Climate Change

Study suggests Seahenge was built to control climate change

A recent study published in GeoJournal proposes that Seahenge was built to conduct rituals aimed at prolonging the summer during the extreme climatic changes of the 3rd millennium BC.

Study uncovers new evidence supporting Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis (YDIH) proposes that a cometary or meteoric body exploded over the North American area sometime around 12,900-years-ago.

Pleistocene hunter-gatherers settled in Cyprus thousands of years earlier than previously thought

Archaeologists have found that Pleistocene hunter-gatherers settled in Cyprus thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

Underwater scans reveal lost submerged landscape

Researchers from the Life on the Edge project, a collaboration between the University of Bradford and the University of Split, has revealed a lost submerged landscape off the coast of Croatia using underwater scans.

Study identifies a succession of climatic changes one million years ago in Europe

A study of the Quibas site in Murcia, Spain, has revealed new data to suggest that one million years ago there was a succession of climatic changes in Europe.

Climate change threatens thousands of Native American and colonial sites in coastal Georgia

Thousands of Native American and colonial sites in Georgia are under threat from increasing storm surges caused by climate change, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One.

Source of Snowball Earth solved

Geologists have solved the source of Snowball Earth, a period when the planet’s environment was an extreme "icehouse".

US Navy ships from WWII provide new climate evidence

Researchers have recovered the logbooks from US Navy ships stationed at Pearl Harbour, providing new evidence for understanding how the global climate is changing.

Extreme cooling caused extinction of early humans in Europe

Study led by the University College London (UCL) suggests that an extreme cooling period approximately 1.1 million years ago likely contributed to the extinction of early human populations in Europe.

Chimú Culture constructed 10 km wall to protect capital against El Niño events

Archaeologists conducting a study of the Muralla La Cumbre, a 10 km wall in northern Peru, have concluded that the Chimú Culture constructed the wall to protect the capital of Chan Chan against El Niño events.

Arid regions of South Africa were once home to ancient lakes

Recently discovered evidence supporting the existence of ancient lakes in remarkably dry areas of South Africa indicates that Stone Age humans may have inhabited a more extensive range across the continent than initially believed.

Periods of prolonged droughts caused downfall of Indus megacities

A new study by the University of Cambridge has found new evidence locked away in stalagmite formations in a Himalayan cave, suggesting that the downfall of the Indus megacities was caused by periods of prolonged droughts.

Libyan archaeological sites in danger due to coastal erosion

A study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, reveals that  escalating coastal erosion poses a threat to the preservation of archaeological sites located along the Libyan shoreline.

Lessons for a secure food future can be drawn from the Medieval ‘Green Revolution’

Archaeologists aim to uncover how societies in the Western Mediterranean region overcame environmental obstacles and sparked a 'green revolution' that lasted for a millennium.

Ancient mummy labels help to reconstruct climate of Roman Egypt

A project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is using mummy labels to help reconstruct the climate of Roman Egypt.

Tree ring study suggests drought encouraged Attila’s Huns to attack the Roman Empire

A study of tree rings suggests that the Hunnic peoples migrated westward across Eurasia, switched between farming and herding, and became violent raiders in response to severe drought in the Danube frontier provinces of the Roman Empire.

Ancient footprints found on UK beach

Archaeologists and geographers from the University of Manchester have discovered hundreds of ancient animal and human footprints on a beach in Merseyside, England.

Archaeologists give new insights into final blow of autonomous Ancient Palmyra

Archaeologists conducting a study to estimate the maximum productivity of the land around Palmyra are revealing new insights that questions the historical narrative.

Sustainability of the Nile since the construction of the Aswan Dam

For thousands of years, the people of North Eastern Africa have relied on the Nile River as their primary source of life sustaining water.

Early humans were drawn to Kalahari during water-rich periods

Evidence of water-rich periods in the Kalahari attracted early humans, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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