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Height and weight evolved at different speeds in the bodies of our ancestors

Tue, 07 Nov 17 00:02:20 -0800

The largest study to date of body sizes over millions of years finds a 'pulse and stasis' pattern to hominin evolution, with surges of growth in stature and bulk occurring at different times. At one stage, our ancestors got taller around a million years before body mass caught up.

Excavation in Northern Iraq: Sasanian loom discovered

Mon, 06 Nov 17 00:04:10 -0800

A team of Frankfurt-based archaeologists has returned from the Iraqi-Kurdish province of Sulaymaniyah with new findings. The discovery of a loom from the 5th to 6th century AD in particular caused a stir.

New research on the Caribbean's largest concentration of indigenous pre-Columbian rock art

Sun, 29 Oct 17 00:08:20 -0700

New research reveals key discoveries including first direct rock art dates in the Caribbean, how pre-Columbian rock-art was made and paint recipes.

Does population size affect rates of violence?

Thu, 26 Oct 17 00:12:30 -0700

A new article in Current Anthropology argues small-scale societies are likely to be victims, rather than perpetrators, of violence

'Selfish brain' wins out when competing with muscle power, study finds

Fri, 20 Oct 17 00:08:20 -0700

New research on our internal trade-off when physical and mental performance are put in direct competition has found that cognition takes less of a hit, suggesting more energy is diverted to the brain than body muscle. Researchers say the findings support the 'selfish brain' theory of human evolution.

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

Wed, 18 Oct 17 00:14:30 -0700

Researchers are blending archaeology and geochemistry to get a more complete picture of turquoise's mining and distribution in the pre-Hispanic Southwest.

Bones reveal social differences between the people buried in dolmens and those in caves

Tue, 03 Oct 17 00:03:00 -0700

A study by the UPV/EHU's Department of Genetics, Physical Anthropology and Animal Physiology and the School of Archaeology of the University of Oxford has measured stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes of the bones of individuals buried in dolmens and caves; the aim is to establish their diet and thus obtain information on their social structure and type of society in the Rioja Alavesa area during the late Neolithic and early Chalcolithic.

Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes

Sun, 01 Oct 17 00:10:00 -0700

New research uses innovative data modeling to predict which species acted as an intermediary between our ancestors and those of chimpanzees to carry HSV2 -- the genital herpes virus -- across the species barrier.

Scandinavia's earliest farmers exchanged terminology with Indo-Europeans

Fri, 29 Sep 17 00:03:50 -0700

5,000 years ago, the Yamnaya culture migrated into Europe from the Caspian steppe. In addition to innovations such as the wagon and dairy production, they brought a new language -- Indo-European -- that replaced most local languages the following millennia. But local cultures also influenced the new language, particularly in southern Scandinavia, where Neolithic farmers made lasting contributions to Indo-European vocabulary before their own language went extinct, new research shows.

Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago

Thu, 28 Sep 17 00:10:40 -0700

How old is our species? The complete genomes of three Stone Age individuals from the KwaZulu-Natal coast, helped to shed light on the age of our species. Their DNA shows that genetically modern humans emerged much earlier than previously thought, and probably in more than one African region.

How aerial thermal imagery is revolutionizing archaeology

Sun, 24 Sep 17 00:08:30 -0700

A Dartmouth-led study has demonstrated how the latest aerial thermal imagery is transforming archaeology due to advancements in technology. Today's thermal cameras, commercial drones and photogrammetric software has introduced a new realm of possibilities for collecting site data-- field survey data across a much larger area can now be obtained in much less time. The findings in Advances in Archaeological Practice serve as a manual on how to use aerial thermography.

Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed

Thu, 14 Sep 17 00:15:10 -0700

The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country are genetically highly different from each other. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their colleagues reveal that the people there have remained genetically independent from Europe and Asia for most of the last 50,000 years, and that people from the country's isolated highlands region have been completely independent even until the present day.

An officer and a gentlewoman from the Viking army in Birka

Fri, 08 Sep 17 00:11:20 -0700

War was not an activity exclusive to males in the Viking world. A new study conducted by researchers at Stockholm and Uppsala universities shows that women could be found in the higher ranks at the battlefield.

Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe

Mon, 04 Sep 17 00:11:30 -0700

At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in the Lechtal, south of Augsburg, Germany. The majority of women probably came from Bohemia or Central Germany, while men usually remained in the region of their birth. This so-called patrilocal pattern combined with individual female mobility persisted over a period of 800 years during the transition from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age.

Research on the meaning of ancient geometric earthworks in southwestern Amazonia

Wed, 30 Aug 17 00:04:10 -0700

Researchers examine pre-colonial geometric earthworks in the southwestern Amazonia from the point of view of indigenous peoples and archaeology. The study shows that the earthworks were once important ritual communication spaces.

'Lost city' used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Mon, 21 Aug 17 00:16:00 -0700

Researchers at the University of York working on a 700-year-old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefited farming practices for some 500 years.

Citrus: From luxury item to cash crop

Fri, 18 Aug 17 00:01:00 -0700

New research from Tel Aviv University reveals that citrons and lemons were status symbols for the ancient Roman ruling elite. It also plots the route and evolution of the citrus trade in the ancient Mediterranean.

Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam

Thu, 17 Aug 17 00:03:20 -0700

A team of archaeologists from The Australian National University has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago.

Mystery of 8,500-year-old copper-making event revealed through materials science

Tue, 15 Aug 17 00:13:20 -0700

Stone Age metallurgical 'slag' from Turkey -- once thought to be the earliest known example of copper smelting in western Eurasia -- now re-identified as incidentally fired green copper pigment.

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse says CU professor

Wed, 09 Aug 17 00:03:10 -0700

As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.

Ancient pottery reveals insights on Iroquoian population's power in 16th century

Wed, 09 Aug 17 00:10:50 -0700

An innovative study published today in the journal Science Advances demonstrates how decorations on ancient pottery can be used to discover new evidence for how groups interacted across large regions.

Ancient DNA analysis reveals Minoan and Mycenaean origins

Wed, 02 Aug 17 00:11:40 -0700

DNA analysis of archaeological remains has revealed that Ancient Minoans and Mycenaens were genetically similar with both peoples descending from early Neolithic farmers. They likely migrated from Anatolia to Greece and Crete thousands of years before the Bronze Age. Modern Greeks are largely descendants of the Mycenaeans, the study found.The Minoan civilization flourished on Crete beginning in the third millennium B.C.E. and was advanced artistically and technologically. The Minoans were also the first literate people of Europe.

'Invasive' species have been around much longer than believed

Mon, 31 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0700

A new study, Chrysocoma ciliata L. (Asteraceae) in the Lesotho Highlands: an anthropogenically introduced invasive or a niche coloniser?, published in Biological Invasions, confirms that a shrub believed to be an invasive in the eastern Lesotho Highlands has been growing in the region for over 4,000 years.

Algorithms identify the dynamics of prehistoric social networks in the Balkans

Thu, 27 Jul 17 00:08:10 -0700

The pioneering application of modularity analyses in archaeology yields a powerful method for highly accurate mapping of social interaction in the human past.

Archaeologists find key to tracking ancient wheat in frozen Bronze Age box

Wed, 26 Jul 17 00:16:10 -0700

A Bronze Age wooden container found in an ice patch at 2,650m in the Swiss Alps could help archaeologists shed new light on the spread and exploitation of cereal grains following a chance discovery.

Diet of the ancient people of Rapa Nui shows adaptation and resilience not 'ecocide'

Thu, 13 Jul 17 00:01:40 -0700

Research by an international team, led by the University of Bristol, has shed new light on the fate of the ancient people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress

Tue, 04 Jul 17 00:08:00 -0700

In 2014 archaeologists from the Museum of South East Denmark and Aarhus University discovered the previously unknown Viking fortress at Borgring south of Copenhagen. Since then the search has been on to uncover the life, function, destruction and, not least, the precise dating of the Viking fortress. Now a new find has produced a breakthrough in the investigation.

3,000-year-old textiles are earliest evidence of chemical dyeing in the Levant

Wed, 28 Jun 17 00:02:40 -0700

Tel Aviv University archaeologists have revealed that cloth samples found in the Israeli desert present the earliest evidence of plant-based textile dyeing in the region. They are estimated to date from the 13th-10th centuries BCE, the era of David and Solomon.

Jerusalem tower younger than thought

Thu, 15 Jun 17 00:09:20 -0700

Gihon Spring, was crucial to the survival of its inhabitants, and archaeologists had uncovered the remains of a massive stone tower built to guard this vital water supply. Based on pottery and other regional findings, the archaeologists had originally assigned it a date of 1,700 BCE. But new research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science provides conclusive evidence that the stones at the base of the tower were laid nearly 1,000 years later.

Multispectral imaging reveals ancient Hebrew inscription undetected for over 50 years

Wed, 14 Jun 17 00:13:20 -0700

Using advanced imaging technology, Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered a hitherto invisible inscription on the back of a pottery shard dating from 600 BCE that has been on display at The Israel Museum for more than 50 years.

Moroccan fossils show human ancestors' diet of game

Wed, 07 Jun 17 00:07:20 -0700

New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. They also reveal what was on the menu for our oldest-known Homo sapiens ancestors 300,000 years ago: Plenty of gazelle.

Geology and biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates

Wed, 07 Jun 17 00:02:10 -0700

Scientists at The Australian National University have found that independent estimates from geology and biology agree on the timing of the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent into today's continents.

Radiocarbon dating of phytolith traces rice domestication to 10,000 years ago

Fri, 02 Jun 17 00:06:00 -0700

The study of phytolith carbon-14 and morphological characteristics, by Prof. LU Houyuan's laboratory at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggests that rice domestication may have begun at Shangshan in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in China during the beginning of the Holocene.

Genomics tracks migration from lost empires to modern cities

Sun, 28 May 17 00:08:40 -0700

New genomic tools are enabling researchers to overturn long-held beliefs about the origins of populations. Until recently, assumptions about origins were based on where people were buried, but this does not take into account the migrations that scientists now know took place thousands of years ago.

GIS -- a powerful tool to be used with caution

Thu, 18 May 17 00:13:20 -0700

A recent study, published in Open Archaeology, provides a new perspective on the severe impacts of escalating climate change on the heritage resources of Canadian Arctic. Referring to the application of Geographic Information System analytical methods in assessing the threat of shoreline erosion to archaeological sites, it details steps taken to review the quality of the GIS model in light of a discrepancy with rates observed during actual survey visits.

A portable measuring device to detect optimum ripeness in tomatoes

Tue, 09 May 17 00:00:40 -0700

Tomatoes ripen in various phases in which the colour of the fruit undergoes changes. A piece of research by the UPV/EHU's Department of Analytical Chemistry has used a portable Raman spectrometer, an instrument widely used in other fields such as analyzing works of art, to monitor tomatoes. By using this mobile measuring device that analyses the molecular composition of the fruit, the producer can monitor tomatoes in situ and find out when they have reached their point of optimum ripeness.

A first-ever find in Egypt: A funeral garden known of until now only through

Thu, 04 May 17 00:01:00 -0700

The Djehuty Project, led by research professor, José Manuel Galán, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has discovered a 4,000-year-old funerary garden- the first such garden ever to be found- on the Dra Abu el-Naga hill in Luxor, Egypt. The discovery comes during the 16th year of archaeological excavations which are sponsored this year by Técnicas Reunidas and Indra.

Study could provide first clues about the social lives of extinct human relatives

Wed, 03 May 17 00:09:30 -0700

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) of the bony head-crests of male gorillas could provide some of the first clues about the social structures of our extinct human relatives, including how they chose their sexual partners.

DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments

Thu, 27 Apr 17 00:04:40 -0700

Researchers have developed a new method to retrieve hominin DNA from cave sediments -- even in the absence of skeletal remains.

Flawed forensic science may be hampering identification of human remains

Thu, 27 Apr 17 00:10:00 -0700

Research from The Australian National University (ANU) has cast doubt on a method used in forensic science to determine whether skeletal remains are of a person who has given birth.

Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

Fri, 21 Apr 17 00:04:50 -0700

The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.

Geography and culture may shape Latin American and Caribbean maize

Wed, 12 Apr 17 00:10:00 -0700

Variations in Latin American and Caribbean maize populations may be linked to anthropological events such as migration and agriculture, according to a study published April 12, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Claudia Bedoya from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and colleagues.

In search of the wild fava bean

Sun, 09 Apr 17 00:08:20 -0700

Seeds from a site in Northern Israel are the ancestors of today's fava beans.

New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago

Thu, 06 Apr 17 00:02:10 -0700

New DNA research shows true migration route of early farming in Europe 8,000 years ago, correcting previous theories.

Kent State archaeologist explains innovation of 'fluting' ancient stone weaponry

Tue, 04 Apr 17 00:09:00 -0700

Approximately 13,500 years after nomadic Clovis hunters crossed the frozen land bridge from Asia to North America, researchers are still asking questions and putting together clues as to how they not only survived in a new landscape with unique new challenges but adapted with stone tools and weapons to thrive for thousands of years. Kent State University's Metin Eren, Ph.D., and his colleagues are not only asking these questions but testing their unique new theories.

Legends of the lost reservoirs

Wed, 29 Mar 17 00:03:00 -0700

University of Cincinnati interdisciplinary researchers and global collaborators dig into the past to inspire modern water management strategies that can save time and money and may avoid negative effects on our climate.

The Anthropocene: Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch

Thu, 23 Mar 17 00:13:50 -0700

'Irreversible' changes to the Earth provide striking evidence of new epoch, University of Leicester experts suggest.

Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle -- and vice versa

Wed, 22 Mar 17 00:05:10 -0700

New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime. Findings may be evidence of tribal encroachment that undermined Roman Empire during 5th century AD, contributing to its fall.

Did humans create the Sahara desert?

Tue, 14 Mar 17 00:03:40 -0700

New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification.

Lyncean Technologies signs AXT Pty Ltd as representative in Australia and New Zealand

Mon, 13 Mar 17 00:15:30 -0700

Lyncean Technologies, Inc., manufacturer of the Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS), today announced the signing of AXT Pty Ltd as their exclusive representative in Australia and New Zealand. AXT will be responsible for growing the academic research market for Lyncean as well as providing front line service and operational support for future installations.