Ancient news stories

Georgetown in northern Queensland once part of North America – geologists
20th January 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth

Researchers found rocks in the area 412km west of Cairns were unlike any others in Australia, but similar to those in Canada.

Turkish Professor Claims Koran Flood Story Tells of Muslim Noah Calling Son on Cell-Phone
20th January 2018 | breakingisraelnews.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Ornek explained his theory, saying that technologies were much more advanced 10,000 years ago than most people realize.

Hidden Ancient Egyptian Paintings Revealed Thanks To New Digital Imaging Tool
20th January 2018 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scientists have used a new imaging technique to re-examine Egyptian art and find details that were previously missing.

Divers Found The World’s Largest Underwater Cave, And It’s Full of Maya Secrets
18th January 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world’s largest flooded cave system – and it’s truly an underwater wonderland.

Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek ‘pyramid’
18th January 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Latest find on Cyclades’ Keros includes evidence of metal-working and suggests the beginnings of an urban centre, say archaeologists.

Ancient Egypt: Archaeologists now searching for the tomb of King Tutankhamun’s wife Ankhesenamun
18th January 2018 | ibtimes.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have begun excavating in an area known as the Valley of Monkeys, looking for the tomb of Ankhesenamun.

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship
18th January 2018 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico.

The Montmaurin-La Niche mandible reveals the complexity of the Neanderthals’ origin
17th January 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans

A team of scientists has examined the Middle Pleistocene Montmaurin-La Niche mandible, which reveals the complexity of the origin of the Neanderthals.

Archaeologists Uncover Pottery With Parthenon Scene in Biblical Village
17th January 2018 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans

Ceramic decorated with birth of Athena copied from Parthenon frieze and other imported luxuries signal that the textile dyeing business was thriving in Bethsaida 2,300 years ago.

DNA solves the mystery of how these mummies were related
17th January 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans

The finding highlights the importance ancient Egyptians placed on maternal lines of descent, Drosou’s group contends.

Four Thousand Fish and Broken Glass connect Sydney’s Aboriginal past to its present
16th January 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

Setting these works on the same lands where actual events plays out connects the impact of colonisation on practices that existed for thousands of years to how they contribute to our being Aboriginal today.

In conquered Mexico, almost a million died of salmonella in just five years
15th January 2018 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

DNA analysis finds a terrible epidemic was caused not by plague, but by the bacteria behind food poisoning.

The stories behind Aboriginal star names now recognised by the world’s astronomical body
15th January 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

This represents a step forward by the world’s roughly 12,000 professional astronomers in recognising the importance of traditional language and Indigenous starlore.

New technology is changing the way Guatemala views its ancient past
15th January 2018 america.cgtn.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

New laser technology is helping expand scientific knowledge of ancient Mayan sites, and has enabled scientists to uncover an ancient city in the rainforest of Guatemala.

Swiss archaeologist discovers the earliest tomb of a Scythian prince
14th January 2018 | snf.ch | Ancient, Humans

All the evidence suggests that this is not only the largest Scythian princely tomb in South Siberia, but also the earliest – and that it may be harbouring some outstandingly well-preserved treasures.

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

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

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