Archaeology

Our starch cravings date back to cave dwellers

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

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

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.

Latest

From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it