Archaeology News
Ancient DNA data fills in thousands of years of human prehistory in Africa
21 Sep 2017 | 8:13 pm CEST
By sequencing the ancient genomes of 15 individuals from different parts of Africa, researchers reporting in the journal Cell on Sept. 21 have reconst…
Reconstructing how Neanderthals grew, based on an El Sidrón child
21 Sep 2017 | 8:12 pm CEST
How did Neanderthals grow? Does modern man develop in the same way as Homo neanderthalensis did? How does the size of the brain affect the development…
Early trilobites had stomachs, new fossil study finds
21 Sep 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Exceptionally preserved trilobite fossils from China, dating back to more than 500 million years ago, have revealed new insights into the extinct mari…
Diamonds show Earth still capable of ‘superhot’ surprises
21 Sep 2017 | 6:11 pm CEST
Diamonds may be ‘forever’ but some may have formed more recently than geologists thought. A study of 26 diamonds, formed under extreme melting con…
Dino-killing asteroid’s impact on bird evolution
21 Sep 2017 | 6:07 pm CEST
Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, leav…
Ancient human DNA in sub-Saharan Africa lifts veil on prehistory
21 Sep 2017 | 6:00 pm CEST
The first large-scale study of ancient human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa opens a long-awaited window into the identity of prehistoric populations in t…
3-D analysis of dog fossils sheds light on domestication debate
21 Sep 2017 | 4:22 pm CEST
In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine t…
Big herbivorous dinosaurs ate crustaceans as a side dish, says CU Boulder study
21 Sep 2017 | 3:21 pm CEST
Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have…
An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan
21 Sep 2017 | 3:02 pm CEST
A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to…
Big herbivorous dinosaurs ate crustaceans as a side dish
21 Sep 2017 | 3:00 pm CEST
Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have…
Study of fossil remains on Sumba island reveals unique creature history
21 Sep 2017 | 2:40 pm CEST
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.K., Indonesia and Australia has found fossil evidence of several unique creatures that once lived on the…
An extraordinary cave animal found in Eastern Turkmenistan
21 Sep 2017 | 11:59 am CEST
A remote cave in Eastern Turkmenistan was found to shelter a marvelous cave-adapted inhabitant that turned out to represent a species and genus new to…
15th-Century Epitaph Tablet Returned to South Korea
21 Sep 2017 | 12:24 am CEST
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA—The widow of a Japanese collector has returned a rare Joseon-era epitaph tablet, or myoji, to South Korea, according to a report…
Temple of Artemis Found on Greek Isle of Euboea
20 Sep 2017 | 11:52 pm CEST
  AMARYNTHOS, GREECE—Swissinfo reports that a team of Swiss researchers led by Karl Reber of the University of Lausanne has discovered the l…
Possible Viking Boat Burial Uncovered in Norway
20 Sep 2017 | 11:36 pm CEST
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY—According to a report in Live Science, a possible boat burial dating to between the seventh and tenth centuries A.D. has been disc…
3-D analysis of dog fossils sheds light on domestication debate
20 Sep 2017 | 10:22 pm CEST
In an effort to settle the debate about the origin of dog domestication, a technique that uses 3-D scans of fossils is helping researchers determine t…
Fly away home? Ice age may have clipped bird migration
20 Sep 2017 | 8:46 pm CEST
The onset of the last ice age may have forced some bird species to abandon their northerly migrations for thousands of years, says new research led by…
Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation
20 Sep 2017 | 6:16 pm CEST
Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth which reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially…
Dinosaur evolution: Lumbering giants had agile ancestors
20 Sep 2017 | 6:14 pm CEST
The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary pre…
How Teotihuacan's urban design was lost and found
20 Sep 2017 | 6:13 pm CEST
Name one civilization located in the Americas that pre-dates the arrival of Europeans. You probably replied with the Aztecs, the Inca or perhaps the M…
How Teotihuacan’s urban design was lost and found
20 Sep 2017 | 5:35 pm CEST
Name one civilization located in the Americas that pre-dates the arrival of Europeans. You probably replied with the Aztecs, the Inca or perhaps the M…
How Teotihuacan's urban design was lost and found
20 Sep 2017 | 5:33 pm CEST
A new article outlines how the urban design of the city of Teotihuacan differed from past and subsequent cities, only to be rediscovered and partially…
Solving the Easter Island population puzzle
20 Sep 2017 | 5:21 pm CEST
Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui by its inhabitants, has been surrounded in mystery ever since the Europeans first landed in 1722. The post Solving th…
Possible Viking boat burial found beneath Trondheim market square
20 Sep 2017 | 4:17 pm CEST
Archaeologists have announced the discovery of a possible Viking boat burial in Central Trondheim, Norway The post Possible Viking boat burial found b…
Lumbering giants had agile ancestors
20 Sep 2017 | 3:21 pm CEST
The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary pre…
Non-avian dinosaur found to have laid blue eggs
20 Sep 2017 | 3:10 pm CEST
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has found that a non-avian dinosaur living in what is now China laid colored eggs. In the…
Cold-Resistant Yeast Discovered in South American Pottery
20 Sep 2017 | 12:44 am CEST
TEMUCO, CHILE—According to a report from NBC News, traces of yeast have been detected on 1,000-year-old pottery discovered near the Chile-Argen…
Porpoise Bones Unearthed at Medieval Monks’ Retreat
20 Sep 2017 | 12:31 am CEST
GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS—The remains of a porpoise have been unearthed at the site of a medieval religious retreat on the island of Chapelle Dom Hu…
Excavators Return to the Minoan Palace of Zominthos
19 Sep 2017 | 11:24 pm CEST
PSILORITIS, CRETE—Recent excavations at the Minoan palace of Zominthos uncovered two entrances, an internal stairway, and a second-century A.D. Roma…
World War I–Era German Submarine Found
19 Sep 2017 | 11:14 pm CEST
WEST FLANDERS, BELGIUM—BBC News reports that the wreckage of a World War I–era submarine has been found in the North Sea. The type UB-II vessel, t…
Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts
19 Sep 2017 | 3:50 pm CEST
Digital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before the ways people interact with the past an…
World War II Dog Tags Unearthed in England
19 Sep 2017 | 12:57 am CEST
NORFOLK, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that dog tags, a piece of window from a B-17 Flying Fortress, and the grate from a wood-burning stove were uncover…
Graves of Yuan Dynasty Chieftains Found
19 Sep 2017 | 12:38 am CEST
GUIZHOU PROVINCE, CHINA—Xinhua reports that five tombs belonging to tribal leaders have been unearthed in southwest China. Three of the tombs date t…
Sugar Molecule May Help Identify Human Ancestors
19 Sep 2017 | 12:13 am CEST
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—According to a report in The San Diego Tribune, scientists led by Anne K. Bergfeld and Ajit Varki of the University of Califor…
Celebrity fossil reveals all for science
15 Sep 2017 | 7:50 pm CEST
With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-k…
Earthquake faults may have played key role in shaping the culture of ancient Greece
12 Sep 2017 | 4:35 pm CEST
The Ancient Greeks may have built sacred sites deliberately on land affected by previous earthquake activity, according to a new study.
When ancient fossil DNA isn't available, ancient glycans may help trace human evolution
11 Sep 2017 | 9:09 pm CEST
Researchers have discovered a new kind of glycan (sugar chain) that survives even in a 4-million-year-old animal fossil from Kenya, under conditions w…
An officer and a gentlewoman from the Viking army in Birka
9 Sep 2017 | 2:55 am CEST
War was not an activity exclusive to males in the Viking world. A new study shows that women could be found in the higher ranks at the battlefield.
The connection between an unusual pottery vessel and the development of the elites
6 Sep 2017 | 8:45 pm CEST
Researchers have found a unique pottery vessel dating back some 7,200 years ago. The unique vessel was apparently used for ritual purposes, ensuring t…
Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe
4 Sep 2017 | 9:10 pm CEST
At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in the Lechtal, south of Augsburg, Germany.