Coming together for a solstice feast in ancient Peru.
How did civilization emerge from small groups of hunter-gatherers? Some archaeologists focus on cooperation as the vital ingredient – and find evidence for it in the form of feast-related artifacts.
Excavations on the site of Rome's greatest natural disaster can tell us a lot about attitudes to death.
Spear in hand.
Matteo De Stefano/MUSE
Neanderthals used spears as hunting weapons by throwing or thrusting, according to a new study.
© Museum of London
New research has rubbished perceptions of Roman Britain as a region inhabited solely by white Europeans.
Agatha Christie Trust
How 4,000-year-old papyrus letters prompted the queen of crime fiction to write Death Comes as the End.
Piazza del Popolo.
From the Temple of Heliopolis to the centre of Rome, the massive stone column has boosted the egos of several powerful men.
Sunrise at noon in the Arctic. Little exposure to sun was a piece of the genetic puzzle.
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Why was one gene mutation that affects hair, teeth, sweat glands and breasts ubiquitous among ice age Arctic people? New research points to the advantage it provided for ancestors of Native Americans.
Sea War Museum
Raising U-3523 wouldn't be worth the incredible cost.
Some of the artefacts found after disappearing from the National Museum of Iraq.
Looting of Iraq's national museum began on April 10, 2003. At least half of the artefacts taken remain missing and disturbingly, the illegal trade in stolen antiquities has grown in the years since.
: Ian Cartwright/Michael Petraglia/Palaeodeserts Project
How we found the oldest human fossil ever discovered outside Africa and the Levant.
Who gets to decide for the dead, such as this Egyptian mummy?
AP Photo/Ric Feld
Are DNA samples today's version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species' history – but at an ethical price.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
Each discipline tells us only part of the story. And so the truest picture of prehistory comes from triangulating these independent lines of evidence.
LiDAR, was used to “redraw” the remains of the city, along the lower western slopes of the Suikerbosrand hills near Johannesburg.
Technology which located Mayan cities has been used to rediscover a southern African city from the 15th century.
Ilze Kitshoff/Warner Bros
Looting of antiquities is a serious problem, but looters are not always just motivated by greed.
Understanding the past requires knowledge that goes beyond modern science.
Burial sites may contain treasures, or just old bones. And looters won’t know until they’ve destroyed them.
Julia Kate Clark
Mongolia's important historical sites are under threat from climate change and looting - and one exacerbates the other.
It can be difficult to find records from epidemics long past.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
One hundred years after a strange and devastating pandemic, researchers comb for clues in dusty libraries, church records and long- forgotten books.
Morning Mist Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania.
Peter Dombrovskis/ (courtesy Liz Dombrovskis) AAP
The Franklin River campaign is commonly seen as a green victory; a fight for the right of 'wilderness' to exist. But archaeological research revealing the region's deep Aboriginal history was crucial to it.
Teeth fossils with evidence of dental lesions from
Prehistoric humans and their predecessors may have had a very different diet but their teeth suffered in similar ways to ours.