Archeology News

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  • Foxes were domesticated by humans in the Bronze Age
    on February 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the third and second millennium BC, a widespread funeral practice consisted in burying humans with animals. Scientists have discovered that both foxes and dogs were domesticated, as their diet was similar to that of their owners. […]

  • Origins of giant extinct New Zealand bird traced to Africa
    on February 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. […]

  • Half-a-billion-year-old weird wonder worm finally gets its place in the tree of life
    on February 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Amiskwia was originally described by the famous palaeontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927) in 1911 who compared it to the modern arrow worms (chaetognaths) - a group of ocean-dwelling worms that are fierce predators, equipped with an array of spines on their head for grasping small prey. […]

  • New species of tiny tyrannosaur foreshadows rise of T. rex
    on February 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    A newly discovered, diminutive—by T. rex standards—relative of the tyrant king of dinosaurs reveals crucial new information about when and how T. rex came to rule the North American roost. […]

  • Sir Charles Lyell's historical fossils (London's Natural History Museum) accessible online
    on February 21, 2019 at 6:50 am

    More than 1,700 animal and plant specimens from the collection of eminent British geologist Sir Charles Lyell—known as the pioneer of modern geology—were organised, digitised and made openly accessible via the NHM Data Portal in a pilot project, led by Dr. Consuelo Sendino, curator at the Department of Earth Sciences (Natural History Museum, London). They are described in a data paper published in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal. […]

  • First evidence for an unusual congenital pathology in cave bears
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Scientists from the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) have published a paper in the International Journal of Paleopathology that describes the first case of a congenital pathology in vertebrae of a cave bear (Ursus spelaeus). The findings were based on a specimen recovered in the 2014 excavation campaign in the archaeological and paleontological site of Cueva de Guantes, in Santibáñez de la Peña (Palencia). […]

  • Earliest example of animal nest sharing revealed by scientists
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Southampton, has shown that fossilised eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple animals. […]

  • The monkey hunters: Humans colonized South Asian rainforest by hunting primates
    on February 20, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    A multidisciplinary study has found evidence for humans hunting small mammals in the forests of Sri Lanka at least 45,000 years ago. The researchers discovered the remains of small mammals, including primates, with evidence of cut marks and burning at the oldest archaeological site occupied by humans in Sri Lanka, alongside sophisticated bone and stone tools. The hunting of such animals is an example of the uniquely human adaptability that allowed H. sapiens to rapidly colonize a series of […]

  • 20-million-year-old tusked sea cow is Central America's oldest marine mammal
    on February 19, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Steven Manchester didn't set out to discover Central America's oldest known marine mammal. He was hoping to find fossil plants. […]

  • Isotopes found in bones suggest Neanderthals were fresh meat eaters
    on February 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests at least some Neanderthals were mainly fresh meat eaters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing protein samples discovered in Neanderthal bones and what they found. […]

  • Quarrying of Stonehenge 'bluestones' dated to 3000 BC
    on February 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Excavations at two quarries in Wales, known to be the source of the Stonehenge 'bluestones', provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5,000 years ago, according to a new UCL-led study. […]

  • Pottery reveals America's first social media networks
    on February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Long before Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and even MySpace, early Mississippian Mound cultures in America's southern Appalachian Mountains shared artistic trends and technologies across regional networks that functioned in similar ways as modern social media, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. […]

  • Ancient 'night' marsupial faced four months of winter darkness
    on February 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Paleontologists working on a steep river bank in Alaska have discovered fossil evidence of the northernmost marsupial known to science. […]

  • Biodiversity on land is not higher today than in the past, study shows
    on February 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    The rich levels of biodiversity on land seen across the globe today are not a recent phenomenon: diversity on land has been similar for at least the last 60 million years, since soon after the extinction of the dinosaurs. […]

  • Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia
    on February 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist. […]

  • How do we conserve and restore computer-based art in a changing technological environment?
    on February 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Software- and computer-based works of art are fragile—not unlike their canvas counterparts—as their underlying technologies such as operating systems and programming languages change rapidly, placing these works at risk. […]

  • Art Institute of Chicago unveils key findings in African art thanks to medical technology
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    On February 16, the Art Institute of Chicago announced the results of significant new research on five terracotta sculptures—so named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were found. The objects date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This places them "among the oldest surviving sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa and among the oldest works of African art in the Art Institute's collection beyond Egypt," according to Constantine Petridis, Chair of the Arts of the […]

  • Archaeologists discover Incan tomb in Peru
    on February 16, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Peruvian archaeologists discovered an Incan tomb in the north of the country where an elite member of the pre-Columbian empire was buried, one of the investigators announced Friday. […]

  • Dog burial as common ritual in Neolithic populations of north-eastern Iberian Peninsula
    on February 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Coinciding with the Pit Grave culture (4200-3600 years before our era) in Southern Europe, the Neolithic communities of the northeastern Iberian Peninsula conducted ceremonial activity related to the sacrifice and burial of dogs. The high number of cases recorded in Catalonia suggests it was a general practice, and it proves the tight relationship between humans and these animals, which, apart from being buried next to them, were fed a diet similar to that of humans. […]

  • Researchers crack mystery of past maternal mortality rates
    on February 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have developed the first method for determining maternal mortality rates in prehistoric populations based on archaeological records. […]

  • New study of fossil plants shows the emergence of the Pacific Northwest's temperate forests
    on February 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The iconic evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest haven't always been here. […]

  • Marin County: Safe harbor for Native residents during the Mission era and beyond
    on February 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Contrary to the dominant narrative of cultural extinction, indigenous residents of Marin County survived colonization, preserving and passing on their traditions and cultural practices, says a UC Santa Cruz anthropologist who will present his latest research during a conference in March. […]

  • Pompeii dig uncovers Narcissus fresco in ancient atrium
    on February 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Archaeologists have discovered a fresco in an ancient Pompeii residence that portrays the mythological hunter Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection. […]

  • Giant dinosaur trackway discovered in Queensland
    on February 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    A well-preserved dinosaur trackway, travelled by three different types of dinosaurs, has been discovered in Winton in central west Queensland. […]

  • New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African continent
    on February 13, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    A new dinosaur that wears its 'heart' on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period. […]

  • Mnyamawamtuka: New dinosaur with heart-shaped tail provides evolutionary clues for African continent
    on February 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    A new dinosaur that wears its "heart" on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period according to researchers at Ohio University. […]

  • Archaeologists must avoid prehistoric Brexit parallels – they encourage twisted readings of the...
    on February 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    This is not the first Brexit, apparently. That "watery Brexit" happened around 6,000 BC when Britain was detached from continental Europe with the final formation of the English Channel as it is today. Or maybe it occurred two millennia later, when late Neolithic populations in Britain cut themselves off from the rest of Europe in what has been called a "Neolithic Brexit". […]

  • Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought
    on February 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Megalodon—a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies—likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research published Feb. 13 in PeerJ—the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences. […]

  • Slow-going restoration at fire-gutted Brazilian museum
    on February 12, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Five months after a devastating fire engulfed Brazil's National Museum, the facility is still in dire straits and efforts to rebuild slow-moving. […]

  • Ancient spider fossils, surprisingly preserved in rock, reveal reflective eyes
    on February 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Usually, soft-bodied species like spiders aren't fossilized in rock like animals with bones and teeth. More often, ancient spiders and insects are more likely to be discovered preserved in amber. […]

  • Archaeologists discover ancient workshop in Egypt's Sinai
    on February 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient workshop used to build and repair ships that dates back to the Ptolemaic era (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) in the Sinai Peninsula. […]

  • Stonehenge mystery solved? Prehistoric French may have inspired it and other European megaliths
    on February 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Although Stonehenge may be the most famous of Europe's megaliths, it's far from the only one: There are about 35,000 of these mysterious stone structures throughout the continent. […]

  • Macaque fossils discovered at the bottom of the North Sea
    on February 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Together with two colleagues from the Netherlands, Senckenberg scientist Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke examined the teeth of several macaques from the bottom of the North Sea. They constitute the first fossil evidence of Old World monkeys from the guenon family (Cercopithecidae) in the North Sea region. The primate teeth were unearthed during the artificial accretion of sand for the "Maasvlakte 2" harbor extension near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The study was recently published in the scientific […]



Sudan’s forgotten pyramids

Sudan’s forgotten pyramids

Nubian pyramids – Bagrawiyah, Sudan – More than 200km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the remains of an ancient city rise from the arid and inhospitable terrain like a science-fiction film set. Nestled between sand dunes, the secluded pyramids seem to have been forgotten by the modern world, with no nearby restaurants or hotels to cater to tourists.

The Nubian Meroe pyramids, much smaller but just as impressive as the more famous Egyptian ones, are found on the east bank of the Nile river, near a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. The pyramids get their name from the ancient city of Meroe, the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient African kingdom situated in what is now the Republic of Sudan.



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