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Roopkund Lake and surrounding mountains.

Hundreds of skeletons were found in a mysterious Himalayan lake. A new analysis shows that some of them died 1,000 years apart.

A Himalayan lake was the final resting place of an estimated 800 skeletons. Researchers still don't know what killed them.
In a tomb in western China, scientists discovered human remains and evidence of marijuana use from 2,500 years ago.

People in western China smoked marijuana to bury their dead 2,500 years ago — the oldest evidence of weed smoking in human history

Archaeologists discovered 2,500-year-old pots containing trace chemicals from marijuana. The discovery is the earliest evidence of cannabis use.
Drinking vessels with decorated gold necks were unearthed at an Anglo-Saxon burial site outside of London.

A warrior-prince’s elaborate tomb found near London could be the British equivalent to King Tut, one expert says. Here’s what was inside.

Images from the London Museum of Archaeology reveal artifacts from a 1,400-year-old tomb that could be the oldest Christian royal burial in the UK.
Archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch in a cave in southwestern Bolivia.

Archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shaman’s pouch in the Andes. It contained multiple hallucinogenic drugs, including cocaine.

In a cave high in the Bolivian highlands, archaeologists found a 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch filled with cocaine and other hallucinogenic drugs.
A 3D reconstruction of the 160,000-year-old jaw bone.

A 160,000-year-old jaw from a human ancestor was found in a Tibetan cave. It might explain why Tibetans are able to live at high altitudes today.

Scientists found a 160,000-year-old jawbone from a human ancestor in a Tibetan cave. It might explain why Tibetans today can live at high altitudes.
First excavation of the Pilauco site in 2007.

Scientists have discovered the oldest human footprint ever seen in the Americas

A 15,600-year-old footprint in Chile is the oldest ever seen in the Americas, and it suggests humans made it to South America earlier than we thought.
About 38% of Americans, ages 18 to 29, have at least one tattoo, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Scientists have found one of the world’s oldest surviving tattooing kits — with needles made of human bone

On the island of Tongatapu, Tonga, archaeologists have found one of the world's oldest tattooing kits. Some of the needles were made of human bone.
The giant ground sloth bones at Campo Laborde.

Humans once hunted and butchered giant ground sloths in South America, 12,600-year-old bones reveal

Giant sloth fossils from a site in Argentina reveal that the animal was hunted and killed by humans 12,600 years ago.
Children and young llamas were buried together outside the town of Huanchaco, Peru.

Ancient graves hid the skeletons of more than 260 children who likely had their hearts removed. It is the largest known child sacrifice, and archaeolo...

Near the modern-day town of Huanchaco, Peru, archaeologists uncovered 269 children, 466 llamas, and 3 adults who had all been ritually sacrificed.
Archaeologists unearth the remains of a sacrificed child near the surfing and fishing town of Huanchaquito, Trujillo September 13, 2011.

Ancient graves hid the skeletons of 269 children and 466 llamas who were ritually sacrificed, and archaeologists still don’t know why

Archaeologists uncovered 269 children, 466 llamas, and 3 adults that had been ritually killed near the modern-day coastal town of Huanchaco, Peru.