Archive by category | Archaeology

Genomes of stone-age woman carry farming tales

Zagros Mountains harbor a site with evidence for an ancient economy.

The sequencing of the first genome of an early stone-age woman from Ganj Dareh, in the Iranian Zagros Mountains, can give us a glimpse into the world’s first farming efforts and the evolution of an activity that has profoundly affected human societies.  Read more

Ancient bird may be signature of a breeding system for raptors

It's not gluttony, it's force-feeding that killed the bird

A bird of prey’s last meal may offer us some insight into how Ancient Egyptians handled their feathered offerings to the gods – also, hinting at the possibility that Egyptians may have bred them in large numbers.  Read more