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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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 Shanidar Cave flower burial debunked; ancient human population bottleneck; ancient Southern California wildfires; Confederate skeletons at Civil War battlefield

Proteins on ancient cauldrons; physical evidence of two Jerusalem destructions; drum-like dance floor in Peru; DNA from 2900-year-old Assyrian brick

Early drainage system in China; Iceman Ötzi had dark skin; Medieval girl in England buried face down; Nautilus shell beads in Indonesia

Story phrases: Bronze Age pyramid in Kazakhstan; early arrival of African cattle in the Americas; Europe’s oldest stilt village; jawbone in China suggests unknown human lineage

Long-hidden features under Exeter Cathedral; Teotihuacan-period village; first English slave fort in Africa; Switzerland arrowhead made from Estonian meteorite

300,000-year-old throwing stick in Germany; Iron Age burial in Britain was female; prehistoric sites help save Louisiana coastline; oldest curry.

Ben Franklin’s paper money; underground passages of the Zapotecs; gold coins hidden in medieval German monastery; Neolithic polishing stone in England.

Mosaics at Galilee synagogue; remarkably early human presence in South American cave; Viking grave goods in southern Norway; genetic data from 2 million year old African hominin

Huge hand-axes in England; early fiber technology in the Phillipines; large and aligned Mesolithic pits in England; 18,000-year-old date for Oregon rockshelter

Pizza-like image in Pompeii; agriculture and death rates in North America; more about seventh-century Anglo-Saxon girl; cannibalism among early human ancestors in Kenya.

Andean droughts and violence; muscular modeling of “Lucy”; warfare in European Neolithic; Bronze Age sword in Bavaria

Blood residues point to North American megafauna; early modern humans in Laotian cave; small-brained hominins in South African burials; new Bronze Age burial mounds near Stonehenge