Davide Tanasi scans an artifact from the Farid Karam collection.
Davide Tanasi, a digital archaeologist, thinks it's a pity when historical artifacts are locked away in storage. He's working to fix this by sharing them as 3D models.
The sounds our ancestors made are important because they teach us about spaces and behaviour and rituals of the time.
Dale Omori, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The hominin known as Lucy may not be the direct ancestor of humans.
Graffiti bullheads carved on the temple walls.
RTI: Suzanne Davis and Janelle Batkin-Hall/IKAP, 2016
Visitors to these sites had one particular religious ritual that may strike some as strange: they carved graffiti in important and sacred places.
Found a fortune : some of the more than 2,000 coins uncovered at Chew, in south-western England.
Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images
Amateur detectorists do a lot of the heavy lifting on which archaeologists depend.
People have been modifying Earth – as in these rice terraces near Pokhara, Nepal – for millennia.
Erle C. Ellis
Hundreds of archaeologists provided on-the-ground data from across the globe, providing a new view of the long and varied history of people transforming Earth's environment.
A large bowl or pan thought to have been made in Sydney by the potter Thomas Ball between 1801 and 1823.
Courtesy of Casey & Lowe, photo by Russell Workman
Though the Indigenous inhabitants were using white clay long before them, Sydney-made pottery helped colonists maintain different aspects of 'civilised' behaviour.
An Islamic State photo purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in 2015.
Islamic State/Handout via Reuters
Armed conflict in Syria has been a disaster for the area's cultural heritage. A displaced archaeologist describes what's being lost.
A new IPCC report has called for radical changes in food production to avoid catastrophic climate change. Rice-fish farming and mixed crops could help.
One of the Klasies River spinning discs and the replica built for the recording studio.
Kumbani et al (2019), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Working with bone artefacts from archaeological sites in South Africa's southern Cape region, we've been able to show that some implements might have been used for sound production in the past.
Stone Age people in Egypt showed great respect for their dead, providing a glimpse of what was to come in the Dynastic period.
Ranger Trevor Bramwell on the walk up to the Split Rock art galleries in Cape York’s Quinkan Country in 2017.
The World Heritage Listing for Victoria's Budj Bim fish traps was ground-breaking. Here are five other Australian Indigenous sites that also deserve greater attention.
New research suggests humans spread to Europe at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought.
A decade-long project to excavate a sod house from half a millennium ago has yielded nearly 100,000 artefacts.
How did military conflict fit into the end of a mighty civilization?
AP Photo/Moises Castillo
Grisly war trophies made from the heads of vanquished enemies certainly grab attention. But archaeologists are more interested in what they may tell about a tumultuous time of shifting political power.
Archaeological visualization of Angkor Wat at sunset, with site map at upper right.
Tom Chandler, Mike Yeates, Chandara Ung and Brent McKee, Monash University, SensiLab, 2019
Many tourists hold an outdated romanticized image of an abandoned temple emerging from the jungle. But research around Angkor Wat suggests its collapse might be better described as a transformation.
Livestock, like these goats in the Rift Valley of Tanzania, are critical to household economies in East Africa.
Pastoralism is a central part of many Africans' identity. But how and when did this way of life get started on the continent? Ancient DNA can reveal how herding populations spread.
The National Museum of Iraq photographed in February 2018. Many of the pieces discovered at the ruins of Ur, arranged and labelled by Ennigaldi-Nanna, can be found here.
Ennigaldi-Nanna is largely unknown in the modern day. But in 530BC, this Mesopotamian priestess worked to arrange and label various artefacts in the world's first museum.
Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche, Mexico, Early Classic period, c. 250-600 AD.
Many people think climate change caused Classic Maya civilization to collapse abruptly around 900 A.D. An archaeologist says that view is too simplistic and misses the bigger point.
A Syrian archeologist holds an artifact that was transported to Damascus for safe-keeping during the Syrian Civil War.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
According to a new study, a small portion of a site can yield thousands of objects, adding up to millions of dollars.