Archaeology

From Vilified to Vindicated: the Story of Jacques Cinq-Mars
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How a toxic debate over the first Americans hobbled science for decades.

A Wall Worth Building: Making Clam Habitat Great Again
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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
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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
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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
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The rich, the poor, and the battle for the Bay of Naples.

Message in a Boulder
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Long before texts or email, sailors sent messages using rocks. Yes, rocks.

No Wool, No Vikings
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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...

History Is Melting
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Archaeologists are forced to choose what to save as their dig sites disappear into the Arctic Ocean.

Uncovering the Culture of Bronze Age Logboats
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The advent of metal tools created demand for a European trade network—and boats to deliver the goods.

What History Gives, the Sea Steals
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In Scotland and around the world, archaeologists rush to understand ancient sites that climate change is both revealing and washing away.

Real Sunken Cities
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These five sunken cities testify to the risks of coastal life.

The Civilizing Power of Nature
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Science writer Andrew Lawler probes new ideas about how El Niño transformed ancient human societies—and what this means for our future.

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