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Archaeology News
January 29, 2020

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New research describes a dynamic climate and vegetation model that explains when regions across Africa, areas of the Middle ... read more
Scientists studying fossils collected 35 years ago have identified them as the oldest-known scorpion species, a prehistoric animal from about 437 million years ago. The ... read more
Archaeologists have discovered two Bronze Age tombs containing a trove of engraved jewelry and artifacts that promise to unlock secrets about life in ... read more
The newly described Kupoupou stilwelli has been found near New Zealand's South Island and it appears to be the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its ... read more
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Assessing Geographic Origins of Ancient Humans

Working with lead isotopes taken from tooth enamel of prehistoric animals, researchers have developed a new method for assessing the geographic origins of ancient ... read more

Over-Hunting Walruses Contributed to the Collapse of Norse Greenland, Study Suggests

Norse Greenlanders may have chased dwindling walrus herds ever farther north in an effort to maintain their economy, when the value of walrus ivory tanked after the introduction of elephant tusks ... read more

Researchers Analyze Artifacts to Better Understand Ancient Dietary Practices

New research from anthropologists is shedding light on ancient dietary practices, the evolution of agricultural societies and ultimately, how plants have become an important element of the modern ... read more

Long-Distance Timber Trade Underpinned the Roman Empire's Construction

The ancient Romans relied on long-distance timber trading to construct their empire, according to a new ... read more

Imaging Uncovers Secrets of Medicine's Mysterious Ivory Manikins

Little is known about the origins of manikins -- small anatomical sculptures thought to be used by doctors four centuries ago -- but now advanced imaging techniques have offered a revealing glimpse ... read more

Human Migration out of Africa May Have Followed Monsoons in the Middle East

A new study by geoscientists and climatologists provides evidence that summer monsoons from Asia and Africa may have reached into the Middle East for periods of time going back at least 125,000 ... read more

Scientist Excavates Medieval Uzbek Cemetery

An Otago scientist has been digging up human remains in the backyards of Uzbek villagers to discover how people lived in the Middle ... read more

Only Eat Oysters in Months With an 'R'? Rule of Thumb Is at Least 4,000 Years Old

Foodie tradition dictates only eating wild oysters during months containing the letter 'r' -- from September to April. Now, a new study suggests people have been following this practice for ... read more

Early DNA Lineages Shed Light on the Diverse Origins of the Contemporary Population

A new genetic study demonstrates that, at the end of the Iron Age, Finland was inhabited by separate and differing populations, all of them influencing the gene pool of modern Finns. The study is so ... read more

Megadrought Likely Triggered the Fall of the Assyrian Empire

The Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in northern Iraq and extending from Iran to Egypt -- the largest empire of its time -- collapsed after more than two centuries of dominance at the fall of its ... read more

Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds from the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification

In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new ... read more

Extinct Giant Ape Directly Linked to the Living Orangutan

Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic material this old has ... read more

World's Oldest Glue Used from Prehistoric Times Till the Days of the Gauls

By studying artefacts that date back to the first 6 centuries AD through the lens of chemistry, archaeology, and textual analysis, researchers have discovered birch tar was being used right up to ... read more

This Is What the Monsoon Might Look Like in a Warmer World

In the last interglacial period on Earth about 125,000 years ago, the Indian monsoon was longer, more extreme and less reliable than it is today. This is the conclusion drawn after analyses of a ... read more

Scientists Explore Egyptian Mummy Bones With X-Rays and Infrared Light

Experiments are casting a new light on Egyptian soil and ancient mummified bone samples that could provide a richer understanding of daily life and environmental conditions thousands of years ... read more

Researchers Lay out First Genetic History of Rome

Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population shaped in part by ... read more

Humans Migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 Years Ago

Researchers now report that Aurignacians, culturally sophisticated yet mysterious early humans, migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the ... read more

What We Can Learn from Indigenous Land Management

First Nations peoples' world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is ... read more

Ancient Bone Protein Reveals Which Turtles Were on the Menu in Florida, Caribbean

Thousands of years ago, the inhabitants of modern-day Florida and the Caribbean feasted on sea turtles, leaving behind bones that tell tales of ancient diets and the ocean's past. An ... read more

Ancient Rhinos Roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the ... read more

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