New research challenges two prevailing theories on how Maya civilization began
The Maya civilization is well-known for its elaborate temples, sophisticated writing system, and mathematical and astronomical developments, yet the civilization's origins remain something of a mystery.
Research on Maya village uncovers 'invisible' crops, unexpected agriculture
(Phys.org) —The University of Cincinnati's mastery of ancient Maya mysteries continues with new research from professor of biological sciences David Lentz.
Archaeologists uncover largest ancient dam built by Maya in Central America
Recent excavations, sediment coring and mapping by a multi-university team led by the University of Cincinnati at the pre-Columbian city of Tikal, a paramount urban center of the ancient Maya, have identified ...
Ancient dinosaur nursery oldest nesting site yet found
An excavation at a site in South Africa has unearthed the 190-million-year-old dinosaur nesting site of the prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylusrevealing significant clues about the evolution of comple ...
Brewery from 500 BC reveals its secrets
Stalagmite reveals carbon footprint of early Native Americans
A new study led by Ohio University scientists suggests that early Native Americans left a bigger carbon footprint than previously thought, providing more evidence that humans impacted global climate long before ...
New insights into the life of the Maya
Ancient Maya Practiced Forest Conservation -- 3,000 Years Ago
(PhysOrg.com) -- As published in the July issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, paleoethnobotanist David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati has concluded that not only did the Maya people practi ...
Primate archaeology sheds light on human origins
A University of Calgary archaeologist who is one of the few researchers in the world studying the material culture of human beings' closest living relatives - the great apes - is joining his colleagues in ...
Researchers find the earliest evidence of domesticated maize
Maize was domesticated from its wild ancestor more than 8700 years according to biological evidence uncovered by researchers in the Mexico's Central Balsas River Valley. This is the earliest dated evidence ...
New evidence from excavations supports theory of the 'Birth of Zeus'
In the third century BCE, the Greek poet Callimachus wrote a 'Hymn to Zeus' asking the ancient, and most powerful, Greek god whether he was born in Arcadia on Mt. Lykaion or in Crete on Mt. Ida.
Archaeologist Uncovers Evidence of Ancient Chemical Warfare
(PhysOrg.com) -- A researcher from the University of Leicester has identified what looks to be the oldest archaeological evidence for chemical warfare--from Roman times.
Biology of early human relative uncovered
The partial skeleton of an ancient hominin has been uncovered for the first time in Tanzania, giving a new insight into the species' biology, say scientists.
Mt. Zion dig reveals possible second temple period priestly mansion
In excavating sites in a long-inhabited urban area like Jerusalem, archaeologists are accustomed to noting complexity in their finds—how various occupying civilizations layer over one another during the ...