Is This The Original Board Game Of Death

Historic Egyptians took their board video games severely. The backgammonlike senet began out as a mere pastime, however over almost 2 millennia it developed right into a sport with deep hyperlinks to the afterlife, performed on a board that represented the underworld. Now, a model of the sport sitting in a California museum would possibly […]

Neolithic Çatalhöyük Experienced Modern Urban Problems

An international team of researchers has found that the inhabitants of the Neolithic settlement Çatalhöyük (7100-5950 BCE) experienced overcrowding, infectious diseases, violence and environmental problems. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Çatalhöyük began as a small settlement about 7100 BCE, likely consisting of a few mud-brick houses in what archaeologists call the […]

The Staffordshire hoard is spectacular. But now the countryside will be overrun with metal detectorists

Unearthing the Anglo-Saxon treasure will spark a modern gold rush There is no reason to believe that Terry Herbert, the 55-year-old Staffordshire man who stumbled upon one of the greatest hoards of Anglo-Saxon treasure discovered in Britain, has any particular interest in the early Middle Ages. He is a metal detectorist, and they are generally […]

Should the sale of dinosaur bones be stopped

With rare fossils being sold on eBay, and Hollywood stars bidding for skulls, there’s a case for curbing what is becoming a collectors’ market for the mega-rich The news that an ultra-rare fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex has been placed on eBay for $2.95m (£2.26m) has caused an uproar among palaeontologists, who have protested […]