Predating the bow and arrow, the atlatl was a dart-throwing weapon that could launch projectiles with great force.
Archaeology is fundamentally the study of humanity and its past. Archaeologists study things that were created, used or changed by humans. They do this by studying the material remains, in other words, the stuff we leave behind.
Researchers have discovered humanity's oldest cave art. The paintings depict a hunting scene with what may be part-animal, part-human figures.
A storehouse of ancient treasures, including precious jewels and gold beads, has been uncovered by archaeologists on an island near Crete devoted to making a precious purple dye from sea snails.
Archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Egyptian burials holding bodies wearing head cones, the first physical evidence of the practice.
An ancient church from the fourth century, containing both early Christian and what may be pagan artifacts, has been unearthed in a buried town in northern Ethiopia.
Inside a 2,200-year-old grave, archaeologists have discovered a stunning Iron Age shield, along with a chariot and two ponies buried in a leaping pose.
Archaeologists think they may have discovered the oldest chess piece in the world, excavated from a seventh-century trading site in Jordan.
The "Bust of Nefertiti" was scanned years ago by the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin, but the scan was not previously available.
A sprawling humanoid-shaped Nazca Line etched into the Peruvian desert has just been discovered by a team of scientists using artificial intelligence.
Two infants were buried some 2,100 years ago wearing "helmets" made from the skulls of other children, archaeologists have discovered.
An artist’s reconstruction of an ancient hunter-gatherer woman shows a stern-faced woman wearing a feather cape and sitting upright on a bed of antlers.
Archaeologists have uncovered a 17th-century tunnel filled with indigenous rock carvings in the city of Ecatepec in Mexico.
Archaeologists have identified the remains of a stone wall in Iran about the length of the famous Hadrian's Wall that was built across England by the Romans.
A cave that held hundreds of carved medieval wards against evil was inaccessible to the public — until now.
Cuneiform tablets from ancient Assyria dating to 679 B.C. contain the earliest written record of an aurora.
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