Latest Archaeological sub-disciplines Stories
An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture.
Sulphur and iron accumulation has once again been found in wood samples from old shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea. This time the samples are from the merchant vessel Ghost wreck and the warships Sword and the Crown.
University of Illinois Since the invention of the earliest light microscopes, the classification and identification of pollen and spores has been a highly subjective venture for those who use these tiny particles to study vegetation in their field, palynology. However, according to the lead author of the study, Luke Mander, a former postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Illinois professor of plant biology Surangi Punyasena, the limitations imposed by these descriptive rather than...
Researchers have gotten creative with poop, using a biomarker found in human feces to establish the first human presence and human population dynamics in a landscape.
Pitt scientists also discover unexpected complexity to the US West's patterns of drought during the Middle Ages.
The National Science Foundation has funded a study to determine past climates by studying tree rings.
Nibbling by herbivores can have a greater impact on the width of tree rings than climate, new research has found.
Analysis of direct climate record shows Antarctic tundra persisted until 12 million years ago.
A group of researchers have studied the history of drought in the Pacific Northwest during the last 6,000 years, a time that spans the mid-Holocene geological epoch to the present.
Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains including shells, bones, hides, scales, DNA, chitin, and hair. Shells and bones are most frequently studied because these do not decay at a fast rate, but most remains do not survive because they break or decompose. In eastern areas of North America, Zooarchaeology developed over three periods. The first, known as the Formative period, occurred in the 1860s and was not a specific area of study at that time. The second period, known as the...
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