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Complex panel of petroglyphs found in Mexico

Archaeologists working at a Mexican site called  "Cantil de las animas" (Soul ledge), have unearthed a complex panel of petroglpyhs which dates back 1,000 years. The bas-relief symbolic representations, which are attributed to ancient groups of the Aztlan culture, were located in a practically new archeological zone of the region –Nayarit’s

Sweet potatoes reveal ancient contact between Polynesians and South Americans

By conducting genetic research on modern sweet potatoes with on ones preserved by the first European explorers in Polynesia, archaeologists have revealed that thousands of years ago Polynesian sailors must have come into contact with South Americans as the root vegetable was first domesticated in Peru. Humans domesticated the sweet potato

Ancient loom weights found in Turkey

Ancient loom weights which date back 2,500 years have been found in the ancient Turkish city of Assoss. The art of weaving in ancient times was a bit different compared to the weaving of today, Arslan said. “In the textile industry, sheep’s and goat’s wool is used. We have a significant

2,600-year-old Celtic grave found in Germany

Archaeologists in Germany are excavating a Celtic grave containing the remains of a woman and child who died 2,600-year-ago. Not far from the Heuneburg, the site of an early Celtic settlement, researchers stumbled upon the elaborate grave of a Celtic princess. In addition to gold and amber, they found a subterranean

Rare tumor found in 1,600-year-old remains

Archaeologists working in the necropolis in Spain have found the 1,600-year-old remains of a Roman woman with a calcified tumor in her pelvis. The woman, who died some 1,600 years ago, had a condition known today as an ovarian teratoma which, as its name indicates, occurs in the ovaries . The

Cloning Neanderthals

Der Spiegel has posted an interesting interview with George Church, a synthetic biology expert from Harvard university who believes that if human cloning ever became acceptable, it would be possible to bring back Neanderthals from the dead. SPIEGEL: Setting aside all ethical doubts, do you believe it is technically possible to

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