Ancient news stories

Women Achieved Enormous Power in Ancient Egypt. What They Did With It Is a Warning for Today
19th October 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Strong ancient Egyptian women used their power to help the men around them – to protect them with their ferocity, to shield them from harm, to keep the same system going.

How Climatic Changes Toppled The Ancient Megacity Of Angkor
18th October 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Researchers have found that abrupt climatic changes and vulnerable infrastructure led to Angkor’s demise – a cautionary tale for modern cities, many of which are already feeling the stress of climate change.

Neanderthals Suffered a Lot of Traumatic Injuries. So How Did They Live So Long?
16th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Our ancient-hominid relatives seem to have had surprisingly sophisticated health care.

South Africa’s ancient lost city of Kweneng rediscovered by lasers
16th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The settlement, which dates back to the 15th Century, was home to up to 10,000 people from the Tswana ethnic group.

Keezhadi Excavation: How an Ancient Civilisation Is Being Unearthed in Tamil Nadu
16th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Three months into their excavation, the site began yielding interesting finds like beads made of glass, terracotta and even pearls. Other discoveries included figurines, roof tiles and also pottery.

Paleolithic art unveiled after dam water ebbs in SE Turkey
15th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Mehmet Alkan, director for the Adıyaman Museum, told reporters that the cave drawings included human and animal figures made using the carving method.

Madagascar: claims for early settlement debunked
15th October 2018 | Ancient, Humans

According to a new study, recent headlines claiming that humans arrived on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar as early as 10,000 years ago are wrong.

‘Ancient Egyptian pigment can boost energy efficiency’
12th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A colour developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls, and could also enable solar generation of electricity via windows, scientists say.

Clues from a Somalian cavefish about modern mammals’ dark past
12th October 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

After millions of years living in darkness, a species of blind cavefish has lost an ancient system of DNA repair.

Easter Island Heads May Have Been Markers for Drinking Water
11th October 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Researchers have found evidence of discharge points where brackish water would have been collected in reservoirs or trenches, in the same locations as the statues.

Across the US, more cities ditch Columbus Day to honor those who really discovered America
11th October 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Just this year, at least a dozen US cities — including San Francisco and Cincinnati — decided to stop observing Columbus Day and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday.

Earliest-ever Inscription Bearing Jerusalem’s Full Name Unearthed in Roadwork
11th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Dating to the 1st century B.C.E., the inscription was found on a repurposed piece of a stone column in a Roman building, near the city’s entrance.

Tomb of a Pharaoh’s ‘Sole Friend’ and ‘Keeper of the Secret’ Found in Egypt
9th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The remains of a tomb complex belonging to the “sole friend” of an Egyptian pharaoh have been discovered near a pyramid at Abusir in Egypt.

Salt: Mover and shaker in ancient Maya society
9th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Analyses of stone tools reveal that the Maya were making salt in large quantities, salting fish and meat to meet dietary needs and producing a commodity that could be stored and traded.

3,500-Year-Old Pottery Reveals History’s Earliest Sniff of a Pumpkin Spice
8th October 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

This 3,500-year-old residue is the oldest-ever evidence that people ate this spice long before Starbucks forced it into cooperation with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Oldest Hominid Bones Found In Poland Belonged To Neanderthal Child Whose Fingers Were Chewed By Giant Bird
8th October 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The discovery of the 115,000 year old Neanderthal was made at the Jaskinia Ciemna cave in southern Poland.

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