stone age

  • 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...

    Civilisations January 11, 2021
  • Living the high life in the stone age

    People ventured the Ethiopian highlands over 30,000 years ago.

    A rock shelter located in the hostile environment of southern Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains has pushed back high-altitude...

    Archaeology August 8, 2019
  • Stone Age food was haute cuisine

    Analysis reveals a sophisticated palate from six millennia ago.

    The meal – or, more likely, the dish, one element of a more varied repast – was simple, but elegantly so. It comprise...

    Archaeology November 28, 2018
  • China’s missing Stone Age technique found

    Technical evolution responsible for advancing skills.

    New research challenges the conventional wisdom that a key stage in the evolution of stone tools in China relied on i...

    Archaeology November 20, 2018
  • Stone Age women were tough mothers

    Analysis reveals impressive arm strength in early field workers.

    Recognising and removing a gender bias that has long been present in anthropology has resulted in a surprising insigh...

    Palaeontology November 30, 2017
  • A 30,000-year-old face

    Stone Age teen was a member of a complex society 30,000 years ago.

    About 200 kilometres east of Moscow, on the outskirts of the city of Vladimir, lies one of the earliest records of mo...

    Archaeology October 12, 2017
  • Skull remnants found in world’s oldest temple

    Evidence reveals new discoveries about ancient life.

    More than 10,000 years ago there existed a human society in the northern reaches of Mesopotamia that, thanks to recen...

    Archaeology June 29, 2017
  • East Asians descended from Stone Age residents

    7,700 year-old skeletons share genetics to modern people.

    Two 7,700-year-old Stone Age East Asian skeletons are very similar genetically to modern populations in the area, acc...

    Archaeology February 1, 2017
  • Sophisticated Stone Age ancestors

    Ochre powder reveals surprising behaviour from early humans.

    Ancient Africans used ochre for a wide range of purposes, from decorative or symbolic to purely functional, a new stu...

    Archaeology November 2, 2016
  • Agriculture brought to Europe by farmers

    DNA analysis has finally settled decades of archaeological debate.

    Archaeologists have debated for decades the origins of Europe’s earliest farmers but, thanks to genetics, we now have...

    Archaeology June 7, 2016
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