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The aroma of distant worlds


Asian spices such as turmeric and fruits like the banana had already reached the Mediterranean more than 3000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. A team of researchers working alongside archaeologist Philipp Stockhammer at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU) has shown that even in the Bronze Age, long-distance trade in food was already connecting distant societies.
 

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World's oldest industrial brewery unearthed in Egypt

Beer is one of humankind’s oldest prepared beverages, with artifacts and evidence of its production dating back thousands of years. Shedding further light on its long and storied history are new findings from archeologists working in Egypt who have uncovered the world's first industrial-scale brewery, which they believe was pumping out thousands of liters of beer for the ancient kings of the region.

In the past few years, we've seen archeologists make discoveries that have reshaped our understanding of beer's history, tracing its roots via 5,000-year-old vessels and funnels, and even recreating these ancient brews in the lab. One discovery in Israel unearthed evidence of beer production that was found to be around 13,000 years old, making it the oldest example that we know of.
 

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Million-Year-Old Mammoth Teeth Contain Oldest DNA Ever Found

An international team of scientists has sequenced DNA from mammoth teeth that is at least a million years old, if not older. This research, published today in Nature, not only provides exciting new insight into mammoth evolutionary history, it reveals an entirely unknown lineage of ancient mammoth.

The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) may rival T. rex in popular imagination, but it is, in fact, one of the last mammoth species to have evolved, and it’s only one of various, sometimes odd-looking species of large, tusked animals belonging to the order Proboscidea. Mammoths are believed to have originated in Africa approximately 5 million years ago, with populations traveling north into what is now Eurasia and eventually moving into North America.
 

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Oldest dog remains in Americas tell a tale of ancient canine migration


We know that humans have been sharing their lives with dogs for thousands of years, but there remain plenty of blanks to fill in regarding this relationship and the way it spread throughout the world. Scientists at the University of Buffalo have found a very useful clue concerning the migration of canines to the Americas, in the DNA of an ancient bone fragment said to be the oldest known dog remains in the region.

The discovery was actually an inadvertent one, with scientists conducting DNA sequencing of old bone fragments dug up years ago in Alaska, including one they thought to be from a bear. The analysis revealed that the bone was in fact part of a femur belonging to a dog that lived in the region about 10,150 years ago. The researchers say this is thought to be the oldest confirmed remains of a domestic dog in the Americas.
 

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Asteroid Dust Found In Crater Closes Case Of Dinosaur Extinction[/SIZE]

Researchers believe they have closed the case of what killed the dinosaurs, definitively linking their extinction with an asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago by finding a key piece of evidence: asteroid dust inside the impact crater.

Death by asteroid rather than by a series of volcanic eruptions or some other global calamity has been the leading hypothesis since the 1980s, when scientists found asteroid dust in the geologic layer that marks the extinction of the dinosaurs. This discovery painted an apocalyptic picture of dust from the vaporized asteroid and rocks from impact circling the planet, blocking out the sun and bringing about mass death through a dark, sustained global winter - all before drifting back to Earth to form the layer enriched in asteroid material that's visible today.
 

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Fresh analysis reveals Laos' ancient Plain of Jars predates the Iron Age


Dotted with thousands of giant stone vessels, the Plain of Jars in Laos is one of the most intriguing archeological sites in Southeast Asia. Now, a new study has uncovered how old the jars are, and it turns out they’ve been there much longer than previously thought.

The Plain of Jars extends across the Xiangkhoang Plateau, made up of over 100 sites containing anywhere from a few to a few hundred jars. The jars themselves are hewn from stone, stand between 1 and 3 meters tall, and weigh up to 20 tonnes. Their purpose has been debated for decades, with some suggesting they may have been used to store water or brew alcohol, while the presence of human remains implies they hosted burial and/or cremation rituals.
 

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