Wait, what? Gemstones in teeth? And here we were thinking that the dental grills were a modern-day invention! Who thought that Mayan people had so much in common with today’s rappers? We certainly did not expect that. A new study sheds some light on the fact that Mayans would glue gemstones to their teeth.
Most likely, they used plant resins as adhesives for this ancient form of bling. What were these adhesives actually made out of? Samples taken from the teeth prove that they were made out of pine trees, which incredibly also had qualities that fight tooth decay. Two for one!
These Bronze Age Daggers
How much of your time do you spend thinking about daggers? Probably not much, but not the same can be said of the researchers who have been studying copper-alloy daggers. While they knew these were common during the Bronze Age in Europe, they were not sure what they were actually used for.
After all, there is so much that a human can do with a sharp object — hunt, slice, chop, shave — you name it! After developing a new method of extraction of organic residues, the researchers got their answer. The daggers were used as butchering knives, helping Bronze Age people turn livestock into delicious dishes.
These Baths that Belonged to Herod the Great
Does Herod the Great need an introduction? Well, just in case you're rushing to Wikipedia, let's give you a quick one. He was the king of Judea right around the time that Jesus was born. The king was wildly known for his love of luxury, and honestly, we can't blame him. He had himself calcite-alabaster baths, which were believed to have been brought to him from Egypt.
In 2022 it was discovered that the calcite-alabaster actually originated in the Te’omim cave in Israel. This means that there was probably a booming calcite-alabaster industry in Judea during the time of the first century BC.
The People Who Were in the Volcano Eruption in Pompeii
Have you heard of the terrible and unfortunate Mt. Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD? We won't hold it against you if you didn't. We will hold it against your teacher for not teaching you, though. Sadly, many people died in that eruption, but luckily new technology has enabled us to learn more about them.
Remains of the people who were there were found in 1914 in a place called the House of the Craftsman in Pompeii. Recently scientists sequenced the genome of some of the victims, learning a ton of valuable information about people of the time and how similar there actually are to modern Italians.
This Amazing Theory About the Domestication of Chickens
What's the connection between rice and chicken? (You know, other than the obvious connection that is your dinner plate.) Apparently, scientists believe that the two were always together since the beginning of time. According to new studies, it's most likely that chickens were domesticated as long as 3,500 years ago in Southeast Asia.
They were domesticated in the rice fields, not in order to turn into chicken tenders, but in order to be grown as exotic creatures or kept as pets. Chickens and rice were spreading together across Asia and Africa, so much so that chickens were perceived as sacred.