Images of Australasian Cockatoo on 13th-Century Sicilian Manuscript Spark Rethink on Medieval Trade Routes

Four sketches and a written description of a white cockatoo survive in a mid 13th-century manuscript from Sicily, now held in the Vatican Library,...

Extinct Gibbon Found in 2,250-Year-Old Tomb of Chinese Noblewoman

The remains of a previously unknown genus and species of gibbon, Junzi imperialis, have been found in an approximately 2,200-2,300 year-old royal tomb in...

Seventh Century Inscribed Stone Discovered at Tintagel Castle in England

Archaeologists from the Cornwall Archaeological Unit and English Heritage have found a stone inscribed with Christian symbols as well as Latin and Greek letters...

Ancient Easter Islanders Used Rope and Ramps to Put Massive Stone Hats on Moai

The ancient people of Easter Island, Chile, were able to move so-called pukao — massive stone hats of the island’s famed monumental statues (moai)...

Ancient Pottery Tests Reveal Italy’s Oldest Olive Oil

Amorphous organic residue from a large storage jar found at the Early Bronze Age settlement of Castelluccio in Sicily, Italy, suggests olive oil was...

Domestic Donkeys May Have Worn Bits As Early As 5,000 Years Ago

An analysis of a complete skeleton of an early domestic donkey from the Early Bronze Age (2800-2600 BC) deposits at the site of the...

Lead Pollution Recorded in Deep Greenland Ice Shows Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations

Annual lead emissions in Europe closely varied with historical events, including imperial expansion, wars, and major plagues, according to new research published in the...

Assyrian Clay Tablets Found in Iraq Reveal Location of Lost Ancient City of Mardama

A team of archaeologists and philologists from the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, Germany, has identified the location of the ancient royal city of...

Kenyan Cave Provides New Insights into Later Stone Age

An international team of researchers has discovered more than 30,000 artifacts at Panga ya Saidi, a cave in the humid coastal forest of Kenya,...

Archaic Hominins Arrived in Philippines as Early as 700,000 Years Ago

An international team of scientists has unearthed 57 stone tools and butchered animal bones at Kalinga in the Cagayan Valley of northern Luzon, the...

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