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How Porunthal’s Rice Grains Provided Insight to an Indian Writing System

Rice paddy samples found in the Porunthal graveyard archaeological site were from 5th century BC, Pondicherry University History Professor K. Rajan announced during a private gathering organized by the Manarkeni Journal. The paddy samples were contained in pottery engraved with Tamil-Brahmi script. According to Prof. Rajan, who is also the director of the excavation project [...]

India Department of Archaeology and Museums Seeks More Precise Dates for Annigeri Skulls

In an interview with Rohith BR of DNA English Daily Bangalore, Department of Archaeology and Museums Director R. Gopal said they will be sending samples to Beta Analytic to get more precise dates for the skulls excavated in Annigeri, Dharwad District, in the province of Karnataka. The skulls were previously dated by the Institute of [...]

Beta Analytic Co-Sponsors 2010 International Symposium on Foraminifera

ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic Inc. was one of the sponsors of FORAMS 2010, an international symposium on foraminifera. The event was held in Bonn, Germany, from Sept. 5 to Sept. 10, 2010, and was attended by more than 300 delegates from 45 countries.

Artifacts in Belize Capture Extensive Salt-making Industry of Ancient Mayans

Although abundant in the coastal areas of Belize, salt was a scarce resource in the inner cities of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala in ancient times. To reach these inland areas, researchers believe that salt was imported from the Yucatan coast; the manner of transportation, however, was not clear. During a systematic [...]

Tracing the Decline of the Tundra Muskox

The tundra muskox (Ovibos moschatus) nowadays is endemic to Greenland and the islands of the Arctic Archipelago. Studies show that these animals have notably low genetic diversity. According to researchers, this hasn’t always been the case. Like other megafaunal mammals, the muskoxen thrived in Eurasia and North America before extinctions occurred 10,000 years ago around [...]

Rediscovering Trinidad and Tobago’s Ancient People

Banwari Trace in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is recorded as one of the oldest pre-Columbian sites in the West Indies. Located in southwestern Trinidad, this is where the remains of the oldest islander, the Banwari Man, were discovered in 1969. Banwari Trace not only yielded an important icon of antiquity, it has also [...]

Carbon-14 Dating Deposits from the Tatun Volcanic Group of Northern Taiwan

To reconstruct the character and timing of the most recent eruptions of the Tatun Volcanic Group (TVG) of Northern Taiwan, geologists investigated the stratigraphy of the youngest volcaniclastic deposits and the morphology of lava flows and domes of the volcanoes.

African Archaeology: Why is the Al Khiday 2 Cemetery Unique?

Over the years, archaeologists have observed one thing in common among prehistoric cemeteries worldwide—the dead were buried in a fetal position. The prehistoric dwellers in central Sudan, however, had “unusual” burial rites as evidenced by the prone and extended position of the skeletons found in Al Khiday 2.

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