Apr 2, 2016

Possible second Viking settlement discovered in Canada

Archaeologists using satellite imagery said Friday they have discovered what is believed to be the second Viking settlement in North America on the southwest tip of Canada’s Newfoundland province. Experts tracked down the site on the island’s Point Rosee peninsula and began excavating it ...

Israeli archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement

Feb 18, 2016

Israeli archaeologists discover 7,000-year-old settlement

Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday they have unearthed a 7,000-year-old settlement in northern Jerusalem, describing it as the oldest discovery of its kind in the area. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said the excavation exposed two houses with well-preserved remains and floors containing pottery vessels, flint tools ...

Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Feb 5, 2016

Ancient boat discovered near pyramids

Czech archaeologists have unearthed an ancient funerary boat near the Abusir pyramids south of Cairo, a find that could shed light on shipbuilding in ancient Egypt. The discovery of the more than 4,500-year-old wooden vessel, which archaeologists believe belonged to a prominent member of ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Study finds ancient Babylonians employed complex geometry

Jan 29, 2016

Study finds ancient Babylonians employed complex geometry

Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using sophisticated geometric techniques that until now had been considered an achievement of medieval European scholars. That is the finding of a study published Thursday that analyzed four clay tablets dating from 350 to 50 ...