Ancient news stories

Ice age discovery may reveal early migration route of first Americans
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Islands along the coastline were seemingly ice-free 17,700 years ago, so an early route along the coastline of Canada might have been viable well before an alternative, inland route.

Alaska declares emergency for Native American languages
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Governor Bill Walker aims to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous tongues in the state before they die out.

Humans braved Australia’s hostile desert interior thousands of years earlier than thought
28th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Humans trekked into Australia’s vast, harsh Western Desert almost 50,000 years ago—10,000 years earlier than thought and just a few thousand years after people first arrived on the continent, a new study suggests.

Archaeologists discover ‘massive’ ancient building in Egypt
28th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the building is likely part of the residential block of the area, which was the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease
28th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Comparison with modern strains offers glimpses of the pathogen’s evolutionary history.

Ancient Egyptian ‘Magic Spell’ Deciphered
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love.

26th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

There is something comforting and joyous about prehistoric figurines depicting women, particularly the small, curvy ones, so welcoming in the abundance of their forms.

Addiction genes inserted into humans’ ‘dark DNA’ by ancient viruses, study finds
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human genome ‘littered’ with viral DNA but problem drug users three times more likely to carry genetic fragments in regions which control reward centres and addictive behaviour.

A Magnificent Roman Cemetery That Dates Back 2,000 Years Has Been Discovered In Lincolnshire, England
26th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Sixty graves, ancient pottery and a villa have been excavated at this ancient Roman cemetery in Lincolnshire.

24th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Native Americans are wary of disclosing traditional knowledge, because doing so risks opening a door to exploitation that can undermine tribal values, harm their resources, or fail to provide benefits in return.

The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis – in pictures
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

One of the earliest complete versions of Curtis’s early 20th-century work will be offered for auction in its original binding in New York on 18 October, with an estimate of $1m-$1.5m.

Aboriginal people lived in Australia’s desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought
24th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A significant find shows that these early desert peoples were technological innovators; this tool is at least 15,000 years older than other known Australian examples.

Monotheism Is Seen as Judaism’s Gift to the World. But Has It Really Brought Peace and Harmony?
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Monotheism is widely considered more moral and rational than polytheism. But a controversy in Germany is raising the question whether the belief in one God actually leads to fanaticism and violence.

Neanderthal Brains: Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
24th September 2018 | Ancient, Humans

We can confidently say fossil Neanderthals and modern humans from the same time period had similar brain sizes.

Where to find remains of ancient cultures in the Midwest
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park may be America’s best-known place to visit ancient ruins, but sites of ancient villages can be found throughout the Midwest, often near the continent’s great waterways and trade routes. Here are some worth exploring.

Denisovan hybrid cave yields four more hominin bones
24th September 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech
The ancient human remains were found using a method that can scan thousands of bones relatively quickly. “Anything’s possible,” says Higham, who is a scientific advisor on the FINDER project. “Nothing surprises me in this field anymore.”

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