Deal with it, paleo dieters—this 30,000-year-old cave was once a bakery.
Archeologists think they’ve pinpointed the spot where chicken became one of the world’s most popularly-eaten foods: A dig in an ancient city in Israel yielded a trove of chicken bones, dating back to 400 B.C.E., likely from the first instance of a chicken food craze ever.
Archeologists working in Kenya have discovered the world’s oldest stone tools. At 3.3 million years, they’re 700,000 years older than what were previously the most ancient stone tools ever discovered. In fact, they’re even older than humans.
A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the…
When the fossil of this 12 million year old whale with a terrifying set of giant jaws was uncovered the name chosen was a fitting one: Leviathan, for the Biblical sea monster, and Melvillei, for the author of the most famous whale story. And then things started to get tricky.
As much as I’m looking forward to Jurassic Park, I will never quite forgive dinosaurs for the sin of being birdlike. How can I fear something that I eat in nugget form? Now prehistoric mammals — that’s where the action is. Here are the top 10 mammals that ruled more than any dinosaur ever.
The 25o-year-old sex toy was probably dropped into the latrine by mistake because no one would abandon something in such good condition that was obviously expensive.
Researchers excavated the first complete skeleton of a camel in central Europe — one that may have started out life in the army and ended it as a curiosity.
The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with the syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard's flagship off the coast of North Carolina have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe.
You never know what you will find when you dig on a farm. Sometimes you may unearth old agricultural tools, sometimes just roots and sticks — and sometimes, on very rare occasions, a lead-lined bucket, filled with over $1.5 million dollars worth of ancient silver coins.
A man out for a stroll on a South Welsh beach stumbled upon something rather remarkable: a fully-articulated, seven-foot ichthyosaur skeleton — described by the National Museum Wales as "a potentially very, very important find."
Sometimes the real-life and on-screen versions of a scientific field can be so far apart that the only thing they share is a name. (Please note, Hollywood: The job of an archeologist is to preserve ruins, not destroy them.) Today, we want to know which science continually gets the worst hatchet job on screen.
A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott's final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica's Ross Island.
Some things (like a Lost episode or the freeway system) really only make sense in context. So what about our lives today is mostly likely to cause a confused archeologist 1,000 years in the future to give up in despair?
As an archeologist, Indiana Jones' behavior was unimpressive. Artifacts were broken, library floors unceremoniously smashed, and nary a scientific journal was in sight. But, is there an alternate explanation for his frankly egregious professional conduct?
Most archeologists bristle at the mention of Indiana Jones, and for good reason. In this piece, originally featured at Last Word On Nothing, journalist Erik Vance takes a close look at the questionable professional ethics of Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and arrives at an unsettling conclusion: The man is a looter.
No, these aren't natural disasters, craters from a huge meteorite, or the burrows of some massive worm from space. These are mines, created by the Soviet Union to harness the awesome natural resources of Russia and Eastern Europe. But they look like a glimpse of Hell itself.
Pilfered artifacts are a problem for archeologists, but the problem can go much deeper than just the loss of the items.
You see the hauntingly beautiful pictures of the fallen grandeur of abandoned buildings, and you think, "I want to see those for myself." But watch out. Some of the world's most fascinating modern ruins are also the most hazardous. Here are some abandoned sites that you could risk life and limb to visit.