Archaeology News
French WWI soldier identified by DNA to be laid to rest
21 Feb 2018 | 9:30 am CET
A century after the Battle of Verdun a French soldier who was left behind on the battlefield will get a proper burial Wednesday after being identified…
Roman Boxing Gloves Discovered at Vindolanda
21 Feb 2018 | 2:11 am CET
NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that two leather boxing gloves have been unearthed at Vindolanda, a Roman fort located in northern Eng…
Scientists Recover Ancient Taino DNA
21 Feb 2018 | 1:48 am CET
CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—A genetic study suggests at least one modern Caribbean population, on Puerto Rico, could be linked to the Taino, an ancient indig…
Ancient Statue Fragments Uncovered in Sudan
20 Feb 2018 | 11:30 pm CET
LONDON, ENGLAND—According to a report in Live Science, additional pieces of a 2,600-year-old statue have been discovered in a temple dedicated to th…
Archaeologists find oldest mosaic at Roman Baths in Bath
20 Feb 2018 | 10:00 pm CET
The earliest mosaic ever found at the Roman Baths in Bath has been discovered during excavations taking place in advance of the Archway Project, which…
Rare Ancient Roman Boxing Gloves Uncovered at Vindolanda
20 Feb 2018 | 9:49 pm CET
During the summer of 2017 Vindolanda archaeologists enjoyed one of their most successful annual research excavation seasons to date with one remarkabl…
Study identifies traces of indigenous ‘Taíno’ in present-day Caribbean populations
20 Feb 2018 | 3:32 pm CET
A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called "Taíno", the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of Europea…
First 3-D morphometric study of the molars of Sima de los Huesos
20 Feb 2018 | 2:14 pm CET
The Dental Anthropology Group of CENIEH has just published a paper in American Journal of Physical Anthropology on the morphological analysis of the d…
Archaeologists find fossils, Mayan relics in giant underwater cave in Mexico
20 Feb 2018 | 8:19 am CET
Archaeologists who have been exploring the world's largest underwater cave—recently discovered in Mexico—presented their findings Monday, includin…
Was pirate Black Sam Bellamy found? DNA test could tell
19 Feb 2018 | 11:13 pm CET
Researchers are working to use DNA to identify whether a human bone recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck belongs to the infamous pirate Samuel "Black S…
Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought
19 Feb 2018 | 9:50 pm CET
A new study on the timescale of plant evolution has concluded that the first plants to colonize the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 1…
Traces of indigenous 'Taíno' in present-day Caribbean populations
19 Feb 2018 | 9:50 pm CET
A thousand-year-old tooth has provided the first clear genetic evidence that the Taíno -- the indigenous people whom Columbus first encountered on ar…
Experts: Vast underwater archeology site imperiled in Mexico
19 Feb 2018 | 9:42 pm CET
Mexican experts say the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system "is probably the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," but is thr…
Study identifies traces of indigenous 'Taino' in present-day Caribbean populations
19 Feb 2018 | 9:00 pm CET
A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called "Taíno", the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of Europea…
Cool Britannia: TV drama doesn’t capture the story being unearthed of the Roman invasion
19 Feb 2018 | 5:10 pm CET
The new TV series Britannia airing now (produced for Sky Atlantic in the UK, screening on Foxtel’s Showcase in Australia) is undoubtedly influenced…
First 3D morphometric study of the molars of Sima de los Huesos
19 Feb 2018 | 4:45 pm CET
The Dental Anthropology Group of the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) forms part of the team which has just publi…
8000-year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles
19 Feb 2018 | 2:50 pm CET
A team of researchers with Stockholm University and the Cultural Heritage Foundation has uncovered the remains of a number of Mesolithic people in an…
Rock art: Life-sized sculptures of dromedaries found in Saudi Arabia
17 Feb 2018 | 9:51 pm CET
At a remarkable site in northwest Saudi Arabia, a CNRS archaeologist and colleagues from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH)…
Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture
17 Feb 2018 | 9:25 pm CET
Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves,…
A mineral blueprint for finding Burgess Shale-type fossils
17 Feb 2018 | 9:18 pm CET
Scientists have identified a mineral signature for sites that are more likely to contain rare fossils that preserve evidence of soft tissue -- essenti…
Asteroid ‘time capsules’ may help explain how life started on Earth
17 Feb 2018 | 9:16 pm CET
In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs - and offer an extraterrestrial source for…
Child aids paleontologists in discovery of new ancient fish species
17 Feb 2018 | 9:13 pm CET
Paleontologists from the University of Alberta have discovered a never-before-seen species of fish in South America, with the help of a curious touris…
Early Hominin Footprints May Reveal Children’s Activities
17 Feb 2018 | 12:32 am CET
POOLE, ENGLAND—The Independent reports that footprints left some 700,000 years ago at Ethiopia’s site of Melka Kunture offer insight into the pare…
Gas From Turkey’s Gate to the Underworld Analyzed
16 Feb 2018 | 11:12 pm CET
DUISBURG, GERMANY—Science Magazine reports that volcano biologist Hardy Pfanz of the University of Duisburg-Essen and his colleagues measured the co…
World War I Belt Buckle Found at Scotland’s Stirling Castle
16 Feb 2018 | 10:17 pm CET
STIRLING, SCOTLAND—The Herald Scotland reports that a belt buckle dating to World War I was unearthed at the site of an eighteenth-century footpath…
The World's Oldest Writing
16 Feb 2018 | 7:43 pm CET
Used by scribes for more than three millennia, cuneiform writing opens a dramatic window onto ancient Mesopotamian life…
Five surprising things DNA has revealed about our ancestors
16 Feb 2018 | 3:40 pm CET
Researchers recently used DNA from the 10,000-year-old "Cheddar Man", one of Britain's oldest skeletons, to unveil what the first inhabitants of what…
Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets
16 Feb 2018 | 2:00 am CET
Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Ea…
When Were Rabbits Domesticated?
15 Feb 2018 | 10:53 pm CET
OXFORD, ENGLAND—Archaeologist Evan Irving-Pease is investigating the domestication of rabbits, according to a Science News report. He and his collea…
Tomb in Japan Yields 1,500-Year-Old Breastplate
15 Feb 2018 | 10:42 pm CET
SHIBUSHI, JAPAN—The Asahi Shimbun reports that a 1,500-year-old tunnel tomb containing a stone coffin, human remains, and armor was discovered durin…
Four legs good, two better: study tracks lizard bipedalism
15 Feb 2018 | 4:25 pm CET
Mexico's Jesus lizard got its name from an unusual ability to run over water on its hind legs, its body semi-erect and its front limbs dangling in the…
Scholars Analyze Russia’s Sunghir Burials
14 Feb 2018 | 10:28 pm CET
  ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—Live Science reports that researchers led by Erik Trinkaus of Washington University in St. Louis, and Alexandra Buzhil…
New insights into human evolution
13 Feb 2018 | 6:04 pm CET
The evolution of human biology should be considered part and parcel with the evolution of humanity itself, proposes an assistant professor of biologic…
Face of first Brit revealed: Blue eyes, dark hair and skin
8 Feb 2018 | 2:24 am CET
Researchers have revealed the face of 'Cheddar Man', Britain's oldest nearly complete skeleton at 10,000 years old, with unprecedented accuracy. The r…
Radiocarbon dating reveals mass grave did date to the Viking age
2 Feb 2018 | 2:52 pm CET
Archaeologists have discovered that a mass grave uncovered in the 1980s dates to the Viking Age and may have been a burial site of the Viking Great Ar…
It's not how you play the game, but how the dice were made
30 Jan 2018 | 8:02 pm CET
Over time, dice used in playing games have changed in shape and size and evolved with considerations about fairness, chance and probability.
Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes
30 Jan 2018 | 3:08 pm CET
Scientists analyzed ancient human genomes from 38 northern Europeans dating from approximately 7,500 to 500 BCE. The study found that Scandinavia was…
New Egyptian dinosaur reveals ancient link between Africa and Europe
29 Jan 2018 | 7:13 pm CET
When it comes to the final days of the dinosaurs, Africa is something of a blank page. Fossils found in Africa from the Late Cretaceous, the time peri…
Scientists discover oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa
25 Jan 2018 | 8:09 pm CET
A large international research team has discovered the earliest modern human fossil ever found outside of Africa. The finding suggests that modern hum…
Ancient Eurasian DNA sequencing is revealing links with modern humans
25 Jan 2018 | 7:56 pm CET
Until recently, very little was known about the genetic relationship between modern humans of the Upper Paleolithic age (the period of time between 50…