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Doubts cast over whether teenager located lost Mayan city

Doubts cast over whether teenager located lost Mayan city The Internet is currently erupting with stories of William Gadoury, a 15-year old Canadian who may have located an ancient Mayan city by mapping Maya constellations against other, known Mayan cities.The initial story is that Gadoury managed to map 117 cities to major stars in 22 constellations.

New fossil find backs up existence of ancient hobbit-humans

The first Homo floresiensis fossils were discovered in a cave at a site called Liang Bua and dated to 50,000-100,000 years ago.The new fossils were found at a site called Mata Menge, but they aren’t more examples of H.

High-tech lidar helps uncover secrets Angkor Wat has hidden for centuries

That’s all changed thanks to some impressive and extensive use of lidar-equipped helicopters to accurately chart the ground underneath the dense foliage.To an impressive extent, the lidar data shows where walls, and other large structures like moats, canals, roads, ponds, quarries, forges, and smelters, were located.

Researchers claim new evidence unmasks the culprit in the infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ hoax

Researchers claim new evidence unmasks the culprit in the infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ hoax For those who don’t know, the Piltdown Man controversy essentially went like this.His discovery, named Piltdown Man, would be heralded as one of the most important finds in the entire study of human evolution.

Human skeleton found on shipwreck that held mysterious Antikythera Mechanism

Human skeleton found on shipwreck that held mysterious Antikythera Mechanism They called it the Antikythera device, after the island near which it was found.Cousteau heard of the Antikythera device shortly after the first publication about it, by bespectacled British historian Derek de Solla Price.

Polygons to the rescue: ‘virtually unwrapping’ an ancient scroll long thought destroyed

Polygons to the rescue: ‘virtually unwrapping’ an ancient scroll long thought destroyed When it was opened, it was found to contain burned and crushed fragments of ancient parchment scrolls.At a loss for what to do, conservationists left the fragments in archival storage until scientists could figure out technology that would let us read the scroll fragments without unrolling them.

Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system

Lidar used to map ancient Mayan superhighway system The newly mapped roads are connected to the ruins of El Mirador (sometimes called the Kan Kingdom) in northern Guatemala.Archaeologists believe El Mirador was founded around the 6th century BCE, and was at its most powerful around the early first century CE.

Rome: Legacy of Conquerors - Part 2

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Become a Space Archaeologist with GlobalXplorer

Become a Space Archaeologist with GlobalXplorer Sarah Parcak, GlobalXplorer invites adventurers with a computer and Internet connection to help spot archaeological sites in digital imagery.Satellite archaeologist Parcak used the $1 million 2016 TED Prize money she earned to fund the project—described as “an online citizen-science tool … that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the world’s hidden heritage.

Here's what a 5,000 year old beer recipe tastes like

Here's what a 5,000 year old beer recipe tastes like Did you know that the Chinese brewed beer about 5,000 years ago?A group of researchers at Stanford were able to piece together the ancient recipe by analysing a yellowish residue found in 5,000-year-old Chinese clay funnels.

Stanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5000 Year Old Chinese Beer Recipe

Stanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5000 Year Old Chinese Beer Recipe Last spring, archaeologist made a surprising discovery in China: a 5,000 year old recipe for beer.So what do you do when you’re an archaeology professor, and you uncover an ancient recipe for beer lying around?

Archeologists have crowdsourced protecting ancient ruins and it feels like playing Minecraft

Archeologists have crowdsourced protecting ancient ruins and it feels like playing Minecraft GlobalXplorer, a new citizen-science project by Sarah Parcak and colleagues, bears more than a superficial resemblance to hunting for treasure in Minecraft.Participants get high-altitude views of a given region, and they’re supposed to help spot ruins and ancient sites.

A 400,000-year-old fossil offers new clues on how humans evolved

A 400,000-year-old fossil offers new clues on how humans evolved Deep inside a Portuguese cave, the fossil of a human cranium lay buried for 400,000 years, surrounded by a smattering of stone tools and animal remains.The cranium found in Portugal's Aroeira cave belonged to a Neanderthal, the closest extinct relative of modern humans.

Computer model indicates Silk Road may be thousands of years older than thought

Computer model indicates Silk Road may be thousands of years older than thought Conventional wisdom holds that the fabled Silk Road began operating around 200 BCE and continued through the late 14th century.A new analysis of human movements across Asia suggests the Silk Road may have grown out of the paths used by simple nomadic herders thousands of years earlier.

Humans may have come to the Americas way earlier than we thought

Humans may have come to the Americas way earlier than we thought Ancient remains found in California suggest that humans were present in North America some 130,000 years ago — substantially earlier than scientists previously thought.A site in San Diego contains evidence that early human ancestors smashed mastodon bones and teeth to make rudimentary tools.

Study: Humans Arrived in North America 100,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

Study: Humans Arrived in North America 100,000 Years Earlier Than Thought Conventional wisdom holds that the first humans arrived in North America at most 25,000 years ago.A team of researchers suggests that humans of some sort existed in North America some 130,000 years ago.

Early Human History Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Early Human History Gets Curiouser and Curiouser For some time, experts have thought people first arrived in the Americas from the so-called “Old World” around 15,000 years ago.Researchers now believe that they’ve found evidence of humans in the Americas that dates back over 130,000 years.