Kevin McSpadden
Kevin McSpadden
SCMP Contributor
Kevin McSpadden is a former SCMP staff writer. He is currently a freelance journalist who likes to write about archaeological discoveries in China.

A mass grave uncovered in China has been found to contain 43 victims of headhunting massacres, with 32 of them, all women and children, killed in a single event.

Archaeologists discovered a treasure trove of ancient Chinese relics that span 700 years during a renovation of a primary school playground in eastern China.


A Yangtze finless porpoise that marks a breakthrough in artificial breeding has been named by Chinese netizens in an attempt to put a spotlight on the endangered species.

Scientists, including some from China, analysing an ancient ancestor of the “penis worm” believe they found solid evidence of fossilised brains, an important breakthrough in palaeontology.


Scientists in eastern China believe they have uncovered a city where its major roadways were made of rivers, suggesting people lived a life on boats.

A chemical study of what appears to be cosmetic jars from Chinese nobility around 800BC suggests they contained skin-whitening make-up, the oldest known example of the common cosmetics .

While analysing the teeth of China’s earliest humans, a group of scientists believe they also found evidence that the early peoples picked their teeth.

Big data has the potential to upend what we know about the past, but first, archaeologists must learn to share the information they so painstakingly unearthed.

A recent analysis of horse skeletons found in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor found that the horses leaned towards being tall and were specifically 10 years old.