Thursday, December 05, 2013
Researchers recently analyzed bones that date back more than 300,000 years that were found in Spain. Wall Street Journal science writer Robert Lee Hotz explains why the DNA in those bones reveals that inbreeding among ancient humans was more widespread than scientists had previously thought.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A team of scholars from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University have discovered what appears to be the oldest, independent community of free blacks in the U.S. Mark Leone is a professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland, who’s been heading the dig of “The Hill,” in the backyard of a building that dates back to the 1790s.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
New York Times reporter Margalit Fox tells a real-life intellectual detective story about how an ancient language on tablets unearthed in Crete was deciphered. In The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, she paints portraits of three pivotal figures. English archeologist Arthur Evans who discovered a cache of ancient tablets; Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Last week British archaeologists announced they’d found what appeared to be the remains of Richard III. The bones were discovered in a parking lot in the city of Leicester just more than a dozen miles from Bosworth Field, where Richard III became the last English king to die in battle.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Just months before the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, archeologists in Georgia have discovered the location of a stockade used for Camp Lawton, a Confederate prison camp which housed Union prisoners of war.
Friday, March 19, 2010
A story published this week reports that Chinese archaeologists have found nearly-intact mummies of people who lived in a desolate desert in Northwestern China nearly 4,000 years ago. But they were not Chinese. DNA evidence from these long dead people shows that they were in fact of European descent. Also this week, geneticists announced that man's best friend split from the wolves about 15,000 years ago in the Middle East.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009