How a silver griffin chalice helped smooth US-Iran relations

The recent thawing in relations between the United States and Iran involved a number of factors, including a show of good faith involving a silver artifact. As a sign of respect for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's new administration, US diplomats returned to Iran its mythical beast. » 11/30/13 4:30pm 11/30/13 4:30pm

Iron Age Europe was all about beer drinking and "competitive feasting"

It turns out Europe 2,600 years ago was pretty much exactly like one big college frat, with social elites vying for power and influence by throwing the most kickass parties - complete with lots of free beer. » 3/20/12 9:30am 3/20/12 9:30am

Could the first humans to reach the Americas have come from Europe?

It's one of the most controversial ideas in archaeology. Humans from Europe supposedly could have crossed the frozen Atlantic and reached America first. It's a fringe idea...but now two archaeologists have released a book explaining how it could have happened. » 3/05/12 12:44pm 3/05/12 12:44pm

What was a bronze buckle from East Asia doing in 11th century Alaska?

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze artifact in ancient Eskimo settlement...which is pretty surprising, considering ancient Alaska never actually went through the Bronze Age. This artifact was likely cast long ago in Asia before making its long, mysterious journey Northward. » 11/14/11 4:30pm 11/14/11 4:30pm