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  • Chimpanzees Observed Fishing for Freshwater Crabs

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jun 20, 2019 | 00:06 P

    Chimpanzees Observed Fishing for Freshwater Crabs ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—The Asahi Shimbun reports that an international team of researchers has spotted chimpanzees in the rainforests of Guinea in West Africa catching and eating freshwater crabs. Kathelijne Koops of the University of Zurich said the chimps were observed turning over stones and churning up the water with their fingers to look for crabs. The research also suggests the chimps fished for crabs during the dry and rainy seasons, regardless of whether ripe fruit was available. The chimps did appear to fish more often when they were eating fewer ants, however, and female chimps with young were found to spend[…]

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  • Eastern Han Dynasty Tombs Discovered in Central China

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jun 19, 2019 | 23:29 P

    WUHAN, CHINA—Xinhua reports that a 2,000-year-old tomb complex was discovered in central China during a road construction project. Iron swords, ironware, pottery, and human bones and teeth were recovered from the four tombs, which are thought to date to the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25–220). Local authorities in Hubei Province said further excavation is underway at the site. To read about the discovery of another tomb in China, go to “Underground Party.”

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  • Study Examines Dogs’ Facial Expressions

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jun 19, 2019 | 23:10 P

    Study Examines Dogs’ Facial Expressions PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND—An international team of researchers led by comparative psychologist Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth examined the anatomy and behavior of small groups of dogs and wolves, and determined that dogs’ facial anatomy evolved to enable better communication with humans, according to a BBC News report. The anatomical study revealed that dogs have a small muscle, which is either not present or is underdeveloped in wolves, that raises the inner eyebrow. In the behavioral portion of the investigation, wolves and dogs were exposed to an unfamiliar human for a period of two minutes, and the researchers recorded the[…]

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  • Neolithic Artifacts Discovered in Northern Vietnam

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jun 19, 2019 | 02:50 P

    BAC KAN, VIETNAM—The Vietnam News Agency reports that tools made of stones taken from the beds of streams and rivers, as well as the bones of pigs, monkeys, hedgehogs, and deer, were discovered in Puong Cave, which is in the mountains of northern Vietnam. Oyster and snail shells, and traces of nuts were also recovered at the site, which Trinh Nang Chung of the Vietnam Archaeology Institute estimates is about 9,000 years old. The tools and food remains were left behind by members of the Neolithic Hoa Binh civilization, he added. For more on archaeology in Southeast Asia, go to[…]

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  • Overcrowding May Have Led to Violence at Çatalhöyūk

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine Jun 19, 2019 | 02:37 P

    Overcrowding May Have Led to Violence at Çatalhöyūk COLUMBUS, OHIO—According to a Haaretz report, a team of researchers led by Clark Spencer Larsen of Ohio State University analyzed remains unearthed at the 9,000-year-old site of Çatalhöyūk, where as many as 8,000 people are thought to have lived in close proximity to each other in what is now south-central Turkey over a period of about 1,000 years. The scientists found that 25 of the 93 skulls that they studied showed signs of healed fractures, and 12 of those people had been beaten as many as five times with round, hard objects. A number of clay balls unearthed at the[…]

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