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Evidence suggests Vikings brought animals to Britain

Our archaeologists have found what they say is the first solid scientific evidence suggesting that Vikings crossed the North Sea to Britain with dogs and horses.
Archaeological excavation of a Viking burial mound

Students discover the first warrior stela in its archaeological context

Last summer, a group of Durham Archaeology students took part in a very special discovery: the first Late Bronze Age (c. 1200-900 BC) warrior stela found in its original context in Iberia.
Students excavating warrior stelae

Neanderthals: the oldest art in the world wasn’t made by Homo sapiens

Professor Paul Pettitt, from our Department of Archaeology, sheds some light on Neanderthal art.
Cave paintings

New study reveals evidence of early Ice Age writing and what it meant

A research team including two Durham University academics have decoded the meaning of markings seen in Ice Age drawings, and in doing so found evidence of early writing dating back at least 14,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Image of Horse drawn onto the wall of Niaux Cave (Ari├Ęge, France) around 15,000 years ago. Credit - Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann

Reading our Future in the Bones of Children Past

An interview with Christian Harkensee and Rebecca Gowland discussing what the past can reveal about the social forces that shape modern health crises.
headshots of Christian Harkensee and Rebecca Gowland holding skull

Forensic Archaeology and Human Rights: Where the past meets the present

Professor Rebecca Gowland from our Department of Archaeology shares her research insights and reflects on how the deceased are incorporated into discussions of human rights.
Rebecca Gowland

Archaeology Athena SWAN Silver Award

The Department of Archaeology is pleased to announce it has been granted a Silver Athena SWAN Gender Charter award.
A silver-coloured logo with the words 'Gender Charter' next to the title 'Athena SWAN Silver Award'

New book by Professor Paul Pettitt examines how novel scientific advances are transforming our understanding of human evolution

'Homo Sapiens Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution Rewriting Our Origins' by Professor Paul Pettitt explores how our ancestors developed and innovated during the Palaeolithic period.
Cave paintings made by Homo sapiens

Durham University contributes to the survey of Egyptian archaeology

This summer, teams from Durham worked as part of the Delta Survey project in the north Nile Delta, where a further 9 sites were surveyed.
Panoramic view of a tell in the north Nile Delta

Neanderthals: how a carnivore diet may have led to their demise

Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology investigates how understanding our ancestors' diets can reveal crucial information about their varying degrees of evolutionary success.
Cave paintings made by Homo sapiens

Glaciers in the Anthropocene. A Biocultural View

Daniel Gaudio (Durham University) and Mauro Gobbi (MUSE-Science Museum of Trento) explore the impact of retreating glaciers on ecology, heritage and bioarchaeology in their new article in Nature and Culture.

Scotland's First Farmers Didn't Need Manure

Early farming in Scotland was a less smelly affair than elsewhere, as new research shows they did not need to use manure to fertilise their fields.
A field of wheat