Archaeology

400,000 Year Old Fossil Holds Ancient Engravings

Though humans did not exist 400,000 years ago, human ancestors did- and they left behind engravings on a fossilized shell from Java, establishing a new benchmark for the earliest known example of ancient humans deliberately creating pattern. The newly dis ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 9 2014 - 11:45am

Discovery: Oldest Stone Tool Ever Found In Turkey

The oldest recorded stone tool found to-date has been unearthed in Turkey. The chance find of a humanly-worked quartzite flake, in ancient deposits of the river Gediz in western Turkey, show that humans passed through the gateway from Asia to Europe much ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 23 2014 - 12:24pm

Historical Sites In Syria Have Been Looted And Damaged

It's no secret that war is tough on innocent buildings so it is no surprise that four of six major archaeological sites in Syria have been heavily looted and damaged, according to an analysis of high-resolution satellite images.  The report analyzes ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 30 2014 - 5:19pm

2,000 Year Old Parasite Eggs Found In Iron Age Cellar

The "Basel-Gasfabrik" Celtic settlement, at the present day site of Novartis, was inhabited around 100 B.C. and is one of the most significant Celtic sites in Central Europe. A team recently examined samples from the backfill of 2000 year-old st ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 29 2014 - 2:30pm

Nichoria Left Behind: The Demise Of A Bronze Age Civilization

The village of Nichoria in Messenia was located near the palace of Pylos during the Greek Bronze Age, when Greece was considered a Superpower of the Mediterranean. The region thrived on its trade and economic stability, culture, and art and architecture, ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 5 2015 - 12:56pm

Cosmic Impact Hypothesis Hypothesis Probably Based On Remains Of Ancient House Fires

Rock soil droplets formed by heating are part of the evidence used to content that a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago triggered the Younger Dryas cold period but they most likely instead came from Stone Age house fires, according to new research ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 8 2015 - 8:30am

There Are Still Things To Learn About George Washington's Time At Valley Forge

By: Joel N. Shurkin, Inside Science-- Archaeologists, digging into George Washington’s headquarters at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, have added domestic images to the picture of one of the most iconic moments of American history. They may have found the c ...

Article - Joel Shurkin - May 25 2015 - 11:14am

Easter Island Mystery: What Really Happened To Rapa Nui Society?

In 1722, when Europeans arrived on Easter Island, nearly 2,300 miles off the west coast of Chile, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui were already in a demographic tailspin from which they would not recover. Pick a fad belief of the moment, and ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2015 - 5:02pm

Valentine's Day 6,000 BC: Phallic Carvings And Sex Cults

We tend to think society is more sexualized today but perhaps it's only now that the common people are getting it on the way elites once did. In the Eilat Mountain region around Nahal Roded in Israel, recently discovered sites look distinct from other ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Jan 31 2019 - 6:54pm

Richard III's Scoliosis Might Not Have Been Known To The Public

In the most famous versions of Richard III, written by William Shakespeare, the last Plantagenet king was physically and mentally deformed.  But the public probably did not know what, and if they did, they wisely never mentioned it. A king busy fighting t ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 15 2015 - 8:24pm