kottke.org posts about archaeology

Sunken forest of Nantucket

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 06, 2005

Scientists have found evidence of a sunken forest off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. (thx, malatron)

Bosnian pyramid

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2005

An oddly shaped hill in Bosnia is a 10,000 year old pyramid, says Bosnian archeologist Semir Osmanagic.

The pyramid is 100 metres high and there is evidence that it contains rooms and a monumental causeway… The plateau is built of stone blocks, which indicates the presence at the time of a highly developed civilisation.

Who invented noodles?

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 19, 2005

4000 year-old pot of noodles found in China, settling (for now) the “hotly contested” question of who invented the noodle.

Further discovery of Homo floresiensis bones

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 13, 2005

Further discovery of Homo floresiensis bones have strengthened researchers’ argument that the so-called Hobbit is a new and distinct human species. More on Flores man at Nature, which is doing a weekly podcast now.

Google Maps archaeology

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 19, 2005

Local man uses Google Maps to find the undiscovered remains of a Roman villa near his town in Italy.

Evolution shocker!

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 22, 2005

Evolution shocker! The discovery of a dinosaur footprint on the wall of a contemporary Brooklyn school proves that the earth is less than 6000 years old (and, perhaps, that dinosaurs could walk vertically). No word on the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s involvement.

Robot Lucy

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 20, 2005

Robotics research suggests that Lucy walked upright like humans. Lucy, discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia, is a 3.2 million year old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton.

40,000 year-old human footprints

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 06, 2005

40,000 year-old human footprints found in Mexico. Humans are thought to have come to the Americas only 11,000 years ago.

Humans’ worst mistake

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 29, 2005

Jared Diamond calls agriculture “the worst mistake in the history of the human race”. “With the advent of agriculture [the] elite became better off, but most people became worse off”.

Old seed grows new tree

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 13, 2005

2000 year old seed grows a previously extinct Judean date tree. It’s like a plant version of Jurassic Park.

Banksy relics

posted by Jason Kottke   May 19, 2005

Banksy strikes again, placing a stone relic with a cave drawing of a shopping cart on it into the British Museum.