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Life above the clouds in the Andes, 7,000 years ago

In the Andes Mountains of Peru, the air is gaspingly thin, the climate harsh. Now archaeologists have evidence that humans lived there full-time at least 7,000 years ago, making themselves at home in a spot twice as high as Denver.<p>And they were equipped with little more than stone tools.<p>Scientists …

Anthropology

Hints of Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple

Carved human skull fragments from a Stone Age archaeological site hint at a surprisingly complex culture.<p>Around 10,000 years ago, the already striking presence of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey could have been even more impressive—as human skulls might have dangled in what is considered the …

Archaeology

How African Americans Use DNA Testing to Connect With Their Past

Genetic tests have ushered in a new era of root-seeking and community-building, says social scientist Alondra Nelson.<p>In 1977, Alondra Nelson remembers lying stomach-down, head-in-hands, in front of the television, watching Alex Haley’s miniseries <i>Roots</i> with her parents. “I knew that something …

DNA

Prehistoric Fish Trap and Petroglyphs Found on Kodiak Island | Alaska Native News

Rocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum<p>Alutiiq Museum …

Sound-reflecting shelters inspired ancient rock artists

Ancient rock artists were drawn to echo chambers. Members of early farming communities in Europe painted images in rock-shelters where sounds bounced …

Archaeology

Uncovering ancient Ashkenaz – the birthplace of Yiddish speakers

At 1,000 years, the search for the location of Ashkenaz – thought to be the birthplace of Ashkanazic Jews and the Yiddish language – is one of the …

Subway digging uncovers 'Pompeii-like scene' in Rome

ROME (AP) — Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure.<p>Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while …

Archaeology

Hundreds of ancient human footprints have been discovered near an African volcano

The huge collection of footprints was discovered on mudflats on the southern shore of Lake Natron in the village of Engare Sero in northern Tanzania. …

Paleontology

I Travelled 25000 Km In Siberia To Photograph Its Indigenous People, 6 Months Later Here’s The Result

Three years ago I came up with an idea of the photo project 'The World In Faces' that would celebrate beauty and diversity of the world through the …

Indigenous Peoples

Rare Bronze Age helmet to make an appearance at Olympia Art & Antiques Fair

According to experts, there are only 12 Bronze Age helmets in existence, ten of which are in museums, and one in a private collection. The twelfth is about to make a cameo appearance at the Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, west London, which opens next week.<p>This helmet, once owned by the arms and …

Archaeology

Decorated snail shell in a cave in Iraq could be evidence of Paleolithic bling

Our excavations at Shanidar Cave in north-eastern Iraq have produced a tiny shell plaque which was made by the first modern people in the region. …

Experts agree: The gorilla in the kiddie pool is having a total blast

Gorillas, like people, tend to outgrow much of their youthful exuberance as they age.<p>Play-fighting, pranks and silliness are usually on the decline by the time the animals reach young adulthood, experts say.<p>A notable exception: “Zola,” a 380-pound Silverback gorilla living in the South gorilla …

Gorillas

Unexpected Viking toilet discovery leads to controversy

It could be the oldest privy in Denmark, or just a pile of crap.<p>Archaeologists excavating at an ancient Viking settlement in southeast Denmark …

Archaeology

Archaeologists find 7,000-year-old human remains in Swiss city

The remains of ancient villages dating back to 5,500BC have been discovered on a construction site in Sion in the Valais.

Archaeology

Watched chimps change their hunting habits

<b>Chimpanzees in Uganda may have changed their hunting strategy in response to being watched by scientists.</b><p>While studying the animals, researchers documented very different hunting habits of two closely neighbouring chimp "tribes".<p>"Sonso" chimps hunt in small groups for colobus monkeys, while those …

Evolution

Prehistoric Indian canoe unearthed along Red River

BELCHER, LA -- Excavation efforts have unearthed a large, prehistoric Indian canoe along the Red River in north Caddo Parish.<p>One archaeologist said …

Texas A&M

Archaeologists have found proof that an ancient Chinese dynasty used foreign slaves

New archaeological techniques capable of analyzing the diet of our ancestors by studying the isotope composition of their bone mass are offering fresh insights into the dynamics of ancient societies. For example, a group of archeologists was able to read the ancient diet of girls from remains found …

Archaeology

China: Ancient sun altar

The remnants of a 3,000-year-old altar to the sun have been discovered in north west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.<p>It is believed to have been built by the tribes that once inhabited the grassland in three circular layers, using stones that archaeologists believe must have been pulled to …

Archaeology

Hidden message reveals ancient soldiers’ thirst for wine

Scientists have revealed a hidden message on a fragment of ancient pottery on display in Israel, shedding more light on who was drinking wine 2,500 …

Archaeology

Census: US more diverse, white population grows least

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could strain government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.<p>Every ethnic and racial group grew between 2015 and 2016, but the number of whites continued to increase at …

Population

Construction Worker Finds Incredible 600-Year-Old Sword in Bog

The sword is remarkably well-preserved considering it's been underwater for six entire centuries.<p>Last month, an excavator operator was working in a peat bog in southeast Poland when he stumbled on a unique find: a rusted longsword from the 14th century. The discovery has kicked off an …

Archaeology

Ancient Egyptian "billboard" could rewrite history of hieroglyphs

Archaeologists from Yale and the Royal Museums of Art and History in Belgium have discovered an ancient Egyptian "billboard" that might turn back the …

Archaeology

Archaeologists unearth prehistoric ritual area around Bryn Celli Ddu

Previously unknown Anglesey landscape possibly includes cairn cemetery in what experts described as ‘really exciting stuff’<p>Archaeologists have uncovered a prehistoric ritual landscape that possibly includes a cairn cemetery around a 5,000-year-old burial mound aligned with the summer solstice sun …

Archaeology

How cats conquered the ancient world

<b>The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind.</b><p>Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.<p>Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread …

Ancient History

The Mummy Returns: Egyptian Dignitary's Face and Brain Reconstructed

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the face and brain of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy, revealing a unique "packing" embalming …

Archaeology

Ben Finney, Anthropologist Who Debunked Theory on Island Settlement, Dies at 83

On June 4, 1976, the Hokulea, a double-hulled sailing canoe of ancient design, glided into Papeete Harbor in Tahiti, greeted ecstatically by a crowd of 17,000 — more than half the island’s population. For the first time in six centuries, a traditional Polynesian sailing vessel had made the voyage …

Hawaii

Sculpture marks Choctaw generosity to Irish famine victims

<b>Native American Choctaw leaders have arrived in Ireland to unveil a sculpture celebrating the financial contribution made by the tribe to starving Irish people in 1847.</b><p>At the height of Ireland's Great Famine, Choctaws in southern states of the USA sent a donation of $170 (£111).<p>An extraordinary …

Ireland

Thunder Bay’s Indigenous guardians volunteer to protect their community

A man lies sprawled on his back near the riverbank, his eyes closed, his arms extended at his sides. He appears to be unconscious, just a few metres from the McIntyre River in Thunder Bay.<p>A short distance away, four men in bright orange vests scour the riverbank on foot. They move quickly, casting …

First Nations

Archaeologists in Ethiopia uncover ancient city in Harlaa

<b>A forgotten city thought to date back as far as the 10th century AD has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists in eastern Ethiopia.</b><p>Artefacts from Egypt, India and China have been found in the city in the Harlaa region.<p>The archaeologists also uncovered a 12th Century mosque which is similar to …

Archaeology