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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 shell midden in China; tapir study about sagittal crests and diet; New Guinea starch grains

Belize study of bone isotopes informs on the rise of Mesoamerican maize; DNA analysis and Caribbean migrations; sea otter study on the Northwest coast; Bronze Age population movements to Anatolia

Virtual platform for Jewish heritage sites; genetic continuity in Lebanon; Australian mining company destroys ancient Aboriginal site; dental tartar reveals diet of Japan’s Edo period

Early footprints in Tanzania; modeling Neanderthal extinction; cadaver dogs in archaology; early bone arrowpoint in southern Africa

Maize came shortly before Cahokia; global cooling prompted spread of rice; ancient Africa and epidemics; dating the collapse of Negev farming

Cahokia causeway orientation; dietary shift in early Indonesia; X-rays explore Mary Rose artifacts; archaeological perspective on pandemic effects

New dates correct the story of early contact in North America; burials inside homes at Çatalhöyük; unique Roman burial goods in Bulgaria; first Africans in Mexico City

Ottoman merchant ship with surprising cargo; Salish Sea basin population was large and ancient; increased use of marine resources by Scandinanvian hunter-gatherers; cuisines of ancient Baltic hunter-gatherers

Melting snow patch in Norway reveals ancient artifacts; fatty traces evidence history of milk and meat diet in East Africa; rabbits and chickens as pets in Iron Age Britain; ancient use of Alaskan mountain pass

Neanderthal site with world’s oldest string; Spanish use of native Mexican copper smelting; German Bronze Age site similar to Stonehenge; London prehistory pushed back by 3000 years

Ancient Florida fish ponds; treasure trove in Cretan cave; floating palaces of Roman Emperor Caligula; ritual site of Mesopotamian war god.

Obsidian points in Ohio rituals; plants as Ice Age staples; world’s earliest epidemic in China; early spread of Mesoamerican ball game