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200-year-old Wheatsheaf Hotel ruins uncovered beneath Parramatta cottage
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Evidence of the existence of one of Australia's oldest pubs, dating back over 200 years, has been uncovered in Parramatta in Sydney's west.
Archaeologists have spent nearly 10 years working at the site located in the heart of the Parramatta CBD.
There they uncovered the cellar of what was known as the Wheatsheaf Hotel, believed to have been built in 1801, along with the remains of an 1800s convict hut and a wheelwright's workshop, where carts and wagons were once made and fixed... read more
Ice Age fossils, including rare mammoth, found during LA subway extension work
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As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by.
When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east of downtown.
Egypt archaeologists discover mummy, artefacts from two 3,500yo tombs in ancient city of Luxor
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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs in the southern city of Luxor, authorities have confirmed.
Among the revealed artefacts were several pieces of intricately decorated Egyptian pottery and a linen-wrapped mummified body — believed to be that of a top official.
World’s scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history
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Where did we humans come from?
Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straight forward.
But now we see that the human story is far more complex. As summarised by Christopher Bae and colleagues in their latest paper just published in Science, data from Asia and Australia is becoming vital in piecing this new history together.
Prehistoric women's arms 'stronger than those of today's elite rowers'
Prehistoric women had stronger arms than elite female rowing teams do today thanks to the daily grind of farming life, researchers have revealed, shedding light on their role in early communities.
The study of ancient bones suggests that manual agricultural work had a profound effect on the bodies of women living in central Europe between about the early neolithic and late iron age, from about 5,300BC to AD100... read more
Are the Museum of the Bible's Dead Sea Scrolls Fakes?
The Museum of the Bible finally opened its Genesis-inscribed doors Friday (Nov. 17) in Washington, D.C. But questions still linger over the authenticity of some of its star artifacts: fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The private museum is supporting research into the manuscripts to find out whether they are legitimate, 2,000-year-old scraps of the ancient Hebrew Bible or modern forgeries.
Rare 400-Year-Old Map Traces Indigenous Roots in Mexico
A rare, indigenous-made map of Mexico from the era of the Nahuatl people's first contact with Europeans is now in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.
The library announced yesterday (Nov. 21) that it acquired the so-called Codex Quetzalecatzin(also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec) and that a digitally preserved copy is now online.
For more than 100 years, the map had passed through private collections, including that of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. [Crack... read more
Photos: Is Ice Age Cat Mummy a Lion or a Lynx?
Photos: Is Ice Age Cat Mummy a Lion or a Lynx?
Aerial Images May Unlock Enigma of Ancient Stone Structures in Saudi Arabia
Hundreds of thousands of stone structures that date back thousands of years and dot the deserts and plains of the Middle East and North Africa are, in many cases, so large that only a bird's-eye view can reveal their intricate archaeological secrets: gorgeous and mysterious geometric shapes resembling a range of objects, from field gates, to kites, to pendants, to wheels.
These are the "Works of the Old Men," according to the Bedouin when first questioned in the 1920s. And although ancient pe... read more
Fossils of the oldest mammals related to humankind discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset
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Smell a rat in the family tree? Everybody has one, according to the newly discovered remains of mankind’s oldest known relative.
And to cement the connection to modern humans, the fossils of two small rat-like creatures – that scurried about 145 million years ago – were found near an English pub.
Our very distant cousins had a fraught life among the feet of dinosaurs. The University of Portsmouth, in a statement, called the find “the earliest undisputed fossils of mammals belonging to the... read more