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Ancient Civilizations News
May 20, 2019

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The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch ... read more

Traces of Crawling in Italian Cave Give Clues to Ancient Humans' Social Behavior

Using multiple methods of analysis, researchers have identified the movements of a group of humans as they explored an Italian cave system during the ... read more
Researchers have discovered that 6000-years-ago people across Europe shared a cultural tradition of using freshwater mussel shells to ... read more
Today's hipster creatives and entrepreneurs are hardly the first generation to partake of ayahuasca, according to archaeologists who have discovered traces of the powerfully ... read more
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Mesopotamian King Sargon II Envisioned Ancient City Karkemish as Western Assyrian Capital

A recently discovered inscription of the Assyrian King Sargon II found at the ruins of the ancient city of Karkemish has been translated. The text implies that Sargon may have been planning to make ... read more

Researchers have long thought that snail and clam shells found at Caribbean archaeological sites were evidence of 'starvation food' eaten in times when other resources were lacking. Now, a ... read more

North Africans Were Among the First to Colonize the Canary Islands

People from North Africa are likely the main group that founded the indigenous population on the Canary Islands, arriving by 1000 CE, reports a new ... read more

Unique Diversity of the Genetic History of the Iberian Peninsula Revealed by Dual Studies

Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in ... read more

Hundreds of Children and Llamas Sacrificed in a Ritual Event in 15th Century Peru

A mass sacrifice at a 15th century archaeological site in Peru saw the ritual killing of over 140 children and over 200 llamas, according to a new study. This is the largest known mass sacrifice of ... read more

Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. The tool was made around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Basketmaker II period in what is ... read more

New Research Casts Doubt on Cause of Angkor's Collapse

Research has revealed the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt ... read more

Ancient Rocks Provide Clues to Earth's Early History

A research team has provided compelling evidence for significant ocean oxygenation before the GOE, on a larger scale and to greater depths than previously ... read more

Sexing Ancient Cremated Human Remains Is Possible Through Skeletal Measurements

Ancient cremated human remains, despite being deformed, still retain sexually diagnostic physical features, according to a new study. The authors provide a statistical approach for identifying traits ... read more

Challenges of Curating Ancient Biomolecules

Researchers are addressing the challenges of curating ancient biomolecules and working toward the development and dissemination of best practices. A recent article suggest museums play a critical ... read more

3,000-Year-Old Eastern North American Quinoa Discovered in Ontario

A mass of charred seeds found while clearing a home construction site in Brantford, Ontario, has been identified as ancient, domesticated goosefoot (C. berlandieri spp. jonesianum), a form of quinoa ... read more

DNA Tool Allows You to Trace Your Ancient Ancestry

Scientists at the University of Sheffield studying ancient DNA have created a tool allowing them to more accurately identify ancient Eurasian populations, which can be used to test an ... read more

15-Meter-Long Ancient Whale Basilosaurus Isis Was Top Marine Predator

The stomach contents of ancient whale Basilosaurus isis suggest it was an apex predator, according to a new ... read more

Genetic Study Reveals How Citrus Became the Med's Favorite Squeeze

Genetic detective work has illuminated the important role of Jewish culture in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean ... read more

Ancient Japanese Pottery Includes an Estimated 500 Maize Weevils

Researchers have discovered an ancient Japanese pottery vessel from the late Jomon period (4500-3300 BP) with an estimated 500 maize weevils incorporated into its design. The vessel was discovered in ... read more

Satellite Data Exposes Looting of Archaeological Sites

Globally archaeological heritage is under threat by looting. The destruction of archaeological sites obliterates the basis for our understanding of ancient cultures and we lose our shared human past. ... read more

Early Animals: Death Near the Shoreline, Not Life on Land

Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils -- the tracks and trails left by ancient animals -- in sedimentary rocks that were ... read more

Oldest Known Plant Virus Found at Ancient Settlement

Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever ... read more

3D-Printed Reconstructions Provide Clues to Ancient Site

Part of the ancient archaeological site of Tiwanaku, Bolivia, believed by Incans to be where the world was created has been reconstructed using 3D printed models of fragments of an ancient ... read more

New Archaeological Site Revises Human Habitation Timeline on Tibetan Plateau

Human ancestors first set foot on the interior of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau around 30,000-40,000 years ago, according to new research. This new finding moves back the earliest data of habitation in ... read more

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