Believed to possess magical qualities, amulets were once widely used. They range from amber pendants worn during Denmark's Mesolithic age to wind chimes found at Pompeii.
As US protesters deface monuments of once revered leaders, they are drawing from an ancient tradition used by both marginalized people and those in power.
Through archaeological studies of architecture, excavated trade goods, and ecofacts we can trace globalisation back thousands of years.
An estimated 1.75 million ibises were deposited at a single location in ancient Egypt. But the birds disappeared entirely from the region around 1850, and no one knows why.
What ancient crop genomes can tell us about our history.
Stone Age people in Egypt showed great respect for their dead, providing a glimpse of what was to come in the Dynastic period.
In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, lie the tombs of the courtiers and officials who built these vast structures.
Ancient quarry workers left messages carved on walls like a 4,500-year-old form of social media.
Tapping into ancient knowledge can help us feel connected to our ancestors – but that doesn't mean we should take their advice.
A body in an Italian museum reveals that Egyptians living 1,500 or more years before the Pharaohs already knew how to preserve bodies.
The persistent stigma surrounding incontinence has paralysed today’s inventive minds.
How 4,000-year-old papyrus letters prompted the queen of crime fiction to write Death Comes as the End.
From the Temple of Heliopolis to the centre of Rome, the massive stone column has boosted the egos of several powerful men.
Cosmic particles called muons may revolutionise many areas of science.
Bones and texts showed how decades of strenuous hikes led to higher levels of osteoarthritis in workers' knees and ankles in an ancient Egyptian village.
The belief that ancient Egyptians needed help from supernatural beings to built the Giza pyramids relies, unavoidably, on racism and colonial attitudes.
Tut-mania reigned in the 1920s – and keeps returning to haunt us.
Mummies are scary but they also fascinate us, giving us the feeling that we can vanquish time by preserving our most perishable feature: flesh.
The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, is the latest manifestation of our centuries old fascination with Egypt. But beneath this obsession is a darker story of looting and destruction.
Research has confirmed a knife found in the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's tomb was made with metal from the heavens.