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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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6.17.2010

Bones confirmed as those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth

Bones excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 are those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth who died in AD 946, experts at the University of Bristol confirmed today. The crucial scientific evidence came from the teeth preserved in the upper jaw. The bones are the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial.

Read the rest here.

6.12.2010

HISTORY BUFF IS GOING ON VACATION!

It's vacation time again, so I won't be able to update the blog until August 15th. I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL summer. And happy travels for all of you on the move :)

6.11.2010

Archaeologists unearthed 99 Greco-roman artefacts in Egypt

by Mohammed Almasri

Egypt (Abu Qir) - Ninety-nine Sunken pieces of antiquities were salvaged by the European marine archaeological institute mission in association with the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in the areas of Eastern Port and Heracleum in Abu Qir.

Read the rest here.


Crocodile and Hippopotamus Served as 'Brain Food' for Early Human Ancestors

ScienceDaily — Your mother was right: Fish really is "brain food." And it seems that even pre-humans living as far back as 2 million years ago somehow knew it.

Read the rest on Science Daily.


Prehistoric pet? Dog burial found in O.C.

by Pat Brennan

It might have been a treasured pet, or the victim of traditional destruction of property after its owner's death. The reason for its burial remains a mystery.

Read the rest here.

6.09.2010

Armenian cave yields what may be world's oldest leather shoe

By Tom Watkins, CNN

Get a kick out of this: Researchers reported Wednesday finding the world's oldest leather shoe in a cave in Armenia.

Read the rest on CNN.

6.08.2010

Ancient bees found in Israel hailed from Turkey

The origin of insects found in clay beehives in the Jordan Valley, the oldest known commercial beekeeping facility in the world, suggests extensive trading and complicated agriculture 3,000 years ago.

Read the rest in the LA Times.


Roman gladiator cemetery found in England

London, England (CNN) -- Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations.

Read the rest on CNN.

6.07.2010

Building found during Rochester Cathedral excavation

Archaeologists digging at a cathedral in Kent have unearthed evidence of a previously unknown building. An excavation project was started at Rochester Cathedral to conserve a Roman city wall.

Read the rest on the BBC.


Researchers: Cavemen feasted on lions

Waiting in line at the drive-through may be a drag, but it sure beats what our ancestors had to do for fast food. Try take-out lion. A Spanish team reports Neanderthals likely hunted and ate a big cat at a cave site.

Read the rest on USA Today.


Scars from lion bite suggest headless Romans found in York were gladiators

Martin Wainwright
Roman gladiator cemetery

Kurt Hunter-Mann, right, examines a skeleton at the site in York, which may be the only well-preserved Roman gladiator cemetery. Photograph: C4 Picture/PA

The haunting mystery of Britain's headless Romans may have been solved at last, thanks to scars from a lion's bite and hammer marks on decapitated skulls.

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6.04.2010

Signs of Amelia Earhart's Final Days?

By Rossella Lorenzi

Tantalizing new clues are surfacing in the Amelia Earhart mystery, according to researchers scouring a remote South Pacific island believed to be the final resting place of the legendary aviatrix.

Read the rest on Discovery.


9,000 year old beer recreated

Debra Black

A 9,000 year old beer made of rice, honey and hawthorn may give a whole new meaning to cracking open a cold one.

Read the rest here.

6.02.2010

The prophet of science: 17th century chemist who foresaw the hi-tech future

Beth Hale

They may appear to be marvels of modern science. But organ transplants, satellite navigation and cosmetic surgery can actually be traced back - in idea form at least - to a 17th century scientist with a big imagination.

Read the rest on the Daily Mail.


Jamestown settlers' trash confirms hard times

by Sid Perkins

Oyster shells excavated from a well in Jamestown, Va., the first permanent British settlement in North America, bolster the notion that the first colonists suffered an unusually deep and long-lasting drought.

Read the rest on Science News.


Florentine Codex, Great Intellectual Enterprise of 16th Century

MEXICO CITY.- Created under the orders of Bernardino de Sahagun by 20 tlacuilos or painters and 4 Indigenous masters, Florentine Codex is one of the greatest expressions of the Renascence in America.

Read the rest on Art Daily.

6.01.2010

The Skull of Doom

By Jane MacLaren Walsh

Crystal skulls have long had a fringe following, and the most famous of them is one named for the explorer-author Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges (see “Legend of the Crystal Skulls”). Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have found the skull somewhere in Central America in the 1930s, but his adopted daughter Anna later said she found it under a fallen altar or inside a pyramid at the Maya site of Lubaantún in British Honduras (now Belize) some time in the 1920s. Neither of their contradictory accounts is true. In fact, like all the other crystal skulls thus far examined, it is a modern creation, despite its nearly mythical place in the minds of devotees.

Read the rest here.


Jordan Valley - cradle of civilisations?

By Taylor Luck

AMMAN - Archaeological finds in the northern Jordan Valley are forcing experts to rethink the patterns of the earliest civilisations. In Tabqat Fahel, 90 kilometres north of Amman, recent finds indicate that the ancient site of Pella, which spans across the earliest pre-historic times to the Mameluke era, may have been a part of the cradle of civilisations.

Read the rest on the Jordan Times.


Secrets of ancient Scottish hunters revealed by camp

It was an age when reindeer roamed the Scottish landscape, competing for territory with human raiding parties from what is now the North Sea. The country lay under glaciers as far south as the Highland Line, and a mini ice-age was fast approaching.

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Advanced Technique, RTI, Used to Decipher Maya Glyphs

MEXICO CITY.- As part of most recent studies at Tonina Archaeological Zone, in Chiapas, a technique known as RTI (Reflection Transformation Imaging) is being applied for the first time in Mexico on Maya sculptures, with the aim of documenting the ancient monuments and having more details of inscriptions.

Read the rest on Art Daily.


Tools show ancient human diet

Almost two million years ago, early humans began eating food such as crocodiles, turtles and fish – a diet that could have played an important role in the evolution of human brains and our footsteps out of Africa, according to new research.

Read the rest on Science Alert.


Neanderthal man was living in Britain 40,000 years earlier than thought

Francis Wenban-Smith from the University of Southampton discovered two ancient flint hand tools used to cut meat at the M25/A2 road junction at Dartford, Kent, during an excavation funded by the Highways Agency.

Read the rest on the Telegraph.


World War Two bomb explodes in Germany, three dead

BERLIN, June 1 (Reuters) - A World War Two bomb found in central Germany exploded on Tuesday, killing three people, as disposal experts were about to defuse it, local authorities said.

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