The San’s arrows may look dainty, but when tipped with poison they are lethal for hunting.
The early use of poison is one more indicator of an advanced repertoire of behavioural and technological traits that have characterised our species from the earliest times.
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat.
How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.
A better review of the cultural heritage might have prevented the face-off over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
AP Photo/James MacPherson
What sacred sites have been damaged by The North Dakota Access Pipeline? We can't really know for certain – and our legal system is partly to blame.
Looks like paradise – but how did the first people get there?
Global Environment Facility
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.
The earliest hominin cancer.
Patrick Randolph-Quinney (University of Central Lancashire/University of the Witwatersrand)
Cancer is not the modern disease many believe it to be. New fossil evidence from two South African caves suggests that its origins lie deep in prehistory.
A prehistoric hand-held multipurpose stone tool the size of a person’s palm recovered by a farmer in Kenya. More tools were found during a search.
Scientists are hoping that ancient stone tools found on a family farm in Kenya will add to a clearer picture of the first appearance, duration and variation of prehistoric technologies found so far.
Too good to be true? Time to hair the evidence!
Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL
Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.
Decapitated head with amputated hands laid over the face were found at the burial site.
Strauss et al.
Remains from a 9000-year-old victim in Brazil suggests he was beheaded, de-fleshed and had his hands amputated.
Amazing stone age ingenuity. Rubbish fence.
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute
Advances in computer power mean archaeologists can now tell a huge amount about what's underground without picking up a spade.
The ancient city of Palmyra.
Khaled al-Asaad was a world renowned scholar before his death at the hands of Islamic State.
The owner of this skull had a nasty run in with an axe.
These massacres entail killing on a relative scale seen today only in the most war-torn countries.
For 20 years archaeologists from the university have been working in Cyprus.
University of Sydney Paphos excavation project.
One of the by-products of field projects working in the same area over a prolonged period of time is the realisation that the team makes an enduring contribution to the local community.
Umatilla people, one of the tribes fighting to bury the Kennewick Man.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/wikimedia
A genomic sequencing study suggesting that the 9,000-year old skeleton dubbed "Kennewick Man" was Native American will intensify a 20-year-old dispute about what should happen to the remains.