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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
Genetic study provides novel insights into the evolution of skin color
21 Jan 2019 at 7:33am
Skin color is one of the most visible and variable traits among humans and scientists have always been curious about how this variation evolved. Now, a study of diverse Latin American populations has identified new genetic variations associated with skin color.
DNA tool allows you to trace your ancient ancestry
14 Jan 2019 at 5:28am
Scientists at the University of Sheffield studying ancient DNA have created a tool allowing them to more accurately identify ancient Eurasian populations, which can be used to test an individual's similarity to ancient people who once roamed the earth.
15-meter-long ancient whale Basilosaurus isis was top marine predator
9 Jan 2019 at 11:26am
The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a new study.
Illuminating women's role in the creation of medieval manuscripts
9 Jan 2019 at 11:26am
Researchers have revealed direct evidence of medieval women's involvement in the production of illuminated manuscripts. Lapis lazuli in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12th-century German monastery suggests that she created richly illustrated religious texts.
Genetic study reveals how citrus became the Med's favorite squeeze
20 Dec 2018 at 11:11am
Genetic detective work has illuminated the important role of Jewish culture in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean societies.
Peering into Little Foot's 3.67-million-year-old brain
18 Dec 2018 at 8:51am
MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees.
Early animals: Death near the shoreline, not life on land
13 Dec 2018 at 10:12am
Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils -- the tracks and trails left by ancient animals -- in sedimentary rocks that were deposited on the continents.
Oldest known plant virus found at ancient settlement
13 Dec 2018 at 8:21am
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.
First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia's extinct 'mars...
12 Dec 2018 at 11:07am
Thyalacoleo carnifex, the 'marsupial lion' of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a new study. These insights come after newly discovered remains, including one nearly complete fossil specimen, allowed these researchers to reconstruct this animal's entire skeleton for the first time.
Chickens to be marker of Anthropocene
12 Dec 2018 at 9:18am
New research shows the age of man -- the Anthropocene -- will be defined by the chicken.
An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans
6 Dec 2018 at 9:00am
Researchers have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague. Their work also suggests that plague may have been spread among Neolithic European settlements by traders, contributing to their decline.
Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy
27 Nov 2018 at 8:10am
As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.
First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry ...
27 Nov 2018 at 6:25am
A new study shows that the genetic makeup of northern Europe traces back to migrations from Siberia that began at least 3,500 years ago and that, as recently as the Iron Age, ancestors of the Saami lived in a larger area of Finland than today.
The 'Swiss Army knife of prehistoric tools' found in Asia, suggests homegrown...
19 Nov 2018 at 1:02pm
A study by an international team of researchers have determines that carved stone tools, also known as Levallois cores, were used in Asia 80,000 to 170,000 years ago. With the find -- and absent human fossils linking the tools to migrating populations -- researchers believe people in Asia developed the technology independently, evidence of similar sets of skills evolving throughout different parts of the ancient world.
Climate change likely caused migration, demise of ancient Indus Valley civili...
14 Nov 2018 at 8:48pm
A new study found evidence that climate change likely drove the Harappans to resettle far away from the floodplains of the Indus.
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Storms in Israel unearth ancient horse figurines - Haaretz
22 Jan 2019 at 8:54am
Storms in Israel unearth ancient horse figurines Haaretz
The two figurines dating to the ancient Israelite and Hellenistic periods probably don't represent gods, but rather militarism and love of conquest.
Archaeology reveals Cold War nuclear bunkers in Poland - National Geographic
21 Jan 2019 at 7:00am
Archaeology reveals Cold War nuclear bunkers in Poland National Geographic
Wander long enough in the forests of Poland, you may come across the remains of a Soviet nuclear base. Stripped down by locals in search of scrap metal and ...
Review ? Breaking the Surface: an art/archaeology of prehistoric architecture...
22 Jan 2019 at 7:43am
Review ? Breaking the Surface: an art/archaeology of prehistoric architecture Current Archaeology
This volume offers the reader a radical view of what prehistoric pits did and the various social layers that made them more than just part of a domestic or ritual ...
Experts racing against antiquities robbers in hunt for Dead Sea Scrolls - Haa...
22 Jan 2019 at 8:04am
Experts racing against antiquities robbers in hunt for Dead Sea Scrolls Haaretz
Recent finds have stirred *fresh* excitement and archaeologists are probing higher and deeper than before, as hundreds of caves remain unexcavated.
Archaeologists Dismayed When 'Ancient' Stone Circle Turns Out to Be From the ...
21 Jan 2019 at 9:00am
Archaeologists Dismayed When 'Ancient' Stone Circle Turns Out to Be From the 1990s Newsweek
Archaeologists had initially heralded the site as authentic.
Prehistoric people hunted with dogs in Jordan, archaeologists conclude from h...
16 Jan 2019 at 2:24pm
Prehistoric people hunted with dogs in Jordan, archaeologists conclude from hare explosion Haaretz
People living in prehistoric Jordan seem to have been very advanced. They not only were making bread more than 14,000 years ago, before the advent of ...
Review ? Life and Death in the Countryside of Roman Britain - Current Archaeo...
22 Jan 2019 at 7:36am
Review ? Life and Death in the Countryside of Roman Britain Current Archaeology
This is the third and final volume in the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain series, whose geographical scope is England and Wales. The latest ...
New Digital Initiative Brings The Archaeology Of James Madison's Montpelier T...
3 Jan 2019 at 12:00am
New Digital Initiative Brings The Archaeology Of James Madison's Montpelier To The Public Forbes
A new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow the Digital Collections project at Montpelier to improve public access to the latest ...
Why archaeology is so much more than just digging - The Conversation AU
1 Jan 2019 at 12:00am
Why archaeology is so much more than just digging The Conversation AU
It's our experience that most people think archaeology mainly means digging in the dirt. Admit to strangers that you are of the archaeological persuasion, and the ...
Cold War Sites Investigated in Poland - Archaeology
21 Jan 2019 at 3:16pm
Cold War Sites Investigated in Poland Archaeology
SZCZECIN, POLAND?According to a Live Science report, archaeologist Grzegorz Kiarszys of Szczecin University has examined declassified CIA satellite ...
Mysterious Ancient Mysteries And The Problems With Archaeology Made For TV - ...
31 Dec 2018 at 12:00am
Mysterious Ancient Mysteries And The Problems With Archaeology Made For TV Forbes
Lost cities and buried treasure make for exciting stories, but archaeologists want to tell the stories of real human triumph. Is there room in television schedules for ...
Review ? 'The River's Tale': archaeology on the Thames foreshore in Greater L...
22 Jan 2019 at 7:47am
Review ? 'The River's Tale': archaeology on the Thames foreshore in Greater London Current Archaeology
The River Thames must be one of the longest archaeological sites in Britain, both in terms of distance and duration. People have been collecting artefacts from ...
Brick Structures and Artifacts Discovered at India's Asurgarh Fort - Archaeology
21 Jan 2019 at 1:39pm
Brick Structures and Artifacts Discovered at India's Asurgarh Fort Archaeology
ODISHA, INDIA?Archaeologists led by Dibishada B. Garnayak of the Archaeological Survey of India have uncovered brick structures and artifacts as much as ...
Archaeology Discoveries to Watch for in 2019 - Live Science
1 Jan 2019 at 12:00am
Archaeology Discoveries to Watch for in 2019 Live Science
We may find what's hiding inside the Great Pyramid. And also tablets from a lost city in Iraq, and lost Faberge eggs from the Russian royal family. Stay tuned.
Archaeological dig of punishment cemetery up for award - Andover Advertiser
22 Jan 2019 at 5:00am
Archaeological dig of punishment cemetery up for award Andover Advertiser
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig which uncovered an execution cemetery of national importance is up for an award.