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Researchers shed new light on the origins of modern humans
The work, published in Scientific Reports, confirms a dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa migration (2019-03-20)
Complex societies gave birth to big gods, not the other way around
Big data analyses by an international research team, including a member of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social complexity. (2019-03-20)
Sea otters' tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence
An international team of researchers has analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as 'anvils' to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens. (2019-03-14)
WSU researcher discovers oldest tattoo tool in western North America
Washington State University archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. (2019-02-28)
The Caucasus: Complex interplay of genes and cultures
In the Bronze Age, the Caucasus Mountains region was a cultural and genetic contact zone. (2019-02-04)
Ancient fortress reveals how prehistoric civilizations of Central Asia lived
Scientists from Russia and Uzbekistan found a unified fortification system that on the northern border of ancient Bactria. (2019-02-01)
11,500-year-old animal bones in Jordan suggest early dogs helped humans hunt
11,500 years ago in what is now northeast Jordan, people began to live alongside dogs and may also have used them for hunting, a new study from the University of Copenhagen shows. (2019-01-15)
Scientists hit on the protein and lipid composition of the Siberian mammoth bone
Scientists studied the protein and lipid composition of Siberian mammoth bone and compared it with the modern African elephant. (2019-01-09)
Surfer's ear points to ancient pearl divers in Panama
Surfer's ear, associated with cold weather and water sports, led a bioarchaeologist at the Smithsonian in Panama to suspect that ancient shoreline residents were diving for pearls in an area of cold-water upwelling. (2018-12-21)
Scientists overhaul corn domestication story with multidisciplinary analysis
Scientists are revising the history of one of the world's most important crops. (2018-12-13)
How fruit flies ended up in our fruit bowls
Fruit flies can be a scourge in our homes, but to date no-one has known how they became our uninvited lodgers. (2018-12-07)
Ancient populations from different Caucasus regions had strong social connections
Research group from Russia and the United States analyzed samples of obsidian volcanic glass in Kabardino-Balkaria. (2018-11-29)
Chipped stones and cut bones show early hominin presence in North Africa
Ancient stone tools and cut-marked animal bones discovered in Algeria suggest that modern humans' ancestors called northern Africa home much earlier than archaeologists once thought, a new study reports. (2018-11-29)
Remains of Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered
Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield have uncovered a previously unknown Anglo-Saxon cemetery. (2018-11-27)
FEFU archaeologists have found the oldest burials in Ecuador
Archaeologists of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) found three burials of the ancient inhabitants of South America aged from 6 to 10 thousand years. (2018-11-26)
Ancient human population histories revealed in Central and South America
The first high quality ancient DNA data from Central and South America -- 49 individuals some as old as 11,000 years -- has revealed a major and previously unknown exchanges between populations. (2018-11-09)
The whole tooth: New method to find biological sex from a single tooth
A team led by UC Davis researchers have come up with a new way to estimate the biological sex of human skeletal remains based on protein traces from teeth. (2018-11-09)
Major corridor of Silk Road already home to high-mountain herders over 4,000 years ago
Using ancient proteins and DNA recovered from tiny pieces of animal bone, archaeologists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography (IAET) at the Russian Academy of Sciences-Siberia have discovered evidence that domestic animals -- cattle, sheep, and goat -- made their way into the high mountain corridors of southern Kyrgyzstan more than four millennia ago, as published in a study in PLOS ONE. (2018-10-31)
'Vampire burial' reveals efforts to prevent child's return from grave
Archaeologists found the remains of a 10-year-old child with a stone inserted into his or her mouth at a fifth-century Italian cemetery. (2018-10-11)
Statistical method recreates the history of a long-abandoned village
Archaeologists now have new tools for studying the development of medieval villages and the transformation of the historical landscapes surrounding them. (2018-10-09)
UC anthropologist rewrites history using science, art
University of Cincinnati anthropology and University of Bordeaux medical science reveal ancient thyroid disease using science and art (2018-10-03)
Lidar survey 'compels' revaluation of aspects of ancient Maya society
An airborne laser mapping survey of over 2,000 square kilometers of northern Guatemala - the largest such survey to date of this region -- 'compels' a revaluation of Maya demography, agriculture, and political economy, according to its authors. (2018-09-27)
DNA of early medieval Alemannic warriors and their entourage decoded
In 1962, an Alemannic burial site containing human skeletal remains was discovered in Niederstotzingen (Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany). (2018-09-05)
Easter Island's society might not have collapsed
A new study of the tools used to create Easter Island's giant statues hints at a society in which people collaborated and shared information. (2018-08-13)
Discovery of copper band shows Native Americans engaged in trade more extensively than thought
A research team including Matthew Sanger, assistant professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, State University at New York, has found a copper band that indicates ancient Native Americans engaged in extensive trade networks spanning far greater distances than what has been previously thought. (2018-08-07)
Archaeologists found traces of submerged Stone Age settlement in Southeast Finland
The prehistoric settlement submerged under Lake Kuolimojarvi provides us with a clearer picture of the human occupation in South Karelia during the Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Stone Age (about 10,000 - 6,000 years ago) and it opens up a new research path in Finnish archaeology. (2018-08-07)
Archaeologists identify ancient North American mounds using new image analysis technique
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have used a new image-based analysis technique to identify once-hidden North American mounds, which could reveal valuable information about pre-contact Native Americans. (2018-07-23)
Discovery of ancient tools in China suggests humans left Africa earlier than previously thought
Ancient tools and bones discovered in China by archaeologists suggest early humans left Africa and arrived in Asia earlier than previously thought. (2018-07-11)
Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea
Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analyzing ancient bones suggests. (2018-07-10)
UTMN scientists confirm the high speed of Siberia development
Following the trail of Siberian pioneers, archaeologists from the University of Tyumen have investigated the camp on Karachinsky Island, the Lower Tobol River, where, according to chronicles, Yermak and his Cossacks spent a winter. (2018-06-27)
Swedes have been brewing beer since the Iron Age, new evidence confirms
Archaeologists at Lund University in Sweden have found carbonised germinated grains showing that malt was produced for beer brewing as early as the Iron Age in the Nordic region. (2018-06-20)
Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century
The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. (2018-06-13)
A shipwreck and an 800-year-old 'made in China' label reveal lost history
Nearly a thousand years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea near Indonesia. (2018-05-16)
Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence for equid bit wear in the ancient Near East
Achaeologists have uncovered the earliest example of the use of a bridle bit with an equid (horse family) in the Near East. (2018-05-16)
78,000 year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations
A project led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has excavated the Panga ya Saidi cave site, in the coastal hinterland of Kenya. (2018-05-09)
New research shows how Indo-European languages spread across Asia
A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by descendants of hunter-gatherer groups in Kazakhstan who left little direct trace in the ancestry of modern populations. (2018-05-09)
Kenyan cave sheds new light on dawn of modern man
Forty-eight thousand year-old crayons and shell beads were among a treasure trove of items unearthed by archaeologists at a cave in Kenya. (2018-05-09)
Scientists can measure population change through chemicals found in feces
Fecal stanols -- organic molecules -- located in sediment can give archaeologists new information about population numbers and changes, according to new research by faculty at Binghamton University, State University at New York. (2018-05-08)
Parts of the Amazon thought uninhabited were actually home to up to a million people
Parts of the Amazon previously thought to have been almost uninhabited were really home to thriving populations of up to a million people, new research shows. (2018-03-27)
Skilled female potters travelled around the Baltic nearly 5000 years ago
During the Corded Ware Culture period, Finland, Estonia and Sweden received skilful female artisans, who had learned to create fashionable and innovative pottery in the eastern region of the Gulf of Finland. (2018-03-22)
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