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Surprise! 1,000-Year-Old Mummy Found in Buddha Statue

Scientists found something strange inside of an ancient Buddha statue — the mummified remains of a monk. The statue was subjected to CT scans in December at Meander Medical Center in Amsterdam. Researchers determined that the monk went through self-mummification, a process that involves being …

Archaeology

Items lost in the Stone Age are found in melting glaciers

Around 7,000 years ago the Earth was enjoying a warm climate. Now glaciers and patches of perennial ice in the high mountains of Southern Norway have …

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.<p>But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific …

Anthropology

Grisly Ritual Revealed: How Bolivians Dissolved Bodies

At an ancient ritual complex in Bolivia, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a room where dead bodies were dissolved down to their bones in sizzling pots of caustic chemicals.<p>The researchers say people traveling in llama caravans may have brought their deceased relatives to be "defleshed" in …

Archaeology

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

Dogs are humanity’s oldest friends, renowned for their loyalty and abilities to guard, hunt and chase. But modern humans may owe even more to them than we previously realised. We may have to thank them for helping us eradicate our caveman rivals, the Neanderthals.<p>According to a leading US …

Humanity

Are murderers born or made?

<b>Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.</b><p>In the 1870s Dr Cesare Lombroso, sometimes called the father of scientific criminology, was studying criminals imprisoned in Turin.<p>He became convinced …

17th-Century Slaves' Bones Traced to African Homelands

More than 300 years after three Africans died in slavery on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, scientists have traced them back to their homelands — thanks to short snippets of DNA that were recovered from the roots of their teeth.<p>The study, published online Monday in the Proceedings of the …

Anthropology

Excavation Reveals Ancient Town and Burial Complex in Diros Bay, Greece

Recent research by The Diros Project, a five-year excavation program in Diros Bay, Greece, has uncovered the remains of an ancient town and burial …

Unraveled: Why Chile's Chinchorro Mummies Are Turning into Black Ooze

The famous Chinchorro mummies, which have remained preserved in Chile for more than 7,000 years, are now under threat from increased levels of moisture.<p>Humid air is allowing bacteria to grow, causing the mummies' skin "to go black and become gelatinous," said Ralph Mitchell, a professor emeritus of …

Archaeology

2,500-Year-Old Bison-Kill Site Offers New Clues Into Ancient Culture of Northern Plains

A massive and rather cunning bison kill carried out some 2,500 years ago among the sand dunes of southern Alberta left behind a wealth of artifacts …

Plaster casts of victims' bodies at Pompeii in Italy.

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter.</i><p>Those that did not flee …

Newly Found ‘Lost City’ Protected by Honduran President

Archaeological site to be safeguarded against looting and deforestation.<p>The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, took steps this week to secure and protect the newly found archaeological site of a “lost city” in the eastern part of his country, after concerns were raised in an exclusive …

Archaeology

Saharan 'carpet of tools' is earliest known man-made landscape

A new intensive survey of the Messak Settafet escarpment, a massive outcrop of sandstone in the middle of the Saharan desert, has shown that stone …

Western Washington’s “Completely New” Projectile Points

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—A tool-making site estimated to be more than 10,000 years old has been found along Bear Creek in suburban Seattle. Thousands of …