Ancient Civilization

Freshwater mussel shells were material of choice for prehistoric craftsmen — ScienceDaily

A new study suggests that 6000-years-ago people across Europe shared a cultural tradition of using freshwater mussel shells to craft ornaments. An international team...

New evidence that the mind-blowing brew goes back millennia — ScienceDaily

Today's hipster creatives and entrepreneurs are hardly the first generation to partake of ayahuasca, according to archaeologists who have discovered traces of the...

Denisovan mandible likely represents the earliest hominin fossil on the Tibetan Plateau — ScienceDaily

Denisovans -- an extinct sister group of Neandertals -- were discovered in 2010, when a research team led by Svante Pääbo from the...

Better labor practices could improve archaeological output — ScienceDaily

Archaeological excavation has, historically, operated in a very hierarchical structure, according to archaeologist Allison Mickel. The history of the enterprise is deeply entangled...

A history of the Crusades, as told by crusaders’ DNA — ScienceDaily

History can tell us a lot about the Crusades, the series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders...

Uncovering the secrets of ancient rock art using ‘X-ray vision’ — ScienceDaily

Prehistoric rock paintings are a source of fascination across the world. Aside from their beauty, there's deep meaning in these strokes, which depict...

Researchers find ancient Maya farms in Mexican wetlands — ScienceDaily

Archaeologists with the University of Cincinnati used the latest technology to find evidence suggesting ancient Maya people grew surplus crops to support an...

Ancient Caribbean children helped with grocery shopping in AD 400 — ScienceDaily

Researchers have long thought that snail and clam shells found at Caribbean archaeological sites were evidence of "starvation food" eaten in times when...

Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by dual studies...

An international team of researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years, in...

The largest sacrifice of its kind known from the Americas was associated with heavy...

A mass sacrifice at a 15th century archaeological site in Peru saw the ritual killing of over 140 children and over 200 llamas,...