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Cathedral scribe penned Salibsury Magna Carta

Handwriting analysis has been used to determine that the same cathedral scribe who wrote the Register of St. Osmund also penned the Salisbury Magna Carta. Scholars have long thought that the Magna Carta was issued by the king in the Chancery, the king's central court, written by his scribes there and

Bone analysis reveals mammoth-meat diet

Analysis carried out on human remains found at a prehistoric site in the Czech Republic has revealed that the people living there ate large quantities of mammoth meat. They found that humans did consume mammoth -- and in large quantities. Other carnivores, such as brown bears, wolves and wolverines, also had

Mary Rose crew remains to undergo DNA analysis

Researchers are hoping to uncover the identities of some of the skeletal remains found on board the sunken Mary Rose. Scientists have begun work to extract DNA from the bones that were found on board the Tudor warship when it was raised from the bottom of The Solent 30 years ago. They

3.4 million-year-old cut marks challenged

Controversy is brewing around cut marks found on 3.4 million-year-old bones. The claim is that they were not made by strone tools, but rather caused by trampling. In the current Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, a team led by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo of Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid, examines the

Headless bodies in Roman cemetery came from exotic locales

An analysis of the headless bodies found buried in a Roman cemetery in York have shown that they came from many different places. Müldner's team analyzed the bones for chemical clues called isotopes, which are different versions of particular elements.Based on the geology and climate of where a person grew

Boy in Stonehenge burial grew up in Mediterranean

Tests performed on the 3,550-year-old remains of a teenager found near Stonehenge show he grew up around the Mediterranean Sea. The conclusions come from analysis of different forms of the elements oxygen and strontium in his tooth enamel. Analysis on a previous skeleton found near Stonehenge showed that that person

Migration to Americas from variety of places

Analysis of some of the oldest remains found in the Americans suggest that early migrants to the hemisphere came from a variety of locations. Anthropologists had long believed humans migrated to the Americas in a relatively short period from a limited area in northeast Asia across a temporary land corridor

Dead Sea Scrolls made locally

Analysis of the chemical makeup of the Dead Sea Scrolls show they were made in the area where the documents were found. Proton beams have shed new light on the origin of the longest of the Dead Sea scrolls, suggesting its parchment was manufactured locally. According to a study carried

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