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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
How did a deadly tropical fungus get to the temperate environs of the Pacific...
18 Jan 2018 at 1:24pm
In what is being described as 'The Teddy Roosevelt effect,' a deadly fungus in the Pacific Northwest may have arrived from Brazil via the Panama Canal, according to a new study. Cryptococcus gattii -- which until a 1999 outbreak in British Columbia's Vancouver Island was considered primarily a tropical fungus -- can cause deadly lung and brain infections in both people and animals.
New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
17 Jan 2018 at 5:55am
How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia.
Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery
16 Jan 2018 at 7:25pm
Using 'next generation' DNA sequencing scientists have found that the famous 'Two Brothers' mummies of the Manchester Museum have different fathers so are, in fact, half-brothers. The Two Brothers are the Museum's oldest mummies and amongst the best-known human remains in its Egyptology collection. They are the mummies of two elite men -- Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ankh -- dating to around 1800 BC.
Swiss archaeologist discovers the earliest tomb of a Scythian prince
11 Jan 2018 at 6:02am
Deep in a swamp in the Russian republic of Tuva, a Swiss archaeologist has discovered an undisturbed Scythian burial mound. All the evidence suggests that this is not only the largest Scythian princely tomb in South Siberia, but also the earliest -- and that it may be harboring some outstandingly well-preserved treasures.
Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon
10 Jan 2018 at 11:13am
Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, researchers have found. The researchers reached this conclusion after extracting DNA from scores of bone samples -- some harvested as many as 7,000 years ago -- and comparing them to the DNA of Chinook currently swimming in the Snake and Columbia rivers. The work is 'the first direct measure of reduced genetic diversity for Chinook salmon from the ancient to the contemporary period.'
Ancient Phoenician DNA from Sardinia, Lebanon reflects settlement, integratio...
10 Jan 2018 at 11:13am
Ancient DNA from the Phoenician remains found in Sardinia and Lebanon could provide insight into the extent of integration with settled communities and human movement during this time period, according to a new study. The researchers looked at mitochondrial genomes, which are maternally inherited, in a search for markers of Phoenician ancestry.
Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand
10 Jan 2018 at 7:10am
The fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Teeth and bones of the extinct bat -- which was about three times the size of an average bat today -- were recovered from 19 to 16-million-year-old sediments near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island.
Life on land and tropical overheating 250 million years ago
9 Jan 2018 at 6:49pm
One of the key effects of the end-Permian mass extinction, 252 million years ago, was rapid heating of tropical waters and atmospheres. How this affected life on land has been uncertain until now. New research shows how early reptiles were expelled from the tropics.
Dual migration created genetic 'melting pot' of the first Scandinavians
9 Jan 2018 at 11:18am
New genomic data suggest that the first human settlers on the Scandinavian peninsula followed two distinct migration routes. The study also indicates that the resulting mixed population genetically adapted to the extreme environmental conditions.
DNA analysis of ancient mummy, thought to have smallpox, points to Hepatitis ...
4 Jan 2018 at 12:34pm
A team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of an ancient strain of the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), shedding new light on a pervasive, complex and deadly pathogen that today kills nearly one million people every year. While little is known about its evolutionary history and origin, the findings confirm the idea that HBV has existed in humans for centuries.
Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history
4 Jan 2018 at 9:03am
An archaeologist is set to redefine what we know about elderly people in cultures throughout history, and dispel the myth that most people didn't live much past 40 prior to modern medicine.
Evidence of previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans, resear...
3 Jan 2018 at 10:26am
Genetic analysis of ancient DNA from a 6-week-old infant found at an Interior Alaska archaeological site has revealed a previously unknown population of ancient people in North America. The findings represent a major shift in scientists' theories about how humans populated North America. The researchers have named the new group 'Ancient Beringians.'
Prehistoric bling? Aesthetics crucial factor in development of earliest coppe...
22 Dec 2017 at 6:03am
Researchers have developed a Cu-As-Sn (Copper-Arsenic-Tin) color ternary diagram to uncover the original colors of archaeological artifacts now patinated through age and exposure.
Discovery of a 4,000-year-old military network in northern Syria
21 Dec 2017 at 7:58am
The discovery of more than a thousand sites in Syria has revised our understanding of the settlement of the steppes during all periods in the history of the Near East. Recently, analysis of aerial and satellite images has enabled the discovery of a vast structured surveillance and communication network dating from the Middle Bronze Age (2nd millennium BCE).
Are bones discovered under an Exeter street from the first turkey dinner in E...
19 Dec 2017 at 10:36am
Bones dug up from under an Exeter street may be the remains of the first ever turkey dinner in England, archaeologists believe.
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Israeli Researchers Decipher One of Last Two Undecoded Dead Sea Scrolls
21 Jan 2018 at 2:43am
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How a Mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in Mexico?and ended up losing his...
18 Jan 2018 at 7:46am
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Archaeologists Drop Bible, Pick Up Science to Solve Jerusalem Puzzles
18 Jan 2018 at 8:40am
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UI archaeology professor weighs in on Borobudur's 'chattra' restoration
19 Jan 2018 at 11:15pm
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Neolithic Ritual Cave Site Discovered in Ireland
19 Jan 2018 at 11:48am
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Archaeologists Could Be Close to Finding the Tomb of King Tut's Wife
19 Jan 2018 at 10:16am
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Archaeologists Uncover Pottery With Parthenon Scene in Biblical Village
16 Jan 2018 at 4:37am
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5 Major Archaeology Discoveries to Look for in 2018
1 Jan 2018 at 5:31am
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Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America?And, Maybe, the Field of Archa...
4 Jan 2018 at 1:07pm
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Face of 9000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed
19 Jan 2018 at 4:01pm
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Europe's lost forests
17 Jan 2018 at 3:58am
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Swiss archaeologist discovers the earliest tomb of a Scythian prince
11 Jan 2018 at 7:46am
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Digging up the past: Searching for treasures to unlock more of Singapore's hi...
20 Jan 2018 at 2:31pm
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Acting City Archaeologist Begins Term as President of the Council of Virginia...
20 Jan 2018 at 5:53pm
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Huge Prehistoric 'Picnic Spot' From Half a Million Years Ago Found in Israel
6 Jan 2018 at 11:17pm
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