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ISIS Destruction of Antiques an Opportunity for Education, Say Archaeologists

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Ancient and Modern Cities Aren't So Different

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Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Tracing Languages Back to Their Common Ancestors Through the Statistics of Sound Shifts

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A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolution of a language offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.

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Video: Inside the Lab Where Brent Seales Works to Virtually Unroll Scrolls of Herculaneum

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This video features offers an inside look at the U.S. Lab where Brent Seales develops digital imaging software to unlock the mysteries of these ancient European scrolls.

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A First-of-Its-Kind Discovery of 1,500 Year-Old Grape Seeds May Answer the Question: Why Was the Wine of the Negev So Renowned in the Byzantine Empire

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For the first time, grape seeds from the Byzantine era have been found. These grapes were used to produce “the Wine of the Negev” — one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole of the Byzantine Empire

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Patient Parenting: Sharing of Food Across Generations Contributes to Humans' Long Life Histories

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A new Santa Fe Institute study by Paul Hooper and collaborators details the intergenerational food sharing in a society of Amazon forager-farmers and shows that differences in relative need determine contributions to children from parents, grandparents, and other kin.

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UK Computer Science Professor Leading Major Breakthrough in Reading Ancient Scrolls

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University of Kentucky Department of Computer Science's Brent Seales is on his way to making history, and uncovering it, with revolutionary software and 2,000-year old Herculaneum scrolls.

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Yabba Dabba D’OH! Stone Age Man Wasn’t Necessarily More Advanced Than the Neanderthals

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A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France.

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Music Cuts Across Cultures

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Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in downtown Montreal, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways. Researchers found that although the groups felt quite differently about whether specific pieces of music made them feel good or bad, their subjective and physiological responses to how exciting or calming they found the music to be appeared to be universal.

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Mexican Murals Reveal Art's Power

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New research by UChicago art historian Claudia Brittenham examines the mysterious and magnificent murals at the ancient site of Cacaxtla in present-day Mexico.