archaeology

 
Class fluidity ruled in ancient Zim 
Class fluidity ruled in ancient Zim 
A University of Cape Town professor has become the first African to be awarded one of the world’s most prestigious archaeology prizes for the...
Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers
Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers
Starches have been dietary staples for even longer than we thought. Archaeological evidence now confirms that humans have been cooking plant...
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?
I don’t know whether the TV series Vikings has changed public perception of that warlike, exploratory people — I didn’t watch beyond...
Finding Rhapta, East Africa’s lost Roman-era city
Finding Rhapta, East Africa’s lost Roman-era city
Forgotten by history, the ancient city of Rhapta is among Africa’s most enduring archaeological mysteries. But a barnacle-encrusted wall,...
Gaza Bronze Age remains disappearing under concrete
Gaza Bronze Age remains disappearing under concrete
Archaeologists and preservation activists in the Gaza Strip have managed to halt the...
Racism is behind outlandish theories about Africa’s ancient architecture
Racism is behind outlandish theories about Africa’s ancient architecture
Some of the most impressive buildings and cities ever made by humans can be found in Africa: the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe,
'The world must see our golden rhino'
'The world must see our golden rhino'
The golden rhinoceros of Mapungubwe, the defining symbol of precolonial civilisation in South Africa, could leave the country for the first time next...
Developers threaten cave of humankind
Developers threaten cave of humankind
Sibudu, a rock shelter above the uThongathi River in KwaZulu-Natal, is one of South Africa's most important...
'Vampire' skeletons dug up in Bulgaria
'Vampire' skeletons dug up in Bulgaria
"These two skeletons stabbed with rods illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th...
Curious about the past
Curious about the past
Thirty-three-year-old ­Itumeleng Masiteng is a passionate archaeologist at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria. She...
Europe's 'oldest readable writing' found in Greece
Europe's 'oldest readable writing' found in Greece
A clay tablet over 3 000 years old that is considered Europe's oldest readable text has been found in an ancient refuse pit in southern Greece, a...
'Ida's our Mona Lisa'
'Ida's our Mona Lisa'
Last week saw the unveiling of a 47-million-year-old primate fossil that sheds light on human evolution. James Randerson and Ed Pilkington describe...

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