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  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandsalami
    +23 +1

    Discovered: 25,000-year-old structure made from the bones of an Ice Age beast

    Under layers of dirt, pinpricked with animal burrows and shrubs, archeologists found a circle of mammoth bones — evidence of a dwelling built between 25,063 to 24,490 years ago.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hiihii
    +26 +1

    People built bone circles at the edge of ice sheets, and we don’t know why

    As the last Ice Age tightened its hold on Europe, a group of people living near the Don River piled dozens of mammoth bones into a 12.5m (30ft) wide circle. They may have lived in the shelter of the mammoth bones for a while, huddling around fragrant fires of conifer wood and mammoth bone and making stone tools. But the traces they left are so light that it seems they didn’t stay long—or maybe they only visited occasionally.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by estherschindler
    +22 +1

    Archaeologists Discover Paintings of Goddess in 3,000-Year-Old Mummy's Coffin

    Researchers lifted the ancient Egyptian mummy out of her coffin for the first time in 100 years and, to their surprise, uncovered the ancient artworks

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zritic
    +16 +1

    This is the oldest known string. It was made by a Neandertal

    In a new twist on Neandertals’ Stone Age accomplishments, our close evolutionary relatives wound bark fibers into strings that could have been used to make clothes, rope, nets and other practical but perishable items, a new study suggests. A fragment of a string made from three bark fibers was found attached to a stone tool at a French Neandertal site. That tool was embedded in sediment dating from 52,000 to 41,000 years ago, say paleoanthropologist Bruce Hardy of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and colleagues.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +14 +1

    Ancient History in depth: Echoes of Plato's Atlantis

    Article discussing the possible sources of the Atlantis myth first recorded by Plato

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +21 +1

    British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

    A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets. The ancient country of Doggerland was once the home to thousands of stone age settlers and was an important land bridge between Britain and Northern Europe. Now archaeologists at the University of Bradford have begun a huge project to reconstruct the ancient Mesolithic landscape which is now hidden beneath the waves.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by Petrox
    +37 +1

    The remote lake that tells the story of humanity's birth

    Our ancient human ancestors were an elusive lot. Their remains are literally thin on the ground, and even when fossils are unearthed it is rare for them to be complete. Sometimes they must be pieced together from dozens of fragments. That is why a staggering find in 1984 excited the entire field, and continues to do so today over 30 years later. It was a skeleton of a young boy, discovered at Lake Turkana in the deserts of northern Kenya.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +39 +1

    The Atlantis-style myths that turned out to be true

    Local legends often tell of cities or islands that have been lost to the waves. Nowadays we are sceptical of these tales, but some of them really happened. In one cataclysmic night, the gods sent a battalion of fire and earthquakes so intense that the Utopian kingdom of Atlantis sank deep into the ocean, never to be found again.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +30 +1

    Female 'Amazon' warrior buried 2,500 years ago in Altai Mountains was... male

    New DNA findings alter the sex of one of most famous recent Siberian archeological finds of human remains. A Swiss taxidermy expert brought 'her' to life, recreating the 'virgin' warrior's looks from facial bones, and some observers commented on her distinctly masculine appearance. Yet archeologists and anthropologists believed she was not only female - and a pig-tailed teenager - but a member of an elite corps of warriors within...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by TNY
    +6 +1

    New evidence: Easter Island civilization was not destroyed by war

    Hundreds of years ago, an advanced, seafaring civilization called Rapa Nui built more than 800 monuments that were so massive and ambiguous that they remain a mystery to this day. The Easter Island statues, or moai, are enormous stone figures placed along the coastline as if surveying the island's interior lands. One of archaeology's greatest mysteries is what happened to the Rapa Nui of Easter Island.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by aj0690
    +8 +1

    520m-year-old nervous system among oldest and most detailed ever found

    It might resemble a menacing shrimp, but scientists have discovered an immaculately preserved 520-million-year-old creature was also a bundle of nerves. Unearthed in southern China, the fossils boast among the oldest and most extensive nervous systems ever preserved, researchers claim. Unlike bones and teeth which are commonly found in fossilised form, soft tissue - and in particular nerve tissue - is another matter. “Nerve tissue is extremely rare, and...

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +33 +1

    Scientists gear up to drill into ‘ground zero’ of the impact that killed the dinosaurs

    This month, a drilling platform will rise in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won’t be aiming for oil. Scientists will try to sink a diamond-tipped bit into the heart of Chicxulub crater—the buried remnant of the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, along with most other life on the planet. They hope that the retrieved rock cores will contain clues to how life came back in the wake of the cataclysm, and whether the crater itself...

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by Apolatia
    +29 +1

    Scientists discover 99-million-year-old lizards preserved in amber

    Some 99 million years ago, 12 unsuspecting lizards stepped or fell into sticky tree resin and couldn't tear themselves loose in the forests of what is now Myanmar. Over time that resin fossilized into amber, preserving the little lizards for scientists to study later. Now, researchers are looking to these prehistoric golden chunks to better understand how lizards have evolved.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by TNY
    +28 +1

    1,000-year-old ‘lost’ medieval village found under M74 motorway

    The lost medieval village of Cadzow may have been finally located after artefacts more than 1,000 years old were unearthed during upgrading work on the M74. The discoveries near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire include coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th century, and fragments of glazed medieval pottery and clay smoking pipes. They were found under the motorway verge near junction six, opposite the Hamilton Services.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by manix
    +41 +1

    Slaughter at the bridge

    About 3200 years ago, two armies clashed at a river crossing near the Baltic Sea. The confrontation can't be found in any history books—the written word didn't become common in these parts for another 2000 years—but this was no skirmish between local clans. Thousands of warriors came together in a brutal struggle, perhaps fought on a single day, using weapons crafted from wood, flint, and bronze, a metal that was...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +32 +1

    New type of dinosaur egg found in China

    Researchers have found a new type of dinosaur egg from the Lower Cretaceous, or Early Cretaceous, in northwest China. The strata encompasses fossils dated between 100 million and 145 million years old. Dinosaur eggs from the Lower Cretaceous are hard to find. Eggs from the Upper Cretaceous -- a bit younger at 66 million to 100 million years old, and typically closer to the surface -- are much more common.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by melaniee
    +40 +1

    Newly discovered mass graves could be filled with an ancient Greek tyrant’s followers

    Thousands of years ago, an ancient Greek athlete named Cylon tried to overthrow the government. It did not end well. Now, archaeologists have stumbled upon mass graves near Athens containing the skeletal remains of 80 men who the researchers believe may have been followers of that wannabe tyrant, Cylon of Athens. The remains — which had teeth in good condition — were found in two graves that date to between 675 and 650 B.C....

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by timex
    +3 +1

    12-year-old Israeli girl discovers ancient Egyptian amulet

    JERUSALEM — A 12-year-old Israeli girl has discovered an ancient Egyptian amulet dating back more than 3,200 years to the days of the Pharaohs. Neshama Spielman and her family took part in the Temple Mount Sifting Project, an initiative to sort through earth discarded from the area of the biblical temples in Jerusalem. There she found a pendant-shaped amulet bearing the name of the Egyptian ruler Thutmose III.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +44 +1

    Historian uncovers 'eye watering' scope of Black Death devastation

    A new analysis of broken pottery fragments collected from various rural locations throughout east England has shed new light on the devastating impact of the Black Death, the fearsome pandemic that ravaged much of Europe between the years of 1346 and 1351. University of Lincoln Professor Carenza Lewis and her colleagues collected pieces of pottery from nearly 2,000 standard-sized test pits in more than 55 locations in six counties which were also settlements during the 14th century.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by cone
    +42 +1

    Shipwreck found in Boston construction site

    It was a typical day at work for construction crews in Boston. They were digging on a lot of land planned for a 400,000-square-foot office building, but little did they know they were about to unearth a historic find: the remains off a 50-foot wooden ship from the mid- to late 1800s. "This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land," city archaeologist Joe Bagley told CNN affiliate WBZ. "This is the largest and most significant by far." The Skanska construction crew stumbled across the discovery in the Seaport District last week and immediately halted construction.