Archaeology Articles

  • The Roman Road and the Yellow Caps

    Introduction: Beyond the undisputed historical importance of the discovery of the so called Roman road of Bentivoglio , I wanted to write this semi-serious story to highlight the human side and the events of these last recent years spent together with a group of people, or rather, FRIENDS, the volunteers of the archaeological volunteer association HYDRIA (association of which I am pleased to ...

  • The history of metal detectors

    The metal detector is often thought of as a recent invention that inspires interest and creativity from all over the world as people seek to discover interesting items or rare metals. However, this invention was originally created for a very different purpose, and just like any piece of technology it developed slowly over time to become what we know it as today. 1881 saw one of the world’s ...


    By TreasureHunter3D

  • Artifact Restoration & Fossil Preparation with MicroBlasting

    Bringing the Hunley Up to the Surface It’s back to school time, which makes us at Comco nostalgic for some of our favorite subjects: history and archaeology. Both spark our curiosity and a sense of wonder, which is why I was really excited to visit our customer at The Hunley Project last week. The H.L. ...


    By Comco Inc

  • Multicollector ICP-MS with a Desolvating Nebulizer System for U-Series Dating of Late Pleistocene Terrestrial Snails

    Multicollector ICP-MS instruments are very specialized devices for high precision isotope ratio measurements. For useful measurement of low abundant isotopes and mass-limited samples, signal enhancement is often required. In addition, sample preparation and/or sample aerosol desolvation may be necessary to reduce or eliminate mass spectral interferences such as oxides and hydrides. This poster ...


    By Teledyne CETAC Technologies

  • Multicollector ICP-MS with a Desolvating Nebulizer System for U-Series Dating of Late Pleistocene Terrestrial Snails

    Multicollector ICP-MS instruments are very specialized devices for high precision isotope ratio measurements. For useful measurement of low abundant isotopes and mass-limited samples, signal enhancement is often required. In addition, sample preparation and/or sample aerosol desolvation may be necessary to reduce or eliminate mass spectral interferences such as oxides and hydrides. This poster ...


    By Teledyne CETAC Technologies

  • HYDRIA ... A container of SYNERGIES!

    HYDRIA, the association of social promotion and archeological volunteering active in the municipalities of the Unione Reno Galliera, resides in Bentivoglio, about 500 meters from the IMA-BFB Division establishment – the world’s largest manufacturer of automatic machines for the packaging of pharmaceuticals, food, tobacco, tea and coffee. Among its members there is a group of ...

  • Case Study: Using Aspida to Monitor CO2 and O2

    Tunnel Ravne is a network of underground passages and chambers built in ancient times by an unknown prehistoric culture. At some point in history it was deliberately blocked up with dry stone walls backed with thousands of tons of sand and gravel. ...


    By Analox Sensor Technology

  • TreasureHunter3D detectors help archaeologists increase the chance of success

    In today's blog we are posting an interview with archeologist Thomas A Gara who is in last years mostly focused on prospecting ancient sites in Bolivia and Peru. Thomas will explain why 3d metal detectors are so important to archeologists & how ...


    By TreasureHunter3D

  • Monitoring of clima-sensitiv finds in an archaeological exhibition - Case Study

    The Alexander the Great - National Archaeological Exhibition opened on March 22 in Rosenheim, Bavaria in Germany at the Lokschuppen Exhibition Center and will run until Nov. 3. The exhibition concept focuses on the biography of Alexander from his crib to his grave, where the historical data and sources are arranged along this guideline. Fascinating archaeological findings take the visitors on ...


    By OTT HydroMet

  • Webinar: Sample Preparation for XRF, FTIR & more | Spectroscopy Guides

    Watch our webinar on sample preparation in the fields of FTIR, XRF and more. Will Campbell explores various techniques in this webinar, originally hosted live by Select Science. XRF spectroscopy and FTIR spectroscopy is covered, along with other uses for sample preparation equipment. Tips on sample preparation and then a Q/A session also features.  Equipment/supplies mentioned includes: ...


    By Specac Limited

  • A GIS-based assessment of the Byzantine water supply system of Constantinople

    Despite the extensive archaeological surveys carried out in the last decades, little attention has been paid to one of the longest water supply systems of ancient times – the Byzantine water infrastructure which fed Constantinople from the mid-late fourth century ad. This work uses modern satellite terrain data and Global Positioning System (GPS) data to assess this system and provide an ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Transformational adaptation – when climate change means business as usual is no longer possible

    1. A lesson from the past Deep in the central Sahara, a crumbling mud-brick town sits at the edge of a dry lake bed. This is the medieval town of Germa, in southwestern Libya, one of a string of settlements along the Wadi al-Ajal, a valley defined by the towering dunes of the Ubari Sand Sea to the north, and the black cliffs of the Messak Settafet plateau to the south. Germa is romantic ...


    By Garama 3C Ltd

  • GPR archaeological investigation of Wanda Mound in Krakow (Poland)

    Last December 2016 GPR24.COM.PL Company (Poland) participated in an archaeological investigation on the legendary Wanda Mound in Krakow city. This hill was built supposedly in VII—VIII centuries and it is assumed to be the resting place of the legendary princess Wanda, which was a daughter of Krakus, the founder of ...


    By Transient Technologies LLC

  • Alternative collection systems for decentralized wastewater management: an overview and case study of the vacuum collection system in Eretria town, Greece

    In small and rural communities, the installation cost of conventional gravity-flow collection systems is often very expensive due to the presence of rocky terrain, high water table, unstable soils, extremely flat terrain, which may impose substantial difficulties in construction. Pressure, vacuum and septic tank effluent gravity collection systems are among the alternatives sewers used most ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban planning and water management in Ancient Aetolian Makyneia, Western Greece

    The findings of a large-scale archaeological investigation, conducted from 2009 to 2013 at a site in the vicinity of Antirrion, Western Greece, identified with ancient Makyneia, provides interesting information on the architectural features and urban planning of an ancient settlement in this area of mainland Western Greece. Through an interdisciplinary study of its morphological and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case Study - Historic Cemetery - Texas

    Archaeological grave site locating Objective:  Locate potential unmarked graves Site:  Historic family cemetery in San Antonio, Texas USA dating to 1899 Instrument:  SuperSting R8/IP, Switch Box112 and 112 electrodes installed in a 7x6 foot 3D dipole-dipole grid Software:  EarthImager 3D Result:  3D resistivity ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Searching for Archeological Anomalies in the Oluz Mound - Case Study

    The History Of The Oluz Mound The Oluz Mound near Amasya, Turkey, is a very important ancient Turkish settlement with a history stretching back to 4,500 B.C. For archaeologists, this site in Central Turkey is an exciting opportunity to discover not just the area’s history, but the history of the birthplace of civilizations. ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

  • Evolution of underground aqueducts in the Hellenic world

    Historical and archaeological evidence shows that ancient Hellenes had developed underground aqueducts since the prehistoric times. However, innovative methods of underground aqueducts were developed in Hellas mainly during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods. Since the well-known tunnel at the island of Samos, Hellas, was designed and begun its construction (ca. 550 ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • GPR to uncover Connecticut`s past

    Crouched beside one of the many stone walls that crisscross Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, Brian Jones held one end of a rope threaded into a single-wheeled contraption that resembled a high-tech scooter attached to a computer screen. While Debbie Surabian, soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, tracked grainy images of what lies underground on a computer screen ...


    By Geomorph Instruments

  • Partech Case Study: Effluent Water Quality Monitoring at an Open Case Coal Site

    Merthyr Tydfil in Wales is home to the massive Ffos-y-fran land reclamation scheme by Millar Argent, where over 10 million tonnes of coal will be extracted in the next fifteen years! So what’s the point of the land reclamation scheme? The purpose is to restore the land to its former principle use and Partech are helping with the discharge monitoring on site. You ...


    By Partech (Electronics) Ltd.

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