Ancient news stories

Prehistoric cannibal victim found in death cave ID’ed as a young girl
19th April 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

About 800,000 years ago in what is now Spain, cannibals devoured an early human child who became known as “The Boy of Gran Dolina.” But new analysis of these ancient remains has revealed a surprising twist: the child was a girl.

Archaeologists discover mysterious monument hidden in plain sight
19th April 2021 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans

New find pries open an enduring question: why two ancient superpowers abruptly turned from diplomacy to brutality.

Image from: Tikal Central Acropolis (Wiki Commons)

Neanderthals weren’t just smart – they might have taught humans a thing or two
19th April 2021 upload.wikimedia.org | Ancient, Humans

In little more than a decade our understanding of the recent period of human evolution has been revolutionised. New excavations and the application of exciting scientific methods are yielding extraordinary insights to our ancient past and overturning previously-held truths.

Image from: Cro-Magnons Conquered Europe, but Left Neanderthals Alone (Wiki Commons)

DNA from cave dirt tells tale of how some Neanderthals disappeared
19th April 2021 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Humans

Estatuas cave in northern Spain was a hive of activity 105,000 years ago. Artifacts show its Neanderthal inhabitants hafted stone tools, butchered red deer, and may have made fires.

Ancient pottery reveals the first evidence for honey hunting in prehistoric West Africa
15th April 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, with colleagues from Goethe University, Frankfurt, has found the first evidence for ancient honey hunting, locked inside pottery fragments from prehistoric West Africa, dating back some 3,500 years ago

Study cements age and location of hotly debated skull from early human Homo erectus
15th April 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

A new study verifies the age and origin of one of the oldest specimens of Homo erectus–a very successful early human who roamed the world for nearly 2 million years.

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’
15th April 2021 | nytimes.com | Ancient, Humans

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

Image from: Eric Ewing (Wiki Commons)

Ancient history sheds new light on connection between weather and war
13th April 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Data extracted from the oldest surviving document recording Korean history shows a strong correlation between extreme weather events and war.

100,000-year-old Neanderthal footprints show children playing in the sand
13th April 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Some 100,000 years ago, an extended family of 36 Neanderthals walked along a beach, with the kids jumping and frolicking in the sand, scientists report after analyzing the beachgoers’ fossilized footprints in what is now southern Spain.

Stone slab found in France thought to be Europe’s oldest 3D map
12th April 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists believe 4,000-year-old engravings on Saint-Bélec Slab resemble topological features.

‘Lost golden city’ found in Egypt reveals lives of ancient pharaohs
12th April 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of a 3,000-year-old city that was lost to the sands of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb.

How to Survive a Killer Asteroid
12th April 2021 | wired.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The impact that wiped out the dinosaurs would probably have killed you too—unless you were in the exact right place and had made the exact right plans.

Ancient Cave Artists May Have Knowingly Deprived Themselves of Oxygen to Paint
12th April 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

Some of the oldest human art in Europe is entirely hidden from sight, tucked away in the narrow crawl spaces of deep, dark, and winding caves.

Asteroid, Volcano or Both? Scientists Can’t Agree on the True Dinosaur Killer
9th April 2021 | discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A 6-mile-wide space rock and colossal eruptions racked Earth at the same fateful moment. Scientists have tried for decades to determine the primary suspect behind the Cretaceous Extinction.

‘Irreplaceable’ 1,000-year-old Native American rock carvings vandalized in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest
9th April 2021 eu.usatoday.com | Ancient, Humans

The series of more than 100 rock carvings, or petroglyphs, in the forest’s Track Rock Gap were created by Creek and Cherokee people beginning more than 1,000 years ago.

Europe’s oldest known humans mated with Neandertals surprisingly often
9th April 2021 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans

The two species regularly interbred by about 45,000 years ago.

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