Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics

Ceramic pots may ‘remember’ ancient meals

The details of ancient recipes remain in residues in cookware, new research finds.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology food society-and-culture

When did we become fully human? What fossils and DNA tell us about the evolution of modern intelligence

Artefacts suggest a ‘great leap’, a recent evolution of modern intelligence. Fossils and DNA argue that’s an illusion.

Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution anthropology human-evolution archaeology fossils intelligence

Bronze Age tradition of keeping human remains uncovered

Experts say the tradition of commemorating the dead is "inconceivably macabre" by today's standards.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 31, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: archaeology university-of-bristol stonehenge

Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life

Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Tate Paulette, Assistant Professor of History, North Carolina State University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  alcohol  archaeology  poetry  pandemic  university-of-chicago  epidemics  beer  iraq  wine  mesopotamia  brewing  gilgamesh  bars  alcohol-use  babylonians  sumerians  ancient-mesopotamia

Israeli youths unearth 1,100-year-old gold coins from Abbasid era

Volunteers at an archaeological dig find 425 coins, enough to buy a mansion when they were buried.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 24, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: archaeology israel

Earliest art in the British Isles discovered on Jersey

Fragments of stone engraved with abstract designs are the earliest art in the British Isles.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: human-evolution archaeology art

Inca llama shell offering found at bottom of Lake Titicaca

The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology religion peru science-and-technology ancient-history

Star Carr: North Yorkshire's archaeological 'Tardis' 10 years on

Star Carr, a prehistoric site near present-day Scarborough, has yielded many important finds.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: archaeology scarborough

Boxgrove: how we found Europe's oldest bone tools – and what we learned about their makers

The Boxgrove people, like all other human species, were capable of sharing time, care and knowledge in all parts of their life.

Matt Pope, Principal Research Associate, UCL • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  archaeology  britain  stone-age  stone-tools

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