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  • Laser technology takes Maya archeologists where they've never gone before
    on February 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    With the help of airborne laser mapping technology, a team of archeologists is exploring on a larger scale than ever before the history and spread of settlement at the ancient Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala. […]

  • Ancient-DNA researchers surpass the 1,000-genome milestone
    on February 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    In the last eight years, the field of ancient DNA research has expanded from just one ancient human genome to more than 1,300. The latest 625 of those genomes debut Feb. 21 in Nature, including the largest study of ancient DNA to date. […]

  • Rock art: Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia
    on February 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, archaeologists have discovered camelid sculptures unlike any others in the region. They are thought to date back to the first centuries BC or AD. The find sheds new light on the evolution of rock art in the Arabian Peninsula. […]

  • Giant lava dome confirmed in Japan's Kikai Caldera
    on February 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Researchers have confirmed that a giant lava dome was created in the Kikai Caldera, south of Japan's main islands after the caldera-forming supereruption 7,300 years ago. The dome is in the world's largest class of post-caldera volcano, with a volume of over 32 cubic kilometers. It is possible that currently a giant magma buildup may exist under the Kikai Caldera. […]

  • Micro to macro mapping -- Observing past landscapes via remote-sensing
    on February 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    New multi-scale relief modelling algorithm helps archaeologists rediscover topographical features of the past. […]

  • First study of the only original fossils conserved of 'Peking Man'
    on February 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Scientists have been studying for the first time the original fossil remains conserved of 'Peking Man.' These six teeth belonging to Homo erectus were found in the mid-twentieth century at the Middle Pleistocene archaeological site of Zhoukoudian (Beijing). […]

  • Reconstructing an ancient lethal weapon
    on January 31, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Researchers have reconstructed prehistoric projectiles and points from ancient sites in what is now Alaska and studied the qualities that would make for a lethal hunting weapon. By examining and testing different projectile points, the team has come to a new understanding about the technological choices people made in ancient times. […]

  • It's not how you play the game, but how the dice were made
    on January 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Over time, dice used in playing games have changed in shape and size and evolved with considerations about fairness, chance and probability. […]

  • Scientists discover oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa
    on January 25, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    A large international research team has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The finding suggests that modern humans left the continent at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. […]

  • Conservation efforts reveal new details about Alamo cannons
    on January 25, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Conservators have revealed new details about two cannons used during the Texas Revolution’s 1836 Battle of the Alamo. The Rio Grande Cannon and Spanish Cannon returned home to the Alamo in San Antonio on Monday after almost four months in the lab. […]

  • Frozen in time: Glacial archaeology on the roof of Norway
    on January 24, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Artefacts revealed by melting ice patches in the high mountains of Oppland shed new light on ancient high-altitude hunting. […]

  • Ancient DNA results end 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy mystery
    on January 17, 2018 at 3:25 am

    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. […]

  • Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified
    on January 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Researchers have used new methods in ancient DNA research to identify Salmonella enterica Paratyphi C, a pathogen that causes enteric fever, in the skeletons of victims of the 1545-1550 cocoliztli epidemic in Mexico, identifying a possible cause of this devastating colonial epidemic. […]

  • Swiss archaeologist discovers the earliest tomb of a Scythian prince
    on January 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    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. […]

  • Redefining knowledge of elderly people throughout history
    on January 4, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    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. […]

  • Did ancient irrigation technology travel Silk Road?
    on January 4, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Using satellite imaging and drone reconnaissance, archaeologists have discovered an ancient irrigation system that allowed a farming community in northwestern China to raise livestock and cultivate crops in one of the world's driest desert climates. […]

  • Evidence of previously unknown population of ancient Native Americans, research reveals
    on January 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    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 copper alloys
    on December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    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. […]

  • Unexpected agricultural production allowed pre-Hispanic society to flourish in arid Andes
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Archaeological remains found in southern Bolivia reveal a flourishing agrarian society from the 13th to the 15th centuries, despite marked drying and cooling of the climate throughout the period. This research highlights the adaptive capacity and resilience of societies with little hierarchical differentiation, in confronting the challenges of climate degradation. […]

  • Easter Island had a cooperative community, analysis of giant hats reveals
    on December 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Analysis of giant stone hats found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary to the widely held belief that the ancient civilization had a warrior culture. According to a new study these stone hats suggest that the people of Rapa Nui were part of a supportive and inclusive community. […]

  • Secrets of ancient Egypt may spark better fuel cells for tomorrow's cars
    on December 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

    To make modern-day fuel cells less expensive and more powerful, a team of chemical engineers has drawn inspiration from the ancient Egyptian tradition of gilding. […]

  • Are bones discovered under an Exeter street from the first turkey dinner in England?
    on December 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Bones dug up from under an Exeter street may be the remains of the first ever turkey dinner in England, archaeologists believe. […]

  • More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered
    on December 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Classical scholars have discovered a large number of sealings in southeast Turkey. More than 1,000 sealings give new insights into the Greco-Roman pantheon. The finds were in a late antique building complex point to a hitherto unknown church. […]

  • Venezuelan rock art mapped in unprecedented detail
    on December 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela -- including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world -- have been mapped in unprecedented detail. […]

  • New approach measures early human butchering practices
    on December 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Researchers have found that statistical methods and 3-D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about human evolution. […]

  • Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron
    on December 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Though meteorites had already been recognized as one source of iron objects, the scientific community couldn't determine whether they accounted for most or simply a few Bronze Age iron artifacts. Scientists have now demonstrated that iron used during the Bronze Age is always meteoric and he explained how this practice was abandoned during the Iron Age. […]

  • Sea-level rise predicted to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological sites in southeastern US
    on November 29, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Sea-level rise may impact vast numbers of archaeological and historic sites, cemeteries, and landscapes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the southeastern United States, according to a new study. […]

  • First evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain discovered
    on November 29, 2017 at 4:04 am

    The first evidence for Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain has been discovered by archaeologists. […]

  • Unique metal artifacts from Iron Age settlement shed new light on prehistoric feasting
    on November 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Prehistoric cauldrons, ancient sword and assorted metalwork among nationally significant findings just discovered by archaeologists at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire. […]

  • Ancient barley took high road to China
    on November 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau, suggests new research. […]