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Call for Scientists to Join Rising Star Workshop 2014

With more than 1200 hominin fossils recovered last November, Lee Berger sends out a call for scientists to help study the bones and reveal them to the world.

Hangout With Hi-Tech Explorers

Join us for our next Google+ Hangout as we explore the cutting-edge technology that allows us to perceive the formerly unseen.

Did Ancient Peoples Bless Their Houses With Eggs?

Two-thousand-year-old eggs found recently at an archaeological site in Turkey were likely meant to bless the house as part of a purification ritual, scientists say.

December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

This week on National Geographic, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they summit Everest seven times, train for an Antarctic speed record, chase water while dodging cats in Africa, sing along with an astronaut, and overcome a traumatic brain injury.

Blood Found in Mosquito Fossil: “One of a Kind”

Scientists have discovered blood in a mosquito fossil, a new study says—but don’t get your hopes up for a pet velociraptor.

Mastodon Tooth Turns Up Among Charity Items

Parts of an extinct animal called the mastodon have mysteriously turned up among donations to a religious charity.

Europe’s Early Settlers Uncovered

Europe’s Stone Age settlers migrated in waves that replaced older hunter-gatherer cultures, suggests a study that looks at European DNA, both ancient and modern. The results reported in the journal, Science, answer questions about the peopling of modern-day Europe. Some of our ancestors hunted wild animals and gathered plants to survive, while others were discovering agriculture, and…

Video: Cenote Sac Uayum’s Inner Sanctum

In the summer of 2013, The Mayapán Taboo Cenote Project, with support from The Waitt Foundation for Exploration and The National Geographic Society began an exploration of the still sacred cenote (sinkhole) Sac Uayum at the ancient Maya city of Mayapán. The work documented more than a dozen burials submerged below its water. Now for the first time, you can swim along with research diver Rait Kütt as he examines remains found in the 2nd chamber of what turned out to be an unexpected submerged cave system.

Returning Maya Ancestors to Their Place of Origin

The team has located 15 human crania and a large number of other bones, attesting to the use of the site as a burial location.

NatGeo’s 1st. Archaeology Student Award in Guatemala

The International Maya Symposium held every year in Guatemala City brings the best archaeological discoveries of the season to the National Museum.  It is a gathering of academics, scientists, epigraphers, the public and archaeology students that currently participate in research projects.  Thanks to an initiative by Missions Programs SVP Sarah Laskin and EVP Terry Garcia,…

Where Feathered Serpents Wait

The Mayapan Taboo Cenote Project team and a local shaman conduct a ceremony to ask the gods of sky, earth and the winds for permission to enter and explore Cenote Sac Uayum at the ancient Maya city of Mayapan, Mexico.

Uncovering the Stone Circles of Nicaragua

Hidden under the tall grasses of a Nicaraguan farm are the remains of a mysterious network of ancient stone circles. Alex Geurds reports from this year’s excavations.

June 16, 2013: Underwater Cave Diving, Seeking a Man-Eating Catfish, and More

As National Geographic’s annual Explorer’s Symposium came to an end, NG Weekend revisits some of our favorite adventures from the previous classes of Emerging Explorers. In the coming weeks and months, we will introduce the 2013 class of Emerging Explorers on the show. Here are some of our favorites from over the years…

Mysterious Mounds: Uncovering Matagalpa Archaeology in Central Nicaragua

National Geographic explorer and archaeologist Alex Geurds is currently in the field investigating a unique, prehistoric, ceremonial center of stone circles in Central Nicaragua. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from him and his team. Ashes are drifting across the gray agricultural field, purposefully set ablaze some time ago. In the field,…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Plague Ended Roman Empire, “Bugs Are Food”…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Researchers have pinpointed the bacteria responsible for mass deaths in the 6th century, the UN suggests people should eat more bugs, and…