Accurate radiocarbon dates of the bones of skeletons found at Machu Picchu in 1912 show the Inca citadel was inhabited by 1420 – several decades earlier than expected. (Image credit: Courtesy Yale University) The mountaintop Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in southern Peru was built and inhabited decades earlier than previously believed, […]

Blocks from the Temple of Amun fell on the galley sinking the ship. The vessel was found beneath 5 meters (16.4 feet) of clay and blocks. A sophisticated sonar had to be used to find the vessel. (Image credit: Christoph Gerigk ©FranckGoddio/Hilti Foundation) Galley sunk when it was slammed with […]

Static skull, mandible, and parietal orthographic. Credit: Tel Aviv University Dramatic Discovery in Israeli Excavation The discovery of a new Homo group in this region, which resembles Pre-Neanderthal populations in Europe, challenges the prevailing hypothesis that Neanderthals originated from Europe, suggesting that at least some of the Neanderthals’ ancestors actually […]

Credit: University of Texas at Arlington Underwater archaeology team finds ancient obsidian flakes 2,000 miles from quarry. An underwater archaeologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is part of a research team studying 9,000-year-old stone tool artifacts discovered in Lake Huron that originated from an obsidian quarry more than […]

The period preceding the emergence of behaviorally modern humans was characterized by dramatic climatic and environmental variability – it is these pressures, occurring over hundreds of thousands of years that shaped human evolution. New research published today in the Cambridge Archaeological Journal proposes a new theory of human cognitive evolution entitled ‘Complementary […]

The raucous calls of tree hyraxes — small, herbivorous mammals — reverberate through the night in the forests of West and Central Africa, but their sound differs depending on the location. Tree hyraxes living between the Volta and Niger rivers make a barking call that is distinct from the shrieking […]

The Luxor finding has been called “the second most important archaeological discovery” since King Tut’s tomb. PHOTOGRAPH: MOHAMED ELSHAHED/GETTY IMAGES A TEAM OF Egyptian archaeologists has unearthed what some describe as an industrial royal metropolis just north of modern-day Luxor, which incorporates what was once the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes […]