The ship which sent an iceberg warning to the RMS Titanic, before the ocean-liner sank, has been identified lying in the Irish Sea.
- Leverhulme Trust
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — It was the money that grew on trees.
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
With the help of geomagnetic surface surveys and subsequent hands-on digging, an excavation team from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has revealed new insights into the area in which the caliph's palace of Khirbat al-Minya was built on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. According to these findings, there had already been a settlement occupied by Christian or Jewish inhabitants in the immediate vicinity long before the palace was built.
- Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Axel Springer Stiftung, Santander Foundation, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
A new review shows that the soil in the cities of the ancient Maya are heavily polluted with mercury. As vessels filled with mercury and objects painted with cinnabar have been found at many Maya sites, the authors conclude that the Maya were heavy users of mercury and mercury-containing products. This resulted in severe and dangerous pollution in their day, which still persists even now.
- Frontiers in Environmental Science
- Australian Research Council
An interdisciplinary team effort by AIAS Fellow Iza Romanowska and researchers from Aarhus University and the University of Bergen have identified climate-driven changes to food availability as a factor behind dramatic historical events that led the oasis city of Palmyra in Syria to its ultimate demise. The new study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
- PLoS ONE
Cornell University archaeologist Sturt Manning hopes to settle one of modern archaeology’s longstanding disputes: the date of a volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini, traditionally known as Thera.
- PLoS ONE