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How Humans Evolved To Hurt Each Other

A massive new study details when and where we beat the crap out of each other<p>Humans evolved to harm each other. We weren't always this way, and we may not always have to be.<p>To find out how humans compare to other mammals, and how our history of shedding each other's blood came to be, José María …

History

A Most Convenient Relationship: The Rise of the Cat as a Valued Companion Animal

<b>A Most Convenient Relationship: The Rise of the Cat as a Valued Companion Animal</b><p>By John D. Blaisdell<p><i>Between The Species</i>, Vol.9 (1993)<p>Introduction: Of …

An ancient Greek algorithm could reveal all-new prime numbers

Moar primes!<p>In case you missed it, mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - the limitless 'atoms' of the mathematical world that are …

Computer Science

Engraved Blocks May Be From Ramses II Temple

CAIRO, EGYPT—<i>Ahram Online</i> reports that the Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission has found a group of large blocks at the site of Matariya in …

Egypt

Ring-shaped geoglyphs found near ancient town in Peru

Dozens of circular geoglyphs, some comprising several intertwined rings, have been identified and mapped near the ancient Peruvian town of Quilcapampa, revealing that these earthen designs were created near ancient pathways used for trade.<p>Geoglyphs are designs, which often form shapes or images, on …

Ancient History

Bath Discovered in Roman Barracks in Bulgaria

WARSAW, POLAND—<i>Science & Scholarship in Poland</i> reports that a team of archaeologists from the Center for the Study of Antiquity of Southeastern …

Archaeology

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Smithsonian

3,400-year-old beads found in Nordic graves made by King Tut's glassmaker - Archaeology

Stunning glass beads found in Danish Bronze Age burials dating to 3400 years ago turn out to have come from ancient Egypt – in fact, from the …

Egypt

Early Bronze Age hillforts of the basalt desert of Eastern Jordan

Since 2010 the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) has been carrying out a research project in the basalt desert of …

Archaeology

Rare photos from inside ancient tombs that defy strict photography ban

Lauren McMahnews.com.au@lauren_mcmah<p><b>PHOTOGRAPHY is strictly forbidden inside this ancient burial site, which makes Jakub Kyncl’s holiday snaps pretty</b> …

Iron Age jewellery made on Orkney recreated

<b>A piece of Iron Age jewellery has been recreated using 3D printing technology.</b><p>Clay moulds used for casting bronze ring headed pins in the First to the Third Century AD were scanned to help recreate the ancient accessory.<p>The original moulds found at The Cairns on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, are too …

Archaeologists Find Roman Pagan Temple, Votive Figurine in Ancient Missionis near Bulgaria’s Targovishte

A bronze votive figurine has been discovered inside the newly found alleged Roman temple in the ancient city of Missionis near Bulgaria’s …

Love, Sex, and Marriage in Ancient Egypt

Although marriages in ancient Egypt were arranged for communal stability and personal advancement, there is ample evidence that romantic love was as …

The 17th-century man who was buried face down

Germans arrive at every appointment 5 hours before the scheduled time, all Indians are called Ranjid and have a red mark on their foreheads, the …

New Thoughts on the Death of Ötzi the Iceman

BALZANO, ITALY—<i>Seeker</i> reports that Angelika Fleckinger, the director of the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, requested that chief inspector …

Forensics

Building a Celtic Roundhouse.

This is one of the many roundhouses at Felin Uchaf in Wales where there are the remains of over 1,000 Iron Age hillforts each with many similar …

History

Viking horse breeders developed the ‘ambling gait’

The Vikings are well known for their violent raids, but did you know that they were also expert horse breeders?<p>New DNA research sheds light on the …

Genetics

The Delian League, Part 5: The Peace of Nicias, Quadruple Alliance, and Sicilian Expedition (421/0-413/2 BCE)

The fifth phase of the Delian League begins with the Peace of Nicias – a settlement that settled nothing – and ends with the start of the Decelean …

Site in Germany yields human presence over 1 million years ago

The late Early Pleistocene site near Untermassfeld, in Germany, is now well known for a rich array of fauna dating back to about 1.07 million years …

Archaeologists uncover monumental prehistoric structure on island of Menorca

Archaeologists have recently begun revealing the features of an ancient prehistoric stone structure on the Mediterranean island of Menorca in the …

Possible Iron Age Broch Discovered in Scotland

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND—<i>Shetland News</i> reports that Michael Stratigos of the University of Aberdeen and underwater archaeologist Sally Evans think they may …

Cambodia’s Forestry Officials Foil Suspected Looters

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA—<i>The Cambodia Daily</i> reports that forestry official Mom Bun Lim, chief of the Banteay Srei division, seized two tenth-century …

Ancient DNA sheds new light on early Americans

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE—The first large-scale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European …

Chinese Skeletons In Roman Britain? Not So Fast

Several British news outlets today ran a story with headlines about Chinese people in Roman Britain. While there is no doubt that the Roman Empire was cosmopolitan, and it is entirely likely that people of East Asian ancestry will be found in all parts of the Empire, we need to take a step back …

Imperialism

Archaeologists think they've found an 800-year-old boomerang victim

Those things are deadly.<p>After analysing markings on an 800-year-old skeleton, anthropologists in Australia have found evidence that its owner was …

Rare Roman-Era Coffin May Have Been Reused

DORSET, ENGLAND—<i>BBC News</i> reports that a limestone sarcophagus holding the remains of a Roman man was uncovered in a quarry in southwest England by a …

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Scanning software deciphers ancient biblical scroll

JERUSALEM (AP) — The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist's storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.<p>The passages from the Book …

Bible

Landscape, Maternal Space, And Child Exposure In The Sagas Of Icelanders

<b>Landscape, Maternal Space, And Child Exposure In The Sagas Of Icelanders</b><p>Paper by Robin Waugh<p>Given at the 3rd International St. Magnus Conference on …