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  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by kxh
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    Archaeologists Shed Light on Mysterious Neolithic Society Behind Rise of Ancient Egypt

    To many, ancient Egypt is synonymous with the pharaohs and pyramids of the Dynastic period starting about 3,100BC. Yet long before that, about 9,300-4,000BC, enigmatic Neolithic peoples flourished. Indeed, it was the lifestyles and cultural innovatio

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +22 +1

    Archaeologists find richest cache of ancient mind-altering drugs in South America

    When José Capriles arrived in 2008 at the Cueva del Chileno rock shelter, nestled on the western slopes of Bolivia’s Andes, he didn’t know what he would find within.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +4 +1

    Advanced ape skull find changes human origin ideas

    Researchers have discovered a nearly complete 3.8-million-year-old skull of an early ape-like human ancestor in Ethiopia. An analysis of the new specimen challenges ideas about how the first humans evolved from ape-like ancestors. The current view that an ape named Lucy was among a species that gave rise to the first early humans may have to be reconsidered.

  • 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 years ago
    by timex
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    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
    3 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
    3 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.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by melaniee
    +20 +1

    Man finds 22-pound chunk of butter estimated to be more than 2,000 years old in Irish bog

    Finding buried treasure is a dream as old as stories themselves. Treasure chests overflowing with gold doubloons, shiny lamps containing genies, gargantuan lumps of thousand-year-old butter. Okay, maybe most don't dream of unearthing enormous chunks of butter, but that's exactly what Jack Conway discovered in the Emlagh bog in County Meath, Ireland, at the beginning of June, Atlas Obscura reported. Conway is a turf cutter, meaning he harvests "turf" or peat - it's similar to moss - from a bog to later burn...