archaeology

New technique reveals hidden detail in an ancient Etruscan painting

New technique reveals hidden detail in an ancient Etruscan painting

A group of scientists has used a new technique to uncover details in an ancient Etruscan painting. Etruscans were a group of people on the Italian peninsula about 2500 years ago before Rome came to power. A painting of the ancient people had degraded over the eons losing its once colorful detail, becoming essentially a red human-like blob.

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Ancient Egyptian painting shows an extinct goose

Ancient Egyptian painting shows an extinct goose

Researchers from the University of Queensland have examined a 4600-year-old Egyptian painting. During the examination, a rendering of a speckled goose stood out. Scientist Dr. Anthony Romilio noticed a strange and beautiful bird, unlike modern red-breasted geese that had distinct and bold colors and patterns on its face, body, breast, wings, and legs. The painting is called "Medium Geese" and was discovered in the late 1800s.

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Tiny bone fragment helps scientists learn when dogs came to the Americas

Tiny bone fragment helps scientists learn when dogs came to the Americas

Dogs and humans have lived side-by-side since the distant past. Scientists have wondered how far back the history of dogs spans in the Americas and what route dogs use to enter this part of the world. Researchers from the University at Buffalo have used a small bone fragment from a dog found in Southeast Alaska that lived in the region about 10,150 years ago to answer some of these questions.

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CT scans reveal details of how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh died

CT scans reveal details of how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh died

Researchers have recently conducted CT scans on the mummified remains of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh called Seqenenre-Taa-II. The pharaoh ruled over southern Egypt when the Hyksos occupied the country from 1650-1550 BCE. Seqenenre-Taa-II was killed while trying to wrestle his country from foreign control.

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Archaeologists discover a 5000-year-old industrial-scale brewery in Egypt

Archaeologists discover a 5000-year-old industrial-scale brewery in Egypt

A team of archaeologists led by Deborah Vischak, an assistant professor of art and archaeology at Princeton, has made a discovery in Egypt that will excite beer fans. The researchers, who are part of the North Abydos Project, have uncovered evidence of the world's oldest known industrial-scale beer production facility. The complex they have discovered is more than 5000 years old.

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Study highlights human activity in Tanzania 2 million years ago

Study highlights human activity in Tanzania 2 million years ago

A new study was recently published by principal investigators from Canada and Tanzania working with partners in Africa, North America, and Europe. The entire team is working together to describe a large assemblage of stone tools, fossil bones, and chemical proxies obtained from dental and plant materials. Researchers on the study also examined tiny microscopic bits of silica left by plants, ancient pollen, and airborne charcoal resulting from natural fires retrieved from an ancient riverbed and Lake outcrops on the Serengeti plains.

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New research suggests dire wolves aren’t related to modern-day wolves

New research suggests dire wolves aren’t related to modern-day wolves

If you're familiar with dire wolves, you're probably familiar with them from "Game of Thrones." It would be easy to think that the dire wolf was something that George R. R. Martin came up with in his imagination, but they were real creatures that scientists have known existed since the mid-19th century. The dire wolf went extinct long ago.

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Archaeologists discover 45,500-year-old cave art in Indonesia

Archaeologists discover 45,500-year-old cave art in Indonesia

A group of archaeologists from Griffith University has discovered what is believed to be the world's oldest known cave painting dating back 45,500 years. The cave art was found in South Sulawesi during field research being conducted with a leading Indonesian archaeology research center called Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS). The cave painting is a figurative depiction of a Sulawesi warty pig, a creature common on the Indonesian island.

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Ancient Pompeii street food shop unearthed in a recent excavation

Ancient Pompeii street food shop unearthed in a recent excavation

One of the most famous ancient cities in all of Italy is the ill-fated city of Pompeii. The city and its residents were covered in hot ash and pumice stone after an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. In modern times, the city of Pompeii is undergoing excavation as parts of the city are dug from underneath the ash and pumice to reveal remarkably well-preserved homes and businesses complete with beautiful frescoes.

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Massive collection of prehistoric rock art discovered in the Amazon rain forest

Massive collection of prehistoric rock art discovered in the Amazon rain forest

Scientists have discovered one of the world's largest prehistoric rock art collections in the Amazon rain forest. Some call it "the Sistine Chapel of the ancients," with tens of thousands of paintings on the cliff face. The art includes paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago.

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More monkey teeth say ancient ocean rafting was a real possibility

More monkey teeth say ancient ocean rafting was a real possibility

We thought the subject of the research published this week seemed familiar. Back in the year 2016, SlashGear featured a story on the possibility that ancient monkeys crossed a large body of water to move from one continent to another. Now, here in 2020, a new finding ancient monkey teeth has a completely new set of researchers suggesting that a different set of monkeys ALSO made a trip across a large body of water to live in a new land.

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Researchers found the oldest piece of string

Researchers found the oldest piece of string

A group of researchers found the world's oldest piece of string ever strung by a humanoid. This very, very old piece of string was found in a cave in France and described in the journal Scientific Reports. The string was likely constructed and used by Neanderthals at least 41-thousand years ago. This is a very significant piece of old string.

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