Ancient news stories

Ancient populations from different Caucasus regions had strong social connections
30th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

More than 70 thousand years ago, Neanderthals transferred obsidian to distances up to 250 kilometers and used it to manufacture tools.

Derby man’s car boot toothbrush holder is ancient pot
30th November 2018 | | Ancient, Weird

A pot bought for £4 at a car boot sale and used as a toothbrush holder has turned out to be 4,000 years old.

First ancient DNA from mainland Finland reveals origins of Siberian ancestry in region
30th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

New study shows that the genetic makeup of northern Europe traces back to migrations from Siberia that began at least 3,500 years ago.

DNA of The Mysterious ‘Siberian Unicorn’ Has Been Analysed For The First Time
27th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life

The ancient rhinoceros didn’t die off 200,000 years ago, before the last Ice Age, as previously thought. The strange animals actually only disappeared as recently as 36,000 years ago.

Ancient Egyptian tomb unveiled
27th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Two sarcophagi, each containing a mummy, were found. All are in perfect condition. The archaeological dig also discovered around 1,000 funerary statues at the site.

It’s No Ancient Secret, a High-Tech Headband Can Help Train Your Brain to Meditate
27th November 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Brainwaves of highly experienced meditation practitioners are different than those of non-meditators.

Huge crater discovered in Greenland – here’s how the impact may have wiped out the mammoths
26th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans, Space, Tech

If it is really true that the Greenland crater was created 12,000 years ago or more, it could explain a mysterious feature called the Younger Dryas event.

Meet Denny, the ancient mixed-heritage mystery girl
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A new project backed by the European Research Council aims to transform our knowledge of the Denisovans and their relations with both Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals.

Denisovans: complex stone tool find in China points to lost human race
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They weren’t made by Neanderthals. Nor Homo Sapiens. Complex stone tools found in China may have been the handiwork of a mysterious, almost-human tribe.

A Thanksgiving bonfire at dawn: celebrating Native American resistance on Alcatraz
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

While most people are still asleep, thousands gather each year to remember the occupation that helped inspire the modern Native American protest movement.

Ancient Egypt Discovered Variable Stars A Thousand Years Before European Astronomers
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

Ancient Egyptian astronomers may have discovered variable stars, and calculated the period of a well-known one called Algol, thousands of years before Europeans.

Early human ancestors not to blame for extinctions of giant African mammals
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The team’s research, published in Science, shows that early hominin species played little to no role in driving mammal extinctions in ancient African ecosystems.

It looks like an anchovy fillet but this ancient creature helps us understand how DNA works
26th November 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

Because amphioxus “sits in the middle” between invertebrates and vertebrates, it can tell us about some of the steps and developments that took place as animals became more complex over millions of years of evolution.

One of the world’s largest tombs is a keyhole-shaped forest
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Japan’s Daisen Kofun is an ancient burial mound shrouded in mystery, massive in scale, and surprisingly little-known to the rest of the world. Reportedly, no one has crossed the inner-moat and visited the island since 1872.

Aboriginal Australia’s ‘mind-blowing’ struggle for a first treaty
26th November 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to make a treaty with its indigenous peoples. Why has it proven so difficult? Kathy Marks looks at the vast challenges in Victoria alone – a state that is working towards a national first.

Vanilla’s First-Known Use Came 2,500 Years Earlier and Half a World From Where We Thought
22nd November 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Residue found in a jug in Israel shows vanilla was likely produced and traded from South Asia, millennia before it was cultivated in Mexico.

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