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Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

<b>Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.</b><p>In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings - clusters - that roughly mirror ancient boundaries.<p>The results also suggest the …

Anthropology

Sixth Century Anglo-Saxon Gravesites Indicate Older Women Were Disrespected In Death

Apparently, women can’t catch a break even after they’re dead. New research of 6th century Anglo-Saxon gravesites suggests that women were given …

Archaeology

Face of Ancient Queen Revealed for First Time

Centuries after a noblewoman lived and died in Peru, scientists have reconstructed her face in stunning 3-D.<p>Some 1,200 years ago, a wealthy noblewoman, at least 60 years old, was laid to rest in Peru—richly provisioned for eternity with jewelry, flasks, and weaving tools made of gold.<p>Now, more than …

Archaeology

Archaeologists discover a crude ancient weapon that could kill a man with a single blow

When an ancient wooden club was yanked from its watery grave in the River Thames in England many months ago, archaeologists didn’t quite know what to …

Archaeology

Discovery in 12,000-Year-Old Grave Shows Not All Ancient Fishers Were Men

Women played an important role in hunter-gatherer societies.<p>Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest fish hooks found in a grave, and they're …

Archaeology

Ancient mummy gets CT scan after 2,000 years, is diagnosed with cancer

Modern medicine can be a truly amazing thing, extending and in sometimes outright saving the lives of people who would otherwise meet untimely ends. …

Archaeology

Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 300-Foot Snake

Ancient rock art isn't always easy to reach, but a researcher in Venezuela has solved this challenge with a bit of modern technology: A …

Archaeology

Mass Grave Discovered From Gruesome 400-Year-Old Shipwreck on 'Murder Island'

It was the end of a tragic voyage.<p>One of Australia's most bloody maritime mutinies is still turning up gruesome secrets after almost 400 …

Archaeology

The Story of Cudjo Lewis — The Last Living Slave Brought To America

As a slave, he went by the name "Cudjo," a day-name given to boys born on a Monday, as the slavers could not pronounce the name "Kossola."<p>Cudjo Lewis …

Black History

The Story of Human Migration Out of Africa Just Got Rewritten

Some of our ancestors jumped the gun.<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>For anyone trying to trace the …

Anthropology

3.6-Million-Year-Old Human Ancestor Unveiled to Public

Assembling "Little Foot," the oldest hominid skeleton ever found in the region, was an effort that took more than 20 years.<p>A near-complete skeleton dating back 3.67 million years has been unveiled to the public.<p>On December 6, an Australopithecus fossil dubbed "Little Foot" was displayed at the …

South Africa

Litte Foot takes a bow

South Africa's oldest, and the world's most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found, introduced to the world<p>South Africa's status as a major …

South Africa

Massive Skeleton Suggests Ancient Americans Butchered Wooly Mammoths

Just like us, they kept meat in a 'fridge'.<p>By on December 5, 2017<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by …

Paleontology

Pilfered artifacts, three suicides and the struggle over federal land in Utah

For decades, the empty desert region at the junction of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico — known as the Four Corners — was a free-for-all for treasure hunters looking to pick the region clean of Native American artifacts.<p>Then on the morning of June 10, 2009, federal agents arrived in force in …

Bears Ears National Monument

Ancient China: Colossal Waterway System Built by 5,000-Year-Old Liangzhu Civilization Discovered by Scientists

A recently excavated hydraulic system is rewriting the history of early Chinese engineering. Four years of research has revealed that the water …

Archaeology

Iron tools from the Bronze Age found to have otherworldly origins

A weapon as legendary as the dagger of King Tutankhamun needs an epic backstory, and last year X-ray analysis showed that the iron in the ancient …

Archaeology

Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements

The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years …

Archaeology

The Genetics of Skin Colour Are a Lot More Complicated Than Anyone Expected

Caucasian skin is only a tiny part of the story.<p>New research suggests the genetic coding behind skin pigmentation is more complicated than previously …

Evolution

A Priest Used The Butt of Jesus as an 18th Century Time Capsule

It's always the last place you look.<p>A priest in 18th century Spain found a clever niche to hide a secret message to the future - in the derriere of a …

Archaeology

Monument offers glimpse of Britain’s neolithic civilization - Salon.com

This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800BC. It lies in the heart of the lush …

Archaeology

Behind the Lines - Archaeological Sites in Nazca, Peru

The overwhelming majority of people who travel to the town of Nazca, Peru come to see the famous Nazca Lines. We did too, exploring the Nazca Lines …

Archaeology

Public help survey endangered archaeological sites

One of the fundamental parts of an archaeologist’s job is to find archaeological sites. There are many ways to do this, from intensive walking …

Archaeology

Jamestown could be wiped off the map

The rising ocean could submerge Jamestown in Virginia — the first permanent English settlement in the US — along with thousands of other historical …

Climate Change

Peru's abundant ruins feel the squeeze of urbanization

LIMA, Peru – From her small home near two golf courses and three slums, Gianina Rojas gazes up at a crumbling adobe pyramid, remnants of the vast Inca empire that flourished more than six centuries ago.<p>Like many people in modern-day Peru, Rojas was born and raised among Incan sites that were built …

Archaeology

Prehistoric Women Had Stronger Arms Than Modern Athletes

Bones from Europe show that women worked so hard during the dawn of farming they were almost uniformly buffer than today's elite rowers.<p><i>Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry kit.</i><p>From planting crops and grinding grain to …

Anthropology

Babies Might Understand Language Better Than Anyone Thought

Even six-month-olds know that certain words are more alike than others.<p>No matter how many words you can define, your vocabulary isn’t like a dictionary. Your mind stores language not as a list of words, but as a network of categories, properties, and meanings, with stronger connections between …

Language

Julius Caesar's Britain invasion site 'found by archaeologists'

<b>Archaeologists believe they may have uncovered the first evidence of Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain in 54BC.</b><p>The discovery of a defensive ditch and weapons led them to identify Pegwell Bay in Thanet, Kent, as the place they believe the Romans landed.<p>The ditch, in the nearby hamlet of Ebbsfleet, …

Archaeology

Trudeau sorry for 'historic wrong' against aboriginal Canadians

The prime minister has apologized to First Nations people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for abuse at assimilation-oriented schools. …

Canada

Thanksgiving: Tribe whose ancestors ate with Pilgrims revives lost language after prophetic dreams

A native American tribe whose ancestors famously ate a Thanksgiving meal with the US’s first European colonisers, are working to revive a forgotten …

Language