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Who speaks for the Earth?
In thinking about contact with alien civilizations, we have to consider a host of questions. (2006-12-29)
UC Santa Barbara history professor receives Mellon New Directions Fellowship
Anthony Barbieri-Low always wanted to be an Egyptologist, and now, with a $238,700 New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. (2013-04-02)
Archaeologists discover largest, oldest wine cellar in Near East
Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the oldest -- and largest -- ancient wine cellar in the Near East, containing 40 jars, each of which would have held 50 liters of strong, sweet wine. (2013-11-22)
Rethinking the social structure of ancient Eurasian nomads: Current Anthropology research
Prehistoric Eurasian nomads are commonly perceived as horse riding bandits who utilized their mobility and military skill to antagonize ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Persians, and Greeks. (2012-02-24)
Graham Hancock, author and expert on lost civilizations to reveal new discoveries at UCI conference
Acclaimed investigative journalist and best-selling author, Graham Hancock, (The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven's Mirror) will be a keynote speaker at the Conference of Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK) on October 13-15, 2006 at the University of California, Irvine. (2006-06-20)
A history of beer and brewing
'A History of Beer and Brewing' covers a time-span of around eight thousand years and in doing so, stimulates the reader to consider how, and why, the first fermented beverages might have originated; establishes some of the parameters that encompass the diverse range of alcoholic beverages assigned the generic name 'beer'; and considers the possible means of dissemination of early brewing technologies from their Near Eastern origins. (2004-01-12)
The role of astronomy in antiquity examined in new book
In his new authoritative study of archaeoastronomy, (2009-05-18)
CPAK 2005 -- 2nd Annual Conference
A gathering of some of the most forward thinkers in archaeo-astronomy and alternative history will take place this November 11-12 in Sedona, Arizona, at the 2005 Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK). (2005-09-20)
The first civilizations of Greece are revealing their stories to science
A new analysis of genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans by HHMI investigator and colleagues offers insight into the origins of these Bronze Age cultures. (2017-08-02)
How Teotihuacan's urban design was lost and found
The paper outlines how the urban design of the city of Teotihuacan differed from past and subsequent cities, only to be rediscovered and partially modelled on many centuries later by the Aztecs. (2017-09-20)
Reading the zip codes of 3,500-year-old letters
Tel Aviv University's Prof. Yuval Goren uses a hand-held device based on X-ray fluorescence, a device that can be found in many chemistry labs, to nondestructively ascertain the chemical composition of ancient tablets. (2010-08-05)
University of Cincinnati anthropologist examines the power of water in early civilizations
University of Cincinnati anthropologist Vernon Scarborough will explain how water management systems in early civilizations impacted their growth and power structure during a news briefing Feb. (2001-02-17)
Archaeologist 'strikes gold' with finds of ancient nasca iron ore mine in Peru
A Purdue University archaeologist discovered an intact ancient iron ore mine in South America that shows how civilizations before the Inca Empire were mining this valuable ore. (2008-01-29)
Team hopes to use new technology to search for ETs
A team is briefing fellow scientists about plans to use new technology to take advantage of recent, promising ideas on where to search for possible extraterrestrial intelligence in our galaxy. (2008-06-04)
U of T researchers shed light on ancient Assyrian tablets
A cache of cuneiform tablets unearthed by a team led by a University of Toronto archaeologist has been found to contain a largely intact Assyrian treaty from the early 7th century BCE. (2010-04-08)
Study finds abrupt climate change may have rocked the cradle of civilization
New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. (2015-07-23)
Changing climate may have driven collapse of civilizations in Late Bronze Age
Climate change may have driven the collapse of once-flourishing Eastern Mediterranean civilizations towards the end of the 13th century BC, according to research published Aug. (2013-08-14)
Archeologists unearth new information on origins of Maya civilization
A new UA study in the journal Science challenges the two prevailing theories on how the ancient Maya civilization began, suggesting its origins are more complex than previously thought. (2013-04-25)
Math theories may hold clues to origin, future of life in universe, K-State professor says
Louis Crane, K-State professor of mathematics, is studying new theories about why the universe is the way it is. (2009-06-09)
Ancient Wari Empire likely did not cause large shifts in population genetic diversity
The imperial dominance of the ancient Wari Empire at the Huaca Pucllana site in Lima, Peru, was likely not achieved through population replacement, according to a study published June 1, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Guido Valverde from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues. (2016-06-01)
$500,000 'genius' award goes to UCSD anthropologist Guillermo Algaze
For his exceptional creativity and originality in research revealing secrets of ancient cities, University of California, San Diego anthropological archaeologist Guillermo Algaze has been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. (2003-10-05)
Iran's enduring impact
Encompassing religion, literature, the arts and politics, 'Iran in World History' (Oxford University Press) provides a comprehensive history of one of the most influential civilizations, and gives compelling examples of its continuing role in the world today. (2015-12-01)
Are we alone? Setting some limits to our uniqueness
Are humans unique and alone in the vast universe? This question -- summed up in the famous Drake equation -- has for a half-century been one of the most intractable and uncertain in science. (2016-04-28)
New analysis of pottery stirs Olmec trade controversy
Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. (2005-08-01)
Peru's ancient bureaucrats used knotted-string devices as ledgers
Anthropologists at Harvard University have found evidence that ancient Inka accountants shared numbers across their sprawling bureaucratic hierarchy using khipu, aggregations of knotted strings that served to record information in the Andean empire. (2005-08-11)
Ancient civilizations shaken by quakes, say Stanford scientists
Archaeology sometimes raises more questions than it answers. How do you explain a city that bustled with activity one day only to be buried under feet of silt the next? (2001-12-13)
Handwriting analysis provides clues for dating of old testament texts
A new Tel Aviv University study published today in PNAS suggests that widespread literacy was required for the composition of key Old Testament texts. (2016-04-11)
Radiocarbon testing challenges understanding of ancient Hawaiian architecture, social complexity
The most detailed study to date on the antiquity of the Maui's extensive temple system challenges previous conceptions of ancient Hawaiian civilization by identifying cycles of temple construction that coincide with politically charged periods of warfare and island consolidation. (2006-08-01)
Israel Prize awarded to influential Tel Aviv University Classics historian
Professor Irad Malkin, an expert in Classics at Tel Aviv University's Department of History, has been awarded the 2014 Israel Prize in the field of General History. (2014-02-12)
Researcher excavates ancient Inca pilgrimage site
University of Illinois at Chicago anthropologist Brian Bauer, along with UCLA anthropologist Charles Stanish, detail in new book findings indicating pre-Inca pilgrimages to Lake Titicaca's Islands of the Sun and Moon. (2001-04-18)
Cleopatra's cosmetics and Hammurabi's Heineken
A pioneering new study in the February 2008 issue of Current Anthropology finds that branding, and our attachment to them, far predates modern capitalism, and indeed modern Western society. (2008-02-14)
Human DNA uncovered in caves without bones
In cave sediments lacking skeletal remains, scientists report having found DNA from ancient humans. (2017-04-27)
Earth's dirty little secret -- Slowly but surely we are skinning our planet
A new book examines how past civilizations have worn out their soil and says the same thing is happening now, with few places left to find new fertile soil. (2007-04-16)
Scientists discover the first physical evidence of tobacco in a Mayan container
Scientists have discovered the first physical evidence of tobacco in a Mayan container. (2012-01-11)
New test for ancient DNA authenticity throws doubt on Stone Age wheat trade
A new method reliably tests whether DNA shows ancient or modern patterns of biochemical change. (2015-11-03)
Ancient Babylonians used geometry to track Jupiter
Analysis of ancient Babylonian tablets reveals that, to calculate the position of Jupiter, the tablets' makers used geometry, a technique scientists previously believed humans had not developed until at least 1,400 years later, in 14th century Europe. (2016-01-28)
Researchers unlock ancient Maya secrets with modern soil science
Soil scientists and archeologists have uncovered evidence that the Maya grew corn sustainably in the lowlands of Tikal, Guatemala, but that they may also have farmed erosion-prone slopes over time. (2012-11-12)
Research explores why ancient civilization was 'livin' on the edge'
The research, an ongoing project involving a multidisciplinary team of University of Cincinnati researchers, will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. (2011-03-28)
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Oldest ever schistosomiasis egg found may be first proof of early human technology exacerbating disease burden
The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates river in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden, according to new Correspondence published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2014-06-19)
Rebel historians coming to Orange County
Three of the most renowned authors and researchers in the field of alternative history will be speaking this fall at the (2006-08-03)
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