Ancient news stories

Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts
27th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Pre-Columbian indigenous hunters burned patches of grassland to stimulate new growth, which tempted bison herds and lured them in for the kill.

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our entire understanding of human history
24th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

We’re less certain now about how long ago modern humans evolved, when people spread around the world, and how we co-existed with other hominids.

Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville: ‘America’s first city’
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Cahokia was the largest prehistoric American Indian settlement north of Mexico. It’s known as “America’s first city,” and it is believed to have had a population larger than London in 1250.

Crop circle reveals monument older than Stonehenge
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

In normal conditions the difference is unnoticeable, but the drought has brought the ancient monument into clear view.

New Species Of Armored Dinosaur Hints At Ancient Migration
24th July 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

The animal, a species of ankylosaur, lived in a wet, tropical environment in what’s now Southern Utah roughly 75 million years ago.

Aboriginal artists from Australia narrate their history
24th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Most exhibits in this show, which features 102 artworks, could be read as critical commentary on European colonialists who arrived in Australia in 1788.

Archaeologists Find Unexpected Contents Inside Alexandria Coffin
20th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Inside were three disarticulated skeletons floating in sewer water, and likely are of military officers or soldiers. The dates they lived are yet to be determined.

The origin of humans is not East Africa. It’s much broader.
20th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The researchers used a multidisciplinary approach to this study because, as they write, evolution is complex.

Ancient Stone Toolmakers Came To North America Far Earlier Than Clovis People
20th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers have found new evidence that the first humans settled in North America much earlier than the Clovis culture that peopled the early Americas.

Ancient American farmers supplemented poor diet through fungus infection
20th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Eating only maize leads to disease, and why the Basketmaker II people didn’t fall ill has long been a mystery. Now it’s been solved.

Research on British teeth unlocks potential for new insights into ancient diets
20th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

In the modern samples, the researchers found proteins that reflected a global British diet, such as those related to potatoes, soybeans and peanuts, as well as milk proteins.

How Tasmania’s Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani
20th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Palawa kani (“Tasmanian Aboriginal people speak”), is based on surviving spoken and written remnants of the island’s original languages.

Evidence of Salmonella Paratyphi C found for the first time in medieval northern Europe
20th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Genome research suggests that enteric fever, a potentially lethal disease more commonly found in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe.

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of bread
18th July 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Tiny specks of bread have been found in fireplaces used by hunter-gatherers 14,000 years ago, predating agriculture by thousands of years.

How to come up with better ideas, according to scientists who developed a new theory of human evolution
18th July 2018 | Ancient, Humans

This complex new view emerged from a sophisticated approach by scientists with different specialties from institutions around the world.

Saving A Critically Endangered Aboriginal Language in Australia
18th July 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Indigenous elders in central Australia are leading efforts to save a critically endangered language. Of the estimated 300 Indigenous languages that once existed in Australia, only 90 are still spoken.

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