Beads Show European Trade in African Interior Used Indigenous Routes

A large and a small glass bead.

Tiny glass beads discovered in mountain caves about 25 miles from the shores of Lake Malawi in eastern-central Africa provide evidence that European trade in the continent’s hinterland was built on Indigenous trade routes from the coast to the interior that had existed for centuries. (Image: via Dan Renzetti)

Discarded Ostrich Eggshells Provide Timeline for African Ancestors

An ostrich just hatched from an egg.

Archeologists have learned a lot about our ancestors by rummaging through their garbage piles, which contain evidence of their diet and population levels as the local flora and fauna changed over time. (Image: polyfish via Pixabay)