Fossils and modern DNA show the ancient roots of Arctic sled dogs.
Clues to the earliest known bow-and-arrow hunting outside Africa have been found (ScienceNews 06/14/20)
Possible arrowheads at a rainforest site in Sri Lanka date to 48,000 years ago.
Ancient bird figurine recovered from refuse heap the oldest instance of East Asian 3-D art (Phys.org 06/10/20)
A small bird carving—the oldest instance of East Asian three-dimensional art ever discovered—is described in a study published June 10, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Zhanyang Li from Shandong University, China, and colleagues.
Archaeologists have revealed an entire Roman city without any digging. Their approach could revolutionise the study of ancient settlements (Univertity of Cambridge 06/09/20)
For the first time, a team of archaeologists from the Universities of Cambridge and Ghent, has succeeded in mapping a complete Roman city, Falerii Novi in Italy, using advanced ground penetrating radar (GPR).
Archaeology is transforming our view of how ancient Maya societies developed. Use of lidar technology has now led to the discovery that large, monumental structures that aid naked-eye astronomy were built unexpectedly early.
A Roman mosaic floor has been discovered under a vineyard in northern Italy after decades of searching.
Estimating the sex of the youngest individuals from Sima de los Huesos via dentition ( Phys.org 05/20/20)
Thanks to the analysis of 32 dental pieces using micro-computed tomography a team led by Cecilia García Campos, a researcher in the Dental Anthropology Group at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, has estimated the sex of at least 15 individuals from the population of Sima de los Huesos site in the…
A new study by anthropologists at the University of Kent has identified that hand use behaviour in the fossils of our early ancestors is consistent with modern humans.
A hidden Murray River rockshelter speaks volumes about local Aboriginal and European settlement in the Riverland, with symbols of conflict—including a swastika symbol—discovered in Aboriginal rock art.
Oldest Homo sapiens in Europe—and a cave bear pendant—suggest cultural link to Neanderthals (Science 05/11/20)
During a warm spell about 46,000 years ago, a small band of people took shelter in a cave on the northern slope of the Balkan Mountains in what is now Bulgaria.
A research team has suggested that Neandertals from Europe and Asia around 40,000 years ago chose to use bones from specific animals to make a tool for specific purposes: working hides into leather.
A study published in the journal Bioarcheology of the Near East reveals the characteristics of the population that was buried in the Tell es-Sin necropolis, a Byzantine site dated between the 5th and 7th centuries that is located in Syria, on the left bank from the Euphrates River.