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Earliest discovery of clove and pepper from ancient south Asia

Collaborative research, involving UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers, has discovered the first empirical evidence of cloves and black pepper to be found in Sri Lanka, suggesting that exotic spice trade in the region dates back to as early as 600 AD.

Published: Dec 13, 2018 3:55:17 PM

Earliest evidence of 'animal engines'

A new study led by UCL Institute of Archaeology researchers has found that cattle pulled loads 2,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Published: Dec 12, 2018 6:05:00 PM


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