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Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed

WELLCOME TRUST SANGER INSTITUTE—The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country …


Siezure finds alleged Aboriginal artefacts

MORE than 150 alleged Tasmanian Aboriginal artefacts have been seized in the first investigation under the state’s upgraded Aboriginal Heritage Act …


Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka' in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered …


Indigenous groups decry Tasmania off-road vehicle plan: 'this is destruction'

Tasmanian government plans to cover midden sites in Tarkine with rubber mats to protect from damage caused by reopening off-road tracks<p>Indigenous groups have criticised a Tasmanian government proposal to cover ancient midden sites with rubber mats to protect them from damage caused by reopening …


Potteries Museum in bid to save Britain’s earliest Iron Age gold

© Staffordshire County Council<p>A fundraising campaign has been launched to save ancient jewellery believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold …


Cave Explorers Find New Fossils of Mysterious Human Relative

Speaking live from South Africa, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger announced the discovery of bones he says belong to the species Homo naledi.<p>A new trove of fossil bones found in a cramped South African cave is adding to our understanding of an unusual cousin of modern humans, scientists announced …

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These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirs

Flying above the straits of Taiwan, you may see something strange: a massive set of curved lines running along the shore forming two hearts nestled …


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

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 …


Newly unearthed ancient tomb with mummies unveiled in Egypt

<b>Luxor, Egypt (CNN) —</b> Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday.<p>The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to …


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

Japanese men used tables, shelves and skipping ropes to smuggle huge amounts of ephedrine into NZ.<p>It was a birthday that Anne Degia-Pala says she …

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The Push to Bring Home Indigenous Artefacts

Nearly ten years ago, one of Cornwall’s most prominent families found the remains of a 230-year-old birchbark canoe on their estate in Cornwall. They …


Male And Female Roles Different In Stone And Bronze Age: Women Spread Culture And Traveled, Men Stayed Home

These days, we often say that people with outdated stereotypes of male and female roles are still living in the “Stone Age.” But a new study has …


Ancient DNA analysis reveals Minoan and Mycenaean origins

An analysis of ancient DNA has revealed that Ancient Minoans and Mycenaens were genetically similar with both peoples descending from early Neolithic …


A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids

For hundreds — perhaps thousands — of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation, an indigenous group in British Columbia, have passed down the oral histories of where they came from. The nation claims that its ancestors fled for survival to a coastal area in Canada that never froze during the Ice …


New Dates Obtained for Vindija Neanderthals

OXFORD, ENGLAND—Archaeologists Thibaut Devièse and Thomas Higham of the University of Oxford obtained new radiocarbon dates for Neanderthal bone …


The Lion City: Diving the Underwater City in China's Qiandao Lake

<i>An ancient city is frozen in time at the bottom of Qiandao Lake, China. Carolyn Wang had the chance to dive and photograph this site before it was</i> …

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One-of-a-kind Roman mosaic depicts incredible battles between beasts and heroes of ancient mythology

A 1,600-year-old Roman mosaic unearthed in Boxford in the east of England is "the most exciting mosaic discovery made in Britain in the last 50 …


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

On the seabed of the Marlborough Sounds lies the scattered remains of dozens of wrecks - a hidden history that covers more than a century of shipping.

New Zealand News

Government announces $800,000 for 3-D mapping of Northland

The Government will spend up to $800,000 to create a detailed 3-D map of Northland to help boost the region's economic development.

New Zealand News

Six caves with Ice Age art become Germany’s 42nd Unesco World Heritage site

The Unesco World Heritage Committee has added a new site to its cultural list: six caves containing artistic artefacts from the last Ice Age in the Swabian Jura in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.<p>Modern humans first arrived in Europe c.43,000 years ago, and the set of caves in the Ach and Lone Valleys …


Birth of farming caused jaw-dropping changes to the human skull, scientists find

It’s certainly a fact worth chewing over.<p>Humans have small, slender heads and weaker jaws, because of our discovery of soft foods like cheese and dairy, a new study suggests.<p>Research by The University of California suggests the advent of farming, especially dairy products, had a small but …


This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineering

The so-called Clovis people, one of the earliest communities to inhabit North America, left behind more than 10,000 arrowheads scattered throughout …


Archaeologists discover ancient trading network in Vietnam

Archaeologists have uncovered a vast trading network that operated in Vietnam for 1,500 years, from 2500 BC to 1000 BC, a find that changes what was thought to be known about early Vietnamese culture.<p>Excavators from the Australian National University School of Archaeology and Anthropology, digging …


'Maya Pompeii' offers snapshot of ancient village frozen in time by massive volcanic eruption

Joya de Cerén was a small Maya village buried under ash in the 7th century.<p>Between 650 and 660 CE, a small Maya village located in present-day El …


Greenwich Palace: Archaeologists discover ruined remains of Henry VIII’s birthplace

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I.<p>A team working on …


'Extremely complex': How the hunt for clues in the Franklin shipwreck mystery is changing gears

Plans to explore Erebus site this year altered after delay in preparation of research vessel<p>The hunt for HMS Erebus and HMS Terror was tough …


Old teeth, new stories: How one archaeologist created a prehistoric GPS for tracking ancient humans

Where's the best place to start when retracing the life of a person who lived 4,000 years ago? Turns out, it's simple—you start at the beginning.


Ancient treasures looted by ISIS may not surface for decades

In a Sunday deep dive, the Wall Street Journal has traced the path of artifacts looted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and found parallels with the Nazi …

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