Coelacanths, an ancient group of fishes once thought to be long extinct, made headlines in 1938 when one of their modern relatives was caught off the coast of South Africa. Now coelacanths are making another splash and University of Alberta researchers are responsible.
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Gently cradling a 5,000-year-old cuneiform clay tablet from Ur (modern day Iraq), Andrew Nelson wishes he could peel back the layers to find out what makes up this first-generation iPad. And thanks to a new microCT scanner at Western’s Sustainable Archaeology Repository (SAR), the Anthropology professor has done just that.
British Army and RAF personnel killed in a plane crash in the Malaysian jungle in 1950 have been buried with military honours.
The smallest mammoth known to have ever lived has been identified by Natural History Museum scientists, and is reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.
While the disappearance of Neanderthals remains a mystery, paleoanthropologists have an increasing understanding of what allowed their younger cousins, Homo sapiens, to conquer the planet. According to Ariane Burke, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal, the rapid dispersal of anatomically modern humans was not so much due to superior intelligence or improved hunting or gathering techniques, but rather to the creation of symbolic objects that allowed them to extend their social relations across vast territories.
Huddersfield scientist heads project which unearths new data on the repopulation of Europe after the big freeze
New scientific techniques reveal how large tribal gatherings swept neolithic Britain
Corals, trees and marine sediments, among others, are direct evidence of the climate of the past, but they are not the only indicators. A team led by Spanish scientists has interpreted records written in Iraq by Arabic historians for the first time and has made a chronology of climatic events from the year 816 to 1009, when cold waves and snow were normal.
Two skulls with perforations have been exhumed in the area of Gormaz in Soria, Spain by researchers from the universities of Oviedo and Leon. They have been dated from the 13th and 14th centuries – a period in which trepanation was not commonly practiced.
New research led by the University of Reading has revealed that finds at Glastonbury Abbey provide the earliest archaeological evidence of glass-making in Britain.
Archaeologists have uncovered a mural depicting calculations relating to the ancient Mayan calendar. Excavating in the sprawling complex of Xultún in Guatemala’s Petén region, they found a structure that contains what appears to be a work space for the town’s scribe, its walls adorned with diagrams relating to the lunar cycle and other celestial bodies
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.
When history looks back on the career of Oliver Cromwell we see on a man who is famed for genius as a statesman, general and administrator. However is this an accurate reflection or a rose colored Victorian view of a man who they transformed from villain to hero.
For a number of years the Kent brewer Shepherd Neame have run an advertising campaign for their eponymous real ale, which gleefully takes up the iconography of the Spitfire and those nationalistic backward looking clichés that often accompany coverage of relations with Europe and particularly Germany in the British tabloid press.
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today the discovery of objects that for the first time shed light on how a cult was organized in Judah at the time of King David.
Satellite images have revealed that a network of ancient rivers once coursed their way through the sand of the Arabian Desert, leading scientists to believe that the region experienced wetter periods in the past.
New research indicates that domestic horses originated in the steppes of modern-day Ukraine, southwest Russia and west Kazakhstan, mixing with local wild stocks as they spread throughout Europe and Asia. The research was published yesterday, 07 May, in the journal PNAS.
George Washington University Professor Jeffrey P. Blomster’s latest research explores the importance of the ballgame to ancient Mesoamerican societies.
First radiocarbon dates for unusual jar and log coffin interments on exposed ledges Researchers from the University of Otago in
Archaeologists are preparing to search for ancient monuments before construction work on the Fehmarnbelt fixed link begins. Investigations will be carried out both in a coastal area on the mainland and on the seabed in the Fehmarnbelt.
In the first exhibition of its kind, the Fitzwilliam Museum will relate the story of the quest for immortality and struggle for imperial legitimacy in ancient China’s Han Dynasty.
A secret report, previously unknown to historians, shows how British Intelligence was tracking Hitler’s growing preoccupation with “the enemy within” on the eve of the Final Solution.