Team finds chewed psychedelic flowers at rock art site

Archaeologists have long debated the relationship of psychedelics to rock art. New evidence from Pinwheel Cave in California clarifies the connection.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~5 min

Why some ancient Egyptian ink contained lead

New research uncovers lead compounds in red and black inks on ancient Egyptian papyrus. Here's why that's notable.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Clovis only made stone tools for about 300 years

The Clovis, some of North America's oldest inhabitants, probably only made stone tools for about 300 years, new research shows.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 23, 2020 ~5 min

Eurasia’s oldest balls suggest warriors worked out

Three leather balls from a cemetery in China are the oldest known yet from Eurasia. They indicate warriors on horseback worked to keep fit.

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Ceramic pots may ‘remember’ ancient meals

The details of ancient recipes remain in residues in cookware, new research finds.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Inca llama shell offering found at bottom of Lake Titicaca

The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Evidence rewrites early Indigenous-colonizer encounters

Indigenous people in Oconee Valley—now central Georgia—actively resisted European influence for nearly 150 years after the arrival of Hernando de Soto.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

Do stone tools put humans in America 30K years ago?

Researchers say DNA from stone tools from in a Mexican cave suggests humans first arrived in America about 15,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

Method may solve mysteries of ancient human ashes in urns

A new tracing method could fill in historical gaps by getting information from cremated human remains in buried urns.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Divers discover mining cave from the Ice Age

"Until now, no one was really sure why this region's earliest inhabitants were exploring underground cave systems."

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min