried deep beneath the now collapsed hill was the grave of 15 soldiers who had died during the US Civil War - which lasted from 1861 to 1865, when the Union of the north defeated the Confederates of the south.

Experts state further DNA testing may be required to ensure that each soldier’s remains are identified.

According to a release from the Vicksburg National Military Park, the remains will be carefully removed and stored to ensure each set of the remains of each soldier are kept together.

Archaeologist Dawn Lawrence said: “This is among the most important work that we do. Read More

April 27, 2020
Unearthing the past: local archaeologists add to historical record

Real life archaeology may not have giant boulders and flying arrows and gold artifacts to steal.

But it does have hooch. Sometimes, anyway.

Local archaeologist Jennifer DeRose has seen her fair share of beer bottles and other “refuse” – or garbage – from the early 1900s that suggests a fairly regular consumption of alcoholic beverages.

“Any site that doesn’t have any beer, liquor, or hooch is unusual for North Idaho [of a certain period],” DeRose said. Read More

April 26, 2020
Archaeology: Saga of giant Mound Builders is a tall tale that won’t go away

It seems I can no longer give a public program about Ohio’s amazing ancient American Indian mounds without someone in the audience asking me about giants, or the lost tribes of Israel — or even aliens.

I try to address these questions politely and explain that there is no hard evidence that any of these things had anything to do with Ohio’s mounds. Occasionally, if the person asking the question is a true believer, they’ll accuse me of lying and hiding the evidence that would prove me wrong.

Some people actually believe that the Ohio History Connection (along with the Smithsonian Institution) has skeletons of giant humans in our collections that we keep hidden from the public. The first time someone accused me of this I was dumbfounded and asked, “Why on earth would we do that?” Read More

April 24, 2020
Graduate research: Archaeology goes high-tech with LiDAR

Technological advances are allowing archaeologists to take a wider, yet closer, look at ancient sites, opening up long-hidden evidence about the societies of the people who lived there.

Tomos Evans is among the 21st century archaeologists using data derived from LiDAR — a method that uses pulsed-laser scans of the earth’s topography to create three-dimensional images of the landscape.

Evans, a third-year Ph.D. student in William & Mary’s Department of Anthropology, is part of an initiative to use LiDAR to preserve and study an enormous 100 mile-long African system of earthworks known as Sungbo’s Eredo, located in the southwest of Nigeria. His advisor is Neil Norman, assistant professor of anthropology. Read More

April 23, 2020
Archaeologists verify Florida's Mound Key as location of elusive Spanish fort

Florida and Georgia archaeologists have discovered the location of Fort San Antón de Carlos, home of one of the first Jesuit missions in North America. The Spanish fort was built in 1566 in the capital of the Calusa, the most powerful Native American tribe in the region, on present-day Mound Key in the center of Estero Bay on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Archaeologists and historians have long suspected that the fort, named for the Catholic patron saint of lost things, was located on Mound Key. Researchers have been searching for concrete evidence in the area since 2013. Read More

April 03, 2020
Researcher Believes He Has ID'd Shipwreck in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A researcher believes he's identified the mysterious shipwreck that appears from time to time in the right conditions on a beach in York.

The ship's remains, which were last exposed by a nor'easter in 2018, are likely those of the Defiance, a sloop that washed ashore during a violent storm in 1769, said researcher Stefan Claesson, owner of Nearview, an aerial drone and archaeological surveying company.

The Defiance was built in 1754 in Massachusetts, which fits with historical documents and tree-ring dating conducted by Cornell University, he said.

But, he said, “additional historical research and archaeological investigations are needed to confirm the identification.” Read More

April 03, 2020
Archaeology? What's its relevance in crises-filed world?

You might reasonably suppose that digging up old stones, pots and bones doesn’t have much relevance in a world beset by epidemics, economic crises, political disunity, violent confrontations and climate change.

So many balls in the air! Why ignore them even for a moment to look at curiosities from the deep past?

I claim the necessity of this field, critical especially in these times. Like any serious, scientific discipline, it comprises a vast amount of low-level data in the form of finds, that have to be pieced together, sometimes physically and sometimes metaphorically, to build up a picture of the past, near or distant. Read More

March 23, 2020
Submarine Wreckage Detected Off Hawaiian Island of Oahu

AHU, HAWAII—Live Science reports that a private group of researchers led by Tim Taylor, founder of the Lost 52 Project, has discovered the wreckage of the USS Stickleback, which sank on May 28, 1958, after an accidental collision with destroyer escort USS Silverstein during a Cold War-era antisubmarine warfare exercise. All of the sailors aboard the vessel were rescued, but Navy ships were not able to keep the damaged submarine afloat. Read More

March 18, 2020
Digging up war-time history in a field in County Derry

We stand around a neatly dug rectangle of land. The rain is hammering in horizontally off the Atlantic. A glance towards it shows it to be heaving, the waves are tumultuous.

Dr Heather Montgomery has to shout to be heard over the wind.

“This is the reality of frontline archaeology,” she tells us.

The Cadet Training Centre at Magilligan is the centre of a major archaeological excavation being undertaken by Queen’s University’s Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA). Read More

March 15, 2020
U.S. Museum's Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Turn Out to Be Elaborate Fakes

After conducting a battery of tests on fragments of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, officials from the Museum of the Bible have confirmed that several samples are fakes. For some, like Dead Sea Scroll expert Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University, the news wasn’t surprising.

Since 2017, Davis had expressed doubts about the authenticity of the fragments due to factors that include “scribal quality and technique in the penning of the texts as well as the physical composition and current state of the manuscript media.” Read More

March 14, 2020
Summer Archaeology Sites in Bear Brook, Pillsbury Parks

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's summer archaeology field school sites will be in Bear Brook and Pillsbury state parks, the Division of Historical Resources said.

The program will investigate Native American settlement prior to the arrival of European settlers at the Allenstown and Washington parks. The first will take place from July 13-24 along the Suncook River. The second will take place from July 27-Aug. 7 in Washington. They will be directed by division archaeologists Mark Doperalski and David Trubey. Read More

March 12, 2020
Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida

Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida's coastline.

Archaeologists say the remains of their settlements are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

In Florida's Palm Beach County researchers are planning how best to protect and preserve the ancient sites most at risk from rising seas. Read More

March 04, 2020
Brown University archaeologists map out God’s Little Acre

his past February, Brown University archaeology PhD candidates Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov, and Miriam Rothenberg spent a cold cloudy day surveying God’s Little Acre in the Common Burial Ground in Newport. The cemetery is the country’s largest and best-preserved colonial-era African and African-American cemetery, and it is a testament to the perseverance of their community.

Newport’s location meant that the cash crop farming that many people associate with slavery was not feasible, so instead enslaved Africans were trained in the trades required to keep the port city running. They often arrived as children under 13 years old and were raised as carpenters, stonemasons, chocolate grinders, glass blowers, ship riggers, sail seamstresses, and painters. Read More

March 02, 2020
U-2 Spy Plane Photos Are Windows Onto Ancient Civilizations

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stand over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turn heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offer a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use.

These images come from a special collection of footage. In the late 1950s, U-2 spy planes flew at around 70,000 feet over Cold War hotspots in Europe and Asia, capturing images that could show details as small as a person. Read More

March 01, 2020
Archaeologists find remnants of what could be Squire Pope manor in Bluffton

Local archaeologists believe they’ve uncovered remnants of the original Squire Pope manor at Wright Family Park, a discovery that would debunk a generations-old belief that all traces of the historic Bluffton structure were lost to time, erosion and the 1863 Union Army “Burning of Bluffton.”

Town officials say that last fall, Heyward House volunteers — representatives of the town’s historical preservation society — came upon very old bricks while metal-detecting on the Wright Family Park lawn at the end of Calhoun Street.

The breakthrough launched archaeological work on the property. Read More

March 01, 2020
44 African American graves found under Florida parking lot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A private archaeology firm says it has discovered what appear to be about 44 graves from a long-forgotten African American cemetery under a Florida parking lot.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the firm, Cardno, used ground-penetrating radar to find the suspected graves. The firm was hired by the city of Clearwater and the Pinellas County School Board to conduct the search.

The school district owns the parking lot. Cardno also reported additional graves may exist under a nearby school district building. Read More

February 25, 2020
Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology

Centuries of archaeological research on the Inca Empire has netted a veritable library of knowledge. But new digital and data-driven projects led by Brown University scholars are proving that there is much more to discover about pre-colonial life in the Andes.

In a recently released edition of the Journal of Field Archaeology, Brown Assistant Professor of Anthropology Parker VanValkenburgh and several colleagues detailed new research they conducted in the former Inca Empire in South America using drones, satellite imagery and proprietary online databases. Their results demonstrate that big data can provide archaeologists with a sweeping, big-picture view of the subjects they study on the ground -- prompting new insights and new historical questions. Read More

February 21, 2020
Spy Plane Photos Open Windows Into Ancient Worlds

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stood over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turned heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offered a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use. Read More

February 16, 2020
Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe

FARGO — In a storage room at the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department, the remains of almost 2,000 Arikara and Mandan people rest in boxes, alongside the sacred objects buried with them centuries ago.

There, 65-year-old Pete Coffey, director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, reunited with his ancestors in 2017.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I felt the presence of those ancestral spirits very strongly when I walked in there,” he said. Read More

February 12, 2020
The Regulation of American Archaeology

“It belongs in a museum!” So says the young Indiana Jones in one of the hit movies from the 1980s after observing the unauthorized excavation of an important artifact.

But the question of who has the right to artifacts found in the United States depends on a number of factors. Government agencies, Native American tribes, and private property owners may all have a claim to artifacts depending on where they were found.

The first and most significant federal law governing archaeology is the Antiquities Act of 1906. This act was the first to establish penalties for illegal excavations, damage, or appropriation of American antiquities. These penalties, however, only apply when the illegal action takes place on land “owned or controlled” by the federal government. The act also authorizes the President to declare historic landmarks as national monuments. Read More

February 11, 2020
Researchers Will Search for Spanish Treasure Ship

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—The Guardian reports that researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Spain’s National Museum of Underwater Archaeology will renew their search for Nuestra Señora del Juncal, a Spanish galleon that was carrying more than 100 tons of New World gold, silver, jewels, cacao, dyes, and animal hides when it sank off the coast of Mexico in a storm in October 1631. The Juncal’s commander had died before it set sail, and the ship began taking on water before the storm hit. Read More

February 02, 2020
Mike Wolfe on rescuing America's past

Antique stores are generally home for relics of the past, not newly-minted celebrities. But at Antique Archaeology, in Le Claire, Iowa, shop owner Mike Wolfe gives customer some star power along with the dust. "Every one of these people write my check," Wolfe said. "Every one of them do. So, I try to spend as much time as I can with them, and if we don't rise to the occasion all the time, then I feel like I failed."

If you recognize him, it's probably because you're not only into rusty bits of Americana, but you're also a viewer of the History Channel series, "American Pickers." It's like "Antiques Roadshow" mixed with an episode of "Hoarders."

Wolfe tried to sell the show for five years. But nobody really knew what a "picker" was, including the History Channel. "I said, 'Here's the deal, man: You're the History Channel, let's educate them. Let's tell them what a picker is!'" said Wolfe. Read More

February 01, 2020
Archaeology and historical record solve a Portage Lake mystery

Once Brendon Baillod and Randy Beebe had surveyed, photographed and documented the sunken vessel in the Keweenaw Waterway near the Michigan Technological University power plant, responses from local divers and residents as to the identity of the hulk simply did not line up with existing data and records Baillod possessed. He has, he said, one of the largest private collections of antiquarian Great Lakes books and ephemera in existence and is active in searching for and documenting historic Great Lakes shipwrecks. Read More

February 01, 2020
Bones found near Port Angeles likely 500-1,000 years old

PORT ANGELES — Officials Thursday continued investigating the origin of bones found on a Waterfront Trail beach while repairs began on unstable embankments that recently yielded the ancient remains.

A complete human skull including the mandible, and a possible scapula, were found Jan. 14 by a man and his son on the Port Angeles Harbor waterfront abutting the trail, which is part of Olympic Discovery Trail.

“There’s a high probability [the remains] are Native American,” Lower Elwha Tribal Archaeologist Bill White said Thursday. Read More

January 29, 2020
What Is the Most Significant Archaeological Discovery of the Past Decade? Nine Historians Share Their Favorite Finds

The last decade witnessed major archaeological discoveries, from the 10-month excavation of a Bronze Age settlement in England to what could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork, which was found in Indonesia last year. Which of these finds was most important? To hear more, ARTnews asked nine archaeologists and scholars. Their selections—which span several continents and multiple millennia—follow below.

Among numerous other significant discoveries of the past decade in Egypt, one find earns distinction. In 2013, a French mission [led by] Pierre Tallet discovered in a cave on the Red Sea coast in the Wadi El-Jarf remains of a logbook of a boat captain who had—before his assignment at the Red Sea—shipped building blocks to the pyramid of Kheops (Khufu) at Giza (2580 B.C.E.). By itself, such transports were not new to us, but the daily entries in the logbook connect us vividly with one of mankind’s most admired building projects. Read More

January 27, 2020
Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits.
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Never heard of a "witch bottle"? Step right in, friend, sit a spell (not the evil kind) and we'll tell you why archaeologists believe a broken bottle found in Virginia just might be one.

Back in the day (beginning around the Middle Ages), people in the British Isles and elsewhere would try to ward off evil spirits by filling jugs or other containers with bent pins, hair, urine, nail clippings or other items. The idea was the contents would draw in and trap a harmful spirit. The witch bottle tradition came to the US and was still in play in the mid-19th century, during the Civil War.

Fast forward to 2016, when the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research took part in a dig ahead of a widening project on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg. Read More

January 21, 2020
Archaeologists studying Chinese mining sites on Malheur National Forest in Grant County

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

January 13, 2020
Remains of Downed World War II Pilot Recovered in France

BENSON, MINNESOTA—Forum News Service reports that the remains of a World War II pilot have been identified as U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency through dental records, anthropological analysis, and other evidence recovered from the crash site. McGowan was 23 years old when he was shot down on June 6, 1944, near Saint-Lô, France, during the D-Day invasion. The crash site was first investigated by the American Graves Registration Command in 1947, when wreckage was removed from the impact crater. Read More

January 04, 2020
Archaeology breakthrough: Researchers crack the secrets of Native American astronomy

The settlements were constructed in 13th century but the Native American tribes left behind a treasure trove of information about their life and culture.

A team of archaeologists from Poland were, in particular, interested in about 40 Pueblo settlements adorned with bizarre stone carvings and murals.

The researchers from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow were stunned to find some of the carvings correspond to specific astronomical events.

But the discovery could have only been confirmed on four very specific dates when the Sun journeyed across the skies in an unusual manner. Read More

January 02, 2020
Saratoga County Sheriff: Meteor likely cause of widespread Sunday night explosion reports

SARATOGA COUNTY -- A meteor is the likely cause of Sunday night's widespread reports of an explosion and green light over Saratoga County, sheriff's officials said.

They issued their conclusion Thursday, four days after Saratoga County dispatchers were deluged with 911 calls reporting the explosion and light in the overcast sky.

"After discussions with all of our law enforcement partners, government agencies, including the FAA, FBI, ATF, National Weather Service and NASA as well as discussions with scientists and scholars, it is our determination that the likely cause of the event was a meteor entering and burning up in the atmosphere," the Sheriff's Department wrote.

The sheriff originally reported that more than two dozen residents across five towns -- Galway, Milton, Providence, Greenfield and Edinburg -- in the county deluged 911 with calls after the 10:43 p.m. Sunday event. Read More

January 02, 2020
More Than 3,500 Copper Coins Repatriated to Mexico

MIAMI, FLORIDA—Mexico News Daily reports that a collector in the United States has handed over some 3,500 tongue-shaped copper coins to Mexican authorities. Jessica Cascante of the Mexican Consulate in Miami said the coins are thought to have been used in what are now the southwestern Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacán between A.D. 1200 and 1500. Read More

January 01, 2020
5 Big Archaeology Discoveries to Watch for in 2020

New discoveries in the Valley of the Kings, looted art from Venezuela and evidence that humans were in Central America more than 20,000 years ago are just some of the stories Live Science will be watching out for in 2020. Read More

December 27, 2019
Archaeologists discover remains of vast Mayan palace in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the remains of a vast Mayan palace over 1,000 years old in an ancient city about 100 miles west of the tourist hotspot of Cancún.

The building in Kulubá is 55 metres long, 15 metres wide and six metres high, and appears to have been made up of six rooms, said Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

It is part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven. Archaeologists have also uncovered remains from a burial site, and hope forensic analysis of the bones could provide more clues about Kulubá’s Mayan inhabitants. Read More

December 20, 2019
Discovery of iron anchors raises hopes of finding Hernán Cortés's ships

Underwater archaeologists have found two iron anchors just offshore from the spot Hernán Cortés first set foot in Mexico, raising hopes that the fleet which the conquistador scuttled in 1519 may soon be rediscovered.

The anchors were excavated from under a metre of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico near Villa Rica, the settlement Cortes founded upon landing 500 years ago in what is now the Mexican state of Veracruz. Read More

December 19, 2019
Working in Clark County: Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist

When you hear “archaeologist,” some weathered, dirt-coated person, wearing clothing in various shades of brown, probably comes to mind. Maybe it’s a man with a 5 o’clock shadow, scratches and bruises from adventures in exotic places and an iconic brown fedora.

Maybe his name is Harrison Ford.

The field of archaeology intertwined itself in popular culture with the “Indiana Jones” franchise, so much that even National Geographic acknowledged the films’ responsibility for a spike in the career in a 2015 exhibit.

But Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, followed a different path. Read More

Decmeber 11, 2019
Archaeologists uncover 12,500-year-old site in Avon, showing evidence of the earliest known population in Connecticut

When the state Department of Transportation began construction on a bridge over the Farmington River archaeologists suspected there could be historic sites hidden under the soil.

In late 2018, once excavation was underway, crews discovered evidence of what scientists have called southern New England’s earliest inhabitants.

The site, located near Old Farms Road, is estimated to be about 12,500 years old, dating back to a time known as the Paleoindian Period. It has been named in honor of Brian D. Jones, the state archaeologist, who died in July. Read More

December 11, 2019
FBI And Archaeology Institute Team To Recover Stolen Artifacts

ANDOVER, MASS. — Since the early 1990s, the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology has been searching for objects missing from its collection, according to Dr Ryan Wheeler, director of the institute. Among the missing items are carved and decorated stone, shell and ceramic pieces from sites in Georgia and Maine.

The Peabody recently celebrated the return of three missing artifacts, most notably an Etowah monolithic axe. The axe, along with several other artifacts, was taken from the Peabody Institute on the campus of the Phillips Academy sometime in the 1980s. An Indiana man paid $350,000 for the rare Native American axe from the 1400s, only to find out it had been stolen from the Peabody. Read More

December 11, 2019
Archaeology shock: Experts discover US Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to 'look better'

Scientists unearthed remnants of a US Civil War photography studio at Camp Nelson in Kentucky, on a site of what was once part of a Union camp, along with broke bottles of hair dye. The discovery is the first of its kind and has revealed to researchers that Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to look better in photographs.

Among the many items discovered by researchers Stephen McBride and his team were several broke glass bottles, now known to have once contained hair dye.

The researchers from Transylvania University in Lexington initially thought the bottles were used for medicine. Read More

December 06, 2019
Council says no to Archaeological Research on Cemetery Property

The Gulf Archaeological Research Institute acquired a grant in Sept. 2018 to “document the history, ethnohistory, and archaeology of Chucochatti and its role in the Second Seminole War.”

The town of Chucochatti was one of the first towns settled by Creek people in Florida.

"Chocochatti is a very important historical-cultural resource for Hernando County, the State of Florida as a Florida Historic Landmark, and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida especially, since it is where their ethnogenesis from Creek to Seminole took place," explained Jon Yeager, Hernando Historic Preservation Society member and former chairman of their Archeological Committee.

In April 2019, Brooksville city council approved GARI access to the City of Brooksville property on Emerson Road for the purposes of archaeological survey investigating the possible whereabouts of Chucochatti. Read More

December 05, 2019
Mysterious stone structures in North Carolina's rivers linked to prehistoric people

The sites look like piles of stones to casual viewers, but archaeologists have determined the structures often form large V or W shaped patterns when seen from above.

It’s believed the structures were traps called fish weirs, according to a state report released last month. Little is known about their origins in part because the structures are “difficult to access and document,” the report says.

“Dating these features is a challenge since there are few if any elements that can be directly dated,” says David Cranford, assistant state archaeologist with the state office. Read More

December 03, 2019
Kentucky archaeology dig shows Civil War soldiers dyed their hair. A lot. Here’s why.

Civil War battle sites may grab the public’s attention with their guts and glory appeal but new discoveries at Camp Nelson in Kentucky are providing an unprecedented glimpse into day-to-day military life.

Archaeologists excavating the part of Camp Nelson known as the sutlers’ or merchants’ area in 2015 found remnants of a 150-year-old photography studio, the first ever found at any Civil War site.

“The first photographic artifact that we noticed was a glass cover plate,” said Stephen McBride, Camp Nelson director of interpretation. “It was fortunate that one of my crew was a guy that does Civil War-era photography. He knew instantly what that was.” Read More

December 02, 2019
Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago.

Depending on what they uncover, officials are hopeful that the $200,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead to more research opportunities in the Guadalupe Mountains, which straddle the New Mexico-Texas line and are situated within one of the nation's busiest oil and gas basins. Read More

November 25, 2019
FBI working with local archaeology institute to recover stolen artifacts

ANDOVER, Mass. - Buying rare art and artifacts is considered a good investment that can end up paying off for those with a lot of cash, but it can also be a risky one.

When it comes to buying one-of-a-kind and historical art and artifacts, it's tough to know where they came from before putting down the cash for them.

That's exactly what happened to an Indiana man who paid $350,000 for a rare Native American ax from the 1400s - only to find out it had been stolen from Andover, Mass. Read More

November 23, 2019
Archaeologists Find More Graves at Forgotten Zion Cemetery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered 127 coffins from forgotten Zion Cemetery under Robles Park Village returned to the housing project earlier in the month to continue their work.

Their ground penetrating radar found another 17 coffins within the footprint of the segregation-era African-American cemetery, bringing the total to 144, said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, the private archaeology firm hired by the Tampa Housing Authority.

By the end of the year, researchers expect to know whether there are graves all across the 2 1/2-acre cemetery site, about half of it owned by the Housing Authority and another half owned by restaurateur Richard Gonzmart. Read More

November 13, 2019
Torched town from Texas Revolution reemerges in archaeological dig west of Houston

The Houston Archeological Society is embarking on a new investigation at the site of a town that was set on fire and destroyed during the Texas Revolution, hoping to build more pieces of what life was like during the period as well as learn answers to some unanswered questions.

San Felipe, also known as San Felipe de Austin, located approximately 50 miles west of Houston, is not only rich in Texas history but also in historical artifacts. Past digs have produced several thousand artifacts, multiple colonial-era trash pits, a brick basement and a barrel cistern. Read More

November 12, 2019
Construction Workers Find “Incredibly Rare” Remains of 8,000-Year-Old Village in Massachusetts
I’m now convinced that if you want to find the remains of ancient civilizations, the fastest, surest way to do so is to start building a road. Anywhere will do. Just grab that shovel out of the old shed, say out loud “I am now building a road,” and start digging. Chances are you’ll find a 10,000-year-old village. It just keeps happening. Either that or a school, but a road is easier for a single determined person with a shovel. Read More

November 05, 2019
World’s Deepest Shipwreck Is WWII Destroyer Lost in the Philippine Sea

A remote operated vehicle deployed in the Philippine Sea this spring unearthed the wreckage of a World War II destroyer sunk almost exactly 75 years ago, marine archaeologists announced last week.

The team suspects the debris—spotted at a depth of 20,400 feet, making it the deepest shipwreck discovered to date—is all that remains of the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which was destroyed by Japanese warships in the Battle off (not of) Samar on October 25, 1944. Per the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Samar was one of four military engagements in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a major aerial and naval conflict won by Allied forces.

The Petrel, the ROV research vessel responsible for capturing footage of the sunken destroyer, is the subject of a new expedition video posted on Facebook by Vulcan Inc., which owns and operates the vehicle. Researchers released the film to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Johnston’s sinking and seek the public’s help in confirming the ship’s identity. Read More

November 05, 2019
A drone helped archaeologists discover a lost Florida island settlement

A team of archaeologists and its trusty drone are revealing an island community that once supplied valuable beads to the inland towns of the Mississippian culture, which thrived in the eastern United States from 800 to about 1600 CE.

The supply end of an ancient trade network A drone armed with laser beams discovered the remains of a long-lost culture on Raleigh Island, off the north coast of Florida. The high-resolution aerial laser scans mapped a massive complex of 37 oyster-shell rings, 23m to 136m across—the kind of rings that build up around coastal settlements through years of people eating oysters and discarding the shells. Some of the rings stood less than a meter high, but others loomed four meters above their surroundings. They formed four cloverleaf-shaped clusters, each with between six and 12 shell rings arranged around the one in the center.

"Given the general size and shape of the shell rings, we suspect each was the locus of a house and household of five to eight people each," University of Florida archaeologist Kenneth Sassaman told Ars Technica. Assuming all the rings were used at about the same time, that means 200 or 300 people once lived on the long, low-lying 30-hectare island—and it looks like every household on the island was involved in making beads from lightning whelk shells. Read More

November 04, 2019
Archaeologists Rush To Save Oregon's Chinese Mining Sites

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

November 02, 2019
Experts push for archaeology law in Charleston to preserve historically black cemeteries

he cemetery neighboring McLeod Plantation wasn’t rediscovered because someone stumbled upon an ornate cemetery gate.

It was located on city property. And during construction on the land for a fire station in the 1990s, some of the bodies of the predominately black cemetery were unearthed. Many of the surviving gravestones are hidden, scattered in a nearby wooded area.

Few people know anything about the lives of those buried there. Fewer still know details such as the existence of black military veterans’ graves. Read More
October 22, 2019
Jamestown mystery: Archaeologists unearth a churchyard grave — facing west

It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. This was done so that the eyes would face east, toward Jerusalem and the rapture.

Almost a year ago, archaeologists in Jamestown found a grave — and perhaps the answer to a mystery — while studying the architecture and foundation of a church that was started in 1639. Read More

October 18, 2019
Deeper Archaeology Dig To Explore Lesser-Known Areas Of Fort Negley

Archaeological evidence helped protect Nashville's Fort Negley from encroaching development last year. Now the city will look deeper into the ground in search of further Civil War and African American history.

Starting next month, careful excavation, mapping and aerial photography will begin on the slope next to the fort — an area where there's potential to find remnants of a buried Civil War trench line.

It's also where researchers could learn more about the black Nashvillians, including escaped slaves, who built the fort and then created a community just beyond its walls. Read More

October 08, 2019
Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery

Until recently, archaeology was limited by what a researcher could see while standing on the ground. But light detection and ranging, or lidar, technology has transformed the field, providing a way to scan entire regions for archaeological sites.

With an array of airborne lasers, researchers can peer down through dense forest canopies or pick out the shapes of ancient buildings to discover and map ancient sites across thousands of square miles. A process that once required decades-long mapping expeditions, and slogging through jungles with surveying equipment, can now be done in a matter of days from the relative comfort of an airplane. Read More

October 07, 2019
Dismissed as fakes for a century, enigmatic Puerto Rican stones could rewrite history

For more than a century, the fist-sized rocks etched with enigmatic patterns were ignored by academics and shunned by cultural power brokers.

Discovered in Puerto Rico in the 1880s by a priest who was convinced they were a link to one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, the stones were declared forgeries in the early 1900s by researchers from the Smithsonian Institution.

And so the rocks languished — literally collecting dust. Read More

October 01, 2019
Georgia's Oldest City Considers 1st Archaeology Ordinance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project.

News outlets report officials in Savannah held a public meeting to discuss a possible archaeology ordinance. Savannah's downtown historic district has been protected by local laws since the 1970s. But the city has no legal protocols for recording or preserving artifacts from pottery shards to graves that can be found while excavating construction sites.

Savannah resident Gale Steves attended the meeting Thursday. She told WTOC-TV she hopes City Hall moves ahead with a proposal that gives Savannah "a chance to look at what's underneath before it gets buried again" during renovations and new development. Read More

October 01, 2019
Rising Seas Threaten Hundreds of Native American Heritage Sites Along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be found at the bottom of numerous limestone freshwater sinkholes in Florida's Panhandle and along the ancient shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

Specialized archaeologists using scuba gear, remote sensing equipment or submersibles can study underwater sites if they are not deeply buried or destroyed by erosion. This is important because Florida's archaeological resources face significant threats due to sea level rise driven by climate change. According to a new UN report, global sea levels could increase by over 3 feet by the year 2100. Read More

September 24, 2019
Cumberland beach dig reveals relics of ancient residents

CUMBERLAND — It’s amazing what a jawbone can tell you.

In the case of a centuries-old dog mandible unearthed in 2016 at an archaeology site at Broad Cove Reserve in Cumberland, it helps tell the story of those who resided there, or as Prince Memorial Library Director Thomas Bennett put it, their “day-to-day living.”

Bennett, who has worked on sites in Maine, Massachusetts and Arizona, and Dr. Arthur Spiess, chief historic preservationist in prehistoric archaeology with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, presented their findings Sept. 19 of the project they co-directed.

Archeology involves some digging and a lot of analysis, according to Thomas Bennett, who co-directed the Broad Cove dig. Shown here are some of the artifacts found and studied. Alex Lear / The Forecaster

The dig was prompted by the town’s 2014 purchase of the preserve, a 22-acre parcel off Foreside Road with 11 acres of shoreline that had been privately owned. Since Bateman Partners was developing homes on abutting land that had once been part of the property, state law mandated that prehistoric and historic surveys of the land be done, Bennett said in an interview. Read More

September 22, 2019
Space Archaeology: How long lost ancient Mayan cities discovered from space?

ver the years science, technology and space mission have helped the humankind to grow and develop the world. But can they help to dig deep inside to find lost ancient cities or archaeological miracle? Yes, they can.

When archaeologists apply a space-based data to understand the modern landscape, to find out the lost river or archaeological sites, it means they are doing "space archaeology" or "satellite archaeology." It should be noted that this concept is not new, as the US space agency NASA began its "Space Archaeology" program in 2008.

The space archaeology, also known as satellite remote sensing, requires to spend dozens of hours per week in front of a computer screen to look for evidence that would reveal what is hidden under the land. When they find something by analyzing the reflection of light on the ground which varies due to chemical signature, then the archaeologists get a hope to achieve what they're looking for. Read More

September 20, 2019
Scientists hunt for remains, artifacts at luxury condo site where skeleton was found in Indian River Shores

NDIAN RIVER SHORES — Forensic anthropologists and archaeologists descended Friday on a sliver of shoreline cleared for condominiums, stalled by the discovery of a human skeleton.

Officials said Tuesday the near-intact skeleton unearthed by construction crews digging a dividing wall in June belonged to a Native American man.

At least the immediate future of the site now hinges on their findings and whether the dig raises its historic or archaeological significance. Read More

September 19, 2019
A digital archaeologist helps inaccessible collections be seen

Davide Tanasi is a digital archaeologist at the University of South Florida. He creates highly detailed 3-D scans of archaeological artifacts that can be viewed online or used to create 3-D printed replicas.

Why is it important to digitize these artifacts as 3-D objects?

It helps spread knowledge about them and guarantees that they will be passed to future generations. For example, the USF Libraries Farid Karam M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection is one of the largest collection of Lebanese archaeological artifacts in the U.S. Some of the objects are 3,500 years old. Due to space and personnel restrictions, it was never exhibited and made fully available to the general public. Being unpublished, hardly accessible and poorly visible online, it basically does not exist. Our project to recreate the collection in 3-D is called the Virtual Karam Project. It allows us to share those objects around the world, hopefully triggering interest to curate and display the collection. Read More

September 18, 2019
Trump’s Mexico border wall could destroy archaeological sites, warns National Park Service

Bulldozers and excavators rushing to instal Donald Trump‘s border wall could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites in a US National Monument in Arizona in coming months.

Construction threatens the archaeological sites in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post. Read More

September 10, 2019
CDOT says archaeological sites can’t be saved

New construction typically doesn’t bulldoze through a graveyard, so why is it OK for the Colorado Department of Transportation to destroy and pave over a large settlement of Native American ruins for the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 550?

“People think: Why not just move the alignment instead of hitting the archaeological sites?” said Dan Jepson, cultural resource manager for CDOT. “But the bottom line is, it’s not that simple because it’s a balancing act with a lot of issues.”

Native American ruins more than 1,000 years old have been unearthed just south of Durango, where CDOT is realigning a 2-mile stretch of Highway 550. The initial discovery was made years ago as part of the highway department’s early work to realign the road, but the extent of ruins wasn’t realized until this year when archaeologists began excavating and documenting the sites. Read More

September 06, 2019
Treasure trove of artifacts discovered near this Colorado city

The summer months are the time to work on big highway construction projects. But once you start digging, you never know what you might uncover.

“We have over seven pit houses and similar structures that we’ve identified and are excavating and are trying to get the information we need to interpret the site," said Charles Reed of Alpine Archaeologists.

While getting ready to expand highway 550 near Durango, Colorado, a team discovered a site about the size of half a football field. Inside were multiple structures that likely were home to a Native American settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Read More

September 01, 2019
15,000-year-old Idaho archaeology site now among America’s oldest

One of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas has been discovered in western Idaho, according to a study published today in the journal Science.

Radiocarbon dates show that people were creating tools and butchering animals in Cooper’s Ferry between 15,000 and 16,000 years ago, making Cooper’s Ferry a rare and important addition to the handful of archaeological sites that are upending the traditional theory of the peopling of the Americas. Read More

August 23, 2019
Trove of archaeological ruins unearthed south of Durango

A large, extensive network of Native American ruins was recently discovered just outside Durango on top of Florida Mesa, and it’s kind of blowing archaeologists’ minds.

“As an archaeologist with 30-plus years’ experience, I’m really excited by it,” said Dan Jepson, a cultural resource manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “This research is a wonderful opportunity.”

Robin Cordero, a human osteologist with the University of New Mexico, is helping analyze human and animal bones collected on the site. He can’t wait to get to work. Read More

August 21, 2019
Digging Deeper in the Pines

Surf City — The story of what it took to save the historic site known as Cedar Bridge Tavern is one of luck and dedication. It was purchased by Ocean County in 2007, and preliminary archaeological digs and building surveys were conducted to secure its nomination to the national list of historic sites.

According to the county’s publication “Out and About,” “The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department handles all maintenance and care, doing the physical hands-on-work. Paid for largely by a New Jersey Historic Trust grant, Historic Building Architects of Trenton was contracted to investigate, analyze, date and guide the vision for the site by way of the formal Preservation Plan. Architectural historian Joan Berkey acted as a researcher and consultant. Read More

August 18, 2019
Dig at Pa. ghost town unearths prehistoric past

Fragments of tools and ceramic ware rested mere inches under the hillside cover where Native Americans scratched out a living until the 1820s in a village overlooking the Conemaugh River in Black Lick Township.

This summer, 17 Indiana University of Pennsylvania archaeology students dug and sifted their way a few inches below the remains of that southern Indiana County river town and uncovered thousands of years of earlier Native American history.

They unearthed a few hundred artifacts where the village of Newport once stood. In addition to ceramic ware that may have been sold at the community’s combined post office and store, they discovered stone fragments that represent either portions of prehistoric tools or excess flakes left behind in making them. Read More

August 14, 2019
Archaeologists Investigate The Alamo

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—According to a KSAT News report, archaeologist Kristi Miller Nichols and her colleagues are excavating the long barracks and church at the Alamo in order to assess their condition and prepare a conservation plan. Built as a Roman Catholic mission in what is now southern Texas in the eighteenth century, the site became a military compound in the early nineteenth century. In 1836, during the Texas Revolution, Mexican General Santa Anna laid siege to the Texas-held fortress for 13 days, ending in a Texan defeat. “We want to see what the stones look like, and really, the goal is to go deep enough to where we see where the stones are sitting on top of dirt,” Miller Nichols explained. Once the excavators reach that layer of stone, historic architects will install sensors to monitor groundwater movement before replacing the soil. “This is the first time there is an actual, formalized archaeological project happening inside of the long barracks,” Miller Nichols added, “and it’s going to tell us a lot of information we don’t know yet.” For more on archaeology in Texas, go to "Letter from Texas: On the Range." Read More

August 09, 2019
Hermit’s Cabin in Idaho Wilderness Restored

SALMON, IDAHO—The Post Register reports that a 100-year-old cabin built by hermit Earl King Parrott in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest has been restored. Situated along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, the remote cabin is the only surviving of two buildings constructed by Parrott, whose main residence on the side of a steep canyon burned down in the late 1980s. Read More

August 08, 2019
How Lasers Are Utterly Transforming Our Understanding of the Ancient Maya, Bringing Their Whole Civilization Back to Light

A LiDAR scan can reveal ancient Maya ruins that might never be found by archaeologists on the ground.
The Maya civilization flourished more than 1,000 years ago, but modern technology is only now revealing the secrets of this ancient Mexican and South American culture—and it’s happening at an unprecedented pace. A recent spate of discoveries is transforming the field of Maya archaeology, as researchers discover new ways to identify and investigate ancient ruins.

In 2018, archaeologists in Guatemala announced the discovery of thousands of unknown Maya structures, hidden in plain site beneath overgrown jungle greenery. But it wasn’t a bushwhacking, Indiana Jones type who found them. Instead, the ancient ruins were identified remotely, thanks to aircraft from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping that were equipped with high-tech Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) mapping tools. Read More

August 04, 2019
Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past

The term “space archaeology” may conjure up images of astronauts hunting for artifacts from little green men, but the field is much more down to Earth. Space archaeologists use satellite imagery and other remote-sensing techniques to look for ancient sites on our planet. As archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains in her new book, Archaeology from Space, these tools have transformed studies of antiquity. “We’ve gone from mapping a few dozen ancient sites in one summer-long archaeological season to mapping hundreds, if not thousands, of sites in weeks,” she writes. Read More

August 01, 2019
'Passport in Time' doing archaeological excavations at Camp Au Train

HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST, Mich. (WLUC) - Public volunteers are having the chance to work alongside archaeologists in the Hiawatha National Forest this week, it is all part of this unique program called ‘Passport in time.’

This program unites archaeologists and students from Michigan Technological University with the Hiawatha Forest Services and public volunteers.

“It’s really designed to try to engage the public, in a public outreach and education manner,” said Eric Drake, Heritage Program Manager for the Hiawatha National Forest.

“We really like getting people involved so they can understand how important archaeology is but also the methods that are involved,” said Drake. Read More

July 28, 2019
Archaeologists Unveil Evidence of Lost Mound

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians?

Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise.

The face of the Grand Village has changed over centuries of erosion, plowing and other work done on the site, Grand Village director Lance Harris said, adding ongoing archaeological studies may change the Grand Village once again — this time restoring some of what was lost.

Thursday (July 18) evening, Vin Steponaitis, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented maps from the early 1700s that show a cluster of at least five mounds on the Grand Village site where only three mounds are still visible today. Read More

July 23, 2019
Digging for History at 1654 Meetinghouse Site

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Where an untrained eye sees different soil colors and doesn't think anything of it, a trained archaeologist sees history.

This past week, a team of archaeologists working under the direction of University of New Hampshire professor Meghan Howey, found those soil differences as they work on unpacking the history of the Second Meetinghouse built in Dover Point in 1654.

One exciting find of the week was the uncovering of the meetinghouse's clay floor, where European settlers once stood in the then frontier settlement. The clay was likely brought up the hill from the soils of the nearby rivers. Another find was two post holes nearby each other that appeared to be foundation posts of the building. There were also rocks Howey believes were brought to the site to stabilize the foundation posts. Read More

July 17, 2019
Centuries-old ceramics, other artifacts found at St. Augustine construction site

Crews are digging in one of the most historic parts of St. Augustine on Aviles Street, and they’re uncovering artifacts that span centuries.

Through previous research, the city knows that the old city was in the area in the late 16th century.

The opportunity for the dig came through plans for construction work at 9 Aviles St., a building torn down in 2018 because of emergency structural problems — the demolition and traffic disruptions caused controversy among neighboring business owners.

The city’s archaeological ordinance requires site testing before construction in certain areas to help preserve or make a record of historical artifacts. Read More

July 15, 2019
'Passport in Time' Volunteers Scan for History in Lincoln National Forest

In the Lincoln National Forest, amateur archaeologists are on a treasure hunt–and they’re finding historical gold in the form of clothing, shell casings and even license plates.

It’s part of a heritage tourism program the U.S. Forest Service runs called Passport in Time. Volunteers work with archaeologists and historians on public lands nationwide to survey, excavate and restore sites of historical or cultural value.

That includes the Baca Campground named after Saturnino Baca, a Civil War captain and father of Lincoln County. Read More

July 15, 2019
Lycoming College students dig through archeological field school

Williamsport -- This summer, Lycoming College archaeology students found more than just a relaxing vacation. Ten students participated in archaeological fieldwork at the Keebler site, a 19th century historic farmstead on the property of the Lycoming Biology Field Station*. The farmstead was occupied from at least 1832 to the early 2000’s.

The Archaeological Field School, a course developed and taught by Dr. Jonathan Scholnick, an instructor of archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, had two complementary goals. First, the project addresses research questions about 19th- and early 20th-century agriculture and social organization of farms in central Pennsylvania. Second, the project provides an opportunity for students to learn how archaeology is practiced by participating in archaeological excavation and survey. Read More

July 12, 2019
Coded Jewel Found in 300-Year-Old US Tavern Has Secret Message to Overthrow British King

Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’ where rebellions were plotted and planned. Now archaeologists have made an amazing discovery in a once razed tavern that dates from the pre- Revolutionary period in the United States which proves support for the rebellion. They unearthed a pressed jewel, from a cufflink, inscribed with a secret code used by early revolutionaries to identify each other as they conspired to oppose Royal rule.

The Smithsonian reports that the find was made in Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, which was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’. In the years after the Stamp Act, many of the townspeople were radicals and opposed to the policies of the Royal government. Read More

July 12, 2019
Space Archaeology Is a Thing. And It Involves Lasers and Spy Satellites

What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don't need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites.

Welcome to Sarah Parcak's world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. Read More

July 08, 2019
Archaeologists Hope To Dig Up History In Boston's Chinatown

Excavation began Monday on a site in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, which has been home to English, Irish, Syrian and Chinese immigrants.

Joseph Bagley, Boston's city archaeologist, is in charge of the dig. Bagley joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes on Monday to talk about it. The conversation below has been lightly edited for clarity.

This post has been updated with photos from the site of the dig. Read More

July 01, 2019
Archaeology Students Visit Sylvester Manor On Shelter Island In Search Of A Complicated History

Nigel Francomb spotted a chunky silver ring in a pile of dirt in the Sylvester Manor gardens. How the dirt got there is no mystery—a team from the University of Massachusetts was doing an archaeological dig, looking for artifacts to tell the story of Sylvester Manor, a former slave-holding Shelter Island plantation that today serves as an educational farm.

How the ring got there, however, is an open question.

“All I know about archaeology, apart from what I’ve learned from documentaries on TV, was what these guys have taught me in the last week,” said Mr. Francomb, a Shelter Island resident who volunteered to help the students in the investigation. “So they put me on the sifting, on the screens. Finding the ring was very special.” Read More

June 26, 2019
Chinese immigrants built Oregon's railroads and mined for gold

Chinese immigrants helped to develop infrastructure and build wealth during Oregon’s early settlement history, but the extent of their work and the critical role they played has not been well described.

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project, a statewide collaboration of local, regional and federal agencies, wants to change that.

The Chinese Diaspora Project kicks off locally in Ashland on Wednesday, July 3, in Hannon Library’s Meese Room at Southern Oregon University with a free talk by Sarah Heffner of PAR Environmental Services, “Exploring the Health Care of Chinese Railroad Workers Through an Historic and Archaeological Lens.” Read More

June 24, 2019
Rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence on display for the first time in over a century

An extremely rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence has gone on public display for the first time in over a century.

The printing is on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia through the end of 2019. This is also the first time that the print has been displayed in a museum. Read More


June 24, 2019
SF Archaeology Class Digs Up Florida’s Native American History

University of South Florida archaeologists are digging into one of Florida’s oldest native landmarks in hopes of unearthing insightful clues about the Tocobaga native people in Safety Harbor.

The last excavation was over 75 years ago during a time when archaeologists were not as careful to preserve the site or piece together the fragments to provide a stronger understanding of the Tocobaga chiefdom period. At that time, they only went back 500 years but now, the USF team is aiming to uncover as much as 1500 years into the past.

“Archaeology has progressed a lot,” Tom Pluckhahn, Ph.D, professor of anthropology, said. “But the knowledge of this site has not advanced very much.” Read More

June 21, 2019
Organization excavates treasures from the past

The city of Morganton is known to many as a place where archaeological history was made.

Dr. David Moore, professor of archaeology and anthropology at Warren Wilson College, and his fellow researchers discovered remains at what is now called the Berry Site in Morganton of a 16th century Spanish settlement called Fort San Juan, believed to be the first inland European settlement in the U.S., dating back to 1567, according to a previous News Herald article. The site also is the location of the ancient Native American town of Joara.

“The Berry Site, named after the family who has so generously allowed excavations and research to happen on their property for the last three decades, attracts history enthusiasts from across the world,” according to the Exploring Joara Foundation, an organization that raises funds for ongoing research at the site. “EJF is honored to partner with the research team, the Berry family, and many community partners who believe that the encounter between Juan Pardo and the natives of Joara forever changed the trajectory of our nation’s history.” Read More

June 20, 2019
Think you’ve found an archaeological site? Here’s what to do next.

Some of the most common requests we receive at the Council for West Virginia Archaeology come from members of the public who have found what may or not be an archaeological site.

Invariably there’s a lot of excitement as the mystery of the site begins to take hold. How old might it be? What artifacts might it contain? Will the government be willing to excavate the site?

As exciting as the process is, archaeological work can be slow and painstaking, and it can be difficult to find assistance in a state such as West Virginia where research is under-funded and professionally qualified archaeologists are too few. Read More

June 15, 2019
Digging history: Student archaeologists learn more about Pope County settlement

POPE COUNTY — The story of Miller Grover, a lost community of free African-Americans in Pope County, is largely untold, but every summer more about the settlement is discovered through a partnership between Shawnee National Forest and the Summer Field School of the Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU.

“We’ve spent a lot of time at Bedford and Abby Gill Miller’s farm,” Mary McCorvie, an archaeologist with Shawnee National Forest, said. “Bedford came as a little boy with his parents, Harrison and Lucinda Miller.” Read More

June 14, 2019
Colonial ‘time capsule’ found under floors of NC port tavern that burned in 1760s

Archaeologists exploring the site of a recently discovered 18th Century tavern in eastern North Carolina say they were stunned to learn it burned to the ground with a treasure trove of merchandise stored under the floorboards.

The fire, which occurred in the 1760s, caused the walls to collapse over the floors, sealing the crawl space shut like a “time capsule,” says Dr. Charles Ewen, who led the dig with a crew of students from East Carolina University.

It’s suspected the site may also have served as a brothel for the historic port, known as Brunswick Town. Read More

June 11, 2019
Texas Archaeological Society conducts dig at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

RANDALL COUNTY — Members of the Texas Archaeological Society (TAS) are in Palo Duro Canyon State Park digging up the earth to learn about the past. They’re using tools of the trade to search for artifacts to get a better understanding of how past occupants of the canyon lived and survived.

“They’re looking for anything that people have left from the past,” said Michael Strutt, Texas Parks & Wildlife.

“We’re out here trying to better understand a group that was out here in the 1930s,” said Karen Lacy, Texas Archaeological Society member. Read More

June 03, 2019
Archaeological excavation underway along Eno River where Native American town once stood

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- UNC Students and professors are working on an archaeological excavation in the Triangle and hikers can get an up-close look.

The Wall site is along the Eno River walk trail, not far from historic downtown Hillsborough. The five-week dig is part of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology summer session field school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

"It's teaching undergraduate students how to do archaeology, how to do field work," said Dr. Heather Lapham, a Research Archaeologist who teaches the program. "We are working on a site that was a Native American village that was lived in by ancestors of groups local to Chapel Hill area in 1500." Read More

June 01, 2019
At newly discovered freedmen’s school near Beaufort, students dig into history

EABROOK — Beside a quiet Beaufort County highway in a field where patriot soldiers fought off a British invasion, budding archaeologists spent a recent Friday morning exploring the remains of a Civil War-era school that history almost forgot.

The Whale Branch Middle School Archaeology Club was just scraping the surface of the deep, multifaceted history in a place where few markers exist to offer hints about the past.

Archaeologists have taken an interest in the land off of Trask Parkway near Seabrook because it was the site of the Battle of Beaufort, also known as the Battle of Port Royal Island. On Feb. 3, 1779, British forces attempted a landing nearby, but Brig. Gen. William Moultrie and an American volunteer militia held them at bay with volleys of musket and cannon fire. Read More

May 28, 2019
Archaeologists on Water Street project unearth the old so Vinik group can raise up the new

TAMPA — New insights into the birth of Tampa are emerging alongside all the high-rises that will make up Water Street Tampa.

Project archaeologists have unearthed projectile points, gun flints, old toys and other artifacts, all tracing the lives of Native Americans, U.S. soldiers and one of the city's earliest African-American communities. Some date back 10,000 years.

"This is a huge amount of land to be able look at," said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, a global consulting firm with an office in Riverview that is leading archeological and historical assessment work for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. "Normally, when we do a survey, we get half a block and we are happy." Read More

May 23, 3019
Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at protected Cornville site

CORNVILLE -- The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley.

VVAC Site Watch (www.vvarchcenter.org/sitewatch) is a program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center that promotes the importance of education about our common cultural and natural heritages and encourages public responsibility in the protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources on public and private lands.

Last August, Site Watch volunteers discovered active vandalism at a site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville as evidenced by freshly dug soil and collection buckets.

The vandals were digging in an ancient dwelling room apparently in search of possible artifacts to sell. It was reported to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officials and archaeologists. Another incident of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville. Read More

May 23, 3019
The Last American Transatlantic Slave Ship Has Been Found

The remains of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, a schooner named Clotilda, has been discovered off the banks of Mobile, Alabama. The wreck was abandoned in 1860 after illegally transporting 110 people from the Kingdom of Dahomey, now known as Benin, to Mobile.

"The discovery of the Clotilda is an extraordinary archaeological find," says Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, executive director of the Alabama historical commission, in a press statement. She says the Clotilda represents "one of the darkest eras of modern history."

“We are cautious about placing names on shipwrecks that no longer bear a name or something like a bell with the ship’s name on it,” says Dr. James Delgado, a maritime archaeologist and project manager for the dig, “but the physical and forensic evidence powerfully suggests that this is Clotilda.” Read More

May 16, 2019
Ancient burial site off Manasota Key is 1,000 years older than estimated

SARASOTA — Native Americans in the Archaic Period in Florida used the burial ground now known as the Manasota Key Offshore archeological site as far back as 8,000 years ago, Ryan Duggins told members of the Time Sifters Archaeological Society Wednesday evening in the Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library.

Prior to this, previous activity at the site was thought to date back roughly 7,000 years.

Before the rising of the Gulf of Mexico, it was a shallow freshwater burial pond similar to Little Salt Springs in North Port.

“We know that 8,000 years ago ... there was a small freshwater pond,” said Duggins, underwater archaeology supervisor, for the Bureau of Archaeological Research for the Florida Department of State. “And we know Florida’s indigenous people used that pond as a mortuary pond.” Read More


May 13, 2019
Thieves breach, loot Utah's Danger Cave

WENDOVER — One of the most significant archaeological sites in North America — Danger Cave near the Nevada border — was breached and looted sometime last week.

"It's Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month," Justina Parsons-Bernstein, heritage resources manager for the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, said. "It's crazy that one of the most iconic archaeological sites in North America would be broken into and stolen from the very month we are supposed to be learning about and protecting the value of these sites."

The parks division is asking or the public’s help in finding those responsible for a break-in and damage at the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site, where the culprit or culprits breached the gate and protected area near Wendover and stole all contents, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment. Read More

May 11, 2019
Arizona author poses 'conundrums' about archaeology and artifacts to Colorado Springs audience
Artifacts tell stories of the people that used them and the places where they spent their lives, says Arizona author Craig Childs.

A red seed jar Childs found in a canyon in the Four Corners can narrate the life of the Native American family who once used it in their home. The array of pots and jewelry surrounding a teenage girl buried in the Southwest can paint her portrait as a princess, someone greatly revered in her community.

So what happens when archaeologists, hikers, looters or just curious passersby remove those artifacts from where they came? Legal or illegal, is taking them morally permissible? Read More

May 04, 2019
Veterans are digging up new careers

Deep below the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology, Chris Sison sorted through bags of archaeological material — rock, rubber, ceramics. The U.S. Army veteran separated, tagged the finds and photographed, working with a team of veterans.

“It gets me out of the rut I was in, and now I have lab experience,” said Sison, a psychology major at the school.

The WSU team is part of the Veterans Curation Program, a five-month, national program that hires veterans and teaches them a variety of marketable skills to help build their resumes. Read More

May 04, 2019
Drone deployed to map southeast Colorado World War II internment camp site

A University of Denver team is one step closer to mapping the lives of thousands of Japanese Americans imprisoned at a southeastern Colorado World War II internment camp.

Researchers deployed the Swiss senseFly drone, generating more than 4,000 high-resolution aerial photos of Camp Amache in Granada. With artifact data collected by DU archaeologists, the photos will help create a 3D reconstruction of the prison for further research, interpretation and preservation.

“We’ve got photography already, which you can see on Google Earth. But it is not the resolution that we can layer it for an archaeological survey,” said Bonnie Clark, director of the DU Amache research project. Read More

May 01, 2019
Toppled Trees in Florida Reveal 19th-Century Fort

PROSPECT BLUFF, FLORIDA—According to a Talahassee.com report, Hurricane Michael toppled some 100 large trees in Apalachicola National Forest last October and revealed traces of the “Negro Fort,” which was built by British soldiers during the War of 1812 near Fort Gadsden. The site was home to a large community of escaped slaves known as Maroons, who joined the British military in exchange for their freedom. They lived in the fort, which housed some 300 barrels of British gunpowder, on a bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River, with members of the Seminole, Creek, Miccosukee, and Choctaw tribes. Read More

April 21, 2019
Archaeologists Seek to Find Relics at National Park Site

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — There was a time when plows were drawn across the prairie by early settlers, starting lives in a new world.

These early versions of the plow are long retired, and a very different piece of equipment is soon being drawn across the prairie at Homestead National Monument of America.

It's called a magnetic gradiometer, and workers hope the device will uncover artifacts from the past buried underground at the National Park Service site. Read More

April 19, 2019
Uncovering the past at Chimney Rock

BAYARD — Makenzie Coufal lifts a pile of dirt out of the ground with his shovel and places the dirt into a screen for Brian Goodrich to sift through. Nolan Johnson and Talon O’Connor measure and record the results from another test hole. As archaeologists for the state of Nebraska, the men are working near Chimney Rock National Historic Site, searching for any evidence of previous occupation.

After the Nebraska State Historical Foundation purchased the land between Chimney Rock and the visitors center, archaeologists were asked to come out and survey the 400 acres of land. Read More

April 19, 2019
Explore the Spiro Mounds With U of A's Archaeology, 3D Virtual Reality Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas’ Arkansas Stories series – which uses objects and places as focal points to narrate compelling stories – continues April 26 and 27 with a virtual visit to the Spiro Mounds.

The prehistoric Native American ceremonial site, with ties to the Spiro tribe, linked a large number of communities in Arkansas and in Oklahoma, and is the focus of the next events in the series.

U of A experts will share a behind the scenes look at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center in Spiro, Oklahoma, both days, using story-telling, archaeology and immersive 3D virtual reality experiences. Read More

April 18, 2019
Archaeology Site Looted at Lewis and Clark Historical Park

STORIA, Ore. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the looting of an archaeological site at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that artifacts were unearthed near the Netul River Trail on the south end of the park sometime in late March.

Superintendent Jon Burpee declined to provide details about what might have been taken but told the newspaper the items may be up to a century old. The looting has made the agency concerned that other sites could also be targeted. Read More

April 05, 2019
Declassified U-2 spy plane photos are a boon for aerial archaeology

For millennia, people known as the Marsh Arabs lived in wetland oases fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Iraq. But as those marshes became a hotbed of rebellion in the early 1990s, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein systematically drained them—driving out the people and drying up an ancient way of life. It’s hard to know exactly how many were displaced, but a new study, first reported in Secrecy News, reveals a tool archaeologists and anthropologists can use to find out: declassified Cold War–era images snapped by U.S. Lockheed U-2 spy planes. The high-resolution photos could prove a boon for reconstructing sites destroyed by development and war in recent decades. Read More

March 26, 2019
Southeast Students Use Geophysics to Map Local Archaeology Site

Thirteen Southeast Missouri State University students recently participated in a Geophysics in Archaeology Workshop to uncover clues about life in pre-Columbia Mississippian culture in southeast Missouri.

The three-day workshop March 21-23 was a collaboration between Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, associate professor of anthropology at Southeast; Dr. Tamira Brennan, curator of Southern Illinois University’s (SIU) Center for Archaeological Investigations; and Dr. Bob McCullough of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, to introduce Southeast to using geophysics techniques on a real historical site. Read More

March 20, 2019
Archaeologist debunks alien influence, other conspiracy theories in archaeology

Have you heard the one about the aliens and the pyramids? Or what about the technologically advanced but tragically lost city of Atlantis?

Chances are that most of us have encountered at least one such story—a tale that tries to explain the past in a way that can sound scientific, but in doing so ignores the evidence and methods of science.

Why is this alternative archaeology so popular? And how do we tell fact from fiction?

Assistant Professor Matthew Peeples, co-director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Center for Archaeology and Society and an archaeologist of the Southwest U.S., is no stranger to the weirder side of his field. He has investigated false claims and has even been accused of covering up the truth. Read More

March 14, 2019
Study of old slave quarters in Maryland leads to scientific breakthrough

The study of a 200-year-old clay tobacco pipe discovered in the slave quarters of an old Maryland plantation, has led to a scientific breakthrough.

The object was found at Belvoir, an 18th-century manor house off Generals Highway in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Scientists found human DNA on the pipe, and used it to determine that it was smoked by a woman. And although the DNA could not be linked to any living descendants, analysis did reveal something about the smoker’s ancestry. Read More

March 14, 2019
Sea otter archaeology could tell us about their 2-million-year history

Archaeology is defined as the study of human history and prehistory by the analysis of physical remains. But the dictionaries may need rewriting – archaeology is now being used to study the cultural histories of tool-using animals, from sea otters and monkeys to birds and even fish.

Natalie Uomini at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and her colleagues have analysed a site at Bennett Slough Culverts in California where sea otters use rocks as tools for cracking open mussels. At this site, the otters don’t just place smallish stones on their chest and then crack the shellfish on them. Read More

March 04, 2019
History project becomes display with National Park Service

At Morehead State learning extends well beyond the classroom, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in their chosen field. Dr. Adrian Mandzy, associate professor of history, just completed an ambitious project with the help of several MSU students. This work has become a permanent public display at the National Park Service in Virginia.

Over the last five years, 46 students from Morehead State University’s public history program have worked with Mandzy studying the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia. Fought on July 30, 1864, the Battle of the Crater was one of the most important military engagements of the American Civil War. Mandzy started the project in 2014 and in the spring of the following year, six students worked with the National Parks Service and took part in a metal detecting survey of the battlefield to determine the condition of the cultural resources connected with the engagement and to see how far Union troops advanced during the battle. Read More

March 02, 2019
Piece of Wall Surrounding 1700s Charleston Unearthed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As soon as it became clear that the building housing Charleston Cooks was going to be demolished for a new hotel, local historians thought the ground underneath could hold tantalizing clues to the city's earliest years.

They were right, sort of. The historians are part of Charleston's Walled City Task Force, a decade-old group whose goal is to discover, interpret and preserve the city's late 17th and early 18th century fortifications.

They were recently welcomed onto the muddy, exposed construction site at 194 East Bay St. to take a close look at what appeared to be a small section of the city's wharf wall. Read More

March 01, 2019
U.S. returns hundreds of artifacts to China after an Indiana man acquired them illegally

While Don Miller was hauling the world's treasures into his Rush County farmhouse over the decades, one wonders whether he foresaw a posthumous international ceremony.

If he did, then he was right. Chinese diplomats came together with U.S. officials Thursday afternoon at the Eiteljorg Museum for an event that is guaranteed a seat of honor in the field of art-crime posterity: what the FBI says is the biggest return of cultural artifacts from the U.S. to China.

Kristi Johnson, chief of the FBI's Transnational Organized Crime Section, and Wen Dayan, deputy director general of China's Department of Foreign Affairs, signed a ceremonial certificate that puts 361 artifacts spanning millennia back into the hands of their home country. Read More

March 01, 2019
Ancient artifact unintentionally discovered by Washington archaeologist has 'great significance'

A 2,000-year-old tool that had been sitting inside a dusty box in a museum storage room for roughly four decades may be the oldest tattooing artifact ever discovered in western North America, Washington State University (WSU) archaeologists revealed this week. Read More

February 22, 2019
New archaeology sites documented in county

As part of a historic preservation fund grant, Ball State University archaeologists explored the Calvert Porter Woods Nature Preserve in Montgomery County last summer. The results will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County.

The public presentation will review project goals, objectives, and results of this year’s surveys and will concentrate on what the artifacts tell us about the human occupation of Montgomery County during different time periods. Archaeologists will also have artifacts from the survey available to view and will show a video that highlights their field and lab methods. Read More

February 19, 2019
Archaeologists getting closer to figuring out what happened to 'Lost Colony,' expert says

Archaeologists are getting closer to figuring out where members of the "Lost Colony" went, according to Nicholas Luccketti, the principal investigator and archaeologist with the James River Institute for Archaeology.

Luccketti’s presentation in late January at the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield focused on the "possible relocation" of some of the Roanoke Island colonists to a site in eastern North Carolina named Site X. But he said others from the Lost Colony, maybe even a large group, might have migrated to somewhere near Site X. Read More

February 18, 2019
Archaeologists Work at NY Site Where Human Bones Were Found

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeology work continues at an upstate New York construction site where the skeletal remains of several people have been found at what's believed to be a Revolutionary War burial ground.

State archaeologists led by the New York State Museum were at the site this week in Lake George, in the southern Adirondacks.

A work crew unearthed skeletal remains Feb. 7, while excavating an empty lot for an apartment house. Work was halted, and experts were summoned to examine the property for more remains. Read More

February 14, 2019
Some of the rarest US coins ever found are hitting the market, thanks to NC shipwreck

A stash of gold coins found Monday is being called the latest bit of proof that a shipwreck 40-plus miles off the North Carolina coast is that of the steamship Pulaski, which took half its wealthy passengers to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1838.

The first 502 gold and silver coins plucked from a shipwreck off North Carolina have been sold to a global coin dealer at a price that “wildly exceeded” the recovery project’s expectations.

No one involved in the deal is saying what the coins fetched, but market values suggest it was easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read More

February 14, 2019
At Florida's gateway to space, archaeologists are in a race against time

Long before Cape Canaveral became home to advanced aerospace technologies, indigenous people and early settlers developed their own tools to live on the beaches and the swampy lands that would eventually become the gateway to space.

Now, in a race against time, archaeologists from all over the state are hurrying to uncover and document the undiscovered archaeological sites across the Cape before they are eroded and lost to humankind forever.

"Every time you lose a piece of the past and a piece of the human story, you're impoverishing your experience in the present," University of Central Florida Associate Professor of Archaeology Stacy Barber told FLORIDA TODAY. Read More

February 14, 2019
Dig will continue at Native American fort in Norwalk

NORWALK — A tiny but important, artifact-rich archaeological dig will extend at least into the spring, giving researchers a chance to salvage more evidence of the early contact between early Dutch traders and the Native Americans who populated the high ground along the Norwalk River for millennia.

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The research is now focused for the season in a Storrs-based laboratory that has been screening soil samples that were excavated in recent months, Read More

February 06, 2019
Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores

Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago.

The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a sort of prehistoric super highway, facilitating travel by dugout canoe from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The canal is six tenths of a mile, making it one of the longest pre-Columbian canals discovered in North America said Greg Waselkov, head of the archaeology department at the University of South Alabama. Waselkov led the recent excavation of the canal in a forested area near Little Lagoon. Read More

February 05, 2019
Is it a sign? Huge wooden cross washes ashore on Fort Lauderdale beach

Bales of drugs, derelict vessels, seaweed, whales, and driftwood are among the many items to wash up on South Florida’s beaches, but the latest flotsam and jetsam has made believers of some beach-goers.

A very large, barnacle-encrusted, wooden cross washed ashore behind the Ocean Manor Beach Resort along Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale, during the weekend.

“It is fantastic,” said Mary Ann Smolinski, visiting from Michigan. “It’s amazing. Very spiritual.” Read More

February 03, 2019
Cobblestones at Poplar Forest Carriage Circle Revealed

FOREST, Va. (AP) — A team of archeologists working to restore the carriage turnaround at Thomas Jefferson's summer retreat in Bedford County had an unexpected surprise on a Friday morning: a visit from the third U.S. president himself.

Or at least pretty close.

"This is amazing!" said Bill Barker, who portrays Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg and was in Bedford County shooting an orientation video for Poplar Forest. "These stones have not seen the light of day for 200 years." Read More

February 02, 2019
Dig Uncovers Details of First General Assembly Meeting Spot

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — Jamestown archaeologists have uncovered the western wall of the church that held the first meeting of representative government in North America nearly 400 years ago.

With the discovery, which lay hidden beneath a 5-inch layer of concrete, brick and dirt, the archaeologists know with certainly the full footprint of the 1617 wooden church, the first of several built on the site.

It matches the 20-by-50-foot layout described in historical documents, said David Givens, director of archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery. Read More

January 19, 2019
Archaeologists to Monitor Construction in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Anyone turning over little more than a shovelful of dirt in the historic town of Deadwood can expect to have an archaeologist peering over their shoulders in case any artifacts from the city's past are unearthed.

OK, that's an exaggeration. But while residents are safe from having their flower and vegetable garden plots scrutinized, any private or public construction project requiring excavation is required to have a state archaeologist monitor it in most of the town, which was named a national historic landmark in 1961.

City zoning laws have an entire chapter on historic preservation, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker told the Rapid City Journal. Read More

January 16, 2019
A new clue could explain the mysterious disappearance of a Civil War submarine

A broken pipe may help explain why a famous Civil War submarine sank off of Charleston, South Carolina, more than 150 years ago.

The H.L. Hunley became the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy ship in combat when it sank the wooden ship USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864. The Confederate vessel disappeared with all its eight crew members.

More than 130 years later the Hunley was discovered on the ocean floor. The sub was raised and taken to a laboratory in North Charleston in 2000. Read More

January 15, 2019
Three large asteroids prompt NASA to issue near Earth object alert

Three rogue asteroids are set to speed uncomfortably close to the Earth tomorrow.

The largest of the trio could cause catastrophe if it smashes into our planet, and is as large as the leaning tower of Pisa.

That’s according to NASA, which has listed the asteroids on its “near-Earth objects” alert page. Read More

January 12, 2019
Archaeologists Find Ancient Tool in Area That Can Unlock Age

DURYEA, Pa. (AP) — It wasn't only the stone tool — possibly more than 8,000 years old — that excited Al Pesotine.

It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group's dig site in Duryea.

That context gave archaeologists with the local chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology a rare opportunity. They could carbon-date the remnants of the fire pit to learn when prehistoric people were using that very tool. Added to other information archaeologists have pieced together from other sites, it shows when, where and how people were living thousands of years ago. Read More

January 04, 2019
A site thought to be linked to the Lost Colony is now part of a new state nature preserve
A swatch of swamp and farm land at the head of Albemarle Sound that may contain
archaeological clues about the fate of the famed Lost Colony is now a state nature preserve.

The Salmon Creek State Natural Area covers 1,000 acres in a remote corner of Bertie County, where the creek meets the sound near the mouth of the Chowan River. The N.C. Coastal Land Trust bought the land and recently gave it to the state parks department.

The property had been approved for development of up to 2,800 homes and a 212-slip marina, said Camilla Herlevich, the land trust’s executive director. Though that project was abandoned with the recession 10 years ago, Herlevich said the owners put the property back on the market in early 2017. Read More

January 03, 2019
New book sheds light on Harvard’s forgotten 1931 archaeology trek in eastern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — In the summer of 1931, a group of Harvard researchers descended into eastern Utah to continue a study that first identified a new Native American group that once called the area home. They took to horseback and completed the longest archaeologist trip of its kind.

However, there’s little known about the trip or if it yielded any sort of results because — for no known reason — it was never published. The thousands of documents and hundreds of photos from the expedition were left in boxes in the basement of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and have remained there for decades. The trip remains an archaeological mystery for that reason. Read More

December 27, 2018
Archaeology Group: Work on Property Endangering Artifacts

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A non-profit that identifies, acquires and preserves archaeological sites in the United States has raised concerns that dirt and construction work on county-owned land in Mississippi endangers artifacts connected to what could be the birthplace of slavery in a region.

Jessica Crawford with The Archaeological Conservancy wrote to Adams County Board of Supervisors attorney Scott Slover last week. She expressed concerns that work associated with the construction of a power substation and switching station for the former International Paper Company property is destroying what remains of a 1720s French plantation, the Natchez Democrat reported . Read More

December 14, 2018
Iowa’s prehistoric value below surface

Megan Stroh Messerole and volunteers did some digs in the area over the summer as part of her archaeology field school.

With hundreds of known archaeological sites along the banks of the Little Sioux River, northwestern Iowa is a treasure for archaeology—a past of intrinsic value that many modern locals have yet to discover.

“If you just go into a museum and see a couple rocks and don’t know what you’re looking at, that’s all they are,” said Stroh Messerole, an archaeologist for Sanford Museum in Cherokee. “A plate is just a plate without a backstory.” Read More

December 14, 2018
Underwater archaeologists research boats that sank in Lake Minnetonka

Whatever you do, don’t call them treasure hunters.

It’s true that underwater archaeologists Ann Merriman and Christopher Olson hunt for historical treasures while exploring the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. “But we don’t romanticize it,” Merriman said. Read More

December 08, 2018
Trash Dump Yields Clues About Colorado Springs Founder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Trash in this city's iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It's a regular blemish on a revered place.

But along the park's northern edge, a heap of buried refuse — discovered during work to build a retention pond to control runoff after a wildfire swept through the area — has historians and archaeologists excited, even giddy, about the possibility of learning more about how the wealthy lived in Colorado Springs when it was founded. Read More

December 07, 2018
The Most Amazing Historical Discoveries of 2018

1. A human jawbone becomes the earliest evidence for humans outside Africa.

Before this year, the oldest Homo sapiens fossil found outside Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 and 120,000 years old. But in January, a team of researchers revealed their discovery of an upper jawbone fossil at least 50,000 years older than that in a mountain cave in Israel, suggesting modern humans may have migrated out of Africa far earlier than once thought. Read More

December 03, 2018
The Archaeology Of Outer Space

When thinking of archaeology, you likely conjure up images of pyramids, ancient relics, and a dusty mummy or two; but, what about astronauts and space stations? On November 27th, the Australian research council announced the recipients of their annual Discovery Program grants. Among the projects chosen for funding was the International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP) led by Dr. Alice Gorman, of Flinders University in Australia, and Dr. Justin Walsh, of Chapman University in the United States. This grant was big news for the burgeoning field of space archaeology. Read More

November 16, 2018
First look at archaeological dig near Garden of the Gods

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) An archaeological dig is giving us a first hand look into the life of the Palmer family. General William Palmer founded Colorado Springs.

The dig is between the entrance to Garden of the Gods park and the Glen Eyrie Conference Center along the Camp Creek bike path. The city was about to start construction, so archaeologists did a quick scan of the area and found a treasure trove.

Someone found a shoe, some bricks and other old items. All belonging to the most famous Colorado Springs family, the Palmers. Read More

November 13, 2018
Ancient Artifacts Stolen 40 Years Ago in Alabama Recovered

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The recent recovery of three Native American artifacts stolen nearly 40 years ago could be the thread that unravels the mystery of the greatest antiquities theft in this part of the world.

Hundreds of pottery vessels, bottles, bowls, ornaments and jewelry items were stolen from the Erskine Ramsey Archaeological Repository at the University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. It was a shot in the dark when archaeologists and others contributed to a reward fund for information, which was announced in May.

The publicity worked, leading to the recovery of three vessels in August.

"We were all thinking we'd go to our graves without anything turning up from this burglary," Jim Knight, curator emeritus of American Archaeology for the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the university, said at a news conference Monday. "This is one of the most exciting things that has happened during my archaeological career. Read More

November 13, 2018
Archaeology project planned for battlefield

STILLWATER, N.Y. — Veterans who fought in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan will join forces next spring for an archaeological project where the Second Battle of Saratoga was fought on Oct. 7, 1777.

Veterans will conduct an artifact survey at Barber Wheatfield, one of the most significant sites within Saratoga National Historical Park.

However, officials said an equally important goal of the project is helping veterans develop skills they can use elsewhere in new careers. Read More

November 12, 2018
Parks Official's Signature on Documents Raises Questions

PHOENIX (AP) — The deputy director of Arizona State Parks & Trails, who is under investigation over accusations the agency bulldozed over archaeological sites, once signed a federal grant application over the objections of a staff archaeologist, according to documents obtained Monday by The Arizona Republic.

The report adds another layer of questions about an agency whose director, Sue Black, is facing a slew of allegations including disregarding laws protecting historical and Native American sites. Read More

November 02, 2018
Archaeologists Discover Evidence Of Connecticut's Earliest English Colony

On the grounds of Wethersfield's Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

In 2016, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum decided to add a new education and visitor center on the premises. To ensure the addition would not disturb any historically significant artifacts on the site, they hired the Public Archaeology Survey Team to conduct an archeological survey.

Ground-penetrating radar revealed three potential sites. Two were trash pits – one from the 19th century, the other from the early 20th century. Those sites yielded plenty of artifacts. Read More

November 01, 2018
UWF archaeologists make new discoveries during Emanuel Point I artifact restoration

New wrinkles are being discovered in a 450-year-old artifact at the University of West Florida's Division of Anthropology & Archaeology.

During a 1996 excavation, UWF archaeologists discovered an ancient armored Spanish breast plate — worn by conquistador Tristan de Luna's army in 1559 — at the site of the first Emanuel Point I ship wreck near Pensacola. The breast plate was found in the stern of the ship during one of several excavations conducted since initial discovery was made in 1992. Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeologists uncover history in the waterfront

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Alexandria, a Virginia city settled on the Potomac River, is known for its old town history that continues to unfold.

Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered three historic ships in the sparkling Alexandria waterfront. The city is working with a team of experts to research and excavate these exciting pieces of history.

"I love being out on a beautiful day like this one, seeing history come out of the ground and contribute to our understanding of early Alexandrians and particularly our maritime history," said archaeologist Eleanor Breen. "This is portside Alexandria archaeology. We are illuminating the past." Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeological finds kept secret in public filings

BRANDON — While finding Native American artifacts on construction sites isn’t common, when they are found the state takes steps to protect them by keeping them secret.

One case in point is the proposed Babcock Solar project.

Babcock Solar Farm LLC, backed by Conti Solar based in Edison, New Jersey, has filed for a certificate of public good with the Public Utility Commission to build a 2.2 megawatt solar facility at the intersection of Park Street Extension and 21 Country Club Road. Among the items its permit application includes is an archaeological survey conducted in June which found three concentrations of “pre-contact” Native American artifacts.

These artifacts, said Dr. Charles Knight, assistant director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program, which conducted the survey, were mostly “lithic debitage,” the sharp flakes of stone left over from the making of stone tools. Knight said in an interview Thursday that such deposits show stone tools were once made in the area and indicate the site may have had other uses as well. Read More

November 01, 2018
Students find 6,000-year-old ax at George Washington estate

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Six millennia after a stone ax was carved, it was rediscovered by a pair of Ohio teens on an archaeological dig at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

The Washington Post reports Mount Vernon officials announced the Oct. 12 find Wednesday. They called it a major discovery that provides a look into the lives of those who lived on the Virginia site before it became the first president's home.

The 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) ax head was found by Archbishop Hoban High School seniors Dominic Anderson and Jared Phillips while helping map out the dimensions of what's believed to be a cemetery for slaves and their descendants. Read More

October 24, 2018
Discovery of Ancient Spear points in Texas Has Some Archaeologists Questioning the History of Early Americas

Archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown forms of spear point technology at a site in Texas. The triangular blades appear to be older than the projectile points produced by the Paleoamerican Clovis culture, an observation that’s complicating our understanding of how the Americas were colonized—and by whom.

Clovis-style spear points began to appear around 13,000 to 12,700 years ago, and they were produced by Paleoamerican hunter-gatherers known as the Clovis people. Made from stones, these leaf-shaped (lanceolate) points featured a shallow concave base and a fluted, or flaked, base that allowed them to be placed on the end of a spear. Read More

October 22, 2018
Archaeologists find clues at the Yellowstone ice patch

Idaho Falls, Idaho • Although archaeology has been around for centuries, “ice patch” archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman — a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved — was found high in the Italian-Austrian Alps by hikers.

Otzi was found because permanent ice patches and glaciers have been melting back and retreating in recent decades. The Iceman, older than Egyptian pyramids, offered a peek at a human from the Copper Age. Interestingly, it appears he ran up into mountains to escape combatants and died with an arrow point stuck in a shoulder. Read More

October 21, 2018
America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing – even though the law says the government is supposed to preserve it

Archaeology – the name conjures up images of someone carefully sifting the sands for traces of the past and then meticulously putting those relics in a museum. But today’s archaeology is not just about retrieving artifacts and drawing maps by hand. It also uses the tools of today: 3D imaging, LiDAR scans, GPS mapping and more.

Today, nearly all archaeological fieldwork in the U.S. is executed by private firms in response to legal mandates for historic preservation, at a cost of about a billion dollars annually. However, only a minuscule fraction of the data from these projects is made accessible or preserved for future research, despite agencies’ clear legal obligations to do so. Severe loss of these data is not unusual – it’s the norm. Read More

October 14, 2018
Dig fails to unearth 100-year-old boat said to be buried in West Palm backyard

An archaeological dig failed to unearth the 100-year-old schooner said to be buried in a North Flagler Drive backyard, clearing the way for West Palm Beach to start work on a retention pond to ease flooding in the sometimes soggy neighborhood.

But did the diggers dig deep enough?

A local who remembered the ship’s first being detected during a swimming pool excavation in the 1970s said the 1800’s schooner was buried in muck 8 to 10 feet down, so the city’s archaeologists, who only went 4 to 6 feet into the sandy fill on top of that muck, wouldn’t have found the vessel. Read More


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


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09-25-10: Book- Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas
Edited by Peter Ston

The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detectors need be seen as a threat or, as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland and Germany, where metal detectors have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research.
With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions crucial to the development of a long term relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors.

Dec 13, 2010
Bones of Contention
By ROBERT L. KELLY
Published: December 12, 2010
New York Times
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LAST winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening.

The new regulations help carry out the 20-year-old Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law that was devised by tribes, scientists and museum officials. It was a compromise between the tribes’ sensitivity to having the remains of their ancestors excavated and analyzed and the archaeologists’ desire to learn what bones can reveal about ancient peoples’ diet, health, migration patterns, marriage practices and so on.

Scientists acknowledged that it is wrong to study the dead in ways that insult the living. Therefore, they relinquished control over the 25 percent of all catalogued remains at museums and other institutions that could be culturally affiliated with federally recognized tribes. Some tribes have reburied these remains, others have stored them, and some have asked institutions to continue to hold them.

In making arrangements to repatriate these culturally affiliated remains over the past 20 years, archaeologists and tribal leaders opened new lines of communication with each other.

This was a welcome development, because relations between them had been touchy, at best. Many American Indians had questioned the need for research on their ancestors’ bones, and considered archaeological digs to be insulting, or simple theft. Tensions were often high. I still recall the moment in 1979, when I was starting out in archaeology, that two young Paiute men approached me in a bar in Fallon, Nev., flashing knives, and warned me not to “dig up” their grandfather.

Today, many tribes have a more positive view of archaeology. More American Indians study the science today, and tribes have their own archaeology programs, and work with outside researchers. I am working with the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes in Glacier National Park, in Montana, to study archaeological and paleoecological information in receding ice patches.

The new federal regulations undermine this progress. In an effort to repatriate the 124,000 sets of remains that cannot be affiliated with recognized tribes using current evidence, they ignore the importance of tribal connections to ancient remains — that essential common value that drew the tribes and the scientists together. Institutions must now offer to repatriate remains to tribes that have no demonstrable cultural affiliation with them.

In some situations, under the new rules, institutions are directed to simply “transfer control of culturally unidentifiable human remains to other Indian tribes” or, in clear violation of the law, “to an Indian group that is not federally recognized.” If all else fails, institutions can simply re-inter the unidentifiable remains near where they were found.

The main objective, it seems, is to get rid of the remains however possible, as quickly as possible. The regulations clearly undermine the law’s compromise, and Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, should rescind them.

Those who wrote the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act recognized that the older remains are, the more difficult it is to affiliate them with any modern tribe. But science continues to develop methods that can help determine cultural affiliation. This work should be allowed to continue. Someday, all the skeletal remains may be repatriated to their proper descendants. In the process we will have learned much, through archaeological analysis, about the dead, and much more, through dialogue between scientists and tribes, about the living.

Robert L. Kelly is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

National Parks Traveler Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks
Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission. Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
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Volunteer Metal Detectorist and Archaeology
Here is an interesting article post by the National Park Service. The conclusions of the article are very positive.
Conclusion from the Article:
This project clearly shows the level of information collection possible using a group of dedicated volunteer metal detector hobbyists. Without the metal detector hobbyists volunteering their time, none of the new information about the Kings Mountain battle would be available to the public. The relationship has been one of mutual benefit, as volunteers are able to work in places to which they would not otherwise have access and they can handle and photograph the artifacts found. This gives them “bragging rights” and additional information about material culture.

The archeologists, on the other hand, have a cadre of hard working volunteers. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the material culture and each individual is an important resource. They are willing to travel great distances, sometime at personal expense, to participate in the fieldwork. In short, park archeologists would be unable to do this work without the skills that these volunteers bring.
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Pastport in Time (A Volunteer Program by the USDA Forest Service)
Many of the projects undertaken by the Forest Service seeks metal detectorist volunteers .
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Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization


The volunteers of BRAVO, a nonprofit organization, work to promote public interest in history and archaeology in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service.

BRAVO's purpose is to preserve, publicize, and enhance New Jersey's cultural heritage, from prehistory to the recent past, with an emphasis on our Revolutionary War heritage.
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Hunting History: Archaeologists and detectorists to continue survey of Rosalia's Steptoe Battlefield
Spokane treasure hunters helping look for clues about what really happened during battle nearly 150 years ago. Read More
Archaeology - The Archaeology of Battlefields
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
From the article:
Who came up with the idea of using volunteer teams with metal detectors to survey fields? It's kind of a low-tech, low-cost remote sensing. Metal detectors are simply low-cost near-surface electrical conductivity meters. They are a geophysical method. When Richard Fox and I began planning the first Little Bighorn investigations we were well aware of work from the 1950s on that site and others where metal detectors were used to find battle artifacts. Those initial efforts had mixed results due to detector technology of that time. By the 1980s detectors were much more sophisticated and sensitive to buried metals, so it was a natural choice of equipment to use on a battle site where firearms predominated We also realized that we did not have the time or funding to conduct a traditional archaeological inventory and testing program, so using volunteer metal detectors seemed to be a reasonable alternative. As they say, the rest is history. Later I did a computer simulation on the Little Bighorn metal-detected artifact find locations by laying a shovel test array over the field, with 5 and 10 meter spacing, to see how many of the 5,000 artifacts we would have found using traditional shovel testing methods--the results were truly surprising, with fewer than 10 falling in any of 50 cm shovel test locales. These findings have been borne out over and over again on other battlefield work throughout this country and in Europe. I, by no means, advocate replacing traditional archaeological investigations with metal detecting, rather I espouse adding the detector and a knowledgeable operator to the archaeologist's toolkit.

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Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Metal Detectorists Participating in Archaeology Research

This site list nine to ten situations where volunteer metal detectorist worked on archaeological project both in the U.S. and the U.K.
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The Impact OF Metal Detectors: Preservation Lessons from the Battlefield
William B. Lees, Director
Historic Sites Division
Oklahoma Historical Society


Subject: Metal Detecting on National Forests
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 96 08:04:00 MST
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by EVAN I. DeBLOOIS
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