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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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Ancient dog DNA fills in gaps in human history; Mississipian diaspora from Cahokia; Bronze Age adaptation to climate change in SE Turkey; signet stone reflects a pluralistic Jerusalem.

Cat geoglyph among Nazca Lines; artifacts rescued from melting Alpine glaciers; dispute over Titanic radio; conserving perishable Arctic artifacts.

3000-year-old leather balls in Central Asia; climate change and extinction of key human species; Greek cave documents long span of human cultural evolution; Confederate monument in Georgia poses challenges in anti-racist era.

Ancient Viking temple in Norway; masked clay figurine in western Siberia; human cells preserved by Vesuvius eruption; inhospitable Bering Sea island

 Land management in ancient Amazonia; sequence of Caribbean Islands settlement; the long view of human effects on ecosystems; New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt

Rare Shakespeare volume in Spanish library; exhibit on 400th anniversary of Mayflower sailing; mummified Egyptian birds were wild; city in northern Turkey much older than expected

Excavating America’s first Black church; Mexican slave ship carried Maya people; Spanish cave art possibly made by both sexes; DNA study of Viking burials

Date fruit produced from 200-7ear-old seeds; drone finds Kansas earthwork; literacy in ancient Israel; why culture lagged behind human physical development

Sea-bottom cult offerings off Israeli coast; ancient storms contributed to Maya decline; new take on Easter Island population decline; face-down burials and European epidemics

Illegal Sudan gold mining destroys sites; imported pet monkeys from India found in Egypt; prehistoric musical instruments in southern Africa; well dressed mummies in northern Chile

500,000 year old site in England; early humans on eastern Indonesian island; historical Black cemeteries in the US; early stone monuments in Saudi Arabia

Signs of world's earliest epidemic found in China; archaeological evidence puts pandemic effects into historical perspective; how ancient African societies coped with epidemics; epidemics revealed in human teeth