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Meteorite Definition From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

June 27, 2023
Mars donut! Perseverance rover spots holey Red Planet rock (photo)

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has rolled up on a rocky donut that may have fallen from the sky.

On Friday (June 23), Perseverance snapped a photo of a big, dark stone with a hole in its center. The intriguing rock is surrounded by others of a similar hue, suggesting a common origin — one that may extend beyond Mars.

The donut rock "could be a large meteorite alongside smaller pieces," representatives of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California said via Twitter on Monday (June 26). Read More

June 27, 2023
What would happen if a meteorite hit New Mexico?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Have you ever wondered what would happen if a hurling chunk of space rock smashed into Albuquerque? Now you can find out thanks to a new simulator website.

“It’s a scientifically solid simulation,” said Geoff Skelton, a planetarium technician at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. “Most of the information is pretty ballpark of what you’d expect to actually happen.”

The simulator (linked here) lets you pick the parameters of an asteroid and drop it anywhere in the U.S. Then, it will tell you the potential damages. It was built by coder Neal Agarwal based on research by Gareth Collins and Clemens Rumpf.

“You can drop one on your ex’s house,” Skelton from the history museum said. Or, if you want to be nice, you can drop one outside city limits and see a lower death count. Read More

June 14, 2023
Valuable Rocks

A space rock the size of a small boulder exploded above New Mexico 25 years ago this week. Fragments of the boulder, known as meteorites, rained across 10 square miles of east-central New Mexico, near the town of Portales. Local residents, scientists, and meteorite hunters combed the countryside for weeks. They found hundreds of pieces, ranging from tiny pebbles to a chunk a little bigger than a softball.

Many of the fragments wound up in museums and labs. But quite a few stayed in private hands. Today, they’re some of the most valuable rocks on the planet. In 2022, the Christie’s auction house sold the largest piece of the Portales meteorite, which weighed about 11 pounds, for more than $50,000. Read More

June 08, 2023
Meteorite that splashed down in backyard pool may be… something else

Justin Broad of Delta, British Columbia was enjoying his backyard garden on Monday when something fell from the sky and splashed down in his swimming pool. Excited that it could be a meteorite, he drained his pool to carefully collect the possible interplanetary treasure.

"It didn't cloud up and dissipate. It just dropped to the shallow end right at the bottom in a ball," Broad told Global News:

Broad said the material is interesting because they could see small crystals among the sediment.

"It's just very, very interesting. Probably a one-in-a-million find, you know."[…] Read More

June 05, 2023
What are meteorites? I visit and study the craters they've left across our planet

Tens of thousands of asteroids—that we know of—are roaming our solar system. These are building blocks made up of metal, silicates, and ice left over from the beginning of time when the planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) and their moons were assembling.

For the most part, the asteroids quietly orbit the sun—but sometimes they collide with each other or the planets and their moons. An asteroid hitting a planetary surface is called a meteorite. When a meteorite moves at a hyper-speed, between 10km and 70km per second, the collision releases an enormous wave of energy and leaves something in its place on the planetary surface. Read More

June 01, 2023
Woman 'napping on sofa' when meteorite flying at 125mph smashed through roof and hit her

Ann Hodges was napping on her sofa in Alabama approximately 8.5-pound, 4.5-billion-year-old rock burst through her roof, bounced off her radio and smashed into her side

A metallic meteor punched a hole through a woman's house earlier this month, before smashing into the hardwood floor and bouncing around one of the bedrooms.

Suzy Kop was in her home in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, on May 8, and was lucky to avoid being hit by the "warm, potato-sized" space rock.

One woman, the only human known to have been injured by direct impact of a meteorite, wasn't so lucky back in 1954 when she was rudely awoken from a nap by a harsh message from space. Read More

May 21, 2023
Meteorites found in Canada cannot be removed from the country without permit

Catch a falling star if you can, and by all means put it in your pocket, but don't try to cross international borders with it lest you run afoul of a little-known Canadian law.

An American museum will have to navigate that law's intricacies should it try to buy portions of a meteorite believed to have landed in New Brunswick last month.

A fireball ripped through the Earth's atmosphere on April 8 and landed somewhere in the province, prompting the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum to offer a US$25,000 reward for the first one kilogram meteorite recovered.

But Chris Herd, a professor at the University of Alberta and curator of its meteorite collection, said obtaining the asteroid fragments won't be as simple as making an offer. Read More

May 14, 2023
Meteorite hunters comb woods near New Brunswick border hoping to net $25,000 reward

It’s been a month since a fireball was seen streaking across the sky in the remote border area between New Brunswick and Maine. And ever since, meteorite hunters have been combing the sparsely inhabited woods and fields in search of a potential extraterrestrial rock.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel, about a four-hour drive from the border, offered a US$25,000 reward to anyone who can bring them a kilogram-sized piece of the meteorite, should it exist.

While most meteorites that fall to Earth are small, it is possible for a kilo-sized piece to survive. In fact, the museum possesses the biggest Martian meteorite on Earth, the Taoudenni 002, weighing 14.5 kilograms.

Darryl Pitt, head of the museum’s meteorite division, is interested in this particular piece because of how close it fell to the museum itself and most importantly, the potential every specimen has for science. Read More

May 13, 2023
Rock that punched hole in New Jersey house confirmed to be 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite

A metallic-looking rock that smashed through the roof of a residential home in New Jersey's Hopewell Township earlier this week is indeed a meteorite — a rare one about 4.6 billion years old, scientists confirmed on Thursday (May 11).

"It was obvious right away from looking at it that it was a meteorite in a class called stony chondrite," Nathan Magee, chair of the physics department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), whose office was contacted by the Hopewell Township police soon after the rock was found on Monday (May 8), told

Chondrites are primitive rocks that make up 85% of meteorites found on Earth. Most chondrites found to date have been discovered in Antarctica; only rarely does one crash in populated areas. Read More

April 13, 2023
Space race! Meteorites hit Maine, museum offers $25K reward

Somewhere in a remote stretch of forest near Maine’s border with Canada, rocks from space crashed to Earth and may be scattered across the ground — just waiting to be picked up

ORTLAND, Maine -- Somewhere in a remote stretch of forest near Maine's border with Canada, rocks from space crashed to Earth and may be scattered across the ground — just waiting to be picked up.

If you're the first person to find a big one, a museum says it'll pay out a $25,000 reward.

The unusually bright fireball could be seen in broad daylight around noon Saturday, said Darryl Pitt, chair of the meteorite division at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel.

NASA says four radar sweeps detected “signatures consistent with falling meteorites seen at the time and location reported by eyewitnesses,” and people also heard sonic booms. It's the first time radar spotted a meteorite fall in Maine, the space agency said. Read More

April 11, 2023
For the first time ever, radar has observed a meteorite fall in Maine

ust before noon on Saturday, several people reported seeing a bright fireball in the sky over Washington County. Many people also reported hearing a loud, sonic boom near Calais.

NASA has reviewed the radar for that time frame and discovered the first radar-observed meteorite fall ever seen in Maine. The official report says the meteorite fell at 11:56 a.m.

So far, there have been no reports of finding any actual meteorites or pieces on the ground, but if anyone in the area does find something they suspect might be from space, you can talk to the experts.

"The best source in the state for determining whether the rock you found is one is the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel. They are the specialists who are trained in mineralogy and geology and, and meteorites. They’re really the best source of information for, you know, is the thing you found actually a meteorite or is it a ‘meteor-wrong?’ A lot of people think it is and it’s not,” said Shawn Laatsch from the Versant Power Astronomy Center. Read More

April 06, 2023
Magnets wipe memories from meteorites, erasing billion-year-old data

In 2011, nomads roaming the western Sahara encountered precious time capsules from Mars: coal-black chunks of a meteorite, strewn across the dunes. “Black Beauty,” as the parent body came to be known, captivated scientists and collectors because it contained crystals that formed on Mars more than 4.4 billion years ago, making it older than any native rock on Earth. Jérôme Gattacceca, a paleomagnetist at the European Centre for Research and Teaching in Environmental Geosciences, hoped it might harbor a secret message, imprinted by the now-defunct martian magnetic field—which is thought to have helped the planet sustain an atmosphere, water, and possibly even life.

But when Gattacceca obtained a piece of Black Beauty and tried to decode its magnetic inscription, he found its memory had been wiped—Men in Black style—and replaced by a stronger signal. He instantly knew the culprit. Somewhere along its journey from Moroccan desert to street dealers to laboratory, the rock had been touched by strong hand magnets, a widely used technique for identifying meteorites. “It’s a pity that, just by using magnets, we’ve been destroying this scientific information that was stored there for 4 billion years,” Gattacceca says. Read More

March 26, 2023
Massive asteroid passes between Earth and Moon

An asteroid large enough to destroy a city has passed between the orbits of the Earth and the Moon - luckily for us, missing both.

The object, named 2023 DZ2, was discovered a month ago.

As predicted by scientists, it passed within 175,000km of the Earth on Saturday after flying past the Moon.

It is rare for such a huge asteroid - estimated to be between 40 and 90m in diameter - to come so close to the planet.

Astronomers described it as a once-in-a decade event.

According to Nasa, it was an important opportunity for astronomers to increase their knowledge of asteroids, in the event that a dangerous object were discovered with the potential to hit Earth. Read More

March 24, 2023
Harvard Astronomer Believes Meteorite That Exploded Was An Alien Probe

LONDON, UK – A Harvard physicist has launched a $1.5 million mission to prove that a meteorite that exploded over the Pacific Ocean in 2014 was an alien probe.

Avi Loeb spent years working closely with the US military to pin down the impact zone near Papua New Guinea and is now ready to embark on an expedition to uncover the fragments left behind.

Loeb said a boat and ‘dream team’ are secured for the venture, along with ‘complete design and manufacturing plans for the required sled, magnets, collection nets and mass spectrometer,’ he shared in a Medium post.

Speaking to the Daily Beast, Loeb said he plans to scour the ocean floor for two weeks using sand sifters, some with magnets, which should catch what he believes are pieces of alien technology. Read More

March 21, 2023
Risk of Giant Asteroids Hitting Earth Could Be Worse Than We Realized

Our planet hides its scars well. It's a shame, actually, as evidence of previous asteroid strikes might help us better plan for the next catastrophic impact.

In fact, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center chief scientist, James Garvin, thinks we might have been misreading traces of some of the more serious asteroid strikes that have occurred within the past million years.

If he's right, the odds of being hit by something nasty could be higher than current estimates predict.

As Garvin put it so eloquently during his presentation at the recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference: "It would be in the range of serious crap happening." Read More

March 14, 2023
Watch the moment a meteorite slammed into the MOON: Incredible footage shows a huge flash as a crater was formed

Incredible footage shows the moment a meteorite smashed into the moon, carving a crater into its surface.

A huge flash of light was captured by a Japanese astronomer on February 23 in what has been described as a likely 'lunar impact flash'.

Daichi Fuji, head of astronomy at the Hiratsuka City Museum, caught the split-second film just after 8.15pm (11.15 GMT) from his home in Hiratsuka, Japan. Read More

March 10, 2023
NASA tracks a newly discovered asteroid that has a ‘small chance’ of hitting Earth in 2046

A newly discovered asteroid roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool has a “small chance” of colliding with Earth in 23 years, with a potential impact on Valentine’s Day in 2046, according to NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

The asteroid has a 1 in 625 chance of striking Earth, based on data projections from the European Space Agency, though NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Sentry system calculated the odds closer to 1 in 560. The latter tracks potential collisions with celestial objects.

But the space rock — named 2023 DW — is the only object on NASA’s risk list that ranks 1 out of 10 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, a metric for categorizing the projected risk of an object colliding with Earth. All other objects rank at 0 on the Torino scale.

Though the 2023 DW tops the list, its ranking of 1 means only that “the chance of collision is extremely unlikely with no cause for public attention or public concern,” according to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, while a 0 ranking means the “likelihood of a collision is zero, or is so low as to be effectively zero.” Read More

March 05, 2023
You'll never guess what the "Heart of Space" meteorite is shaped like

The Heart of Space meteorite is a 4.5 billion year old heart-shaped chunk of iron. This beauty fell to earth during a meteorite shower on February 12th, 1947. What makes this heart-shaped meteorite unique is that the other meteorites from the shower are either "twisted like shrapnel or smooth and rounded". I can't imagine the excitement of being the person who found something this cool looking on the ground, and then learning that it's billions of years old. Read More

February 26, 2023
Small meteorite reportedly strikes Darke County

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Authorities of a small village in Darke County announced the cause behind an loud noise residents were reporting hearing.

The Arcanum Police Department posted on social media at 11:09 a.m. on Sunday about an unusual experience that happened to the community. On social media, the department said people may have heard “loud booms” and the department has found the cause as to why.

Police say the reason behind the loud noises is because of a small meteorite falling from the sky.

Arcanum Police Chief Mark Ballinger tells 2 NEWS the department began receiving telephone calls around 6:30 a.m. Sunday alerting the department, which prompted officers to begin their investigation. When the investigation process began, police say a few eyewitnesses to something falling from the sky assisted the police department and showed officers where the reported item from space struck down. Read More

February 19, 2023
Meteorite fragment recovered in the Rio Grande Valley

he American Meteor Society found a fragment of the meteorite that landed in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday.

According to the society, this is the third meteorite fall to be recovered this week. They said three different meteorites landed on the globe in just three days.

RELATED: Officials react to confirmed sighting of meteoroid in the Valley

The first landed in France on February 13, the second in Italy on February 14 and the final one landed in the Valley on February 15. It happened sometime between 5:25 and 5:28 p.m.

Watch the video above for the full story

February 13, 2023
Asteroid hits Earth hours after being spotted, meteor turns into 'beautiful' fireball over Europe

An asteroid hit Earth hours after it was discovered Monday, turning into a dazzling fireball that was spotted throughout Europe.

Around 12:18 p.m. ET Sunday, astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky detected an asteroid – initially dubbed Sar2667 – at the Piszkéstető Observatory in Hungary, the European Space Agency said in a news release. After a second observation was made minutes later, it was reported to the International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center. Read More

February 04, 2023
Can we stop an asteroid from hitting Earth?

ASA spent more than US$300 million on a spacecraft so they could smash it into pieces last year.

It sounds unbelievable, but it was done in the name of planetary defence.

The mission was part of a bigger effort to find a way to protect our planet from an asteroid that could end life on earth.

If that sounds extreme, then consider that meteors are bombarding our planet on a regular basis. According to NASA, it’s estimated that there are over 6,000 hits each year.

They start off as asteroids in the far reaches of our solar system but their trajectory sends them hurtling as meteors toward Earth, where if they survive entry into the atmosphere, they land as meteorites. Read More
January 31, 2023
How to Tell If the Rock You Found Is a Meteorite

Have you found a weird looking rock when out hiking and thought, “I bet that came from outer space!” I have. Sadly, it’s almost definitely not a meteorite. As cool (and lucrative) as it would be to chance on the remainder of a meteor that survived its trip through the atmosphere to strike Earth, finding a bonafide space-rock is lottery-winning lucky. People thinking they’ve found a meteorite is as common as socks, though. Still, it can’t hurt to check, so here’s a down-and-dirty guide to whether that cool looking chunk came from space or is just a dumb, boring Earth rock.

Meteorites are rare
Research conducted at the University of Manchester and Imperial College suggest around 17,000 meteorites weighing between 50 grams and 10 kilos strike Earth each year, which might sound like a lot, but we’re talking about tiny objects randomly scattered across the whole planet. Most of them fall into the oceans, and most of the ones that do hit land are small and unassuming, so the chance of you running into a meteorite randomly and actually noticing it are slim—only about 1,800 meteorites have been found in the United States in the past two centuries. You’d do better looking for diamonds, gold, and emeralds, all of which are more abundant than meteorites. Read More

January 26, 2023
Professional meteorite hunter says he found pieces of meteor in Oklahoma
Surveillance videos and doorbell cameras captured the meteor Friday morning, and people
reported seeing a large fireball that produced a sonic boom.

After that, professional meteorite hunter Roberto Vargas spent days searching before eventually finding what he and others were looking for in Muskogee.

"The doppler radar said they should be here. We were here hunting, we're finding rocks," meteorite hunter Steve Arnold told Tulsa-area television station KJRH.

The American Meteor Society says only 1,300 meteorites have been recovered in human history. Read More

January 25, 2023
Huge asteroid to pass by Earth in close call

A huge asteroid will sweep by Earth this week in our fourth-closest call with one of the space objects on record.

The space rock, dubbed 2023 BU, was discovered by NASA just last weekend and is now set to soar through Earth’s atmosphere, coming within 3400km of our planet’s surface on Thursday morning.

The asteroid will make its closest encounter at about 00:30 GMT on Friday, which is about 11:30am, Sydney time.

The huge object measures about 8.5m by 3.7m — the same size as the largest African elephants, and about half the size of the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that hit Earth in 2013. Read More

January 18, 2023
Swiss researcher finds spectacular meteorite in Antarctica

A rare meteorite weighing 7.6kg has been uncovered in Antarctica by a researcher from the Swiss federal technology institute ETH Zurich, together with scientists from Belgium and the US. They say the stone is of great importance for research.

“Finding a meteorite that’s larger than a fist is extraordinary,” said ETH Zurich earth scientist Maria Schönbächler, who was part of the Antarctica mission. Most meteorites found weigh only about 20 grams, she said.

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon.

“Meteorites are used for planetary exploration,” Schönbächler said. This is because the number of meteorites available for research is extremely limited. In Switzerland, for example, only 11 meteorites have been found since 2018. “That’s why 7.6kg more to analyse is a lot,” she explained. Read More

December 24, 2022
A 15-metric ton meteorite crashed in Africa. Now 2 new minerals have been found in it
Scientists have identified two minerals never before seen on Earth in a meteorite weighing 1
5.2 metric tons (33,510 pounds).

The minerals came from a 70-gram (nearly 2.5-ounce) slice of the meteorite, which was discovered in Somalia in 2020 and is the ninth-largest meteorite ever found, according to a news release from the University of Alberta.
Data from SARAO's MeerKAT radio telescope data (green) showing the odd radio circles, is overlaid on optical and near infra-red data from the Dark Energy Survey.

Chris Herd, curator of the university’s meteorite collection, received samples of the space rock so he could classify it. As he was examining it, something unusual caught his eye — some parts of the sample weren’t identifiable by a microscope. He then sought advice from Andrew Locock, head of the university’s Electron Microprobe Laboratory, since Locock has experience describing new minerals.

“The very first day he did some analyses, he said, ‘You’ve got at least two new minerals in there,’” Herd, a professor in the university’s department of Earth and atmospheric sciences, said in a statement. “That was phenomenal. Most of the time it takes a lot more work than that to say there’s a new mineral.”

One mineral’s name — elaliite — derives from the space object itself, which is called the “El Ali” meteorite since it was found near the town of El Ali in central Somalia. Read More

December 16, 2022
A Tiny Meteorite Could Be Behind an Uncontrolled Leak on Soyuz Capsule

​Russian and NASA engineers were assessing a coolant leak on Thursday from a Soyuz crew capsule docked with the International Space Station (ISS) that may have been caused by a micrometeorite strike.

Dramatic NASA TV images showed white particles resembling snowflakes streaming out of the rear of the vessel for hours. Read More

December 01, 2022
Brock Geology Club hunts for meteorite samples

A meteoroid came blazing to Earth on Saturday, Nov. 19, launching an ongoing hunt by Brock’s Geology Club for fragments, known as meteorites, in the Niagara region.

In collaboration with Earth Sciences Professor Mariek Schmidt and Adjunct Earth Sciences Professor Phil McCausland, members of the club and local meteorite hunters began combing the beaches around Port Weller and Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines.

Advanced warning of the meteoroid’s arrival has given hunters better odds of finding a sample.

“We believe there are hundreds of meteorites, including several that are the size of a tennis ball and possibly one the size of a soccer ball,” said Schmidt. “The goal is to find samples for the lab for further study.” Read More

November 30, 2022
Two minerals, never-before-seen on Earth, found in one of planet's largest known meteorites

Two minerals never seen on Earth before were discovered in a gigantic meteorite weighing 16.5 tons, offering researchers possible clues about how the space rocks are formed. 

The new minerals were found in a 2.5-ounce slice of the El Ali meteorite in Somalia, which was discovered in 2020 and is the ninth-largest meteorite ever discovered, the University of Alberta said in a news release. Meteorites are meteors that survive passing through Earth's atmosphere and land on the ground, according to NASA.  Read More

November 25, 2022
Man Keeps Rock For Years, Hoping It's Gold. It Turns Out to Be Far More

In 2015, David Hole was prospecting in Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia.

Armed with a metal detector, he discovered something out of the ordinary – a very heavy, reddish rock resting in some yellow clay.

He took it home and tried everything to open it, sure that there was a gold nugget inside the rock – after all, Maryborough is in the Goldfields region, where the Australian gold rush peaked in the 19th century.

To break open his find, Hole tried a rock saw, an angle grinder, a drill, even dousing the thing in acid. However, not even a sledgehammer could make a crack. That's because what he was trying so hard to open was no gold nugget. Read More

November 22, 2022
Synchrotron scientist in team that makes historic meteorite find

ANSTO’s own meteorite hunter, who is also a planetary scientist and instrument scientist Dr Helen Brand, took part in an expedition led by Professor Andy Tomkins of Monash University that has found the largest meteorite strewn field in Australia since the famous Murchison meteorite event in 1969.

Monash, in collaboration with Dr Hadrien Devillepoix of Curtin University’s Space Science and Technology Centre (SSTC) and the support of the Bureau of Meteorology, has reported the find this week on their website.

“As a meteorite, it is quite dark which reflects that it is fresh, fell to earth not that long ago,” she explained.

Freshly fallen meteorites have a distinctive black fusion crust formed when the object enters the atmosphere at extremely high temperatures. Read More

November 22, 2022
Meteorite that hit U.K. driveway contains extraterrestrial water

A meteorite that crashed onto a U.K. driveway early last year has been found to contain extraterrestrial water.

Known as the Winchcombe meteorite after the town where it was discovered, it came hurtling to Earth as a spectacular fireball in Gloucestershire, England, on the night of Feb. 28, 2021. According to a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances, the rare carbonaceous meteorite also contains organic compounds that may provide insights into the origin of life on our planet.

The study was an international effort led by researchers from the University of Glasgow and the Natural History Museum in London, where samples of the meteorite are currently on display. Read More

November 21, 2022
Bright fireball may have dropped meteorites in Niagara region

A cosmic drama unfolded over southern Ontario on the night of Friday, Nov. 18, triggering an international collaboration and a meteorite hunt. Just before midnight Eastern time, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona detected a small object heading toward Earth.

This small asteroid, now designated 2022 WJ1, was followed by many observatories around the world for the next three hours before it impacted over southern Ontario at 3:26am EST on Nov. 19.

The few hours of advance warning about the asteroid impact allowed for several members of the Western Meteor Physics Group and the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration (Western Space) to move outside and find clear weather to watch the incoming object.

David Clark, a geophysics doctoral student, drove to the predicted fall area in the early morning hours and managed to see the fireball with his own eyes, parked near Niagara-on-the-Lake at the intersection of Hwy 403 and Niagara Regional Road 55 (formerly Highway 55). Read More

November 10, 2022
SCHOOL OF ROCK Panicked Scots parents left stunned after ‘meteorite’ lands in school playground

Video footage emerged on social media of what appeared to be a large piece of space debris scattered across a football pitch at Grange Primary School in Monifieth, Angus.

Police tape can be seen surrounding the area where the object smashed into Earth.

The clip has since gone viral with more than 2,000 shares and almost 400 reactions since it was posted.

Gobsmacked parents flocked to social media to react to the footage, with many concerned about their kids who attend the school. Read More

November 08, 2022
They made a material that doesn't exist on Earth. That's only the start of the story.

It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie: humans are destroying the Earth, gouging huge scars in its crust, and polluting the air and the ground as they mine and refine a key element essential for technological advance. One day, scientists examining an alien meteorite discover a unique metal that negates the need for all that excavation and pollution. Best of all, the metal can be replicated, in a laboratory, using base materials. The world is saved!

OK, we amped the story a wee bit there. No aliens, for one thing (unless you know something we don't). But the rest of it is true. Two teams of scientists — one at Northeastern University in Boston; the other at the University of Cambridge in the UK — recently announced that they managed to manufacture, in a lab, a material that does not exist naturally on Earth. It — until now — has only been found in meteorites. Read More

November 01, 2022
2022 AP7: 'Planet killer' asteroid found hiding in sun's glare

The biggest Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) in eight years has been discovered hiding in the sun's glare.

It's estimated at 1.5km wide - nearly a mile - a size that astronomers class as "planet killers" due to the damage they can cause.

The rock is believed to be in the top 5% of largest-known PHAs.

Called 2022 AP7, it's one of several newly discovered asteroids found orbiting near Earth and Venus.

The asteroid crosses the Earth's own orbit, but there's no need to panic for now: experts say any possible collision probably wouldn't happen for a few thousand years. Read More

October 24, 2022
Man finds suspected meteorite at Chesil Beach in Dorset

A MAN exploring a beach in Dorset has found what he believes to be a meteorite.

Aaron Davies, from Portland, had been combing Chesil Beach on Saturday when he came across the suspected space debris.

The 54-year-old said: “I was doing a bit of beach combing after there had been rough weather.

“I looked down and thought, ‘that’s unusual’, so I picked it up. "It looks real to me.”

Aaron regularly visits the seafront to metal detect, but this was certainly one of his more unique finds. Read More

October 14, 2022
Hidden Gem: Arizona is home to one of the largest meteorite galleries in the world

TEMPE, AZ — Learn where meteorites come from and how planets form at Arizona State University! This Arizona hidden gem can be found on campus in Tempe at the Center for Meteorite Studies.

The curated display features thousands of space rock samples beautifully arranged in glass cases on the second floor of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4.

"We definitely have meteorites that you can touch that are 4.5 billion years old," said Rhonda Stroud, Director of the Buseck Center for Meteorite Studies.

She also tells ABC15 that meteorites are full of ancient clues about our solar system. Read More

October 13, 2022
Meteor lights up night sky in Pacific Northwest

A meteor lit up the sky with a bright bluish-green flash over the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday night, according to multiple accounts and videos.

Witnesses told KIRO 7 News the meteor fell at about 10:18 p.m. on Wednesday night.

According to Don Brownlee of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington, the “fireball” was likely a rock from an asteroid or comet that broke up during its high-velocity entry to earth.

Brownlee told KIRO 7 News that if large chunks of rock survived, there would usually be reports of sonic booms and since no booms were reported, perhaps only dust survived. Read More

October 01,2022
Meet the Meteorite Hunters Who Rush In When Space Rocks Crash to Earth

t’s around 8 a.m. on April 27, 2022. A woman outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is relaxing in her hot tub, lulled into a quiet calm as her horses neigh in the distance. Suddenly, a blinding red-yellow light shoots across the sky. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a man stuck in traffic sees the same light ignite the heavens—“like a welder’s torch,” he’d later write in an eyewitness account. Moments later, a series of sonic booms thunder across southwestern Mississippi so loudly that NASA would equate the event to the detonation of three tons of TNT. Local officials in Vicksburg assure worried residents that the nearby nuclear power plant hasn’t exploded. Indeed, there is no earthly reason for the booming light show that erupted across the southern United States that Wednesday morning. This event is wholly extraterrestrial.

Hours later, NASA confirmed that the disturbance was a fireball, a bit of outer space hurtling toward Earth at more than 25,000 mph. Nearby weather radars picked up the unique signatures of falling meteorites near the small, unincorporated town of Cranfield, Mississippi, just east of Natchez. Over 70 eyewitnesses file reports about the fall on the American Meteor Society website. Online Facebook groups, like the Meteorite Club, start posting news stories about the event. And all around the country, meteorite hunters take note: There might just be space rocks on the ground in Mississippi. In Tucson, Arizona, Ashley Humphries starts making travel plans with her friend Mark Lyon. In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Steve Arnold contemplates hopping in his pickup truck. In Connecticut, Roberto Vargas looks into flights. If there really are meteorites on the ground, hundreds of thousands of dollars could be on the line. But these hunters will need to act fast if they want a piece of it—literally Read More

October 01, 2022
'Exceptionally rare' meteorite impact crater found in the Twin Cities metro

An exceptionally rare meteorite impact crater has been discovered in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and the size of it suggests that had it struck today, it would've wiped out a massive chunk of the Twin Cities.

The crater was discovered several hundred feet underground by researchers with the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS). It's the first known impact crater in Minnesota and the 191st known crater in the world.

The crater is approximately 2 miles across and covers 4 square miles, in addition to a larger area outside of the central crater that if linked – more studies are needed to confirm it – would make the size closer to 10 square miles, which is bigger than the town of Hutchinson (population 14,000) and about the same size as Fridley (population 27,700). Read More

October 01, 2022
Dimorphos: Nasa flies spacecraft into asteroid in direct hit

The American space agency's Dart probe has smashed into an asteroid, destroying itself in the process.

The collision was intentional and designed to test whether space rocks that might threaten Earth could be nudged safely out of the way.

Dart's camera returned an image per second, right up to the moment of impact with the target - a 160m-wide object called Dimorphos.

What had been a steady image stream cut out as the probe was obliterated. Read More

September 12, 2022
Strange hexagonal diamonds found in meteorite from another planet

Diamonds found in four meteorites in north-west Africa probably came from an ancient dwarf planet, and they are expected to be harder than Earth diamonds

Mysterious hexagonal diamonds that don’t occur naturally on Earth have been discovered in four meteorites in north-west Africa.

“It’s really exciting because there were some people in the field who doubted whether this material even existed,” says Alan Salek at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, who was part of the team that found them.

Hexagonal diamonds, like regular diamonds, are made of carbon, but their atoms are arranged in a hexagonal structure rather than a cubic one. Read More

September 09, 2022
Fire in the sky: on the trail of space rocks with New Zealand’s meteorite hunters

It looks like a scene from a crime show as a search party in hi-vis jackets walks in formation, heads down, searching the brush for clues. But this group is not looking for evidence of a crime, they are after something harder to find: celestial debris from the formation of our solar system.

On 28 August, just before 11pm, an immense bright light was seen streaking across New Zealand’s southern sky, followed by a sonic boom. The spectacle, like a brushstroke of white paint on black ink, was captured by 20 hi-tech cameras across Southland set up for this exact event – a meteor entering the atmosphere above, and hopefully landing in, New Zealand.

The next morning, eyewitness accounts and security camera footage started trickling in to a group called Fireballs Aotearoa, a recently established organisation made up of geologists, astronomers and citizen scientists. Read More

August 27, 2022
How many meteorites hit Earth every year?

Every year, millions of rocky shards from outer space burn up in Earth's atmosphere, many briefly flaring and appearing in the sky as "shooting stars." But how many survive their high-speed plunges to strike the ground?

Rocks from space that land on Earth are known as meteorites. Giant impacts, such as the one that likely ended the reign of the dinosaurs about 66 million years ago, caused by an asteroid or comet measuring about 6 miles (10 kilometers) across, are extraordinarily rare. Instead, most rocks that fall to Earth are very small, and relatively few survive their fiery plummet through Earth's atmosphere. Read More

August 23, 2022
Piece of meteorite that created boom over Utah gifted to University of Utah

TOOELE, Utah — With the boom caused by the meteor that streaked across northern Utah still ringing in the ears of residents, people are now getting their first look at the object that caused such an uproar.

Every once and a while, as luck might have it, the planet receives a gift from above. And that's exactly what happened in the early morning hours of August 13.

"My estimate is that hundreds of thousands of people heard the boom," said Jim Karner with the University of Utah. Read More

August 15, 2022
What’s the difference between a meteor, meteoroid, and meteorite?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – What’s the difference between a meteor, meteoroid and meteorite?
Encyclopedia Britannica outlines the differences clearly:

A meteor, like the one seen over Utah on Saturday, is classified as “the streak of light” that you see in the sky when “a small piece of cometary or asteroidal material” enters the atmosphere at high speed and burns up.

The material typically burns up because of frictional heating from the material’s collision with atoms and molecules in the atmosphere.

This is most commonly what occurs. However, when that small bit of comet or asteroid does not completely burn up, and instead makes it to the Earth’s surface, the material that survived the journey is called a meteorite. Read More

July 25, 2022
Did you see that bright light in the night sky? Here's what it was

It wasn't a bird, a plane or even Superman, though at this point, so many crazy things have happened in the world, it might just be plausible that Clark Kent was zipping through the sky Sunday night.

No, instead, viewers reported seeing a bright light across Texas, including in Magnolia.

Before you start thinking aliens and UFOs, ABC13 meteorologist Kevin Roth had a more plausible explanation.

"What we can say officially is it's a fireball, and when you see it flare up like that, that is what is considered a fireball," Kevin said during Eyewitness News at 6 a.m. on Monday. "It is a meteor if it never hit the ground. If it hits the ground, it is a meteorite. We don't know if it hit the ground or not so we don't know if it's a meteor or meteorite. Either way, we can say it's definitely a fireball." Read More

July 22, 2022
WATCH: Videos taken in central Indiana show fireball meteor soar through sky

INDIANA — Videos shared with WRTV show what has now been confirmed as a fireball meteor soaring through the sky early Friday that was seen by many in central Indiana.

Viewers said on social media that they had seen the meteor shortly before 2 a.m. People in communities including Noblesville, Columbus, Franklin, Seymour, Bedford, Burlington, Yorktown and Frankfort all told WRTV they had seen it. Read More

July 22, 2022
Scientists Seek Meteorite Footage

The meteor’s sonic boom was heard across South Canterbury. Seen at 8:06pm on Thursday night, it was reported on social media by people from across the South Island. The arrival was caught by at least four specialised fireball detection cameras, as well as on CCTV and by at least one lucky astrophotographer.

This is New Zealand’s second notable fireball this month. On July 7, a meteor exploded in daylight near Wellington with a force equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT creating a sonic boom heard across New Zealand. Two weeks on, Canterbury experienced its own unrelated fireball. Read More

July 20, 2022
Meteoroid hit has caused 'significant uncorrectable' damage to James Webb Space Telescope

NASA has reported that a meteoroid hit on the James Webb Space Telescope has caused "significant uncorrectable" damage to one of the panels it uses to stare into deep space.

The orbiting observatory was launched last December and recently released a full set of new observations, including what is said to be the "deepest" and most detailed picture of the cosmos to date.

Like any spacecraft, it has encountered micrometeoroids and its sensors have detected six deformations on the telescope's primary mirror panels that have been attributed to strikes.

"Each micrometeoroid caused degradation in the wavefront of the impacted mirror segment, as measured during regular wavefront sensing," said NASA. Read More

July 07, 2022
Meteor sighted in parts of lower North Island

A large meteor sighted across the lower North Island comes 23 years ago to the day of the country's last significant meteor.

Just before 2pm this afternoon a meteor, that's thought to be up to 1 meter wide, was sighted in parts of the lower North Island.

Palmerston North local Sue saw it flash through the sky.

"It was kind of like a big shooting star, it had a blue tail on it and it looked to me like it was about a metre long," she said.

Footage shows the large bright ball of light briefly shooting through the sky at a fast speed. Read More

June 13, 2022
288-pound meteorite that fell to Earth in 1516 A.D. and discovered in China in 1958 sells for $4,125 at Holabird auction

undreds of collectible lots came up for bid, at price points that appealed to seasoned collectors and novices alike, online and in the Reno, Nevada gallery.
RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, June 13, 2022 / -- A 288-pound iron-nickel meteorite found in China in 1958 and believed to have fallen to Earth in 1516 A.D. sold for $4,125 at a four-day Minerals Galore & Western Americana Auction held June 2nd thru 5th by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and live in the Reno gallery. Hundreds of collectibles came up for bid in an array of collecting categories.

All prices in this report are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.

Day 1, on June 2nd, was notable because bargains and dealer lots – which had been offered on the last day of Holabird’s multi-day sales in the past – have proven so popular they officially kicked off this event, with 155 lots offered. Other categories included militaria (Civil War, World War I & II, etc.), firearms, weaponry, general Americana, toys, collectibles, art and Native Americana. Read More

May 28, 2022
Meteor, asteroid and comet: What’s the difference?

We've observed space rocks for thousands of years. Iron meteorites have been prized throughout history: who can forget King Tutankhamun's meteoric iron dagger, or the Buddha carved from a meteorite that fell 15,000 years ago? Likewise, our history of observing comets is extensive, many of which have had a significant impact on human history and the development of legends (or should that be omens?). Halley's Comet, of course, was immortalised in the famous Bayeux Tapestry, made sometime in the 11th Century.

But what's the difference between an asteroid and a comet? Or a meteorite and a meteorid? Answers to these questions, as well as a round-up of the different types of space rock, are below. Read More

May 23, 2022
Crumbling Comet Could Create New Meteor Shower and an Epic Outburst

A rare meteor storm failed to materialize earlier this month, but astronomers say there's another chance a completely different celestial body could spark a flurry of shooting stars and fireballs next week.

On the evening of May 30 into the morning of May 31, it's possible we'll see the birth of a brand new meteor shower called the tau Herculids. And there's a small chance it will even erupt into a dramatic outburst or historic meteor storm skywatchers will talk about for years to come.

But there's also a chance most people will see very little action as happened with the forecast meteor event of May 15 that never really materialized. What is for sure is that our planet is about to cross the orbit of a comet named 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (also known as SW3) that's been in the process of falling apart since at least 1995. That's the year astronomers spotted the comet's nucleus split apart into four smaller chunks as it unexpectedly brightened by multiple orders of magnitude. Read More

May 18, 2022
Houston scientists discover 4.5 billion-year-old meteorites in Mississippi

HOUSTON — Meteorites some 4.5 billion years old are being analyzed at NASA's Johnson Space Center. They were discovered in Mississippi by scientists from Houston.

"As soon as I saw the thing, I screamed oh my gosh I found one!" said Marc Fries, a NASA cosmic dust curator.

NASA scientists said there are about 100 tons of meteorite material falling every day, but most times they go in places people can't get to.

That wasn't the case when this meteorite was found on Highway 84 in Mississippi.

"It was spectacular," said Marc. Read More
May 12, 2022
Hundreds spot 'spectacular' fireball across England

Hundreds of sightings of a "bright green" fireball have been reported across England and Wales.

The UK Network Fireball Alliance (UKFA) said the large fireball was observed over the UK at 00:39 BST on Thursday and some people heard a sonic boom.

There were posts of social media sightings in Stockport, Southampton, London, Wigan, Manchester, Birmingham, Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and Somerset.

The UKFA is asking for images and any video footage to be reported to them. Read More

May 09, 2022
Shropshire meteorite: No trace despite hundreds of possible finds

Despite many searches, scientists are yet to find fragments of a meteorite thought to have landed in Shropshire.

Pieces of space rock are thought to be around Condover after the meteorite was spotted in the skies on 13 April.

Aine O'Brien, from the UK Fireball Alliance, said the rock was likely older than Earth and could unlock more knowledge of the solar system.

She said the alliance had had an amazing response from the community with hundreds of emails and messages. Read More

May 01, 2022
Brilliant fireball over Mississippi sparks loud booms (and satellite photos)

Onlookers watched as a ball of fire streaked across southeastern skies Wednesday (April 27).

Around 9:03 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) Wednesday morning, over 30 people from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported looking up and seeing a fireball in the sky. Soon after, people across southern Mississippi reported hearing a loud "boom."

The explosive sound came from a fiery meteor barreling through Earth's atmosphere at 55,000 mph (88,500 kph) generating an energy equivalent of 3 tons of TNT as it broke apart, creating shock waves that reached the ground and made a loud sonic "boom," according to a statement from NASA. Read More

April 25, 2022
Fireball! Scientists advise meteorites may be scattered across southern Ontario

If you live in Ontario, keep your eyes peeled for "suspicious rocks."

On Sunday (April 17), skywatching cameras in the Canadian province recorded a massive fireball that likely produced tens to hundreds of grams of meteorites. Astronomers predict they would have fallen on the eastern shore of Lake Simcoe, north of the town of Argyle.

"This fireball was particularly significant because it was moving slowly, was on an asteroidal orbit, and ended very low in the atmosphere. These are all good indicators that material survived," Denis Vida, an astronomy postdoctoral associate at Western University who specializes in meteors, said in a university statement. Read More

April 18, 2022
Did an interstellar meteor hit Earth in 2014?

Remember in 2017, when the first-ever-known interstellar object – first-known object from outside our solar system – passed through? ‘Oumuamua, as it was later named, became a much-debated and controversial object. Astronomers weren’t sure if it was an asteroid, comet … or what? Then, in 2019, astronomers spotted a second interstellar object. This second object looked distinctly comet-like and became known as Comet 21/Borisov. These two have been widely heralded as the 1st interstellar objects to pass through our solar system. But were they? Earlier in April 2022, the U.S. Space Command – which is responsible for military operations in outer space – confirmed in a memo that a meteorite that struck Earth in 2014 also came here from another star system. Read More

April 15, 2022
A military memorandum adds to the mystery of an interstellar meteorite

Although the United States Space Command appeared to certify that a meteor from beyond the solar system had hit Earth’s atmosphere, other experts and NASA remain sceptical.

A dishwasher-size meteor smashed into the Papua New Guinea coastlines before sunrise in early 2014, burning up in the intense friction of Earth’s atmosphere. However, two Harvard academics contended that this wasn’t just ordinary space rock: it came from another star system, making it the first interstellar meteor ever observed.

They wrote up the extraordinary claim and submitted it to an astronomy journal. But the paper was not accepted for publication. Reviewers noted a lack of sufficient detail to verify the claim about the fireball in the published data, which came from a NASA database and relied on readings that were obscured because they were from U.S. intelligence community satellites, and could reveal how the military monitors missile launches. Read More

April 12, 2022
Your guide to the 10 best meteor showers of 2022

here’s something special about looking up at the night sky and watching a meteor streak across the sky.

While I can’t guarantee your wish will come true, I can help maximize your chances of seeing a few “shooting stars.”

Side note: Technically speaking, the streaks of light you see during a meteor shower have nothing to do with stars. These space rocks, ranging from dust grains to small asteroids, are called meteoroids. When they strike our atmosphere and burn up, producing the familiar streak of light, they are called meteors. If the meteoroid is big enough to survive entry through our atmosphere and make it to the ground, it becomes a meteorite.

As Earth moves through space, we regularly (and often predictably) encounter streams of debris that produce meteor showers. One such shower is set to ramp up starting Easter weekend, peaking on April 23. It marks the first of 10 such meteor showers skywatchers across WNY (and all of the Northern Hemisphere for that matter) can enjoy this year. Read More

April 01, 2022
Loud meteor explosion shakes Indiana with surprise boom.

At precisely 12:44 p.m. EDT (1744 GMT) on Wednesday, March 30, residents in Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding counties were literally shaken to attention by the sound of a loud explosion.

Locals quickly took to social media in search of answers, but found the source of the commotion a little more out of the ordinary than their usual small-town disturbance – a meteor had just exploded above their heads. You can hear the boom security camera video of the event.

What did they discover? The explosion turned out to be a wayward fireball. Read More

March 24, 2022
Starfall: Finding a Meteorite with Drones and AI

Neural network used to spot a space rock in the Australian outback

Go outside on a clear night, and if you’re very lucky you will see the sky falling. NASA estimates that 50,000 meteorites from space have been found on Earth.

The shooting stars or fireballs they form as they enter the atmosphere can be beautiful, but they’re hard to track. Of those 50,000, astronomers have been able to plot the past orbits of only about 40.

Which is why Seamus Anderson and his colleagues at Curtin University in Australia may have made an important first. They report they’ve recovered a meteorite in the remote Australian outback—one that once followed an ellipse between the orbits of Venus and Jupiter—and they picked it out of nowhere with two drones and machine learning. Read More

March 15, 2022
Asteroid spotted just before hitting Earth's atmosphere wows astronomers

This weekend, an astronomer spotted a small asteroid just hours before the space rock crashed into Earth's atmosphere and met its fiery demise.

On Friday (March 11), astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky was observing the sky at the Piszkésteto Mountain Station, which is part of the Konkoly Observatory near Budapest in Hungary. During his observations, he spotted an asteroid, now dubbed 2022 EB5 by the Minor Planet Center. Scientists estimate that the space rock was about 10 feet (3 meters) wide (no big deal for an asteroid).

But the sighting soon got a lot more interesting: Just 30 minutes after the discovery, data showed that the space rock was a mere two hours away from colliding with Earth's atmosphere. Read More

March 11, 2022
A meteorite recently crashed into Australia, and a drone scoured the area and found it

Drones have become ubiquitous in recent years. From recently discovering the Endurance to participating in wars, drones have made history in more ways than one. Now, they have a new job title to add to their resume—meteorite hunter.

A team from Curtin University in Australia came up with this new use case for a drone and recently reported on their first successful new meteorite find. Using an observational system called the Desert Fireball Network (DFN), the team tracked down and found a recent meteorite in just four days. Read More

March 08, 2022
An asteroid impact could wipe out a city — but NASA has plans to prevent a catastrophe

The Earth exists in a dangerous environment. Cosmic bodies, like asteroids and comets, are constantly zooming through space and often crash into our planet. Most of these are too small to pose a threat, but some can be cause for concern.

As a scholar who studies space and international security, it is my job to ask what the likelihood of an object crashing into the planet really is – and whether governments are spending enough money to prevent such an event.

To find the answers to these questions, one has to know what near-Earth objects are out there. To date, NASA has tracked only an estimated 40% of the bigger ones. Surprise asteroids have visited Earth in the past and will undoubtedly do so in the future. When they do appear, how prepared will humanity be? Read More

February 21, 2022
Meteor spotted in Colorado sky was unusually slow

Astronomers said a fireball that streaked across the Colorado sky had an unusually long path and was moving surprisingly slowly for a meteor.

John Keller, director of the Fiske Planetarium, said the fireball that sparked dozens of reports to the American Meteor Society on Friday night was a bollide, a particularly large meteorite.

Chris Peterson, an astronomer with the Cloudbait Observatory, said his instruments tracked the meteor's path from Steamboat, Colo., to the New Mexico border. He told CBS Denver that it's "unusual" for a meteor's "path to be that long." Read More

February 18, 2022
Experience: a meteorite crashed on to my bed

A black rock, the size of a fist, was lying right where my head had been

I live in a small town called Golden, in a valley bottom between two mountain ranges in Canada. I’m retired, and apart from my dog, Toby, I live alone. I lead a pretty quiet life, especially since the pandemic.

On Sunday 3 October last year, I went to bed as usual at about 9.30pm. The next thing I remember is waking up at 11.30 to the sound of Toby barking like mad. It was his protective bark: “Something’s out there!” So I quickly got up. Almost immediately there was an explosion, and everything was covered in plasterboard and debris.

I was terrified. There was a massive hole in the ceiling above my bed. At first I thought a tree had fallen on the house, but I looked out of the window and there was no tree there. I was so agitated that I was kind of vibrating. I decided to call the police. Read More

February 16, 2022
Doghouse hit by meteorite expected to fetch over $200,000 at auction

The dog house was struck by a meteorite on April 23, 2019 in Costa Rica. Christie's Images LTD. 2022

This is one expensive dog house. Typically, dog houses cost a lot less than a regular house, but this is not a regular dog house. In April of 2019, it was struck by a meteorite.

Now, it’s going up for auction and it’s expected to sell for between $200,000 to $300,000.

Christie’s auction house confirmed to Fox News that it is hosting an auction that includes a dog house from Costa Rica that was struck by a meteorite on April 23, 2019. The occupant of the house, a German Shepard named Roky, wasn’t injured during the incident, although the dog was understandably startled by event. Read More

February 12, 2022
A meteorite auction takes off

Thanks in large part to crypto-rich collectors, an online-only auction of meteorites at Christie’s is set to break through the stratosphere.

The sale’s precursor, held at this time last year, was a so-called “white glove” sale, meaning that every single lot sold, “and 72 out of 75 lots sold above their high estimate,” adds James Hyslop, head of Science and Natural History at Christie’s. “It really was a record sale.”

That was followed by the July sale at Christie’s London of a slice of the Fukang meteorite, which sold for £525 000 ($722 925), setting a public auction record for a single lot.

Driving this growth, Hyslop says, are newly wealthy crypto investors. Read More

February 11, 2022
What are asteroids made of?

Just over 12 months ago, we were sitting at Woomera, in the Australian outback, waiting for a streak of light in the sky to testify that the Hayabusa2 spacecraft had returned from its voyage to collect a little piece of a near-Earth asteroid called Ryugu.

Unfortunately for us, it was cloudy in Woomera that day and we did’nt see the spacecraft come in.

But that was the only imperfection we saw in the return. We found and retrieved Hayabusa2, brought it back to Woomera, cleaned and examined it. Read More

February 10, 2022
Researchers create an AI treasure map to discover meteorites in Antarctica

Researchers from the Delft University of Technology, the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have created a ‘treasure map’ using artificial intelligence and machine learning to pinpoint locations of meteorites in Antarctica. Researchers believe Antarctica could be home to more than 30,000 meteorites.

The researchers combined different types of observations in a machine-learning algorithm to identify potential meteorite-rich zones. Accuracy of over 80% was achieved in unexplored areas, said scientists. Read More

January 26, 2022
Machine learning points to prime places in Antarctica to find meteorites

The hunt for meteorites may have just gotten some new leads. A powerful new machine learning algorithm has identified over 600 hot spots in Antarctica where scientists are likely to find a bounty of the fallen alien rocks, researchers report January 26 in Science Advances.

Antarctica isn’t necessarily the No. 1 landing spot for meteorites, bits of extraterrestrial rock that offer a window into the birth and evolution of the solar system. Previous estimates suggest more meteorites probably land closer to the equator (SN: 5/29/20). But the southern continent is still the best place to find them, says Veronica Tollenaar, a glaciologist at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Not only are the dark specks at the surface starkly visible against the white background, but quirks of the ice sheet’s flow can also concentrate meteorites in “stranding zones.” Read More

January 23, 2022
Barbados issues ‘Blue Marble’ $5 coin with meteorite

Generally a coin has three sides, including the edge, but a new coin from Barbados has only one side.

The 2022 3-ounce .999 fine silver $5 coin is minted in the shape of a sphere, specifically Earth.

The Endangered Earth Blue Marble coin has surfaces highlighted in hand-applied, translucent blue enamel and rose gold plating embedded with a genuine chondrite meteorite to simulate meteor impact.
A coin with real impact

This coin depicts our planet being hit by a large, rocky asteroid, with impact in the Pacific Ocean. Read More

January 19, 2022
Meteorite that nearly hit B.C. woman may be 470 million years old

n early October 2021, Ruth Hamilton was sleeping soundly in her Golden, B.C., home when she was awakened by the noise of her dog's frantic barking. Moments later, a boom was heard as the ceiling of her bedroom was torn open and drywall strewn across her bed sheets. The result was a football-sized hole in her roof.

The rock that was discovered was confirmed to be a meteorite. Though she narrowly avoided any possible injury from a direct hit, she was shocked. If she was laying down just a couple of inches over in her bed, she could have been injured or killed in her sleep.

The Western University’s physics and astronomy department in London, Ont., analyzed the rock and confirmed it was meteorite. “As soon as I opened that email and saw the photos,” Phil McCausland, director of Western’s paleomagnetic and petrophysical laboratory, told Maclean’s in an interview. "There was no question.” Read More
January 04, 2022
Boom that shook Pittsburgh on New Year's Day was an exploding half-ton meteor, NASA says
(CNN)A meteor that caused a loud boom heard in western Pennsylvania on New Year's Day exploded in the atmosphere with a blast equivalent to 30 tons of TNT, NASA said on Monday.

The sounds were heard a few minutes before 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. Had it not been cloudy, the fireball would have been easily visible in the sky as it broke apart, according to a post on NASA's Meteor Watch Facebook page. NASA said a crude estimate indicated that the blast would have been about 100 times the brightness of the full moon.

Data from a nearby infrasound station registered the blast wave from the meteor, enabling NASA to estimate the energy given off. Read More

December 13, 2021
Shooting Stars: What exactly are they?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Geminid Meteor shower will peak across the First Coast on December 13 and 14. Between those two nights, you could see 120 meteors per hour.

Here are a few fast facts about meteors!

Technically speaking meteors are pieces of space debris, usually a chunk of an asteroid or comet, that enters the earth’s atmosphere. Once in the atmosphere, the meteor encounters so much friction with our air, that it ignites and will burn up as it races across the sky. That fireball is what you are seeing as the ‘shooting star’. If the space debris doesn’t completely burn up as it passes through the atmosphere and it hits the ground, then it will be classified as a meteorite. Read More

December 13, 2021
‘Fireball’ streaks over Vancouver Island Sunday night amid meteor shower

Many Vancouver Island residents took notice as a bright streaking light flared across the skies Sunday.

Described by some as a “fireball” followed by a loud explosion just after 5 p.m., reports of the celestial event lit up social media from around the island — including Saanich, Duncan, Port Alberni and Campbell River.

Some who reported hearing the loud bang said they thought it might have been an earthquake, but B.C. seismologist John Cassidy suggested it may have been a meteor. Read More

December 10, 2021
Meteor fireball captured on retired scientist's home camera, hunt now on for meteorites

Most mornings, retired scientist Derek Poulton gets up and checks a special camera.

One of just three in Victoria, his camera at Mooroopna switches on from dusk until dawn every night with the aim of capturing footage of meteors.

And when Mr Poulton checked the camera on the morning of November 29, he spotted something.

"Lo and behold, we had a fireball!"

"Initially I could just see this flash," Mr Poulton said. Read More

December 01, 2021
‘Concerning’ asteroid will break into Earth’s orbit in a week: NASA

ASA has warned that a giant asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower will break into Earth’s orbit in just over a week.

The 1,082-foot space rock is heading our way and should skim past us on December 11.

NASA has its eye on Asteroid 4660 Nereus because it’s well over 492 feet long and will come within 4.6 million miles of Earth.

That puts it in the “potentially hazardous” category.

There’s no need to panic, though, as Asteroid Nereus isn’t expected to impact Earth. Read More

November 22, 2021
Man Keeps a Rock For Years, Hoping It's Gold. It Turned Out to Be Far More Valuable

In 2015, David Hole was prospecting in Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia.

Armed with a metal detector, he discovered something out of the ordinary – a very heavy, reddish rock resting in some yellow clay.

He took it home and tried everything to open it, sure that there was a gold nugget inside the rock – after all, Maryborough is in the Goldfields region, where the Australian gold rush peaked in the 19th century.

To break open his find, Hole tried a rock saw, an angle grinder, a drill, even dousing the thing in acid. However, not even a sledgehammer could make a crack. That's because what he was trying so hard to open was no gold nugget. As he found out years later, it was a rare meteorite. Read More

November 16, 2021
Leonids meteor shower lights up the sky this week

WLOS — Look up! One of the largest and more well-known meteor showers is set to peak this week.

According to NASA, the Leonids meteor shower peaks during mid-November each year. The Leonids are bright meteors that can be quite colorful and quick, reaching speeds of 44-miles per second. Read More

November 11, 2021
Is that rock you found a meteorite or a meteor-wrong?
NEW BERN, Craven County — Experts have determined that the
fireball seen over eastern North Carolina was, indeed, a meteor. They also stated that finding any remnants or a meteorite would be very unlikely, but it could be in the Nash County area if that did happen.

Meteors are not rare but Rice said finding a resulting meteorite is extremely rare. The last meteorite found in North Carolina was nearly 90 years ago, and he said Wednesday night's event happened 28 miles up and chances of anything surviving the fall are slim. Read More

November 07, 2021
'Hazardous' asteroid size of the Eiffel Tower heading towards Earth, NASA warns

The asteroid is set to fly by Earth at a distance of 3.9 million kilometres, which is greater than 10 times of that between us and the moon

An asteroid as tall as the Eiffel Tower is coming towards Earth in December - but thankfully will pose no threat to humanity.

Almost triple the size of a football pitch, the asteroid named 4660 Nereus is classified as a 'Potentially Hazardous Asteroid' (PHA), reports the Daily Record.

NASA's asteroid monitor predicts it will come close to Earth on December 11. Impact from the asteroid could be devastating, but thankfully, it dose not pose a threat to the planet.

The asteroid will fly by the planet at a distance of 3.9 million kilometres - a distance greater than 10 times of that between the Earth and the moon. Read More

November 04, 2021
'Houses shook' as meteor 'lands near Reading' say residents

A meteorite may have been spotted landing near Reading ‘in a burst of flames’, according to residents of Theale.

Neighbours reported hearing a loud explosion ‘like a bomb’ at around 11pm on Wednesday and a possible landing in Beenham.

One Facebook user posted: “[It] felt like my house shook and definitely didn’t feel like fireworks.” Read More

October 14, 2021
SPACE DEBRIS What is a meteorite?

SPACE is a vacuum which holds gas, dust and other bits of matter that float aimlessly across the galaxy.
Along with planets, stars and galaxies, space is also the home of meteorites which sometimes make their way onto earth.

What is a meteorite?

Meteorites, not to be confused with meteors, are known as solid pieces of debris which typically come from the asteroid belt which orbits between Mars and Jupiter.

The debris in meteorites typically comes from a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid.

The major difference between meteorites and meteors is that meteors burn up before reaching the ground while meteorites can strike the Earth. Read More

October 11, 2021
Sleeping Canadian woman has close call with meteorite that lands on bed

A Canadian woman is thanking her lucky stars after narrowly avoiding a meteorite that slammed into her pillow while she slept, according to a report.

Ruth Hamilton was snoozing in her home in Golden, a town in southeastern British Columbia, on Oct. 4 when she heard a crash and felt debris on her face, Victoria News reported.

“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,” Hamilton told the news outlet. Read More

October 05, 2021
NASA sets a launch date for its asteroid redirection test mission

ART) mission. That mission is meant to evaluate technologies to prevent an asteroid from impacting the Earth. The confirmed target launch date is 10:20 PM PST on November 23, 2021.

DART will head into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. NASA has also confirmed that media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch, and launch coverage will be broadcast live. NASA will air launch coverage on NASA TV, via its app, and its website.

DART is the first demonstration of NASA’s kinetic impactor technique. A kinetic impactor mission will send one or more large high-speed spacecraft into the path of an asteroid to determine whether or not an asteroid can be redirected to prevent it from impacting the Earth. While meteorite impacts with the Earth of size enough to do significant damage on the ground are rare, catastrophic impacts with our planet have happened in the past. Read More

September 27, 2021
Warehouse-sized asteroid sneaks up on Earth by hiding near the sun

A space rock possibly as wide as a football field flew between the moon and Earth last week, but the big asteroid -- catalogued as 2021 SG -- wasn't spotted until the day after it had already made its closest pass by our planet.

While asteroid 2021 SG is safely heading back to deeper space, it provides a brief moment of deja vu for sky watchers who may remember the large bolide that went unseen until it exploded in 2013 above Chelyabinsk, Russia.

That meteor was estimated to be only about one quarter the diameter of 2021 SG, and yet that was large enough to create a shock wave that blew out thousands of windows in the city below, injuring hundreds. Asteroid 2021 SG is not only significantly bigger, but it also moves at an impressive clip of over 53,000 mph (85,295 kph). Read More

September 22, 2021
Meteor showers and shooting stars: Formation, facts and discovery

Meteor showers occur when dust or particles from asteroids or comets enter Earth's atmosphere at very high speed. When they hit the atmosphere, meteors rub against air particles and create friction, heating the meteors. The heat vaporizes most meteors, creating what we call shooting stars.

While there are stray bits of stuff hitting Earth from all directions, there also are regularly timed "meteor showers" when astronomers can make better predictions about how many meteors will hit the Earth, and from what direction. The key difference is that meteor showers occur when the Earth plows into the trail of particles left behind by a comet or asteroid. Depending on where the trail of particles falls in a particular year, meteor showers can be more or less intense. Read More

September 06, 2021
Meteor captured by Jersey camera over English Channel

A "really bright" meteor has been spotted over the English Channel.

It was seen at about 22:45 BST on Sunday and captured entering the atmosphere and breaking up on a camera in Jersey.

Jersey and Guernsey are good places for observation as they are "often clearer" than southern England, Jim Rowe from the UK Fireball Alliance said.

The meteor was probably around the size of a handful of stones, Mr Rowe estimated.

He said it was likely a chunk of asteroid or comet which entered the atmosphere at a "pretty high speed and a fairly a shallow angle". Read More

September 01, 2021
NASA tracking giant asteroid heading for Earth's orbit

n asteroid up to three times the size of the statue of liberty called 2021 NY1 is travelling at more than 20,000mph and will make its approach into the Earth's orbit in weeks

A giant asteroid up to three times the size of the Statue of Liberty is expected to enter Earth's orbit in a matter of days.

The giant rock, called 2021 NY1, is set to get close to earth in September alongside 17 other incoming objects that are being tracked by NASA.

2021 NY has a phenomenal diameter of 130-300m, while the Statue of Liberty is just 93m tall.

There's thankfully no need to fear a collision as the asteroid will be passing Earth from a safe 930,487 miles. Read More

August 20, 2021
'Astonishing' fireball spotted shooting across the night sky

MONTREAL -- Stargazers in parts of Quebec and Ontario were treated to a spectacular sight Friday night: a mysterious “fireball” shooting across the night sky.

One cottager near St. Agathe described a fluorescent green ball with a red tail, visible for roughly five seconds, with some Twitter users describing the ball as bright blue.

Marc Andrew, who is located in l’Épiphanie, told CTV he saw a ball of vivid orange and red coming from the northwest.

“I’ve seen shooting stars, but I haven’t seen anything like this,” he said, adding, “It was exactly like what you see in the movies.”

Paul Simard is president of the RASC Montreal Centre, part of a Canada-wide network under the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada banner. He did not see the fireball but said it was likely a meteor. Read More

August 04, 2021
Why don’t we see more meteorites after big asteroid belt collisions?

This month it is worth turning your eyes to the night sky to watch the spectacular Perseid meteor shower. Peak viewing time will be around 12 August, when as many as 150 meteors an hour will whizz overhead. Generated by Earth passing through the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, these meteors are a reliable event, but other meteors, such as the fireball that recently lit up southern Norway, are more random.

Most meteors burn themselves out in the atmosphere, but thousands of tons of cosmic dust do still make it to Earth’s surface every year. New research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that the number of meteorite strikes has stayed surprisingly constant for millions of years. Read More

July 26, 2021
NASA confirms meteor traveling over 30,000 mph exploded over Texas

NASA Meteor Watch confirmed what hundreds of eyewitnesses across the Midwest already knew, that a fireball seen streaking across the night sky was a meteor.

The space agency said Monday the object, which was moving at 30,000 mph, was first seen 48 miles above Texas Highway 11. It traveled 59 miles before it fragmented, KLTV reported.

“The fireball was at least as bright as a quarter Moon, which translates to something bigger than 6 inches in diameter with a weight of 10 pounds,” NASA said on social media. “The slow speed (for a meteor) suggests a small piece of an asteroid produced the fireball.” Read More

July 25, 2021
East Texans report fireball, loud noise from sky

Reports of a possible meteor have flooded into the East Texas News newsroom Sunday night.

The reports came after 9 p.m. from as far south as the Lufkin area and as far north as Mount Vernon.

Some reports indicated a loud noise along with the fireball. Several videos and photos showed a round, bright light heading toward the Earth. Read More

July 21, 2021
4.6 billion-year-old meteorite found in horseshoe footprint

A crumbling hunk of rock found in a field in England is a rare meteorite from the earliest days of the solar system, dating back about 4.6 billion years.

The meteorite was found in Gloucestershire in March by Derek Robson, a resident of Loughborough, England, and the director of astrochemistry at the East Anglian Astrophysical Research Organisation (EAARO). The meteorite was sitting in the imprint of a horseshoe left behind in a field, according to Loughborough University.

The space rock is a carbonaceous chondrite, a rare category that makes up only 4% to 5% of meteorites that are found on Earth. These meteorites hail from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and formed early in the history of the solar system. Intriguingly, they often contain organic, or carbon-bearing, compounds, including the amino acids that make up the basic building blocks of life. This raises questions about whether these meteorites hold clues to how living things first emerged in the solar system. Read More

July 11, 2021
Autonomous drones learn to find 'hidden' meteorite impact sites

t's easy to find large meteorites (or their craters) once they've reached Earth, but the smaller ones often go neglected — scientists recover fewer than 2 percent of them. Soon, however, it might just be a question of sending a robot to do the job. Universe Today reports that researchers have developed a system that has autonomous drones use machine learning to find the smaller meteorites in impact sites that are either 'hidden' (even if observers traced the fall) or simply inaccessible.

The technology uses a mix of convolutional neural networks to recognize meteorites based on training images, both from online images as well as staged shots from the team's collection. This helps the AI distinguish between space rocks and ordinary stones, even with a variety of shapes and terrain conditions. Read More
July 05, 2021
HELENA — The rockets’ red glare wasn’t the only spectacle lighting up the Montana sky over the holiday weekend.
On July 3, the Montana Learning Center (MLC) captured their brightest fireball to date.

The atmospheric phenomenon was captured around 4:14 a.m. in the skies above Canyon Ferry. It was bright enough that a person could have been able to see their own shadow on the ground as if it were during the day. Read More

June 23, 2021
Caviar puts meteorites on the back of iPhone 13 Pros, gilds a Tesla Model S

Caviar is not known for its patience – it is, however, known for creating luxury versions of smartphones covered with as many precious metals and precious stones as they can hold. The latest line-up has a cosmic theme and it comes from the future.

Okay, these are just prototypes, but Caviar plans to customize iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max (which are, of course, months away from announcement). A couple of these have enough meteorites on them to make even Bruce Willis break a sweat.

They are called “Parade of the Planets” and are covered with blackened titanium, a material used in the space industry. The Golden version also features decorative elements with double gold plating (999 gold, 7 microns thick) and starts at $14,290. The Titanium model is a tad more affordable at $12,750. Read More

June 15, 2021
NASA finally approves the launch of an infrared asteroid hunting space telescope able to locate threats 30M miles away

NASA has approved the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope to help the space agency be better prepared for future asteroids that could pose a threat to Earth.

The 20-foot-long infrared telescope would help astronomers and planetary scientists find 'most' of the potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of Earth's orbit, also known as near-Earth objects (NEOs).

According to NASA, there are just over 25,000 NEOs, but many more are waiting to be discovered. Read More

June 09, 2021
Meteorites impacting Earth mainly come from a very small region of space, new study says

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have reconstructed meteorite bombardment towards Earth over the past 500 million years and found that despite major collisions between huge rocky bodies in the asteroid belt, impacts on Earth have not been greatly affected; a result that bodes well for the preservation of life on our planet.

It is estimated that around two thousand meteorites land on the Earth's surface every year, and as many as 63,000 of them have been documented by science.

While most go unnoticed, some can cause considerable damage, such as the 10 kilometre sized rock that hit the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago that is thought to be behind the demise of the dinosaurs – thankfully these types of impact are rare

Large or small, the standard view of meteorite delivery to Earth is that large asteroid break-ups scattered throughout the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter generate new rocky fragments which eventually find their way to our planet over an extended period. Read More

May 14, 2021
Where do meteorites come from? We tracked hundreds of fireballs streaking through the sky to find out

If asked where meteorites come from, you might reply "from comets." But according to our new research, which tracked hundreds of fireballs on their journey through the Australian skies, you would be wrong.

In fact, it is very likely that all meteorites—space rocks that make it all the way to Earth—come not from icy comets but from rocky asteroids. Our new study found that even those meteorites with trajectories that look like they arrived from much farther afield are in fact from asteroids that simply got knocked into strange orbits.

We searched through six years' worth of records from the Desert Fireball Network, which scans the Australian outback for flaming meteors streaking through the sky. None of what we found came from comets. Read More

May 13, 2021
Minnesota geologists identify rare meteorite impact site in Dakota County

An area around Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is the site of an ancient meteorite crash, according to recent analysis by the Minnesota Geological Survey.

The discovery came as scientists were updating geologic maps of Dakota County. They identified anomalies in the rock record — certain layers appeared out of order or irregularly sized. This led to further examination and the identification of small grains of shocked quartz, which is known to be produced only by the extreme shock and compression of a meteorite impact or nuclear explosion. Read More

May 10, 2021
Brilliant fireball spotted over Minnesota by doorbell cameras

A dazzling fireball lit up the skies above the Minneapolis-St. Paul area early Sunday morning (May 9), at 3 a.m. local time, according to reports.

The American Meteor Society's website received 39 reports about the fireball (including six videos and one photo), from observers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Given the early morning hour of the fireball, many of these videos came from home surveillance cameras.

Fireballs are usually associated with tiny space rocks that enter the Earth's upper atmosphere and break up while they are streaking through, during their meteor, or "shooting star" phase. If any fragments make it to the ground, which is unlikely, those little pieces are called meteorites. Read More

May 05, 2021
Asteroid warning! Space chiefs flag Earth’s defence - powerless to stop impact

SCIENTISTS have warned Earth is at extreme risk from a massive asteroid collision, after a disaster exercise showed existing tech was powerless to stop one should it occur.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies led a simulation of an asteroid impact scenario at the annual IAA Planetary Defence Conference, hosted by the United Nations and attended by the European Space Agency (ESA). The bi-annual exercise sees scientists and experts attempt to find solutions to a hypothetical collision event, but this year saw the team fail to come up with any.

Over five days, NASA and the ESA simulated a ‘planetary defence exercise’ and were told had a six month window to execute a plan to stop an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Read More

May 01, 2021
So you think you've found a meteorite

Each and every day, Earth is bombarded by tons of stuff from outer space — some big, some small.

Little chunks of rock that survive the journey through the atmosphere and land on Earth’s surface are called meteorites. These can come from a variety of sources: asteroids, meteoroids, comets.

Have you ever gone out searching for a meteorite? It’s possible that you’ve walked by one and you didn’t even notice! At first glance, meteorites can look similar to rocks. However, there are some properties that differentiate them from terrestrial objects.

A good resource on what to look for is provided by the Meteorite Museum at the University of New Mexico (meteor um). Read More

April 13, 2021
What was that flash of light in the South Florida sky Monday night? The answer may surprise you.

The bright flash of light seen by many in South Florida was likely a fireball, experts say. Or, put more accurately, and relatively speaking, it was a slow-moving fireball.

A fireball, according to Jonathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics Harvard-Smithsonian, is “an unusually large meteor.”

Any time a meteor is brighter than the planet Venus, “that’s a fireball,” according to Joe Cox, president and CEO of Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. Read More

April 07, 2021
Rolex Has Made Some of Planet’s Hottest Watches Even More Collectible

New Daytona Day is always an exciting day, and this one's no exception. Rolex is taking its trio of gold Daytonas and adding a beautiful meteorite dial to the mix. The three configurations are:

White-gold case, black Cerachrom bezel, Oysterflex bracelet (ref. 116519LN)
Yellow-gold case, yellow-gold bezel, yellow-gold bracelet (ref. 116508)
Everose gold case, Everose gold bezel, Everose gold bracelet (ref. 116505)

From a technical standpoint, these are the same Daytonas you've known for years: The same 40mm gold case, the same black ceramic or gold bezel, the same caliber 4130 movement, and either the same Oyster bracelet or rubber-and-metal Oysterflex "bracelet." These are all great things, and I'm very happy Rolex isn't futzing with the winning formula. Read More

March 24, 2021
Rare daytime fireball meteor creates massive sonic boom over UK

A rare daytime fireball meteor triggered a loud sonic boom across parts of the United Kingdom and France over the weekend.

The sonic boom occurred at 2:50 p.m. local time on Saturday (March 20) and was reportedly heard in southwest England, Wales and northern France, according to Sky News. At first, most people assumed that the noise was the result of fighter jets, but the Ministry of Defence quikcly announced that this couldn't have been the case, according to the BBC.

However, a handful of people on Twitter said they had witnessed a bright flash of light across the sky at the same time, and thanks to satellite images, it was later confirmed to be a fireball meteor, according to the BBC. Read More

March 18, 2021
Rare meteorite found by gold fossickers sold to Geoscience Australia after lying undiscovered for 4.5 billion years

It was almost dinner-time and friends Paul and John, who had been out gold-fossicking near Georgetown, Queensland, were finishing up for the day.

As he wandered along to meet John, Paul's metal-detector suddenly started emitting a strong sound.

"I thought, 'gee, that was a good signal'," he said.

"And I couldn't get rid of it so I started scraping away and kept getting deeper and the signal got better."
Paul and John stand in the bush with their metal detectors.
Friends John and Paul had been fossicking for several days when they struck an unexpected sort of gold.(

Paul called John and asked him to come and help. The pair dug for two hours until they eventually encountered the rock.

Covered in dirt, it did not look like anything special, but they knew it had to be unusual. Read More

March 14, 2021
Oops! The “World’s Oldest Meteorite Impact Crater” Isn’t an Impact Crater After All

Several years after scientists discovered what was considered the oldest crater a meteorite made on the planet, another team found it’s actually the result of normal geological processes.

During fieldwork at the Archean Maniitsoq structure in Greenland, an international team of scientists led by the University of Waterloo’s Chris Yakymchuk found the features of this region are inconsistent with an impact crater. In 2012, a different team identified it as the remnant of a three-billion-year-old meteorite crater.

“Zircon crystals in the rock are like little time capsules,” said Yakymchuk, a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “They preserve ancient damage caused by shockwaves you get from a meteorite impact. We found no such damage in them.” Read More

March 09, 2021
A fireball, a driveway and a priceless meteorite

"We're still pinching ourselves - to believe that this actually happened on our drive!"

Rob Wilcock, his wife Cathryn and daughter Hannah are astounded to find themselves at the centre of a major scientific discovery.

It was their property in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, that was hit by the most valuable space rock ever to fall on the UK.

The meteorite has had British scientists in raptures of joy.

It's a carbonaceous chondrite - a dark stony material that retains unaltered chemistry from the formation of our Solar System 4.6 billion years ago, and, as such, could give us fresh insights on how the planets came into being.Read More

March 07, 2021
I’m a meteorite dealer who makes millions selling space rocks – I’ve been kidnapped and robbed in the brutal trade

WITH a machete at his throat and a gun at his head, Mike Farmer noticed the kid holding the firearm was shaking – they were scared, and that made the situation even more dangerous.

"I was just thinking: 'I'm glad my wife stayed at the hotel today – this sucks, I'm actually going to die here'," Mike tells The Sun.

It was 2011 in Kenya and he'd been beaten, abducted and driven into the jungle by thieves who knew he had cash – lots of it.

That's because Mike, 48, is a meteorite hunter from Tucson, Arizona. Read More

February 25, 2021
Meteorite falls over Arkansas, possibly landing near El Dorado

A fireball streaked across the Central Arkansas sky at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday.

Steve Arnold of Eureka Springs is looking for video to help triangulate the location.

Arnold, who was a host of the Discovery television show Meteorite Men, thinks there’s a good chance the meteorite landed on Earth, possibly in the vicinity of El Dorado or north Louisiana.

“There is a slight chance that it totally burned out,” he said. “I’m optimistic that there’s pieces. It was bright. The more shallow angle, it’s a more gentle process. When it’s coming down and getting into the thick part of our atmosphere quickly it will more often break up into a bunch of little pieces. This one is more likely to have stayed intact or broken into a couple of pieces.” Read More

February 23, 2021
See Vesta, the brightest asteroid, in binocular
Have you ever seen an asteroid with your own eyes? If not, now through March presents an excellent opportunity to find Vesta, the brightest. In fact, it's just bright enough to glimpse without optical aid from rural skies. I've seen it faintly on a couple occasions, but it's much easier to spot in binoculars. Even from the suburbs a pair of 7x35s will coax it into view.

Vesta reaches opposition on March 4, when it's closest to the Earth and shines brightest. Bright is always a relative term in astronomy, but for an asteroid, Vesta delivers. It's one of the few of its kind visible without optical aid, peaking at 6th magnitude, the naked-eye limit, from a dark sky. On opposition night it rises in Leo the lion at sunset and remains visible until dawn. But don't wait until then for a look. Vesta will be binocular-bright for at least a month. Read More

February 23, 2021
Meteorite hunters find Sweden's first ever new-fallen iron meteorite

Two Swedish meteorite hunters have discovered the iron remains of the giant fireball meteor which which lit up the night sky in November.

Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist, two geologists from Stockholm, discovered the 14 kilo iron meteorite, which astronomers believe is the largest part of the bolide, on December 5th, but kept their find secret until last month.

"It was a shocking, fantastic experience," Forsberg told The Local of the moment he found the meteorite. "I've been a meteorite hunter for more than 20 years, so to see this piece lying camouflaged by the sphagnum, it was such a fantastic experience. I can't compare it to any other finds." Read More

February 13, 2021
Want to own a piece of Mars? Christie’s puts rare space treasures up for auction

It’s an auction that’s out of this world. Christie’s in New York is putting a treasure trove of space rocks under the hammer this month, including one of the largest lunar slices on Earth.

In a move to attract buyers, almost all the lots are being offered with no reserve.

Christie’s is putting some otherworldly items up for sale. This month, the auction house is holding its annual sale of lunar, Martian and rare meteorites.

One of the highlights is a “Spectacular Oriented Stone” meteorite that didn’t tumble or invert as it plunged into Africa’s Sahara Desert. Read More

February 08, 2021
Own a piece of SPACE: Meteorite with seven-billion-year-old stardust is set to go on sale for $50,000 - in astronomical auction which also features moon rocks and pieces of Mars that could sell for $180,000

+ 75 meteorites are set for auction at Christie's auction house in New York that will be hosted online
+ There will be specimen with pieces of the Moon and Mars' atmosphere that is trapped inside impact bubbles
+ Another contains seven-billion-year-old stardust that is said to be the 'oldest matter mankind can touch'
+ There is also a 308-pound meteorite that could is estimated to go for $180,00 during the online auction Read More

February 04, 2021
How to hunt for meteorites

Meteors are the streaks of light you see in the night sky. Most meteors are tiny particles left behind by icy comets; they never reach Earth’s surface. But sometimes chunks of more rocky or metallic space debris enter Earth’s atmosphere and survive the fiery passage to the ground. Their name changes on the first bounce off Earth’s surface from meteor to meteorite. Meteorites can turn up just about anywhere on Earth. If you’re looking for one of these space rocks, where do you look?

Some meteorites have been here on Earth for millennia, but there are continually new arrivals, some bright and loud enough to make the news. If you want to find a meteorite of your own, you can increase your odds by heading to certain types of terrain or areas where there’s been a known meteorite fall. Once you find a meteorite candidate, analyzing a few characteristics will help you determine if your rock is truly from space. Read More

February 01, 2021
Breakdown: Why meteors aren’t typically dangerous for Earth

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Meteors frequently make their way through Earth’s atmosphere, but they rarely cause any issues or harm for humans.

A meteor is defined as a space rock that travels through Earth’s atmosphere. As it barrels towards Earth’s surface, it becomes extremely hot due to the friction with the air. When you see a “shooting star” it’s actually the hot air being illuminated as the meteor burns through our sky. In fact, most meteors completely burn before making it to Earth’s surface.

If it does make it’s way to the Earth’s surface, the rock is called a meteorite. According to NASA, less than 5% of the rock will remain by the time it travels to the ground. These can range from pebble to fist size.

Most meteors come from asteroids, which are large space rocks that orbit the sun. More than 50,000 meteorites have been found on Earth. However, there are very few reports of these meteorites causing any injuries. Read More

February 01, 2021
NASA asks Queensland school for explanation after ‘meteorite’ falls on grounds

It’s a sight to set any astronomer’s tongue wagging - a smouldering rock at the end of a trail of burnt out grass.

A gift seemingly from above. Turns outs, it was too good to be true. But for a long time on Monday, the otherworldly scene at a far north Queensland school captivated a lot of attention and intrigue.

Even NASA’s.“We’ve had all sorts of inquiries from all around the world, including NASA who asked us to make a report to the Kennedy Space Centre,” Malanda State School principal Mark Allen told 7NEWS.

Images of the so-called meteorite went like a rocket across on social media. Read More

January 02, 2021
Flaming Green Meteorites, And Other UFOs Above CT In 2020

ONNECTICUT, CT — New England is a favorite haunt of space aliens, or maybe our skies are just a shortcut to a shopping district popular among the extraterrestrial community. Either way, there's no denying we get more than our fair share of visits from beyond.

Those sightings end up in the database of the National UFO Reporting Center, where they are parsed, classified, categorized and mulled over by amateur sky watchers and professional ufologists alike. Very often the sightings can be traced to meteorological phenomena, military exercises, or too much Tequila. But it's not unusual to find reports not so easily dismissed, and with the Pentagon having owned up to the existence of UFOs earlier this year, you can probably expect more shrugs and fewer cover-ups in 2021. Read More

December 26, 2020
Mysterious asteroid the size of a dwarf planet is lurking in our solar system

There's a giant asteroid somewhere out in the solar system, and it hurled a big rock at Earth.

The evidence for this mystery space rock comes from a diamond-studded meteor that exploded over Sudan in 2008.

NASA had spotted the 9-ton (8,200 kilograms), 13-foot (4 meters) meteor heading toward the planet well before impact, and researchers showed up in the Sudanese desert to collect an unusually rich haul of remains. Now, a new study of one of those meteorites suggests that the meteor may have broken off of a giant asteroid — one more or less the size of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. Read More

December 16, 2020
Streaking meteor's predawn flash stars in an arresting video for Minnesota sheriff's deputy

A meteor that flashed across the east-central Minnesota horizon for a few seconds and lit up the sky before sunrise Wednesday was captured on the squad car dashcam of an awe-struck sheriff's deputy.

The unusually bright meteor starred in a four-second video captured by Pine County Deputy Aaron Borchardt in the early moments of his shift.

"My squad lit up in the inside" as the chunk of astronomical debris whizzed by, said Borchardt, who was driving toward the eastern sky on the back roads to Denham. "I thought it was something sparking above my squad car." Read More

December 11, 2020
Do meteor showers create meteorites?

As Earth circles the Sun, our planet regularly passes through dust and debris left in our path by passing comets and asteroids. Each time this happens, Earth experiences a meteor shower that fills the sky with bright streaks of light. These “falling stars” are the result of cosmic clouds of detritus burning up in our atmosphere. But does any debris from a meteor shower ever make it to the ground as a meteorite?

The answer is no. Meteor showers, despite their stunning light shows, don’t actually produce any meteorites.
Meteor vs. meteorite
Space rocks are called different things depending on their environment. When a piece of dust or rocky debris is floating out in space, it’s called a meteoroid.

A meteor, on the other hand, is the brief streak of light you see in the sky as a space rock slams into our atmosphere, generating friction that creates heat and light. Read More

December 07. 2020
Meteorite hunters say ‘no doubt, there’s rocks on the ground’ in parts of Seneca and Cayuga Counties

ITHACA, N.Y. (WHCU) – There was a flash — then a boom heard from the Great Lakes Region into Central New York. Meteorite hunters suspect remnants could be found in Southern Seneca and Cayuga Counties.

Confirmed by NASA, the fireball flashed when entering the atmosphere at speeds of 56,000 miles-per-hour. Meteor Hunter Roberto Vargas was tracking the fireball’s flight path into Scipioville, Aurora and Romulus…

“Usually meteorites come in three main forms. They’re usually either stony, made out of stone, they’re iron or stony iron. If this is actually a stony fall we’re probably going to be looking for black stones — on the outside, which is called fusion crust, it’s the result of the meteorite burning in the atmosphere before it hits the ground,” said Roberto Vargas. Read More

December 04. 2020
After a million-year journey, a meteor explodes above Syracuse in 2020

Syracuse, N.Y. – A million or more years ago, a 1-ton chunk of rock escaped the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, bound for Syracuse.

The rock and Earth, both pulled in separate orbits by the sun, dodged each other for millennia.

Until just after noon Wednesday, when that meteor crashed into Earth’s atmosphere above Central New York, rattling windows, tripping earthquake detectors and scattering ancient debris as it burned at temperatures half as hot as the sun. Read More

November 30, 2020
Meteor "as bright as the full moon" caught on camera in Japan

A brightly burning meteor was seen plunging from the sky in wide areas of Japan, capturing attention on television and social media. The meteor glowed strongly as it rapidly descended through the Earth's atmosphere on Sunday.

Many people in western Japan reported on social media seeing the rare sight. NHK public television said its cameras in the central prefectures of Aichi, Mie and elsewhere captured the fireball in the southern sky. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 08, 2020
Bright fireball widely seen over northeastern Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then someone gets rich.

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

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

May 01, 2020
Antarctic meteorites yield global bombardment rate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The question now, what was it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 29, 2019
X Meteorite Hunting In The USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2019
Meteorite Hunting Laws & Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let's start with a brief definition of each.

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

September 04, 2019
Chinese customs seize huge haul of meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And yes, that is a Friday. Read More

May 11, 2019
Shimmery Meteor Illuminates Night Sky Over Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17, 2019
Marylanders catch sight of meteor

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 14, 2019
Brilliant meteor caught on camera in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18, 2019
US detects huge meteor explosion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 02, 2019
Meteorites strike western Cuba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 12, 2019
Sisters find possible meteorite on Silver Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 05, 2019
Meteor seen flying over New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 21, 2018
Meteorite hunting with Marc Fries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 06, 2017
Spectacular green meteor streaks over southern NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 02, 2018
Watch Two Meteorites Hit the Moon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 10, 2018
Nautilus Expedition Recovers Possible Seafloor Meteorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 04, 2018
Meteors - what you need to know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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June 28, 2023
9 Archaeological Finds Scientists Still Can't Explain

Braving the sun's furnace, a fire determined to bake everything, whether living or non-living. Digging up ruins for long hours—sometimes in the terrifying cover of darkness—and where human settlements are few and far between. And then meeting weird people and weird things. This is the life of an archaeologist. Yet, all these pale compared to the sheer thrill of making a huge discovery. Consider the major finds, for instance, at Pharaoh Tut’s tomb. Or even the Rosetta Stone, the key that finally made it possible to decipher the hieroglyphs. However, it is also not rare that archaeologists fail in their endeavors. For example, up to now, they have searched in vain for Cleopatra’s tomb and disagree on the actual purpose of Stonehenge. As curious creatures, humans continue to shine the spotlight on these archaeological finds that scientists still can’t explain. Read More

June 15, 2023
Provo excavation finds artifacts tied to 1,000-year-old Fremont village

Almost 1,000 years ago, a flourishing Native American village of people archaeologists call the Fremont was sprawled across the area that is now west Provo.

“There were large populations living in these valleys before the pioneers and even before the Ute,” said Dr. Michael Searcy, an anthropology professor at Brigham Young University and co-director of the current excavation at a digging site called the Hinckley Mounds.

The Fremont are estimated to have lived in the area from around 700 A.D. to 1300 A.D., where evidence suggests they farmed corn and hunted and gathered for other food.

The current excavation is part of BYU’s Archaeology Field School from May 1 to June 23, where graduate and undergraduate students can get hands-on experience with archaeology, which Searcy said is “fantastic” in the west Provo area. Read More

June 09, 2023
'Slow detective process': Archaeologists uncover Native American artifacts in East Peoria

PEORIA – Four weeks of painstaking labor went into the excavation of a 600-year-old Native American home in East Peoria this summer, but the more prolonged task won't begin until archaeologists return to their labs with the artifacts they discovered.

“Usually a month in the field is at least a year in the lab,” said Dana Bardolph, an archaeologist based at Northern Illinois University. She and Greg Wilson, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been working since mid-May at a site near the McClugage Bridge. The artifacts they found will be cataloged, tested, and analyzed in the coming months. Read More

June 01, 2023
Siouxlanders get their hands dirty trying out archaeology

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU)– Siouxlanders sifted through dirt at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, in search of artifacts.

This year marks the ninth year the railroad museum has held the Archaeology Field Day event, with roughly 40 Sioux landers participating this year.

“So we are going to dig a few holes to see if we can find any artifacts,” said Cindy Peterson, archaeologist research director with the University of Iowa.

“Sometimes the land is holding a story for us to discover and these artifacts are helping us with telling that story,” said Larry Obermeyer, a railroad historian and researcher at the Sioux City Railroad Museum.

The goal of the event is to find more evidence of where railroad workers lived from 1916 to 1918, when the complex was first built. Read More

May 21, 2023
5 archaeological site areas in San Diego with remnants of the past

SAN DIEGO — With over 6,500 recorded Native American and historic archaeological sites in San Diego, taking a look back at ancient civilizations is as easy as visiting a one of the many state parks in the region.

According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR), San Diego was home to various groups and tribes before later becoming the home of two Spanish Missions. From there, the region developed into homesteads and towns, leaving a trial of history behind. 4 castles within driving distance of San Diego

For an up-close look at remnants of the past, here are five archaeological site areas right here in San Diego County that contain traces of the civilizations that came before us.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
This park contains over 4,400 recorded archaeological sites, according to CDPR. Some of these sites include villages, camps, hunting sites, food and material processing sites, rock art sites and sacred places. California officials say there are eight cultural preserves set aside to protect the cultural resources within this park. Read More

May 15, 2023
Native American remains discovered at Dartmouth College spark calls for accountability

As a citizen of the Quapaw Nation, Ahnili Johnson-Jennings has always seen Dartmouth College as the university for Native American students.

Her father graduated from the school, founded in 1769 to educate Native Americans, and she had come to rely on its network of students, professors and administrators. But news in March that the Ivy League school in New Hampshire found partial skeletal remains of 15 Native Americans in one of its collections has Johnson-Jennings and others reassessing that relationship.

"It's hard to reconcile. It's hard to see the college in this old way where they were taking Native remains and using them for their own benefit," said Johnson-Jennings, a senior and co-president of Native Americans at Dartmouth. The remains were used to teach a class as recently as last year, just before an audit concluded they had been wrongly catalogued as not Native. Read More

May 08, 2023
U.S. Repatriates Looted Artifacts to Yemen

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—According to a statement released by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, three artifacts recovered from a private collector were repatriated to Yemen during a recent ceremony attended by Mohammed Al-Hadhrami, the Yemeni ambassador to the United States, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, James Deboer, of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. The objects include an alabaster ram with an inscribed base from the Hayd bin Aqeel necropolis that has been dated to the fifth century B.C.; an alabaster figure of a female deity dated to the second century B.C.; and an inscribed silver vessel from Shabwa dated to the second or third centuries A.D. These antiquities were among 89 objects looted from 10 different countries that were seized during a recent investigation. Because of continuing conditions of war in Yemen, the artifacts will be temporarily held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. To read about three carved ram's heads found along the Avenue of the Sphinxes, go to "Around the World: Egypt. Read More

April 13, 2023
1,000-year-old Native American canoe brought to the lake’s surface

LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. (WECT/Gray News) – Members of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe worked with a team of archaeologists to bring a nearly 1,000-year-old canoe to the surface of a lake in North Carolina.

Waccamaw Siouan Chief Michael Jacobs said the canoe is a rare opportunity to learn more about Native American culture in southeastern North Carolina.

“That canoe at 28 feet long would have carried many a brave,” Jacobs said. “We feel like in our heart, it’s a history that we’re still exploring and understanding because this is the first time we’ve had access.”

The piece of history had been buried beneath Lake Waccamaw for hundreds of years. It was discovered unexpectedly by three teenagers swimming in the lake during the summer of 2021. Read More

April 13, 2023
Archaeologist explains why we need to look underwater to understand our past

Traces of the past remain hidden in rivers, lakes and seas. But we rarely look underwater and, as they say, out of sight is out of mind. In his inaugural lecture Martijn Manders will explain why underwater archaeology is so important to understanding our history.

"The water is full of interesting finds," says Manders, Endowed Professor of Underwater Archaeology and Maritime Heritage Management. "In the most unexpected and remote parts of the sea are 1,623 Dutch-owned ships and these tell us who and what we are." One example of this is the Dutch East India Company ship Rooswijk from 1740. Research into this ship brings to light the international and Dutch maritime trade: large trade networks that the Netherlands still relies on. Read More

April 01, 2023
Clues to the Lives of North America’s First Inhabitants Are Hidden Underwater

Submerged prehistory holds insights on the first humans to live in North America

Below the surfaces of freshwater springs, lakes and rivers, sunken landscapes hold clues about the daily lives, beliefs and diets of the first humans to settle in what is now the United States. But submerged prehistory, as the study of these millennia-old sites is widely known, is often overlooked in favor of more traditional underwater archaeology centered on shipwrecks.

“There’s tremendous work to be done,” says Barbara Purdy, author of The Art and Archaeology of Florida’s Wetlands and an emeritus anthropologist at the University of Florida. “Fast-developing technology holds great potential to explore what lies below. One day, the sunken world will unlock the answer to how America was really settled and how [our] ancestors lived.” Read More

March 22, 2023
Archaeologist discusses Civil War sites in Missouri

A presentation was held Tuesday at Westminster College about using archaeology as a method to reinterpret Civil War sites in Missouri.

The event was presented by Westminster College, the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and Missouri Humanities.

The presentation, titled "Debunking Iconic Myths: Using Archaeology to Reinterpret Civil War Sites' Stories in Missouri," was given by archaeologist Douglas Scott.

Scott is an adjunct research faculty member at Colorado Mesa University, and previously retired from the United States National Park Service after over 30 years with the Department of the Interior. Read More

March 15, 2023
Discovering shipwrecks: Diving into the Graveyard of the Pacific

The watery Graveyard of the Pacific holds the stories of shipwrecks over centuries. Since 1800, more than 2,000 vessels — including about 200 larger ships — have met their fate near the treacherous waters where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

For the maritime archaeologists who study these ships, careful surveying, research and documentation are essential to identifying and preserving them as pieces of history. But unlike many coastal states, Oregon and Washington do not have dedicated underwater archaeologists. One North Coast group is filling the gap. Read More

March 03, 2023
World War II sub found: Officials confirm final resting place of Akron sailor

Johnny Carano couldn’t wait to go to war like his big brothers.

So he didn’t wait.
The Akron teenager left high school, lied about his age, joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard a submarine during World War II.

Sadly, he never came home.
Naval historians on Feb. 16 confirmed a shipwreck site off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, as the USS Albacore (SS-218), which was lost at sea Nov. 7, 1944, after striking a mine.

All 85 crew members, including 18-year-old Carano, were killed in the explosion. Read More

March 02, 2023
Lidar: Revealing Archaeology’s Hidden World With A Billion Points of Light

When looters discovered Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida (“Lost City”) in 1972, it earned status as one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history.

A half-century later, the site of this ancient civilization remains extremely difficult to explore, with some of the world’s densest jungle obscuring its secrets.

Then the GEO1 team showed up.
In 2019, the firm partnered with National Geographic explorer Albert Lin to map the area using a helicopter equipped with light detection and ranging (lidar), a laser technology that remotely captures geographic data. It can peek through a thick forest canopy to detect what’s underneath.

Complete excavations of sites like Ciudad Perdida can take decades — and usually involve plenty of environmental destruction along the way. With aerial lidar, the GEO1 team was able to record most of the settlement’s streets and plazas in a single day.

“Lidar has the potential to be that technology not only to discover what’s there but to preserve what’s there,” said Ron Chapple, one of the leaders at GEO1, a subsidiary of NV5 Geospatial. Read More

February 23, 2023
The big archaeological digs happening up in the sky

Laser technology called lidar is helping archaeologists complete years of fieldwork sometimes in the span of a single afternoon

Archaeology is facing a time crunch. Thousands of years of human history risk imminent erasure, from tiny hamlets to entire cities - temples, walls and roads under grave threat of destruction. Urban sprawl and industrial agriculture are but two culprits, smothering ancient settlements beneath car parks and cattle pastures. International conflict and climate change are also damaging vulnerable sites, with warfare and water shortages destroying pockets of history across the world.

The endless excavations of yesteryear are no longer the best solution. Big digs aren’t the big idea they once were: mapping the human archaeological record is now moving upward, into the sky. Read More

February 23, 2023
New data suggests a timeline for arrival of the first Americans

umans may have arrived in North America earlier than once thought and encountered previously unrecognized challenges, according to new climate research from an interdisciplinary team that includes scientists from the University of Oregon.

Jon Erlandson, an archaeologist and director of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is no stranger to research updating the understanding of early human migration to North America. Erlandson helped develop the “kelp highway” hypothesis, which proposed that the first Americans followed a Pacific Coast route from Northeast Asia to Beringia and the Pacific Northwest, using boats to navigate highly productive nearshore kelp-forest ecosystems. Read More

February 20, 2023
Finding forgotten Indigenous landscapes with electromagnetic technology

Jarrod Burks opened the rear cargo door of his van and pointed to an array of strange equipment tangled inside. White PVC tubes were locked together, forming an expandable, fence-like grid, with large, rugged wheels attached beneath. Beside it all, on a layer of soft blankets, were a tablet computer, many yards of cables, and a GPS antenna, held in a small protective case. Properly assembled, Burks explained, this was a magnetometer—a device for measuring tiny fluctuations in Earth’s magnetic field. It is a tool so finicky that interference from a cell phone in his jeans pocket can ruin an entire day’s data, so sensitive that it can pick up traces of ancient campfires extinguished more than a thousand years ago.

Burks, 50, sporting a closely trimmed, graying beard and a pair of rectangular eyeglasses, began hauling his mix of parts outside, where he would piece them together on the dew-covered grass. Emblazoned on the side of his van was the logo of Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. (OVAI), a privately owned cultural-resource management firm based in Columbus, the state capital. Burks has worked full time at OVAI since 2004, shortly after earning his PhD in archaeology from Ohio State University; he is now its director of archaeological geophysics. In addition to performing site surveys throughout the Midwest and abroad—including congressionally funded trips to map overseas battlefields, where he searches for the remains of US soldiers—Burks is president of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy, dedicated to “advancing the preservation of ancient earthworks in southern Ohio.” By using one of the most advanced geophysical tools on the market, Burks is helping to reveal—and thus preserve—forgotten monuments of explosively creative cultures, groups that not only were capable of large-scale architectural engineering but thoroughly reshaped the North American landscape. Read More

February 09, 2023
What Do Archaeologists Do?

Archaeologists use a wide variety of methods to explore a fascinating range of topics about human history, culture, and behavior. Here’s an overview of the ways archaeologists preserve heritage and how you can work in this field.

Archaeologists study the physical objects, places, and landscapes that humans create, modify, or interact with. Their goal is to learn more about human histories and experiences. Archaeologists investigate the physical traces of human activities, which are sometimes called material culture. These materials can be very recent—such as the objects on someone’s bookshelf or trash from the 1969 Woodstock festival. Alternatively, they can be very old—like the first stone tools from 3.3 million years ago or 45,000-year-old cave paintings in Indonesia.

Sometimes, archaeologists study the smallest traces of human activities, such as the microscopic shapes of domesticated maize starch grains or remnants of meals preserved in the plaque that forms on teeth. They also examine some of the largest, such as the ancient city of Petra in Jordan or Maya pyramids in Mexico. Read More

February 03, 2023
Archaeologist discusses recent discovery of Native American Canal

Victor Thompson, distinguished research professor and director of the Laboratory of Archaeology in the department of anthropology in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with Smithsonian Magazine about a recent discovery.

In Gulf Shores, Alabama, archaeologists from the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile have finally investigated a place the locals called an “Indian Ditch.” What they found was much more than an ancient hole.

“I think one of the things that [this discovery] underscores is the incredibly engineered landscape that exists among the Native peoples of the Gulf Coast,” said Thompson. Read More

January 31, 2023
What makes archaeology useful as well as exciting? It offers lessons from the past

Archaeology is fun. It’s so much fun that sometimes people do not treat it with the seriousness it deserves. Studying the past, through what people leave behind, can offer insights into some of the world’s challenges – like hunger, health, and protecting the environment.

Some of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world include Great Zimbabwe, the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Side by side with these very old and massive structures are sediments, old bones, seeds, pottery, glass, metals and human skeletons. All yield clues about ancient environments, societies and economies.

Archaeological discoveries sometimes grab headlines: Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt in 1922, the Terracotta Army discovery by local farmers in China in 1974, the spectacular objects of Igbo Ukwu in Nigeria, the gold burials of Mapungubwe and the Staffordshire hoard in England are a few examples that come to mind. Read More

January 27, 2023
The Museum Built on Native American Burial Mounds

For decades, Dickson Mounds Museum in Illinois displayed the open graves of more than 200 Indigenous people. Thirty years after a federal law required museums to begin returning remains, the statewide museum system still holds thousands.

Every day when Logan Pappenfort is at work, he tries not to dwell on what’s under his feet. Beneath the south wing of the museum where he’s interim director are the remains of at least 234 of his ancestors.

For more than 800 years, they laid undisturbed, carefully buried inside a mound of earth overlooking a quiet valley and a slow river. Then in the 1920s, a chiropractor named Don Dickson dug open the mound, eventually exposing the remains of hundreds of Native Americans. He left them in place, and his family turned the excavation into a roadside attraction they called Dickson Mounds. They charged visitors 50 cents for admission.

In 1945, the state of Illinois purchased the site and later expanded it into a museum. The exposed human remains were used for decades to teach schoolchildren, visitors and local residents about what the museum presented as a long-gone culture of Illinois Indians. Read More

January 25, 2023
The Intersection of Archaeology and the Trail

Imagine walking along a beautiful green trail. Wildflowers sprinkle the grass, the birds are singing, the bugs are buzzing, and you’re marching along on this beautiful day. Soon you enter a clearing, a nice flat area that sprawls before you with a small creek running through it. You follow the trail, and while you’re looking down, you see something that catches your eye. It looks like some kind of rock sticking out of the earth. You pick it up and recognize it as an arrowhead. You look around some more, but can’t find anything else, so you pocket your find and keep on hiking.

Hi! My name is Alejandra, and I’m an archaeologist. This year I will be attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. While preparing for this hike, I’ve read several books, multiple of which mention artifact hunting along the AT. As an archaeologist, I believe this is unethical and a topic that requires further attention. In this article, I hope to discuss the previous scenario and why it is important to protect the archaeology around us. But first, let me give you a little introduction to what archaeology is and what I do. Read More

January 24, 2023
How archaeologists are racing to uncover hidden treasures beneath melting glaciers

Rapidly melting ice in the Alps is revealing all sorts of ancient artefacts. Researchers are now against the clock to protect these antiquities before it’s too late.

On top of a nearby rock, a marmot perches, rotund from a summer of feasting. Cowbells chime in the green pasture below. The path ahead is blocked by a stubborn herd of sheep. As I approach, they scurry up the rocky cliff.

Balancing stone to stone, I cross a small stream, before zigzagging up the mountainside. The higher I go, the harder it is to breathe, the altitude and heavy backpack weighing me down. I’m now past the tree line. The ground is barren, except for some lichen clinging to the rocky ground. Read More

January 24, 2023
Excavation underway on historic site before construction

A team of archeologists is excavating a site on Redstone Arsenal to preserve artifacts and features there, in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, before work starts on a construction project.

The excavation site is located at what was the Fennell Plantation, likely occupied between 1820 and 1940, according to Redstone Arsenal’s Cultural Resource Manager Ben Hoksbergen. “The current excavation site was probably the location of the main house for the plantation owned by members of the Fennell family from 1843 to 1918,” he said in a release.

About a dozen people were working at the site Friday, a mix of employees at New South Associates Inc., of Stone Mountain, Georgia, which is under contract to excavate the site, conduct historic research, and analyze the data from the dig, and others hired for the project.

“We’ve numbered up to 81 features so far” from the site, Anne Dorland, of New South Associates, the primary investigator and archaeologist for the project, said. About 5,000 artifacts have also been discovered – from ceramic buttons to stone tools and horseshoes. Features, or nonportable archaeological remnants, that have been found include trash pits, foundations, and cellar pits. Read More

January 10, 2023
‘Almost at war’: shipwreck hunters battle it out for sunken treasure

Questions of ownership – and whether shipwrecks are being explored or plundered – are causing deep divides among the people who dedicate their lives to unearthing the ocean’s hidden loot

When Ohio shipwreck hunter Thomas “Tommy” Thompson found the wreck of the SS Central America on the bottom of the Atlantic in 1988 he struck gold, literally. He brought to the surface millions in gold bars and coins from the ship, which sank in a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina in 1857.

Over the years, excitement at the discovery of this watery treasure trove soured. Investors, who had helped raise $12.7m to fund the shipwreck hunt, accused Thompson of cheating them out of their share of the proceeds.

After a judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2012, Thompson went on the run for more than two years, before being tracked down to a Florida hotel room. Still refusing to disclose the location of the coins, he is now about to mark his seventh year in jail for contempt, racking up a daily fine of $1,000. Read More

January 09, 2023
Drought, floods, wildfires: Climate change upends archaeology

The job of the modern-day archaeologist is changing rapidly, as flooding, wildfires and other extreme weather-related curveballs damage or destroy excavation sites — and drought reveals long-hidden historic artifacts.

Why it matters: Important cultural treasures and historical records are at stake as heirlooms from the past are damaged or curiosity-seekers grab souvenirs.

o "From Iran to Scotland, Florida to Rapa Nui and beyond, sites are currently being eroded at an increasing rate, often before scientists can record them and assess their value," according to a scholarly article in Antiquity magazine.
o At the same time, drought and low water levels have uncovered everything from 113-million-year-old dinosaur tracks in Texas to World War II-era boats in California's Lake Shasta and the Nevada portion of Lake Mead.
o Tourists who stumble on freshly unearthed relics are being asked to report them to authorities — and keep their distance. Read More

January 04, 2023
U.S. Museum Repatriates Sarcophagus to Egypt

CAIRO, EGYPT—The Guardian reports that a wooden sarcophagus held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been repatriated to Egypt. Mostafa Waziri of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said that surviving inscriptions on the coffin, which measures nearly 10 feet long, suggest it may have belonged to a priest named Ankhenmaat. He also explained that the coffin has been dated to Egypt’s Late Period, between about 712 and 332 B.C. The sarcophagus was looted from northern Egypt’s Abusir necropolis by an art trafficking network, and was smuggled through Germany and into the United States in 2008, according to Manhattan district attorney Alvin L. Bragg. A collector later loaned it to the museum in 2013. For more on Abusir, go to "In the Reign of the Sun Kings." Read More

December 23, 2022
Oregon State archaeologists uncover oldest known projectile points in the Americas

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University archaeologists have uncovered projectile points in Idaho that are thousands of years older than any previously found in the Americas, helping to fill in the history of how early humans crafted and used stone weapons.

The 13 full and fragmentary projectile points, razor sharp and ranging from about half an inch to 2 inches long, are from roughly 15,700 years ago, according to carbon-14 dating. That’s about 3,000 years older than the Clovis fluted points found throughout North America, and 2,300 years older than the points previously found at the same Cooper’s Ferry site along the Salmon River in present-day Idaho.

The findings were published today in the journal Science Advances. Read More

December 15, 2022
15 extraordinary discoveries of 2022

We may dream of winning the lottery, but what about finding a medieval-era wedding ring in your yard, or a Byzantine-era mosaic on your farm?

Everyday people joined archaeologists and art conservators in finding some of the year's most compelling discoveries. Among them was a Van Gogh self-portrait, hidden behind a painting, a vast unearthed Roman town, and a secret tunnel to what could be Cleopatra's lost tomb.

Below are the most exciting art and archaeology discoveries of 2022.

'Naughty pupils' ancient punishment method resurfaces

When Ancient Egyptian youth were disciplined with writing lines 2,000 years ago, they likely didn't expect their efforts would survive long enough for us to see. Read More

December 15, 2022
Aggie Archaeologists Conserving Ship From Colonial-Era Virginia

The long-forgotten trading vessel was unearthed in Alexandria and shipped to Texas A&M for extensive study and preservation.

At a humble facility that once served as the fire station for the Bryan Air Force Base, the timbers of an 18th-century merchant ship lie submerged in a row of long, shallow tanks, quietly awaiting their final voyage home.

Over the next few years, a team of Texas A&M University professors and students will carefully conserve the salvaged remains of a colonial-era shipwreck before sending the pieces back to Alexandria, Virginia, where the wreck was originally discovered in 2015.

It’s a big job, says Chris Dostal, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology’s nautical archaeology program and director of the Conservation Research Laboratory, located at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan. But as Dostal explains, Texas A&M is one of just a handful of institutions in the country with the knowledge and resources to permanently preserve this important piece of American history. Read More

December 06, 2022
Mysterious Object Emerges on a Florida Beach, Setting Off Speculation

The object appears to be about 80 feet long and made of wood and metal.

There’s something protruding through the sand at Daytona Beach Shores in Volusia County, Fla., and it’s got local residents and officials buzzing with curiosity.

The unknown object was recently discovered by beachgoers and Volusia County Beach Safety, county officials said in a series of statements by email.

They said the object was visible in part because of beach erosion caused by Hurricane Nicole, which ripped through Florida last month, and by Hurricane Ian, which hit the state in September and was one of the most powerful storms to strike the United States in the past decade. Continued high tides and rough surf also played a role in the object’s discovery, just south of Daytona Beach. Read More

December 05, 2022
The US' 2,000-year-old mystery mounds

Constructed by a mysterious civilisation that left no written records, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are a testament to indigenous sophistication.

Autumn leaves crackled under our shoes as dozens of eager tourists and I followed a guide along a grassy mound. We stopped when we reached the opening of a turf-topped circle, which was formed by another wall of mounded earth. We were at The Octagon, part of the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, a large network of hand-constructed hills spread throughout central and southern Ohio that were built as many as 2,000 years ago. Indigenous people would come to The Octagon from hundreds of miles away, gathering regularly for shared rituals and worship.  Read More

December 01, 2022
This Prehistoric Circle In Miami Is The Only One Of Its Kind In The Eastern U.S.

This circle in Miami, Florida, is one of a kind, with twenty-four mysterious holes dating back to prehistoric times.
The Miami Circle, also known as Brickell Point and the Miami River Circle, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009. The circle, discovered in the early years of 1998, is a result of an archaeological investigation commissioned by real estate developer Michael Bauman.

Surveyors unearthed hundreds of mysterious holes buried beneath a layer of limestone, halting the demolition of the current apartment building and the construction of high-end condominiums. Read More

November 26, 2022
NWA EDITORIAL | Artifacts found on land near the national battlefield in Pea Ridge can help reveal Arkansas, American history

Planning commissions do important work, but it's not often they draw editorial comment. But when a subdivision is proposed next to a Civil War battlefield and national park, a little extra scrutiny is in order.

This particular subdivision is on 43 acres adjacent to the Pea Ridge National Military Park. At 4,300 acres, the park covers a lot of the area where more than 23,000 soldiers fought in March 1862 in one of the most important Civil War battles west of the Mississippi River. But with that many troops, the modern-day boundary of a national park certainly doesn't contain all the land affected by their presence.

The Benton County Planning Board recently approved the subdivision, but Mayor Jackie Crabtree requested developers keep the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation apprised of any historical artifacts found on the property while it's being developed. Read More

November 18, 2022
With Netflix’s Ancient Apocalypse, Graham Hancock has declared war on archaeologists

Netflix’s enormously popular new show, Ancient Apocalypse, is an all out attack on archaeologists. As an archaeologist committed to public engagement who strongly believes in the relevance of studying ancient people, I feel a full-throated defence is necessary.

Author Graham Hancock is back, defending his well-trodden theory about an advanced global ice age civilisation, which he connects in Ancient Apocalypse to the legend of Atlantis. His argument, as laid out in this show and in several books, is that this advanced civilisation was destroyed in a cataclysmic flood.

The survivors of this advanced civilisation, according to Hancock, introduced agriculture, architecture, astronomy, arts, maths and the knowledge of “civilisation” to “simple” hunter gatherers. The reason little evidence exists, he says, is because it is under the sea or was destroyed by the cataclysm. Read More

October 26, 2022
Mississippi Drought Reveals Hidden Civil War Relics in River

Relics and artifacts from the American Civil War have been discovered laying on the banks of the Mississippi River due to its lower water levels caused by drought.

Riley Bryant, who goes by the username relic.riley online, shared videos of him discovering Civil War-era bullets and an entire intact belt buckle inscribed with the letters "US."

"I'm walking the riverbank here in Memphis, you can see the Bass Pro Pyramid, and all this stuff is just washed out," Bryant says in a video he posted to Instagram. "And look what I just found laying here, look at that! It's a Civil War belt buckle! Look, it's perfect shape." Read More

October 25, 2022
US Army bullets unexpectedly found at 1918 Mexico border massacre site

A ballistics analysis has raised new questions about the role of the US Army in the 1918 Porvenir massacre, where Texas Rangers killed 15 unarmed Mexican boys and men

The first archaeological investigation of the site of a century-old massacre at the US-Mexico border has unexpectedly found bullets and cartridge casings for US military weapons.

On the morning of 28 January 1918, Texas Rangers and local ranchers, escorted by the US Army’s 8th Cavalry, rounded up 15 boys and men of Mexican descent from the town of Porvenir, Texas, and shot them execution-style. None of that is disputed. But new evidence suggesting that both civilian and military weapons were used raises … Read More

October 13, 2022
Four controversial archaeological finds in the U.S.

Who doesn't like to find buried treasure, whether it be in the form of golden riches or something arguably greater: an object that alters human history in a fundamental way? This drive to unearth archaeological fame has driven many bold claims, claims that, though often lambasted by experts, can be surprisingly difficult to dislodge from a public that's readily awed by them.

"The logical inadequacy to disprove historical scenarios, combined with an all too human wish to be part of a spectacular discovery, have laid the foundation for many archaeological controversies," Gert Jan van 'T Land wrote in a 2016 article published to Skeptic Magazine.

Some of those many controversies have occurred right here in the United States. Here are four of them: Read More

October 10, 2022
Bay Area archaeologists dig deep to uncover San Francisco's hidden history

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bay Area archaeologists are uncovering San Francisco's hidden past at the largest public archaeological excavation west of the Mississippi.

With the popularity of Indiana Jones, everyone has become familiar with the idea of archaeology, but beneath the surface, archaeology has quite a bit more to offer.

"The biggest misconceptions people have about archaeology is that we are looking for treasures or gems or gold," archaeologist Kari Jones shares. "Archaeologists are looking for evidence or remains of people. We don't dig dinosaurs."

"What we are looking at is the daily lives of people, what they ate, what they wore, what their living conditions were," archaeologist specialist Georgie Deantoni adds. "People really get excited to understand that we're telling stories of people from 200 years ago." Read More

October 06, 2022
Archaeologists Dig Up 1,400-Year-Old Native American Canal in Alabama

The nearly mile-long structure allowed inhabitants to paddle to rich fishing grounds and access trade routes

In the beachside resort town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, locals had often referred to an odd feature in the landscape as “Indian ditch.” As far back as the 1820s, a handful of antiquarians and United States Army engineers recognized it as a feature that predated white settlers, but it hadn’t received enough scholarly attention to explain its history and function. One resident, Harry King, who had been exploring the back bays of the region, became fascinated with the remnants of this large trench, about 30 feet wide and 3 feet deep. On visits to the archaeology museum at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, King would encourage researchers to examine it. Gregory Waselkov, a now-retired anthropologist at the university, figured the ditch was probably an antebellum construction built by enslaved laborers. Read More

October 01, 2022
How digging up the past is helping US military veterans build a future

For many armed forces veterans, the return to civilian life can be a challenge. But one organization is taking an unusual approach to helping ex-service personnel find their feet – involving them in archaeological projects to bring home the remains of fallen soldiers.

Stephen Humphreys, a 40-year-old former US Air Force captain, has led American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) since founding it in 2016. The nonprofit organization, he says, helps veterans “find their future while exploring the past.”

Originally from Texas, Humphreys served in the Iraq War, and in the skies above Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He left the military in 2010 and planned to attend a seminary and serve as a military chaplain. But a life-changing trip to join an excavation in Israel inspired him to retrain as an archaeologist instead. Read More

September 26, 2022
Second Ancient Native American Canoe Discovered in Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN—According to a statement released by the Wisconsin Historical Society, a second ancient canoe has been recovered from Lake Mendota. Last year, a 1,200-year-old canoe was discovered in the lake’s mud by maritime archaeologist Tamara Thomsen while on a recreation dive. She found this canoe, which has been radiocarbon dated to 3,000 years ago, while diving this past spring. The vessel, carved from a single piece of white oak, measures about 14.5 feet long. “Since it was located within 100 yards of where the first canoe was found at the bottom of a drop-off in the lakebed, the find has prompted us to research fluctuating water levels and ancient shorelines to explore the possibility that the canoes were near what is now submerged village sites,” said state archaeologist James Skibo. The canoe will be cleaned and cared for by members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Bad River Tribe, in addition to the staff of the Wisconsin Historical Society, before it joins the 1,200-year-old canoe in the preservation process at Wisconsin’s State Archive Preservation Facility. To read about the discovery of the first canoe, go to "Gone Fishing." Read More
September 08, 2022
SC archaeologists search for early American shipwreck near Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — A team of underwater archaeologists is on the hunt for a Spanish shipwreck from the 1500s that could unlock more secrets about one of the earliest European settlements in the continental United States.

An hour after the break of dawn, around 7:45 a.m. Aug. 26, Amber Cabading, Athena Van Overschelde and Will Nassif pulled their boat away from the South Island Public Boat Landing.

The trio from the S.C. Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology was sailing 40 minutes south to a 16½-mile stretch of marsh and open water located at the mouth of the Santee River Inlets. Read More

September 07, 2022
Archaeology at the Borders of the Refugee Crisis

Archaeological methods, which are typically used to study the past, can also illuminate the experiences of today’s displaced people.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE from the Global South have left their homes behind to escape poverty, violence, war, or drought. Archaeologists, who usually look back in time, can turn their expertise to these forced migrations, learning about the experiences of these displaced people and the barriers they face by examining the things that are used, carried, or cast aside.
A black-and-white sketch depicts the bust of an older adult with short, white hair and a collared shirt.Anthropologist Randall McGuire

Since the 1970s, anthropologist and archaeologist Randall McGuire, of Binghamton University in New York, has been working in the Sonoran Desert, which straddles the United States’ southern border with Mexico. First led there by archaeology, he became part of the community in the border cities of Nogales in Sonora and Arizona, where the wall may hamper people’s movement but doesn’t stop the smell of cooking food from wafting across. Read More

August 27, 2022
US agents in Memphis seize shipped ancient Egyptian artifact

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal agents in Memphis have seized a potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped in from Europe.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they intercepted the Egyptian canopic jar lid of the funeral deity named Imsety on Aug. 17. The jars were used to hold the internal organs of mummies.

The agency says the item was sent from a dealer to a private buyer in the U.S., and the shipper made contradicting statements about its value.

Experts at the University of Memphis Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology helped determine the artifact’s authenticity. The agency says the lid is likely from 1069 B.C. to 653 B.C. Read More

August 24, 2022
WestConn students uncover treasures from Native Americans in archaeological dig in Litchfield County

DANBURY — Spending weeks on your hands and knees sifting through dirt isn’t the “dream job” most students might imagine. But for four Western Connecticut State University students, an archaeological dig in a sun-baked field in Warren provided a fascinating look at how New England’s first inhabitants lived thousands of years ago.

These four students were enrolled in WestConn’s Field Archaeology School, which visits the Deer Run site at Lake Waramaug and other places every summer to recover and analyze Native American artifacts. This site is a treasure trove for archaeologists, and the WestConn class is partnered with the Institute for American Indian Studies in nearby Washington. Read More

August 16, 2022
Digging into history in state parks and forests

The newest addition to DCNR's successful Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is the Cultural Resources Crew.

The four-person team is an archaeological and architectural history-focused field crew developed to conduct cultural resources management activities throughout the commonwealth's 121 state parks and more than two million-acre state forest system.

Cultural resources are the remains of past human activity. In Pennsylvania, there's nearly 20,000 years of human history. It's no surprise then that state parks and forests are steeped in both natural and human history. Read More

July 25, 2022
Domestic chores marked Utes’ use of site on Uncompahgre Plateau

Sometime around 1870, a small group of Ute Native Americans gathered on the east side of the Uncompahgre Plateau to undertake domestic chores. The group — probably an extended family band — spent weeks or even months at what is now called the McMillen Trade Goods Site.

The Utes who stopped there refurbished their ammunition and created beadwork and metal decorations for their clothing and their horse bridles.

They cut metal from flattened tin cans to make cone-shaped decorations known as tinklers. They used metal tools such as a triangular metal file, a crude tweezers and a folding pocket knife.

“It’s one of those sites where you feel like the people who were here walked away from it yesterday,” said Curtis Martin of Palisade, the principal investigator for The Wickiup Project, which conducted a recent archaeological assessment of the McMillen Site. Read More

July 19, 2022
Alabama experts getting ever closer to locating the long-lost site of the Battle of Mabila

On a blustery and blessedly cloudy June day, a team of archaeology experts and student volunteers from the University of West Alabama (UWA) carefully pick through soil in a Marengo County field that is ready for planting.

To the unskilled eye, the land looks no different than hundreds of other farm plots in this area of Alabama’s Black Belt. But sifting through the dirt, team leader Ashley Dumas has no difficulty pointing out the difference.

Scattered among the dusty clods are tiny fragments of pottery and fired clay – lots of it. They are the remnants of a community of native people who occupied this land around the mid-1500s. Read More

July 09, 2022
Campaign to save Jamestown from sea level rise is well underway

JAMESTOWN — The nonprofit that manages the site of North America’s first permanent English colony at Jamestown is pushing forward with steps to preserve the increasingly flood-prone site.

James Horn, president and chief officer of Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, detailed how climate change poses an an “urgent and imminent” risk to site of the 415-year-old colony as he outlined a rescue plan in a recent presentation to the James City County Board of Supervisors. Horn asked the county for advice in kickstarting a major fundraising campaign as Jamestown Rediscovery seeks help from legislators at a local and national level.

“We are up against something that’s beyond what a small nonprofit can correct on its own,” added Michael Lavin, director of collections and conservation for Jamestown Rediscovery. Read More

July 07, 2022
Still no answers in Native American burial grounds controversy in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A North Carolina-based real estate development company still has not responded to questions from Fox 4 about possible Native American burial grounds or artifacts on the site of a new apartment complex starting to go up in downtown Fort Myers.

Mayor Kevin Anderson said Wednesday that he has directed the city attorney to contact the attorney for Zimmer Development to request copies of any reports they have done on the property, including an archaeological study of the site that was conducted this year.

The findings of that study are still not available to the public. Read More

July 01, 2022
It’s Not Your Headstone: Ethics, Archaeology and Kwajalein’s Cultural of Casual Looting

“[Archaeology is] very systematic and controlled,” said Kwajalein Senior Archaeologist Caitlin Gilbertson. “You never know what you’re going to find, which is what makes it interesting. You may spend a lot of time finding nothing. Then, you do find that one cool thing, and that makes it worth it.”

A day on the job with the Kwajalein Archaeology team is not the “entertainment archaeology” you know from the movies. Before the shovel hits the dirt, sand or ground water, there is a plan to protect the atoll’s historical sites and cultural artifacts.

“We don’t get to choose where we dig, and often, we don’t do the digging,” said archaeologist Susan Underbrink. “If someone is going to put in a new water line, we determine whether the dig must be monitored.” Read More

June 23, 2022
The history of pirate flags

Flags are mainly used as international symbols to represent a people or a nation, or for nautical and aerial communication.

This was no different during the latter part of the Golden Age of Piracy, where flags, commonly referred to as the ‘Jolly Roger’, would be raised to identify a ship or individual.

During the Golden Age around the 1650s and the 1730s, piracy was subdivided into three periods:

The Buccaneering Period, a time when French seamen attacked Spanish colonies and shipping in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. Read More

June 23, 2022
Public Archaeology Field School to dig in at Fort Vancouver

A team of students from Portland State University and Washington State University, professional archaeologists and the National Park Service are set to study the former site of a school for Indigenous and Métis children at Fort Vancouver.

The annual Public Archaeology Field School will run from July 1-30.

Students at the Fort Vancouver schools were children of fur trade families who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company. They included Indigenous children from local tribes and Métis children of mixed European and Indigenous heritage, according to the National Park Service. Read More

June 20, 2022
Arizona wildfires sweep lands rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they’re part of a bigger picture.

And, fire is not new to them.

“They have been burned many, many times, and that’s healthy,” said Nez, a Navajo archaeologist and firefighter. “A lot of our cultural resources we see as living, and living things are resilient.”

As a pair of wildfires skirt this mountainous northern Arizona city, the flames are crossing land dense with reminders of human existence through centuries — multilevel stone homes, rock carvings and pieces of clay and ceramic pots that have been well-preserved in the arid climate since long before fire suppression became a tactic. Read More

June 17, 2022
UNF digs deeper on Jacksonville's Big Talbot Island to reveal possible centerpiece of Mocama village

Victoria Hayes and Kaia Lacey found buried treasure Wednesday morning as they used spoons to gently scrape the side of a small hole at an archaeological dig on Big Talbot Island.

Pirate gold was not the bounty unearthed by these University of North Florida archaeology students, but a curved piece of glazed pottery that offers more important clues to a Native American village dating back four centuries among these trees.

"Oh, it's beautiful," one student said as it was passed around, sand still stuck to it. Read More

June 13, 2022
In Seffner, man finds remains of a historic battlefield in his driveway

SEFFNER ― It initially seemed like a child’s treasure-hunting tale.

Aaron Defaria’s kids would bring him what they called diamonds, dug out of the shell-and-rock driveway at their Seffner home.

But he thought they were just shiny rocks, chalked it up to childhood imagination and thought little of it.

Then, as the driveway’s shell and rock loosened over the years, his kids began finding more of the shiny objects, and also what looked like tiny stone and iron cannonballs. Read More
May 24, 2022
Archaeologists dig into Miami history at Baccarat tower site

The very first beneficiary of the new Baccarat building at 444 Brickell Ave. is likely to be not tenants of a 75-story luxury residential tower but a museum, as archaeological work at the site uncovers shards of pottery and bones of millennia-old early residents of Miami.

The 4-acre property, bought in 2013 by the Related Group, Florida’s largest developers, and SH Hotels & Resorts for $104 million, is to have three towers that will hold 1,400 residential units with an office, hotel, and a retail space.

But first, archaeologist Robert S. Carr works carefully below ground for the developers to document what came long before – human remains of a 2,000 years-old Native American tribe. Read More

May 19, 2022
Archaeological dig at Presidio of Monterey solves mystery

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. (May 19, 2022) – A team of archaeologists has solved the mystery of what lies under a layer of abalone shells on a proposed construction site at the Presidio of Monterey.

Laura Prishmont-Quimby, the archaeologist and cultural resource manager for U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, said that when storm water exposed the shells a few months ago, she knew right away that archaeologists would have to investigate.

Abalone are large sea snails, and since humans eat them, discoveries of their shells means humans put them there. The question was whether Native Americans deposited the shells—a frequent indication of a burial site—or others such as Army personnel. Read More

May 14, 2022
Stories in stone: Guide Rickey Hayes interprets the past at Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park

One of our archaeological treasures in the Four Corners is Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park. All visitors must be accompanied by an official Native guide and one of the best is Rickey Hayes, who knows his sites and coaxes stories from stones.

The park itself was the vision of Chief Jack House whose Weminuche band of Utes moved to the far western side of the Southern Ute Reservation rather than have their land allotted.

“Chief Ignacio said NO. This land belongs to all of us and most importantly for your children and grandchildren,” Hayes said. “Take care of it. Make it better. Honor your mother and father and elders.” Read More

May 13, 2022
160 Years After Sinking, NOAA Scientists Plan to Survey USS Monitor

U.S. researchers and scientists will soon embark on a 10-day expedition to explore and investigate the shipwreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor, which sank 160 years ago off the North Carolina coast.

On May 15, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and partner researchers will set out on an expedition to survey the Monitor for the first time since her turret was recovered in 2002.

The remains of the iconic Civil War ship lie sixteen miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and area surrounding the vessel is designated a national marine sanctuary. Read More

May 04, 2022
Largest Native American cave art revealed by 3D scans

Deep in a damp cave in northern Alabama, archaeologists have made a giant discovery. On a subterranean ceiling just half a meter high, researchers have uncovered the largest cave art discovered in North America: intricate etchings of humanlike figures and a serpent, carved by Native Americans more than 1000 years ago.

“It’s exemplary and important work,” says Carla Klehm, an archaeologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF).

Although the U.S. Southwest is famous for petroglyphs carved into canyons and cliff faces, much of the southeast’s rock art is hidden underground in caves. “Forty years ago, no one would have thought the southeast had much cave art,” says Thomas Pluckhahn, an archaeologist at the University of South Florida who wasn’t involved with the paper. But over the past few decades, archaeologists including the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Jan Simek have shown that’s not the case. Read More

April 25, 2022
Researchers look at Valley Oak archaeology site

In the middle of one of Pulaski’s modern industrial parks lies an area that is a window into life in Kentucky back before European settlers reached the Americas – closer in time to the era of the Roman Empire than to the us.

In the midst of the Ky. 461’s manufacturing row – just off Pin Oak Drive and behind Gatormade Trailers – is a flat field that is in the process of applying to be placed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. It’s a field in which artifacts dating back to 400 or 500 AD have been found, and it’s proof that Native Americans had villages and settlements here.

Last Wednesday, a group of archeologists and archeologists-in-training – instructors and students from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University – used specialized equipment to survey the area and make an electronic map in search of more evidence that the area holds historical significance. Read More

April 19, 2022
The City Archaeology Program Brings Boston's History to You

You may have seen some of our artifact photographs or even our 3D artifact models, but digitization also includes some serious behind the scenes work as well. Project Archaeologist Lauryn Sharp has identified, sorted, and cataloged over 213,000 individual artifacts.

In the past, many archaeological collections were never completely cataloged or studied. This made research and viewing these collections difficult. In order to fix this issue, the digitizing team took bags of disorganized artifacts from some of Boston’s most significant archaeological sites and carefully identified all of the objects inside them ranging from brick fragments to buttons to Native stone tools. Then every single item is counted, put into a clean bag and labeled by hand, and its description typed into our artifact catalogs one line at a time. Read More

April 21, 2022
Big Dig: South Archaeologists Excavate Mobile Bay Bridge Site

The University of South Alabama Center for Archaeological Studies is in the final phase of excavating artifacts to make way for construction of the planned Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge. South is leading the project with help from the Alabama Department of Transportation and two cultural resource management firms to recover artifacts from archaeological sites before construction.

“Because of federal involvement in the construction of the new I-10 Mobile River Bridge, the National Historic Preservation Act applies,” said Dr. Phil Carr, professor of anthropology and the Chief Calvin McGhee Endowed Professor of Native American Studies at USA. “It requires the protection of significant cultural resources, such as historic buildings and archaeological sites.” Read More

April 15, 2022
Recreation and archaeology jobs available on the Plumas National Forest

Applications are still being accepted through Tuesday, April 19, for hundreds of positions in recreation and archaeology with the Forest Service across the nation. On the Plumas National Forest there are at least 25 jobs being filled as part of this event.

Applications are only accepted through Review the job announcement carefully for deadlines and required information to include in your application. Employment start dates and duty locations vary. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early, as some of the announcements will close after 800 applications are received. Read More

April 13, 2022
The History Beneath Us

During the 2019 celebration of Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary, anthropology professor Jesse Casana proposed a project to — quite literally — unearth some of the College’s rich history.

Casana felt inspired to investigate Dartmouth’s subterra after observing some not-very-archaeological excavation of the lawn outside his office in Silsby Hall. He noticed that as crews were digging trenches to lay pipes for the new Irving Institute, they had unwittingly unearthed the remains of the foundation of an 1850s-era household.

“I just wanted, first of all, people to know that Dartmouth has a very long history going back to the 1760s when it was first settled by Euro-Americans, but also longer than that before — there's been people here for 10,000 years,” Casana said. Read More

April 04, 2022
Forest Service now hiring for recreation, archaeology positions

PORTLAND, OR (KTVZ) – The U.S. Forest Service is hiring hundreds of positions in recreation and archaeology across the nation in a variety of exciting and rewarding locations, including National Forests in Washington and Oregon, and in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 6 through Review the job announcement carefully for deadlines and required information to include in your application. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early, as some of announcements will close after 800 applications are received.

Employment start dates and duty locations vary. For all duty locations covered by these announcements, visit the USFS Recreation & Heritage Job Opportunities map. Read More

March 26, 2022
Four years and 500,000-plus artifacts later, Peabody Institute of Archaeology wraps up inventory project

The curator of collections at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology pulls a gray box from a basement shelf, places it on a table and removes the lid.

In the archival storage box are smaller boxes and plastic bags housing stone tools from the oldest known site of human habitation in New England — the Bull Brook dig site, in Ipswich.

The items, made by Native Americans when the land was emerging from the last Ice Age, include a nicely preserved scraping knife.

Also a shapely, even stylish, plummet, rounded at the bottom and middle before tapering to a narrow neck. It was used to sink fishing nets. Read More

March 23, 2022
Want to Become an Archaeologist? A PhD Student Offers Insight

So, you want to be an archaeologist. Great! Welcome to the field! But before we begin, a few questions. What kind of archaeologist do you want to be? Classical? Anthropological? Historical? Do you want to work with ceramics? Metal tools? Urban structures? Domestic spaces? Human remains? Do you want to excavate? Teach? Work in restoration?

Suffice it to say, there is no one kind of archaeologist to be and the directions that your studies can take you are too numerous to count. Archaeology is a diverse field with countless sub-disciplines and research specialties, and yes, there is always something new to find.

Now, for the sake of perspective, it bears stating that I am a PhD student of classical archaeology, meaning I study the ancient Mediterranean past—particularly the portion involving the Romans. I am by no means an expert on the educational or career paths of, for example, a zooarchaeologist or a paleoethnobotanist, or even any other classical archaeologist. Everyone’s educational journey is unique and will not and should not follow the exact same paths. I am also not a professor nor am I a university official. Read More

March 22, 2022
App State research team ventures into Linville Gorge Wilderness to discover archaeological sites

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Dr. Alice Wright and Dr. Cameron Gokee are leading an App State research team into the steep and rugged terrain of the Linville Gorge Wilderness area (LGWA) — with eyes peeled for evidence of ancient activity.

In discovering and documenting probable archaeological sites in the gorge, they hope to learn more about the lives of ancestral Cherokee and Catawba and other Indigenous people who once used the land while facilitating the preservation of cultural resources.

Wright and Gokee, associate professor and assistant professor, respectively, in App State’s Department of Anthropology, have partnered with the National Forests in North Carolina (NFNC) since 2020 to conduct the first broad-scale archaeological survey of LGWA. In fall 2021, they received an $86,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to support the project through 2025. Read More

March 22, 2022
The mysterious people of the Caribbean

A rare archaeological discovery on the Dominican Republic's secluded Samaná Peninsula could unlock the mystery behind the Caribbean's little-known pre-Arawak past.

You wouldn't think of the overtrodden Dominican Republic as a cutting-edge archaeology destination. Yet hidden beneath the beach cabanas are likely clues to a pre-Columbian mystery that's been perplexing anthropologists for centuries: who actually discovered the Caribbean?

When Columbus arrived on Hispaniola in the 15th Century, he encountered the Taíno, an Arawakan-speaking people who came from the Orinoco Delta of present-day Venezuela, emigrating as early as 400 BCE. While it is often assumed that the Taíno were the "original" inhabitants of the Caribbean, particularly the Greater Antilles, other peoples had already been living there for several thousand years. Read More

March 07, 2022
Civil War Shell Discovered Intact in Georgia

COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA—The Charlotte Observer reports that archaeologists conducting a metal detecting survey ahead of the construction of a hiking trail in northwest Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield discovered an intact, 10-pound Parrott shell, a type of ammunition used by the Union Army during the Civil War. The percussion fuse on this shell, however, did not ignite when it hit the ground, according to researchers from the Southeast Archaeological Center. The bomb squad at the Cobb County Police Department moved the explosive to a bunker for storage until it can be safely detonated. More than 5,000 soldiers died in the Confederate victory at Kennesaw Mountain, which was fought from June 19 through July 2, 1864. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman pushed on toward the capture of Atlanta after the loss. To read about a Civil War POW camp in Georgia, go to "Life on the Inside." Read More

February 21, 2022
Here Are The World's Most Recent Archaeological Discoveries

Archaeological discoveries are interesting because they reveal more about the lives of ancient humans. Every discovery adds to the knowledge of the ancient past, leaving us hungry for more. And who knows how much more there could be out there seeing the amazing achievements of the Ancient people.

Many of the findings might just be for curiosity's sake but some of them might be the key to the future of humans. While the findings go on, these are the most recently uncovered things about the Ancient world of humans. Read More

February 18, 2022
Archaeologist stunned as 'trophy' taken by Brit in War of Independence found on shipwreck

he item — a pewter military button embossed with the letters USA — was found embedded in mineral deposits in Florida that had formed around a cannon after spending centuries underwater. The vessel sank one mile off the coast of St Augustine in late 1782, less than a year before the end of the war, while evacuating British soldiers and loyalist civilians from the nascent republic. Archaeologists are unsure of the ship’s name, referring to her simply as the “Storm Wreck” — as the records in the National Archives at Kew are missing the relevant pages.

Chuck Meide, the director of the St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, which made the find, said that his team were “shocked” by the find.

He added: “We know that we have a British, loyalist shipwreck, and it didn’t seem likely at first that we would have a rebel’s uniform button. Read More

February 13, 2022
Tucson archaeologist: Found artifacts linked to 16th century

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson archaeologist has unveiled a discovery in Santa Cruz County that she thinks could rewrite the history of the Coronado Expedition.

Deni Seymour said she has unearthed hundreds of artifacts linked to the 16th century Spanish expedition, including pieces of iron and copper crossbow bolts, distinctive caret-headed nails, a medieval horseshoe and spur, a sword point and bits of chain mail armor.

The “trophy artifact” is a bronze wall gun — more than 3 feet long and weighing roughly 40 pounds — found sitting on the floor of a structure that she said could be proof of the oldest European settlement in the continental United States.

“This is a history-changing site,” said Seymour, who touts herself as the Sherlock Holmes of history. “It’s unquestionably Coronado.” Read More

February 10, 2022
18th-Century Cannons Recovered in Georgia

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA—CNN reports that 12 cannons that may date to the Revolutionary War period were recovered from the Savannah River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has been deepening the channel in Savannah’s harbor. The British captured the city in 1778 and held it until 1782. Three other cannons were found last year, near Old Fort Jackson, constructed in the early nineteenth century. Historical research in British archives indicates these cannons may have been aboard two or more British troop transport ships that had been scuttled to block the channel and prevent French ships from coming to the aid of the Americans. Cleaning of the newly raised cannons could reveal information about where and when they were manufactured, if they had also been carried by British ships, or if they were later reused at Fort Jackson. For more on Revolutionary War–era archaeological discoveries in Georgia, go to "Small Skirmish in the War for Freedom." Read More

February 06, 2022
Veteran volunteers begin the largest effort ever to locate the site of the Battle of Medina

The 1813 Battle of Medina was one of the largest and bloodiest battles in Texas history. Yet little is known about it, including the actual location of the battle. It posed an army of around 1400 Tejanos, Anglo American and Native American volunteers against about 1900 Spanish army regulars. Almost all the Texans were killed. Now, the largest organized effort to locate the battle site has begun.

It's a beautiful, sunny February morning, about a dozen volunteers are working in a small area behind the Losoya Middle School football field on the city's far south side. The area is cordoned off with small flags.

History podcaster Brandon Seale has led the push to find the battle site. He says this area is closed to the burial site of the Spanish soldiers killed in the battle. Read More

February 04, 2022
America’s oldest cave art discovered in Tennessee dates back 6,000 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennesseans have been fascinated by caves for centuries. And long before that, when Native Americans inhabited the rolling landscape, they too traversed the deep dark rock masses leaving meaningful messages uncovered thousands of years later.

“There are these hidden treasures and gems everywhere,” said Jan Simek, who has a long list of accolades to his name, including Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.

He’s also the man who led the team that uncovered hundreds of images of prehistoric cave art. “Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky in particular, but Georgia as well, is one of the richest areas for caves anywhere in North America,” Simek said. Read More

February 04, 2022
Was James Cook’s Endeavour found off U.S. coast? Archaeologists argue over findings.

Australian maritime experts said Thursday they believed they’ve found the wreck of one of the most important ships in the history of the South Pacific after it was scuttled in the U.S. more than 200 years ago.

But archaeologists in the U.S. quickly countered by saying the findings were premature and a breach of contract in their joint research. Read More

January 27, 2022
Looking Back: Cumberland River left behind some local Civil War reminders

We know that the Cumberland River has seen everything, from dugout canoes to flat boats to steamboats. But one type of boat that has plowed the waters of the muddy Cumberland can only be described as “a floating tin can.”

During the Civil War both the Union and Confederate governments invested in the building of gunboats covered in metal! And some of those boats traveled up and down the Cumberland River, even going right past our own Hartsville Landing and up the river as far as Gainesboro!

The idea of using iron to protect a boat in battle goes back to the early 1800s and the first “ironclad” was built in France in 1859. When the War Between the States broke out in 1861, the need for a metal-covered warship was evident. Read More

January 11, 2022
CDOT documentary depicts new era of archaeology

COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Transportation will debut a documentary on Rocky Mountain PBS this weekend. "Durango 550 - Path of the Ancestral Puebloans" depicts how CDOT worked with archaeologists and regional Native American tribes to document, study and ultimately share the discoveries unearthed near Durango, in southwest Colorado. The archaeological excavation took place in 2018 and 2019 prior to the US 550-US 160 Connection South project breaking ground in 2020.

CDOT and its contracted firm, Alpine Archaeological Consultants of Montrose, CO, worked closely with regional tribes. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Hopi Tribe and the Pueblo of Laguna were official consulting tribes under the National Historic Preservation Act and were greatly involved during the planning and implementation processes for the archaeological dig documented in the video. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe also participated in aspects of the project. Read More

January 10, 2022
Archeological digs in CT shed light on humans who lived over 10,000 years ago

Catherine Labadia, an archaeologist at the State Historic Preservation Office, was on vacation when the first text came in from fellow archaeologist David Leslie. The picture on her phone was of a channel flake, a stone remnant associated with the creation of spear points used by Paleoindians, the first humans known to enter the region more than 10,000 years ago. “I responded, ‘Is this what I think it is?’ ” “It most definitely is,” texted back Leslie, who was on site at the Avon excavation with Storrs-based Archaeological and Historical Services (AHS). “It was all mind-blowing emojis after that,” Labadia says.

But that first picture was just the beginning. By the time the excavation on Old Farms Road was completed after a whirlwind three months in the winter of 2019, the AHS team had uncovered 15,000 Paleoindian artifacts and 27 cultural features. Prior to this dig, according to Leslie, only 10–15 cultural features — non-movable items such as hearths and posts that can provide behavioral and environmental insights — had been found in all of New England. Read More

December 12, 2021
Excavation of Utah internment camp monument upsets descendants trying to heal

Last year, a researcher found a map in the National Archives that pointed to a unique monument, one for a Japanese American man killed by guards in a Utah internment camp during World War II. A survivor of the camp was ready to pay for its archaeological excavation but wasn't given the chance. Now Japanese Americans with ties to the camp are trying to find healing. Sonja Hutson with member station KUER reports.

SONJA HUTSON, BYLINE: The former Topaz Internment Camp sits in the remote Utah desert more than 100 miles south of Salt Lake City. About 11,000 Japanese Americans were held here from 1942 to '45. Now, on a recent December morning, researcher and writer Nancy Ukai walked among the greasewood shrubs on the cracked earth here, where a dozen of her relatives were imprisoned, along with 63-year-old James Wakasa.

NANCY UKAI: We're retracing the route that James Wakasa took after dinner on Sunday night, April 11, 1943, and he was walking his dog. Read More

December 06, 2021
‘Archaeology Magazine’ Names Slave Tag Found at CofC Among Top 10 Discoveries of 2021

As soon as the cool metal of the dusty diamond shaped object hit his hand, College of Charleston classical archaeology professor Jim Newhard felt a tingle of excitement.

“I knew what I had been handed pretty instantaneously and I went into a poker-face,” recalls Newhard, director of the Center for Historical Landscapes. “When you find something like this, its discovery needs to be managed. ‘It’s just another piece of data,’ one tells oneself. You keep matters subdued because sensational discoveries can put a site at risk.”

Indeed, the discovery last spring of an 1853 slave tag on the CofC campus quickly became a complex and profound opportunity to recognize the contributions of the enslaved people who lived and labored at the site during a dark period of American history. In use from the 18th century to 1865, a slave tag is a small, metal object that served as a permit showing slaveholders had registered an enslaved person with the city to work for someone else.
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December 04, 2021
Discovered in Baltimore park: Native American artifacts 5,000-9,000 years old

Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer admit it: When they began their search for Native American artifacts at Herring Run Park in northeast Baltimore, their expectations were low.

In a city that has seen centuries of human habitation and development and little urban archaeology in recent years, they figured they might find a few small flakes of chipped stone.

Instead the archaeologist couple found a trove of projectile points, drills and other artifacts that humans fashioned from stone some 5,000 to 9,000 years ago.

From the more recent Woodland Period, they found pottery shards, some handsomely decorated.

The duo is still studying the artifacts, but they know enough to conclude the spot was probably used as a seasonal hunting camp for many centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Read More

December 01, 2021
Archaeologists unearth the oldest adobe architecture in the Americas

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest known adobe architecture in the Americas in the Pampa de las Salinas on the north coast of Peru.

Excavations were conducted by an international team, led by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) at the site of Los Morteros in the Chao Valley.

Previous studies had identified an extensive mound-shaped feature thought to be a burial site built through a combination of human activity or aeolian windblown sediment processes. In 2012, excavations uncovered a long occupation history evident in stone hearths containing small fish bones, charcoal, and scallop shells. Read More

November 17, 2021
Combining Geophysics and Archaeology: Nature of work and what to study

Do you know that Terrestrial and Marine Geophysics can be used in archaeological digs and that too on both land and in water? It’s a unique combination of measuring the earth’s properties through scientific methods, analysing data to hit upon something hidden under earth layers or in deep sea.

We caught up with Scott Chaussée, a terrestrial and marine geophysicist at Wessex Archaeology, a UK-based company that provides archaeological and heritage services, to know how to make a career in this field and the skills needed for the job. Read More

November 11, 2021
Dozens of Shipwreck Discoveries Anticipated in New Marine Sanctuary

Gray blotches poke up from the murky depths of Lake Michigan in an image on maritime archaeologist Tamara Thomsen’s computer screen. These are the remains of the SS Wisconsin, an steel-hulled steamer that sank in 1929 off Kenosha, Wis., after a storm engulfed the vessel during a routine passage between Chicago and Milwaukee.

The shipwreck of the SS Wisconsin is one of hundreds believed to be lurking in Lake Michigan’s depths (which reach a maximum of 923 feet), says Thomsen, who works with the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program. Little is known about most of these sunken craft, and diving to study them can be dangerous and expensive. But in June the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designated a 962-square-mile section of the lake north of where the SS Wisconsin rests as the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The move could take Thomsen and others a giant step closer to exploring the region’s underwater artifacts in unprecedented detail—and to bringing its unique and often overlooked maritime history into much sharper focus. Read More

November 04, 2021
Archaeologists recover 1,200-year-old dugout canoe in Wisconsin lake

Maritime archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society have recovered a dugout wooden canoe in Lake Mendota, located in Wisconsin, United States of America.

The canoe was first discovered in June 2021 at a depth of 30 feet, in which divers from the WHS and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office dive team collaborated to retrieve from the lakebed.

Carbon dating has placed the canoe to around AD 800, centuries before the arrival of Europeans to the continent, which was also found with net sinkers indicating that it was used for fishing in the lake. Read More

October 26, 2021
Wreckage of U.S. Revenue Cutter Found

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Live Science reports that the wreckage of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear has been found in Canadian waters by the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other researcher groups. Although the wooden vessel has been badly damaged by fishing trawlers and strong currents, it still has the Bear’s distinctive “bow staples” for traveling through heavy ice in polar waters, according to Brad Barr of NOAA. Built as a commercial sealer in 1874, the ship was purchased by the U.S. government for rescue work in the Arctic in the 1880s. The vessel also served as a relief ship around Alaska during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, a floating museum in California, a film set in 1930 for The Sea-Wolf, and as a part of Admiral Richard Byrd’s Antarctic explorations. Read More

October 20, 2021
New Dating Method Shows Vikings Occupied Newfoundland in 1021 C.E.

Three rough pieces of wood—discarded sections of branches and tree stumps found among the refuse Vikings left behind after their short sojourn in Newfoundland—have turned out to be some of the more important evidence of the Norse in North America. The scars left by iron blades on these sections of fir and juniper can still be seen after more than 1,000 years. Was it the legendary Viking explorer Leif Eriksson himself whose blade chopped off these unwanted scraps? Might it have been Thorfinn Karlsefni or his wife, Gudrid, the lesser-known explorers of a different Viking saga who tossed these useless scraps aside? Many questions may never be answered, but researchers now have an extraordinarily precise date for when Norse hands and blades worked in the New World.

A new study of wooden artifacts found at Newfoundland’s famed L’Anse aux Meadows site shows that Vikings lived, and felled trees, on North American soil exactly 1,000 years ago—during the year 1021 C.E. The evidence, published today in Nature, means that these Norse seafarers accomplished the earliest known crossing of the Atlantic from Europe to the Americas. Such incredibly precise dating of the wood was possible thanks to an intriguing new method that examined growth rings for a once-in-a-millennium cosmic-ray event that showered Earth with high energy particles in 993 C.E. Finding that telltale spike in the tree rings allowed scientists to count additional rings outside that mark to pinpoint the exact year the Vikings cut fir and juniper trees here, as they lived and explored on the edge of the continent. Read More

October 18, 2021
Archaeologists unearth first-ever house for Chinese transcontinental railroad workers in the US

Archaeologists from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office have uncovered the first Chinese house for transcontinental railroad workers in the U.S. during an excavation of a ghost town in Terrace, Utah, last May.

The discovery: Preservation officer Chris Merritt led a team of archaeologists to conduct two excavations in September 2020 and May 2021, according toFOX13 Now. Read More

October 16, 2021
Humanlike Footprints in Crete Dated to 6 Million Years Muddle Archaeologists

Fossil footprints made by a mysterious bipedal creature strolling on a beach in Crete are even older than first suspected. They are about 6.05 million years old, an international team reported in Nature last week.

The paper by Uwe Kirscher et al posits that the footprints, if hominin, have the potential to change the picture of the earliest human evolution, moving it from Africa to the Mediterranean and/or Europe. Others remain unconvinced that the walker wasn’t a bipedal ape and, even if it was hominin, what that might mean. Read More

October 15, 2021
Western Colorado’s early archaeologists

This past weekend the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) held its annual conference in Montrose. CAS has been around since 1935 and the local Chipeta Chapter formed a few weeks after the state organization was founded.

As a long-time member of the chapter, I was asked to present a brief history of the Chipeta Chapter as part of the conference’s morning program. I joined the chapter in 1984 and had learned about the chapter’s history from some of the early-day members.

When I joined the chapter, I met one of its charter members, Carlyle (Squint) Moore. Squint and his sister, Ruth had joined the chapter when they were teens. They both had more than a passing interest in archaeology. During their spare time they roamed the hills around their Pea Green home finding a plethora of artifacts and sites. Read More

October 01, 2021
California drought reveals 112-year-old freight train derailment wreckage on Shasta Lake

LAKEHEAD, Calif., — When Shasta Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement Manager Jeremy Tuggle finished filming a segment of his popular YouTube show ‘Exploring Shasta County History’ earlier this month he never could have imagined the “rare and historic” discovery that would follow just days later.

The find, described as wreckage and artifacts from a long-forgotten 1909 train derailment, has since sent local railroading enthusiasts and history buffs into a frenzy, with many wanting to know more about the accident that led to the eventual discovery some one hundred and twelve years later.

Word of the “mind-blowing” discovery began to emerge Sept. 9, after a local resident picked up the search after seeing Tuggle’s video that featured him and a friend metal detecting near Railroad Tunnel Number 6 at Charlie Creek, on the Sacramento River arm of Shasta Lake. Read More

October 01, 2021
Veterans at Revolutionary battlefield dig find camaraderie

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — Military veterans who carefully dug and sifted through clumps of dirt in September at a Revolutionary War battlefield in New York did more than uncover artifacts fired from muskets and cannons.

The meticulous field work gave the veterans — some dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries — a familiar sense of camaraderie and mission.

So while the archaeological dig at the Saratoga National Historical Park produced evidence from the tide-turning Second Battle of Saratoga, the teamwork behind the finds also benefited the veterans. Read More

September 27, 2021
The ‘Orderly Anarchy’ of Ancient California

On a smoky day last fall, a small party of aging males huffed and puffed its way up above 12,000 feet in the White Mountains, near the California-Nevada border. The winds were strong, and the summit zone—think of the treeless Tibetan Plateau, minus yaks—was seriously cold. The leader of our little expedition, Robert Bettinger, a UC Davis anthropology professor emeritus, carried an ice ax as he meandered up. No reason to hurry, his slouching pace seemed to say, but keep an eye out: there are interesting things all over this ground.

Bettinger should know. Forty-nine years ago, he began exploring in the Whites, looking for signs of prehistoric human presence. The idea that ancient hunters had come up high, tracking mountain sheep, was plausible, but Bettinger looked harder and longer than his peers might have, finding strong evidence to support the hunch. “I looked in places other people didn’t want to look” is how he explains it. Eventually, he found not just the signs of hunting trips but the remains of whole villages, sites where families had come to live for a while, venturing into the mountains as soon as the snows melted out in summer. The discovery of this intermittent use, which continued for over a thousand years, went against conventional wisdom about hunter-gatherers: why make the trip to the nosebleed zone, bringing your vulnerable women and children, when you could stay down in the Owens Valley, fishing and hunting and harvesting berries and roots and maybe even lolling in the local hot springs on occasion? Read More

September 23, 2021
Veterans at Revolutionary Battlefield Dig Find Camaraderie

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — Military veterans who carefully dug and sifted through clumps of dirt this month at a Revolutionary War battlefield in New York did more than uncover artifacts fired from muskets and cannons.

The meticulous field work gave the veterans — some dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries — a familiar sense of camaraderie and mission.

So while the archaeological dig at the Saratoga National Historical Park produced evidence from the tide-turning Second Battle of Saratoga, the teamwork behind the finds also benefited the veterans.

“We can all come together, share your battle stories, your deployment stories, and share your love for the history of what you’re digging," said Bjorn Bruckshaw, of Laconia, New Hampshire, during a break on a recent hazy morning. Read More

September 17, 2021
Jamestown Rediscovery’s archaeological team finds evidence of Bacon’s Rebellion nearly 345 years later

JAMESTOWN — While placing lights at the front of Historic Jamestowne’s memorial church ahead of its 2019 reopening, Jamestown Rediscovery’s Senior Staff Archaeologist Sean Romo made an interesting discovery: burn deposits buried just below the surface.

With several recorded accounts of open fires at the settlement, Romo said there were three possible causes. It could be evidence of the January 1608 fort burning, the result of Confederate troops’ 1862 retreat or it could be evidence of Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676. Read More

September 15, 2021
A statistical fix for archaeology's dating problem

Archaeologists have long had a dating problem. The radiocarbon analysis typically used to reconstruct past human demographic changes relies on a method easily skewed by radiocarbon calibration curves and measurement uncertainty. And there's never been a statistical fix that works -- until now.

"Nobody has systematically explored the problem, or shown how you can statistically deal with it," says Santa Fe Insitute archaeologist Michael Price, lead author on a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science about a new method he developed for summarizing sets of radiocarbon dates. "It's really exciting how this work came together. We identified a fundamental problem and fixed it." Read More

September 13, 2021
Excavation to explore church’s role in Underground Railroad

Cornell researchers and students are poised to help shed light on the history of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, the world’s oldest active A.M.E. Zion church.

A multidisciplinary team of Cornell students and faculty and local schoolchildren will begin an archeological dig Sept. 18 at St. James, to deepen the understanding of the church’s role in safeguarding enslaved freedom-seekers in the 19th century and shed new light on the church’s long history.

Built between 1833 and 1836, St. James is Ithaca’s most important Underground Railroad station and has hosted dignitaries including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and W.E.B. Du Bois. It is believed to be the oldest religious structure in Ithaca and one of the first A.M.E. Zion churches in the country. Read More

September 09, 2021
Clovis Camp Site Discovered In St. Joseph County, Thought To Be Earliest Archaeological Site In Michigan

Independent researcher Thomas Talbot and researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered a 13,000-year-old Clovis camp site in St. Joseph County and it is now thought to be the earliest archaeological site located in Michigan.

In an article by the University of Michigan, it was explained that at the time of the Clovis people, the location of the site, and most of Michigan, were covered in glaciers. Because of this, the site was uninhabitable besides being visited for fishing trips.

For a little bit of background information, the Clovis people lived in the Americas between 13,000 and 12,500 years ago, and this prehistoric Paledonian culture is identified by the tools they used. Read More

September 01, 2021
Farm field find rewrites archaeological history in Michigan

Thirteen thousand years ago, most of Michigan was covered in a wall of ice up to a mile high. Archaeologists believed this kept some of the continent’s earliest people, a group called Clovis after their distinctive spear points, from settling in the region.

But an independent researcher along with University of Michigan researchers have identified a 13,000-year-old Clovis camp site, now thought to be the earliest archaeological site in Michigan. The site predates previously identified human settlements in the Michigan basin and potentially rewrites the history of the peopling — or settling — of the Great Lakes region.

The site was likely occupied by a small group of people, about six or seven, who briefly lived on a river in southwest Michigan toward the end of the Pleistocene Epoch. The finding also suggests this is the northwesternmost Clovis settlement in the Great Lakes region. The researchers describe their findings in a paper published in the journal PaleoAmerica. Read More

September 01, 2021
Unlocking the Secrets of Mesa Verde National Park

“Look all around you,” she says. “Then close your eyes. Think about these mesas and canyons as a bustling community. Think about seeing women cooking, men hunting, kids playing, dogs barking, grandmas holding babies. You can smell the smoke from the cooking fires. You can hear the regular noise of daily life echoing out of these alcoves that are natural amphitheaters.”

T.J. Atsye knows Mesa Verde National Park better than most, and that’s not just because she worked there for the better part of eight years, first for the museum association and then as a seasonal ranger. Atsye’s relationship with this landscape goes much deeper. Read More

August 17, 2021
CCSU student group working hands-on to discover more about African-American slavery in Connecticut

There was a time when African-Americans were enslaved in Connecticut, and local students are working to discover more about some of those held captive.

Central Connecticut State University’s African Diaspora Archaeology program brought its Field School to the Chaffee House in Windsor this summer session. A small group of students and several CCSU faculty members spent about a month digging in and around the house and will be examining their discoveries in the school’s laboratory this fall.

Anthropology Professor Dr. Anthony Martin and Lab Coordinator Janet Woodruff worked with the Windsor Historical Society to provide the class this unique opportunity. The WHS leases the property in the Hayden Station area of town, where a small African-American community was rooted in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read More

August 16, 2021
Archaeologists Are Re-Excavating And Reconnecting Descendants Of Anderson Township Site

Under a tent in the middle of an Anderson Township field, archaeologists are dredging up the past with hopes of learning more about the people who once lived here: Native Americans and Europeans.

It’s believed members of the Miami and Shawnee tribes migrated to this area 1,000 years ago and settled in villages.They are thought to have been the first to farm corn in the eastern U.S.

Their existence intersects with the Turpin family. The Turpins were given the property after the American Revolution and moved there in the 1700s. Read More

August 04, 2021
U.S. Returns Looted Artifacts to Iraq

BAGHDAD, IRAQ—Reuters reports that the United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artifacts looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion, inlcuding the so-called Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, a 3,500-year-old cuneiform tablet bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Tens of thousands of antiquities are thought to have disappeared from Iraq in the years following the invasion, and many more were smuggled or destroyed by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which held roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017. U.S. authorities seized the tablet, which is believed to be one of the world's oldest religious texts, in 2019 from the Hobby Lobby–funded Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., after a court found that the artifact had been brought illegally to the United States and auctioned with counterfeit provenance records. To read more about Greek and Akkadian cuneiform writing, go to "Last Tablets." Read More

August 04, 2021
Just keep digging: Fort St. Joseph archaeology field school returns with open house

After patiently waiting a year during the pandemic, the remains and grounds of Fort St. Joseph are once again revealing the buried history they've hidden for hundreds of years.

The Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House returns to Niles this weekend with the theme of People of the Post. The event, made possible through the collaboration of Kalamazoo's Western Michigan University and the City of Niles, features this summer’s findings from the archaeological site of Fort St. Joseph as well as entertainment and historical education.

“It’s great to be back in the field,” field director Erika Hartley said Monday at the site. Read More

July 22, 2021
Scattered pieces of history: Historians piece together evidence of Gov. Walker home, grave sites

Pieces of Rapides Parish and Louisiana history are scattered across this field located on Bayou Rapides Road.

These pieces are evidence that could solve one of the biggest mysteries in Central Louisiana, says local historian Mike Wynne. Where are the home and gravesites of Gov. Joseph Marshall Walker?

Walker served as governor from 1850-53. He died in 1856 and was buried in a family cemetery located on the land that was once part of his plantation.

"We found this amazing collection of ceramics," said Wynne holding a bag full of broken pieces. "We found a whole bunch of ceramics and glass. Read More

July 16, 2021
UNF archaeology students unearth artifacts from almost 500-year-old Native American village

BIG TALBOT ISLAND, Fla. — Deep in the woods of Big Talbot Island, you’ll find a group of UNF archaeology students with shovels in hand.

“I found some pretty cool things out here,” Annie Bitner said.

For the past six weeks, she and her classmates have been uncovering a village buried in time. Once called Sarabay, indigenous people called it home more than 400 years ago. Read More

July 15, 2021
Ball State’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories Digging Into Muncie’s History

Can you name the man who’s widely credited as being “Muncie’s Pioneer?” If you answered Goldsmith Gilbert, you’re likely among the relative few who would get it right.

But, right or wrong, do you really know the true story of how history has portrayed him? And is there more to the story beyond Gilbert himself?

Those questions and more are at the forefront of a project being taken on by Ball State’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL) to create a public educational program for all ages based in archaeology and history about the heart of downtown Muncie and the creation of Delaware County.

“We’re not starting with the goal of rewriting history,” said Caroline Heston, education and outreach coordinator for AAL. “But recent research has shown us that there’s so much more to this story than what might be considered the ‘official’ version. We will be diving in to some areas that have never before been investigated.” Read More

July 11, 2021
Items found by archaeologists at future Remembrance Park point to past memorial site

Archaeologists combing a hill near Plymouth Rock where a park will be built in tribute to the Pilgrims and their Native American predecessors have made a poignant discovery: It's not the first time the site has been used as a memorial.

David Landon of the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s Fiske Center for Archaeological Research says his team unearthed a cache of personal items he thinks were buried there in the late 1800s, most likely by a brokenhearted settler who had outlived all three of her children. Read More

July 06, 2021
Harvard returning Standing Bear’s tomahawk to Ponca Tribe in Nebraska

A tomahawk once owned by Chief Standing Bear, a pioneering Native American civil rights leader, is returning to his Nebraska tribe after decades in a museum at Harvard.

The university’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology says it’s been working with members of the Ponca Tribe in Nebraska and Oklahoma to repatriate the artifact.

Larry Wright, Jr., chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, said Tuesday the return of the historic weapon is a powerful symbol of homecoming for the tribe, which was among many forcibly relocated from their homelands to other territories by the federal government in the 1800s. Read More

July 02, 2021
Chickasaws repurposed objects from fleeing Spanish conquistadors

Archaeologists have unearthed a rare trove of more than 80 metal objects in Mississippi, thought to be from Hernando de Soto’s 16th-century expedition through the Southeast.

Many of the objects were repurposed by the resident Chickasaws as household tools and ornaments, an unusual practice at a time when European goods in North America were few and often reserved for leaders.

The researchers believe Spaniards left the objects behind while fleeing a Chickasaw attack that followed frayed relations between the two groups in 1541. The victors took advantage of the windfall of spoils – axe heads, blades, nails and other items made of iron, lead and copper alloy – modifying many of them to suit local uses and tastes. Chickasaw craftspeople turned pieces of Spanish horseshoes into scrapers, barrel bands into cutting tools and bits of copper into jingling pendants. Read More

June 23, 2021
Archaeology breakthrough: Researchers uncovered 'underwater Stonehenge' beneath US lake

ARCHAEOLOGISTS were stunned after finding a 10,000-year-old stone circle deep beneath Lake Michigan that appeared to resemble the UK's Stonehenge.

Researchers were taken aback on finding a series of stone circles beneath Lake Michigan. The rocks formed what appeared to be perfect rings, yet were hidden away deep beneath the Great Lake. Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of America and is deep-rooted in the country's history, sitting in the northeast spanning several states. Read More

June 19, 2021
Tantalizing discoveries about Charles Towne’s first settlers

Visitors to Charles Towne Landing have seen the beautiful riverfront site where the first English colonists settled shortly after their arrival in 1670, but they haven’t been able to see much of the settlement itself.

That will change soon.

Years ago, the state park was remodeled and reinterpreted to emphasize what archaeology can tell us about the founding of the Carolina colony and Charles Towne. A wooden palisade has been built where archaeology showed the original once stood. There were also soil stains from old post holes found years ago, evidence of an early wooden structure. Other digs found traces of an early crop garden and a cannon moat, as well as a Native American ceremonial site. Read More

June 19, 2021
Archaeological dig at North Idaho College aims to unearth ‘invisible histories’ of Fort Sherman

There was a point Monday when student archaeologists unearthed what looked like a shattered piece of wood from a hole several feet deep on the North Idaho College campus in Coeur d’Alene.

The find occurred at the tail end of a two-week historical excavation at sites that were once part of Fort Sherman, a U.S. Army stronghold established in the late 1800s. As part of an archaeology field school through the University of Idaho, the dig – organized through a collaboration between UI, North Idaho College and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe – involved students from five colleges and universities.

“Fort Sherman is an ideal location to explore identity construction and negotiation in spaces of cultural meeting,” said Katrina Eichner, an assistant professor of anthropology at UI. “It’s our hope that materials discovered here will allow for more diverse and nuanced understanding of the past.”

With the excavation complete, UI researchers will work to identify just what was found at the sites, which were set up along College Drive and West River Avenue approximately a half-mile apart. The northern site was once home to the fort’s married men’s quarters, said UI graduate student Conner Weygint. The noncommissioned officers’ quarters, meanwhile, were to the south. Read More

June 16, 2021
UNF archaeology students unearth artifacts from almost 500-year-old Native American village

BIG TALBOT ISLAND, Fla. — Deep in the woods of Big Talbot Island, you’ll find a group of UNF archaeology students with shovels in hand.

“I found some pretty cool things out here,” Annie Bitner said.

For the past six weeks, she and her classmates have been uncovering a village buried in time. Once called Sarabay, indigenous people called it home more than 400 years ago.

“It’s pretty cool to think about the last people that were touching these items were probably the indigenous population at the time,” Bitner said. “It’s important to learn about the people that were here before us.” Read More

June 15, 2021
At underwater site, research team finds 9,000-year-old stone artifacts

An underwater archaeologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is part of a research team studying 9,000-year-old stone tool artifacts discovered in Lake Huron that originated from an obsidian quarry more than 2,000 miles away in central Oregon.

The obsidian flakes from the underwater archaeological site represent the oldest and farthest east confirmed specimens of western obsidian ever found in the continental United States.

"In this case, these tiny obsidian artifacts reveal social connections across North America 9,000 years ago," said Ashley Lemke, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at UT Arlington. "The artifacts found below the Great Lakes come from a geological source in Oregon, 4,000 kilometers away---making it one of the longest distances recorded for obsidian artifacts anywhere in the world." Read More

June 14, 2021
New exhibit at Capitol Park Museum to highlight 200 year old Gulf Coast shipwreck

A new exhibit highlighting the over 200-year-old history of "The Mardi Gras Shipwreck" will open this week at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

Accroding to the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and the Capitol Park Museum, in 2007, a team of archaeologists and researchers mapped, recovered, and analyzed more than 1,000 artifacts from an underwater archaeological site in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

June 10, 2021
Archaeologists Dig Hilltop Over Plymouth Rock One Last Time

BOSTON (AP) — Archaeologists are giving a grassy hilltop overlooking iconic Plymouth Rock one last look before a historical park is built to commemorate the Pilgrims and the Indigenous people who once called it home.

Braving sweltering heat, a team of about 20 graduate students enrolled in a masters program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston began excavating an undeveloped lot on Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, this week.

The National Historic Landmark site — which contains the first cemetery used by the Pilgrims after they arrived from England in 1620 and was a Wampanoag village for thousands of years before that — has been poked and prodded numerous times over the past century. Read More

June 08, 2021
The Enduring Myths of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Forty years later, archaeologists look back at what the first Indiana Jones movie got wrong about their profession

“That belongs in a museum!” Indiana Jones shouts at the man in the Panama hat, instantly creating the most memorable archaeological catch phrase of all time, though perhaps the competition isn’t all that fierce.

Forty years after Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered to the public on June 12, 1981, the outsized shadow of Indy still looms large over the field he ostensibly represented. Over three movies in the 1980s, plus a prequel television series and a fourth film that came out in 2008, Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr., became indelibly tied to American archaeology. Despite it being set in the 1930s, an homage to the popcorn serials of the 1940s, and a cinematic blockbuster of the 1980s, Raiders of the Lost Ark is still influential to aspiring and veteran archaeologists alike. Even in the 21st century, several outdated myths about archaeological practice have endured thanks to the “Indiana Jones effect.” And contemporary archaeologists, many of whom harbor a love/hate relationship with the films, would like to set the record straight. Read More

May 25, 2021
Turning an archaeological practice on its head

Archaeologists often spend a career studying a single site, region, or time period, building on the field's previous research and interpretations. But some, like Penn's Megan Kassabaum, take a wider view that spans both time and geography by focusing on understanding widespread practices. Since arriving at Penn, Kassabaum has focused on tracking the long history of Native American platform mounds in the eastern United States.

The most common narrative is that these flat-topped mounds emerged about 1,000 years ago, at the same time as social hierarchy and corn agriculture. That conclusion worked because many excavated platform mounds dated to that particular time, and their sites tended to reveal a significant volume of "cool, fancy things," that have long attracted the attention of American archaeologists. Beyond that, it's easy to overlay the agriculture-based hierarchical society that has dominated the recent past onto deeper history, even if doing so doesn't quite fit. Read More

May 16, 2021
Listen: Have aliens already visited us?

Theoretical physicist Avi Loeb of Harvard wants you to think seriously about the possibility that an artifact made by an extraterrestrial intelligence passed through our solar system in 2017. This object – called ‘Oumuamua, or scout, by earthly astronomers – was traveling at a speed indicating an origin outside our solar system. But we never got close enough to it to see what it was. For the past few years, Loeb has argued that ‘Oumuamua was an alien artifact. In this episode of the University of Chicago’s Big Brains podcast, Loeb talks about the controversy and explains why he thinks we need to invest more in the search for alien life by developing the field of space archaeology.

‘Oumuamua was traveling too fast (196,000 miles per hour, that’s 54 miles per second or 87.3 kilometers per second) to have originated in our solar system. Loeb’s ideas on this subject caused a stir in the scientific community. Loeb commented: Read More

May 15, 2021
Vets Help Researchers Pinpoint The Site Of The Bloodiest Battle In Texas History

The Battle of Medina was fought just south of San Antonio in 1813. But as large and significant as this battle was, no one is exactly sure where the battle site is located.

Brandon Seale, a history podcaster, is spearheading the effort to locate the site. He spoke with TPR's Jerry Clayton.

Jerry Clayton: Tell me about the significance of the Battle of Medina.

Brandon Seale: So the Battle Medina is the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history, and yet it's largely unknown. It occurred in 1813, so [about 23] years before the better known events of the Texas Revolution in 1835-36. But it was a really important event ... in the history of the continent. It posed an army of Tejanos, Anglo American volunteers and of Native Americans against the might of the Spanish Empire. Read More

May 14, 2021
Archaeology project underway at historical Utah railroad town

TERRACE, Utah — Roughly 60 miles southwest of Snowville lays a stretch of barren Utah desert. What may surprise many is the fact that the site is an archaeological treasure trove. It's home to what was once Terrace, Utah, a town of about 1,000 people during its heyday in the late 1800s.

“Terrace is one of the largest townsites along the stretch of the central pacific grade we have here in Utah," said Michael Sheehan, the lead archaeologist for the Salt Lake field office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). "It was a major maintenance facility for the railroad.” Read More

May 11, 2021
As Part of $3 M. Initiative, Researchers Document Ancient Murals at U.S.-Mexico Border

Archaeologists are working to document ancient artworks at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas that face environmental threats. The Texas-based nonprofit Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center has established a $3 million research effort, called the Alexandria Project, to support the research.

According to a report by the Art Newspaper, researchers have already recorded over 230 murals that are between 1,500 and 4,200 years old along the Rio Grande. These ancient paintings are found in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands Archaeological District, which spans 50 miles in Texas, primarily in Val Verde County, and 60 miles south into Mexico’s Coahuila state. Many of the works, which depict human figures, animals, and more, are situated on private land. As a result, most of them have not been previously documented by researchers. Read More

May 04, 2021
U.S. Government Seeks Forfeiture of Roman Statue That Was Allegedly En Route to Kim Kardashian

A newly filed lawsuit reveals that, in 2016, the U.S. government seized an ancient Roman statue that was allegedly being delivered to Kim Kardashian.

In the suit, filed on April 30 in the United States District Court of Central California’s Western Division, the U.S. government called for the forfeiture of the “illegally imported” statue, which resembles the lower half of a person draped in fabric. The lawsuit, filed in rem (or against the statue itself), was first reported on Twitter by Robert Snell, a writer for the Detroit News.

According to the suit, the statue had been displayed at the booth of Brussels’s Axel Vervoordt gallery at the 2011 edition of the TEFAF art fair, which offers wares from antiquity to today, in Maastricht, the Netherlands. When the work was seized in 2016 in Los Angeles, the importer’s name was allegedly listed as “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust.” The work is currently held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read More

April 20, 2021
Archaeologists: Site of Harriet Tubman's father's home found

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Archaeologists in Maryland say they believe they have found the homesite of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s father.

The homesite of Ben Ross was found on property acquired last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an addition to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Tuesday. An archaeology team led by the State Highway Administration conducted research that led to the find. Read More

April 20, 2021
U.S. Repatriates Pre-Hispanic Artifacts to Mexico

EL PASO, TEXAS—According to a statement released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and National Park Service representatives handed over more than 500 stone artifacts to Mexican consul General Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de León at the Mexican Consulate last week. Special agents traced the smuggled knives, arrowheads, and stone tools to a single individual after National Park Service rangers spotted some of the artifacts in Big Bend National Park, which is located in southwest Texas. Read More

April 19, 2021
Mike Parker: Local historian publishes a compilation of Wyse Fork documents

When Dennis Harper was 11 years old, he became fascinated with the Wyse Fork Battlefield. In the decades since, Harper has collected more than 12,000 artifacts from that battle.

“First one I ever found was laying in my front yard,” Harper told Zach Frailey in a 2016 interview. “I got a metal detector at 14 and upgraded from there. When most kids played ball, we hunted bullets.”

Over the years Harper has recovered pieces of china dating back to the late 1700s (soldiers may have used to help dig earth works due to their lack of shovels), bottles, and other not-so-obvious era relics. Read More

April 17, 2021
Space is the final frontier for archaeologist
The boot prints left by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong are a tangible legacy of one of humanity's greatest achievements -- putting a man on the moon.

It's a technological feat easily on par with Egypt's pyramids, the Great Wall or Stonehenge -- but how should the Apollo 11 mission site and others be preserved and protected for future generations?

Right now, the bootprints, rovers and hundreds of other artifacts from the Apollo missions are not protected like heritage sites are on Earth -- something a small but growing number of space archaeologists want to change. Read More

April 16, 2021
Hidden history: Archaeologists turn to technology to look for clues at Fort Owen
y summer, the acre just south of historic Fort Owen is scheduled to become a much-needed parking lot.

Before that happens, archaeologists will have one more opportunity to uncover history with the help of the same high-tech equipment that uncovered fire hearths used by Lewis and Clark at Travelers’ Rest over 20 years ago.

On Thursday, Dan Hall and his team of archaeologists from Western Cultural of Missoula were setting up the grids they’ll use to map the area with a magnetometer at the site just north of Stevensville.

“It’s basically a magnetic survey,” Hall said. “The principle behind this is when soils are laid down, the iron sulfide particles in the dirt orientate toward magnetic north. When Mother Nature comes through or man and disturbs the soil, we can see those disturbances using this device.” Read More

April 16, 2021
COVID-19 sparks increased antiquities looting in Turkey - the Independent

Treasure hunters are ransacking Turkey’s historical sites amid the coronavirus pandemic, as they take advantage of the prolonged absence of guards and wardens, the Independent said on Friday.

Several individuals have been captured carrying out illegal excavations using tools such as demolition hammers, dynamite and drills in archaeological sites over the last year as they searched golden historical artefacts in cities like Edirne, Iğdır, Kastamonu, it said.

Turkey recorded it’s first case of COVID-19 in March of last year and the government within weeks implemented a series of pandemic measures, with the tourism sector being among those hardest hit by the regulations. Read More

April 01, 2021
In the discipline of archaeology, harassment is occurring at ‘epidemic rates,’ says Stanford scholar

In the discipline of archaeology, harassment is widespread, with archaeologists of color, LGBTQIA+ researchers and scholars with disabilities reporting abuse at much higher rates, according to research presented by Stanford archaeologist Barbara Voss.

Barbara Voss (Image credit: Courtesy Barbara Voss)

In two peer-reviewed articles published in the journal American Antiquity, considered archaeology’s most prominent academic journal, Voss examines how from the 1800s to the present day, discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault, within her field has occurred at “epidemic rates.” In the first paper, Voss gathers study after study to show how harassment has pervaded the discipline. For her second study, Voss provides a set of evidence-based solutions aimed at ending and preventing harassment, as well as ways to best support survivors. Read More

March 23, 2021
Archaeologists Have Found Prehistoric Rock Structures Under the Great Lakes. Here's What the Stones Can Tell Us

In 2007, underwater archeologist Mark Holley was scanning for shipwrecks on the bottom of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. Instead, he stumbled on a line of stones thought to be constructed by ancient humans — including one stone with what appeared to be a carving of a mastodon. The subsequent press conference generated excited headlines about a “Stonehenge-like structure” found under Lake Michigan.

But these sensationalized headlines are misleading: there’s no “henge” to the structure. The stones are small and arranged in a V-shape instead of a circle. Plus, the supposed-mastodon image hasn’t been analyzed to prove whether it’s a carving or a natural feature of the rock. Read More

March 21, 2021
Archaeologists find earliest colonial site in Maryland after nearly 90-year search

Maryland archaeologist Travis Parno was at a board game convention in Philadelphia, sitting at a table surrounded by thousands of other enthusiasts when he got a text message.

He was supposed to be on vacation, taking a break from his search for the legendary fort at St. Mary’s, the first permanent English settlement in Maryland and one of the earliest in what would become the United States.

Back at St. Mary’s, archaeological geophysicist Tim Horsley had been scanning a site a half-mile from St. Mary’s River with ground-penetrating radar that could detect the outlines of ancient buildings. Read More

March 18, 2021
Archaeologist Brings 18th Century Fort to Life with LiDAR and 3D Modeling

A Canadian archaeologist is using advanced mapping and visualization technologies to bring one of the earliest European settlements in North America back to life. Dr. Jonathan Fowler combined a centuries-old map with a modern 3D terrain model to portray Fort Anne and its surrounding in stunning detail – just as the Nova Scotia site looked in 1706.

“Airborne LiDAR has become a powerful tool for archaeologists to tell the stories about our heritage while also providing historical information for us to study and interpret,” said Fowler, an associate professor of archaeology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Read More

March 11, 2021
U.S. Repatriates Pre-Columbian Artifacts to Mexico

NOGALES, ARIZONA—Homeland Security Today reports that U.S. Homeland Security special agents handed over more than 150 artifacts recovered during two separate investigations to officials at the Mexican Consulate. Ten of the objects, ceramics thought to have originated in the western states of Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima, have been dated to between 100 B.C. and A.D. 500. Other artifacts recovered at the border include arrowheads, ax heads, hammers, spearheads, and figurines dated to between 1,000 and 5,000 years ago. Read More

February 26, 2021
‘It’s fantastic’: Archaeologists find artifacts on Henrico property from multiple time periods

HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - The purchase of a nearly 40-acre piece of land in Henrico’s east end has resulted in the discovery of several pieces of artifacts dating back to prehistoric Native American activity to the early 20th Century including an unmarked African-American cemetery.

In March 2020, the Capital Region Land Conservancy purchased the piece of land off Long Bridge Road in Varina through funding from the National Park Service. It was purchased to help connect and protect the property to an overall 6,000-acre area related to American and Virginia battlefields.

Based on the grant requirements, an archeological team from William & Mary contacted the group requesting to assess the property. The area of Long Bridge Road has history tied to the documented events of the Civil War, according to the group. Read More

February 23, 2021
Boston Archaeology asks public for help identifying mysterious artifact found at Paul Revere House

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston Archaeology is turning to the public for help identifying a mysterious artifact that was recently found on the grounds of the Paul Revere House in the North End.

Archaeologists say they believe the small item may be a part that was once used in a clock, a lock, or in plumbing.

“It’s irregular notching between the teeth give us possible gear (clocks? locks?) or plumbing hardware vibes,” Boston Archaeology said in a tweet. “Anyone know what this may be?” Read More

February 16, 2021
Venetian Glass Beads Found in Arctic Alaska Predate Arrival of Columbus

Archaeologists have found Venetian glass trade beads at three prehistoric Eskimo sites in Alaska. In the absence of trans-Atlantic communication, the most likely route these artifacts traveled from Europe to northwestern Alaska is across Eurasia and over the Bering Strait. This is the first documented instance of the presence of indubitable European materials in prehistoric sites in the western hemisphere as the result of overland transport across the Eurasian continent.

Archaeologists often find ‘trade beads’ at archaeological sites dating between 1550 and 1750 CE throughout the Caribbean, the eastern coast of Central and North America, and the eastern Great Lakes region.

Europeans and others created glass beads using technology that didn’t exist in Native cultures. Read More

February 16, 2021
'Ice age' horse skeleton found in Utah backyard isn't what we thought

The skeletal remains of a "wild" female horse found buried in a big ancient lake in Utah and thought to date back 16,000 years to the last ice age are actually no older than 340 years old, a new study finds.

The bones, unearthed by landscapers in a Lehi, Utah backyard in 2018, were initially dated to a period that ended roughly 11,700 years ago. But after analyzing the horse's remains, scientists realized that the hoofed beast was actually a domestic horse that lived much more recently. Read More

February 06, 2021
‘The Dig’ brings out the archaeologist in all of us

In The Dig, Netflix’s hit dramatisation of the 1939 discovery of the Sutton Hoo burial ship and the treasure horde within, the first thing we notice is the sumptuous Suffolk sky (“borrowed from Terrence Malick”, the Financial Times review suggests, loftily). The second is that the film makes scraping about in a mud-filled pit look dreamily desirable.

For the first time in decades, I felt a pang for my counterfactual life and the road not taken. In this version I am an Egyptologist, travelling the world and, like The Dig’s Edith Pretty and Basil Brown, finding astonishing things in pits. Read More

February 05, 2021
New Orleans Underground: The city beneath the city

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans is one of the most historically significant cities in the United States, but beneath the surface lies an archaeological treasure trove.

Some wonder if enough is being done to preserve and protect ancient treasures.

New Orleans is a city where the past culture oozes from the streets.

You can feel the past just below your feet. Read More

February 02, 2021
Archaeologists Unearth 600-Year-Old Golden Eagle Sculpture at Aztec Temple

Archaeologists conducting excavations at the Templo Mayor, or Great Temple, in Mexico City (once home to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán) have discovered a 600-year-old sculpture of a golden eagle, reports Ángela Reyes for CNN en Español.

Led by Rodolfo Aguilar Tapia of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), researchers from the Templo Mayor Project unearthed the sculpture last February. The eagle—carved out of tezontle, a reddish volcanic rock commonly used in both pre-Hispanic and modern Mexico—measures 41.7 by 27.6 inches, making it the largest bas-relief (or low relief) work found at the pyramid-shaped temple to date. Read More

February 02, 2021
MSU archaeology professor invites public on summer research trips to 'new and old' worlds

Jimmy Hardin enrolled at Mississippi State to study archeology in 1986, but his interest in the field probably started years earlier, not in school, but in church.

Hardin, now an associate professor at Mississippi State's Cobb Institute of Archaeology, discussed his long archaeological career during Monday's Starkville Rotary Club meeting via Zoom, talking not only about his work in the Middle East, but how his work need not be confined to professional archaeologists.

"I've always loved history," Hardin said. "I can remember sitting in church reading (the biblical books of) Kings and Samuel when I probably should have been listening to the sermon." Read More

February 02, 2021
Researchers Locate Elusive Tlingit Fort in Alaska

Using geophysical imaging techniques and ground-penetrating radar, a team of scientists from Cornell University and the U.S. National Park Service has confirmed the location of a fort associated with a pivotal battle between Tlingit people and Russian invading forces. The find is preceded by a century of attempts to locate the fort, which the researchers have now identified from its unusual trapezoidal shape.

In 1799, the Russian Empire sent a small army to take over Alaska in order to develop the fur trade, but native Tlingit clans successfully expelled them in 1802.

In 1804, Russian forces, with the support of their Aleut subjects, returned and fought a major battle against the Tlingit in what is now Sitka. The story of the battle was recorded in Russian sources and passed down in Tlingit oral history. Read More

January 16, 2021
Scattered remnants raise questions of origin of fort along Native American trail
Time travel is possible through the study of history, and sometimes it results in unexpected destinations.

The New Lenox Area Historical Society tells of a fort that once stood in the region, believed to have been built in the 1730s between the Native American trails that became today’s U.S. Highways 6 and 30.

But the fort's existence is about all that can be agreed upon, so Lori Lindberg, chairwoman of the New Lenox Area Historical Society, turned the dialog over to David Rubner, a researcher and author of “about 25 books or booklets” on the area’s history.

“I’ve always been interested in history — in what came before — since I was a little kid and went to the library and looked stuff up,” Rubner said. “I have a degree in geology, which, I guess, is Earth history.” Read More

January 10, 2021
How do scientists figure out how old things are?

The ability to precisely date, or identify the age of an object, can teach us when Earth formed, help reveal past climates and tell us how early humans lived. So how do scientists do it?

Radiocarbon dating is the most common method by far, according to experts. This method involves measuring quantities of carbon-14, a radioactive carbon isotope — or version of an atom with a different number of neutrons. Carbon-14 is ubiquitous in the environment. After it forms high up in the atmosphere, plants breathe it in and animals breathe it out, said Thomas Higham, an archaeologist and radiocarbon dating specialist at the University of Oxford in England. Read More

January 10, 2021
The Lost History of Yellowstone

After 14 summers excavating in Yellowstone National Park, Doug MacDonald has a simple rule of thumb. “Pretty much anywhere you’d want to pitch a tent, there are artifacts,” he says, holding up a 3,000-year-old obsidian projectile point that his team has just dug out of the ground. “Like us, Native Americans liked to camp on flat ground, close to water, with a beautiful view.”

We’re standing on a rise near the Yellowstone River, or the Elk River as most Native American tribes called it. A thin wet snow is falling in late June, and a few scattered bison are grazing in the sagebrush across the river. Apart from the road running through it, the valley probably looks much as it did 30 centuries ago, when someone chipped away at this small piece of black glassy stone until it was lethally sharp and symmetrical, then fastened it to a straightened shaft of wood and hurled it at bison with a spear-throwing tool, or atlatl. Read More

January 07, 2021
An archaeological dig in urban Baltimore reveals a forgotten past

Behind a small brick row house in Druid Heights, one of the oldest Black neighborhoods in Baltimore, a bunch of students and volunteers were hard at work excavating the backyard. The group had painstakingly carved out a pair of trenches in a corner of the lot, searching for where the outhouse, or privy, would have been when the house was built in the late 1800s.

“Because a privy, for most of the 19th century, is the place you put your trash,” said Adam Fracchia, a professor of archaeology at the University of Maryland, who was leading this urban dig.

“The great thing about privies is most people don’t think about what they throw away,” he said. “It’s out of sight, out of mind, so it gives us an unbiased sample of what people had.” Read More

January 06, 2021
The Archaeologist Who Collected 4,500 Beer Can
David Maxwell’s office at Simon Fraser University could easily be mistaken for a dorm room. The walls are plastered with antique beer signs, which, when turned on, illuminate the small space in a neon glow. Beer cans are lined up like trophies on top of the bookcase and prop up archaeology textbooks. Maxwell is not just an avid collector of breweriana; he’s also the world’s foremost—and probably only—archaeological scholar of beer cans.

For most people, archaeology conjures images of timeworn tombs and temples. But archaeologists have long relied on garbage, whether sherds of pottery or empty beer cans, for insight. Trash is a testament of daily life. Regardless of its age, it represents a wealth of information about the society that produced it. Read More

December 30, 2020
The 10 Most Astonishing Archaeological Discoveries of 2020, From an Ancient Cat Carving to the Amazon Rock Paintings

Despite its many difficulties, 2020 gave us some incredible discoveries.

Shortly after scientists confirmed that the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, owned Dead Sea Scroll forgeries, putting the authenticity of some 70 other known fragments in question, the University of Manchester realized that parchment scraps believed to be blank and worthless were actually part of a cache of ancient manuscripts.

Of course, 2020 reminded us that discoveries can be a bit of a bummer: museum visitors might be destroying The Scream, and a possible new Leonardo da Vinci drawing might prove the record-setting $450 million Salvator Mundi isn’t the Renaissance master’s painting. And this year also proved the groundbreaking discovery of the oldest example of the written Basque language to be a hoax. Read More

December 21, 2020
Ancient Wolf Pup Mummy Uncovered in Yukon Permafrost

While water blasting at a wall of frozen mud in Yukon, Canada, a gold miner made an extraordinary discovery: a perfectly preserved wolf pup that had been locked in permafrost for 57,000 years.

The remarkable condition of the pup, named Zhùr by the local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people, gave researchers a wealth of insights about her age, lifestyle, and relationship to modern wolves.

“She’s the most complete wolf mummy that’s ever been found. She’s basically 100% intact–all that’s missing are her eyes,” says first author Julie Meachen, an associate professor of anatomy at Des Moines University. “And the fact that she’s so complete allowed us to do so many lines of inquiry on her to basically reconstruct her life.” Read More

December 19, 2020
Thousands of Missing Artifacts Back at Mississippi Museum

Thousands of artifacts missing from the Museum of the Mississippi Delta’s most prized archeological collection have been returned.

The largest recovery occurred Thursday when two officials from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History returned 37 boxes of artifacts — stone tools, pottery pieces, petrified wood and the like — that had been deposited at the Jackson facility two years ago without authorization.

Most of the returned items are from the L.B. Jones Collection, a highly regarded compendium of prehistoric artifacts that has been on loan to the museum for decades.

“This is a good day for our Delta prehistoric heritage and a great day for theL.B. Jones Trust,” said Anna Reginelli, the curator of the collection.

Reginelli and the trust’s chairman, Donnie Gayle Lay of Brandon, had been working for more than a year to get the scads of material back from MDAH after learning that Cheryl Thornhill, the Greenwood museum’s former executive director, had given them and other stored artifacts away without the trust’s permission or supporting documentation. Read More

December 04. 2020
How do archaeologists know where to dig?

National Geographic magazines and Indiana Jones movies might have you picturing archaeologists excavating near Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and Machu Picchu. And some of us do work at these famous places.

But archaeologists like us want to learn about how people from the past lived all over the planet. We rely on left-behind artifacts to help fill out that picture. We need to excavate in places where there's evidence of human activity—those clues from the past aren't always as obvious as a giant pyramid, though. Read More

December 02, 2020
Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists finding ‘full, human range of occupation’ at Custis Square dig site

As the seasons change in Colonial Williamsburg, the work at the Custis Square archaeology site continues.

Colonial Williamsburg archaeologists will put on extra layers of clothes as temperatures continue to drop, and keep their fingers crossed that they don’t have wet weather this winter like they did in the late-summer and fall.

But the cold weather doesn’t necessarily slow down their work, according to Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of archaeology. In some ways, the cold can actually help with the many hours of digging inside excavation units.

“When you’re digging a unit out, and it’s 100 degrees, that’s tough,” Gary said. “But when it’s 40 (degrees), it’s much more comfortable, and the work keeps you warm, so in some ways we can get more work done in the winter.” Read More

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

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

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

November 12, 2020
Anthropology professor to discuss Chaco jewelry finds

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

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

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

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

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

November 05, 2020
Investigating Parsons Island

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

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

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

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

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

As you look out at the cornfields on what was a Jesuit plantation, it's what you can't see that holds the true history of what happened there hundreds of years ago.

"Through my maternal line, I am a Plowden descendent, and the Plowdens were enslaved here by the Jesuits," said the Rev. Dante Eubanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 10, 2020
UNF Archaeologists Find Ancient Artifact

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The log cabin may be one of, if not the oldest standing buildings in Hagerstown with strong ties to the oldest African American community. Archaeologists are now digging around it hoping to preserve the past.

Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Preservation Maryland are trying to learn about who lived in the tiny log cabin that dates to the 1830s. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 05, 2020
Archaeologists Locate Earliest Known North American Settlement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 03, 2020
AIA Statement on Archaeology and Social Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But it does have hooch. Sometimes, anyway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AHU, HAWAII—Live Science reports that a private group of researchers led by Tim Taylor, founder of the Lost 52 Project, has discovered the wreckage of the USS Stickleback, which sank on May 28, 1958, after an accidental collision with destroyer escort USS Silverstein during a Cold War-era antisubmarine warfare exercise. All of the sailors aboard the vessel were rescued, but Navy ships were not able to keep the damaged submarine afloat. Read More

March 18, 2020
Digging up war-time history in a field in County Derry

We stand around a neatly dug rectangle of land. The rain is hammering in horizontally off the Atlantic. A glance towards it shows it to be heaving, the waves are tumultuous.

Dr Heather Montgomery has to shout to be heard over the wind.

“This is the reality of frontline archaeology,” she tells us.

The Cadet Training Centre at Magilligan is the centre of a major archaeological excavation being undertaken by Queen’s University’s Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA). Read More

March 15, 2020
U.S. Museum's Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Turn Out to Be Elaborate Fakes

After conducting a battery of tests on fragments of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls, officials from the Museum of the Bible have confirmed that several samples are fakes. For some, like Dead Sea Scroll expert Kipp Davis of Trinity Western University, the news wasn’t surprising.

Since 2017, Davis had expressed doubts about the authenticity of the fragments due to factors that include “scribal quality and technique in the penning of the texts as well as the physical composition and current state of the manuscript media.” Read More

March 14, 2020
Summer Archaeology Sites in Bear Brook, Pillsbury Parks

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's summer archaeology field school sites will be in Bear Brook and Pillsbury state parks, the Division of Historical Resources said.

The program will investigate Native American settlement prior to the arrival of European settlers at the Allenstown and Washington parks. The first will take place from July 13-24 along the Suncook River. The second will take place from July 27-Aug. 7 in Washington. They will be directed by division archaeologists Mark Doperalski and David Trubey. Read More

March 12, 2020
Protecting And Preserving Ancient Sites At Risk From Sea-Level Rise In Florida

Long before condominiums lined the shoreline in Miami Beach, before air conditioning, many thousands of years before Columbus, people lived along Florida's coastline.

Archaeologists say the remains of their settlements are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels as a result of climate change.

In Florida's Palm Beach County researchers are planning how best to protect and preserve the ancient sites most at risk from rising seas. Read More

March 04, 2020
Brown University archaeologists map out God’s Little Acre

his past February, Brown University archaeology PhD candidates Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov, and Miriam Rothenberg spent a cold cloudy day surveying God’s Little Acre in the Common Burial Ground in Newport. The cemetery is the country’s largest and best-preserved colonial-era African and African-American cemetery, and it is a testament to the perseverance of their community.

Newport’s location meant that the cash crop farming that many people associate with slavery was not feasible, so instead enslaved Africans were trained in the trades required to keep the port city running. They often arrived as children under 13 years old and were raised as carpenters, stonemasons, chocolate grinders, glass blowers, ship riggers, sail seamstresses, and painters. Read More

March 02, 2020
U-2 Spy Plane Photos Are Windows Onto Ancient Civilizations

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stand over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turn heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offer a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use.

These images come from a special collection of footage. In the late 1950s, U-2 spy planes flew at around 70,000 feet over Cold War hotspots in Europe and Asia, capturing images that could show details as small as a person. Read More

March 01, 2020
Archaeologists find remnants of what could be Squire Pope manor in Bluffton

Local archaeologists believe they’ve uncovered remnants of the original Squire Pope manor at Wright Family Park, a discovery that would debunk a generations-old belief that all traces of the historic Bluffton structure were lost to time, erosion and the 1863 Union Army “Burning of Bluffton.”

Town officials say that last fall, Heyward House volunteers — representatives of the town’s historical preservation society — came upon very old bricks while metal-detecting on the Wright Family Park lawn at the end of Calhoun Street.

The breakthrough launched archaeological work on the property. Read More

March 01, 2020
44 African American graves found under Florida parking lot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A private archaeology firm says it has discovered what appear to be about 44 graves from a long-forgotten African American cemetery under a Florida parking lot.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the firm, Cardno, used ground-penetrating radar to find the suspected graves. The firm was hired by the city of Clearwater and the Pinellas County School Board to conduct the search.

The school district owns the parking lot. Cardno also reported additional graves may exist under a nearby school district building. Read More

February 25, 2020
Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology

Centuries of archaeological research on the Inca Empire has netted a veritable library of knowledge. But new digital and data-driven projects led by Brown University scholars are proving that there is much more to discover about pre-colonial life in the Andes.

In a recently released edition of the Journal of Field Archaeology, Brown Assistant Professor of Anthropology Parker VanValkenburgh and several colleagues detailed new research they conducted in the former Inca Empire in South America using drones, satellite imagery and proprietary online databases. Their results demonstrate that big data can provide archaeologists with a sweeping, big-picture view of the subjects they study on the ground -- prompting new insights and new historical questions. Read More

February 21, 2020
Spy Plane Photos Open Windows Into Ancient Worlds

In a darkened room of the U.S. National Archives, we stood over a light table, a special backlit surface for viewing film. Our gloved hands slowly turned heavy metal rolls of 9.5-inch-wide film, unspooling our way back in time to the Middle East of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Black-and-white negatives offered a bird’s-eye view of sinuous rivers lined with date palm tree gardens; villages ringed by agricultural fields; the occasional city, crowded with houses, markets, and mosques; and vast tracks of barren steppe-desert punctuated by dirt paths, isolated sheepfolds, or remote air strips. Among these rural and urban scenes, a careful viewer can also find traces of ancient and historical settlements and land use. Read More

February 16, 2020
Thousands of ancestors' remains, sacred objects to return home to North Dakota tribe

FARGO — In a storage room at the University of Tennessee’s anthropology department, the remains of almost 2,000 Arikara and Mandan people rest in boxes, alongside the sacred objects buried with them centuries ago.

There, 65-year-old Pete Coffey, director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, reunited with his ancestors in 2017.

“The only thing I can tell you is that I felt the presence of those ancestral spirits very strongly when I walked in there,” he said. Read More

February 12, 2020
The Regulation of American Archaeology

“It belongs in a museum!” So says the young Indiana Jones in one of the hit movies from the 1980s after observing the unauthorized excavation of an important artifact.

But the question of who has the right to artifacts found in the United States depends on a number of factors. Government agencies, Native American tribes, and private property owners may all have a claim to artifacts depending on where they were found.

The first and most significant federal law governing archaeology is the Antiquities Act of 1906. This act was the first to establish penalties for illegal excavations, damage, or appropriation of American antiquities. These penalties, however, only apply when the illegal action takes place on land “owned or controlled” by the federal government. The act also authorizes the President to declare historic landmarks as national monuments. Read More

February 11, 2020
Researchers Will Search for Spanish Treasure Ship

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—The Guardian reports that researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and Spain’s National Museum of Underwater Archaeology will renew their search for Nuestra Señora del Juncal, a Spanish galleon that was carrying more than 100 tons of New World gold, silver, jewels, cacao, dyes, and animal hides when it sank off the coast of Mexico in a storm in October 1631. The Juncal’s commander had died before it set sail, and the ship began taking on water before the storm hit. Read More

February 02, 2020
Mike Wolfe on rescuing America's past

Antique stores are generally home for relics of the past, not newly-minted celebrities. But at Antique Archaeology, in Le Claire, Iowa, shop owner Mike Wolfe gives customer some star power along with the dust. "Every one of these people write my check," Wolfe said. "Every one of them do. So, I try to spend as much time as I can with them, and if we don't rise to the occasion all the time, then I feel like I failed."

If you recognize him, it's probably because you're not only into rusty bits of Americana, but you're also a viewer of the History Channel series, "American Pickers." It's like "Antiques Roadshow" mixed with an episode of "Hoarders."

Wolfe tried to sell the show for five years. But nobody really knew what a "picker" was, including the History Channel. "I said, 'Here's the deal, man: You're the History Channel, let's educate them. Let's tell them what a picker is!'" said Wolfe. Read More

February 01, 2020
Archaeology and historical record solve a Portage Lake mystery

Once Brendon Baillod and Randy Beebe had surveyed, photographed and documented the sunken vessel in the Keweenaw Waterway near the Michigan Technological University power plant, responses from local divers and residents as to the identity of the hulk simply did not line up with existing data and records Baillod possessed. He has, he said, one of the largest private collections of antiquarian Great Lakes books and ephemera in existence and is active in searching for and documenting historic Great Lakes shipwrecks. Read More

February 01, 2020
Bones found near Port Angeles likely 500-1,000 years old

PORT ANGELES — Officials Thursday continued investigating the origin of bones found on a Waterfront Trail beach while repairs began on unstable embankments that recently yielded the ancient remains.

A complete human skull including the mandible, and a possible scapula, were found Jan. 14 by a man and his son on the Port Angeles Harbor waterfront abutting the trail, which is part of Olympic Discovery Trail.

“There’s a high probability [the remains] are Native American,” Lower Elwha Tribal Archaeologist Bill White said Thursday. Read More

January 29, 2020
What Is the Most Significant Archaeological Discovery of the Past Decade? Nine Historians Share Their Favorite Finds

The last decade witnessed major archaeological discoveries, from the 10-month excavation of a Bronze Age settlement in England to what could be the world’s oldest figurative artwork, which was found in Indonesia last year. Which of these finds was most important? To hear more, ARTnews asked nine archaeologists and scholars. Their selections—which span several continents and multiple millennia—follow below.

Among numerous other significant discoveries of the past decade in Egypt, one find earns distinction. In 2013, a French mission [led by] Pierre Tallet discovered in a cave on the Red Sea coast in the Wadi El-Jarf remains of a logbook of a boat captain who had—before his assignment at the Red Sea—shipped building blocks to the pyramid of Kheops (Khufu) at Giza (2580 B.C.E.). By itself, such transports were not new to us, but the daily entries in the logbook connect us vividly with one of mankind’s most admired building projects. Read More

January 27, 2020
Artifact found at Civil War site may be a 'witch bottle' used to ward off evil spirits.
Never heard of a "witch bottle"? Step right in, friend, sit a spell (not the evil kind) and we'll tell you why archaeologists believe a broken bottle found in Virginia just might be one.

Back in the day (beginning around the Middle Ages), people in the British Isles and elsewhere would try to ward off evil spirits by filling jugs or other containers with bent pins, hair, urine, nail clippings or other items. The idea was the contents would draw in and trap a harmful spirit. The witch bottle tradition came to the US and was still in play in the mid-19th century, during the Civil War.

Fast forward to 2016, when the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research took part in a dig ahead of a widening project on Interstate 64 near Williamsburg. Read More

January 21, 2020
Archaeologists studying Chinese mining sites on Malheur National Forest in Grant County

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

January 13, 2020
Remains of Downed World War II Pilot Recovered in France

BENSON, MINNESOTA—Forum News Service reports that the remains of a World War II pilot have been identified as U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency through dental records, anthropological analysis, and other evidence recovered from the crash site. McGowan was 23 years old when he was shot down on June 6, 1944, near Saint-Lô, France, during the D-Day invasion. The crash site was first investigated by the American Graves Registration Command in 1947, when wreckage was removed from the impact crater. Read More

January 04, 2020
Archaeology breakthrough: Researchers crack the secrets of Native American astronomy

The settlements were constructed in 13th century but the Native American tribes left behind a treasure trove of information about their life and culture.

A team of archaeologists from Poland were, in particular, interested in about 40 Pueblo settlements adorned with bizarre stone carvings and murals.

The researchers from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow were stunned to find some of the carvings correspond to specific astronomical events.

But the discovery could have only been confirmed on four very specific dates when the Sun journeyed across the skies in an unusual manner. Read More

January 02, 2020
Saratoga County Sheriff: Meteor likely cause of widespread Sunday night explosion reports

SARATOGA COUNTY -- A meteor is the likely cause of Sunday night's widespread reports of an explosion and green light over Saratoga County, sheriff's officials said.

They issued their conclusion Thursday, four days after Saratoga County dispatchers were deluged with 911 calls reporting the explosion and light in the overcast sky.

"After discussions with all of our law enforcement partners, government agencies, including the FAA, FBI, ATF, National Weather Service and NASA as well as discussions with scientists and scholars, it is our determination that the likely cause of the event was a meteor entering and burning up in the atmosphere," the Sheriff's Department wrote.

The sheriff originally reported that more than two dozen residents across five towns -- Galway, Milton, Providence, Greenfield and Edinburg -- in the county deluged 911 with calls after the 10:43 p.m. Sunday event. Read More

January 02, 2020
More Than 3,500 Copper Coins Repatriated to Mexico

MIAMI, FLORIDA—Mexico News Daily reports that a collector in the United States has handed over some 3,500 tongue-shaped copper coins to Mexican authorities. Jessica Cascante of the Mexican Consulate in Miami said the coins are thought to have been used in what are now the southwestern Mexican states of Guerrero and Michoacán between A.D. 1200 and 1500. Read More

January 01, 2020
5 Big Archaeology Discoveries to Watch for in 2020

New discoveries in the Valley of the Kings, looted art from Venezuela and evidence that humans were in Central America more than 20,000 years ago are just some of the stories Live Science will be watching out for in 2020. Read More

December 27, 2019
Archaeologists discover remains of vast Mayan palace in Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the remains of a vast Mayan palace over 1,000 years old in an ancient city about 100 miles west of the tourist hotspot of Cancún.

The building in Kulubá is 55 metres long, 15 metres wide and six metres high, and appears to have been made up of six rooms, said Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

It is part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven. Archaeologists have also uncovered remains from a burial site, and hope forensic analysis of the bones could provide more clues about Kulubá’s Mayan inhabitants. Read More

December 20, 2019
Discovery of iron anchors raises hopes of finding Hernán Cortés's ships

Underwater archaeologists have found two iron anchors just offshore from the spot Hernán Cortés first set foot in Mexico, raising hopes that the fleet which the conquistador scuttled in 1519 may soon be rediscovered.

The anchors were excavated from under a metre of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico near Villa Rica, the settlement Cortes founded upon landing 500 years ago in what is now the Mexican state of Veracruz. Read More

December 19, 2019
Working in Clark County: Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist

When you hear “archaeologist,” some weathered, dirt-coated person, wearing clothing in various shades of brown, probably comes to mind. Maybe it’s a man with a 5 o’clock shadow, scratches and bruises from adventures in exotic places and an iconic brown fedora.

Maybe his name is Harrison Ford.

The field of archaeology intertwined itself in popular culture with the “Indiana Jones” franchise, so much that even National Geographic acknowledged the films’ responsibility for a spike in the career in a 2015 exhibit.

But Elaine Dorset, National Park Service archaeologist at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, followed a different path. Read More

Decmeber 11, 2019
Archaeologists uncover 12,500-year-old site in Avon, showing evidence of the earliest known population in Connecticut

When the state Department of Transportation began construction on a bridge over the Farmington River archaeologists suspected there could be historic sites hidden under the soil.

In late 2018, once excavation was underway, crews discovered evidence of what scientists have called southern New England’s earliest inhabitants.

The site, located near Old Farms Road, is estimated to be about 12,500 years old, dating back to a time known as the Paleoindian Period. It has been named in honor of Brian D. Jones, the state archaeologist, who died in July. Read More

December 11, 2019
FBI And Archaeology Institute Team To Recover Stolen Artifacts

ANDOVER, MASS. — Since the early 1990s, the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology has been searching for objects missing from its collection, according to Dr Ryan Wheeler, director of the institute. Among the missing items are carved and decorated stone, shell and ceramic pieces from sites in Georgia and Maine.

The Peabody recently celebrated the return of three missing artifacts, most notably an Etowah monolithic axe. The axe, along with several other artifacts, was taken from the Peabody Institute on the campus of the Phillips Academy sometime in the 1980s. An Indiana man paid $350,000 for the rare Native American axe from the 1400s, only to find out it had been stolen from the Peabody. Read More

December 11, 2019
Archaeology shock: Experts discover US Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to 'look better'

Scientists unearthed remnants of a US Civil War photography studio at Camp Nelson in Kentucky, on a site of what was once part of a Union camp, along with broke bottles of hair dye. The discovery is the first of its kind and has revealed to researchers that Civil War soldiers dyed their hair to look better in photographs.

Among the many items discovered by researchers Stephen McBride and his team were several broke glass bottles, now known to have once contained hair dye.

The researchers from Transylvania University in Lexington initially thought the bottles were used for medicine. Read More

December 06, 2019
Council says no to Archaeological Research on Cemetery Property

The Gulf Archaeological Research Institute acquired a grant in Sept. 2018 to “document the history, ethnohistory, and archaeology of Chucochatti and its role in the Second Seminole War.”

The town of Chucochatti was one of the first towns settled by Creek people in Florida.

"Chocochatti is a very important historical-cultural resource for Hernando County, the State of Florida as a Florida Historic Landmark, and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida especially, since it is where their ethnogenesis from Creek to Seminole took place," explained Jon Yeager, Hernando Historic Preservation Society member and former chairman of their Archeological Committee.

In April 2019, Brooksville city council approved GARI access to the City of Brooksville property on Emerson Road for the purposes of archaeological survey investigating the possible whereabouts of Chucochatti. Read More

December 05, 2019
Mysterious stone structures in North Carolina's rivers linked to prehistoric people

The sites look like piles of stones to casual viewers, but archaeologists have determined the structures often form large V or W shaped patterns when seen from above.

It’s believed the structures were traps called fish weirs, according to a state report released last month. Little is known about their origins in part because the structures are “difficult to access and document,” the report says.

“Dating these features is a challenge since there are few if any elements that can be directly dated,” says David Cranford, assistant state archaeologist with the state office. Read More

December 03, 2019
Kentucky archaeology dig shows Civil War soldiers dyed their hair. A lot. Here’s why.

Civil War battle sites may grab the public’s attention with their guts and glory appeal but new discoveries at Camp Nelson in Kentucky are providing an unprecedented glimpse into day-to-day military life.

Archaeologists excavating the part of Camp Nelson known as the sutlers’ or merchants’ area in 2015 found remnants of a 150-year-old photography studio, the first ever found at any Civil War site.

“The first photographic artifact that we noticed was a glass cover plate,” said Stephen McBride, Camp Nelson director of interpretation. “It was fortunate that one of my crew was a guy that does Civil War-era photography. He knew instantly what that was.” Read More

December 02, 2019
Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago.

Depending on what they uncover, officials are hopeful that the $200,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead to more research opportunities in the Guadalupe Mountains, which straddle the New Mexico-Texas line and are situated within one of the nation's busiest oil and gas basins. Read More

November 25, 2019
FBI working with local archaeology institute to recover stolen artifacts

ANDOVER, Mass. - Buying rare art and artifacts is considered a good investment that can end up paying off for those with a lot of cash, but it can also be a risky one.

When it comes to buying one-of-a-kind and historical art and artifacts, it's tough to know where they came from before putting down the cash for them.

That's exactly what happened to an Indiana man who paid $350,000 for a rare Native American ax from the 1400s - only to find out it had been stolen from Andover, Mass. Read More

November 23, 2019
Archaeologists Find More Graves at Forgotten Zion Cemetery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Archaeologists who discovered 127 coffins from forgotten Zion Cemetery under Robles Park Village returned to the housing project earlier in the month to continue their work.

Their ground penetrating radar found another 17 coffins within the footprint of the segregation-era African-American cemetery, bringing the total to 144, said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, the private archaeology firm hired by the Tampa Housing Authority.

By the end of the year, researchers expect to know whether there are graves all across the 2 1/2-acre cemetery site, about half of it owned by the Housing Authority and another half owned by restaurateur Richard Gonzmart. Read More

November 13, 2019
Torched town from Texas Revolution reemerges in archaeological dig west of Houston

The Houston Archeological Society is embarking on a new investigation at the site of a town that was set on fire and destroyed during the Texas Revolution, hoping to build more pieces of what life was like during the period as well as learn answers to some unanswered questions.

San Felipe, also known as San Felipe de Austin, located approximately 50 miles west of Houston, is not only rich in Texas history but also in historical artifacts. Past digs have produced several thousand artifacts, multiple colonial-era trash pits, a brick basement and a barrel cistern. Read More

November 12, 2019
Construction Workers Find “Incredibly Rare” Remains of 8,000-Year-Old Village in Massachusetts
I’m now convinced that if you want to find the remains of ancient civilizations, the fastest, surest way to do so is to start building a road. Anywhere will do. Just grab that shovel out of the old shed, say out loud “I am now building a road,” and start digging. Chances are you’ll find a 10,000-year-old village. It just keeps happening. Either that or a school, but a road is easier for a single determined person with a shovel. Read More

November 05, 2019
World’s Deepest Shipwreck Is WWII Destroyer Lost in the Philippine Sea

A remote operated vehicle deployed in the Philippine Sea this spring unearthed the wreckage of a World War II destroyer sunk almost exactly 75 years ago, marine archaeologists announced last week.

The team suspects the debris—spotted at a depth of 20,400 feet, making it the deepest shipwreck discovered to date—is all that remains of the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which was destroyed by Japanese warships in the Battle off (not of) Samar on October 25, 1944. Per the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), Samar was one of four military engagements in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a major aerial and naval conflict won by Allied forces.

The Petrel, the ROV research vessel responsible for capturing footage of the sunken destroyer, is the subject of a new expedition video posted on Facebook by Vulcan Inc., which owns and operates the vehicle. Researchers released the film to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Johnston’s sinking and seek the public’s help in confirming the ship’s identity. Read More

November 05, 2019
A drone helped archaeologists discover a lost Florida island settlement

A team of archaeologists and its trusty drone are revealing an island community that once supplied valuable beads to the inland towns of the Mississippian culture, which thrived in the eastern United States from 800 to about 1600 CE.

The supply end of an ancient trade network A drone armed with laser beams discovered the remains of a long-lost culture on Raleigh Island, off the north coast of Florida. The high-resolution aerial laser scans mapped a massive complex of 37 oyster-shell rings, 23m to 136m across—the kind of rings that build up around coastal settlements through years of people eating oysters and discarding the shells. Some of the rings stood less than a meter high, but others loomed four meters above their surroundings. They formed four cloverleaf-shaped clusters, each with between six and 12 shell rings arranged around the one in the center.

"Given the general size and shape of the shell rings, we suspect each was the locus of a house and household of five to eight people each," University of Florida archaeologist Kenneth Sassaman told Ars Technica. Assuming all the rings were used at about the same time, that means 200 or 300 people once lived on the long, low-lying 30-hectare island—and it looks like every household on the island was involved in making beads from lightning whelk shells. Read More

November 04, 2019
Archaeologists Rush To Save Oregon's Chinese Mining Sites

It was the kind of July day in Eastern Oregon when the dusty air waits for a spark to ignite a fire. In fact, two fires were already burning nearby.

Chelsea Rose, clad in black jeans, a black woven cowboy hat and black leather combat boots, was leading a team of U.S. Forest Service employees, archaeologists and volunteers through the backwoods. Two-way radios crackled with fire spotters’ updates. Although the fires were still a distance away, another could have started at any minute. Everyone needed to be prepared to evacuate.

Rose stepped over felled logs and rutted ground. Piles from a forest thinning operation were scattered throughout the landscape. There was no trail, but Rose didn’t need it — she spotted a small, unassuming depression in the ground. Read More

November 02, 2019
Experts push for archaeology law in Charleston to preserve historically black cemeteries

he cemetery neighboring McLeod Plantation wasn’t rediscovered because someone stumbled upon an ornate cemetery gate.

It was located on city property. And during construction on the land for a fire station in the 1990s, some of the bodies of the predominately black cemetery were unearthed. Many of the surviving gravestones are hidden, scattered in a nearby wooded area.

Few people know anything about the lives of those buried there. Fewer still know details such as the existence of black military veterans’ graves. Read More
October 22, 2019
Jamestown mystery: Archaeologists unearth a churchyard grave — facing west

It was tradition in 17th century Virginia to bury corpses with the heads pointed west and the feet to the east. This was done so that the eyes would face east, toward Jerusalem and the rapture.

Almost a year ago, archaeologists in Jamestown found a grave — and perhaps the answer to a mystery — while studying the architecture and foundation of a church that was started in 1639. Read More

October 18, 2019
Deeper Archaeology Dig To Explore Lesser-Known Areas Of Fort Negley

Archaeological evidence helped protect Nashville's Fort Negley from encroaching development last year. Now the city will look deeper into the ground in search of further Civil War and African American history.

Starting next month, careful excavation, mapping and aerial photography will begin on the slope next to the fort — an area where there's potential to find remnants of a buried Civil War trench line.

It's also where researchers could learn more about the black Nashvillians, including escaped slaves, who built the fort and then created a community just beyond its walls. Read More

October 08, 2019
Online Map Leads Archaeologist to Maya Discovery

Until recently, archaeology was limited by what a researcher could see while standing on the ground. But light detection and ranging, or lidar, technology has transformed the field, providing a way to scan entire regions for archaeological sites.

With an array of airborne lasers, researchers can peer down through dense forest canopies or pick out the shapes of ancient buildings to discover and map ancient sites across thousands of square miles. A process that once required decades-long mapping expeditions, and slogging through jungles with surveying equipment, can now be done in a matter of days from the relative comfort of an airplane. Read More

October 07, 2019
Dismissed as fakes for a century, enigmatic Puerto Rican stones could rewrite history

For more than a century, the fist-sized rocks etched with enigmatic patterns were ignored by academics and shunned by cultural power brokers.

Discovered in Puerto Rico in the 1880s by a priest who was convinced they were a link to one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, the stones were declared forgeries in the early 1900s by researchers from the Smithsonian Institution.

And so the rocks languished — literally collecting dust. Read More

October 01, 2019
Georgia's Oldest City Considers 1st Archaeology Ordinance

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city are considering new protections for historic relics unearthed by development project.

News outlets report officials in Savannah held a public meeting to discuss a possible archaeology ordinance. Savannah's downtown historic district has been protected by local laws since the 1970s. But the city has no legal protocols for recording or preserving artifacts from pottery shards to graves that can be found while excavating construction sites.

Savannah resident Gale Steves attended the meeting Thursday. She told WTOC-TV she hopes City Hall moves ahead with a proposal that gives Savannah "a chance to look at what's underneath before it gets buried again" during renovations and new development. Read More

October 01, 2019
Rising Seas Threaten Hundreds of Native American Heritage Sites Along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Native North Americans first arrived in Florida approximately 14,550 years ago. Evidence for these stone-tool-wielding, megafauna-hunting peoples can be found at the bottom of numerous limestone freshwater sinkholes in Florida's Panhandle and along the ancient shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.

Specialized archaeologists using scuba gear, remote sensing equipment or submersibles can study underwater sites if they are not deeply buried or destroyed by erosion. This is important because Florida's archaeological resources face significant threats due to sea level rise driven by climate change. According to a new UN report, global sea levels could increase by over 3 feet by the year 2100. Read More

September 24, 2019
Cumberland beach dig reveals relics of ancient residents

CUMBERLAND — It’s amazing what a jawbone can tell you.

In the case of a centuries-old dog mandible unearthed in 2016 at an archaeology site at Broad Cove Reserve in Cumberland, it helps tell the story of those who resided there, or as Prince Memorial Library Director Thomas Bennett put it, their “day-to-day living.”

Bennett, who has worked on sites in Maine, Massachusetts and Arizona, and Dr. Arthur Spiess, chief historic preservationist in prehistoric archaeology with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, presented their findings Sept. 19 of the project they co-directed.

Archeology involves some digging and a lot of analysis, according to Thomas Bennett, who co-directed the Broad Cove dig. Shown here are some of the artifacts found and studied. Alex Lear / The Forecaster

The dig was prompted by the town’s 2014 purchase of the preserve, a 22-acre parcel off Foreside Road with 11 acres of shoreline that had been privately owned. Since Bateman Partners was developing homes on abutting land that had once been part of the property, state law mandated that prehistoric and historic surveys of the land be done, Bennett said in an interview. Read More

September 22, 2019
Space Archaeology: How long lost ancient Mayan cities discovered from space?

ver the years science, technology and space mission have helped the humankind to grow and develop the world. But can they help to dig deep inside to find lost ancient cities or archaeological miracle? Yes, they can.

When archaeologists apply a space-based data to understand the modern landscape, to find out the lost river or archaeological sites, it means they are doing "space archaeology" or "satellite archaeology." It should be noted that this concept is not new, as the US space agency NASA began its "Space Archaeology" program in 2008.

The space archaeology, also known as satellite remote sensing, requires to spend dozens of hours per week in front of a computer screen to look for evidence that would reveal what is hidden under the land. When they find something by analyzing the reflection of light on the ground which varies due to chemical signature, then the archaeologists get a hope to achieve what they're looking for. Read More

September 20, 2019
Scientists hunt for remains, artifacts at luxury condo site where skeleton was found in Indian River Shores

NDIAN RIVER SHORES — Forensic anthropologists and archaeologists descended Friday on a sliver of shoreline cleared for condominiums, stalled by the discovery of a human skeleton.

Officials said Tuesday the near-intact skeleton unearthed by construction crews digging a dividing wall in June belonged to a Native American man.

At least the immediate future of the site now hinges on their findings and whether the dig raises its historic or archaeological significance. Read More

September 19, 2019
A digital archaeologist helps inaccessible collections be seen

Davide Tanasi is a digital archaeologist at the University of South Florida. He creates highly detailed 3-D scans of archaeological artifacts that can be viewed online or used to create 3-D printed replicas.

Why is it important to digitize these artifacts as 3-D objects?

It helps spread knowledge about them and guarantees that they will be passed to future generations. For example, the USF Libraries Farid Karam M.D. Lebanon Antiquities Collection is one of the largest collection of Lebanese archaeological artifacts in the U.S. Some of the objects are 3,500 years old. Due to space and personnel restrictions, it was never exhibited and made fully available to the general public. Being unpublished, hardly accessible and poorly visible online, it basically does not exist. Our project to recreate the collection in 3-D is called the Virtual Karam Project. It allows us to share those objects around the world, hopefully triggering interest to curate and display the collection. Read More

September 18, 2019
Trump’s Mexico border wall could destroy archaeological sites, warns National Park Service

Bulldozers and excavators rushing to instal Donald Trump‘s border wall could damage or destroy up to 22 archaeological sites in a US National Monument in Arizona in coming months.

Construction threatens the archaeological sites in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, according to an internal National Park Service report obtained by The Washington Post. Read More

September 10, 2019
CDOT says archaeological sites can’t be saved

New construction typically doesn’t bulldoze through a graveyard, so why is it OK for the Colorado Department of Transportation to destroy and pave over a large settlement of Native American ruins for the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 550?

“People think: Why not just move the alignment instead of hitting the archaeological sites?” said Dan Jepson, cultural resource manager for CDOT. “But the bottom line is, it’s not that simple because it’s a balancing act with a lot of issues.”

Native American ruins more than 1,000 years old have been unearthed just south of Durango, where CDOT is realigning a 2-mile stretch of Highway 550. The initial discovery was made years ago as part of the highway department’s early work to realign the road, but the extent of ruins wasn’t realized until this year when archaeologists began excavating and documenting the sites. Read More

September 06, 2019
Treasure trove of artifacts discovered near this Colorado city

The summer months are the time to work on big highway construction projects. But once you start digging, you never know what you might uncover.

“We have over seven pit houses and similar structures that we’ve identified and are excavating and are trying to get the information we need to interpret the site," said Charles Reed of Alpine Archaeologists.

While getting ready to expand highway 550 near Durango, Colorado, a team discovered a site about the size of half a football field. Inside were multiple structures that likely were home to a Native American settlement more than 1,000 years ago. Read More

September 01, 2019
15,000-year-old Idaho archaeology site now among America’s oldest

One of the oldest archaeological sites in the Americas has been discovered in western Idaho, according to a study published today in the journal Science.

Radiocarbon dates show that people were creating tools and butchering animals in Cooper’s Ferry between 15,000 and 16,000 years ago, making Cooper’s Ferry a rare and important addition to the handful of archaeological sites that are upending the traditional theory of the peopling of the Americas. Read More

August 23, 2019
Trove of archaeological ruins unearthed south of Durango

A large, extensive network of Native American ruins was recently discovered just outside Durango on top of Florida Mesa, and it’s kind of blowing archaeologists’ minds.

“As an archaeologist with 30-plus years’ experience, I’m really excited by it,” said Dan Jepson, a cultural resource manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “This research is a wonderful opportunity.”

Robin Cordero, a human osteologist with the University of New Mexico, is helping analyze human and animal bones collected on the site. He can’t wait to get to work. Read More

August 21, 2019
Digging Deeper in the Pines

Surf City — The story of what it took to save the historic site known as Cedar Bridge Tavern is one of luck and dedication. It was purchased by Ocean County in 2007, and preliminary archaeological digs and building surveys were conducted to secure its nomination to the national list of historic sites.

According to the county’s publication “Out and About,” “The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department handles all maintenance and care, doing the physical hands-on-work. Paid for largely by a New Jersey Historic Trust grant, Historic Building Architects of Trenton was contracted to investigate, analyze, date and guide the vision for the site by way of the formal Preservation Plan. Architectural historian Joan Berkey acted as a researcher and consultant. Read More

August 18, 2019
Dig at Pa. ghost town unearths prehistoric past

Fragments of tools and ceramic ware rested mere inches under the hillside cover where Native Americans scratched out a living until the 1820s in a village overlooking the Conemaugh River in Black Lick Township.

This summer, 17 Indiana University of Pennsylvania archaeology students dug and sifted their way a few inches below the remains of that southern Indiana County river town and uncovered thousands of years of earlier Native American history.

They unearthed a few hundred artifacts where the village of Newport once stood. In addition to ceramic ware that may have been sold at the community’s combined post office and store, they discovered stone fragments that represent either portions of prehistoric tools or excess flakes left behind in making them. Read More

August 14, 2019
Archaeologists Investigate The Alamo

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—According to a KSAT News report, archaeologist Kristi Miller Nichols and her colleagues are excavating the long barracks and church at the Alamo in order to assess their condition and prepare a conservation plan. Built as a Roman Catholic mission in what is now southern Texas in the eighteenth century, the site became a military compound in the early nineteenth century. In 1836, during the Texas Revolution, Mexican General Santa Anna laid siege to the Texas-held fortress for 13 days, ending in a Texan defeat. “We want to see what the stones look like, and really, the goal is to go deep enough to where we see where the stones are sitting on top of dirt,” Miller Nichols explained. Once the excavators reach that layer of stone, historic architects will install sensors to monitor groundwater movement before replacing the soil. “This is the first time there is an actual, formalized archaeological project happening inside of the long barracks,” Miller Nichols added, “and it’s going to tell us a lot of information we don’t know yet.” For more on archaeology in Texas, go to "Letter from Texas: On the Range." Read More

August 09, 2019
Hermit’s Cabin in Idaho Wilderness Restored

SALMON, IDAHO—The Post Register reports that a 100-year-old cabin built by hermit Earl King Parrott in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest has been restored. Situated along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, the remote cabin is the only surviving of two buildings constructed by Parrott, whose main residence on the side of a steep canyon burned down in the late 1980s. Read More

August 08, 2019
How Lasers Are Utterly Transforming Our Understanding of the Ancient Maya, Bringing Their Whole Civilization Back to Light

A LiDAR scan can reveal ancient Maya ruins that might never be found by archaeologists on the ground.
The Maya civilization flourished more than 1,000 years ago, but modern technology is only now revealing the secrets of this ancient Mexican and South American culture—and it’s happening at an unprecedented pace. A recent spate of discoveries is transforming the field of Maya archaeology, as researchers discover new ways to identify and investigate ancient ruins.

In 2018, archaeologists in Guatemala announced the discovery of thousands of unknown Maya structures, hidden in plain site beneath overgrown jungle greenery. But it wasn’t a bushwhacking, Indiana Jones type who found them. Instead, the ancient ruins were identified remotely, thanks to aircraft from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping that were equipped with high-tech Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) mapping tools. Read More

August 04, 2019
Satellites are transforming how archaeologists study the past

The term “space archaeology” may conjure up images of astronauts hunting for artifacts from little green men, but the field is much more down to Earth. Space archaeologists use satellite imagery and other remote-sensing techniques to look for ancient sites on our planet. As archaeologist Sarah Parcak explains in her new book, Archaeology from Space, these tools have transformed studies of antiquity. “We’ve gone from mapping a few dozen ancient sites in one summer-long archaeological season to mapping hundreds, if not thousands, of sites in weeks,” she writes. Read More

August 01, 2019
'Passport in Time' doing archaeological excavations at Camp Au Train

HIAWATHA NATIONAL FOREST, Mich. (WLUC) - Public volunteers are having the chance to work alongside archaeologists in the Hiawatha National Forest this week, it is all part of this unique program called ‘Passport in time.’

This program unites archaeologists and students from Michigan Technological University with the Hiawatha Forest Services and public volunteers.

“It’s really designed to try to engage the public, in a public outreach and education manner,” said Eric Drake, Heritage Program Manager for the Hiawatha National Forest.

“We really like getting people involved so they can understand how important archaeology is but also the methods that are involved,” said Drake. Read More

July 28, 2019
Archaeologists Unveil Evidence of Lost Mound

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — How many mounds are located at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians?

Up until very recently, the obvious answer would have been three, researchers said during a presentation at the Grand Village on Thursday evening. However, their recent studies of the land indicate otherwise.

The face of the Grand Village has changed over centuries of erosion, plowing and other work done on the site, Grand Village director Lance Harris said, adding ongoing archaeological studies may change the Grand Village once again — this time restoring some of what was lost.

Thursday (July 18) evening, Vin Steponaitis, a professor of archaeology and anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented maps from the early 1700s that show a cluster of at least five mounds on the Grand Village site where only three mounds are still visible today. Read More

July 23, 2019
Digging for History at 1654 Meetinghouse Site

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Where an untrained eye sees different soil colors and doesn't think anything of it, a trained archaeologist sees history.

This past week, a team of archaeologists working under the direction of University of New Hampshire professor Meghan Howey, found those soil differences as they work on unpacking the history of the Second Meetinghouse built in Dover Point in 1654.

One exciting find of the week was the uncovering of the meetinghouse's clay floor, where European settlers once stood in the then frontier settlement. The clay was likely brought up the hill from the soils of the nearby rivers. Another find was two post holes nearby each other that appeared to be foundation posts of the building. There were also rocks Howey believes were brought to the site to stabilize the foundation posts. Read More

July 17, 2019
Centuries-old ceramics, other artifacts found at St. Augustine construction site

Crews are digging in one of the most historic parts of St. Augustine on Aviles Street, and they’re uncovering artifacts that span centuries.

Through previous research, the city knows that the old city was in the area in the late 16th century.

The opportunity for the dig came through plans for construction work at 9 Aviles St., a building torn down in 2018 because of emergency structural problems — the demolition and traffic disruptions caused controversy among neighboring business owners.

The city’s archaeological ordinance requires site testing before construction in certain areas to help preserve or make a record of historical artifacts. Read More

July 15, 2019
'Passport in Time' Volunteers Scan for History in Lincoln National Forest

In the Lincoln National Forest, amateur archaeologists are on a treasure hunt–and they’re finding historical gold in the form of clothing, shell casings and even license plates.

It’s part of a heritage tourism program the U.S. Forest Service runs called Passport in Time. Volunteers work with archaeologists and historians on public lands nationwide to survey, excavate and restore sites of historical or cultural value.

That includes the Baca Campground named after Saturnino Baca, a Civil War captain and father of Lincoln County. Read More

July 15, 2019
Lycoming College students dig through archeological field school

Williamsport -- This summer, Lycoming College archaeology students found more than just a relaxing vacation. Ten students participated in archaeological fieldwork at the Keebler site, a 19th century historic farmstead on the property of the Lycoming Biology Field Station*. The farmstead was occupied from at least 1832 to the early 2000’s.

The Archaeological Field School, a course developed and taught by Dr. Jonathan Scholnick, an instructor of archaeology, anthropology, and sociology, had two complementary goals. First, the project addresses research questions about 19th- and early 20th-century agriculture and social organization of farms in central Pennsylvania. Second, the project provides an opportunity for students to learn how archaeology is practiced by participating in archaeological excavation and survey. Read More

July 12, 2019
Coded Jewel Found in 300-Year-Old US Tavern Has Secret Message to Overthrow British King

Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’ where rebellions were plotted and planned. Now archaeologists have made an amazing discovery in a once razed tavern that dates from the pre- Revolutionary period in the United States which proves support for the rebellion. They unearthed a pressed jewel, from a cufflink, inscribed with a secret code used by early revolutionaries to identify each other as they conspired to oppose Royal rule.

The Smithsonian reports that the find was made in Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, which was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’. In the years after the Stamp Act, many of the townspeople were radicals and opposed to the policies of the Royal government. Read More

July 12, 2019
Space Archaeology Is a Thing. And It Involves Lasers and Spy Satellites

What does it take to be a space archaeologist? No, you don't need a rocket or a spacesuit. However, lasers are sometimes involved. And infrared cameras. And spy satellites.

Welcome to Sarah Parcak's world. Parcak, an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has mapped sites around the world from space; she does so using images captured by satellites — from NASA and from private companies — orbiting high above the ground. Read More

July 08, 2019
Archaeologists Hope To Dig Up History In Boston's Chinatown

Excavation began Monday on a site in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood, which has been home to English, Irish, Syrian and Chinese immigrants.

Joseph Bagley, Boston's city archaeologist, is in charge of the dig. Bagley joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes on Monday to talk about it. The conversation below has been lightly edited for clarity.

This post has been updated with photos from the site of the dig. Read More

July 01, 2019
Archaeology Students Visit Sylvester Manor On Shelter Island In Search Of A Complicated History

Nigel Francomb spotted a chunky silver ring in a pile of dirt in the Sylvester Manor gardens. How the dirt got there is no mystery—a team from the University of Massachusetts was doing an archaeological dig, looking for artifacts to tell the story of Sylvester Manor, a former slave-holding Shelter Island plantation that today serves as an educational farm.

How the ring got there, however, is an open question.

“All I know about archaeology, apart from what I’ve learned from documentaries on TV, was what these guys have taught me in the last week,” said Mr. Francomb, a Shelter Island resident who volunteered to help the students in the investigation. “So they put me on the sifting, on the screens. Finding the ring was very special.” Read More

June 26, 2019
Chinese immigrants built Oregon's railroads and mined for gold

Chinese immigrants helped to develop infrastructure and build wealth during Oregon’s early settlement history, but the extent of their work and the critical role they played has not been well described.

The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project, a statewide collaboration of local, regional and federal agencies, wants to change that.

The Chinese Diaspora Project kicks off locally in Ashland on Wednesday, July 3, in Hannon Library’s Meese Room at Southern Oregon University with a free talk by Sarah Heffner of PAR Environmental Services, “Exploring the Health Care of Chinese Railroad Workers Through an Historic and Archaeological Lens.” Read More

June 24, 2019
Rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence on display for the first time in over a century

An extremely rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence has gone on public display for the first time in over a century.

The printing is on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia through the end of 2019. This is also the first time that the print has been displayed in a museum. Read More

June 24, 2019
SF Archaeology Class Digs Up Florida’s Native American History

University of South Florida archaeologists are digging into one of Florida’s oldest native landmarks in hopes of unearthing insightful clues about the Tocobaga native people in Safety Harbor.

The last excavation was over 75 years ago during a time when archaeologists were not as careful to preserve the site or piece together the fragments to provide a stronger understanding of the Tocobaga chiefdom period. At that time, they only went back 500 years but now, the USF team is aiming to uncover as much as 1500 years into the past.

“Archaeology has progressed a lot,” Tom Pluckhahn, Ph.D, professor of anthropology, said. “But the knowledge of this site has not advanced very much.” Read More

June 21, 2019
Organization excavates treasures from the past

The city of Morganton is known to many as a place where archaeological history was made.

Dr. David Moore, professor of archaeology and anthropology at Warren Wilson College, and his fellow researchers discovered remains at what is now called the Berry Site in Morganton of a 16th century Spanish settlement called Fort San Juan, believed to be the first inland European settlement in the U.S., dating back to 1567, according to a previous News Herald article. The site also is the location of the ancient Native American town of Joara.

“The Berry Site, named after the family who has so generously allowed excavations and research to happen on their property for the last three decades, attracts history enthusiasts from across the world,” according to the Exploring Joara Foundation, an organization that raises funds for ongoing research at the site. “EJF is honored to partner with the research team, the Berry family, and many community partners who believe that the encounter between Juan Pardo and the natives of Joara forever changed the trajectory of our nation’s history.” Read More

June 20, 2019
Think you’ve found an archaeological site? Here’s what to do next.

Some of the most common requests we receive at the Council for West Virginia Archaeology come from members of the public who have found what may or not be an archaeological site.

Invariably there’s a lot of excitement as the mystery of the site begins to take hold. How old might it be? What artifacts might it contain? Will the government be willing to excavate the site?

As exciting as the process is, archaeological work can be slow and painstaking, and it can be difficult to find assistance in a state such as West Virginia where research is under-funded and professionally qualified archaeologists are too few. Read More

June 15, 2019
Digging history: Student archaeologists learn more about Pope County settlement

POPE COUNTY — The story of Miller Grover, a lost community of free African-Americans in Pope County, is largely untold, but every summer more about the settlement is discovered through a partnership between Shawnee National Forest and the Summer Field School of the Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU.

“We’ve spent a lot of time at Bedford and Abby Gill Miller’s farm,” Mary McCorvie, an archaeologist with Shawnee National Forest, said. “Bedford came as a little boy with his parents, Harrison and Lucinda Miller.” Read More

June 14, 2019
Colonial ‘time capsule’ found under floors of NC port tavern that burned in 1760s

Archaeologists exploring the site of a recently discovered 18th Century tavern in eastern North Carolina say they were stunned to learn it burned to the ground with a treasure trove of merchandise stored under the floorboards.

The fire, which occurred in the 1760s, caused the walls to collapse over the floors, sealing the crawl space shut like a “time capsule,” says Dr. Charles Ewen, who led the dig with a crew of students from East Carolina University.

It’s suspected the site may also have served as a brothel for the historic port, known as Brunswick Town. Read More

June 11, 2019
Texas Archaeological Society conducts dig at Palo Duro Canyon State Park

RANDALL COUNTY — Members of the Texas Archaeological Society (TAS) are in Palo Duro Canyon State Park digging up the earth to learn about the past. They’re using tools of the trade to search for artifacts to get a better understanding of how past occupants of the canyon lived and survived.

“They’re looking for anything that people have left from the past,” said Michael Strutt, Texas Parks & Wildlife.

“We’re out here trying to better understand a group that was out here in the 1930s,” said Karen Lacy, Texas Archaeological Society member. Read More

June 03, 2019
Archaeological excavation underway along Eno River where Native American town once stood

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- UNC Students and professors are working on an archaeological excavation in the Triangle and hikers can get an up-close look.

The Wall site is along the Eno River walk trail, not far from historic downtown Hillsborough. The five-week dig is part of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology summer session field school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

"It's teaching undergraduate students how to do archaeology, how to do field work," said Dr. Heather Lapham, a Research Archaeologist who teaches the program. "We are working on a site that was a Native American village that was lived in by ancestors of groups local to Chapel Hill area in 1500." Read More

June 01, 2019
At newly discovered freedmen’s school near Beaufort, students dig into history

EABROOK — Beside a quiet Beaufort County highway in a field where patriot soldiers fought off a British invasion, budding archaeologists spent a recent Friday morning exploring the remains of a Civil War-era school that history almost forgot.

The Whale Branch Middle School Archaeology Club was just scraping the surface of the deep, multifaceted history in a place where few markers exist to offer hints about the past.

Archaeologists have taken an interest in the land off of Trask Parkway near Seabrook because it was the site of the Battle of Beaufort, also known as the Battle of Port Royal Island. On Feb. 3, 1779, British forces attempted a landing nearby, but Brig. Gen. William Moultrie and an American volunteer militia held them at bay with volleys of musket and cannon fire. Read More

May 28, 2019
Archaeologists on Water Street project unearth the old so Vinik group can raise up the new

TAMPA — New insights into the birth of Tampa are emerging alongside all the high-rises that will make up Water Street Tampa.

Project archaeologists have unearthed projectile points, gun flints, old toys and other artifacts, all tracing the lives of Native Americans, U.S. soldiers and one of the city's earliest African-American communities. Some date back 10,000 years.

"This is a huge amount of land to be able look at," said Paul Jones, project manager for Cardno, a global consulting firm with an office in Riverview that is leading archeological and historical assessment work for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. "Normally, when we do a survey, we get half a block and we are happy." Read More

May 23, 3019
Archaeology Center discovers vandalism at protected Cornville site

CORNVILLE -- The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center includes the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Verde Valley.

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

Last August, Site Watch volunteers discovered active vandalism at a site on the Coconino National Forest in Cornville as evidenced by freshly dug soil and collection buckets.

The vandals were digging in an ancient dwelling room apparently in search of possible artifacts to sell. It was reported to U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officials and archaeologists. Another incident of vandalism was discovered by Site Watch volunteers the week before at a second site in Cornville. Read More

May 23, 3019
The Last American Transatlantic Slave Ship Has Been Found

The remains of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, a schooner named Clotilda, has been discovered off the banks of Mobile, Alabama. The wreck was abandoned in 1860 after illegally transporting 110 people from the Kingdom of Dahomey, now known as Benin, to Mobile.

"The discovery of the Clotilda is an extraordinary archaeological find," says Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, executive director of the Alabama historical commission, in a press statement. She says the Clotilda represents "one of the darkest eras of modern history."

“We are cautious about placing names on shipwrecks that no longer bear a name or something like a bell with the ship’s name on it,” says Dr. James Delgado, a maritime archaeologist and project manager for the dig, “but the physical and forensic evidence powerfully suggests that this is Clotilda.” Read More

May 16, 2019
Ancient burial site off Manasota Key is 1,000 years older than estimated

SARASOTA — Native Americans in the Archaic Period in Florida used the burial ground now known as the Manasota Key Offshore archeological site as far back as 8,000 years ago, Ryan Duggins told members of the Time Sifters Archaeological Society Wednesday evening in the Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library.

Prior to this, previous activity at the site was thought to date back roughly 7,000 years.

Before the rising of the Gulf of Mexico, it was a shallow freshwater burial pond similar to Little Salt Springs in North Port.

“We know that 8,000 years ago ... there was a small freshwater pond,” said Duggins, underwater archaeology supervisor, for the Bureau of Archaeological Research for the Florida Department of State. “And we know Florida’s indigenous people used that pond as a mortuary pond.” Read More

May 13, 2019
Thieves breach, loot Utah's Danger Cave

WENDOVER — One of the most significant archaeological sites in North America — Danger Cave near the Nevada border — was breached and looted sometime last week.

"It's Utah Archaeology and Preservation Month," Justina Parsons-Bernstein, heritage resources manager for the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, said. "It's crazy that one of the most iconic archaeological sites in North America would be broken into and stolen from the very month we are supposed to be learning about and protecting the value of these sites."

The parks division is asking or the public’s help in finding those responsible for a break-in and damage at the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site, where the culprit or culprits breached the gate and protected area near Wendover and stole all contents, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment. Read More

May 11, 2019
Arizona author poses 'conundrums' about archaeology and artifacts to Colorado Springs audience
Artifacts tell stories of the people that used them and the places where they spent their lives, says Arizona author Craig Childs.

A red seed jar Childs found in a canyon in the Four Corners can narrate the life of the Native American family who once used it in their home. The array of pots and jewelry surrounding a teenage girl buried in the Southwest can paint her portrait as a princess, someone greatly revered in her community.

So what happens when archaeologists, hikers, looters or just curious passersby remove those artifacts from where they came? Legal or illegal, is taking them morally permissible? Read More

May 04, 2019
Veterans are digging up new careers

Deep below the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology, Chris Sison sorted through bags of archaeological material — rock, rubber, ceramics. The U.S. Army veteran separated, tagged the finds and photographed, working with a team of veterans.

“It gets me out of the rut I was in, and now I have lab experience,” said Sison, a psychology major at the school.

The WSU team is part of the Veterans Curation Program, a five-month, national program that hires veterans and teaches them a variety of marketable skills to help build their resumes. Read More

May 04, 2019
Drone deployed to map southeast Colorado World War II internment camp site

A University of Denver team is one step closer to mapping the lives of thousands of Japanese Americans imprisoned at a southeastern Colorado World War II internment camp.

Researchers deployed the Swiss senseFly drone, generating more than 4,000 high-resolution aerial photos of Camp Amache in Granada. With artifact data collected by DU archaeologists, the photos will help create a 3D reconstruction of the prison for further research, interpretation and preservation.

“We’ve got photography already, which you can see on Google Earth. But it is not the resolution that we can layer it for an archaeological survey,” said Bonnie Clark, director of the DU Amache research project. Read More

May 01, 2019
Toppled Trees in Florida Reveal 19th-Century Fort

PROSPECT BLUFF, FLORIDA—According to a report, Hurricane Michael toppled some 100 large trees in Apalachicola National Forest last October and revealed traces of the “Negro Fort,” which was built by British soldiers during the War of 1812 near Fort Gadsden. The site was home to a large community of escaped slaves known as Maroons, who joined the British military in exchange for their freedom. They lived in the fort, which housed some 300 barrels of British gunpowder, on a bluff overlooking the Apalachicola River, with members of the Seminole, Creek, Miccosukee, and Choctaw tribes. Read More

April 21, 2019
Archaeologists Seek to Find Relics at National Park Site

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — There was a time when plows were drawn across the prairie by early settlers, starting lives in a new world.

These early versions of the plow are long retired, and a very different piece of equipment is soon being drawn across the prairie at Homestead National Monument of America.

It's called a magnetic gradiometer, and workers hope the device will uncover artifacts from the past buried underground at the National Park Service site. Read More

April 19, 2019
Uncovering the past at Chimney Rock

BAYARD — Makenzie Coufal lifts a pile of dirt out of the ground with his shovel and places the dirt into a screen for Brian Goodrich to sift through. Nolan Johnson and Talon O’Connor measure and record the results from another test hole. As archaeologists for the state of Nebraska, the men are working near Chimney Rock National Historic Site, searching for any evidence of previous occupation.

After the Nebraska State Historical Foundation purchased the land between Chimney Rock and the visitors center, archaeologists were asked to come out and survey the 400 acres of land. Read More

April 19, 2019
Explore the Spiro Mounds With U of A's Archaeology, 3D Virtual Reality Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas’ Arkansas Stories series – which uses objects and places as focal points to narrate compelling stories – continues April 26 and 27 with a virtual visit to the Spiro Mounds.

The prehistoric Native American ceremonial site, with ties to the Spiro tribe, linked a large number of communities in Arkansas and in Oklahoma, and is the focus of the next events in the series.

U of A experts will share a behind the scenes look at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center in Spiro, Oklahoma, both days, using story-telling, archaeology and immersive 3D virtual reality experiences. Read More

April 18, 2019
Archaeology Site Looted at Lewis and Clark Historical Park

STORIA, Ore. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the looting of an archaeological site at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that artifacts were unearthed near the Netul River Trail on the south end of the park sometime in late March.

Superintendent Jon Burpee declined to provide details about what might have been taken but told the newspaper the items may be up to a century old. The looting has made the agency concerned that other sites could also be targeted. Read More

April 05, 2019
Declassified U-2 spy plane photos are a boon for aerial archaeology

For millennia, people known as the Marsh Arabs lived in wetland oases fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Iraq. But as those marshes became a hotbed of rebellion in the early 1990s, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein systematically drained them—driving out the people and drying up an ancient way of life. It’s hard to know exactly how many were displaced, but a new study, first reported in Secrecy News, reveals a tool archaeologists and anthropologists can use to find out: declassified Cold War–era images snapped by U.S. Lockheed U-2 spy planes. The high-resolution photos could prove a boon for reconstructing sites destroyed by development and war in recent decades. Read More

March 26, 2019
Southeast Students Use Geophysics to Map Local Archaeology Site

Thirteen Southeast Missouri State University students recently participated in a Geophysics in Archaeology Workshop to uncover clues about life in pre-Columbia Mississippian culture in southeast Missouri.

The three-day workshop March 21-23 was a collaboration between Dr. Jennifer Bengtson, associate professor of anthropology at Southeast; Dr. Tamira Brennan, curator of Southern Illinois University’s (SIU) Center for Archaeological Investigations; and Dr. Bob McCullough of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, to introduce Southeast to using geophysics techniques on a real historical site. Read More

March 20, 2019
Archaeologist debunks alien influence, other conspiracy theories in archaeology

Have you heard the one about the aliens and the pyramids? Or what about the technologically advanced but tragically lost city of Atlantis?

Chances are that most of us have encountered at least one such story—a tale that tries to explain the past in a way that can sound scientific, but in doing so ignores the evidence and methods of science.

Why is this alternative archaeology so popular? And how do we tell fact from fiction?

Assistant Professor Matthew Peeples, co-director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Center for Archaeology and Society and an archaeologist of the Southwest U.S., is no stranger to the weirder side of his field. He has investigated false claims and has even been accused of covering up the truth. Read More

March 14, 2019
Study of old slave quarters in Maryland leads to scientific breakthrough

The study of a 200-year-old clay tobacco pipe discovered in the slave quarters of an old Maryland plantation, has led to a scientific breakthrough.

The object was found at Belvoir, an 18th-century manor house off Generals Highway in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Scientists found human DNA on the pipe, and used it to determine that it was smoked by a woman. And although the DNA could not be linked to any living descendants, analysis did reveal something about the smoker’s ancestry. Read More

March 14, 2019
Sea otter archaeology could tell us about their 2-million-year history

Archaeology is defined as the study of human history and prehistory by the analysis of physical remains. But the dictionaries may need rewriting – archaeology is now being used to study the cultural histories of tool-using animals, from sea otters and monkeys to birds and even fish.

Natalie Uomini at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany and her colleagues have analysed a site at Bennett Slough Culverts in California where sea otters use rocks as tools for cracking open mussels. At this site, the otters don’t just place smallish stones on their chest and then crack the shellfish on them. Read More

March 04, 2019
History project becomes display with National Park Service

At Morehead State learning extends well beyond the classroom, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in their chosen field. Dr. Adrian Mandzy, associate professor of history, just completed an ambitious project with the help of several MSU students. This work has become a permanent public display at the National Park Service in Virginia.

Over the last five years, 46 students from Morehead State University’s public history program have worked with Mandzy studying the Battle of the Crater in Petersburg, Virginia. Fought on July 30, 1864, the Battle of the Crater was one of the most important military engagements of the American Civil War. Mandzy started the project in 2014 and in the spring of the following year, six students worked with the National Parks Service and took part in a metal detecting survey of the battlefield to determine the condition of the cultural resources connected with the engagement and to see how far Union troops advanced during the battle. Read More

March 02, 2019
Piece of Wall Surrounding 1700s Charleston Unearthed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As soon as it became clear that the building housing Charleston Cooks was going to be demolished for a new hotel, local historians thought the ground underneath could hold tantalizing clues to the city's earliest years.

They were right, sort of. The historians are part of Charleston's Walled City Task Force, a decade-old group whose goal is to discover, interpret and preserve the city's late 17th and early 18th century fortifications.

They were recently welcomed onto the muddy, exposed construction site at 194 East Bay St. to take a close look at what appeared to be a small section of the city's wharf wall. Read More

March 01, 2019
U.S. returns hundreds of artifacts to China after an Indiana man acquired them illegally

While Don Miller was hauling the world's treasures into his Rush County farmhouse over the decades, one wonders whether he foresaw a posthumous international ceremony.

If he did, then he was right. Chinese diplomats came together with U.S. officials Thursday afternoon at the Eiteljorg Museum for an event that is guaranteed a seat of honor in the field of art-crime posterity: what the FBI says is the biggest return of cultural artifacts from the U.S. to China.

Kristi Johnson, chief of the FBI's Transnational Organized Crime Section, and Wen Dayan, deputy director general of China's Department of Foreign Affairs, signed a ceremonial certificate that puts 361 artifacts spanning millennia back into the hands of their home country. Read More

March 01, 2019
Ancient artifact unintentionally discovered by Washington archaeologist has 'great significance'

A 2,000-year-old tool that had been sitting inside a dusty box in a museum storage room for roughly four decades may be the oldest tattooing artifact ever discovered in western North America, Washington State University (WSU) archaeologists revealed this week. Read More

February 22, 2019
New archaeology sites documented in county

As part of a historic preservation fund grant, Ball State University archaeologists explored the Calvert Porter Woods Nature Preserve in Montgomery County last summer. The results will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County.

The public presentation will review project goals, objectives, and results of this year’s surveys and will concentrate on what the artifacts tell us about the human occupation of Montgomery County during different time periods. Archaeologists will also have artifacts from the survey available to view and will show a video that highlights their field and lab methods. Read More

February 19, 2019
Archaeologists getting closer to figuring out what happened to 'Lost Colony,' expert says

Archaeologists are getting closer to figuring out where members of the "Lost Colony" went, according to Nicholas Luccketti, the principal investigator and archaeologist with the James River Institute for Archaeology.

Luccketti’s presentation in late January at the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield focused on the "possible relocation" of some of the Roanoke Island colonists to a site in eastern North Carolina named Site X. But he said others from the Lost Colony, maybe even a large group, might have migrated to somewhere near Site X. Read More

February 18, 2019
Archaeologists Work at NY Site Where Human Bones Were Found

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeology work continues at an upstate New York construction site where the skeletal remains of several people have been found at what's believed to be a Revolutionary War burial ground.

State archaeologists led by the New York State Museum were at the site this week in Lake George, in the southern Adirondacks.

A work crew unearthed skeletal remains Feb. 7, while excavating an empty lot for an apartment house. Work was halted, and experts were summoned to examine the property for more remains. Read More

February 14, 2019
Some of the rarest US coins ever found are hitting the market, thanks to NC shipwreck

A stash of gold coins found Monday is being called the latest bit of proof that a shipwreck 40-plus miles off the North Carolina coast is that of the steamship Pulaski, which took half its wealthy passengers to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1838.

The first 502 gold and silver coins plucked from a shipwreck off North Carolina have been sold to a global coin dealer at a price that “wildly exceeded” the recovery project’s expectations.

No one involved in the deal is saying what the coins fetched, but market values suggest it was easily in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read More

February 14, 2019
At Florida's gateway to space, archaeologists are in a race against time

Long before Cape Canaveral became home to advanced aerospace technologies, indigenous people and early settlers developed their own tools to live on the beaches and the swampy lands that would eventually become the gateway to space.

Now, in a race against time, archaeologists from all over the state are hurrying to uncover and document the undiscovered archaeological sites across the Cape before they are eroded and lost to humankind forever.

"Every time you lose a piece of the past and a piece of the human story, you're impoverishing your experience in the present," University of Central Florida Associate Professor of Archaeology Stacy Barber told FLORIDA TODAY. Read More

February 14, 2019
Dig will continue at Native American fort in Norwalk

NORWALK — A tiny but important, artifact-rich archaeological dig will extend at least into the spring, giving researchers a chance to salvage more evidence of the early contact between early Dutch traders and the Native Americans who populated the high ground along the Norwalk River for millennia.

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The research is now focused for the season in a Storrs-based laboratory that has been screening soil samples that were excavated in recent months, Read More

February 06, 2019
Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores

Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago.

The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a sort of prehistoric super highway, facilitating travel by dugout canoe from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The canal is six tenths of a mile, making it one of the longest pre-Columbian canals discovered in North America said Greg Waselkov, head of the archaeology department at the University of South Alabama. Waselkov led the recent excavation of the canal in a forested area near Little Lagoon. Read More

February 05, 2019
Is it a sign? Huge wooden cross washes ashore on Fort Lauderdale beach

Bales of drugs, derelict vessels, seaweed, whales, and driftwood are among the many items to wash up on South Florida’s beaches, but the latest flotsam and jetsam has made believers of some beach-goers.

A very large, barnacle-encrusted, wooden cross washed ashore behind the Ocean Manor Beach Resort along Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale, during the weekend.

“It is fantastic,” said Mary Ann Smolinski, visiting from Michigan. “It’s amazing. Very spiritual.” Read More

February 03, 2019
Cobblestones at Poplar Forest Carriage Circle Revealed

FOREST, Va. (AP) — A team of archeologists working to restore the carriage turnaround at Thomas Jefferson's summer retreat in Bedford County had an unexpected surprise on a Friday morning: a visit from the third U.S. president himself.

Or at least pretty close.

"This is amazing!" said Bill Barker, who portrays Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg and was in Bedford County shooting an orientation video for Poplar Forest. "These stones have not seen the light of day for 200 years." Read More

February 02, 2019
Dig Uncovers Details of First General Assembly Meeting Spot

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — Jamestown archaeologists have uncovered the western wall of the church that held the first meeting of representative government in North America nearly 400 years ago.

With the discovery, which lay hidden beneath a 5-inch layer of concrete, brick and dirt, the archaeologists know with certainly the full footprint of the 1617 wooden church, the first of several built on the site.

It matches the 20-by-50-foot layout described in historical documents, said David Givens, director of archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery. Read More

January 19, 2019
Archaeologists to Monitor Construction in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Anyone turning over little more than a shovelful of dirt in the historic town of Deadwood can expect to have an archaeologist peering over their shoulders in case any artifacts from the city's past are unearthed.

OK, that's an exaggeration. But while residents are safe from having their flower and vegetable garden plots scrutinized, any private or public construction project requiring excavation is required to have a state archaeologist monitor it in most of the town, which was named a national historic landmark in 1961.

City zoning laws have an entire chapter on historic preservation, Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker told the Rapid City Journal. Read More

January 16, 2019
A new clue could explain the mysterious disappearance of a Civil War submarine

A broken pipe may help explain why a famous Civil War submarine sank off of Charleston, South Carolina, more than 150 years ago.

The H.L. Hunley became the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy ship in combat when it sank the wooden ship USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864. The Confederate vessel disappeared with all its eight crew members.

More than 130 years later the Hunley was discovered on the ocean floor. The sub was raised and taken to a laboratory in North Charleston in 2000. Read More

January 15, 2019
Three large asteroids prompt NASA to issue near Earth object alert

Three rogue asteroids are set to speed uncomfortably close to the Earth tomorrow.

The largest of the trio could cause catastrophe if it smashes into our planet, and is as large as the leaning tower of Pisa.

That’s according to NASA, which has listed the asteroids on its “near-Earth objects” alert page. Read More

January 12, 2019
Archaeologists Find Ancient Tool in Area That Can Unlock Age

DURYEA, Pa. (AP) — It wasn't only the stone tool — possibly more than 8,000 years old — that excited Al Pesotine.

It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group's dig site in Duryea.

That context gave archaeologists with the local chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology a rare opportunity. They could carbon-date the remnants of the fire pit to learn when prehistoric people were using that very tool. Added to other information archaeologists have pieced together from other sites, it shows when, where and how people were living thousands of years ago. Read More

January 04, 2019
A site thought to be linked to the Lost Colony is now part of a new state nature preserve
A swatch of swamp and farm land at the head of Albemarle Sound that may contain
archaeological clues about the fate of the famed Lost Colony is now a state nature preserve.

The Salmon Creek State Natural Area covers 1,000 acres in a remote corner of Bertie County, where the creek meets the sound near the mouth of the Chowan River. The N.C. Coastal Land Trust bought the land and recently gave it to the state parks department.

The property had been approved for development of up to 2,800 homes and a 212-slip marina, said Camilla Herlevich, the land trust’s executive director. Though that project was abandoned with the recession 10 years ago, Herlevich said the owners put the property back on the market in early 2017. Read More

January 03, 2019
New book sheds light on Harvard’s forgotten 1931 archaeology trek in eastern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — In the summer of 1931, a group of Harvard researchers descended into eastern Utah to continue a study that first identified a new Native American group that once called the area home. They took to horseback and completed the longest archaeologist trip of its kind.

However, there’s little known about the trip or if it yielded any sort of results because — for no known reason — it was never published. The thousands of documents and hundreds of photos from the expedition were left in boxes in the basement of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and have remained there for decades. The trip remains an archaeological mystery for that reason. Read More

December 27, 2018
Archaeology Group: Work on Property Endangering Artifacts

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A non-profit that identifies, acquires and preserves archaeological sites in the United States has raised concerns that dirt and construction work on county-owned land in Mississippi endangers artifacts connected to what could be the birthplace of slavery in a region.

Jessica Crawford with The Archaeological Conservancy wrote to Adams County Board of Supervisors attorney Scott Slover last week. She expressed concerns that work associated with the construction of a power substation and switching station for the former International Paper Company property is destroying what remains of a 1720s French plantation, the Natchez Democrat reported . Read More

December 14, 2018
Iowa’s prehistoric value below surface

Megan Stroh Messerole and volunteers did some digs in the area over the summer as part of her archaeology field school.

With hundreds of known archaeological sites along the banks of the Little Sioux River, northwestern Iowa is a treasure for archaeology—a past of intrinsic value that many modern locals have yet to discover.

“If you just go into a museum and see a couple rocks and don’t know what you’re looking at, that’s all they are,” said Stroh Messerole, an archaeologist for Sanford Museum in Cherokee. “A plate is just a plate without a backstory.” Read More

December 14, 2018
Underwater archaeologists research boats that sank in Lake Minnetonka

Whatever you do, don’t call them treasure hunters.

It’s true that underwater archaeologists Ann Merriman and Christopher Olson hunt for historical treasures while exploring the bottoms of Minnesota lakes. “But we don’t romanticize it,” Merriman said. Read More

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

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

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

December 07, 2018
The Most Amazing Historical Discoveries of 2018

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

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

December 03, 2018
The Archaeology Of Outer Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 13, 2018
Archaeology project planned for battlefield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 01, 2018
Archaeologists uncover history in the waterfront

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

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

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

November 01, 2018
Archaeological finds kept secret in public filings

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

One case in point is the proposed Babcock Solar project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But did the diggers dig deep enough?

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

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09-25-10: Book- Metal Detecting and Archaeology
Edited by Suzie Thomas
Edited by Peter Ston

The invention of metal detecting technology during the Second World War allowed the development of a hobby that has traditionally been vilified by archaeologists as an uncontrollable threat to the proper study of the past. This book charts the relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors over the past fifty odd years within an international context. It questions whether the great majority of metal detectors need be seen as a threat or, as some argue, enthusiastic members of the public with a valid and legitimate interest in our shared heritage, charting the expansion of metal detecting as a phenomenon and examining its role within traditional archaeology. A particular strength of the book is its detailed case studies, from South Africa, the USA, Poland and Germany, where metal detectors have worked with, and contributed significantly towards, archaeological understanding and research.
With contributions from key individuals in both the metal detecting and archaeological communities, this publication highlights the need for increased understanding and cooperation and asks a number of questions crucial to the development of a long term relationship between archaeologists and metal detectors.

Dec 13, 2010
Bones of Contention
Published: December 12, 2010
New York Times
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LAST winter, the Department of the Interior issued regulations for the disposition of ancient American Indian remains and funerary objects that cannot be affiliated with modern tribes. Unfortunately, these new rules will destroy a crucial source of knowledge about North American history and halt a dialogue between scientists and Indian tribes that has been harmonious and enlightening.

The new regulations help carry out the 20-year-old Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law that was devised by tribes, scientists and museum officials. It was a compromise between the tribes’ sensitivity to having the remains of their ancestors excavated and analyzed and the archaeologists’ desire to learn what bones can reveal about ancient peoples’ diet, health, migration patterns, marriage practices and so on.

Scientists acknowledged that it is wrong to study the dead in ways that insult the living. Therefore, they relinquished control over the 25 percent of all catalogued remains at museums and other institutions that could be culturally affiliated with federally recognized tribes. Some tribes have reburied these remains, others have stored them, and some have asked institutions to continue to hold them.

In making arrangements to repatriate these culturally affiliated remains over the past 20 years, archaeologists and tribal leaders opened new lines of communication with each other.

This was a welcome development, because relations between them had been touchy, at best. Many American Indians had questioned the need for research on their ancestors’ bones, and considered archaeological digs to be insulting, or simple theft. Tensions were often high. I still recall the moment in 1979, when I was starting out in archaeology, that two young Paiute men approached me in a bar in Fallon, Nev., flashing knives, and warned me not to “dig up” their grandfather.

Today, many tribes have a more positive view of archaeology. More American Indians study the science today, and tribes have their own archaeology programs, and work with outside researchers. I am working with the Salish-Kootenai and Blackfeet tribes in Glacier National Park, in Montana, to study archaeological and paleoecological information in receding ice patches.

The new federal regulations undermine this progress. In an effort to repatriate the 124,000 sets of remains that cannot be affiliated with recognized tribes using current evidence, they ignore the importance of tribal connections to ancient remains — that essential common value that drew the tribes and the scientists together. Institutions must now offer to repatriate remains to tribes that have no demonstrable cultural affiliation with them.

In some situations, under the new rules, institutions are directed to simply “transfer control of culturally unidentifiable human remains to other Indian tribes” or, in clear violation of the law, “to an Indian group that is not federally recognized.” If all else fails, institutions can simply re-inter the unidentifiable remains near where they were found.

The main objective, it seems, is to get rid of the remains however possible, as quickly as possible. The regulations clearly undermine the law’s compromise, and Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, should rescind them.

Those who wrote the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act recognized that the older remains are, the more difficult it is to affiliate them with any modern tribe. But science continues to develop methods that can help determine cultural affiliation. This work should be allowed to continue. Someday, all the skeletal remains may be repatriated to their proper descendants. In the process we will have learned much, through archaeological analysis, about the dead, and much more, through dialogue between scientists and tribes, about the living.

Robert L. Kelly is a professor of anthropology at the University of Wyoming.

National Parks Traveler Commentary, news, and life in America's Parks
Metal Detectors at Palo Alto Battlefield? These "Hunters" were on a Mission. Over two dozen people were seen scouring parts of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park with metal detectors in recent weeks, and then collecting historic artifacts they discovered during their search. What was going on…and where is Palo Alto Battlefield?
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Volunteer Metal Detectorist and Archaeology
Here is an interesting article post by the National Park Service. The conclusions of the article are very positive.
Conclusion from the Article:
This project clearly shows the level of information collection possible using a group of dedicated volunteer metal detector hobbyists. Without the metal detector hobbyists volunteering their time, none of the new information about the Kings Mountain battle would be available to the public. The relationship has been one of mutual benefit, as volunteers are able to work in places to which they would not otherwise have access and they can handle and photograph the artifacts found. This gives them “bragging rights” and additional information about material culture.

The archeologists, on the other hand, have a cadre of hard working volunteers. The volunteers are knowledgeable about the material culture and each individual is an important resource. They are willing to travel great distances, sometime at personal expense, to participate in the fieldwork. In short, park archeologists would be unable to do this work without the skills that these volunteers bring.
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Pastport in Time (A Volunteer Program by the USDA Forest Service)
Many of the projects undertaken by the Forest Service seeks metal detectorist volunteers .
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Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization

The volunteers of BRAVO, a nonprofit organization, work to promote public interest in history and archaeology in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, State Park Service.

BRAVO's purpose is to preserve, publicize, and enhance New Jersey's cultural heritage, from prehistory to the recent past, with an emphasis on our Revolutionary War heritage.
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Hunting History: Archaeologists and detectorists to continue survey of Rosalia's Steptoe Battlefield
Spokane treasure hunters helping look for clues about what really happened during battle nearly 150 years ago. Read More
Archaeology - The Archaeology of Battlefields
A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
From the article:
Who came up with the idea of using volunteer teams with metal detectors to survey fields? It's kind of a low-tech, low-cost remote sensing. Metal detectors are simply low-cost near-surface electrical conductivity meters. They are a geophysical method. When Richard Fox and I began planning the first Little Bighorn investigations we were well aware of work from the 1950s on that site and others where metal detectors were used to find battle artifacts. Those initial efforts had mixed results due to detector technology of that time. By the 1980s detectors were much more sophisticated and sensitive to buried metals, so it was a natural choice of equipment to use on a battle site where firearms predominated We also realized that we did not have the time or funding to conduct a traditional archaeological inventory and testing program, so using volunteer metal detectors seemed to be a reasonable alternative. As they say, the rest is history. Later I did a computer simulation on the Little Bighorn metal-detected artifact find locations by laying a shovel test array over the field, with 5 and 10 meter spacing, to see how many of the 5,000 artifacts we would have found using traditional shovel testing methods--the results were truly surprising, with fewer than 10 falling in any of 50 cm shovel test locales. These findings have been borne out over and over again on other battlefield work throughout this country and in Europe. I, by no means, advocate replacing traditional archaeological investigations with metal detecting, rather I espouse adding the detector and a knowledgeable operator to the archaeologist's toolkit.

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Society for American Archaeology (SAA)
Metal Detectorists Participating in Archaeology Research

This site list nine to ten situations where volunteer metal detectorist worked on archaeological project both in the U.S. and the U.K.
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The Impact OF Metal Detectors: Preservation Lessons from the Battlefield
William B. Lees, Director
Historic Sites Division
Oklahoma Historical Society

Subject: Metal Detecting on National Forests
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 96 08:04:00 MST
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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