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May 2, 2016

Metallic Ink Revealed in Herculaneum Papyri

Mar. 25, 2016 — Thanks to a novel, non-invasive X-ray imaging technique (3D phase contrast tomography), scientists were able to decipher words and reconstitute an almost complete Greek alphabet from inside the very ... read more

Mar. 22, 2016 — The archaeologists who discovered and helped to identify the mortal remains of King Richard III have created a 3D interactive representation of the grave and the skeleton of the king under the car ... read more

Mar. 3, 2016 — The Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri keeps on yielding surprises. The discovery two years ago of 40 jugs of wine was considered a massive find. This year, no fewer than four more rooms full of jugs have ... read more

Mar. 2, 2016 — The remains of an Anglo-Saxon island have been uncovered in one of the most important archaeological finds in ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — An anthropologist details how excavations in Sudan reveal the transformation Egyptian and Nubian culture. In a middle-class tomb just east of the Nile River in what was Upper Nubia, a woman offers a ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind didn't cause major changes in their brain structure, researchers suggest after examining ... read more

Feb. 25, 2016 — Biological anthropologists have discovered a new way of examining the fragile teeth of children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries without damaging them. By using 3-D microscopic imaging, ... read more

Genetics Reveal 50,000 Years of Independent History of Aboriginal Australian People

Feb. 25, 2016 — The first complete sequences of the Y chromosomes of aboriginal Australian men have revealed a deep indigenous genetic history tracing all the way back to the initial settlement of the continent ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — Archaeological and genetic analysis may indicate that three skeletons buried in medieval graves in France may have been Muslim, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — Impressions of cockroach egg cases from 4,300-year-old Japanese potsherds (broken pottery fragments) have been found in southern Japan. X-ray, computed tomography and scanning electron microscopy ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — A newly found genus, and two new species of, extinct kangaroos which couldn't hop, but may have been ancestral to all kangaroos and wallabies living today. Researchers report that the new ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Newly-excavated village in the Jordan Valley sheds light on the historical shift from foraging to agriculture, say ... read more

Detective Scientists Discover Ancient Clues in Mummy Portraits

Feb. 14, 2016 — Researchers have taken CSI to a new level: employing science to investigate details of the materials and methods used by Roman-Egyptian artists to paint mummy portraits more than 2,000 years ago. ... read more

New Appreciation for Human Microbiome Leads to Greater Understanding of Human Health

Feb. 14, 2016 — Anthropologists are studying the ancient and modern human microbiome and the role it plays in human health and disease. By applying genomic and proteomic sequencing technologies to ancient human ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Isotope analysis of 2,000-year-old skeletons buried in Imperial Rome reveal some were migrants from the Alps or North Africa, according to a new study ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — The Roman Emperors used to spend their summers in the city of Baia, near Naples. With the passage of time, however, the majority of their luxury villas became immersed under water. Italian and ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — At the foot of the Mycenaean Acropolis of Thorikos (Greece), a team of mining archaeologists has just discovered an inextricable network of galleries, shafts and chambers. About 5 kilometers of ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have been able to directly estimate the Anglo-Saxon ancestry of the British population, using ancient skeletons. Human remains excavated from burial sites near ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — The bacteria that causes plague, Y. pestis, may have persisted long-term in Europe from the 14th to 17th century in an unknown reservoir, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 8, 2016 — Intestinal parasites such as whipworm became increasingly common across Europe during the Roman Period, despite the apparent improvements the empire brought in sanitation technologies, archaeological ... read more

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