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stone age brain surgery

This ancient skull was operated on, but not by a skilled surgeon

September 30th, 2020

An ancient skull found in a cave in Spain reveals evidence of ancient surgery attempts. The skull has a large dent that is partially healed, indicating an attempt at brain surgery that was halted. The skulls and other material suggest possible sacrificial intent. Modern medical techniques have made brain surgery much safer than it ever …

ancient cooking

These researchers spent a year cooking meals that nobody ate

September 15th, 2020

Researchers have discovered that pots like those found at some archaeological sites may hold the clues to revealing ancient cooking habits. The pots were found to hold chemical signatures of food that was cooked in them, even after multiple meals. The meals cooked by the scientists were made of donated food, including roadkill deer. When …

stonehenge discovery

Massive hidden structures discovered near Stonehenge

June 24th, 2020

Researchers have discovered a collection of massive shafts buried near Stonehenge. Archaeologists believe the shafts form a large ring that may mark the location of a special religious or cultural site. The shafts were likely built around the same time as Stonehenge itself. Stonehenge, the massive stone monument that is believed to have been constructed …

archaeology news

25,000-year-old monument built with mammoth bones stuns scientists

March 18th, 2020

Massive mammoth bone structure discovered in Russia has researchers searching for its purpose.  The circular structure dates back 25,000 years, and scientists found evidence of wood being burned inside.  Whether built as shelter or as some sort of monument with a higher meaning, the bones of dozens of mammoths were used in its construction.  Visit …

asteroid news

Ancient humans saw an asteroid apocalypse first-hand

March 9th, 2020

An asteroid or comet completely wiped out the ancient human settlement of Abu Hureyra.  The impact is likely part of a larger cosmic impact event that triggered the rapid cooling of Earth.  The research was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Science fiction disaster flicks have “taught” us …

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Archaeologists found ancient babies wearing skulls like helmets

November 18th, 2019

Archaeologists in Ecuador have uncovered the remains of babies buried over 2,000 years ago. It would be an interesting find no matter the context, but these infants are leaving researchers scratching their heads for a very specific reason: The children were buried in “helmets” made from the skulls of other, older children. The discovery is …

maya farming

Researcher fired lasers from planes and discovered ancient Maya farms

October 10th, 2019

Archeologists have been able to learn a lot about the ancient Maya civilization thanks to ruins that have stood the test of time. Studying how ancient peoples in Central America farmed, however, has proven a lot more difficult for obvious reasons. Once it’s allowed to grow freely, farmland quickly returns to what it used to …

jars of the dead

Archaeologists discover bizarre ‘Jars of the Dead’ hidden in Laos

May 19th, 2019

Just like today, people who lived hundreds of years ago had rituals and traditions associated with death. Methods of burial or tributes to deceased individuals often vary greatly from one culture to the next, and archaeologists are learning more about one of the more mysterious ancient customs originating in present-day Laos. Researchers from the Australian …