Vikings of the Sunrise

Originating in the remote past on the island of Taiwan, these Austronesian-speaking people were ultimately to settle from Malagasy to Rapa Nui, Easter Island. But did they go even further, and reach the Americas before Columbus?…

Tea with the junta

For some unaccountable reason, perhaps a case of mistaken identity, Polly and I were ushered into a private room to sit down to afternoon tea with the junta.…

In praise of volunteers

My excavations, including Khok Phanom Di, have yielded well over 1,000 human graves, and often the dead were interred with multiple mortuary offerings from fine pottery vessels to thousands of ornaments in gold, silver, bronze, iron, carnelian, glass, shell, and agate.…

In Praise of Antiquity

There is no email I await with greater anticipation and, indeed, trepidation, than one captioned ‘Your radiocarbon results’.…

Discovering Denny

Charles Higham looks at how a routine DNA analysis resulted in a stunning discovery about the prehistory of our human past…