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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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3.31.2009

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

Read the rest on National Geographic.


Ancient Deformed Children Not Always Killed by Parents

James Owen
for National Geographic News

The discovery of the oldest known infant born with a skull deformity hints that, contrary to popular belief, early humans might not have immediately abandoned or killed their abnormal offspring, a new study says.

Read the rest on National Geographic.

3.30.2009

Airport dig unearths 1500 BC settlement

The area highlighted shows the fields by La Route de Plaisance and La Rue de la Mare bought by the States for £135,000 last year and where the discovery was made.  (0749133)The area highlighted shows the fields by La Route de Plaisance and La Rue de la Mare bought by the States for £135,000 last year and where the discovery was made. (0749133)

EVIDENCE of a prehistoric settlement has been discovered in fields that could be used for an airport runway extension.

Read the rest here.


1,500-year-old Mosaic Floor Unveiled in Ancient Synagogue Ruins

(IsraelNN.com) A spectacular 1,500-year-old mosaic floor in an ancient synagogue in the western Negev was unveiled to the public on Monday.

Read the rest here.


Ancient Pella workshop discovered

Read the rest here.


Why legendary Egyptian beauty Queen Nefertiti was the first woman to be airbrushed



An ancient Egyptian queen regarded as the Mona Lisa of the ancient world may not have been such a looker after all, German scientists believe.

Read the rest on the DailyMail.

3.27.2009

Germany's stone age cannabalism

Lead article photo

Some skeletons show signs of cannibalism. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/Reuters

The German city of Speyer, in Rheinland-Palatinate, well known for its ­Romanesque cathedral, also boasts some much more macabre relics.

Read the rest on the Guardian.


Massive Byzantine bathhouse uncovered near Gaza-belt town



A large Byzantine bathhouse has been uncovered in an archaeological excavation near the southern Israeli town of Sderot, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.

Read the rest here.


Lost Crusaders' Tunnels Found Near Palace on Malta

James Owen
for National Geographic News
March 25, 2009

For centuries it's been said that the crusading Knights of Malta constructed an underground city on the Mediterranean island of Malta, sparking rumors of secret carriageways and military labyrinths.

Read the rest on National Geographic.

3.25.2009

Roman finds at park-and-ride site

Excavation of a proposed park-and-ride site in Taunton has revealed one of the largest prehistoric roundhouses in Britain and a number of Roman burials.

Read the rest on the BBC.


Bronze Age sauna discovered on site earmarked for park and ride scheme

Men working at Iron Age roundhouse site: Bronze Age sauna discovered on site earmarked for park and ride scheme
Bronze Age sauna and one of the oldest prehistoric roundhouses in the UK have been unearthed on a site earmarked for a park and ride scheme Photo: PA

Archaeologists have uncovered 3,000 years of history at the site near the junction of the A358 and the M5 at Cambria Farm, in Taunton, Somerset.

Read the rest on the Telegraph.

3.23.2009

5,000-year-old home of capital's first farmers discovered


THE remains of a hilltop home believed to be about 5,000 years old have been discovered on the outskirts of Edinburgh, The Scotsman can reveal.

Read the rest here.


First-Ever Cast Of ‘Hobbit’ To Be Unveiled At 7th Annual Human Evolution Symposium At Stony Brook University

Newswise — A cast of a ‘Hobbit’ skeleton will be publicly displayed for the first time ever at Stony Brook University’s 7th Human Evolution Symposium on Tuesday, April 21, courtesy of the National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Read the rest here.


Greek Fisherman Catches a 2,200-Year-Old Bronze Statue

Read the rest here.


3.22.2009

Revelation: The stunning church light show which illuminates a hidden cross twice yearly

By Andrew Levy

It is an unforgettable moment - as the sun traverses the sky its light is suddenly focused into an intense beam which illuminates a hidden target.
The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Barsham, Suffolk discovered that on the equinox the sun illuminates a statue of Christ ala Indiana Jones
The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Barsham, Suffolk discovered that on the equinox the sun illuminates a statue of Christ ala Indiana Jones.

Read the rest on the Daily Mail.

3.21.2009

Missing Centuries-Old Statue Found in North Carolina Home

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP)— A 350-year-old statue of a saint and former pope, taken from an Italian church nearly two decades ago, has been found in the home of a North Carolina couple who had no idea it was stolen, authorities said.

Read the rest here.

3.20.2009

What Perfumes Did Ancient Egyptians Use? Researchers Aim To Recreate 3,500-year-old Scent

ScienceDaily — The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate.

Read the rest on Science Daily.


Teeth Of Columbus' Crew Flesh Out Tale Of New World Discovery


Caption: Skeletons that may represent the remains of crew members from Columbus' second excursion to the New World in 1493-94 were exhumed in 1990 by archaeologists from Italy and the Dominican Republic. The burials were a part of La Isabela on the island of Hispaniola, now a part of the Dominican Republic and that was the first European settlement in the New World. Now, a chemical analysis by University of Wisconsin-Madison archaeologist T. Douglas Price and colleagues of the teeth of these skeletons promises details of the individuals early life history, showing where they were born and what they ate, information that promises to reveal new clues about the first European explorers of the New World. (Credit: Fernando Luna Calderon, provided courtesy of T. Douglas Price)

ScienceDaily — The adage that dead men tell no tales has long been disproved by archaeology.

Read the rest on ScienceDaily.

3.19.2009

Ancient Instrument Revived by Computing

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
Reviving Ancient Sounds

Powerful grid computing has revived a stringed musical instrument that was last played in ancient Greece, Italian researchers announced at a recent conference in Catania, Sicily.

Read the rest on Discovery.


3.18.2009

Found: the sister Cleopatra killed

Arsinoe
Arsinoe, the sister murdered by Cleopatra

ARCHEOLOGISTS and forensic experts believe they have identified the skeleton of Cleopatra’s younger sister, murdered more than 2,000 years ago on the orders of the Egyptian queen.

Read the rest on the Times.


Byzantine Period Church With Beautiful Mosaics Discovered


The mosaic also includes a dedicatory inscription written in ancient Greek. (Credit: Daniel Ein Mor)
ScienceDaily — A church that dates to the Byzantine period which is paved with breathtakingly beautiful mosaics and a dedicatory inscription was exposed in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting near Moshav Nes-Harim, 5 kilometers east of Bet Shemesh (at the site of Horvat A-Diri), in the wake of plans to enlarge the moshav.

Read the rest on ScienceDaily.


Egypt to open inner chambers of 'bent' pyramid

CAIRO (AP) — Travelers to Egypt will soon be able to explore the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, known for its oddly shaped profile, and other nearby ancient tombs, Egypt's antiquities chief announced Monday.

Read the rest here.


Murder of Missing Russian Royals Confirmed

Christine Dell'Amore
National Geographic News

Two missing children of the last Russian monarchs were executed with their family in 1918, new evidence finds, closing a case that has captivated the world for almost a century.

Read the rest on National Geographic.


3.17.2009

Labour's lost... and found? Seven works by William Shakespeare (the early years)

A researcher claims to have discovered seven previously unrecognised works by William Shakespeare.

Read the rest on the Daily Mail.



Predator X Was Most Fearsome Animal to Swim Oceans

A marine monster described as the most fearsome animal ever to swim in the oceans boasted a bite up to 11 times as strong as that of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Read the rest here.

3.16.2009

Hood not so good? Ancient Brits questioned outlaw

Read the rest on the AP.


Classic gags discovered in ancient Roman joke book

By Alison Flood

We may admire the satires of Horace and Lucilius, but the ancient Romans haven't hitherto been thought of as masters of the one-liner. This could be about to change, however, after the discovery of a classical joke book.

Read the rest on the Guardian.


Scholar Claims Dead Sea Scrolls 'Authors' Never Existed

By Tim McGirk / Jerusalem

Biblical scholars have long argued that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the work of an ascetic and celibate Jewish community known as the Essenes, which flourished in the 1st century A.D. in the scorching desert canyons near the Dead Sea. Now a prominent Israeli scholar, Rachel Elior, disputes that the Essenes ever existed at all — a claim that has shaken the bedrock of biblical scholarship.

Read the rest on Time Magazine.

3.15.2009

I've Returned!

So what have I been up to this past week? What has been so important that I actually took off a week from archaeological news? Well, the History Channel's show The Naked Archaeologist invited me to film an episode on Nefertiti. After flying me to Israel, we met on location at Ein Gedi and talked about monotheism, Aten, and the emergence of Judaism. I was interviewed by the Naked Archaeologist himself (he had clothes on), and he was a truly amazing (not to mention incredibly learned) man. Then, while I was in Israel, I popped over to Jordan to see Petra (yes, where they filmed Indiana Jones). Overall, it was an amazing trip!!!! Of course, then I came home to a house full of movers and my whirlwind tour came to an end. Yes, I've sold my home and I'm moving - not sure where yet, but a new adventure is about to begin!

3.06.2009

If only I had a fedora and leather jacket...

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History Buff is going to be gone for a week. More on the adventure when I return!

3.05.2009

Revealed: Why the moralising Dr Johnson DIDN'T hold forth on his own love life

By Sam Leith

A sunny weekday afternoon in a well-appointed house in Streatham, South London. A generous lunch has been served, and the dining room has echoed with laughter and conversation.

A distinguished male house guest is left alone with his younger and much more attractive hostess. He murmurs something. She flushes and assents. They retire to a private room and lock the door behind them.

Read the rest here.



Archaeologists find statues of ancient Egypt king

CAIRO (Reuters) - A team of Egyptian and European archaeologists have discovered two statues of King Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt roughly 3,400 years ago, the Supreme Council for Antiquities said Thursday.

Read the rest on Reuters.


Archaeologists find earliest known domestic horses

An international team of archaeologists has uncovered the earliest known evidence of horses being domesticated by humans.

Read the rest on Eurekaltert,


4,000-year-old axe among Olympic archaeology finds

A flint axe over 4,000 years old (pictured) was the highlight of a crop of discoveries during a two-year archaeological investigation into the past of the Olympic Park.

Read the rest here.

3.04.2009

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: Fossil Handprints Show Birdlike Dino

by Christine Dell'Amore

Nearly 200 million years ago, a meat-eating dinosaur plopped down on the edge of a lake and rested its arms, palms slightly facing inward, in an almost yoga-like pose (seen above right in an artist's conception).

Read the rest on National Geographic.


Moire on the ‘Royal granddaughter’s tomb’ found near Cairo

Depictions carved on a coffin that was found by the Japanese mission from the Institute of Egyptology at Waseda Unverisity in the north-western part of the archaeological area of Saqqara

Cairo Archaeologists have unearthed the 3,000-year-old tomb of an Egyptian noblewoman in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo.

Read the rest on the Times Online.


Noblewoman's tomb revealed

Cairo - Japanese archaeologists have unearthed an Egyptian noblewoman's 3 000 year-old tomb in the necropolis of Saqqara south of Cairo, the antiquities department said on Tuesday.

Read the rest here.

3.02.2009

Skeleton of village 'witch' to be re-buried

The excavation site near Hoo church where the body was found.
The excavation site near Hoo church where the body was found.

by Keyan Milanian

The medieval remains of a teenage girl who may have been suspected of witchcraft are to be given a Christian burial and funeral.

Read the rest here.



Afghanistan: A Treasure Trove for Archaeologists

By Aryn Baker / Ai Khanoum

Roland Besenval is a magician. With a few words and expansive hand gestures, the French archaeologist conjures a magnificent city from the millenniums-old ruins that crown a windswept plateau in Afghanistan's far north.

Read the rest on Time Magazine.


Amenhotep III statue rises again

Amenhotep III
(AFP)

One of Egypt’s most noted Pharaohs is once more standing tall and looking out across the Nile Valley, by the efforts of an international team and a little help from the British Museum.

Read the rest on the Times Online.


Archaeology team examine medieval village

THE Cosmeston Archaeology Project team, from Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology, will be excavating a small trial trench to examine the stratigraphy of part of the Manor House complex at Cosmeston Medieval Village on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, and Sunday, March 1, from 10am-4pm.

Read the rest here.

3.01.2009

Experts Trying to Decipher Ancient Language

Read the rest on the AP.