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The Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

The news of the week in audio, for many years compiled and written by the late Michelle Hilling of Archaeologica, is now the product of our dedicated volunteer team. Read by Laura Pettigrew, the Audio News is compiled from Archaeologica’s daily news updates. The musical interludes are original compositions by Anthony Pettigrew. The Audio News from Archaeologica is compiled from Archaeologica.org's daily news updates.

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Audio News for October 24th through the 30th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: DNA analysis used to determine ancestry of mummified remains found in Xinjiang (details) Artifacts from lost empire of Srivijaya being plundered in Sumatra (details) Impacts of deforestation by resident population revealed at Chaco Canyon (details) Study seeks to clarify scientific naming standards for early human ancestors (details)

14mins

1 Nov 2021

Rank #1

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Audio News for October 17th through the 23rd, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Study of horse DNA provides new evidence about the spread of the Indo-European languages (details) Ancient Caucasians may have shunned gold for cultural reasons (details) Cosmic radiation allows researchers to date Viking artifacts in Newfoundland (details) Evidence from Madagascar shows that foragers make lasting changes to environments they inhabit. (details)

14mins

25 Oct 2021

Rank #2

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Audio News for October 10th through the 16th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Analysis of teeth shows early Native Americans did not come from Japan (details) Medieval document suggests Italians heard about America 150 years before Columbus (details) Lake sediments challenge history of human habitation in the Azores (details) Earliest hominin footprints from Crete now dated to 6 million years ago (details)

14mins

18 Oct 2021

Rank #3

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Audio News for October 3rd through the 9th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: 3D technology reveals new example of Easter Island’s lost script (details) Genetics of Siberian dogs show widespread trade by early Arctic peoples (details) Spirit mirror of Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer was Aztec artifact (details) Remains of first Black church in Colonial Williamsburg are uncovered -- again (details)

14mins

11 Oct 2021

Rank #4

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Audio News for September 26th through October 2nd, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Historians document human impacts to the environment on islands of Micronesia (details) New discoveries at Tikal demonstrate complex societal interactions (details) Genetic testing suggests Etruscans were locals from eastern Europe (details) Yale’s Vinland Map found to be a forgery (details)

10mins

4 Oct 2021

Rank #5

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Audio News for September 19th through the 25th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Impacts from meteor may be source of biblical tale of destruction of Sodom (details) Analysis of fossilized footprints suggests humans came to North America long before end of Ice Age (details) New research traces Maya societal recovery from habitat destruction following volcanic blast (details) Scholars express concern for fate of Afghanistan’s historical sites under new regime (details)

13mins

27 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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Audio News Sep. 12th through the 18th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Bronze Age coffin unearthed on UK golf course yields new secrets during conservation (details) (details) Handprints and footprints preserved in Tibetan mud may be oldest known art (details) (details) Bone tools from Moroccan cave show how Pleistocene people made clothing (details) Texas academics catalog African American graves at risk in American South (details)

12mins

20 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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Audio News September 5th through 11th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Acropolis renovations draw criticism for covering centuries of history (details) Further evidence of human sacrifice in construction of Korea’s Moon Castle (details) Unique artifacts uncovered in China highlight the creativity of ancient peoples (details) New research explores interactions of ancient Pueblo with turkeys (details)

12mins

13 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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Audio News for August 29th through September 4th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Analysis of bone tools from Italy resets timeline of Neanderthal development (details) First DNA evidence of ancient Toalean people recovered in Indonesia (details) Louisiana earthworks created by rare group efforts from hunter-gatherers (details) Artifacts reveal the softer side of Viking culture (details)

15mins

6 Sep 2021

Rank #9

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Audio News for August 22nd through the 28th, 2021

News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Michigan farm field produces first Clovis site in the state (details) Remains of early farmers in arid desert of Chile show a history of violence (details) Mexican pictographs are first record of pre-Conquest earthquakes (details) Herculaneum bone studies shows men and women ate different diets (details)

13mins

30 Aug 2021

Rank #10