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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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Oldest Egyptian brewery; Australian grinding stone with moth remains; global study about good governance; Silk Road trade hindered by ancient drought

Statuettes at ancient theater in Turkey; oldest known Chinese face cream; Venetian beads in pre-contact northern Alaska sites; 18000-year-old wind instrument from French cave

Environmental change and the creation of the Egyptian nation-state; Early Medieval graveyard in Cambridge, England; update on Peru’s Cloud Warriors; Bronze Age changes in Switzerland

3000-year-old royal purple dye in Israel; very ancient milk consumption in Africa; dogs as the companions of the first Americans; physical trauma study of medieval Cambridge cemeteries

Book of the Dead chapter and temple in Egypt; Early Bronze Age objects possibly used as money; Hopewell sites in Ohio nominated for World Heritage; systematic study of ancient knowledge and its modern applications

Aphrodite temple in Turkey; facial reconstruction of Siberian couple; female statue in Mexico; Sulawesi warty pig as oldest cave art

South African bones mean more hominid species; indigenous-led archaeology in Australia; death threats to Peruvian archaeologist; Yellowstone Park treasure hunter convicted

Ancient Peruvian farmers took advantage of El Nino; effort at Bozeman Trail historic nomination; fast-food restaurant in Pompeii; tree rings evidence warming climate

Agriculture in ancient forest islands of the Amazon; Doggerland points made of human bone; DNA upends the story of Caribbean migrations; imported foods common in Bronze Age Levant

Counterfeit silver in early Middle East; climate change ended Central Asian civilizations; more skulls for Aztec tower of skulls; high craftsmanship in Scottish cross

Bronze age Greek helmet in Croatia; reindeer-hunting artifacts in Norway ice patch; Southwestern mummies reflect community support of the dying; Tudor-era coins in English garden.

Ancient Islamic Period necropolis in Spain; extensive hydrological sytems at Tikal; Greek antiquities traffickers busted; vast rock art imagery including extinct animals in Colombian Amazon.