Ancient news stories

Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed
10th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

“Some people think that the Carambolo Treasure comes from the East, from the Phoenicians,” says Ana Navarro, the director of the Archaeological Museum of Seville and one of the authors of a recent studyof the treasure published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. “With this work, we know that the gold was taken from mines in Spain.”

Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
10th April 2018 | Ancient, Animal Life

A new elephant has been added to the mix: the palaeoloxodan antiquus, which roamed Europe and western Asia about 400,000 years ago, has been extinct for 120,000 years.

David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’
8th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

In recent years, genome sequencing has changed everything we thought about our origins and how we relate to early human species.

‘Lost city’ discovery: Kansas site sheds new light on Native American history
7th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Archaeologists have found incredible evidence of a huge Wichita Indian town in Kansas that was once home to 20,000 people.

Newly Discovered Nazca Lines Predate the Nazca Culture
7th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

“This means that it is a tradition of over a thousand years that precedes the famous geoglyphs of the Nasca culture, which opens the door to new hypotheses about its function and meaning.”

Rights of the dead and the living clash when scientists extract DNA from human remains
7th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

“As an archaeologist, I share the excitement around how technology and techniques to study DNA are leaping ahead. But the “bone rush” to make new genetic discoveries has set off an ethical crisis.”

Six Female Explorers Who Took Adventure Into Their Own Hands
7th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

These strong, clever women sailed their way around the world, sometimes dressing as men, often continuing their journeys and work even as the men they were traveling with became ill and died.

Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert
6th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Armed with satellites and drones, archaeologists discover new Nasca lines and dozens of other enigmatic geoglyphs carved into the earth.

Neanderthals cared for each other and survived into old age
6th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Neanderthals lived to be fairly old and even had some of the signs of age related illnesses; an adult male Neanderthal survived bone fractures, and when he died, he was buried by members of his group.

Greco-Roman Temple Unearthed in Egypt
6th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A sculpture of a man’s head and two limestone lion statues were among the artifacts uncovered at the archaeological site.

Discovery of 115,000-year-old bone tools in China
5th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An analysis of 115,000-year-old bone tools discovered in China suggests that the toolmaking techniques mastered by prehistoric humans there were more sophisticated than previously thought.

Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex
5th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Although the Beaker Complex spread between Iberia and central Europe through the movement of ideas, in Britain its expansion occurred through the movement of people, and in some numbers.

Chief shares wisdom of Sioux
5th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

People joined because of their appreciation for the Native American sentiment of peace and care for the environment during a time when both are desperately needed in the world.

Space Metal Has Captivated Humanity For Ages
5th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Space, Tech

The meteoric treasures number in the dozens, enough to indicate that the meteorite was more than a curiosity to the Hopewell — the wondrous metal was clearly meaningful.

Women ran things in ancient Peru, a new study argues
4th April 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Women in ancient Peru, far from being marginalized and invisible, were political and economic decision-makers, according to a new study that challenges many traditional takes on the country’s history.

Computer simulations show Viking’s sunstone to be very accurate
4th April 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers ran simulations multiple times over the course of the spring equinox and the summer solstice for different types of crystals and with differing intervals between sunstone tests.

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