Civillisations

  • Conch shell tones

    Ancient conch makes music for the first time in 17,000 years.

    How old-fashioned is your taste in music? Researchers have recreated notes from a 17,000-year-old conch shell, found ...

    Civillisations February 11, 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
  • 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
  • Young tools rewrite old history

    The Middle Stone Age lasted millennia longer than thought – but only in some places.

    Scientists have uncovered the youngest known Middle Stone Age tools in modern-day Senegal, on the west coast of Afric...

    Civillisations January 11, 2021
  • Egyptians wanted their words to stick

    Study finds technical link to the Renaissance painters.

    In 15th century Europe, artists began adding lead to their paints to help them dry. Now scientists have discovered th...

    Civillisations October 28, 2020
  • Plague spread quickly in Medieval Europe

    Documents reveal an increasing transmission rate.

    The speed of plague transmission in London increased four-fold between the Black Death of 1348 and the Great Plague o...

    Civillisations October 21, 2020
  • Scans tell three tales of ancient Egypt

    Mummified animals revealed in high-tech detail.

    Three mummified animals have been digitally unwrapped and dissected in unprecedented detail, providing, the researche...

    Civillisations August 21, 2020
  • Maya monuments and maize in the Americas

    Archaeologists make two important discoveries.

    Modern technology has helped archaeologists add two more pieces to the puzzle of the history of the Americas. 3D i...

    Civillisations June 4, 2020
  • A new old link between Siberia and America

    Researchers find answers in prehistoric genomes.

    Researchers have revealed the oldest and deepest connection yet found between the peoples of Siberia and the Americas...

    Civillisations May 20, 2020
  • Ancient Andes, analysed

    New genomic portrait of pre-Columbian civilisations.

    An international team has conducted what it says is the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of an...

    Civillisations May 8, 2020
  • Children’s graves reveal genetic diversity

    Ancient genomes point to unique population of hunter-gatherers.

    Remains from an ancient gravesite in Cameroon have opened a window into the world of the people who lived in western ...

    Civillisations January 22, 2020
  • Likely human homeland identified

    Genetic analysis pinpoints ancient African wetlands.

    A vast inland oasis in present-day northern Botswana was once home to the founder population of all modern humans, ac...

    Civillisations October 28, 2019
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