Anthropology / 79 posts found

Study sheds light on Neanderthal-Homo sapiens transition

by Dave Sadler
Archaeologists at The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Sydney have provided a window into one of the most exciting periods in human history - the transition between Neanderthals and modern humans. An archaeological dig in…

‘Woman with small shovel’ finds a clue to Sitka’s paleo past

by Dave Sadler
A sewer replacement project in Sitka has turned up more evidence that one of Alaska’s oldest cities has been inhabited for a long, long time. A stone tool — resembling a wedge, or striker — was unearthed in an excavation beneath a street…

Cambridge refuses to return Aboriginal spears ‘stolen’ by Cook

by Dave Sadler
Cambridge University has rejected a demand for the return to Australia of hugely significant Aboriginal spears collected by James Cook’s crew at Botany Bay in 1770. The university claims that ­repatriating four spears made by the Gweagal…

Siberia 9,000BC: Secrets revealed on how hieroglyphics were carved into the oldest statue in the world

by Dave Sadler
The huge Shigir Idol, preserved for more than 10,000 years in Siberia, was carved with instruments including beavers' teeth, scientists have found. The idol dates from the Mesolithic…

Some of the Most Amazing Metal Detector Finds in History

by Luke Higgins
Scouring the local parks and beaches has long been the hobby of avid researchers since metal detectors became available for public consumption. The metal detectors may seem a very simple device, but history has it, often it produces a gain that far surpasses the…

Study suggests humans were in North America 100,000 years earlier than believed

by Dave Sadler
A team of scientists believe they have found evidence of human activity in North America that dates back 130,000 years — more than 100,000 years earlier than believed. The evidence comes from an archeological…

Skeletons Of Two Possible Eunuchs Discovered In Ancient Egypt

by Dave Sadler
Recent excavations at the Ptolemaic-Roman site of Quesna in Egypt have revealed two skeletons of individuals who might have been eunuchs. But these people’s above-average height and other skeletal irregularities might also reflect a congenital…

Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

by Dave Sadler
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed. Continue…

Can We Learn from the History of Ancient Cities?

by Dave Sadler
The short answer is yes—and we are learning about how ancient civilizations operated and governed themselves. As archaeologists continue to uncover evidence in Mesoamerican societies (located in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize), we have discovered…
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