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June 2018 News Headlines

John is still very ill and I cannot update the news pages regularly. Another one of our good friends has sadly passed away, and he was our 'techie'. We hope to be able to continue but may have to cease the news pages for a few months. Please continue to send in news stories, and all the many good wishes for John. I will try to put them up as usual. We really appreciate your continuing support and cannot thank you enough - Polly.



"Hobby Lobby's Illegal Antiquities Shed Light On A Lost, Looted Ancient City In Iraq"

"2,000 year old mummified ‘sleeping beauty’ dressed in silk emerges from Siberian reservoir"
The Siberian Star (Russia)

"An ancient gold coin discovered at Abuqir Bay in Alexandria"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"ASI finds 2,300-year-old sarcophagus in Tamil Nadu"
The Times of India (India)

"Ruins of ancient palace likely found beside river in Nara"
Ventura County Star (USA)

"Ming Dynasty city found in Jiangxi Province"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Archaeologists discover villa and mosaic of Ancient Greek fisherman Phainos in Turkey"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Underwater archaeologists will explore the last bastion of Maya independence in Guatemala"
PAP (Poland)

"Enigmatic Stone Balls from 5,000 Years Ago Continue to Baffle Archaeologists"
Live Science (USA)
"Some of the most enigmatic human-made objects from Europe's late Stone Age - intricately carved balls of stone, each about the size of a baseball - continue to baffle archaeologists more than 200 years after they were first discovered.

More than 500 of the enigmatic objects have now been found, most of them in northeast Scotland, but also in the Orkney Islands, England, Ireland and one in Norway.

Archaeologists still don't know the original purpose or meaning of the Neolithic stone balls, which are recognized as some of the finest examples of Neolithic art found anywhere in the world.

But now, they've created virtual 3D models of the gorgeous balls, primarily to share with the public.

In addition, the models have revealed some new details, including once-hidden patterns in the carvings on the balls."
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[Another realy great story from Live Science! These stone balls are amongst the most enigmatic artifacts that are yet to be explained. Do take the time to read the full story, and access the amazing images of these curious objects - Ed.]

"Tuqan Man, human remains buried 10,000 years ago, found on the Channel Islands"
The Asaahi Shimbun (Japan)

"Where humanity first caused lasting environmental change: new study"
The Vancouver Star (Canada)

"Antarctic and global climate history viewed from ice cores"
Nature (UK)

"Polish archaeologists discover over 2000 years old lost city in Albania"
PAP (Poland)

"Extensive retreat and re-advance of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Holocene"
Nature (UK)

"Extinct gibbon discovered in ancient Chinese tomb first ape to vanish after the Ice Age"
ABC Science News (Australia)
"A partial skull and jawbone excavated from the 2,300-year-old tomb of a Chinese noblewoman belonged to an unknown but now extinct gibbon, scientists say.

In a nod to its royal heritage, they dubbed the gibbon Junzi imperalis.

The bones of the little animal are the first documented evidence of an ape that became extinct since the Ice Age, the international team reports today in the journal Science."

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[A realy interesting discovery reported by ABC Science News! How many other species died out at the end of the last Ice Age?. It's well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Mongolian archaeologists find nearly 270 ancient relics"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Cornell research illuminates inaccuracies in radiocarbon dating"
EurekAlert (USA)

"Cave of Death: Ancient Burial Catacomb Unearthed in Northern Israel"
Sputnik International (Russia)

"Ancient Russian Black Deaths reveal plague spread 1,000 years earlier than previously thought"
The Independent (UK)

"12,000-yr-old rock painting found in NE China"
Global Times (China)

"Once lost archaeology revealed by satellite images and aerial photography"
Science Nordic (Denmark)

"Remarkable skill of ancient Peru's cranial surgeons"
Science Daily (USA)
"Even with a highly skilled neurosurgeon, the most effective anesthesia, and all the other advances of modern medicine, most of us would cringe at the thought of undergoing cranial surgery today.

Yet for thousands of years, trepanation -- the act of scraping, cutting, or drilling an opening into the cranium -- was practiced around the world, primarily to treat head trauma, but possibly to quell headaches, seizures and mental illnesses, or even to expel perceived demons.

But, according to a new study led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's David S. Kushner, M.D., clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, trepanation was so expertly practiced in ancient Peru that the survival rate for the procedure during the Incan Empire was about twice that of the American Civil War -- when, more three centuries later, soldiers were trepanned presumably by better trained, educated and equipped surgeons."

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[An excellent story published by Science Daily! Proof is emerging regularly which suggests ancient peoples were far more capable at almost everything than they have previously been credited with - especially complex surgery. It really is well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Ashes from Santorini’s Minoan eruption found in Smyrna excavation"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Big data little help in megafauna mysteries"
Nature (UK)

"Colombia vows to protect prehistoric artwork in Amazon region"
Colombia Reports (Colombia)

"Evidence of TB-like infection found in 245-million-year-old marine reptile"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Pre-Iron Age relics excavated in UP district"
The Asian Age (India)

"Roman Skeletons Adorned in Jewelry Found in Serbia"
Ancient Origins (Australia)

"Santorini’s ashes to shed light on Izmir’s history"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)

"2000 BC copper-bronze age chariots suggest a highly sophisticated ‘warrior clan’ civilisation"
OpIndia (India)
"In a recent excavation near the Sanauli village in UP's Baghpat, the Archeological Survey of India has discovered the 'First Ever' physical evidence of chariots being used in a near 2000 BC period.

As per reports, the excavation that has turned up royal burial sites with sophisticated weaponry, ornaments, pottery and other materials suggest that a highly sophisticated 'warrior class' civilisation in that region.

The 3-month long excavation was reportedly started in March this year is 120 metres away from a 2005 excavation site that had turned up 116 burial sites which were similar to that of Harappan civilisation.

However, as per ASI experts, though further investigations need to be carried out to determine the race of the remains, the current findings do not belong to the Harappan civilisation."

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[A really good story from OpIndia! There are now so many new discoveries in India which challenge the paradigm set by mainstream archaeology that a review of their timelines is long overdue.

Ancient India gave much to the world, and it's about time that was acknowledged by those promoting a Euro-Centric view of ancient civilisation. Well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Ancient Greenland was much warmer than previously thought"
Science Daily (USA)

"Ancient marble bracelets unearthed in central China"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Uncovering the mysteries of Scotland’s Picts"
The National (Scotland)

"Ancient Giant Ground Drawings Of Killer Whale And Dancing Woman Seen Over Peru"
Tech Times (USA)

"Archeologists Make Sweet Discovery at Underwater Site Near Pag"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)

"Archeologists Make Sweet Discovery at Underwater Site Near Pag"
Total Croatia News (Croatia)

"New research: How did the first people come to the Americas?"
New Historian (USA)

"Scientists map the earliest Icelandic genome"
ScienceNordic (Denmark)
"Scientists have mapped genetic material from the first generations of Icelanders, whose DNA appears to be more closely matched to present day Norwegians than their Icelandic descendants.

Around 870 CE, Norsemen crossed the North Atlantic to reach Iceland, which they spent the next five decades colonising.

Today, 1,100 years later, an international team of scientists have mapped the genetic material of these first generation Icelanders and they can now see how the Icelandic population has changed between then and now."

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[It's good to see more new facts about the Vikings and their travels emerging and a welcome new appreciation of their sophisticated culture after centuries of misinformation. It's well worth reading the full story and seeing the many images and map - Ed.]

"Serbian archaeologists find sarcophagus containing two skeletons, jewellery in ancient city"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Water and Cults in Nuragic Sardinia"
Advanced Science News (UK)

"Archaeologists find skeletons, jewellery in ancient city"
Otago Daily Times (New Zealand)

"Mapping Modern Threats to Ancient Chacoan Sites"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)

"Rapid recovery of life at ground zero of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction"
Nature (UK)

"Secrets of the Picts rise from the ashes of Viking raid"
The Herald (Scotland)

"How the Basque language has survived"


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May 2018 News Headlines



"Rapid recovery of life at ground zero of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction"
Nature (UK)

"Discovery of 'reptilian-mammal' fossil could rewrite history"
The New Times (Rwanda)

"Headless Pompeii skeleton: Man decapitated while fleeing eruption, say archaeologists"
RT (Russia)

"Archaeologists Find 'Holy Grail of Shipwrecks' Carrying Stash Worth Up to $17 Billion"
Live Science (USA)

"Archaeologists discover new geoglyphs near Nazca Lines in Peru"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Archaeologists using drones have discovered more than 25 geoglyphs etched into a swath of coastal desert in southern Peru near the Nazca Lines, a culture ministry official said Monday.

Most of the newly found geoglyphs, which include figures of a killer whale and a woman dancing, appear to have been made by the Paracas culture more than 2,000 years ago, hundreds of years before the Nazca people created similar giant drawings nearby, said Johny Isla, an archaeologist who heads the culture ministry's conservation efforts in the region.

An additional 25 geoglyphs that had previously been spotted by local residents have also been mapped with drones, Isla said.

Drones 'have allowed us to broaden our documentation and discover new groups of figures', Isla said on a tour of the geoglyphs in the province of Palpa."

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[Another amazing discovery thanks to aerial photography! Well worth reading the full story and seeing the aerial photo of one of the newly-discovered geoglyphs - Ed.]

"Viking houses from 1070 found in Cork dig at former Beamish & Crawford brewery"
The Irish Times (Ireland)

"Decades of aerial photos reveal how an ancient desert city got its water"
Ars Technica (USA)

"Lost settlements of Loch Lomond traced by archaeologists"
The Scotsman (Scotland)

"Old Maori village discovered by Otago archaeologists"
Scoop (New Zealand)

"Aboriginal settlement in Australia was planned migration: study"
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
"Aboriginal settlement in Australia was no accident but the result of large-scale migration by skilled maritime explorers, research shows.

Experts have made the finding using wind and ocean current modelling, similar to that deployed in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A now submerged string of islands between Australia and Timor and Roti.

This kind of imagery has been used to pinpoint likely routes between the islands and the Australian mainland."

[Read The Full Story]

[Wow! More evidence of ancient mariners who knew what they were doing when it came to travelling over oceans. Do read the full story and see the map of the submerged islands - Ed.]

"Greek Archaeologists Unearth Exciting Find in Cyprus’ Troodos Mountains"
Greek Reporter (Greece)

"Archaeologists discovered previously unknown hieroglyphic inscriptions in Egypt"
Science in Poland (Poland)

"Research suggests sweet potatoes didn't originate in the Americas as previously thought"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Artifacts dating to 5000 BC discovered in Iraq's Dohuk"
Anadolu News Agency (Turkey)

"One of world’s most endangered forests originally planted by ancient South Americans... "
The Independent (UK)

"Bone trove in Denmark tells story of 'Barbarian' battle"
AFP (France)

"50,000 year old Siberian bones may be the ‘oldest Homo sapiens' outside Africa and Middle East"
The Siberian Times (Russia)

"If the discovery in Buryatia is verified as being Homo sapiens, it will alter scientific thinking about the arrival of man in Siberia.

The discovery was made in the Tunkinskaya Valley by Irkutsk scientists in 2016.

Older bones date to 50,000 years ago, younger ones at the same site to around 30,000 years ago, and they were found alongside tools and animal bones indicating these ancients were proficient hunters of cave lions, bison, horses and deer.

Dr Evgeniy Rogovskoi, senior researcher Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: 'There were two set of bones, one was dated as 27,000 to 30,000 years old, the other as 50,000 years old'.

The younger bones are 'modern-type' humans.

But the older ones are now undergoing tests to establish whether they are Homo sapiens, or Neanderthal or another pre-human group."

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[Another great story from The Siberian Times! More new discoveries in this area show another timeline biting the dust as the fuller picture emerges. Well worth a visit to read the full story and see the many great images of the finds - Ed.]

"Ancient mound builders carefully timed their occupation of coastal Louisiana site"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Evidence of ancient feast unearthed near Pilbara mining site"
ABC News (Australia)

"New finds show importance of Troodos in prehistory"
Cyprus Mail (Cyprus)

"Late-surviving stem mammal links the lowermost Cretaceous of North America and Gondwana"
Nature (UK

"Greco-Roman bath, artefacts discovered at San El-Hagar archaeological site in Egypt"
Ahram Online (Egypt

"Ancient DNA shows first farmers in South-East Asia migrated from China 4,500 years ago"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Earliest Version of Our Alphabet Possibly Discovered"
Live Science (USA)
"The earliest example of our alphabet - a possible mnemonic phrase that helped someone remember 'ABCD' - has been discovered on a 3,400-year-old inscribed piece of limestone from ancient Egypt, a scholar believes.

Three of the words start with the ancient equivalent of B, C and D, creating what may be a mnemonic phrase.

Thomas Schneider, a professor of Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia, reported the discovery in a paper published recently in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Modern-day scholars sometimes call the early ancestor of our ABCD alphabet sequence the 'abgad' sequence, because this phrase mentions some of the first letters of the early version of our alphabet.

Until this discovery, the oldest example of this sequence had only dated back about 3,200 years, Schneider wrote in his paper"

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[Excellent article in Live Science. It would seem that writing goes back much further than previously believed, and another timeline bites the dust. It really is well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Endangered South American forests were planted by ancient people" Inc. (USA)

"Myth of Mangahawea: How scientists uncovered the home of our earliest Polynesian arrivals"
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)

"Pune students deciphering prehistoric Sri Lankan ruins, piece by piece"
Hindustan Times (India)

"78,000 year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Navarino Environmental Observatory: Drought ended Mycenaean era in ancient Greece"
Tornos News (Greece)
"An extended drought after the destruction of Nestor's Palace in Pylos is likely to have brought an end to the Mycenaean civilization in the western Peloponnese.

That conclusion was reached after analysis of a stalactite from a cave in the area that provided a clear picture about the climatic conditions in the eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age, Greek daily Kathimerini reports.

The study was carried out by researchers Martin Finne and Karin Holmgren of the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) in collaboration with archaeologist Shari Stocker.

The researchers reached their conclusions from the analysis of a stalactite from a cave on the islet of Schiza just off the Peloponnesian coast."

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[Another good story from Tornos News. The sheer number of instances of climate changes in ancient times never fails to amaze many who've been led to believe that such a phenomenon is unique to modern times and is only happenning now. We highly recommend reading the full story - Ed.]

"137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes"
Nature (UK

"Large Sunken Island Existed off Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast till Middle Ages... "
Archaeology in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)

"78,000 year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Nara peach pits carbon dated to reign of ancient queen Himiko"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

"78,000 year cave record from East Africa shows early cultural innovations"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Strange Treasure Next to the Great Pyramid at Giza"
Novinite (Bulgaria)
"Archaeologists are trying to pull an unexpected treasure from the depths of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

A strange operation takes place in the Sahara's burning sands. Scientists are trying to pull an ancient ship from the sand, piece by piece.

In order to do that, a unique laboratory is built next to the Great Pyramid. In it, a diverse team of scientists is trying to bring a ship buried there nearly 5000 years ago."

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[A great find and a good report. It's worth reading the full story - Ed.]

"Egypt uncovers tomb of great Ramesses II era general in Saqqara"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"The oldest Polish pyramid stands in the place of an early medieval hill fort"
Science in Poland (Poland)

"Archaeologists discover rock carving of world’s oldest paper currency in China"
Pakistan Today (Pakistan)

"Life was good for Stone Age Norwegians along Oslo Fjord"
Science Nordic (Norway)
"Eleven thousand years ago at the end of the last ice age, Norway was buried under a thick layer of ice.

But it didn't take long for folks to wander their way north as the ice sheet melted away. The first traces of human habitation in Norway date from roughly 9500 BC.

Steinar Solheim is an archaeologist at the University of Oslo's Museum of Cultural History who has worked on numerous excavations of different Stone Age settlements around Oslo Fjord.

Now he and colleague Per Perrson have investigated longer-term population trends in the Oslo Fjord region, based on 157 different Stone Age settlements.

All were inhabited between 8000 and 2000 BC."

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[An excellent story from ScienceNordic, and well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"Enigma of the bluestones: Where did Stonehenge builders get them from?" (Australia)

"Feds block government archaeologists from speaking at a major science conference"
The Salt Lake Tribune (USA)

"Two corridors discovered in 1,700-year-old temple of ancient religion in Diyarbakir"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)

"Archaeologists find oldest Greek relic in Slovak area"
The Slovak Spectator (Slovakia)

"Proof of King David? Not yet. But riveting site shores up roots of Israelite era"
The Times of Israel (Egypt)

"Tourist fined for stealing ancient artefacts from Pompeii"
The Local (Italy)
"A French tourist was fined €200 and given a suspended sentence after police caught him trying to leave Pompeii with a backpack stuffed with ancient Roman artefacts.

Montpellier man Pierre Luc Giglio, 52, was stopped at Pompeii last Friday along with his companion, a 50-year-old French woman, after security guards noticed them acting suspiciously.

Upon searching their bags they found 13 fragments of terracotta and a piece of marble, believed to have been taken from the House of Loreius Tiburtinus, a well-preserved villa thought to have belonged to one of the city's wealthy inhabitants.

The couple told carabinieri officers that they just 'wanted to take home a souvenir', according to local news site Metropolis."

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[Unbelievable? Nope! Some years ago an American tourist was caught chipping bits off Stonehenge. Her excuse? She wanted 'a souvenir to take home'. These people are just cultural vandals who think nothing of causing criminal damage to other cultures heritage - Ed.]

"From the pyramids to Stonehenge – were prehistoric people astronomers?"
ZME Science (USA)

"Egyptologist: The life of slaves in Egypt was not as hard as we think"
Science in Poland (Poland)

"Archaeologist finds fish trap, defensive sites on Afognak Island"
KTOO Public Media (Alaska)

"New archaeological discovery in Matariya"
Egypt Today (Egypt)

"Scientists Confirm Earliest Use of Fire and Oldest Stone Handaxe in Europe"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"In a recently published paper* in the journal, Historical Biology, researchers report confirmation that sediments bearing early human cultural remains in the Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar rockshelter in southeastern Spain are dated to over 800,000 years ago.

The sediments include an Acheulean style stone handaxe and evidence for the use of fire within the rockshelter.

'We regard its age as quite likely between 865,000 and 810,000 years ago', said Michael Walker of Spain's Murcia University, a lead researcher on Cueva Negra.

'[Arguably] Until now hand-axes in Europe have not been recorded from before 500,000 years ago', said Walker. Moreover, he adds, 'the evidence of combustion [use of fire] is also the oldest anywhere outside Africa.'"

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[Another sacred timeline bites the dust! Some good images. Really worth reading the full story - Ed.]

"Archeological study reveals unique 35,000-year-old culture"
The Jerusalem Post (Israel

"Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709 thousand years ago"
Nature (UK

"Neanderthals produced symbolic art, research suggests"
Cosmos (Australia)

"Archaeologists solve ancient mystery of ‘melted’ Iron Age fort"
The Scotsman (Scotland)

"Ancient humans settled the Philippines 700,000 years ago"
Science Magazine (USA)
"In what some scientists are calling a “one-in-a-million find,” archaeologists have discovered a cache of butchered rhino bones and dozens of stone tools on the Philippines’s largest island, Luzon.

The find pushes back the earliest evidence for human occupation of the Philippines by more than 600,000 years, and it has archaeologists wondering who exactly these ancient humans were—and how they crossed the deep seas that surrounded that island and others in Southeast Asia."

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[That's a massive timeline pushback! Great find and well worth a look at the full story - Ed.]

"Stone Age settlement found in the middle of Copenhagen"
Copenhagen Post (Denmark)

"Ancient hepatitis B viruses from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period"
Nature (UK

"Scores of Aboriginal stone tools discovered in Gippsland during sewer dig"
ABC News (Australia)

"Dead Sea Scrolls fragments contain writing invisible to naked eye"
NBC News (USA)

"New survey confirms no hidden Nefertiti chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"The result of a third radar survey show conclusively that there are no hidden chambers in the tomb. After almost three months of study, a new geophysics survey has provided conclusive evidence that no hidden chambers exist adjacent to or inside Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings."
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[So there we have it! Well worth a look at the full story - Ed.]

"Archaeologists find China's earliest bone tools"
XinhuaNet (China)
"An international team of researchers says they have identified seven bone soft hammers or retouchers as China's earliest known bone tools, dating back 115,000 years. The bone tools, six made of broken long limb bones from herbivores and one made of antler, were discovered in a Paleolithic site in Xuchang City in central China's Henan Province."
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[Another timeline pushed much further back! Well worth a look at the full story - Ed.]

"Roman relics found in Rhine region show evidence of bloody uprising"
The Local (Germany)
"Halfway between the ancient towns of Neuss and Xanten on the Lower Rhine, the Romans established a military camp in what is now Krefeld around 69 AD. Directly on the border of the Roman Empire, the area was chosen due to its strategic location on a small hill across from an important trade route to Germania. The Romans called the place Gelduba: Today, this district of Krefeld is called Gellep.

The famous historian Tacitus was the first to mention Gelduba, which was the scene of a massive battle between Romans and Batavians in 69 AD when Germanic Batavian prince Iulius Civilis started an uprising against the Romans in the Rhine-region."

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[Another timeline pushed much further back! Well worth a look at the full story - Ed.]

"Ancient Christian ruins discovered under former ISIS-held territory" (Australia)

"Earliest known hominin activity in the Philippines by 709 thousand years ago"
Nature (UK

"Hidden Script Uncovered in Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls"
The Jewish Press (Israel)

"Ancient butchered rhino suggests humans lived in the Philippines 700,000 years ago"
ABC Science News (Australia)

"Neolithic Humans Used Dried Fungi to Start and Transport Fires"
Sci-News (USA)
"Some 7,000 years ago, inhabitants of a small settlement at the Early Neolithic waterlogged site of La Draga (Girona, Spain) dried non-edible fungi for use as tinder to light and transport fires.

The La Draga site is located on the eastern shore of Lake Banyoles, 22 miles (35 km) from the Mediterranean Sea and 31 miles (50 km) south of the Pyrenees. The site corresponds to an open-air settlement whose surface area is estimated to exceed three acres (15,000 m2)."

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[Ancient peoples knew all the properties of the lifeforms around them. Take a look further - Ed.]


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April 2018 News Headlines



"From the pyramids to Stonehenge – were prehistoric people astronomers?"
Heritage Daily (UK)

"Unusual climate during Roman times plunged Eurasia into hunger and disease"
Popular Archaeology (USA)

"Archaeologists find iron smelting waste dump in central China"
XinhuaNet (China)

"Ancient artifacts from 3500BC discovered at Five Mile Lane"
Barry and District News (Cymru)

"'Bluetooth' treasure found on German Baltic Sea island"
Deutsche Welle (Germany)

"Could We Detect an Ancient Industrial Civilization in the Geological Record?"
Universe Today (USA)

"Archaeologists reveal 'ice age' hunter-gatherers in Indonesia arrive 50,000 years ago"
XinhuaNet (China)

"2,500-year-old rare circular labyrinth found near Hosur"
The Times of India (India)

"Nubian Stone Tablets Unearthed in African 'City of the Dead'"
Live Science (USA)

"Ancient onion reveals Roman links with 'Sweden's Pompeii'"
The Local (Sweden)

"Window on the past"
ECNS (China)

"Kulen dig leaves archaeologists more convinced site was once palace of Angkor Empire's first ruler"
The Nation (Thailand)

"Nordic Stone Age diet was dominated by fish"
Science Nordic (Sweden)

"Origin of Mysterious 2,700-Year-Old Gold Treasure Revealed"
National Geographic News (USA)

"Old pottery discovery causes stir in Trang"
Bangkok Post (Thailand)

"Stonehenge may have been in place before humans arrived - archaeologist"
News Hub (New Zealand)

"Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert"
National Geographic News (USA)

"Swiss researchers try to get ancient Roman fridge working (again)"
The Local (Switzerland)

"Computer simulations show Viking's sunstone to be very accurate"
PhysOrg (USA)

"Drones Help Discover Desert Drawings in Palpa, near Nazca"
Peruvian Times (Peru)
"Aerial photographs of over 50 ancient drawings in the desert near Nazca have been made public, following the completion of a research project funded by National Geographic.

The drawings cover a wide area in Palpa, 100km north of the famous Nazca Lines, and are several centuries older than the Nazca geoglyphs.

Some are believed to have been etched into the sand even earlier than the Paracas culture, which flourished between 700 BC and AD 200.

According to resident archaeologist Johny Isla, co-director of the Nazca-Palpa Project with Markus Reindel of the German Archaeological Institute, the new information will "open the door to new hypotheses" about the function and meaning of the drawings."
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[This is an excellent story from Peruvian Times, and well done National Geographic for funding the drone study! This technology, if it stays for purely scientific research and peaceful usage, should help us to rediscover much of our ancient past such as these geoglyphs. It's well worth a visit to read the full story and see the amazing aeriel images of the geoglyphs - Ed.]

"Remains of Graeco-Roman temple discovered near Egypt's Siwa Oasis"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"Old pottery discovery causes stir in Trang"
Stuff (New Zealand)

"Fluted Spear Points Prove Early Native Americans Liked to Travel"
Sci-News (UK)
"Women ran things in ancient Peru, a new study argues"
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

"Long-maligned Mary Magdalene now seen as stalwart disciple"
The Mainichi (Japan)

"This 4,000-Year-Old Mummy Just Solved a Century-Old Mystery"
Live Science (USA)

"Ancient Rock Paintings Discovered In Lhasa"
UrduPoint News (Pakistan)

"Excavations in a unique Armenia cave can be stopped due to lack of funding"
News Armenia (Armenia)

"This 4,000-Year-Old Mummy Just Solved a Century-Old Mystery"
PhysOrg (USA)

"How ancient pottery techniques are getting a reboot in Kampong Chhnang"
The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

"Secret Ancient Amazon Population Revealed – The History News of the Week"
New Historian (UK)

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[In October 1900, Captain Dimitrious Kondos was leading a team of sponge divers near the the island of Antikythera off the coast of Greece. They noticed a shipwreck about 180 feet below the surface and began to investigate. Amongst the artifacts that they brought up was a coral-encrusted piece of metal that later archaeologists found was some sort of gear wheel.

The rest of the artifacts, along with the shape of the boat, suggested a date around 2000 years ago, which made the find one of the most anomalous that had ever been recovered from the Greek seas. It became known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

In 2006 the journal "Nature" published a
letter, and another paper about the mechanism was published in 2008, detailing the findings of Prof. Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University. Using high-resolution X-ray tomography to study the fragments of the anomalous Antikythera Mechanism, they found that it was in fact a bronze mechanical analog computer that could be used to calculate the astronomical positions and various cycles of the Moon - as seen from the Earth: - Ed]

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CBC News (Canada)

"Beyond the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature Blogs (UK)

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Nature News (UK)

"Discovery about the Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early Greek science"
University of Puget Sound (USA)

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HotnHit News (India)

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