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History / Archeology - 04.12.2014
Ancient engravings rewrite human history »
An international team of scientists has discovered the earliest known engravings from human ancestors on a 400,000 year-old fossilised shell from Java. The discovery is the earliest known example of ancient humans deliberately creating pattern. "It rewrites human history," said Dr Stephen Munro from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 02.12.2014
Richard III - case closed after 529 years
DNA and genealogical study confirms identity of remains found in Leicester and uncovers new truths about his appearance and Plantagenet lineage. Although the false paternity means we cannot look forward in time, we can trace King Richard's Y lineage back into prehistory Peter Forster An international research team has provides overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester indeed represents the remains of King Richard III - closing what is probably the oldest forensic case solved to date.

History / Archeology - 17.11.2014
Archives suggest massive decline in pink snapper catch
Queensland scientists delving into newspaper archives have discovered that catch rates for Queensland's pink snapper fishery have declined almost 90 per cent since the 19th Century. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Queensland and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry examined thousands of newspaper articles dating back to 1870 to reveal the historic catch rates for the iconic Queensland fishery.

History / Archeology - Earth Sciences - 10.10.2014
Greek Bronze Age ended 100 years earlier than thought, new evidence suggests
Conventional estimates for the collapse of the Aegean civilization may be incorrect by up to a century, according to new radiocarbon analyses. While historical chronologies traditionally place the end of the Greek Bronze Age at around 1025 BCE, this latest research suggests a date 70 to 100 years earlier.

Environment - History / Archeology - 23.09.2014
They weren’t wimps: how modern humans, like Neanderthals, braved the northern cold
Recent finds at Willendorf in Austria reveal that modern humans were living in cool steppe-like conditions some 43,500 years ago - and that their presence overlapped with that of Neanderthals for far longer than we thought. The remarkably early date of the finds shows that modern humans and Neanderthals overlapped for much longer than we thought and that modern humans coped well with a variety of climates.

History / Archeology - 12.09.2014
Analysis of centuries-old skeletons ‘inconclusive’
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue. Analysis of centuries-old skeletons 'inconclusive' Further tests are to be carried out on skeletons recovered from a centuries-old mass grave in Durham City.

History / Archeology - 15.08.2014
Study Analyzed Conservation Status of Trophy Fish
Scientists find that species threatened with extinction are targeted for trophy fishing records MIAMI, Fla. (August 15, 2014) — A new study found that 85 fish species threatened with extinction are targeted by trophy fishermen for world records. The study, led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy offers the first analysis of the conservation status of trophy fish.

History / Archeology - Life Sciences - 30.07.2014
Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes
Press release issued: 30 July 2014 Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyse residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots. The Finns are the world's biggest milk drinkers today but experts had previously been unable to establish whether prehistoric dairy farming was possible in the harsh environment that far north, where there is snow for up to four months a year.

History / Archeology - 24.07.2014
Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. These discoveries were made by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and the University of Toronto (U of T), in collaboration with the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa.

History / Archeology - 23.07.2014
Drawings and journals from the discovery of Tutankhamun on show for the first time
Documents from Oxford University's Griffith Institute which shed light on the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb have gone on display to the public, many for the first time in their history. The items, including paintings, journals, maps and photographs, are part of the Ashmolean Museum's summer exhibition, Discovering Tutankhamun , which opens today (24 July).

History / Archeology - 01.07.2014
Global criminal trafficking network for ancient art
Trafficking Culture Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Simon Mackenzie Tess Davis In the first ever empirical study of a statue trafficking network, researchers at the University of Glasgow have unveiled the structure of the network of criminals needed to illegally traffic antiquities from ancient archaeological sites to museums and collections around the world.

History / Archeology - 24.06.2014
Carnegie Mellon’s Lisa Tetrault Uncovers "The Myth of Seneca Falls"
: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 / shilo [a] cmu (p) edu PITTSBURGH—The story of how the women's rights movement began at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention is actually just a cherished American myth. In " The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 ," Carnegie Mellon University's Lisa Tetrault demonstrates that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and their peers — who are credited with founding, defining and leading the women's suffrage campaign — gradually created and popularized the original story.

Health - History / Archeology - 20.06.2014
Ancient parasite suggests human technology contributed to spread of diseases
The discovery of a schistosomiasis parasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave at a prehistoric town by the Euphrates River in Syria may be the first evidence that agricultural irrigation systems in the Middle East contributed to disease burden. The research from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, the University of Cambridge and the Cyprus Institute appears in the new edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases .

Health - History / Archeology - 20.06.2014
6200-year-old parasite egg may be first proof of early human technology spreading disease
Latest research shows that schistosomiasis, a disease caused by flatworm parasites, may have been spread by earliest crop irrigation in ancient Mesopotamia, suggesting early technology exacerbated disease burden.

History / Archeology - 20.06.2014
Hidden treasures of ancient Ur uncovered in Bristol
Press release issued: 20 June 2014 An enigmatic box from a bygone era, filled with pottery, seeds and animal bones, has been discovered in the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology. The box was found while researchers were emptying current laboratory spaces in preparation for the installation of a new state-of-the-art radiocarbon dating facility.

History / Archeology - Social Sciences - 16.06.2014
Historians become scientists to reveal the real reason for a decline in violent crime
Historians become scientists to reveal the real reason for a decline in violent crime
Historians become scientists to reveal the real reason for a decline in violent crime A scientific analysis of 20 million words recorded during 150 years of criminal trials at London's Old Bailey reveals how changes in culture rather than law helped to reduce violent crime, according to a co-authored University of Sussex study published today (16 June 2014).

Astronomy / Space - History / Archeology - 09.06.2014
Astronomer Rachel Bean explains cosmic puzzles
Astronomer Rachel Bean explains cosmic puzzles
Rachel Bean shared some of the most recent discoveries about the history of the cosmos with a packed room of alumni June 7 during Reunion 2014. The associate professor of astronomy also talked about unresolved cosmic mysteries and encouraged young attendees to consider a career studying the heavens.

History / Archeology - 28.05.2014
Cod bones reveal 13th Century origin of London’s global fish trade
Researchers have uncovered the medieval tipping-point when local fishing could no longer support the demands of the burgeoning metropolis, and catches started to come in from as far away as Arctic Norway. Growing trade connections were making the world a smaller place in the century before the spread of the Black Death James Barrett London's international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity .

History / Archeology - 28.05.2014
Cod bones reveal 13th Century origin of global fish trade
Cod bones reveal 13th Century origin of global fish trade
London's international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity . The research, led by archaeologists from UCL, Cambridge and UCLan, provides new insight into the medieval fish trade and the globalisation of London's food supply.

Environment - History / Archeology - 14.05.2014
Climate change caused empire's fall, tree rings reveal
Climate change caused empire's fall, tree rings reveal
A handful of tree ring samples stored in an old cigar box have shed unexpected light on the ancient world, thanks to research by archaeologist Sturt Manning and collaborators at Cornell, Arizona, Chicago, Oxford and Vienna, forthcoming in the June issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. The samples were taken from an Egyptian coffin; Manning also examined wood from funeral boats buried near the pyramid of Sesostris III.