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Bronze Age Mongols’ Diet Uncovered: Blood Sausages and Yak Milk

Around 2700 years ago, Mongolian nomads were processing animal blood and milk using bronze cauldrons, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Basel have discovered the culinary secrets of these ancient peoples through protein analysis of archaeological finds. Bronze Age cauldrons have been unearthed repeatedly across the Eurasian steppe, but their specific […]

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Evidence Reveals Surprising Dietary Practices of Pre-agricultural Human Groups in Morocco 15,000 Years Ago

For years, the common belief has been that pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer societies relied heavily on meat. However, new evidence from a groundbreaking study reveals a surprising twist in the dietary practices of ancient human groups in Morocco, suggesting a marked preference for plant-based food over 15,000 years ago. The study, conducted by a team of international […]

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Jomon Hunter-Gatherers of Japan Used Food Sharing to Combat Climate Change 7000 Years Ago

The Jomon were the first inhabitants of Japan, who lived in the country between 16,500 and 2,300 years ago. They lived as sedentary hunter-gatherers, and during the Middle Jomon period around 5400-4500 BCE, they reached their peak population and cultural complexity, during a warm period. However, later there was a climate cooling, and the Jomon […]

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Analysis of Bronze Age Teeth Shows How Dietary Change Drove the Evolution of Caries Bacteria

New research has shed light on the evolution of oral health and the impact of dietary changes on the human mouth. A team of scientists has successfully extracted and analyzed microbial DNA from two remarkably well-preserved 4,000-year-old teeth discovered in a limestone cave in Ireland. Their findings, which include the identification of gum disease-causing bacteria […]

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Roman Egg Found in England Still Intact with its Contents

Archaeological research at a site in Aylesbury, UK has unearthed an extraordinary find that is reshaping our understanding of the past. Excavated between 2007-2016 for a housing development, the Berryfields location has kept scientists busy well after initial fieldwork concluded. In 2019, Oxford Archaeology published an in-depth report on decades of investigations at Berryfields, illuminating […]

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Researchers Discover Antimicrobial Properties of Tomato Juice Can Eliminate Salmonella

A recent study published in Microbiology Spectrum, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, has found that tomato juice is effective at killing Salmonella Typhi and other enteric pathogens that can damage the digestive and urinary tract health. Salmonella Typhi is a specific human pathogen that causes typhoid fever. The research team, led by […]

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Early Paleolithic humans ate roasted tortoises, among other things

Recent archaeological discoveries are providing new insights into what early humans ate thousands of years ago. Scientists have found evidence that Middle Paleolithic humans, who lived between 81,000-45,000 years ago, had a more varied diet than previously thought. Analysis of a site in the Zagros Mountains of Iran reveals they hunted not just large grazing […]

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Major Roman Site in Sicily Reveals the Origins of Mediterranean Fish Salting Industry

Researchers from the universities of Cádiz and Catania are excavating the Portopalo di Capo Passero site in southeast Sicily to study the origin and development of the fish salting industry in the Mediterranean during the Greco-Roman period. According to archaeologists, Portopalo was the oldest known example of salting factories in the Central Mediterranean. Its origins […]