Tag Archives: Archaeology

Strange Science: Prehistoric Island Construction

Archaeologists studying crannogs, constructed islands in the Scottish lochs, have found evidence that suggests that these islands are far older than originally believed. Originally, the crannogs had been dated to approximately 800 B.C. Newer investigations point to an origin of … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Reassessing Viking Burials

A team of scientists has been reassessing Viking burials from the settlement of Birka in east-central Sweden, and in doing so, have determined that one of the Viking warriors buried there was a high-status female warrior. Thanks to osteology and … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Medical Technology Informing Artifact Analysis

Medical technology can be used for a multitude of applications, including helping art historians and archaeologists learn more about artifacts. Recently, five pieces of art held by the Art Institute of Chicago were imaged using axial tomography, known to most … Continue reading

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Throwback to Other Strange Things in the Ground

While we haven’t published many stories dealing strictly with archaeology at Mad Scientist Journal, we have a few, along with several others detailing other oddities of this planet we call home, and a few a bit farther afield. “Within the Pulse … Continue reading

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Fiction: Terminus Post Quem

An essay by Daniel Benlainey, as provided by Steve Toase Art by Leigh Legler Daniel Benlainey BA MSc Project Manager Multivallate Archaeology Unit 4 Sunray Farm YK94 1SX D.Benlainey@multivallate.org.uk Simon Campbell BSc Senior Archaeologist Historic Environment Team Callshire County Council … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Medicine Two and a Half Millennia Ago

Archaeologists in Turkey have uncovered a health center and medical tools from approximately 2,600 years ago. While the tools are not exactly like those pictured here, they bear some resemblance to these Egyptian medical tools and add to the information … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Massive Black Sarcophagus Found

Archaeologists in Alexandria, Egypt, recently located a massive black granite sarcophagus likely from the Ptolemaic period (roughly 2,000 years ago). The sarcophagus was uncovered while preparing a site for a new building, but now researchers are faced with several problems. … Continue reading

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Strange Science: The Disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion

Mass disappearances have happened throughout history, but one of the most curious is the disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion from somewhere between what is now England and Scotland, in the second century A.D. The Roman Ninth Legion was one … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Ancient Greek Temples on Fault Lines?

A geologist researching fault lines in Greece has hypothesized that the ancient Greeks may have intentionally built their temples on fault lines, in order to expose themselves to prophetic visions caused by hallucination. The idea of the Pythia, the high … Continue reading

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Strange Science: Unidentified Bones

When pre-industrial peoples across Europe and other parts of the world saw oversized bones eroding out of landforms, they often believed that they could have been the bones of creatures from myths and legends. Elephant skulls seemed as though they … Continue reading

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