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Lost Treasures

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First prehistoric twins discovered in Iberian Peninsula

Wed, 2012-05-30 13:36
Researchers in Spain have discovered the remains of newborn twin girls in the archaeological site of Olèrdola in Barcelona. They date back to between the middle of the 4th century B.C. to the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. The findings are the first bone remains of twins to be recorded in the Iberian Peninsula.

Earliest musical instruments in Europe 40,000 years ago

Sun, 2012-05-27 19:57
The first modern humans in Europe were playing musical instruments and showing artistic creativity as early as 40,000 years ago, according to new research.

Oldest Jewish archaeological evidence on the Iberian Peninsula

Fri, 2012-05-25 10:37
Archaeologists have found one of the oldest artifacts of Jewish culture on the Iberian Peninsula at an excavation site in the south of Portugal, close to the city of Silves (Algarve). On a marble plate, measuring 40 by 60 centimeters, the name "Yehiel" can be read, followed by further letters which have not yet been deciphered. The Jena Archaeologists believe that the new discovery might be a tomb slab.

Maya collapse: Trade patterns for crucial substance played key role

Wed, 2012-05-23 13:55
Shifts in exchange patterns provide a new perspective on the fall of inland Maya centers in Mesoamerica approximately 1,000 years ago. This major historical process is sometimes referred to as the "Maya collapse."

Archaeology: Spectacular tomb containing more than 80 individuals discovered in Peru

Tue, 2012-05-22 11:46
Archaeologists have discovered a spectacular tomb containing more than eighty individuals of different ages. This discovery – provisionally dated to around 1000 years ago – was made at the site of Pachacamac.

Unique gold earring found in intriguing collection of ancient jewelry in Israel

Mon, 2012-05-21 11:57
When archaeologists opened an ancient vessel found at Israel's Tel Megiddo dig, they found a surprising treasure trove of ancient jewelry -- and an earring which may have had a unique Egyptian origin.

Sulphur and iron compounds common in old shipwrecks

Tue, 2012-05-15 16:54
Sulphur and iron compounds have now been found in shipwrecks both in the Baltic and off the west coast of Sweden. A few years ago scientists reported large quantities of sulphur and iron compounds in the salvaged 17th century warship Vasa, resulting in the development of sulphuric acid and acidic salt precipitates on the surface of the hull and loose wooden objects. This has now been found in other ships as well.

Archaeologists discover lost language

Thu, 2012-05-10 12:40
Evidence for a forgotten ancient language which dates back more than 2,500 years, to the time of the Assyrian Empire, has been found by archaeologists working in Turkey. Researchers working at Ziyaret Tepe, the probable site of the ancient Assyrian city of Tušhan, believe that the language may have been spoken by deportees originally from the Zagros Mountains, on the border of modern-day Iran and Iraq.

New light on enigmatic burial rituals in Cambodian mountains

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:28
Researchers working in remote Cambodian mountains are shedding new light on the lost history of an unidentified people by studying their enigmatic burial rituals.

Ancient Egyptian cotton unveils secrets of domesticated crop evolution

Mon, 2012-04-02 09:39
Scientists studying 1,600-year-old cotton from the banks of the Nile have found what they believe is the first evidence that punctuated evolution has occurred in a major crop group within the relatively short history of plant domestication.

DNA traces cattle back to a small herd domesticated around 10,500 years ago

Tue, 2012-03-27 12:42
All cattle are descended from as few as 80 animals that were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East some 10,500 years ago, according to a new genetic study.

Ancient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainability

Fri, 2012-03-23 09:40
In the search for sustainability of the ocean's fisheries, solutions can be found in a surprising place: the ancient past. Marine scientists reconstructed fisheries yields over seven centuries of human habitation in Hawaii and the Florida Keys, the largest coral reef ecosystems in the United States, and evaluated the management strategies associated with periods of sustainability. The results surprised them.

Spotting ancient sites, from space

Mon, 2012-03-19 15:11
An archaeologist has dramatically simplified the process of finding early human settlements by using computers to scour satellite images for the tell-tale clues of human habitation, and in the process uncovered thousands of new sites that might reveal clues to the earliest complex human societies.

The Viking journey of mice and men

Mon, 2012-03-19 09:48
House mice happily live wherever there are humans. When populations of humans migrate the mice often travel with them. New research has used evolutionary techniques on modern day and ancestral mouse mitochondrial DNA to show that the timeline of mouse colonization matches that of Viking invasion. During the Viking age (late 8th to mid 10th century) Vikings from Norway established colonies across Scotland, the Scottish islands, Ireland, and Isle of Man. They also explored the north Atlantic, settling in the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Newfoundland and Greenland. While they intentionally took with them domestic animals such as horses, sheep, goats and chickens they also inadvertently carried pest species, including mice.

Archaeologists unearth slave burial ground on the island of St. Helena

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:16
Archaeologists have unearthed a unique slave burial ground on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena. The excavation, which took place in advance of construction of a new airport on the island, has revealed dramatic insights into the victims of the Atlantic slave trade during the notorious Middle Passage.

Fossilized pollen unlocks secrets of ancient royal garden

Thu, 2012-02-16 14:41
The garden at the 2,500-year-old palace of Ramat Rahel in Israel hasn't been in bloom for more than two millennia. But now researchers say that pollen recovered from its plaster walls will permit them to reconstruct it for public enjoyment once again.