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Dig at Malcolm X House Reveals Surprise Find

Evidence suggests 18th-century home was built nearby

(Newser) - A " now-or-never dig " at the childhood home of Malcolm X has revealed a surprising find—just not related to the civil rights activist, writes the AP . "We've come onto a whole layer, roughly two feet down and across the whole site, that's absolutely filled with... More »

Ancient Letters Reveal Bible Bombshell

Parts likely written 2.6K years ago: study

(Newser) - "A full homer of wine, bring tomorrow; don't be late." That command, written on pottery excavated near the Dead Sea, not only shows soldiers liked to drink in the Kingdom of Judah around 600BC. It might also push back the date of the Old Testament. In analyzing... More »

Lone Bullet Backs Up Lawrence of Arabia's Story

Scientists have unearthed evidence that aligns with tales from Great Arab Revolt

(Newser) - Ten years into a broader hunt throughout the Arabian desert, archaeologists have unearthed a bullet they are "almost 100% certain" is the one Lawrence of Arabia claimed to have fired in 1917 in a guerrilla attack on the Hallat Ammar train. Many, including his own biographers, have suspected that... More »

Tablets in Ancient Grave Placed an Odd Curse

Greek curse-writer targeted owners of taverns

(Newser) - Talk about holding a grudge. Five lead tablets buried in the grave of a young Greek woman about 2,400 years ago bear curses against four tavern-keepers in Athens, LiveScience reports. Apparently, burying the tablets was thought to put the curses closer to gods who could fulfill them. "Cast... More »

Huge Discovery About Vikings Just Came From Space

They may have made it further into America than we ever knew

(Newser) - A "high-tech Indiana Jones" may have just done what no one else has been able to for 55 years: find a second Viking settlement in North America, the Washington Post reports. "Typically in archaeology, you only ever get to write a footnote in the history books, but what... More »

Humans and 'Unicorns' May Have Coexisted

Research finds the 'Siberian unicorn' is much younger than we thought

(Newser) - Unicorns are real, and they're a lot younger than we thought. Researchers from Russia's Tomsk State University were digging at a fossil site in Kazakhstan when they found bones belonging to the Elasmotherium sibiricum, otherwise known as the "Siberian unicorn," Huffington Post reports. According to IFL... More »

Archaeologists Dig at Malcolm X's Childhood Home

They're hoping to learn more about his early life

(Newser) - Archaeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly includes Native American settlement. The two-week archaeological dig began Tuesday outside a two-and-a-half story home... More »

The Last Supper of Jesus Didn't Happen at a Table

And the menu was a little better than bread and wine

(Newser) - The image of the Last Supper as famously painted by Leonardo Da Vinci—Jesus and his followers seated around a large table, bread, wine—is a lasting one. It's also entirely inaccurate, according to two Italian archeologists. Discovery reports Generoso Urciuoli and Marta Berogno studied Jewish writings, ancient Roman... More »

Bear Bone Found in 1903 Alters the Story of Ireland

Butchered knee bone indicates man on the island 12.5K years ago

(Newser) - A single bear bone has transformed what we thought we knew about Irish history, showing humans were tromping through the country 2,500 years earlier than history books claim. The bone with seven cuts from a sharp tool was found among thousands of bones in a cave on the island'... More »

Newly Discovered Prehistoric Puppy Still Has Fur, Brain

And a 'controversial' scientist wants to clone it

(Newser) - Scientists are poised to learn a lot more about prehistoric man's best friend after discovering a shockingly well-preserved 12,400-year-old puppy in Siberia, the Telegraph reports. The mummified Pleistocene canid—almost certainly an extinct species—is believed to have been killed by a landslide near the village of Tumat,... More »

Filmmakers Ignore Curse, Scan Grave of Shakespeare

Findings to be revealed in Channel 4 documentary

(Newser) - Visitors to the grave of William Shakespeare can't help but notice this to-the-point inscription: "Blessed be the man that spares these stones, and cursed be he that moves my bones," it reads (with the spelling cleaned up). Curse or not, a group of documentary filmmakers has begun... More »

We'll Soon Know If Tut's Tomb Holds Secrets

Press conference will follow April 2 radar examinations

(Newser) - First came the theory, then a dribble of updates: In August 2015, University of Arizona archaeologist Nicholas Reeves made the case that Tutankhamun's tomb also holds the remains of Nefertiti . Egyptian authorities had no comment at the time, but three months later, a duo of stories seemed to lend... More »

Prison Grave May Hold Real Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Martha Brown believed to be Thomas Hardy's inspiration

(Newser) - Thomas Hardy fans, prepare to geek out. Archaeologists may have uncovered the remains of a woman whose execution is said to have inspired the death of the main character in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Back in 1856, a 16-year-old Hardy was among a crowd of 4,000 that gathered... More »

'Space Archaeologist' Wants Your Help

'TED' winner Sarah Parcak plans to ID, protect sites via satellite images

(Newser) - The winner of this year's $1 million TED Prize has the unique title of "space archaeologist," and she plans to use the money to recruit a network of digital helpers to identify and protect sites around the world, reports the BBC . As National Geographic explains, Dr. Sarah... More »

7K-Year-Old Israel Settlement Oldest Ever Found in Area

2 houses, remains from Chalcolithic period unearthed in northern Jerusalem

(Newser) - Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 7,000-year-old settlement in northern Jerusalem in what they say is the oldest discovery of its kind in the area, the AP reports. Israel's Antiquities Authority said Wednesday that an excavation exposed two houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools,... More »

Easter Island May Not Have Collapsed Due to War After All

Obsidian artifacts were likely just general tools, not weapons

(Newser) - The ancient civilization of Rapa Nui, more commonly called Easter Island and a part of modern-day Chile, has long been thought to have been brought to its knees before Europeans arrived by violent infighting as precious resources ran out. But now anthropologists from Binghamton University in New York are publishing... More »

Archaeologists Uncover 'Buddha Post Hole' in Nepal

The site could be hundreds of years older than once thought

(Newser) - In the first major archaeological dig of the area since 1962, researchers say they think they've found a post hole from a wooden structure from which Buddha gave his first sermon in Nepal after attaining enlightenment. In the 1960s, Indian archaeologist Debala Mitra concluded that the ruins at Nigrodharam... More »

Study: Ancient Humans Made Giant Bird Go Extinct

The clue was in the eggs

(Newser) - About 50,000 years ago, giant megafauna—such as a "1,000-pound kangaroo" and "Volkswagen-sized tortoise"—roamed Australia, Phys.org reports. Those animals started disappearing around the same time the first humans set foot in the area, likely after arriving aboard boats from Indonesia. Now, for the... More »

This May Be First Evidence of Hunter-Gatherer War

27 people killed in 10,000-year-old massacre in what is now Kenya

(Newser) - Scientists working on the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya have uncovered a grisly scene : the bodies of 27 people, killed around 8,000BC. Experts say the spot, called Nataruk, may be the first to reveal evidence of a massacre—or perhaps even war—between two nomadic hunter-gatherer groups, one... More »

Cosmic Particles Could Hold Pyramid Clues

Team has collected muons inside Bent Pyramid

(Newser) - An international team of researchers said Sunday they will soon begin analyzing cosmic particles collected inside Egypt's Bent Pyramid to search for clues as to how it was built and learn more about the 4,600-year-old structure. The president of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute says that plates planted... More »

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