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  • Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms
    on June 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Archaeologists have found carbonized germinated grains showing that malt was produced for beer brewing as early as the Iron Age in the Nordic region. The findings made in Uppåkra in southern Sweden indicate a large-scale production of beer, possibly for feasting and trade. […]

  • Clovis site: Montana burial site answers questions about early humans
    on June 19, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Scientists have shown that at the Anzick site in Montana - the only known Clovis burial site - the skeletal remains of a young child and the antler and stone artifacts found there were buried at the same time, raising new questions about the early inhabitants of North America. […]

  • True origin of ancient turquoise
    on June 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    New research overturns more than a century of claims that the source of turquoise used and revered by ancient civilizations in Mexico, such as the Aztecs, came from the Southwestern US Geochemical analyses show the origin of the turquoise is Mesoamerica (Central Mexico to Central America). […]

  • Research provides insights on World War II naval battle site
    on June 13, 2018 at 12:18 am

    A new study provides precise geographic information for the preservation, long-term research, and future use of a historically important World War II battle site on the seafloor off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. […]

  • Inaccuracies in radiocarbon dating
    on June 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Radiocarbon dating is a key tool archaeologists use to determine the age of plants and objects made with organic material. But new research shows that commonly accepted radiocarbon dating standards can miss the mark -- calling into question historical timelines. […]

  • Pacific rats trace 2,000 years of human impact on island ecosystems
    on June 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Rats were carried on ships as humans settled the remote islands of the Pacific. Analysis of the rats' remains reveals changes humans made to the island ecosystems. […]

  • Old Maori village discovered by archaeologists
    on May 31, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Archaeologists have uncovered the peripheries of a 14th century Maori village in Gisborne, New Zealand. […]

  • Italy's oldest olive oil discovered in peculiar pot
    on May 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Chemical analysis conducted on ancient pottery discovered from the Early Bronze Age proves Italians started using olive oil 700 years sooner than what's previously been recorded. […]

  • Archaeologists discover a 1,000-year-old mummy in Peru
    on May 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Archaeologists have completed a significant excavation in Pachacamac, Peru, where they have discovered an intact mummy in especially good condition. Pachacamac's status as a Pre-Colombian pilgrimage site under the Inca empire. is confirmed by further evidence. […]

  • Ancient human remains and a mystery unearthed
    on May 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    An archaeological excavation of a Bronze Age burial mound in south west England has uncovered an intact 4,000-year-old human cremation as well as evidence of unaccountable activity from the medieval period on the same site. […]

  • Critically endangered South American forests were planted by ancient peoples
    on May 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Critically endangered South American forests thought to be the result of climate change were actually spread by ancient communities, archaeologists have found. […]

  • A shipwreck and an 800-year-old 'made in China' label reveal lost history
    on May 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Nearly a thousand years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea near Indonesia. Cargo recovered from the ocean floor -- including the equivalent to a 'Made in China' label on a piece of pottery -- is helping archaeologists reevaluate when the ship went down and how it fits in with China's history. […]

  • Understanding Andean concepts of death and renewal
    on May 15, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Research in the Andes has yielded evidence for a complex association between settlement sites and mortuary monuments, tied to concepts of death, ancestor veneration and water. […]

  • 78,000-year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations
    on May 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Scientists have excavated the Panga ya Saidi cave site, in the coastal hinterland of Kenya. The excavations and analyses represent the longest archaeological sequence in East Africa over the last 78,000 years. The evidence for gradual cultural changes does not support dramatic revolutions, and despite being close to the coast, there is no evidence that humans were using coastal 'super-highways' for migrations. […]

  • Scientists can measure population change through chemicals found in feces
    on May 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Fecal stanols -- organic molecules -- located in sediment can give archaeologists new information about population numbers and changes. […]

  • Engraved Crimean stone artifact may demonstrate Neanderthal symbolism
    on May 2, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    A flint flake from the Middle Paleolithic of Crimea was likely engraved symbolically by a skilled Neanderthal hand, according to a new study. […]

  • Identifying the use of tinder fungi among neolithic communities at la Draga
    on April 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Inhabitants of the Neolithic community at la Draga already used fungi to light or transport fires 7,300 years ago. The discovery represents one of the oldest examples of technological use of fungi documented until now and is the result of several archaeological interventions at the site, which have also yielded an exceptional collection of these organisms, unique in all of prehistoric Europe. […]

  • Evidence for persistent forest reliance by indigenous peoples in historical Sri Lanka
    on April 26, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Working closely with Wanniyalaeto (Vedda) elders in Sri Lanka during the repatriation of skeletal remains, a team of researchers have demonstrated that while some indigenous hunter-gatherers in Sri Lanka made use of agricultural resources and trade connections with farmers and colonial power structures, others continued to subsist primarily on tropical forest resources as late as the 19th century. […]

  • Archaeologists on ancient horse find in Nile River Valley
    on April 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    An ancient horse burial at Tombos along the Nile River Valley shows that a member of the horse family thousands of years ago was more important to the culture than previously thought, which provides a window into human-animal relationships more than 3,000 years ago. […]

  • Oldest Neanderthal wooden tools found in Spain
    on April 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Archaeological excavations in Northern Spain have revealed several episodes of Neanderthal occupations with preserved wooden remains. The excavation revealed two very well preserved wooden tools; one of them is a 15 cm long digging stick. […]

  • Spear point study offers new explanation of how early humans settled North America
    on April 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Careful examination of numerous fluted spear points found in Alaska and western Canada prove that the Ice Age peopling of the Americas was much more complex than previously believed. […]

  • Archaeologist discovers Cornish barrow site
    on March 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    An untouched Bronze-Age burial mound has been discovered by chance. The site dates back to around 2,000 BC and was discovered when an archaeologist, who was conducting geophysical surveys of a known site outside the village of Looe in Cornwall, was approached by a farmer about a possible site in a neighboring field. […]

  • Prehistoric people resilient in the face of extreme climate events
    on March 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Pioneering early people who lived at the end of the last ice age actually carried on with life as usual despite plummeting temperatures, a study at a world-famous archaeological site in North Yorkshire suggests. […]

  • New standards for ancient protein studies set forth by multi-national group of researchers
    on March 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    A team of researchers from institutions at the leading edge of the new field of palaeoproteomics have published guidelines to provide it with a firm foundation. Ancient proteins are used to study everything from extinct species to ancient human diets to the evolution of diseases, and more. The guide aims to support good practices in the field and to ensure the generation of robust, reproducible results. […]

  • Compared to nomadic communities, Silk Road cities were urban food deserts
    on March 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Like passionate foodies who know the best places to eat in every town, Silk Road nomads may have been the gastronomic elites of the Medieval Ages, enjoying diets much more diverse than their sedentary urban counterparts, suggests a new study. […]

  • Skilled female potters traveled around the Baltic nearly 5,000 years ago
    on March 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    During the Corded Ware Culture period, Finland, Estonia and Sweden received skilful female artisans, who had learned to create fashionable and innovative pottery in the eastern region of the Gulf of Finland. The Baltic Sea countries also had a close network for trade in pottery. […]

  • Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration
    on March 19, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Small scale agricultural farming was first initiated by indigenous communities living on Turkey's Anatolian plateau, and not introduced by migrant farmers as previously thought, according to new research. […]

  • The absence of ants: Entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago
    on March 16, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    By analysing a prehistoric site in the Libyan desert, a team of researchers has been able to establish that people in Saharan Africa were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago. In addition to revelations about early agricultural practices, there could be a lesson for the future, if global warming leads to a necessity for alternative crops. […]

  • New forensic analysis indicates bones were Amelia Earhart's
    on March 7, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Bone measurement analysis indicates that the remains found on a remote island in the South Pacific were likely those of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, according to new research. […]

  • Ancient reptile Captorhinus could detach its tail to escape predator's grasp
    on March 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    A new study shows how a group of small reptiles who lived 289 million years ago could detach their tails to escape the grasp of their would-be predators -- the oldest known example of such behavior. […]