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Ancient Peoples

The latest news and science about our oldest history from Inverse.

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Stuff of legends

Viking discovery changes history and supports ancient lore

New research helps substantiate the Icelandic Sagas.

Aw crap

Look: Ancient turds reveal two surprising foods in prehistoric diets

Some snacks are worth preserving.

Hidden History

Archeologists discover earliest known use of a mind-altering plant

“The find has implications for our understanding of deep-time human use of intoxicants.”

Science

Five grisly archeological finds will change how you see ancient humans

Till death do us part — unless we’re in the same grave.

Worldview

Ancient men and women in Italy had one key difference in their diets — study

Before it all went to hell, one dietary difference explained a lot about the roles of men and women some 2,000 years ago.

dinner's ready!

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.

Caveman Chic

Look: Ancient tools reveal how early humans made clothes

That fur cape is so last season.

Ancient Oasis

Look: Early humans passed through this part of the world over 400,000 years

Our ancient ancestors took advantage of a fluctuating climate to get to Asia and Europe.

Worldview

Stonehenge: Travelers who love ancient legends should visit this enigmatic site

For centuries still, the rocks have held onto these secrets — but now a pioneering study reveals the answer to at least one of these mysteries: How Stonehenge has managed to stand the test of time.

magnetic history

Neolithic stone reveals ancient magnetism secret

This isn’t your Mom’s fridge magnet.

Worldview

Why "a really exciting story is unfolding right now” in Tibet

Why travelers who love ancient human history should visit the “roof of the world.”

Way back when

DNA study reveals fresh ties between humans and an enigmatic ancient people

“I think what we have been calling Denisovans has been overly simplistic.”

Science

5 surprisingly altruistic reasons ancient humans and dogs came together

Problem solved

Ancient proto-math found in Babylonian tablet

Ancient Babylonians may have outdone Pythagoras.

Inverse Daily

Ancient humans: Neanderthal cave discovery reveals a surprisingly modern connection

Plus: Pollinator politics take center stage.

impressionism

Look: Modern technology reveals art was central to Neanderthal life

A style of painting synonymous with Jackson Pollock today has incredibly ancient roots.

Stuff of legends

Viking discovery changes history and supports ancient lore

New research helps substantiate the Icelandic Sagas.

Aw crap

Look: Ancient turds reveal two surprising foods in prehistoric diets

Some snacks are worth preserving.

Hidden History

Archeologists discover earliest known use of a mind-altering plant

“The find has implications for our understanding of deep-time human use of intoxicants.”

Science

Five grisly archeological finds will change how you see ancient humans

Till death do us part — unless we’re in the same grave.

Worldview

Ancient men and women in Italy had one key difference in their diets — study

Before it all went to hell, one dietary difference explained a lot about the roles of men and women some 2,000 years ago.

dinner's ready!

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.

Caveman Chic

Look: Ancient tools reveal how early humans made clothes

That fur cape is so last season.

Ancient Oasis

Look: Early humans passed through this part of the world over 400,000 years

Our ancient ancestors took advantage of a fluctuating climate to get to Asia and Europe.

Worldview

Stonehenge: Travelers who love ancient legends should visit this enigmatic site

For centuries still, the rocks have held onto these secrets — but now a pioneering study reveals the answer to at least one of these mysteries: How Stonehenge has managed to stand the test of time.

magnetic history

Neolithic stone reveals ancient magnetism secret

This isn’t your Mom’s fridge magnet.

Worldview

Why "a really exciting story is unfolding right now” in Tibet

Why travelers who love ancient human history should visit the “roof of the world.”

Way back when

DNA study reveals fresh ties between humans and an enigmatic ancient people

“I think what we have been calling Denisovans has been overly simplistic.”

Science

5 surprisingly altruistic reasons ancient humans and dogs came together

Problem solved

Ancient proto-math found in Babylonian tablet

Ancient Babylonians may have outdone Pythagoras.

Inverse Daily

Ancient humans: Neanderthal cave discovery reveals a surprisingly modern connection

Plus: Pollinator politics take center stage.

impressionism

Look: Modern technology reveals art was central to Neanderthal life

A style of painting synonymous with Jackson Pollock today has incredibly ancient roots.