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 […]

Mexican mammoth trap provides first evidence of prehistoric hunting pits

More than 800 bones found including one with spear wound ‘This is evidence of direct attacks on mammoths’ Mexican archaeologists say they have made the first ever discovery of pits built around 15,000 years ago to trap mammoths. Announcing the find on Wednesday, researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said the two […]

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 […]