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Big digs: The year 2016 in archaeology

<b>2016 had its fair share of exciting discoveries in the world of archaeology. Together, they reveal the human characteristics that unite us all and expose the impacts that past peoples continue to have on life today. Here's a selection of the most inspiring findings of the year.</b><p>Britain's Pompeii<p>Some …

Archaeology

Spoils of War: Black market robust for military artifacts stolen from public displays

In the predawn hours of May 1, thieves towed away a World War I-era cannon from outside the Veterans Memorial Hall in Richmond, Calif. -- where the artillery piece had stood for 70 years -- and later sold it to an unsuspecting buyer.<p>It was an audacious caper, but not an uncommon one. American war …

The Indus Valley civilisation is 2,500 years older than previously believed

The Indus Valley civilisation may be even older than initially thought.<p>A group of researchers in India have used carbon dating techniques on animal remains and pottery fragments to conclude that the Indus Valley settlements could be 8,000 years old—2,500 <b></b>years older than previously believed.<p>That …

Archaeology

The World's 20 Most Impressive Ancient Builds

The feats of the Ancients.<p>Suspension bridges and skyscrapers are marvels of modern engineering, but some of the world's most impressive constructions are thousands of years behind us. The Roman Colosseum is one such wonder, marking a crucial transition point between two vastly different ages of …

‘Cold case’ scientists solve absolutely brutal killing from 500,000 years ago

Scientists have unravelled a very, very cold case – a savage killing from half a million years ago.<p>Their findings will make you very, very glad you …

Mummy genomes reveal just how catastrophic European contact was for New World

The earliest Americans have long been shrouded in mystery. For decades, scientists have debated what route they traveled into North America and how …

Ancient stone tools raise tantalizing questions over who colonized Sulawesi

Stone tool‒makers ventured from Southeast Asia to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi deep in the Stone Age, far earlier than previously thought and …

25 Years of Archaeological Discovery That Have Rewritten England’s Story

Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has today published a new report illustrating how development-led archaeological discoveries have shed …

Scientist who found new human species accused of playing fast and loose with the truth

The palaeontologist whose team found Homo naledi has been criticised for rushing his findings and making basic errors<p>It remains one of the most dramatic human fossil finds of recent years. In 2013, in a tiny, cramped chamber in the Rising Star cave near Johannesburg, researchers led by …

Fossils found in African cave are new species of human kin, say scientists

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p>The two amateur cavers had to feel their way along the cave’s winding passages, crawl on their stomachs through an opening less than 10 inches high, ascend a jagged wall, cross a narrow ledge dubbed the “Dragon’s Back,” and make a 400-foot descent, sideways, through a …

Fossils

Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors?

<b>Have we underestimated the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age? Evidence from a variety of sources suggests that early Britons were more sophisticated than we could have imagined.</b><p>Archaeologists once thought that the story of the early hunter-gatherer Britons was lost to the …

Stone Age

This Ancient British Monument Was 10 Times Bigger Than Stonehenge

PEWSEY VALE, England<p>As they excavate the site, archaeologists search for clues about what caused an “insane” building boom in Stone Age Britain.<p>The sheer size of Marden Henge makes it hard to notice from the ground, even when you’re standing in the middle of it.<p>Its massive earthen berms, once ten …

3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone Tools Push Back Archaeological Record by a Whopping 700,000 Years

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest stone tools found to date. The West Turkana Archaeological Project made the announcement in a paper to be …

Anthropology

Multispectral Imaging: New Technology Resurrects Centuries-Old Texts

Innovation<p>Look closely at the faded letters of a centuries-old piece of parchment, and behind them you might see the remnants of an earlier work: perhaps a play or poem thought lost for generations. Scholars are applying a high-tech method to extract these hidden texts, left unnoticed or ignored …

Archaeologists find possible evidence of earliest human agriculture

Study of plant remains on shores of Sea of Galilee show crop cultivation may have developed 23,000 years ago<p>Israeli archaeologists have uncovered dramatic evidence of what they believe are the earliest known attempts at agriculture, 11,000 years before the generally recognised advent of organised …

Native American origins: When the DNA points two ways

This week, two teams of scientists released reports detailing the origins of Native American peoples. Both groups looked at ancient and modern DNA to attempt to learn more about the movements of populations from Asia into the New World, and about how groups mixed once they got here. Both discovered …

Anthropology