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  • Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    A team of archaeologists has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago. […]

  • Citrus fruits were the clear status symbols of the nobility in the ancient Mediterranean
    on August 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    New research reveals that citrons and lemons were status symbols for the ancient Roman ruling elite. It also plots the route and evolution of the citrus trade in the ancient Mediterranean. […]

  • Early Indian Ocean trade routes bring chicken, black rat to eastern Africa
    on August 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    The earliest introduction of domestic chickens and black rats from Asia to the east coast of Africa came via maritime trade routes between the 7th and 8th centuries AD. […]

  • Mystery of 8,500-year-old copper-making event revealed through materials science
    on August 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Stone Age metallurgical 'slag' from Turkey -- once thought to be the earliest known example of copper smelting in western Eurasia -- now re-identified as incidentally fired green copper pigment. […]

  • Analysis finds defeat of Hannibal 'written in the coins of the Roman Empire'
    on August 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Analysis of ancient Roman coins has shown that the defeat of the Carthaginian general Hannibal led to a flood of wealth across the Roman Empire from the silver mines of Spain. This finding gives us a tangible record of the transition of Rome from a regional power to an Empire. […]

  • Archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old female statue at citadel gate complex in Turkey
    on August 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    The remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at an archaeological site in southeast Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world. Excavations at a site near the Syrian border have unearthed a beautifully carved head and upper torso of a female figure. The remnants are largely intact, although the face and chest appear to have been intentionally -- possibly ritually -- defaced. […]

  • Ancient DNA used to track Mesa Verde exodus in 13th century
    on August 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Ancient DNA used to track the mass exodus of Ancestral Pueblo people from Colorado's Mesa Verde region in the late 13th century indicates many wound up in the Northern Rio Grande area north of Santa Fe, N.M., inhabited today by the Tewa Pueblo people. […]

  • DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000-year history of European fish trade
    on August 7, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    New research using DNA from the fish bone remains of Viking-era meals reveals that north Norwegians have been transporting -- and possibly trading -- Arctic cod into mainland Europe for a millennium. […]

  • Algorithms identify the dynamics of prehistoric social networks in the Balkans
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The pioneering application of modularity analyses in archaeology yields a powerful method for highly accurate mapping of social interaction in the human past. […]

  • Cultural flexibility was key for early humans to survive extreme dry periods in southern Africa
    on July 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    The early human techno-tradition, known as Howiesons Poort, associated with Homo sapiens who lived in southern Africa about 66,000 to 59,000 years ago indicates that during this period of pronounced aridification they developed cultural innovations that allowed them to significantly enlarge the range of environments they occupied. […]

  • Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box
    on July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    A Bronze Age wooden container found in an ice patch at 2,650m in the Swiss Alps could help archaeologists shed new light on the spread and exploitation of cereal grains following a chance discovery. […]

  • Archaeologists put sound back into a previously silent past
    on July 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Many attempts to explain how past people experienced their wider world have focused on sight at the expense of sound, but researchers have now developed a tool that puts sound back into the ancient landscape. […]

  • Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress
    on July 5, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    In 2014 archaeologists discovered the previously unknown Viking fortress at Borgring south of Copenhagen. Since then the search has been on to uncover the life, function, destruction and, not least, the precise dating of the Viking fortress. Now a new find has produced a breakthrough in the investigation. […]

  • Utah is home to earliest use of a wild potato in North America
    on July 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Potato starch residues have been discovered in the crevices of a 10,900-year-old stone tool in Escalante, Utah -- the earliest evidence of wild potato use in North America. This is the first archaeological study to identify Solanum jamesii, a wild species native to the southwestern United States, as an important part of ancient human diets. The long history could mean that the species was transported, cultivated or even domesticated. […]

  • Pioneering X-ray technique developed to analyze ancient artifacts
    on June 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    A new method for conducting materials analysis on historical objects has been developed by a team of researchers. […]

  • A wooden toe: Swiss Egyptologists study 3000-year-old prosthesis
    on June 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    It is likely to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices in human history: Together with other experts, Egyptologists have reexamined an artificial wooden big toe. The find is almost 3000 years old and was discovered in a female burial from the necropolis of Sheikh ´Abd el-Qurna close to Luxor. This area is currently being studied using state-of-the-art methods. […]

  • Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication
    on June 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt. The DNA analysis also revealed that most of these ancient cats had stripes: spotted cats were uncommon until the Middle Ages. […]

  • Jerusalem tower younger than thought
    on June 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Gihon Spring was crucial to the survival of its inhabitants, and archaeologists had uncovered the remains of a massive stone tower built to guard this vital water supply. Based on pottery and other regional findings, the archaeologists had originally assigned it a date of 1,700 BCE. But new research provides conclusive evidence that the stones at the base of the tower were laid nearly 1,000 years later. […]

  • Dawn of humanity: Neanderthal-Homo sapiens transition
    on June 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Archaeologists have provided a window into one of the most exciting periods in human history -- the transition between Neanderthals and modern humans. […]

  • Student makes big discovery during anthropology dig on battle site
    on June 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

    An anthropology student working on an archaeological site near Arkansas City, Kansas, has discovered an artifact dating back to the 1600s. […]

  • Which extinct ducks could fly?
    on June 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    We're all familiar with flightless birds: ostriches, emus, penguins -- and ducks? Ducks and geese have been especially prone to becoming flightless over the course of evolutionary history, but it can be difficult to determine from fossils whether an extinct species could fly or not. A new study takes a fresh approach, classifying species as flightless or not based on their skeletons and offering a glimpse into the lives of these extinct waterfowl. […]

  • Forensic technique uses forehead X-rays to assess age of juvenile remains
    on June 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Forensic anthropology researchers have developed a technique that can provide an approximate age for juveniles and young people based on an X-ray of the frontal sinus region of the skull. The technique can be used to help identify human remains in forensic cases, as well as to determine age ranges in archaeological research or for living people for whom no records are available. […]

  • Why was a teenager with bone cancer buried on Witch Hill in Panama?
    on June 1, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Likely the first bone tumor from an ancient skeleton in Central America has been found by archaeologists. The starburst-shaped tumor is in the upper right arm of the skeleton of an adolescent buried in about 1300 AD in a trash heap at a site in western Panama called Cerro Brujo or Witch Hill. The reason for what appears to be a ritual burial in this abandoned pre-Columbian settlement is unknown. […]

  • The first genome data from ancient Egyptian mummies
    on May 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    An international team has successfully recovered ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BCE to 400 CE, including the first genome-wide nuclear data, establishing ancient Egyptian mummies as a reliable of ancient DNA. The study found that modern Egyptians share more ancestry with Sub-Saharan Africans than ancient Egyptians did. […]

  • Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked
    on May 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different sets of people. But researchers reporting new ancient DNA evidence show that in the area we now recognize as Romania, at least, hunter-gatherers and farmers were living side by side, intermixing with each other, and having children. […]

  • Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
    on May 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Research based on more than 180 fossil insects preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles indicate that the climate in what is now southern California has been relatively stable over the past 50,000 years. […]

  • Two missing World War II B-25 bombers documented by Project Recover off Papua New Guinea
    on May 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover -- a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II. […]

  • Viking army camp uncovered by archaeologists in England
    on May 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Thousands of Vikings established a camp in Lincolnshire as they prepared to conquer ninth century England, archaeologists have discovered. Vikings used camp in winter to repair ships, melt down stolen loot, trade and play games. […]

  • 'Humanlike' ways of thinking evolved 1.8 million years ago
    on May 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    By using highly advanced brain imaging technology to observe modern humans crafting ancient tools, a neuroarchaeologist has found evidence that human-like ways of thinking may have emerged as early as 1.8 million years ago. […]

  • How migrations and other population dynamics could have shaped early human culture
    on May 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Bursts of cultural advance are usually assumed to result from climate or biological changes. A new theory digs into how humans innovate, and suggests such bursts could be the result of population dynamics and culture itself. […]