Cahokian culture spread across eastern North America 1,000 years ago in an early example of diaspora
Five centuries before Columbus arrived, migrants were spreading across North America, carrying their culture with them and mixing with those they encountered in new places.
Oct. 30, 2020 • ~11 min
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The Clovis, some of North America's oldest inhabitants, probably only made stone tools for about 300 years, new research shows.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~5 min
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A new environmental record for a prehistoric site in Kenya helped researchers figure out how external conditions influenced which of our ancient ancestors lived there, with what way of life.
Oct. 21, 2020 • ~11 min
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Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands
Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~10 min
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By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~11 min
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