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DNA sheds light on settlement of Pacific

<b>A study of ancient DNA has shed light on the epic journeys that led to the settlement of the Pacific by humans.</b><p>The region was one of the last on Earth to be permanently settled by humans who used canoes to traverse hundreds of miles of open ocean.<p>Two different studies tracked changes over time in …


New Zealand universities secure top scores in the QS World University Subject Rankings

New Zealand's universities have continued to place among the best around the globe.Now in its eighth year, the annual QS World University Rankings by …

New Zealand

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels – and must have used language to sail successfully<p>They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that <i>Homo erectus</i> might have been a mariner – …


Rare Roman boxing gloves found near Hadrian's Wall

Leather bands dating from AD120 are thought to be only known surviving examples<p>Roman boxing gloves have been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall, thought to be the only known surviving examples, even though the sport was well- documented on Roman wall paintings, mosaics and sculptures.<p>With a protective …


Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in Israel

Human ancestors left Africa far earlier than previously thought, discovery of prehistoric jawbone and tools suggest<p>A prehistoric jawbone discovered in a cave in Israel has prompted scientists to rethink theories of how the earliest human pioneers came to populate the planet, suggesting that our …

The mysterious tunnels beneath Buenos Aires

In 1985, Jorge Eckstein stumbled onto what would become one of the most important archaeological sites in Buenos Aires: a portal to a subterranean labyrinth.<p>In 1985, Jorge Eckstein, long-time resident of Buenos Aires’ historical San Telmo neighbourhood, purchased an abandoned mansion near his home …


Medieval Text Resolves Mystery of Viking-Irish Battle

The famous Irish king, Brian Boru, is widely credited with defeating the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf more than 1,000 years ago. But not …

Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out How to Play This Ancient Roman Board Game

Despite all the plastic hippos, Pop-O-Matic bubbles and illustrations of Gum Drop Mountain, board games are not a modern phenomenon. In fact, whiling …

Dig Into This Archaeological Science Coloring Book—Complete With the Plague

Each page was hand-drawn by a scientist at the Max Planck Institute and features real research and archaeological projects (via Max Planck Institute …


A unique look inside Auckland's underground lava caves

Auckland is known for its many volcanic cones. Few realise that geologic history has left another volcanic marvel just beneath their feet.

New Zealand
Sea Level

The climate has changed before. But this is different – look at the archeological record

A major new report states unequivocally that humans are changing the planet. Archaeology puts those changes into context – and explains why action is crucial<p>The United States government recently published the Climate Science Special Report authored by 13 federal agencies, which states unequivocally …

Climate Change

Archaeological dig reveals Auckland's early industrial history

Duder Brickworks in the 1920s, viewed from Lake Rd and looking over Ngataringa Bay to Devonport.<p>A "honeypot" kiln and a road with its surface covered …

Russian Scare Fortresses in New Zealand

New Zealand
New Zealand

What did neolithic workers eat after a hard day at Stonehenge? Sweet pork and rich cheese

Analysis of bones and pottery fragments shows special foods were consumed in feasts at the ancient site<p>Britons’ Stone Age ancestors possessed some unexpected talents, scientists have discovered. On top of their prowess in constructing great monoliths such as Stonehenge, they were also adept at …


Property developer appeals Auckland Council's decision to protect historic hall

MANDY TE / STUFF<p>Permission to demolish St James Hall has now been taken to Environment Court after resource consent was denied.<p>A developer is taking …

New Zealand

Spurred On: the battlefield maps that beat Google Earth

GIBSON GROUP<p>Google Earth didn't exist back then, but aerial photographs from World War One are proving just as useful a hundred years after they were …

Worrying Scientist Interviews

Geek Humor

World War II crash explored as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival

The crash site of one of New Zealand's worst air disasters has been uncovered in time for the accident's 75th anniversary.

World War II

Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm – and hints at spectacular haul of statues

Arm points to existence of at least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found<p>Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remains of at least seven more …


Waitangi Treaty Grounds to be digitally mapped

AIR NEW ZEALAND<p>Air NZ teams up with US firm to showcase Treaty Grounds to future generations.<p>The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is joining a list of …


The Hidden Secrets of the Moai: The Famous Easter Island Heads Also Have Bodies Too!

Practically everyone has seen the iconic images of the Easter Island heads. What you may not have known is that those Easter Island heads actually …

Unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall: lost secrets of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians

Dig team stumble across thousands of pristine artefacts at ancient Vindolanda garrison site in Northumberland<p>Archaeologists are likening the discovery to winning the lottery. A Roman cavalry barracks has been unearthed near Hadrian’s Wall, complete with extraordinary military and personal …


Ancient Egyptian treasures uncovered in tomb near Valley of the Kings

Mummies, jewels and sarcophagi are among the 3,500-year-old treasures discovered in a goldsmith’s tomb in necropolis<p>A remarkable ancient Egyptian tomb has been discovered in the necropolis of Draa el-Naga, near Egypt’s famous Valley of the Kings.<p>The tomb consists of a small room at ground level and …


Pre-European remains found under 150-year-old Napier hotel

In 10 days, there has already been as many road deaths as the whole of March 2017.<p>Broadcaster's hot streak at the track over as his horse comes up …

New Zealand

Add them to the list: Underwater survey discovers new wrecks in Marlborough Sounds

OLIVER LEWIS<p>A sonar image of the Koi on the seabed of the Marlborough Sounds - the only wreck Land Information NZ has released information on.<p>On the …

Simon Bridges