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Two Danish discoveries among 2015's best archaeology

The history of the famous Egtved girl and a DNA study of African slaves are among this year’s greatest discoveries listed in the magazine Archaeology.

Archaeologists develop new technology to read ancient documents

Using X-rays and 3D-modelling, scientists have developed a new method to read ancient texts, which were until now considered unreadable.

Ice Age hunters reveal new line of European ancestry

Scientists discover a new line of European ancestry in the Caucasus Mountains, which suggest that we are the result of a mixture between four groups.

Archaeologists excavate 300-year-old tax haven

The remains of a rich pearl fishing industry in Qatar were abandoned for centuries until archaeologists recently unearthed them.

The Black Death has been hiding among us for thousands of years

Fossil DNA reveals that the plague is much older than previously suspected. The discovery could shed new light on the evolution of a deadly disease.

Middle Ages' wealthy unknowingly poisoned themselves with lead

Medieval ceramics were laced with toxic lead oxide, which made wealthy city folk more susceptible to lead poisoning, says new research.

Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Iron Age sacrifices

ScienceNordic was on the scene when archaeologists excavated a sacred bog from the Iron Age.

Archaeological breakthrough could solve the mystery of Greenland’s Vikings

Archaeologists develop new method, which might finally tell us why the Vikings migrated to Greenland.

Researchers have feared and expected continued destruction in Palmyra

Researchers at the University of Bergen have expected more atrocious vandalism of cultural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palmyra by members of the Islamic State, IS. Most of all, they fear that more of their scientific colleagues and friends in areas controlled by IS will be killed.

Norwegian iron helped build Iron-Age Europe

Two thousand years ago, Norway produced iron in significant quantities. Much of it was exported both southward and northward from Trøndelag in central Norway.