Historic woolly mammoth remains unearthed in New Mexico, Maya balls made of human ashes found in Mexico, ancient China's bronze recipe unlocked.
37,000-Year-Old Mammoth Butchering Site Could Upend Timeline Of When Humans Arrived In North America
Thanks to a chance discovery in his own backyard, a New Mexico paleontologist has found the 37,000-year-old remains of two woolly mammoths — and they paint a grisly picture of slaughter and butchering.
The evidence suggests that a group of humans killed a mother mammoth and her calf before processing their remains with crude knives made from sharpened rocks and then rendered the fat from their bones over a large fire. In addition to the butchered mammoth remains, paleontologists also uncovered blades, a boulder used to smash bones, and the charred remains of other animals ranging from birds to rodents to lizards.
Discover more about this shocking find and how it could rewrite the history of humans’ arrival in North America here.
Archaeologists Find Evidence That The Maya Turned Their Rulers’ Remains Into Rubber Balls For The Game Of Pelota
Archaeologists studying the ruins of a Maya Sun Temple at the Toniná archaeological site in southern Mexico recently discovered 400 urns filled with a combination of human ashes, coal, rubber, and plant roots in an underground crypt beneath the temple.
The discovery has led to a theory that adds a fascinating twist to our understanding of the culture’s burial rites: Important Maya rulers may have been incinerated and had their ashes turned into rubber balls for sport.
Dig deeper in this report.
Mystery Of Ancient Chinese Bronze Production Finally Solved Using 2,300-Year-Old Recipe
For decades, researchers have puzzled over ancient China’s prolific bronze industry — and they may have just found their answer in a mysterious, 2,300-year-old text.
Scientists in England say that they have identified a recipe by which imperial China manufactured bronze on a massive scale, written in an ancient text known as the Kaogong ji.
Read on here.