Ancient news stories

‘Second renaissance’: tech uncovers ancient scroll secrets of Plato and co
7th May 2024 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Researchers this week claimed to have found the final resting place of the Greek philosopher, a patch in the garden of his Athens Academy, after scanning an ancient papyrus scroll recovered from the library of a Herculaneum villa that was buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

Neanderthal woman’s face revealed 75,000 years later
7th May 2024 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

A team of palaeo-archaeologists is featured in a new documentary in which the experts have reconstructed the face of a Neanderthal woman who lived 75,000 years ago…The cave is possibly a Neanderthal burial site.

‘Major lunar standstill’ may reveal if Stonehenge is aligned with the moon
7th May 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

Is Stonehenge aligned with the moon? Scientists hope to find out during a rare ‘major lunar standstill, which happens once every 18.6 years.

Bumblebees Surprise Us Again: New Study Reveals Their Impressive Cooperative Skills
7th May 2024 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

In a series of lab experiments, bumblebees (Bombus sp.) that trained together on tasks to retrieve a sugary reward were more likely to wait for their partner before returning to the task than bees that trained alone.

Scientists show that ancient village adapted to drought, rising seas
1st May 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Around 6,200 BCE, the climate changed. Previously, archaeologists believed that this abrupt shift in global climate, called the 8.2ka event, may have led to the widespread abandonment of coastal settlements in the southern Levant. In a recent study published in the journal Antiquity, researchers…share new evidence suggesting at least one village formerly thought abandoned not only remained occupied, but thrived throughout this period.

Mayan ballgames were played on blessed grounds
30th April 2024 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest evidence of ceremonial offerings on sportsgrounds by the ancient Maya in Mexico. Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis shows that the courts built by the Mayans for their ballgames were blessed. In research published in PLOS ONE, the researchers identified a collection of plants used in ceremonial rituals.

Not All Paleolithic Hunter-Gatherers Were Big Into Meat, New Study Reveals
30th April 2024 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

The teeth and bones of pre-agricultural human hunter-gatherers who lived some 15,000 years ago in what is now Morocco reveal that their diet – long thought to have been significantly loaded with animal protein – was actually weighted much further in the direction of plant-based food. It seems plants may have even been used to wean infants, the study found.

Jupiter may be the reason why Earth has a moon, new study hints
29th April 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space

The great planetary instability, which saw Jupiter and the other gas giants wander chaotically through the solar system, coincides with the collision that formed Earth’s moon. Could the two events be linked?

‘Strongest Statistical Evidence Yet’ For Planet Nine Has Been Found, Scientist Says
29th April 2024 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Space, Weird

The hunt for the elusive Planet Nine goes on, and new research claims to have the “strongest statistical evidence yet” that there is such a planet orbiting somewhere around the far edges of the Solar System.

Lasers reveal prehistoric Irish monuments that may have been ‘pathways for the dead
26th April 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists used lidar to detect a cluster of rare Neolithic monuments hidden in farmland in Ireland. See the study published Thursday (April 25) in the journal Antiquity.

Plato’s burial place finally revealed after AI deciphers ancient scroll carbonized in Mount Vesuvius eruption
26th April 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers used AI to decipher an ancient papyrus that includes details about where Greek philosopher is buried.

Scientists find one of the oldest stars in the universe in a galaxy right next to ours
25th April 2024 | livescience.com | Ancient, Space

Scientists have identified one of the oldest known stars outside the Milky Way. The discovery, reported in March in the journal Nature Astronomy, has uncovered a relic from the early days of the universe in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and it’s revealing the conditions from a time before the sun even existed.

Researchers find oldest undisputed evidence of Earth’s magnetic field
25th April 2024 phys.org | Ancient, Earth

A new study, led by the University of Oxford and MIT, has recovered a 3.7-billion-year-old record of Earth’s magnetic field and found that it appears remarkably similar to the field surrounding Earth today. The findings have been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Without its magnetic field, life on Earth would not be possible…

Bioluminescence Evolved in The Abyss 540 Million Years Ago, Study Finds
24th April 2024 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

In the darkest corners of the planet, where the light of the Sun never touches, eerie glows can yet be found, illuminating the shadows. This is bioluminescence, a remarkable ability that has evolved separately at least 94 times throughout the history of life on Earth. See the study here.

Archaeologists try to answer new questions about first humans in Southeast Alaska
24th April 2024 | krbd.org | Ancient, Humans

A few years ago, a set of 20,000-year-old human footprints in a dry lakebed in New Mexico set scientists reeling. Those fossilized footprints, originally discovered in 2009, called into question what we thought we knew about when people first showed up in North America. Archaeologists thousands of miles away in Alaska felt the scientific impact especially strongly.

Study suggests human occupation in Patagonia prior to the Younger Dryas period
23rd April 2024 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient, Humans

The period in which humans arrived in South America, in particular, north-western Patagonia, has been the subject of an ongoing debate by academics for many years. Previous archaeological evidence and palaeogenetic studies have suggested human presence between 16 600 and 15 100 cal BP. However, a new study published in the journal Antiquity is providing new evidence of pre-Holocene human activity during the late Pleistocene–early Holocene transition

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