Team finds the biggest, oldest Maya monument

A monumental building is the oldest and largest in known Maya history, far larger than their later pyramids and palaces.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: archaeology maya buildings mexico society-and-culture social-lives monuments

X-rays offer clues to armor on Henry VIII’s warship

X-ray analysis of three brass links from Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose offers clues to life onboard.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: history archaeology united-kingdom metals society-and-culture ships

East African herders drank milk 5,000 years ago

Traces of milk in ancient pots indicate that east African herders were consuming dairy 5,000 years ago.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: agriculture archaeology food kenya livestock tanzania science-and-technology milk dairy

Mysterious Pueblo Bonita tree has a simple origin story

The Plaza Tree of Pueblo Bonito is the only tree of its kind in a totally treeless landscape, but it may not be as extraordinary as scientists thought.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 23, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: archaeology trees society-and-culture

Noblewoman really wanted to play donkey polo in the afterlife

Animal bones in a tomb provide the first physical evidence of donkey polo in Imperial China, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: history china archaeology sports society-and-culture burials

Backyard in Mexico yields lost Maya kingdom

The search for evidence of the Maya Kingdom Sak Tz'i' has been going since 1994. A roadside vendor flagged down a researcher to offer an amazing clue.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: archaeology maya mexico society-and-culture

How archaeologists can dig deeper with big data

Big data could give archaeology a big boost, researchers show with new work on the Inca Empire. But they have some caveats about its power, too.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: archaeology data-science research peru science-and-technology

Ancient Madagascar shows humans make new places suit them

"Over time, people are actually creating their landscape. They're not degrading it necessarily. They're creating a landscape that is preferable for people."

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning archaeology madagascar satellites science-and-technology society-and-culture land

Tool detects maize cooking in archaeological record

There's now have a way to detect a crucial cooking process in the archaeological record: the nixtamalization of maize.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: archaeology food crops indigenous-people science-and-technology society-and-culture corn

How the first people got to the Caribbean 5,800 years ago

Research finds that the first Caribbean islanders came straight from South America to the northern Caribbean, initially settling Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: archaeology migration caribbean society-and-culture islands

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