Archaeology

  1. ancient skeleton wearing cone-shaped cap
    Archaeology

    Archaeologists have finally found ancient Egyptian wax head cones

    Newly discovered wax caps are the first physical examples of apparel shown in many ancient Egyptian art works.

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    Humans

    An ancient outbreak of bubonic plague may have been exaggerated

    Archaeological evidence suggests that an epidemic that occurred several centuries before the Black Death didn’t radically change European history.

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    Archaeology

    Infrared images reveal hidden tattoos on Egyptian mummies

    Infrared images show a range of markings on seven female mummies, raising questions about ancient Egyptian tattoo traditions.

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  4. Egyptian warrior bones
    Humans

    Archaeologists tie ancient bones to a revolt chronicled on the Rosetta Stone

    The skeleton of an ancient soldier found in the Nile Delta provides a rare glimpse into an uprising around 2,200 years ago.

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  5. chess piece
    Archaeology

    A carved rock found in Jordan may be the oldest known chess piece

    The 1,300-year-old game piece, which resembles a rook, or castle, was found at an Early Islamic trading outpost.

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  6. Nazca Line
    Archaeology

    An AI found a hidden Nazca Line in Peru showing a humanoid figure

    An artificial intelligence program designed to go through massive datasets for hints of ancient geoglyphs called Nazca Lines has discovered a new one.

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  7. Climate

    The loss of ‘eternal ice’ threatens Mongolian reindeer herders’ way of life

    Mongolian reindeer herders help scientists piece together the loss of the region’s vital “eternal ice” patches.

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    Archaeology

    A toe bone hints that Neandertals used eagle talons as jewelry

    An ancient eagle toe bone elevates the case for the use of symbolic bird-of-prey pendants among Neandertals, researchers say.

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  9. San hunter gatherers
    Humans

    Humans’ maternal ancestors may have arisen 200,000 years ago in southern Africa

    New DNA findings on humankind’s maternal roots don’t offer a complete picture of how and when Homo sapiens emerged.

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    Humans

    Dating questions challenge whether Neandertals drew Spanish cave art

    A method used to date cave paintings in Spain may have overestimated the art’s age by thousands of years, putting its creation after Neandertal times.

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  11. Easter Island statues
    Humans

    Quarrying stone for Easter Island statues made soil more fertile for farming

    Easter Island’s Polynesian society grew crops in soil made especially fertile by the quarrying of rock for large, humanlike statues, a study suggests.

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    Archaeology

    Ancient European households combined the rich and poor

    Homes combined “haves” and “have-nots” in a male-run system, suggests a study that challenges traditional views of ancient social stratification.

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