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What did neolithic man 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 …


Ancient Greek city of Ephesus in Ionia to be reunited with Aegean Sea

The ancient city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, located in the western province of İzmir (Smyrna), is set to once again …


NZ's 'Mr Moa' re-writes history of ancient Australian birds

The New Zealand scientist dubbed "Mr Moa" has helped re-write the family tree of Australia's own ancient giant birds - including the horse-sized …

Australian Universities

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.<p>Scientists said on Thursday an …

Easter Island

Ancient DNA unearths fascinating secrets. But what about the ethics?

Ancient DNA is starting to reveal the secrets of how people emerged from, moved into or moved around Africa. Human skeletons from Saldanha Bay in …


Otago Museum reveals face of 2400yo mummy

A scientific model of the face of a 2400-year-old female mummy has been revealed by Otago Museum.<p><b>Who's your mummy? High-tech wizardry reveals face of</b> …


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

A developer is taking Auckland Council to court after it refused consent to demolish a decrepit historic church hall.

New Zealand News

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 …

New Zealand News

Mass grave possibly uncovered in assessment of land for Tauranga museum

The mystery of where 700 bodies were buried following the raid of Tauranga's Otamataha Pa in 1828 may have a new lead thanks to modern technology.

New Zealand News

1,000-year-old artifacts revealed as Thompson River water level drops

Archeologist describes what to look for and how to protect historical finds<p>Wooden stakes, steel chains, stone tools and chunks of modern construction …


The first humans in Australia arrived early enough to cause some trouble

Megafauna could have died out because of human activity.<p>If you think Australian animals are terrifying now, just imagine roaming the outback and encountering a sheep-sized echidna. You know, those egg-laying mammals with weird spiny fur—except this one was giant and had a long, pointed beak. …


In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration

Internationally renowned anthropologist Yosihiko Sinoto, whose archaeological work spanned more than 60 years and provided the basis for …


Tracing Oral Histories to Solve a Longstanding Human-Migration Puzzle

Archaeologists are combining new technology with indigenous knowledge to unravel the mystery of Mesa Verde.<p>The drumming is inescapable. It’s a sound you feel in your gut, like thunder from a summer storm. Its rumble fills the pueblo, resonating off adobe walls, shimmering in the white-hot sun, …


74-year WWII maritime mystery solved in NT

After lying hidden on a seabed in Northern Territory waters for 74 years, a commercial ship sunk by Japanese air attack during World War II has …


Worrying Scientist Interviews


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 …


The rise of agricultural states came at a big cost, a new book argues

Against the Grain<i><br>James C. Scott</i><i><br>Yale Univ., $26</i>Contrary to popular opinion, humans didn’t shed a harsh existence as hunter-gatherers and herders for …


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.

New Zealand News

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 …

New Zealand News

Buried bodies and Māori artefacts expected to be found in New Plymouth

A development that promises to bring New Plymouth as many as 1000 new homes is also certain to uncover a treasure trove of artefacts.

New Zealand News

How scientists are piecing together the story of ancient Americans

The Americas were one of the last areas of the world to be settled by modern humans, and we know that one of the first migrant groups, known as the Clovis people, lived here around 13,000 years ago.<p>Beyond that, however, many details about these early Americans are still hazy. “We know very little …


Wreck of Mary Rose has started to collapse onto itself, warn conservators

The wreck of the Mary Rose has started to collapse onto itself after conservationists finally managed to dry out the Tudor warship, 35 years after it was lifted from the seabed.<p>For decades the timbers of the ship needed to be sprayed with water and wax constantly to prevent them rotting but in 2013 …


Where Did Lactose Intolerance Come From? Why 65% of Us Don't "Got Milk"

A total of 65% of the human population today has lactose intolerance: drinking animal milk makes them ill, with symptoms including cramps and …


The virtual reality revolution is reshaping our museums

Breakthroughs in virtual reality could soon shape the museums of the future.

Virtual Reality

Wreckage of USS Indianapolis found in Philippine Sea

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>Why was it so important to find the wreckage of the ship sunk near the end of World War II, and why was it so hard to find?<p>"We've …

European History

Telescope on land sacred to Native Hawaiians moves forward

HONOLULU (AP) — A long-running effort to build one of the world's largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval Thursday, reopening divisions over a project that promises revolutionary views into the heavens but has drawn impassioned protests …


Ancient trading network found in Vietnam

Evidence of a 4,500-year-old trading network has been found in Vietnam.“We knew some artifacts were being moved around but this shows evidence for a …


Archaeologists have uncovered a number of ancient Egyptian statues including Osiris the god of death

Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered dozens of statues of Pharaonic gods, including Osiris, left in burial pits for thousands of years.<p>In a recent …


Tasmanian tigers on Australian mainland 'killed off by drought'

Researchers say onset of El Niño weather patterns was the likely cause of the thylacine’s demise<p>Drought was to blame for the extinction of Tasmanian tigers from the Australian mainland, a new study by the University of Adelaide has found.<p>After examining DNA from fossil bones and museum specimens, …

El Niño