Ancient news stories

Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum
10th December 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The resources will assist teachers in implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’ cross curriculum priority from the Australian Curriculum.

Ancient strain of plague found in Sweden – and it could rewrite history
10th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

“Discovering such an early variant (of plague) in Falköping was completely unexpected, as earlier findings have pointed to it originating in Asia. This will now have to be reevaluated.”

Hot ocean water blamed for ancient mass extinction
10th December 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

While humans aren’t warming the Earth anywhere close to as much as what happened naturally 250 million years ago, “this puts our future into the category of contenders for true catastrophe.”

How Bronze Age Northern Mongolian Peoples Got Milk
10th December 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

The genomes of 22 individuals dating to the Late Bronze Age suggest that milk consumption was spread through cultural diffusion, not as a result of the migration of new peoples into the region.

50,000 year old tiara made of woolly mammoth ivory found in world famous Denisova Cave…
7th December 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The tiara was most likely made by Denisovans who are known to have had the technology 50,000 or so years ago to make elegant needles out of ivory and a sophisticated and beautiful stone bracelet.

Ancient plague may have wiped out Stone Age farmers in Europe
7th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Scientists think ‘mega-settlements’ provided perfect conditions for new disease to evolve.

Rethinking the history related to indigenous sites in northeast North America
5th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The findings suggest that the history of notable “contact-era” events in northeastern North America during the 15th to early 17th centuries may need to be revaluated.

One of Scotland’s first migrants had dark hair, brown eyes and was lactose-intolerant, skeleton DNA test reveals
5th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A skeleton at least 4,250 years old found in the north of Scotland in 1987 has surprised archaeologists after new analysis has revealed she was a migrant from northern Europe.

Strange Cave Art Could Mean These Palaeolithic People Amputated Their Own Fingers
4th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

“The available data seem to fit reasonably well with the hypothesis that some Upper Palaeolithic people engaged in finger amputation for the purposes of religious sacrifice.”

Skeletons found in London archaeology dig reveal noxious environs
4th December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The burials offer an extraordinary glimpse into life in early industrial London, between the 1830s and 1850s, showing the harshness of life for the industrial poor.

North America’s Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolution
3rd December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agriculture.

Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia
3rd December 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Teilhardina brandti is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that Teilhardina first appeared in China.

Cave Art Re-examination Reveals Ancient Europeans Masters of Geometry
3rd December 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Researchers have discovered that ancient Europeans represented star constellations within depictions of wild animals.

Archaeologists discover eight ancient mummies in Egypt
3rd December 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Limestone sarcophagi date back to Late Period (664-332 BC) in found in area of King Amenemhat II’s pyramid.

Prehistoric cave art suggests ancient use of complex astronomy
30th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

As far back as 40,000 years ago, humans kept track of time using relatively sophisticated knowledge of the stars, new research shows.

Extinct ‘Denisovan’ people may have lived on Earth’s highest plateau
30th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If modern humans harnessed Denisovan DNA to survive at altitude, perhaps the Denisovans could also survive on the Tibetan Plateau.

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