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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
20 Feb 2020 at 11:12am
A new study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations -- a group known as the 'super-archaics' in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor about 700,000 years ago. The event was between two populations more distantly related than any other recorded. The authors proposed a revised timeline for human migration out of Africa and into Eurasia. The method for analyzing ancient DNA provides a new way to look farther back into the human lineage.
Discovery at 'flower burial' site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death ...
18 Feb 2020 at 4:34am
The first articulated Neanderthal skeleton to come out of the ground for over 20 years has been unearthed at one of the most important sites of mid-20th century archaeology: Shanidar Cave, in the foothills of Iraqi Kurdistan.
5200-year-old grains in the eastern Altai Mountains redate trans-Eurasian cro...
14 Feb 2020 at 10:47am
Cereals from the Fertile Crescent and broomcorn millet from northern China spread across the ancient world, integrating into complex farming systems that used crop-rotation cycles enabled by the different ecological regions of origin. The resulting productivity allowed for demographic expansions and imperial formation in Europe and Asia. In this study, scientists illustrate that people moved these crops across Eurasia earlier than previously realized, adapting cultivation methods for harsh agricultural environments.
9,900-year-old Mexican female skeleton distinct from other early American set...
5 Feb 2020 at 11:33am
A new skeleton discovered in the submerged caves at Tulum sheds new light on the earliest settlers of Mexico.
Ocean temperatures impact Central American climate more than once thought
5 Feb 2020 at 10:22am
Researchers examined the rainfall history of Central America over the last 11,000 years. The results provide context for the development of tropical rainforest ecosystems in the region, and long-sought answers to what has been controlling rainfall in Central America for several millennia.
Smaller detection device effective for nuclear treaty verification, archaeolo...
29 Jan 2020 at 2:45pm
Most nuclear data measurements are performed at accelerators large enough to occupy a geologic formation a kilometer wide. But a portable device that can reveal the composition of materials quickly on-site would greatly benefit cases such as in archaeology and nuclear arms treaty verification. New research used computational simulations to show that with the right geometric adjustments, it is possible to perform neutron resonance transmission analysis in a device just 5 meters long.
Early North Americans may have been more diverse than previously suspected
29 Jan 2020 at 11:33am
Ancient skulls from the cave systems at Tulum, Mexico, suggest that the earliest populations of North America may have already had a high level of morphological diversity, according to a new study.
Game-based virtual archaeology field school
29 Jan 2020 at 9:33am
Before they can get started at their field site - a giant cave studded with stalactites, stalagmites and human artifacts -- 15 undergraduate students must figure out how to use their virtual hands and tools. They also must learn to teleport.
Assessing geographic origins of ancient humans
28 Jan 2020 at 11:27am
Working with lead isotopes taken from tooth enamel of prehistoric animals, researchers have developed a new method for assessing the geographic origins of ancient humans.
Hungry for hutia? Our taste for Bahamas' 'most peaceable rodent' shaped its d...
28 Jan 2020 at 9:27am
Hungry for hutia? Humans' taste for this Bahamian rodent shaped its diversity over 1,000 years -- an example of how what we like to eat can chart the course of a species.
New study debunks myth of Cahokia's Native American lost civilization
27 Jan 2020 at 11:54am
An archaeologist has dug up ancient human feces, among other demographic clues, to challenge the narrative around the legendary demise of Cahokia, North America's most iconic pre-Columbian metropolis.
Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migra...
27 Jan 2020 at 11:54am
New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle East, and the Mediterranean were wetter and drier and how the plant composition changed in tandem, possibly providing migration corridors throughout time.
Tw writers penned landmark inscriptions in 8th-century BCE Samaria
22 Jan 2020 at 12:43pm
A new study reveals that only 2 writers penned landmark inscriptions on an 8th-century BCE Samarian ostraca. The discovery illuminates the bureaucratic apparatus of an ancient kingdom of Israel.
Anthropologists confirm existence of specialized sheep-hunting camp in prehis...
22 Jan 2020 at 12:00pm
Anthropologists have confirmed the existence more than 10,000 years ago of a hunting camp in the mountains along the modern-day border between Lebanon and Syria -- one that straddles the period marking the transition from nomadic hunter-gatherer societies to agricultural settlements at the onset of the last stone age. Analysis of decades-old data collected from Nachcharini Cave shows it was a short-term hunting camp and that sheep were the primary game.
Native Americans did not make large-scale changes to environment prior to Eur...
22 Jan 2020 at 9:37am
Contrary to long-held beliefs, humans did not make major changes to the landscape prior to European colonization, according to new research. These new insights into the past could help to inform how landscapes are managed in the future.
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Archaeologists discover lost city that may have conquered the kingdom of Mida...
21 Feb 2020 at 6:10am
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Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered - H...
20 Feb 2020 at 1:57pm
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Archaeologists discover letter from biblical era - HeritageDaily
18 Feb 2020 at 1:24pm
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Archaeologists Unearth Possible Shrine to Romulus, Rome's Legendary Founder -...
21 Feb 2020 at 6:32am
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Paleolithic Engravings Identified in Spain - Archaeology
20 Feb 2020 at 10:46am
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3200-Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Southern Israel - Archaeology
21 Feb 2020 at 11:13am
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US Repatriates Coins to Cyprus - Archaeology
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Archaeology news: Rare Bronze Age discovery sheds light on London's ancient d...
18 Feb 2020 at 11:08am
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Old Irish 'clachan' found in South Australia - HeritageDaily
19 Feb 2020 at 4:10am
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This Carving Is Helping Archaeologists Unravel the Secrets of Ancient Scottis...
20 Feb 2020 at 4:00am
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Soviet Shortwave Spy Radio Unearthed in Western Germany - Archaeology
20 Feb 2020 at 11:11am
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Archaeology news: ?Heart stopping moment? as archaeologists open Egyptian sar...
18 Feb 2020 at 11:09pm
Archaeology news: ?Heart stopping moment? as archaeologists open Egyptian sarcophagus Express.co.uk
Medieval hospital was 'last resort' for Black Death victims - HeritageDaily
20 Feb 2020 at 8:23am
Medieval hospital was 'last resort' for Black Death victims HeritageDaily
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27 Jan 2020 at 12:00am
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Walls of Fifteenth-Century Bones Found at Belgian Church - Archaeology
21 Feb 2020 at 11:56am
Walls of Fifteenth-Century Bones Found at Belgian Church Archaeology