Ancient news stories

The necropolis of Asyut as an important element of Egypt’s cultural memory
12th February 2020 | Ancient, Humans

About 4,000 years ago, Asyut was an important cultural center in Middle Egypt. The ancient city with its temples, palaces, libraries, and houses later disappeared under Nile flood sediments and modern construction, which is why its sights have never become as popular as those in Thebes or Luxor.

The lost continent of Zealandia hides clues to the Ring of Fire’s birth
11th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

The hidden undersea continent of Zealandia underwent an upheaval at the time of the birth of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Trump’s border wall is destroying sacred Native American sites, congressman says
11th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

This administration is basically trampling on the tribe’s history,’ says Raul Grijalva

In a Single Grain of Moon Dust, ‘Millions of Years’ of Lunar History
11th February 2020 | | Ancient, Space

Nearly 50 years have passed since a human last set foot on the moon. But when team members of NASA’s 1972 Apollo 17 mission packed up for their return trip to Earth, they brought 245 pounds of the lunar ground they walked on back with them—for science, of course.

11th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers have discovered a “Paleolithic sanctuary” in Spain featuring more than a hundred engravings of figurative and abstract rock art, dated to around 15,000 years ago

Ancient Genes Reveal The Last Mammoths on Earth Were a Sickly Mess
10th February 2020 | | Ancient, Animal Life

Four thousand years ago, the last woolly mammoths quietly died on their final bastion – the isolated Wrangel Island, north of Russia in the frozen Arctic. Their demise was sudden, and strange; now, new evidence points to the mammoths themselves as partial agents of their own demise.

Sacred Native American site in Arizona blasted for border wall construction
10th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

The contractor that is building President Donald Trump’s border wall in southwestern Arizona began blasting this week through a site that the Native American O’odham people consider sacred to make way for newer, taller barriers.

1,200-year-old ‘gumdrop’ might have belonged to elite gamer at UK monastery
8th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

What looks like a tasty, blue gumdrop decorated with white frosting is actually a 1,200-year-old glass “king” piece that may have belonged to an elite gamer, according to Durham University, and DigVentures.

‘Flammable ice’ discovery offers up clue to life on other planets
8th February 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Scientists studying so-called ‘flammable ice’ in the Sea of Japan have made a startling discovery—the existence of life within microscopic bubbles.

10,000-year-old skeleton challenges theory of how humans arrived in Americas
6th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of a 10,000-year-old skeleton in an underwater cave in Mexico provides new evidence humans did not first arrive in the Americas as a single population as “traditional” theory holds, but came from various areas, researchers claim.

Mud wasps used to date Australia’s aboriginal rock art
6th February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

When the veteran telecoms engineer Damien Finch went on a three-week bush walk in Australia’s Kimberley region, he became enthralled with its rock art. “I couldn’t believe how little was known about them; we didn’t even know how old they were,” Damien said.

After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted
6th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth

Six date seeds as old as the Dead Sea Scrolls are now flourishing as trees on a kibbutz. Their names are Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith, and Hannah, and their ages are—well, actually, this one’s a bit complicated.

Oddball sexaquark particles could be immortal, if they exist at all
5th February 2020 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Weird

After decades of poking around in the math behind the glue holding the innards of all matter together, physicists have found a strange hypothetical particle, one that has never appeared in any experiment. Called a sexaquark, the oddball is made up of a funky arrangement of six quarks of various flavors.

One single primitive turtle resisted mass extinction in the northern hemisphere
5th February 2020 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

Sixty-six million years ago, in the emerged lands of Laurasia—now the northern hemisphere—a primitive land tortoise, measuring about 60 cm, managed to survive the event that killed the dinosaurs.

When did the universe ‘wake up’?
3rd February 2020 | | Ancient, Space

It was a big moment for our cosmos when the first stars awoke, but it’s an elusive one for scientists. In new research, however, a team of astronomers has identified some of the oldest galaxies ever seen.

What the Earliest Toilets Say About How Human Civilization Has Evolved
3rd February 2020 | | Ancient, Humans

Like most ancient technology, toilets seem to have been independently invented in several cultures — and went through many stages of innovation before becoming loos you’d like to use today.

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