Ancient news stories

Ancient Aztec Records Reveal Unknown Modern Earthquake Risk
17th October 2019 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scientific examinations of historical accounts suggest that up to 40 percent of Mexico’s population lives along a zone that is more seismically active than suspected.

Early Humans Reached Greek Island 200,000 Years Ago, Changing Picture of Spread From Africa
17th October 2019 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Nobody looked for Neanderthals or early Homo sapiens on islands because it was thought they weren’t seafaring – but back then, the Aegean wasn’t a sea.

Sprawling Ancient Cambodian City Revealed By Jungle-Penetrating Lasers
17th October 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

LiDAR technology in conjunction with ground-based surveys have allowed archaeologists to determine the boundaries of the ancient city of Mahendraparvata dating back more than 1,200 years.

The World’s Oldest Leftovers, Left in Pleistocene Storage Containers
17th October 2019 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Humans have been saving leftovers for at least 200,000 to 400,000 years.

Ancient Egyptian ‘Industrial Zone’ Uncovered in Luxor’s Valley of the Monkeys
14th October 2019 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New archaeological discoveries in Luxor highlight a remarkable “industrial zone” in which workers manufactured items for royal tombs.

Ancient European Homes Had ‘Invisible’ Social Complexities, Bones Reveal
14th October 2019 | nationalgeographic.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

DNA and isotopic analysis of people who lived in Germany some 4,000 years ago show unexpected connections across Bronze Age farmsteads.

Website Provides Blueprint for Repatriating Aboriginal Remains
14th October 2019 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans

Called “Return, Reconcile, Renew,” the new site offers a virtual space for support and healing.

Laser-Scanning Tech Uncovers Huge Network of Ancient Mayan Farms
14th October 2019 | nbcnews.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech
The findings show how the ancient civilization adapted farming practices in the face of environmental challenges.
Huge New ‘Shark Toothed’ Dinosaur Found
10th October 2019 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Dating back more than 113 million years, the fossils belong to “one of the most important Thai dinosaurs ever found,” paleontologists say.

How Differences in the Genetic ‘Instruction Booklet’ Between Humans and Neanderthals Influenced Traits
10th October 2019 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new ability to study changes in the on/off “instructions” for genes helps identify differences that fossils alone cannot tell us.

1,000 Lost Ancient Sites Found on Scottish Island
10th October 2019 | scotsman.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A cutting-edge archaeological project using innovative technology has revealed around 1,000 previously unknown archaeological sites on the Isle of Arran. Heritage chiefs believe “tens of thousands” more sites could be found using the technology.

Early Humans Stored Bone Narrow Like Tins of Soup 400,000 Years Ago
10th October 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Previously, scientists thought Paleolithic people lived a hand-to-mouth existence but this research shows they were sophisticated enough to preserve meat using bones like we use modern-day cans.

Scorched Ancient Scrolls Could be Made Readable Once Again
9th October 2019 bigthink.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ancient volcanic charred scrolls written in a dead language made readable again. They were discovered in what’s believed to be the only intact library from antiquities.

Early Hunter-Gatherers Interacted Much Sooner Than Previously Believed
9th October 2019 | newswise.com | Ancient, Humans

A nearly 4,000-year-old burial site found off the coast of Georgia hints at ties between hunter-gatherers on opposite sides of North America.

Israeli Archaeologists Say They Have Discovered a Bronze Age ‘New York City’
7th October 2019 | news.com.au | Ancient, Humans

Israel’s Antiquities Authority calls the early Bronze Age site a “cosmopolitan and planned city” that is thought to have covered 65 hectares and was probably home to about 6000 people.

Manchester Museum Becomes First in Country to Hand Sacred Objects Back to Aboriginal Communities in Australia
7th October 2019 | manchestereveningnews.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The museum has been in possession of the material since the 1920s. Australian Aborigines and native Americans have been campaigning for the return of such objects for decades.

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