The Death of Cleopatra by Guido Cagnacci, 1658 : Wiki Commons
04 Aug 2015

Was Cleopatra beautiful? The archaeological evidence

Cleopatra VII Philopator, commonly known simply as Cleopatra, ruled over Egypt during the century preceding the birth of Christ.

28 Nov 2014

The palaeolithic diet and the unprovable links to our past

We still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the clock backwards and find the optimal way to eat? It’s a largely impossible dream based on a set of fallacies about our ancestors.

31 Oct 2014

October – Editors Top Ten Stories & Discoveries

A short recap summary of the editors top ten articles from the month of October 2014.

04 Sep 2014

History of the peoples of Africa: the role of agriculture

What phenomenon enabled the demographic growth of Bantu farmers in Africa and led to their genetic differentiation from the Pygmy hunter-gatherer communities?

04 Sep 2014

Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots

By the end of the Roman Empire, humanity had crossed a critical threshold of social organization that allowed more people to take advantage of economies of scale, says anthropologist Aaron Stutz. “The Consummation of Empire,” by Thomas Cole, portrays the wealth and culture of the period.

The mausoleum of Augustus
20 Aug 2014

Rome’s first emperor died 2000 years ago – his tomb is now used as a toilet

Augustus, who died 2000 years ago, was the first emperor of Rome. He brought peace after the turmoil in the republic after the assassination of Julius Caesar when he defeated the forces of Antony and Cleopatra.

18 Jul 2014

London’s Viking Lineage

London is generally associated with the Romans, Saxons and Normans, but a lesser known part of London’s history is intertwined with that of the Vikings.

The engraved rocks of Montravail. In the center, the main rock. Photo: Sébastien Perrot-Minnot.
30 May 2014

The engraved rocks of Montravail

Rock art represents an important aspect of the Pre-Columbian heritage of the Lesser Antilles, where it appears, mainly, in the form of petroglyphs.

31 Mar 2014

Springtime for Hitler and “Nazi War [Death Porn] Diggers”

UK Production Company ClearStory and National Geographic Channel have been accused of unethical practice and ignoring advice in a new battlefield metal detecting series.

10 Mar 2014

What 19th-century women really did

Sophie McGeevor (Faculty of History at Cambridge University) explains how her research into a collection of autobiographies by working class women is helping to fill a gap in our knowledge of the occupational structure of 19th century Britain.

21 Feb 2014

The Nazi Olympics

The Olympics of 1936, officially called the Games of XI Olympiad took place in Berlin, Germany after winning the bid to host the games in 1931.

04 Feb 2014

‘A Study in Sherlock’ – The Case of a Revolutionary Detective

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character that has become a living part of our culture

03 Feb 2014

Heritage at Risk : Protection Status for Chernobyl?

“Are you crazy?!?” Immediately followed by “Why?!?” were usually the first responses I received, after telling people I had toured Chernobyl and Pripyat during my May 2013 trip to the Ukraine.

28 Jan 2014

Heritage at Risk : Heritage v. Social Unrest

The battle to preserve cultural heritage from looters and vandals is long fought.

Landfill Sites
03 Jan 2014

The Archaeology of the Future, Part 2

. Great works of art and literature are likely to survive for a fair amount of time through replication or conservation, whether or not they are stored digitally. But there are limits to physical preservation, and the destruction of intentionally conserved records tends to be down to human, rather than natural processes.

KEO Satellite
03 Jan 2014

The Archaeology of the Future, Part 1

How will our descendants in the very distant future view us, assuming they exist? Will they have a better understanding of us than we do of, say, the Romans? Or will differential preservation lead them to think we lived in a mad world full of glazed china figurine shrines, toilet bowls as status symbols, and the ritual deposition of jewellery in sinks?

The Ruins of Otford Palace: Image - Paul Reynolds (Flickr)
12 Nov 2013

The Lost Palace of Henry The VIII

A small village in Kent might now be the location for a building that would be looked upon as the jewel of Tudor design.

Clovis Lithics : Wiki Commons
01 Nov 2013

Gender Roles and the Mass-kill Event: A Cross-cultural Analysis

Gender assumptions’ when interpreting past human behaviour

The ruins of Rhodiapolis:  Image  Emre Kızılkaya
01 Nov 2013

High Taxes Were Always A Problem, So What’s New?

Inscriptions tell us that people have always complained about the high taxes

29 Oct 2013

Debate still rages over date of Thera eruption

During the height of the Greek Bronze Age, a volcano erupted on the ancient Greek island of Thera (modern Santorini). The violent eruption sent six times more magma and rock into the Earth’s atmosphere than the notorious Krakatoa eruption in 1883. Robyn Antanovskii

28 Oct 2013

Examples of food and beverage in 17th century Sweden

This article deals with the information that can be drawn from historical written sources regarding food in a special geographic area and time period. Sweden stands as an example and the time period is the seventeenth century when Sweden started to raise to power in the Baltic area.

Kvevris during an excavation at Atskuri church, Georgia , 2006. © Söderlind, Ulrica
28 Oct 2013

Short overview of wine in Georgia

According to a Georgian legend, God took a supper break while he was creating the world.