Ancient news stories

From cats to cows to crocodiles, ancient Egyptians worshipped many animal gods
14th March 2021 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Sobek, crocodile-headed god of the Nile; Sekhmet, leonine goddess of war; Anubis, jackal god of the underworld; and Hathor, mother goddess with a cow’s horns: The ancient Egyptian pantheon of gods was filled with divine animals.

Suspicions on True Origin of World’s Oldest ‘Impact Crater’ Have Now Been Confirmed
14th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Earth and giant meteorites go way back, but new research confirms that what had been proposed as the oldest impact crater on the planet – the 100-kilometer (62-mile) wide Maniitsoq structure – isn’t actually an impact crater at all.

Bronze age burial site in Spain suggests women were among rulers
12th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

A burial site found in Spain – described by archaeologists as one of the most lavish bronze age graves discovered to date in Europe – has sparked speculation that women may have been among the rulers of a highly stratified society….

Scythian people weren’t just nomadic warriors, but sometimes settled down
12th March 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Scythian people of ancient Ukraine led more complex lives than commonly assumed, according to a study published March 10, 2021.

Rare meteorite chunk traced by scientists to Gloucestershire driveway
10th March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Space

A lump of a rare meteorite that lit up the night sky over the UK and northern Europe last week has been recovered from a driveway in Gloucestershire.

Neanderthals disappeared from Europe thousands of years earlier than we thought
10th March 2021 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Humans

Neanderthal remains believed to belong to some of the last survivors of the species in Europe are thousands of years older than once thought, according to a new study.

This little-known Native American society was once as powerful as the Aztecs and Incas
10th March 2021 | nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans

The Spiros were once “the single most powerful group ever to exist” in North America. This groundbreaking new exhibit in Oklahoma shares their story.

Research shows we’re surprisingly similar to Earth’s first animals
10th March 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The earliest multicellular organisms may have lacked heads, legs, or arms, but pieces of them remain inside of us today, new research shows.

World’s oldest ‘pet cemetery’ discovered in ancient Egypt
9th March 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the oldest pet cemetery on record — a nearly 2,000-year-old burial ground filled with well-loved animals, including the remains of cats and monkeys still wearing collars stringed with shell, glass and stone beads, a new study finds.

The human footprints of Ojo Guareña
9th March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The CENIEH has participated in the study of the prints of bare feet found at the Sala y Galerías de las Huellas site in the Ojo Guareña Karst Complex (Burgos), which are the marks left in a soft floor sediment of an exploration by a small group of people between 4600 and 4200 years ago.

Hazelnut find sheds light on Threave estate’s history
9th March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

A tiny burnt hazelnut shell found on the Threave Estate near Castle Douglas has been radiocarbon dated back to the Mesolithic period.

Primate ancestor of all humans likely roamed with the dinosaurs
7th March 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Scientists have identified the earliest primate fossils: tiny ancient teeth from a rat-size creature that suggest our ancient ancestors once lived alongside the dinosaurs.

Shift in scientific consensus about demise of Neanderthals
4th March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

It is still unclear how the Neanderthals died out. For long, one theory seemed most likely: the emergence of the highly intelligent Homo sapiens, or modern humans. This competition hypothesis is no longer the dominant theory among scientists, research among archaeologists and anthropologists has shown.

Journey of a skull: How a single human cranium wound up alone in a cave in Italy
4th March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

A lone cranium in an Italian cave wound up there after being washed away from its original burial site, according to a study published March 3, 2021…

Scientists Detect Signs of a Hidden Structure Inside Earth’s Core
4th March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

While most of us take the ground beneath our feet for granted, written within its complex layers, like pages of a book, is Earth’s history. Our history.

Rio Tinto chairman quits over Aboriginal site damage in Australia
4th March 2021 | aljazeera.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

Anglo-Australian mining giant triggered an outcry last year when it blew up the 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge.

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