History of the Champagne vineyards revealed

IMAGE: Pressing residues from the Place de la Libération site, Troyes (Aube). The plant remains have been preserved in water because they came from the base of a well. Grape seeds,… view more  Credit: Véronique ZECH-MATTERNE/AASPE Although the reputation of Champagne is well established, the history of Champagne wines and vineyards is poorly documented. However, a […]

Ancient proteins help track early milk drinking in Africa

IMAGE: Cattle grazing in Entesekara in Kenya near the Tanzanian border view more  Credit: A. Janzen Tracking milk drinking in the ancient past is not straightforward. For decades, archaeologists have tried to reconstruct the practice by various indirect methods. They have looked at ancient rock art to identify scenes of animals being milked and at animal […]

Ancient indigenous New Mexican community knew how to sustainably coexist with wildfire

IMAGE: Christopher Roos, professor of anthropology at SMU (Southern Methodist University) view more  Credit: Christopher Roos DALLAS (SMU) – Wildfires are the enemy when they threaten homes in California and elsewhere. But a new study led by SMU suggests that people living in fire-prone places can learn to manage fire as an ally to prevent dangerous […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era — ScienceDaily

Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these characterisations do little to help. Yet archaeology as practiced today bears virtually no resemblance to the tomb raiding portrayed in movies and video games. Indeed, it bears little resemblance to even more scholarly depictions […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

IMAGE: Archaeological studies of low-density, agrarian-based cities such as ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia are increasingly being used to inform the development of more sustainable urban centres in the future…. view more  Credit: Alison Crowther Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these […]

WSU scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers

IMAGE: Frontal and lateral view of a Muna-type (AD 750-900) paneled flask with distinctive serrated-edge decoration. view more  Credit: WSU PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The Washington State University researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 […]

New fossil provides clarity to the history of Alligatoridae

IMAGE: Michelle Stocker and Rachel Wallace, a former graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, are seen excavating the caiman fossil from sandstone in January of 2011. Photo courtesy… view more  Credit: Virginia Tech Families are complicated. For members of the Alligatoridae family, which includes living caimans and alligators – this is especially true. […]

Like plants do: non-classical photosynthesis by earth’s inorganic semiconducting minerals

IMAGE: Earth-abundant minerals convert sunlight into chemical energy, hinting at the evolution of photosynthesis in early bacteria view more  Credit: Earth Science Frontiers Photosynthesis, the process by which plants and other organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, has been a major player during the evolution of life and our planet’s atmosphere. Although most of the ins […]

Megalodons gave birth to large newborns that likely grew by eating unhatched eggs in womb

IMAGE: Identified annual growth bands in a vertebra of the extinct megatooth shark Otodus megalodon along with hypothetical silhouettes of the shark at birth and death, each compared with size of… view more  Credit: DePaul University/Kenshu Shimada A new study shows that the gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, which lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years […]

Oldest hominins of Olduvai Gorge persisted across changing environments

IMAGE: Olduvai (now Oldupai) Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humankind, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania. New interdisciplinary field work has led to the discovery of the oldest… view more  Credit: Michael Petraglia Olduvai (now Oldupai) Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humankind, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania, made famous […]