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      December 3, 2020

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      Ancient Migration Was Choice, Not Chance

      The degree of intentionality behind ancient ocean migrations, such as that to the Ryukyu Islands between Taiwan and mainland Japan, has been widely debated. Researchers used satellite-tracked buoys ...

      Geoscientists Discover Ancestral Puebloans Survived from Ice Melt in New Mexico Lava Tubes

      New study explains how Ancestral Puebloans survived devastating droughts by traveling deep into the caves of New Mexico to melt ancient ice as a ...

      The Unique Hydraulics in the Barbegal Water Mills, the World's First Industrial Plant

      The Barbegal watermills in southern France are a unique complex dating back to the 2nd century AD. The construction with 16 waterwheels is, as far as ...

      Population Dynamics and the Rise of Empires in Inner Asia

      Researchers sought to understand the genetic, sociopolitical and cultural changes surrounding the formation of the eastern Eurasian Steppe's historic empires. The study analyzed genome-wide data for ...
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      Bison Engravings in Spanish Caves Reveal a Common Art Culture Across Ancient Europe

      Recently discovered rock art from caves in Northern Spain represents an artistic cultural style common across ancient Europe, but previously unknown from the Iberian Peninsula, according to a new ...

      A Tale of Two Cesspits: DNA Reveals Intestinal Health in Medieval Europe and Middle East

      Analysis of 14th-15th century latrines in Jerusalem and Riga, Latvia identifies some of the microbes resident in the guts of these pre-industrial populations, illuminating how gut contents have ...

      Raids and Bloody Rituals Among Ancient Steppe Nomads

      Traces of violence on 1700 year old skeletons allow researchers to reconstruct warfare and sacrifices of nomads in Siberia. An international and interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, ...

      World's Largest DNA Sequencing of Viking Skeletons Reveals They Weren't All Scandinavian

      Invaders, pirates, warriors - the history books taught us that Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their way across Europe and beyond. Now ...

      To Recreate Ancient Recipes, Check out the Vestiges of Clay Pots

      UC Berkeley archaeologists have discovered that unglazed ceramic cookware can retain the residue of not just the last supper cooked, but earlier meals as well, opening a window onto gastronomic ...

      The Mathematical Values of Linear A Fraction Signs

      A recent study has shed new light on the Minoan system of fractions, one of the outstanding enigmas tied to the ancient writing of ...

      Drone Survey Reveals Large Earthwork at Ancestral Wichita Site in Kansas

      A new study using multisensor drones has revealed a large circular earthwork at what may be Etzanoa, an archaeological site near Wichita, Kansas. Archaeologists speculate that the site was visited by ...

      Study Reveals Lactose Tolerance Happened Quickly in Europe

      A new study published in Current Biology reveals that the ability for humans to digest milk (lactase persistence) spread through Central Europe quickly in evolutionary ...

      New Mathematical Method Shows How Climate Change Led to Fall of Ancient Civilization

      A researcher developed a mathematical method that shows climate change likely caused the rise and fall of an ancient civilization. A new article outlines the technique he developed and shows how ...

      Medieval Texts Reveal False Royal Navy Origins

      England's proud maritime history credits Alfred the Great as having established the Royal Navy but evidence from a medieval text show this popularly held belief to be ...

      Animal Mummies Unwrapped With Hi-Res 3D X-Rays

      Three mummified animals from ancient Egypt have been digitally unwrapped and dissected by researchers, using high-resolution 3D scans that give unprecedented detail about the animals' lives -- ...

      Remains of 17th Century Bishop Support Neolithic Emergence of Tuberculosis

      Researchers present analysis of the highest quality ancient Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome to date, suggesting the pathogen is much younger than previously ...

      The Oldest Known Cremation in the Near East Dates to 7000 BC

      Ancient people in the Near East had begun the practice of intentionally cremating their dead by the beginning of the 7th millennium BC, according to a new ...

      DNA from an Ancient, Unidentified Ancestor Was Passed Down to Humans Living Today

      A new analysis of ancient genomes suggests that different branches of the human family tree interbred multiple times, and that some humans carry DNA from an archaic, unknown ...

      Accelerated Bone Deterioration in Last 70 Years at Famous Mesolithic Peat Bog in Peril

      Alarming results from a 2019 survey of well-known archaeological site Ageröd reveal drastic bone and organic matter deterioration since the site's initial excavations in the 1940s, suggesting ...

      Foxes Have Been Eating Humans' Leftovers for 42,000 Years

      The diets of ancient foxes were influenced by humans, and these small carnivores might be tracers of human activity over ...

      Breakthrough in Studying Ancient DNA from Doggerland That Separates the UK from Europe

      Scientists have studied sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) from sediment deposits in the southern North Sea, an area which has not previously been linked to a tsunami that occurred 8150 years ...

      Hyksos, 15th Dynasty Rulers of Ancient Egypt, Were an Internal Takeover

      The Hyksos, who ruled during the 15th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, were not foreign invaders, but a group who rose to power from within, according to a new ...

      New Method Solves Old Mystery: Hafnium Isotopes Clinch Origin of High-Quality Roman Glass

      Archaeological glass contains information about the movement of goods and ancient economies, yet the understanding of critical aspects of the ancient glass industry is fragmentary. Until now, it has ...

      First Confirmed Underwater Aboriginal Archaeological Sites Found Off Australian Coast

      Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a ...

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