Category Archives: Ancient

Stepping back 3.6m years: footprints yield new clues to Humans’ Ancestors

Tracks found by accident on proposed museum site in Tanzania were preserved in volcanic ash dampened by ancient African rains. The footprints of five ancestors of humans who walked the Earth more than 3.6m years ago have been found preserved … Continue reading

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Ancient leftovers show the real Paleo Diet was a Veggie feast

Today’s Paleo diet cookbooks might be missing a few pages. Archaeological excavations at a Stone Age site in Israel have revealed the first direct evidence of the sort of plants that our distant human ancestors ate with their meat and … Continue reading

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Ancient Indian Flavors

The flavors and aromas of ancient Persia and India converge in Parsi cuisine. In this exclusive interview, Niloufer Mavalvala, author of The Art of Parsi Cooking: Reviving an Ancient Cuisine, introduces us to the culture and the tastes of the … Continue reading

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Ancient Mesopotamia: Inventing and Reinventing Our World

Three successive civilizations — Sumerian, Babylonian, and Assyrian — flourished along the “Fertile Crescent” in ancient Mesopotamia for thousands of years. Renown for their creativity, dynamism, and complexity, these cultures also provide the earliest models of civilization in the West. … Continue reading

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Tasty Ancient Recipes from Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia (from the Greek, meaning “between two rivers”) was an ancient region in the Near East, which corresponds roughly to present-day Iraq. Widely regarded as the “cradle of civilization,” Mesopotamia should be more properly understood as a region that produced … Continue reading

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Looking to Ancient Wisdom for Guidance on Refugee Crisis

Athens prided itself on welcoming the needy from other parts of the Greek world. Athenian myth dwells on how their ancestors offered sanctuary to those bullied by other cities, and these were repeated in the political arena. According to the … Continue reading

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Tracing the Dynamic Life Story of a Bronze Age Female

Ancient human mobility at the individual level is conventionally studied by the diverse application of suitable techniques (e.g. aDNA, radiogenic strontium isotopes, as well as oxygen and lead isotopes) to either hard and/or soft tissues. However, the limited preservation of … Continue reading

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PACE – Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement

A perennial set of problems in human society concerns group understanding (in ethnic, racial, religious, familial, and voluntary-association terms), cultural identity, and issues of interaction. How do we understand ourselves in relationship to the various groups in which we have … Continue reading

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