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Inside the illicit trade in West Africa’s oldest artworks

Nok terracottas are proof that an ancient civilisation once existed in Nigeria. Now they are at the centre of a multimillion-dollar, globe-spanning underground industry — and once again, Nigeria is losing out

Class fluidity ruled in ancient Zim 

A UCT academic has won a top award, highlighting the role of local researchers in uncovering Africa’s rich history

Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers

​Starches have been dietary staples for even longer than we thought

Can you spell ‘man bun’ in Futhark?

'In fact, combs are among the most frequently discovered relic of Viking society, indicating that they paid a lot of attention to their hair'

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

Gaza Bronze Age remains disappearing under concrete

Archaeologists and preservation activists in the Gaza Strip have managed to halt the destruction of a Bronze Age site for now

‘The world must see our golden rhino’

Considered the equivalent of Tutankhamun's mask, this symbol of precolonial civilisation could leave South Africa for the first time.

Developers threaten cave of humankind

An important heritage site may be ruined if plans to build low-cost houses on its doorstep go ahead.

‘Vampire’ skeletons dug up in Bulgaria

Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Middle Ages pierced through the chest with iron rods to keep them from turning into vampires.

Curious about the past

Itumeleng Masiteng is passionate about archaeology because it is has no limit.

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.

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