Archaeology

  1. Archaeology

    Guard dogs and horse riders

    More than 5,000 years ago, the Botai people of central Asia had ritual practices that appeared in many later cultures.

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  2. Archaeology

    Maya warfare takes 10 steps forward

    The discovery of hieroglyphic-covered steps on the side of a Maya pyramid has yielded new information about warfare between two competing city-states around 1,500 years ago.

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  3. Archaeology

    Early New World Settlers Rise in East

    New evidence supports the view that people occupied a site in coastal Virginia at least 15,000 years ago.

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  4. Archaeology

    Visit Ancient Corinth

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  5. Archaeology

    Could the Anasazi have stayed?

    New computer simulations of the changing environmental conditions around one of the Anasazi cultural centers in the first part of the last millennium suggest that drought wasn't the only factor behind a sudden collapse of the civilization.

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  6. Archaeology

    Ancient Asian Tools Crossed the Line

    Excavations in China yield surprising finds of 800,000-year-old stone hand axes.

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  7. Archaeology

    Vase shows that ancients dug fossils, too

    A painting on an ancient Corinthian vase may be the first record of a fossil find.

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  8. Archaeology

    Ancient birth brick emerges in Egypt

    Investigations at a 3,700-year-old Egyptian town have yielded a painted brick that was used in childbirth rituals.

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  9. Archaeology

    Ancient site yields a copper whopper

    Excavations in Jordan revealed the largest known Early Bronze Age metal-production facility, where workers crafted high-quality copper tools and ingots beginning around 4,700 years ago.

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  10. Archaeology

    The Original Cocoa Treat: Chemistry pushes back first use of the drink

    Analysis of residues from ancient Maya vessels has revealed that the pots held cocoa almost 1,000 years before its previously known earliest use.

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  11. Archaeology

    Openings to the Underworld

    Archaeological finds indicate that ancient groups in Mexico and Central America, including the Maya, held beliefs about a sacred landscape that focused on natural and human-made caves as sites of important ritual activities and burials.

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  12. Archaeology

    New World hunters get a reprieve

    New radiocarbon evidence indicates that, beginning around 11,000 years ago, human hunters contributed to North American mammal extinctions that had already been triggered by pronounced climate shifts.

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