12 Crucial Archaeology Findings Of 2018 That Have Left Historians Puzzled2018 has passed and we are already settling in 2019, but even as we move forward it’s never a bad time to remind people about the incredible things that happened this past year that have gone unnoticed. Even though there were many groundbreaking events that most of us have already heard about, there were some incredible discoveries made that might have flown under your radar. With this list we have decided to shed some light on the most incredible archeological discoveries made in 2018, that might change our understanding of history forever.39
Peabody Museum in Talks To Repatriate Ponca Tomahawk Following Descendant’s Request, Nebraska Legislature Resolution | News | The Harvard CrimsonThe Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is in talks with Ponca tribal leaders and a descendant of Ponca chief Standing Bear to repatriate to the Ponca people a pipe tomahawk that once belonged to Standing Bear, Museum Director Jane Pickering said in an interview on Thursday.2
Off the Beaten Path Rome: Hidden Gems in Rome For Culture LoversHere's my guide to visiting 33 off the beaten path hidden gems in Rome. Rome is so densely packed with ancient sites that it's impossible to see them all. That leaves some amazing sites you can visit without tourists and interminable lines -- underrated museums, new archaeological sites, and overlooked landmarks.1
Who was the Archaeologist at Roswell?If you're familiar with the Roswell story, you will know that a few of the witnesses mentioned seeing an Archaeology professor and students at one of the crash sites. I cannot remember where but I heard that this Archaeologist was most likely from the University of Pennsylvania (i live in philly and love archaeology so this was a very interesting detail to me). From the light reading I've done on Roswell that's the only detail I've found. I haven't any of the books on the topic so I am not sure if there is further speculation on who this mysterious archeologist could be. Please let me know if there are other details out there! I looked into the leadership of the Department of Anthropology at UPenn and found a tantalizing detail that i'm hoping others might know more about. in 1947, the same year of Roswell, there was a huge push to "revitalize" the department and then Acting Director Marian Angell Godfrey was ditched for a man named Froelich G. Rainey. I looked into Rainey and learned he is not your average academic.. He worked for the State Dept. as a Foreign Service Officer during World War 2 and taught at the University of Alaska before suddenly becoming the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. The man was quite reputable and did a lot of good for the institution but I thought his appointment in 1947 was a little intriguing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Froelich_Rainey EDIT: After a little further digging, looks like ufologists who know a lot more about Roswell have determined it was William Curry Holden, director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas (which is very close to Roswell). According to Randle & Schmit, the guys that literally wrote the book on Roswell, Holden, an archaeologist from Lubbock randomly received a deposit of $4,834 to his account on July 15, 1947 (which is more than $50,000 in 2021, probably muuuch more than an archaeologist's salary at the time). The archive which had all his records mysteriously did not have his income taxes from 1947 as well.
From the Archives: Evidence that people in northeastern Jordan were making bread around 14,400 years ago was one of ARCHAEOLOGY’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2018.From the Archives: Evidence that people in northeastern Jordan were making bread around 14,400 years ago was one of ARCHAEOLOGY’s Top Ten Discoveries of 2018.
'Plain of Jars', one of the most mysterious archaeological sites, reveals its true ageThe mysterious Plain of Jars in northern Laos — a landscape dotted with massive stone jars hewn from sandstone thousands of years ago — was likely used as a burial site for much longer than previously suspected.1