archaeology

Evidence suggests humans were burning tobacco 12,000 years ago

Evidence suggests humans were burning tobacco 12,000 years ago

Researchers have discovered evidence that ancient North American people were using tobacco as far as 12,000 to 12,500 years ago. The first evidence of tobacco use is much older than evidence suggesting tobacco was burned in pipes dating to 9000 years ago. New evidence is the oldest direct evidence of tobacco use discovered anywhere in the world.

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Road workers discover Roman coins and more while building a new bypass

Road workers discover Roman coins and more while building a new bypass

One of the more interesting things about any new construction in some parts of Europe is that often when they dig into the ground for construction, they uncover something ancient. For example, while road crews were working on the future A120 Little Hadham bypass site in Hertfordshire, they made a very interesting discovery. While digging, the crews discovered the foundations of Iron Age houses and some Roman coins.

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Archaeologists discover ancient bone tools for leathermaking

Archaeologists discover ancient bone tools for leathermaking

Archaeologists have made an interesting discovery that sheds light on what types of clothing ancient humans wore. According to the researchers, between 90,000 and 120,000 years ago, humans commonly wore skins and furs from animals like sand foxes, golden jackals, and wildcats. The study's authors determined the types of skins and furs worn by ancient humans based on evidence gathered from 62 different bone tools found in a cave in Morocco.

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Incredibly well-preserved ancient beetle dubbed Attenborough’s Beauty

Incredibly well-preserved ancient beetle dubbed Attenborough’s Beauty

It's not uncommon for scientists to gather fossils and other objects of interest only to have the items left uninvestigated for many years. That is exactly what happened to a unique and extremely well-preserved frog-legged beetle fossil that has been on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for decades. Despite the fossil being on display for years, it has only recently been investigated and determined to be a new species of frog-legged beetle.

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2600-year-old mint discovered China

2600-year-old mint discovered China

Archaeologists have been working in an area of the Henan Province in the eastern area of China. They have been excavating the remains of an ancient city called Guanzhuang, and they discovered the oldest-known coin mint in the world. At the site, shovel-shaped brass coins were mass-produced 2600 years ago.

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Researchers discover an ancient Roman road in the Venice Lagoon

Researchers discover an ancient Roman road in the Venice Lagoon

It's widely known that parts of the modern world that are underwater were, in the distant past, dry land. Recently, researchers discovered a Roman road submerged in the Venice Lagoon. The finding suggests that extensive settlements may have been present in the Venice Lagoon centuries before the founding of Venice in the fifth century.

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Scientists extract DNA from mummified 1600-year-old sheep leg

Scientists extract DNA from mummified 1600-year-old sheep leg

The team of geneticists and archaeologists from Ireland, France, Iran, Germany, and Austria have been able to sequence DNA from a mummified 1600-year-old sheep. The sheep was found in an ancient Iranian salt mine known as Chehrābād. The specimen is highly interesting for archaeologists because it reveals sheep husbandry practices of the ancient Near East.

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World’s oldest Neanderthal art released as 3D file for free

World’s oldest Neanderthal art released as 3D file for free

Back about 51,000 years ago, a Neanderthal decided they would express their artistic soul to work on a piece of deer bone. This individual resided in what's now known as Northern Germany's Harz Mountains. Not only did this ancient artist have the capacity to carve a pattern into bone, they knew enough about the physical properties of the bone to use hot water to make its surface soft enough to carve.

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Remains of a 3000-year-old shark attack victim discovered in Japan

Remains of a 3000-year-old shark attack victim discovered in Japan

A team of researchers led by archaeologists from Oxford have published a new paper revealing the discovery of a 3000-year-old shark attack victim. The remains show that the person was attacked by a shark in the Seto Inland Sea of the Japanese archipelago. The discovery of the 3000-year-old remains is the earliest direct evidence for a shark attack on a human.

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Archaeologists discover a fossilized intact chicken egg in Israel

Archaeologists discover a fossilized intact chicken egg in Israel

If you've ever made eggs for breakfast, you know that chicken eggs aren't particularly strong. They're incredibly fragile, which is precisely why the majority of us pop the egg box open at the store to be sure they're not cracked. Archaeologists working for the Israel Antiquities Authority have made an exciting discovery. The team found an intact chicken egg dating from roughly 1000 years ago during an excavation in Yavne.

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Archaeologists discover a pregnant mummy from ancient Egypt

Archaeologists discover a pregnant mummy from ancient Egypt

Recently a group of archaeologists made a very startling discovery that began when they thought they were scanning the mummy of an ancient Egyptian male priest named Hor-Djehuty. During the scan, the images revealed what appeared to be the bones of a small foot. When completing the scan, the team confirmed that the foot belonged to a tiny fetus in the womb of the deceased and mummified mother.

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Archaeologists discover 3500-year-old terracotta pots that once held honey

Archaeologists discover 3500-year-old terracotta pots that once held honey

Archaeologists working at an excavation site in central Nigeria have discovered terracotta pottery pieces, some of which are as old as 3500 years. The pottery pieces show direct evidence that the pods once held honey, which is considered the oldest sweetener known to humanity. Researchers analyze residue found in the shards and found compounds from beeswax suggesting that waxy combs might've been heated in vessels to separate the honey.

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