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Written By: grant on March 31, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily twists the archaeological order of things around a little. Humans came out of Africa, humans in Africa have domesticated cattle for thousands of years, the easy assumption is that cattle were first domesticated in Africa and kind of moved out with us into the Fertile Crescent, where they helped us settle down and build the first cities. Fresh [...]

Written By: grant on February 6, 2014 No Comment

Miami Herald gets the low-down on the underground 305 – hidden under Miami streets and condos and neon-lit skyscrapers, there’s a prehistoric village (and a priceless piece of the past) under what’s supposed to become a development project:

Archaeologists who for months have been uncovering mounting evidence of an ancient and extensive Native American village in the middle of [...]

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Written By: grant on December 20, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg takes a deeper look at the reasons why prehistoric doctors poked holes in their patients’ heads:

However, evidence shows that healers in Peru practiced trepanation—a surgical procedure that involves removing a section of the cranial vault using a hand drill or a scraping tool—more than 1,000 years ago to treat a variety of ailments, from head injuries to [...]

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Written By: grant on December 6, 2013 No Comment

Meaning, although PhysOrg stops short of saying so, that we could maybe someday build a hominin from scratch. As it is, though, we’ve still got a lot we can do today, now that we’ve figured out the 400,000-year-old genetic code of Homo heidelbergensis:

Matthias Meyer and his team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have [...]

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Written By: grant on November 21, 2013 No Comment

DNA analysis presented at the Royal Society in London shows, Nature says in the most delicate way possible, that ancient humans were getting it on more than we suspected:

The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a member of an archaic human group called the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at a meeting on ancient DNA [...]

Written By: grant on October 10, 2013 No Comment

National Geographic looks into the caves and reports on the earliest artists’ small, beautiful hands:

Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.

“There has been a male bias in the literature for [...]

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Written By: grant on October 9, 2013 No Comment

Sweden’s The Local rewrites history with a pre-Viking farm that they’re calling “shocking”:

“It is completely unique,” Jan Heinerud at Västerbotten’s Museum in Umeå told The Local on Friday. “We have never previously found a long house like this so far north.”

The farm was discovered in the area between Backen and Klabböle in an area known as Klockaråkern and it [...]

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Written By: grant on September 29, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Sangüesa, S. Maria La Real, Portal, Queens on West Side</i>, by Georgiana Goddard King, 1915.

A plate from the American Journal of Archaeology, Volume 19, “French Figure Sculpture on Some Early Spanish Churches.”

Photographed from below a deep basement. That’s low.

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Written By: grant on July 24, 2013 No Comment

Archaeologists in China have found a collection of bamboo texts – including copies of the I Ching, Tao Te Ching, the Analects of Confucius and other classics. New York Times reports on the fragile, waterlogged library that’s older than Jesus:

“When we opened the box it had a bad smell. Moldy. Many were broken,” said Li Xueqin, an [...]

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