More Stories in Archaeology

  1. Archaeology

    One of the world’s earliest farming villages housed surprisingly few people

    Hundreds, not thousands, occupied the Turkish site of Çatalhöyük nearly 9,000 years ago, undermining arguments for a Neolithic social revolution.

  2. Archaeology

    These Stone Age humans were more gatherer than hunter

    Though not completely vegetarian, the Iberomaurusian hunter-gatherers from North Africa relied heavily on plants such as acorns, pistachios and oats.

  3. Archaeology

    A puzzling mix of artifacts raises questions about Homo sapiens' travels to China

    A reexamined Chinese site points to a cultural mix of Homo sapiens with Neandertals or Denisovans.

  4. Archaeology

    Human brains found at archaeological sites are surprisingly well-preserved

    Analyzing a new archive of 4,400 human brains cited in the archaeological record reveals the organ’s unique chemistry might prevent decay.

  5. Archaeology

    These South American cave paintings reveal a surprisingly old tradition

    Radiocarbon dates point to an artistic design practice that began in Patagonia almost 8,200 years ago, several millennia earlier than previously recorded.

  6. Archaeology

    This Stone Age wall may have led Eurasian reindeer to their doom

    Hunter-gatherers living 10,000 years ago in what is now Germany probably used the wall to trap reindeer in a nearby lake.

  7. Archaeology

    A four-holed piece of ivory provides a glimpse into ancient rope-making

    The tool, unearthed in Central Europe, suggests that locals made devices for stringing together sturdy cords over 35,000 years ago, researchers say.

  8. Climate

    Cold, dry snaps accompanied three plagues that struck the Roman Empire

    New climate data for ancient Italy point to temperature and rainfall influences on past infectious disease outbreaks.

  9. Archaeology

    An ancient, massive urban complex has been found in the Ecuadorian Amazon

    Found by airborne laser scans, this settlement and others throughout Mesoamerica and the Amazon are shifting how archaeologists think about urbanism.