Unearthed! in 2017, Part 2


 Drawing of a reconstruction the grave of a high-ranking Viking warrior, determined through genetic analysis to have been female.  Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson/© Neil Price, via EurekAlert
Drawing of a reconstruction the grave of a high-ranking Viking warrior, determined through genetic analysis to have been female. Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson/© Neil Price, via EurekAlert

This wrap up of 2017's historical discoveries and updates includes finds from institutions’ own collections, exhumations, repatriations, and a lot of prehistory, before finishing off with edibles and potables.

Tracy's Research:

  • "How Neanderthals made the very first glue." PhysOrg. 8/31/2017. https://phys.org/news/2017-08-neanderthals.html
  • "Oldest Australian human returned to 42,000-year-old grave." PhysOrg. 11/17/2017. https://phys.org/news/2017-11-oldest-australian-human-year-old-grave.html
  • ACN. "Spain's takeover of Catalonia casts uncertainty on exhumation of Civil War mass graves." Catalan News. 11/30/2017. http://www.catalannews.com/society-science/item/spain-s-takeover-of-catalonia-casts-uncertainty-on-exhumation-of-civil-war-mass-graves
  • AFP. "400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist." Archaeology News Network. 8/20/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/08/400-viking-objects-stolen-in-norway.html#1ovU5eTt08C5XHQt.99
  • AFP. "Iceman Ötzi's Last Meal Was 'Stone Age Bacon'." Seeker. 1/19/2017. https://www.seeker.com/iceman-tzis-last-meal-was-stone-age-bacon-2201031508.html
  • AP. "Judy Garland's remains moved from NY to LA." USA Today. 1/30/2017. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/01/30/judy-garland-hollywood-forever/97268752/
  • Archaeology News Network. "16th century English Tudor rose pendant unearthed near the Kremlin." 2/1/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/02/16th-century-english-tudor-rose-pendant.html#G0KMsHbYoQxv6XrZ.99.
  • Archaeology News Network. "200 looted artefacts recovered in northern Italy." 2/24/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/02/200-looted-artefacts-recovered-in.html#8xzlPsTHtIxS5fhR.99
  • Archaeology News Network. "3,500 year old jewellery workshop found on Kuwaiti island." 1/26/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/01/3500-year-old-jewellery-workshop-found.html#hz6zZqd8ci5pUTvd.99
  • Archaeology News Network. "Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 year connection to Australia." 3/8/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/03/aboriginal-hair-shows-50000-year.html#wSBJy8544RjvxTd5.99
  • Archaeology News Network. "Ancient figures reveal trading routes of prehistoric African civilization." 1/24/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/01/ancient-figures-reveal-trading-routes.html#OhIJ91O9sghXi4EH.99
  • Archaeology News Network. "Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon." 2/6/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/02/hundreds-of-ancient-earthworks-built-in.html#MDgPX6A52V5LDgrC.99
  • Archaeology. "More on Florida's Latest Dugout Canoe ." 10/6/2017. https://www.archaeology.org/news/5973-171006-florida-dugout-canoe
  • Archaeology. "Roasted Turnip Found in 16th-Century Siberian Settlement." 2/14/2017. https://www.archaeology.org/news/5308-170214-siberia-turnip-pot
  • Arizona State University. "ASU scientist finds advanced geometry no secret to prehistoric architects in US Southwest." EurekAlert. 1/23/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/asu-asf012317.php
  • BBC News. "Blenheim Palace flowerpot turns out to be Roman coffin." 3/9/2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-39216040
  • BBC News. "Mummy shroud found after 80 years in museum collection." 3/9/2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39218939
  • Bilefsky, Dan. "Danish Father and Son Team Up on Homework and Turn In a German Warplane." New York Times. 3/8/2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/europe/denmark-german-warplane-wwii.html?_r=0
  • Blue, Alexis. Archaeologists uncover new clues to Maya collapse." Archaeology News Network. 1/23/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/01/archaeologists-uncover-new-clues-to.html#hu7VDC187MbowSo3.99
  • Callaway, Ewen. "Neanderthal tooth plaque hints at meals — and kisses." Nature. 3/8/2017. http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthal-tooth-plaque-hints-at-meals-and-kisses-1.21593
  • Daily Sabah. "2,000 year old olive oil mill found in ancient city of Tripolis." Archaeology News Network. 10/6/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/2000-year-old-olive-oil-mill-found-in.html#H8fepCplz8uFQBJX.99
  • DeMay, Daniel. "Investigators: D.B. Cooper letter confirms suspect, FBI cover-up." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 11/21/2017. http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/D-B-Cooper-Seattle-FBI-cover-up-evidence-12357487.php
  • DePastino, Blake. "Wyoming Wildfire Reveals 'Massive' Shoshone Camp, Thousands of Artifacts." 8/9/2017. http://westerndigs.org/wyoming-wildfire-reveals-massive-pre-contact-shoshone-camp-thousands-of-artifacts/
  • Domonoske, Camila. "Japanese Blogger Points Out Timeline Flaw In Supposed Earhart Photo." NPR. 7/11/2017. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/11/536620463/japanese-blogger-points-out-timeline-flaw-in-supposed-earhart-photo
  • Dove, Laurie. "We Finally Know Why Ancient Roman Concrete Outlasts Our Own." HowStuffWorks. 7/11/2017. https://science.howstuffworks.com/why-ancient-roman-concrete-stronger-than-modern.htm
  • Fortin, Jacey. "A Photo of Billy the Kid Bought for $10 at a Flea Market May Be Worth Million." New York Times. 11/16/2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/billy-the-kid-photo.html?_r=0
  • Fosco, Molly. "1,800-Year-Old Shipwreck Found Almost Completely Intact Off Spanish Coast." Seeker. 2/1/2017. https://www.seeker.com/1800-year-old-shipwreck-found-almost-completely-intact-off-spanish-coa-2231406566.html
  • Gannon, Megan. "540-Year-Old Page from Medieval Priests' Handbook Discovered." LiveScience. 5/2/2017. https://www.livescience.com/59087-page-from-medieval-priests-handbook-discovered.html
  • Geggel, Laura. "94-Year-Old 'Ten Commandments' Sphinx Unearthed in Coastal Dunes." LiveScience. 11/29/2017. https://www.livescience.com/61045-hollywood-sphinx-found-in-dunes.html
  • Geggel, Laura. "Buried Treasure: Ancient Grave Found Brimming with Jewels." LiveScience. 1/26/2017. https://www.livescience.com/57637-treasures-found-in-iron-age-grave.html
  • Geggel, Laura. "Wooden Figurines 'Weave' at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave." LiveScience. 4/19/2017. https://www.livescience.com/58741-tiny-looms-discovered-in-chinese-tomb.html
  • Gibbens, Sarah. "Massive Statue of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Found in Cairo." National Geographic. 3/10/2017. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/egypt-pharaoh-ramses-statue-discovered-cairo/
  • Golembiewski, Kate. "Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest." EurekAlert. 3/2/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/fm-aps022417.php
  • Goñi, Ainhoa. "Neanderthals at El Sidrón ate a diet of wild mushrooms, pine nuts and moss." EurekAlert. 3/8/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-03/snrc-nae030617.php
  • Gonzales, Richard. "Hobby Lobby To Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities." NPR. 7/5/2017. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/05/535698988/hobby-lobby-to-forfeit-smuggled-iraqi-antiquities
  • Greek City Times. "NY Metropolitan Museum to return stolen ancient Greek vase to Italy." Archaeology News Network. 8/3/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/08/ny-metropolitan-museum-to-return-stolen.html#LYVMH2xtgkPW2FwP.99
  • Green, Sarah Jean. "'A wrong had finally been righted': Tribes bury remains of ancient ancestor known as Kennewick Man." Seattle Times. 1/19/2017. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/tribes-bury-remains-of-ancient-ancestor-also-called-kennewick-man/
  • Held, Amy. "Exhumation Shows Spanish Woman Not Salvador Dalí's Daughter, Foundation Says." NPR. 9/6/2017. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/06/548934012/exhumation-shows-spanish-woman-not-salvador-dal-s-daughter-says-foundation
  • Higgins, Erica Doyle. "Iron Age skeletal remains discovered on Irish coast after Storm Ophelia." Irish Post. 10/19/2017. http://irishpost.co.uk/iron-age-skeletal-remains-discovered-on-irish-coast-after-storm-ophelia/
  • Inomata, Takeshi et al. "High-precision radiocarbon dating of political collapse and dynastic origins at the Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 114 No. 6. February 7, 2017. http://www.pnas.org/content/114/6/1293.full
  • Jarus, Owen. "Ancient Assyrian Tomb with 10 Skeletons Discovered in Iraq." LiveScience. 3/28/2017. http://www.livescience.com/58433-ancient-assyrian-tomb-discovered-in-iraq.html
  • Kennedy, Maev. "Treasure and intrigue: scientists unravel story of 1740 Kent shipwreck." The Guardian. 8/18/2017. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/treasure-and-intrigue-scientists-unravel-story-of-1740-kent-shipwreck#img-1
  • Kennedy, Merrit. "Antarctic Heritage Trust." NPR. 8/14/2017.
  • Kentish, Ben. "Schoolgirl discovers mystery sword in same lake King Arthur's legendary Excalibur was thrown." Independent. 9/5/2017. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/schoolgirl-excalibur-king-arthur-lake-discover-dozmary-pool-cornwall-bodmin-moor-matilda-jones-a7930881.html
  • Kiger, Patrick J. "Two Competing Amelia Earhart Theories Present New Evidence." HowStuffWorks. 7/11/2017. https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/amelia-earhart-photo-nikumaroro-2017-expedition.htm
  • Kirka, Danica. "Britain to give Canada the Shipwrecks of Explorer Franklin." PhysOrg. 10/23/2017. https://phys.org/news/2017-10-britain-canada-shipwrecks-explorer-franklin.html
  • Kocalar, Zuhal Uzundere. "Ancient pot discovery in Turkey contests smiley origin." Archaeology News Network. 7/17/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/07/ancient-pot-discovery-in-turkey.html#LMuFfkUvVXAIlgpW.99
  • Krausse, Dirk et al. "The 'Keltenblock' project: discovery and excavation of a rich Hallstatt grave at the Heuneburg, Germany." Antiquity. February 2017. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/div-classtitlethe-keltenblock-project-discovery-and-excavation-of-a-rich-hallstatt-grave-at-the-heuneburg-germanydiv/06DA174F38A2CD1D2EB737222AAFCEBA
  • Lorenzi, Rossella. "Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle." Seeker. 1/27/2017. https://www.seeker.com/ancient-mayan-superhighways-found-in-the-guatemala-jungle-2219303581.html
  • Lorenzi, Rossella. "Oldest Prostate Stones Ever Found Suggest a Man Was in Agony 12,000 Years Ago." 1/31/2017. https://www.seeker.com/oldest-prostate-stones-ever-found-suggest-a-man-was-in-agony-12000-yea-2228584491.html
  • Lorenzi, Rossella. "Three Tons of Victorian Ketchup and Condiment Bottles Found in London." 1/12/2017. https://www.seeker.com/three-tons-of-victorian-ketchup-and-condiment-bottles-found-in-london-2190392817.html
  • Macdonald, Cheyenne. "Earliest example of dental fillings found In Italy." Archaeology News Network. 4/11/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/04/earliest-example-of-dental-fillings.html#WU36Dkp6XqBHjjLr.99
  • McCrone, Brian and George Spencer. "DNA Solves Mystery of 'America's 1st Serial Killer' H.H. Holmes." NBC Los Angeles. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/Was-It-Really-Americas-First-Serial-Killer-HH-Holmes-Buried-in-a-Delaware-County-Grave-DNA-Evidence-Concludes-442255783.html?_osource=taboola-recirc
  • Metcalfe, Tom. "Ancient 'Plain of Jars' Site Recreated in Virtual Reality." LiveScience. 1/5/2017. https://www.livescience.com/57395-plain-of-jars-burial-site-in-virtual-reality.html
  • Minnich, Dan. "Lost songs of the Holocaust found in UA archives." University of Akron. 2/2/2017. http://www.uakron.edu/im/news/lost-songs-of-the-holocaust-found-in-ua-archives/
  • Monroe, Robert. "Two missing World War II B-25 bombers documented by Project Recover off Papua New Guinea." EurekAlert. 5/23/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-05/uoc--tm052217.php
  • Museum of the American Revolution. "'Holy Grail' of American Ceramics Found During Archaeological Excavation of New Museum Site in Philadelphia." 1/3/2017. https://www.amrevmuseum.org/press-room/press-releases/%E2%80%9Choly-grail%E2%80%9D-american-ceramics-found-during-archaeological-excavation-new
  • Nair, Roshini. "Archeological find affirms Heiltsuk Nation's oral history." CBC News. 3/30/2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/archeological-find-affirms-heiltsuk-nation-s-oral-history-1.4046088
  • Paul Revere's privy? http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/26/paul-revere-outhouse-north-end-house-dig-joe-bagley/
  • Persson, Charlotte Price. "1,000 year old Viking toilet uncovered in Denmark." Archaeology News Network. 6/18/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/06/1000-year-old-viking-toilet-uncovered.html#MyWLUmQ6bQWqC2P4.99
  • PLOS. "Leprosy strain genotyped from medieval pilgrim at UK burial site." EurekAlert. 1/26/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/p-lsg011917.php
  • Powell, Alvin. "Human activity has polluted European air for 2000 years, study finds." Archaeology News Network. 5/31/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/05/human-activity-has-polluted-european.html#uoUBoqqccZoXylhB.99
  • Price, Michael. "'Vanished' people may live on in the U.S. Southwest." 8/8/2017. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/vanished-people-may-live-american-southwest
  • Pynn, Larry. "Archaeology study reveals unique glimpse into Bridge River aboriginals spanning 1,500 years." Vancouver Sun. 3/29/2017. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/archaeology-study-reveals-unique-glimpse-into-bridge-river-aboriginals-spanning-1500-years
  • Reid, Jess. "Rare Glass Spearhead Found on Rottnest Island." 6/7/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/06/rare-glass-spearhead-found-on-rottnest.html#WpId3UWXVlHsYveA.97
  • Remains of 8th Century Flush Toilet Found in Gyeongju. 9/26/2017. http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=130466
  • Richards, Heather. "Remains of Northern Arapaho boys finally buried on the Wind River Reservation." 8/18/2017. http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/remains-of-northern-arapaho-boys-finally-buried-on-the-wind/article_03988409-751e-5f9c-b0f6-a6d26d1cae51.html
  • Robertson, Joshua. "Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed." The Guardian. 5/27/2017. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/28/australian-convict-pirates-in-japan-evidence-of-1830-voyage-unearthed
  • Robinson, Heather A. et al. "Ritual complexity in a past community revealed by ancient DNA analysis of pre-colonial terracotta items from Northern Ghana." Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 79, March 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440317300055
  • Saltonstall, Patrick. "Prehistoric Fish Trap and Petroglyphs Found on Kodiak Island." Alaska Native News. 6/23/2017. http://alaska-native-news.com/prehistoric-fish-trap-and-petroglyphs-found-on-kodiak-island-29163
  • Sample, Ian. "Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm – and hints at spectacular haul of statues." The Guardian. 10/4/2017. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/04/antikythera-shipwreck-yields-new-treasures-and-hints-of-priceless-classical-statues
  • Sanz, Immaculada. "Spanish parliament urges government to exhume Franco's remains." Reuters. 5/11/2017. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-franco/spanish-parliament-urges-government-to-exhume-francos-remains-idUSKBN1871TQ
  • Semeniuk, Ivan. "DNA deepens mystery of Newfoundland's lost Beothuk people." The Globe and Mail. 10/12/2017. https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/dna-deepens-mystery-of-newfoundlands-lost-beothuk-people/article36560469/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&
  • Shearn, Amy. "Unearthing a Forgotten Edith Wharton Play." JSTOR Daily. 6/5/2017. https://daily.jstor.org/unearthing-a-forgotten-edith-wharton-play/?cid=soc_tw_JSTOR
  • Smith, Stephen. "Live cannonball from Battle of the Plains of Abraham found in Old Quebec." CBC News. 7/14/2017. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/cannon-ball-quebec-city-1.4202559
  • Starr, Michele. "A Priest Used The Butt of Jesus as an 18th Century Time Capsule." ScienceAlert. 12/4/2017. https://sciencealert.com/18th-century-jesus-statue-butt-time-capsule-priest-spain
  • Stockholm University. "An officer and a gentlewoman from the Viking army in Birka." EurekAlert. 9/8/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-09/su-aoa090817.php
  • The Archaeology News Network. "Ancient Bog Road 'Damaged By Detectorists." 6/8/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/06/ancient-bog-road-damaged-by-detectorists.html#TkAYvEJxy40xQF7e.97
  • The History Blog. "Oldest madeira collection found in New Jersey museum." http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/48003
  • The History Blog. "Thousands of jars reveal Britain's saucy history." http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/45429
  • The Telegraph. "Body of headless Jacobite clan chief exhumed to solve 270-year-old mystery." 10/5/2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/body-headless-jacobite-clan-chief-exhumed-solve-270-year-old/
  • Towers, S. "Advanced geometrical constructs in a Pueblo ceremonial site, c 1200 CE." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Vol. 12. 4/2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X16302899
  • Two Men Arrested for Norway Viking Museum Heist. https://www.thelocal.no/20171109/two-men-arrested-for-norway-viking-museum-heist
  • University of Exeter. "Ancient city found in Ethiopia sheds new light on country's history." 6/16/2017. http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/news/title_589582_en.html
  • University of Exeter. "Medieval men were diagnosed with infertility and prescribed treatments." Archaeology News Network. 7/27/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/07/medieval-men-were-diagnosed-with.html#fioGBGbb5FdBukfA.99
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Study rewrites the history of corn in corn country." EurekAlert. 2/14/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoia-srt021417.php
  • University of Kansas. "Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire." EurekAlert. 1/17/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uok-dar011317.php
  • University of Montreal. "The first humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed." EurekAlert. 1/16/2017. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/uom-tfh011317.php
  • University of South Florida. "World's Oldest Italian Wine Just Discovered." 8/24/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/08/worlds-oldest-italian-wine-just.html#QBKd6Ib3368DjWg6.97
  • University of Western Australia. "Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave." Archaeology News Network. 11/23/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/11/batavias-mysteries-unfold-with.html#5UcmxBO9cdWRorHQ.99.
  • Ursua, Mathew. "75 Years After Start of Internment, Archaeologists Excavate Hawaii's Largest Camp." 2/15/2017. NBC news. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/75-years-after-start-internment-archaeologists-excavate-hawaii-s-largest-n720756
  • Vachon, Michelle3. "Dig Unearths Ancient Furnace in Hunt for Cambodia's Past." The Cambodia Daily. 2/7/2017. https://www.cambodiadaily.com/morenews/dig-unearths-ancient-furnace-in-hunt-for-cambodias-past-124687/
  • Watling, Jennifer et al. "Impact of pre-Columbian "geoglyph" builders on Amazonian forests." PNAS. 2/21/2017. http://www.pnas.org/content/114/8/1868
  • Wright, Tony. "Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia." The Sydney Morning Herald. 7/20/2017. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/aboriginal-archaeological-discovery-in-kakadu-rewrites-the-history-of-australia-20170719-gxe3qy
  • Yates, Diana. "Study Reveals 10,000 Years Of Genetic Continuity In Northwest North America." Archaeology News Network. 4/4/2017. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/04/study-reveals-10000-years-of-genetic.html#z29z5hYvW5xz6mKb.97
  • Yirka, Bob. "Two studies offer evidence suggesting salmonella may have killed off the Aztecs." PhysOrg. 2/22/2017. https://phys.org/news/2017-02-evidence-salmonella-aztecs.html
  • Zhou, Naaman. "Earliest evidence of Aboriginal occupation of Australian coast discovered." The Guardian. 5/19/2017. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/19/indigenous-australian-life-cave-wa-50000-years#img-1

Topics in this Podcast: exhumations, maya, women, vikings, culinary history, archaeology, Unearthed!

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