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What Ötzi the Iceman’s Voice Sounded Like

Mark Noble played Ötzi in the BBC’s “The Icemand Murder” (2005). Now Italian scientists have recreated the iceman’s voice. Ötzi the Iceman, the world’s favorite prehistoric mummy, has been subjected to every scientific test imaginable, since his remains were discovered poking out of a glacier high in the Italian Alps in 1991. Now, a team of Italian researchers has reconstructed Ötzi’s vocal cords and used it to reproduce what his voice may have sounded like.Read more...

Aboriginal Australians Are Humanity’s Oldest Civilization

Image: Steve Evans/FlickrNew research shows that all present-day non-Africans can trace their origins to a single wave of migrants who left Africa 72,000 years ago, and that indigenous Australians and Papuans are descended directly from the first people to inhabit the continent some 50,000 years ago. That makes them world’s longest running civilization. Read more...

Wondergadget Allows Researchers To Read a Charred Biblical Scroll 

“Virtual unwrapping” has revealed text from the book of Leviticus inside an ancient scroll.. (Image: Seales et al./Science Advances)For over forty years, archaeologists have longed to peek inside a badly damaged ancient scroll found on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Now an international team of scientists has managed to do so by virtually unrolling the scroll, revealing the text hidden deep within: the first few verses from the book of Leviticus. Read more...

Archaeologists Discover Perfectly Preserved 168-Year-Old Ship in the Arctic Sea

“Perilous Position of HMS ‘Terror’, Captain Back, in the Arctic Regions in the Summer of 1837" by William Smyth R.N.An arctic research mission claims that it’s discovered the HMS Terror, one of two Franklin Expedition ships that sunk during a doomed attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage. Incredibly, the 168-year-old wreck would probably not have been found if it weren’t for information provided by an indigenous crew member. Read more...

Controversial Maya Codex Is the Real Deal After All

The Grolier Codex is the oldest known manuscript in ancient America. (Image: Justin Kerr)Scientists have been arguing over the authenticity of an ancient document called the Grolier Codex for 50 years. A new analysis published in a special section of the journal Maya Archaeology has concluded that the codex is indeed genuine, making it the oldest surviving manuscript from the pre-Colombian era.Read more...

Sunken British Submarine Found Off the Coast of Denmark

A T-class submarine similar to the HMS Tarpon. (Image: S. J. Beadell/Imperial War Museums)On April 10, 1940, British submarine HMS Tarpon and its crew of 50 were sent to Norway to intercept Nazi merchant vessels. They were was never heard from again. Now, after 76 years, the sub has finally been found. An investigation of the remarkably well preserved vessel shows it didn’t go down without a fight. Read more...

Ancient Stone Tools Hint at the Real Paleo Diet

Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of ancient stone tools at a dig near Azraq, Jordan, some of which still contain traces of animal residue. A number of food items on this bona fide paleolithic menu will be familiar to the modern eater, while others, well, not so much. Read more...