A model of the face of an adult female Homo erectus. Reconstruction by John Gurche, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 02:58

A new study of the genomes of Australasians has revealed sections of DNA that do not match any known hominin species. The dramatic findings mean that a mystery species bred with ancient humans in the distant past and that our family tree is much more complex than previously believed.

A mummy unearthed in the Atacama Desert.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 00:43

Despite apparent episodes of food shortage, disease, violence, and severe weather conditions, it seems that, at least for some people, life in Chile between 500-1500 years ago was not that stressful.

A reconstruction of Pakal's tomb in the Museo Nacional de Antropología
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 21:44

Archaeologists at the world-renowned Maya site of Palenque in Mexico have made a surprising discovery beneath the Temple of Inscriptions, the impressive funerary monument built for Maya ruler Pakal – underground water tunnels that appears to have been created as a symbolic path to guide

Inset; Bucket/ banduddû from the north wall of the Palace of king Sargon II, and a four-winged genie in the Bucket and cone motif.
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 16:51

One of the great riddles in Mesopotamian sacred art concerns the image of anthropomorphic winged figures called Apkallu holding a mullilu (tree fruit) in one hand, and a banduddû — a container — in the other.

The monumental Egyptian statute of a high official from the Middle Kingdom in Egypt, found in the administrative palace at Hazor, north of the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 15:04

The monumental statue is a one of series of recent discoveries that proves that Hazor was one of the major cities in the region, heading a league of Canaanite city-states.

Antikythera Mechanism, National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece.
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 03:36

When we talk of the history of computers, most of us will refer to the evolution of the modern digital desktop PC, charting the decades-long developments by the likes of Apple and Microsoft.

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