The Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica
Audio News for June 19th through the 25th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Research on prehistoric tools gives new insight into early inhabitants of Britain (details)
  • Archaeologists hope new discoveries in Iranian hill village will secure UNESCO recognition. (details)
  • Archaeologists and firefighters adapt to protect ancient sites from fire (details)
  • 1,200 year old mosque in Israel considered one of the oldest known in the world (details)(details)
Audio News for June 12th through the 18th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Drought on the Arabian peninsula possibly contributed to the rise of Islam (details)
  • New research supports evidence that communities in the Americas independently developed democratic systems (details)
  • Israeli archaeologists find earliest evidence of fruit tree cultivation (details)
  • Analysis of 14th-century remains in Kyrgyzstan suggests Black Death plague may have originated in Central Asia (details)
Audio News for June 5th through the 11th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New research into chickens shows origin in Thailand, slow spread from there (details)
  • Oslo excavations find hundreds of unique medieval artifacts (details)
  • Shipwreck found off England’s east coast nearly killed the future James the Second (details)
  • Maya pits yield earliest evidence of classic corn-processing technique (details)
Audio News for May 29th through June 4th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Low reservoir levels offer new chance to study Bronze Age city in Iraq (details)(details)
  • Israeli dig finds first Roman military amphitheater in southern Levant (details)
  • Spanish cave reveals long record of paintings from Neanderthals and later humans (details)
  • Harvard collections include remains of Native Americans and possible enslaved people (details)
Audio News for May 22nd through the 28th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Abandoned Hellenistic farmstead unearthed in Israel (details)(details)
  • Maya gemstone tooth fillings may have had hygienic benefits (details)
  • Study of ancient proteins confirms early Australians ate the eggs of huge flightless birds (details)
  • Complex city ruins in the Amazon found using digital air-mapping technology (details)
Audio News for May 15th through the 21st, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Climate change threatens century-old Endurance shipwreck (details)
  • Components of ancient Chinese incense demonstrate the breadth of ancient trade networks (details)
  • Molar discovered in Laos determined to be Denisovan (details)
  • Ancient amphorae discovered by Ukrainian soldiers (details)
Audio News for May 8th through the 14th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Uruguay DNA study offers new insights into Indigenous origins and continuity (details)
  • Bird bone study shows medieval Estonians ate chicken, liked cockfights and used hawks for hunting (details)
  • Sardinian Bronze Age burial site reveals two more giant statues (details)
  • Turkish looters expose underground worship site from Neo-Assyrian Empire (details)
Audio News for May 1st through the 7th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Lone woman buried with elite men raises questions about gender roles in Neolithic Europe (details)
  • 3D modeling technique reveals full extent of large Indigenous cave painting in Alabama (details)
  • Stonehenge area offered ample resource base long before monument was built (details)
  • Indigenous Americans and Australians raised oysters sustainably for centuries (details)
Audio News from Archaeologica, April 24th through the 30th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New analysis on materials excavated 70 years ago reveals details about medieval Norwegian town (details)
  • Neanderthals in Lower Saxony region exhibited adaptability to a changing climate (details)
  • New research of Anglo-Saxon diets suggests that royals and peasants ate similarly and even intermixed at special meals (details)
  • Several Nevada tribes allege desecration of sacred land and appeal to archaeological firm to stop digging at site of planned lithium mine (details)
Audio News for April 17th through the 23rd, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study identifies at least 20 royal burial sites from King Arthur era (details)
  • Game dice found in Indian town believed to be 1,000 years old (details)
  • Statistical analysis of site mixing challenges claims for pre-Clovis peopling of the Americas (details)
  • Chinese text may be oldest description of aurora borealis (details)
Audio News for April 10th through the 16th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Ancient tsunami left Chilean coast sparsely inhabited for centuries (details)
  • Massive stone jars found in India may have been used to store the dead (details)
  • Guatemalan mural shows earliest example of Maya calendar (details)
  • Researchers propose new starting date for famous ancient Greek computer (details)
Audio News from Archaeologica, April 3rd through April 9th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Ancient jars reveal that Judean elite enjoyed vanilla flavored wine 2,600 years ago (details)
  • New study finds the Avars likely made a record-breaking migration from Mongolia (details)
  • Genetic research links increases in height, intelligence and proneness to heart disease to Neolithic societal shifts (details)
  • Human remains from a Puebla church provide insight into the 19th century French invasion of Mexico (details)
Audio News for March 27th through April 2nd, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Sardinian lead found at the site of an ancient Cypriot shipwreck points to sophisticated regional trade networks (details)
  • New study of Châtelperronian tools give greater insights into the rise and fall of early Neandertal communities (details)
  • Analysis of skeletal remains in Scotland find that some early people traveled great distances in the region (details)
  • Excavated funerary bundle contains remains of surgeon from the Sican Culture in Peru (details)
Audio News for March 20th through the 26th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists reportedly find oldest Hebrew text on ancient curse tablet (details)
  • Norse settlers in Greenland contended with water shortages (details)
  • Study finds ice-free land route was not available to early human arrivals to the Americas (details)
  • New study documents burial practices in Neolithic Turkey, including the use of pigments (details)
Audio News for March 13th through the 19th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists discover remains of institute intended to attract great Chinese intellectuals during the Warring States period (details)
  • New study shows Native American burning practices helped manage the forests of the Klamath Mountains (details)
  • Evidence of silver extraction and abandoned mausoleum in the English countryside puzzle archaeologists (details)
  • Ritual deposit of starfish found in Aztec temple in Mexico City (details) (details)
Audio News for March 6th through the 12th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Israeli study finds that prehistoric people may have reused discarded tools in memory of ancestors (details)
  • New evidence points to the importance of linen and oil in ancient Levant societies (details)
  • Symbol stone found in farmer’s field believed to date back to the time of the emergence of early Scotland (details)
  • 1,300-Year-Old Zapotec glyph in Mexico decoded (details)
Audio News for February 27th through March 5th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • First Nations residential school in Alberta reveals 169 potential gravesites (details)
  • New research suggests how Stonehenge tracked the solar year (details)
  • Peruvian burials suggest sacrifice of children as part of death rituals (details)
  • Geologic study traces origins of the Willendorf Venus stone carving (details)
Audio News for February 20th through the 26th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study further confirms stellar origin for Tutankhamun’s mysterious dagger (details)
  • Marks on 5000-year-old Spanish skull show world’s oldest ear operation (details)
  • Large mosaics in London came from upscale Roman roadhouse (details)
  • Earliest-known trousers show cultural exchange in ancient Asia (details)
Audio News for February 13th through the 19th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Newly unearthed Buddhist temple may be Pakistan’s oldest (details)
  • First application of new forensic method to ancient remains reveals man’s death by drowning (details)
  • Excavators recover medieval Papal seal on Swedish island (details)
  • New evidence of conquistadors found in the American Southwest (details)
Audio News for February 6th through the 12th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Excavations at the tomb of China’s first emperor reveal 20 more terracotta warriors. (details)
  • New study pushes back the arrival of modern humans in Europe. (details)
  • Large cache of pottery notepads sheds light on daily life in ancient Egypt. (details)
  • Study suggest indigenous Peruvian leaders used hallucinogens to build social ties and win loyalty. (details)
Audio News for January 30th through February 5th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Pottery from an island near northeastern Australia shows widespread trade three thousand years earlier than thought (details)
  • Meteorite remnants at Hopewell sites show massive comet burst immediately above North America (details) (details)
  • Peruvian tombs with rearranged bones may be response to desecration by conquistadors (details) (details)
  • Computer simulation shows cave-dwelling humans knew where to locate their fire (details)
Audio News for January 23rd through the 29th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Israeli site shows people ate well during the last Ice Age (details)
  • New study casts doubt on claims that meat eating led to evolution of bigger brains (details)
  • Geophysical research at Poverty Point reveals new complexity (details) (details)
  • Thousands of buried sites in UK threatened as climate change dries the soil (details)
Audio News for January 16th through the 22nd, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 3,000 year old tombs of wealthy ancient Chinese clan contain remains of ritually sacrificed warriors (details)
  • Funerary highways show early social and economic connections between ancient Arabian oases settlements (details)
  • Pottery fragments from prehistoric Nok culture shed light on history of West African cuisine (details)
  • New genome study reveals the earliest known bioengineered hybrid animal (details)
Audio News for January 9th through the 15th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Study of volcanic ash provides new date for one of world’s earliest Homo sapiens skulls (details)
  • Rare leather scale armor found in ancient Chinese tomb (details)
  • Study indicates that Medieval warhorses were unexpectedly small in stature (details)
  • Study of rare African script offers insight to early evolution of writing (details)
Audio News for January 2nd through the 8th, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Carving of royal falconer found in Oslo excavations (details)
  • New dating shows so-called “Viking” horned helmets are actually from the Bronze Age (details)
  • Palace toilet from Iron Age Jerusalem shows even elites had worms (details)
  • List of Maya food plants suggests resilience to drought was higher than believed (details)
Audio News for December 26th, 2021. through January 1st, 2022
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Ancient human DNA extracted from lice glue exhibits prehistoric migration patterns of Argentina’s early Ansilta culture (details)
  • Jin Dynasty tomb from northern China holds murals depicting good luck symbols (details)
  • 3D CT scan allows for virtual unwrapping of the mummy of Amenhotep the First (details)
  • New finds from Iran’s Burnt City site suggest farflung Bronze Age trade (details)
Audio News for December 19th through the 25th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 200,000-year-old remains of mammoths unearthed in UK alongside Ice Age-era stone tools (details)
  • Tribal insight provides invaluable cultural context after archaeologists discover 12,300-year-old tobacco seeds in Utah desert (details) (details)
  • Cluster of newly discovered Norse longhouses revealed near Viking ship burial in Norway (details)
  • Remains of last known U.S. slave-trade ship found to be mostly intact in Alabama river delta (details)
Audio News for December 12th through the 18th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study disputes prevalence of infanticide among ancient Spartans and Greeks (details)
  • Archaeologists discover the remains of the Americas’ oldest domesticated dog in British Columbia (details)
  • Early Mesolithic remains of baby girl found buried with shell jewelry in Italian cave (details) (details)
  • New research illustrates that cultural divergences in prehistoric Britain existed long before Roman influence (details)
Audio News for December 5th through the 11th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Cahokia Mounds gets new augmented reality app amid push for National Park status (details)
  • New work dates massive megalith site in Ethiopia to first century AD (details)
  • Remains of crucified man found in Roman cemetery in England (details)
  • Genes from now-extinct Denisovans help modern Tibetans survive at high altitude (details)
Audio News for November 28th through December 4th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Large Roman mosaic found on English farm (details)
  • Cyprus tomb artifacts point to elite family with expansive trade connections (details)
  • New study of Tanzania footprints suggests hominins made them, not bears (details)
  • New research shows quinoa was critical food for people around Lake Titicaca (details)
Audio News for November 21st through the 27th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Researchers take a fresh look at Maya salt factory in Belize (details)
  • Petroglyphs discovered at Canada’s Wanuskewin Heritage Park (details)
  • Discovery of ruined fortress unveiled as a Hannukah gift in Israel (details)
  • New study focuses on cultural and economic disruptions from the Justinianic Plague (details)
Audio News for November 14th through the 20th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study demonstrates humans accelerated the extinction of wooly mammoths (details)
  • LiDAR reveals the sophisticated agriculture of three Classic period Maya kingdoms (details)
  • Evidence of ancient mercury poisoning discovered from analysis of Iberian bones (details)
  • Study finds volcanic eruptions contributed to the demise of ancient Chinese dynasties (details)
Audio News for November 7th through the 13th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Canada’s oldest English coin discovered in Newfoundland (details)
  • New research suggests deep connections among Transeurasian languages and peoples (details)
  • New room discovered at Pompeii may have been the housing for slave family (details)
  • Ornate wooden bird once belonged to English queen Anne Boleyn (details)
Audio News for October 31st through November 6th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • First discovered skull of Homo naledi child reconstructed (details)
  • Elaborate villas still visible at submerged Roman resort town (details)
  • First complete Maya canoe found in Yucatan (details)
  • Boston construction plans may disturb island where hundreds of Native Americans died (details)
Audio News for October 24th through the 30th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • DNA analysis used to determine ancestry of mummified remains found in Xinjiang (details)
  • Artifacts from lost empire of Srivijaya being plundered in Sumatra (details)
  • Impacts of deforestation by resident population revealed at Chaco Canyon (details)
  • Study seeks to clarify scientific naming standards for early human ancestors (details)
Audio News for October 17th through the 23rd, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Study of horse DNA provides new evidence about the spread of the Indo-European languages (details)
  • Ancient Caucasians may have shunned gold for cultural reasons (details)
  • Cosmic radiation allows researchers to date Viking artifacts in Newfoundland (details)
  • Evidence from Madagascar shows that foragers make lasting changes to environments they inhabit. (details)
Audio News for October 10th through the 16th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Analysis of teeth shows early Native Americans did not come from Japan (details)
  • Medieval document suggests Italians heard about America 150 years before Columbus (details)
  • Lake sediments challenge history of human habitation in the Azores (details)
  • Earliest hominin footprints from Crete now dated to 6 million years ago (details)
Audio News for October 3rd through the 9th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 3D technology reveals new example of Easter Island’s lost script (details)
  • Genetics of Siberian dogs show widespread trade by early Arctic peoples (details)
  • Spirit mirror of Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer was Aztec artifact (details)
  • Remains of first Black church in Colonial Williamsburg are uncovered -- again (details)
Audio News for September 26th through October 2nd, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Historians document human impacts to the environment on islands of Micronesia (details)
  • New discoveries at Tikal demonstrate complex societal interactions (details)
  • Genetic testing suggests Etruscans were locals from eastern Europe (details)
  • Yale’s Vinland Map found to be a forgery (details)
Audio News for September 19th through the 25th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Impacts from meteor may be source of biblical tale of destruction of Sodom (details)
  • Analysis of fossilized footprints suggests humans came to North America long before end of Ice Age (details)
  • New research traces Maya societal recovery from habitat destruction following volcanic blast (details)
  • Scholars express concern for fate of Afghanistan’s historical sites under new regime (details)
Audio News Sep. 12th through the 18th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Bronze Age coffin unearthed on UK golf course yields new secrets during conservation (details) (details)
  • Handprints and footprints preserved in Tibetan mud may be oldest known art (details) (details)
  • Bone tools from Moroccan cave show how Pleistocene people made clothing (details)
  • Texas academics catalog African American graves at risk in American South (details)
Audio News September 5th through 11th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Acropolis renovations draw criticism for covering centuries of history (details)
  • Further evidence of human sacrifice in construction of Korea’s Moon Castle (details)
  • Unique artifacts uncovered in China highlight the creativity of ancient peoples (details)
  • New research explores interactions of ancient Pueblo with turkeys (details)
Audio News for August 29th through September 4th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Analysis of bone tools from Italy resets timeline of Neanderthal development (details)
  • First DNA evidence of ancient Toalean people recovered in Indonesia (details)
  • Louisiana earthworks created by rare group efforts from hunter-gatherers (details)
  • Artifacts reveal the softer side of Viking culture (details)
Audio News for August 22nd through the 28th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Michigan farm field produces first Clovis site in the state (details)
  • Remains of early farmers in arid desert of Chile show a history of violence (details)
  • Mexican pictographs are first record of pre-Conquest earthquakes (details)
  • Herculaneum bone studies shows men and women ate different diets (details)
Audio News Special Edition for August 22, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • January 3, 2021: Analysis of tree rings provides fresh evidence of climatic fluctuation (details)
  • May 2, 2021: Disruptions in Ancestral Puebloan societies attributed to the intersection of climate challenges with social tensions (details)
  • May 16, 2021: As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing (details)
  • July 25, 2021: Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological history of climate changes (details)
Audio News for August 8th through the 14th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New site in southern India adds insight on development of first urban cultures (details)
  • Roman artifact from Leicester suggests lions were brought to Britain (details)
  • Melting ice in Mongolia reveals new artifacts, and threats to conservation (details)
  • Peruvian villagers rally to repair rope bridges dating back to the Incas (details)
Audio News for August 1st through the 8th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Inscribed stone tablets show ancient Babylonians understood geometry (details)
  • Pristine artifacts from 4th century BC found off coast of Egypt (details)
  • Maya potters developed sophisticated techniques for creating glazes (details)
  • Study confirms pigments Neanderthals used to decorate Spanish cave (details)
Audio News for July 25th through the 31st, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New finds in sunken Egyptian port of Heracleion (details)
  • Japanese lake sediments show that origins of agriculture depended on a stable climate (details)
  • Indigenous roots and modern technology combine in search for missing residential school children (details)
  • Fats, proteins, microbes: new techniques help identify the details of ancient cuisines (details)
Audio News July 18th through the 24th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Researchers discover ancient cuneiform inscription and image of Babylon’s last king (details)
  • Clues from the final meal of a 2,400-year-old bog body found in Denmark (details)
  • Remnants of an ancient Roman road found submerged in Venice lagoon (details)
  • Interdisciplinary team focuses on the archaeological history of climate changes (details)
Audio News for July 11th through the 17th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Lakota shirt returned after a century in German museums (details)
  • Tomb of Hellenistic poet-astronomer uncovered in southern Turkey (details)
  • New Easter Island research finds population increase, not collapse (details)
  • Ancient Greek feasting grounds found on island of Cyprus (details)
Audio News for July 4th through the 10th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Burials from Gabonese cave show unique pattern of tooth removal (details)
  • Paleolithic carved bone from Germany shows Neanderthal use of symbols (details)
  • Mississippi dig shows how victorious Chickasaws put Spanish loot to use (details)
  • New expedition seeks Shackleton’s sunken Antarctic expedition ship (details)
udio News for June 27th through July 3rd, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Dendrochronology puts a date on a Bronze Age wooden pool in Italy (details)
  • Human waste traces show how Maya population varied due to climate swings (details)
  • Harvard University returns historic pipe tomahawk to Nebraska tribe (details)
  • Neolithic snake staff found in Finnish wetland site (details)
Audio News for June 20th through the 26th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Researchers identify remains of oldest known victim of shark attack (details)
  • DNA evidence reveals ancient Maya peoples tended to wild plant oases within city walls (details)
  • Pre-Neolithic grains may have fueled the elaborate constructions at Göbekli Tepe (details)
Audio News for June 13th through the 19th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • German henge found to be both a residential space and ritual space for human sacrifices (details)
  • Researchers use Google Earth to identify large geoglyph in India (details)
  • Florida island shows evidence of a long-lost native settlement (details)
  • Sudanese pyramids face degradation as sand invades (details)
Audio News for June 6th through the 12th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Rare early coins found in Polish field (details)
  • New evidence shows prehistoric Amazonians protected the rainforest (details)
  • Native American tribe buys back ancestral home in Maine (details)
  • COVID-19 gives cover to increased looting of Italy’s antiquities (details)
Audio News for May 30th through June 5th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Scotland’s Galloway Hoard unveils new mysteries of the Viking Age (details)
  • National Guard mobilized to protect Teotihuacan from illegal building (details)
  • Piecing together countless fragments of the past, then and now (details)
  • Roman graves in England held decapitated victims of harsh legal code (details)
Audio News for May 23rd through the 29th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • History of Black Pharaohs unearthed in northern Sudan (details)
  • Evidence of tools used for creating ancient tattoos found in Tennessee (details)
  • Ongoing excavations around Tulsa search for victims of Greenwood riots (details)
  • Ancient food scraps add evidence to the evolution of Kosher dietary practices (details)
Audio News for May 16th through the 22nd, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New machine learning method increases the efficiency and accuracy of sorting ancient pot sherds (details)
  • Fossil data demonstrate the devastating impact of European colonization on Guadeloupe’s reptile population (details)
  • Roman soldier under Vesuvius ash was possibly a rescuer (details)
  • Genetic material left behind in caves unlocks new discoveries about Europe’s Neanderthal populations (details)
Audio News for May 9th through the 15th, 2021
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Geology explains the Roman Hell Gate, where animals died in a toxic mist (details)
  • As climate change accelerates rock damage, world’s oldest cave art is disappearing (details)
  • New study of fossil mouth microbacteria shows evolution of human diet (details)
  • Argument over Utah’s Bears Ears area hinges on the meaning of a monument (details)
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