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Mmm Mmm Marrow? Study Finds Prehistoric Humans Ate Bone Marrow Like Canned Soup 400,000 Years Ago

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Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption…
Treasure Trove of Ancient Human DNA

September 6, 2019

The largest-ever study of ancient human DNA, along with the first genome of an individual from the ancient…
Time to retire the ‘pristine myth’ of climate change

August 30, 2019

A new, global synthesis of regional archaeological knowledge on land-use changes over the past 10,000 years reveals that…
Ancient faeces reveal how ‘marsh diet’ left Bronze Age Fen folk infected with parasites

August 20, 2019

Coprolites from the Must Farm archaeological excavation in East Anglia shows the prehistoric inhabitants were infected by parasitic worms…
Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

July 15, 2019

Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human…
UTA anthropologist studies ancient submerged settlements in Great Lakes

July 11, 2019

Water covers nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface, and one researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington is…
Archaeological mystery solved with modern genetics

June 21, 2019

Researchers at the University of Tokyo conducted a census of the Japanese population around 2,500 years ago using…
Working dogs may have done less heavy lifting for humans than previously thought

June 11, 2019

The 30,000-year historical relationship between humans and dogs has been primarily defined by work, but new research indicates…
Experimental activity of cutting tubers with a small recycled flake and a close-up of its prehension (inset). Image credit: Flavia Venditti/AFTAU.
Early Humans Deliberately Recycled Flint To Create Tiny, Sharp Tools

May 30, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that prehistoric humans “recycled” discarded or broken flint tools 400,000 years ago to…
Scientists prove gold purifying process used in medieval West Africa works

May 14, 2019

Humble fragments of clay crucibles and coin molds flecked with gold excavated by a joint team of British…
Archaeologists identify first prehistoric figurative cave art in Balkans

April 16, 2019

An international team, led by an archaeologist from the University of Southampton and the University of Bordeaux, has…
Uncovering the secrets of ancient rock art using ‘X-ray vision’

April 4, 2019

Prehistoric rock paintings are a source of fascination across the world. Aside from their beauty, there’s deep meaning…
What ancient poop reveals about the rise and fall of civilizations

March 18, 2019

The pre-Columbian city of Cahokia was once among the most populous and bustling settlements north of Mexico. Nestled…
New findings shed light on origin of upright walking in human ancestors

March 7, 2019

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs,…
Ancient poop helps show climate change contributed to fall of Cahokia

February 26, 2019

A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city…
New insights into what Neolithic people ate in southeastern Europe

January 22, 2019

New research, led by the University of Bristol, has shed new light on the eating habits of Neolithic…
Searching for the lost ships of Cortés

January 17, 2019

In July of 1519, in a brazen act that would upend history, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés ordered his…
Lasers reveal a vast, sophisticated Maya civilization under the Guatemalan jungle

September 28, 2018

Stephen Houston, a professor of social sciences at Brown University, helped lead a groundbreaking project that used cutting-edge…
Research finds Aboriginals lived in Western Desert 50,000 years ago

September 21, 2018

Archaeologists from The University of Western Australia working with Traditional Custodians from the Birriliburru Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)…
Genome Analysis of 6,500-Year-Old Human Remains in Israeli Cave Points to Origin of Ancient Chalcolithic Culture

August 23, 2018

An international team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Harvard University has discovered that…
Dating the Ancient Minoan Eruption of Thera Using Tree Rings

August 16, 2018

New University of Arizona-led research uses tree rings to shed light on discrepancies between archeological and radiocarbon evidence…
Splicing and not spinning was the method of choice for Bronze Age thread makers

July 27, 2018

People have been wearing clothes for thousands of years. We stopped chasing weather and settled in, which meant…
Pottery is one of the oldest crafts, but why did it evolve so quick at the end of the last Ice Age?

July 18, 2018

You already know that pottery is old. In fact, it is one of the earliest remaining features of…
Ancient American dogs almost completely wiped out by arrival of European breeds

July 10, 2018

The arrival of Europeans to the Americas, beginning in the 15th century, all but wiped out the dogs…
New study may put a cap on the mystery of Easter Island’s hats

June 12, 2018

A happenstance conversation in 2015 between a UO undergraduate anthropology student with his UO physics professor may have…
Oldest genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500 year-old skeletons

May 10, 2018

An extinct strain of the human Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been discovered in Bronze Age human skeletons…
The Equine Herald of a New Age

April 30, 2018

As they had for more than a decade, Stuart Tyson Smith and his colleagues were excavating a tomb in what…
Surviving climate change, then and now

April 19, 2018

Trade and social networking helped our Homo sapiens ancestors survive a climate-changing volcanic eruption 40,000 years ago, giving hope that…
When ancient technology and high-tech robots intersect

April 17, 2018

Archaeology and robotics don’t typically go hand in hand, but the team of researchers in Harold Dibble’s lab rely…
Could We Detect an Ancient Industrial Civilization in the Geological Record?

April 16, 2018

As a species, we humans tend to take it for granted that we are the only ones that…
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