6,500 medieval coins and rare gold rings unearthed in Polish cornfield

A medieval hoard brimming with silver ingots, gold rings and thousands of silver coins was recently discovered in a Polish cornfield by an archaeologist, with the help of a priest and local firefighters.  The nearly 900-year-old hoard, found in Słuszków, a village in west-central Poland, held a one-of-a-kind treasure — a gold ring etched with […]

Tree Rings Reveal How Ancient Forests Were Managed

Clear-cutting a forest is relatively easy—just pick a tree and start chopping. But there are benefits to more sophisticated forest management. One technique—which involves repeatedly harvesting smaller trees every 30 or so years but leaving an upper story of larger trees for longer periods (60, 90, or 120 years)—ensures a steady supply of […]

Earliest form of money found and it’s a bunch of rings and axes

Got change for an axe? Thousands of years ago, people used bronze objects such as neck rings, axe blades and “ribs” (curved, flattened rods) as a type of prehistoric currency, making them the oldest known form of money in the world.  Archaeologists recently analyzed more than 5,000 of these ancient metal artifacts dating to the […]

Tree rings capture an abrupt irreversible shift in east Asia’s climate

The abrupt shift to hotter and drier conditions over inner East Asia is unprecedented and may herald an irreversible shift to a new climate regime for the region, according to a new study. The findings reveal a positive feedback loop fueled by declining soil moisture, which may have nudged the area’s climate over an important […]