Ancient Colony News
- Ancient Necropolis Unearthed on Island of Corsicaon April 13, 2021 at 9:30 pm
ÎLE-ROUSSE, CORSICA—According to an RFI report, a necropolis made up of more than 40 tombs dated from the third to the sixth centuries A.D. have been found on the western coast of Corsica. Researchers from the French National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research said that the remains of adults and children were found in large amphoras that had transported wine, olive oil, and other products from Carthage, in what is now Tunisia, to the island. Such jars were usually used to bury […]
- New Thoughts on Europe’s Cave Paintingson April 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Haaretz reports that Yafit Kedar and Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University suggest that Europe’s Paleolithic artists may have experienced hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, while painting by torchlight in remote areas of caves. The researchers simulated deep caves entered through narrow mouths and long corridors with software created to plan ventilation for underground parking lots. They found that use of fire deep in a cave would have caused a significant drop in oxygen levels. The […]
- Study Examines Evolution of Human Brain Organizationon April 13, 2021 at 8:30 pm
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—According to a Science News report, a new study of early human skulls suggests that more modern human–like brain structures began to evolve about 1.7 million years ago. It had been previously thought that such brain structures first arose roughly 2.8 million years ago, soon after the Homo lineage appeared. Paleoanthropologist Marcia Ponce de León of the University of Zurich and her colleagues re-created the possible outer surface of brains from impressions preserved on […]
- Possible Embassy Complex Unearthed at Maya City of Tikalon April 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA—According to a Science Magazine report, recent investigation of an area of the Maya city of Tikal in northern Guatemala has uncovered a complex that resembles the citadel at Teotihuacan, which is located more than 600 miles away, in what is now Mexico City. Archaeologist Edwin Román Ramírez of the Foundation for Maya Cultural and Natural Heritage and his colleagues said they found Teotihuacan-style weapons, some of which were made from green obsidian from central […]
- Ancient history sheds new light on connection between weather and waron April 13, 2021 at 11:57 am
Data extracted from the oldest surviving document recording Korean history shows a strong correlation between extreme weather events and war.
- Study Pushes Back Herding in Central Asia by 3,000 Yearson April 12, 2021 at 8:30 pm
JENA, GERMANY—According to a statement released by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, animals were domesticated in Central Asia’s Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges at least 8,000 years ago, or some 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. An international team of researchers, including Svetlana Shnaider of Russia’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Aida Abdykanova of the American University of Central Asia, and William Taylor of the University of […]
- Monumental Neolithic Tomb Discovered in Saudi Arabiaon April 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm
RIYADH, SAUDIA ARABIA—According to a statement released by Taylor & Francis, the remains of a dog and 11 people have been found in a monumental tomb near the region of Al-Ula, which is located in northwestern Saudi Arabia. The tomb, dated to 4300 B.C., was discovered at a volcanic uplands site during a survey that employed satellite imagery and aerial photography. It is thought to have been in use for a period of at least 600 years. Melissa Kennedy of the Aerial Archaeology in the Kingdom […]
- Feces core records 4,300 years of bat diet and environmenton April 12, 2021 at 3:48 pm
A 2-meter guano pile holds information about changes in climate and how the bats' food sources shifted over the millennia, analogous to records of the past found in layers of lake mud and Antarctic ice, according to a new study.
- Off-duty Italy art cops find looted statue in Belgian shopon April 12, 2021 at 2:48 pm
Italian police say they have recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological site in 2011 and found in a Belgian antiques shop by two off-duty Italian art squad police officers.
- Prehistoric Pacific Coast diets had salmon limitson April 12, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Humans cannot live on protein alone—even for the ancient indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest whose diet was once thought to be almost all salmon.
- Famed Egyptian archaeologist reveals details of ancient cityon April 11, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Egypt's best-known archaeologist on Saturday revealed further details on a Pharaonic city recently found in the southern province of Luxor.
- 1,600-Year-Old Industrial Kiln Site Mapped in Polandon April 9, 2021 at 9:30 pm
WRZĘPIA, POLAND—Some 130 kilns have been mapped with a magnetometer at a 12-acre industrial site in southern Poland, according to a Science in Poland report. Archaeologist Jan Bulas said that two of the kilns, where food storage vessels made on potter’s wheels were fired between the late third and the fifth century A.D., have been excavated. “The site in Wrzępia is unique for many reasons,” he said. “It should be emphasized that in the light of current knowledge it is not only the […]
- DNA Analysis Detects 17th-Century Relationshipon April 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm
LUND, SWEDEN—According to a statement released by Lund University, scientists have analyzed DNA obtained from the well-preserved remains of Bishop Peder Winstrup, who died in 1679, and small bones found in a linen bundle placed between his legs. Examination of the bones and comparison of the genetic material revealed that the small bones belonged to a male fetus that was stillborn at about five or six months' gestation. He shared about 25 percent of his genes with Winstrup, including a […]
- Egypt’s “Lost Golden City” Discovered in Luxoron April 9, 2021 at 8:30 pm
CAIRO, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that mudbrick walls unearthed on Luxor’s West Bank have been identified by a team led by Egyptologist Zahi Hawass as the remains of a 3,400-year-old city built by Amenhotep III (r. ca. 1390–1352 B.C.). Historical references to the city suggest it was home to three of the pharaoh’s palaces and served as his administrative and industrial center. Rings, scarabs, colorful pottery, and tools for spinning and weaving were found within the well-preserved […]
- New Thoughts on the Paleolithic Dieton April 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Early humans were apex predators who ate mostly meat for a period of two million years, according to a statement released by Tel Aviv University. Miki Ben-Dor and Ran Barkai of Tel Aviv University and researcher Raphael Sirtoli reconstructed the Paleolithic diet through an examination of current metabolism, genetics, and physical build, and a variety of scientific disciplines, suggesting that even though human behavior changes rapidly, our bodies evolve slowly. Ben-Dor […]
- NEW ZEALANDon April 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm
NEW ZEALAND: Radiocarbon dating of ancient kauri trees preserved in the wetlands of Ngawha helped pinpoint the date of the mysterious Laschamp excursion, when the earth’s magnetic north and south poles temporarily swapped position 42,000 years ago. Researchers propose that this phenomenon led to drastic changes in climate and an increase in solar and cosmic radiation. They theorize that this may have led people to create more rock art as they increasingly sought protection in caves.
- Artifacton April 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm
What is it? Wind instrument Culture Magdalenian Date ca. 16,000 B.C. Material Sea snail shell (Charonia lampas) Found Marsoulas Cave, France Dimensions 12.2 inches by 7.5 inches, weight 2.7 pounds Everyone who lives or vacations near the ocean has gone on an early morning beach walk to collect shells and, thinking they have found a perfectly intact specimen, bent over and plucked it from the sand, only to find the top broken […]
- Where the World Was Bornon April 9, 2021 at 7:38 pm
Along the northern coast of Australia’s Arnhem Land, the Alligator Rivers wind among towering sandstone outcrops, forming a maze of estuaries that eventually empty into the Timor Sea. Kangaroos hop alongside fish-filled rivers, through tropical savannas, and into thick forests of eucalyptus where dingoes, lizards, wallabies, pythons, and more than 100 species of birds make their home. Entwined with the natural landscape, evocative images of both animals and people painted on rocky crags and […]
- AUSTRALIAon April 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm
AUSTRALIA: In some cultures, insects are an important dietary source of protein, fat, and vitamins. Europeans who first settled Australia in the 19th century recorded how Aboriginal groups gathered annually in the Australian Alps to collect large numbers of migratory bogong moths. Moth residue on a recently excavated grinding tool from Cloggs Cave shows that this practice dates back at least 2,000 years. Researchers believe the tool was used to process the insects into cakes that could be […]
- ISRAELon April 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm
ISRAEL: A mosque dating to the earliest decades of Islam was identified in the city of Tiberias, near the Sea of Galilee. Researchers believe it dates to around A.D. 670, just a generation after the death of the prophet Muhammad. Tiberias was founded by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. and conquered by Muslim forces in A.D. 635. Because most other mosques from this period are still in use and therefore can’t be excavated, this new discovery will provide archaeologists with an unprecedented […]
- Archeologists unearth an ancient pharaonic city in Egypton April 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old lost city, complete with mud brick houses, artifacts, and tools from pharaonic times.
- Research identifies new cultural threads in Goldfield early settlerson April 9, 2021 at 1:26 pm
University of Otago research analyzing skeletal remains has found evidence of a range of ethnicities present on the Goldfields of Otago, proving some assumptions of the cultural make-up of early settler New Zealand to be inaccurate.
- Paper urges archaeologists and historians to work closely with people who are grappling with racism...on April 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm
When most Americans imagine an archaeologist, they picture someone who looks like Indiana Jones. Or, perhaps, Lara Croft, from the Tomb Raider game. White, usually male but occasionally female, digging up the spoils of a vanished culture in colonized lands.
- Archaeologists uncover earliest evidence of domesticated dogs in Arabian Peninsulaon April 8, 2021 at 6:24 pm
A team of archaeologists in north-west the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has uncovered the earliest evidence of dog domestication by the region's ancient inhabitants.
- Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asiaon April 8, 2021 at 3:23 pm
Along the Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges of Central Asia, sheep and other domestic livestock form the core economy of contemporary life. Although it was here that the movements of their ancient predecessors helped to shape the great trade networks of the Silk Road, domestic animals were thought to have come relatively late to the region. A new study reveals that the roots of animal domestication in Central Asia stretch back at least 8,000 years -- making the region one of the oldest […]
- Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asiaon April 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Along the Tian Shan and Alay mountain ranges of Central Asia, sheep and other domestic livestock form the core economy of contemporary life. Although it was here that the movements of their ancient predecessors helped to shape the great trade networks of the Silk Road, domestic animals were thought to have come relatively late to the region. A new study, published today in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, reveals that the roots of animal domestication in Central Asia stretch back at least […]
- French 4,000-year-old carving is oldest map in Europe: studyon April 8, 2021 at 2:11 pm
A Bronze-age slab first uncovered in 1900 in western France is the oldest map in Europe, according to a study released this week.
- Scant evidence that 'wood overuse' at Cahokia caused local flooding, subsequent collapseon April 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm
Whatever ultimately caused inhabitants to abandon Cahokia, it was not because they cut down too many trees, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
- Foetus in bishop's coffin was probably his grandsonon April 7, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Bishop Peder Winstrup died in 1679, and is one of the most well-preserved human bodies from the 1600s. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden may now have solved the mystery of why a fetus was hidden in his coffin in Lund Cathedral. DNA from the bishop and the fetus, along with kinship analyses, has shown that the child was probably the bishop's own grandson.
- 800-year-old medieval pottery fragments reveal Jewish dietary practiceson April 7, 2021 at 4:22 pm
Archaeologists have found the first evidence of a religious diet locked inside pottery fragments excavated from the early medieval Jewish community.
- Genomes of the earliest Europeanson April 7, 2021 at 4:22 pm
Ancient genomes shed new light on the earliest Europeans and their relationships with Neanderthals.
- Genome analysis reveals unknown ancient human migration in Europeon April 7, 2021 at 3:12 pm
Genetic sequencing of human remains dating back 45,000 years has revealed a previously unknown migration into Europe and showed intermixing with Neanderthals in that period was more common than previously thought.
- Early indicators of magma viscosity could help forecast a volcano's eruption styleon April 7, 2021 at 3:04 pm
The properties of the magma inside a volcano affect how an eruption will play out. In particular, the viscosity of this molten rock is a major factor in influencing how hazardous an eruption could be for nearby communities. But it usually only quantified well after an eruption. New work identifies an indicator of magma viscosity that can be measured before an eruption. This could help scientists and emergency managers understand possible patterns of future eruptions.