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Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

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March 29 (UPI) -- The recovery of ancient mummified parrots in South America, dating to between 1100 and 1450 AD, suggest trade routes crossed the Atacama Desert, according to a study published Monday in PNAS. "Feathers are valued across the Americas and we see them in high-status burials," José M. Capriles , said in a press release. Advertisement "We don't know how the feathers got there, the routes they took or the network," Capriles, an assistant professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world, and parrots and macaws are not normally found in the region. However, archaeologists have unearthed the feathers of the exotic birds at human burial sites, as well as the mummified remains of parrots and macaws. Scien...

Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos

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An Egyptian antiquities official says archaeologists have unearthed what could be the world's oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient EgyptBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressFebruary 13, 2021, 9:14 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAIRO -- American and Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed what could be the oldest known beer factory at one of the most prominent archaeological sites of ancient Egypt, a top antiquities official said on Wednesday.Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the factory was found in Abydos, an ancient burial ground located in the desert west of the Nile River, over 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Cairo.He said the factory apparently dates back to the...
French archaeologists find ancient grave of child, pet dog

French archaeologists find ancient grave of child, pet dog

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Jan. 15 (UPI) -- French archaeologists said Thursday they discovered the grave of a small child with what appears to be a pet dog dating to the Roman rule of the region about 2,000 years ago. The researchers said they found the burial site during a dig at the Clermont-Ferrand Airport in central France. They believe the child was about a year old and buried with animal offerings along with the remains of the pet dog inside a coffin. Advertisement The coffin was found in a 6-by-3-foot grave. It was surrounded by 20 objects, including terra cotta vases, glass pots, half a pig, three hams and other pork cuts along with two headless chickens. "The graves of young Gallo-Roman children are often located outside the community funeral home and sometimes even buried near the family home," a stateme...
Ancient crystals suggest Earth’s crust enjoyed growth spurt 3 billion years ago

Ancient crystals suggest Earth’s crust enjoyed growth spurt 3 billion years ago

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Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Ancient crystals recovered from stream sediments in Greenland suggest bits of Earth's primordial crust seeded the growth of later generations of crust. According to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the process fueled a massive crustal growth three billion years ago. Advertisement Scientists were able identify the origins of the ancient growth spurt by analyzing the chemistry of crystals eroded from ancient rocks. The chemical makeup of the ancient zircon crystals, found among modern stream sediment in Greenland, revealed signatures left their incorporation into younger crustal rocks and sediment during what scientists call lithospheric reworking. "We found there was a widespread bloom in crust production three billion years ago, during ...
Ancient DNA suggests people from Philippines may have settled Mariana Islands

Ancient DNA suggests people from Philippines may have settled Mariana Islands

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Dec. 22 (UPI) -- New research suggests people from the Philippines may have first settled the Mariana Islands. According to the study, published online this week in the journal PNAS, early inhabitants of the Mariana Islands and Polynesia shared common ancestors. Numerous studies have investigated the origins of the first Polynesian settlers, but little attention has been given to the peopling of the Mariana Islands, situated more than 1,600 miles east of the Philippines. Advertisement Positioned next the world's deepest ocean trench in the Western Pacific, the Mariana Islands were settled roughly 3,500 year, only slightly earlier than the initial peopling of Polynesia, roughly 5,000 miles east-southeast. "We know more about the settlement of Polynesia than we do about the settlement of th...