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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Utah fossil reveals global exodus of mammals' near relatives to major continents
23 May 2018 at 10:32am
A nearly 130-million-year-old fossilized skull found in Utah is an Earth-shattering discovery in one respect. The small fossil is evidence that the super-continental split likely occurred more recently than scientists previously thought and that a group of reptile-like mammals that bridge the reptile and mammal transition experienced an unsuspected burst of evolution across several continents.
Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana ...
22 May 2018 at 8:48am
A new study of ancient mound builders who lived hundreds of years ago on the Mississippi River Delta near present-day New Orleans offers new insights into how Native peoples selected the landforms that supported their villages and earthen mounds -- and why these sites were later abandoned.
Scientists analyze first ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia
17 May 2018 at 11:26am
Researchers have completed the first whole-genome analysis of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia Study identifies at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last 50,000 years, each shaping the genetics of Southeast Asia.
Ancient human remains and a mystery unearthed
17 May 2018 at 7:22am
An archaeological excavation of a Bronze Age burial mound in south west England has uncovered an intact 4,000-year-old human cremation as well as evidence of unaccountable activity from the medieval period on the same site.
Early evidence of use of a bit on domestic donkeys found in the Near East
16 May 2018 at 11:46am
Donkeys may have worn bits as early as the third millennium BCE, long before the introduction of horses in the ancient Near East, according to a study published May 16, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Haskel Greenfield from University of Manitoba, Canada, Aren Maeir from Bar-Ilan University, and colleagues.
Monitoring the tremble -- and potential fall -- of natural rock arches
15 May 2018 at 7:57am
Scientists monitoring the vibrations of natural rock arches have found that the resonant frequencies of arches undergo dynamic changes from day to day, according to new research.
Lead pollution in Greenland ice shows rise and fall of ancient European civil...
14 May 2018 at 12:19pm
Scientists, historians and economists have used ice samples from the North Greenland Ice Core Project to measure, date and analyze European lead emissions that were captured in Greenland ice between 1100 BC and AD 800. Their results provide new insight for historians about how European civilizations and their economies fared over time.
How our ancestors with autistic traits led a revolution in Ice Age art
14 May 2018 at 6:55am
The ability to focus on detail, a common trait among people with autism, allowed realism to flourish in Ice Age art. Around 30,000 years ago realistic art suddenly flourished in Europe. Extremely accurate depictions of bears, bison, horses and lions decorate the walls of Ice Age archaeological sites such as Chauvet Cave in southern France. Why our ice age ancestors created exceptionally realistic art rather than the very simple or stylised art of earlier modern humans has long perplexed researchers.
A European origin for leprosy?
10 May 2018 at 12:02pm
New research by an international team has revealed that there was much more diversity in the leprosy strains circulating in Medieval Europe than previously thought. This finding, based on the sequencing of 10 new ancient genomes from the leprosy-causing bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, complicates prior assumptions about the origin and spread of the disease, and also includes the oldest M. leprae genome sequenced to date, from about 400 AD in the United Kingdom.
Stone Age hepatitis B virus decoded
10 May 2018 at 5:15am
Scientists have successfully reconstructed genomes from Stone Age and Medieval European strains of the hepatitis B virus. This unprecedented recovery of ancient virus DNA indicates that hepatitis B was circulating in Europe at least 7,000 years ago.
New research shows how Indo-European languages spread across Asia
9 May 2018 at 3:54pm
A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by descendants of hunter-gatherer groups in Kazakhstan who left little direct trace in the ancestry of modern populations. The research sheds new light on the long-standing 'steppe theory' on the origin and movement of Indo-European languages made possible by the domestication of the horse.
78,000-year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations
9 May 2018 at 5:19am
Scientists have excavated the Panga ya Saidi cave site, in the coastal hinterland of Kenya. The excavations and analyses represent the longest archaeological sequence in East Africa over the last 78,000 years. The evidence for gradual cultural changes does not support dramatic revolutions, and despite being close to the coast, there is no evidence that humans were using coastal 'super-highways' for migrations.
25 years of fossil collecting yields clearest picture of extinct 12-foot aqua...
7 May 2018 at 12:31pm
More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.
DNA adds twist to ancient story of a Native American group
30 Apr 2018 at 1:04pm
New findings draw from the first population-level nuclear DNA analysis of a Native American group from ancient to modern times.
Ancient quids reveal clues about genetic ancestry of early Great Basin inhabi...
30 Apr 2018 at 7:25am
New research showcases modern research methods that have revealed clues about the genetic ancestry of Native Americans who inhabited the Desert Southwest almost 1,000 years ago.
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Archaeologists Discover Greco-Roman Era Building in Egypt
25 May 2018 at 1:26pm
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Archaeology dig at Toowong Cemetery a chance to unearth Brisbane history
25 May 2018 at 12:39pm
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'Made in China' label helps archaeologists solve 800-year-old mystery shipwreck
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Thousands of Human Bones Reveal 'Barbarian' Battle Rituals
21 May 2018 at 12:03pm
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Horses Found in Pompeii May Have Been Harnessed to Flee Eruption
24 May 2018 at 6:52am
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Remembering Ken ? a leading light of Teesdale archaeology
27 May 2018 at 12:01am
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Megan Fox's new TV show draws archaeologists's ire
11 May 2018 at 6:01am
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Exposing the Star Wars code ? the Atlantis connection
23 May 2018 at 1:48pm
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3500-Year-Old Inscriptions Documented in Egypt
25 May 2018 at 10:00am
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