Archaeology

  • Co-evolution of humans and pathogens

    Analysis of ancient skeletons suggests we adapt to pandemics.

    Humans have lived through pandemics for centuries, and according to a reconstruction of ancient infectious diseases, ...

    Archaeology March 2, 2021
  • Really ancient art

    A kangaroo painting is now Australia’s oldest known rock art.

    An image of a kangaroo has been identified as Australia’s oldest known rock painting, dated to over 17,000 years old....

    Archaeology February 23, 2021
  • Medieval tipples

    New research finds evidence of winemaking in Islamic Sicily.

    Chemical residue from grapes has been found inside medieval containers from Islamic Sicily, suggesting there was wine...

    Culture February 23, 2021
  • Koala teeth map history

    Adelaide’s past as told by koala teeth.

    If you want to know how Adelaide, South Australia, was settled by Europeans, you may need to look at rat and koala te...

    Archaeology February 18, 2021
  • Gut stubborn

    Some useful human microorganisms have long, long histories.

    Humans and Neanderthals could have more in common than just DNA – we also might share the microorganisms in our gut. ...

    Anthropology February 8, 2021
  • Mud shroud

    Scientists find unknown ancient preservation technique on old mummy.

    Advanced scientific techniques have revealed a rare painted shell, or carapace, of mud within the wrappings of an Egy...

    Archaeology February 4, 2021
  • The origins of money

    Standardised Bronze Age objects may have acted as ancient currency.

    From cowrie shells to native resources and animals, currency in some shape or form has long been a part of human hist...

    Archaeology January 21, 2021
  • Lessons from the past

    Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?

    The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...

    Culture January 19, 2021
  • Conversation

    Oldest cave painting of animals found in Indonesia

    Painting of Sulawesi warty pig dates back at least 45,500 years.

    By Adam Brumm, Adhi Oktaviana, Basran Burhan and Maxime Aubert from Griffith University The dating of an exception...

    Archaeology January 15, 2021
  • People chose the coast during the big chill

    Evidence found of persistent occupation in South Africa.

    Excavations on South Africa’s southeast coast have uncovered evidence of persistent human occupations from the end of...

    Archaeology November 25, 2020
  • Men hunt and women gather. But not always

    Female hunters likely common in early Americas.

    Scientists may have to rethink the prevailing view that prehistoric hunting was exclusively the domain of men. The...

    Archaeology November 6, 2020
  • Neanderthal milk teeth reveal their secrets

    Study offers new evidence on weaning and growth.

    Neanderthal children grew and were weaned in much the same way as Homo sapiens, new research suggests. Virtual ren...

    Archaeology November 4, 2020
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