Early human footprints in Saudi Arabia

A set of human footprints found in an ancient lake deposit in the south-west of the Nefud Desert is believed to represent the earliest securely dated evidence of modern humans in the Arabian Peninsula.


Into the daylight: a new rock art discovery

Portugal’s Côa Valley contains Europe’s greatest collection of open-air Ice Age images. Across 17km, there are currently more than 530 known panels bearing several thousand figures. A major new discovery there is of particular importance, as Thierry Aubry, António Fernando Barbosa, Luís Luís, André Santos, and Marcelo Silvestre explain. The discovery of paintings in the […]


CWA 100

When the very first issue of CWA was created in September 2003, founder and editor Andrew Selkirk wrote that, ‘It’s time for a new archaeology magazine. A magazine that will cover archaeology world-wide. A magazine that will cover all periods, from the first emergence of human beings down to the present day. A magazine that […]


Object Lesson: Venus of Renancourt

What is it? This statuette, dating from around 21,000 BC, has the familiar form of a Palaeolithic ‘Venus’ figurine. Carved out of chalk and standing to a height of 4cm, the female figure has the prominent, fleshy thighs, buttocks, and breasts typical of these works from a late phase of the Gravettian culture (28,000-22,000 years […]


Brutal Stone Age Massacre

Evidence for the brutal massacre of a hunter-gatherer group is shattering long-held beliefs that pre-farming societies were essentially peaceful. The remains of more than 27 individuals uncovered at Nataruk, 30km west of Lake Turkana in Kenya, include at least eight women – one in the final stages of pregnancy – and six young children. Radiocarbon […]

Cro-Magnon Skull. Photo:Smithsonian Institute

Cro Magnons

What was life like for the Cro-Magnons, Europe’s first anatomically modern humans? Having harnessed the archaeological data, Brian Fagan then gathers us around the literary campfire to imagine life in the Ice Age…


Hominid New Species

New species of hominid have been discovered in South Africa and Siberia, adding to the story of the evolution of modern humans from our early primate ancestors. Potentially the most important for filling in the gaps in our understanding of human ancestry is the near complete skeleton of an adolescent boy, along with the partial […]


Serra Da Capivara

The compelling rock art of north-eastern Brazil explored. But how might it redraft the story of early human migration


World’s Oldest Venus?

35,000 year old venus statue found at Swabian Jura, the earliest example of its kind by some 5,000 years



A snapshot of the Australopithecus afarensis, otherwise known as ‘Lucy’.


Spain, Early People

At the sites of Orce and Cueva Victoria in Spain, the story of the early hominid colonisation of Europe is being rewritten

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