Topic: Archaeology

September 8, 2016 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
August 25, 2016 Tree Ring Clocks - Spikes in radiation caused by historic solar flares could help archaeologists precisely date ancient events.
August 11, 2016 Earthquakes & Ancient Temples - Geologists in India are measuring damage to ancient temples in order to better understand past earthquakes.
July 12, 2016 Monkey Archaeology - Scientists find evidence of monkey tool use dating back seven centuries.
May 16, 2016 Ancient Florida - New evidence confirms that a prehistoric archaeological site in Florida is one of the continent’s oldest.
February 2, 2016 Babylonian Astronomers - Scientists uncover the lost astronomical calculations of the Babylonians.
December 29, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: Homo Naledi - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: The discovery of an extinct human species in a South African cave made headlines this year.
January 28, 2015 Rescuing Ancient Scrolls - Physicists decipher ancient scrolls that were burned and buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago.
December 29, 2014 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Ancient Art - Science Breakthroughs of 2014: When did humans first become artists?
November 25, 2014 NanoArchaeology - Modern technology reveals ancient techniques used in the production of purloined antiquities.
August 25, 2014 Richard III’s Diet - Isotope analysis is revealing what English King Richard III ate and drank.
June 25, 2014 The King’s Spine - England's King Richard III wasn't a hunchback, as depicted by Shakespeare, but he did have scoliosis.
May 19, 2014 Cave Girl - Scientists discover a nearly intact 12 thousand-year-old skeleton in a Yucatán cave.
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
March 25, 2014 Ancient Cancer - Scientists uncover a case of human cancer as old as the Pharaohs.
March 4, 2014 Solitary Confinement - Solitary confinement can have permanent psychological consequences for prisoners.
March 3, 2014 Beringian Civilization - Humans may have inhabited the Bering Land Bridge for 10,000 years.
October 3, 2013 Sunken Treasure Hunt - Researchers have designed an underwater vehicle to search for shipwrecked vessels filled with treasure off the coast of Florida.
September 4, 2013 Iron Beads from Space - Ancient Egyptians fashioned beads out of iron from meteorites.
August 30, 2013 Podcast for 30 August 2013 - PRE-HISTORIC SCIENCE - Is there a connection between hot weather and violence? And, were our ancestors really as warlike as we make them out to be? Also, did ancient Egyptians jewelry have extraterrestrial origins? And, were spices part of ancient European cuisine?
July 19, 2013 Archaeology Roundup - Researchers have unearthed the earliest known evidence for the use of flowers to adorn human graves.
May 14, 2013 Ancient Lead Pollution - Humans were polluting the air with lead as far back as 3,900 years ago.
April 1, 2013 Mummy Heart Disease - Mummies from a variety of different cultures show signs of heart disease.
March 15, 2013 Podcast for 15 March 2013 - An ancient pigment with futuristic applications, the hidden electricity between flowers and bees, and a new, improved anti-fog coating. Also: the unlikely history of camels.
March 7, 2013 Egyptian Blue - The world's oldest artificial pigment, Egyptian Blue, has previously unknown and potentially useful properties.
March 1, 2013 Dental Roundup - Ancient people had beneficial bacteria to fight dental plaque that is absent in modern populations.
January 14, 2013 Neolithic Woodworking - The discovery of ancient wooden wells in Germany reveals that Neolithic woodworking was more sophisticated than previously believed.
December 5, 2012 Climate Change & The Maya - Climate change may have unraveled the sophisticated Maya empire.
August 31, 2012 Podcast for 31 August 2012 - WHALES, APES & BIRDS - Chimps don't share our sense of justice. What gibbons on helium can tell us about opera singers. Deciphering the peacock's hidden message. What an endangered whale has in common with songbirds. Also: Did a Central American rodent save a tree species from extinction?
August 20, 2012 Archaeology Drone - An unmanned aerial drone maps archaeological sites in minutes instead of years.
August 17, 2012 Podcast for 17 August 2012 - PSYCHOLOGY OF CONSUMPTION - Why planning a lifestyle change often backfires, why buying larger quantities doesn't always mean a better deal, and the relationship between speed of consumption and satisfaction, Also: did hunter-gatherers really use more calories than people living today? And an unmanned aircraft maps an archaeological site in Peru in record time.
July 5, 2012 Dairy Detectives - Traces of milk fat in pottery confirm that prehistoric North Africans practiced dairy farming.
March 26, 2012 Australian Extinction - Human hunters drove Australia’s largest animals to extinction around 40,000 years ago.
March 23, 2012 Podcast for 23 March 2012 - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
June 22, 2011 Neanderthal Hands - Evidence from ancient teeth suggests that most Neanderthals were right-handed, like us.
March 18, 2011 Podcast for 18 March 2011 - An early screening test for autism, a car controlled by thoughts, the safety of fruit seeds, blaming the hero, and testing an ancient Egyptian prosthetic.
March 9, 2011 Ancient Egyptian Prosthetics - Artificial toes from ancient Egypt may have been functional prosthetics.
January 21, 2011 First Clothes Roundup - Researchers date the advent of clothing by the evolution of lice.
January 5, 2011 Persian Gulf Civilization - Today's Persian Gulf may cover the site of advanced Stone Age civilizations.
December 23, 2010 Stonehenge Engineering - A new hypothesis explains how prehistoric people transported huge slabs of rock to Stonehenge.
December 9, 2010 Ancient Music - Playing ancient Peruvian instruments inside the ruins of a temple gives researchers clues to the music's cultural significance.
December 8, 2009 Sick Mummies - Researchers discover signs of heart disease in ancient Egyptian mummies.
December 4, 2009 Podcast - FLU REPORT: Why older people are at less risk of contracting the H1N1 flu virus, how to avoid the flu, and can you get the flu from a library book? Also: ancient mummies with heart disease and harmful bacteria discovered in cigarettes.
October 8, 2009 Ancient Fibers - Ancient flax fibers found in a cave suggests humans may have been turning the plant into clothing or rope as far back as 36,000 years ago.
September 18, 2009 Podcast - The gecko's phantom tail, the social lives of fruit flies, stem cells from fat, fall color secrets, ancient cave discoveries.
September 10, 2009 Early Climate Change - Humans may have affected the Earth's climate thousands of years ago.
August 28, 2009 Podcast - CENTRAL AMERICAN CONSERVATION: Saving the Caribbean coral reef, conserving the world's largest sharks, and ancient Mayan forest conservation.
August 27, 2009 Mayan Forestry - The early Maya culture practiced forest conservation – and may have paid a heavy price when they stopped.
July 16, 2009 Rammed Earth - The right amount of water can make a green building material super-sturdy.
June 2, 2009 Online Antiquities - Online auction sites have transformed both legal and illegal antiquities markets.