Archaeology

Scientists discover world's oldest cheese in Egyptian tomb

Scientists discover world’s oldest cheese in Egyptian tomb

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that's not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, it's...

Native Americans engaged in trade more extensively than thought

A research team has found a copper band that indicates ancient Native Americans engaged in extensive trade networks spanning far greater distances than what...
Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because...
Scientists discover new evidence about the origins of people buried at Stonehenge

Scientists discover new evidence about the origins of people buried at Stonehenge

People buried at Stonehenge 5,000 years ago likely lived in west Wales where Stonehenge’s smaller standing stones – bluestones – originated from, according to...
Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya collapse

Scientists measure severity of drought during the Maya civilization collapse

The severity of drought conditions during the demise of the Maya civilization about one thousand years ago has been quantified. This represents another piece of...
Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct 'hobbits'

Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’

Two pygmy populations on the same tropical island. One went extinct tens of thousands of years ago; the other still lives there. Are they related? It's...
Ancient society's lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Ancient society’s lesson may help you grow your social networks, success and influence

Food, celebrations and an affinity for connecting with strangers may be the answer, at least according to the archeological record A new study on ancient...
Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

Paleontologists discover largest dinosaur foot ever found

As it turns out, "Bigfoot" was a dinosaur--a giant, plant-eating one. A new study based on fossils excavated in Wyoming reveals the largest dinosaur foot...
Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years

Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years

Flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago found in Jordan At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a...
Armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Armored dinosaur from Utah reveals intriguing family history

Fossils of a new genus and species of an ankylosaurid dinosaur--Akainacephalus johnsoni-- have been unearthed in the Kaiparowits Formation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...