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The First Americans

Until recently, the reigning theory on who the first Homo sapiens in North America were pointed to the Clovis people, evidence of whose culture was discovered in the American Southwest. That theory has been powerfully challenged by, among others, Meadowcroft, an archaeological dig in western Pennsylvania that began in the 1970s.

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Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

 

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A Hot Time in the Old Archaeological Dig Tonight

Ancient people of Mesoamerica apparently liked a hot drink in the morning, too. A spicy hot drink, that is.

 

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Tomb Raiders Foiled

Archaeologists working in Peru sat on the find of a lifetime for months, keeping the artifacts safe from thieves.

 

Two Paths to Inequality

Our multimedia presentation on the evolution of fairness continues with a discussion of two different theories accounting for the rise of inequality.

 

The Pit House

Our multimedia presentation on the evolution of fairness continues with a visit to the reconstructed houses that saw the rise of a ‘transegalitarian’ society.

 

Comet Theory Comes Crashing to Earth

An elegant archaeological hypothesis, under fire for results that can’t be replicated, may ultimately come undone.

 

Uncovering Ancient Brews, and Cures

Patrick McGovern’s alcohol-infused archaeology informs some of the best local alehouses, but the real benefit of his work may lie in the cancer ward.

 

Global Warming: the Archaeological Frontier

Melting glaciers yield evidence on new theories of Asian migration to the Americas. Underwater robots search the sea bottom, looking for more.

 

Learning from the Ancients

A leading archaeologist’s take on the pre-European Maya discounts ‘ecocide’ and suggests the people were actually astute stewards of the jungle who could teach us a thing or two.

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of eBay

The digital revolution lets antiquities forgers sell their ‘replicas’ worldwide, unintentionally undermining the black market in looted artifacts.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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