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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Dravidian language family is approximately 4,500 years old, new linguistic an...
21 Mar 2018 at 6:09am
The origin of the Dravidian language family, consisting of about 80 varieties spoken by 220 million people across South Asia, can be dated to about 4,500 years ago, based on new linguistic analyses. An international team used data collected first-hand from native speakers and analyzed these using cutting-edge computational methods. The findings shed light on the prehistory of these languages and their speakers.
Volcanic eruption influenced Iceland's conversion to Christianity
19 Mar 2018 at 6:07am
Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.
Fish the primary source of nutrition in medieval Northern Ostrobothnia
16 Mar 2018 at 9:12am
Researchers investigated the diet of people buried in the Ii Hamina, Northern Finland, cemetery from the 15th to the 17th centuries by analysing isotopes in the bones of the deceased. Isotopes preserve information on the various nutrient sources used by humans during their lifetime. A study reveals that the dominant protein source was small fish, such as roach or Baltic herring.
Scientists discover genomic ancestry of Stone Age North Africans from Morocco
15 Mar 2018 at 11:12am
An international team of researchers have sequenced DNA from individuals from Morocco dating to approximately 15,000 years ago. This is the oldest nuclear DNA from Africa ever successfully analyzed. The study shows that the individuals, dating to the Late Stone Age, had a genetic heritage that was in part similar to ancient Levantine Natufians and an uncharacterized sub-Saharan African lineage to which modern West Africans are genetically closest.
New insights into the origin of elongated heads in early medieval Germany
13 Mar 2018 at 6:30am
A palaeogenomic study investigates early medieval migration in southern Germany and the peculiar phenomenon of artificial skull deformation.
Genetic prehistory of Iberia differs from central and northern Europe
12 Mar 2018 at 12:05pm
Researchers combined archaeological, genetic and stable isotope data to encapsulate 4000 years of Iberian biomolecular prehistory.
Genetic timeline of early Pacific settlers
9 Mar 2018 at 6:55am
Researchers have helped put together the most comprehensive study ever conducted into the origins of people in Vanuatu -- regarded as a geographic gateway from Asia to the Remote Pacific.
127-million-year-old baby bird fossil sheds light on avian evolution
5 Mar 2018 at 6:30am
The tiny fossil of a prehistoric baby bird is helping scientists understand how early avians came into the world in the Age of Dinosaurs. The fossil, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era (250-65 million years ago), is a chick from a group of prehistoric birds called, Enantiornithes. Made up of a nearly complete skeleton, the specimen is amongst the smallest known Mesozoic avian fossils ever discovered.
Ancient DNA reveals genetic replacement despite language continuity in the So...
27 Feb 2018 at 8:16am
New genetic research reveals the complex demographic history of Vanuatu, explaining how Austronesian languages were retained throughout its history despite near-total replacement of early Austronesian-Lapita with Papuan ancestry.
Geological change confirmed as a factor behind the extensive diversity in tro...
26 Feb 2018 at 6:05am
Diversification of two genera of the Annonaceae plant family in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America has occurred largely in parallel and in line with major geological transitions.
Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans
22 Feb 2018 at 11:49am
Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world's oldest known cave paintings -- suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.
New light shed on prehistoric human migration in Europe
21 Feb 2018 at 12:24pm
The first farmers of northern and western Europe passed through southeastern Europe with limited hunter-gatherer genetic admixture, which occurs when two or more previously isolated populations begin interbreeding. However, some groups that remained mixed extensively -- without the male-biased, hunter-gatherer admixture that prevailed later in the North and West.
Ancient DNA tells tales of humans' migrant history
21 Feb 2018 at 10:18am
Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied -- revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.
Did humans speak through cave art? Ancient drawings and language's origins
21 Feb 2018 at 9:29am
When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests a professor.
Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
19 Feb 2018 at 12:50pm
A new study on the timescale of plant evolution has concluded that the first plants to colonize the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought.
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Dogs and cats may have been involved in Maya rituals
21 Mar 2018 at 8:32am
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Historic underwater archaeology exhibit 'Sunken Cities' gets US. premiere at ...
21 Mar 2018 at 4:27pm
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Dig the LUAS Archaeology Fair this weekend
21 Mar 2018 at 2:56pm
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Isaiah the Prophet, Man or Biblical Myth: The Archaeological Evidence
19 Mar 2018 at 5:19am
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Two Historic Ships Discovered in Virginia
21 Mar 2018 at 9:44am
Two Historic Ships Discovered in Virginia ArchaeologyFull coverage
17th-Century Houseguests Slaughtered Hosts, and Archaeologists Are Investigating
19 Mar 2018 at 3:53am
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Center for Archaeology Research opens in southern Taiwan
19 Mar 2018 at 6:35am
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2200-Year-Old 'Rice Wine' Found in China
21 Mar 2018 at 11:42am
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Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig
21 Mar 2018 at 7:11am
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Germany Repatriates Olmec Artifacts to Mexico
21 Mar 2018 at 10:17am
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'State Archaeology Department must have trained epigraphists'
20 Mar 2018 at 12:50pm
'State Archaeology Department must have trained epigraphists' The HinduFull coverage
Seventeenth-Century Decorations Uncovered in English Castle
21 Mar 2018 at 9:36am
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Staff Pick: Archaeology, Anthropology At UofL
21 Mar 2018 at 7:40am
Staff Pick: Archaeology, Anthropology At UofL Louisville Eccentric ObserverFull coverage
Plymouth, Mass. archaeological finds highlighted in talk
21 Mar 2018 at 1:49pm
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The Junior Archaeologists of Western Australia Goes Global!
19 Mar 2018 at 3:18am
The Junior Archaeologists of Western Australia Goes Global! HeritageDailyFull coverage