Important steps on the Arabian Peninsula
Ancient footprints may show how humans moved from Africa.
Around 120,000 years ago, someone trudged across the Arabian Peninsula, with horses, camels and even elephants. We do...
Vikings weren’t who we thought
New DNA analysis could rewrite the history books.
The popular modern image of blond-haired Scandinavian Vikings has been upended by extensive ancient DNA analysis, pub...
Literacy may have been widespread in Judea
Algorithms and observations reveal secrets of texts.
Literacy may have been much more widespread than thought in the ancient Kingdom of Judea, according to Israeli and US...
Bones were keepers in Bronze Age Britain
Study discovers tradition of curating human remains.
British researchers have uncovered a Bronze Age tradition of retaining and curating human remains as relics over seve...
Evidence for early arrival of humans in America
Two teams analyse artefacts from Mexican cave.
Humans may have reached the Americas 30,000 years ago – some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought – according...
An ancient story of change and adaptation
Study fills gaps in history of Aboriginal Australians.
Archaeologists are continuing to unravel the complex history of Australia’s Aboriginal people, the world’s oldest civ...
Understanding the allure of red ochre
Researchers dive into early Mexican history.
Red ochre was so valuable to the Paleoindians of the early Americas that they were willing to risk their lives to col...
The Australian story, told beneath the sea
Archaeological sites could fill vast historical gaps.
Submerged archaeological sites discovered off Australia’s northwest coast offer a new window into the migrations, liv...
A mystery of great art and dead bodies
French cave provides clues to early social practices.
Grotte de Cussac in Dordogne is an archaeological site that keeps on giving. Known for cave art so impressive that...
New clues to early human innovation
Sri Lankan cave finds switch our focus to the tropics.
Archaeologists have found some rare treasures in a 48,000-year-old cache of bone tools and artefacts excavated from a...
From trash to treasure
Miniature figurine rewrites Asian art history.
Scientists have unveiled what they say is the earliest known example of East Asian 3D art after quite literally rescu...
Roman city revealed without any digging
New technology challenges a few assumptions.
British and Belgian archaeologists have comprehensively mapped an ancient Roman city without turning a single sod of ...