Archaeology News
Dog Domestication: The Survival of the Friendliest?
22 Jul 2017 | 12:06 am CEST
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—Live Science reports that it may have taken just a few genetic changes to transform wolves into creatures who can communic…
World War II-Era Secret Road Found in Papua New Guinea
21 Jul 2017 | 11:35 pm CEST
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—According to a report in The Herald Sun, a team of Australian researchers is exploring an obscure road built by the Japanese a…
4,000-Year-Old Tombs Discovered in Romania
21 Jul 2017 | 11:04 pm CEST
CÂRLOMĂNEŞTI, ROMANIA—Romania Insider reports that nine Bronze Age tombs have been found in eastern Romania by researchers from the Buz…
In saliva, clues to a ‘ghost’ species of ancient human
21 Jul 2017 | 5:32 pm CEST
In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in…
Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact
21 Jul 2017 | 5:06 pm CEST
Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that…
In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human
21 Jul 2017 | 5:04 pm CEST
In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in…
New Kingdom Egypt: The goldsmith’s tomb
21 Jul 2017 | 4:22 pm CEST
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich Egyptologist Julia Budka is studying the impact of intercultural contacts in Ancient Egypt. The post N…
Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change
21 Jul 2017 | 4:16 pm CEST
In 2014, a team of researchers led by a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 yea…
Peru reconstructs face of pre-Columbian ruler
21 Jul 2017 | 3:30 pm CEST
Peruvian authorities have revealed the reconstructed face of the Lord of Sipan, a pre-Columbian ruler whose remains were discovered in 1987 and hailed…
Casting light on the dark ages: Anglo-Saxon fenland is re-imagined
21 Jul 2017 | 3:17 pm CEST
What was life in the fens like in the period known as the dark ages?  Archaeologist Susan Oosthuizen revisits the history of an iconic wetland in the…
New Kingdom Egypt: The goldsmith’s tomb
21 Jul 2017 | 3:01 pm CEST
Archeologists are studying the impact of intercultural contacts in Ancient Egypt. New excavations in Sudan have uncovered a tomb dating to around 1450…
Casting light on the dark ages—Anglo-Saxon fenland is re-imagined
21 Jul 2017 | 1:12 pm CEST
What was life in the fens like in the period known as the dark ages? Archaeologist Susan Oosthuizen revisits the history of an iconic wetland in the…
Scientists get best measure of star-forming material in galaxy clusters in early universe
21 Jul 2017 | 12:01 pm CEST
The international Spitzer Adaptation of the Red-sequence Cluster Survey (SpARCS) collaboration based at the University of California, Riverside has co…
Yorkshire Yields a Glimpse of Britain’s 19th-Century Industry
21 Jul 2017 | 12:56 am CEST
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that excavations have recently been conducted at two early nineteenth-century steel-making sites in Yorkshir…
Medieval Graffiti Found in Egypt
21 Jul 2017 | 12:49 am CEST
CAIRO, EGYPT—Graffiti dating to the medieval period was discovered engraved on the walls of a cave in southeastern Egypt, according to a report…
Ancient Reservoir Unearthed in Israel
21 Jul 2017 | 12:47 am CEST
ROSH HA-AYIN, ISRAEL—According to a report in the Times of Israel, a 2,700-year-old reservoir has been unearthed in central Israel. The reservoi…
Volcanic Eruption Could Threaten Tanzania’s Trackways
20 Jul 2017 | 10:03 pm CEST
  ARUSHA, TANZANIA—Two sets of hominin footprints could be lost if the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano erupts, according to a report in New Sci…
10-year-old boy trips over 1.2M-year-old fossil in desert
20 Jul 2017 | 3:42 pm CEST
A boy's misstep on a family hike in New Mexico has given the world a prehistoric wonder.
2,700-Year-Old Water System Discovered Near Rosh Ha-Ayin
20 Jul 2017 | 2:59 pm CEST
An impressively large 2,700-year-old water system has been discovered during excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Rosh Ha-A…
Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in Australia for 65,000 years
20 Jul 2017 | 1:00 pm CEST
The question of when people first arrived in Australia has been the subject of lively debate among archaeologists, and one with important consequences…
Fishing Weir in Southern England Dated to Ninth Century A.D.
19 Jul 2017 | 11:54 pm CEST
HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that a 500-foot-long timber fishing trap found in a tidal estuary on the southern coast of England has been…
Neolithic Rock Art Appears at the Ness of Brogdar
19 Jul 2017 | 11:40 pm CEST
ORKNEY, SCOTLAND—Incised “butterfly motifs” appeared in a wall at the Neolithic site of the Ness of Brogdar as sunlight hit the ston…
First Occupation of Australia Pushed Back 10,000 Years
19 Jul 2017 | 11:11 pm CEST
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, humans first traveled to Australia at least 65,000 years ago, or about 1…
Why are dogs such doting companions? It’s in their genes
19 Jul 2017 | 10:00 pm CEST
Researchers have identified a genetic difference in domesticated dogs and wolves that could explain the canines' contrasting social interaction with h…
Kakadu find confirms earliest Australian occupation
19 Jul 2017 | 9:47 pm CEST
Aboriginal people have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years - much longer than the 47,000 years believed by some archaeologists. The post Kakad…
Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought
19 Jul 2017 | 7:00 pm CEST
When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story.
Dust deposits give new insights into the history of the Sahara
19 Jul 2017 | 5:44 pm CEST
The Sahara is the world's largest desert and dust source with significant impacts on trans-Atlantic terrestrial and large-scale marine ecosystems. The…
Sea cave preserves 5,000-year snapshot of tsunamis
19 Jul 2017 | 2:48 pm CEST
Scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia have discovered the world's most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that…
Sea cave preserves 5,000-year snapshot of tsunamis
19 Jul 2017 | 1:14 pm CEST
An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world's most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5,000-year-old s…
Fused imaging reveals 16th-century writing hidden inside bookbinding
18 Jul 2017 | 5:37 pm CEST
By fusing visible hyperspectral imaging with X-ray fluorescence, researchers have safely revealed Roman law code hidden inside of a 16th century bookb…
Tyrannosaurus rex couldn't run, says new research
18 Jul 2017 | 4:32 pm CEST
It is a classic chase scene in modern cinematic history. The image of a rampant Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) chasing Jeff Goldblum as he sits injured in…
More than 252 million years ago, mammal ancestors became warm-blooded to survive mass extinction
18 Jul 2017 | 4:30 pm CEST
Today, mammals and birds are the only true warm-blooded animals. They are called endotherms, meaning they produce their body heat internally.
The worms that changed the world
18 Jul 2017 | 2:57 pm CEST
In the shallow waters of a sea in northern China 500 million years ago, a dazzling new array of creatures was swimming: part of an explosion of animal…
Why Tyrannosaurus was a slow runner and why the largest are not always the fastest
17 Jul 2017 | 5:56 pm CEST
No other animal on land is faster than a cheetah -- the elephant is indeed larger, but slower. For small to medium-sized animals, larger also means fa…
Ancient Greek theaters used moveable stages more than 2,000 years ago
11 Jul 2017 | 3:26 pm CEST
Theater has been loved by many people since classical times. Along with its popularity, stage theater construction evolved greatly between the ancient…
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
5 Jul 2017 | 7:29 pm CEST
Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Nean…
Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress
5 Jul 2017 | 3:53 pm CEST
In 2014 archaeologists discovered the previously unknown Viking fortress at Borgring south of Copenhagen. Since then the search has been on to uncover…
Ancient concrete: Learning to do as the Romans did
3 Jul 2017 | 7:20 pm CEST
A new look inside 2,000-year-old Roman concrete has provided new clues to the evolving chemistry and mineral cements that allow ancient harbor structu…
Acoustic scientist sounds off about the location of cave paintings
29 Jun 2017 | 11:55 pm CEST
One popular theory about the Paleolithic cave paintings proposes that sites were chosen based on the acoustics in the caves. The originators of the th…
3,000-year-old textiles are earliest evidence of chemical dyeing in the Levant
28 Jun 2017 | 8:48 pm CEST
Archaeologists have revealed that cloth samples found in the Israeli desert present the earliest evidence of plant-based textile dyeing in the region.