From nomadic hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers and ranchers

Changes in the lifestyles of nomadic hunter-gatherers who became sedentary farmers and stockbreeders were decisive for human history. Between 14,000 and 9,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers began to live in sedentary villages. These changes took place, for the first time, in the Middle East, in the current countries of Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and…

Analyze with “magnifying glass” a Roman domus

The REPAEMI project – Paleoenvironmental and economic reconstruction of Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Badajoz) from the high-resolution geo-archaeological analysis of the domus of the Mitreo, requested by the research team HUM 296-Archaeology classical period and late antiquity in Eastern Andalusia of the Universidad de Granada  in collaboration with the Consorcio de Ciudad Monumental Histórico Artístico de…

Termez in Bactriana (Uzbekistan): Greek colony, centre of Central Asian Buddhism and Islamic city

Integrated deposit in the Silk Road Its strategic location makes Termez a prominent political and economic centre  Study of the city from an archaeological Holistic study of ceramics that is produced and used as an indicator of the passing of the city The fortification of Tchingiz Tepe in Termez The project takes place in the…

What is cinnabar? The pigment of Roman mural painting

Characterization of the geological origin of cinnabar pigments used in Roman mural painting in the northeastern quadrant of Hispania. Cinnabar is a mineral of the sulphide class, characterized by a beautiful vermilion colour that, once reduced to dust, produces one of nature’s most valued red pigments. Fragment of cinnabar from the mine of Las Cuevas…

Researchers at the UAB discover a late period ritual space dedicated to the god Horus in Berenike, Egypt.

The “Sikait Project” team discovers a late period ritual space dedicated to the god Horus in the Greco-Roman port of Berenike, Egypt. Project focuses on analysis of emerald production and marketing in Roman Egypt This discovery is one of the few evidences of this cult in Late Roman Egypt The second archaeological excavation campaign of…