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August 7, 2020

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Ancient Carved Shell Llama Offering Found in Lake Titicaca

A llama carved from a spondylus shell and a cylindrical laminated gold foil object were the contents of a carved stone box -- an offering -- found at the bottom of Lake Titicaca. The offering, found ...

Foxes Have Been Eating Humans' Leftovers for 42,000 Years

The diets of ancient foxes were influenced by humans, and these small carnivores might be tracers of human activity over ...

Hyksos, 15th Dynasty Rulers of Ancient Egypt, Were an Internal Takeover

The Hyksos, who ruled during the 15th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, were not foreign invaders, but a group who rose to power from within, according to a new ...

New Method Solves Old Mystery: Hafnium Isotopes Clinch Origin of High-Quality Roman Glass

Archaeological glass contains information about the movement of goods and ancient economies, yet the understanding of critical aspects of the ancient ...
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DNA Increases Our Understanding of Contact Between Stone Age Cultures

What kind of interactions did the various Stone Age cultures have with one another? In a new interdisciplinary study, researchers have combined archaeological and genetic information to better ...

Ancient DNA Provides New Insights Into the Early Peopling of the Caribbean

According to a new study by an international team of researchers from the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the Caribbean was settled by several successive population dispersals that originated on ...

Pinpointing the Origins of Jerusalem's Temple Mount

Integrating radiocarbon dating and microarchaeology techniques has enabled more precise dating of the ancient Wilson's Arch monument at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, according to a new ...

Ancient Genomes Link Subsistence Change and Human Migration in Northern China

Northern China is among the first centers in the world where agriculture developed, but its genetic history remains largely unknown. Researchers have now analyzed 55 ancient genomes from China, ...

Genomic Analysis Shows Long-Term Genetic Mixing in West Asia Before World's First Cities

Scientists analyzed DNA data from 110 skeletal remains in West Asia dated 3,000 to 7,500 years ago. The study reveals how a high level of human movement in West Asia during the Neolithic to late ...

Miniature Rock Art Expands Horizons

Archaeologists have discovered some of the most detailed examples of rare, small-scale rock art in the form of miniature stencils in a rockshelter traditionally owned by the Marra people. The ...

Cahokia's Rise Parallels Onset of Corn Agriculture

Corn cultivation spread from Mesoamerica to what is now the American Southwest by about 4000 B.C., but how and when the crop made it to other parts of North America is still debated. In a new study, ...

Beads Made of Boa Bones Identified in Lesser Antilles

Today Boa snakes have a patchy distribution in the islands that form the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea, but the constrictors are nearly absent from archaeological deposits in the region. ...

Pofatu: A New Database for Geochemical 'Fingerprints' of Artefacts

Due to the improvement and increased use of geochemical fingerprinting techniques during the last 25 years, the archaeological compositional data of stone tools has grown exponentially. The Pofatu ...

Geometry Guided Construction of Earliest Known Temple, Built 6,000 Years Before Stonehenge

Researchers have now used architectural analysis to discover that geometry informed the layout of Göbekli Tepe's impressive round stone structures and enormous assembly of limestone pillars, ...

Remnants of Human Migration Paths Exist Underwater at 'Choke Points'

A study shows evidence vital to understanding human prehistory beneath the seas in places that were dry during the Last Glacial Maximum. This paper informs one of the 'hottest mysteries' in ...

Beer Was Here! A New Microstructural Marker for Malting in the Archaeological Record

A new method for reliably identifying the presence of beer or other malted foodstuffs in archaeological finds is described in a new ...

During Tough Times, Ancient 'Tourists' Sought Solace in Florida Oyster Feasts

More than a thousand years ago, people from across the Southeast regularly traveled to a small island on Florida's Gulf Coast to bond over oysters, likely as a means of coping with climate ...

Archaeologists Verify Florida's Mound Key as Location of Elusive Spanish Fort

Florida and Georgia archaeologists have discovered the location of Fort San Antón de Carlos, home of one of the first Jesuit missions in North America. The Spanish fort was built in 1566 in the ...

The Origin of Feces: coproID Reliably Predicts Sources of Ancient Scat

The archaeological record is littered with feces, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and diet, parasite evolution, and the ecology and evolution of the microbiome. The main problem ...

Revolutionary New Method for Dating Pottery Sheds New Light on Prehistoric Past

A team has developed a new method to date archaeological pottery using fat residues remaining in the pot wall from cooking. The method means prehistoric pottery can be dated with remarkable accuracy, ...

Earliest Humans in the Amazon Created Thousands of 'Forest Islands' as They Tamed Wild Plants

The earliest human inhabitants of the Amazon created thousands of artificial forest islands as they tamed wild plants to grow food, a new study ...

Societal Transformations and Resilience in Arabia Across 12,000 Years of Climate Change

Recent archaeological and paleoenvironmental research in the Arabian Peninsula shows a range of societal responses to a series of extreme climatic and environmental fluctuations over thousands of ...

Mesoamerican Copper Smelting Technology Aided Colonial Weaponry

Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have ...

Maize, Not Metal, Key to Native Settlements' History in NY

New research is producing a more accurate historical timeline for the occupation of Native American sites in upstate New York, based on radiocarbon dating of organic materials and statistical ...

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