Ancient news stories

Archaeologists Find Oldest Human Remains Out of Africa, From Nearly 200,000 Years Ago
28th January 2018 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans

The discovery of a prehistoric human jawbone in a cave near Haifa pushes back the clock on the evolution of Homo sapiens and our ancestors’ first exodus out of Africa.

We’re One Step Closer to Non-Invasively Reading Ancient Papyri Hidden in Mummy Masks
28th January 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers at the University College of London are working to find a way to read the ancient scraps without destroying the artefacts in the process.

Ancient Human Genomes Reveal Complicated Split into Europeans and Asians
28th January 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

There were at least two periods of time where Neanderthals and humans interbred: one event 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, and another more than 37,000 years ago.

Researchers find first evidence of sub-Saharan Africa glassmaking
25th January 2018 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Scholars have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in Sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans, thus representing a new chapter in the history of glass technology.

The Evolution of Round Brains Ushered in the ‘Human Revolution’
25th January 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

New research suggests early Homo sapiens brains entered the range of modern human brain size as early as 300,000 years ago, but its globular, round features emerged only 40,000 years ago.

Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world’s great untapped gold deposits
25th January 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

Much more treasure might be buried under the surface of this east African country than was previously thought.

Channel 4 will reveal the face of ‘Cheddar Man’ – world’s oldest Brit – in new special
25th January 2018 | digitalspy.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A documentary will unveil a prototype of the face of the first British man by analysing the DNA of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, in the UK’s most ambitious and cutting-edge Ancient DNA project to date.

Frozen in time: Glacial archaeology on the roof of Norway
24th January 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

What could have caused the chronological patterning of artifacts – human activity and/or past climate change? These questions are the focus of a new study published today.

University of Haifa Researchers Decipher One of the Last Two Remaining Unpublished Qumran Scrolls
24th January 2018 | haifa.ac.il | Ancient, Humans

The reward is fresh insight into the unique 364-day calendar used by members of the Judean Desert sect, including the discovery of the name given by the sect to the special days marking the transitions between the four seasons.

‘First Face of America’ explores how humans reached the New World
23rd January 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

“First Face of America” provides a closeup look at two dangerous underwater expeditions that resulted in the discovery and salvaging of bones from one of the earliest known New World residents, dubbed Naia.

Bizarrely, A Tiny Town In Australia Is Actually Sitting On A Part Of Ancient North America
23rd January 2018 | iflscience.com | Ancient, Earth

This means that part of Australia was attached to and was part of North America, around 1.7 billion years ago.

Scientists say humans could have left Africa up to 70,000 years earlier than had been thought
23rd January 2018 inews.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Scientists at Aberystwyth University have published a 150,000-year climatic record from Ethiopia, which shows conditions would have allowed early modern humans to move from Africa to Asia.

Norwegian houses reused for over 1000 years during Stone Age
22nd January 2018 | stonepages.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

We’ve always heard that Stone Age people lived in caves. It turns out that they often lived in earthen huts, which they reused for centuries and kept up rather than building new ones.

Zahi Hawas heads archaeological mission for tomb of Tutankhamun’s family
22nd January 2018 dailynewsegypt.com | Ancient, Humans

The Ministry of Antiquities announced the start of excavation work in the Valley of the Monkeys on the West bank of the Nile in Luxor, to uncover a tomb dating back to the 18th Dynasty.

The American Indian museum comes of age by tackling this country’s lies
20th January 2018 | washingtonpost.com | Ancient, Humans

Its curators have found a voice, and one every museum should emulate: They are going to address difficult questions with nuance and courage.

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.

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