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Laura Pettigrew

Laura Kennedy,
Voice of the Audio News.

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 Kennedy, the Audio News is compiled from Archaeologica’s daily news updates. The musical interludes are original compositions by Anthony Pettigrew. 


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Caligula’s garden; warning in Hittite royal seal; plant remains and East African farming; very old Peruvian temple and theater

Denisovans on the Tibetan plateau; newly discovered rock art in Venezuela; wooden artifacts show great age for continuing Aboriginal ritual; tomb in France helps explain modern European genome

Ancient Korean royal tomb; LiDAR survey of Yucatan Maya sites; 21st century science applied to Antikythera Mechanism; Neanderthal child with Down Syndrome

Stone catapult balls in England; intact bottles of preserves at Mount Vernon; human blood in West African plaster; Celtic human remains with collapsed bridge in Switzerland

Bronze Age city in Syria; Indigenous American glass beads; survivors of Vesuvius; world’s oldest wooden sculpture

Monglian cauldrons and blood sausage; female warrior monk in Spain; huge South American rock art; new Seahenge interpretation

Ancient tablet records first Anatolian company; cancer surgery in ancient Egypt; inequality study examines Central European burial mounds; ceremonial offerings in ancient Mexico City temple.

Pyrenees village torched by Hannibal; elephant hunting in central Chile; Medieval horses shipped across the Baltic Sea; experimental study of Greek Bronze Age armor

Roman town lasted longer; modern viruses in Neanderthals; British stone circle may be older; pair buried in embrace not lovers

Roman shipwreck with fish sauce; linguistic analysis posits four early American migrations; new precision for Jerusalem’s early history; leprosy and squirrels in Medieval England

Soundscapes in Chaco Canyon; ritual plant traces beneath Maya ball court; Neanderthal face reconstructed; plant-based diet for Paleolithic North Africans

Avar DNA study; cherries unearthed at Mount Vernon; new cursus monuments in Ireland; lunar alignment study at Stonehenge