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Salt: Mover and shaker in ancient Maya society
9th October 2018 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient, Humans

Analyses of stone tools reveal that the Maya were making salt in large quantities, salting fish and meat to meet dietary needs and producing a commodity that could be stored and traded.

3,500-Year-Old Pottery Reveals History’s Earliest Sniff of a Pumpkin Spice
8th October 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Humans

This 3,500-year-old residue is the oldest-ever evidence that people ate this spice long before Starbucks forced it into cooperation with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Oldest Hominid Bones Found In Poland Belonged To Neanderthal Child Whose Fingers Were Chewed By Giant Bird
8th October 2018 | inquisitr.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

The discovery of the 115,000 year old Neanderthal was made at the Jaskinia Ciemna cave in southern Poland.

How We Know Ancient Humans Believed In the Afterlife
8th October 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Elaborate burials strongly suggest ancient cultures conceived of an afterlife and spiritual forces – it’s something that we see today in nearly every culture on Earth.

Imaging tool unravels secrets of child’s sock from ancient Egypt
8th October 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Non-invasive technique devised by British Museum sheds light on dyeing and weaving process.

The Problem with Ice Age Overkill
8th October 2018 blogs.scientificamerican.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The question of what happened to our Ice Age megafauna does not fall under the purview of a single discipline. It’s a mystery at the intersection of various sciences.

Humans Having Sex With Neanderthals Gave Us Protection Against Ancient Viral Epidemics
8th October 2018 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Stanford University researchers have identified DNA sequences that evolved in our ancient cousins can produce antivirus proteins, which more than likely gave some human populations the edge they needed to survive.

Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution
8th October 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family tree.

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by analysis of proteins in pottery from Çatalhöyük
4th October 2018 | sciencedaily.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using this new approach, a team of researchers has determined that vessels from this early farming site in central Anatolia, in what is now Turkey, contained cereals, legumes, dairy products and meat.

Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolution
4th October 2018 | smithsonianmag.com | Ancient, Humans

The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family tree

The Game-Changing Technique Behind an Amazing New Archaeological Discovery
4th October 2018 | theatlantic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Using a drill, scientists extract a tiny chip from each bone, treat it with chemicals that pull out collagen, use an enzyme that cuts the collagen into pieces, and weigh those pieces with a mass spectrometer.

Stone Engravings of Famous Warrior Pharaoh Found in Ancient Egyptian Temple
4th October 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

Stone engravings found in a temple in southern Egypt may reveal new information about Seti I, who launched a series of military campaigns in North Africa and the Middle East after he became pharaoh in about 1289 or 1288 B.C.

Possible Evidence of World’s Oldest Fishing Nets Unearthed in Korea
3rd October 2018 | hakaimagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

Stone sinkers dated to 29,000 years ago are evidence of ancient fishing technology—but some archaeologists have doubts.

Xinhua Headlines: Mysterious female pottery face sends 7,300 year-old smile
3rd October 2018 | xinhuanet.com | Ancient, Humans

A mysterious piece of pottery shaped as a female head sends a smile from 7,300 years ago, as its host museum in east China’s Anhui Province starts a global naming bid for the ancient relic.

An ancient virus may promote addiction in modern people
3rd October 2018 | economist.com | Ancient, Humans

Precisely what the retrovirus now known as HERV-K HML-2 (HK2) did 30m years ago, when it first infected some primates whose descendants would eventually come to be called human beings, remains a mystery.

Scientists Can Now Peek Inside Mummies in a Whole New Way
2nd October 2018 gizmodo.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A revved-up version of traditional CT scanning shows it’s possible to acquire microscopic-scale images of ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing previously unseen features such as blood vessels and nerves.

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