Ancient news stories

Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon
14th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Recent radiocarbon dating confirms that the arrow blade point is one of the earliest examples of copper metallurgy ever found in Yukon.

Great Pyramid May Contain An ‘Iron Throne’ Made Of Meteorites, Says New Theory
12th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeoastronomy professor thinks pharoahs used the throne to travel to the afterlife.

Ingredients for life revealed in meteorites that fell to Earth
11th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Space

This opens up many possibilities for how organic matter may be passed from one host to another in space.

11th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A new MtDNA study suggests that the ancient Mediterranean seafaring civilisation, the Phoenicians, enjoyed an inclusive, multicultural society focused on exploration, not subjugation.

Ancient DNA sheds light on the mysterious origins of the first Scandinavians
11th January 2018 | Ancient, Humans

One could say that – in Scandinavia at that time – the geographic west was the genetic east and vice versa.

Rajahmundry: Excavations reveal tools, crystal beads
11th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

State archaeology authorities have found an ancient civilisation along the banks of Godavari river dating back to 10,000 BC in which people used tools from the stone age as well as from the metal age.

Ancient rock drawing could be oldest image of a supernova
10th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The carving was found in the Burzahama region in Kashmir, India, in the 1960s and is believed to date back to between 2100 and 4100 BC.

Peru’s Alpine Herders Revive Ancient Technologies to Face the Future
10th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

To improve access to water and save livestock, indigenous groups in Canchayllo and Miraflores have restored abandoned dams, reservoirs and canals that date back over 3,000 years.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey
10th January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

This is not news to Aboriginal groups, who have reported about Firehawks in oral traditions for millennia.

Granite feet discovered in Egyptian parking lot traced back to ancient statue of King Amenhotep III
9th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The stone fragment includes hieroglyphics that detail the pharaoh’s birth name and coronation.

Stone age hunter-gatherers’ ‘paradise’ discovered next to major Israeli road
8th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists find hundreds of hand-axes used by early humans over half a million years ago at Jaljulia, north-east of Tel Aviv.

Chemists discover plausible recipe for early life on Earth
8th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth

Their experiments demonstrate that key chemical reactions that support life today could have been carried out with ingredients likely present on the planet four billion years ago.

Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America—And, Maybe, the Field of Archaeology
6th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Welcome to the real struggle with the story of human history: the question of whose facts come first, those of archaeologists or those of geneticists.

6th January 2018 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

Either there is another big asteroid that we haven’t found yet, or the asteroid that Bunburra Rockhole originated from has evolved over time through space weathering and impact processing.

1,000-Year-Old Stone Structure in Mexico May Depict Creation of Earth
6th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A 1,000-year-old stone structure in Mexico may represent how some people in ancient Mesoamerica believed the Earth was created, an archaeologist suggests.

Everything We Learned in One Year About Thousands of Years of Human Evolution
6th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

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