Latest news about ancient humans

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Here’s a TED talk about symbols painted on cave walls by our ancient ancestors. Genevieve von Petzinger argues that before we had language humans communicated with symbols like these. Why are these 32 symbols found in caves all over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger Here’s an article from The Atlantic about how they’ve recently found […]

Newly discovered “First Giant” dinosaur

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Archaelogists were surprised to find a giant species of dinosaur that lived in the Triassic period. Previously it was thought that the first giants lived millions of years later in the Jurassic. This newly discovered species, called “First Giant,” was found in Argentina. Here’s the article from Live Science: Discovery of ‘First Giant’ Dinosaur Is […]

Great Pyramid likely built with internal ramp

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All of the theories about how the Great Pyramid was built had problems with them. Until Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect, came up with his internal ramp theory. He suggests that blocks were hauled up a ramp that was — and still is — inside the pyramid. It makes perfect sense, and it’s also consistent […]

Oldest wooden sculpture is 11 500 years old

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The wooden sculpture known as the Shigir Idol has been carbon dated, giving us a better idea of how old it is — and it turns out it’s twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids. It was discovered by gold miners in 1894 and it’s amazing it’s survived as much as it has. More details, including […]

Mayan civilization bigger than you thought

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Archaeologists knew that the jungles of Guatemala were hiding more of the ancient Mayan civilization — but they didn’t know how much. Laser scans in an area of 2 100 square kilometres revealed 60 000 structures. They’re revising the estimates of the size of the society from 5 million people up to 10 to 15 […]

Void discovered inside the Great Pyramid

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They’ve used a new technique to discover that there’s a sizeable void inside the Great Pyramid that no one knew about. It’s above the chamber known as the Grand Gallery. But there are no plans to use invasive techniques to find what’s in the void — and there are no tunnels leading to it. Here’s […]

Large Huron site from 500 years ago

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A place now called Mantle was the site of a large Huron settlement 500 years ago — dubbed an ancient “New York City” because it had nearly 2000 residents. There’s evidence that the Hurons there traded with the Iroquois, who were traditionally their enemies. With bigger settlements, the people might have been less interested in […]

Great Pyramid partially made with cement

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It’s not every day that you find out something new about the Great Pyramid — it’s been sitting there for around 4 500 years and lots of people have studied it. This news is from 5 years ago, and I hadn’t heard about it. A Materials Science and Engineering professor has discovered that some of […]