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Pre-Viking tunic found due to retreating glacier

Over 1,600 artifacts have been found in Norway after the glaciers that covered them retreated, including a Pre-Viking tunic. A pre-Viking woolen tunic found beside a thawing glacier in south Norway shows how global warming is proving something of a boon for archaeology, scientists said [last] Thursday. The greenish-brown, loose-fitting outer clothing

Improved Neanderthal genome published

Researchers have published a new, high-quality sequencing of the Neanderthal genome. The genome produced from remains of a toe bone found in a Siberian cave is far more detailed than a previous "draft" Neanderthal genome sequenced three years ago by the same team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Desert inhabitants in Israel were farming 5,000 years earlier than previously thought

A new study suggests that farming in the Holy Land began 5,000 years earlier than previously thought. The current thinking is that these desert denizens didn't practice agriculture before approximately the first century, surviving instead by raising animals, said Hendrik Bruins, a landscape archaeologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. But new

2,500-year-old planning city found India

Evidence of a planned city, completed with water reservoirs, roads, seals and coins, has been found in Chhattisgarh, India. The 5th and 3rd century BC—to which the Tarighat finds date—points to a period when the region was ruled by the Kushan and Satavahana dynasties in central India. While there have been

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