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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...