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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Inks containing lead were likely used as drier on ancient Egyptian papyri
26 Oct 2020 at 12:39pm
Analyzing 12 ancient Egyptian papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy, researchers were surprised to find previously unknown lead compounds in both red and black inks and suggest they were used for their drying properties rather than as a pigment. A similar lead-based 'drying technique' has also been documented in 15th century European painting, and the discovery of it in Egyptian papyri calls for a reassessment of ancient lead-based pigments.
Ancient Maya built sophisticated water filters
22 Oct 2020 at 12:17pm
Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to new research. A multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, geographers and biologists identified quartz and zeolite, a crystalline compound consisting of silicon and aluminum, that created a natural molecular sieve. Both minerals are used in modern water filtration.
Turbulent era sparked leap in human behavior, adaptability 320,000 years ago
21 Oct 2020 at 11:09am
The first analysis of a sedimentary drill core representing 1 million years of environmental history in the East African Rift Valley shows that at the same time early humans were abandoning old tools in favor of more sophisticated technology and broadening their trade, their landscape was experiencing frequent fluctuations in vegetation and water supply that made resources less reliably available. The findings suggest that instability in their landscape was a key driver of human adaptability.
Bronze Age herders were less mobile than previously thought
21 Oct 2020 at 8:15am
Bronze Age pastoralists in what is now southern Russia apparently covered shorter distances than previously thought. It is believed that the Indo-European languages may have originated from this region, and these findings raise new questions about how technical and agricultural innovations spread to Europe.
Central Asian horse riders played ball games 3,000 years ago
12 Oct 2020 at 7:31am
Researchers have investigated ancient leather balls discovered in the graves of horse riders in northwest China. According to the international research team, they are around 3,000 years old, making them the oldest balls in Eurasia. The find suggests amongst others that the mounted warriors of Central Asia played ball games to keep themselves fit.
Disproportionate extinction of South American mammals when Americas collided ...
5 Oct 2020 at 2:08pm
North American mammals were the winners when the North and South American continents collided millions of years ago. New research shows that South American mammals went extinct at a disproportionately high rate once the Panama Isthmus connected the continents, allowing migration in either direction.
Anglo-Saxon warlord found by detectorists could redraw map of post-Roman Britain
4 Oct 2020 at 9:59pm
A discovery by a metal detectorist on club outing proved to be a significant burial with the remains of an imposing warlord, along with well-preserved weapons and items.
A tale of two cesspits: DNA reveals intestinal health in Medieval Europe and ...
4 Oct 2020 at 9:59pm
Analysis of 14th-15th century latrines in Jerusalem and Riga, Latvia identifies some of the microbes resident in the guts of these pre-industrial populations, illuminating how gut contents have changed since medieval times.
Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 5,000 years earlier than previously ...
28 Sep 2020 at 12:29pm
Modern humans arrived in westernmost Europe 41,000 to 38,000 years ago, about 5,000 years earlier than previously known, according to an international team of researchers that discovered stone tools used by modern humans dated to the earlier time period in a cave near the Atlantic coast of central Portugal. The tools document the presence of modern humans at a time when Neanderthals were thought to be present in the region.
The testimony of trees: How volcanic eruptions shaped 2000 years of world his...
28 Sep 2020 at 6:05am
Researchers have shown that over the past two thousand years, volcanoes have played a larger role in natural temperature variability than previously thought, and their climatic effects may have contributed to past societal and economic change.
Chromium steel first made in ancient Persia, study finds
23 Sep 2020 at 6:04am
Chromium steel -- similar to what we know today as tool steel -- was first made in Persia, nearly a millennium earlier than experts previously thought, according to a new study.
Wild birds as offerings to the Egyptian gods
22 Sep 2020 at 8:22am
Millions of mummified ibis and birds of prey, sacrificed to the Egyptian gods Horus, Ra or Thoth, have been discovered in the necropolises of the Nile Valley. Such a quantity of mummified birds raises the question of their origin: were they bred, like cats, or were they hunted? According to a team of scientists that carried out extensive geochemical analyses on mummies, they were wild birds.
Archaeology uncovers infectious disease spread 4000 years ago
21 Sep 2020 at 6:15am
New bioarchaeology research has shown how infectious diseases may have spread 4000 years ago, while highlighting the dangers of letting such diseases run rife.
Raids and bloody rituals among ancient steppe nomads
18 Sep 2020 at 7:42am
Traces of violence on 1700 year old skeletons allow researchers to reconstruct warfare and sacrifices of nomads in Siberia. An international and interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, archaeologists and specialists in forensic sciences performed a detailed and revealing analysis of the traumas found on the skeletal remains.
World's largest DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren't all S...
16 Sep 2020 at 8:35am
Invaders, pirates, warriors - the history books taught us that Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their way across Europe and beyond. Now cutting-edge DNA sequencing of more than 400 Viking skeletons from archaeological sites scattered across Europe and Greenland will rewrite the history books.
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20 Oct 2020 at 7:26am
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24 Oct 2020 at 12:01am
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21 Oct 2020 at 7:50am
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16 Oct 2020 at 12:00am
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23 Oct 2020 at 12:01pm
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23 Oct 2020 at 10:21am
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Archaeology bombshell: Researcher amazed after discovering evidence of 'UFO t...
23 Oct 2020 at 11:13am
Archaeology bombshell: Researcher amazed after discovering evidence of 'UFO type craft' Daily Express
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23 Oct 2020 at 3:45pm
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Archaeologists Say 'Bulgarian Atlantis' Older Than The Pyramids - Radio Free ...
25 Oct 2020 at 2:21am
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