Here’s a sampling of some of my favourite stories.
National Geographic Magazine
New Visions of the Vikings. Yes, they were brutal. They also had women leaders, coveted riches and finery, and encountered more than 50 cultures from Afghanistan to Canada. (Cover story)
Untouched. Grave robbers had plundered this ancient Peruvian site for decades. But they missed one royal tomb. hidden for more than 1,000 years.
Vikings and Native Americans. Following a subtle trace of artifacts, a Canadian archaeologist searches for a lost chapter of New World history.
Lofty Ambitions of the Inca. Rising from obscurity to the heights of power, a succession of Andean rulers subdued kingdoms, sculpted mountains and forged a mighty empire. (Cover story)
Why Humans Live So Long. Modern genomes and ancient mummies are yielding clues to why the lifespan of Homo sapiens exceeds that of other primates. Here for online version of article.
The Origin of Human Creativity Was Surprisingly Complex. New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box. Here for online version of article.
The First Americans: Mounting Evidence Prompts Researchers to Reconsider the Peopling of the New World Here for online version of article
The Journey to El Norte: How Archaeologists Are Documenting the Silent Migration that Is Transforming America. Here for online version of article
Digging the Scorched Earth: Archaeologists Reveal the Legacy of Brutal Civil War Tactics in Missouri. Here for abstract.
The Waters of Petra: The resource that made a desert metropolis possible now threatens to destroy it Here for abstract.
Witness to Genocide: Forensic archaeologists uncover evidence of a secret massacre—and help convict Saddam Hussein of crimes against humanity Here for online version of article
Profiteers on the High Seas: The big business of treasure hunting is selling off the world’s maritime heritage—and it’s perfectly legal Here for online version of article.
The Fantome Controversy Here for online version of article
Troubled Waters for Ancient Shipwrecks Click Here to Download Pdf
In the Hands of Mummy Experts, Ancient Faces Gain New Life Here for abstract
NASA Dives into Its Past to Retrieve Vintage Satellite Data Here for abstract
Arsenic and Old Mummies Here for abstract.
A New Look at the Maya’s End Here for abstract
Seeking Africa’s First Iron Men Here for abstract.
North America’s Wars Here for abstract
Neolithic Agriculture: The Original Blended Economies Here for abstract.
Hints of Frequent Precolumbian Contact Here for abstract
The Slow Birth of Agriculture Here for abstract
Traces of Ancient Mariners Found in Peru Here for abstract
Reading the Signs of Ancient Animal Domestication Here for abstract
Death in Norse Greenland Here for abstract
New Respect for Metal’s Role in Ancient Arctic Cultures Here for abstract
Ice Age Communities May Be Oldest Known Net Hunters Here for abstract
Vox Populi: Gossip in the glory days of Rome was just like ours—but written in stone Here for abstract
Gladiatrix: When London was a distant outpost of the Roman Empire 1,900 years ago, the favorite local pastime was watching slaves pair off in an arena to kill each other. Artifacts found in an ancient grave site suggest that one of the heroes of the ring was a woman Here for online article.
Secrets of the Alpaca Mummies: Did the ancient Inca make the finest woolen cloth the world has ever known? Here for online version of article
Yale Alumni Magazine
The Lost City: A Discovery in the Desert Could Rewrite the History of Ancient Egypt Here for online version of article
Raiders from the Sea: Along one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers, archaeologists and First Nations elders discover clues to a turbulent past Here for online version of article.
Strands of Evidence: In Europe, the Vikings were feared as bloodthirsty pirates, but in the Canadian Arctic, a leading archaeologist reveals, their 11th-century voyages were about trading rather than raiding Here for abstract.
The Messenger: The remains of a young man who died on a glacier more than 200 years ago reveal details of his life and times Here for abstract.
Finders Keepers: Nova Scotia’s shipwreck filled waters and its laws that allow treasure hunters to keep 90% of the valuables they find has triggered a rush for sunken valuables that has archaeologists and historians fuming Here for abstract.
People of the Klondike: The passage of a century hasn’t erased the anger many Hän people feel about the invasion of their lands during the Klondike gold rush. Here for abstract
Cabot, Cod and the Colonists: When John Cabot crossed the Atlantic 500 years ago he was looking for the Orient. But the merchants who were paying for his voyage were after something less exotic–cod. Here for abstract
Sugar Masters in a New World: Sevilla la Nueva, the first European settlement in Jamaica, is home to the bittersweet story of the beginning of the Caribbean sugar trade Here for online article
National Geographic Daily News
Ancient Sorceror’s “Wake” Was First Feast for Dead? Here for online article
Primitive Humans Conquered Sea, Surprising Findings Suggest Here for online article
Coal Firms to Strip-Mine Historic Battlefield? Here for online article
Photo: Heather in Tonga, 1992, courtesy Peter Bennett