Posted inStone Age Archaeology

Early Neolithic Vessels from the Mediterranean Reveal Development of Advanced Nautical Technology

Over 7,000 years ago, people were navigating the Mediterranean Sea using technologically sophisticated boats, according to a groundbreaking study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. The research, led by Juan F. Gibaja from the Spanish National Research Council and his colleagues, sheds new light on the history of maritime technology and the early civilizations […]

Posted inMedieval Archaeology

Archaeologists Discover Oldest Dry Compass in Europe from Wreck of Medieval Ship in Estonia

Archeologists in Estonia made an exciting discovery this year while excavating an old shipwreck site near the historic port of Tallinn. In 2022, well-preserved remains of a medieval ship were found buried on Lootsi Street, not far from the old city walls. The excavation was led by Muinasprojekt OÜ, an Estonian archaeology company. Once uncovered, […]

Posted inClassical Archaeology

Two Ancient Stone Anchors Found off the Coast of Siracusa, in Sicily

During a joint operation by the Maritime Superintendency of the Sicily Region and the Diving Unit of the Guardia di Finanza in Messina, an archaeological protection operation was conducted on the seabed off the coast of San Lorenzo, in the municipality of Noto, province of Siracusa (Sicily). The verification and survey operation was triggered by […]

Posted inCulture, Science

How the Nocturnal Works: the Device that allowed Sailors to tell Time in the Dark (Video)

A nocturnal is a device used to determine local time based on the relative positions of two or more stars in the night sky. Sometimes called a horologium nocturnum (nighttime timepiece) or nocturlabe (in French and occasionally used by English writers), this tool is related to the astrolabe and sundial. Typically constructed of materials like […]