How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization

Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It's one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization. » 11/17/14 2:50pm Monday 2:50pm

36,000-year-old Human DNA Reveals Europe's Deep Past

He was a European with dark skin and dark eyes. And his ancestry was mixed. A group of geneticists have sequenced DNA from the remains of a man who died 36,000 years ago in Kostenki, Russia, near the Ukraine border. The results are surprising, and could reveal a lot about how modern humans spread out of Africa. » 11/07/14 6:30pm 11/07/14 6:30pm

Who Created These Enormous Stone Circles in Jordan 2,000 Years Ago?

First discovered in the 1920s at the dawning of the era of aerial photographs, these mysterious stone structures throughout the Middle East are called simply "the Big Circles" by archaeologists. We now know roughly how old they are, but we still don't know who made them, and why there are so many. » 11/06/14 6:00pm 11/06/14 6:00pm

Wrecks From WWII Convoy Battle Discovered Off North Carolina Coast

Researchers from the NOAA have discovered two sunken vessels from a Second World War convoy battle about 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The German U-boat 576 and a merchant ship, Bluefields, were found just a few hundred yards apart. The find shows just how close the war came to American shores. » 10/22/14 9:40am 10/22/14 9:40am

Archaeologists Make Stunning Discoveries at the Antikythera Shipwreck

The international team of divers and archaeologists who are investigating the site of an ancient Greek ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago off the remote island of Antikythera have not been disappointed. Not only is the site bigger than they thought, it also contains a treasure trove of artifacts. » 10/10/14 10:00am 10/10/14 10:00am

Undersea Archaeological Sites Hold Crucial Clues To Early Humans

During the ice ages of the last one million years, sea levels dropped as much as 400 ft., increasing the land area of Europe by 40%. That terrain, once home to early humans, is again underwater, and archaeologists have identified artifacts at 2,500 sites. But all of it is threatened by erosion and offshore projects. » 10/09/14 8:30am 10/09/14 8:30am

Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones

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. » 9/19/14 8:50am 9/19/14 8:50am