Archaeology

  1. wet weather
    Archaeology

    Ancient South American populations dipped due to an erratic climate

    Scientists link bouts of intense rainfall and drought around 8,600 to 6,000 years ago to declining numbers of South American hunter-gatherers.

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  2. fox snout pouch
    Archaeology

    An ancient pouch reveals the hallucinogen stash of an Andes shaman

    South American shamans in the Andes Mountains carried mind-altering ingredients 1,000 years ago, a study finds.

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  3. Archaeology

    Excavations show hunter-gatherers lived in the Amazon more than 10,000 years ago

    Early foragers may have laid the foundation for farming’s ascent in South America’s tropical forests.

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  4. ancient Guatemalan carving
    Archaeology

    Ancient sculptors made magnetic figures from rocks struck by lightning

    Carved ‘potbelly’ stone sculptures suggest people in what’s now Guatemala knew about magnetism more than 2,000 years ago.

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  5. a photo of a Cherokee inscription on the wall of a cave
    Archaeology

    Newly translated Cherokee cave writings reveal sacred messages

    Cherokee inscriptions highlight the tribe’s rituals nearly 200 years ago in what’s now a tourist cave in Alabama.

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  6. Tokyo
    Archaeology

    ‘Cities’ reveals common ground between ancient and modern urban life

    In the book ‘Cities,’ archaeologist Monica Smith sees the positives in past and present metropolises.

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  7. astrolabe
    Archaeology

    The oldest known astrolabe was used on one of Vasco da Gama’s ships

    A navigational device for taking altitudes at sea was found in a Portuguese shipwreck in the Arabian Sea and dates back to 1496.

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  8. 2000-year-old tattoo tool
    Archaeology

    A 2,000-year-old tattoo tool is the oldest in western North America

    The artifact is made of two pigment-stained cactus spines, and has been sitting in storage since its discovery in 1972.

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  9. Angkor
    Archaeology

    Ancient Angkor’s mysterious decline may have been slow, not sudden

    Analyzing sediment from the massive city’s moat challenges the idea that the last capital of the Khmer Empire collapsed suddenly.

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  10. yaks in Mongolia
    Archaeology

    Tooth plaque shows drinking milk goes back 3,000 years in Mongolia

    The hardened plaque on teeth is helping scientists trace the history of dairying in Mongolia.

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  11. stone megalith in Sardinia
    Archaeology

    The spread of Europe’s giant stone monuments may trace back to one region

    Megaliths spread across the continent due to seafarers’ influence, researcher says.

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  12. ancient grave
    Genetics

    DNA reveals early mating between Asian herders and European farmers

    A new genetic analysis could upend assumptions about the origins of Indo-European languages.

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