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Scurvy afflicted Columbus’s colony

A study of the remains of individuals who came to the New World with Christopher Columbus on his second trip has shown that the majority of the colonists suffered from scurvy. Historians have long blamed diseases such as smallpox, influenza, and malaria for the town's demise. But a study of graveyard

Chilean mummies show signs of arsenic poisoning

New analysis carried out on Chilean mummies has found high concentrations of arsenic. Previous analyses showed high concentrations of arsenic in the hair samples of mummies from both highland and coastal cultures in the region. However, researchers weren't able to determine whether the people had ingested arsenic or if the toxic

Founding of Rome pushed back 200 years

The discovery of a wall that dates back to 900 B.C. is pushing back the found of Rome by 200 years. Using the latest technology, archeologists in Italy uncovered pieces of the wall made from tufa – a type of limestone – along with fragments of ceramics and grains, during excavation

Islamic-era settlements found in Qatar

Two settlements dating back to the Islamic-era have been found in Qatar using an unmanned aerial vehicle. "The excavation of a site called Ras 'Ushairiq uncovered a large settlement called Rubayaqa which revealed several large courtyard homes, a mosque and two cemeteries. "Finds from the site were as diverse as iron cannon

Durham Cathedral’s Great Kitchen excavated

Excavation efforts in the Great Kitchen at Durham Cathedral has uncovered a vast amount of food waste. Mr Emery said that the kitchen was in use from the 14th Century up until the Second World War, catering for the monastic community, pilgrims and patients in the cathedral infirmary. “We have come across