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 Man Bac archaeological site

CHINA TIES  Excavations at Vietnam’s Man Bac site, including this work in 2007, uncovered skeletons of farmers from around 4,000 years ago. DNA from these skeletons supports an idea that ancient migrants from southern China spread farming and languages throughout much of Southeast Asia.

rhino bones

MEAT AND GREET  An excavation in the Philippines unearthed the oldest evidence of hominids on these islands. Key finds consisted of rhino bones with butchery marks (shown) and stone tools.

fossilized child in Peru mass sacrifice site

SACRIFICIAL STARE  Discoveries at the site of the largest known mass sacrifice of children included this shroud-covered youngster lying next to a llama and a rope that was used to lead the llama. The Peruvian site dates to around 1450.

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