Upcycling in the past: Viking beadmakers’ secrets revealed

Glass analyzed in this study; Colorless and weakly greenish-yellowish glass ‘cubes’ gilded with a thin plate of gold on one exterior surface (still attached on cube in upper right side of the pile) and white Viking beads analyzed in this study. The chemistries of the latter showed how the glassmakers in Ribe had found an… Continue reading Upcycling in the past: Viking beadmakers’ secrets revealed

New data reveals severe impact of European contact with Pacific islands

An engraving by Louie-Auguste de Sainson depicting a residential dwelling (left) constructed on top of a mound approximately one metre tall. Credit: State Library of New South Wales Pacific island nations suffered severe depopulation from introduced diseases as a consequence of contact with European vessels, a new study from The Australian National University (ANU) shows.… Continue reading New data reveals severe impact of European contact with Pacific islands

Stone spheres could be from Ancient Greek board game

Groups of spheres from Akrotiri. Credit: Konstantinos Trimmis Archaeologists from the University of Bristol have suggested that mysterious stone spheres found at various ancient settlements across the Aegean and Mediterranean could be playing pieces from one of the earliest ever board games. There has been quite a lot of speculation around these spheres found at… Continue reading Stone spheres could be from Ancient Greek board game

Detailing a disastrous autumn day in ancient Italy

Mt. Vesuvius erupts in 1880. Researchers are detailing a cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius from thousands of years before the famous eruption that buried Pompeii. Volcanic eruptions evoke images of lava, fire, and destruction; however, this is not always the case. The Plinian eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 4,000 years ago—2,000 years before the one that… Continue reading Detailing a disastrous autumn day in ancient Italy

Tina Lasisi wants to untangle the evolution of human hair

Though humans’ nearly hairless bodies stick out like a cowlick among other primates, our nakedness isn’t unique in the world of mammals. Dolphins and whales are naked, says biological anthropologist Tina Lasisi of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. There are naked mole-rats. “Elephants, depending on how you look at them, are kind… Continue reading Tina Lasisi wants to untangle the evolution of human hair

Social resistance of Bronze Age communities in response to emerging state societies in the Iberian Peninsula

Map with distribution of stone fortifications (in black) and maximum slope between settlements and farming valleys (in red) to the north of El Argar from 2200 to 1550 BCE. Credit: University of Barcelona A UAB study using a Big Data approach to analyze settlement dynamics reveals that communities of the central-eastern Iberian Peninsula existing 4,000… Continue reading Social resistance of Bronze Age communities in response to emerging state societies in the Iberian Peninsula

Research conducted throughout the Russian invasion is helping save Ukraine’s historic artworks

Assessing damage of the 11th century frescoes in St Sophia’s Cathedral Kyiv. Credit: Marina Fomina/ National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Researchers from the Natural History in London have collaborated with researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to establish the cause of damage to the world-famous medieval murals in Kyiv’s Saint Sophia… Continue reading Research conducted throughout the Russian invasion is helping save Ukraine’s historic artworks

Evidence of the use of baby carriers 10,000 years ago

The ornaments of the Arma Veirana Early Mesolithic infant burial. Credit: University of Montreal It seems logical enough: even in their earliest history, humans must have needed something to carry their babies around in as they moved from place to place. But because little hard evidence of this exists—no infant-sling fabrics discernible in archeological digs,… Continue reading Evidence of the use of baby carriers 10,000 years ago