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Pyramid Construction

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The Phaistos Disk

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Archaeologists just made the “find of a lifetime” buried beneath Scotland

A bronze sword, a gold-decorated spearhead, well-preserved sheath fittings, and fur skins – all thought to date back to around 3,000 years – are some of the remarkable finds uncovered at a dig currently underway in the UK. Archaeologists on … Continue reading

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2,200-Year-Old Stunning Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City Of Zeugma

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The 2000-year-old Hallaton Helmet is the only Roman helmet ever found in Britain that still has most of its silver-gilt plating attached. …

The Hallaton Helmet is a decorated iron Roman cavalry parade helmet originally covered in a sheet of silver and decorated in places with gold leaf. The helmet was discovered by 71-year-old Ken Wallace, a retired teacher and amateur archaeologist. He … Continue reading

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Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

The driest desert on Earth may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report. They have found the remnants of freshwater plants and animals buried in the arid plains of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This watery period dates to between 9,000 … Continue reading

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Below Liverpool’s streets lies a 200-year-old tunnel network that confounds the experts

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Jack Horner

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Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post John R. “Jack” Horner (born June 15, 1946) is a non-degree holding American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura, providing the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young. He … Continue reading

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Guide to the Châtelperronian

The Châtelperronian period refers to one of five stone tool industries identified within the Upper Paleolithic period of Europe (ca 45,000-20,000 years ago). Once thought the earliest of the five industries, the Châtelperronian is today recognized as roughly coeval with … Continue reading

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An ancient cemetery could change how we view the Philistines of the Bible

Call someone a “philistine” and you’re suggesting they’re dumb, or uncultured, or both – but is this view of the Philistines of the Bible actually justified? Thanks to the discovery of an ancient cemetery in Ashkelon in Israel, archaeologists are … Continue reading

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Scientists have just solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space

Archaeologists have used high-resolution satellite snapshots to finally piece together a mystery surrounding the ancient people of Peru’s famous Nasca region. The mystery centres around a series of carefully built, spiralling holes called puquios, burrowed into the ground in the Nasca … Continue reading

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Dead Clade Walking

Dead clade walking also known as “survival without recovery” refers to a clade (group) of organisms which survived a mass extinction but never recovered in numbers, becoming extinct a few million years after the mass extinction or failed to recover in … Continue reading

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New evidence of secret chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb hints at royal treasures

It’s been a long time coming and we’re still not inside yet, but radar scans have revealed a 90 percent chance that there are two hidden chambers behind Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt. Describing the new evidence as what could … Continue reading

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Neanderthals and humans interbred ‘100,000 years ago’

Neanderthals and modern humans were interbreeding much earlier than was previously thought, scientists say. Traces of human DNA found in a Neanderthal genome suggest that we started mixing with our now-extinct relatives 100,000 years ago. Previously it had been thought … Continue reading

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Life on Earth originated 300 million years earlier than we thought, new evidence suggests

Researchers have found evidence of ancient microorganisms that lived in what is now Western Australia at least 4.1 billion years ago. If confirmed, the discovery suggests that life originated on Earth 300 million years earlier than previously thought. This would … Continue reading

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A medieval skeleton has been found hanging from the roots of a tree in Ireland

A 1,000-year-old skeleton was discovered dangling from the roots of a beech tree in the Irish town of Collooney, after a strong storm ripped the 200-year-old tree from the ground earlier this year. The remains belonged to a young man, … Continue reading

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The Colour of Dinosaur Feathers

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At this point in science we know for sure that dinosaurs had feathers. We aren’t sure which ones did or did not, we do not know how much of their body was covered, and we have no idea what colours … Continue reading

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Fishing for the first Americans

On 17 September, a catamaran will set off into the Pacific Ocean on a week-long cruise back to the Pleistocene. Laden with sonar instruments, the research vessel Shearwater will probe the ocean bottom to find places that were beaches and … Continue reading

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Stonehenge researchers ‘may have found largest neolithic site’

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Early Britons: Have we underestimated our ancestors?

Have we underestimated the first people to resettle Britain after the last Ice Age? Evidence from a variety of sources suggests that early Britons were more sophisticated than we could have imagined. Archaeologists once thought that the story of the … Continue reading

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