A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

New research suggests that fire from the sky in the form of a small asteroid annihilated a city near the Dead Sea 3,600 years ago.

Christopher R. Moore, Archaeologist and Special Projects Director at the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program and South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina • conversation
Sept. 20, 2021 ~10 min

Teeth of fallen soldiers hold evidence that foreigners fought alongside ancient Greeks, challenging millennia of military history

Are the descriptions of war passed down by ancient historians accurate? A site in Sicily provided a rare chance to fact-check stories told about two battles from more than 2,400 years ago.

Katherine Reinberger, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Georgia • conversation
May 12, 2021 ~10 min

A billion years from now, a lack of oxygen will wipe out life on Earth

This discovery will shape the hunt for life on exoplanets.

Matthew Warke, Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews • conversation
March 2, 2021 ~6 min

A lack of oxygen will wipe out life on Earth in a billion years

This discovery will shape the hunt for life on exoplanets.

Matthew Warke, Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews • conversation
March 2, 2021 ~6 min

Stonehenge: how we revealed the original source of the biggest stones

How we traced the origin of the sarsen stones.

Timothy Darvill, Professor of Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Bournemouth University • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Billions of years ago, the rise of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere caused a worldwide deep freeze

Scientists have now dated the 'Great Oxidation Event' to just before the planet's first 'snowball' period.

Matthew Warke, Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

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