The Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica
Audio News for March 22nd through the 28th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Obsidian points used in Ohio rituals (details)
  • Plants were staple foods in the Ice Age (details)
  • Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in Chin (details)
  • Mesoamerican ball game spread earlier than previously thought (details)
Audio News for March 15th through the 21st, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Mammoth bone circle may be ice age Russian house (details)
  • New book debunks claim that Ponce de Leon was first European to see Florida (details)
  • Indonesian stone carvings are oldest stand-alone Ice Age art from southeast Asia (details)
  • New stupa find in Bangladesh is unusual pyramid shape and size (details)
Audio News for March 8th through the 14th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Protecting and preserving ancient sites at risk from sea-level rise In Florida (details)
  • Olives first domesticated 7,000 years ago in Israel, study says (details)
  • Eggshell beads made by hunter-gatherers 33,000 years ago used as a social network (details)
  • Ancient art found in Basque country changes understanding of prehistoric society (details)
Audio News for March 1st through the 7th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 3D imaging of Roman graffiti receives award (details)
  • Biggest ivory workshop in antiquity found in Pakistan (details)
  • Surplus of bear bones found at Mississippi dig site (details)
  • New tech helps pinpoint the dawn of horse domestication (details)
Audio News for February 23rd through the 29th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New survey to search for shipwrecks off California’s Channel Islands (details)
  • Indian museum exhibit recreates Harappan menu, stirring up new fight over ancient diet (details)
  • New databases of evidence from Incan conquest period show extent of forced relocation (details)
  • Italian monastery turns up ancient sword showing development of bronze in Anatolia (details)
Audio News for February 16th through the 22nd, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Recovered crew artifacts from ill-fated Franklin Expedition support new hypotheses (details)
  • Image of Egyptian sun God Ra discovered in ancient coffin at Harvard (details)
  • Collapse of reservoir’s dam could have influenced importance of Angkor Wat (details)
  • Significant 7th century BC tomb almost lost to construction of new sports complex in Italy (details)
Audio News for February 9th through the 15th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Bottled tears of love and mourning (details)
  • Ancient petroglyphs depict solstice art in Mesa Verde (details)
  • World’s possibly longest surviving folktale may have basis in fact (details)
  • More excavations planned to identify India’s legendary lost city (details)
Audio News for February 2nd through the 8th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Wasp nests utilized to date ancient Aboriginal rock art (details)
  • Portion of Central Park was once African-American community (details)
  • Curse tablets found in 2,500 year old well in Athens (details)
  • New research suggests varied origins of worlds' oldest pottery (details)
Audio News from Archaeologica, January 26th through February 1st, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Medieval mansion site explored in west London (details)
  • New studies show Cahokia area continued to thrive after giant city was abandoned (details)
  • Cave site suggests Neanderthals migrated into Siberia twice, the second time from Europe (details)
  • Assyrian gods appear in new rock carvings from Kurdistan (details)
Audio News from Archaeologica, January 19th through the 25th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Basque whaling ship reassembled in celebration of local maritime history (details)
  • Surprising DNA finds provide new insight into spread of human populations from sub-Saharan Africa (details)
  • Extensive Aboriginal ancient aquaculture system uncovered by Australian bushfires (details)
  • World’s oldest mosaic found in lost Hittite city (details)
Audio News for January 12th through the 18th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeological evidence offers glimpse of Native American life in D.C. (details)
  • Neanderthals could swim and dive for clams (details)
  • 200 interdisciplinary archaeologists work to uncover origins of Notre Dame (details)
  • Iron Age recycling in Dubai (details)
Audio News for January 5th through the 11th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New reading of a viking runestone suggests fear of a climate disaster (details)
  • Search begins for unmarked African-American graves in Clearwater (details)
  • Researchers publish 1,400 Iraqi cuneiform tablets stored at Hobby Lobby, many now missing (details)
  • New oldest sketch of Venice discovered (details)
Audio News for December 29th, 2019, through January 4th, 2020
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Cooking carbs apparently very ancient (details)
  • Human remains beneath Connecticut home may be from Revolutionary War soldiers (details)
  • Loopholes emerge in Nevada state law on Native American burials (details)
  • Atherosclerosis found in pre-contact Inuit mummies (details)
Audio News for December 22nd through the 28th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New research on lost North American crops proves them as productive as maize (details)
  • Analysis shows people from across Ireland brought their own cattle to huge Iron Age feasts (details)
  • In eastern Mexico, archaeologists discover huge ancient Maya palace (details)
  • Magnetic anomaly reveals reason behind stone circle in Scotland (details)
Audio News for December 15th through the 21st, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Cutting edge technology in Texas aids archaeologists in critical documentation of rock art sites (details)
  • One of the world’s most famous structures has been going by wrong name for 2,000 years (details)
  • Long suspected mass gravesites identified from Tulsa Race Massacre (details)
  • Tar gum reveals 6000-year-old human DNA (details)
Audio News for December 8th through the 14th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists uncover evidence of earliest known population in Connecticut (details)
  • 6,000 wine amphorae dating to time of Jesus found in shipwreck on Greek sea floor (details)
  • Archaeologists now can more closely date when Christianity spread to Ethiopia (details)
  • First evidence of head cones found in ancient Egyptian tombs (details)
Audio News for December 1st through the 7th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Frozen Pleistocene puppy may answer an ancient question: “Dog-or” wolf? (details)
  • Cuneiform tablets in Iraq have outer envelopes with intricate and artistic security seals (details)
  • Climate change threatens enormously important early sites on Puerto Rico’s coast (details)
  • Iron Age warrior in Yorkshire found buried on his battered shield, with horses still pulling his chariot (details)
Audio News for November 24th through the 30th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • African-American cemetery rediscovered in Tampa, Florida (details)
  • Varying sizes of ostrich eggshell beads suggests cohesion of changing African communities (details)
  • It might not have been Homo sapiens, but bad luck, that wiped out Neanderthals (details)
  • New chemical analysis technique used to recreate early Puerto Rican dish (details)
Audio News for November 17th through the 23rd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Possible medieval synagogue identified in Bulgaria (details)
  • 2100-year-old infants in Ecuador buried wearing helmets made from kids’ skulls (details)
  • Unusual 9th century boat burial site unearthed in Norway (details)
  • 143 massive new geoglyphs discovered on desert plain in Peru (details)
Audio News for November 10th through the 16th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • LiDAR technology provides insight into egalitarian Native American settlement in Florida (details)
  • Location of Navy submarine revealed after being lost in translation for 75 years (details)
  • New evidence points to climate change felling Neo-Assyrian Empire (details)
  • New genome research suggests Ancient Egyptians caught wild birds for mummification (details)
Audio News for November 3rd through the 9th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • DNA shows Rome has always been a melting pot of migrants (details)
  • Indian Supreme Court rules that a disputed sacred site belongs to the Hindus (details)
  • Two wooly mammoth traps found in Mexico (details)
  • New research gives a chronology to cultural developments in the Mongolian steppes (details)
Audio News for October 27th through November 2nd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Laser technology reveals Bronze Age monument in Forest of Dean (details)
  • Final journey of 5,300-year-old ice mummy identified by frozen moss (details)
  • Danger Cave among state monument candidates selected in Utah (details)
  • New excavations at Monte Verde could prove it to be earliest human settlement in South America (details)
Audio News for October 20th through the 26th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Sloan Canyon, Nevada, makes plans for a new visitor center (details)
  • Pontius Pilate built a road leading to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (details)
  • Third-graders dig up artifacts in their classroom closet in New York (details)
  • New evidence narrows down when early humans learned to make fire (details)
Audio News from Archaeologica, October 13th through the 19th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Michelle Hilling, founding partner in Audio News and Archaeologica, dies after a brief illness. (details)
  • Archaeologist uses online map to identify 27 previously undiscovered Maya ritual sites (details)
  • 30 3,000-year-old Egyptian coffins opened to reveal well preserved mummies inside (details)
  • Cache shows what a well-prepared Bronze Age warrior brought to the battlefield (details)
Audio News for October 6th through the 12th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Ancient “industrial area” and two female mummies uncovered in Egypt (details)
  • Monastery on Irish farmer’s land supplied a mother monastery in France (details)
  • Canned soup for the stone age cave dweller (details)
  • Finland agrees to return remains, Native American artifacts from 19th century (details)
Audio News for September 29th through October 5th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists uncover large, ancient city in Israel (details)
  • 19th Century neighborhood found beneath Houston park (details)
  • International research explores using modern techniques in fight against extinction (details)
  • Oldest South Asian tools found in Sri Lankan cave (details)
Audio News for September 22nd through the 28th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Thousands of Native American heritage sites will be underwater by 2100 (details)
  • First evidence for prehistoric baby bottles found in Bavaria, Germany (details)
  • Bronze head-shaped jar belonging to an ancient sports fan found in Bulgarian grave (details)
  • New technique helps archaeologists limit bone destruction (details)
Audio News for September 15th through the 21st, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New analysis of Native American DNA reveals migration patterns across US (details)
  • New hypothesis for Neanderthal extinction involves common childhood illness (details)
  • Answers to Neolithic aquaculture discovered in China (details)
  • Icelandic walrus extinction likely due to over-exploitation (details)
Audio News for September 8th through 14th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Bronze statuette from the 6th century BCE discovered on St. Cyricus Island (details)
  • 'Lovers of Modena,' buried with hands intertwined, revealed to be men (details)
  • Electrician finds a 4,500-year-old dagger at a burial cave in Israel (details)
  • Native American ruins found in the path of a highway project in Colorado (details)
Audio News for September 1st through the 7th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study explains how one well-preserved Dead Sea Scroll outlasted all the others (details)
  • Six-headed burial in Scotland may shed light on medieval clan warfare (details)
  • Hohokam skeleton found below golf course in southern Arizona (details)
  • New Denisovan finger bone data suggests closer relationship to modern humans (details)
Audio News for August 25th through the 31st, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Unusual prehistoric monument and skeleton excavated in central France (details)
  • Four dumped ancient skulls could reveal violent Inca Empire (details)
  • Ancient Persian post office unearthed in Turkey (details)
  • Marine archaeologists explore sunken 19th century shipwreck (details)
Audio News for August 18th through the 24th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Mural depicting a humanlike toad discovered in Peru (details)
  • Boys’ skeletons with artificially-shaped skulls found in Croatia (details)
  • Submerged boat building site reveals skills used 2,000 years earlier than expected (details)
  • Altar in Atorath appears to reference an ancient biblical war (details)
Audio News for August 11th through the 17th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Preserving the Alamo from rising groundwater in its soil (details)
  • Inscription from Paphos shows ancient city states in Cyprus mixed local innovation with Greek and other influences (details)
  • Wooden chest from Pompeii reveals magician’s toolkit of lucky charms (details)
  • Iceland excavations find new buildings at large Medieval and Viking era site (details)
Audio News for August 4th through the 10th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Analysis of Maya ruins challenges perceptions of Classic collapse (details)
  • Archaeologists uncover Norse drinking hall in Orkney (details)
  • Remains of Graeco-Roman council building discovered in ancient Egyptian city (details)
  • Earliest high-altitude dwelling found in Ethiopian mountains (details)
Audio News for July 28th through August 3rd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists unearth Hellenistic sanctuary complex in Cyprus (details)
  • Engraved standing stones found during construction in Switzerland (details)
  • 4000-year old remains found facing each other in a grave in Kazakhstan (details)
  • Imported metal common in Bronze Age Scandinavia (details)
Audio News for July 21st through the 27th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New study of pre-contact Panamanian site shows high importance of deer for ritual feasting (details)
  • Israeli site from Egyptian times produces 3500-year-old fertility goddesses (details)
  • Early site in Ecuador reveals new coastal archaic phase (details)
  • Baltic waters reveal well preserved ship from the early Age of Exploration (details)
Audio News for July 14th through the 20th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Discovered Galilee church could mark birthplace of Saint Peter. (details)
  • Analysis suggests Vikings might have stayed longer in Canada. (details)
  • Waterloo field hospital reveals lost limbs during first excavation. (details)
  • New analysis of pottery supports Stonehenge greased sled theory. (details)
Audio News for July 7th through the 13th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 6000-year-old dart tip at Wanuskewin dig site (details)
  • Two dozen wine amphoras recovered in Ionian Sea (details)
  • Ornaments found for portable shrine used in ancient Japanese festival (details)
  • Ancient Dionysus cult dedicated slab to Roman emperors (details)
Audio News for June 30th through July 6th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Sweden and Norway report new finds of Viking burial ships (details)
  • Evidence of workshops for famed purple dye found in Phoenician site materials (details)
  • Early Chinese site shows evidence of skull shaping for over 6,000 years (details)
  • Houston dig finds thousands of artifacts from historic German, African American and Mexican neighborhood (details)
Audio News for June 23rd through the 29th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists find fresh uses for Cold War photographs (details)
  • New research questions Viking gender roles (details)
  • Archaeologists excavate original Woodstock site (details)
  • Scientists discover new technique for burned bones (details)
Audio News for June 16th through the 22nd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Giant carvings in Peruvian desert revealed to depict foreign birds (details)
  • Evidence of “Britain's Atlantis” settlements found under North Sea (details)
  • Ancient tomb painter used heating techniques to modify pigments (details)
  • Colonial “time capsule” found under floorboards of burned 1760s port tavern (details)
Audio News June 9th to June 15th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • In Austria, ancient charred ‘Cheerios’ open new lines of inquiry (details)
  • New analysis of burials and diet from digs at Rome’s seaport tells the story of Roman decline (details)
  • Khipus from new Peruvian site suggest system of Inca taxation on farm crops (details)
  • New Brunswick development brings regimental history into collision with early settlement materials (details)
Audio News for June 2nd through the 8th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Researchers in Germany work against the clock to identify 1000 year old body. (details)
  • Team in Normandy attempting to preserve and catalogue every remnant of D-Day. (details)
  • Ancient Scottish well uncovered for the first time since the Victorians. (details)
  • Wreckage of last US slave ship found on the bayou. (details)
Audio News for May 26th through June 1st, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Sacred archaeological site in southern Utah vandalized (details)
  • 5,000 year old yeast revived to make ancient Egyptian beer (details)
  • Mysterious 137-year-old Winchester rifle gets an exhibit in Utah (details)
Audio News for May 19th through the 25th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Iron-Age shield from England was made from carefully layered bark (details)
  • Australian aboriginal aquaculture site proposed for UNESCO world heritage list (details)
  • Roman forum area dig produces beautiful new marble head (details)
  • Moche stew pot buried in Peru offered all the ingredients in the environment (details)
Audio News for May 12th through the 18th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Urine residues in central Turkey are key to understanding domestication of livestock. (details)
  • Molten metal used in ancient Roman road repair. (details)
  • Shallow river levels reveal swathes of Canadian historical artifacts. (details)
  • Russian farmer accidentally uncovers ancient Sarmatian burial mound. (details)
Audio News for May 5th through the 11th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Secret chamber found in Nero’s palace decorated with centaurs and a sphinx (details)
  • Richest cache of ancient mind-altering drugs found in South America (details)
  • New finds at Hadrian’s Wall: A game board and horseshoes (details)
  • Study finds increased use of quartz tools 14,000 years ago linked to mysticism (details)
Audio News for April 28th through May 4th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • New lidar finds in Mayan Guatemala include burial chamber of a king and queen (details)
  • New results from Hagia Sophia research show larger size and beautifully different exterior (details)
  • New tombs found in Egypt from Old Kingdom pyramid area (details)
  • Spanish anchor found off Veracruz may be from fleet of conquistador Cortes (details)
Audio News for April 22nd through the 27th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Mesoamerican sculptors used magnetic rock to create meaningful figures. (details)
  • Researchers discover an entire venomous snake in prehistoric Texas feces. (details)
  • Archaeologists uncover the complex architectural systems of Early Cycladic society across Greek islands. (details)
  • Archaeologists in Alaska discover a gruesome 350 year old massacre. (details)
Audio News for April 14th through the 20th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Largest-ever Maya figurine factory discovered (details)
  • An ancient Egyptian woman had the teeth of a craftsman (details)
  • Oldest tomb in China found, with “squatting” owner (details)
  • A steady supply of beer could’ve kept the Wari Empire going for 500 years (details)
Audio News for April 7th through the 13th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Translation of Cherokee cave inscriptions reveals ceremonial and sacred history (details)
  • French kindergarteners find Bell Beaker pottery and burials in their playground (details)
  • Cave in Croatia produces first Paleolithic figurative cave art in the Balkans (details)
  • Zoo construction in Rio uncovers thousands of artifacts from Brazil’s period of empire (details)
Audio News for March 31st through April 6th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists uncover sacrifices that could be the first discovered Aztec royal burial. (details)
  • Archaeologists discover that 17th century Icelanders burned whale bones alongside wood. (details)
  • Stamp and seal bearing biblical names uncovered in City of David. (details)
  • Detailed statue of a Roman emperor found in 356 pieces. (details)
Audio News for March 24th through March 30th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Fanciful medieval toddler shoe found in Switzerland (details)
  • Ancient temple palace found near the temple of Ramses II (details)
  • Sword of famed Hispano-Muslim warlord digitized in 3D (details)
  • Food court fresco: snack food counter unearthed in Pompeii (details)
Audio News for March 18th through March 23rd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Egyptian ship is first example of unique construction described by Herodotus in 450 BC (details)
  • Search continues for ships Cortes burned in 1519 (details)
  • Persian-era jar from Israel depicts ugly good-luck deity (details)
  • Global comparative study shows moralizing deities come after rise of complex societies, not before (details)
Audio News for March 10th through March 16th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Forgotten board game rules unearthed in ancient Chinese tomb (details)
  • DNA study shows that men in Spain 4500 years ago left little genetic legacy (details)
  • 200 year old pipe provides scientific breakthrough at Maryland plantation site (details)
  • An unearthed Greek inscription marks the site of a lost Incense Route city (details)
Audio News for March 3rd through March 9th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologists surprised to discover that Neanderthals ate “fast” food (details)
  • Archaeologists discover a Maya ritual cave, untouched for 1,000 years (details)
  • World’s ‘oldest’ tattooing kit found in a box years after it was thought to be destroyed (details)
  • Rare Roman quarry graffiti to be captured in 3D (details)
Audio News for February 24th through March 2nd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Smuggled mummy parts caught at Cairo airport (details)
  • Facial recognition software helps put names to soldiers in Civil War photos (details)
  • Byzantine-era estate in Israel produces Greek inscription blessing the owner (details)
  • Cactus spine needle with pigment reveals use of tattooing by ancestral Puebloans (details)
Audio News for February 17th through the 23rd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Archaeologist names Native American pottery as the original social networks (details)
  • Notable Viking warrior remains confirmed to be female (details)
  • Archaeologists apply new techniques to strange ancient Corsican burials uncovered in the 1960s (details)
  • Pieces of Stonehenge found to have been dragged 180 miles from Wales (details)
Audio News for February 10th through the 16th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Terracotta mask of emperor found in early monastery site on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast (details)
  • New study of 2,000 megalith dates puts origin in northwest France, with spread along coastlines (details)
  • House of Leda fresco in Pompeii reveals vivid painting of Narcissus, along with other luxuries (details)
  • Airport construction for more tourism threatens many sites around Machu Picchu (details)
Audio News for February 3rd through the 9th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • De-facto genocide during America’s colonization brought on Little Ice Age (details)
  • 14th-century medieval sword found in pavement in Denmark (details)
  • New map of Beringia offers clues to human migration (details)
  • 40 mummies discovered in Egyptian village (details)
Audio News for January 27th through February 2nd, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Identity of mysterious Roman woman in Slovenian cemetery eludes archaeologists. (details)
  • Lost South African metropolis discovered by advanced laser technology. (details)
  • Eroded Alaskan graveyard provides fresh data on ancient Arctic populations. (details)
  • Uzbek-Russian archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Asian fortress. (details)
Audio News for January 20th through the 26th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Grave of Iron Age warrior discovered in northern Iran (details)
  • Research begins at mysterious Algerian pyramid tomb (details)
  • Drought reveals a submerged several thousand-year-old settlement (details)
  • 3,000-year-old quinoa seeds found in Ontario, Canada (details)
Audio News for January 13th through the 19th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Western Indian find of early Buddha depiction adds to understanding of Buddhism’s spread (details)
  • U.S. government shutdown harms cultural resource research and researchers nationwide (details)
  • Scratched-out names and faces of ancient Egpytian couple was an effort to erase their afterlife (details)
  • World’s oldest classroom periodic table is found in Scottish storeroom (details)
Audio News for January 6th through the 12th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • Medieval woman’s blue teeth could begin new avenue of archaeology (details)
  • Research points to seagrass as natural underwater preservation (details)
  • Ancient Mongolian bones show they were more likely to fall off horses than get sick (details)
  • Polish archaeologists discover Maya tomb is actually ancient steam room (details)
Audio News for December 30th, 2018, through January 5th, 2019
News items read by Laura Pettigrew include:
  • 13th-century catapult ball found in Edinburgh (details)
  • First known temple of the “Flayed Lord” discovered (details)
  • This 2,300-year-old Egyptian fortress guarded a port that sent elephants to war (details)
  • Oldest human burial in lower Central America discovered (details)
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