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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Little Foot fossil shows early human ancestor clung closely to trees
20 Apr 2021 at 6:29am
The fossil provides the oldest, most intact example of the shoulder of a human ancestor ever found. The bones provide telltale clues of how the individual moved and was adapted to climbing, a research team reports.
People have shaped Earth's ecology for at least 12,000 years, mostly sustainably
19 Apr 2021 at 3:21pm
New research shows that land use by human societies has reshaped ecology across most of Earth's land for at least 12,000 years. Researchers, from over a dozen institutions around the world, assessed biodiversity in relation to global land use history, revealing that the appropriation, colonization, and intensified use of lands previously managed sustainably is the main cause of the current biodiversity crisis.
Stone Age black bears didn't just defecate in the woods - they did it in a ca...
19 Apr 2021 at 10:57am
Scientists have sequenced ancient DNA from soil for the first time and the advance will transform what is known about everything from evolution to climate change. The findings have been described as the 'moon landings' of genomics because researchers will no longer have to rely on finding and testing fossils to determine genetic ancestry, links and discoveries - and it is thanks to Stone Age black bears who defecated in a remote cave in Mexico 16,000 years ago.
Neanderthal nuclear DNA retrieved from sediments helps unlock ancient human h...
15 Apr 2021 at 11:26am
Researchers have retrieved Neanderthal nuclear DNA from cave deposits in northern Spain and southern Siberia, yielding new clues to the population history of Neanderthals. With the advent of nuclear DNA analyses of sediments, similar studies at other sites can provide new insights into the deep human past that do not rely on the discovery of bones and teeth.
Ancient pottery reveals the first evidence for honey hunting in prehistoric W...
14 Apr 2021 at 7:01am
A team of scientists has found the first evidence for ancient honey hunting, locked inside pottery fragments from prehistoric West Africa, dating back some 3,500 years ago.
Feces core records 4,300 years of bat diet and environment
12 Apr 2021 at 8:48am
A 2-meter guano pile holds information about changes in climate and how the bats' food sources shifted over the millennia, analogous to records of the past found in layers of lake mud and Antarctic ice, according to a new study.
Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asia
8 Apr 2021 at 8:23am
Along the Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges of Central Asia, sheep and other domestic livestock form the core economy of contemporary life. Although it was here that the movements of their ancient predecessors helped to shape the great trade networks of the Silk Road, domestic animals were thought to have come relatively late to the region. A new study reveals that the roots of animal domestication in Central Asia stretch back at least 8,000 years -- making the region one of the oldest continuously inhabited pastoral landscapes in the world. The findings push back the presence of domesticated animals in the region by some 3,000 years.
800-year-old medieval pottery fragments reveal Jewish dietary practices
7 Apr 2021 at 9:22am
Archaeologists have found the first evidence of a religious diet locked inside pottery fragments excavated from the early medieval Jewish community.
Genomes of the earliest Europeans
7 Apr 2021 at 9:22am
Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neanderthals.
Early indicators of magma viscosity could help forecast a volcano's eruption ...
7 Apr 2021 at 8:04am
The properties of the magma inside a volcano affect how an eruption will play out. In particular, the viscosity of this molten rock is a major factor in influencing how hazardous an eruption could be for nearby communities. But it usually only quantified well after an eruption. New work identifies an indicator of magma viscosity that can be measured before an eruption. This could help scientists and emergency managers understand possible patterns of future eruptions.
Modern analysis of rock art
30 Mar 2021 at 6:09pm
Rock art of human figures created over thousands of years in Australia's Arnhem Land has been put through a transformative machine learning study to analyse style changes over the years. The study has tested different styles labelled 'Northern Running figures', 'Dynamic figures', 'Post Dynamic figures' and 'Simple figures with Boomerangs' to understand how these styles relate to one another.
Ancient genomes trace the origin and decline of the Scythians
26 Mar 2021 at 12:13pm
Generally thought of as fierce horse-warriors, the Scythians were a multitude of Iron Age cultures who ruled the Eurasian steppe, playing a major role in Eurasian history. A new study analyzes genome-wide data for 111 ancient individuals spanning the Central Asian Steppe from the first millennia BCE and CE. The results reveal new insights into the genetic events associated with the origins, development and decline of the steppe's legendary Scythians.
Warriors' down bedding could ease journey to realm of the dead
25 Mar 2021 at 8:54am
Feathers, an owl head and oars suggest the people in this Iron Age grave were prepared for a long journey.
Ancient Maya houses show wealth inequality is tied to despotic governance
24 Mar 2021 at 12:51pm
Archaeologists examined the remains of houses in ancient Maya cities and compared them with other Mesoamerican societies; they found that the societies with the most wealth inequality were also the ones that had governments that concentrated power with a smaller number of people.
For ancient farmers facing climate change, more grazing meant more resilience
24 Mar 2021 at 8:33am
Humans are remarkably adaptable, and our ancestors have survived challenges like the changing climate in the past. Now, research is providing insight into how people who lived over 5,000 years ago managed to adapt.
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20 Apr 2021 at 10:11am
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Archaeologists find alphabet?s ?missing link? - HeritageDaily
14 Apr 2021 at 5:01pm
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An archaeology society hosted a talk against returning Indigenous remains. So...
19 Apr 2021 at 2:10pm
An archaeology society hosted a talk against returning Indigenous remains. Some want a new society Science Magazine
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15 Apr 2021 at 5:03am
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20 Apr 2021 at 11:29am
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Space is the final frontier for archaeologists - CNN
17 Apr 2021 at 3:49pm
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One of the world's 'richest countries in archaeology' gets back relics seized...
22 Apr 2021 at 1:54am
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Artificial intelligence helps identify authors of Dead Sea Scrolls - Haaretz
21 Apr 2021 at 10:59am
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17th-Century Mourning Ring Unearthed on Isle of Man - Archaeology
21 Apr 2021 at 10:52am
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13 Apr 2021 at 12:00am
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Archaeologists solve 10BC puzzle with link to Israel king murdered during Kin...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:07am
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Archaeologists Unearth Sprawling Roman Ruins Unlike Any Found in the U.K. - S...
15 Apr 2021 at 9:21am
Archaeologists Unearth Sprawling Roman Ruins Unlike Any Found in the U.K. Smithsonian Magazine
'Completely unfounded': Chinese archaeologists refute 'alien theory' about Sa...
20 Apr 2021 at 2:39am
'Completely unfounded': Chinese archaeologists refute 'alien theory' about Sanxingdui Ruins Global Times
Archaeology and Bible experts work together to explain the past - DW (English)
7 Apr 2021 at 12:00am
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15 Apr 2021 at 1:27am
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