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18th-century mission farmstead found in Florida

Archaeologists working in Augustine, Florida have found the Spanish mission farmstead of Pocotalaca. Pocotalaca and La Puenta are two of six Spanish missions that once surrounded St. Augustine. From 1717 to 1752, the Pocotalaca site was home for a small group of the Yamassee, a Native American group that came to

World’s oldest Bronze Age metropolis faces ruin

The 5,000-year-old city of Mohenjodaro may be ruined in 20 years due to salt corrosion. Mohenjodaro was a major centre of the pre-Hindu Indus civilisation, which dates back to 3000 BC. Its estimated 40,000 inhabitants were contemporaries of Bronze Age civilisations in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Yellow River settlements of

19 cannons found off English coast

19 cannons dating back between 1670 and 1710 have been found off the coast of Northumberland, England. A team of divers are exploring 88 wrecks lost before 1840 in a bid to find the most important historic sites. Now 19 cannon, some of which were undiscovered, have been found at the Gun

CT scanners used to look inside Mesopotamian clay balls

Archaeologists are employing the use of CT scanners and 3D modellers to look inside Mesopotamian clay balls dating back 5,500 years. The clay balls may represent the world's "very first data storage system," at least the first that scientists know of, said Christopher Woods, a professor at the University of Chicago's

Early hominids recycled

Israeli scientists have found that early hominids recycled old stone tools and bone objects. If you thought recycling was just a modern phenomenon championed by environmentalists— think again. There is mounting evidence that hundreds of thousands of years ago, our prehistoric ancestors recycled objects they used in their daily lives, say

80 ancient tombs excavated in China

Archaeologists have excavated a cluster of more than 80 tombs from the West Han Dyanasty (206 B.C. - 24 A.D.) in northern China. The tombs, located in Beidazhao Qiandong village of Nanhe County, 150 km south of the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, are believed to be from the middle and late