Archaeologists used to dig primarily at sites that were easy to find thanks to obvious visual clues. But technology – and listening to local people – plays a much bigger role now.
Dec. 4, 2020 • ~10 min
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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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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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When did we become fully human? What fossils and DNA tell us about the evolution of modern intelligence
Artefacts suggest a ‘great leap’, a recent evolution of modern intelligence. Fossils and DNA argue that’s an illusion.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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The Boxgrove people, like all other human species, were capable of sharing time, care and knowledge in all parts of their life.
Aug. 12, 2020 • ~6 min
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