Dozens of skeletons buried face-to-face, some of them as if holding hands for eternity, have been discovered in Siberia, leading scientists to theorize that when a man died his wife was killed and buried with him, or that some traditions believed that being buried as if in a sexual act suggested conception and reincarnation.
The loss of the entire 645-man crew of the HMAS Sydney when it was sunk by a German ship in 1941 is considered Australia's most enduring marine tragedy. Only one body of the ship's crew was recovered and scientists have used DNA testing and other tools in an effort to identify the sailor, but to this day his name remains a mystery, with a descendent being the missing link in the puzzle.
Farmers mowed down a 1.5 acre braille crop circle that skilled pranksters pressed into their barley field earlier this week, saying that the interest the crop circle generated caused too much disruption.
Undeveloped negatives discovered earlier this year at Robert Falcon Scott's Cape Evans hut have yielded pictures of the Ross Sea Party, which inhabited the hut between 1915 and 1917. The cellulose nitrate negatives were uncovered by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust. Two of the photos depict Alexander Stevens, the party's chief scie...
Terraced fields traced back to vineyards in the 10th Century have been discovered in a settlement call Zaballa, one of 300 communities long-deserted because of changing social structures. The region is now an area of archaeological interest in the Basque region of northern Spain.
Investigators of crimes can zoom into photographs and extract information from pupils' reflections, according to a study published in PLoS One. In the study, psychologists Rob Jenkins and Chistie Kerr found that participants were routintely able to identify bystanders reflected in a person's pupil.
The Wari civilization in Peru experimented with trepanning, according to the research from the University of California. Thirty-two Wari individuals showed 45 instances of the brain surgery. The study, "Trepanation in South-Central Peru during the early late intermediate period (ca. AD 1000–1250)," was led by Danielle Kurin.
A 900-year-old crypt being excavated in what is now Sudan revealed seven male mummies and walls filled with inscriptions including Christian prayers, according to the team of researchers on the archaeological project.
A new study argues that the Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints was intentionally buried, which confirms the theory that Neanderthal held funerals (or at least, buried their dead ritualistically).