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Ancient teeth raise new questions about origins of modern humans

Ancient teeth raise new questions about origins of modern humans | History | Scoop.it
Eight small teeth found in a cave near Rosh Haain, central Israel, are raising big questions about the earliest existence of humans and where we may have originated, says...
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Modern-day project disrupts ancient burial site in Kanab | Deseret News

Modern-day project disrupts ancient burial site in Kanab | Deseret News | History | Scoop.it
KANAB — For more than a year, dozens of human remains have been unearthed and stored in a big metal box near Kanab.

Last spring, the total reached
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Shipwreck beer to be brewed again

Shipwreck beer to be brewed again | History | Scoop.it
Samples of the world's oldest beer have been taken in a bid to determine its recipe - and brew it again.

In July 2010, a Baltic Sea shipwreck dated between 1800 to 1830 yielded many bottles of what is thought to be the world's oldest champagne.
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Play was important - even 4,000 years ago

Play was important - even 4,000 years ago | History | Scoop.it
Play was a central element of people’s lives as far back as 4,000 years ago. This has been revealed by an archaeology thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which investigates the social significance of the phenomenon of play and games in the Bronze Age Indus Valley in present-day Pakistan.
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Alesia and Vercingetorix leader of the Gauls

Alesia and Vercingetorix leader of the Gauls | History | Scoop.it
Saw this was opening in 2011... Julius Caesar arrived in Gaul, what we now know as France, in 58BC. The Gauls had established large hilltop towns, notably at Bibracte near Autun and here, the tribal factions united under the leadership of Vercingétorix against the Romans.
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Early humans won at running; Neandertals won at walking

Early humans won at running; Neandertals won at walking | History | Scoop.it
New research has compared the performance of the heels of modern-day distance runners to the heels of Neandertals and ancient Homo sapiens. The results show the Neandertals' heels were taller than those of modern humans and Homo sapiens, and more adapted to walking than running...
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Ancient shells meet high-tech: Sound of pre-Incan conches | Past Horizons

Ancient shells meet high-tech: Sound of pre-Incan conches | Past Horizons | History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists and acousticians strike an unusual partnership to understand the mesmerizing role of conches in the temple culture around Peru's Chavín.
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Language Style Predicts Romantic Chemistry : Discovery News

Compatibility may not depend solely on saying the right things but rather whether they're said in a relatable way.
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BBC - Ancient burials found under Lichfield Cathedral

BBC - Ancient burials found under Lichfield Cathedral | History | Scoop.it
Three ancient burials have been unearthed at Lichfield Cathedral.
It follows an archaeological investigation in the Chapter House by Cathedral Archaeologist Kevin Blockley.
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A forgotten London - Coal Tax Posts

A forgotten London - Coal Tax Posts | History | Scoop.it
Coal and Wine Tax Posts, which mainly date from the 1850's were used to mark the places around London at which taxes were payable on goods coming into the city. These taxes were used to pay for the upkeep and construction of bridges across the River Thames, street paving and new access roads into London.
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Mystery of the mummy's Chinese travel ban - Asia, World - The Independent

Mystery of the mummy's Chinese travel ban - Asia, World - The Independent | History | Scoop.it
For her advanced years, she looks remarkable. Despite nearing the ripe old age of 4,000, long eyelashes still frame her half-open eyes and hair tumbles down to her remarkably well-preserved shoulders.
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Legislation forces archaeologists to rebury finds | Past Horizons

Legislation forces archaeologists to rebury finds | Past Horizons | History | Scoop.it
Bones and skulls from ancient settlements will be reburied and lost to science under controversial legislation that threatens to cripple archaeological
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History on ice: melting glaciers reveal immaculately preserved clues to the past « Nicole Tomlinson's blog

History on ice: melting glaciers reveal immaculately preserved clues to the past « Nicole Tomlinson's blog | History | Scoop.it
B.Sc., B. Journ., 2.0
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Statues of Notorious Roman Emperors Uncovered

Statues of Notorious Roman Emperors Uncovered | History | Scoop.it
On the outskirts of Rome a large cache of ancient Roman statues dating to the late 2nd and early 3rd Century have been unearthered. The statues on first examination are thought to represent the Severan dynasty that had a troubled and violent reign.
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Jorge Diego Rivera Nieves's curator insight, February 24, 2013 1:13 PM

Un poco de historia redescubierta.

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Secrets of dinosaur footprints revealed, thanks to 'Goldilocks'

Secrets of dinosaur footprints revealed, thanks to 'Goldilocks' | History | Scoop.it
Terrain thought to be ruled by only the largest dinosaurs to inhabit Earth could have in fact been home to dozens of other creatures, ground-breaking research from The University of Manchester has found
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Play was important -- even 4,000 years ago | Spero News

Play was important -- even 4,000 years ago | Spero News | History | Scoop.it
Play was a central element of people's lives as far back as 4,000 years ago. This has...
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The Royal Tombs and Palaces of Aegae reveal a Macedonian splendour | Past Horizons

The Royal Tombs and Palaces of Aegae reveal a Macedonian splendour | Past Horizons | History | Scoop.it
The Ashmolean Museum will showcase hundreds of gold, silver and bronze treasures, recently found in the royal burials of Aegae, the ancient capital of Macedon.
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Unexpected exoskeleton remnants found in Paleozoic fossils

Unexpected exoskeleton remnants found in Paleozoic fossils | History | Scoop.it
Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex
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Wurdi Youang rocks could prove Aborigines were first astronomers | Space, Military and Medicine | News.com.au

Wurdi Youang rocks could prove Aborigines were first astronomers | Space, Military and Medicine | News.com.au | History | Scoop.it
IS this just a pile of rocks placed in a semicircle, or proof that Aborigines were the world's first astronomers?
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"The Great Wall of Vietnam" built by Gia Long Nguyễn Ánh applies for Heritage Status

"The Great Wall of Vietnam" built by Gia Long Nguyễn Ánh applies for Heritage Status | History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have uncovered a major discovery in the foothills of Vietnam which locals have described as “Vietnam’s Great Wall.”
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'First-aid' needed for 5,000-year-old Somali cave paintings

'First-aid' needed for 5,000-year-old Somali cave paintings | History | Scoop.it
Prehistoric paintings of antelope, snakes and giraffes that have survived for around 5,000 years are now under threat from looting and a lack of protection.
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Ancient Hindu temple in firing line due to land dispute | Past Horizons

Ancient Hindu temple in firing line due to land dispute | Past Horizons | History | Scoop.it
A long running land dispute between Thailand and Cambodia is putting an ancient Hindu temple in the firing line
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Capuchin Catacombs - Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Catacombs - Palermo, Italy | History | Scoop.it
Capuchin Catacombs: History, description, photos and visitor information for Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
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One Per Cent: Giant archaeological trove found in Google Earth

One Per Cent: Giant archaeological trove found in Google Earth | History | Scoop.it
Indiana Jones, put down your whip. To scour the globe for archaeological sites these days all you need is a desktop computer.

Almost two thousand potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia have been discovered from an office chair in Perth, Australia, thanks to high-resolution satellite
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Dienekes' Anthropology Blog: Sailing across the Pacific to settle Polynesia (Soares et al. 2011)

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog: Sailing across the Pacific to settle Polynesia (Soares et al. 2011) | History | Scoop.it
I always have a hard time following these easy archaeological interpretations on the basis of uniparental markers, both because I'm convinced that they are not supported by the wide confidence intervals of age estimates, and because, as I've argued countless times, age of colonization != age of most recent common ancestor of colonists' descendants.
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