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Secret to Great Pyramid’s Near-Perfect Alignment Possibly Found
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

An archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox.

Supercritical fluids bring the past to life: Extracting lipids from archeological ceramic pottery
21st February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Identifying the specific lipids in residues can help indicate what the pots held, what they were used for and what kind of food ancient populations ate.

The Psychedelic Tale of Terence McKenna’s Forgotten Music About DMT
20th February 2018 | Humans, Tech

In collaboration with the synth explorers Zuvuya, the “Timothy Leary of the 90s” made two albums nearly as hallucinatory as the psychedelic substance that drove his work.

Laser scanning reveals ‘lost’ ancient Mexican city ‘had as many buildings as Manhattan’
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

If you do the maths, all of a sudden you are talking about 40,000 building foundations, which is about the same number of building foundations that are on the island of Manhattan.

Study identifies traces of indigenous ‘Taino’ in present-day Caribbean populations
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The new research finally provides concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the region has survived to the present day.

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak
20th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans, Tech

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.

Ancient Tomb Containing ‘Splendid Armour’ Found In Japan
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Workers paving a farm road here stumbled on a 1,500-year-old underground tomb containing a large stone coffin, human remains and armour in remarkable condition.

Things We Still Don’t Know: Did Neanderthals Make Art?
20th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

This August, Neanderthal experts from around the world will gather in Torino, Italy for the first ever NeanderART conference to review the evidence for and against Neanderthals as artists.

Beneath Biblical Prophet’s Tomb, An Archaeological Surprise
19th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Beneath the Tomb of Jonah in the ancient Iraq city of Nineveh, archaeologists have uncovered 2,700-year-old inscriptions that describe the rule of an Assyrian king named Esarhaddon.

Mystery behind the origin of 3,000-year-old ‘alien’ Paracas skulls revealed by DNA testing
19th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The Paracas elongated skull people were not 100 percent Native American. They were a mix or even you could say, in some ways, a hybrid of different people.

Five surprising things DNA has revealed about our ancestors
19th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Rapid advances in genetic sequencing over the past few decades have opened up a whole new window into the past.

A new theory claims Homo sapiens beat out Neanderthals because of art
17th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans, Tech

There was a time when our ancestors’ survival was inextricably linked with their ability to create images.

Ancient 34,000-year-old lavish burial shows special care for disabled children
17th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The findings show that even in the Mid Upper Paleolithic, which were very wild times to be alive, you didn’t have to be a healthy, adult male to get an extravagant burial.

Oldest Dutch work of art found at the bottom of the North Sea
17th February 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The oldest Dutch work of art is a 13,500 year-old carved bison bone dredged up from the bottom of the North Sea, archaeologists write in an article published in Antiquity magazine earlier this week.

Clay tablets from the cradle of civilisation provide new insight to the history of medicine
13th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A student has analysed clay tablets in which a man called Kisir-Ashur documents his education to become a doctor, and how he combined magical rituals with medical treatments.

What ancient footprints can tell us about what it was like to be a child in prehistoric times
13th February 2018 | Ancient, Humans

A new paper outlines the discovery of children’s footprints in Ethiopia, which show how children spent their time 700,000 years ago.

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