Humans survived volcanic super-eruption
Stone tools reveal continuous settlement in northern India.
Humans survived one of the largest known volcanic events – the Mount Toba super-eruption in Sumatra, Indonesia, 74,00...
Australian food from 65,000 years ago
Charred remains offer clues to diet, technology and culture.
Australia’s first people ate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other plant foods, many of which would ha...
A story ancient and modern
Skull may settle longstanding debate.
This Neanderthal skull, though flattened by thousands of years of sediment and rock fall, caused a flurry of exciteme...
Studying wasp nests to put an age on art
Australian rock paintings are younger than suspected.
Scientists believe well-known pre-historic rock paintings in Western Australia are younger than previously thought af...
Tools reveal travels of the Neanderthals
Siberian cave yields trove of blades linked to eastern Europe.
Stone blades found in a Siberian cave once occupied by Neanderthals bear a striking resemblance to tools made by the ...
The world’s oldest hunting scene
Earliest evidence of storytelling pushed back over 20,000 years.
A prehistoric painting depicting what looks to be a hunting scene pushes back the earliest evidence of human storytel...
Timber travelled in Roman times
Old boards reveal the importance of trade to the empire.
Some of the oak planks found in a Roman portico and later analysed to determine their origin. Credit: Bernabei at al....
Did drought fell the great Assyrian Empire?
Precipitation records suggest it became too weak to resist.
Two centuries of dominance by the Neo-Assyrian Empire might have been undone by a 60-year megadrought, US researchers...
Sacred Egyptian ibises were wild birds
Ancient DNA study suggests they were captured, not bred.
By Dyani LewisAn analysis of ancient DNA extracted from the mummified remains of sacred ibises suggests ancient Egypt...
Early Celts believed wine should be for all
Analysis of ceramic vessels throws new light on social customs.
Residues from ceramics found at an archaeological site in Germany suggest that Early Celts from all social classes dr...
Insights from historical human-clam coexistence
Research points to traditional custodians for clues to sustainable practices. Natalie Parletta re...
Coastal ecosystems are not only threatened by habitat loss and climate change; a breakdown of traditional aquaculture...
Have microlith, will travel
Early survival toolkit for mobile humans.
Small stone tools – probably arrow and spear tips – found in a cave in Sri Lanka are rewriting the story of how human...