The World’s Oldest Human DNA Found and More News Items for April

A roundup of Secrets in the News for April 2020. 


Medieval church discovered in Bulgaria

Archaeology in Bulgaria reports: A previously unknown church from the major medieval Bulgarian city of Cherven has been discovered and excavated over the past three archaeological seasons, exposing surviving church murals from the 14th century containing a scene with “warrior saints”… [read more]

 

World’s oldest human DNA found in 800,000-year-old tooth of a cannibal

Live Science reports: In 1994, archaeologists digging in the Atapuerca Mountains in northern Spain discovered the fossilized remains of an archaic group of humans unlike any other ever seen. The bones were cut and fractured, and appeared to have been cannibalized. The largest skeletal fragments — which came from at least six individuals and dated to at least 800,000 years ago — shared some similarities with modern humans (Homo sapiens), plus other now-extinct human relatives like Neanderthals and Denisovans, but were just different enough to defy classification as any known species… [read more]

 

Melting glaciers reveal lost mountain pass and artifacts used by Vikings

CNN reports: The retreat of melting glaciers has revealed a lost mountain pass in Norway — complete with hundreds of Viking artifacts strewn along it, according to a new study. Researchers first discovered the pass in 2011 and have been examining it, and the artifacts that have been revealed as more ice melts, ever since. Dating the objects helped them reconstruct the timeline of when this pass was used and its purpose… [read more]

Explore ancient Egyptian queen’s tomb and a Coptic monastery with this new 3D virtual tour

Live Science reports: Virtual tours of a handful of Egypt’s archaeological marvels — including the ancient Tomb of Queen Meresankh III and the fourth century Red Monastery — are now available. So if you’re looking for a great way to “explore” while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, this might be the perfect option… [read more]