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Newswise: Ancient Wooden Anchor Discovered

Article ID: 530018

Ancient Wooden Anchor Discovered

University of Haifa

The world's oldest wooden anchor was discovered during excavations in the Turkish port city of Urla, the ancient site of Liman Tepe / the Greek 1st Millennium BCE colony of Klazomenai, by researchers from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies of the University of Haifa. The anchor, from the end of the 7th century BC, was found near a submerged construction, imbedded approximately.1.5 meters underground.

15-May-2007 8:50 AM EDT

Article ID: 529143

Team Gets Funding to Document Work on Mongolian High Altai

University of Oregon

Rock art, altars, burial mounds and standing stones of Mongolia's Altai Mountains reveal cultural traces of ancient hunters, herders and nomads of the Eurasian steppes. Mapping this archaeology and the significance of its physical settings is the mission of a team at the University of Oregon.

18-Apr-2007 3:50 PM EDT

Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 528813

Anthropologist Finds Earliest Evidence of Maize Farming in Mexico

Florida State University

A Florida State University anthropologist from Tallahassee, Fla., has new evidence that ancient farmers in Mexico were cultivating an early form of maize, the forerunner of modern corn, about 7,300 years ago - 1,200 years earlier than scholars previously thought.

9-Apr-2007 2:00 PM EDT
Newswise: Wild Harvest in the Heartland

Article ID: 528543

Wild Harvest in the Heartland

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A University of Arkansas cultural anthropologist reveals the interrelationship between plants and people that sustains the culture of Little Dixie.

29-Mar-2007 12:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Newswise: New Seed Technologies Affect Indian Cotton Farmers

Article ID: 528456

New Seed Technologies Affect Indian Cotton Farmers

Washington University in St. Louis

The arrival of genetically modified crops has added another level of complexity to farming in the developing world, says Glenn D. Stone, Ph.D., professor of anthropology and of environmental studies, at Washington University in St. Louis.

27-Mar-2007 3:25 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Newswise: These Legs Were Made for Fighting (Not Just Climbing)

Article ID: 528003

These Legs Were Made for Fighting (Not Just Climbing)

University of Utah

Ape-like human ancestors known as australopiths had short legs because a squat physique helped males fight over access to females, a University of Utah study concludes. "The old argument was that they retained short legs to help them climb trees," says biologist David Carrier. "My argument is that they retained short legs because short legs helped them fight."

11-Mar-2007 6:00 PM EDT
Newswise: Archaeologists Reveal Ancient Solar Observatory in Peru
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    1-Mar-2007 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 527606

Archaeologists Reveal Ancient Solar Observatory in Peru

Earthwatch Institute

The 13 Towers of Chankillo are the most outstanding part of a 2300-year-old ceremonial complex excavated by Earthwatch teams in the coastal desert of Peru. A paper in Science by former Earthwatch-supported archaeologist Ivan Ghezzi (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru) and Clive Ruggles (University of Leicester) reveals that the towers mark the existence of sun cults predating the Inca by nearly two millennia.

26-Feb-2007 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 527555

Inhabitants of Early Settlement Were Desperate to Find Metals

University of Florida

A new study provides evidence that the last inhabitants of Christopher Columbus' first settlement desperately tried to extract silver from lead ore, originally brought from Spain for other uses, just before abandoning the failed mining operation in 1498. It is the first known European extraction of silver in the New World.

22-Feb-2007 4:35 PM EST

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Article ID: 527178

Forensic Photography Brings Color Back to Ancient Textiles

Ohio State University

Archaeologists are now turning to forensic crime lab techniques to hunt for dyes, paint, and other decoration in prehistoric textiles. Although ancient fabrics can offer clues about prehistoric cultures, often their colors are faded, patterns dissolved, and fibers crumbling. Forensic photography can be used as an inexpensive and non-destructive tool to analyze these artifacts more efficiently.

8-Feb-2007 9:00 AM EST
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    29-Jan-2007 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 526845

Anthropologist Confirms "˜Hobbit' Indeed a Separate Species

Florida State University

After the skeletal remains of an 18,000-year-old, Hobbit-sized human were discovered on island of Flores in 2003, some scientists thought that the specimen must have been a human with an abnormally small skull. Not so, said Dean Falk, a world-renowned paleoneurologist and chair of Florida State University's anthropology department, in Tallahassee, Fla..

26-Jan-2007 9:35 PM EST

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