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Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years Ago

Archaeologists have unearthed bits of rice from when it was first domesticated in China.<p>Around ten thousand years ago, as the Pleistocene gave way to our current geological epoch, a group of hunter-gathers near China’s Yangtze River began changing their way of life. They started to grow …


Antiquity of human spine revealed in 3.3 million year-old Ethiopian fossil

For more than 3 million years, Selam lay silent and still. Eager to tell her story, the almost perfect fossil skeleton of a 2 1/2 year-old toddler …


NZ museum welcomes Maori remains

A welcoming ceremony is being held at the Museum of New Zealand to mark the return home of 59 Maori and Moriori ancestral remains from England, …

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Middle Stone Age Ochre Use Examined

BORDEAUX, FRANCE—<i>Ars Technica</i> reports that evidence for the use of ochre spanning a period of 4,500 years has been uncovered at Ethiopia’s Porc-Epic …


Destruction continues at star-shaped heritage site that parliament pledged to protect

By Mary Lyn Fonua<p>Tonga's important Sia Complex at Popua, the area of Tonga's creation myth, is being destroyed by an ad hoc development, driven by …


Bones, Artifacts From Ancient Americans Show Advanced Prehistoric Culture

Artifacts left behind by ancient Americans suggest their civilization was much more advanced than experts previously thought.<p>Some of those artifacts, …


This 3.3-Million-Year-Old Hominin Toddler Was Kind of Like Us

The life of Lucy and other <i>Australopithecus afarensis</i> couldn’t be more different than that of their modern relatives. Unlike us, the ancient hominins …


Tool sharpens focus on Stone Age networking in the Middle East

A stone tool found in Syria more than 80 years ago has sharpened scientists’ understanding of Stone Age networking.<p>Small enough to fit in the palm of …


Gladiatorial politics: Two Italian parties are fighting over the Colosseum

Gladiatorial politicsTwo Italian parties are fighting over the Colosseum<p>The Democrats and the Five Star Movement clash over a new plan to cope with …


Harmful mutations have accumulated during early human migrations out of Africa

The further a population moves away from its place of origin, the more harmful mutations it will carry.


Did Dutch hordes kill off the early Britons who started Stonehenge?

A gene study has shown that incomers could have ousted Stone Age Britons<p>The men and women who built Stonehenge left an indelible mark on the British landscape. However, researchers have discovered that their impact on other aspects of the nation may have been less impressive. In particular, their …


Cave dig shows the earliest Australians enjoyed a coastal lifestyle

Archaeological excavations in a remote island cave off northwest Australia reveal incredible details of the early use by people of the continent’s …

The Antikythera mechanism: the world's first computer? – video

The 2,000-year-old Antikythera shipwreck is considered the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. It included ancient, ornate pottery, weapons, a skeleton that provides scientists with their first real hope of sequencing DNA from a shipwreck victim, and the famous Antikythera …


Five New 3D Models Of Ancient Artifacts That Are Changing How We Interact With Museums

Newly released 3D models of antiquities from the British Museum allow more digital access to ancient objects than ever before. Projects being developed by a small group of proactive digital archaeologists are changing the way we encounter, interact with, and take the museum experience home with us. …


Artefacts found in Pilbara cave show Aboriginal life dates back 50,000 years

Testing of artefacts in an island cave in northern WA has established some of the oldest occupation dates recorded in Australia, proving Aboriginal …


Bronze-Age "Beaker Culture" Invaded Britain, Ancient-Genome Study Finds

Famous bell-shaped pots are associated with a group of immigrants who may have displaced Neolithic farmers


East African Hominin Diet Studied

TEMPE, ARIZONA—According to a report in <i>The International Business Times</i>, a study by Joshua Robinson, John Rowan, Christopher Campisano, and Kaye Reed …


Scuttled 1860s Maori canoe may have been recovered - National

A canoe intentionally sunk in South Taranaki in the mid 1860s may have been recovered and taken away, Ngā Rauru Kītahi kaumatua Potonga Neilson …

Search Begins for Roman Emperor's Legendary Party Ships

Italian researchers are about to reveal whether a volcanic lake in central Italy hides one of the legendary "orgy ships" of Roman Emperor Caligula.<p>If …


Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythian Warriors Were Adept Domesticators

Horses sacrificed by fierce nomads living in Central Asia more than 2,000 years ago have provided new insights into how people tamed the wild animals and bred them to their needs.<p>The Scythians roamed over a vast swath of this region, from Siberia to the Black Sea, for about 800 years beginning …


Skulls Found in China Are Part Human, Part Neanderthal

Newly uncovered skulls in China have both human and Neanderthal features, a mix that so far hasn't been seen in a hominid fossil.<p>Writing in the …


Government announces $10m to go towards protecting New Zealand's history

The Government will spend $10 million to safeguard some of the country's most important historical treasures as part of this year's Budget.

19th Century

A NEW article co-authored by experts at the University of Huddersfield bolsters a theory that the spread of agriculture throughout Europe followed migration into the Mediterranean from the Near East more than 13,000 years ago - thousands of years earlier than widely believed.

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Historic Turkish tomb moved to make way for hydroelectric dam

1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument relocated despite legal challenge to Tigris river construction project<p>An enormous 15th-century tomb in south-eastern Turkey has been moved to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river.<p>The 1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument was lifted whole on Friday and …


Archaeogeneticist pinpoints Indian population origins using today's populace

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD—In addition to its vast patchwork of languages, cultures and religions, the Indian Subcontinent also harbours huge genetic …


Dizzying New Evidence In Human Evolution Provokes Debates

On Tuesday, paleoanthropologists led by Paul Dirks at James Cook University revealed in the journal eLife that <i>Homo naledi,</i> a small-brained hominin found in South Africa, lived — and may have cared for their dead in careful, intentional ways — as recently as 236,000 years ago.<p>This was, to put it …


Archaeological remains of ancient, vast, densely populated 'city' found in Savaii

A research team from the Centre for Samoan Studies presented their initial findings today, of an archaeological survey in the inland areas of …


Rome unveils 'museum' metro station packed with hundreds of ancient artefacts found during construction

For Romans, the daily commute will never be the same again. The city on Friday unveiled a brand new underground station that boasts a trove of archeological treasures that were found during its construction.<p>They range from iron spearheads and gold coins decorated with emperors’ heads to a delicate …


Middle-Kingdom Garden Discovered in Luxor

LUXOR, EGYPT—According to a report in <i>Ahram Online</i>, a 4,000-year-old funerary garden has been found in the Dra Abul Naga necropolis by a team of …