Archaeology

Grolier Codex: 13th Century Maya Document Is Legit, Says Study

The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s, but a new study claims it is both genuine and ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 7 2016 - 5:30pm

Chatelperronian Hominins: Disputed Neanderthal Region Confirmed In France

Researchers from the University of York have helped to solve an archaeological dispute- confirming that Neanderthals were responsible for producing tools and artifacts previously argued by some to be exclusively in the realm of modern human cognitive abil ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2016 - 6:00am

12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Found

The Dead Sea scrolls used to be revered as holding some special insight, perhaps we were only now mature enough to understand it. More recently, it's clear these were errors and cast-offs that were given a proper burial, but have no real benefit. To a ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 9 2017 - 11:28am

Ancient Ways Humans Kept The Dead From Rising Out Of The Grave

Vampires, ghouls, zombies, they have become part of Western burial imagery even though they originated elsewhere. Yet concern about the dead rising from their graves was evident long before tales arrived from Romania or Haiti. From the 11th to 14th centuri ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 3 2017 - 11:31am

'Two Brothers' Mummies- DNA Shows They Actually Are

The 'Two Brothers' mummies, discovered by the modern world in 1907, reside in the Manchester Museum  and are the mummies of, unsurprisingly, two elite men (they didn't mummify peasants), Khnum-nakht and Nakht-ank. The remains date to around ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 17 2018 - 9:20am

1.1 Billion-Year-Old Bright Pink Pigments Discovered

The oldest colors in the geological record have been discovered. At 1.1 billion-years-old, the bright pink pigments extracted from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, are actually molecular fossils of chlorophyll that were ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 10 2018 - 9:05am

Hunter Gatherers Baked Their Own Bread 14,000 Years Ago- 4,000 Years Before Agriculture

Some 4,000 years before domesticated agriculture, hunter-gatherers baked their own bread, according to a discovery at an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan. Researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked around 14,400 years ag ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 17 2018 - 9:31am

3700 BC: Embalming Was Taking Place 1,500 Years Earlier Than Thought

A mummy dating from 3700-3500 B.C. housed in the Egyptian Museum in Turin since 1901 has never undergone any conservation treatments- and that provided a unique opportunity for some science. And the results were a surprise. It was assumed the Turin mummy h ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 16 2018 - 9:05am

Where Did The Jewish People Come From? Ancient DNA Of Ashkenazic Jews Sheds Some Light

Where do the Jewish people come from? This is a question that anthropologists, historians and theologists have studied for millennia. According to mythology, the Judaeans descended from three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who are buried in the Ca ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 5 2018 - 3:52pm

One Great Pyramids Mystery Solved

The Great Pyramids have long been held up as the pinnacle of ancient engineering. Over 100 structures, some as high as were constructed of huge alabaster blocks, many quarried from Hatnub- the site of an new interesting discovery. Given the challenges in b ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 8 2018 - 12:49pm