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3,200 year old Stone Inscription Tells Tale of Trojan Prince Muskus and the Sea Kingdom of Mira
8th October 2017 | | Ancient

The 3,200 year old stone inscription is written in an ancient language called Luwian that just a few scholars can read and it describes the rise of a powerful kingdom called Mira. The massive stone slab bearing the inscription was 95 feet (29 meters) long.  The original inscription was destroyed in the 19th century.

New Excavations Confirm Spain’s El Pendo Cave as Continuous Neanderthal Settlement
8th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Just nine days of excavations in the Cave of El Pendo during September have been enough to confirm one of the main hypotheses of the researchers prior to entering the cave located in Escobedo last year, when the team presented its ambitious scientific project to explore the depths of cave.  In this ‘encyclopedia’ of human evolution, which is about 25 meters high and more than 80 meters deep in the chamber cavity – dimensions that at one time or another in history allowed a living area of around 600 square meters – scientists have found a key volume which reflects the leap that led to the transition from the Neanderthal species to the most sophisticated Homo sapiens.

Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala Mexico in 1529 Now Canonized by Vatican
8th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Three indigenous Tlaxcalteca youths, Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio, and Blessed Juan, will be canonized October 15, 2017, at the Vatican. They were 12 or 13 at the time of their deaths in 1529.  With the canonization, the story of the child martyrs becomes better known, and serves as an example for young people to follow nearly five centuries later.

The Case Against Civilization: Did Our Hunter-Gatherer Ancestors Have it Better?
8th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers. Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary dominance: the Neolithic Revolution.

The Mystery of the Mayan Red Queen
8th October 2017 | | Ancient

An unexpected discovery of a royal burial covered with red cinnabar inside a previously unknown substructure of Temple XIII in Palenque, Mexico, set off a decades-long archaeological mystery.

5 Pyramids of the Ancient World You May Not Have Heard About
8th October 2017 | | Ancient

The pyramid of Cestius in Rome, Italy… the pyramids of Tenerife, Canary Islands… the pyramid of Cholula, Mexico… the pyramid of Caral, Peru… and the White Pyramid of Xian, China.

Crossing the Alps in the Neolithic Age
8th October 2017 | Ancient, Humans

Did iceman Ötzi have Swiss relatives? New information has emerged this week about an archaeological discovery in Switzerland that points to significant links between areas north and south of the Alps 5,000 years ago.

Muchas Gracias: How Spain Brought Cannabis to the Americas and Influenced Hispanic Culture
8th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

To help bring awareness of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this article explores Spain’s role in bringing cannabis to the Americas and its indigenous people, how hemp made its way up to California, tracks cannabis’ spread into the United States, and how a famous Mexican folk song referencing marijuana came to be.

Observations of a Red Aurora Over 1770 Kyoto Japan Help Diagnose Extreme Magnetic Storm
8th October 2017 | Ancient, Space

Historical documents are becoming much more accessible for research as newly discovered records surface from private collections across the world. Researchers examined a detailed painting from a Japanese manuscript Seikai Understanding Comets with associated commentary describes a red aurora occurring over Kyoto on 17 September 1770. Also investigated were detailed descriptions of the event from a newly discovered diary of the Higashi-Hakura family of Kyoto.

Forgotten Medieval Village Discovered in Carmarthenshire Wales
8th October 2017 | Ancient

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a deserted medieval village in St Ishmael on the shore of Carmarthenshire, Wales, dating back to the 12th Century.

Healing the Parthenon: Inside the Massive Restoration Project
8th October 2017 | Ancient

Architects, archaeologists, engineers, conservators, draughtsmen, marble masons and workers – the staff of the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) – are the people now seen on every visit to the Acropolis, on scaffolding, directing cranes, running the organized work areas. On a daily basis, they deal with the structural and logistical problems of these ancient monuments, dismantling ailing parts that need healing, conserving architectural members, completing them where necessary with new Pentelic marble, and repositioning them.

Antarctic Underwater Ecosystem Hidden for 120,000 Years Revealed
7th October 2017 | | Ancient, Earth

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey may be the first to study around 2,250 square miles (5,800 sq km) of seabed exposed to open marine conditions for the first time in 120,000 years by the calving of the A-68 iceberg.

Ancient Asteroid Impact Exposes the Moon’s Interior
7th October 2017 | Ancient, Space

Around 4 billion years ago, an asteroid collided with the moon and created the largest and deepest impact on the moon: the South Pole-Aitken basin. The collision exposed lunar mantle in the basin and splashed up material onto the far side of the moon.

Europe’s Stone Age Fishers Used Beeswax to Make a Point
7th October 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

Late Stone Age people got a grip thanks to honeybees. Ancient Northern Europeans attached a barbed bone point to a handle of some kind with a beeswax adhesive around 13,000 years ago. The result: a fishing spear. Using beeswax glue to make tools was common in Africa as early as 40,000 years ago. But experts say this spear is the first evidence of its use in cold parts of Europe at a time toward the end of the Stone Age when the glaciers were receding.

One of Oldest Native American Birchbark Canoes Goes on Display in Maine
7th October 2017 | | Ancient

One of the oldest-known examples of a Native American birchbark canoe is now on display at a museum in Maine.  The canoe dates to the mid-1700s and is over 16 feet long. It’s an example of the type of canoe that was critically important to the history and culture of the indigenous Wabanaki for thousands of years, the first people of parts of northern New England and Atlantic Canada.

How to Feed an Invading Army Thousands of Miles From Home
7th October 2017 | Ancient, Animal Life

Conquering Romans relied on resources from near and far to sustain their forces at the legionary fortress Caerleon against the native tribes in Wales, according to new research by Cardiff University archaeologists.

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