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Archaeology News. Read about the latest archaelogical finds including Roman coins, Egyptian pyramids and more. Articles and photos.
New insights into plants' conquest of land
19 Jul 2018 at 11:20am
The ancestors of land plants were string-like (2D), aquatic green algae that looked very different from the three-dimensional (3D), upright stems and leaves of plants we are familiar with today. Now, researchers have revealed exciting insights into how land plants evolved these 3D forms that were crucial for their advancement onto land.
Evidence of Salmonella Paratyphi C found for the first time in medieval north...
19 Jul 2018 at 8:22am
Genome research suggests that enteric fever, a potentially lethal disease more commonly found in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. Salmonella Paratyphi C causes enteric fever, a life-threatening infection, and has been detected in a 800 year old human skeleton discovered in Trondheim, Norway.
Faulty science and ethics cited in DNA analyzes of Atacama mummy
18 Jul 2018 at 7:48am
Researchers call into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicized 'Atacama mummy'.
Research on British teeth unlocks potential for new insights into ancient diets
17 Jul 2018 at 4:45pm
Goofy, yellow and crooked: British smiles have sometimes had a less-than-flattering international image, but a new study has put tartar from our infamously bad teeth to good use. Researchers analysing the teeth of Britons from the Iron Age to the modern day have unlocked the potential for using proteins in tooth tartar to reveal what our ancestors ate.
Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years
16 Jul 2018 at 12:15pm
At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that bread production based on wild cereals may have encouraged hunter-gatherers to cultivate cereals, and thus contributed to the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic period.
Mystery of the Basel papyrus solved
12 Jul 2018 at 8:44am
Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of researchers. A research team has now discovered that it is an unknown medical document from late antiquity. The text was likely written by the famous Roman physician Galen.
Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea
11 Jul 2018 at 6:32am
Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analyzing ancient bones suggests. The discovery of the whale bones in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory located at the strait of Gibraltar also hints at the possibility that the Romans may have hunted the whales.
Mosaics provide clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village
9 Jul 2018 at 9:02am
Recent discoveries at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village. The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period.
The best radiocarbon-dated site in all recent Iberian prehistory
9 Jul 2018 at 7:11am
Archeologists have published a study that includes 130 radiocarbon datings. Together with the 45 previous datings, with 180 C14 datings, the Archaeological Site in Valencina de la Concepción (Seville) has become the site with currently the most radiocarbon dating in all Recent Iberian Prehistory (which includes the Neolithic period, the Copper Age and the Bronze Age).
Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehis...
6 Jul 2018 at 7:59am
Two competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by groundbreaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from 8,000-year-old skeletons.
First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European c...
5 Jul 2018 at 11:35am
A new study offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.
Our human ancestors walked on two feet but their children still had a backup ...
4 Jul 2018 at 12:19pm
More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, according to a new study.
New study questions when the brown bear became extinct in Britain
4 Jul 2018 at 8:20am
New research provides insights into the extinction of Britain's largest native carnivore. The study is the first of its kind to collate and evaluate the evidence for the brown bear in post-Ice Age Britain.
Ancestral people of Chaco Canyon likely grew their own food
3 Jul 2018 at 12:49pm
Experts have determined that the sandy soils of Chaco Canyon were not too salty to grow crops such as maize, beans and squash for the more than 1,200 people who occupied this beautiful but harsh landscape during its most prolific years. The study suggests people of Chaco Canyon largely were self-sufficient.
Oldest evidence of horse veterinary care discovered in Mongolia
2 Jul 2018 at 12:47pm
A team of scholars analyzed horse remains from an ancient Mongolian pastoral culture. Examination of skeletal remains from the impressive horse burials associated with the Deer Stone-Khirigsuur Culture showed that surgical procedures were used to remove baby teeth that would have caused young horses pain or difficulty with feeding -- the world's oldest known evidence for veterinary dental care.
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The turbulent life of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq
17 Jul 2018 at 2:34am
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Here's What Archaeologists Found Inside Egypt's Mysterious 2000-Year-Old Sarc...
19 Jul 2018 at 11:50pm
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Uncovering the past through the Magic Mountain archaeology site
18 Jul 2018 at 7:43pm
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Civil War Submarine Update
20 Jul 2018 at 11:49am
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Archaeologists to down trowels at medieval site in Dublin over pay claim
18 Jul 2018 at 11:22am
Archaeologists to down trowels at medieval site in Dublin over pay claim Irish TimesFull coverage
'Archaeological enigma' accidentally uncovered in Rome during routine works
17 Jul 2018 at 3:24am
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Archaeologists down tools in Dublin: 'We've lost so many... we don't want to ...
18 Jul 2018 at 10:30pm
Archaeologists down tools in Dublin: 'We've lost so many... we don't want to strike. We get paid very little as it is' thejournal.ieArchaeologists strike for second day in pay dispute Belfast TelegraphFull coverage
Does bad archaeology make for the best games?
18 Jul 2018 at 12:22am
Does bad archaeology make for the best games? Eurogamer.netFull coverage
Archaeologists find world's oldest bread and new evidence of sophisticated co...
16 Jul 2018 at 12:04pm
Archaeologists find world's oldest bread and new evidence of sophisticated cooking dating back 14000 years The IndependentArchaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4000 years Phys.OrgArchaeologists find earliest evidence of bread The GuardianArchaeobotanical evidence reveals the origins of bread 14,400 years ago in northeastern Jordan | PNAS PNASFull coverage
Researchers Return to Wreckage of Swedish Warship Mars
20 Jul 2018 at 11:16am
Researchers Return to Wreckage of Swedish Warship Mars ArchaeologyFull coverage
Hot summer is great for archaeology as hidden sites show through parched grass
10 Jul 2018 at 6:21am
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Archaeological revelations in Meath offer a historic opportunity
20 Jul 2018 at 9:00pm
Archaeological revelations in Meath offer a historic opportunity Irish TimesFull coverage
Roman Coins Discovered at Fort Site in Georgia
19 Jul 2018 at 11:40am
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Old Kingdom Pottery Workshop Unearthed in Egypt
20 Jul 2018 at 11:11am
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Romans had whaling industry, archaeological excavation suggests
10 Jul 2018 at 4:02pm
Romans had whaling industry, archaeological excavation suggests The GuardianDid the Romans Hunt Whales? ArchaeologyDid Romans Hunt Jonah's Whales Into Extinction? Breaking Israel NewsAncient Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Oblivion in the Mediterranean HaaretzFull coverage