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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Climate change in antiquity: Mass emigration due to water scarcity
25 Jan 2021 at 8:31am
The absence of monsoon rains at the source of the Nile was the cause of migrations and the demise of entire settlements in the late Roman province of Egypt. This demographic development has been compared with environmental data for the first time by professor of ancient history, leading to a discovery of climate change and its consequences.
Early humans used chopping tools to break animal bones and consume the bone m...
21 Jan 2021 at 10:21am
Researchers found that stone tools of the type known as 'chopping tools' were used to break open the bones of animals. Tools of this type were used for over two million years. They were found in large quantities at prehistoric sites all over the Old World, but no one understood their exact function.
Burial practices point to an interconnected early Medieval Europe
21 Jan 2021 at 10:17am
Changes in Western European burial practices spread rapidly during the 6th - 8th centuries AD, providing strong evidence that early Medieval Europe was a well-connected place with a shared culture.
On the origins of money: Ancient European hoards full of standardized bronze ...
20 Jan 2021 at 12:10pm
In the Early Bronze Age of Europe, ancient people used bronze objects as an early form of money, even going so far as to standardize the shape and weight of their currency, according to a new study.
A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era
18 Jan 2021 at 8:31am
Scantily clad tomb raiders and cloistered scholars piecing together old pots -- these are the kinds of stereotypes of archaeology that dominate public perception. Yet archaeology in the new millennium is a world away from these images. In a major new report, researchers probe a thoroughly modern and scientific discipline to understand how it is helping to address the considerable challenges of the Anthropocene.
Scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers
15 Jan 2021 at 8:03am
Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 miniature Maya ceramic vessels. The vessels also contain chemical traces present in two types of dried and cured tobacco.
Spectacular fossil discovery: 150 million-year-old shark was one of the large...
14 Jan 2021 at 8:19am
A team led by Sebastian Stumpf from the University of Vienna describes an well-preserved skeleton of the ancient shark Asteracanthus. This rare fossil find comes from the famous Solnhofen limestones in Bavaria, which was formed in a tropical-subtropical lagoon landscape during the Late Jurassic, about 150 million years ago. The almost complete skeleton shows that Asteracanthus was two-and-a-half meters long, which makes this ancient shark one of the largest of its time.
Fossils' soft tissues helping to solve puzzle that vexed Darwin
12 Jan 2021 at 8:01am
Remarkably well-preserved fossils are helping scientists unravel a mystery about the origins of early animals that puzzled Charles Darwin.
Evidence for a massive paleo-tsunami at ancient Tel Dor
23 Dec 2020 at 11:24am
Underwater excavation, borehole drilling, and modelling suggests a massive paleo-tsunami struck near the ancient settlement of Tel Dor between 9,910 to 9,290 years ago, according to a new study.
Ancient DNA sheds light on the peopling of the Mariana Islands
22 Dec 2020 at 10:20am
Compared to the first peopling of Polynesia, the settlement of the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific, which happened around 3,500 years ago, has received little attention. Researchers have now obtained answers to long debated questions regarding the origin of the first colonizers of the Marianas and their relationship to the people who initially settled in Polynesia.
The aroma of distant worlds
21 Dec 2020 at 1:04pm
Asian spices such as turmeric and fruits like the banana had already reached the Mediterranean more than 3000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. A team of researchers has shown that even in the Bronze Age, long-distance trade in food was already connecting distant societies.
Discovery of 66 new Roman Army sites shows more clues about one of the empire
21 Dec 2020 at 9:17am
The discovery of dozens of new Roman Army sites thanks to remote sensing technology has revealed more about one of the empire's most infamous conflicts.
A non-destructive method for analyzing Ancient Egyptian embalming materials
16 Dec 2020 at 10:45am
Ancient Egyptian mummies have many tales to tell, but unlocking their secrets without destroying delicate remains is challenging. Now, researchers have found a non-destructive way to analyze bitumen -- the compound that gives mummies their dark color -- in Ancient Egyptian embalming materials. The method provides clues to the bitumen's geographic origin and, in one experiment, revealed that a mummy in a French museum could have been partially restored, likely by collectors.
Mummified baboons shine new light on the lost land of Punt
15 Dec 2020 at 5:20am
Ancient Punt was a major trading partner of Egyptians for at least 1,100 years. It was an important source of luxury goods, including incense, gold, and living baboons. Located somewhere in the southern Red Sea region in either Africa or Arabia, scholars have debated its geographic location for more than 150 years. A new study tracing the geographic origins of Egyptian mummified baboons provides new insight into Punt's location, demonstrating the tremendous nautical range of early Egyptian seafarers.
Under wraps: X-rays reveal 1,900-year-old mummy's secrets
10 Dec 2020 at 8:21am
Researchers used powerful X-rays to see the preserved remains of an ancient Egyptian girl without disturbing the linen wrappings. The results of those tests point to a new way to study mummified specimens.
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26 Jan 2021 at 3:34am
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26 Jan 2021 at 3:17am
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21 Jan 2021 at 2:44pm
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