Archaeology News

Study reveals that humans migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 years ago

Who exactly were the Aurignacians, who lived in the Levant 40,000 years ago? Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Ben-Gurion University now report that these culturally sophisticated yet mysterious humans migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the region’s history. The Aurignacian… Read More

TAU researchers discover evidence of biblical kingdom of Edom in Arava Desert

Genesis 36:31 describes an early, pre-10th century BCE Edomite kingdom: “… the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned.” But the archaeological record has led to conflicting interpretations of this text. Now a Tel Aviv University study published in PLOS One on September 18 finds that the kingdom of Edom flourished in… Read More

Woolly mammoths and Neanderthals may have shared genetic traits

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry — woolly mammoths, elephant-like animals that evolved in the arctic peninsula of Eurasia around 600,000 years ago, and Neanderthals, highly skilled early humans who evolved in Europe around 400,000 years ago — shared molecular characteristics of adaptation… Read More