Stone sinkers dated to 29,000 years ago are evidence of ancient fishing technology—but some archaeologists have doubts.
A mysterious piece of pottery shaped as a female head sends a smile from 7,300 years ago, as its host museum in east China’s Anhui Province starts a global naming bid for the ancient relic.
Precisely what the retrovirus now known as HERV-K HML-2 (HK2) did 30m years ago, when it first infected some primates whose descendants would eventually come to be called human beings, remains a mystery.
A revved-up version of traditional CT scanning shows it’s possible to acquire microscopic-scale images of ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing previously unseen features such as blood vessels and nerves.
Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past and current inhabitants.
Humans did not accelerate the decline of the ‘Green Sahara’ and may have managed to hold back the onset of the Sahara desert by around 500 years, according to new research led by UCL.
The discovery of rock carvings believed to be tens of thousands of years old in India’s western state of Maharashtra has greatly excited archaeologists who believe they hold clues to a previously unknown civilisation.
Neanderthals have long been associated with brutish behavior, but a new study adds to the growing body of literature that challenges this stereotype.
Islands along the coastline were seemingly ice-free 17,700 years ago, so an early route along the coastline of Canada might have been viable well before an alternative, inland route.
Governor Bill Walker aims to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous tongues in the state before they die out.
Humans trekked into Australia’s vast, harsh Western Desert almost 50,000 years ago—10,000 years earlier than thought and just a few thousand years after people first arrived on the continent, a new study suggests.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the building is likely part of the residential block of the area, which was the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.
The two Japanese robots have captured Ryugu in incredible detail. The images reveal a richly textured surface, with rocks of all sizes jutting out into the darkness of space.
An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love.