Ancient news stories

3,000-Year-Old Castle Built by Mysterious Civilization Found at The Bottom of a Lake in Turkey
20th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Marine archaeologists made a superb find at the bottom of Turkey’s largest lake – a very well-preserved castle dating back 3,000 years. It was likely built by the mysterious Urartian civilization which inhabited the surrounds of Lake Van during the Iron Age.

Ancient Skeletons Could Finally Reveal Origins of The Dead Sea Scrolls
20th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

An analysis of more than 30 newly discovered graves could give us our best clue yet on how the Dead Sea Scrolls were ushered into modern history.

Did David and Solomon’s United Monarchy Exist? Vast Ancient Mining Operation May Hold Answers
20th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeology has provided precious little evidence for the biblical account of a powerful Judaic kingdom 3,000 years ago, but the sheer extent of copper mining in Timna, when Egypt was in a state of collapse, is otherwise hard to explain.

Indigenous women: The pillars of First Peoples’ communities
20th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

The #NAIDOC2018 theme celebrates the essential role that Indigenous women have played, and continue to play, as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

High Times in Ancient China: 2,700-Year-Old Marijuana Stash Found in Shaman Grave
19th November 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

A team of archaeologists, led by Hongen Jiang from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, found nearly two pounds of a dried plant that was still untouched after “hiding” for thousands of years underground.

How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity
19th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution.

When did Australia’s human history begin?
19th November 2017 | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of old dates at Madjedbebe does not make the history of the site any more or less significant. It simply reminds us that science, like history, is an ongoing inquiry. All it takes is a new piece of evidence to turn on its head what we thought we knew. Science is a journey and knowledge is ever evolving.

Paleolithic ruins suggest Mousterian culture in China
19th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Paleolithic stone tools in the Mousterian style have been found in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, despite the culture generally being associated with Neanderthals from the Old Stone Age in Europe, Central and West Asia, and Northeast Africa.

This 8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is The Earliest Depiction of Domesticated Dogs
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Prehistoric rock art found in Saudi Arabia shows humans hunting with dogs on leashes – and it looks like those pictures could be at least 8,000 years old, making them the earliest art depicting dogs.

Study Settles Prehistoric Puzzle, Finds Carbon Dioxide Link To Global Warming 22 Million Years Ago
17th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth

Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle — and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming.

Ancient barley took high road to China, changed to summer crop in Tibet
17th November 2017 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

First domesticated 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East, wheat and barley took vastly different routes to China, with barley switching from a winter to both a winter and summer crop during a thousand-year detour along the southern Tibetan Plateau.

A temple for Isis dating back to Ancient Egypt era unearthed
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

An official mission of archaeological experts unearthed the foundations of a temple for Isis in Tell Atrib located in Banha city, the capital of Qalyubia Governorate.

Origami in Orbit: Ancient Art Inspires Efficient Spacecraft
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Space, Tech

The ancient art of origami has inspired designs for numerous pieces of hardware on NASA missions, allowing scientists to pack more technology into smaller space-bound packages.

A story of rupture and resilience: When did Australia’s human history begin?
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

This article seeks to move beyond the view of ancient Australia as a timeless and traditional foundation story to explore the ways in which scientists and humanists are engaging with the deep past as a transformative human history.

Rottnest Island’s Aboriginal prisoners are Australia’s forgotten patriots, elder says
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

It is time for Australia to face the truth about hundreds of Aboriginal prisoners who died on Rottnest Island in the 19th century and are buried in unmarked graves, a leading Aboriginal academic says.

Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
17th November 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

A new study in Heliyon suggests that Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer in Spain than we thought.

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