New Solar Satellite Uses Pigment Found In Prehistoric Cave Paintings

The European Space Agency's new solar satellite will be partially shielded using a bone-based pigment found in prehistoric cave paintings. The result will be a surreal cross between the earliest era of human cognition and creativity—that underground cinematic world of flickering animal images found in European… » 2/12/14 12:20pm 2/12/14 12:20pm

A Visit to the Weirdest Archaeological Site in North America

In the desert two hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside the town of Barstow, there is a peculiar little place called the Calico Early Man Site. If you've driven either direction, from L.A. to Las Vegas or back, you've probably seen the sign for it, mysteriously and without any real information implying that the… » 1/22/14 3:00pm 1/22/14 3:00pm

Exploring the Prehistoric World, By Way of Virtual Reality

For most history students, "exploring the past" means sifting through mountains of data. But digital archaeologist Marcus Abbott wants to make early human civilization—or its digital simulacra—freely accessible to anyone who wants to explore it. His first prehistoric VR environment? A 3,000-year-old spiritual site in… » 9/26/13 10:26am 9/26/13 10:26am