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Unearthed! in Spring 2024, Part 1

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Time for all the things literally or figuratively unearthed in the first quarter of 2024. Part one includes updates, burial sites, walls, edibles and potables, and art and architecture. 


  • Abdallah, Hannah. “The first Neolithic boats in the Mediterranean.” EurekAlert. 3/20/2024.
  • Adam Rohrlach, Cases of trisomy 21 and trisomy 18 among historic and prehistoric individuals discovered from ancient DNA, Nature Communications (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-45438-1.
  • Addley, Esther. “‘Flat-packed furniture for the next life’: Roman funerary bed found in London.” The Guardian. 2/5/2024.
  • Alberge, Dalya. “‘Incredibly rare’ discovery reveals bedbugs came to Britain with the Romans.” The Guardian. 2/3/2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “Another Mysterious Roman Dodecahedron Has Been Unearthed in England.” Smithsonian. 1/22/2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “Bodies and Treasure Found in Polish Lake Could Be Connected to Ancient Water Ritual.” Smithsonian. 1/26/2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “Just How Old Are the Cave Paintings in Spain’s Cova Dones?.” Smithsonian Magazine. January/February 2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “Police Find Ancient Teenager’s Body, Preserved in Irish Bog for 2,500 Years.” 2/6/2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “Sunken British Warship That Left Crew Marooned for 66 Days Has Been Identified.” Smithsonian Magazine. 3/27/2024.
  • Anderson, Sonja. “This Medieval Sword Spent 1,000 Years at the Bottom of a Polish River.” Smithsonian. 2/6/2024.
  • “Megalithic ‘Blinkerwall’ Found in the Baltic Sea.” 2/14/2024.
  • “Unbaked Neolithic Bread Identified in Turkey.” 3/6/2024.
  • org. “Ship’s Bell Recovered From Torpedoed WWI Destroyer.” 2/15/2024.
  • ArtNet News. “Archaeologists Discover a Medieval Kitchen in a Polish Museum’s Basement.”2/8/2024.
  • Babbs, Verity. “A Chinese Imperial Robe Found in a Cardboard Box Could Fetch $60,000 at Auction.” ArtNet. 2/29/2024.
  • Babbs, Verity. “A Liverpool Museum Wants Your Help to ID This Enigmatic Portrait.” ArtNet. 3/22/2024.
  • Babbs, Verity. “An Artifact Found by a Metal Detectorist in Wales Is Officially Treasure.” 3/19/2024.
  • Babbs, Verity. “Experts Have Identified the Tombs Where Alexander the Great’s Family Are Buried.” Artnet. 2/21/2024.
  • Babbs, Verity. “Is the Secret Ingredient to Preserving Ancient Papyrus…Wasabi?.” ArtNet. 2/29/2024.
  • Bangor University. “Researchers locate cargo ship SS Hartdale, torpedoed in 1915.” 3/13/2024.
  • Bartelme, Tony. “Searching for Amelia Earhart.” Post and Courier.
  • Binswanger, Julia. “Engravings on 2,000-Year-Old Knife Might Be the Oldest Runes Ever Found in Denmark.” 1/25/2025.
  • Binswanger, Julia. “Metal Detectorist Finds a Rare 3,000-Year-Old Dress Fastener.” Smithsonian. 3/13/2024.
  • Cardiff University. “Evidence of ancient medieval feasting rituals uncovered in grounds of historic property.” 1/4/2024.
  • Cawley, Laurence & Sam Russell. “Medieval paintings found at Christ's College, Cambridge by builders.” 1/9/2024.
  • CBS News. “Theft of ruby slippers from "Wizard of Oz" was reformed mobster's "one last score," court memo says.” 1/21/2024.
  • Clayton, Abene. “Second man charged with stealing Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz ruby slippers.” The Guardian. 3/18/2024.
  • “Discovery of immense fortifications dating back 4,000 years in northwestern Arabia.” 1/10/2024.
  • “Solving the 120-year maritime mystery of the SS Nemesis.” PhysOrg. 2/26/2024.
  • Deb, Sopan. “Old Newspaper Stories Offer Clues to 19th-Century Shipwreck in Lake Michigan.” New York Times. 3/28/2024.
  • Deter-Wolf A, Robitaille B, Riday D, Burlot A, Sialuk Jacobsen M. Chalcolithic Tattooing: Historical and Experimental Evaluation of the Tyrolean Iceman’s Body Markings. European Journal of Archaeology. Published online 2024:1-22. doi:10.1017/eaa.2024.5
  • Dietrich, Oliver. “Burial mounds and a chariot grave. Archaeologists discover a Neolithic burial landscape on the Eulenberg near Magdeburg.” 3/15/2024.
  • Drury-Bradey, Paul. “Huge tsunami with 20 meter waves may have wiped out Stone Age communities in Northumberland.” 1/29/2024.
  • El-Aref, Nevine. “Spanish archaeologists unearth Ptolemaic and Roman treasures in Minya’s Al Bahnasa.” Ahram Online. 1/8/2024.
  • Eskandari, N., De Carlo, E., Zorzi, F. et al. A Bronze Age lip-paint from southeastern Iran. Sci Rep 14, 2670 (2024).
  • Georgiou, Aristos. “Prehistoric Burials Reveal Early Evidence of Body Piercing 11,000 Years Ago.” Newsweek. 3/11/2024.
  • Green, Clare. “First prehistoric person with Turner syndrome identified from ancient DNA.” Via EurekAlert. 1/11/2024.
  • Hemsworth, Wade. “Researchers create method to detect cases of anemia in archaeological remains.” Via EurekAlert. 2/28/2024.
  • Huntington, Stewart. “New NAGPRA rules: ‘We have an obligation to change’.” Indian Country Today. 3/20/2024.
  • “ICT Reports: NAGPRA crackdown sends museums reeling.” Indian Country Today. 3/22/2024.
  • Killgrove, Kristina. “1st known tuberculosis cases in Neanderthals revealed in prehistoric bone analysis.” LiveScience. 2/2/2024.
  • Kuta, Sarah. “Everyone Thought This 4,000-Year-Old Tomb Had Been Destroyed. Then, an Archaeologist Found It.” Smithsonian. 1/30/2024.
  • Lawson-Tancred, Jo. “A Stolen Van Gogh Painting Worth $6.5 Million Will Go Back on Display.” Artnet. 2/8/2024.
  • Lawson-Tancred, Jo. “British Museum Will Publicly Display Some of Its Stolen Gems.” 2/2/2024.
  • Lawson-Tancred, Jo. “Students Make Major Breakthrough in Use of A.I. to Decipher Ancient Scrolls.” Artnet. 2/7/2024.
  • Leonardo P. Troiano et al, A remarkable assemblage of petroglyphs and dinosaur footprints in Northeast Brazil, Scientific Reports (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-56479-3
  • Lewsey, Fred. “Study reveals ‘cozy domesticity’ of prehistoric stilt-house dwellers in England’s ancient marshland.” University of Cambridge via EurekAlert. 3/19/2024.
  • Marx, Danae. “Unraveling the mysteries of the Mongolian Arc: exploring a monumental 405-kilometer wall system in Eastern Mongolia.” EurekAlert. 1/3/2024.
  • Matthew Steggle, John Shakespeare's "Spiritual Testament" Is Not John Shakespeare's, Shakespeare Quarterly (2024). DOI: 10.1093/sq/quae003
  • net. “Medieval love badge discovered in Poland.”
  • Metcalfe, Tom. “3,300-year-old tablet from mysterious Hittite Empire describes catastrophic invasion of four cities.” LiveScience. 3/11/2024.
  • Metcalfe, Tom. “Undeciphered script from Easter Island may predate European colonization.” LiveScience. 2/9/2024.
  • Moran, Tony. “First DNA study of ancient Eastern Arabians reveals malaria adaptation – study.” EurekAlert. 2/27/2024.
  • Morris, Steven. “Tintern Abbey excavation suggests poor people were later buried alongside lords.” Steven Morris. The Guardian. 1/3/2024.
  • O’Laughlin Frank. “‘Rising tide lifts all boats’: Century-old shipwreck unearthed on Massachusetts beach.” Boston 25 News. 3/12/2024.
  • org. “Archaeologists probe mysterious Canadian shipwreck.” 2/6/2024.
  • org. “Vessel off Florida Keys identified as British warship that sank in the 18th century.” 3/10/2024.
  • Qiblawi, Adnan. “Italians Worry the Deciphering of the Herculaneum Scrolls Could Lead to More Digs.” 2/20/2024.
  • Quiblawi, Adnan. “Spanish Archaeologists Make the Sweet Discovery of a 19th-Century Chocolate Factory.” ArtNet. 2/15/2024.
  • Rascius, Brendan. “Spicy wine: New study reveals ancient Romans may have had peculiar tastes.” 1/24/2024.
  • Schrader, Adam. “Ancient Lipstick Dating Back More Than Three Millennia Is Found in Iran.” ArtNet. 2/14/2024.
  • Schrader, Adam. “The Van Gogh Museum Fires Four Staff Members Over Pokémon Chaos.” ArtNet. 1/24/2024.
  • Shoichet, Catherine E. “A new trove of records could help many reconnect with their Irish roots. They come from a surprising source.” CNN. 3/8/2024.
  • Smithsonian Magazine. “Metal Detectorist Finds Rare 1,500-Year-Old Gold Ring in Denmark.” 2/26/2024. ‘
  • South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology. “Ötzi’s tattooing technique through self-experimentation.”
  • Sullivan, Will. “Ancient DNA From Eurasian Herders Sheds Light on the Origins of Multiple Sclerosis.” Smithsonian Magazine. 1/12/2024.
  • The Francis Crick Institute. “First prehistoric person with Turner syndrome identified from ancient DNA.” 1/11/2024
  • The History Blog. “Full gamut of Neolithic occupation, funerary practices found at site in France.”
  • The History Blog. “Medieval love token found under Gdańsk port crane.” 2/17/2024.
  • The History Blog. “Rare medieval belt loop found in Poland.” 3/20/2024.
  • The History Blog. “Rare Merovingian gold ring found in Jutland.” 2/20/2024.
  • The History Blog. “Roman silver toilet spoon found in Wales.” 1/30/2024.
  • The History Blog. “Section of Roman 3rd century wall found in Aachen.” 3/24/2024.
  • The History Blog. “Warring States cemetery with chariot burial found in central China.”
  • The National Archives. “Pristine sweater in parcel posted in 1807.” 2/29/2024.
  • Thijs Porck, Newly Discovered Pieces of an Old English Glossed Psalter: The Alkmaar Fragments of the N-Psalter, Anglo-Saxon England (2024). DOI: 10.1017/S0263675123000121
  • Thorsberg, Christian. “DNA From 2,000-Year-Old Skeletons Hints at the Origins of Syphilis.” Smithsonian Magazine. 1/29/2024.
  • Tondo, Lorenzo. “Archaeologists find Pompeii fresco depicting Greek mythological siblings.” The Guardian. 3/1/2024.
  • S. Department of the Interior. “Interior Department Announces Final Rule for Implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.” 12/6/2023.
  • “Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered in Lincolnshire to appear on BBC.”
  • Weber, Bob. “Divers involved in Franklin expedition say the 2023 season 'highly productive'.” CBC. 1/29/2024.
  • Whiddington, Richard. “Archaeologists in Brazil Discover 16 New Rock Art Sites.” ArtNet. 3/14/2024.
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