Ancient news stories

Secret to Great Pyramid’s Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found
21st February 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox.

Supercritical fluids bring the past to life: Extracting lipids from archeological ceramic pottery
21st February 2018 | separationsnow.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Identifying the specific lipids in residues can help indicate what the pots held, what they were used for and what kind of food ancient populations ate.

Laser scanning reveals ‘lost’ ancient Mexican city ‘had as many buildings as Manhattan’
20th February 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations, which is about the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan.

Study identifies traces of indigenous ‘Taino’ in present-day Caribbean populations
20th February 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The new research finally provides concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the region has survived to the present day.

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak
20th February 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.

‘Loneliest tree’ records human epoch
20th February 2018 | bbc.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

It’s been dubbed “the loneliest tree on the planet” because of its remote location, but the Sitka spruce might represent something quite profound about the age in which we live.

Ancient Tomb Containing ‘Splendid Armour’ Found In Japan
20th February 2018 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Ancient, Humans

Workers paving a farm road here stumbled on a 1,500-year-old underground tomb containing a large stone coffin, human remains and armour in remarkable condition.

Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
20th February 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Tech

‘Molecular clock’ methodology combines evidence on the genetic differences between living species and fossil constraints on the age of their shared ancestors, to establish an evolutionary timescale that sees through gaps in the fossil record.

 

Asteroids Could Be ‘Time Capsules’ Showing How Life Began on Earth
20th February 2018 | outerplaces.com | Ancient, Earth, Space

As much as we tend to panic over the idea of an asteroid crashing into the Earth, one possible explanation for life on Earth is that an asteroid brought it here in the first place.

Things We Still Don’t Know: Did Neanderthals Make Art?
20th February 2018 blog.nationalgeographic.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

This August, Neanderthal experts from around the world will gather in Torino, Italy for the first ever NeanderART conference to review the evidence for and against Neanderthals as artists.

Beneath Biblical Prophet’s Tomb, An Archaeological Surprise
19th February 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Beneath the Tomb of Jonah in the ancient Iraq city of Nineveh, archaeologists have uncovered 2,700-year-old inscriptions that describe the rule of an Assyrian king named Esarhaddon.

Mystery behind the origin of 3,000-year-old ‘alien’ Paracas skulls revealed by DNA testing
19th February 2018 | ibtimes.co.in | Ancient, Humans

The Paracas elongated skull people were not 100 percent Native American. They were a mix or even you could say, in some ways, a hybrid of different people.

Five surprising things DNA has revealed about our ancestors
19th February 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Rapid advances in genetic sequencing over the past few decades have opened up a whole new window into the past.

More light shines on Pleistocene extinction event with possible discovery of new genus of horse
17th February 2018 cordis.europa.eu | Ancient, Animal Life
Now mitochondrial and partial nuclear genomic studies support the idea that there was only one species of North American Pleistocene horse, which belongs to a new genus.
A new theory claims Homo sapiens beat out Neanderthals because of art
17th February 2018 qz.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

There was a time when our ancestors’ survival was inextricably linked with their ability to create images.

Ancient 34,000-year-old lavish burial shows special care for disabled children
17th February 2018 | zmescience.com | Ancient, Humans

The findings show that even in the Mid Upper Paleolithic, which were very wild times to be alive, you didn’t have to be a healthy, adult male to get an extravagant burial.

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