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23andMe’s ancestry results ‘most confounding,’ new report says

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Silicon Valley ancestry-testing firm 23andMe claims to have DNA from more than 2 million consumers, and its spit tests for insights …

DNA

Did Aboriginal and Asian people trade before European settlement in Darwin?

It's long been thought that Indigenous interactions with Europeans officially began after white settlement. But the Yolngu people of the Northern …

Australia

Maori Land Court rules on care of treasures

DIFFERENT factions of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti have been ordered by the Maori Land Court to work together as trustees to ensure the safety and …

New Zealand News

The ancient origins of New Zealanders

Biological anthropologist Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith is researching the genetic make-up of Kiwis.<p>Aotearoa was the final destination of a very long …

Evolution

Lucky find gives archeologists glimpse into early hunting technology in Yukon

Copper end blade, found in 2016, was recently dated at 936 years old<p>Yukon archeologist Greg Hare says it was just luck that led him in 2016 to find a …

Archaeology

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

Found in a grave in Slovakia in 2006, it is one of Europe’s best-preserved ancient gaming boards<p>Comment on this Story

Board Games

Did ancient irrigation technology travel Silk Road?

Using satellite imaging and drone reconnaissance, archaeologists from Washington University in St. Louis have discovered an ancient irrigation system …

Archaeology

Opihi Māori rock art site receives funding boost

The river side view of the Opihi Maori Rock art site which will be planted in the future. At moment it is under an Open Spaces Covenant with the QEII …

New Zealand News

The story of humans’ origins got a revision in 2017

Human origins are notoriously tough to pin down. Fossil and genetic studies in 2017 suggested a reason why: No clear starting time or location ever …

Anthropology

Magical new 4,500 year old finds add to 'oldest toy collection in the world'

The toy animal head is made from antler or horn. Picture: IIMK RAS<p>The ‘rare’ discoveries of the pre-historic toys were made at the Itkol II burial …

Archaeology

New Study Reveals the Secrets of Easter Island

A new study of the stone monuments on Easter Island reveals the mysteries of the ancient people who made them.<br>Read More

Archaeology

Australian WW1-era naval submarine HMAS AE-1 found

<b>The wreck of Australia's first naval submarine has been found after a 103-year search.</b><p>The HMAS AE-1 was the first Allied submarine lost in World War I, vanishing off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea with 35 Australian and British crewmates onboard in 1914.<p>The thirteenth search mission for the vessel found …

Discovery of R.A. Lawson inverted arch

Some of early Dunedin architect Robert Lawson's normally never seen work has been unearthed in the warehouse precinct.<p>A series of elegant …

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 …

Uitenhage’s links to life in Stone Age probed

The La Trobe University students, who have been working at the site since May, have unearthed a number of interesting archaeological artefacts.<p>PhD …

Ancient City Lost Below the Sea Still Surprisingly Intact

Sunken off the northwestern shore of Naples, Italy, lies the ancient Roman city of Baiae.<p>Ironically, the underwater volcanic activity that brought …

We found evidence of early humans in the jungles of Borneo

I recently led a team excavating at one of the most iconic archaeological locations in Southeast Asia, Niah Caves in Malaysia.<p>Over a period of three …

Finding Indianapolis

<b>The sinking of</b> USS <i>Indianapolis</i> is ranked as one of the greatest disasters in U.S. naval history. The much-decorated Portland-class heavy cruiser left …

British soldiers' lost graves uncovered at Ruapekapeka

The lost mass grave from the country's first major battlefield has been uncovered in Northland.<p>The 12 British soldiers lay for more than 170 years …

Archaeology

Take the Kids: Local archaeology on display at Christchurch Arts Centre

JOSEPH JOHNSON/STUFF<p>Historic items uncovered under Christchurch Arts Centre buildings during their post-earthquake restoration are now on display at …

Indonesian island found to be unusually rich in cave paintings

A tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, has been found to be unusually rich in ancient cave paintings following a study by …

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 …

Study tracks movement of pre-European Maori

A young researcher has combined cutting-edge data analysis and ancient artefacts to gain fresh insights into our country's pre-European history.<p>The …

Parramatta archaeology in the news

HIDDEN underground for two centuries, the remains of one of Australia’s oldest pubs has been unearthed during construction of a massive tower …

12,000-Year-Old Fish Hooks Unearthed in Indonesia

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—According to a report in <i>The International Business Times</i>, five fishhooks made of sea snail shell have been found in a …

Archaeology

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

<b>One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of humankind's ancestors has been unveiled in South Africa.</b><p>A team spent more than 20 years excavating, cleaning and putting together the skeleton of Little Foot.<p>Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say the remains are 3.67 million …

Australian Aborigines Carry the DNA of an Unknown “Human” Species

<b>New research has revealed fascinating details about Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders, who according to experts, carry genetic material of</b> …

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 …

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 News