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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

Stone Age skeletons found in Sahara desert

Twenty skeletons dating back between 8,000 and 4,200 years ago have been found at a rock shelter in the Sahara desert in Libya. It must have been a place of memory," said study co-author Mary Anne Tafuri, an archaeologist at the University of Cambridge. "People throughout time have kept it, and

How did the ancient city of Palmyra support such a large population?

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra once supported a population of 100,000 people in the middle of the desert. Now researchers, using satellite photographs, believe they have figured out how this was possible. Professor Meyer and his colleagues came to realise that what they were studying was not a desert, but

Ancient mega-lake identified in Egyptian desert

Apparently the deserts of western Egypt were once home to a large mega-lake fed by the Nile River's earliest annual floods. Fossil fish and space shuttle radar images have defined the bed and drainage channels of the long lost lake, which at times was larger than Lake Michigan, stretching as

The Sphinx’s protective wall uncovered

A 3,400-year-old wall which once protected the Sphinx from desert winds has been uncovered on the Giza plateau. The two sections of mud-brick wall, which stretch for 132 meters (433 feet) in total, have been dated to the reign of Thutmose IV, the council said in an e-mailed statement. According

Prehistoric irrigation system found in Arizona

An elaborate 3,000 year-old irrigation systems has been found beneath the sand of the Marana desert. In January, excavation at the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility at Ina Road and Interstate 10 revealed the ancient irrigation system. It is said to be the most intricate system of its kind uncovered