Category Archives: Archaeology

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

A seminal event in the Earth’s history – when plants appeared on land – may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from “pond scum” about 500 million years ago, according to new research. These … Continue reading

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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

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Modern humans left Africa much earlier

Researchers have identified the remains of the earliest known modern humans to have left Africa. New dating of fossils from Israel indicates that our species (Homo sapiens) lived outside Africa around 185,000 years ago, some 80,000 years earlier than the … Continue reading

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Archaeologists in Cyprus have uncovered an ancient 26-metre long mosaic

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60 perfectly preserved shipwrecks over 2,400 years old have been found in the Black Sea

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Who Lived in North West England During the Bronze Age?

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There are bodies under the giant heads of Easter Island

The Giant stone heads on eater Island are images that we’ve all grown up seeing and hearing about, many of us dream of visiting them and looking for ourselves, it now seems that if we get to make the journey … Continue reading

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Brontosaurus is back! New analysis suggests genus might be resurrected

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post. The Brontosaurus has been consigned to extinction not once, but twice – the second time when scientists concluded it was too similar to other long-necked dinosaurs to deserve its own genus. Now … Continue reading

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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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