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Newswise: Archaeologists Bring Egyptian Excavation to the Web

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Archaeologists Bring Egyptian Excavation to the Web

Johns Hopkins University

Egyptologist Betsy Bryan and her crew are once again sharing their work with the world through an online diary, a digital window into day-to-day life on an archaeological dig.

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18-Jan-2007 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 525885

Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" Gets Thumbs Down for Authenticity

University of Southern Indiana

Maya expert Michael Aakhus had low expectations for the authenticity of Mel Gibson's latest film, "Apocalypto." After seeing the film, he said his expectations were met. "If you like action films, you should enjoy it - but if you are going to learn history, stick to your books," he said.

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11-Dec-2006 8:40 PM EST

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Article ID: 525717

The Evolution of Human Diet

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

A University of Arkansas professor's most recent work addresses the question of how human eating habits have evolved over millions of years.

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5-Dec-2006 6:25 PM EST

Article ID: 525642

Concrete Blocks Used in Great Pyramids Construction

Drexel University

In partially solving a mystery that has baffled archeologists for centuries, a Drexel University professor has determined that the Great Pyramids of Giza are constructed with a combination of not only carved stones but the first blocks of limestone-based concrete cast by any civilization.

Released:
4-Dec-2006 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 525532

Teams Explore Roots of Angkor Civilization

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch teams working with Dr. Charles Higham of University of Otago are unearthing surprises about the indigenous origins of Southeast Asia's most illustrious empire. Excavations in Thailand are featured in the TV documentary, A Year On Earth, on Discovery Kids Channel December 3 and 10.

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29-Nov-2006 4:00 AM EST
Newswise: Teeth Tell Ancient Tale

Article ID: 525314

Teeth Tell Ancient Tale

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Arkansas researchers examined the dental landscapes of prehistoric creatures from a South African province and found evidence for a dietary shift that suggests a corresponding change in the type of landscape that surrounded them.

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16-Nov-2006 3:50 PM EST
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Article ID: 525226

Genetic Study of Neanderthal DNA Reveals Early Split Between Humans and Neanderthals

University of Chicago Medical Center

In this week's issue of Science, researchers suggest an early human-Neanderthal split. The two species have a common ancestry, say the authors, but do not share much else after evolving their separate ways. The study also finds no evidence of genetic admixture between Neanderthals and humans.

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13-Nov-2006 3:40 PM EST
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    13-Nov-2006 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 524990

Remote Latrine Reconfirms the Presence of Essene Sect at Qumran

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Recent bioarchaeological findings at the ancient Dead Sea settlement of Qumran confirm the existence of a strange communal latrine --located at a remote distance, conforming with extreme hygiene practices described in ancient texts and possibly accounting for a documented early mortality rate at the settlement.

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5-Nov-2006 7:40 PM EST
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    9-Nov-2006 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 524975

Buffet for Early Human Relatives 1.8 Million Years Ago

University of Utah

University of Utah scientists improved a method of testing fossil teeth, and showed that early human relatives varied their diets with the seasons 1.8 million years ago, eating leaves and fruit when available in addition to seeds, roots, tubers and perhaps grazing animals.

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6-Nov-2006 12:05 AM EST
Newswise: Early Bronze Age Mortuary Complex Discovered in Syria

Article ID: 524603

Early Bronze Age Mortuary Complex Discovered in Syria

Johns Hopkins University

An ancient, untouched Syrian tomb that wowed the archaeological world on its discovery by Johns Hopkins University researchers nearly six years ago is not alone. Additional excavations have yielded a total of at least eight tombs filled with human and animal remains, gold and silver treasures and unbroken artifacts dating back to the third millennium B.C.

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24-Oct-2006 3:45 PM EDT

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