Archaeology News
Ninth-Century Castle Investigated in Slovakia
26 May 2017 | 11:27 pm CEST
PEZINOK, SLOVAKIA—Archaeologist Július Vavák of the Malokarpatské Múzeum is investigating the site of a Slavic castl…
Horse Images Discovered in China’s Xiangshan Mountains
26 May 2017 | 11:20 pm CEST
YINCHUAN, CHINA—Eight images of horses have been found carved into rocks in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, according to a report b…
Evidence of Early Dog Domestication Found in Siberian Arctic
26 May 2017 | 11:12 pm CEST
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA—Science Magazine reports that dogs may have been bred and domesticated in the Arctic some 9,000 years ago. Archaeologist…
England Returns Artifacts to Egypt
26 May 2017 | 9:40 pm CEST
CAIRO, EGYPT—Officials in London have handed over four artifacts thought to have been smuggled out of Egypt, according to a report in Ahram Onli…
Researchers Review George Washington’s Birthplace
26 May 2017 | 6:59 pm CEST
WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA—Fredricksburg.com reports that researchers are re-evaluating the supposed location of George Washington’s bi…
New insights into the ancestors of all complex life
26 May 2017 | 4:41 pm CEST
A team of scientists led by the University of Bristol has provided new insights into the origins of the Archaea, the group of simple cellular organism…
Venetian physician had a key role in shaping early modern chemistry
26 May 2017 | 4:03 pm CEST
Newly discovered notes show for the first time the Venetian doctor who invented the thermometer and helped lay the foundations for modern medical trea…
How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds
26 May 2017 | 3:29 pm CEST
Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, ac…
Collapsing star gives birth to a black hole
26 May 2017 | 3:01 pm CEST
Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT)…
How dinosaurs may have evolved into birds
26 May 2017 | 11:34 am CEST
Tohoku University researchers and their international collaborators have identified a possible genetic mechanism underlying the evolution of birds, ac…
Middle Stone Age Ochre Use Examined
26 May 2017 | 2:39 am CEST
BORDEAUX, FRANCE—Ars Technica reports that evidence for the use of ochre spanning a period of 4,500 years has been uncovered at Ethiopia’s…
Hunter-Gatherers and Farmers Shared Culture and Genes
26 May 2017 | 2:19 am CEST
FERRARA, ITALY—Seeker reports that an international team of scientists, led by Gloria Gonzalez-Fortes of the University of Ferrara, studied poss…
Ice Age Camp Discovered in Peru
26 May 2017 | 2:04 am CEST
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE—According to a report in Science, hearths, simple stone tools, the bones of land and marine animals, woven rushes, and plan…
New species of bus-sized fossil marine reptile unearthed in Russia
25 May 2017 | 6:00 pm CEST
A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found in Russia and profoundly change how we u…
Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked
25 May 2017 | 6:00 pm CEST
In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought…
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
25 May 2017 | 5:43 pm CEST
Research based on more than 180 fossil insects preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles indicate that the climate in what is now southern Cali…
How do blind cavefish find their way? The answer could be in their bones.
25 May 2017 | 3:08 pm CEST
Imagine living in perpetual darkness in an alien world where you have to find food quickly by touch or starve for months at a time.
Archaeologist involved in groundbreaking discovery of early human life in ancient Peru
25 May 2017 | 12:25 pm CEST
A-tisket, A-tasket. You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it comes from the ruins of an ancient civilization inhabited by humans nearly 15,0…
Ochre use by Middle Stone Age humans in Porc-Epic cave persisted over thousands of years
25 May 2017 | 12:20 pm CEST
Middle Stone Age humans in the Porc-Epic cave likely used ochre over at least 4,500 years, according to a study published May 24, 2017 in the open-acc…
Tiny Metal Bird Unearthed at Bamburgh Castle
24 May 2017 | 11:30 pm CEST
NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND—A tiny copper-alloy representation of a bird has been discovered at Bamburgh Castle, according to a report from the Nort…
Paleolithic Obsidian Transported Long Distances
24 May 2017 | 11:00 pm CEST
YABROUD, SYRIA— Analysis of an obsidian flake excavated in Syria and dating to between 41,000 and 32,000 years ago shows it was made out of rock…
Ochre use by Middle Stone Age humans in Porc-Epic cave persisted over thousands of years
24 May 2017 | 8:07 pm CEST
Middle Stone Age humans in the Porc-Epic cave likely used ochre over at least 4,500 years, according to a new study.
Groundbreaking discovery of early human life in ancient Peru
24 May 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
A-tisket, A-tasket. You can tell a lot from a basket. Especially if it comes from the ruins of an ancient civilization inhabited by humans nearly 15,0…
Ochre use by Middle Stone Age humans in Porc-Epic cave persisted over thousands of years
24 May 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Middle Stone Age humans in the Porc-Epic cave likely used ochre over at least 4,500 years, according to a study published May 24, 2017 in the open-acc…
What bone proteomics could reveal about the dead
24 May 2017 | 5:58 pm CEST
Studying bones has helped scientists reconstruct what dinosaurs and other extinct creatures looked like. Taking this further, scientists recently star…
What bone proteomics could reveal about the dead
24 May 2017 | 4:36 pm CEST
Studying bones has helped scientists reconstruct what dinosaurs and other extinct creatures looked like. Taking this further, scientists recently star…
‘Agricultural revolution’ in Anglo-Saxon England sheds new light on medieval land use
24 May 2017 | 3:23 pm CEST
University of Leicester academics work with University of Oxford in project to examine how historical farming methods changed England’s landscape…
Egypt moves bed, chariot of King Tut to new museum
23 May 2017 | 11:17 pm CEST
Egypt safely moved two artifacts, a funerary bed and a chariot, belonging to the famed pharaoh King Tutankhamun on Tuesday, from the Egyptian Museum i…
Study provides surprisingly complex portrait of ancient trade networks
23 May 2017 | 3:10 pm CEST
(Phys.org)—The study of ancient civilizations, particularly those that did not leave extensive writing in the archaeological record, is reliant on t…
Rare tooth find reveals horned dinosaurs in eastern North America
23 May 2017 | 1:30 pm CEST
A chance discovery in Mississippi provides the first evidence of an animal closely related to Triceratops in eastern North America. The fossil, a toot…
Did humans evolve in Europe rather than Africa? We don't have the answer just yet
23 May 2017 | 1:09 pm CEST
Charles Darwin believed that humans evolved in Africa, because that's where our closest ape relatives the chimpanzees and gorillas live. And during th…
Viking army camp uncovered by archaeologists in England
18 May 2017 | 3:01 pm CEST
Thousands of Vikings established a camp in Lincolnshire as they prepared to conquer ninth century England, archaeologists have discovered. Vikings use…
Grassy beginning for earliest Homo
15 May 2017 | 5:16 pm CEST
Following the discovery of the Ledi-Geraru jaw, an environmental study of the eastern African Plio-Pleistocene was conducted to investigate the long-s…
Movement of early humans into the Indian subcontinent
11 May 2017 | 8:19 pm CEST
Scientists in India have used a diffusion model to study the movement and merger of early humans into and in the Indian subcontinent starting from the…
Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48 billion-year-old Australian rocks
10 May 2017 | 1:44 am CEST
Fossils discovered in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known evidence for microbial life…
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
9 May 2017 | 2:35 pm CEST
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, which last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science,…
Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
9 May 2017 | 2:35 pm CEST
Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced…
Primitive hominid lived alongside modern humans
9 May 2017 | 2:35 pm CEST
Scientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans -- the first time this has been established.
Archaeogeneticist pinpoints Indian population origins using today's populace
8 May 2017 | 3:51 pm CEST
Researchers identifies the origins of Indian populations comprising migrating humans from Africa, Iran and Central Asia over a period of 50,000 years.
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
8 May 2017 | 2:34 pm CEST
A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers have used this techni…