First biological analysis of ancient terracotta figurines found at Yikpabongo in Northern Ghana’s Koma Land between 2010-2011 revealed that they were created by an unknown African civilisation. The figurines depict ancestral figures and animals.
An intact Viking boat burial was discovered in the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Western Scotland in 2011, and the results of its excavations were just published. This is the first boat burial from mainland UK ever found.
Burial site found at Clavijo farm in Santa Maria de Guia, Canary Islands, was confirmed being the oldest cemetery of slaves on the Atlantic sea coast, dating to between 15th-17th century.
Half of a human jaw bone with gold teeth was found by a metal detectorist near Edwards Crossing, a historic toll bridge used to cross the Yuba River, Nevada, United States of America.
Archaeologists found that hunter-gatherers might have lived permanently in the Tibetan Plateau at least 7400 years ago. This is nearly 4000 years earlier than researchers previously thought.
Mummies of the Chinchorro people, dating 7400 years to the past, are scheduled for DNA analysis and computerized tomography scans. The 15 selected mummies of mostly children and unborn babies, were found on the Pacific coast of South America, at the edge of the Atacama desert.
Excavations near near Immingham in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, revealed a mass burial pit of victims of the Black Death pandemic. Carbon dating shows that the skeletons come from 14th century while DNA tests confirmed presence of the plague bacteria.
Years after queen Nefertari’s mummy was ripped to pieces and tossed around by the ancient robbers an international team of researchers suggests they may have found the missing 3200-year-old legs in an Italian museum.
Archaeologists excavating the Azokh cave in Artsah, Nagorno-Karabakh, discovered unique artefacts from different periods, among them a tooth from a human who lived 7000 years ago.
Archaeologists discovered an Etruscan burial in Tuscany, central Italy dating back 2500 years. The ancient grave contained skeletal remains of an individual that was shackled upon burial.
Archaeologists continuing the excavations at the Denisova Cave in the Altai region of Russian Federation, discovered Palaeolithic jewellery made out of ostrich eggshells between 45000-50000 years ago.
DNA analysis of of 50000-year-old European bison (wisent) remains from a cave in France revealed that it originated from a previously unknown hybrid species of wisent which was depicted through Upper Palaeolithic rock art 15000 years ago.
A study of sequenced DNA from remains of cats dated from 13000 BC to 18th century AD reveals how cats spread throughout ancient Eurasia and Africa.
Underwater archaeologists discovered a human skeleton at the wreckage site of the ancient ship that carried the clockwork device known as the Antykithera mechanism. The individual found at the 2000-year-old wreckage, off the shore of the Greek island of Antykithera, might reveal first DNA from an ancient shipwreck victim.
The mummified remains of a man dubbed Ötzi, that were found in 1991 on the border of Austria and Italy underwent specialised DNA analyses to reveal new information about the clothes that the man was dressed in at the moment of death.
The new method analysing proteins in the fibres of the cloths or skin of mummified Iron Age bog bodies sheds new light on habits of Europeans living 2000 years ago. Proteins provided species recognition in 11 out of 12 samples and confirmed previous microscopic identification.
Latest research shows that late Stone Age hunter-gatherer communities spent time working out the basics of farming on the fertile lands of what is now Turkey before taking this knowledge migrating to Europe as gene material gathered among burials of early European settlers and early farmers in Central Turkey shows resemblance.
Nine Iron Age skeletons were uncovered during excavations at a pre-Roman town near Winterborne Kingston in Dorset, United Kingdom. The find is significant due to the fact that most tribes of that time cremated or put bodies in wetlands.
Excavations in the Kolegiacki square in Poznań (Western Poland) revealed a burial with trepanation marks on the skeleton’s head. The remains, dated to 17th century may be one of the oldest known signs of such surgical techniques in Poland, as another well studied find of such marks is dated back to 1613.
An interdisciplinary project to study over 40 human and animal mummies has began, being carried out by archaeologists from University of Warsaw.