The Oldest True Stories in the World

Evidence gathered in recent years shows that some ancient narratives contain remarkably reliable records of real events

Mar 20, 2019 · 8 min read
Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House is lit up with an art installation called Songlines during a festival in 2016. For Aboriginal Australians, songlines are memories of routes through landscapes — which highlight their histories and associations — that have been orally passed on for hundreds of generations. Photo: Saeed Khan/Getty Images

By Patrick D. Nunn

Nothing stirred in the relentless midday heat. The gum trees appeared exhausted, nearly drained of life. The hunters crouched in the foliage, their long, sharp…