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How our ancestors drilled and filled rotten teeth

Posted on 29 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Featured, Health, Journalism

Long before humans invented writing, the wheel and civilisation, they learned how to drill rotten teeth to relieve the pain of tooth decay. Image: Claudio Tuniz

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Mystery invaders conquered Europe at the end of last ice age

Posted on 4 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Human Origins, Journalism

Europe went through a major population upheaval about 14,500 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, according to DNA from the bones of hunter-gatherers. Image: Martin Frouz

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Asian stone tools hint humans left Africa earlier than thought

Posted on 2 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Human Origins, Journalism, Uncategorized

The first early humans to leave Africa did so half a million years earlier than we thought, according to an analysis of simple stone tools and three cow bones with cut marks found in Asia. But not everyone is convinced yet. Image: Cea.

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Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived

Posted on 29 Oct 2015 in Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. Image: Bryn Pinzgauer

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Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools – tools that were wielded by prehistoric monkeys and chimpanzees. Image: jenmartin

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Iron-age Britons engaged in mysterious pig trotter festivals

Posted on 12 Aug 2015 in Archaeology, Journalism

It wasn’t so much bring a bottle to British Iron Age parties, as bring a pig’s leg. At a site in south Wales people apparently feasted almost exclusively on the right forelegs of pigs – a mysterious ritual they kept up for centuries. Image: Matthew Almon Roth

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