Archaeology is fundamentally the study of humanity and its past. Archaeologists study things that were created, used or changed by humans. They do this by studying the material remains — the stuff we leave behind.
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Tooth Tales: Prehistoric Plaque Reveals Early Humans Ate Weeds
Ancient Skeleton Found in Central Sudan
July 16th, 2014
When looking for a meal, prehistoric people in Africa munched on the tuberous roots of weeds such as the purple nutsedge, according to a new study of hardened plaque on samples of ancient teeth.
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Earliest Case of Down Syndrome Discovered in Medieval Cemetery
skeleton of child from medieval france who may have had Down syndrome.
July 9th, 2014
A young child who died 1,500 years ago is the earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record, say scientists who examined the child's skeleton, particularly the skull.
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Clay Tokens Used As 'Contracts' Even After Invention of Writing
Ancient Clay Tokens Used for Record-Keeping
July 16th, 2014
Thousands of years after the invention of a formal writing system, a new study finds that the ancient people of the Middle East may have continued to use a more primitive way of recording information: clay tokens.
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4,000-Year-Old Burial with Chariots Discovered in South Caucasus
 the roof of a 4,000-year-old burial chamber
June 25th, 2014
Archaeologists in the country of Georgia have discovered an ancient burial containing oxen-pulled chariots, gold artifacts and possible human sacrifices.
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Caveman Campsite Unearthed at Construction Site in London
May 30th, 2014
Construction is underway in London's Battersea neighborhood for the new U.S. Embassy. But long before the site was set aside for diplomacy, it may have been a caveman campground.
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Origins of Inebriation Revealed
Guy drinking beer.
May 27th, 2014
In prehistoric Eurasia, drugs and alcohol were originally reserved for ritual ceremonies, and weren't used merely to satisfy hedonistic motives, research suggests. They used alcohol and psychoactive plants to communicate with the spiritual world.
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Ancient Synagogue Mosaic Depicts Bloody Jewish Legend
The new mosaic discovered in an ancient synagogue in Israel depicts a story from Jewish legend. Alexander is one of the characters from the legend.
July 11th, 2014
A mosaic discovered in an ancient synagogue in Galilee depicts a bloody battle scene instead of a traditional Biblical scene.
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Iron Age Hillfort Open to Tourists This Summer
The excavation of the massive hillfort has taken five years.
June 24th, 2014
The 5-year excavation of the hillfort at Burrough Hill comes to a close this summer.
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American's Visit to China's Forbidden City Revealed in Old Journal
image of China's Forbidden City
May 28th, 2014
Newly analyzed artifacts and a 200-year-old journal reveal the remarkable tale of the first American citizen to enter China's Forbidden City and meet the emperor.
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