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Welcome to History Buff, a blog for history lovers everywhere! History Buff brings news stories about archaeology from around the world together on one site. From finds in ancient Egypt to new discoveries in anthropology, History Buff wants to know. And feel free to stop by History Buff's ** Author Interviews** for Q&As with authors of historical fiction. Enjoy!

Michelle Moran
Historical fiction author

As an historical fiction writer I am fascinated by news stories featuring the past as it's unearthed and reimagined and brought to life. I spend a
large quantity of time searching for news in archaeology and history. Once in a great while a new archaeological discovery will act as an inspiration for what I'm currently writing. But most of the time the news stories I read are simply interesting tidbits of history. Unfortunately, I have disallowed comments because I travel so frequently that I can neither monitor nor respond to them. But I would still love to share the history that I find fascinating each day. So welcome! And feel free to visit my website at www.michellemoran.com.

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9.30.2009

Archaeological dig yields clues to ancient Ohio

By Jan Myrers

COSHOCTON -- "I've never in my life found anything that old!" exclaimed Jeff Dilyard, a Wayne County volunteer who found a base of a Crowfield fluted point at a rockshelter archaeological dig in Coshocton County.

Read the rest here.


Celebrating history? Empire State Building Goes Red for Communist China, Sparking Protest

NEW YORK — New York is seeing red over the decision to turn the city's highest beacon — and one of America's symbols for free enterprise — into a shining monument honoring China's communist revolution Wednesday night.

Read the rest on Fox News.

9.29.2009

Rome archaeologists find 'Nero's party piece' in dig

Archaeologists in Rome claimed today to have found the remains of a legendary revolving dining room built by Emperor Nero to impress his guests. Digging on the Palatine Hill, archaeologists stumbled on the remnants of a circular room, 16 metres (53ft) in diameter, which they believe formed part of Nero's palace, built in the first century AD.

Read the rest on the Guardian.


Archaeologists to search for Arghun Shah’s grave near Soltanieh Dome

TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian archaeologists plans to conduct a season of excavation near the Soltanieh Dome in Zanjan to search for the grave of the Ilkhanid ruler Arghun Shah.

Read the rest in Tehran Times.


Jewish Priesthood Has Multiple Lineages, New Genetic Research Indicates

ScienceDaily — Recent research on the Cohen Y chromosome indicates the Jewish priesthood, the Cohanim, was established by several unrelated male lines rather than a single male lineage dating to ancient Hebrew times.

Read the rest on Science Daily.


Was Mighty T. Rex 'Sue' Felled By A Lowly Parasite?

ScienceDaily — When pondering the demise of a famous dinosaur such as 'Sue,' the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex whose fossilized remains are a star attraction of the Field Museum in Chicago, it is hard to avoid the image of clashing Cretaceous titans engaged in bloody, mortal combat.

Read the rest on Science Daily.


Roman Statues Found in Blue Grotto Cave

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
Triton

A number of ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri in southern Italy, according to an underwater survey of the sea cave.

Read the rest on Discovery.

9.28.2009

Scandinavians Are Descended From Stone Age Immigrants, Ancient DNA Reveals

Today's Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture.

Read the rest on ScienceDaily.


Fresh doubts over Hitler's death after tests on bullet hole skull reveal it belonged to a woman

Adolf Hitler may not have shot himself dead and perhaps did not even die in his bunker, it emerged yesterday. A skull fragment believed for decades to be the Nazi leader’s has turned out to be that of a woman under 40 after DNA analysis.

Read the rest on the Daily Mail.

9.26.2009

Mass Extinction Event Spared Europe (Mostly)

Michael Reilly, Discovery News

When a comet crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula 65 million years ago, all hell broke loose. Scientists have guessed at the scene: a world enshrouded in ashen darkness leftover from the cosmic impact that left almost nothing -- including the dinosaurs -- standing.

Read the rest on Discovery.


Rare coins find excites experts

Rare coins
The coins will be sent to the British Museum for examination

Four silver coins dating from Norman England have been found in Gloucestershire. It is believed they were minted in Gloucester in 1073-1076 and represent an unrecorded type of penny.

Read the rest on the BBC.

9.25.2009

Near Army construction site in Germany, a trove of ancient Roman artifacts

WIESBADEN, Germany — A team of archaeology students and experts believe they have unearthed remnants of a Roman settlement from the second or third century near the construction site of an Army housing project, but the discovery isn’t expected to affect the project.

Read the rest here.


Human Ancestors Conflicted on Monogamy

Michael Reilly, Discovery News
Not the Cheating Kind?
Not the Cheating Kind? | Discovery News Video

When it comes to love, we Homo sapiens are a peculiar breed: We thrill at the thought of torrid affairs while dreaming about the perfect someone with whom we can spend the rest of our lives. Some of this never-ending tug-of-war for our hearts is certainly cultural, but according to a new study it's also encoded in the finger bones of Neanderthals and the upright walking primate Australopithecus.

Read the rest on Discovery.


More On Largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Staffordshire

by Maev Kennedy

A harvest of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver so beautiful it brought tears to the eyes of one expert, has poured out of a Staffordshire field - the largest hoard of gold from the period ever found.

Watch the Video.

Read the rest on the Guardian.

9.24.2009

Largest-ever Anglo-Saxon gold hoard unearthed in England

A gold strip with a Biblical inscription was among the 1,500 pieces unearthed in an English field.
A gold strip with a Biblical inscription was among the 1,500 pieces unearthed in an English field.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A man using a metal detector in a rural English field has uncovered the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found -- an "unprecedented" treasure that sheds new light on history, archaeologists said Thursday.

Read the rest on CNN.

9.23.2009

Archaeologists find suspected Trojan war-era couple

ANKARA (Reuters) - Archaeologists in the ancient city of Troy in Turkey have found the remains of a man and a woman believed to have died in 1,200 B.C., the time of the legendary war chronicled by Homer, a leading German professor said on Tuesday.

Read the rest on Reuters.


2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Jerusalem

AP: JERUSALEM - Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered a ritual bath in Jerusalem that was likely used by Jewish pilgrims coming to the temple two millenia ago.

Read the rest on MSNBC.

9.22.2009

Exact Date Pinned to Great Pyramid's Construction?

Andrew Bossone in Cairo

ON TV Egypt Unwrapped: The Pyramid Code airs Monday, September 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. Preview The Pyramid Code >>

The Egyptians started building the Great Pyramid of Giza on August 23, 2470 B.C., according to controversial new research that attempts to place an exact date on the start of the ancient construction project.

Read the rest on National Geographic.


3300 year old archaeological site discovered in Embilipitiya

By G.A.S. Gamaethige

An archaeological site more than 3330 years old has been found in the Udaranchamadama area in Embilipitiya, by a group of local archaeologists.


Read the rest on the Daily Mirror.


Tunnel links continents, uncovers ancient history

By Ivan Watson

ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN)
-- It's a common sight in the traffic-clogged streets of Istanbul, a city that straddles two continents.

Read the rest on CNN.

9.21.2009

Decapitated bodies - were they Vikings?

The burial pit (Copyright: Oxford Archaeology)
Archaeologists found more bodies than skulls in the pit

By Eleanor Williams
BBC News, Dorset

It looks like the aftermath of a massacre - the decapitated, naked bodies of at least 51 young men found thrown into an old quarry and their heads piled on top.

Read the rest on the BBC.


Hundreds of Saxon graves unearthed on new pub site

A sword and chain mail found

A perfectly preserved pair of glass drinking cups was found when the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior was unearthed during building work on a new pub, Yourswale reports.

Read the rest here.


"Unexpected" Man Found Amid Ancient Priestesses' Tombs

John Roach

In an "unexpected" discovery, a rattle-wielding elite male has been found buried among powerful priestesses of the pre-Inca Moche society in Peru, archaeologists announced Monday. (See pictures of Moche treasures from the tomb.)

Read the rest on National Geographic.


Ship graveyard gives up secrets

The Harriett: photo Friends of Purton
Harriett sank after a collision with a motor barge in 1944

Archaeologists are working at a ships' graveyard known as the Purton Hulks in Gloucestershire to expose and record the remains of a barge.

Read the rest on the BBC.


Historic Roman salt store found on mudflats

by Christine Sexton

A 2,000-YEAR-OLD Roman salthouse has been discovered during archaeological excavations at the planned £1.5billion port at Coryton.

Read the rest on the Echo.

9.18.2009

'Alexander the Sexy' Seen in New Portrait

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
Alexander, Emperor, Sex Symbol
Alexander, Emperor, Sex Symbol | Discovery News Video

An unprecedented miniature portrait of a young, resolute, sexy Alexander the Great has emerged during excavations in Israel, archaeologist announced this week.

Read the rest on Discovery.


Skeleton Found At Roman Site In Britain Mystifies Archaeologists


A skeleton, found at one of the most important, but least understood, Roman sites in Britain is puzzling experts from The University of Nottingham. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Nottingham)

ScienceDaily — A skeleton, found at one of the most important, but least understood, Roman sites in Britain is puzzling experts from The University of Nottingham.

Read the rest on Science Daily.


Ahoy! Tis time to talk pirate, me hearties

By Jessica Ravitz

(CNN) -- Easy tip number one, if you want to talk like a pirate: Add "me hearties" to the end of any sentence. The meaning is simple -- "my friends, my mates" -- said John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur, before offering as way of example, "Turn your head and cough, me hearties. Or, fill it up with regular, me hearties."

Read the rest on CNN.

9.17.2009

Tiny T. rex fossil discovery startles scientists

By Azadeh Ansari, CNN

(CNN) -- A pint-sized version of the Tyrannosaurus rex, with similarly powerful legs, razor-sharp teeth and tiny arms, roamed China some 125 million years ago, said scientists who remain startled by the discovery.

Read the rest on CNN.


The Patuxent's Hidden Treasure

Ralph Eshelman, who helped lead the recovery of the artifacts in 1980, aboard a pontoon boat Sept 5. on the upper Patuxent River near the site where the wreck was found.
Ralph Eshelman, who helped lead the recovery of the artifacts in 1980, aboard a pontoon boat Sept 5. on the upper Patuxent River near the site where the wreck was found. (Steve Vogel - The Washington Post )

By Steve Vogel
Washington Post Staff Writer

Aboard a pontoon boat chugging past the marshland of Maryland's upper Patuxent River on a recent Saturday, Ralph Eshelman pointed to the spot where the muddy brown water hides a shipwreck nearly two centuries old, part of the American flotilla that defended the Chesapeake Bay when the British burned Washington during the War of 1812.

Read the rest on the Washington Post.


Archaeologists delve into Hadrian Wall’s past

Archaeologists from Newcastle University are joining forces with English Heritage to carry out the first systematic excavation of a cemetery on Hadrian's Wall.

Read the rest here.

9.14.2009

HISTORY BUFF IS PREPARING FOR CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER'S DEBUT



I apologize to my loyal readers for not posting more stories recently. I promise that all of that will change next week after the debut of my third novel, Cleopatra's Daughter!!!!

The book comes out tomorrow, so you can only imagine the emails and phone calls bombarding my in-boxes recently (I have 241 unanswered emails at last count). Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way :]

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And for those of you don't live near Dallas, perhaps you live near one of these fabulous 60 Bookstores participating in the DIGGING FOR CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER TREASURE HUNT! The hunt begins tomorrow, September 15th, and will contiune until all prizes are discovered!




Ancient bones seized, returned to China

by Josh Levs

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Fossilized bones of a saber-toothed cat and dinosaurs that may be 100 million years old are among "priceless" artifacts that the United States handed over to China in a ceremony Monday.

Read the rest on CNN.

9.13.2009

Loo unflushed for 500 years is archeologists’ goldmine

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Finds in the Paisley drain could be a rich source of history

by Simon Mundy

Archaeologists from Glasgow University yesterday began digging in the grounds of Paisley Abbey, hoping to shed light on life in a medieval Scottish monastery. The team, backed by volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum, is carrying out a 12-day excavation of an ancient drain that lay undisturbed until its discovery in 1990.

Read the rest here.

9.11.2009

Bible-Era Mystery Vessel Found -- Code Stumps Experts

Andrew Curry for National Geographic News

It didn't look like much at first, just a broken, mud-caked stone mug. But when archaeologists in Jerusalem cleaned the 2,000-year-old vessel, they discovered ten lines of mysterious script.

Read the rest on National Geographic.


Ancient synagogue found in Israel

By Kevin Flower

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- In what was slated to be the site of a new 122-room hotel, archaeologists say they have discovered one of the world's oldest synagogues in Northern Israel.

Read the rest on CNN.

9.09.2009

Colossal Apollo Statue Unearthed in Turkey

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
God of the Sun
Apollo, God of the Sun | Discovery News Video

A colossal statue of Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, light, music and poetry, has emerged from white calcified cliffs in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists announced.

Read the rest on Discovery.

9.08.2009

It has long been agreed that Africa was the sole cradle of human evolution. Then these bones were found in Georgia

By Steve Connor

One of the skulls discovered in Georgia, which are believed to date back 1.8 million years
One of the skulls discovered in Georgia, which are believed to date back 1.8 million years

The conventional view of human evolution and how early man colonised the world has been thrown into doubt by a series of stunning palaeontological discoveries suggesting that Africa was not the sole cradle of humankind. Scientists have found a handful of ancient human skulls at an archaeological site two hours from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, that suggest a Eurasian chapter in the long evolutionary story of man.

Read the rest on the Independent.


Giant statues give up hat secret

By Sudeep Chand
Science reporter, BBC News

The ancient statues have giant red hats (BBC)
The ancient statues have giant red hats

Archaeologists believe they have solved one ancient mystery surrounding the famous Easter Island statues.

At 2,500 miles off the coast of Chile, the island is one of the world's most remote places inhabited by people.

Read the rest on the BBC.


Artefacts uncovered during roadworks give fresh perspective on early Irish life

The remains of a 9,000-year-old fish trap found in Co MeathThe remains of a 9,000-year-old fish trap found in Co Meath

by TIM O'BRIEN

THE REMAINS of a 9,000-year-old fishing basket uncovered at Clowanstown in Co Meath, a monastic bell-making facility at Clonfad in Co Westmeath and an “exceptional” raised wooden trackway close to the Dromod-Roosky bypass, were described at an archaeology seminar yesterday.

Read the rest on Irish Times.

9.06.2009

Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

by Robert Booth

Bosavi Woolly Rat
The Bosavi Woolly Rat had no fear of humans when it was discovered. Photograph: Jonny Keeling/BBC

A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.

Read the rest on the Guardian.

9.04.2009

'Massive' ancient wall uncovered in Jerusalem

An archaeological dig in Jerusalem has turned up a 3,700-year-old wall that is the largest and oldest of its kind found in the region, experts say.

Read the rest on CNN.


Bulgaria Archaeologists Find Relics of Medieval Saint at Perperikon

Bulgaria: Bulgaria Archaeologists Find Relics of Medieval Saint at Perperikon
Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov shows the two crosses and the seal he discovered at Perperikon over the last week. Photo by BGNES

The team of Bulgarian archaeologist, Professor Nikolay Ovcharov, has discovered relics of a medieval saint at the fortress of Perperikon in the Rhodoppe Mountains.

Read the rest here.


3,000 year old Iron Age remains uncovered at North Wales archaeological dig

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig in North Wales has unearthed Iron Age remains thought to be about 3,000 years old.

Read the rest here.

9.03.2009

Fragment from world's oldest Bible found hidden in Egyptian monastery

By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent

A British-based academic has uncovered a fragment of the world's oldest Bible hiding underneath the binding of an 18th-century book.

Read the rest on the Independent.


Domesday oak found at cathedral

Archaeologists working Canterbury Cathedral have had parts of the structure dated to the time of William the Conqueror and the Domesday Book.

Read the rest on the BBC.

9.02.2009

Bronze Age boat proves a handful for Loch Tay volunteers

The Bronze Age lived on at Loch Tay yesterday, as a replica of a 3000-year-old logboat successfully completed its maiden voyage.


Read the rest on the Herald.


Cavern dig uncovers 15,000-year-old weapon

ARCHEOLOGISTS digging at Kents Cavern have found a 15,000-year-old weapon carved from a reindeer antler.

Read the rest here.


Akrotiri, Santorini: the "Minoan Pompeii" - part 2



by Rachel de Carlos

The excavations at the archeological site at Akrotiri in Santorini are ongoing, so there is scaffolding everywhere and supports in place to stabilize walls, windows and doorways that might otherwise collapse.

Read the rest on the Examiner.


1,800-Year-Old Roman Building Discovered in Jerusalem

By DAVID BEDEIN, Middle East Correspondent
Jerusalem – A spacious edifice from the 3rd Century was recently exposed in the excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority that is carrying out a major excavation in the 'City of David', located in the heart of Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Read the rest on the Bulletin.

9.01.2009

Akrotiri, Santorini: the "Minoan Pompeii" - part 1

by Rachel de Carlos


Excavations at Akrotiri, Santorini. Copyright 2009 Rachel de Carlos

As in Pompeii, the volcanic covering of the archeological site at Akrotiri on Santorini, has kept an ancient settlement from disintegrating over time. The site was found by accident when the Suez Canal was being constructed in 1860. Workers quarrying Santorini's volcanic ash discovered the ruins, but serious excavations at the site didn't begin until 1967. An unfortunate collapse of the roof in 2005, which killed a British tourist, caused the site to be closed. It's scheduled to be reopened sometime after 2010. Greek bureaucracy has brought the repairs of the building to a halt, which has caused Santorini's tourist trade to suffer.


Read the rest on the Examiner.


Decoding the Ancient Script of the Indus Valley

By Ishaan Tharoor

The ancient cities of the Indus Valley belonged to the greatest civilization the world may never know. Since the 1920s, dozens of archaeological expeditions have unearthed traces of a 4,500-year-old urban culture that covered some 300,000 square miles in modern day Pakistan and north-western India.

Read the rest on Time Magazine.


New discovery links ancient Egypt and Jordan valley site

Although Egyptian-Israeli relations have been frosty in recent years, ties between the two lands were vibrant around 3,000 BCE during the Early Bronze Age - at least according to Tel Aviv University and University College London archeologists who discovered a rare, four-centimeter-long stone fragment at the point where the Jordan River exits Lake Kinneret.

Read the rest on the Jerusalem Post.


Ancient burial site discovered in northern Greece

ATHENS, Greece — Archaeologists said Friday they have unearthed a lavish burial site at the seat of the ancient Macedonian kings in northern Greece, heightening a 2,300-year-old mystery of murder and political intrigue.

Read the rest here.