Auction house Sotheby's is planning on selling archaeological artifacts, and the Mexican government is demanding to halt this auction, as Mexico has a law that bans the selling or purchasing of archaeological artifacts. Other artifacts in the collection are being labeled as fakes or imitations. An important case to follow for those interested in archaeology, patrimony, and cultural heritage.
13 bodies dated to the mid-14th century have been revealed following railroad construction just outside London. These bodies are believed to have died from the plague, just before the epidemic spread. DNA studies are expected to reveal information regarding the early stages of the bacteria that cause the massive epidemic.
This discovery is only one of numerous archaeological finds resulting from this railroad project.
Extracting residues from pipes, scientists are confirming that these were used for smoking tobacco as early as AD 860. This finding strengthens the notion that tobacco was smoked prior to European arrival in the area, and adds to the scant data archaeologists have of tobacco smoking in antiquity.
Follow the latest discoveries from the world of archaeology, plants, and people.