A particularly fruitful moment for technological innovation?
Viktor M Vasnetsov
Not all technologies are created equal. Researchers devised a new model to explain why, after eons of nothing much new, we sometimes see an explosion of innovation in the archaeological record.
Turns out the Egyptians weren't the only ones who mummified their dead.
Ruin of a second-century public toilet in Roman Ostia.
Fr Lawrence Lew, OP
Archaeological and textual detective work is filling in some information about how ancient Romans used and thought about their sewers thousands of years ago.
Our past is under threat from "nighthawks" - illegal metal detectorists who go out at night to seek their fortune from protected ancient monuments. A Bristol archaeologist investigates.
Good old fashioned fun.
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury's earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
The skies aren’t all blue.
gui jun peng/from shutterstock.com
Archaeology is protected as part of the planning process but the huge wave of planned house building means this is at risk.
Scientists get their teeth into A. deyiremeda fossils.
Credit: Laura Dempsey
A completely new human ancestor dating back to 3.5– 3.3 million years ago has been discovered.
The Venice of the Sands.
The destruction of Iraq and Syria's cultural heritage is more than wanton vandalism – it's a grim political project.
The oldest-known stone tool: made by a human ancestor or a chimp?
Discovery of 3.3m-year old stone tools in Kenya are the oldest-known manufactured artefacts.
Excavating stone artifacts that date from 3.3 million years ago in Kenya.
Stone tools excavated in Kenya date back 3.3 million years – making them about a million years older than the oldest known fossils from our own hominid genus Homo. Who made and used these tools?
The move to cultivating the land for food has dramatic impact on the male population.
The change of lifestyle from 10,000 years ago had a dramatic impact on the male divefrsity revealed in DNA.
Human-headed winged bulls guarding a door in Dur-Sharrukin.
ISIS's destruction of archeological treasures is horrifying but reflects a too-human history of obliterating the past of "enemy" cultures. Moreover, all is not really "lost."
Modern cattle in Kenya.
Steven Goldstein, Washington University St. Louis
New research upends the previous theory that tsetse flies – and the disease they carry – were the main reason the spread of livestock domestication in Africa stalled out for a thousand years.
Now which of us is going to invent an oven?
Victor Vasnetsov, 1882-1885
New discovery is evidence of trade with continental Europe.
Footage of published by Islamic State of militants destroying artefacts in a museum in Mosul, Iraq.
Social media is making it easier for extremists to recruit individuals to commit cultural attacks.
In this January 2015 photograph, a man walks through the ruins of Old Aleppo, a designated World Heritage site.
Recently in Aleppo, Syria, the Jabha Shamiya militia has started carrying out a new urban warfare strategy: tunnel bombing. Aside from the human damage wrought by this tactic, it is also extremely damaging…
Metal detecting enthusiast Derek McLennan’s recent discovery of Viking-age artefacts at a site in Dumfries and Galloway is both spectacular and impressive. Not only did he uncover a hoard of Viking-age…
Still with mysteries to reveal after 7,000 years.
Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project LBIArchPRO
The recent discoveries at Stonehenge, including ritual monuments, burial mounds and a long barrow, are wonderful examples of how archaeological geophysics can be used in areas where excavation is hard…
Volunteers are a common sight on any archaeological dig, such as this one in Cyprus.
Although it is not yet 6am, and the sun has only just begun to rise, already the thermometer is pushing 30C, and the humidity so high it is impossible not to sweat. I’m leading an Australian archaeological…
The roots of gender stereotyping are perhaps not so old as we thought.
A recent advert by sanitary product manufacturer Always asks us to think harder about the term “like a girl” by asking young adults and teenagers to run, throw or fight “like a girl”. Without thinking…