Alan Cannon

26 articles

Enigmatic “mantis man”

This rock drawing puzzles archaeologists. (Image: Dr. Mohammad Naserifard) A strange shaped body with six limbs - what is that supposed to represent? Archaeologists have...

How precise is radiocarbon dating?

There may be discrepancies in radiocarbon dating of Egyptian mummies. (Image: webking / iStock) The age determination of archaeological finds using radiocarbon dating could be...

Strange: grave of a donkey polo player

Donkeys were not just pack animals in imperial China. (George-Standen / iStock) Donkeys as grave goods: Finds from the 9th century AD prove that noble...

Oldest highland ball playground discovered

Ceramic figure of a ball player, found in Etlatongo. (Image: Blomster and Salazar Chavez, Science Advances 2020; 6: eaay6964) The ritual ball games and ball...

Ostrich egg jewelry and ancient networks

Hunters and gatherers from ecologically diverse regions of southern Africa exchanged ostrich egg pearls as symbolic gifts in the Stone Age. (Image: Brian A....

Wikipedia: How objective are articles on historical conflicts?

How objective are Wikipedia entries on historical conflicts? (Image: brightstars / iStock) Wikipedia has long become one of the most important sources of information on...

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