Dragon Man and more: Understand the ancient world through 9 images
Meet your new ancestors.
The ancient human dubbed “Dragon Man” captured headlines last month, but he was just one of many discoveries made in June that explained the ancient world.
Here are June’s biggest archaeological finds told in 9 images
Researchers in Spain tested out different lighting methods to figure out how ancient painters were able to see in dark caves: via fireplaces, torches, or stone lamps. The latter two were most promising in their tests, but the researchers say all three have benefits and drawbacks.
Artifacts from Iron Age-era Scotland revealed ancient humans likely kept tokens to remind them of their deceased loved ones. Archaeologists uncovered spoons and gaming pieces built into a stone roundhouse that they think served as a reminder for the living of those they lost.
A massive skull uncovered by accident might reveal a new type of ancient human. Three papers were published on what scientists think is a new species, Homo longi.
Or just “Dragon Man,” if you prefer the nickname.
Fragments of a human skull uncovered in Latvia reveal the oldest known victim of the virus that caused the Black Plague. He lived nearly 5,000 years ago — centuries before nearly half of Europe’s population was wiped out by what was likely a deadlier strain.