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600-year-old Maori settlement discovered

The remains of a Maori settlement which dates back 600 years has been found during construction in Christchurch, New Zealand. The work found evidence of early Maori occupation dating back about 600 years, including earth ovens (hangi) and the remains of cooked food including shellfish, seals, dogs, and moas. A bead made

Ancient weather records help scientist study climate

Ancient weather records kept by Arabic scholars between 816-1009 AD are helping scientists study climate change. Until now researchers have relied on official records detailing weather patterns including air force reports during WW2 and 18th century ship's logs. Now a team of Spanish scientists from the Universidad de Extremadura have turned

The oldest rock art in the New World

Rock art found in Brazil, which dates back between 10,000-12,000 years, is the oldest such art found in the New World. "It shows that about 11,000 years ago, there was already a very diverse manifestation of rock art in South America, so man probably arrived in the Americas much earlier than

The world’s oldest abstract art

A Stone Age pebble, engraved 100,000-years-ago, may be the world's oldest abstract art. “Upon engraving the piece with a sharp lithic implement, it is likely to have produced a markedly bright and dark red-maroon powder,” Rifkin said. “The design may therefore have been strikingly visible shortly after it was produced.” Ochre is

Temple wall found in Ur

A temple wall which dates back to 2500 B.C. has been found in Iraq at the Sumerian city of Ur. An Italian archeological mission working in Tal Abu Tbeira, Thi-Qar province, unearthed the wall of a temple that dates back to the year 2500 B.C. near the ancient city of Ur, according

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