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Polynesians beat 18th-century innovation by hundreds of years.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Long ago, life was nasty, brutal and short -- and well organized.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

A tale of an Indonesian volcano, a monk, and the mass graves of London.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Appalachian cave art may explain Mound people's universe.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Changes in the environment likely made life too difficult for Peru's Moche.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

First artificial ink is still blue, but now known to emit near-infrared rays when irradiated with light.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Accidents in ancient bakeries produced 8,000 years of brew.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

The strategies of two teams engaged in the early 20th-century race to the pole shape their modern-day legacies.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Reconstruction of ancient Arizona eruption shows how local peoples survived, thrived.

Alan S. Brown, Contributor

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