The fossil deposits at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles have well-preserved remains of many prehistoric animals that got stuck in natural asphalt seeps over the past 60,000 years.
Cullen Townsend, courtesy of NHMLAC
New findings from the La Brea Tar Pits in southern California suggest human-caused wildfires in the region, along with a warming climate, led to the loss of most of the area’s large mammals.
‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ comes out in theatres on June 30. The fifth in a series over 42 years, many of its originating ideas are taken from 19th-century racist archaeology. Will this iteration be different?
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The final Indiana Jones movie is coming out June 30. The fifth in a series over 42 years, many of its ideas are taken from 19th-century orientalist and racist archaeology.
Meet the archeologist who is overhauling our understanding of early human history.
Roman mosaic illustrating a winemaking scene from the fourth century CE at Santa Costanza, Rome.
This exciting newly excavated complex illustrates how elite Romans fused utilitarian function with luxurious decoration and theatre to fashion their social and political status.
The Ciutat de la Justícia by David Chipperfield Architects, in Barcelona, Spain.
Chipperfield is not interested in creating something iconic or instantly recognisable as his. Instead, he sees architecture as a service, a vehicle for civic and public good.
Sennacherib – his face deliberately damaged in antiquity – presides over captives from the Levantine city of Lachish.
Ongoing excavations in northern Iraq add to our knowledge of the neo-Assyrian empire – and the beauty of its cities.
Benin Bronzes: 944 objects looted in the 19th century from the Kingdom of Benin are in the British Museum in London.
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Momentum is growing for the restitution of objects, such as the Benin Bronzes, stolen during colonialism. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Ghana’s national museum has been reopened after being closed for seven years.
Hand Clutching an Olive Branch ca. 1353–1323 B.C. New Kingdom, Amarna Period.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Using Greek and Roman texts, Egyptian iconography and archaeological remains, we have a pretty good idea as to how olive oil was made.
Today, teens are often seen as troublesome and difficult. Ancient Roman writers also described adolescence as a period of “hooliganism and debauchery.”
Teens across millennia have yearned to explore, try new things and participate in risky behaviours. The key difference, however, seems to be the experience of a rebellion or restlessness.
Ancient military innovations – like the bit and bridle that enabled mounted horseback riding – changed the course of history.
Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin/British Museum via WikimediaCommons
Did ancient technological advancements drive social innovation, or vice versa? Studying cause and effect in the ancient world may seem like a fool’s errand, but researchers built a database to do just that.
A refurbished Nabataean cistern at the site of Humayma, Jordan.
Ancient cultures that flourished in arid climates developed low-tech solutions to manage water scarcity.
De nouvelles preuves confirment que des différences culturelles intergroupes, notables et anciennes, ont façonné les dernières étapes de l'évolution humaine en Afrique.
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It took just 5,000 years for large and well-organised groups of people to populate all corners of the continent.
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We now have a glimpse into where early Indigenous Australians likely travelled all those tens of thousands of years ago.
In a recent episode of Lego Masters, contestants were asked to build a castle in the style of the Spartans. It had white city walls — but the real Spartans famously refused to build a wall.
We sometimes call Egypt the ‘civilisation without cities’. The Lost Golden City of Amenhotep III will bring new understanding of Ancient Egyptian urban life.
Israel Antiquities Authority conservator Tanya Bitler shows newly discovered Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the Dead Sea Scrolls conservation lab in Jerusalem.
AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner
What’s fascinating about the latest Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is how it reflects the stories of those who wrote the ancient texts, those who kept them safe and the archaeologists who found them.
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The excavation of the 7th century Saxon ship at Sutton Hoo was remarkable – but we can’t ignore the harmful rhetoric about the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ race in a new Netflix film dramatising the find.
The painting of pigs at least 45,500 years ago on a cave wall in Sulawesi may be the earliest figurative rock art ever found.