Ancient news stories

Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts?
1st August 2017 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient

100,000 years ago, giant sloths, wombats and cave hyenas roamed the world. What drove them all extinct?

Turn the clock back 1.8 million years, and the world was full of fantastic beasts: In North America, lions, dire wolves and giant sloths prowled the land

Geologists offer new clues to cause of world’s greatest extinction
1st August 2017 phys.org | Ancient

A study by a researcher in the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences offers new clues to what may have triggered the world’s most catastrophic extinction, nearly 252 million years ago.

The Etruscans Were Expert Beekeepers, Ancient Honeycombs Suggest
1st August 2017 | livescience.com | Ancient

The charred remains of 2,500-year-old honeycombs, as well as other beekeeping artifacts, have been discovered in an Etruscan workshop in northern Italy.

The findings included the remains of a unique grapevine honey produced by traveling beekeepers along rivers, according to a new study.

2,000-Year-Old Toddler Skeleton with Elongated Skull Unearthed in Crimea
1st August 2017 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

The remains of a 1.5-year-old boy with a pronounced elongation of the skull have been found by archaeologists at a 2,000-year-old burial site in Crimea. Russian archaeologists say that the skull deformation indicates that this boy was marked out to be a warrior.

The oldest mass stranding ever found: Archaeologists find 540 million year old jellyfish fossils in Death Valley
31st July 2017 | dailymail.co.uk | Ancient

In Death Valley, one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes, researchers have discovered jellyfish fossils from the oldest known mass animal stranding.

The findings suggest that jellyfish behaved in a similar way then compared to now, but that the environmental conditions at the time were very different.

Traces of adaptation and cultural diversification found among early North American stone tools
30th July 2017 popular-archaeology.com | Ancient

Using new methods to analyze stone projectile points crafted by North America’s earliest human inhabitants, Smithsonian scientists have found that these tools show evidence of a shift toward more experimentation in their production beginning about 12,500 years ago, following hundreds of years of consistent stone-tool production created using uniform techniques.

The Maya Controversy: Startling New Evidence for an Antediluvian People who Influenced the World
30th July 2017 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

The oral traditions of Native Americans are historical content that most academics refuse to reference, even in the face of startlingly accurate perceptions of early earth conditions and human occupation. This is most apparent from an anthropological perspective when we seek to understand the great antiquity of the Maya, one of the most misunderstood and thought-provoking cultures from Central America.

Can the Bible, Bones and Bronze Age Jugs Finally Pinpoint the Tabernacle that Housed the Ark of the Covenant?
30th July 2017 | ancient-origins.net | Ancient

Separate archaeological teams working at the vast ancient site of Shiloh city on the West Bank are confident they have made finds consistent with the area being the location of an ancient tabernacle described in the Bible as being a long-term holding place for the Ark of the Covenant.

Study disproves the Bible’s suggestion that the ancient Canaanites were wiped out
30th July 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Ancient

The ancient Canaanites were not wiped out, as the Bible suggests, but went on to become modern-day Lebanese, a study has found.

Living between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, the holy text suggests things did not end well for the people living in the Middle East.


Alt: Ancient DNA offers clues to the Canaanites’ fate

Ancient Devon community had a taste for exotic food and drink
30th July 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

Devon farmers who made their home in the same remote location for 1,200 years had a taste for exotic imported food and drink, archaeologists have found.

There was a thriving settlement in Ipplepen, South Devon, for hundreds of years longer than previously thought, excavations have shown.

New Excavation Will Examine Germany’s Legendary “Founding Battle”
30th July 2017 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient

In the year A.D. 9, a combined force of deeply independent Germanic tribes led by the Roman-trained chieftain Arminius ambushed and destroyed three legions of elite Roman soldiers over the course of three days.

DNA of long-dead cows read from pages of Medieval books
30th July 2017 | newscientist.com | Ancient

You could call it reading behind the lines. When medieval scribes sat down to preserve the literature and records of their day, they often wrote on parchment – a paper-like material made from animal skins. What they didn’t know was that the parchment holds DNA that can provide information about medieval life – and might even hold clues on how to preserve the ancient documents more effectively.

The goldsmith’s tomb
29th July 2017 phys.org | Ancient

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich Egyptologist Julia Budka is studying the impact of intercultural contacts in Ancient Egypt. Her excavations in Sudan have uncovered a tomb dating to around 1450 BC on the island of Sai in the Nile.

Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box
29th July 2017 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

A Bronze Age wooden container found in an ice patch at 2,650m in the Swiss Alps could help archaeologists shed new light on the spread and exploitation of cereal grains following a chance discovery.

Mysterious mega-swan once waddled through New Zealand
29th July 2017 | newscientist.com | Ancient

The existence of a prehistoric New Zealand swan has long been contentious. Legends from the Moriori people tell of the Poūwa – a large swan-like creature. But some palaeontologists have suggested this may refer to the Australian black swan (Cygnus atratus), which occasionally flies across the Tasman Sea.

300 million-year-old ‘modern’ beetle from Australia reconstructed
29th July 2017 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient

He’s Australian, around half a centimeter long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old — and he’s currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discovery of a beetle from the late Permian period is throwing a completely new light on the earliest developments in this group of insects.

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