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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…
New artifacts suggest first people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

August 30, 2019

Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho…
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…
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…
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…
Anthropologist Plots New Use for Motion-Capture Technology

May 31, 2018

Jar Jar Binks and Gollum: Two characters hailing from entirely disparate cinematic universes, yet linked in perpetuity by…
Modern Civilisation may not lead to Less Violence after all, Study Finds

October 29, 2017

Some historians, anthropologists and other academics (most notably, perhaps, the cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker in his book “The…
Long-Awaited Landscape

September 25, 2017

The first large-scale study of ancient human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa opens a long-awaited window into the identity…
Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

September 18, 2017

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka’ in northern…
Life Lessons

May 5, 2017

Backpacking around South America after completing his Ph.D. dissertation research in Paraguay, anthropologist Michael Gurven learned about an…
Rare prehistoric footprints redefined as 7,000 years old

March 1, 2017

In a massive time-shift, new analysis conducted by a Cardiff University researcher pushes our understanding of a set…
Study shows ancient humans arrived in South America in multiple waves

February 28, 2017

Analysis of ancient human skulls found in southeastern Brazil are providing new insights into the complex narrative of…
Cutting-edge DNA analysis adds new insight to three centuries Pueblo history

February 22, 2017

A single small burial room in the ruins of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon held the richest cache…
Friendship networks are the reason why human civilization developed

February 13, 2017

Having friends is very important for all of us. They help us when we need it and support…
Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

January 25, 2017

Using the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, archaeologists have developed a…
An Ancient Mayan Copernicus

August 23, 2016

For more than 120 years the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex — an ancient Mayan book containing…
‘Clocks’ in tree-rings that could reset chronologies across the ancient world

August 18, 2016

Until now scholars have had only vague evidence for dating when events happened during the earliest periods of…
Responding to change: Isotope analysis tackles prehistoric adaptation to agrarian lifestyle

June 13, 2016

The Neolithic Revolution—the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture that led to permanent settlements, development of social…
Researcher finds clues to early civilization in southeastern U.S.

May 16, 2016

The discovery of stone tools alongside mastodon bones in a Florida river shows that humans settled the southeastern…
Religion and politics led to social tension and conflict 2,000 years ago

December 23, 2015

Humans haven’t learned much in 2,000 years when it comes to religion and politics. Religion has led to…
Underwater Stonehenge-like Monument Discovered

August 25, 2015

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics in Trieste, Italy, have…
American History 201

July 27, 2015

Native Americans living in the Amazon bear an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia, suggesting a…
A single wave of migration led to population of the Americas, genetic research shows

July 23, 2015

A single wave of migration from Siberia brought people across the Bering Land Bridge and into the Americas…
Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans

July 23, 2015

The original Americans came from Siberia in a single wave no more than 23,000 years ago, at the…
“Globally unparalleled” evidence of prehistoric Welsh feasting practices unearthed by archaeologists

June 13, 2015

New research led by archaeologists at Cardiff University has showcased “globally unparalleled” evidence of a unique prehistoric pork-focused…
UA Center Studies Climate-Civilization Link

June 12, 2015

How did long-gone peoples respond to changing environments in their homelands? How did catastrophic events impact human populations?…
As the river rises: Cahokia’s emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding​

May 7, 2015

As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has…
As the river rises: Cahokia’s emergence and decline linked to Mississippi River flooding

May 5, 2015

As with rivers, civilizations across the world rise and fall. Sometimes, the rise and fall of rivers has…
Alternate Theory of Inhabitation of North America Disproved

April 29, 2015

MU archaeologists discount evidence purportedly showing North America was colonized by ice age Europeans There has long been…
Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

April 22, 2015

A new study pinpoints the devastating effects of climate change on ancient Maya civilization, despite attempts to adapt…
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