Ancient news stories

Largest Ever Maya Figurine Workshop Discovered Accidentally in Unexplored Mound
23rd April 2019 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans

The large earthen mound was found to contain millions of parts from Classic Maya figurine molds, figurines, and incense burners.

A New Paper Reveals The Amazing Evolution of The Human Face
23rd April 2019 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

For over 4 million years, our features have slowly morphed into what we see today in the mirror, a brief stop on the way to who knows what.

Liquid blood and urine have been found inside a prehistoric 42,000-year-old foal
21st April 2019 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The animal’s body fluids were extracted during an autopsy and tested in the hope of cloning the extinct species.

History Buff Bakes Ancient Egyptian Bread Using 1,500-Year-Old Yeast Scrapings
21st April 2019 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient, Humans

He claimed the outcome was very tasty!

Expansive New Kingdom tomb unveiled in Egypt’s Luxor
21st April 2019 | reuters.com | Ancient, Humans

The 3,500-year-old, 450-square-metre tomb contains 18 entrance gates and is believed to have belonged to a nobleman named Shedsu-Djehuty.

Fighters in Crusades had families with locals and recruited offspring to cause, study shows
21st April 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Research reveals medieval campaign lasting two centuries had little genetic impact on local population.

Drinking Beer Atop A Mountain Helped Unite Ancient Peruvian Elites
21st April 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans

The Wari elite knew how to party 1,000 years ago – and it all ended in one mighty, mug-smashing festival that went up in flames.

Britons who built Stonehenge were product of ancient wave of migrant farmers, DNA reveals
18th April 2019 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Ancient skeletons reveal arrival of eastern Mediterranean population replaced hunter-gatherer population of British Isles.

Africa’s largest mammalian carnivore had canines ‘the size of bananas’
18th April 2019 | sciencemag.org | Ancient, Animal Life

Attached to them was an enormous jaw and other bone fragments dated to 23 million years ago.

Teeth Challenge What We Know About The Careers Of Women In Ancient Egypt
18th April 2019 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans

The teeth of a 4,000-year-old woman show distinct patterns suggesting she was a craftsperson. Many have assumed this profession was restricted to men at the time.

Aboriginal remains returned by Germany to Australia
17th April 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

In total, the remains of 53 ancestors are being returned this month.

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders
17th April 2019 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Move Over, Moses: A Pharaoh May Have Created the Ancient Kingdom of Israel
15th April 2019 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans

New archaeological evidence and biblical scholarship suggest Shishak wanted to make Egypt great again – but may have inadvertently steered the Israelites into creating a great nation of their own.

DNA remnants of three separate Denisovan populations found in human genomes
12th April 2019 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

One of three separate populations of Denisovans could have survived and interbred with the ancestors of modern-day Papuans as recently as 15,000 to 30,000 years ago.

Ralph Solecki, Who Found Humanity in Neanderthals, Dies at 101
12th April 2019 | nytimes.com | Ancient, Humans

His research pointed to the possibility that Neanderthals had humanity — a he put it, that they “had a ‘soul.’”

The four-legged whale discovered off the coast of Peru: What was it like?
12th April 2019 bigthink.com | Ancient, Animal Life

The new fossil offers insight into when whales returned to the oceans millions of years ago.

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