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Ancient news stories

Ancient Maya civilisation was destroyed by massive drought, scientists find
3rd August 2018 | | Ancient

New research confirms theory about how great society collapsed 1,000 years ago

An enormous drought that swept across Mexico around 1,000 years ago triggered the demise of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations.

The Great Pyramid of Giza Might Focus Electromagnetic Energy in Its Chambers
1st August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Theoretical research by an international team of physicists has discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza can concentrate electromagnetic energy in its internal chambers and under its base.

Conflict reigns over the history and origins of money
1st August 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Thousands of years ago, money was a means of debt payment, archaeologists and anthropologists say.

Ohio ‘earthworks’ sites seen as economic generator
1st August 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

This will be Ohio’s first World Heritage Site, joining 1,000 others around the world, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge.

Homo sapiens developed a new ecological niche that separated it from other hominins
1st August 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Our species’ ability to occupy diverse and ‘extreme’ settings around the world stands in stark contrast to the ecological adaptations of other hominin taxa, and may explain how our species became the last surviving hominin on the planet.

Technology for incontinence hasn’t developed that much since ancient Egyptian times
1st August 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Today’s healthcare is full of technology that would seem like science fiction to our grandparents. But this is far from true in every area: some remain woefully neglected by innovation.

Indigenous people hunted bison using fire – and clever manipulation of the landscape
1st August 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Great Plains people were skilled hunters — and savvy environmental managers.

How an ancient stone money system works like cryptocurrency
30th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists see similarities between giant coins carved from stone and cryptocurrencies.

560,000-Year-Old Milk Tooth Found In a French Cave
27th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A child’s milk tooth, dating back to at least 560,000 years, was discovered in France. The tooth belongs to a sub-species of humans called Homo heidelbergensis.

Evidence of 250 massacres of Indigenous Australians mapped
27th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The revelations were released by the University of Newcastle as part of the second stage of its online massacre map, which now covers frontier violence that occurred from 1788 to 1930.

Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts
27th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Pre-Columbian indigenous hunters burned patches of grassland to stimulate new growth, which tempted bison herds and lured them in for the kill.

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our entire understanding of human history
24th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

We’re less certain now about how long ago modern humans evolved, when people spread around the world, and how we co-existed with other hominids.

Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville: ‘America’s first city’
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Cahokia was the largest prehistoric American Indian settlement north of Mexico. It’s known as “America’s first city,” and it is believed to have had a population larger than London in 1250.

Crop circle reveals monument older than Stonehenge
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In normal conditions the difference is unnoticeable, but the drought has brought the ancient monument into clear view.

New Species Of Armored Dinosaur Hints At Ancient Migration
24th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

The animal, a species of ankylosaur, lived in a wet, tropical environment in what’s now Southern Utah roughly 75 million years ago.

Aboriginal artists from Australia narrate their history
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Most exhibits in this show, which features 102 artworks, could be read as critical commentary on European colonialists who arrived in Australia in 1788.

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