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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Hepatitis B virus sheds light on ancient human population movements into Aust...
18 Mar 2019 at 10:26am
Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ago.
Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by ...
14 Mar 2019 at 12:15pm
Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in Iberia between 13,000 and 6,000 years ago. The second looked at individuals from the region over the last 8000 years. Together, the two papers greatly increase our knowledge about the population history of this unique region.
Strontium isotope maps are disturbed by agricultural lime
13 Mar 2019 at 11:32am
Strontium isotopes are frequently used in archaeological studies to establish the provenance and migration history of prehistoric people and artifacts. Many of these studies may be based on incorrect data. A new study shows that agricultural lime can alter the composition of strontium isotopes dramatically, so that the modern isotopic signature of an area may be very different from the prehistoric signature.
Prehistoric Britons rack up food miles for feasts near Stonehenge
13 Mar 2019 at 11:05am
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain - with people and animals traveling hundreds of miles for prehistoric feasting rituals. The study is the most comprehensive to date and examined the bones of 131 pigs, the prime feasting animals, from four Late Neolithic complexes. Serving the world-famous monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury, the four sites hosted the very first pan-British events.
Changes in rat size reveal habitat of 'Hobbit' hominin
13 Mar 2019 at 8:47am
A study of rat body sizes shifting over time gives a glimpse into the habitat of the mysterious hominin Homo floresiensis -- nicknamed the 'Hobbit' due to its diminutive stature.
From Stone Age chips to microchips: How tiny tools may have made us human
12 Mar 2019 at 9:37am
Anthropologists have long made the case that tool-making is one of the key behaviors that separated our human ancestors from other primates. A new article, however, argues that it was not tool-making that set hominins apart -- it was the miniaturization of tools.
Palaeolithic art featuring birds and humans discovered
11 Mar 2019 at 9:52am
A new article tells how researchers found -- in the site of Hort de la Bequera (Margalef de Montsant, Priorat) -- an artistic piece from 12,500 years ago in which humans and birds try to interact in a pictorial scene with exceptional traits: figures seem to star a narration on hunting and motherhood.
Modern beer yeast emerged from mix of European grape wine, Asian rice wine yeast
5 Mar 2019 at 12:36pm
For thousands of years brewers made beer using specialized strains of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A new study shows that modern brewing strains were derived from a mixture of European grape wine and Asian rice wine strains. This finding points to the emergence of beer yeast from a historical East-West transfer of fermentation technology.
Oldest tattoo tool in western North America
28 Feb 2019 at 6:36am
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. The tool was made around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Basketmaker II period in what is now southeastern Utah.
New research casts doubt on cause of Angkor's collapse
25 Feb 2019 at 4:21pm
Research has revealed the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt collapse.
Foxes were domesticated by humans in the Bronze Age
21 Feb 2019 at 9:29am
In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the third and second millennium BC, a widespread funeral practice consisted in burying humans with animals. Scientists have discovered that both foxes and dogs were domesticated, as their diet was similar to that of their owners.
Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa
21 Feb 2019 at 8:03am
Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa.
Biodiversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
18 Feb 2019 at 9:31am
The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia
17 Feb 2019 at 11:25am
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist.
New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African c...
13 Feb 2019 at 11:27am
A new dinosaur that wears its 'heart' on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period.
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Boat Described by Herodotus Discovered in Nile River - Archaeology
18 Mar 2019 at 11:46am
Boat Described by Herodotus Discovered in Nile River ArchaeologyEgyptian Shipwreck Unravels Herodotus' Archaeological MYSTERY Sputnik InternationalAncient Egypt mystery SOLVED: Nile shipwreck PROVES Herodotus' Nile cargo boat DID exist Express.co.ukView full coverage on Google News
New Thoughts on Egtved Girl and Skrydstrup Woman - Archaeology
18 Mar 2019 at 12:00am
New Thoughts on Egtved Girl and Skrydstrup Woman Archaeology
AARHUS, DENMARK?Isotope geochemist Rasmus Andreasen of Aarhus University and his colleagues suggest that modern, strontium-rich agricultural lime ...
Sea otter archaeology could tell us about their 2-million-year history - New ...
14 Mar 2019 at 7:02am
Sea otter archaeology could tell us about their 2-million-year history New Scientist News
By Michael Le Page. Archaeology is defined as the study of human history and prehistory by the analysis of physical remains. But the dictionaries may need ...
Cadbury treasure hunt ad labelled 'stupid' by archaeologists - BBC News
17 Mar 2019 at 8:21am
Cadbury treasure hunt ad labelled 'stupid' by archaeologists BBC News
Archaeologists have labelled a Cadbury advertising campaign urging children to go on a real treasure hunt as "intensely stupid". The campaign calls on children ...
Genomes Offer Clues to Population History of Iberia - Archaeology
15 Mar 2019 at 11:44am
Genomes Offer Clues to Population History of Iberia Archaeology
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS?BBC News reports that a new genetic study conducted by an international team of scientists led by researchers from ...
Changes in Diet May Have Fostered Changes in Speech - Archaeology
15 Mar 2019 at 12:02pm
Changes in Diet May Have Fostered Changes in Speech Archaeology
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND?According to a report in Science, the spread of agriculture and consumption of easier-to-chew foods may have led to changes in ...
Local archaeology chapter slates annual archaeology, Indian artifact fair - N...
18 Mar 2019 at 4:16pm
Local archaeology chapter slates annual archaeology, Indian artifact fair NorthcentralPa.com
WILLIAMSPORT - If you enjoy learning about prehistoric cultures in Lycoming County, the time to share your collected curiosities is at the Third Annual NCC8 ...
Biblical Archaeology: The Study of Biblical Sites & Artifacts - Live Science
22 Feb 2019 at 12:00am
Biblical Archaeology: The Study of Biblical Sites & Artifacts Live Science
Biblical archaeology is generally considered the field that combines archaeology and biblical studies.
2,000-year-old tattoo needle identified by archaeologists - National Geographic
28 Feb 2019 at 12:00am
2,000-year-old tattoo needle identified by archaeologists National Geographic
Once dismissed as an ?odd-looking little artifact,? the tool pushes back evidence for tattooing in the U.S. Southwest by a millennium.
Inscription Identifies Ancient City in Negev Desert - Archaeology
14 Mar 2019 at 1:06pm
Inscription Identifies Ancient City in Negev Desert Archaeology
COLOGNE, GERMANY?The Times of Israel reports that a team of German and Israeli archaeologists led by Michael Heinzelmann of the University of Cologne ...
2,500 Years Ago, Herodotus Described a Weird Ship. Now, Archaeologists Have F...
19 Mar 2019 at 1:28pm
2,500 Years Ago, Herodotus Described a Weird Ship. Now, Archaeologists Have Found it. Live Science
A boat described by the famous historian Herodotus nearly 2500 years ago has been found.
Archaeologists Discover Important Etruscan-Roman Cemetery With Strange Burial...
22 Feb 2019 at 12:00am
Archaeologists Discover Important Etruscan-Roman Cemetery With Strange Burials In Corsica Forbes
In southern Aléria, on the island of Corsica, a homeowner planning to build a new house discovered that dozens of people already resided there -- in a massive ...
1,700-Year-Old Elusa Inscription Bears City's Name | Archaeology - Sci-News.com
18 Mar 2019 at 12:43pm
1,700-Year-Old Elusa Inscription Bears City's Name | Archaeology Sci-News.com
The ancient city of Elusa (Hebrew: Halutza) is located at the northern edge of the Negev desert and was established as a caravan station on the incense route ...
World's Oldest Mariner's Astrolabe Found | Archaeology - Sci-News.com
19 Mar 2019 at 11:10am
World's Oldest Mariner's Astrolabe Found | Archaeology Sci-News.com
A unique leaded-gunmetal disk with iconic Portuguese markings recovered from the Sodré shipwreck site in Al Hallaniyah, Oman, has been identified as an ...
Cadbury Proposes a Treasure Hunt. Archaeologists Are Horrified. - The New Yor...
18 Mar 2019 at 11:25am
Cadbury Proposes a Treasure Hunt. Archaeologists Are Horrified. The New York Times
A marketing push by the British confectioner equating digging into a box of chocolates with digging up artifacts at heritage sites was described as ?shocking, ...