'Fourth strand' of ancient European ancestry spread to India

Researchers say this strand of ancestry may have flowed into the region with the bringers of Indo-Aryan languages.

Warrior tomb filled with Bronze Age wealth found in Greece

The Bronze Age warrior's tomb dating back to about 1500 BC was discovered in Pylos, Greece, by an international research team led by The University of Cincinnati (UC).

Black Death plagued humans since Bronze Age

It turns out the plague was plaguing humans far earlier than previously believed.New research using ancient DNA has revealed that plague has been endemic in human populations for more than twice as long as previously thought and that the ancestral plague would have been predominantly spread by human-to-human contact, until genetic mutations allowed Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), the bacteria that causes plague, to survive in the gut of fleas.

Ancient Britons commonly mummified their dead

Ancient Britons commonly mummified their dead

Bronze Age Britons may have intentionally mummified some of their dead, suggests a new study which reveals that ancient Brits practised some novel and bizarre funerary rituals.

Philistines brought opium to Israel during Iron Age

Philistines brought opium to Israel during Iron Age

Opium poppy, along with many other plant species previously unknown to Israel, were brought to Israel by Philistines during the Iron Age.

Our ancestors used olive oil for cooking

Excavation experts have unearthed nearly 8,000-year-old ancient clay pots in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel with olive oil residues in them, driving home the point that our ancestors were aware about the oil's health benefits.

Ancient tooth provides first evidence of milk consumption

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of milk consumption by humans preserved in a mineralised form of dental plaque from ancient times.

Bronze Age political complex unearthed in Spain

Archaeologists from the University of Barcelona have discovered the remains of a building believed to be the first example of a Bronze Age political headquarters in Western Europe in the southeastern Spanish region of Murcia.

Megacities of Indus Valley may have collapsed due to extreme drought conditions

A new study suggests that "megacities" of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India may have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change.

3500-year-old tombs with hand-holding couples found

Till death do us part! Scientists have discovered mysterious 3,500-year-old Bronze Age graves in Siberia, where male and female skeletons are buried facing each other and holding hands.

Climate change drove collapse of Bronze Age?

Climate change may have hastened the collapse of once-flourishing Eastern Mediterranean civilisations in the 13th century BC by sparking political and economic turmoil, a new study has found.

Bronze Age beads most important find in 100 yrs

The amber Bronze Age beads unearthed from a prehistoric burial chest on Dartmoor National Park, have been heralded as one of the most significant historical finds in more than a century.

Snails can tell us about the weather

Old wives` tales that snails can tell us about the weather is somewhat true.

Bronze Age necropolis unearthed in Serbia

It was discovered during a road construction work outside Vranje town, some 270 km from Belgrade.

`Even cavemen used social networks`

Scientists claim to have discovered a "prehistoric version of Facebook" used by Bronze Age tribes to communicate with each other.

Bronze Age leaders `used power effectively`

Bronze Age leaders controlled surrounding settlements from fortified tells through military power.