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Carbon Dating

News about carbon dating. Commentary and archival information about carbon dating from The New York Times.

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Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:01:35 GMT

Cave paintings in Spain were made by Neanderthals, not modern humans, archaeologists reported. The finding adds to evidence that Neanderthals were capable of symbolic thought and perhaps language.

A Dig in Israel Unearths Clues About Ancient Food and Drink

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:03:47 GMT

After finding a trove of jars, archaeologists hope to reproduce a Canaanite wine.

Scientific Evidence of Flood May Give Credence to Legend of China’s First Dynasty

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:17:51 GMT

Historians have long wondered whether the Great Flood was a myth, but archaeologists and geologists have discovered data about a dam that supports the story.

Story of Philistines Could Be Reshaped by Ancient Cemetery

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:01:20 GMT

Archaeologists in Ashkelon, Israel, said they had found a burial site that could help reveal the origin and lifestyle of a civilization whose history has been written by its enemies.

Digging Up the Root of Carbon Dating
The discovery of the principle behind carbon dating was reported in The New York Times two years before its remarkable implications were widely understood.

Neanderthals in Europe Died Out Thousands of Years Sooner Than Some Thought, Study Says
The finding, aided by advances in radiocarbon dating, sharply narrows the period in which Neanderthals and modern humans overlapped in Europe.

With Science, New Portrait of the Cave Artist
Paintings on cave walls in northwestern Spain are far older than previously thought — some of them more than 40,000 years old, scientists said, raising a possibility that Neanderthals were the artists.

Finding the First Americans
New discoveries are upending the old theory of how the continent was settled.

Finding The First Americans

Sat, 19 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

WHEN and how did the first people arrive in the Americas? For many decades, archaeologists have agreed on an explanation known as the Clovis model. The theory holds that about 13,500 years ago, bands of big-game hunters in Asia followed their prey across an exposed ribbon of land linking Siberia and Alaska and found themselves on a vast, unexplored continent. The route back was later blocked by rising sea levels that swamped the land bridge. Those pioneers were the first Americans.

Artifacts From a Time of Many Droughts

Wed, 16 May 2012 15:55:28 GMT

After finding more water jar pieces, researchers plan their return to Cara Blanca, Belize, to further study the Maya world and how its inhabitants survived multi-year droughts.