Meteorite and Archaeology News

W.W. Meteorite  News

Meteorite Definition From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

December 10, 2018
Meteor lights up the sky over Mexico City
Mexican stargazers have been treated to the ultimate curtain-raiser for the stunning cosmic light show expected to brighten the night skies later this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2018
Meteorite hunting with Marc Fries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 06, 2017
Spectacular green meteor streaks over southern NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 02, 2018
Watch Two Meteorites Hit the Moon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 10, 2018
Nautilus Expedition Recovers Possible Seafloor Meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 04, 2018
Meteors - what you need to know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 03, 2018
Meteorite hunters of the Gobi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 06, 2018
Superconducting materials found in meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 28, 2018
Couple donates meteorite to PIE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 01, 2018
RPI student fulfills dream of finding meteorite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 22, 2018
Michigan Meteorite Tally Multiplies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 03, 2017
Hunt for meteorites in your own yard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2017
Meteor shower to light up the sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 11, 2017
Asteroid to just miss Earth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 18, 2017
The value of hunting meterorites

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

July 12, 2017
KFC carved a meteorite into the shape of a sandwich, and you can buy it for $20000
Read More

July 08, 2017
NASA Warns Earth Could Be Next After Meteorite Impact Sparked Massive Explosion On The Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2017
Krugersdorpers spot meteorite slicing through the sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meteor fell from space on June 2, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2017
Meteor causes house-shaking thud

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

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

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

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

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

April 13, 2017
An expert’s guide to meteorites

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

There are three main varieties of meteorites:

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

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

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

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

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

“Did you guys see that?” Demi asks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 05, 2017
Detectors excavate secrets of Cape Cod History

Ever wonder if old relics might be hiding right under your feet?

“All the time,” is the response of the group of Yarmouth hobbyists who practice the art of metal detection in a quest to seek and recover artifacts that have long hidden around Cape Cod and beyond. Typically, detectors are hardy folk who spend many happy hours swinging their wands back and forth across the region’s soils, beach sands and restless waters. Their goal is to retrieve any coin, ring or other object either lost or discarded by our forebears in the distant past.

Sometimes, the thrill of discovery even prompts these adventurers to carry their bulky metal-detection equipment to foreign lands in search of artifacts from long-forgotten eras. A mix of informed guesswork and a healthy dose of imagination makes it possible for detectors to conjure from their finds some interesting tales from our region’s history. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick Facts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 13, 2016
Seven Superb Watches with Meteorite Dials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 05, 2016
Space rubble mesmerizes meteorite hunter

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

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

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

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

December 04, 2016
Fripon is French for Meteorite Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2016
Meteorite Find of a Lifetime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 14, 2016
2nd Largest Meteorite Belongs To TCU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 07, 2016
Monster meteorite found in Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meteorite Men Recommended Links Go to Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meteorite How To

IMO's Glossary of Terms
Find a Definition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North America Archaeology News

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

December 08, 2018
Trash Dump Yields Clues About Colorado Springs Founder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Trash in this city's iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It's a regular blemish on a revered place.

But along the park's northern edge, a heap of buried refuse — discovered during work to build a retention pond to control runoff after a wildfire swept through the area — has historians and archaeologists excited, even giddy, about the possibility of learning more about how the wealthy lived in Colorado Springs when it was founded. Read More

December 07, 2018
The Most Amazing Historical Discoveries of 2018

1. A human jawbone becomes the earliest evidence for humans outside Africa.

Before this year, the oldest Homo sapiens fossil found outside Africa were estimated to be between 90,000 and 120,000 years old. But in January, a team of researchers revealed their discovery of an upper jawbone fossil at least 50,000 years older than that in a mountain cave in Israel, suggesting modern humans may have migrated out of Africa far earlier than once thought. Read More

December 03, 2018
The Archaeology Of Outer Space

When thinking of archaeology, you likely conjure up images of pyramids, ancient relics, and a dusty mummy or two; but, what about astronauts and space stations? On November 27th, the Australian research council announced the recipients of their annual Discovery Program grants. Among the projects chosen for funding was the International Space Station Archaeological Project (ISSAP) led by Dr. Alice Gorman, of Flinders University in Australia, and Dr. Justin Walsh, of Chapman University in the United States. This grant was big news for the burgeoning field of space archaeology. Read More

November 16, 2018
First look at archaeological dig near Garden of the Gods

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) An archaeological dig is giving us a first hand look into the life of the Palmer family. General William Palmer founded Colorado Springs.

The dig is between the entrance to Garden of the Gods park and the Glen Eyrie Conference Center along the Camp Creek bike path. The city was about to start construction, so archaeologists did a quick scan of the area and found a treasure trove.

Someone found a shoe, some bricks and other old items. All belonging to the most famous Colorado Springs family, the Palmers. Read More

November 13, 2018
Ancient Artifacts Stolen 40 Years Ago in Alabama Recovered

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The recent recovery of three Native American artifacts stolen nearly 40 years ago could be the thread that unravels the mystery of the greatest antiquities theft in this part of the world.

Hundreds of pottery vessels, bottles, bowls, ornaments and jewelry items were stolen from the Erskine Ramsey Archaeological Repository at the University of Alabama's Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. It was a shot in the dark when archaeologists and others contributed to a reward fund for information, which was announced in May.

The publicity worked, leading to the recovery of three vessels in August.

"We were all thinking we'd go to our graves without anything turning up from this burglary," Jim Knight, curator emeritus of American Archaeology for the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the university, said at a news conference Monday. "This is one of the most exciting things that has happened during my archaeological career. Read More

November 13, 2018
Archaeology project planned for battlefield

STILLWATER, N.Y. — Veterans who fought in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan will join forces next spring for an archaeological project where the Second Battle of Saratoga was fought on Oct. 7, 1777.

Veterans will conduct an artifact survey at Barber Wheatfield, one of the most significant sites within Saratoga National Historical Park.

However, officials said an equally important goal of the project is helping veterans develop skills they can use elsewhere in new careers. Read More

November 12, 2018
Parks Official's Signature on Documents Raises Questions

PHOENIX (AP) — The deputy director of Arizona State Parks & Trails, who is under investigation over accusations the agency bulldozed over archaeological sites, once signed a federal grant application over the objections of a staff archaeologist, according to documents obtained Monday by The Arizona Republic.

The report adds another layer of questions about an agency whose director, Sue Black, is facing a slew of allegations including disregarding laws protecting historical and Native American sites. Read More

November 02, 2018
Archaeologists Discover Evidence Of Connecticut's Earliest English Colony

On the grounds of Wethersfield's Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, archaeologists have discovered evidence of the oldest English colony in Connecticut.

In 2016, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum decided to add a new education and visitor center on the premises. To ensure the addition would not disturb any historically significant artifacts on the site, they hired the Public Archaeology Survey Team to conduct an archeological survey.

Ground-penetrating radar revealed three potential sites. Two were trash pits – one from the 19th century, the other from the early 20th century. Those sites yielded plenty of artifacts. Read More

November 01, 2018
UWF archaeologists make new discoveries during Emanuel Point I artifact restoration

New wrinkles are being discovered in a 450-year-old artifact at the University of West Florida's Division of Anthropology & Archaeology.

During a 1996 excavation, UWF archaeologists discovered an ancient armored Spanish breast plate — worn by conquistador Tristan de Luna's army in 1559 — at the site of the first Emanuel Point I ship wreck near Pensacola. The breast plate was found in the stern of the ship during one of several excavations conducted since initial discovery was made in 1992. Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeologists uncover history in the waterfront

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Alexandria, a Virginia city settled on the Potomac River, is known for its old town history that continues to unfold.

Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered three historic ships in the sparkling Alexandria waterfront. The city is working with a team of experts to research and excavate these exciting pieces of history.

"I love being out on a beautiful day like this one, seeing history come out of the ground and contribute to our understanding of early Alexandrians and particularly our maritime history," said archaeologist Eleanor Breen. "This is portside Alexandria archaeology. We are illuminating the past." Read More

November 01, 2018
Archaeological finds kept secret in public filings

BRANDON — While finding Native American artifacts on construction sites isn’t common, when they are found the state takes steps to protect them by keeping them secret.

One case in point is the proposed Babcock Solar project.

Babcock Solar Farm LLC, backed by Conti Solar based in Edison, New Jersey, has filed for a certificate of public good with the Public Utility Commission to build a 2.2 megawatt solar facility at the intersection of Park Street Extension and 21 Country Club Road. Among the items its permit application includes is an archaeological survey conducted in June which found three concentrations of “pre-contact” Native American artifacts.

These artifacts, said Dr. Charles Knight, assistant director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program, which conducted the survey, were mostly “lithic debitage,” the sharp flakes of stone left over from the making of stone tools. Knight said in an interview Thursday that such deposits show stone tools were once made in the area and indicate the site may have had other uses as well. Read More

November 01, 2018
Students find 6,000-year-old ax at George Washington estate

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Six millennia after a stone ax was carved, it was rediscovered by a pair of Ohio teens on an archaeological dig at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.

The Washington Post reports Mount Vernon officials announced the Oct. 12 find Wednesday. They called it a major discovery that provides a look into the lives of those who lived on the Virginia site before it became the first president's home.

The 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) ax head was found by Archbishop Hoban High School seniors Dominic Anderson and Jared Phillips while helping map out the dimensions of what's believed to be a cemetery for slaves and their descendants. Read More

October 24, 2018
Discovery of Ancient Spear points in Texas Has Some Archaeologists Questioning the History of Early Americas

Archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown forms of spear point technology at a site in Texas. The triangular blades appear to be older than the projectile points produced by the Paleoamerican Clovis culture, an observation that’s complicating our understanding of how the Americas were colonized—and by whom.

Clovis-style spear points began to appear around 13,000 to 12,700 years ago, and they were produced by Paleoamerican hunter-gatherers known as the Clovis people. Made from stones, these leaf-shaped (lanceolate) points featured a shallow concave base and a fluted, or flaked, base that allowed them to be placed on the end of a spear. Read More

October 22, 2018
Archaeologists find clues at the Yellowstone ice patch

Idaho Falls, Idaho • Although archaeology has been around for centuries, “ice patch” archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman — a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved — was found high in the Italian-Austrian Alps by hikers.

Otzi was found because permanent ice patches and glaciers have been melting back and retreating in recent decades. The Iceman, older than Egyptian pyramids, offered a peek at a human from the Copper Age. Interestingly, it appears he ran up into mountains to escape combatants and died with an arrow point stuck in a shoulder. Read More

October 21, 2018
America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing – even though the law says the government is supposed to preserve it

Archaeology – the name conjures up images of someone carefully sifting the sands for traces of the past and then meticulously putting those relics in a museum. But today’s archaeology is not just about retrieving artifacts and drawing maps by hand. It also uses the tools of today: 3D imaging, LiDAR scans, GPS mapping and more.

Today, nearly all archaeological fieldwork in the U.S. is executed by private firms in response to legal mandates for historic preservation, at a cost of about a billion dollars annually. However, only a minuscule fraction of the data from these projects is made accessible or preserved for future research, despite agencies’ clear legal obligations to do so. Severe loss of these data is not unusual – it’s the norm. Read More

October 14, 2018
Dig fails to unearth 100-year-old boat said to be buried in West Palm backyard

An archaeological dig failed to unearth the 100-year-old schooner said to be buried in a North Flagler Drive backyard, clearing the way for West Palm Beach to start work on a retention pond to ease flooding in the sometimes soggy neighborhood.

But did the diggers dig deep enough?

A local who remembered the ship’s first being detected during a swimming pool excavation in the 1970s said the 1800’s schooner was buried in muck 8 to 10 feet down, so the city’s archaeologists, who only went 4 to 6 feet into the sandy fill on top of that muck, wouldn’t have found the vessel. Read More

October 14, 2018
Business of archaeology helps preserve Ohio history

Forget sifting through the dirt.
The cultural resource management company Ohio Valley Archaeology takes a high-tech approach to examining the ground beneath our feet. Owner and President Jennifer Pecora leads a staff of seven who produce geophysical surveys and aerial mapping by using such instruments as ground-penetrating radar.

Formed in 1997 and run by Pecora since 2006, the firm serves public and private clients curious to know — or required by law to investigate — what once existed on proposed construction sites.

Q: What is a cultural resource management company?
A: There is a federal law that is Section 106. It’s the National Historic Preservation Act. If there is any federal funding involved with any type of groundbreaking or construction, and if the area had not been surveyed previously, they need to go through what’s called either a cultural resource management survey or archaeological survey. Read More

October 07, 2018
American People Suffering Historical Amnesia With Many Citizens Knowing “Virtually Nothing” About Their History

Many people regard the United States of America as the world’s foremost democratic police force, and as such, one would expect its citizens to be well-informed regarding their historical and political roots. A new study, however, shows that this expectation is far from reality.

National Knowledge Test Causes Concern
A functioning democratic republic operates on the flow and freedom of information which should in effect create an “informed” confidant populous. Contrary to this, according to the results of a recent government survey, which was conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, a nationally recognized full-service analytic research firm, the majority of American people are greatly uneducated about even the most basic facts of the Nation’s history to the extent where the majority “couldn’t even pass a basic citizenship test” according to a report by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Read More

September 19, 2018
Wreck of Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast

The possible discovery of HMS Endeavour off the east coast of the US has been hailed as a “hugely significant moment” in Australian history, but researchers have warned they are yet to “definitively” confirm whether the wreck has been located.

On Wednesday Fairfax Media reported archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, or Rimap, had pinpointed the final resting place of the famous vessel in which Captain James Cook reached Australia in 1770. Read More

September 17, 2018
Federal Grants Awarded to History, Archaeology Projects

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal grants totaling more than $476,000 have been awarded to 11 historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities.

The National Park Service grants announced last week include three of more than $50,000 each to Ball State University for projects in Henry, Montgomery and Ripley counties.

One will be used to complete an archaeological survey of about 80 acres (32 hectares) around historic homestead sites within Versailles State Park that may expand what's known about early statehood. Read More

September 07, 2018
Ancient remains discovered in Frio County

The discovery happened by chance. In July, while conducting a routine bridge check, an inspector from the Texas Department of Transportation noticed something odd. It was nestled in a steep earthen embankment directly under the highway span in Frio County.

It was the back of a human skull, along with a spine.

Initially, the situation was treated by local authorities as a criminal matter, under the assumption that the bones could be connected to a cold case. But several days into the investigation, forensic investigators found an arrowhead in the pelvic region. The remains were also found alongside remnants of a Native American wood and clay structure. Read More

September 07, 2018
When is it OK For Archaeologists to Dig Up the Dead?

Banana was code for human bones, on one archaeological dig where I’ve worked. We were excavating a cemetery, several thousand years old, and had permits from the appropriate authorities. However, certain religious groups in the area had a history of protesting any destruction of burials, so we kept our work discrete.

We packed excavated skeletons in boxes labeled “bananas” and referenced the fruit when discussing the project in public. Read More

September 04, 2018
Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at ancient sites

CORNVILLE -- The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has alerted U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement to vandalism of a ancient dwelling site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville. Another instance of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville.

The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. VVAC Site Watch ( is a program of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center that promotes the importance of education about common cultural and natural heritages and encourages public responsibility in the protection and preservation of cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. Read More

September 03, 2108
Forest Service hiring for 1,000 spring and summer jobs

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temporary workers for spring and summer of 2019 in Oregon and Washington, the federal agency announced on Friday.

Applications will be accepted between Sept. 17 and Oct. 12 for positions in fields including firefighting, recreation, natural resources, timber, engineering, visitor services and archaeology. Read More

September 01, 2108
Uncovering the Real Story Behind the 'East Bay Mystery Walls'

For more than a century, people in the Bay Area — and especially the East Bay — have puzzled over the existence of stone walls scattered on ridges from near San Jose north through the Berkeley Hills.

Sometimes the walls are built in long straight lines. Sometimes they form angles. Occasionally you’ll find rectangular or circular constructions. Read More

August 22, 2018
SC County Evaluating Archaeological Site Under Construction

A South Carolina county has called in a private archaeology firm to determine the extent of potential damage to a known Native American archaeological site under development.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A project to build a parking lot alongside South Carolina's Saluda River may have wrecked an archaeological site where Native Americans lived for thousands of years.

The State reports that arrowheads and other artifacts were found in June after bulldozers went to work at the Saluda Riverwalk project, which Richland County is developing in conjunction with the Riverbanks Zoo. Read More

August 16, 2018
Why Military Veterans Are Turning to Archaeology

A partnership between a crowdsourced archaeology organization and a veterans recovery program has opened up new possibilities for American military veterans in a field that may once have seemed like a stretch: archaeology.

DigVentures, a company based in the United Kingdom, aims to change the way archaeology is done by expanding it beyond academic research settings. They crowdfund financial support, crowdsource site locations, and use real-time digitization technology to create collaborative digs that are accessible to experts and enthusiastic novices alike. Read More

August 16, 2018
How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

When wildfire starts, a lot of people decide what areas should burn, and where a fire should be fought. One of those people is an archaeologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

Fires continue to burn through the West from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coastal forests. The first priority of emergency responders is of course to save lives and then to save homes, but many of these areas also contain historic and cultural artifacts. Maggie Mullen of Wyoming Public Radio talked to an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service who helps decide what should be preserved. Read More

August 01, 2018
Archaeological Dig at Gray-Cloud Home Attracts Neighbors, History Buffs

For the last month, archaeologists have been scraping, sifting and digging around a 19th century home in the city’s Old Irving Park neighborhood, creating what might look like a mess in the yard.

But there’s a method to their madness.

Neighbors have suspected for decades that this home was a stop along the Underground Railroad, the network of people and locations helped slaves escape to freedom. Read More

July 23, 2018
Archaeologists identify ancient North American mounds using new image analysis technique

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have used a new image-based analysis technique to identify once-hidden North American mounds, which could reveal valuable information about pre-contact Native Americans.

"Across the East Coast of the United States, some of the most visible forms for pre-contact Native American material culture can be found in the form of large earthen and shell mounds," said Binghamton University anthropologist Carl Lipo. "Mounds and shell rings contain valuable information about the way in which past people lived in North America. As habitation sites, they can show us the kinds of foods that were eaten, the way in which the community lived, and how the community interacted with neighbors and their local environments. Read More

July 14, 2018
Archaeologists Come to Eckley to Study Our Past

ECKLEY, Pa. (AP) — A house at 104 Main St. has an unpainted porch and bare-board siding typical of an old miner's home, but it suited Paul Shackel.

Shackel selected property because he wanted his archaeology students from the University of Maryland to dig around a home that had been occupied for most of the 165 years as the village developed from company town to state museum.

Just as the home is the middle of the street, it had middle-class residents. The mine owner and foremen lived in the wealthy Protestant downtown on the western side of Main Street, which Shackel and his students might study next year, whereas the lower-earning laborers who lived at a house on Back Street around which the group excavated two years ago. Read More

July 09, 2018
Archaeologists, students dig in at Quartz Lake

FAIRBANKS — During the short summer in Alaska, scientists are busy conducting field work. With the increased daylight and warmer temperatures, they can work longer hours and get more done. Right now, researchers are traveling all over the state, hoping to make new discoveries.

That includes students, too. For the past couple of years, high schoolers enrolled in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Alaska Summer Research Academy have camped out at Quartz Lake, north of Delta Junction, and helped with archaeological research. They work with scientists from the University of Alaska Museum of the North to map and collect bone and stone artifacts from seven different sites along the shoreline. Read More

July 08, 2018
UWF archaeology students explore Civil War history in Chimney Park dig

University of West Florida archaeology students are spending the summer digging through layers of history at Pensacola's Chimney Park.

Thousands of people pass the towering brick chimney off Scenic Highway every day, but most do not realize the important role the site played in the region's history, said Brianna Patterson, a graduate student who is writing her master's thesis on the excavation of the antebellum mill property. Read More

July 06, 2018
Washington family donates archaeological materials

Donation to Colville Tribal History/Archaeology program includes cradleboard that once belonged to Cull White

Coulee Dam – As an earlier pioneer and settler in the area now known as Washington Flats, Nat Washington Sr. clearly envisioned the potential of harnessing the Columbia River as a source of power and irrigation for the Columbia Basin.

The family also experienced the mighty and extreme authority of the river when Nat Sr., his brother James and sister Peachy all drowned in the same event, witnessed by 12 year old, future state senator, Nat Washington Jr. Read More

July 04, 2018
Archaeologist duo creates Old Army Records website

SHERIDAN — Two local archaeologists discovered a mutual passion for history while working in an excavation pit together for a school archaeology project as Sheridan College students in 1994.

Kevin O’Dell and Jim Powers quickly became friends, eventually coworkers and now co-owners of Old Army Records.

Their specific interest in 19th century U.S. military history connected them again when O’Dell asked Powers to help him with contract work through a grant for the Fort Fetterman Battlefield.

“The Fetterman project prompted wanting to get into more information about the individuals that died, especially the enlisted men,” O’Dell said. “(We) basically (wanted to find out) who they were as individuals, their character, backgrounds and what not.” Read More

July 03, 2018
Why the Revolutionary War battlefield in Beaufort has never been preserved

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) - The 1779 Battle of Port Royal was the first Revolutionary War battle on land in South Carolina. It's also the only battle in which two of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence fought.

But you probably wouldn't know it happened off of Highway 21 in Beaufort, because it's never been preserved as a national monument.

"If you look down here towards that ditch area right there, that is the area where the British tried to come at the Americans, which were basically right where we're standing," said Daniel Battle, an archaeologist with Cypress Cultural Consultants. Read More

June 22, 2018
More colonial burials found under St. Augustine street
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – More burials of what could be St. Augustine’s first colonists have been discovered. They are within inches of where burials were found during an archeological dig in 2017.

This time, they were found while construction workers were working on Charlotte Street in downtown St. Augustine. The city archeologist was monitoring their work and ordered construction be halted as soon as a bone was found.

The skeletons are believed to date between 1572 to 1702. It’s believed they were buried under the floor of the first Catholic parish church in what is now the United States. It was customary during colonial times to bury people under the church floor because it was considered holy ground. St. Augustine was founded in 1565. According to historical documents, the church was established near this site in 1572. It was burned in 1702 when the rest of the city was sacked by the British. Read More

June 18, 2018
A Discovery In Ga. Uncovers Details From Horrific Time In Native American History

At an archaeological site in Georgia’s Blue Ridge foothills, in the deep woods of Stephens County, researchers sift through dirt to find pieces of pottery and other evidence to understand the era in the early 1600s when Native Americans’ lives and culture were disrupted.

Nineteen-year-old Tim Pigeon is from small-town Oklahoma, but he’s spent time the past two summers in Georgia’s Blue Ridge foothills, in the deep woods of Stephens County.

He’s helping out at an archaeological site there, sifting through dirt to find pieces of pottery. Read More

June 12, 2018
How Climate Change Could Destroy Thousands of Archaeological Sites

Historical sites across the globe are at risk due to rising sea levels, but without reliable data we can't even assess the full scope of the problem, let alone solve it.

The famous moai of Rapa Nui (also known as Easter Island) are, to many people, the face of archaeology. These massive statues made of dark, weathered stone, occasionally speckled with pale lichen, stare out across their island in the blue waters of the south Pacific. Their heads are oversized compared to their bodies, which gives them a dignity appropriate to their age; the oldest were crafted around 1200 C.E. But the moai may not stand on Rapa Nui for much longer. They're in danger from a very 21st century threat: climate change. Read More

June 11, 2018
Indiana Jones' archaeology ideas? They belong in a museum!

On the 37th anniversary of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' real ASU archaeologists bust Hollywood-influenced myths

It’s a disclaimer that echoes passionately through the lecture halls of every beginning archaeology course: It’s not like the Indiana Jones movies!

Inspiring a new generation of researchers to value and explore the past is Dr. Jones’ single contribution to the field. But for those who commit their time and expertise to the study of past humans, the iconic, whip-cracking rogue has become a major cliché. Read More

June 08, 2018
In digging for Shaker remnants, history unearthed, veterans find avenue of rehabilitation

NEW LEBANON — Trowels in hand, American veterans, civilians and children teamed up with professional archaeologists to investigate one of the oldest Shaker settlements in the United States.

For the second year in a row, DigVentures, a business that uses crowdfunding to host archaeological excavations, has broken ground at the Darrow School, where it is searching for remnants of the Shaker community that first arrived in the area in 1781.

From May 22 to June 3, DigVentures was joined at the site by a nonprofit that serves veterans by sending them to archaeological research sites so they can participate in excavations. Read More

June 08, 2018
History's mysteries come to life in archaeologist's hands

Michael Siebert stepped into a knee-deep pit on the grounds of Fort Frederica National Monument last week as if he were dropping in on old neighbors.

Make that really old neighbors. The likes of Maj. William Horton and Richard Oldner have not been seen around these parts for nearly 300 years. Nonetheless, Siebert spoke of the two 18th century settlers with a familiarity and immediacy that suggested they were right here among us on this beautiful June day in 2018 Read More

June 04, 2018
Jamestown Unearthed: Cellar under church catches experts by surprise

As archaeologists at Jamestown Rediscovery continue to dig into the Historic Jamestowne church that has stood at the site of the James Fort since 1906, they’ve uncovered something they weren’t expecting.

An abandoned cellar lies underneath the holiest place in the church, and it may contain details about life within the first permanent English colony — but archaeologists will have to dig to the bottom of the cellar before they can get to the bottom of the mystery.

Two previous brick churches have stood where the Memorial Church now stands in Historic Jamestowne. Historical records show the second was built by colonists in the 1640s and was in use for more than a century. The first brick church was built in 1617, meaning the cellar and the structure above it must have been built prior to the church’s construction. Read More

June 02, 2018
Archaeological field school from SIUC discovers a previously unknown American fort

CARBONDALE — For decades, historians have believed that a single fort overlooking Kaskaskia served as a fort for both French and American troops. But when Mark Wagner and his team of anthropology students began an archaeology field school class on the site last year, they made a startling discovery.

Standing tall on the site of Fort Kaskaskia is a sign that details the presumed story of a fort built by the French in the 1750s that later was renovated and occupied by the American Army in 1803. The most important event in the history of the short-lived American fort was a visit by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to recruit 11 soldiers for their expedition to explore the American West. Finding this area to be of interest, Wagner and his team of SIU students conducted a test excavation within the French fort in 2017. After evaluating the recovered artifacts, it became clear to the professor that an American Army never inhabited the earlier French fort. Read More

June 01, 2018
Conservatism took hold here 1,000 years ago. Until the people fled.

During the eighth century, a new kind of civilization arose in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. It started a social movement that swept across what is now the U.S. Southwest, transforming people’s beliefs about how to live, worship and farm. For the next six centuries, Ancestral Puebloan peoples built their communities in imitation of the ones at Chaco, celebrating its culture. But as generations passed, that culture became a rigid tradition, representing a history that some people wanted to escape. As the 14th century drew to a close, the entire Chaco population abandoned the canyon, never to return. Read More

May 24, 2018
Ancient Native American village in Louisiana reveals its secrets

An ancient Native American village in Louisiana is revealing its secrets thanks to new research.

The study of ancient mound builders who lived in the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers fresh insight into how the settlements emerged and why they were abandoned. Read More

May 29, 2018
It Was America’s First English Colony. Then It Was Gone

From the English ship Hopewell anchored off the coast of what is now North Carolina, Governor John White watched with elation as a column of smoke rose into the summer dusk.

The plume from Roanoke Island “put us in good hope that some of the colony were there expecting my return out of England,” he wrote later. Three years had passed since the governor had set out from the first English settlement in the New World on what was to be a brief resupply mission, leaving behind more than a hundred men, women, and children. But his return voyage had been delayed again and again by the outbreak of war with Spain. At last, on August 18, 1590, White and a party of sailors waded ashore on Roanoke Island. According to White’s account of events, they spotted fresh footprints but met no one. As the men climbed a sandy bank, they encountered a tree with the carved letters “C R O.” This was, the governor explained, a prearranged code. If the settlers were to leave the island, they should carve their destination into a tree or post. Adding a cross would mean they left in an emergency. Read More

May 21, 2018
Organization to start new archaeological dig on Darrow School campus for Shaker artifacts

NEW LEBANON — Archaeologists will start its third excavation today on the grounds of the Darrow School, which was the site of one of the first Shaker communities in the state.

The organization previously searched for artifacts on the property, 110 Darrow Road, in 2013 and 2017. This year the dig site will be about the same size as previous years, said DigVentures Managing Director Lisa Westcott Wilkins, and will be on a location where an old Shaker house once stood.

“The Mount Lebanon site is very important to us,” Wilkins said. “We are very excited about this spot. It is important for us to have this opportunity to look back and investigate this old, very forward-thinking society.” Read More

May 14, 2018
Native Insight: Northfield man finds 3,000-year-old axe on Vermont lakeshore

The subject I want to discuss this week is a rare find that could have been addressed almost two years ago, when I first caught wind of it. I have, instead, been sitting on it in anticipation of additional information coming to light. Well, I can wait no longer, and will now go forward with what I have about an important Vermont discovery made by a Northfield metal-detecting sleuth.

That man is Kenn Jordan, proprietor of Jordan Metal Art and a talented metal artist, not to mention a devoted metal-detecting enthusiast. We’re not here to study his work, but rather his play, a hobby. What we’re looking at is an ancient copper artifact he found on the Fourth of July 2016, while working the shoreline near his NorthWoods camp on Lake Salem in Derby, Vt., a Northeast Kingdom hamlet bordering Canada. Finally, this relic made some 3,000 years ago — yes, that’s right, 1,000 years before Christ — has made it into a press account by Vermont State Archaeologist Francis “Jess” Robinson, who took possession of the adze or celt or axe soon after it was recovered from the lake. Read More

May 12, 2018
Trip to Oregon's Cascadia Cave Brings Archaeology to Life

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away.

So Tony Farque held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farque said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago.

"This is the largest and most complete rock art site in western Oregon by far," said Farque, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here."

During the past 25 years, Farque has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Read More

May 06, 2018
Ships Unearthed in Virginia Offer Glimpse of Colonial Era

OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Nestled in centuries of dirt and debris, several well-preserved ships and artifacts have been unearthed that offer a glimpse of life at what was once one of the busiest ports in the North American colonies.

At the site for Robinson Landing, a new townhouse and condominium development along the Potomac River here, excavations have uncovered the protruding, curved wooden bones of the ships. Three ships were scuttled and buried here centuries ago as Alexandria sought to expand its land into the deeper waters of the river. Read More

May 04, 2018
Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City-based private company, whose devout Christian owners won a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling exempting them from providing certain contraceptive coverage for employees, agreed to pay a $3 million fine last year to settle a lawsuit over the company's role in the smuggling of the artifacts, which authorities say were looted from the war-torn country. Read More

May 04, 2018
Adult mammoth bones found in Wyoming

After four days of intensive and hurried excavation, a crew of about 15 archaeologists and helpers removed the intact backbone and ribs of what is believed to be an adult mammoth from the shoreline of Wyoming's Buffalo Bill Reservoir on Tuesday.

"This was a salvage operation. We were doing triage," said Bonnie Smith, an archaeologist with the Draper Museum of Natural History in Cody, Wyo., who helped with the dig. Read More

May 03, 2018
Midewin prairie dig may unearth clues about ancient culture that disappeared, researchers hope

bout 400 years ago, a group of people set up camp just south of Joliet, engaging in agriculture and hunting for about 10 summers. Several decades later, the group disappeared.

Now, their trash has become archaeological treasure that could provide clues about what happened to that culture. And they’re inviting local volunteers to help with the project. Read More

May 01, 2018
Archaeology Field School Returning to Colonial Military Site

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A summertime archaeological dig is returning to a community along the upper Hudson River that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century.

SUNY Adirondack's archaeology field school will run from July 9 through Aug. 17 in Fort Edward, 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Albany.

The Washington County village was home to Rogers Rangers and the largest British outpost in the American colonies during the French and Indian War. The community college's six-week dig will focus on areas of Rogers Island and sites along the river where merchants did business. Read More

April 24, 2018
This UH Research Center Is Revolutionizing Archaeology

The year was 2012; the place, the Honduran rainforest. A small plane flew overhead, dangling an expensive pulsing laser over the dense, leafy canopy. Within just a few hours, Ramesh Shrestha, director of UH’s National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, spotted it: a place forgotten for centuries, now visible in the form of a crude rectangular shape scratched into the earth. “Nature doesn’t make rectangles, and yet there it was,” he remembers. “When we removed the trees, it was unmistakable.”

Afterward, the two filmmakers who’d organized that search, who’d been hoping to find the mythic Ciudad Blanca (“White City”), were hailed for discovering the ruins of what they dubbed the City of the Monkey God. The find featured in National Geographic and Outside, a TV documentary, and even a book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, published last year. Read More

April 22, 2018
Children dig in at junior archaeologist event at Harriet Tubman park in Auburn

AUBURN — Colin Kingery's eyes rarely darted from the dirt he was digging through for artifacts Saturday.

Colin, 6, and his sister, Nora, 4, were at a junior archaeologist event at the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn. The U.S. National Park Service hosted the event, in which service employees guided children through a "dig" and recorded their observations.

Colin proudly showed off his fossil books to the employees before the dig. Colin, with gloves on, dug through a large plastic tub filled with dirt to uncover objects such as what appeared to be pottery pieces. Nora hovered by her father Lisle Kingery's legs at first, but eventually joined in on a separate dig with her brother. Read More

April 09, 2018
US, Mexican Archaeologists Unearth Sonoran Desert’s Past and Present

MEXICO CITY - Researchers from Mexico and the U.S. are exploring ancient archaeological sites in Mexico, near the Sonora-Arizona border. Their studies might shed light not only on the region’s past but also give context to political issues facing indigenous communities today.

The border has been an obstacle to unify archaeological studies from both sides of the border. Arizona’s sites have been largely studied, but the Sonoran ones have gained less attention as archaeology has focused more on central-south Mexico. Read More

April 06, 2018
The mystery of the mummy’s head: how the FBI helped crack a 4,000-year-old case

In 1915, a team of U.S. archaeologists excavating the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Deir el-Bersha blasted into a hidden tomb. Inside the cramped limestone chamber, they were greeted by a gruesome sight: a mummy’s severed head perched on a cedar coffin.

The room, which the researchers labeled Tomb 10A, was the final resting place for a governor named Djehutynakht (pronounced juh-HOO-tuh-knocked) and his wife. At some point during the couple’s 4,000-year slumber, grave robbers ransacked their burial chamber and plundered its gold and jewels. The looters tossed a headless, limbless mummified torso into a corner before attempting to set the room on fire to cover their tracks. Read More

April 05, 2018
Montpelier Archaeologists Employ New Technology to Reveal Slave Experience

Archaeologists at James Madison's Montpelier are getting a glimpse into the property's past by using new technology that allows them to see things they’ve never before been able to see.

"This is a dream come true for me; this is Christmas in April," says Matthew Reeves, Montpelier's director of archaeology.

This technology - called lidar - allows archaeologists to see paths through the woods that date back to the 1700s. They say these trails were walked every day by slaves. Read More

April 05, 2018
Ella Axelrod ’19 Uncovers Artifacts and Passion for Archaeology

Some students enter college with an inkling of what they want to study, and Ella Axelrod ’19, was no different: they had a sneaking suspicion of their interest in archaeology after participating on an archaeology field trip in eighth grade. At CC, Axelrod dove in head first, talking their way into Professor Ruth Van Dyke’s archaeology class right after finishing their FYE, a 300-level class that took place in Castroville, Texas, north of San Antonio. The class sought to find signs of the early Alsacean settlements, built by Henri Castro and the French people he brought to the area in the mid 1840’s. Read More

April 01, 2018
UPDATE: Ship’s hull secured on beach after attempt to move it fails

Officials had to resort to their second plan of securing the hull section in place Thursday evening after the equipment that was planned to move it got stuck in the sand and couldn’t make it to the site.

Tonya Creamer, spokeswoman for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, said Friday morning that the artifact is still on the beach and researchers plan to continue collecting as much information from it as they can.

Local researchers will get to spend more time gathering information from a large section of a wooden ship’s hull that washed ashore south of Ponte Vedra Beach earlier this week after securing permission and the means to move it to a better protected area of the beach. Read More

April 01, 2018
Oldest Human Footprints In North America Found On Canadian Coast

Along the shore of tiny Calvert Island, not far from Vancouver, researchers found a series of human footprints in 2015. Thorough analysis of the prints has now revealed they are the oldest in North America, made by several people more than 13,000 years ago.

The field team that found the footprints included several archaeologists, students from the University of Victoria, as well as representatives from the Heiltsuk First Nation and the Wuikinuxv First Nation. Writing today in the journal PLOS One, lead author Duncan McLaren of the University of Victoria and the Hakai Research Institute and his colleagues detail what they have learned in the past three years from the 29 footprints. Read More

March 21, 2018
Georgia Southern's archaeological repository uncovers the past

When you think of archaeology you may envision Indiana Jones uncovering extravagant artifacts like the Ark of the Covenant, but real life archeology is more concerned with preserving and studying the past.

Conserving the past is exactly what Georgia Southern University is trying to do with its recently built archaeological repository and archaeology laboratories on its Statesboro Campus. Read More

March 21, 2018
Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig

Nearly 10,000 Native American artifacts — a rectangular ceramic vessel, tool fragments, arrowheads, and other projectile points — have been discovered at two archaeological excavation sites in Camden.

Along with the hearthstones, animal bones, and remains of plants likely used for food, medicine, and fuel found during the excavations, the materials may shed light on the lives of indigenous people who camped along the Delaware River as early as 4,000 years ago.

Some of the objects will be donated to and displayed by the Camden County Historical Society museum in Camden. Read More

March 19, 2018
2 more centuries-old ships unearthed in Old Town Alexandria

WASHINGTON — Two additional centuries-old ships have been unearthed in Old Town Alexandria, not far from where an 18th-century vessel was unearthed a few years ago.

The discovery was made at a construction site where Robinson Terminal South was located, according to a news release Monday from the City of Alexandria. Early indications are that the two ships are from the same era as the ship that was found at the Hotel Indigo site in 2015.

Archaeologists believe that that 50-foot ship was built sometime after 1741 and ended up being used as landfill in the late 1700s.

“The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” said acting City Archaeologist Eleanor Breen in a statement. “There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide.” Read More

March 17, 2018
Protecting Native American artifacts at Lake Nighthorse

With the anticipated opening of Lake Nighthorse, local agencies are gearing up for the daunting task of protecting the many Native American cultural sites at risk to looting and vandalism.

“If you talk to the tribes, they view that area as a sacred place,” said Kristin Bowen, an archaeologist for the Bureau of Reclamation. “And they are concerned about people being disrespectful out there and turning it into a big party spot.”

Lake Nighthorse was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 2003 as part of the Animas-La Plata Project, which pumps water from the Animas River to fill a 123,541-acre-foot reservoir for tribes and water rights holders. Read More

March 15, 2018
ASU experts share must-see historic sites for Arizona Archaeology Month

Marvel at ancient petroglyphs, miles of canals, stately ruins and exquisite craftsmanship — no passport required

Arizona has a rich historical legacy, and there’s no better time to appreciate it than in March, when temperate weather combines with opportunity for adventure during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.

To help you navigate our state’s incredible past this month, four Southwest archaeologists from Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change share their insights on what to see, which mysteries keep them up at night and how you can get involved in protecting the past. Read More

March 12, 2018
Uncovering secrets of York Beach shipwreck

YORK BEACH, Maine -- The mystery of the Short Sands Beach shipwreck is being pieced together by state and local archaeologists and historians -- a centuries old vessel with secrets that are being uncovered using 21st century archaeological tools like 3D modeling.

But there is also some historical sleuthing that has been done as well, as a former York Beach police officer shares his discovery of an 18th century York notary public’s journal in which a 1769 shipwreck on Short Sands Beach is described.

This focus comes as the skeleton was once again exposed following last week’s nor’easter, a fairly rare occurrence that has captured regional and national attention in the days since. Read More

March 06, 2018
USS Lexington found: Paul Allen finds aircraft carrier that saved Australia in World War II

IT was the day that decided Australia’s fate. The aircraft carrier USS Lexington was lost in 1942 in a desperate bid to block a Japanese invasion force. Now, 76 years later, she’s back.

Japan had crushed the US battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor. It had swept Britain, the United States, the Netherlands and Australia aside in South East Asia. Britain barely held on to Ceylon by the skin of its teeth.

Now a Japanese invasion fleet was advancing on Port Moresby, on Papua New Guinea’s southern coast. It was feared this would cut Australia off from the United States. Read More

March 05, 2018
Nor'easter uncovers wreck of Revolutionary War-era ship on Maine beach

A shipwreck, believed to be more than 160 years old, resurfaced on a Maine beach Monday morning after a nor'easter ravaged the East Coast over the weekend and washed away enough sand to a get a glimpse of the historic structure.

The skeletal structure of the Revolutionary War era boat appeared on Short Sands Beach in York early Monday. York Police Department posted photos of the shipwreck on its Facebook page. Read More

March 04, 2018
500 year-old pistol part found at Kannah Creek archaeological dig

A pistol part found in a Mesa County excavation area could be as many as 500 years old and may bring to light some new information on Spanish colonial history in Colorado.

The part was found in the Kannah Creek area about 25 miles south of Grand Junction as part of an archaeological excavation conducted by the Museums of Western Colorado's Western Investigations Team.

The dig has been ongoing for about seven years and the part was found a few years ago, but it has been undergoing metallurgic testing, according to Museums of Western Colorado Curator of History David Bailey. Read More

March 01, 2018
7,000-Year-Old Native American Burial Site Found Underwater

Venice is Florida's unofficial capital of fossil hunting. Divers and beachcombers flock to this city on the Gulf Coast, mostly seeking palm-sized teeth of the Megalodon, the enormous shark species that went extinct 2 and half million years ago. In the summer of 2016, a diver searching for those relics picked up a barnacle-crusted jaw from a shallow spot off the shore of Manasota Key. The specimen sat on a paper plate in his kitchen for a couple weeks before he realized it was probably a human bone.

The diver sent a picture to Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research, where it landed in front of Ryan Duggins, the bureau’s underwater archaeology supervisor. A single molar was still attached to the jawbone, and the tooth’s cusps were worn smooth, likely from a diet of tough foods. “That’s something we don’t see in modern populations, so that was a quick indicator we were dealing with a prehistoric individual,” Duggins explains. Read More

February 28, 2018
Wildfire debris cleanup reveals Native American artifacts

The shiny black piece of obsidian, pointed at one end and with chiseled edges, lay in plain view on earth scorched bare by the Nuns fire on private land in Glen Ellen.

David Carrio, a full-blooded Coast Miwok born and raised in Sonoma County, recognized it immediately as a tool fashioned by his forebears who once inhabited Marin and southern Sonoma counties, a bountiful land for hunter-gatherer people, rich in food and laced by freshwater streams.

“It was kind of like spotting a footprint of your ancestors,” he said. “It’s something that says we are home.” Read More

February 24, 2018
Archaeologist speaks at New Canaan Library about Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers

Connecticut state archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones returns to New Canaan Library to present a talk on the newest findings from three archeological sites that provide clues to early colonial life. Dr. Jones will speak at the Library on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. Please register online at

During the past three years, archaeologists and students unearthed clues about Connecticut’s early colonial past at three archeological sites: a buried house cellar within the original John Mason home lot, a buried farm complex associated with Lt. John Hollister of Glastonbury, and the homestead of Francis Stiles (later owned by the Ellsworth family of Windsor). Jones led these excavations and will explain what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor and Glastonbury tell us about Connecticut’s earliest European settlers, and how modern technology helps rediscover these long-forgotten sites. Read More

February 23, 2018
White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Cities

Pioneers and early archaeologists credited distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these sophisticated complexes

Around 1100 or 1200 A.D., the largest city north of Mexico was Cahokia, sitting in what is now southern Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Built around 1050 A.D. and occupied through 1400 A.D., Cahokia had a peak population of between 25,000 and 50,000 people. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cahokia was composed of three boroughs (Cahokia, East St. Louis, and St. Louis) connected to each other via waterways and walking trails that extended across the Mississippi River floodplain for some 20 square km. Its population consisted of agriculturalists who grew large amounts of maize, and craft specialists who made beautiful pots, shell jewelry, arrow-points, and flint clay figurines. Read More

February 16, 2018
Lab notes: So long Indiana Jones? Archaeology goes high-tech

Jaws have dropped as new laser scanning techniques revealed an ancient Mexican city that archaeologists say may have had as many buildings as Manhattan. Groundbreaking lidar scanning is showing the true scale of Angamuco, which was built by the Purépecha from about 900AD. From that sublime news to the utterly ridiculous: experts are having to voice their concern about the rise of DIY faecal transplants. It seems people need to be warned that, although some really promising science suggests links between gut microbes and a host of health problems, jumping ahead of scientists and following a Youtube video to do it at home is a really daft idea. Read More

February 14, 2018
Surveyors Believe They've Found Old Slave Quarters at Montpelier

A team armed with metal detectors is unearthing history that’s been buried for two centuries beneath the plantation of President James Madison.

Montpelier's metal-detecting surveyors are sweeping through a wooded area just down the hill from Madison's former mansion in Orange County, hoping that they'll unearth artifacts that will help flesh out the full story that unfolded at the estate. The metal detector team is especially hard at work right now during the winter months, since the ground is more barren and easier to see what's hidden beneath it.

Each blue flag staked in the ground marks the location of where they've detected metal, and red flags identify concentrations of items. So far, the surveyors have dug up objects like coins, buckles, spoons, and nails. Read More

February 11, 2018
Archaeology: Serpent Mound might depict a creation story

Serpent Mound in Adams County is the most iconic earthen sculpture ever created by the ancestors of North American Indians, but now it can be seen only through a kind of filter.

Why? It was damaged by looting and plowing before it was saved and restored in the late 1880s by Frederic Putnam of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum. And Putnam’s restorations were influenced by what he thought the mound should look like.

He decided that the mound represented a serpent with an egg in its jaws. He believed it demonstrated a connection between Serpent Mound and various Old World cultures. Other archaeologists have documented parts of the mound that Putnam ignored, such as a wishbone-shaped earthwork that wrapped around the far side of the so-called egg. Evidently, Putnam felt this earthwork made no sense if the mound actually represented a serpent and an egg, so he didn’t restore it. Read More

February 06, 2018
This Archaeological Site In Virginia Should Be On Every History Buff's Bucket List

Hidden in the landscape of Orange, Virginia, perched on top of rust-colored dirt and surrounded by trees, is the home of fourth U.S. President James Madison. Known as Montpelier, the home has been restored to its 18th century grandeur through the hard work of conservators and archaeologists, a fitting tribute to the 'Father of the Constitution.' But what makes Montpelier a site that every history buff should have on their bucket list is the way that they have grappled with the complexity of a forward-thinking yet slave-owning president, and made the public a huge part of that discussion. Read More

February 01, 2018
1,000-Year-Old Hunting Weapon Found in Melting Yukon Ice

CARCROSS, CANADA—CBC News reports that a barbed antler arrow point with a copper end blade discovered in melting ice last summer has been radiocarbon dated to 936 years ago. Yukon archaeologist Greg Hare discovered the hunting artifact in an area frequented by caribou during the summers on the traditional territory of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. The blade had been pointed into the earth, with the arrow half buried in ice, as if it had just been shot from a bow. “This is one of the oldest copper elements that we [have] ever found in the Yukon,” Hare said. The copper used to make the weapon was locally sourced, probably from a creek in southwest Yukon. Hare explained that in addition to representing the development of metallurgy in the Yukon, the arrow also marks the period when First Nations hunters were changing from atlatl (throwing dart) technology to bows and arrows. He thinks it may have taken two weeks to make the artifact, and that it would have been a significant loss for the hunter. For more, go to “Where the Ice Age Caribou Ranged.” Read More

January 17, 2018
Local historian finds rare artifact linked to Abraham Lincoln

A fragile object tucked away in a room of unknown historical treasures has been found and it is tied to one of the most well-thought-of presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln.

Sandy Vasko, director of the Will County Historical Society, discovered a dried rose a few weeks ago that she said was on the funeral bier of Abraham Lincoln when his remains were at the capitol in Washington D.C. on April 20, 1865.

The flower is fairly rare, according to Vasko. She knows of only one other group of flowers and they are in the Library of Congress. Read More

January 16, 2018
Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon

Yukon archeologist Greg Hare says it was just luck that led him in 2016 to find a nearly 1,000-year-old hunting artifact, half exposed in a remote patch of ice.

Recent radiocarbon dating confirms that the arrow blade point is one of the earliest examples of copper metallurgy ever found in Yukon.

Hare was travelling with a documentary film crew over the ice patches near Carcross, Yukon, in July 2016 when they spotted some caribou on a hillside. Hare had been showing the crew some of sites where he and other archaeologists have been finding ancient First Nations hunting weapons over the last 20 years. Read More

January 16, 2018
UWF receives top award for Luna Settlement project from Society for Historical Archaeology

The University of West Florida Division of Anthropology and Archaeology recently received the 2018 Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology for the Tristan de Luna y Arellano project. The award was presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting, held Jan. 3-6 in New Orleans. Read More

January 14, 2018
Coastal Waters Threaten Florida's Historic Resources

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — What do St. Augustine's Castillo de San Marcos and Egmont Key near Tampa have in common? They are two of thousands of Florida's heritage sites that are vulnerable to rising seas. "Jupiter Lighthouse, Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West, Fort Jefferson and Fort Pickens in Pensacola — all of these places are threatened," said Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

The Castillo de San Marcos withstood two sieges in 330 years and changed hands five times, but its latest invader — the rising Atlantic Ocean — threatens to erode the historic St. Augustine fortress Read More

January 11, 2018
Old Berwick presents new Plymouth discoveries

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — New revelations about trade and relations between the Pilgrims and Native Americans have come to light since archaeologists recently uncovered the first intact sections of the early 17th century settlement in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.

On Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Old Berwick Historical presents Dr. David B. Landon, who will discuss recent the archaeological excavations made at his Plymouth field school. The lecture will be held at the Berwick Academy Arts Center in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Read More

January 06, 2018
Massive Napa archaeological dig continues at future hotel site

Almost a year after it began, archaeologists continue excavating a large site in downtown Napa – one that could have been home to Native Americans as long as 2,000 years ago.

Located at the corner of First Street and Silverado Trail, the 11-acre parcel is the planned home of a 351-room luxury hotel and resort estimated to cost $200 million.

Because the dig is occurring at a heavily traveled intersection on the edge of downtown Napa, the project has provoked considerable public interest. Read More

January 06, 2018
Ancient Sunken Warship, Steamboat and Lighthouse Discovered off Coast of Mexico

Divers found remnants from not one, but three archaeological features off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. A Dutch warship, a British steamboat and a lighthouse, which sounds like the beginning of an extremely nerdy joke but is really just a factual list of discoveries.

The relics lie near the small seaport town of Sisal, according to Reuters. These days, Sisal is a quiet fishing village. In the 18th and 19th centuries, however, it was a major port for all manner of vessels, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Some of those vessels were luckier than others. Read More

December 23, 2017
Teasing out the secrets of the Raleigh Tavern

When Colonial Williamsburg added a new front porch to the Raleigh Tavern this past fall, physical clues from a 2016 dig played a key role in steering the dramatic change to one of the Historic Area’s most iconic structures.

Now that hoard of more than 100,000 artifacts is undergoing an analysis that could shed still more light on the landmark tavern, which not only grew up along with Virginia’s colonial capital but also served as a prime social and political meeting place for elite residents in the years leading to the Revolution. Read More

December 20, 2017
Historical archaeology students unearth 200-year-old artifacts buried on UAH campus

Ben Hoksbergen didn’t know for sure whether the students in his historical archaeology course at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) would unearth evidence of the plantation that had once spanned half of campus. But while he had been prepared for them to be disappointed about not finding anything, he had never once considered they might be skeptical if they did.

"The first day we did the field survey, I was half-convinced he’d planted the stuff!" says history major Mariah Wilkinson. "And then when we started doing shovel testing and finding more, I thought he still might have put it there." Indeed, it was only after the number of recovered artifacts started climbing into the thousands that she began to understand the herculean amount of work such a prank would have entailed. "I realized there’s no way anyone would put that much effort into planting it," she laughs. Read More

December 15, 2017
11th Annual Archaeology Fair

On October 14th, the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Science celebrated the 11th Annual AIA-MOS Archaeology Fair at the museum in Boston. Thousands of people, including students, teachers, and families, attended the daylong event and had the opportunity to participate in over a dozen interactive, engaging, and informative activities presented by 14 organizations from around New England.

The hands-on programs presented at the fair allow participants to experience archaeology and indulge their inner Indiana Jones. Kids, parents, and everyone in between had a great time exploring multiple aspects of archaeology and participating in activities involving archaeological digs, tool making, shipwrecks, and much more. Read More

December 12, 2017
City halts work after earth-movers grade Tucson's birthplace site

City officials halted and then moved work for a $7 million project Monday after historic preservation activists complained that earth movers were grading a crucial archaeological site at or near Tucson’s birthplace.

A private contractor was working Monday morning on a landfill remediation project at a site that is part of what activists hope will be the future Tucson Origins Heritage Park. The landfill, just west of the Santa Cruz River near downtown, lies near where the oldest known agriculture in the United States began around 2,100 B.C., or 4,100 years ago. Read More

December 05, 2017
Archaeologists Uneasy as Trump Shrinks Bears Ears Monument Lands

A US government plan to slash protections for one of North America’s richest and best-preserved archaeological landscapes has prompted a wave of concern among researchers. On December 4, US President Donald Trump announced that he had cut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah from 547,000 hectares to 82,000. That removes protections for thousands of Native American cultural sites, some as many as 13,000 years old. Read More

December 05, 2017
An archaeological dig unearths one of the earliest slave remains in Delaware

A male skeleton of African ancestry was found at Avery’s Rest, a late 17th-century plantation in Rehoboth, Del. (Kate D. Sherwood/Smithsonian Institution)

The blow to the head of the man in grave 10 was so severe that it chipped off a bone near his right eyebrow, fractured part of his face, and probably helped to kill him.

He was about 35 years old and likely a slave. He had grooves in his front teeth where he had clenched his clay pipe as he worked, and evidence in his spine that he was engaged in hard labor.

It’s not known exactly what landed him in a hexagonal coffin in the sandy soil north of Delaware’s Rehoboth Bay 300 years ago: An assault, or an accident? Read More

December 01, 2017
Swamped: Rising seas to leave thousands of historical sites in the Southeast underwater

New studies show the oceans could rise more and faster than scientists originally thought. Veuer's Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story. Buzz60

Jamestown? Swamped. Cape Canaveral? Underwater. Charleston, S.C.? Gone.

Iconic locations from American history — from Jamestown to Cape Canaveral and Charleston to Cape Hatteras — could be underwater by the end of the century due to sea-level rise from global warming, according to a study published Wednesday. Read More

December 01, 2017
In Alaska's Thawing Permafrost, Humanity's 'Library Is on Fire'

The Internet connection is bad. As Herman Ahsoak speaks into his iPhone, the video chat freezes periodically, his face fixed in strange contortions on the screen.

Ahsoak is in Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States; he is speaking to a class of high school students in Kaktovik, the only community within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, more than 300 miles east. A member of the Inupiaq, whose people have lived on the North Slope for thousands of years, Ahsoak is demonstrating how to make an ulu—a knife used to skin and clean animals. Read More

November 27, 2017
A fantastic place to hang out for 5,000 years

Renovated Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, administered by ASU, offers modern visitors a glimpse into the ancient past and its people

Out on the far northwestern edge of the Valley, where the pavement turns to sand, is a place people have been visiting for 5,000 years.

Fifty centuries ago visitors chiseled images into rocks stained with desert varnish: ladders, centipedes, figures with big crazy hands, abstract geometric designs, a pair of deer standing nose to nose — in all, 1,571 petroglyphs on 579 boulders.

Now, instead of yucca sandals and turkey-feather kilts, visitors wear rubber flip-flops and yoga pants, but they still come for the same reason: “It’s been a fantastic place to hang out for 5,000 years,” said Arizona State University archaeologist Emily Fioccoprile. Read More

November 23, 2017
1,200-year-old Native American artifacts unearthed in Westbrook

WESTBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — An ancient find along the shoreline. Excavator Tom Maynard has been digging around Connecticut for more than 30 years.

When he stumbled upon Native American artifacts dating back at least 1,200 years, he knew it was a big deal.

“I called Gary and said, ‘I got a good one here,'” said Maynard.

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

He made the find while clearing land for new home construction on Mohawk Road in Westbrook where Native Americans used to camp. Read More

November 22, 2017
Rare 400-Year-Old Map Traces Indigenous Roots in Mexico

This 1593 map shows southern Puebla from the church of Todos Santos (now northeast of Mexico City) and Lake Texcoco, to the church of Santa Cruz Huitziltepec, Pue (lower right). The map also reveals the genealogy and land ownership for the Nahuatl "de Leon" family from 1480 to 1593.

A rare, indigenous-made map of Mexico from the era of the Nahuatl people's first contact with Europeans is now in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

The library announced yesterday (Nov. 21) that it acquired the so-called Codex Quetzalecatzin(also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec) and that a digitally preserved copy is now online.

For more than 100 years, the map had passed through private collections, including that of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. [Cracking Codices: 10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts] Read More

November 22, 2017
‘Underground Savannah’ in peril

THE ANNUAL "Places in Peril" list released each year by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is usually heavy on old mansions and firehouses and train depots and the like.

This year, one entry encompasses a whole city — but a city you can’t see.

“Underground Savannah” comes in at number 10 on the list. The effort to include Savannah’s as-yet-undiscovered archaeological record on the yearly tally was spearheaded by Dan Elliott, President and Research Archaeologist at the Lamar Institute.

“We came up with the name as sort of a play on Underground Atlanta,” Dan explains. “Very little of the history from Savannah’s colonial era has seen the light of day.” Read More

November 17, 2017
The Archaeologists Saving Miami's History From the Sea

MIAMI—When Hurricane Irma sprinted toward Miami-Dade County, Jeff Ransom couldn’t sleep. He wasn’t just worried about gusts shattering windows, or sheets of rain drowning the highway—that’s far from unusual near his home in Broward County, where extreme weather verges on routine, and patches of U.S. 1 are regularly submerged.

Ransom, the county archaeologist, was preoccupied with an oak tree and its 350-year-old roots. If the tree capsized with enough intensity, he worried, the flailing roots could dislodge human remains.

On a blazing blue morning in early November, weeks after the storm, we trek to the site of the Tequesta Native American burial mound that kept Ransom awake. Read More

November 14, 2017
Discovering a Midden on a Cape Cod Shore

Late one afternoon a few weeks ago, I took a walk along a Wellfleet beach facing Cape Cod Bay. At its start, this beach is backed by a low line of dunes, but after a few hundred feet, the dunes rise to become a low glacial bluff, a mix of sand and clay perhaps 20 feet high. After another several hundred feet I came upon a stretch of bluff that showed signs of severe recent erosion. The face of the bluff had been gouged away, and a number of trees and shrubs lay like stranded wrecks on the beach.

The cause of the erosion seemed obvious. Just beyond the stretch of unprotected bluff a massive rock wall had been erected to cover the face of the bluff and protect the line of houses above it. Because of the nature of longshore currents, any time you have a natural glacial bluff butting up against an artificial seawall, you can pretty much guarantee that the former will suffer from accelerated erosion. That is what had happened here. Read More

November 13, 2017
It Belongs in a Museum in Alexandria

Alexandria Archaeology faces wary developers and amateur treasure hunters. Garrett Fesler isn’t one of the bad guys.

Alexandria is an old city, so when a construction crew starts to dig into the ground, there’s a chance they might stumble on an item of historical significance. That’s why Fesler and other members of the City of Alexandria Archaeologists get involved with projects, sometimes before digging starts. When they meet with landowners in the city, Fesler says there can be one of two reactions.

“Some are excited and happy to work with us,” said Fesler. “Others have little interest in doing so. People often assume it’s going to cost them money if Alexandria Archaeology comes in to do work.”

But Fesler says while challenges can arise, the goal isn’t to stall construction or add to costs. Read More

November 12, 2017
Spring and Seventh Street ‘rich site for cataloging New Bedford’s early history’

NEW BEDFORD — Pieces of pottery, glass, porcelain, tobacco pipes and animal bones dating back to the 1800s laid in small plastic bags at the site of what will later be Abolition Row Park at Spring and Seventh streets.

“It’s a rich site for cataloging New Bedford’s early history,” said Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society, who arrived at the site as the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. dig was wrapping up.

“It’s an educational opportunity for a lot of us,” she noted.

Abolition Row Park, expected to be completed next year, is a $190,000 project funded by the city’s historical society with the mission of telling the story of abolitionists who once lived in the neighborhood. Read More

November 09, 2017
Digging up the past

MOUNT MORRIS — In order to make way for the future we must first dig up the past.

Justin Tubiolo of the Mount Morris Archaeology Team invited Genesee Country Express up to witness what they have discovered in the ground near the Mill Mansion.

There has been a lot of work done at the Mills Mansion as well as the parking lot for The Arc of Livingston and Wyoming Counties, and Matt O’Dell’s property next to the mansion.

Gen. William Mills built the mansion in 1838, but before that had a log cabin and log house built on the same patch of land.

Artifacts go back hundreds and even thousands of years deep in the dirt in that area. Read More

November 03, 2017
The First Americans May Have Migrated Along a Coastal ‘Kelp Highway’

A conventional belief about the first settlement of the Americas holds that people with ancestry from Siberia in northeastern Asia traveled into North America across the Bering Strait when it was exposed as a land bridge during the last ice age roughly 13,500 years ago.

These first settlers were thought to be the likely creators of the prehistoric Clovis culture. Remnants of this culture primarily consist of stone tools that were first excavated near Clovis, New Mexico, in 1932. Little is known about the Paleo-Indians who made the tools, but the remains of an infant boy named Anzick-1 have been associated with the Clovis. DNA analysis of Anzick-1 in 2014 revealed a genetic connection to modern Native American populations. Read More

October 27, 2017
Experts have uncovered remains at the first permanent English colony. But whose bones are they?

JAMESTOWN, Va. — The ancient thigh bone was that of a robust man, a chap in his 40s, with wear and tear in his joints and a hip socket that showed he had been a horseman and a man of status.

Could these be the remains of the long-lost lord — the savior of the English colony here, the aristocrat who died at sea, and whose body was likely carried to Virginia in a cask of wine?

Was this Thomas West, better known as Lord De La Warr, whose name — Americanized to Delaware — has left its imprint on the national landscape? Read More

October 25, 2017
Hurricane Irma might have unearthed Calusa artifacts in Marco Island preserve

Archaeologists are sifting through the root balls of trees downed by Hurricane Irma, looking for Calusa Indian artifacts at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco Island.

Hurricane Irma is giving a team of archaeologists a one-time chance to look into the past.

Irma, which made landfall Sept. 10 on Marco Island, left behind piles of debris, flooded streets and wrecked homes all over Southwest Florida, tearing apart vulnerable lives that are still not back to normal.

But as some hurricane victims look to the future, archaeologists have their eyes on what they think could be unearthed pieces of an ancient Calusa Indian past in the root balls of downed trees at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco. Read More

October 19, 2017
Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds

DAMARISCOTTA, Me. — Alice Kelley stood on the bank of a tidal river, next to a grassy bluff dotted with apple trees. This is not just a scenic spot: Hidden beneath the grass is a massive pile of oyster shells left by Native Americans. And hidden among those shells are rich, detailed stories thousands of years old.

Middens like this one line Maine’s tortured shoreline. “We know that there are over 2,000 shell heaps on the coast of Maine,” said Dr. Kelley, an associate research professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. “In virtually every case here in southern Maine, they are disappearing or they are gone.” Read More

October 18, 2017
Blank cartridges, metal ammunition belt links found at Fort McCoy

Archaeology work has been ongoing at Fort McCoy for more than 30 years, and archaeologists contracted by Fort McCoy to come across many military-related artifacts.

Recently, while excavating at a site at the installation, archaeologists recovered 33 .30-caliber blank cartridges and metal ammunition belt links.

The .30-caliber blank cartridges had a headstamp of “LC 81.” The headstamp indicates the cartridges were manufactured in 1981 at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri. Read More

October 13, 2017
Slave House Unearthed at Site of Thomas Jefferson's Plantation Estate

Excavations at an estate once owned by Thomas Jefferson have unearthed an array of archaeological finds, from 8,000-year-old spear heads to evidence of slave accommodation.

Archeologists working at Poplar Forest, where Jefferson had a house and plantation, have been carrying out work to prepare for a new road that will run through the site.

Among the finds was a substance called daub, used in the construction of log cabins. At least one site where this was found was likely populated by slaves, who in Jefferson’s time would have lived in such structures. Read More
October 11, 2017
Gold coin sheds new light on 5th-century Swedish island massacre

The discovery of gold rings and coins on a Swedish island sheds new light on the history of the area, and could give insight into the motives for a massacre which took place in the fifth century, archaeologists told The Local on Wednesday.

The team working at Sandby Borg, a ringfort on Öland off Sweden's south-eastern coast, said the discovery was the "find of the year".

Archaeologists Clara Alfsdotter and Sophie Vallulv last week uncovered two rings and a coin, which confirm a theory that the island was in close contact with the Roman Empire. Close by, the team found pieces of Roman glass in an area which was once an important house. Read More

October 06, 2017
Cocoa canoe washed up by Hurricane Irma may date to 1600s

There's a 50-50 chance that the wood used to make the canoe that washed ashore in Cocoa during Hurricane Irma dates between 1640 and 1680 — generations before the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The dugout canoe was discovered Sept. 11 along the Indian River Lagoon shoreline by Cocoa photographer Randy "Shots" Lathrop. He was checking out hurricane damages on his bicycle in the Indian River Drive neighborhood.

A Florida Division of Historical Resources archaeologist inspected the 15-foot log vessel, and radiocarbon dating results were released Thursday. The tests determined there is: Read More

October 04, 2017
Pittsford class hunts fossils at Bundy Hill

JEROME – At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a bus filled with Pittsford High School students made its way through a landscape of steep hills and gravel slopes before coming to a stop near a large open valley.

The students, under direction from Pittsford world history and archaeology teacher, Scott Lovell, spread out in different directions to scour Bundy Hill Offroad in Jerome for hidden finds, covered over with dust and rock.

“We’re looking for certain rocks like jade or fossils or like glassy-like materials and stuff. Just whatever talks to us is what Mr. Lovell says,” said freshman Jaidyn Hinkley. Read More

September 26, 2017
Archaeological study sheds new light on Battle of Wood Lake

WOOD LAKE — A modern archaeological examination of the Wood Lake Battlefield offers new insights into what is considered the decisive engagement of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The use of modern technology has allowed a team of archaeologists to recover nearly two dozen conical bullets and musket balls fired by the combatants on the site on Sept. 23, 1862, and identify the locations of the U.S. soldiers and Dakota warriors during the fight along a steep ravine and former military road in what is now Yellow Medicine County.

The examination debunked a long-held belief of where the final battle occurred Read More

September 15, 2017
Hurricane Irma unearths canoe in Indian River in Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Hurricane Irma uncovered a piece of history from the bottom of the Indian River when a dugout canoe was brought to the surface.

Officials from the Florida Department of State’s Bureau of Archeological Research in the Division of Historical Resources said they are working to preserve the the canoe, estimated to weigh 600 to 700 pounds.

Randy Lathrop, of Cocoa, shared the news of his discovery on Facebook with his friends.

"I got to it before it was picked up by the county with all the other storm debris and placed in a landfill. I'll certainly keep everyone updated on this progress, promise," he said in his Facebook post. Read More

September 10, 2017
99 Years Later, Navy Probing Warship Disaster Off Long Island

The 15,000-ton armored cruiser U.S.S. San Diego, the only major United States Navy warship lost by the United States during World War I, lies in a watery grave about 10 miles off Fire Island, N.Y., where for nearly a century the corroding hulk has kept the secret of why it sunk.

Six sailors died when the ship capsized and came to a rest 110 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean about 28 minutes after an explosion ripped a hole in its hull well below the water line. Read More

September 07, 2017
Participate in an Archaeological Dig under the Thomas Edison Center

EDISON, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History invites you to take part in an active archaeology dig at the site of Thomas Edison’s home in Menlo Park. This free event is scheduled for Sept. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park located at 37 Christie St. in Edison.

Join us for an archaeological dig in an attempt to locate the foundations of Edison’s home and any associated artifacts. This open house archaeology project will be conducted by the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History in conjunction with the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. Read More

September 06, 2017
Investigating the archaeology of wildland fire suppression from Cement Ridge Lookout

SPEARFISH — Black Hills National Forest officials are inviting the public to a one-hour guided tour of Cement Ridge Lookout at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The lookout is located one mile west of the South Dakota border, located on the Bearlodge Ranger District in Wyoming.

Topics covered during the tour will include; the past history of Cement Ridge Lookout, the purpose of the National Historic Lookout Register, a history of wildland fire suppression on the Black Hills National Forest and tips and tricks for land owners to make their properties safer from wildland fires. Read More

September 06, 2017
Lynne Goldstein: MSU Campus Archaeology, the future

Lynne Goldstein is a professor of anthropology and director of the Campus Archaeology Program.

I created and direct the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program and, as of May 2018, I will be retiring from the university (although not from archaeology). The job of directing and administering MSU CAP will go to Stacey Camp, who has just arrived in East Lansing so that we can overlap for a year. MSU CAP is in very capable hands, and I am confident that the program will not only survive, but thrive.

Historic archaeology, in general, and campus archaeology, in particular, were never my primary research interests. But career paths are rarely straight, and I have found that one does best taking advantage of opportunities along the way. Given this, I have conducted excavations of several large and small historic cemeteries across the United States, and I created this campus program, which is primarily (although not exclusively) focused on historic sites. Read More

August 30, 2017
More than 50 million artifacts from Texas’ past kept at UT lab

The drawer opens wide to reveal its prize: scores of woven sandals, each hundreds of years old.

The astonishingly well-preserved shoes, tucked away in a North Austin archive, were discovered inside the Ceremonial Cave at Fort Bliss in West Texas. Scholars suggest that they were left behind in the dry rock shelter as gifts from the faithful. There, desert conditions have ensured that this Native American apparel survives to tell a concrete story about a little-known Texas past.

The leathery trove also reminds us that one of Austin’s best museums is not a museum at all.

Although the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory contains more than 50 million precious objects, access is tightly restricted. Very few people even know where on the grounds of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus this University of Texas facility is located. Read More

August 28, 2017
Shays’ Settlement In Vermont: A Story Of Revolt And Archaeology

The ruins of Daniel Shays's fortified settlement reveal the hidden story of the famous rebellion. Shays and the Regulators founded the settlement deep in the Vermont wilderness after fleeing the uprising they led in 1787 in Massachusetts.

Rediscovered in 1997 and under study since 2013, these remnants divulge secrets of Shays's life that previously remained unknown, including his connection to Millard Filmore and the Anti-Federalist lawyer John Bay. Read More

August 23, 2017
Scientists solve mystery of US Civil War submarine

Researchers say they’ve solved one of the most enduring mysteries of the American Civil War: what caused the puzzling demise of the H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

The Confederate craft famously disappeared with all its crew on 17 February 1864, just after destroying the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbour. The Hunley’s wreck was not found until 1995. When it was raised from the seabed in 2000, the skeletons of its eight-man crew were still at their stations, with no evidence of escape attempts. Read More

August 18, 2017
Archaeology Dig on NY Colonial Military Site Wrapping Up

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A six-week archaeological dig on a Colonial-era British military site on the upper Hudson River is wrapping up.

A team of volunteers and students has been excavating areas on Rogers Island at Fort Edward, 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Albany.

Thousands of British and Colonial American troops were encamped at Fort Edward during the French and Indian War from 1755-1759. Read More

August 12, 2017
Archaeologists discover lost native American civilisation

The fate of a Native American culture that disappeared seven centuries ago may have been uncovered in an unexpected location.

It has long remained a mystery why the Anasazi, meaning ancient ones, vanished from Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park without a trace in the 13th century.

Experts studying the DNA of ancient turkey bones have found that the group, also known as the Ancestral Puebloans, may have moved out of their homeland to what is now New Mexico.
Read More

August 10, 2017
Total Solar Eclipse: New Mexico Chaco Canyon Rock Art Shows Ancient Eclipse

It turns out that nearly 1,000 years ago our ancestors were just as keen to share news about a solar eclipse, but in the absence of smartphones or computers they used more primitive means to depict the stunning solar event: rock art.

Researchers believe they have discovered a rock carving in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon that represents a total eclipse that occurred more than 900 years ago. The engraving, known as a petroglyph, shows a circle with curved, intricate swirling emissions issuing from it. Around the circle, believed to depict the sun, human figures can be seen in different positions and engaged in different activities. Read More

August 06, 2017
Luna Site Confirmed As Largest Mid-16th Century Spanish Settlement In The Southeast
University of West Florida archaeology students and researchers have spent the summer uncovering more details about the 1559 Luna Settlement.

The Tristan de Luna Settlement overlooking Pensacola Bay existed for just two years until 1561.

After its discovery in the fall of 2015, one of the primary goals of UWF researchers was to determine the spatial extent of the site. Now, after two summer field schools - conducted by the UWF Archaeology Institute - and over 900 shovel tests, they have a good idea. Read More

August 05, 2017
The delightful (and dastardly) secrets of the birth of America: Inside the colonial site of Jamestown, where starving English settlers feasted on rats and even other HUMANS

The archaeologists had no reason to suspect foul play when they first unearthed the human skull.

It looked much like all the others extracted from the clay soil at Jamestown in the US state of Virginia. But when they examined it more closely, they noticed something deeply disturbing.

Knife cuts had been deliberately scored on the front of the skull and the rear had been brutally smashed open with a heavy object. It was clear that Jane – for that's the name the archaeologists gave to this unknown English adolescent – had been butchered and eaten by her fellow settlers. Read More

August 04, 2017
Archaeology Campers Uncover Evidence of Historic Barn Foundation at Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

BEDMINSTER, NJ - You never know what will happen when you dig in the dirt. That was especially true this month for eighteen children participating in a week-long archaeology camp at Bedminster’s historic Jacobus Vanderveer House. They uncovered evidence of an early barn foundation and other outbuildings on the property. The field work was conducted last week at two 2 ½ by 10-foot trenches, each extending north to south, at the site of an 1850’s barn that was destroyed by fire in the 1950’s.

“This archaeology camp was more than just about playing in the dirt,” said Craig Sutherland, president of the nonprofit Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, which offered the program in partnership with the Township of Bedminster Recreation Department. “It involved an authentic field study, led by archaeologists from Hunter Research Inc., of Trenton, who conducted preliminary field work at the proposed barn site in 2007. What the campers found will assist us in determining the location at which to reconstruct our recently acquired 1830 Dutch barn. It helps us get as close to the original footprint as possible.” Read More

August 03, 2017
Archaeologists, volunteers work Native American dig at Midewin

Professional archaeologists and volunteers have been working on a "late prehistoric site" at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, where a Native American village was located "just before Europeans arrived" in late 17th century explorations.

Last Saturday, Midewin archaeologist Joe Wheeler led a group on a "Prehistory on the Prairie" outing to the site, which is believed to have been occupied by Native Americans in the late 1600s — more than 200 years before the first European settlers arrived in the area. Read More

August 01, 2017
Has the tomb of the first historian of the Americas been discovered?

This beginning of this story could have been lifted out of a host of mystery films or novels: a group of men are working at a religious building that is centuries old, and, by chance, when they remove a layer of soil, they discover a crypt, covered in rubble and lost to the sands of time. But this is no fictional tale

The story dates back to 1992, when work was going on to transfer the pantheon where Christopher Columbus was buried from the cathedral of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The project was part of the many acts staged that year to commemorate the mariner’s arrival in the Americas five centuries earlier. But unexpectedly, another tomb was discovered. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 14, 2017
Archeology students unearth Native American artifacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2017
Grassy beginning for earliest Homo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then they vanished without a trace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The demise of the Neva

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The land is stained.

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

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

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

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

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

The missing evidence? Diamonds.

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

The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research traces descendants of Lost Colony and Croatan Indians. After major discovery, Director Fred Willard founded The Lost Colony Center to find relocated fort and Lost Colony descendants. Website

The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Website
Daily Archaeological news, plus abstracts and full-length articles from the current issue and back issues with exclusive online articles, books, links, and more. Website

Top 30 - 2013 Archaeology Blogs Website

09-25-10: Book- Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas
Edited by Peter Ston

The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detectors need be seen as a threat or, as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland and Germany, where metal detectors have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research.
With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions crucial to the development of a long term relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors.

Dec 13, 2010
Bones of Contention
Published: December 12, 2010
New York Times
See Below

LAST winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening.

The new regulations help carry out the 20-year-old Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law that was devised by tribes, scientists and museum officials. It was a compromise between the tribes’ sensitivity to having the remains of their ancestors excavated and analyzed and the archaeologists’ desire to learn what bones can reveal about ancient peoples’ diet, health, migration patterns, marriage practices and so on.

Scientists acknowledged that it is wrong to study the dead in ways that insult the living. Therefore, they relinquished control over the 25 percent of all catalogued remains at museums and other institutions that could be culturally affiliated with federally recognized tribes. Some tribes have reburied these remains, others have stored them, and some have asked institutions to continue to hold them.

In making arrangements to repatriate these culturally affiliated remains over the past 20 years, archaeologists and tribal leaders opened new lines of communication with each other.

This was a welcome development, because relations between them had been touchy, at best. Many American Indians had questioned the need for research on their ancestors’ bones, and considered archaeological digs to be insulting, or simple theft. Tensions were often high. I still recall the moment in 1979, when I was starting out in archaeology, that two young Paiute men approached me in a bar in Fallon, Nev., flashing knives, and warned me not to “dig up” their grandfather.

Today, many tribes have a more positive view of archaeology. More American Indians study the science today, and tribes have their own archaeology programs, and work with outside researchers. I am working with the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes in Glacier National Park, in Montana, to study archaeological and paleoecological information in receding ice patches.

The new federal regulations undermine this progress. In an effort to repatriate the 124,000 sets of remains that cannot be affiliated with recognized tribes using current evidence, they ignore the importance of tribal connections to ancient remains — that essential common value that drew the tribes and the scientists together. Institutions must now offer to repatriate remains to tribes that have no demonstrable cultural affiliation with them.

In some situations, under the new rules, institutions are directed to simply “transfer control of culturally unidentifiable human remains to other Indian tribes” or, in clear violation of the law, “to an Indian group that is not federally recognized.” If all else fails, institutions can simply re-inter the unidentifiable remains near where they were found.

The main objective, it seems, is to get rid of the remains however possible, as quickly as possible. The regulations clearly undermine the law’s compromise, and Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, should rescind them.

Those who wrote the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act recognized that the older remains are, the more difficult it is to affiliate them with any modern tribe. But science continues to develop methods that can help determine cultural affiliation. This work should be allowed to continue. Someday, all the skeletal remains may be repatriated to their proper descendants. In the process we will have learned much, through archaeological analysis, about the dead, and much more, through dialogue between scientists and tribes, about the living.

Robert L. Kelly is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

National Parks Traveler Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks
Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission. Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
Read More

Volunteer Metal Detectorist and Archaeology
Here is an interesting article post by the National Park Service. The conclusions of the article are very positive.
Conclusion from the Article:
This project clearly shows the level of information collection possible using a group of dedicated volunteer metal detector hobbyists. Without the metal detector hobbyists volunteering their time, none of the new information about the Kings Mountain battle would be available to the public. The relationship has been one of mutual benefit, as volunteers are able to work in places to which they would not otherwise have access and they can handle and photograph the artifacts found. This gives them “bragging rights” and additional information about material culture.

The archeologists, on the other hand, have a cadre of hard working volunteers. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the material culture and each individual is an important resource. They are willing to travel great distances, sometime at personal expense, to participate in the fieldwork. In short, park archeologists would be unable to do this work without the skills that these volunteers bring.
Read More

Pastport in Time (A Volunteer Program by the USDA Forest Service)
Many of the projects undertaken by the Forest Service seeks metal detectorist volunteers .
Read More by Selecting Current Projects

Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization

The volunteers of BRAVO, a nonprofit organization, work to promote public interest in history and archaeology in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service.

BRAVO's purpose is to preserve, publicize, and enhance New Jersey's cultural heritage, from prehistory to the recent past, with an emphasis on our Revolutionary War heritage.
Read More

Hunting History: Archaeologists and detectorists to continue survey of Rosalia's Steptoe Battlefield
Spokane treasure hunters helping look for clues about what really happened during battle nearly 150 years ago. Read More
Archaeology - The Archaeology of Battlefields
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
From the article:
Who came up with the idea of using volunteer teams with metal detectors to survey fields? It's kind of a low-tech, low-cost remote sensing. Metal detectors are simply low-cost near-surface electrical conductivity meters. They are a geophysical method. When Richard Fox and I began planning the first Little Bighorn investigations we were well aware of work from the 1950s on that site and others where metal detectors were used to find battle artifacts. Those initial efforts had mixed results due to detector technology of that time. By the 1980s detectors were much more sophisticated and sensitive to buried metals, so it was a natural choice of equipment to use on a battle site where firearms predominated We also realized that we did not have the time or funding to conduct a traditional archaeological inventory and testing program, so using volunteer metal detectors seemed to be a reasonable alternative. As they say, the rest is history. Later I did a computer simulation on the Little Bighorn metal-detected artifact find locations by laying a shovel test array over the field, with 5 and 10 meter spacing, to see how many of the 5,000 artifacts we would have found using traditional shovel testing methods--the results were truly surprising, with fewer than 10 falling in any of 50 cm shovel test locales. These findings have been borne out over and over again on other battlefield work throughout this country and in Europe. I, by no means, advocate replacing traditional archaeological investigations with metal detecting, rather I espouse adding the detector and a knowledgeable operator to the archaeologist's toolkit.

Read More

Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Metal Detectorists Participating in Archaeology Research

This site list nine to ten situations where volunteer metal detectorist worked on archaeological project both in the U.S. and the U.K.
Read More

The Impact OF Metal Detectors: Preservation Lessons from the Battlefield
William B. Lees, Director
Historic Sites Division
Oklahoma Historical Society

Subject: Metal Detecting on National Forests
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 96 08:04:00 MST
Encoding: 271 TEXT
Federal Preservation Officer
Recreation, Heritage, & Wilderness Management

Archaeology and Metal Detecting By Alex Hunt
Treasures from the fields
Metal detectorists. You may have seen them singly, or in pairs, or in groups. Come rain or shine, sweeping across the fields, listening attentively to the signal from their machine, eyes fixed to the ground. Then a signal, and a pause to examine the source, and a careful moving away of the soil, to examine the focus of their attention. Read More

Archaeology of the Battle of the Little Big Horn
The project archeologists chose to view the battlefield as a crime scene and by using a combination of forensic techniques such as studies of firing pin marks on cartridge cases and rifling marks on bullets, and standard archeological field, laboratory, and analytical techniques they have been able to determine the variety of weapons used by the various participants. Read More

Metal Detecting Hobby Talk