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Australia’s indigenous languages have one source, study says
28th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The languages are all derived from a mother tongue, known as Proto-Australian, that was spoken about 10,000 years ago, according to a new study.

Confronted With Severe Climate Change, Ancient Britons Kept Calm and Carried On
28th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

New research suggests early hunter-gatherers living in the British Isles didn’t just manage to survive the harsh conditions at the end of the last Ice Age—they actually thrived.

Secrets of famous Neanderthal skeleton La Ferrassie 1 revealed
28th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

These findings confirm the original observations made over a century ago, that the La Ferrassie 1 individual was deliberately buried by other members of their social group.

Oldest Human DNA from Africa Reveals Clues About a Mysterious Ancient Culture
28th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

About two-thirds of the Iberomaurusian DNA matched closely with that of ancient Natufians, which suggests the Grotte des Pigeons people and the Natufians shared common ancestors from North Africa or the Middle East.

Iron Age People in Scotland Really Knew How to Party, Ancient Trash Heap Reveals
28th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Researchers made the discovery when they found the aftermath of the feast — a trash heap filled with about 11,000 fragments of animal bone. They also uncovered metalwork supplies from the same time period.

How ancient knowledge inspires African tech to flourish
27th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans
“Ubuntu” is an ancient African philosophy. It was coined from the Zulu phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” which translates to “a person is a person through other people.”
2,500-year-old mummy found in what was thought to be an empty Egyptian coffin at Sydney University
27th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

When archaeologists lifted the lid on an Egyptian coffin that had been stored at Sydney University for 150 years, they got an enormous surprise.

Warragamba dam wall plan ‘would flood 50 Aboriginal heritage sites’
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Green groups join traditional owners to oppose plan which they say would also wipe out pockets of threatened plants.

The Native American story in S.A. is 15,000 years old, and counting
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Archaeological sites, family genealogies, DNA tests and oral histories show the history “of Native Americans in San Antonio is a 15,000-year-old story.” Yet a “learned ignorance” made its way into policy, higher education and public perception.

Some Prehistoric Anatolians Learned to Farm 10,000 Years Ago, Others Thought It for the Birds
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Compelling archaeological evidence shows that the Neolithic people of Boncuklu developed farming by themselves, not from migrants, but their neighbors in Pinarbasi would have none of it.

The lost children of the Empire and the attempted Aboriginal genocide
26th March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse skirts around the fact that the abuse of Aboriginal children was part of a larger eugenic effort to eliminate their race entirely.

A 3,500 year-old stone carving has been found by accident at a Welsh university
26th March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Traces of hieroglyphs and iconography, including a cobra on the forehead, indicate it represents a female ruler of Egypt. The Egypt Centre records provide no information on where the carving came from.

Concrete Poured On World’s Oldest Temple, Göbekli Tepe
23rd March 2018 | Ancient, Humans

Upon criticisms of the work at Göbekli Tepe, the Culture and Tourism Ministry issued a statement saying “only construction equipment was used” at the site, denying that concrete or asphalt was used.

Funding For Database To Index Ancient Egyptian Texts
23rd March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

Demotic language texts originating between the 7th century BC and the 5th century AD are to be made available for research via open access publication.

A New Batch of Neanderthal Genome Provides Insights Into Their Complex History
22nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

The number of genetically sequenced Neanderthals has just doubled, offering a better picture of archaic human history, which eventually intersected with that of anatomically modern humans.

Skilled female potters travelled around the Baltic nearly 5000 years ago
22nd March 2018 | | Ancient, Humans

A study posits that skilled female artisans arrived in Sweden from Estonia and Finland, as both the geochemical origin and cultural links of the imported pottery indicates a connection to the region.

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