Ancient news stories

Its location a mystery for centuries, huge Indian city may have been found in Kansas
25th April 2017 | | Ancient

Make note of the name Etzanoa, a long-lost city. Donald Blakeslee says he’s found it.

The discovery could put south-central Kansas on the map as the second-biggest settlement of Native Americans found in the United States, Blakeslee said. And it’s now, finally, the known location of a 1601 battle pitting outnumbered Spaniards firing cannon into waves of attacking Indian warriors.

Alt: Lost City of the Wichita Nation Found in Kansas

How Creativity Drives Human Evolution
25th April 2017 | Ancient, Humans

What makes us human? Is war an inevitable part of the human condition? These are some of the questions that anthropologist Augustín Fuentes explores in his new book, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Harnessing the latest findings in evolution, biology, and archaeology he creates a new synthesis to show that the great drivers of human progress have been creativity and cooperation, and that many of the things we believe about ourselves, from religion to race, are wrong.

Ötzi the Iceman froze to death
25th April 2017 | | Ancient

Ever since Ötzi’s mummified body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991, researchers have been trying to pin down how the 5,300-year-old Tyrolean Iceman died. It now looks like this Copper Age hunter-gatherer simply froze to death, perhaps after suffering minor blood loss from an arrow wound to his left shoulder

Mystery human hobbit ancestor may have been first out of Africa
24th April 2017 | | Ancient

The identity of the mysterious Homo floresiensis, aka the hobbit, has once again been turned on its head. New research suggests the tiny hominin evolved from an unknown ancestor that was the first to ever venture out of Africa.

Alt: Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

Discovery May Help Decipher Ancient Inca String Code
24th April 2017 | Ancient

A discovery made in a remote mountain village high in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the ancient Inca used accounting devices made of knotted, colored strings for more than accounting.

Newly discovered Egyptian carnivore named after Anubis, ancient Egyptian god of underworld
24th April 2017 | Ancient

Analysis of Egyptian fossils has identified a new species of extinct carnivorous mammals called hyaenodonts, according to a new study

Related: UFOs Over Ancient Egypt? Revealing the Mysterious Story of the Tulli Papyrus

Tattooed owners of the world’s oldest carpets get health check after 2,200 years
24th April 2017 | Ancient

New technology has been used to obtain the secrets of two ancient mummy’s excavated from their graves in the Altai Mountains in 1949.

The pair are seen as a local chieftain from the Pazyryk culture and his wife or concubine who was incarcerated alongside him, evidently with cannabis burning in the burial chamber.

Wooden Figurines ‘Weave’ at Tiny Looms Placed in Ancient Grave
24th April 2017 | | Ancient

Tiny wooden figurines have stood upright “weaving” at appropriately sized looms for more than 2,100 years in a Chinese tomb containing the remains of a middle-age woman, a new study finds.

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets
24th April 2017 | | Ancient

High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses

If you’re looking for the middle of nowhere, the Bjaeldskovdal bog is a good place to start. It lies six miles outside the small town of Silkeborg in the middle of Denmark’s flat, sparse Jutland peninsula. The bog itself is little more than a spongy carpet of moss, with a few sad trees poking out. An ethereal stillness hangs over it. A child would put it more simply: This place is really spooky.

Iranian Sandstorm Uncovers Ancient Lost City
24th April 2017 | Ancient

Here’s some news out of Iran that has to do with winds that aren’t the winds of war. A strong dust and sand storm in late March uncovered ruins and relics from an ancient lost city in the remote Fahraj Rural District in Kerman Province in southeastern Iran. The relics include pottery and bones and the area is now under police and military protection until their significance can be determined.

Records found in dusty basement undermine decades of dietary advice
24th April 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

If biology has an Indiana Jones, it is Christopher Ramsden: he specializes in excavating lost studies, particularly those with the potential to challenge mainstream, government-sanctioned health advice.

Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people
24th April 2017 | | Ancient

Sergey Leshchinskiy, paleontologist, head of TSU’s Laboratory of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Continental Ecosystems, has studied the remains of Yakut mammoths collected on one of the largest locations in the world of mammoth fauna, Berelyokh. His study showed that almost half of the bones of these ancient mammals have signs of serious pathologies typical for the human skeletal system.

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.

Alt: Ancient stone confirms date of comet strike
Alt: Research Paper

World’s largest collection of rock art at risk, Australian senators told
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Irreplaceable Indigenous rock art at a site in remote Western Australia has been vandalised with graffiti, treated with contempt by outsiders, and placed under threat by an invasive weed, an inquiry has heard.

Possibly Decimated by Conquistadors 400 Years Ago, Has the Lost City of Etzanoa Finally Been Found?
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

It may be necessary to add another large nation of Native Americans to the list of peoples wiped out by the rapacious and genocidal Spanish conquistadors after they arrived in the Americas. The location of the lost city of Etzanoa, found recently in Kansas, mystified historians for 400 years.

How to Resurrect a Lost Language
23rd April 2017 | | Ancient

Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakers

Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics
21st April 2017 | | Ancient

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

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