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Japans oldest weights

11 smooth stones dating back to the Yayoi Period (300 B.C. - 300 A.D.) may be Japan's oldest weights used for scales. To find what the stones were actually used for, Morimoto collected data and made calculations in the spring of last year that suggested they may be two sets of

New method developed to find DNA in ancient bones

A researcher in Norway has developed a new method to determine whether ancient bones contain DNA. This approach could overcome a major problem of identifying useful genetic material in large collections of prehistoric bones without resorting to extensive and expensive laboratory studies. Hege Ingjerd Hollund proposes a combination of three screening methods

Roman horseshoes found in London

Archaeologists surveying ahead of a railway construction project in London have unearthed three Roman horseshoes. The scene is Londinium, the thriving metropolis at the centre of Roman Britain. A trader is driving his horse toward the local market, making use of a well-formed Roman road. He is in the area of present-day

Roman temple found in Wales

Archaeologists in Wales have unearthed evidence of an ancient Roman temple while searching for an 11th century Norman church. "There had been questions before the dig began because a church would be orientated east west where as this building was north south and as soon as we started to dig all

Bronze age game pieces found in Turkey

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed the world's oldest yet-found gaming pieces in a Bronze Age burial in Turkey. Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found, according to Turkish archaeologists who are excavating early Bronze Age graves. Found in a burial at Ba?ur

Figurine of fertility goddess found in Turkey

The head of an 8,000-year-old statue, believed to belong to a fertility goddess, has been found in western Turkey. The head of an 8,000-year-old statue of a goddess has been found during excavations in ?zmir’s Ye?ilova tumulus. Associate Professor Zafer Derin said they had found very important pieces during this year’s excavations,

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