Ancient news stories

What the ancient DNA discovery tells us about Native American ancestry
4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A new genome from a Pleistocene burial in Alaska allegedly confirms the longstanding Beringian Standstill model for the initial peopling of the Americas.

Ancient Mauryan technology brings water, hope to dry Magadh in Bihar
4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Ancient Mauryan engineering has brought water back to Magadh, the grain bowl of Bihar that had turned almost entirely arid because of abortive modern irrigation policies.

How Indigenous knowledge advances modern science and technology
4th January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Although the value of integrating Indigenous science with Western science has been recognized, we have only begun to scratch the surface of its benefits.

Glassy debris points to relatively recent asteroid impact in southeast Asia
4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Space

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface. Yet its impact crater remains undiscovered.

Did ancient irrigation technology travel Silk Road?
4th January 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

1,600-year-old system allowed farming in arid northwestern China, one of world’s driest climates.

4th January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers have speculated that this region was one of the earliest to cultivate wheat, and that it might have been the point of origin from which the grain spread, via trade, out into other populations.

Study may shed new light on dispersal of early modern humans
3rd January 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The occupation of the Levant by early modern humans during the Pleistocene was not as simple and straight-forward as the traditionally accepted paradigm has depicted.

Roman Temple of Mithras May Align with Sun on ‘Jesus’ Birthday’
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

An 1,800-year-old temple in northern England that is dedicated to the god Mithras was built to align with the rising sun on Dec. 25, a physics professor has found.

Tools near Mumbai beach trace human settlements to Middle Stone Age
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

It is exciting to find traces from the Mesolithic era in Mumbai as people usually determine the city’s existence from the time the Portuguese landed.

The people of the whale
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The Inupiat are an indigenous community from North Slope Alaska, whose lifestyle and culture is dependent on subsistence harvest of marine mammals. The Inupiat have a rich spiritual life that centres around the gift of the whale to the community.

Explainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia
3rd January 2018 | Ancient, Earth, Humans

There is no beginning or end, and as such, there is no “New Year”. Instead, both seasons and humans are viewed as components of cycles.

Photographer turns focus to Cherokee Nation
3rd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

“Everyone was just so warm and friendly,” Downey said of Tahlequah residents. “It was really heartwarming, I’ve got to say; beautiful people down there.”

A science news preview of 2018
2nd January 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there’s much to look forward to in 2018.

Scan technique reveals secret writing in mummy cases
2nd January 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers have developed a scanning technique that leaves the cases intact but allows historians to read what is on the papyrus.

Lost Roman roads could be found as Environment Agency laser scans whole of England from air
31st December 2017 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

All the data gathered will be made available for free for the public and industry including archaeologists, urban planners and even game developers.

130 million-year-old nest of perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs discovered in China
31st December 2017 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The eggs were found by workers who were excavating the ground for the construction of a school in Jiangxi province.

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