‘I’m certainly open to criticism’: David Wengrow and the trouble with rewriting human history | Anthropology

Last year a book called The Dawn of Everything announced that most of what we think we know about human history is wrong. Its co-authors, David Graeber and David Wengrow, took aim at the established story that has been repeated by brand writers such as Jared Diamond, Yuval Noah Harari and Steven Pinker – the […]

Archaeologists find ‘missing link’ in history of Fountains Abbey | Archaeology

It is Britain’s biggest and most famous monastic ruin and one that conjures up bucolic images of peace, reflection and very little noise apart, perhaps, from the occasional waft of Gregorian chanting. In reality, archaeologists have revealed, Fountains Abbey near Ripon was as busy, noisy and industrialised as anywhere in 12th- and 13th-century Britain. The […]

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow review – have we got our ancestors wrong? | History books

In the wake of bestselling blockbusters such as Jared Diamond’s Collapse and Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, that backwater of history – prehistory – has been infused by a surge of popular interest. It’s also proved an area of fertile promise for those who find the established narratives of modernity either constricting or based on false […]

Golden history of Kazakhstan’s Saka warrior people revealed | Archaeology

Wisdom, as Bob Marley put it, is better than gold. From next month however, the precious metal is central to a major new historical exhibition in Cambridge using loaned artefacts telling the story of an ancient civilization little known beyond Kazakhstan. Golden objects unearthed from ancient burial mounds built by the Saka warrior people of […]

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 […]