Caribs hailed from the Northwest Amazon, and archaeologists long believed they never expanded north of the Lesser Antilles. Credit: Painting by John Gabriel Stedman Christopher Columbus’ accounts of the Caribbean include harrowing descriptions of fierce raiders who abducted women and cannibalized men – stories long dismissed as myths. But a […]

Church ruins from Norse Greenland’s Eastern Settlement. Credit: James H. Barrett Over-Hunting Walruses Contributed to the Collapse of Norse Greenland The mysterious disappearance of Greenland’s Norse colonies sometime in the 15th century may have been down to the overexploitation of walrus populations for their tusks, according to a study of […]

Archaeologists likened the coins to ‘Hanukkah gelt,’ though they look way better than chocolate. The 7 gold coins were found in a small broken jar near a pottery kiln, and may have been a potter’s personal piggy bank. (Image: © Liat Nadav-Ziv, Israel Antiquities Authority) As Hanukkah ended last week, […]

Ahmed Elnewishy, an associate professor at Cairo University, holds a femur bone sample from mummified human remains that was studied at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source synchrotron. Elneshy and Cairo University postdoctoral researcher Mohamed Kasem studied dozens of ancient Egyptian bone samples and some soil samples during a two-month visit […]

(Credit: leoks/Shutterstock) A new collection of DNA from ancient Romans spanning 12,000 years shows how the population of the empire’s capital shifted along with its politics. Published in Science, the timeline is one of the first to examine what genetic information from archaeological digs says about the region after the time […]

Hadrosaur double prints. Credit: Fiorillo et al, 2019 These trackways allow researchers to explore habitat preferences in high-latitude dinosaurs. Abundant dinosaur footprints in Alaska reveal that high-latitude hadrosaurs preferred tidally influenced habitats, according to a study released on October 30, 2019, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Anthony Fiorillo of the Perot Museum […]