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Lost Treasures News
January 28, 2020

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Neanderthals collected clam shells and volcanic rock from the beach and coastal waters of Italy during the Middle Paleolithic, according to a ... read more
Researchers have succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from a thousands-of-years old 'chewing gum.' According to the researchers, it is a new untapped source of ... 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

Extinction of Icelandic Walrus Coincides With Norse Settlement

Scientists have used ancient DNA analyses and C14-dating to demonstrate the past existence of a unique population of Icelandic walrus that went extinct shortly after Norse settlement some 1100 years ... read more
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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

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

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

'Ghost' Footprints from Pleistocene Era Revealed by Radar Tech

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age -- and what lies beneath them -- have been discovered by researchers using a special type of radar in a novel ... 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

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

New Study on Early Human Fire Acquisition Squelches Debate

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned ... read more

Science Reveals Improvements in Roman Building Techniques

Researchers have carried out scientific analysis of the materials used to build the Atrium Vestae in Rome. They found that successive phases of modification to the building saw improvements, ... read more

Lead Pollution from Native Americans Attributed to Crushing Galena for Glitter Paint

A new study of Native American use of galena increases understanding of how they were using the land and its ... read more

Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Street in Jerusalem Built by Pontius Pilate

An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the 'City of David' in the Jerusalem Walls National ... read more

Study 'Cures' Oldest Case of Deafness in Human Evolution

An international team of researchers has published a new study examining a 430,000-year-old cranium of a human ancestor that was previously described as deaf, representing the oldest case of deafness ... read more

Discovered: Unknown Yellow Colors from Antiquity

Antique artefacts have been studied by chemists, revealing a hitherto unknown use of yellow in Ancient ... read more

Archaeology: Social Inequality in Bronze Age Households

Archaeogenetic analyses provide new insights into social inequality 4,000 years ago: nuclear families lived together with foreign women and individuals from lower social classes in the same ... read more

DNA Study Sheds New Light on the People of the Neolithic Battle Axe Culture

Scientists have combined archaeological, genetic and stable isotope data to understand the demographic processes associated with the iconic Battle Axe Culture and its introduction in ... read more

Preserving Old Bones With Modern Technology

Anthropologists are out to change the way that scientists study old bones ... read more

Dishing the Dirt on an Early Man Cave

Fossil animal droppings, charcoal from ancient fires and bone fragments litter the ground of one of the world's most important human evolution sites, new research reveals. A team of scientists ... read more

Tripolye 'Mega-Structures' Were Ancient Community Centers

So-called 'mega-structures' in ancient Europe were public buildings that likely served a variety of economic and political purposes, according to a new ... read more

Traditional Fisherfolk Help Uncover Ancient Fish Preservation Methods

Archaeologists have little insight into the methods used for the long-term processing and preservation of fish in the past. A study of traditional fish preparation employed by fisherfolk in Panama ... read more

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