Archaeology

Fossil hands help solve the puzzle of when humans gained manual dexterity.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Analysis of dental plaque more than 3,000 years old reveals traces of proteins from bananas, soybeans and turmeric.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
This month in disquieting science.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
The hair-filled balls were discovered in a 3,000-year-old cemetery in northwestern China.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
New research reveals the economic importance of “wool dogs” to the Native American peoples of the Salish Sea.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Findings suggest sound was not the primary focus of the Stonehenge architects.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Ancient site suggests early humans controlled fire and used plants to ward off insects.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Artifacts found in a Mexican cave are about 30,000 years old.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Bird statuette, recovered from a refuse heap, more than doubles the age of the earliest known animal sculpture from East Asia.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New find raises questions regarding size and timing of large settlements in Central America.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Pendants made from cave bear teeth are among the items found with the earliest modern human fossils in a cave in Bulgaria.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research indicates that new technologies emerged on the island separately from Eurasian innovations.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor