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Things We Still Don’t Know: Did Neanderthals Make Art?
20th February 2018 blog.nationalgeographic.org | 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.

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

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

A.I. is ready to advise us on how to best protect Earth from deadly asteroids
17th February 2018 | digitaltrends.com | Space, Tech

A new algorithm called “Deflector Selector” is designed to weigh up different possible solutions to deal with the possibility of a deadly asteroid heading in Earth’s direction.

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

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

Discovery of Windsor Neolithic monument excites archaeologists
11th February 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A Neolithic monument has been discovered less than two miles from Windsor Castle. Dating from 5,500 years ago, it is one of the earliest known examples of monument-building in Britain.

Chinese Archeologists Find 9,000-Year-Old Wells in Central China
8th February 2018 | doonwire.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Chinese archeologists believed that that the first wells in China were built about 6,000 to 7,000 years ago in the late Neolithic, but the new finding “pushes the origins of China’s wells back over 2,000 years.”

Ancient kids’ toys have been hiding in the archaeological record
7th February 2018 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Youngsters have probably been playing their way into cultural competence for at least tens of thousands of years. So why are signs of children largely absent from the archaeological record?

Oldest known multipurpose tool was forged in fire
6th February 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The first known multipurpose tools were crafted 170,000 years ago by Neanderthals, who exploited fire during the manufacturing process.

Samoan canoe crew aims to preserve ancient navigation knowledge
5th February 2018 | radionz.co.nz | Ancient, Humans, Tech

A canoe, or va’atele, from Samoa has sailed to New Zealand for a three week festival to promote a part of their culture that is at risk of dying.

Exclusive: Laser Scans Reveal Maya “Megalopolis” Below Guatemalan Jungle
3rd February 2018 news.nationalgeographic.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

More than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.

Crocodile Mummy Genes Confirm an Ancient Egyptian Hypothesis
3rd February 2018 | inverse.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans, Tech
Did Ancient Greeks Sail to Canada?
3rd February 2018 | hakaimagazine.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Researchers think Plutarch’s De Facie tells the tale of Greek sailors making the treacherous transatlantic crossing. They dug into the science to show how it could have happened.

Reconstructing an ancient lethal weapon
3rd February 2018 phys.org | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Just as detectives might re-create the scene of a crime, University of Washington archaeologists have re-created the weapons used by hunter-gatherers in the post-Ice Age Arctic some 14,000 years ago.

10,000-Year-Old Crayon May Hold Clues to Stone Age Creativity
31st January 2018 | artsy.net | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Long before Crayola invented its signature crayons—some 10,000 years, in fact—Stone Age hunter-gatherers fashioned a very early prototype.

Indian Sacred Texts and the Logic of Computer Ethics
29th January 2018 | tuwien.ac.at | Ancient, Humans, Tech

Can we teach ethical behaviour to machines? Computer Scientists in Vienna are studying ancient Sanskrit texts and using the tools of mathematical logic to describe ethical rules.

10,000-year-old Middle Stone Age ‘crayon’ used to paint animal skin discovered in England
29th January 2018 | ibtimes.co.in | Ancient, Humans, Tech

The reddish-brown crayon was found in England at a site called Star Carr in Scarborough, Yorkshire, near what was once Lake Flixton.

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