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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Only eat oysters in months with an 'r'? Rule of thumb is at least 4,000 years...
20 Nov 2019 at 2:56pm
Foodie tradition dictates only eating wild oysters during months containing the letter 'r' -- from September to April. Now, a new study suggests people have been following this practice for at least 4,000 years.
Early DNA lineages shed light on the diverse origins of the contemporary popu...
15 Nov 2019 at 4:44am
A new genetic study demonstrates that, at the end of the Iron Age, Finland was inhabited by separate and differing populations, all of them influencing the gene pool of modern Finns. The study is so far the most extensive investigation of the ancient DNA of people inhabiting the region of Finland.
Megadrought likely triggered the fall of the Assyrian Empire
14 Nov 2019 at 8:59am
The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt -- the largest empire of its time -- collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its capital, Nineveh, in 612 B.C.E. Despite a plethora of cuneiform textual documentation and archaeological excavations and field surveys, archaeologists and historians have been unable to explain the abruptness and finality of the historic empire's collapse.
Ancient Egyptians gathered birds from the wild for sacrifice and mummification
13 Nov 2019 at 12:31pm
In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new study.
Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan
13 Nov 2019 at 12:30pm
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic material this old has been retrieved from a fossil in a subtropical area. This allows the researchers to accurately reconstruct animal, including human, evolutionary processes way beyond the limits known today.
World's oldest glue used from prehistoric times till the days of the Gauls
13 Nov 2019 at 8:19am
By studying artefacts that date back to the first 6 centuries AD through the lens of chemistry, archaeology, and textual analysis, researchers have discovered birch tar was being used right up to late antiquity, if not longer. The artefacts in question -- found in a region where birch is scarce, thus raising the question of how it was procured -- are testimony to the strength of tradition among the Gauls.
This is what the monsoon might look like in a warmer world
12 Nov 2019 at 8:02am
In the last interglacial period on Earth about 125,000 years ago, the Indian monsoon was longer, more extreme and less reliable than it is today. This is the conclusion drawn after analyses of a dripstone from a cave in north-eastern India, combining various methods that provide information about supra-regional and local weather phenomena and the climate dynamics of the past.
Scientists explore Egyptian mummy bones with X-rays and infrared light
12 Nov 2019 at 6:57am
Experiments are casting a new light on Egyptian soil and ancient mummified bone samples that could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ago.
Researchers lay out first genetic history of Rome
7 Nov 2019 at 1:06pm
Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population shaped in part by political and historical events.
Humans migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 years ago
5 Nov 2019 at 8:34am
Researchers now report that Aurignacians, culturally sophisticated yet mysterious early humans, migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the region's history.
What we can learn from Indigenous land management
5 Nov 2019 at 4:58am
First Nations peoples' world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is enacted, Australian researchers say. Incorporating the spirit and principles of Aboriginal people's appreciation and deep understanding of the landscape and its features has been overlooked or sidelined in the past - to the detriment of the environment, the report says.
Ancient bone protein reveals which turtles were on the menu in Florida, Carib...
4 Nov 2019 at 11:16am
Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An international team of scientists used cutting-edge technology to analyze proteins from these bones to help identify which turtle species people fished from the ocean, helping inform conservation efforts today.
Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon
31 Oct 2019 at 12:49pm
Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon.
Human activities boosted global soil erosion 4,000 years ago
29 Oct 2019 at 10:14am
Soil erosion reduces the productivity of ecosystems, it changes nutrient cycles and it thus directly impacts climate and society. An international team of researchers, recorded temporal changes of soil erosion by analyzing sediment deposits in more than 600 lakes worldwide. They found that the accumulation of lake sediments increased significantly on a global scale around 4,000 years ago.
New study on early human fire acquisition squelches debate
25 Oct 2019 at 7:13am
Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned the skills to set fire at will, they had newfound protection, a means of cooking, light to work by, and warmth at their fingertips.
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