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Meteorite Definition From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

April 17, 2017
Meteor causes house-shaking thud

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

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

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

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

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

April 13, 2017
An expert’s guide to meteorites

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

There are three main varieties of meteorites:

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

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

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

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

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

“Did you guys see that?” Demi asks.

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

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

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

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

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

"I've never seen anything like it in my life," said Ben, who works for Plymouth City Council. "I was late to work, but I think my boss was alright. Read More

April 08, 2017
Meteorite Finder Fights China’s (Mostly Terrestrial) Property Law

BEIJING — One summer day, a Kazakh herder in northwest China noticed that a giant black boulder had appeared overnight in the grasslands where he raises sheep and cattle. He left it there, and it sat undisturbed for more than two decades.

But in 2011, local officials declared the rock a meteorite and hauled it away, arguing that natural resources were state property. So the herder and his sons decided to sue.

“The meteorite wasn’t made on land, or even on the earth,” the family’s lawyer, Sun Yi, said in a telephone interview from Shanghai. “It’s from outer space, so it should belong to the person who first discovered it.” Read More

March 20, 2017
Sighting of meteorite's moon hit by Aberystwyth scientists

Space scientists in Aberystwyth believe they have captured the first confirmed UK sighting of a meteorite hitting the Moon.

The image was taken on New Year's Day from a remotely operated telescope at Aberystwyth University.

The lunar impact flash - an explosion of light caused by something hitting the Moon's surface - was corroborated by a team of Italian astronomers.

Dr Tony Cook said the flashes were "notoriously difficult to record".

Dr Cook, who captured the image, said: "The meteorite would be travelling at anywhere between 10 to 70km (6 to 43miles) per second as it hit the surface of the Moon. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 13, 2016
Seven Superb Watches with Meteorite Dials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 05, 2016
Space rubble mesmerizes meteorite hunter

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

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

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

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

December 04, 2016
Fripon is French for Meteorite Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2016
Meteorite Find of a Lifetime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 14, 2016
2nd Largest Meteorite Belongs To TCU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 07, 2016
Monster meteorite found in Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 14, 2016
Study finds longest meteorite field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 01, 2016
Queensland meteorite: New footage emerges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This discovery is earth-shattering – literally.

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

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

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

September 09, 2016
Witnesses: Meteorite Explodes Over Cyprus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 22, 2016
Sensational meteorite fragments unearthed in Bern field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 08, 2016
Meteorite Before Your Eyes

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

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

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

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

August 08, 2016
Meteorite spotted across Sutton sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make no mistake: these are no ordinary rocks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He, along with his team, discovered 15 meteorites.

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

June 29, 2016
ASU researchers find pieces of meteorite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 18, 2016
Space rock relic: Scientists say new type of meteorite is remnant of ancient asteroid collision

A meteorite discovered in a Swedish quarry appears to be the only remnant of one part of a massive asteroid collision more than 470 million years ago, according to new research.

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have published their findings on the unique space rock discovered in 2011 in the journal Nature Communications.

The meteorite is the first of its kind found on Earth. "In our entire civilization, we have collected over 50,000 meteorites, and no one has seen anything like this one before," said study co-author Qing-zhu Yin.

"Discovering a new type of meteorite is very, very exciting," he added. Read More

June 09, 2016
Cemetery stone thought to be meteorite rock

According to a newspaper article printed in the Brown County World in 1920, a farmer living west of Hiawatha in about the year 1884 thought that a meteor had fallen on his farm and embedded itself in about 8 feet of earth.

Brown County Historical Society Director Eric Thompson brought the article to the Hiawatha World’s attention. The same newspaper article was also printed in the Hiawatha Daily World on Thursday, Nov. 17, 1920, and gives a few details about the Heffner Family Monument that is located at the Hiawatha Cemetery:

“During the recent visit here of Mrs. Florence Heffner Minium, of Morland, Kans., she gave an interesting account of the stone which is now a family monument in the Hiawatha cemetery. Many regard the stone as merely a rough hewn boulder not knowing its history. The stone was a meteor which fell on the Wm. Heffner farm west of Hiawatha, now owned by W. C. Rutland, about the year 1884. It was embedded about 8 feet in the earth and remained there about 20 years. As Mr. Heffner always worried about a stone being on his farm his son-in-law, Clint Minium, finally found ways and means to hoist it from its bed. The stone was used for a house block several years and the family finally decided to use it for the family monument. Read More

June 02, 2016
King Tut's Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite

When archaeologists discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, they were stunned by the riches contained within. One of the weirder artifacts of the tomb was a dagger that confused scientists, sporting a blade seemingly impervious to rust and age. Now, reports The Guardian’s Alan Yuhas, the secret of the blade’s timelessness has been uncovered: It was made from a meteorite.

New research published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science confirms that the blade was made with materials from a meteorite. Scientists performed X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a method used to learn more about the elements the object is composed of. In this case, they found iron, nickel and cobalt—materials found inside chunks of space rocks that survive their fall to Earth. Read More

June 02, 2016
Meteorite hunters gear up after early morning fireball

TUCSON - Video and photos captured across Arizona show a meteor entering earth's atmosphere, brightening the early morning sky.

"They heard the explosions, the sonic booms all the way from Phoenix, Pine Top, Show Low," said Robert Haag, meteorite hunter.

NASA confirms, Thursday morning's meteor was 10 feet across and weighed tens of tons, but broke up in the sky. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

“If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson,” said Bill Cooke in NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The race is on to get to them first. Haag believes the landing area is near Cibecue, Ariz. Read More

May 24, 2016
Meteorite hunt in Rangeley attracts expert from Ariz.

RANGELEY, Maine — Since a fireball was caught on camera last Tuesday morning, some people have descended upon the Rangeley area hoping to find a piece of the meteorite, and cash in on a reward being offered by the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum.

But now the search has stepped up a notch, attracting a planetary science field researcher from Arizona.

Robert Ward hunts for meteorites and has recovered fragments from all over the world. He offers pieces up to laboratories to study and learn more about our solar system; the rest he keeps in a private collection open to visitors.

"I think it's fascinating to touch something that came from outer space, it’s something that came from the solar system and I'm the first human to ever touch it."

Despite the dense woods and lakes surrounding the Rangeley region, Ward is optimistic he'll find something, especially after talking to a few of the locals. Read More

May 20, 2016
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it... a meteorite?

Cape Town – People across the Mother City on Friday took to social media after apparently seeing a meteorite shooting through the skies.

The SA Astronomical Observatory said it had been told that a “burning” object was seen from people in different parts of Cape Town, Eyewitness News reported.

One person, Peter Herring said he had seen it from Pinelands and it “streaked high in eastern skies”. Read More

May 18, 2016
Museum offers reward and tips to find meteorite

BETHEL, Maine People across the country are still talking about the fireball that lit up the sky very early Tuesday morning.

Scientists say the meteor entered Earth's atmosphere over Maine, and exploded near Franklin County.

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum won't officially open until next spring, but researchers there are hoping for the chance to look at any fragments from the meteorite, hoping to learn more about the solar system.

They recently held a meeting to create a fireball network, setting up more cameras throughout the state to capture events like this, and better collect data from the skies.

"They're really important scientifically because it gives some insight to what was going on when the solar system formed," said Carl Francis. Read More

May 18, 2016
Sky’s No Limit For Meteorite Collectors

The sky’s no limit to buyers of meteorites that have fallen to earth queuing up to bid at a specialist auction.

After hurtling billions of miles across space and surviving the burn-up of entering the atmosphere travelling at thousands of miles an hour, these meteorites are scarce and valuable lumps of rock and metal.

If you want to stand beside the experts, you need to get your terminology right.

A meteor is an object passing through the earth’s atmosphere leaving a tell-tale bright trail.

A meteorite is an object that was undoubtedly once a meteor that has landed on the surface of the earth. Read More

May 17, 2016
Meteorite’s Bright Crash to Earth Caught on Police Dashcam Video in Maine

For a few seconds, the sky over Portland, Maine, lit up as a giant fireball crashed through Earth’s atmosphere — and it was caught on video.

Dashcam video from the Portland Police Department captured the fireball’s brief but impressive flight early Tuesday morning.

According to the American Meteor Society, such events are extremely common, but extremely rare to behold.

The society’s operations manager, Mike Hankey, says fireballs (and yes, that’s the correct astronomical term) happen pretty regularly when debris hits the Earth’s atmosphere and creates friction and heat.

“Debris from space hits Earth all the time,” Hankey told CNN. “The bigger the debris, the bigger the flash of light.” Read More

May 11, 2016
Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

Californian scientists are testing a system this month that may save humanity in the not-too-distant future.

Boffins at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will fire up high-energy lasers to see if they can successfully vaporize rocks from outer space.

But don't worry; your tax dollars aren't being used to build a Death Star – at least not yet. Instead the Lawrences plan to destroy meteorites that have already hit Earth as a way of testing how resistant they are to lasers and figure out how to destroy or divert a bigger threat heading to our planet - something that is bound to happen at some point.

"It's not a matter of if, but when," said researcher Megan Bruck Syal. "Our challenge is to figure out how to avert disaster before it happens." Read More

May 09, 2016
Strange light over Gympie not Halley's tail, expert says
WAPPA Falls Astronomical Observatory owner Owen Bennedick has debunked the idea that the strange light soaring through the Gympie sky on the weekend was part of the Halley's Comet meteorite shower.

The Yandina astronomer said the light, which was captured by Bundaberg resident Charlotte Meerman on her mobile phone as she passed through Gympie, was too big to be part of a meteorite shower.

He said the light, which appeared in the sky around 5.30pm on Saturday, was either a sporadic meteroite, which he described as debri and junk floating around the solar system, or a piece of space junk from a spent satellite or rocket.

He explained that a comet's tail was so fine and thin, they were not even visible with a radar, let alone the naked eye. Read More

May 05, 2016
Barwell Meteorite site up for green plaque award

Barwell Meteorite is one of 12 notable figures, places and events to be shortlisted for a prestigious green plaque award.

The space rock is one of the largest ever to land in Britain and it needs the public’s vote to secure the prize.

Residents are invited to have their say on who, or what, should receive a honourable plaque from Leicestershire County Council.

The meteorite crashed to earth on Christmas Eve in 1965 and its arrival was followed by a mighty sonic boom as the 4.5 million-year-old rock exploded into thousands of pieces. Read More

April 29, 2016
UCLA team of scientists explores Mojave Desert for meteorites

The Mojave Desert’s dusty red plains constitute a vast landscape of sand, creosote bush and cinder-cone mountains – sparse, uninhabited and dry.

But on certain days, a team of UCLA geologists, cosmochemists and planetary scientists scours acres of the desert landscape for meteorites, chunks of rock that have fallen from space.

Next month, when temperatures strain to more than 100 degrees, the team will hunt there again, exploring a 46-acre donation of land the university received in January. Read More

April 21, 2016
Reddit User Finds Meteorite In Michigan Woods

A Reddit user made a surprising find in the woods, but was unaware of what he had actually stumbled upon until he posted a picture online.

Redditor EnigmaEcstacy shared a photo in a sub-Reddit community called "Rockhounds." He said the "rock" he found in the woods weighed three pounds and was magnetic. Read More

April 12, 2016
How Do You Decide What a Meteorite Is Worth?

How do you put a price on a meteorite, an item so unnatural that it literally does not come from this planet? Can you even put a specific price tag on a rock, a simple rock, that has the power to remind us of our insignificance in the universe? The answer, of course, is yes. But it "can really be quite difficult," according to James Hyslop, a specialist at Christie's who discussed the auction house's upcoming sale of meteorites with Bloomberg.

Hyslop is Christie's head of Natural Sciences, and in a video on their website can be seen posing with various cave bear skeletons and geological formations. In setting a price for meteorites, he seems to have been in search of a precedent, and has settled on diamonds. "The diamond industry uses the four C's," he tells Bloomberg. "We use the four S's: size, shape, science, and story."

Those stories can be best when they're simple. This came from Mars! This came from the Moon! Many of the meteorites have an inherent beauty that speaks to a natural process transcending worlds. Christie's suggests that these could be worth up to $16,000. Read More

April 11, 2016
4.5B-Year-Old Meteorite Launches Bizarre Legal Fight

The question of who owns a particular chunk of a famed meteorite is heading to federal court with the filing of a lawsuit and countersuit, SF Gate reports. It all started billions of years ago with the Fukang meteorite slammed into China's Gobi Desert. Fast-forward to the year 2000: when the meteorite was discovered and collectors began acquiring slices of it. Among them was Stephan Settgast, currently of California, who says he bought his 220-pound piece in 2004. In 2014, according to court documents, Settgast agreed to sell it to Lawrence Stifler and Mary McFadden of Massachusetts for $425,000. And then it all went bad. Settgast says the couple violated the conditions of the sale by planning to show it in their rock museum. They say not showing the meteorite was never a condition of the sale and suggest that Settgast got "seller's remorse" after learning he might have undervalued it. Read More

April 06, 2016
Museum Accuses Marin County Man of Stealing Missing Gold-Flecked Meteorite Over 'Seller’s Remorse'

It’s not everyday you could have the opportunity to buy a piece of space – but Christie’s London auction house will on April 20 offer about 80 meteorite pieces and a bunch of space rock paraphernalia to go along with them.

The meteorite collection is made up of a variety of sample space rocks from private and public collections with some items expected to fetch over a million dollars at the auction.

Arguably the most interesting space rock up for sale is one known as the Valera Meteorite – which is purported to have killed a cow. The Christie’s entry for Valera looks like this: Read More

April 02, 2016
50 years later, Buchanan County meteorite still gets interest

Claudia Spencer heard the story, the one about her husband’s grandfather and the flash of light that landed in Buchanan County.

“(He) remembered coming home from a date one night and seeing this thing coming out of the sky,” she said. “He saw the proximity of where it landed but he never found anything. At that time, they didn’t own the land. It fell on several farms.”

Later — 50 years ago this month, to be precise — the son of the man who saw that light, Carl R. Spencer, did find something. Near a fence line on his farm between Faucett and DeKalb, he lifted a rock, rusty and quite heavy for its size.

Keep in mind, this Buchanan County land has the qualities of loess soil, silt picked up by the winds and deposited over the eons. Rocks do not blow in so easily. Some rocks would present themselves, there amid the dirt, but this one seemed off. Read More

March 29, 2016
Would You Buy a 1,433-Pound Meteorite For $1.1 Million?

Meteorites are coming to an auction house near you next month. Christie’s London has organized a sale of over 83 space rocks at their South Kensington location, which are expected to go for £3.4 million ($3.81 million) on April 20. The most expensive of the bunch — described as “the world’s largest oriented meteorite with extraterrestrial gemstones” — is estimated at £500,000-£800,000 ($704,000-$1,126,400), and weighs 1,433 pounds. Read More

March 18, 2016
Meteorite over Dawlish on St Patrick's Day - watch the amazing video

The bright meteor was sighted streaking above Britain, with some witnesses describing the event as a blue and green flash.

Sightings of the fireball were reported in London, Hampshire, Stafford and on the east coast of England, with some naming it the St Patrick's Day meteor because of its colour.

According to the Guardian, the word meteor describes the process of a meteoroid – a body of dust and rocky or metallic particles travelling through space – burning up in the Earth's atmosphere and resulting in the huge flashes, or "shooting star", we see. Read More

March 17, 2016
Fragments of Meteorite That Killed Dinosaurs Found in Colombia

The meteorite hit Earth on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico over 66 million years ago, and these are the first fragments to be found in South America.

A team of scientists working on the Colombian island of Gorgonilla, near the border with Ecuador, has found traces of the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs over 66 million years ago, said media reports Wednesday.

“(We have) evidence of the impact of the meteorite, (they are very tiny) particles that are the result when the meteorite hit,” geologist Herman Bermudez told Spanish news agency EFE.

Those remains, called spherulites, which are small, rounded bodies that commonly occur in vitreous igneous rocks, are part of the continental shelf material that is currently the Yucatan Peninsula and they were found with fragments of the meteorite. Read More

March 10, 2016
How an Amateur Meteorite Hunter Tracked Down a Fireball

When a fireball whizzed over Florida on Jan. 24, more than a hundred witnesses reported spotting the flare on the American Meteor Society’s website. Within a week, Mike Hankey, an amateur meteorite hunter based nearly a thousand miles away near Baltimore, was holding a muddy chunk of the space rock he found near a swamp.

“With A.M.S. we are connecting the sky to the ground,” Mr. Hankey, 43, said, referring to the fireball tracker he manages for the American Meteor Society, a nonprofit organization that monitors fireballs and meteor showers, when he’s not running a software development business. “People are seeing this object in the sky and then a few weeks later they are holding it in their hands.” Read More

March 07, 2016
Rare element found in 'Curious Marie' meteorite can reveal clues about how the solar system formed and the date of planets

o Evidence shows curium could have been around 4.5 billion years ago
o Uranium isotopes, decayed from curium in meteorite, called 'Curious Marie'
o This puts end to 35 year long debate over whether it was there during formation of solar system

Forget Curious George, it's all about Curious Marie. That is the name given to a unique meteorite which has provided researchers with answers to questions about the dynamics in our early solar system, 4.5 billion years ago.

The finding puts an end to a debate that has been raging for 35 years, and gives us a deepened understanding of how our solar system was made. Read More

March 06, 2016
Meteorite hunter offers £10,000 reward for parts of space rock that fell on Scottish soil

Rob Elliott has spent 20 years scouring the globe in search of cosmic rocks that have landed on earth.

The 55-year-old’s stellar dedication has seen him amass a collection once valued at £1 million.

Having already made enough to pay off his mortgage, he doesn’t sell them any more but focuses instead on collecting them.

And he’s offering a massive £10,000 reward to anyone who has part of the meteor which lit up the sky over Scotland last week.

Hundreds of people were startled when a shining streak of light flashed across the sky over the Borders.

Rob said if anyone could prove they had a chunk he would fork out an astronomical sum for it. Read More

March 02, 2016
The hunt is on for remains of meteorite in the north of Scotland

The hunt is on for the remains of a meteorite which burst into the atmosphere and lit up the night skies over the north of Scotland.

People as far north as Inverness and as far south as the Angus area reported seeing the “bright white flash”.

And now astronomers have confirmed it was a “fireball or bolide” which would have been travelling at anything between 25,000mph-160,000mph.

Our exclusive map details where reports of falling fragments were made – Lhanbryde, Alford and Forfar – where flashes in the sky were also reported. Read More

March 01, 2016
Meteorite Hunters Find 6 Space Rocks from Florida Fireball

Meteorite hunters in Florida have found six space rocks associated with a rare daytime fireball that streaked through the Sunshine State's skies on Jan. 24.

The newfound meteorite assemblage was the sixth recorded from Florida, and the first one linked to a fireball observed by witnesses, experts said. (The other meteorites were uncovered beneath layers of Earth long after they fell.) You can see photos of their meteorite hunt here. Read More

February 23, 2016
100-Foot Asteroid Will Make A Close Encounter With Earth In March

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An asteroid almost the length of an Olympic-size swimming pool is on a path that will bring it close to Earth in about two weeks, according to scientists.

The asteroid has been dubbed 2016 TX68. It measures about 100 feet across and according to NASA, is on course to fly past Earth on March 7.

Astronomer Gerald McKeegan at Chabot Space and Science told the Contra Costa Times, “it’s gonna be close.”

How close? Scientists have given a range: it could be as far out as 9 million miles, or as close as 11,000 miles.

“It’s going to miss us,” says McKeegan, “There’s nothing to worry about.” Yet. Read More

February 23, 2016
Huge fireball explodes over Atlantic as meteor flies into Earth from space

A meteor flew into the atmosphere about 600 miles off the coast of Brazil. As it did so, it exploded in the air and unleashed a huge blaze in the Atlantic sky — but nobody was really around to see it.

Even despite the huge power of the explosion, scientists said that the explosion would have caused few problems even if it happened near people.

“Had it happened over a populated area it, would’ve rattled some windows and probably terrified a lot of people,” said researcher Phil Plait. “But I don’t think it would’ve done any real damage." Read More

February 20, 2016
Watch a meteorite explode over Route 66 in the Mojave Desert

Time lapse videos shot in the most isolated places provides us with a glimpse of a beauty we can only imagine and remind us that in the greater scheme of space and our own universe we are tiny specks of star dust as this meteorite explosion captured over Route 66 in the Mojave desert shows.

Growing up, every Easter and summer my parents would take me and my siblings to our grandmother’s house nestled in a valley in the Gaeltacht area of west Donegal, miles from the nearest town or village. Because we were so far away from the lights of towns and there was nothing to obstruct our view and on clear nights the stars felt so achingly close that we imagined we could touch them. Falling stars descended with seeming regularity to our young minds. For one thing, we felt and accepted our place in the universe. Read More

February 17, 2016
Iron meteorites 'buried in Antarctica' by the Sun

New research suggests there could be a layer of iron-rich meteorites hidden just under the Antarctic ice.

The churning of glaciers spews many space rocks out on to the surface in Antarctica, but compared to elsewhere on Earth, few of them are made of iron.

Based on modelling and lab experiments, scientists say the missing metallic rocks might be burying themselves, by melting the ice as sunlight heats them.

To prove their idea, the team now wants to look for the rocks themselves.

"The study is proposing a hypothesis - these samples should be there. We just have to go and locate them," said Dr Katherine Joy from the University of Manchester, a co-author of the paper published in Nature Communications. Read More

February 12, 2016
Meteorite Hunters: How the Experts Can Tell If Rocks Are from Space

When news broke that a meteorite may have crash-landed in India last weekend, some experts thought it was odd that no one had seen a fiery space rock blaze across the sky.

That turned out to be the first of many clues suggesting that the unusual incident wasn't caused by a space rock, but likely by a land-based explosion — one that killed one person and injured three others, experts told Live Science.

"Initial assessments, based on photos posted online, are not consistent with something from space," NASA said in a statement emailed to Live Science. "Small meteorites do not start fires or cause explosions when they hit the ground." Read More

January 27, 2016
Meteorite fireball burns through South Georgia, Florida skies

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Dozens of spotters sighted a fireball burning its way through the skies of South Georgia and North Florida Sunday, and an area astronomer said it might have been a meteorite making landfall in the region.

More than 100 reports of an "extremely bright daytime fireball" around 10:25 a.m. had been submitted to the American Meteor Society, according to the group's website. Most of the sightings were to the east and southeast of Valdosta, though some sightings were made in the Tallahassee, Florida area to Valdosta's west, according to a map on the group’s website.

Dr. Martha Leake of the physics, astronomy and geosciences department at Valdosta State University said she was alerted to the fireball by Dr. William Cooke, a VSU graduate and head of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Read More

January 25, 2016
Found in Antarctica: first pictures of Russian meteorite discoveries

Meteorites are easier to collect in Antarctica than elsewhere on Earth, because they are more visible on or near the surface. And certainly, they are simpler to obtain than sending spaceships to find and bring back samples. To scientists they gave a unique opportunity to glean secrets studying objects from all over the solar system without leaving our planet.

This first contemporary Russian expedition to hunt for meteorites on Antarctica took place from 20 December to 10 January in an area of 'blue ice' in Queen Maud Land, as the pictures here show some of the finds.

The university's rector Viktor Koksharov said: 'The Antarctic expedition has been a success, despite the extreme weather conditions in which the scientists worked. Overall, the team has gathered about 30 kilograms of samples for further study at the university's laboratory. This process may take about six months. Read More

January 14, 2016
Lake Eyre meteorite 'Crown property', researchers required to hand findings over

Who owns a rare 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite once it plunges to Earth?

The case of a 1.8-kilogram meteorite which fell from space and buried itself into the bed of the outback's Lake Eyre has shed light on the little-known laws governing Australia's meteorite finds.

Western Australian researchers who found the space rock — which is older than planet Earth — say they are now required to hand it over to the South Australian Museum.

Professor Phil Bland, who leads the Curtin University's Desert Fireball Network, said he and his team are only too happy to have had the meteorite on loan.

"We just want to get the scientific value out of it, we don't want to kind of keep them on a mantelpiece," he said. Read More

January 12, 2016
A meteorite may have crashed into Mt Coolum last night

WE can't say for sure whether a rock from space slammed into Mt Coolum last night, but something streaked through the night sky over the Sunshine Coast.

A call-out on the Daily's Facebook page drew hundreds of comments from Sunshine Coast residents, some of whom saw the streak in the sky as it fell towards the mountain.

" I saw it," commented Gabby Smith. "We live in Noosa Parklands, Tewantin. It was out towards the West.

"In my 48 years I've never seen anything so BIG. So BRIGHT. With such a big tail. It was truly amazing. Unreal!"

Greg Jackman saw something too - although it might have been a different somerthing...

"Might of been the night for it," he said. "We left Coolum after 9.00 last night and while heading down the Bruce Hwy I saw the greenest looking shooting star I have ever seen. Read More

January 11, 2016
Meteorite older than Earth discovered in Australia

CBS NEWS When a greenish fireball streaked above the Australian Outback in November, meteorite researchers went hunting for the space rock that caused this cosmic display.

This week, they announced success after pulling a meteorite out of the salty mud near a remote lake bed in the desert.

The 3.5-lb. (1.6 kilograms) rock likely formed during the birth of the solar system, more than 4.5 billion years ago, the researchers say.

"It was an amazing team effort -- we got there by the skin of our teeth," Phil Bland, a planetary geologist at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, said in a statement.

The space rock streaked across the sky on Nov. 27, 2015. It was spotted not only by locals but also by five of the 32 remote skygazing cameras Bland and his colleagues have installed across the Australian Outback as part of the new Desert Fireball Network. Read More

January 07, 2016
Ancient meteorite dug from Australian desert offers window into early solar system

On Nov. 27, a network of high-tech cameras glimpsed it falling from the sky: a shining meteorite zipping through the earth’s atmosphere and landing somewhere in the Australian outback. The journey was visible for about six seconds, a long exposure for such an event.

By New Year’s Eve, planetary scientist Phil Bland and his team from Western Australia’s Curtin University had made their way to Lake Eyre, where they had tracked the space rock’s trajectory to a crater in the lake’s solid salt crust. To reach it, Bland rode on a quad bike through the sweltering desert (it’s summer Down Under), navigating the damp clay until he arrived at a small cavity in the ground.

From where he was standing, Bland could just barely make out the shoreline four miles away. “It is an almost surreal place to be,” he said. With no civilization in sight, the treasure he sought was right in front of him. Read More

January 03, 2016
'I saw meteorite break up over Plymouth on New Year's Eve', says supermarket worker

A SUPERMARKET worker claims he saw a meteorite enter the earth’s atmosphere and break up over Plymouth.

Amateur space watcher David Butland, aged 42, says he was standing outside his parents’ house in Beacon Park at about 7pm on New Year’s Eve when he noticed a “yellowish light” in the sky, passing from south to north.

“I kept watching it and it started growing and changing colour,” David said.

“About 10 seconds before it disappeared it started burning up, then four or five fragments broke off Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The demise of the Neva

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The land is stained.

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

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

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

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

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

The missing evidence? Diamonds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2017
Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2016
Third shipwreck from Luna fleet discovered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 08, 2016
Large petroglyphs discovered on Waianae coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But each contributed a chapter to the "Newark Earthworks: Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings," edited by Ohio State University professors Lindsay Jones and Richard Shiels. Read More

July 26, 2016
Archaeologists find elusive 16th-century Spanish fort on Parris Island

Nearly 40 years after finding the remains of the 16th-century town of Santa Elena on present-day Parris Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, archaeologists have discovered San Marcos, one of five Spanish forts that operated during the town's 21-year history.

University of South Carolina archaeologist Chester DePratter along with Victor Thompson, an anthropologist from the University of Georgia, have conducted research at Santa Elena since 2014 to find the fort that was founded in 1577 by Pedro Menedez Marquez, the governor of Spanish La Florida.

Their discovery, which will be published this week in the Journal of Archeology Science Reports, sheds new light on the oldest, most northern Spanish settlement in the Americas, built to thwart French exploration into the New World. Read More Second Article

July 26, 2016
Archaeologists make 'exciting' discovery in Alamo dig

Archaeologists digging at the Alamo have discovered an adobe wall that may provide clues to the famous site’s Spanish Colonial history.

The wall, which is about 23 inches below the flagstone surface of San Antonio's Alamo Plaza, was discovered July 22 near where historians think the west wall of the complex was built. Experts are working to locate the compound’s original walls.

The location of the famous battle of the Alamo in 1836, the site was first established as a Spanish mission in 1744.

“Last week we very excited to discover we found the remnants of an old adobe brick wall,” explained Nesta Anderson, the dig’s lead investigator and senior archaeologist at Pape-Dawson Engineers, in a press conference Monday. “In the ground, we can see clearly, bricks stacked next to each other, they are made of adobe, so they are very fragile.” Read More

July 25, 2016
Ice Age Hunting Camp, Replete With Bird Bones and Tobacco, Found in Utah Desert

In the dead-flat desert of northwestern Utah, archaeologists have uncovered a scene from a distant, and more verdant, time.

Just a few centimeters below the sun-baked surface, researchers have discovered a campsite used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers 12,300 years ago — when Utah’s West Desert was lush wetland.

Artifacts found at the site include the charred remains of an ancient hearth, a finely crafted spear point, and, most surprising, a collection of tobacco seeds — likely the earliest evidence of tobacco use ever found in North America.

“What makes this interesting is there’s no direct evidence of anybody using tobacco past 3,000 years ago,” said Dr. Daron Duke, senior archaeologist with the Nevada-based Far Western Anthropological Research Group, in a press statement. Read More

July 18, 2016
16,000-Year-Old Tools Discovered in Texas, Among the Oldest Found in the West
Archaeologists in Texas thought they’d made an important discovery in the 1990s, when they unearthed a trove of stone tools dating back 13,000 years, revealing traces of the oldest widespread culture on the continent.

But then, years later, they made an even more powerful find in the same place — another layer of artifacts that were older still.

About a half-hour north of Austin and a meter deep in water-logged silty clay, researchers have uncovered evidence of human occupation dating back as much as 16,700 years, including fragments of human teeth and more than 90 stone tools. Read More

June 23, 2016
Campsite dating back 12,000 years unearthed by Route 8

Archaeologists say a campsite unearthed just metres from a new highway in Fredericton could be more than 12,000 years old.

The campsite held 600 artifacts, most of which were from tool making, as well as a fire pit containing ancient charcoal.

"It's very, very rare to find a campfire from 12,000 years ago, intact like this," said Brent Suttie, the provincial archaeologist, who is leading a team of 22 technicians on site.

Artifacts including stone tool fragments and arrowheads that would have been attached to rods to make spears have been found at the site. No ceremonial objects were found at the site.

The campsite is located just metres from the shoulder of a stretch of Route 8. Read More

June 19, 2016
Archaeologists find pieces of a small medicine jar that are linked to the lost colony

MANTEO, N.C. Archaeologists have found pottery pieces that could have been part of a jar belonging to a medicine maker of the Roanoke voyages, and even a member of the lost colony.

The two quarter-sized fragments, colored blue, white and brown, were buried in the soil two feet below the surface not far from The Lost Colony theater ticket house. An earthen mound believed to be a fort from the period lies 75 yards from the discovery site.

“It was an exciting find,” said Eric Deetz, an archaeologist with the First Colony Foundation who was part of the dig earlier this month. “That pottery had something to do with the Elizabethan presence on that island.” Read More

June 10, 2016
Archaeological discoveries at rare 400-year-old American Indian homestead site

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – With each gentle scrape of the trowel, the underside of a large broken pottery vessel emerges from the dirt in a peaceful river valley in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Artful coils and swirls are stamped on the fired clay. A few feet to the left, the remains of a clay wall and burned wood help paint the story of what might have happened at this family farmstead 400 years ago.

“The extended family that occupied this site were likely forerunners of the Tribe we know today as the Cherokee,” said Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests archeologist James Wettstead. “Each pottery piece helps us determine how these people lived in the early 1600s and why they were here.” Read More

June 07, 2016
Ancient Seafarers’ Tool Sites, Up to 12,000 Years Old, Discovered on California Island

On a rugged island just offshore from Ventura County, archaeologists have turned up evidence of some of the oldest human activity in coastal Southern California.

On Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands, researchers have found three sites scattered with ancient tool-making debris and the shells of harvested shellfish.

The youngest of the three sites has been dated to 6,600 BCE, but based on the types of tools found at the other two, archaeologists say they may be as much as 11,000 to 12,000 years old.

The artifacts are traces of what’s known as the Island Paleocoastal culture, descendants of migrants who moved south from Alaska along the Pacific at the end of the last Ice Age. Read More

June 02, 2016
19th-Century White House Garden Aligns with Solstice Sun

A 19th-century garden just north of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C., was designed so that its statues align with the rising and setting sun on the summer and winter solstices, a physics professor has found. Using satellite imagery and astronomical software, Amelia Sparavigna, of Politecnico di Torino in Italy, discovered the phenomenon. The solstice sun aligns with the center of the garden, which contains a statue of President Andrew Jackson, and the endings of four walkways that now contain four statues of generals from the American Revolutionary War, the physicist found. Read More

June 01, 2016
Looters Steal Civil War History at Petersburg National Battlefield

Petersburg, Virginia - While Americans this weekend honor citizens who gave their lives in defense of home and country, the National Park Service is investigating looting that took place at a Civil War battlefield earlier in the week. The initial assessment at Petersburg National Battlefield identified a large number of excavations in the park. Thieves were likely looking for relics on a field where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg.

'This is an affront to the memory of people who fought and died on this field and it is destruction and theft of history from the American people,' said Petersburg National Battlefield Superintendent Lewis Rogers. 'This kind of aberrant behavior is always disgusting but it is particularly egregious as Memorial Day weekend arrives, a time when we honor the memories of our friends and family.'

The affected area of the battlefield is an active crime scene, Rogers said. The remainder of the 2,700-acre park is open to visitors. Park staff discovered the excavated pits earlier in the week. Read More

June 01, 2016
Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Fire

On a sunny day this spring Josh Chase, an archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management, stood on the bluff above Montana’s Milk River and watched as flames raced through one of the most unique archaeological sites on the northern Plains. But instead of worrying about the fate of smoldering teepee rings or stone tools, Chase was excited. He had planned the controlled burn, and even the firefighters on scene could see the fire instantly uncovering a rich record of the bison hunters who lived there 700 to 1,000 years ago.

By burning the 600-acre stretch of grassland in northeastern Montana named after one-time landowner Henry Smith, Chase gained perspective that would have been nearly impossible to achieve with traditional archaeological techniques. A research aircraft later flew over to image the freshly exposed artifacts, including the remains of rock structures used to corral and kill bison, stone vision quest structures where people fasted and prayed and stones arranged in human and animal. Read More

May 25, 2016
Shipwreck From 1800s Found Buried Under New Building Site In Seaport District

BOSTON (CBS) – An old shipwreck has been found buried in the Seaport District and, according to the city’s archaeologist, it is a rare find.

“This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land,” City archaeologist Joe Bagley told WBZ-TV’s David Robichaud. “This is the largest and most significant by far.”

The ship, a wooden sloop at least 50 feet long from the mid-to-late 1800s, was uncovered late last week during construction of a new building at 121 Seaport Boulevard. It was found about 25 feet below grade. Read More

May 23, 2016
Archaeologist: Site of Bear River Massacre pinpointed

POCATELLO, Idaho — The exact location of the Bear River Massacre in eastern Idaho has been determined, an archaeologist says.

State Historic Preservation Office Director Ken Reid said he and a team from Utah State University used modern technology and maps created by soldiers at the 1863 massacre that left up to 500 Northwestern Shoshone dead.

The Idaho State Journal reports ( that Reid presented his findings Saturday to the Pocatello Historic Preservation Committee at Idaho State University.

"I suspect it turned into a traffic jam and then a slaughter," Reid said about how women and children fled along the bottom of a ravine during crossfire from soldiers on both sides.

The commanding Army officer involved counted 220-270 dead. Settlers who went in later found many more bodies in ravines or under deep snow and put the number as high as 500, a figure cited in a National Park Service history. The tribe estimates 400 of their number were killed. No more than 60 survived. Read More

May 18, 2016
Archaeologists reveal probable sites of two missions that predate the Alamo

SAN ANTONIO - Archaeologists are revealing the location of the site where they believe San Antonio's first mission once stood, saying the Alamo had two predecessors.

"There were three locations of Mission San Antonio de Valero," said Kay Hindes, city archaeologist.

She says the first site is likely somewhere near the Christopher Columbus Italian Society near I-10 and I-35. It was founded in 1718.

"They were only here about a year, so it was a very short-lived site," she said.

It's unclear why the mission was moved, possibly to the La Villita area. A hurricane hit in 1724, and then came the Alamo. Read More

May 18, 2016
Fragment of a bronze lamp decorated with the image of the sun god Sol, as discovered on the seabed.

A fortuitous discovery before the Passover holiday by two divers in the ancient port of Caesarea has led to the revelation of a large, spectacular and beautiful ancient marine cargo of a merchant ship that sank there during the Late Roman period, about 1,600 years ago.

As soon as they emerged from the water, divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra‘anan of Ra‘anana contacted the Israel Antiquities Authority and reported the discovery and the removal of several ancient items from the sea. Read More

May 17, 2016
Ancient Cosmology Seen at Prehistoric Ohio Site

A curious prehistoric site on a hilltop in northern Ohio may reflect the spiritual cosmology of the ancient hunter-gatherer people who built the site around 2,300 years ago, according to a new study.

The so-called Heckelman site, located near the town of Milan, in Ohio’s Erie County, is on a flat-topped bluff above the Huron River. There, people of the “Early Woodland” period of North American prehistory erected tall, freestanding wooden poles as part of the group’s social or religious ceremonies.

Archaeologist Brian Redmond, a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, said the location of the site appeared to echo a conception of the cosmos common to many Native American peoples. Read More

May 16, 2016
Increased vandalism to archaeological sites in Southern Utah prompts "Petroglyph patrol"

Over the last few years vandalism to historic petroglyphs, paleontological sites and important natural resources have been a serious problem, especially in Southwest Utah.

But now, a group that calls themselves the "Petroglyph Patrol" is visiting all the most popular tourist destinations in the area to educate visitors and keep a watchful eye on these historic sites. The group consists of dozens of people covering hundreds of archaeological and historic sites around southern Utah.

One of them is located a few miles East of Santa Clara, on the Anasazi Valley Trailhead. Read More

May 13, 2016
Prehistoric Site in Florida Confirms Pre-Clovis Peopling of the Americas

Radiocarbon dating of a prehistoric archeological site in Florida suggests that 14,550 years ago, hunter-gatherers, possibly accompanied by dogs, butchered or scavenged a mastodon next to a small pond. The findings, based on a four-year study of the Page-Ladson archaeological site in the Aucilla River, about 45 minutes from Tallahassee, Florida, provide a rare glimpse of the earliest human occupation in the southeastern United States, and offer clues to the timing of the disappearance of large animals like the mastodon and camel that roamed the American Southeast during the Late Pleistocene. Additionally, the artifacts at Page-Ladson highlight that much of the earliest record of human habitation of the American Southeast lies submerged and buried in unique depositional settings like those found along the Aucilla River, which passes through Florida on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. This record can only be accessed through underwater investigation, which, if undertaken with precision and care, should reveal a rich and abundant pre-Clovis record for the American Southeast, the authors say. Read More

May 13, 2016
Unusual Native American ceremonial site unearthed in Ohio

Native Americans in Northern Ohio constructed a detailed ceremonial site 2,300 years ago that may have been used to celebrate life and observe the cosmos, according to archaeologists who spent five years excavating there.

The archaeologists, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the University of Toledo and the Firelands Archaeological Research Center in Amherst, uncovered the ceremonial site within the Heckelman excavation site, located on a hilltop near the Huron River outside Milan, Ohio. Read More

May 12, 2016
900-Year-Old Village Recorded in Volcanic Badlands of New Mexico

In the black-rock badlands of northwestern New Mexico, archaeologists have documented a 900-year-old village with unique ties to the Ancestral Puebloan citadel of Chaco Canyon.

Consisting of more than a hundred separate sites, including a two-story great house with as many as 85 rooms, the newly recorded community shows a strong influence of Chacoan culture, but at the same time, it appears to have other qualities not found anywhere else.

Some of its stonework has been fashioned from local black volcanic rock, for example, and an intricate system of trails has been worn into the otherwise trackless expanses of lava around it — their exact purpose still unclear. Read More

May 11, 2016
Experts: Teen's 'Discovery' of Maya City is a Very Western Mistake

For gee-whiz value, the announcement has been hard to beat: A Canadian teenager discovers a lost Maya city without even stepping foot in the Central American jungle.

Unfortunately, this "discovery" appears to be the well-intentioned, albeit faulty, result of modern Western education colliding with an ancient civilization that saw the world in a very different way.

According to the original news report, 15-year-old William Gadoury correlated more than 20 Maya constellations against a map of known Maya cities. The cities lined up perfectly with the star map, with the exception of a "missing" settlement in a constellation that includes the sites of Calakmul and El Mirador. Read More

May 11, 2016
Archaeologists uncover 13,000-year-old bones of ancient, extinct species of bison

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY—In what is considered one of the oldest and most important archaeological digs in North America, scientists have uncovered what they believe are the bones of a 13,000- to 14,000-year-old ancient, extinct species of bison at the Old Vero Man Site in Vero Beach, Fla. Archaeologists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute made this discovery just 10 feet below the ground's surface during the final stretch of the 2016 excavation efforts at the Vero Beach site. Read More

May 10, 2016
James Monroe’s Home May Not Have Been So Humble After All

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — For decades, tour guides led visitors through a modest two-room cottage on the outskirts of this city, recounting the accomplishments of James Monroe, the country’s fifth president, and highlighting details of life at Highland, the homestead where he lived with his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, from 1799 to 1823.

But that chapter of the home’s history came to an abrupt and slightly embarrassing end not long ago when the estate’s director revealed what some recent explorations turned up at the site: a fieldstone foundation for a much larger house with a footprint of about 74 by 30 feet. Tours have been revised to reflect the discovery that the humble cottage was, in fact, merely a guesthouse — and Monroe’s actual home, a mansion, had probably burned down after he sold the property. Read More

May 04, 2016
USS Monitor gun turret: Ramping up to save a landmark artifact

Conservators drained the historic USS Monitor gun turret for the first time in more than a year this week as they prepared the giant Civil War artifact for its first major conservation and archaeological campaign since 2011.

Buoyed by ramped-up fundraising efforts, the recently expanded conservation team at the USS Monitor Center is embarking on a two-month-long regimen aimed at removing the layers of marine concretion loosened from the turret's surface after five years of treatment in a mammoth 90,000-gallon tank. Read More

May 03, 2016
300-year-old bowl found in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—It is the first intact bowl that was intentionally buried that Carl Halbirt has found. 300 years old.1700 - possibly a little earlier. And it was in its own pit!

That's how they know it was intentionally buried, and it's a "cache bowl" meaning it was buried with something in it. Read More

May 02, 2016
Captain Cook's ship Endeavour 'found' in Newport Harbor

Marine archaeologists say they have likely found HMS Endeavour, which Capt. Cook sailed on when he discovered Australia, at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) says that Endeavour, which was renamed Lord Sandwich, is one of 13 ships scuttled in Newport Harbor in 1778. Lord Sandwich had been used to transport troops during the American Revolution and was scuttled in the days leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island.

The vessel was a bark, or three-masted sailing ship.

RIMAP used a grant from the Australian National Maritime Museum to locate documents in London that identify the groups of ships in the 13-vessel fleet, and where each group was scuttled. “One group of 5 ships included the Lord Sandwich transport, formerly Capt. James Cook's Endeavour Bark,” said RIMAP, on its website. Read More

May 01, 2016
Secret Atomic Role of WWII-Era Aircraft Carrier Revealed

A team of underwater archaeologists has pieced together information from declassified government documents and a shipwrecked World War II-era naval vessel to understand the secret role played by one of the most historic U.S. aircraft carriers: the USS Independence.

The Independence (CVL 22) was one of 90 vessels assigned to Operation Crossroads — the atomic bomb tests conducted at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands — but it was deliberately sunk, or scuttled, in 1951 and little was known about its career after the atomic bomb tests.

After discovering the location of the Independence shipwreck last year, researchers were able to compare sonar images of the wreck with declassified documents to uncover the carrier's use as a radiological laboratory and nuclear waste receptacle from 1946 to 1950. Read More

April 26, 2016
Sunken steamboat found after 175 years

MALTA BEND, Mo. -- A group of excavators has found the 175-year-old sunken steamboat Malta, the namesake of the rural city of Malta Bend.

The Columbia Missourian reported a white outline, 140 feet long and 22 feet wide, marks the area where the steamboat Malta is buried.

David Hawley, the leader of the steamboat recovery process, has been searching for steamboat wrecks up and down the Missouri River for more than 30 years.

He has found 11 and dug up two. Read More

April 25, 2016
Wood found in Arkansas thought to be remains of cross left in 1540s

Archaeologists unearthed what they believe are remains of a large wooden Christian cross Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto placed atop a hill in 1541 at what is now part of Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County.

J̶e̶f̶f̶e̶r̶y̶ Jeffrey Mitchem*, the Parkin park site archaeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, said he will send a 2-foot chunk of baldcypress thought to have been used for the cross more than 500 years ago to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville next week for further testing.

Archaeologists first found a large wooden post at the site in 1966 while covering holes left by looters and surmised it could be de Soto's cross. Carbon-dating conducted then indicated the post was cut from a cypress tree between 1515 and 1663. Read More

April 18, 2016
Searching for the Vikings: 3 Sites Possibly Found in Canada

Three archaeological sites that may have been used by Vikings around 1,000 years ago were excavated recently in Canada.

If confirmed, the discoveries would add to the single known Viking settlement in the New World, located at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. Excavated in the 1960s, that Viking outpost was used for a short period of time around 1,000 years agoas well.

Sagas from the time of the Vikings tell tales of their journeys into the New World, mentioning places named "Helluland" (widely believed to be modern-day Baffin Island), "Markland" (widely believed to be Labrador) and "Vinland," which is a more mysterious location that some archaeologists have argued could be Newfoundland. Read More

April 17, 2016
Archaeology: 'Noble' monument lost to the ages to build 1823 dam

The discovery and dredging up of the wreck of the canal boat Black Diamond from the bottom of Buckeye Lake back in February got me thinking about a much more ancient archaeological wonder that received similarly rough treatment during the original construction of what was then called the Licking Summit Reservoir.

In 1823, the builders of the dam that created Buckeye Lake, which is now undergoing extensive repairs, got the stone they needed by partially dismantling an ancient stone mound located about 2 miles north of Thornport at the eastern end of Buckeye Lake.

The Reservoir Stone Mound, apparently named for the cause of its destruction, wasn’t just any mound. It was the largest pre-Columbian stone structure north of Mexico.

I present what little we know about this amazing mound in the current issue of the Journal of Ohio Archaeology. Read More

April 14, 2016
Lost Wright Brothers' 'Flying Machine' Patent Resurfaces

The patent file for the Wright brothers' original "Flying Machine" has returned to the National Archives, after being misplaced 36 years ago.

The long-missing patent paperwork filed by aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright on March 23,1903, included a diagram of their invention, their petition for patent approval, the patent registry form, and their patent oath, affirming that "they verily believe themselves to be the original, joint inventors" of the so-called "Flying Machine." Read More

April 07, 2016
Fire reveals archaeological sites hundreds of years old

MALTA, Mont. - Archaeologists on Montana's Hi-Line are using fire to reveal Native American artifacts hundreds of years old.

Last year's controlled burn of 300 acres on bluffs near the Milk River turned up effigies outlined in stone, teepee rings, cairns, vision quest sites, stone tools and rows of rock along which bison were herded to kill sites.

The artifacts are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old.

This year, another 600 acres were burned and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plane flew over the site to record more data points. Read More

April 01, 2016
View From Space Hints at a New Viking Site in North America

A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence of a long-elusive prize in archaeology — a second Norse settlement in North America, further south than ever known.

The new Canadian site, with telltale signs of iron-working, was discovered last summer after infrared images from 400 miles in space showed possible man-made shapes under discolored vegetation. The site is on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, about 300 miles south of L’Anse aux Meadows, the first and so far only confirmed Viking settlement in North America, discovered in 1960. Read More

April 01, 2016
Ancient DNA sheds new light on early Americans

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE—The first large-scale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the indigenous American populations of the time.

Led by the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), the researchers have reconstructed a genetic history of indigenous American populations by looking directly into the DNA of 92 pre-Columbian mummies and skeletons between 500 and 8600 years old.

Published today in Science Advances, the study reveals a striking absence of the pre-Columbian genetic lineages in modern indigenous Americans; showing extinction of these lineages with the arrival of the Spaniards. Read More

March 29, 2016
Thousands of Ancient Petroglyphs, ‘Dramatic’ Solar Calendar Reported in N. Arizona

Archaeologists exploring the remote mesas of northern Arizona have uncovered a trove of previously undocumented rock art, including more than 1,500 petroglyphs, and confirmed the presence a prehistoric solar calendar, which has been marking the seasons for more than 700 years with a striking “shadow dagger” that travels across its sandstone face.

Researchers made these finds in the backcountry of Wupatki National Monument northeast of Flagstaff, which includes the ruins of dozens of sites built by Ancestral Puebloans known as the Kayenta and the Sinagua. Read More

March 24, 2016
300-year-old cannon unearthed in North Carolina

A 300-year-old cannon has been unearthed during construction work in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

The find was made Tuesday directly in front of the federal courthouse steps on Wilmington’s riverfront. The cannon was buried 6 to 8 feet underground.

“It’s right below where there are typically summertime concerts,” a spokesman for the city of Wilmington told “People have danced for years right on top of it.”

“At first, the contractor wasn’t sure what it was - they proceeded to scrape some of the mud away and quickly realized that it was a cannon,” he added. Read More

March 18, 2016
Uncovering the mystery of very early humans in New Mexico

Shaggy, heavy-shouldered bison have grazed the wide open spaces of the American Southwest for thousands of years. They made a tempting target for the hunters who walked the empty landscape between 9,000 and 13,000 years ago. The bison were attracted to a lush landscape west of Socorro, New Mexico where wetlands created by mountain runoff stretched across hundreds of acres. The hunters were attracted to the bison.

In 2000, archeologist Robert Dello-Russo was hired by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMERTC) at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to survey land where they wanted to build a new observation facility for their explosives research. He contracted to look for archeological sites on the state-owned land, and found much more than anyone expected.

"We found the Water Canyon Paleo-Indian site and a lot of other early Holocene sites because we were right at the edge of this big alluvial fan so there were other sites eroding out and basically, we said well if you are going to build this, you are going to have to move it some place that is not littered with archeological sites," said Dello-Russo. Read More

March 10, 2016
First Evidence of Corn Beer in Southwest Discovered on Teeth From Ancient Burials

The last meals of men and women buried centuries ago in the ancient city of Casas Grandes were dominated by corn, new research has found — from ground maize, to corn smut, to what archaeologists say is the first conclusive evidence of corn beer in the Greater Southwest.

And these clues were found in a long-overlooked source: the fossilized plaque on the teeth of the dead.

Archaeologists say these and other findings are providing important insights into the diet and lifeways of one of the most influential prehistoric cities in the region.

“The results of this study offer some of the first hard evidence for the production of corn beer, consumption of corn smut, and food processing methods,” said Daniel King, a graduate student in anthropology at Brigham Young University, who led the research. Read More

March 07, 2016

Significant Civil War-Era Shipwreck Discovered Off N.C. Coast

Kure Beach - Another pearl in the form of a large iron-hulled Civil War era steamer has been discovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of N.C., near Oak Island. Researchers and archaeologists from the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and the Institute of International Maritime Research made the discovery Saturday, Feb. 27 during sonar operations.

The vessel is believed to possibly be the remains of one of three blockade runners used to penetrate the wall of Union naval vessels blocking the port of Wilmington during the Civil War. The goal of the Union blockade was to keep supplies from reaching the Confederacy through one of its most important ports and to prevent the export of cotton and other marketable items by the Southerners. The wreck is located 27 miles downstream from Wilmington near Fort Caswell at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, and is the first Civil War-era vessel discovered in the area in decades. Read More

March 04, 2016
Bison bones found at lake bottom tell few tales

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – On a windy, much warmer day on this lake, Roger Van Surksum snagged the first bison bone with a fishing hook. The fishing guide knew it was no walleye and reeled it in slowly, carefully. The bone was 10 inches long, he said, “as black as the ace of spades.”

He put it in the back of his truck but couldn’t get it out of his mind. “I had to figure out what it was,” said Van Surksum, 69, standing near the shore of Lake Victoria in Alexandria this week.

He enlisted the help of two divers and, over the summer of 2011, they brought up more than 250 bones from the bottom of the lake on the east edge of Alexandria, in central Minnesota. Then Van Surksum pestered experts for answers. A state archaeologist found that the number and condition of the bison bones hint at an American Indian gathering place — a bison kill site, hundreds or perhaps thousands of years old. Read More

March 01, 2016
Louisiana's Disappearing Coast Takes Ancient History With It
The loss of Louisiana’s coast due to saltwater intrusion, sea level rise and industry is a big problem for the environment and the economy. But it could also change our understanding of the state’s history. In some places, the water is taking with it ancient Native American sites, posing challenges for archaeologists.

Richie Blink is a community organizer for the National Wildlife Federation in Plaquemines Parish, where he grew up. When he was a kid his dad showed him a special place. With little Richie at the helm, they would head out to fish in Bay Adams, near Empire, about an hour south of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

After leaving the docks they would wind through the waterways and to the floodgates, which opened to the wide open bay. Read More

February 23, 2016
The search continues for Fort Germanna

Virginia Commonwealth University archaeology students will help the folks at the Germanna Foundation uncover its long-sought-after 1714 Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle site in Locust Grove.

According to Germanna Foundation chief operating officer Steve Hein, VCU has agreed to conduct a field school — a short academic session typically during the summer months — for students at the Germanna site.

“Students will learn excavation techniques and help us in our search for the 1714 Fort,” exclaimed Germanna Foundation president Marc Wheat. Read More

February 21, 2016
To prevent archaeological looting, scientist wants to crowdsource

Sarah Parcek, an archaeologist who uses satellite imagery to track archaeological looting, wants everyone to get involved in archaeological protection through a worldwide campaign.

Parcak is the winner of the TED Prize 2016, and she will use her prize money of $1 million U.S. to implement a platform where everyone can participate in this work. Parcak's plan for an online platform calls for millions of people on the Internet to do what she does, analyze satellite imagery for clues to archaeological sites. This way, she believes we can uncover humanity's past much quicker.

During her TED talk announcing the platform, Parcak said,"I wish for us to discover the millions of unknown archaeological sites across the globe. By building an online citizen science platform and training a 21st century army of global explorers, we'll find and protect the world's hidden heritage, which contains clues to humankind's collective resilience and creativity." Read More

February 17, 2016
Sleuth finds a lost Spanish settlement in Florida Panhandle

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Amateur archaeologist Tom Garner had time to kill and took a drive along Pensacola Bay in the Florida Panhandle. Spying a newly cleared lot, he poked about, hoping to find artifacts from the city's rich history dating back centuries to the Spanish explorers.

Garner stumbled upon some shards of 16th Spanish pottery.

"There it was, artifacts from the 16th century lying on the ground," said Garner, a history buff whose discovery has made him a celebrity in archaeological circles.

Experts have confirmed the find as the site of the long-lost land settlement of a doomed 1559 Spanish expedition to the Gulf Coast led by Tristan de Luna. The discovery bolsters Pensacola's claim as the first European settlement in the modern-day United States, six years before the Spanish reached St. Augustine on Florida's Atlantic seaboard. The expedition was scuttled by a hurricane in September 1559, shortly after the fleet arrived in Pensacola. Five ships sank. Read More

February 10, 2016
Vandals strike ancient archeological site near Tucson

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Investigators are seeking help from the public to find the vandals who have done what no one else has ever done in more than 1,000 years.

Sometime between Jan. 9 and Jan. 21 in Catalina State Park someone toppled a rock on which an ancient artist had created a petroglyph.

Coronado National Forest Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said it may be a petroglyph done by someone from the Hohokam culture.

A petroglyph, also known as "rock art," is a picture chipped into a rock. This petroglyph looks something like a sunburst design.

Schewel said vegetation in the surrounding area was also damaged.

The site is on Coronado National Forest Service land, so it is a federal crime, and federal investigators are working the case. Read More

The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research traces descendants of Lost Colony and Croatan Indians. After major discovery, Director Fred Willard founded The Lost Colony Center to find relocated fort and Lost Colony descendants. Website

The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Website
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09-25-10: Book- Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas
Edited by Peter Ston

The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detectors need be seen as a threat or, as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland and Germany, where metal detectors have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research.
With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions crucial to the development of a long term relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors.

Dec 13, 2010
Bones of Contention
Published: December 12, 2010
New York Times
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LAST winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening.

The new regulations help carry out the 20-year-old Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law that was devised by tribes, scientists and museum officials. It was a compromise between the tribes’ sensitivity to having the remains of their ancestors excavated and analyzed and the archaeologists’ desire to learn what bones can reveal about ancient peoples’ diet, health, migration patterns, marriage practices and so on.

Scientists acknowledged that it is wrong to study the dead in ways that insult the living. Therefore, they relinquished control over the 25 percent of all catalogued remains at museums and other institutions that could be culturally affiliated with federally recognized tribes. Some tribes have reburied these remains, others have stored them, and some have asked institutions to continue to hold them.

In making arrangements to repatriate these culturally affiliated remains over the past 20 years, archaeologists and tribal leaders opened new lines of communication with each other.

This was a welcome development, because relations between them had been touchy, at best. Many American Indians had questioned the need for research on their ancestors’ bones, and considered archaeological digs to be insulting, or simple theft. Tensions were often high. I still recall the moment in 1979, when I was starting out in archaeology, that two young Paiute men approached me in a bar in Fallon, Nev., flashing knives, and warned me not to “dig up” their grandfather.

Today, many tribes have a more positive view of archaeology. More American Indians study the science today, and tribes have their own archaeology programs, and work with outside researchers. I am working with the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes in Glacier National Park, in Montana, to study archaeological and paleoecological information in receding ice patches.

The new federal regulations undermine this progress. In an effort to repatriate the 124,000 sets of remains that cannot be affiliated with recognized tribes using current evidence, they ignore the importance of tribal connections to ancient remains — that essential common value that drew the tribes and the scientists together. Institutions must now offer to repatriate remains to tribes that have no demonstrable cultural affiliation with them.

In some situations, under the new rules, institutions are directed to simply “transfer control of culturally unidentifiable human remains to other Indian tribes” or, in clear violation of the law, “to an Indian group that is not federally recognized.” If all else fails, institutions can simply re-inter the unidentifiable remains near where they were found.

The main objective, it seems, is to get rid of the remains however possible, as quickly as possible. The regulations clearly undermine the law’s compromise, and Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, should rescind them.

Those who wrote the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act recognized that the older remains are, the more difficult it is to affiliate them with any modern tribe. But science continues to develop methods that can help determine cultural affiliation. This work should be allowed to continue. Someday, all the skeletal remains may be repatriated to their proper descendants. In the process we will have learned much, through archaeological analysis, about the dead, and much more, through dialogue between scientists and tribes, about the living.

Robert L. Kelly is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

National Parks Traveler Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks
Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission. Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
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Volunteer Metal Detectorist and Archaeology
Here is an interesting article post by the National Park Service. The conclusions of the article are very positive.
Conclusion from the Article:
This project clearly shows the level of information collection possible using a group of dedicated volunteer metal detector hobbyists. Without the metal detector hobbyists volunteering their time, none of the new information about the Kings Mountain battle would be available to the public. The relationship has been one of mutual benefit, as volunteers are able to work in places to which they would not otherwise have access and they can handle and photograph the artifacts found. This gives them “bragging rights” and additional information about material culture.

The archeologists, on the other hand, have a cadre of hard working volunteers. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the material culture and each individual is an important resource. They are willing to travel great distances, sometime at personal expense, to participate in the fieldwork. In short, park archeologists would be unable to do this work without the skills that these volunteers bring.
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Pastport in Time (A Volunteer Program by the USDA Forest Service)
Many of the projects undertaken by the Forest Service seeks metal detectorist volunteers .
Read More by Selecting Current Projects

Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization

The volunteers of BRAVO, a nonprofit organization, work to promote public interest in history and archaeology in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service.

BRAVO's purpose is to preserve, publicize, and enhance New Jersey's cultural heritage, from prehistory to the recent past, with an emphasis on our Revolutionary War heritage.
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Hunting History: Archaeologists and detectorists to continue survey of Rosalia's Steptoe Battlefield
Spokane treasure hunters helping look for clues about what really happened during battle nearly 150 years ago. Read More
Archaeology - The Archaeology of Battlefields
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
From the article:
Who came up with the idea of using volunteer teams with metal detectors to survey fields? It's kind of a low-tech, low-cost remote sensing. Metal detectors are simply low-cost near-surface electrical conductivity meters. They are a geophysical method. When Richard Fox and I began planning the first Little Bighorn investigations we were well aware of work from the 1950s on that site and others where metal detectors were used to find battle artifacts. Those initial efforts had mixed results due to detector technology of that time. By the 1980s detectors were much more sophisticated and sensitive to buried metals, so it was a natural choice of equipment to use on a battle site where firearms predominated We also realized that we did not have the time or funding to conduct a traditional archaeological inventory and testing program, so using volunteer metal detectors seemed to be a reasonable alternative. As they say, the rest is history. Later I did a computer simulation on the Little Bighorn metal-detected artifact find locations by laying a shovel test array over the field, with 5 and 10 meter spacing, to see how many of the 5,000 artifacts we would have found using traditional shovel testing methods--the results were truly surprising, with fewer than 10 falling in any of 50 cm shovel test locales. These findings have been borne out over and over again on other battlefield work throughout this country and in Europe. I, by no means, advocate replacing traditional archaeological investigations with metal detecting, rather I espouse adding the detector and a knowledgeable operator to the archaeologist's toolkit.

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Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Metal Detectorists Participating in Archaeology Research

This site list nine to ten situations where volunteer metal detectorist worked on archaeological project both in the U.S. and the U.K.
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The Impact OF Metal Detectors: Preservation Lessons from the Battlefield
William B. Lees, Director
Historic Sites Division
Oklahoma Historical Society

Subject: Metal Detecting on National Forests
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 96 08:04:00 MST
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Federal Preservation Officer
Recreation, Heritage, & Wilderness Management

Archaeology and Metal Detecting By Alex Hunt
Treasures from the fields
Metal detectorists. You may have seen them singly, or in pairs, or in groups. Come rain or shine, sweeping across the fields, listening attentively to the signal from their machine, eyes fixed to the ground. Then a signal, and a pause to examine the source, and a careful moving away of the soil, to examine the focus of their attention. Read More

Archaeology of the Battle of the Little Big Horn
The project archeologists chose to view the battlefield as a crime scene and by using a combination of forensic techniques such as studies of firing pin marks on cartridge cases and rifling marks on bullets, and standard archeological field, laboratory, and analytical techniques they have been able to determine the variety of weapons used by the various participants. Read More

Metal Detecting Hobby Talk