Ancient news stories

Americans have been lighting up for more than 3000 years, ancient pipe reveals
17th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Animal bones found alongside the pipe were dated to between 1685 and 1530 B.C.E., indicating the pipe is the earliest evidence yet of tobacco smoking in North America.

Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
17th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Before colonization, Two-Spirits were the balance-keepers blessed to be able to see life through male and female eyes.

How Native American food is tied to important sacred stories
17th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The latest Supreme Court case coincides with a resurgence of interest among a new generation of scholars and activists who are learning about and reviving indigenous food systems.

Illegal trade in antiquities: a scourge that has gone on for millennia too long
15th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Looting of artefacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. Over millennia, conquering generals would take away with them trophies to adorn their cities.

Ancient mammal ancestor found and identified in China
15th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

The well-preserved (and nearly complete) skeleton was unearthed in Yixian County, has been dated to approximately 126 million years ago, and has been identified as eutherian.

15th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

According to Darnell, the inscriptions found on the rock slabs represent the earliest form of writing in Egypt, which was a precursor to the hieroglyphic script.

Using Indus Valley expertise to tackle some Current Issues in South Asia
14th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Dave, author of the novel Trade Winds to Meluha concludes with a plea for education and a rekindled awareness of the positive lessons we can draw from ancient Indus practice.

Archaeologists excavate a prehistoric settlement in Northern Scotland
14th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The most exciting structural find was a perfectly preserved hearth constructed of orthostats, a base slab and packing stones.

Earliest Rainforest Frogs Preserved in Amber
14th June 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Researchers just found four frogs preserved in amber at nearly 100 million years old suggesting frogs have been hanging out in the rainforest much longer than previously shown.

New research unveils true origin of ancient turquoise
14th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Geochemical analyses of ancient turquoise artifacts refute long-held claims that it was imported to Mexico from US.

Native Americans fear US-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
14th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Tribal leaders fear a border wall as envisioned by Trump will sever access to the Rio Grande river’s water, spoiling religious traditions and ruining ancient culture for the tribes.

‘Shocking’ die-off of Africa’s oldest baobabs
11th June 2018 | Ancient, Earth

The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and some as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.

South America’s Inca civilization was better at skull surgery than Civil War doctors
10th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A study of skulls from pre-Columbian Peru suggests the success rates of surgeons there was up to 80% during the Inca era, compared with just 50% during the American Civil War some 400 years later.

Russian Skeletons Show the Bubonic Plague Has Killed People for 4,000 Years
10th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The discovery, published Friday in Nature Communications, pushes back the proposed age of the bubonic plague by 1,000 years.

Cannabis shops set to open in Canada by autumn after Senate approves legalisation
8th June 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Cannabis Act will now go back to the House of Commons, which passed the bill in November 2017 but needs to sign off on changes made by the Senate.

Secrets of Orkney’s ancient tombs revealed – in 3D
8th June 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Orkney’s famous chambered cairns have been reconstructed in 3D with viewers able to explore and move around the tombs like never before.

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