Archaeology

Reimagining the History of Human Migration With a 65,000-Year-Old Find
Article - Short

An ax and some sparkly paint could change the ancient human travelogue.

Hunger’s Children
Features

Fleeing the Irish Famine, some immigrants brought their islands with them to North America.

Homo Sapiens Just Got Older—Way, Way Older
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Bones found in Morocco place our lineage 100,000 years earlier and nowhere near where we thought.

God or Geology? The Genesis of Ram’s Bridge
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Secular and religious Indians are butting heads over the origin of an important shoal.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
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The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
Features

How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again
Video

On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice of clam gardening.

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
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New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

The 6,000-Year-Old Village
Video

Traditional knowledge meets Western science on the central coast of British Columbia. 

New Research Offers a Wider View on Indigenous North American Whaling
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Additional early North American societies may have been whale hunters, not just scavengers. 

Book Review: Finding Franklin
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Teasing the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the frozen Arctic has been an obsession of searchers since 1854.

Earthquakes’ Ecological Aftershock
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The coastal Klallam people had to adapt to an altered ecosystem in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

A Sunken Bridge the Size of a Continent
Features

A remote Arctic land may hold a vital missing chapter from human history. The only problem? It disappeared at the end of the last ice age.

How British Columbia’s Coastal People Fertilized the Forest
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Indigenous people’s castoff clamshells made the forest grow bigger. 

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
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Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

How Ancient Rome’s 1% Hijacked the Beach
Features

The rich, the poor, and the battle for the Bay of Naples.

Message in a Boulder
Features

Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

No Wool, No Vikings
Features

The fleece that launched 1,000 ships.

The Feather Cloak of Captain Cook
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When Captain Cook and his crew landed on Hawaii to restock their provisions, the island’s high chief gave the cloak off his back to the British...

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