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12 Dec 2019
A painting discovered on the wall of an Indonesian cave has been found to be 44,000 years old.

The art appears to show a buffalo being hunted by part-human, part-animal creatures holding spears and possibly ropes.
10 Dec 2019
The Kent and Ward Fund was established as a result of two generous bequests from long-term members of the South African Archaeological Society.
02 Dec 2019
New research from an international team of scientists led by University of Cape Town (UCT) isotope geochemist Dr Robyn Pickering is the first to provide a timeline for fossils from the caves within the Cradle of Humankind.
23 Nov 2019
Many may know little about the archaeological site near Piketberg, where more than 400 engraved ostrich eggshells, dating from around 65000 to 80000 years ago, were discovered.
13 Nov 2019
More than 11 million years ago, an oddball ape equipped with human-like legs and robust ape-like arms clambered across tree limbs, possibly escaping feline predators. That's the picture that scientists have gleaned about a new species of fossil ape discovered in Bavaria.
06 Nov 2019
After an archiving audit of the UCT Human Skeletal Collection in 2017, the university discovered that it had 11 skeletons in its collection that were unethically obtained by the institution in the 1920s. The university has acknowledged this past injustice, which forms part of its history.
31 Oct 2019
Easter Island’s Polynesian society cultivated crops in soil made especially fertile by the quarrying of rock for massive, humanlike statues, a new study suggests.
24 Oct 2019
The scent-tracking abilities of trained dogs have helped archaeologists discover iron age tombs in Croatia dating back nearly three thousand years. The dogs sniffed out burial chests containing human bones and artefacts in a hilltop fort in the Velebit mountains along the Adriatic coast.
16 Oct 2019
In the depths of the cold North Atlantic near the coast of Iceland lies the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank 360 years ago while pretending to be Danish. At the time, the Netherlands (and all European nations) were barred from trading with Iceland by the country's ruler, the king of Denmark.
10 Oct 2019
Prehistoric humans stored bone marrow in their caves like tins of soup for up to nine weeks before eating it, a new study has found.