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....
Cave art link to Australia’s first people
Scientists uncover important stencils in Timor-Leste.
Outlines of human hands painted in a Timor-Leste cave might be from the time of the last Ice Age, possibly offering i...
Neanderthals ate brain food from the sea
And they relied on it as much as early humans.
Neanderthals were quite the foodies, it seems, as their diets included not only hunted animals and plant foods, but a...
New clues to New Guinea’s past
Artefacts suggest Neolithic era ushered in social change.
Artefacts uncovered in the highlands of what is now Papua New Guinea (PNG) reveal a shift in human behaviour between ...
An ancient mantis-man
Researchers uncover part man, part mantis petroglyph in Iran.
A unique rock carving found in the Teymareh rock art site (Khomein county) in Central Iran has been described as part...
Prehistoric structure of mammoth bones
Discovery offers more clues to survival in the Ice Age.
Archaeologists have gingerly unearthed buried remains of mammoth bones used to make a circular structure in the Russi...
Indonesian rocks show ubiquity of ancient art
Pocket-sized rock art found in cave a first for Southeast Asia.
Two pocket-sized stone artworks found in an ancient pile of Indonesian cave rubbish have put the out-dated notion tha...