Category Archives: Archaeology

More Evidence Emerges That “Hobbits” Were A Separate Species

… Frodo fans can delight in new evidence that hobbits did in fact belong to the extinct species Homo floresiensis. A study published in Journal of Human Evolution last week shows hobbit wrists were markedly different from humans’, lending credence to the theory that they were a separate species from Homo sapiens. After studying the… Read More »

4,000-year-old shaman’s stones discovered near Boquete, Panama

  Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America. Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of… Read More »

Bones and jars of the dead unearthed in 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs

Archaeologists say they have discovered a string of 3,000-year-old rock tombs in the Egyptian city of Luxor, containing the remains of wooden coffins, skeletons, furniture and canopic jars.The tombs were dug within the funerary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep II, who reigned from 1427 to 1401 B.C. during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. However, the newfound tombs appear… Read More »

Ancient ‘Alien’ Burial Site Discovered

Close to the small Mexican village of Onavas, south Sonora, archaeologists have uncovered the first pre-Hispanic cemetery of that area, dating to around 1,000 years ago. The burial ground consists of 25 individuals; 13 have intentional cranial deformation and five also have dental mutilation, cultural practices which are similar to those of pre-Hispanic groups in… Read More »

Researchers find evidence of early man in caves near Naples

Researchers are poring over thousands of tiny artifacts – including a child’s milk tooth – found in a southern Italian cave that appears to have been shared by both Neanderthals and early man. The caves of Roccia San Sebastiano, which overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, are being combed for traces of those who… Read More »

Evidence that Incas Fattened up their Children Before Sacrificing Them

From October 2, 2007 Grim evidence of how the Incas “fattened up” children before sacrificing them to their gods has emerged from a new analysis of hair from two 500-year-old mummies preserved near the summit of a volcano… The remains of the 15-year-old girl known as the “Llullaillaco Maiden” and the seven-year-old “Llullaillaco Boy” revealed… Read More »

Did Neanderthals Sail to Mediterranean?

Neanderthals and other extinct human lineages might have been ancient mariners, venturing to the Mediterranean islands thousands of years earlier than previously thought. This prehistoric seafaring could shed light on the mental capabilities of these lost relatives of modern humans, researchers say. Scientists had thought the Mediterranean islands were first settled about 9,000 years ago… Read More »

New “Sauron” Dinosaur Found, Was Big as T. Rex

Named after the demonic Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings films, a new species of flesh-ripping dinosaur terrorized North Africa some 95 million years ago, a new study says. The species—Sauroniops pachytholus, or “eye of Sauron” in Greek—was identified from a single fossil unearthed in southeastern Morocco in 2007. That fossil included… Read More »

‘Oldest Maya tomb’ found in Guatemala’s Retalhuleu

One of the oldest Maya tombs ever found has been uncovered in western Guatemala, say archaeologists. Located at a temple site in Retalhuleu province, the grave is thought to be that of an ancient ruler or religious leader who lived some 2,000 years ago. Carbon-dating indicated the tomb had been built between 700 and 400… Read More »

World’s oldest undeciphered writing

Proto-Elamite is the last remaining undeciphered writing from the ancient world The world’s oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. This international research project is already casting light on a lost bronze age middle eastern society where… Read More »

Mammoth carcass found in Siberia

A well-preserved mammoth carcass has been found by an 11-year-old boy in the permafrost of northern Siberia.The remains were discovered at the end of August in Sopochnaya Karga, 3,500km 2,200 miles northeast of Moscow.A team of experts from St Petersburg then spent five days in September extracting the body from frozen mud.The mammoth is estimated… Read More »

Buddhist statue from Tibet with Nazi symbol confirmed to have extraterrestrial origin

A Buddhist statue brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having an extraterrestrial origin. Known as the ‘iron man’, the 24-centimetre-high sculpture may represent the god Vaiśravaṇa and was likely created from a piece of the Chinga meteorite that was strewn across the border region between Russia and Mongolia… Read More »

360° Aerial Panoramas of the Giza Plateau

… so here’s a direct link to the full page: 360° Aerial Panorama of the Giza Plateau Make sure you full-screen the page for the full effect! … How did AirPano collect these amazing panorama images? Just like the aliens that built the Giza pyramids, they used UFOs (or possibly remote-controlled drone-copters) to fly a… Read More »

Conflict and ‘boom-bust’ explain humans’ rapid evolution

What explains the extraordinarily fast rate of evolution in the human lineage over the past two million years? A leading human origins researcher has come up with an idea that involves aggression between groups and the boom-bust cycles that have punctuated our spread into new environments. Prof Ian Tattersall said there were few examples to… Read More »

Stone Age dentist used beeswax for filling

AUSTRALIAN scientists have helped date what may be the world’s oldest dental filling – in a tooth crowned with beeswax in a 6500-year-old human jaw. The portion of lower jaw, which was uncovered in a cave wall in northern Slovenia – an area rich in archaeological sites – bears two premolars, two first molars and… Read More »

Fossil records ‘crab’ death march

The behaviour of an ancient horseshoe crab in its final moments before death has been captured in the fossil record. …The fossil trackway of the animal’s last moments – known as a mortichnia, or death march – was discovered in the lithographic limestone of Bavaria in Germany in 2002, where spectacular fossils of the famous… Read More »

Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects

Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China.According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, counterfeits are now widespread and have become… Read More »

Israel Ancient Jewelry Uncovered In Archaeological Dig

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 23, 2012, ancient jewelry discovered by Israeli archaeologists is displayed at the Tel Aviv University, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare trove of 3,000-year-old jewelry, including a ring and earrings, hidden in a ceramic jug near the ancient city of Megiddo, where the New Testament… Read More »

Dog stumbles upon 300 million-year-old fossil

A family and their dog named Kitty have stumbled upon one of the most significant fossil finds ever in Nova Scotia. The reptile fossil, affectionately nicknamed “Superstar,” is the first of its kind to be found in the province. While out walking along Nova Scotia’s fossil-rich Northumberland shore, Patrick Keating, his family, and their dog,… Read More »

Neanderthal breeding idea doubted

Similarities between the DNA of modern people and Neanderthals are more likely to have arisen from shared ancestry than interbreeding, a study reports. That is according to research carried out at the University of Cambridge and published this week in PNAS journal. Previously, it had been suggested that shared parts of the genomes of these… Read More »

New Pyramid Found With Vivid Murals, Stacked Tombs

One of three stacked tombs newly discovered within a pyramid, this vividly painted chamber is unique among ancient Zapotec funerary architecture, Mexican archaeologists announced in late July. Dating from about A.D. 650 to 850, the funerary complex was part of an elite neighborhood of the Zapotec, an agrarian culture that once thrived throughout what’s now… Read More »

Cargo laden Roman ship found

Italian police divers have discovered a 2,000-year-old sunken ship in the waters near the port city of Genoa. The wreck contains hundreds of amphorae, or clay jars, used for shipping oil, olives, wine and other food products. An automated underwater rover located the Roman remains on the sea floor at a depth of 200 feet… Read More »

New human species identified from Kenya fossils

Researchers studying fossils from northern Kenya have identified a new species of human that lived two million years ago. The discoveries suggests that at least three distinct species of humans co-existed in Africa. The research adds to a growing body of evidence that runs counter to the popular perception that there was a linear evolution… Read More »

Remote-Scanning Techniques Revolutionize Archaeology

The Glauberg is a hot spot for archaeologists. For decades, researchers have been studying the hill in the central German state of Hesse, where people settled some 7,000 years ago. Over the millennia, the plateau was inhabited by Celts and Alemanni and, in the Middle Ages, people there built castles that reached for the sky.… Read More »

Hoard of Crusader gold found in ruins

A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University has uncovered a hoard of real-life buried treasure at the Crusader castle of Arsur (also known as Apollonia), a stronghold located between the ancient ports of Jaffa and Caesarea, in use from 1241 to its destruction in 1265. The hoard, composed of 108 gold coins, mostly dinars… Read More »

Ancient Life-Size Lion Statues Baffle Scientists

Two sculptures of life-size lions, each weighing about 5 tons in antiquity, have been discovered in what is now Turkey, with archaeologists perplexed over what the granite cats were used for. One idea is that the statues, created between 1400 and 1200 B.C., were meant to be part of a monument for a sacred water… Read More »

Ancient ‘mistake’ led to humans

More than 500 million years ago a spineless ocean-dwelling creature experienced a dramatic change to its DNA, which may have led to the evolution of vertebrates, says a new study. The good news is that these ancient DNA doublings boosted cellular communication systems, so that our body’s cells are now better at integrating information than… Read More »

Mystery of Lost Roman City Solved: Ancients Greened the Desert?

Today it’s a mirage-like expanse of monumental ruins. But under the Roman Empire, Palmyra was a trading metropolis, according to historical and archaeological evidence. Despite nearly a century of research, though, a key question remains unanswered: How did this city of 200,000 thrive in the middle of an infertile Syrian desert? Once a required stop… Read More »

Mona Lisa’s Skeleton Found?

D’Aquino and colleagues had to dig through a foot of concrete before they unearthed a brick crypt containing the bones. The bone hunt, which began last year, aims to possibly reconstruct Lisa’s face in order to see if her facial features match that of the iconic painting hanging at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Indeed,… Read More »

Sci-Fi Experiment Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens Is Far Smarter Than You Think

Tackling stimulating subjects like mass extinction and resource wars with nary a human character in sight, Grant Morrison and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens is a cerebral sci-fi experiment that’s far more ambitious than it sounds.In other words, the cross-platform project — with comics, motion comics and a movie trilogy in the works —… Read More »

Neanderthals in northern Spain had knowledge of plants’ healing qualities, study reveals

An international team of researchers, led by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of York, has provided the first molecular evidence that Neanderthals not only ate a range of cooked plant foods, but also understood its nutritional and medicinal qualities. Until recently Neanderthals, who disappeared between 30,000 and 24,000 years ago, were thought… Read More »

Ancient pre-Inca tomb found in northern Peru

Human remains and jewellery were found on July 4 along with the tomb, which was likely the final resting place of a member of the aristocracy of the Sican or Lambayeque elite, according to head researcher Carlos Wester La Torre. A gold earflap, a silver-plated crown, and some 120 silver and copper ornaments that served… Read More »

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Supports Possibility that All Dinosaurs Had Feathers

A new species of feathered dinosaur discovered in southern Germany is further changing the perception of how predatory dinosaurs looked. The fossil ofSciurumimus albersdoerferi,which lived about 150 million years ago, provides the first evidence of feathered theropod dinosaurs that are not closely related to birds. The fossil is described in a paper published in theProceedings… Read More »

Oldest Known Pottery (20,000 years) Found in China

Fragments of ancient pottery found in southern China turn out to date back 20,000 years, making them the world’s oldest known pottery — 2,000 to 3,000 years older than examples found in East Asia and elsewhere. The ceramics probably consisted of simple concave vessels that were likely used for cooking food, said Ofer Bar-Yosef, an… Read More »

Iraq cuts US archaeology cooperation over archives

Iraq has cut cooperation with the United States on archaeological exploration because Washington has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives, Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim has told AFP. The fate of the archives, which were removed from Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion, is a long-running point of contention between Washington and Baghdad, which has… Read More »

Dinosaurs warm-blooded? Study finds both warm and cold blooded animals have seasonal "tree rings" in bones

One of the strongest lines of evidence that dinosaurs were cold-blooded, like modern reptiles, has been knocked down. Prior studies of dinosaur bones uncovered what are known as “lines of arrested growth”. The creatures were presumed to be cold-blooded because modern cold-blooded animals show these same lines. But scientists reporting in Nature have studied the… Read More »

Mysterious Building in Monmouth, Wales Older Than Pyramids?

British archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a mysterious prehistoric structure that might be older than Egypt’s pyramids. Discovered during work at a housing development in Monmouth, Wales, the bulky feature consists of a series of trenches possibly housing the timber foundations of a massive building. NEWS: Swedish Stonehenge? Stone Structure Spurs Debate “We have… Read More »

'Giant wombat' grave found in Queensland, Australia

Diprotodon (Greek for “two forward teeth”); pronounced die-PRO-toe-don, Plains of Australia, Pleistocene-Modern (2 million-10,000 years ago), About 12 feet long and two tons, ate plants. — Scientists have unearthed the biggest find yet of prehistoric “giant wombat” skeletons, revealing clues to the reasons for the species’ extinction. The find, in Queensland, Australia, of about 50… Read More »