Latest Archaeology Stories
By dissolving the glue in mummies’ masks without damaging ink on the papyri, researchers have gained accessed to all kinds of documents, one of which is thought to be a fragment of the Gospel of Mark written during the first century, before the year 90. Until now, the oldest surviving copies of the gospel texts date to the second century, the years 101 to 200 AD.
Two and a half million years ago, our first ancestors, roaming the African savanna, formed rock shards into tools and used them to cut apart gazelle, zebra and other game. And these, scientists believe, turned out be a major evolutionary force and gave an evolutionary edge to human communication.
An analysis of six out of 12 major archeological sites in Syria that have been nominated as World Heritage Sites has found that four of them have been extensively looted and damaged, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has announced.
The ability to start and control a fire is probably the most important technological development in human history and a new study has found that our ancestors probably started mastering fire around 350,000 years ago.
Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A time capsule that was buried by Paul Revere and his fellow revolutionary Samuel Adams in 1795 has been unearthed by workers at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The find came to light during investigations into a leak inside a cornerstone. The discovery has inspired the imaginations of the city’s residents and The Boston Globe has published a full account of the find. Historians were aware of the existence of the...
A publicity stunt organized by Greenpeace at the Nazca Lines has officials at the environmental advocacy group apologizing and potentially facing prosecution for possible damage caused at the ancient Peruvian heritage site.
Tübingen biogeologists show how Gravettian people shared their food 30,000 years ago.
A team of researchers, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has discovered a pair of Ice Age infants. The children were buried more than 11,000 years ago in Alaska.
Using a groundbreaking technique involving the fields of both archaeology and genomics, a large team of international researchers has found that Europeans were largely lactose intolerant until about 3,000 years ago – much later than previously thought.
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...
- In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
- In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.