The origins of the Maya civilization has baffled archaeologists for decades. New radiocarbon dates from Ceibal pushes back the earliest occupation of this ancient Maya site. This research is key to archaeologists who are interested in understanding the role that the timing that the Olmec civilization played in the rise of the Maya. This new research provides some fodder for more questions regarding this issue.
When you think of the ancient Egyptian pyramid builders, one does not immediately imagine a comfortable life. At least with regards to their diet, it seems they ate quite well, as suggested by the faunal analysis which indicates that about 4,000 pounds of meat were being slaughtered a day to feed these workers. Also, the data revealed that those who oversaw the workers and the construction, ate mostly beef, which was the most prized meat during that time.
The oldest medieval cookbook has been discovered, dating back to 1140. The cookbook, considered a health book by the scholars, features recipes containing herbs and spices typical of a Mediterranean diet. The recipes will be recreated and tasted later this month.
Maya Blue has long fascinated scientists, and new research suggests that a third ingredient, known as dehydroindigo is the third component of Maya Blue, besides indigo and palygorskite. This new component, which is yellow in color, gives Maya Blue the distinct greenish hue.
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