Archaeology
A shoe nail between the gateway paving stones. Photo/©: Sabine Hornung, Arno Braun

Ancient Roman fortification discovered in Germany

It wasn’t only Asterix who resisted the Roman conquest of Gaul.

The Panel of Hands, El Castillo Cave, Spain. A hand stencil has been dated to earlier than 37,000 years ago and a red disk to earlier than 40,600 years ago, making them the oldest cave paintings in Europe. Image: Pedro Saura

Were Neanderthals the earliest cave artists?

  An improved dating method has revealed that cave paintings in Spain are older than previously thought.

Two of the paintings from Abri Castanet. Image: Raphaëlle Bourrillon

Earliest evidence of human art

An engraved ceiling predates the famous paintings at the Grotte Chauvet. 

Conservator Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilises the surface of a wall of a Maya house that date to the 9th century. The figure of a man who may have been the town scribe appears on the wall to her left. Image: Tyrone Turner/2012 National Geographic

Earliest Mayan calendar goes well beyond 2012

A small room in Xultún indicates that the Mayan calendar goes well beyond 2012.

Neanderthals were disappearing before modern humans arrived

European Neanderthals were already on the verge of extinction 50,000 years ago.

Fossilised pollen reveals ancient garden

Pollen recovered from 2500-year-old plaster has unlocked the secrets of Ramat Rahel’s garden.

The mummy was named after the Otzal Alps. Image: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

Revisiting Otzi

The exhibition “20 years from Ötzi’s recovery” will be extended until 2013.

From South America with love

6,700 years ago popcorn irrupted as a popular snack.

3,000-year-old tomb of female singer found in Egypt

Swiss archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a female singer dating back almost 3,000 years in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

World’s oldest evidence of deep sea fishing

Our regional ancestors mastered the art of deep sea fishing 42,000 years ago.

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