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Maya rulers kept rolling in afterlife in world’s oldest team sport

Maya rulers kept rolling in afterlife in world’s oldest team sport

An archaeologist in Mexico says he’s discovered a special ingredient used to make the balls for a 3000-year-old ball game.

  • by James Crisp

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Fragments of ancient linen help complete mummy picture

Fragments of ancient linen help complete mummy picture

A new exhibition to mark 200 years since scholars first unlocked the mystery of hieroglyphs demonstrates just how much experts are still learning.

  • by Latika Bourke
South Africa may be the original home of humankind after all

South Africa may be the original home of humankind after all

Previously found fossils of human ancestors are likely 1 million years older than thought.

  • by Antony Sguazzin
Before chickens were tasty, they were sacred pets

Before chickens were tasty, they were sacred pets

At European Iron Age sites, the researchers found adult chickens buried alone with no signs of butchery, one even with a healed leg fracture

  • by James Gorman
‘Swiss Army knife’ shows ancient humans were talking to one another

‘Swiss Army knife’ shows ancient humans were talking to one another

The shape of stone tools across southern Africa shows ancient humans were communicating over long distances before they left to explore the rest of the world.

  • by Stuart Layt
Egypt unearths 250 mummies in ancient necropolis

Egypt unearths 250 mummies in ancient necropolis

The dig also uncovered 150 bronze statues of Egyptian deities and instruments used for rituals dating back to the Late Period of ancient Egypt, about 500 BC.

  • by Rachel Pannett
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Researcher doesn’t want a war over ancient hand grenade study

Researcher doesn’t want a war over ancient hand grenade study

Professor Carney Matheson knows his claim a 1000-year-old shard of pottery was an ancient hand grenade will spark an academic fight, but he’s calling for peace.

  • by Stuart Layt
Heat of the moment: Changing climate shaped human evolution for 2 million years

Heat of the moment: Changing climate shaped human evolution for 2 million years

Naturally-occurring climate change influenced human evolution, and exposed gaps in our knowledge of early human history.

  • by Stuart Layt
From snack bars to gender issues: Pompeii enters the Instagram age

From snack bars to gender issues: Pompeii enters the Instagram age

For some, it is about time that matters of sexual abuse, rape and societal changes are finally out in the open. “Oftentimes archaeologists can be conservative with the topics they address.”

  • by Elisabetta Povoledo
‘Almost Pompeii-like’: Stone Age ‘factory floor’ opens window on ancient culture

‘Almost Pompeii-like’: Stone Age ‘factory floor’ opens window on ancient culture

The earliest known ochre-processing site in east Asia appears to have been buried very quickly, preserving hundreds of tiny tools and shining a light on a previously unknown people.

  • by Stuart Layt
Captains of industry: Australia’s ancient seafaring trade rewrites history

Captains of industry: Australia’s ancient seafaring trade rewrites history

First Australians were making huge overseas voyages to trade in a vast international network at least 300 years earlier than previously thought.

  • by Mike Foley