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 […]

Ancient DNA retells story of Caribbean’s first people, with a few plot twists

IMAGE: Archaeological research and ancient DNA technology can work hand in hand to illuminate past history. This vessel, made between AD 1200-1500 in present-day Dominican Republic, shows a frog figure, associated… view more  Credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The history of the Caribbean’s original islanders comes into sharper focus in a new Nature study […]

Ancient blanket made with 11,500 turkey feathers

PULLMAN, Wash. — The ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest used around 11,500 feathers to make a turkey feather blanket, according to a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. The people who made such blankets were ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians such as the Hopi, Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblos. A team […]

When good governments go bad

IMAGE: The ruins of the Roman Forum, once a site of a representational government. view more  Credit: (c) Linda Nicholas, Field Museum All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart in time, with different degrees of severity. In a new paper, anthropologists […]