Living the high life in the stone age
People ventured onto the Ethiopian highlands more than 30,000 years ago. Dyani Lewis reports.
A rock shelter located in the hostile environment of southern Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains has pushed back high-altitude...
Mayans ‘total war’ earlier than thought
Challenging the link between violence and the end of civilisation.
The dominant theory explaining the demise of the Mayan civilisation has been thrown into doubt by archaeological evid...
Monkey tool design changed over millennia
Researchers find first evidence of gradual changes in the design of stone tools used by capuchins...
The satellites humans fling into space and the massive accelerators that smash together subatomic particles are a far...
Studies reveal ‘missing links’ in ancient Native American history
Research in North America and Russia sheds light on ancestors and migration patterns. Andrew Mast...
Two unrelated studies reveal unexpected details of the colonisation of the Earth’s northern polar region, including t...
For those about to rock
The earliest Homo tools ever found.
Humans are expert tool-makers, and as far back as 2.6 million years ago our stone age relatives were getting there to...
The ‘death jars’ of Laos continue to intrigue
Archaeologists find new sites, but still no clear answers. Nick Carne reports.
The so-called “death jars” of Laos could be more widespread than previously thought.Australian archaeologists and Lao...
Libyan desert glass mystery solved
Scattered glass fragments have long puzzled researchers.
In the remote desert of western Egypt, near the Libyan border, lie clues to an ancient cosmic cataclysm. Libyan dese...
A jade blade for the salt of the earth
This is a blade fashioned over 1000 years ago for use by a Mayan worker at an ancient salt works called Ek Way Nal in...
Mayans self-mutilated to appease the gods
Blades recovered from caves indicate ritual genital cutting was common.
Photo-imaging using extremely high magnification is starting to illuminate a critical aspect of economic and religiou...
‘Amber’ beads revealed as prehistoric fakes
Neolithic purchasers may have been ripped off.
Pieces of amber jewellery made in the second and third millennia BCE have been found to be fakes – revealing that the...
Neanderthals set fires briefly and gently
Analysis of Palaeolithic hearths finds no evidence of cooking or permanence.
Neanderthals used hearth-sites minimally and briefly, before moving on and not returning until much time had passed, ...
Stolen tomb fragment returned to Egypt
Expert eye notices vital missing piece of an ancient prize. Nick Carne reports
An ancient tomb fragment stolen from Egypt and long believed lost has been found in Australia and sent back where it ...