Anthropology

Archaeologists find traces of violent history on Anglo-Scottish border

Archaeologists from the Border Reivers Archaeology Unit have uncovered traces of the violent history along the Anglo-Scottish border.

Collapse of Chavin culture was followed by a period of violence

A skeletal analysis has revealed that a period of violence followed the collapse of the Chavín culture in Peru.

Bacterial diseases were a lethal threat during the Stone Age

A new study has found that bacterial poisoning via food and water – but also direct contact such as kissing, was a lethal threat to people during the Stone Age in Scandinavia.

Europe’s largest mass grave found in Germany

Archaeologists from IN TERRA VERITAS have uncovered mass plague pits containing the remains of over 1,000 burials in southern Germany.

Offering of human sacrifices found at Pozo de Ibarra

Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have uncovered an offering of human sacrifices at the Mexican town of Pozo de Ibarra.

Scientists digitally ‘unwrap’ mummy of Pharaoh Amenhotep I

Scientists from Egypt have used three-dimensional CT (computed tomography) scanning to ‘digitally unwrap’ the royal mummy of Amenhotep I.

Physical evidence of a crucifixion from Roman period found in UK

Archaeologists from Albion Archaeology have discovered evidence of a crucifixion from the Roman period in Cambridgeshire, England.

Solving the mysteries of Palermo’s child mummies

The first ever comprehensive study of mummified children in Sicily’s famous Capuchin Catacombs is being led by Staffordshire University.

Face to face with the prehistoric inhabitants of El Argar

Our faces contain information about our family history and lifestyle. For example, certain facial traits can be passed down from parents to children for generations.

Burial pit in cave contains individuals that practised body modification

Archaeologists excavating in Iroungou, a cave in Ngounié Province of Gaban have discovered thousands of pre-colonial human remains, consisting of at least 28 identified individuals.

3,000-year-old shark attack victim found by Oxford-led researchers

Newspapers regularly carry stories of terrifying shark attacks, but in a paper published today, Oxford-led researchers reveal their discovery of a 3,000-year-old victim - attacked by a shark in the Seto Inland Sea of the Japanese archipelago.

Jebel Sahaba: A succession of violence rather than a prehistoric war

Since its discovery in the 1960s, the Jebel Sahaba cemetery in the Nile Valley of the Sudan was considered to be one of the oldest testimonies to prehistoric warfare.

Forensic archaeologists begin to recover Spanish Civil War missing bodies

Forensic archaeologists and anthropologists from Cranfield University have started to recover the bodies of victims executed by the Franco regime at the end of the Spanish Civil War during an excavation in the Ciudad Real region of Spain.

The oldest human burial in Africa

Despite being home to the earliest signs of modern human behaviour, early evidence of burials in Africa are scarce and often ambiguous.

First pregnant Ancient Egyptian mummy revealed by study

The first known case of a pregnant Ancient Egyptian mummy has been revealed by researchers from the Warsaw Mummy Project.

New results about the diets of people who lived on the Great Hungarian Plain

The lifestyle and eating habits of human groups that have lived for thousands of years can be examined by tooth.

Ancient Maya Ambassador’s Bones Show Life of Privilege and Hardship

An important Maya man buried nearly 1,300 years ago led a privileged yet difficult life. The man, a diplomat named Ajpach' Waal, suffered malnutrition or illness as a child, but as an adult he helped negotiate an alliance between two powerful dynasties that ultimately failed.

Sycthian Warriors Stayed Local

As far back as the Greek historian Herodotus, a group of people called the Scythians were considered highly mobile warrior nomads.

Oldest Documented Site of Indiscriminate Mass Killing Revealed in Research

In previous research, ancient massacre sites found men who died while pitted in battle or discovered executions of targeted families.

CT Scans Reveals Pharaoh Seqenenre-Taa-II was Executed by Multiple Attackers

Modern medical technology is helping scholars tell a more nuanced story about the fate of an ancient king whose violent death indirectly led to the reunification of Egypt in the 16th century BC. 

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