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17th-century POW remains found in Durham, England

The remains of up to 28 individuals, believed to have been Scottish POWs captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, have been unearthed in Durham, England. Now, a new blog by Durham University’s Department of Archaeology reveals that research has shown many of the individuals were between 13 to 25

Skeleton mosaic found during construction in Turkey

Construction in a dining room in Turkey has led to the discovery of a floor mosaic with a depiction of a skeleton. “There are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities:

Ancient mass graves found near Athens

Two mass graves containing the remains of more than 80 men have been found at a construction site near Athens, Greece. Two small vases discovered amongst the skeletons have allowed archaeologists to date the graves from between 675 and 650 BC, “a period of great political turmoil in the region”, the

300 skeletons found under English parking lot

300 skeletons have been exhumed from beneath a former parking lot in Godalming, England. “It will be interesting and exciting for our local historians to re-examine the original site plan of Godalming’s ancient centre and possibly recreate our early medieval town map. “I have offered the use of our churchyard but owing

70 skeletal remains found at 9,000-year-old farming site

The remains of more than 70 individuals have been found at the 9,000-year-old farming site of Shk?rat Msaied in Jordan. “It is interesting there are an unusually large number of children buried, ranging from small babies to adolescents,” said Kinzel. “There seems to have been a strong tendency to bury children

Genomes of headless Romans studied

The skeletons of seven Romans found in York, some of whom were decapitated, have undergone genome analysis. Archaeologists have speculated that the skeletons belonged to gladiators, although they could also have been soldiers or criminals. Several suffered perimortem decapitation and were all of a similar age – under 45 years old.

Ancient horse skeleton found in near Athens

An intact horse skeleton has been found in a necropolis near Athens, Greece. A burial site containing an unusually well preserved skeleton of a horse, intact even down to the hooves, was among the finds discovered during landscaping works around the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in the Faliro Delta, a

Congenital syphilis found in 14th century remains

Researchers in Vienna have identified congenital syphilis in human remains found in the cathedral square of St. Pölten, Austria. In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that has been the accepted

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