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 ...
Human waves populated the Caribbean islands
And dealing with real waves wasn’t a problem.
Pirates or no pirates, the islands of the Caribbean were settled and resettled by at least three successive waves of ...
DNA and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Modern technology used to explore ancient manuscripts.
Scientists are learning more about the Dead Sea Scrolls not by examining the texts but by looking at what they were w...
Cannabis identified at Judahite shrine
Researchers link it to ancient cult practices.
Israeli researchers say they have identified traces of cannabis and frankincense at an ancient shrine, suggesting bot...
Small works of art on a large canvas
Researchers explore how rare stencils were created.
Australian researchers are exploring the backstory to the most detailed examples ever found of a rare form of rock ar...
The origin of faeces
How to tell dog poo from human poo.
The archaeological record is littered – aha – with poo, a potential goldmine for insights into ancient health and die...
A most successful egg hunt
Researchers explore the complex story of an ancient luxury good.
This isn’t quite an Easter story, but it does date back centuries and it is about eggs. Scientists say they are cl...
Fibre fragment strikes a chord
Research suggests Neanderthals knew a thing or two.
This may look like just a bit of old rope and, OK yes, it is a bit of old rope. But it’s an important bit. Researc...
Amazonia domesticated plants early
International team gathers evidence from 'forest islands'.
Southwest Amazonia has been confirmed as one of the earliest centres of plant domestication in the world. From the...
Polynesian settlers came earlier than thought
Drought motivated often dangerous voyages.
Settlers first arrived in East Polynesia around 200 years earlier than previously thought, according to new research....