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They Ate Their Friend. Then They Made Art

15K-year-old human radial bone shows signs of ritual cannibalism

(Newser) - The radius and the ulna bones of the forearm were separated at the joint, cleaned, and chewed. But that was only the start of a cannibalistic ritual taking place in England some 15,000 years ago, scientists say after analyzing a bone with unusual markings found in a cave in... More »

Civil War-Era 'Corduroy Road' Uncovered in Michigan

The road is made of logs

(Newser) - Before the days of asphalt, Americans got around on "corduroy roads" made of logs, which were particularly useful for traversing swampy stretches of land. In a welcome blast from the past, Michigan's own versions have resurfaced after more than a century. Workers digging for a construction project in... More »

'Exceptional' Roman Site Dug Up in France

It's a 'real little Pompeii,' says lead archaeologist

(Newser) - Archaeologists are calling an ancient Roman neighborhood discovered in southeast France a "real little Pompeii" dotted with well-preserved mosaics, shops, and noble homes. "We're unbelievably lucky. This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years," lead digger Benjamin Clement... More »

Archaeologists Find Tomb With Possible Ties to King Tut

It could belong to his wife, Ankhesenamun

(Newser) - The two daughters King Tut is believed to have had with wife Ankhesenamun were stillborn, their mummified fetuses found in Tut's tomb nearly a century ago, the Telegraph reported in 2008. But what of Ankhesenamun, who was also Tut's half sister? It's possible her grave has just... More »

Ancient Text by Father of Medicine Unearthed

Scientists say medicinal recipe attributed to Hippocrates revealed in Egyptian monastery

(Newser) - Hippocrates is considered the father of Western medicine, and now researchers in Egypt have found what they say is one of his original texts, reports National Geographic . The discovery came during restoration of the library at the ancient St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai, and it took some sleuthing.... More »

The Wreckage Was Found in 2010. Now, Bones

Discovery made near wreckage of the Tulsamerican off Croatia

(Newser) - Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a US bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of the Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Okla., near the end of... More »

Archaeologists Find Tunnel That May Emulate Underworld

The passageway was discovered under the Pyramid of the Moon

(Newser) - What would make the discovery of a secret passageway under Teotihuacan’s Pyramid of the Moon even more intriguing? A theory that the tunnel was used to emulate the underworld, to start. CT scans performed by archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History in June indicate that... More »

This Crocodile Once Terrorized the Dinosaurs

Its head was the size of a washing machine; its teeth the size of bananas

(Newser) - Meet Razanandrongobe sakalavae, the giant dinosaur-killing crocodile that roamed what is now Madagascar 165 million years ago. Razana, as it's known for short, was first discovered a decade ago, but due to limited fossilized remains, little was known about the creature until recently. Thanks to research published Tuesday in... More »

Deep Beneath Mexico City, a Chilling Find

A tower of Aztec skulls includes the remains of women and children

(Newser) - A chilling find deep under old Mexico City has experts rethinking the Aztec practice of human sacrifice, Reuters reports. Archaeologists who discovered a tower of more than 650 skulls and fragments were stunned to see the crania of women and children. The new find is believed to be part of... More »

At 12K Feet, Humans Did the Unimaginable

Researchers find evidence of permanent residency some 7K years ago

(Newser) - Researchers call it one of the "last frontiers of human colonization": very high elevations where the oxygen is sparse and the temperatures are icy. Now research out of the Andean highlands of South America suggests the humans who braved such conditions more than 7,000 years ago did so... More »

'Pompeii-Like Scene' Found During Digging for New Subway

Charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building are unearthed

(Newser) - Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure. Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while examining a... More »

Medieval Knight's Sword Found in Bog

If engraving can be found, it might identify the knight

(Newser) - The medieval sword, at just over three pounds, wouldn't have weighed down its owner. But the bog where it was found might have. That's what researchers are saying after a remarkably well-preserved sword from the 14th century was found in a bog in Poland. A worker was using... More »

Lost Islamic City Held Riches From a World Away

It was a trade center in Ethiopia beginning in the 10th century

(Newser) - Residents of the small town of Harlaa in eastern Ethiopia have long suspected that ancient coins and pottery fragments uncovered there represented a trail to undiscovered riches. They weren't far off, reports Quartz . After two years of digging in Harlaa, archaeologists have found ancient beads in almost every color... More »

Egyptologists Examine 'Sensational' Discovery

Prosthesis could be one of oldest ever found

(Newser) - Think losing a toe in ancient Egypt meant you'd be forever without one? Not so, at least in one case. Egyptologists from Switzerland's University of Basel have since 2015 been studying what a press release calls an "ancient Egyptian elite cemetery" near Luxor, and one of its... More »

Civil War Sub No Longer a 'Corroded Artifact'

Years of cleaning reveal gears, cranks ... and a tooth

(Newser) - When it was raised in 2000, the HL Hunley looked a bit like the Flying Dutchman . Encrusted in a rock-hard layer of sand and shell, the hand-powered Civil War submarine that slumbered off Charleston, SC, for almost 140 years had to be painstakingly soaked and cleaned . But after three years... More »

New Fossils Push Known Human History Back 100K Years

And change what we thought we knew about human history and evolution

(Newser) - “My reaction was a big ‘wow,'” archaeologist Jean-Jacques Hublin tells the Guardian . Hublin and his team recently discovered Homo sapien fossils in an old mine in Morocco that dating tests reveal are 300,000 years old. Prior to the discovery, the earliest known Homo sapien fossils... More »

Bones Found in 2nd Chamber of Cave Spur Huge Questions

More bones unearthed from H. naledi species, upending evolution beliefs

(Newser) - In 2015 it was a discovery described as "unlike anything we have seen." Now even more so. A second chamber in a South African cave system has produced bones belonging to Homo naledi, a species scientists now believe may have existed around the same time as Homo sapiens... More »

Mastodon Bones Spark Major Claim—and Major Doubt

Did humans live in California 130K years ago?

(Newser) - Exactly how long have humans been in the Americas? A wealth of evidence suggests they arrived as early as 20,000 years ago, while the earliest record of modern humans in the world dates back 200,000 years to Africa (and they probably didn't leave until around 50,000... More »

How a Bit of Cave Dirt Just Changed Archaeology

In first, scientists pull ancient human DNA from dirt

(Newser) - The study of humans has long relied on bones to reveal human DNA. The problem is that those bones are hard to come by. As the Atlantic points out, scientists have only a finger bone and two teeth belonging to the Denisovans, cousins of Neanderthals. It's no wonder then... More »

Archaeologist Says He's Found Great Lost City—in Kansas

Donald Blakeslee confident Etzanoa sat at convergence of 2 rivers

(Newser) - Don Juan de Oñate sought a city of gold when he explored what are now the Plains states. It wasn't to be, but according to an interview given by five of his men in 1602, they did find something staggering: a "great settlement" some five miles long... More »

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