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October 27, 2020

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Ancient Maya Built Sophisticated Water Filters

Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to new research. A multidisciplinary team of ...

Modern Humans Took Detours on Their Way to Europe

Favourable climatic conditions influenced the sequence of settlement movements of Homo sapiens in the Levant on their way from Africa to Europe. In a first step, modern humans settled along the coast ...

Central Asian Horse Riders Played Ball Games 3,000 Years Ago

Researchers have investigated ancient leather balls discovered in the graves of horse riders in northwest China. According to the international research team, they are around 3,000 years old, making ...

Anglo-Saxon Warlord Found by Detectorists Could Redraw Map of Post-Roman Britain

A discovery by a metal detectorist on club outing proved to be a significant burial with the remains of an imposing warlord, along with ...
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Life in a Nutshell: New Species Found in the Carapace of Late Cretaceous Marine Turtle

Scientists have identified a new ichnospecies from the shell of an extinct marine turtle fossil, the first known species coexisting on living marine ...

Animal Mummies Unwrapped With Hi-Res 3D X-Rays

Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers, using high-resolution 3D scans that give unprecedented detail about the animals' lives -- ...

Remains of 17th Century Bishop Support Neolithic Emergence of Tuberculosis

Researchers present analysis of the highest quality ancient Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome to date, suggesting the pathogen is much younger than previously ...

The Oldest Known Cremation in the Near East Dates to 7000 BC

Ancient people in the Near East had begun the practice of intentionally cremating their dead by the beginning of the 7th millennium BC, according to a new ...

DNA from an Ancient, Unidentified Ancestor Was Passed Down to Humans Living Today

A new analysis of ancient genomes suggests that different branches of the human family tree interbred multiple times, and that some humans carry DNA from an archaic, unknown ...

Accelerated Bone Deterioration in Last 70 Years at Famous Mesolithic Peat Bog in Peril

Alarming results from a 2019 survey of well-known archaeological site Ageröd reveal drastic bone and organic matter deterioration since the site's initial excavations in the 1940s, suggesting ...

Foxes Have Been Eating Humans' Leftovers for 42,000 Years

The diets of ancient foxes were influenced by humans, and these small carnivores might be tracers of human activity over ...

Breakthrough in Studying Ancient DNA from Doggerland That Separates the UK from Europe

Scientists have studied sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) from sediment deposits in the southern North Sea, an area which has not previously been linked to a tsunami that occurred 8150 years ...

Hyksos, 15th Dynasty Rulers of Ancient Egypt, Were an Internal Takeover

The Hyksos, who ruled during the 15th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, were not foreign invaders, but a group who rose to power from within, according to a new ...

New Method Solves Old Mystery: Hafnium Isotopes Clinch Origin of High-Quality Roman Glass

Archaeological glass contains information about the movement of goods and ancient economies, yet the understanding of critical aspects of the ancient glass industry is fragmentary. Until now, it has ...

First Confirmed Underwater Aboriginal Archaeological Sites Found Off Australian Coast

Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a ...

New Zealand's Ancient Monster Penguins Had Northern Hemisphere Doppelgangers

New Zealand's monster penguins that lived 62 million years ago had doppelgangers in Japan, the USA and Canada, a new study has ...

Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution

Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in ...

Non-Tobacco Plant Identified in Ancient Pipe for First Time

People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago. The discovery marks the first-time scientists have identified ...

Massive Prehistoric Circle Near Stonehenge

Archaeologists have discovered a major new prehistoric monument only a short distance away from Stonehenge. Fieldwork and analysis have revealed evidence for 20 or more massive, prehistoric shafts, ...

Eruption of Alaska's Okmok Volcano Linked to Period of Extreme Cold in Ancient Rome

Scientists and historians have found evidence connecting an unexplained period of extreme cold in ancient Rome with an unlikely source: a massive eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano, located on ...

Ancient Societies Hold Lessons for Modern Cities

Today's modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more ...

Ancient Genomes Uncover Irish Passage Tomb Dynastic Elite

Archaeologists and geneticists have shed new light on the earliest periods of Ireland's human history. Among their incredible findings is the discovery that the genome of an adult male buried in ...

Origins of the Beloved Guinea Pig

New research sheds light on guinea pig domestication and how and why the small, furry animals became distributed around the ...

Tropical Disease in Medieval Europe Revises the History of a Pathogen Related to Syphilis

Plague was commonplace in medieval times, so finding its victims in a 15th century Lithuanian graveyard was no surprise. However, discovering one woman with a second disease, yaws -- a close relative ...

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