Archaeology

  • 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
  • Neanderthals: 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
  • Anthropocene: 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.

    The dating of an exceptionally old cave painting of animals that was found recently on the Indonesian island of Sulaw...

    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
  • Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world

    Findings expand understanding of humans in eastern Asia.

    DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of huma...

    Archaeology October 31, 2020
  • Let the Eurasian games begin

    Ball sports were played much earlier than thought.

    This area of northwest China may have been the venue for Eurasia’s oldest ball games. A team of Swiss, German and ...

    Archaeology October 16, 2020
  • Latrines: A tale of two cesspits

    Why ancient intestinal health is important now.

    Scientists have reported what they say is the first attempt to use the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pionee...

    Archaeology October 6, 2020
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