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Significant discoveries made at the Claterna Archaeological Site in northern Italy

The archaeological investigations at the ancient Roman city of Claterna, covering only...

Radiocarbon dating meets Egyptology and Biblical accounts in the city of Gezer

New dates provide detailed insights into the timing of events in the...

The complex origins of viticulture in the Western Mediterranean

A study of grape seeds from the Middle Bronze Age, conducted by...

Byzantine swords unearthed at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem

During urban redevelopment work west of the Jaffa Gate, one of the seven main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem, archaeologists stumbled upon an...

New discovery in San Casciano: A marble Apollo emerges from the water

Following the awe-inspiring bronze findings, a monumental statue standing almost two meters tall, a marble copy of the Greek Praxiteles' original bronze, is the latest...

Well-preserved mosaic featuring lions discovered in the ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium

Archaeologists have uncovered a mosaic with lion motifs during excavations in the ancient city of Prusias ad Hypium. Excavations continue in the ancient city of "Prusias...

Anthropology

New research exposes early humans’ ecological versatility

The origins of human genus have long been associated with savannah and grassland environments of Africa.  Due to...

Cultural artifacts serve as ‘cognitive fossils,’ helping uncover the psychology of the past

No two societies in history think exactly alike. In fact, the mindset of a given society throughout history...

Humans already used controlled fires 11,000 years ago

Hunter-gatherer human communities were already carrying out controlled fires 11,000 years ago to open up clearings and grazing...

Fossils tell tale of last primate to inhabit North America before humans

The story of Ekgmowechashala, the final primate to inhabit North America before Homo sapiens or Clovis people, reads...

The genetic heritage of the Denisovans may have left its mark on our mental health

A research team led by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has identified...

New study challenges the narrative that only men were hunters

It’s a familiar story to many of us: In prehistoric times, men were hunters and women were gatherers....

The encounter between Neanderthals and Sapiens as told by their genomes

About 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals, who had lived for hundreds of thousands of years in the western part...

Extinct ape gets a facelift, 12 million years later

A new study led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn College, and the Catalan...

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Magnetic fields to be used to explore submerged civilisations

Magnetic fields could provide the key to understanding submerged...

Mesolithic child buried with bird feathers, plant fibres and fur unearthed in eastern Finland

The exceptional excavation of a Stone Age burial site...

Excavations at Ovriokastron on Greek island of Lesvos yield new finds

Important new elements that shed light on aspects of habitation...

Gut microbes and humans on a joint evolutionary journey

The human gut microbiome is composed of thousands of...

Discovery of bronzes rewrites Italy’s Etruscan-Roman history

Italian authorities on Tuesday announced the extraordinary discovery of...

Neanderthal extinction may have been caused by sex, not fighting

A new paper proposes that Homo sapiens may have...

Intact burial cave from time of Rameses II discovered on Israeli coast

Israeli archaeologists on Sunday announced the "once-in-a-lifetime" discovery of...

Gold from Troy, Poliochni and Ur all had same origin

The gold in objects from Troy, Poliochni ‚Äď a...

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Rediscovery of the Ancient Basilica of Ostia

In the outskirts of the archaeological excavations of Ostia Antica, the basilica of Saints Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist has emerged. After thirty years of study, the site was unveiled on September 23rd during the European Heritage Days by Norbert Zimmermann, the deputy...

Exciting discoveries continue in the Late Antique Market Area of Aquileia

A team from the University of Verona - Department of Cultures and Civilizations, under the direction of Patrizia Basso in collaboration with Diana Dobreva, has recently concluded a new excavation campaign in the area of the former Pasqualis Fund, located at the southeast end...

Cultural artifacts serve as ‘cognitive fossils,’ helping uncover the psychology of the past

No two societies in history think exactly alike. In fact, the mindset of a given society throughout history can help historians unpack important clues about the effects of psychological shifts -- such as more social trust or more openness. In a review published in...

Why a surprising discovery, warming seas and the demise of the ‘Meg’ may spell trouble for more and more sharks

Some unexpected shark strandings and subsequent surprises following autopsies have, ironically, taken marine biologists millions of years back in time as they look to the future with concern. Adding chapters to an evolutionary tale involving the infamous megalodon shark (the ‚ÄúMeg‚ÄĚ), they believe their work...

Research transforms understanding of the history of cats in Europe

An international team of researchers has found new archaeological and genetic evidence which transforms our understanding of the history of cats in Europe. Domestic cats introduced from the Near East and wildcats native to Europe did not mix until the 1960s, despite being exposed...

Mini temples discovered in the Roman Camp of Haltern, Germany

Archaeologists from the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association (LWL) have uncovered the foundation remains of two small Roman temples and a sacrificial pit on the site of the former Roman camp in Haltern (Recklinghausen district). "Although the two rectangular cult buildings were only made of wattle...

Ancient ceramic firing complex unearthed in Castiglione, Sicily

In Castiglione, a complex ceramic firing system has "resurfaced," consisting of a kiln and a large rectangular space functional for various processing phases. This discovery emerged during the second archaeological excavation campaign in Castiglione di Sicilia, in the Acquafredda-Imbischi district, initiated on September 10th...

Bird fossils dating back millions of years found in Poland

The areas of present-day south-eastern Poland used to be covered by a shallow sea. But apart from fossil fish, invertebrates and plants, bird remains are also sometimes found. Thanks to these few officially known finds, we know that species related to today’s passerines, as...

Window to the past: New microfossils suggest earlier rise in complex life

Microfossils from Western Australia may capture a jump in the complexity of life that coincided with the rise of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere and oceans, according to an international team of scientists. The findings, published in the journal Geobiology, provide a rare window into the Great Oxidation...

French love letters confiscated by Britain finally read after 265 years

Over 100 letters sent to French sailors by their fianc√©es, wives, parents and siblings‚ÄĒbut never delivered‚ÄĒhave been opened and studied for the first time since they were written in 1757‚Äď8. The messages offer extremely rare and moving insights into the loves, lives and family quarrels...

Long-distance weaponry identified at the 31,000-year-old archaeological site of Masières-Canal

The hunter-gatherers who settled on the banks of the Haine, a river in southern Belgium, 31,000 years ago were already using spearthrowers to hunt their game. This is the finding of a new study conducted at TraceoLab at the University of Liège. The material...

Humans already used controlled fires 11,000 years ago

Hunter-gatherer human communities were already carrying out controlled fires 11,000 years ago to open up clearings and grazing areas for wild animals and thus improve productivity. To date, it was thought that this practice did not begin until the Neolithic period, around 9,000 years...

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