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New approach measures early human butchering practices

by Dave Sadler
Researchers, led by a Purdue University anthropology professor, have found that statistical methods and 3D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about…

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China

by Dave Sadler
A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published inĀ Proceedings…

An archaeological dig unearths one of the earliest slave remains in Delaware

by Dave Sadler
The blow to the head of the man in grave 10 was so severe that it chipped off a bone near his right eyebrow, fractured part of his face, and probably helped to kill him. He was about 35 years old and likely a slave.…

Little Foot skeleton unveiled in South Africa

by Dave Sadler
One of the oldest and most complete skeletons of humankind's ancestors has been unveiled in South Africa. A team spent more than 20 years excavating, cleaning and putting together the skeleton of Little Foot. Its exact age is debated, but South African scientists say…

Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East

by Dave Sadler
New research by a team of scientists and archaeologists based at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of Copenhagen suggests that the 15,000-year-old Natufian Culture could live comfortably in the…

A Lost River Made Possible One Of The First Great Civilizations

by Dave Sadler
The Indus Valley Civilization was among the pioneers of Bronze Age technology, its advances in metallurgy and measurement influencing cultures across Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Yet archaeologists have been puzzled by one feature: many…

Technology reveals archaeological discovery

by Dave Sadler
Remarkable ground-penetrating technology has revealed more than 500 graves of Cistercian monks and lay brothers who once lived at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The abbey at the site existed from the early 12th century to its closure in 1539 during the Dissolution of the…

Discovery of 7000-year-old Egyptian city could shed light on Nile Valley’s earliest civilisations

by Dave Sadler
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the ruins of an ancient city and an adjoining cemetery that date back 7000 years to 5,316 BCE. According to a statement by the antiquities…

Archaeologists find mysterious, 4,000-year-old dog sacrifices in Russia

by Dave Sadler
4,000 years ago in the northern steppes of Eurasia, in the shadow of the Ural Mountains, a tiny settlement stood on a natural terrace overlooking the Samara River. In the late twentieth century, a group of archaeologists…

Science meets archaeology with discovery that dental X-rays reveal Vitamin D deficiency

by Dave Sadler
Human teeth hold vital information about Vitamin D deficiency, a serious but often hidden condition that can now be identified by a simple dental X-ray, McMaster anthropologists Lori D'Ortenzio…
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