Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, History & Language

Culture largely comprises of three domains: intellectual, artistc & religious; political, economic & social; and science, commerce & industry. It is the historic weighting of these domains that determines the 'culture' of each nation state.


Culture is a group's characteristic way of perceiving its environment 

Are cultural heritage and resources threatened by climate change?

Anthropologist Wade Davis on disappearing world cultures

Latitude adjustment: distance from the Equator shapes our thinking 

First signs: unlocking the mysteries of the world's oldest symbols

Cultures and disasters: understanding cultural framings in DRR

Satellite-based damage assessment of cultural heritage sites

Location-based data raise ethical issues for cultural heritage

Think everyone died young in ancient societies? Think again

When time became regular and universal, it changed history

Mining events with declassified diplomatic documents

Stewart Brand proclaims 4 environmental 'heresies'

Culturomics2.0    Catalogues of culture

Social inequality leaves a genetic mark

The city at the center of the Cosmos

World Population Growth


Indigenous Peoples:

When whales and humans talk

The ethnosphere - dreams from endangered cultures

More than a quarter of the globe is controlled by indigenous groups

The forgotten story of Tupaia, the star navigator whi helped James Cook reach Australia

Researchers have uncovered an ancient Aboriginal archaelogical site preserved on the seabed

Aborigonal artefacts on the continental shelf reveal ancient drowned cultural landscapes in NW Australia 

Settlement of East Polynesia earlier, incremental, and and coincident with prolonged South Pacific drought

The indigenous lands of North America and historical treaties - interactive map

Anthropology & Archaeology:

Map of native lands     

Mapping a world of human activity     

Cyber-archaeology at UC San Diego

What did people do before toilet paper? 

The scientific sorcery of radiocarbon dating

Lasers are driving a revolution in archeology

Hidden temple in a buried Roman city discovered by ground-penetrating radar

Geometry guided construction of earliest known temple, built 6,000 years before Stonehenge

Crowdsourced archaeology shows how humans have influenced Earth for thousands of years

'Magicians of the Gods' - global flood - Younger-Dryas cataclysm - Clovis comet impact - prior civilization

Erasing history: ISIS, Balkans, US Civil War statues, and Saddam Hussein

Out of Africa:

Controversial new study pinpoints where all modern humans arose

Human origins: leaving Africa, ancient humans

DNA reveals first look at enigmatic human relative

Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

700,000-year-old stone tools point to mysterious human relative

AI-powered genomic analysis reveals unknown human ancestor

Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North America

Into Europe:

World's odest human DNA found in 800,000-year-old tooth of a cannibal

The dental proteome of Homo Antecessor

The first Europeans weren't who you might think

Ancient DNA reveals new twists in Neanderthal migration

Mysterious 'ghost population' of ancient humans discovered

Cold climate contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals

All modern humans have Neanderthal DNA, new research finds

Enigmatic skull could be the oldest modern human outside Africa

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800.000 years ago

New research finds surprising early replacement of Neanderthals by modern humans in Southern Spain

Scientists find new evidence: early human moved through the Mediterranean much earlier than believed

Julius Caeser came. He saw. He conquered. Here's how Rome celebrated

Rome brought pomp and prosperity to this ancient outpost of Jordan

Thamugadi: the ancient Roman city buried by the Sahara sands


Into the Middle East:

8,000 years ago, 17 women reproduced for every one man

Ancient mummy DNA reveals surprises about genetic origins of Egyptians

Cosmic-ray particles reveal secret chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid

Archeologists discover earliest monumental Egyptian hieroglyphs

Egypt's pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival

Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt's black pharaohs

Pristine 4400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

ScanPyramids 2017

Ancient DNA may reveal origin of the Bibical Philistines

How Egypt's ancient city of divine cats was rediscovered

Egypt unearths 7,000-year-old lost city    

Role of climate in the rise and fall of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Researchers decipher ancient Dead Sea Scrolls with the help of advanced imaging

DNA of 6,500-year-old human remains in Israeli cave points to origin of ancient Calcolithic culture

Is Saudi Arabia the next big heritage tourism destination?

How did the Islamic world influence Western art?

Into Central Asia:

Heading North: late Pleistocene environments and human dispersals in central and eastern Asia

What happened 4,000 years ago in the Urals?

Into East and South Asia:

Stone tools age Asia's first Homo presence

New species of early human found in cave in the Philippines

Ancient DNA reveals prehistoric population of Southeast Asia

Climate change likely caused migration, demise of ancient Indus Valley civilization

Sulawesi: world's oldest cave art: half-animal, half-human hybrids depicted on oldest discovered cave art

An ethereal forest where Japanese commit suicide 

Into the Americas:

15,000 year-old Idaho archaeology site now among America's oldest

Thee new DNA studies are shaking up the history of humans in the Americas

New DNA evidence provides unprecedented insight into the mysterious Chaco culture

Massive 3,000 year-old Mayan ceremonial complex discovered in 'plain sight'

The current genomic landscape of western South America: Andes, Amazonia, and Pacific Coast 

Two ancient populations that diverged later reconverged in the Americas    Ancient Maya 101

The great dying of the indigenous peoples of the Americas caused global cooling in the 17th century

Widespread population decline in South America correlated with mid-Holocene climate change

The Mayan Indians: A great civilization brought low by climate change

Lidar uncovers thousands of new Maya structures

Laser techology discovers over 60,000 structures from Mayan civilization 

'Astounding new finds' suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight

Ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru may be world's largest

Scientists believe they may have discovered the disease that wiped out 80% of Aztecs

Nonlinearity and distance of ancient routes in the Aztec empire

Aztec moral philosophy: Life on the slippery Earth

The astonishing Paracus (Peru) elongated skulls


400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia

How a 'forgotten' 600-year-old tsunami changed history

The history of US territorial expansion


Language alters our experience of time

A Turkish origin for Indo-European languages

This language is only used when collecting nits in New Guinea

World's languages traced back to single African mother tongue