New Archaeological Evidence of the First Americans to 33,000 Years Ago

Two new papers published in Nature, document the findings from the Chiquihuite Cave site in central Mexico. Artifacts from the site ere first discovered in 2010, but there were difficulties traveling to and from the site. For that reason, archaeologists lived for 80 days between '16 and '17. They excavated over 1,900 stone tools. The... Continue Reading →

Oldest & Largest Mayan Structure Discovered in Mexico

In Mexico's Tabasco state is the ancient Maya Aquada Fenix site. Using aerial remote-sensing, also known as LIDAR, University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata and his team, discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization here - a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC. The structure measures... Continue Reading →

A Russian Ancestor to Native Americans

Russian archaeologists in 1976 excavating the Ust’-Kyakhta-3 site on the banks of the Selenga River A. P. Okladnikov During the 1970's, a site called Ust-Kyakhta found between the Mongolian borders and the southern banks of the Lake Baikal, was excavated. The Russian team unearthed many stone and bone tools as well as ceramics, and reindeer... Continue Reading →

How did the Eastern Island Maoi Get 13-Ton Hats

One of my interests in the peopling of the Americas are the Easter Island maoi statues made by the Rapanui people. I've posted before about how they were moved. As if the moai themselves weren't impressive enough, a new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science looks at how this preindustrial society put 13-ton hats or... Continue Reading →

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